Classics Du Jour https://classicsdujour.com Always classic rock Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:00:36 -0700 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 CDJ Today: April 25 in Classic Rock https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-25/ https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-25/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 06:00:36 +0000 http://classicsdujour.com/?p=12089 April 25, 1980 – Black Sabbath release their ninth studio album, Heaven and Hell. It’s the first Sabbath album to feature Ronnie James Dio as lead singer, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne.  The album goes on to reach platinum status in the U.S. April 25, 1988 – Doc McGhee, manager of Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe, pleads guilty to importing more than 40,000 lbs of … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 25 in Classic Rock

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Ronnie James Dio with Black Sabbath


April 25, 1980
Black Sabbath release their ninth studio album, Heaven and Hell. It’s the first Sabbath album to feature Ronnie James Dio as lead singer, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne.  The album goes on to reach platinum status in the U.S.

April 25, 1988 – Doc McGhee, manager of Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe, pleads guilty to importing more than 40,000 lbs of marijuana into the U.S from Colombia via a shrimp boat.  McGhee receives a five-year suspended prison sentence, a fine of $15,000, and is ordered to set up an anti-drug foundation. He gives back to the community by organizing the Moscow Music Peace Festival, an all-star hard rock event dedicated to promoting world peace and helping curb illegal drug use in the Soviet Union.  Ironically, several of the headliners at the time were heavy drug users, including Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row and Mötley Crüe.

April 25, 2004 – Billy Joel crashes his 1967 Citroen into an empty house in Bayville, NY and cuts his hand.  It was Joel’s third car accident in two years. No one was seriously injured.

April 25, 1994 – Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a TV cameraman during the memorial services for actor River Phoenix.

Classic Rock Birthdays

April 25, 1958 – Fish (born Derek William Dick), vocals (Marillion)
April 25, 1945 – Stu Cook, bass (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
April 25, 1918 – Ella Fitzgerald, jazz vocalist (d. 1996)
April 25, 1923 – Albert King (born Albert King Nelson), guitar, vocals (d. 1992)
April 25, 1960 – Paul Baloff, vocals (Exodus) (d. 2002)
April 25, 1955 – David Sikes, bass, vocals (Boston, Giuffria)
April 25, 1965 – Eric Avery, bass (Jane’s Addiction)
April 25, 1950 – Steve Ferrone, drums (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
April 25, 1933 – Jerry Leiber, songwriter, producer (Leiber and Stoller) (d. 2011)

Rock Remembrances

April 25, 1974 – Pamela Courson, the long-time girlfriend of the late Jim Morrison, dies of a heroin overdose in Los Angeles.  She was 27.  Courson had found Morrison dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.  After Morrison’s death and a legal battle, she inherited all proceeds from his estate.  Upon her death, her parents and Morrison’s parents agreed to equally divide the earnings from Morrison’s estate.

April 25, 2007 – Bobby “Boris” Pickett dies of leukemia in Los Angeles.  He was 69.  Pickett became famous with the 1962 Halloween anthem “The Monster Mash.”

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse Return To The Stage Next Week https://classicsdujour.com/neil-young-crazy-horse-return-to-the-stage-next-week/ https://classicsdujour.com/neil-young-crazy-horse-return-to-the-stage-next-week/#respond Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:58:25 +0000 https://classicsdujour.com/?p=15201 Neil Young is teaming up with his legendary band Crazy Horse for two shows next week – May 1st & 2nd at Warnors Theatre in Fresno, CA. This will be the first time that Young and Crazy Horse have performed together since a concert four years ago in Iceland. But according to the succinctly worded … Continue reading Neil Young & Crazy Horse Return To The Stage Next Week

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Neil Young is teaming up with his legendary band Crazy Horse for two shows next week – May 1st & 2nd at Warnors Theatre in Fresno, CA.

This will be the first time that Young and Crazy Horse have performed together since a concert four years ago in Iceland. But according to the succinctly worded announcement on Young’s website, they won’t be rehearsing for the shows in spite of their long hiatus.

Fresno. May 1 and 2. First time in a long time, live on stage. No rehearsal,” read the statement.

However, this concert may not be as off-the-cuff as it initially seems. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Young shared that he and Crazy Horse have “an incredible album in the can that’s a recent album. Alchemy.” Whether or not they plan on debuting the new material next week is anyone’s guess.

