LONG LIVE ROCK…GONE IN 2013 BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
Time waits for no one, including some of the most important rock stars of our time who passed away in 2013. Here is a list of some of the fine musicians we said goodbye to in the past year: Ray Manzarek (the Doors), Lou Reed (Velvet Underground), Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Joey Covington (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), Dan Toler (Allman Brothers Band), Peter Banks (Yes), Trevor Bolder (Uriah Heep), Chrissy Amphlett (Divinyls), Tony Sheridan (Beatles collaborator), Steve Hyams (Mott the Hoople), Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult), Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band).
U2 TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON OLD RECORD LABEL
With a new U2 album on the horizon in 2014, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has announced it will release its first new studio effort since 2009’s No Line on the Horizon on its original record label, Island Records. The band’s last album was its first (and last) with Mercury Records which has since been shuttered, prompting the move back to the label they called home for almost thirty years. There is speculation the Irish quartet will unveil details surrounding their forthcoming thirteenth studio album during the Super Bowl on February 2.
ORIGINAL AC/DC SINGER LOOKS BACK AT BAND’S FIRST GIG
Original AC/DC frontman Dave Evans took a trip down memory lane to talk about the band’s first-ever live performance which took place 40 years ago on December 31, 1973 in Sydney, Australia. Evans recalls the band still didn’t have a name when they hit the stage at Sydney’s Chequers club, noting, “It was a small place, absolutely jammed – there were no laws in those days so it was like sardines.” He went on to say that the band didn’t even know enough songs to fill the two sets it was contracted to play. He said, “Malcolm Young said, ‘We’re about six or seven songs short, so make up some names and we’ll put them through the set.’ So we made up songs on the spot and played them that night.” Evans was replaced by Bon Scott later in 1974.
SIR PAUL RUMORED TO BE EYEING RETURN TO CANDLESTICK PARK
San Francisco’s Candlestick Park was the sight of the Beatles’ very last U.S. concert back on August 29, 1966, but now the venerable stadium is set to be demolished. However, there are reports that Paul McCartney is in discussions to rock the park with one final farewell concert before the wrecking balls knock the park to the ground. A Candlestick Park official told the San Jose Mercury News he “remained hopeful” that McCartney would agree to almost literally rock the place to the ground one more time.
SANTANA MAKES GOOD ON PLEDGE TO HELP HOMELESS EX-BANDMATE
By now, many have heard the story and watch the heartwarming video of Carlos Santana being reunited with his homeless former Santana Blues Band percussionist Marcus Malone whom he hadn’t seen in almost 45 years. In a recent interview with the local San Francisco news reporter who facilitated the emotional reunion, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist offered an update on his pledge to help his old friend and bandmate, saying, “I want to offer him a place to stay in an apartment, get him some clothes, and just get him out of the street.” But Santana’s Good Samaritan ways don’t end there, as he added, “I want to offer my brother Marcus Malone an opportunity to record on the next album with the original band… We wrote a song for him called ‘Magnificent Marcus Malone.’ We want him to play on it and we’re going to start, Lord willing, in January or February.”
SCHENKER SHARES RECENT REVELATION OF LOVING TO PLAY LIVE
In a recent interview, guitar great Michael Schenker gave an overview of his career and discussed his recent passion for playing live. Schenker said, “The first stage was to develop as a great guitarist and focus on pure self-expression, and that finished around the end of UFO. I opened the doors to Scorpions with Lovedrive, then when I was through I started Michael Schenker Group for experimenting, to develop musically as well as on a personal level. Around 2007 I started to develop the incredible liking of being on stage, which I never really had before.”
KINKS REUNION CLOSER TO BECOMING A REALITY
Could the Kinks finally reunite in 2014? In a recent interview with UK’s Uncut, Ray Davies said that a reunion is “as close as it’s ever been to happening.” During the same sit down with the magazine, Dave Davies shared his brother’s optimism that they will once again work together, saying, “I said to Ray I thought that it’d be a great shame if we don’t try and so something.” That said, Dave again agreed with his brother Ray by adding, “I don’t want to see the legacy of the Kinks soured by two miserable old men doing it for the money.”