Classics Du Jour https://classicsdujour.com Always classic rock Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:49:36 -0700 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 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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MusiCares Benefit Concert Honoring Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Adds 3 New Performers To Lineup https://classicsdujour.com/musicares-benefit-concert-honoring-pearl-jams-mike-mccready-adds-3-new-performers-to-lineup/ https://classicsdujour.com/musicares-benefit-concert-honoring-pearl-jams-mike-mccready-adds-3-new-performers-to-lineup/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:27:35 +0000 https://classicsdujour.com/?p=15169 It has just been announced that three more performers have been added to the lineup for the 2018 MusiCares Concert for Recovery in honor of Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. Alt-country singer/songwriter Star Anna, Mark Arm of the band Mudhoney and Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander will be joining and already impressive lineup for the May 10th … Continue reading MusiCares Benefit Concert Honoring Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Adds 3 New Performers To Lineup

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It has just been announced that three more performers have been added to the lineup for the 2018 MusiCares Concert for Recovery in honor of Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. Alt-country singer/songwriter Star Anna, Mark Arm of the band Mudhoney and Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander will be joining and already impressive lineup for the May 10th benefit concert taking place at the Showbox in Seattle.

Previously announced performers include Nancy Wilson, Slash, Duff McKagan, Barrett Martin and Mike Ness. The event will be hosted by actor/comedian Joel McHale and will also feature special performnces by McCready and friends Tim DiJulio, Chris Friel, Rick Friel, Mike Musburger, Danny Newcomb, Paul Passarelli, Kim Virant and Gary Westlake.

McCready will receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his dedication and support of MusiCares and the music community as well as his commitment to helping others who are in the midst of the addiction recovery process.

The MusiCares Foundation is a charity affiliated with the Recording Academy and is a critical safety net to members of the music community. It ensures music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical and personal need and it provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery resources.

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CDJ Today: April 20 in Classic Rock https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-20/ https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-20/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:00:57 +0000 http://classicsdujour.com/?p=11938 Monthy Python pay tribute to George Harrison with a performance of “The Lumberjack Song” at the Concert for George in 2002. April 20, 1971 – Five friends at San Rafael High School in California coin the term “4:20” as a euphemism for smoking pot so they could talk about their “activity” in front of their parents. April 20th … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 20 in Classic Rock

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Monthy Python pay tribute to George Harrison with a performance of “The Lumberjack Song” at the Concert for George in 2002.

April 20, 1971 – Five friends at San Rafael High School in California coin the term “4:20” as a euphemism for smoking pot so they could talk about their “activity” in front of their parents. April 20th becomes a popular day to spark one up, as does 4:20 pm…every day.

April 20, 2011 – K.K. Downing, guitarist and founding member of Judas Priest, announces he is leaving the band.

April 20, 1995 –  Eddie Van Halen pleads no contest to trying to board a plane with  a semi-automatic pistol in his carry-on luggage.  He was detained at Burbank Airport, and later fined $300 and given one year’s probation.

April 20, 1968 – Deep Purple make their live debut in Denmark. Originally known as Roundabout, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore renames the band Deep Purple after his grandmother’s favorite song.

April 20, 1993 – Aerosmith release Get A Grip, which goes on to sell over 7 million copies and become their first #1 album. It featured guest performances by Don Henley and Lenny Kravitz.

April 20, 1992 – A Concert For Life, a tribute to the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, takes place at Wembley Stadium with artists including James Hetfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Slash, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi, Axl Rose and David Bowie.

April 20, 2002 – Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic dispute Courtney Love’s ownership rights over Nirvana’s recordings in a Seattle court. They question her mental stability, calling her “irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.”

April 20, 1987 – Police in Rhode Island arrest a teen accused of biting the head off a gerbil.  He did it as a tribute to Ozzy Osbourne.  Hey, wasn’t that supposed to be a bat?

April 20, 1981 – John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas is sentenced to 5  years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges.  He later receives only 30 days.

April 20, 1976 – George Harrison joins his friends in Monty Python for a surprise appearance during their show in New York City. He is costumed as a Canadian Mountie and joins the chorus for “The Lumberjack Song.”

April 20, 1978 – The movie, FM, which will become the basis for the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati, makes its debut. Linda Ronstadt and Jimmy Buffett both appear in the film.