One time band member (and frequent collaborator with Young), Nils Lofgren of the E Street Band has been confirmed as a guest for the show. “The great news is I am jumping back in with #CrazyHorse @Neilyoung I will be there . Beyond honored. Nothing like playing with old friends,” Lofgren mused on Twitter. “A friend just reminded me, at this age you can’t coast.”

 

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Deep Purple & Judas Priest To Embark On Co-Headlining Tour https://classicsdujour.com/deep-purple-judas-priest-to-embark-on-co-headlining-tour/ https://classicsdujour.com/deep-purple-judas-priest-to-embark-on-co-headlining-tour/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:16:00 +0000 https://classicsdujour.com/?p=15197 Heavy metal pioneers Deep Purple and Judas Priest have just announced plans for a co-headlining tour this summer. Produced by Live Nation the outing will launch on August 21 in Cincinnati, OH and will hit 25 cities across the US and Canada. Deep Purple will be be touring in support of their most recent album … Continue reading Deep Purple & Judas Priest To Embark On Co-Headlining Tour

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Heavy metal pioneers Deep Purple and Judas Priest have just announced plans for a co-headlining tour this summer. Produced by Live Nation the outing will launch on August 21 in Cincinnati, OH and will hit 25 cities across the US and Canada.

Deep Purple will be be touring in support of their most recent album inFinite, which was released in April 2017 but have promised to cover decades of fan favorites for this run.

Judas Priest will also be touring in support of their latest album. Firepower was released on March 9, 2018 and has become one of the most successful of the band’s career – rocketing to the Top-5 in 17 countries, including their highest chart placement ever in the US and the album’s single “Lightening Strike” is their highest charting commercial rock radio single in decades.

Guitarist Glenn Tipton willl not, however, be joining his Judas Priest bandmates on tour. Tipton announced in February that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and on March 14th posted this message on the band’s website.

“By now many of you will know I won’t be doing the forthcoming Judas Priest tour because      of health issues—I’m so sorry but four years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and was told by my specialist that I had already had it for over ten years – I knew something was           wrong with my co-ordination and fluency regarding my playing but I worked around it and battled on – I have good days and bad days but the disease is degenerative and I would never want to compromise the greatest metal band in the world—it was therefore during the last rehearsals I decided to step down and have Andy Sneap fill in—he’s a great guy and I’m sure he’ll do a great job – I’m sure the band will be as strong than ever

“I have been overwhelmed by the massive support and love I’ve had from other artists and from fans all over the world and from many friends and metal maniacs out there – it’s not the end for me – I’ll still be able to write and record and on good days even join the band on stage for a few songs – with new medication and advances being made who knows what the future holds – but one thing’s for sure – it will certainly involve Priest!

“Finally the biggest thanks goes to Rob, Richie, Ian and Scott who have stood by me and supported me through everything – GLENN”

2018 is the year for co-headlining tours.  Other acts heading out on the road together are: John Fogerty and ZZ TopStyx and Joan JettHall & Oates and Train; Chicago and REO SpeedwagonDoobie Brothers and Steely Dan as well as Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers with Ann Wilson of Heart.

DEEP PURPLE AND JUDAS PRIEST TOUR DATES:
Aug 21 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
Aug 22 — Chicago, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 24 — Detroit, MI — Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug 25 — Mt. Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort*
Aug 27 — Hamilton, ON — FirstOntario Centre
Aug 29 — Montreal, QC — Bell Centre
Aug 30 — Quebec City, QC — Centre Videotron
Sep 1 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sep 2 — Bethel Woods, NY — Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Sep 5 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake Amphitheater
Sep 6 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep 8 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Sep 9 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion
Sep 11 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
Sep 12 — Jacksonville, FL — Daily’s Place
Sep 14 — Atlanta, GA — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Sep 16 — Biloxi, MS — Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Sep 18 — Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre
Sep 20 — Welch, MN — Treasure Island Casino*
Sep 21 — Council Bluffs, IA — Harrah’s Council Bluffs*
Sep 23 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
Sep 26 — San Diego, CA — Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Sep 27 — Irvine, CA — FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sep 29 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep 30 — Wheatland, CA — Toyota Amphitheatre
*Non Live Nation date

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CDJ Today: April 24 in Classic Rock https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-24/ https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-24/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 06:00:29 +0000 http://classicsdujour.com/?p=12086 April 24, 2007 – Sheryl Crow suggests a ban on using too much toilet paper. She says loo visitors should use “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”. She also designs a clothing line with a “dining sleeve” that is detachable and can be replaced with another … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 24 in Classic Rock

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Stone Temple Pilots: Dean DeLeo, Scott Weiland, Eric Kretz, and Robert DeLeo at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines in 2011. Photo credit: Jeck M.

