These are the scripts Joe Benson used on the air at 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles. They all received final editing by Jan Benson, without whom the task would have been far too daunting. Remember to give credit where credit is due, and enjoy!
Super producer Tom Dowd, who worked with Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a hundred others, would have been 87.
On this date in 1953, Hank Williams Sr. died at the age of 29 — the first tragic Rock & Roll ending.
On this day in 1972, the song "Bang A Gong (Get It On)" by T. Rex entered the charts.
This weekend, over 80 stations will air OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson featuring the Best Of 2011 with music and interviews from Sammy Hagar, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp fame, Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and Def Leppard's Joe Elliott and Rick Savage.
As we approach the New Year, I thought I'd pass along a few choice anonymous quotes people have sent in. Thanks for playing along with me!
Being "over the hill" is much better than being under it.
Seat belts are much less confining than wheelchairs.
"Failure is the path of least persistence."
"Never argue with a fool. Someone watching may not be able to tell the difference."
"I didn't fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian."
Now they're telling us that due to increasing product liability litigation, American liquor manufacturers have accepted the FDA's suggestion that the following 10 warning labels be placed on all containers:
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you have mystical Kung Fu powers, resulting in you getting your ass kicked.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to roll over in the morning and see something really scary.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is the leading cause of inexplicable rug burns on the forehead, knees and lower back.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause a disturbance in the time-space continuum, whereby gaps of time may seem to literally disappear.
WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause pregnancy.
On this date in 1969, filming began for The Beatles documentary "Let It Be" as the band rehearsed songs at London's Twickenham Studios.
On this date in 1969, Led Zeppelin began a four-day residency at the Whisky-A-Go-Go supporting Alice Cooper.
On this date in 1971, George Harrison became the first former Beatle to hit #1 on the U.S. album charts with his 3-disc collection, "All Things Must Pass."
The Love You Madly: A Concert For John O'Brien on January 12th at the House of Blues in West Hollywood will feature a one-off Velvet Revolver reunion with singer Scott Weiland. Sheryl Crow, Tom Morello and Stephen Stills are also scheduled to appear, but it's Weiland's first appearance in over three years with former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum alongside Dave Kushner (of Wasted Youth) that has captured everyone's imagination. The tribute to O'Brien, a highly regarded film music composer, should be exciting — stay tuned!
Bono's annual festive fundraising caroling performance on Grafton Street in Dublin took a hit on Christmas Eve. He was joined by Irish singer/songwriters Damien Rice and Glen Hansard in busking Christmas songs when the local police didn't like the crowd they were drawing. Not recognizing the most famous Irishman in the world, the cops tried to move them on. The U2 frontman and his buddies found the situation funny, and the issue was soon resolved — with plenty of cellphone videos to prove it.
The Laurel Canyon house that Jim Morrison once called home was seriously damaged by the serial car arsonist's fire early Friday. At least 35 fires have been started in Southern California since last Thursday, with parked cars targeted in almost every case. Morrison penned lyrics for most of The Doors' 1968 album "Waiting For The Sun" at the house, which he shared with girlfriend Pamela Courson. He wrote the song "Love Street" while sitting on the house's balcony watching countless hippies walk by.
It was W. Edwards Deming who said: "It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best."
It was T. S. Eliot who said: "It's not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them."
It was Henry David Thoreau who said: "Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes."
1. Whatever hits the fan will not be evenly distributed.
2. No matter how much you care, some people are just jackasses.
3. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
4. It is not what you wear, it is how you take it off.
5. Do not sweat the petty things, and do not pet the sweaty things.
6. We are responsible for what we do, unless we are celebrities.
7. There is a fine line between genius and insanity.
8. The people you care most about in life are taken from you too soon and all the less important ones just never go away. The real pains-in-the-ass are permanent.
Beatles' producer George Martin is 86.
The extraordinary Stephen Stills is 67.
Led Zeppelin bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones is 66.
On this day in 1970, The Beatles recorded their last song together, George Harrison's "I Me Mine." The sad tune was inspired by a particularly nasty business meeting endured by the formerly Fab Four in late 1968. Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney were joined in that last session by keyboardist Billy Preston. John Lennon — who had more or less quit the band in September 1969 — was in Denmark with Yoko Ono at the time.