Classic Rock Birthdays

April 20, 1967 – Mike Portnoy, drummer (Dream Theater, Twisted Sister)
April 20, 1948 – Craig Frost, keyboards (Grand Funk Railroad, Bob Seger)
April 20, 1945 – Jimmy Winston, keyboards (Small Faces)

Rock Remembrances

April 20, 1991 –  Steve Marriott, singer and guitarist of Small Faces and Humble Pie, dies in a fire at his home in Essex, England.  He was 44.  Marriott had been smoking in bed and fell asleep. An autopsy found Valium, alcohol and cocaine in his system.  Marriott was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Small Faces.

April 20, 2012 – Bert Weedon, inventor of “Play In A Day” guitar guides, dies at the age of 91.  Released in 1957 in Britain, “Play In A Day” sold over two million copies and was a major influence on musicians including Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Eric Clapton, Brian May and John Lennon.

April 20, 1949 – Ben Spector, Phil Spector’s father, commits suicide when Phil is just 9 years old.  The elder Spector was 46.  Spector’s song “To Know Him Is To Love Him” comes from the inscription on his father’s headstone.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan’s First Guitar Sells for $250,000 at Auction https://classicsdujour.com/stevie-ray-vaughans-first-guitar-sells-for-250000-at-auction/ https://classicsdujour.com/stevie-ray-vaughans-first-guitar-sells-for-250000-at-auction/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:02:49 +0000 https://classicsdujour.com/?p=15161 Stevie Ray Vaughan’s first guitar, a 1951 Fender Broadcaster known as “Jimbo” has just sold for $250,000 through Dallas’ Heritage Auction. The guitar itself has a fascinating history. Beyond the fact that it was the first instrument of such an influential musician, its story has been shrouded in mystery with much speculation over what kind … Continue reading Stevie Ray Vaughan’s First Guitar Sells for $250,000 at Auction

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Stevie Ray Vaughan’s first guitar, a 1951 Fender Broadcaster known as “Jimbo” has just sold for $250,000 through Dallas’ Heritage Auction.

The guitar itself has a fascinating history. Beyond the fact that it was the first instrument of such an influential musician, its story has been shrouded in mystery with much speculation over what kind of guitar it actually is.

The guitar was owned by Stevie’s older brother, Jimmie Vaughan, who carved “Jimbo” into the back. He reportedly gave Jimbo to his younger brother so that 12-year-old Stevie would stop borrowing his other guitars.

 

This photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows the engraving on an electric guitar Stevie Ray Vaughan was given at the age of 12, by his brother. 

(Heritage Auctions/Emily Clemens)

 

While in high school, Stevie stripped the guitar’s natural finish off in shop class and that, along with the missing name from the head-stock, has fueled the ongoing debate as to what the model actually is.

In 1971, Stevie traded Jimbo for a ‘63 Epiphone Riviera but regretted the decision after his rise to fame. Publicly begging for the guitar’s return, he vowed to buy it back regardless of the cost but to no avail. It wasn’t until the mid-2000s (long after Stevie Ray Vaughan’s death in 1990) that someone recognized the guitar for what it was.

A 2007 Premier Guitar article tells the story of how Loni Spector (songwriter, photographer and head of the Los Angeles Amp Show) had observed a session guitarist playing what looked like a Telecaster with “Jimbo” carved into the back of it. However, he didn’t realize that it was possibly Stevie Ray Vaughan’s long lost instrument until he read the book You Can’t Stop a Comet by Vaughan’s close friend Cutter Brandenburg.

As soon as Spector made the connection, he called the session guitarist. It turned out that the instrument was borrowed but, at Spector’s suggestion, the guitarist was able to purchase Jimbo.

One of the reasons Jimbo was so difficult to identify is the confusion over the guitar’s pedigree. Most believe that Jimbo is a ‘51 Broadcaster -or more accurately a “Nocaster” as Broadcasters from that time are known as Fender ceased using the name Broadcaster after an infringement claim was made against them by Gretsch, creator of Broadkaster drums.

A second theory on the guitar’s origin is that it is a ‘52 Telecaster (Fender started using that moniker for the model in ‘52) with the name simply missing from the head-stock. The third theory which has been supported by Casey Hopkins in a Reverb article titled “Short Guide to the Lesser-Known Guitars of Stevie Ray Vaughan” puts forward the idea that Jimbo was actually a ‘51 Esquire and that when Vaughan stripped the finish in shop class, he also routed the body and added a neck pick-up.