April 24, 2007 – Sheryl Crow suggests a ban on using too much toilet paper. She says loo visitors should use “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”. She also designs a clothing line with a “dining sleeve” that is detachable and can be replaced with another “dining sleeve” after being used as a napkin.

April 24, 1976 – Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels offers the Beatles $3,000 (union scale) to reunite on SNL. Paul McCartney and John Lennon are watching the show at Lennon’s New York City apartment and almost show up, but they’re too tired.  This turns out to be the last time that Lennon and McCartney spend time together prior to Lennon’s murder.

April 24, 1996Stone Temple Pilots cancel a string of dates and release a statement saying that lead singer Scott Weiland has “become unable to rehearse or appear for these shows due to his dependency on drugs. He is currently under a doctor’s care in a medical facility.”

April 24, 2011 Green Day‘s Broadway show, American Idiot: The Musical, closes after 422 performances.

April 24, 1961 – Bob Dylan guests on Harry Belafonte’s album, The Midnight Special, playing harmonica. This is Dylan’s first ever recording, and he is paid $50 for the  session.

Classic Rock Birthdays

April 24, 1954 – Jack Blades, bass, vocals (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees)
April 24, 1963 – Joey Vera, bass (Armored Saint, Fates Warning)
April 24, 1967 – Shannon Larkin, drums (Ugly Kid Joe, Godsmack)
April 24, 1967 – Patty Schemel, drums (Hole)
April 24, 1963 – Billy Gould, bass (Faith No More)
April 24, 1968 – Aaron Comess, drums (The Spin Doctors)
April 24, 1974 – Brian Marshall, bass (Creed, Alter Bridge)
April 24, 1945 – Doug Clifford, drums (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
April 24, 1948 – Steve York, bass (Manfred Mann)
April 24, 1951 – Nigel Harrison, bass (Blondie)
April 24, 1959 – Paula Yates, ex-wife of Sir Bob Geldof and girlfriend of INXS singer Michael Hutchence (d. 2000)

Rock Remembrances

April 24, 1975 – Pete Ham, lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of Badfinger, hangs himself in the garage of his Surrey, England home.  He was 27.  Ham was despondent over finances, and left behind a pregnant girlfriend, who gave birth to their daughter one month after his death. His suicide note said, “I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better.”  Ham wrote “Baby Blue,” “No Matter What” and “Without You,” which has been recorded by over 180 artist.  Paul McCartney said that it was “the killer song of all time.”

April 24, 2001 – Al Hibbler, blind singer with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, dies in Chicago. He was 85. Hibbler’s biggest career hit was  “Unchained Melody”.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce Hometown Stadium For Their Final Show https://classicsdujour.com/lynyrd-skynyrd-announce-hometown-stadium-for-their-final-show/ https://classicsdujour.com/lynyrd-skynyrd-announce-hometown-stadium-for-their-final-show/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:07:17 +0000 https://classicsdujour.com/?p=15195 Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced that their final performance as a band will be in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida at EverBank Field (home of the NFL team the Jaguars) on September 2nd. The band announced in January that after more than 40 years and over 60 albums together, they were embarking on their final tour. … Continue reading Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce Hometown Stadium For Their Final Show

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Lynyrd SkynyrdLynyrd Skynyrd have announced that their final performance as a band will be in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida at EverBank Field (home of the NFL team the Jaguars) on September 2nd.

The band announced in January that after more than 40 years and over 60 albums together, they were embarking on their final tour. Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour will launch on May 4th in West Palm Beach, FL at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre.

“It’s hard to imagine, after all these years, the band that Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins and myself started back in Jacksonville, would resonate for this long and to so many generations of fans. I’m certain they are looking down from above, amazed that the music has touched so many,” said Gary Rossington, in an announcement released on the band’s website .

Lead vocalist, Johnny Van Zant added, “we’ve been blessed by these great songs and the messages they carry to the fans. It’s been a true honor to try and fill in my brother’s footsteps for the past 31 years, keeping the music and his spirit alive.”