On this day in 1976, Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody" entered the charts. Scaramoosh!
In a clever promotion for the forthcoming Van Halen album and tour, New York journalists have been invited to a 45-minute Halen concert at the 250-seat Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village this Thursday. Though they've been rehearsing at the Roxy in Los Angeles for the past few months, the group hasn't played in public since the end of their 2007/08 reunion tour with original frontman David Lee Roth. The whole promotion is even more intriguing knowing that David Lee Roth's uncle Manny Roth owned and operated the Cafe Wha? and was among the first to book acts like Jimi Hendrix, Bill Cosby, Bob Dylan and Richard Pryor, among many others. While the as-yet-untitled new V.H. album is expected to be released on February 17th, the still-to-be-announced tour goes on sale January 10th.
You shouldn't be surprised. Drummer Jason Bonham says there's no chance Led Zeppelin will play the opening ceremony for the London Olympic Summer Games. He told the Brit press, "I haven't spoken to Robert [Plant] for about six months, but he is really enjoying himself. For me, you can never say never. If you ask me today is it going to happen immediately, well no, there is no talk of it. But if you said to me in 2007 I would play with Led Zeppelin in December that year I would say you're nuts, so you never know."
Bummer! The Doors' five-disc Super Deluxe edition of 1971's "L.A. Woman" has been canceled due to distribution problems. The double-disc "L.A. Woman 40th Anniversary Special Edition" will still be released on January 24th, but it looks like the extra three-disc set of previously unreleased alternates/outtakes will later be released separately at a later date. Stay tuned for more!
With the 40th anniversary of their 1972 album "Eat A Peach" happening, we all knew that the Allman Brothers Band would do their annual series of shows at New York's Beacon Theatre — but now we know when. The first run of 10 March dates will run the 9th through the 25th, and you can expect more shows to be added. The Hall Of Fame group have performed over 200 sold out Beacon Shows since they began the March tradition in 1989. The Brothers will also receive a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award on February 11th, and a quick mention during the live GRAMMY broadcast on the 12th.
It was Steve Kaye who said: "Long pointless meetings are useful in that they keep incompetent people from interfering with those who are working."
It was Oscar Wilde who said: "A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both."
It was Mark Twain who said: "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned."
R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe is 52.
On this day in 1970, George Harrison recorded the second guitar solo for "Let It Be." It was the last Beatles recording session to feature Harrison, Paul McCartney and producer George Martin, as well as the last recording session of The Beatles as a band.
On this day in 1971, Pink Floyd began sessions for their "Meddle" album. Then, when director Stanley Kubrick inquired if he could use the band's previous album, "Atom Heart Mother," for the soundtrack to "A Clockwork Orange," the boys said no. Sharp business men, those Floydians.
On this day in 1973, the Allman Brothers Band announced that Lamar Williams had been hired as the replacement for original bassist Berry Oakley, who died in a motorcycle crash the previous October.
On this day in 1986, Thin Lizzy's bassist/singer Phil Lynott died in the intensive care unit of Salisbury Infirmary in England. His kidneys, liver and heart failed due to blood poisoning and multiple internal abscesses caused by drug abuse. At the age of 35, he certainly wasn't a hero.
On this day in 2010, Gerry Rafferty, the Scottish singer/songwriter best known for his autobiographical hit song "Baker Street," died at his home at the age of 63 after a long battle with liver disease. Rafferty was also responsible for the classic Stealers Wheel Top 10 hit, "Stuck In The Middle With You."
Word is that Van Halen will debut their brand new "Tattoo" single next Tuesday — the very day they announce the dates for their forthcoming tour. Their new LP (whose title is still a secret) will arrive on February 7th.
The 1954 Gibson Les Paul guitar that Peter Frampton played exclusively on Humble Pie's legendary "Rock On" and "Rocking The Fillmore" albums, as well as his "Frampton Comes Alive!" (the best selling live album ever) went missing in a tragic cargo plane crash near Panama in 1980. Now, 32 years later, the instrument has reappeared. After years of detective work, two Frampton fans — one in Holland and one on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao — along with the CEO of the Curaçao Tourist Board returned the guitar to Frampton. How did Peter react? "I am still in a state of shock, first off, that the guitar even exists let alone, that it has been returned to me. I know I have my guitar back, but I will never forget the lives that were lost in this crash... and now that it is back I am going to insure it for two million dollars and it's never going out of my sight again!" Right so!
