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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

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Born on this day:

1937, Garth Hudson, Organ, The Band
1951, Andrew Gold, singer, songwriter
1957, Butch Vig, producer, drummer, Garbage
1962, Lee Mavers, guitar, Vocals, The La’s

1962, Singer songwriter Robert Allen Zimmerman legally changed his name to Robert Dylan.

1970, Elvis Presley was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with his version of “The Wonder of You,” his sixteenth #1. Ray Peterson recorded the original version in 1959 which gave him a Top 30 hit.

1973, The Mamas and the Papas filed a lawsuit against their record label Dunhill for a million dollars in unpaid royalties.

1975, The Eagles went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “One of These Nights,” the group’s second U.S. #1 single and the first to chart in the U.K. where it peaked at #23.

1977, Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious was fined £125 by a London court after he had been found carrying a knife at the 100 Club Punk Festival last September.

1980, The Clash released their single “Bank Robber” after it been available as an import only. The band’s record company CBS didn’t want to release the record saying it was not commercial enough.

1983, James Jamerson died of complications stemming from cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure and pneumonia in Los Angeles, he was 47 years old. As one of The Funk Brothers he was the uncredited bassist on most of Motown Records’ hits in the 1960s and early 1970s including songs by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and The Supremes. He eventually performed on nearly 30 No.1 pop hits.

1991, Rick James and his girlfriend Tanya Hijazi were arrested in Hollywood charged with assault with a deadly weapon aggravated mayhem torture, false imprisonment and forcible oral copulation. James was released on $1 million bail.

2000, Liverpool music store Rushworth and Dreaper closed down after 150 years of trading. The store had become famous after supplying The Beatles and other Liverpool group’s with musical instruments.

2001, New Orleans International Airport was re-named Louis Armstrong Airport in honor of the New Orleans born trumpet player, singer and bandleader.

2004, Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to save the historic gentleman’s outfitters from closure. For more on this story, see ThisDayinMusic Spotlight.

Amy Winehouse’s Father Wants More Rehab Facilities

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch, met with the British government yesterday to work on improving drug rehabilitation for the country’s young people in memory of his daughter.

According to the Daily Express. Mr. Winehouse said: “This isn’t only important to me, this is important to our whole country.”

The last specialist NHS rehabilitation center for young people closed last year and Mitch Winehouse asked crime minister James Brokenshire and Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, to look at a “reallocation of resources.”

He said: “There’s hundreds of thousands of young people in situations today that could be avoided, and these are our future policemen, doctors and lawyers and solicitors that we could help. We need to be able to help our children.”

Vaz said his committee would “look again” at recommendations it made to the government in 2010. Then, Vaz’s committee reported that it was “perturbed by reports that access to residential rehabilitation was not as readily available as to community programs.”

Dream Theater Announce Fall Tour

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Following the release of their new album, A Dramatic Turn of Events, on September 13, Dream Theater will be hitting the road. The prog-metal band have announced a month’s worth of dates, starting June 24 in San Francisco, according to

Trivium will open the shows, which all take place in Canada and the United States.

“We are all very pumped about the release of A Dramatic Turn of Events this September as well as the world tour we’ll embark upon in support of the album,” guitarist John Petrucci said in a statement. “Our first leg will bring us throughout North America, where we’ll showcase songs from the new album along with tons of fan favorites and a brand new tour production unlike any other that we’ve done before. We’re equally excited to have our friends in Trivium join us as well. It’s sure to be an incredible tour. We’re looking forward to seeing all of our friends on the road this fall!”

Dream Theater tour dates:

Sep 24 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
Sep 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Nokia Theater
Sep 27 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
Sep 28 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Oct 03 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre (without Trivium)
Oct 04 – Pittsburgh, PA – Trib Total Media Amphitheatre
Oct 06 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct 07 – Montreal, QC – Place des Arts
Oct 08 – Quebec City, QC – Pavilion de la Jeunesse
Oct 10 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
Oct 11 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center
Oct 12 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Oct 22 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall (without Trivium)
Oct 25 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
Oct 26 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall

Flaming Lips Frontman Wayne Coyne Marries Couple

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The Flaming Lips closed Montreal’s Osheaga Festival with a bit of wedded bliss. Following a complete performance of the band’s 1999 album, The Soft Bulletin, lead singer Wayne Coyne beckoned two fans to the front of the stage, according to Spinner.