When asked, Vaughan described it as “a ‘51 Tele, a cross between a Broadcaster and a Tele that I rebuilt.”

After it was rediscovered, Jimbo was exhibited at a number of guitar shows and spent five years on display at the Los Angeles’ Grammy Museum. It went up for sale in 2016 through Julien’s Auctions and was expected to reach upwards of $500,000. However, it didn’t hit reserve and remained unsold.

It has been reported that Jimmie Vaughan was interested in purchasing the guitar but as of yet the name of the buyer has not been announced.

Regardless, Jimbo is an interesting and important part of music history. As biographer Craig Hopkins has said, it has “considerable historical significance” as Vaughan’s first professional-grade guitar especially since the legendary guitarist “pretty much learned his craft on it.”

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CDJ Today: April 19 in Classic Rock https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-19/ https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-19/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:00:39 +0000 http://classicsdujour.com/?p=11936 April 19, 2014 – Stephen Pearcy leaves Ratt after performing with them for 30 years. He later rejoins. April 19, 1980 – R.E.M. performs their first concert as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club in Athens, GA in front of about 150 people. The show ends around 2AM when police close it down due to the venue being … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 19 in Classic Rock

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April 19, 2014 – Stephen Pearcy leaves Ratt after performing with them for 30 years. He later rejoins.

April 19, 1980 – R.E.M. performs their first concert as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club in Athens, GA in front of about 150 people. The show ends around 2AM when police close it down due to the venue being unlicensed.

Classic Rock Birthdays

April 19, 1953 – Rod Morgenstein, drums (Winger, Dixie Dregs)
April 19, 1942 – Alan Price, keyboards, vocals (The Animals)
April 19, 1947 – Mark Volman, guitar, vocals (The Turtles, the Mothers of Invention)

Rock Remembrances

April 19, 2012 – Levon Helm (born Mark Lavon Helm) dies of throat cancer.  He was 71.  Helm was the drummer and lead vocalist of The Band and sang on classics such as “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and “The Weight.”  He also had a successful career as an actor, appearing as Loretta Lynn’s father in Coal Miner’s Daughter and as Captain Jack Ridley in The Right Stuff, plus others. In 1994, Helm was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Band.  Elton John and Bernie Taupin named their song “Levon” in his honor.

April 19, 2002 – The body of Layne Staley, lead vocalist of Alice In Chains, is found by a relative in Staley’s Seattle apartment. It was estimated that he had died on April 5, exactly eight years to the day that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain killed himself.

April 19, 2012 – Greg Ham dies of a heart attack in Australia.  He was 58.  Ham played multiple instruments in the band Men at Work, including saxophone, flute, organ, piano and synthesizer.

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CDJ Today: April 18 in Classic Rock https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-18/ https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-18/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:20 +0000 http://classicsdujour.com/?p=11933 April 18, 1993 – David Lee Roth is arrested in New York City for buying a $10 bag of marijuana. Roth’s offense had a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail and a $250 fine but was ultimately “adjourned pending dismissal,” meaning the charges would be wiped out if Roth stayed out of trouble for a year. April 18, 2015 – Lou Reed, Ringo … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 18 in Classic Rock

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Kelly Hansen (Hurricane, Foreigner). Photo by Larry Philpot, www.soundstagephotography.com

April 18, 1993 – David Lee Roth is arrested in New York City for buying a $10 bag of marijuana. Roth’s offense had a maximum penalty of 15 days in jail and a $250 fine but was ultimately “adjourned pending dismissal,” meaning the charges would be wiped out if Roth stayed out of trouble for a year.

April 18, 2015 Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Paul McCartney inducts Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder inducts Bill Withers, Patti Smith inducts Lou Reed, Peter Wolf inducts the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Fall Out Boy inducts Green Day, John Mayer inducting Stevie Ray Vaughan and Miley Cyrus inducts Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

WATCH: Stevie Ray Vaughan Effortlessly Handles Broken String While Performing

Classic Rock Birthdays

April 18, 1961 – Kelly Hansen, vocals (Hurricane, Foreigner)
April 18, 1960 – Mick Sweda, guitar, vocals (Bulletboys, King Kobra)
April 18, 1946 – Skip Spence (born Alexander Lee Spence) guitar, drums (Moby Grape, Jefferson Airplane) (d. 1999)
April 18, 1940 – Mike Vickers, guitar, woodwinds (Manfred Mann)

Rock Remembrances

April 18, 2012 – Dick Clark dies of a heart attack following prostate surgery in Santa Monica.  He was 82. Clark was a disc jockey and television personality who hosted American Bandstand and introduced “rock & roll” to many teenagers. He was also the host and creator of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, along with numerous other specials, game shows and TV award shows.