The tour was originally set to wrap up on September 1st in Atlanta, GA but the group decided to add one last show in the city where it all began in 1964.

“This is a dream come true for the Lynyrd Skynyrd band. We’re going to rock the house here,” Johnny Van Zant said at a press conference Thursday. “My brother and Gary [Rossington] and Alan Collins started this band a long time ago. We are on our farewell tour. It’s time to wrap it up. To be able to play Jacksonville, here, with the Jags, come on. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd have also announced that special guests Jason Aldean and Kid Rock will join them onstage for the final show. Other special guests scheduled to appear with the band throughout their tour are Bad Company, the Charlie Daniels Band, Hank Williams Jr., the Marshall Tucker Band, 38 Special, Blackberry Smoke and Blackfoot.

Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour Dates:

May 4 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
May 5 – Tampa, FL – MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
May 11 – Dallas, TX – Starplex Pavilion
May 12 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 18 – Phoenix, AZ – AK-Chin Pavilion
May 19 – Chula Vista, CA – Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
May 25 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
May 26 – San Bernardino, CA – Glen Helen Amphitheater
Jun 22 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun 23 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre
Jun 29 – Raleigh, N – Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Jun 30 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Jul 6 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Jul 7 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 13 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater
Jul 14 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
Jul 20 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
Jul 21 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center For The Arts
Jul 27 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
Jul 28 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
Aug 3 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 4 – Noblesville IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug 6 – Sturgis, SD – Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Aug 10 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 11 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Aug 17 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Aug 18 – St. Louis, MO – Holllywood Caasino Amphitheatre
Aug 24 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheatre
Aug 25 – Burgettstown, PA – Keybank Pavilion
Aug 31 – Pelham AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Sep 1 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Sep 2 – Jacksonville, FL – EverBank Field

Tickets are on sale now through the band’s website.

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Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars – A Great Documentary! https://classicsdujour.com/eric-clapton-life-12-bars-documentary/ https://classicsdujour.com/eric-clapton-life-12-bars-documentary/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:45:42 +0000 https://classicsdujour.com/?p=15184 God giveth and God taketh away.  Never has that phrase been so apt when talking about the life of Eric Clapton. Many of us loosely know about his life, his music, his triumphs and failures, and mostly about the pain he’s endured through most of it, but this documentary really gets down to the particulars … Continue reading Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars – A Great Documentary!

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God giveth and God taketh away.  Never has that phrase been so apt when talking about the life of Eric Clapton.

Many of us loosely know about his life, his music, his triumphs and failures, and mostly about the pain he’s endured through most of it, but this documentary really gets down to the particulars and many of our questions’ and answers’ missing pieces are filled in to help explain the man and the music we’ve been hearing from him for decades.  I found the film to be very revealing and it certainly gave me a better understanding of one of my favorite guitar heroes.

Do you have to suffer to sing the blues?  Apparently, and Clapton has certainly done more of his share.  It’s as if like Robert Johnson, he made a deal with the Devil—“I’ll give you this talent, but you’re gonna pay dearly.”  Probably, nothing could be farther from the truth, but it does make you wonder.

The movie begins by explaining that when Eric was about eight or nine years old, he was told that the gal he grew up with as his sister, was really his mother and that the woman he thought was his mother was really his grandmother, and his “father” was really his grandfather.  At this point his real mother left the house totally rejecting him.  He says after that incident he could “never trust anyone again.”  Throughout the extraordinary growth of his music career we also see, time after time, how he is disappointed with his real everyday life.  His unrequited love affair with his best friend George Harrison’s wife Pattie Boyd, a second rejection of his mother when Eric is older, the death of his first son, and on and on.  But all of it makes for great songs, as we discover once again that most authentic art is created from real life experiences.

The entire Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs album, which many feel is one of the greatest rock albums of all time, is so because it is entirely written, for and about, said Pattie Boyd and the incredible passion Eric felt for her.  Eric finishes the record and plays it for her thinking that all of his longing will be made so clear to her that she will leave George and go with him.  But as he sadly cites, “It didn’t work.”  Crushed again and with more angst coming from all directions (his friend Jimi Hendrix dies, his grandfather/father dies) he winds up experimenting with heroin as he finds the feeling as being “hugged by a fluffy pink cotton ball insulating one from any pain the outside world can bring—nothing phases you.”

