I was invited by a promoter friend of mine, Danny Zelisko to attend the Roger Waters dress rehearsal of his new show Us + Them held for family and friends. It took place at the Meadowlands arena, and although some press and radio folks were invited, mostly the audience was, indeed, family and friends of … Continue reading Roger Waters Dress Rehearsal Us + Them Tour — Spectacular!
I have noticed over years that some artists lose their edge. Some record new albums with less of a work ethic that they had in the past. Perhaps they see creating a new album as just a calling card to shed some new light on their band and help set up a tour. Perhaps they … Continue reading Roger Waters — Still Relevant!
May 12, 1967 – Pink Floyd perform what may have been the first concert in quadraphonic sound when they place loudspeakers at the back of the concert hall at “Games for May,” a swanky affair at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Adding to the otherworldly experience, Roger Waters throws potatoes at a gong, Nick Mason mic’s up a saw to cut through … Continue reading CDJ Today: May 12
Roger Waters hasn’t exactly been quiet about his disapproval of President Trump, so it’s no surprise that the former Pink Floyd bassist and songwriter turned solo artist has given the O.K. to an anti-Trump architectural installation project inspired in part by the Pink Floyd inflatable pig. Architect Jeffrey Roberts announced his plans for “Flying Pigs … Continue reading Pink Floyd-inspired Inflatable Pigs to Block Trump Tower in Chicago This Summer
May 1, 1967 – Elvis Presley (32) marries Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. This was the first marriage for them both and the only time Elvis was officially married. The cake cost $3200, which at the time was more than the price of an average car. The only celebrity guest was comedian Redd … Continue reading CDJ Today: May 1
April 6, 1993 – Peter Criss, former drummer for the rock group KISS, settles a libel lawsuit against Star magazine for portraying him as a homeless alcoholic. ”At least now I can go on with a clearer head, now that this is over,” he said. “I could write a song about this whole thing. Maybe I will.” A Jan. … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 6
April 1, 1985 – David Lee Roth officially leaves Van Halen to start a solo career. Roth later reconsiders and joins Van Halen briefly in 1996 and in 2000, before re-joining permanently in 2006. April 1, 2008 – Scott Weiland officially leaves Velvet Revolver. April 1, 1970 – The Woodstock movie premieres in Hollywood; it eventually grosses $50 million in the United States. April 1, 1976 – Pink Floyd guitarist David … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 1
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
March 10, 2003 – AC/DC are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler. The band went on to play “Highway To Hell” and then performed “You Shook Me All Night Long” with Tyler. [watch below] March 10, 1984 – Ian Gillan leaves Black Sabbath after a year with the band. He later says, … Continue reading CDJ Today: March 10