For months now, the ever vigilant Brit press has been announcing various legendary groups would be reuniting for the opening and/or closing ceremonies at this Summer's Olympic Games in London. Speculation has included Queen, Led Zeppelin, a new version of The Beatles and, as of last week, Pink Floyd. In the quickest artist reaction to date, guitarist David Gilmore's people released this one sentence statement: "David Gilmour can confirm that there is no truth in recent media speculation about Pink Floyd reuniting to perform for the 2012 London Olympics." Roger Waters' manager echoed that statement, saying "Regrettably, another rumor hits the dust."
It was Steven Wright who asked: "Do you think that when they asked George Washington for ID that he just whipped out a quarter?"
It was Abraham Lincoln who said: "The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time."
It was Farah Fawcett who said: "The reason that the all-American boy prefers beauty to brains is that he can see better than he can think."
#1. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
#2. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
#3. 35% of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
Chris Stein, Blondie guitarist/songwriter and one-time Debbie Harry squeeze, is 63.
REO Speedwagon drummer Bryan Hitt is 57.
On this day in 1973, Aerosmith's self-titled debut album and Bruce Springsteen's debut album, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J." were both released to lackluster sales.
On this day in 1998, Sonny Bono died after he skied into a tree in South Lake Tahoe.
This weekend, over 80 stations will air OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature the music of Aerosmith as well as more of Joe's conversations with guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, singer Steven Tyler, bassist Tom Hamilton, producer Jack Douglas and A&R guru John Kalodner.
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland reports that the band is putting together a massive celebration for the 20th anniversary of its excellent debut album, 1992's "Core." "We're doing a lot of special things. (There's) a lot of archival footage that we're putting together, a coffee table book, hopefully a brand new album... a box set and then a tour, of course." Can't wait!
Giggle all you want, but when Paul McCartney's album of standards comes out on February 7th, it will be called "Kisses On The Bottom," a lyric from the lead track, "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter." Sir Paulie cut 14 songs (12 covers and two originals) with Diana Krall's hot little jazz band. Early reviews say that the biggest surprise is the sound of McCartney's once youthful tenor. He's evidently now a husky, matured baritone — which is especially interesting because in concert he still sings virtually all of his Beatles and solo songs in their original key.
In the midst of recording the follow-up to his 2010 self-titled debut here in L.A. with producer Eric Valentine, Slash says, "This has been the most fun that I've had since the earliest Guns N' Roses days... I definitely have found a certain freedom to be able to feel comfortable expressing myself with the guys that I'm working with, and just being able to focus on what it is that I like to focus on, and not having a lot of outside distraction and internal distraction and confusion." Slash is again collaborating with Myles Kennedy, frontman of Alter Bridge, bassist Todd Kerns and drummer Brent Fitz. "We're just going for the one take that sounds good, so my solos are more raw, probably sloppier in a way, because they're very spontaneous to the point where it's in the heat of the moment." Right so!
It was Mae West who said: "Too much of a good thing can be wonderful."
It was Coach Vince Lombardi who said: "There's no such thing as perfection. But, in striving for perfection, we can achieve excellence."
It was Hal Lee Luyah (was that really his name?) who said: "A penny saved is a congressional oversight."
Original Pink Floyd singer/guitarist Syd Barrett would have been an insane 66.
Guitarist Malcolm Young of AC/DC is 59.
On this day in 1968, The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" album hit #1.
On this day in 1976, Peter Frampton released "Frampton Comes Alive," which rewrote the record books and spurred the release of many, many horribly inferior live albums for years to come.
On this day in 1993, bassist Bill Wyman officially left The Rolling Stones saying, "I really don't want to do it anymore." Keith Richards, who had been trying to convince Wyman to stay, could only say, "I did everything but hold him at gunpoint." Since then, Bill has only taken three airplane flights.
On this day in 2001, Fleetwood Mac performed at the White House at a goodbye party for President Bill Clinton. For whatever reason, Christine McVie skipped the reunion.
On this day in 2004, Apple Computers unveiled its iPod mini player at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The world of music has never been the same.
