March 21, 1952 – Famed DJ Alan Freed (“Moondog”) presents the Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena. It is widely considered the first rock and roll concert, with Billy Ward and The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams scheduled to perform. Unfortunately, the concert was shut down after the first song, because an estimated 20,000 people tried to crowd … Continue reading CDJ Today: March 21
On Saturday evening, following the news of Chuck Berry’s death, classic rockers took to social media to pay tribute to the man considered one of the founding fathers of rock and roll. Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever. – Huey … Continue reading Rockers React to News of Chuck Berry’s Death
February 26, 1997 – Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart of Rush receive the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award from the Canadian government, for significant achievement in important fields of human endeavor. They are the first rock band to receive the award. February 26, 1985 – Bruce Springsteen wins his first Grammy for Best Male Vocal Performance of “Dancing In The Dark.” To … Continue reading CDJ Today: February 26
10 Peter Gabriel – “Biko” (1980) Apartheid This tribute to Steve Biko, an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, who died while in police custody in 1977, was originally recorded by Peter Gabriel, but has been covered by numerous artists including Simple Minds, Paul Simon, Joan Baez and many others. A live recording of the song … Continue reading Top 10 Protest Songs
The Boss invited a young fan on stage during his show in Brisbane, Australia last week to perform to the tune “Growin’ Up,” proving that rock’n’roll dreams do, in fact, come true. Nathan Testa, just 14 years old, had been holding up a sign saying he had skipped school to be at the show when … Continue reading Springsteen Invites Young Fan On Stage to Perform “Growin’ Up”
Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Ringo Starr, Patti Smith and Yoko Ono have come together with 200 other rock legends and cultural heroes to declare We Are Not Afraid, in a new video targeted to raise funds for victims of religious and political violence around the world. Creator/organizer Steve Weitzman says We Are … Continue reading Richards, Plant, Springsteen and More Come Together for ‘We Are Not Afraid’ Campaign [WATCH]
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have added eight new shows to the River Tour, including stops in Chicago, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The tour, which originally kicked off in January with 37 North American dates, heads to Europe for an 11-week run before returning state side in August. WATCH: Bruce Springsteen Kicks off River … Continue reading Bruce Springsteen Adds New River Tour Dates
There is a big buzz on Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s The River Tour. Friends of mine have been raving about the fact that not only do you see one of rock’s greatest albums played live in it’s entirety, but true to Springsteen’s crowd pleasing work ethic, you also get an extra hour … Continue reading Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – The River Tour – Tearing it up across the country!