August 14, 1962 – The Beatles‘ manager Brian Epstein and the other three members of the band decide to fire drummer Pete Best. He plays his last gig the next night at The Cavern in Liverpool. August 14, 1970 – Stephen Stills is arrested for possession of cocaine and barbiturates after being found crawling in … Continue reading CDJ Today: August 14 in Classic Rock
August 3, 1968 – The Newport Pop Festival begins in Costa Mesa, CA. It is the first concert with more than 100,000 paid attendees. Performers include The Grateful Dead, Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, Electric Flag, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf and Tiny Tim. Admission was $5.50 per day for the … Continue reading CDJ Today: August 3 in Classic Rock
I recently watched the new docu-series Laurel Canyon. If you enjoyed Echo in The Canyon (which I thought was extraordinary), Laurel Canyon is a great follow-up. It’s a two-part television documentary and gives a much broader view of that legendary Laurel Canyon music scene. It includes many more artists than Echo and I learned a … Continue reading Laurel Canyon, The Byrds, Elvis Costello and My Rickenbacker Guitar
July 14, 2011 – Triumph has a street named after them in their hometown of Mississauga, Ontario. All three members attend the ceremony, and in true rock and roll style, they cut the ribbon with a chainsaw. July 14, 1987 – The Steve Miller Band receives a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in front of the Capitol Records Tower. Classic … Continue reading CDJ Today: July 14 in Classic Rock
July 13, 1984 – For the first and only time, Eddie Van Halen performs “Beat It” live in concert with Michael Jackson, at The Jacksons concert at Texas Stadium in Dallas. Jackson screams, “You got it, Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!” July 13, 1984 – The Live Aid concerts take place in London’s Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium. The concerts are … Continue reading CDJ Today: July 13 in Classic Rock
Usually “Must See” appears at the beginning of my description of music films or documentaries I write about. I have to admit — I can’t say that about Remember My Name. Not that it isn’t interesting, or that you won’t learn some cool things about David Crosby by watching it. But overall, it doesn’t possess the … Continue reading David Crosby: Remember My Name – Melancholy Movie
A Tweet this week from Byrds co-founder Roger McGuinn prompted David Crosby to propose a reunion between the estranged band members. The two haven’t spoken in quite a while, according to an interview with Crosby in a new documentary about the singer-songwriter. “Hey @thedavidcrosby you’re saying I won’t talk to you and hate you. That’s … Continue reading David Crosby Proposes Reunion with Byrds Co-founder Roger McGuinn
This extraordinary film is a must see. The trailer (you can watch it below) will immediately get you hooked. Laurel canyon, for those that don’t know, is a central thoroughfare that runs from the Sunset Strip up through the Hollywood Hills to Mulholland Drive and then down again, pouring out into the San Fernando Valley. … Continue reading Echo In The Canyon – Mighty Big Echo!
“Do you ever wonder why you are still alive?” is the question asked of David Crosby in the trailer for a new documentary about the iconic guitarist and songwriter. “I don’t know. No idea, man,” he responds. Crosby, a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and member of three of the … Continue reading Watch the trailer for the new David Crosby documentary, Remember My Name
I am a HUGE, HUGE, Byrds fan. So I am especially excited that Byrds co-founders Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman will celebrate the 50th anniversary release of the Sweetheart Of The Rodeo album by performing that landmark work in its entirety at a series of upcoming concerts. Roger and Chris will be backed by Marty … Continue reading Byrds Reunion — Rejoice!!