As we promised, the first 44 Van Halen 2012 tour dates have been announced, and we get them for two shows: the Staples Center on June 1st and Honda Center on June 12th. The first single, "Tattoo," will be released next Tuesday, and the album, "A Different Kind Of Truth," will be out on February 7th. Stay tuned for tickets from KLOS!
AC/DC singer/occasional race car driver Brian Johnson kicks off his Highway To Help fundraising campaign this weekend at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach. His goal is to raise $1 million for families affected by pediatric cancer before the end of the 50th anniversary running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 28th and 29th. Text 2232 to 501501 to donate $10, or visit HatcherFoundation.org to make a contribution.
Considering that he died of a heart attack at age 53 in 1995, it's about time that someone would make a feature-length documentary Jerry Garcia! Malcolm Leo, who's made movies about Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys, and co-producer John Hartmann, who's managed bands like the Eagles and Crosby Stills & Nash, hope to have the film ready later this Spring. Most notably, they are the first filmmakers to secure the critical music rights to tell the late Grateful Dead guitarist's story.
For the third year in a row, The Beatles' 1969 classic "Abbey Road" is America's top-selling vinyl album. The record sold 41,000 copies in 2011, up from 35,000 in 2010 and 34,800 in 2009. The gradual increase in "Abbey Road" vinyl sales over the past few years mirrors an overall upward trend in vinyl sales, though the format only accounts for 3.9% of total music sales for the year.
After a certain age, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you are probably dead.
Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.
Singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins is 64.
On this day in 1978, Jackson Browne's "Running On Empty" album began its climb up the charts to #3.
On this day in 1978, Eric Clapton's "Lay Down Sally" — co-written by E.C., singer Marcy Levi and guitarist George Terry — entered the singles charts on its way to #3.
On this day in 1984, "Wrapped Around Your Finger" by The Police entered the singles charts.
Bill Graham, the first Rock & Roll Super-Promoter, would have been 81.
Elvis "The King" Presley would have been 77.
Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is 66.
The one & only David Bowie is 65.
On this day in 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" entered the singles charts.
On this day in 1991, Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark overdosed on drugs and alcohol. A founding member of the young band, he was all of 30 when he died. What a waste.
Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin guitar god and the oldest of the Yardbirds "Holy Trinity" of guitarists, is 68.
Scat singing/swell playing Dave Matthews is 45.
On this day in 1967, producer George Martin brought in session musicians to play the flute, piccolos and flugelhorn for The Beatles' "Penny Lane."
On this day in 1971, Santana's "Black Magic Woman" peaked at #4 on the charts.
On this day in 1971, the U.S. Jaycees presented Elvis Presley with an award honoring him as one of the "ten outstanding young men of America." Kind of doubtful he was the only one who was stoned at the ceremony.
On this day in 1982, the song "Under Pressure" by Queen & David Bowie peaked at #29 on the charts.
Of course The Rolling Stones haven't announced their long rumored 50th anniversary tour yet. But they have recently signed exclusive deals with Google Music (for "promotion and online distribution" of "official bootlegs"), Bravado (to "exclusively market the band's brand and merchandise") and Eagle Rock (to "release a plethora of Stones DVD's"). Stay tuned!
The Doors are releasing "She Smells So Nice" today — it truly is their first new, completely unreleased song in 40 years. It was discovered by producer Bruce Botnick as he reviewed archive tapes for the 40th anniversary deluxe version of "L.A. Woman," their final studio album with singer Jim Morrison. But wait — there's more! New music and new film! There will be a special screening of "Mr. Mojo Risin': The Story of L.A. Woman" next Friday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. It will feature a question-and-answer session with Jac Holzman, who signed the group to his Elektra Records label. The film will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on January 24th, as will the 40th anniversary edition of "L.A. Woman."
Word is that Rolling Stones guitarist/rock god Keith Richards underwent lasik eye surgery just before Christmas in London, reportedly to celebrate his 68th birthday. The ever trustworthy British tabloids are breathlessly reporting that, following the procedure, Keef no longer needs to wear glasses. But does he still have to keep his eyes open to see (not that he ever did before)?
Bob Weston, one of Fleetwood Mac's rotating series of guitarists on their 1973 albums "Penguin" and "Mystery to Me" died at the age of 64 in his North London home last Tuesday. Rest in peace.
