Thursday, July 31, 2014

Watch: "Promise" - Tori Amos With Daughter Natashya

The Amos legacy may go on for a long time if the video for the Tori Amos song Promise is any indication.

Promise includes extensive vocals from Amos' 13-year-old daughter Natashya who could grow up to be a vocal clone of her mother.

Promise is from Tori's latest album Unrepentant Geraldines.

Manny Roth, Owner of New York's Cafe Wha? & Uncle to David Lee Roth, Dead at 95

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

David Lee Roth’s uncle Manny Roth died on Friday at age 95.

At his website David Lee Roth posted, “Uncle Manny has passed away. He was 95 years old. He was happy, laughing and smiling right up ‘til the end. His presence already missed. His contributions with us forever”.

Manny Roth was a legend of the New York live music scene decades before Van Halen came into existence.

The elder Roth opened Café Wha? In 1962, one of New York’s best music venues in Greenwich Village.

Café Wha? became the venue for amateur acts to cut a break. Unknowns like Jimi Hendrix, Peter Paul & Mary, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers and Woody Allen started out at Roth’s Café Wha?. Bob Dylan was told not to come back to the venue after turning up late three times for his shows.

Manny Roth was the first manager for Richard Pryor.

When Van Halen released A Different Kind of Truth two years ago they launched the album with a performance at the 250-seat venue. Manny was in the audience.

David Lee Roth interviewed his uncle of his radio show in 2012.

Garth Brooks Gets Four New Platinum Certifications For Discs Within Box Set

Garth Brooks has picked up four new Platinum album awards from the RIAA for discs within his Blame It All On My Roots album.

Classic Rock, Blue Eyed Soul, Melting Pot and Country Hits were individual CDs only available in the Wal-Mart exclusive multi-disc set. Normally, such a set would be considered a single entity but, in this case, the RIAA has considered each of the original discs as individual entities.

Also included in Blame It All On My Roots was the previously released 2-CD set The Ultimate Hits. Sales of the Wal-Mat set also pushed that album up to a new certification, moving it to seven-times Platinum (7,000,000+ sales).

Two other older albums by veteran artists also received new certifications. Jimi Hendrix' Are You Experienced? is now five-times platinum (5,000,000 sold) while Tupac Shakur's Until the End of Time has gone three-times Platinum (3,000,000 sold).

Recent Gold and Platinum certifications for veteran artists from the RIAA:

Platinum Album (1,000,000 units per certification)
  • The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks (7x's Platinum)
  • Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix (5x's Platinum)
  • Until the End of Time - Tupac Shakur (4x's Platinum)
  • Classic Rock - Garth Brooks
  • Blue Eyed Soul - Garth Brooks
  • Melting Pot - Garth Brooks
  • Country Hits - Garth Brooks
Gold Album (500,000 units)
  • Love is Everything - George Strait
  • American Ride - Toby Keith
Gold Single (500,000 units)
  • Cop Car - Keith Urban
  • Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson

Almanac: July 31, 2014

  • 1923 - Ahmet Ertegun (d. 2006)
  • 1932 - Morey Carr (Playmates) (82)
  • 1937 - Bonnie Brown (Browns) (77)
  • 1943 - Lobo (born Roland LaVoie) (71)
  • 1946 - Gary Lewis (Gary Lewis & the Playboys) (69)
  • 1946 - Bob Welch (Fleetwood Mac) (d. 2012)
  • 1947 - Karl Green (Herman's Hermits) (67)
  • 1948 - Leaveil Degree (Whispers) (66)
  • 1951 - Carlo Karges (Nena) (d. 2002)
  • 1953 - Hugh McDowell (Electric Light Orchestra) (61)
  • 1957 - Daniel Ash (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets) (57)
  • 1958 - Bill Berry (R.E.M.) (56)
  • 1960 - Malcolm Ross (Aztec Camera) (54)
  • 1963 - Fatboy Slim (born Norman Cook) (51)
  • 1963 - Chad Brock (51)
  • 1964 - Jim Corr (Coors) (50)
  • 1971 - John 5 (born John Lowery) (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) (43)
  • 1978 - Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) (36)
  • 1978 - Will Champion (Coldplay) (36)
  • 1981 - M. Shadows (born Matthew Sanders) (Avenged Centerfold) (33)

