New Order took to the stage at London's iconic Brixton Academy on April 4th, 1987 as part of the International AIDS day fundraising season and released the performance on VHS (remember them?!) 2 years later. Enjoy the setlist from that evening with us here.
Since the very beginning of Van Halen's career, the only incarnation of the band to have released a live album is the one with Sammy Hagar standing front and center, and while Live: Right Here, Right Now certainly has its fans, it's always been a bit of a bummer that no similar audio document was ever (officially) released with David Lee Roth on vocals. As of today, however, that wrong has officially been righted, thanks to the release of the two-CD / four-LP set, Tokyo Dome: Live in Concert.
Today, God hits the big 7-0. Oh, wait, did we say God? Sorry, we meant Eric Clapton. (That darned photograph...) But for what it's worth, Clapton is a god among guitar players, so you can understand our error.
This week's entry rounds up twenty favorites from Roy Ayers -- Jazz-funk pioneer, vibraphonist and soulman. The set kicks off with the first Ayers track I came in contact with, "We Live In Brooklyn, Baby" culled from the Roy Ayers Ubiquity album, He's Coming from 1972. All propers to Digable Planets for the turn on - the group sampled the cut on their track "Borough Check" off their sophomore album, Blowout Comb (1994). Nineteen tracks later we close out with "2000 Blacks Go To Be Free" found on Ayers collaboration with Fela Kuti, Fela & Roy Ayers. Get to know this legend. Vibes for life.
39 years ago today, the Sex Pistols secured a gig that's generally described as a key turning point in their career: playing at the 100 Club in London.
It's not as though the Pistols hadn't played live prior to March 30, 1976, but their gigs were decidedly tumultuous and oftentimes more than a little bit spontaneous. For instance, on February 20, they'd shown up at Buck's College in High Wycombe, England and claimed to be the opening act for Screaming Lord Sutch, even though they weren't actually booked at all. Nonetheless, they took the stage, started playing, and…well, things went rather poorly, let's just say that.
25 years ago today, the future former frontman for House of Pain - you know, the band that graced us with the unforgettable single “Jump Around” - dropped his debut solo album, an effort which you probably don't remember from its original release because…well, frankly, it wasn't terribly successful.