April 18, 2013 – Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side of The Moon dies of cancer.  He was 69. Thorgerson’s credits include six Led Zeppelin album covers, and many other covers for bands ranging from Peter Gabriel and Bad Company to UFO and Black Sabbath. After Thorgerson’s death, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd described Thorgerson as “a constant force in my life, both at work and in private, a shoulder to cry on, and a great friend.” A post on the official Pink Floyd website called him a “graphic genius.”


RELATED: Storm Thorgerson – Greatest Album Cover Artist and Designer of All Time

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STYX Reflect on Their Legendary Career in THE BIG INTERVIEW – Airing Tonight https://classicsdujour.com/styx-reflect-on-their-legendary-career-in-the-big-interview-airing-tonight/ https://classicsdujour.com/styx-reflect-on-their-legendary-career-in-the-big-interview-airing-tonight/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:02:12 +0000 https://classicsdujour.com/?p=15153 Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young and Lawrence Gowan of STYX sit down for an intimate conversation with Dan Rather on an all-new episode of The Big Interview tonight – April 17 at 9pm ET/6pm PT. With 46 years in the industry, a roster of hits that include “Come Sail Away”, “Renegade”, “Blue Color Man” and … Continue reading STYX Reflect on Their Legendary Career in THE BIG INTERVIEW – Airing Tonight

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Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young and Lawrence Gowan of STYX sit down for an intimate conversation with Dan Rather on an all-new episode of The Big Interview tonight – April 17 at 9pm ET/6pm PT.

With 46 years in the industry, a roster of hits that include “Come Sail Away”, “Renegade”, “Blue Color Man” and “Too Much Time On My Hands”, a dedicated fanbase and the distinction of being the first band in history to achieve four consecutive multi-platinum albums, there isn’t much that STYX hasn’t accomplished.

When asked what compels them to continue touring and performing guitarist Young thoughtfully explains, “We’re meant to bring this music—which comes from a higher place and is channeled through us and has the power to soothe, to calm, to inspire, and, in the best cases, to heal. We are the stewards of this mighty power, and it’s our great joy to get out here and use that power.”

I would also add that we’re completely unqualified to do anything else on the planet,” says frontman Gowan, leading singer and guitarist Shaw to humorously chime in, “My charm wears off pretty quickly at home, I don’t recall my wife ever being in tears when I left again.”

Shaw and Young also open up about the fractious relationship with former STYX frontman Dennis DeYoung. Though many of their biggest hits were released during DeYoung’s time with the band, creative differences were ultimately the root cause of DeYoung’s official departure from STYX in 1999.

On the possibility of a reunion with their former frontman, both Shaw and Young firmly say “No.” Shaw compares their relationship with DeYoung to a divorce. He says, “You get married when you’re young and everything’s rosy. Then, as you start to get a little older, you realize you didn’t have that much in common and then you go through a tough divorce… We still have songs that we co-wrote together, and those are our children, and we’ve managed to find a way to keep those things in play.”

Instead Shaw prefers to stay positive and look to the future. “Personality-wise, at this stage in my life, I want to be happy. I want to be around people who love me and that have my best interest at heart, and I don’t have to fight with. There’s just not enough years left that I would want to risk not having that again.”

Gowan took over as the lead vocalist for the band in the wake of DeYoung’s departure and has now been with STYX longer than his predecessor. Though he is aware of his bandmates’ rocky relationship with DeYoung, he recognizes that it’s part of the journey that has lead to STYX becoming one of the most enduring and iconic band in rock history.

Gowan explains, “I hear the angst and the history that they had to live through as a band, and I’m respectful of that… I look at it as if we are a great band, and what’s made us great is that we are the culminations of the efforts of everyone who’s been in the band… Sometimes in life you need a blood transfusion. Although I’m Canadian, apparently I was a match.”