  • 1964 - Jim Reeves - Plane crash (40)
  • 2010 - Mitch Miller (99)

On This Day
  • 1955 - Full Elvis fever was on display in Tampa, FL. When Presley closed a show by saying "Girls, I'll see you backstage" a riot broke out with Elvis making it back to his dressing room with very few of his clothes intact. 
  • 1957 - Ringo Starr made his drumming debut at the Cavern Club as part of the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group.
  • 1964 - A Rolling Stones show in Belfast, Ireland is ended after twelve minutes due to violence in the audience.
  • 1966 - Beatles records were burned in Birmingham, AL after John Lennon stated that the Beatles were "bigger than Jesus."
  • 1967 - Mick Jagger received a conditional discharge and Keith Richards conviction was quashed over an arrest at Richards' house for allowing the smoking of marijuana on the premises. 
  • 1969 - Elvis Presley opened a four-week run at Las Vegas' International Hotel. 
  • 1970 - The Rolling Stones deliver their last contractual song to Decca Records, Cocksucker Blues
  • 1971 - A security guard was stabbed and killed at a Who concert in Forest Hills, NY.
  • 1971 - The documentary Gimme Shelter debuts at London's Rialto Theatre.
  • 1979 - James Taylor played a free concert in Central Park.
  • 1980 - John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was arrested for cocaine possession.
  • 1980 - An Eagles concert in Long Beach, CA was marred by Glen Frey and Don Henley constantly throwing threats at each other. 
  • 1999 - Ol Dirty Bastard of Wu-Tang Clan was arrested for possession of crack and marijuana.
  • 2002 - James Taylor and the Dixie Chicks recorded an episode of CMT Crossroads in Nashville. 
  • 2003 - Suge Knight was sentenced to ten months in prison for a parole violation.
  • 2006 - OK Go release their video Here It Goes Again which went on to become an internet phenomenon.
  • 2012 - Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever, 4 hours and 6 minutes, in Helsinki, Finland.

  • 1951 - Ray Charles and Eileen Williams
  • 1985 - Robin Gibb and Dwina Murphy
  • 1994 - Aaliyah and R. Kelly (later annulled as Aaliyah was 15)
  • 2010 - Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz

  • 1942 - I've Heard That Song Before - Harry James with Helen Forrest
  • 1959 - Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka
  • 1968 - Hey Jude - Beatles

  • 1964 - Dancing in the Streets - Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (single)
  • 1972 - Passin' Thru - James Gang
  • 1976 - Don't Fear the Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult (single)
  • 1976 - Still the One - Orleans (single)
  • 1981 - Step by Step - Eddie Rabbitt
  • 2001 - Blake Shelton - Blake Shelton (debut)
  • 2001 - Duce's 'n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way - Eastsidaz

  • 1948 - First ever country music special on broadcast TV - Kitty Wells, Eddy Arnold, Johnny & Jack
  • 1958 - American Bandstand - Larry Williams
  • 1959 - American Bandstand - Romance Watson
  • 1962 - American Bandstand - Jack Scott
  • 1963 - American Bandstand - Frankie Avalon
  • 1965 - American Bandstand - Hondells, Freddy Cannon
  • 1971 - American Bandstand - Lou Rawls, Freddie Weller, Mark Lindsay & the Raiders
  • 1976 - American Bandstand - Sylvers
  • 1982 - American Bandstand - Squeeze

Number Ones – U.S. Singles
  • 1971 - You've Got a Friend - James Taylor (1 week)
  • 1999 - Genie in a Bottle - Christina Aguilera (5 weeks)
  • 2010 - Love the Way You Lie - Eminem Featuring Rihanna (7 weeks)

Number Ones – U.S. Albums
  • 1976 - Breezin' - George Benson (2 weeks)
  • 1999 - Millennium - Backstreet Boys (2 weeks (5 previous weeks at number 1))
  • 2004 - License to Chill - Jimmy Buffett (1 week)

Number Ones – U.S. Country Singles
  • 1954 - One By One - Kitty Wells and Webb Foley (1 week)
  • 1971 - I'm Just Me - Charley Pride (4 weeks)

Number Ones – U.K. Singles
  • 1959 - Living Doll - Cliff Richard and the Drifters (6 weeks)

Geoff Tate's Queensryche to Be Renamed Operation: Mindcrime

As Geoff Tate and his version of Queensryche embark on their final tour under their original name, he has made the decision to move forward with his band under the new name Operation: Mindcrime.