He kicks heroin only to replace it with alcohol, which he says is ten times worse!  He becomes a horrible drunk which helps explain the lackluster energy of his early 70’s solo albums.  He becomes so addicted to alcohol that in one of his saddest admissions he states, “My love for alcohol was boundless.  The only reason I didn’t commit suicide was I wouldn’t be able to drink if I was dead.”  He also says he was upset with Hendrix’s death for two reasons—one because he died, and two, “because he didn’t take me with him!”

Sinking as low as one can go, and not a terribly religious man, Eric Clapton finally, literally gets down on his knees and asks God to save him.  “Can I just have some peace, p-l-e-a-s-e?”  I find this event very moving and yet, at the same time, a little  eerie.  What are the lyrics to his most famous cover song, “Crossroads”?  “I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees, asked the Lord above for mercy, save me if you please.”

In the end he is saved and even more importantly creates the Crossroads Rehab Centre in Antigua for musicians who are on the outs and any others who do not have the money to help themselves.  He also creates The Crossroads Guitar Festival, the proceeds of which support the center and auctions off a lot of his prized guitars to help fund all.  “My vision was to create a center of the highest caliber.”  This is important because at the end of the day whatever you want to think about Eric Clapton, it does reveal the real soul of the man.

Here are another couple of gems I learned from watching this documentary.  Upon reaching his goal to become a guitar virtuoso, Eric decides he wants to try and make a living playing music.  So he joins a professional outfit, The Yardbirds.  They are doing fine and then The Beatles hit the scene.  “We thought they were wankers!” playing surface pop bubblegum top 40 songs to acquire commercial success.  When the Yardbirds had a hit single with “For Your Love” they were asked to don Beatles’ haircuts to help promote their image.  Clapton immediately quit the band citing wearing Beatles’ haircuts was a “sell-out” and he didn’t want to be that, he wanted to be something more substantial

For me, that was a huge statement.  I have ranted for years in this blog about the musicians that choose substance and authenticity first in the hopes that their art will reap financial benefits versus those that choose to market their way to success.  The former always seem to reach much deeper into our hearts and souls and their music seems to continually sustain.  It also supports my theory on music made and played by humans versus computer beats.  Clapton maintains, “Music, when it comes from a real place, can be very powerful and everlasting.”

I also learned that Clapton’s vision of the band Cream was not all that great.  He states that Cream was just about “aggressive music” as if somehow that wasn’t enough.  He says he sometimes wonders if he’d been better off just staying with John Mayall’s Blues Breakers.  I find that shocking considering all the ground breaking music Cream created, but it also lets us know why his solo albums were an attempt to make a more laid back kind of music and also explains Clapton’s love for The Band which had much more dynamic range.

There are many more fascinating subjects and life events you will witness in this documentary.  Like the time Clapton was asked to play on an Aretha Franklin session.  He showed up with his psychedelic permanent-wave afro and pink bell bottoms—Aretha and part of her crew started laughing, until Clapton plugged in the guitar!  Also the interesting discussion about Americans having to go through the civil rights movement before they could appreciate their own original black blues players.  In fact, Clapton was convinced that once the audience discovered that he and other white players were copying the original creators of the blues like Muddy Waters, B.B., Freddie, and Albert King–he and his colleagues would quickly be out of business as he felt most folks would easily prefer the originals.

In the end we find that the guitar for Eric Clapton is much more than a companion and a way for him to make a living.  The guitar, from when he was very young to this day, is an instrument that has given him peace when he could not find it anywhere else in his life, and it is the guitar and music which has always come to the rescue and literally saved his life, time and time again.

Lastly, we find Clapton with a wife he has found late in life and the big happy family he has always wanted.  I love the way he puts it, “I am so happy to be one of them.”  And even more important than all the music he has created over the years, Eric Clapton says, it is the Crossroads Addiction Treatment Center that means the most to him, as it has helped so many other human beings get their lives back on track.

I love happy endings.  Watch the movie!

Life in 12 Bars Trailer

Until next time,

Rap~

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The Scorpions Announce Five US Shows With Queensryche https://classicsdujour.com/the-scorpions-announce-five-us-shows-with-queensryche/ https://classicsdujour.com/the-scorpions-announce-five-us-shows-with-queensryche/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:45:27 +0000 https://classicsdujour.com/?p=15185 German rock band The Scorpions have announced that the will be returning to the US for five shows this summer after abruptly cancelling five concerts last fall. Lead singer Klaus Meine was diagnosed with a severe case of laryngitis following a LA show in October 2017 and according to a statement released by the band … Continue reading The Scorpions Announce Five US Shows With Queensryche

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The Scorpions
The Scorpions

German rock band The Scorpions have announced that the will be returning to the US for five shows this summer after abruptly cancelling five concerts last fall.