Check out the full interview tonight, April 17 9pm ET/ 6pm PT only on AXS TV

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CDJ Today: April 17 in Classic Rock https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-17/ https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-17/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:00:58 +0000 http://classicsdujour.com/?p=11930 April 17, 2012 – Ted Nugent tells a NRA audience that if President Barack Obama wins a second term, he’ll “either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” He also urges Republicans to “ride into that battlefield and chop their [Democrats] heads off in November.” April 17, 1975 – Elvis Presley buys a $250,000 private jet, … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 17 in Classic Rock

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The E Street Band in 1980

April 17, 2012 Ted Nugent tells a NRA audience that if President Barack Obama wins a second term, he’ll “either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” He also urges Republicans to “ride into that battlefield and chop their [Democrats] heads off in November.”

April 17, 1975 – Elvis Presley buys a $250,000 private jet, which he re-christens Lisa Marie. He spends an additional $600,000 refurbishing the jet with a dance floor (!) and other personal quarters.  That’s about $3.8 million today.

Classic Rock Birthdays

April 17, 1964 – Maynard James Keenan,  vocalist (Tool)
April 17, 1955 – Pete Shelley, guitar, vocalist (Buzzcocks)
April 17, 1948 – Jan Hammer, keyboards (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck)
April 17, 1934 – Don Kirshner, manager, and producer of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert (d. 2011)

Rock Remembrances

April 17, 2008 – Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, dies of melanoma.  He was 58.  Federici was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the E Street Band in 2014.

April 17, 1983 – Felix Pappalardi, bassist with Mountain, was shot and killed by his wife Gail Collins.  He was 43.  Collins claimed it was an accident  but was convicted of criminally negligent homicide.

April 17, 1998 – Linda McCartney dies after a long battle with breast cancer.  She was 56.  McCartney was a professional photographer, member of Wings, animal rights activist and entrepreneur.

April 17, 1974 – Vinnie Taylor (born Chris Donald),  guitarist of Sha Na Na, dies of a heroin overdose in Virginia. He was 25.

April 17, 1960 – Eddie Cochran is killed in England when his taxi crashes into a lamppost.  Teen idol Cochran was only 21.   In 1987, he was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

April 17, 2003 – R&B  singer/guitarist Earl King dies of complications from diabetes in New Orleans. He was 69.

April 17, 1987 – Carlton Barret, drummer with Bob Marley and The Wailers, is shot dead outside his house in Kingston, Jamaica.  He was 36.  It was later determined that his wife and her lover had hired a gunman to kill him.

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Bon Jovi Reunite for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction https://classicsdujour.com/bon-jovi-reunite-for-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induction/ https://classicsdujour.com/bon-jovi-reunite-for-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-induction/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:39:30 +0000 https://classicsdujour.com/?p=15150 Bon Jovi’s original line-up reunited on stage Saturday night for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Guitarist Richie Sambora, who left the band in 2013 and original bassist Alec John Such who quit in 1994 took the stage with their former bandmates to deliver a fiery performance of some of Bon … Continue reading Bon Jovi Reunite for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

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Bon Jovi’s original line-up reunited on stage Saturday night for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Guitarist Richie Sambora, who left the band in 2013 and original bassist Alec John Such who quit in 1994 took the stage with their former bandmates to deliver a fiery performance of some of Bon Jovi’s biggest hits. This was first time since a one-off performance in 2001 that they have played together in public.

Bon Jovi was inducted into the Hall of Fame by shock jock and self-proclaimed ‘King of All Media’ Howard Stern. In an interview prior to the ceremony in Cleveland, Jon Bon Jovi explained why he chose Stern to induct the band. “Our careers have paralleled in a lot of ways – whether it was the ups or the downs – we’ve come through everything together and we do this at this point because we love the people we work with,” he said on Stern’s show. “And the truth is nobody knows not only me but the members of the band as well as Howard.”

It’s an honor to be here tonight, ladies and gentlemen,said Stern in his induction speech. “I’ve known them since they’ve started, and aside from the incredible music accomplishments, they are some of the nicest men I ever met. No stupid rock and roll attitude, just humble and gracious. Whenever I would see them over the years, even with multi-platinum success, they each had a smile on their face in a welcoming way. An appreciation for their craft and their fans. In addition to music, their charity work feeding the homeless and helping the American Red Cross, lending a hand to the Special Olympics; that’s a rare humility and I love them for that. Great group. Iconic band.”