Tate was unceremoniously removed from the original Queensryche two years ago by the other members which led to albums and tours by two totally different bands using the same name. After much litigation and barbs thrown in both directions, the two entities finally came to an agreement in April with the original band, now led by Todd La Torre, to move forward using the Queensryche name while Geoff Tate and his band would be allowed to use it for an already scheduled tour. Tate was also given exclusive rights to perform the band's albums Operation: Mindcrime I and II as a performance piece.

Operation: Mindcrime, the band, is fronted by Tate with Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake), Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio), Randy Gane (Myth) and Kelly Gray (Queensryche 1998 – 2001, 2012 – present). They will be entering in the studio at the end of the tour to record a new trilogy of albums that Tate has written.

Tate said of the work "I tried to reduce the story and eventually got it down to 37 ideas that needed representing to complete the story. I knew that one record wouldn’t cover it and that it would have to be a trilogy. It’s an exciting project and one we’d like to release the first part of sometime next spring."

He added "It is so refreshing to be able to concentrate on the many stories and ideas that I have been working on with no boundaries or restrictions. With the newly-named band, I think fans will continue to enjoy the music we create and perform together and hope they share this new musical journey with us."

The final tour as Queensryche began tonight in Hermosa Beach, CA and runs through August 30 in Bolingbrook, IL.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Morrissey Responds to Lawsuit Claiming He Wanted Fan Site Owner "Hurt"

It's never a dull day when there is a Morrissey controversy brewing.

Earlier today, it was reported that a former bodyguard of Moz' had been fired after he refused to "hurt" or manage to get rid of the owner of the fan site

This afternoon, the singer posted a lengthy response to the lawsuit and the alleged requests on his more "formal" fan site Once again, he refers to the solo site as "SoLow" in reference to past incidence where personal and business information was published that he found offensive.
I cannot admit to actually "knowing" Bradley Steyn. Yes, I am aware that he is South African and that he lives in Los Angeles, and that he has "walked off" three Morrissey tours - which really is his own business, not mine. My personal involvement with him has been zero, and he has certainly never been Head Of Security on any Morrissey tour.

I am aware of the false story he has placed on various news sites wherein he claims I asked him to "hurt" (kill?) David Tseng. Although Steyn's story lends itself to its own ridicule, I feel I must say to those who have not yet worked it out, that the story is a vexatious lie.

It is common knowledge that I dislike the SoLow site, and I am aware that all of the opinions posted on the site are controlled or written by David Tseng, and that David Tseng will give maximum and inexhaustive publicity to anything said in the negative about me. This is a general truth that most people accept about SoLow. It is nothing new, and I have long since learned to accept it.

The very idea that I would ask a complete stranger (Bradley Steyn) to physically attack David Tseng surely cannot register with any sane person as being likely. As mildly irritating as David Tseng may be, he is not someone who troubles me enough to even bother with.

The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money from what he terms "the Morrissey tour", and he has failed. He is now desperate, and this story is his latest escapade to gain someone's attention. What he is telling the world is that, as a music venue security officer, anyone who works with him in the future should expect the same harassment and persecution as he is now - mysteriously - wielding my way. It is beyond belief, and it is shocking that someone who makes claims of professionalism would lower himself to this level.

Please note that Bradley Steyn's statement is now in the hands of the Los Angeles Police Department, and is subject to both criminal and civil action.

​30 July 2014.

Passings: Dick Wagner, Guitarist For Alice Cooper, Lou Reed (1942 - 2014)

Dick Wagner, the guitarist and songwriter who worked with the likes of Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and KISS, died on Wednesday of respiratory failure after undergoing heart surgery in early July. He was 71.

Wagner had gone in the hospital on July 8 with breathing difficulties but doctors also discovered a partially blocked artery. He underwent surgery to clear 30% of the artery but continued to suffer from a lung infection.

Dick played his last show on July 2 in Windsor, ON and had, as late as Monday, July 21, been still communicating with fans on Facebook. He was in an induced coma at the time of his passing.

