Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of Tom Petty. For those of us in the rock community, it’s been a difficult few years as several icons from David Bowie to Glenn Frey to Prince have departed this earth. But this is nothing new in rock ‘n roll. Our stars have been dying … Continue reading Why Dead Rock Stars Get More Popular Over Time
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 only worked closely with Tom Petty once (yet in an odd way from afar), but it confirmed for me who he really was as a man and as a true musician, and that brought me a big smile. In 1991 Columbia Records released an amazing eclectic blues/rock album by a new gifted artist named … Continue reading Tom Petty — Can’t Believe He’s Gone
“It’s the last show ever–we have to leave the audience with the best show they’re ever gonna see from Sabbath,” says Tony Iommi, iconic legendary guitarist of the band. And,… they do!! The concert takes place in Birmingham, England where it all began. The film opens with the song “Black Sabbath” which is first song … Continue reading BLACK SABBATH—The End of The End concert film—THE BEST!
I recently received Gregg Allman’s final studio album from Rounder/Concord entitled Southern Blood, which will officially release September 8th. I think it’s one of the greatest albums Gregg has ever made, and moreover it is a very important work. It is important, because Gregg made the album knowing his time on earth was measured and … Continue reading Gregg Allman ‘Southern Blood’ – An Extraordinary Farewell Album
Steve Winwood is so talented, and gifted I might add, that in May of 2012 when he posted an incredible sounding video of himself singing “Can’t Find My Way Home” solo acoustic, sitting by a fireplace, a huge controversy arose in the industry and amongst fans if indeed Steve was singing live or if he … Continue reading Steve Winwood — Talent, Talent, and… More Talent!
Hi everyone, If you have been reading this blog over time you probably know by now that aside from being in the music biz my whole life, I am also an avid guitar player (read my blog about my new Les Paul guitar here), and in the last five years or so have become very … Continue reading Adventures in the Recording Studio in 2017
I just saw U2 play three songs in a small theater, without all the big amps, special effects, and big production, and they were still simply amazing!! When a band can totally captivate an audience in this kind of no frills environment—that’s the true test, that’s when you know how good they really are. U2 … Continue reading U2 – Amazing Intimate Live Performance!
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
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!
Much has been written over the years about Paul McCartney and John Lennon and their songwriting abilities, both separate and as a team. At first, they seemed to be the ones that most people talked about when it came to the discussion of who were the most important Beatles. But as George Harrison’s wonderful solo … Continue reading George Harrison — The Beatles’ Secret Sauce And So Much More!