It was William James who said: "The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
It was Josh Billings who said: "One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness."
It was Eddie Rickenbacher who said: "Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared."
February 18th, 7p-10p: Monster Trucks, mega horsepower and raw mud will rule Dodger Stadium when the Advance Auto Parts MONSTER JAM returns! Sneak a peek at the pix from last year's MONSTER JAM PARTY.
Rod Stewart is 67 and still fertile.
Drummer Aynsley Dunbar (who's worked with Zappa, Bowie, Journey, and the Jefferson Starship) is 65.
Donald Fagan, the taller half of Steely Dan, is 63.
Songstress Pat Benatar is 58.
On this day in 1956, Elvis Presley began his first RCA recording session. By the end of the day, the finished songs included "I've Got A Woman" and "Heartbreak Hotel."
On this day in 1973, Aerosmith's "Dream On" reentered the singles charts for the second time in 18 months.
On this day in 1976, legendary bluesman Howlin' Wolf died of cancer at the age of 65.
Two months after the original line-up of Black Sabbath announced plans to record their first album of new material since 1978, guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the "early stages of lymphoma." The group had been working here in Los Angeles, but Iommi's diagnosis has caused them to move the recording sessions over to England. With Tony working with his doctors on the best treatment plan, the 63-year old "remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery." Get well soon Tony!
With U2 finally off the road following their incredibly successful, record-breaking 360° Tour, word is that they're back to working on three separate albums. This past week Bono said, "We haven't decided what order we're going to put them out but 'The Songs Of Ascent' [the follow-up to 2009's "No Line On The Horizon"] have the kind of beautiful intimacy that we're speaking of now... Earlier in the year both Edge and I played at the memorial to Steve Jobs and also at the Hollywood Bowl for the Bill Clinton Foundation. It's quite something hearing our own songs, like 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' or 'A Man And Woman,' so stripped down and I think it showed us some clues for the future." Of course there's no hint as to when any of the albums might be released, or if the group would tour in support of one, two or all three albums at the same time. Stay tuned!
KISS has finished recording their new "Monster" album. Guitarist/singer Paul Stanley reports, "Friday we officially completed work on the new album. Listening to the tracks back to back is like sensory overload. Everyone who has heard any of it is completely blown away. Powerful, heavy, melodic and epic. It makes us very proud. You all will be too. Mixing starts next week." "Monster" is targeted for a Spring release.
If you ever wanted to see Styx on TV, this is the month. First they'll perform "Come Sail Away" on tomorrow's "The Rosie Show" on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. This Saturday you can enjoy the band's classic episode of VH1's "Behind The Music" (updated as "Behind The Music Remastered") on VH1 Classic. Then, on Sunday afternoon, NBC will air "Improv-Ice Starring STYX," filmed with champion figure skaters Johnny Weir, Michael Weiss, Nancy Kerrigan and more performing improvised routines to various Styx classics. If you'd prefer a longer show, on Sunday January 22nd HDNet will re-broadcast the 2006 concert special, "One With Everything — Styx & The Contemporary Youth Orchestra Of Cleveland." And if you'd like to see Styx live, you can check them out at the City National Grove of Anaheim on Wednesday January 25th!
It was Oscar Wilde who said: "Experience is the name everyone gives their mistakes."
It was Philip J. Simborg who said: "Alimony is always having to say you're sorry."
It was Mark Twain who said: "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."
Venerable blues legend Slim Harpo would have been 88.
Sax player Clarence Clemons (The Big Man) of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band would have been 70.
Keyboard player Tony Kaye of Yes is 66.
On this day in 1963, the Whiskey-a-Go-Go (the first Rock & Roll club in L.A.) opened on Sunset Boulevard. They claim that the floors have actually been fully cleaned at least twice since then.
On this day in 1964, Bob Dylan's classic "The Times They Are A Changin'" single was released.
On this day in 1967, Jimi Hendrix recorded the song he had written the day after Christmas 1966. In the intervening 17 days, he had changed the lyric from "Jesus Saves" to "Purple Haze."
On this day in 1975, Led Zeppelin played "Kashmir" live for the first time during a gig in Rotterdam.
On this day in 1980, The Pretenders released their debut album in the States.
On this day in 2005, Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden died of stomach cancer at the age of 66.