Wagner's website carries his picture and the following message:
It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow we have to let you know that Dick Wagner has left this world. Dick had a huge heart, which is perhaps why it gave him so much trouble, it was simply too full of love, of music and life. His creativity and passion will live on forever in the legacy he has left for us, in his music and his words. We have so much of him to celebrate. Dick was prolific not only in the tangible realm of what we can see and hear but in the boundless energy of his spirit, which will never die. He was a fighter, but in the end his body couldn’t keep up with his spirit, and so he lays to rest. Dick said in 2013, “Love is in the air. Breathe deep.” Take Dick’s advice into your own hearts, and notice all of the beauty in the world, even when it seems cruel and unfair.

Desert Dreams Records & the Family of Dick Wagner
Wagner was born in Iowa but raised in Saginaw, MI. He had much local success during the 60's and early-70's in the Michigan area, first with his band the Bossmen, who had local Detroit hits with songs like Baby Boy and You're the Girl For Me and, later, with The Frost.

In 1972, Dick moved to New York and formed Ursa Major with a young Billy Joel and Rick Mangone and, after Joel left the band, Greg Arama of the Amboy Dukes. It was during a tour supporting their only album that Wagner got to know Alice Cooper.

Dick was asked to join Lou Reed's band where he played guitar, along with Steve Hunter, on the classic Berlin. Wagner ended up taking over the lead for Reed's group and rearranged much of his music into a more grandeur sound which was showcased on the live album Rock N Roll Animal.

On the side, Wagner was also working regularly with Alice Cooper, playing guitar on the School's Out, Billion Dollar Babies and Muscle of Love albums. After the Alice Cooper band broke up in 1974, Dick became Alice's co-writer, band director and lead guitarist. The pair wrote the Welcome to My Nightmare album following it with one of the biggest tours to date in rock. They continued their collaboration into the nineties including such songs as Only Women Bleed, I Never Cry and You and Me.

At the same time, Wagner was guesting on numerous other albums including KISS' Destroyer and Revenge, Peter Gabriel's solo debut and the debut of Grand Funk's Mark Farner. His songs were recorded not only by Cooper but by artists such as Air Supply (Just as I Am) and Nils Lofgren (Shine Silently). He also released a number of solo albums throughout his career.

In 2005, Wagner moved to Phoenix, AZ where he continued to write and produce for a variety of artists. His health began to go downhill in 2007 after suffering a heart attack but he remained active in music through until his final hospitalization. During this time, he also write his autobiography Non Only Women Bleed, Vignettes From the Heart of a Rock Musician (2013).

Two solos by Wagner and Steve Hunter are included in Gibson's top 50 guitar solos of all time on Lou Reed's Sweet Jane (#25) and Aerosmith's Train Kept a Rollin' (#41)

Preview: 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault - Stevie Nicks

Artist: Stevie Nicks
Title: 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault
Release Date:
  • September 29, 2014 (Vinyl)
  • October 7, 2014 (CD, DD)
Label: Warner Brothers
Format(s): CD, 2-Vinyl LPs, DD

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Stevie Nicks will open the vaults to release an album of newly recorded old unused songs.

24 Karat Gold will features songs mainly written between 1969 and 1987 as well as a few songs from the 90s.

"Most of these songs were written between 1969 and 1987. One was written in 1994 and one in 1995. I included them because they seemed to belong to this special group. Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story. … They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories – the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you," commented Nicks.

Like her previous album In Your Dreams, 24 Karat Gold was produced by Dave Stewart with Waddy Wachtel and co-produced by Nicks. The album was recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles.

Stevie Nicks will release two versions of the album. A deluxe edition will include never-before seen Polaroid photos taken over Stevie’s career and two bonus tracks.

24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault will be released on October 3 in Australia and August 7 in the U.S. The vinyl edition will be out one week earlier in the U.S.

Track List:

No track list has been announced as of the date of publication for the album; however, an entry was posted on Wikipedia, since taken down, that was said to include the official track list for the set.
  • 4 Karat Gold
  • Gold and Braid
  • The Black Space Needle
  • Something Exquisite
  • Star Shine Silver
  • Priest of Nothing
  • My Sanctuary, My Stronghold
  • All the Beautiful Worlds
  • I Call You Missing
  • The Maker of Birds (Rhiannon’s First Song)
  • The Forest of the Black Roses (Rhiannon’s Second Song)
  • The Forsaken Love (Rhiannon’s Final Song)
  • Cecelia
  • The Charmed Ones Remain
  • Turnstile
  • Blue Water (The Sound of My Gypsy)

Test Test Test