Category Archives: Rock

A Great Rock Summer Double Bill!

Just announced. Hyper Space Tour, Boston with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

 

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Boston on the Web

 

Now that is one rockin, guitar slinging hits galore double bill.

 

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Joan Jett’s Web Site

 

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Led Zeppelin – The Complete BBC Sessions

New music from The Complete BBC Sessions, an updated and newly remastered version with eight unreleased BBC recordings and including three rescued from a previously “lost” session from 1969, is coming on September 16. Pre-order your copy here: http://www.ledzeppelin.com

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Meatloaf – Braver Than We Are

September continues to bring a bountiful harvest of new and exciting music.

Meat Loaf, the rock legend who along with songwriter/producer Jim Steinman broke sales records with the classic multi-platinum albums “Bat Out of Hell” and “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell,” announces their reunion on the new album “Braver Than We Are” featuring 10 new Steinman songs performed as only Meat Loaf can! The project also showcases another reunion with vocalists Ellen Foley and Karla DeVito ( vocalists from the smash hit “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” ) on the epic song and first single ‘Going All The Way’.

Tracks

  1. Who Needs the Young
  2. Going All The Way Is Just the Start (A Song in 6 Movements)
  3. Speaking In Tongues
  4. Loving You’s a Dirty Job (But Somebody’s Gotta Do It)
  5. Souvenirs
  6. Only When I Feel
  7. More
  8. Godz
  9. Skull of Your Country
  10. Train of Love

Ian Hunter – Fingers Crossed

Ian Hunter’s forthcoming studio album, Fingers Crossed (September 16th) unveils ten new, self-penned songs including his much-anticipated homage to David Bowie ‘Dandy’. Recorded at HOBO Studios in New Jersey, and co-produced by Hunter and Andy York, the record features his magnificent Rant Band and is the follow-up to 2012’s acclaimed When I’m President.

Track Listing:

1. That’s When the Trouble Starts
2. Dandy
3. Ghosts
4. Fingers Crossed
5. White House
6. Bow Street Runners
7. Morpheus
8. Stranded in Reality
9. You Can’t Live in the Past
10. Long Time

ZZ TOP LIVE – GREATEST HITS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

I’m especially lovin the two tracks with Jeff Beck in London. Go get it and ROCK!

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1. Got Me Under Pressure – New York

2. Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers – Las Vegas

3. Cheap Sunglasses – Paris

4. Waitin’ For The Bus – Chicago

5. Jesus Just Left Chicago – Chicago

6. Legs – São Paolo

7. Sharp Dressed Man – Los Angeles

8. Rough Boy (with Jeff Beck) – London

9. Pincushion – Berlin

10. La Grange – Dallas

11. I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide – Vancouver

12. Tube Snake Boogie – Rome

13. Gimme All Your Lovin’ – Houston

14. Tush – Nashville

15. Sixteen Tons (with Jeff Beck) – London

Heart – Beautiful Broken

These ladies so rock! Pumped to have Heart‘s 16th album, Beautiful Broken which dropped yesterday. Totally cool that James Hetfield of Metallica helps drive the title track.

Kudos to co-producers Nancy Wilson and Heart bassist Dan Rothchild love the gritty sound.

My favorite track after the first listen is “Heaven”.

 

Never A Dull Moment By David Hepworth

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Cheap Thrills (Big Brother and the Holding Company album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have debated in my mind which year was best for rock music. I am torn between the years 1967-1971. These were formative musical years as a child of the sixties maturing into the 1970s.

Starting with 1967, the year of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Then 1968 brought us Van Morrison‘s classic Astral Weeks and Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin.

1969 was pivotal for my life as I graduated high school that year. The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair changed the world. Rock albums from Led Zeppelin and Santana pushed multi-dimensional sound.

Then 1970 ushered in the era of the singer/songwriter with Sweet Baby James by James Taylor. Contrast that soft music genre with the electric jazz fusion of Miles Davis‘s Bitches Brew.

Nantucket SleighrideThe capstone of the music period from 1967-1971 was 1971.  This year rose prominently in the music of our heart. I loved the dichotomy of Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death versus Nantucket Sleighride by Mountain.

 

 

 

 

Thanks to a book by David Hepworth, an ardent music fan and well-regarded critic, I have validation. The book David has written, Never A Dull Moment, 1971 The Year That Rock Exploded substantiates 1971’s contribution to rock history with concrete authority.

If you are a fan of rock history and its sociological impact on the rhythm of our existence you must read this book.