The Return of Rock Royalty
THE BRITISH INVASION
Sharing the stage for the first time ever, the iconic singers of the legendary
1960’s rock revolution:
Gerry & The Pacemakers
Chad & Jeremy
Billy J. Kramer
Mike Pender’s Searchers
Denny Laine (of The Moody Blues & Wings)
and SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Asher (of Peter & Gordon)
The Bee Gees pulled off one of pop music’s more remarkable career transformations in the mid-1970s. Up to that point they were an excellent bunch of Beatle-influenced harmonizers…afterwards they put disco on the map and ruled the charts for a while. Both sides of the coin are pretty darn fantastic. Enjoy!
Today, music fans celebrate the birthday of a tall cool one who was built to please and, even though he’s turning 66 this year, he continues to please audiences by providing them with new material…like, for instance, his new single, “Rainbow.”
Born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire in 1948, Robert Anthony Plant was the son of a civil engineer and a gypsy woman, which – as pairings go – sounds like it has the makings of a great sitcom, but as the information comes straight out of Plant’s GQ interview with Chris Heath, we have no reason to doubt its veracity. With his fascination with rock ‘n’ roll in place before he’d even hit double digits (as he once told talk-show host Andrew Denton, “When I was a kid, I used to hide behind the curtains at home at Christmas, and I used to try and be Elvis”) and a growing interest in the blues, Plant’s original plans for a career in charter accountancy were soon set aside in favor of pursuing music as a full-time career.
"Aqualung,""Thick As A Brick,""Cross Eyed Mary,""Locomotive Breath"... Who wants to hear the best of Jethro Tull (and some new tunes from Ian Anderson!) live this fall? Enter to win a pair of tickets to hear their hits in a city near you.
37 years ago today, the American record-buying public were first given the opportunity to purchase Foghat’s Live. We realize that may not seem like a big deal to those of you who weren’t alive to experience the glory of Foghat in their prime, but there’s a reason why this particular recording still stands as the most successful album in the band’s back catalog…and that reason is because, quite simply, it kicks ass.
Come on, just look at it: it’s only six tracks long, but it opens with “Fool for the City” and closes with “Slow Ride,” both from the band’s 1975 album, Fool for the City, and in between those bookends you’ve got “Home in My Hand” (from 1974’s Energized), the band’s cover of Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want to Make Love to You” (from 1972’s Foghat), “Road Fever” (from 1973’s Rock and Roll), and “Honey Hush” (also from Energized).
“We were headlining arenas and people didn't realize how big the band was until the live album came out,” said Lonesome Dave Peverett, Foghat’s dearly departed original lead singer and guitarist, in a 1995 interview with Goldmine. “That kind of cemented it for the media.”
It also helped cement Foghat’s reputation for Willie Dixon, according to drummer Roger Earl.
37 years ago today, the Sex Pistols embarked on a brief set of dates around the UK, but because of the amount of infamy they’d already accumulated during the course of their career, the band decided it’d be in their best interest to be booked at venues under fake names, resulting in what has come to be known as the S.P.O.T.S. tour, an acronym which stands for Sex Pistols On Tour Secretly.
In an interview included within Sex Pistols: The Inside Story, by Fred & Judy Vermorel, Paul Cook was asked to explain the thinking behind doing the secret gigs.
“Well, we decided to do these gigs, like, just for one, ‘cause we want to play anyway, and we hadn’t played in England for such a long time,” said Cook. “And we couldn’t publicize them, ‘cause if we did, some councilor might just come and say, ‘Right, you’re not playing here,’ we they have done and they can do, for any stupid reason. So we decided to go to each individual promoter ourselves, who owned their private clubs and who could put us on without having to ask someone else, and told them to keep it secret. But we knew enough word would get out that people would know we were playing – which they did. So it weren’t totally unfair on the fans anyway, ‘cause most of them who wanted to see us come to see us. And all the places were packed out, so enough word got ‘round for people to know we were playing.”