I was perusing CDJ, when I spied a great interview with Rob Halford by my old friend Jim Villanueva. New music by iconic veterans is most always something to shout about. The idea of always “becoming” keeps an artist fresh and vibrant. A metal Christmas album is perfect, and Celestial delivers on all fronts. The … Continue reading Rob Halford and the Secret Lives of Metal Gods
I think this new live Journey CD/DVD is something to be excited about. Even though we all miss the one and only Steve Perry as frontman, for the last ten years Arnel Pineda has done a fabulous job singing all the songs, sounding incredibly like Perry, and hitting all the high notes. Moreover, the band … Continue reading Journey Live! New CD and DVD!
The first time many of us heard about David Gilmour’s overly generous philanthropy was in 2002 when he sold his beautiful London home for approximately four million pounds and handed the cash straight to Crisis, a British charity supporting the homeless. That blew a lot of people’s minds. Turns out that David had been giving … Continue reading David Gilmour Guitar Auction Reveals A Lot About The Man
This is a headline that I could not have, and would not have written a year ago. I haven’t been good with the getting older thing—not for a long time. I am guessing that many of you can relate. But this year some major events took place that really turned my head around and I … Continue reading If This Is Turning 70, I’m In!
The early 70’s in the music business seemed like one long party. It’s not that we didn’t do our jobs, it’s just that everything seemed very loose and carefree while we were doing them. We worked hard for sure, but then there would be an afternoon game of bowling in the hallway — stuff like … Continue reading Early 70’s Music Biz Hiring — Pretty Amusing!
Over the years I have been amazed at how many top-notch celebrity actors there are who want to be rock stars, as if the acting and celebrity is not enough to totally fulfill them. Is the power of the music from the 60’s, the artists it spawned, and/or the subsequent education about our original great … Continue reading Actors Who Want To Be Rock Stars – Why?
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!
I recently read in our good ol’ CDJ about the retirement plans of Paul Simon, Neil Diamond, Elton John, and Ozzy Osbourne. The strangest feeling came over me—it just didn’t sound right. I actually am finding it hard to cope with the thought. Although I am getting older myself and in semi-retirement mode for the … Continue reading Iconic Artists “Retiring” – Doesn’t Sound Right + Funny Paul Simon and Frank Zappa Stories
I was reading our own web platform, Classics Du Jour, about the “10 Lesser Known Facts About Joni Mitchell…” and at the end was a “related” story about Chris Hillman. I clicked on that and discovered the new Chris Hillman album produced by Tom Petty! I’ve always felt that CDJ served a very meaningful purpose, … Continue reading Rediscovering Chris Hillman
Jerry Garcia – “Music should be holy. When it becomes a business and the music is designed to make money, then the music doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do.” That is a mouthful, and a statement that a philosophy major, like myself could write a term paper on. But don’t worry I won’t be … Continue reading Explaining The Grateful Dead