Lead singer Klaus Meine was diagnosed with a severe case of laryngitis following a LA show in October 2017 and according to a statement released by the band he had been “advised by a top throat specialist in Los Angeles to rest his voice,” and that if he continued “he could risk permanent vocal damage.”

Lucky for fans Meine has recovered and the band has scheduled five shows with opening act Queensryche to make up for the cancelled dates. Their first concert will be at the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Area in Stateline,NV on August 31st, followed by shows in Irvine, CA on September 2nd, San Antonio, TX on September 7th, Fort Lauderdale, FL on September 12th and Tampa, FL on September 14th.

This US stint is an extension of their world-wide Crazy World tour, named after their hit 1991 album. “When our album Crazy World was released back in ‘91, right at the end of the Cold War, we toured around a world that was pretty crazy back then, but there was so much hope in the air for a more peaceful future,” explained Meine. “Now, 26 years later, things are getting more crazy every other day. After all these years, ‘Crazy World’ is still a good motto for our upcoming world tour. We are very much looking forward to seeing all of you there.”

Tickets are on sale now – check out The Scorpions website for more info.

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CDJ Today: April 23 in Classic Rock https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-23/ https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-23/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:00:44 +0000 http://classicsdujour.com/?p=11944 April 23, 2003 – Twisted Sister announce their reformation for their first tour in 16 years.  The following month they kick off the tour on USO military bases in South Korea. April 23, 1963  – Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert in New York City. Classic Rock Birthdays April 23, 1960 – Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard) … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 23 in Classic Rock

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Roy Orbison

April 23, 2003 Twisted Sister announce their reformation for their first tour in 16 years.  The following month they kick off the tour on USO military bases in South Korea.

April 23, 1963 Bob Dylan performs his first major solo concert in New York City.

Classic Rock Birthdays

April 23, 1960 – Steve Clark, guitarist (Def Leppard) (d. 1991)
April 23, 1947 – Glenn Cornick, bassist (Jethro Tull) (d. 2014)
April 23, 1936 – Roy Orbison, singer (d. 1988)
April 23, 1967 – Brent Muscat, guitarist (Faster Pussycat)
April 23, 1968 – Stan Frazier, drummer (Sugar Ray)

Rock Remembrances

April 23, 1991 – Johnny Thunders (born John Anthony Genzale Jr.), guitarist and singer of the New York Dolls, dies in New Orleans.  He was 38.  He allegedly dies from a drug overdose, but there are mysterious circumstances surrounding his death that may involve foul play.

April 23, 2011 – Norio Ohga, former President and Chairman of Sony, dies in Tokyo.  He was 81.  Ohga was credited with spurring the development of the compact disc.

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CDJ Today: April 22 in Classic Rock https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-22-2/ https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-22-2/#respond Sun, 22 Apr 2018 06:00:12 +0000 https://classicsdujour.com/?p=15175 April 22, 1976 – Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi debut their Blues Brothers act on Saturday Night Live. They play a cover of “Soul Man” by Sam & Dave, who they used as the basis for their characters. April 22, 1993 – The Who’s Tommy premieres on Broadway where it is performed 899 times until … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 22 in Classic Rock

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Peter Frampton
Peter Frampton

April 22, 1976 – Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi debut their Blues Brothers act on Saturday Night Live. They play a cover of “Soul Man” by Sam & Dave, who they used as the basis for their characters.

April 22, 1993 – The Who’s Tommy premieres on Broadway where it is performed 899 times until it closes in June of 1995.

April 22, 1969 – John Lennon changes his middle name to Ono (from Winston) on the roof of the Apple Records building in London.

Classic Rock Birthdays

April 22, 1950 – Peter Frampton, guitar, vocals (Humble Pie, solo)
April 22, 1979 – Daniel Johns, vocals (Silverchair)
April 22, 1974 – Shavo Odadjian, bass (System of a Down)

Rock Remembrances

April 22, 1980 – Richie Havens dies of a heart attack in New Jersey. He was 72. Havens legendarily opened the 1969 Woodstock rock festival, playing for nearly three hours. The promoters kept extending his set because other performers could not get to the site, due to traffic congestion. Later, he dabbled in acting, performed at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, and co-headlined the 1996 Tibetan Freedom Concert for an audience of more than 100,000.