A woman dressed as Dorothy (from The Wizard of Oz) and a man dressed as a lion met Coyne, as the rest of the band played a muzak-esque version of “Do You Realize??” Coyne established the bonds of marriage with grandeur: “By the power of the Flaming Lips, the universe and LSD, I now pronounce you man and wife!” The Lips then performed the real version of “Do You Realize??” before a crowd of thousands.

After the show, the couple were married by an actual minister.

Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi Consider New Collaboration

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan are considering a new collaboration next year, after the success of their charity single, “Out of My Mind,” earlier this year.

“I’ve got some free dates next April and I think we’re planning to get together for a week and see what happens,” Gillan “Whether we’ll have enough time to make an album, I don’t know. That’s the plan, and certainly working with Tony is very quick because he’s unique.”

BraveWords’ Robert Gray asked Gillan if such a project would be released under the band name Born Again, in reference to the Black Sabbath album Gillan sang on, and in keeping with the origins of the band name Heaven & Hell with Ronnie James Dio-era Sabbath.

“No, no,” Gillan said. “Working with Tony is just me and him… Who we will have on the other instruments I don’t know. That probably wouldn’t be discussed until we’ve written some songs, and certainly I wouldn’t have time for a tour because Deep Purple’s always working and there’ll be no point in trying to rehearse a band up for one or two shows.”

Gillan concluded by stating that neither he nor Iommi saw any reason to resurrect the Born Again lineup for a new album. “No, I don’t see that happening at all. I can’t see that, no. That’s not even come into my mind or his mind I don’t think,” he said.

“Out of My Mind,” featuring Iommi, Gillan, Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, former Deep Purple keyboard player Jon Lord and HIM guitarist Linde Lindstrom, was recorded to raise money for a music school in Armenia.

John Lennon’s Beatle Hat and Sunglasses for Sale

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

A cowboy hat and a pair of sunglasses that John Lennon wore during his tenure with The Beatles in the mid-’60s will be auctioned next week.

According to, the cowboy hat was worn by Lennon during The Beatles’ 1965 U.S. tour and the sunglasses were worn by Lennon in 1967. Both items had been owned by Lennon’s Uncle Charlie and most recently were in the possession of Larry Warren.

Warren said: “I knew Charlie Lennon well and I bought these items from him. He didn’t want to take any money for them but I insisted.

“The cowboy hat was something that Lennon had on the U.S. tour in 1965 – I think they all had one. He gave it to his uncle in about 1967 along with a toy six-shooter gun because his uncle loved western films. But the hat was too big for his uncle and that amused Lennon.”

The auction takes place August 9 at Cameo in England. Glen Norcliffe, of Cameo, said:

“These are wonderful items that belonged to John Lennon when he was at the height of his career. The provenance is excellent and anything related to John Lennon is very collectable. There are collectors from around the world who would love to have them.”

Metallica Producer: ‘Black Album’ ‘Wasn’t Fun’

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Producer Bob Rock says Metallica’s 1991 “Black Album” “wasn’t a fun, easy record to make” and that he vowed at the time to never work with the band again.

Rock has opened up to Music Radar about how he managed to balance Metallica’s established sound with the band’s desire to transition to “the big, big leagues. A lot of people think that I changed the band. I didn’t. In their heads, they were already changed when I met them.”

Rock says drummer Lars Ulrich wanted the band to groove more, so the focus was shifted to his drums, rather than having the drums follow the guitar, like on previous recordings. Rock also explains James Hetfield’s increased songwriting confidence, inspired by writers such as Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and John Lennon.

“I think he saw that he could write for himself but still touch other people,” Rock says. “It was a struggle for him, but he had a tremendous breakthrough as a writer.”

Despite his vow to not work with the band again (“They felt the same way about me”), Rock returned for three more Metallica studio albums (Load, Reload and St. Anger) and two other projects (S&M and Garage Inc).

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello discussed the five albums that influenced him the most in an interview with At the top of his list was London Calling by The Clash.

“This album showed me that music and activism could be one,” he said. “They were the band who played my favorite music, plus I shared ideas with them. Prior to hearing The Clash, I liked the music of bands like KISS and Black Sabbath, and I liked the ideas of people like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and Che Guevara. The Clash brought all of that together for me.”

Morello also recognized Bob Dylan’ The Times They are A-Changin’as a major influence on his Nightwatchman projects, saying: “This album influenced my Nightwatchman solo career more than any other album – not for songs like ‘The Times They are A-Changin’,’ but for the piercing dark songs, the songs that really capture the fear and poverty and hopelessness that’s woven into parts of our nation’s DNA. Dylan saw it with a clear eye, and he sang it with three chords and the truth.”

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