However in typical Stern fashion, he didn’t keep it serious for long, moving from the complimentary to the crass and back again. “First of all, we’ve got Jon Bon Jovi, a great frontman extraordinaire. The very definition of a rock star. Yes, the man who singlehandedly destroyed most of the ozone layer in the Eighties with Aqua Net hairspray.” The masterful and powerful drums of Tico Torres. David Bryan, a true showman on keyboard. Alec John Such, what a great bass player. And by the way, John Such, one of the best names in rock & roll. In fact, I’ve often said the band should’ve been called John Such, but we know whose ego could not deal with that. Then of course, the extraordinary talents of their current bassist, the great Hugh McDonald, who was with Jon back in the days of “Runaway.” And last but not least, my friend, Richie Sambora. One of the greatest guitar players in the world; masterful songwriter. And, you know this is true, the man with the biggest penis in Bon Jovi. How do I know that? The boys had a measuring contest early on, Richie won, but I don’t wanna get into the anaconda penis discussion. This isn’t the right time for that. We’re going to be inducting Richie in the penis hall of fame next week. Hope you all come.”

The band became eligible for the Hall of Fame a little less than a decade ago and were first nominated in 2011 but didn’t make the final cut. When Jon Bon Jovi got up to speak he said he had been working on this speech for years. Some days I write the ‘Thank you’ speech, sometimes I write the ‘Fuck you’ speech. In the end, it’s all about time. It took a lot of people to get us here tonight.”

In a recent interview with Stephen Colbert, Bon Jovi explained how moved he was to have been selected. “It truly does mean a lot. We had been looked over a couple times, and it’s really an honor to consider you being in the same building as the greatest of the greats, whether it’s Elvis or the Beatles or the Stones. Just the idea that the music that you made has been known to generations of people makes you feel good.”

For Bon Jovi fans the highlight of the evening was the band’s performance. “You know where you are?” asked Jon as the band took the stage. “You’re at a Bon Jovi concert. Out of your seats.” The group then ripped into some of their biggest hits including, “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “It’s My Life” and a newer single “When We Were Us” from the 2016 reissue of This House Is Not For Sale which Sambora performed live for the first time, sharing a microphone with Bon Jovi. They closed their set with “Livin’ On A Prayer” with Sambora on talk box and the audience enthusiastically singing along.

When the performance ended the band members all hugged and raised their hands in unison.

Check out Howard Stern’s full speech below:

 

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CDJ Today: April 16 in Classic Rock https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-16/ https://classicsdujour.com/cdj-today-april-16/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:00:10 +0000 http://classicsdujour.com/?p=11892 April 16, 1996 – Kiss hold a press conference aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City to announce the reunion of all four original members, and the Alive/Worldwide reunion tour. With Ace, Gene, Paul and Peter, the tour went on to gross over $140 million dollars. April 16, 1969 – Elektra drops the MC5 after they … Continue reading CDJ Today: April 16 in Classic Rock

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April 16, 1996 – Kiss hold a press conference aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City to announce the reunion of all four original members, and the Alive/Worldwide reunion tour. With Ace, Gene, Paul and Peter, the tour went on to gross over $140 million dollars.

April 16, 1969 – Elektra drops the MC5 after they put an ad in a local underground paper saying  “F–k Hudson’s”, the retailer that refused to stock their Kick Out The Jams album. Hudson’s pulls all Elektra albums in retaliation.

April 16, 1974 – Queen make their U.S. live debut at Regis College in Denver, opening for Mott the Hoople.

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April 16, 1972 – The Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut in London.

April 16, 1976 – Boz Scaggs is knocked unconscious by bouncers when he tries to visit his friend Bobby “Blue” Bland backstage at Antone’s in Austin, TX.

Classic Rock Birthdays

April 16, 1950 – “Lonesome” Dave Peverett, vocals, guitar (Foghat, Savoy Brown) (d. 2000)
April 16, 1947 – Gerry Rafferty, vocals (Stealers Wheel) (d. 2011)
April 16, 1953 – Peter Garrett, vocals (Midnight Oil)
April 16, 1964 – Dave Pirner, vocals, guitar (Soul Asylum)
April 16, 1951 – John Bentley, bass (Squeeze)

Rock Remembrances

April 16, 1999 – Alexander “Skip” Spence, co-founder of Moby Grape and the drummer on the first Jefferson Airplane album, dies of lung cancer in San Francisco.  He was 52.  Skip had spent 6 months in Bellevue and was a diagnosed schizophrenic, battling drug and alcohol problems his entire life. But, he was also called one of “psychedelia’s brightest lights” – just a few weeks after his death, the tribute CD More Oar: A Tribute to The Skip Spence Album was released and featured such luminaries as Robert Plant, Tom Waits, and Beck, all paying tribute.

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