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CDJ Today: April 21 in Classic Rock https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-21/ https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-21/#respond Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:00:12 +0000 http://classicsdujour.com/?p=11940 April 21, 1990 – Van Halen christen the opening night of their Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a live performance.  Sammy Hagar would eventually buy out the rest of the band due to the club’s early financial failure.  In later years, Cabo Wabo becomes a huge success. April 21, 2005 – Alex Lifeson of Rush pleads no contest to a … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 21 in Classic Rock

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April 21, 1990 – Van Halen christen the opening night of their Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a live performance.  Sammy Hagar would eventually buy out the rest of the band due to the club’s early financial failure.  In later years, Cabo Wabo becomes a huge success.

April 21, 2005 – Alex Lifeson of Rush pleads no contest to a charge of resisting arrest in Florida from an incident involving his son at the Ritz Carlton hotel. He is sentenced to 12 months of probation, and later receives a confidential settlement from the hotel.

April 21, 1993 – Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann rescues a 17-year-old surfer in Mendocino, CA after noticing him drowning in a riptide.

April 21, 2001 – R.E.M.’s Peter Buck is detained at the Heathrow police station after a flight on British Airways from Seattle to London.   He is charged for common assault on crew members, disobeying an aircraft commander, being drunk on an aircraft, threatening and abusive words and behavior, and “criminal damage to a quantity of crockery.” Buck was found innocent of all charges the following year.

April 21, 1969 – Andy Warhol agrees to design the artwork for the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers record.  The iconic design includes a working zipper, which is very difficult to produce, but makes it one of the most memorable album covers of all time.

RELATED: See where ‘Sticky Fingers‘ ranks in our Top 10 Classic Rock Album Covers >

April 21, 1961 – The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

April 21, 1990 – Paul McCartney draws 184,000 people to his concert in Rio, setting a new world record for attendance at a concert by a single artist.

April 21, 1970Elton John makes his live stage debut as a solo act, opening for T. Rex and Spooky Tooth in London.

April 21, 1960 –  Dick Clark testifies before Congress, admitting he took money and gifts – “payola” – to play records. Because of his honesty, he emerges from the hearings unscathed.  On the other hand, legendary DJ Alan Freed refuses to admit his guilt, insisting that he was a consultant to the industry. His career never recovers.

Classic Rock Birthdays

April 21, 1947 – Iggy Pop (born James Osterberg), vocals (The Stooges)
April 21, 1951 – Paul Carrack, vocals, guitar (Ace, Squeeze, Mike + The Mechanics)
April 21, 1959 – Robert Smith, vocals, guitar (The Cure)
April 21, 1978 – Branden Steineckert, drums (Rancid)

Rock Remembrances

April 21, 2016 – Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson), dies of an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl at his home, Paisley Park, in Chanhassen, Minnesota.  He was 57.  Prince has been called one of the most influential artists of the rock & roll era and is a seven-time Grammy winner and an Academy Award winner for his seminal film Purple Rain. Prince scored Top 10 hits with “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Kiss,” and several of his songs also became hits for others, including “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor, “Manic Monday” for the Bangles and “I Feel for You” for Chaka Khan. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility.

April 21, 2016 – Lonnie Mack (born Lonnie Macintosh), performer of “the first of the guitar-hero records” dies of natural causes near his log-cabin home outside of Nashville, Tennessee.  He was 74.  Mack was a major influence for Stevie Ray VaughanJeff Beck, Dickey Betts, Warren Haynes, Adrian Belew and Ted Nugent.  Mack also recorded with the Doors on Morrison Hotel. Years later, they released an instrumental entitled “Blues for Lonnie”.

April 21, 2013 – Christina Amphlett, lead singer of the Divinyls, dies of breast cancer in New York City.   She was 53.  Amphlett’s cancer treatment was complicated by her multiple sclerosis, making her unable to receive radiation or chemotherapy.  Amphlett was also a stage and screen actress.

April 21, 1978 – Sandy Denny, of the Fairport Convention, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage after falling down the stairs at a friend’s house. She was 31. Denny was the only guest vocalist to ever appear on a Led Zeppelin album, dueting with Robert Plant on the song “Battle of Evermore.”

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