Drawing over two million annual attendees and raising over $100 million in scholarship funds, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is the biggest music festival of the year in those parts. The RodeoHouston, as it's commonly called, is exactly the venue you'd expect to see Country icons like Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire. And on Thursday March 8th, you'll also see local boys made good: ZZ Top will return to headline (for the fifth time!) on the main stage. Their tonality will be tenacious, and only the sparkly outfits will be different!
The tendons in guitar player Neil Giraldo's arm are healing properly and he's been given the OK to reassume touring with his wife Pat Benatar. The duo and their band will kick off their Spring 2012 shows on March 1st in New Jersey, and stretch the first tour leg through April 21st in Portland. Southland dates will follow, so stay tuned!
Hall Of Famer John Fogerty makes his first foray into acting in the debut episode of the Fox series "The Finder" this weekend. John also wrote the theme song for the show, and recorded a stripped-down version of his classic Creedence Clearwater Revival "Fortunate Son" song specifically for the procedural drama. The drama kicks off with Fogerty, portraying himself, having his prized Les Paul guitar stolen. Of course everything works out in the show, and fans will be able to download the cool, new version of "Fortunate Son" for free at johnfogerty.com for one week once the episode is over. Rock on John!
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says that the band is "seven, eight songs" into the writing of its next album. Guitarist Kirk Hammett added, "The stuff we're coming up with is more groove-oriented — a heavier version of what we were doing in the early Nineties. If 2008's "Death Magnetic" was a logical successor to 1988's "...And Justice For All," the next album will be a heavier 'Black Album.'" Ulrich added that the songs on the new disc — produced once again by Rick Rubin — will be "shorter, more to-the-point." Right so!
It was G. K. Chesterton who said: "A good man's work is effected by doing what he does, a woman's by being what she is."
It was Dale Carnegie who said: "You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you."
It was Winston Churchill who said: "However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."
English blues singer Long John Baldry, who gave Rod Stewart and Elton John their first real gigs, would have been 71.
On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin released their debut album in America.
On this day in 1993, Cream surprised even themselves by reforming for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Other inductees that evening included The Doors, Van Morrison and Creedence Clearwater Revival — whose leader, John Fogerty, refused to play with the other two surviving members.
On this day in 1995, Led Zeppelin was finally inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Other inductees that evening included The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, Janis Joplin, Martha & The Vandellas, Neil Young and Frank Zappa.
On this day in 1998, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Santana, among others. Outside of the first public appearance in years by founding Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green, no drama unfolded.
On this day in 2003, Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees died in Miami after an emergency surgery. He was 53.
This weekend, over 80 stations will air OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson featuring the music of The Police as well as more of Joe's conversations with drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers.
Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis has never been known to do things half way, but whatever he did to his foot was way over the top. Kiedis has undergone "surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot," which in turn has forced the band to postpone their U.S. Winter tour by several months. The fractures actually go back to the Peppers' 2006 Stadium Arcadium tour when Anthony broke the bones after jumping off the bass drum. The singer is expected to make a full recovery in time for the rescheduled shows, which will begin on March 31st in Orlando. The boys' rescheduled February 26th and 27th Staples Center shows will take place on August 11th and 12th — as long as Anthony stays off the drum set!
You gotta love this! Eddie Van Halen has donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation for distribution to music programs in Los Angeles-area public schools. He says, "Music kept me off the streets and out of trouble... If I can help a kid discover a liking, or even a passion for music in their life, then that's a wonderful thing." Right so, Edward!
Who else but Ted Nugent would have his own signature brand of bullets. Pierce Munitions will start producing the Nugent-branded ammo in time for a mid-year release. As the Nuge said, "My life, family and friends are one big shooting, hunting, outdoor family. I am excited and proud to now help create state-of-the-art ammo for dedicated sporters everywhere." Let's just hope he doesn't throw them off stage like he does his guitar picks!
It was Elvis Presley who said: "I never met anybody who learned by talking."
It was Edward Langley who said: "What this country needs are more unemployed politicians."
It was Diane Kavelaras who said: "Good design should solve problems, not just decorate."
Producer Chris Thomas, who has worked with Pink Floyd, Pete Townshend as well as The Pretenders, is 65.
Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan sax player Cornelius Bumpus would have been 60.
Guitarist/singer Trevor Rabin of Yes is 57.
On this day in 1968, "Love Me Two Times" by The Doors peaked at #25 and Jimi Hendrix's "Foxey Lady" topped out at #67 on the singles charts as Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" broke into the Top 40.
On this day in 1969, The Beatles soundtrack album "Yellow Submarine" was released in the States.
On this day in 1973, the song "Living In The Past" by Jethro Tull peaked at #11 on the charts.
On this day in 1973, Eric Clapton performed at the Rainbow Theatre concert organized by his friend Pete Townshend of The Who in order to help Clapton shake his heroin addiction. Eric opened his set, and much later ended the show, with "Layla."
On this day in 1978, The Police began recording their debut album "Outlandos d'Amour."
On this day in 1979, "We've Got Tonite" by Bob Seger peaked at #13, and "Bicycle Race/Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen topped out at #24 on the charts.
You would think that, since Paul McCartney will be honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year on February 10th during GRAMMY Week, that he'd also perform on the GRAMMY Awards broadcast on the 12th. And wouldn't it make sense that he'd perform "My Valentine" from his new album of standards, "Kisses On The Bottom" on that broadcast since the LP will be in stores on February 7th? But would you ever guess that Macca would tape a TV special to promote the new album while he's in town? Even though most of those things have not been officially announced, yer Uncle Joe says "Count on it."
There'll be at least one real rock band performing on this year's GRAMMY Awards broadcast on February 12th. The Foo Fighters — led by Dave Grohl, the multi-talented former Nirvana drummer — was one of the first artists to be announced as performers at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. And since the Foos are also nominated for six awards, maybe we'll get to see them more than once!
Word is that one of the biggest names set to headline the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival was a last minute cancelation from the line-up announcement this week. There are credible reports that Black Sabbath was set to headline the festival but had to cancel due to guitarist Tony Iommi's recent lymphoma diagnosis. Wow — what a classic Coachella show that would have been! Maybe next year...
It was Orson Welles who said: "My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people."
It was Jim Rohn who said: "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment."
It was General George S. Patton who said: "The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in battle."
The "fear of the number 13," and today is Friday the 13th. Here are some of the factoids and superstitions surrounding both the number 13 and Fridays in general.
All months whose first day falls on a Sunday will contain a Friday the 13th.
A maximum of three Friday the 13ths can appear in one year, but every year will have at least one.
In ancient times, Friday was the day of the pagan goddess Freya, and 13 was her sacred number, because the pagan calendar had 13 months. Christian monks considered anything having to do with goddesses to be unlucky, and anything having to do with pagans as being evil. When pagans worshipped Freya on Friday the 13th, the monks accused them of "devil worship."
The Bible points to Friday as being the day Eve gave Adam the apple.
Ancient Norsemen used 13 knots in the nooses they used to hang people.
In the 19th century, Lloyd's of London refused to insure any ship sailing on Friday the 13th. The U.S. Navy still won't launch ships on that date.
Hotels and office buildings often don't have a 13th floor. Many airports skip the 13th gate and airplanes have no 13th row.
The ill-fated Apollo 13 mission was launched at 13:13 military time, from launch pad #39 (that's 13 X 3), and had to be aborted on April 13, 1970.
Longtime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde is 45.
Head Foo Fighter/former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is 43.
On this day in 1956, Little Richard entered the pop chart at #26 with "Tutti Frutti." The world of music would never be the same.
On this day in 1963, The Rolling Stones played their first gig with drummer Charlie Watts. London's Flamingo Jazz Club was the place, and Rock & Roll has never been the same.
On this day in 1983, Van Halen's "Jump" entered the chart. The first release from their album "1984," it not only became the band's first #1 single, it spent five weeks on top of the charts!
On this day in 2000, Melissa Etheridge revealed that David Crosby fathered her two children with Julie Cypher. Imagine our surprise!
Ronnie Van Zant, the singer and heart of Lynyrd Skynyrd, would have been 62.
On this day in 1967, The Rolling Stones performed on the Ed Sullivan Show and were forced to change the lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." Oh, those were scandalous times!
On this day in 1992, Dee Murray, Elton John's longtime bassist, died of cancer at the age of 55.
On this day in 1994, singer/writer Harry Nilsson died from heart disease at age 52.