Archive for the ‘Bon Jovi’ Category
Thursday, June 23rd, 2011
At their concert in Denmark on Sunday night, Bon Jovi payed tribute to E-Street Band saxophone player Clarence Clemons, who died on Saturday. With these words, Jon Bon Jovi introduced “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”:
“A long way from here, back in our home state of New Jersey…we lost a pillar of the rock n roll community today. Woke up to hear that Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band had passed. The Big Man had gone up to heaven to play for the Big Man upstairs. The only thing bigger in stature and status was probably the size of the guy’s heart. He was always kind, always had a kind thing to say…no matter if we were going to see them or he was coming to see us. The Big Man will be missed forever. But the legend of the E Street Band with Clarence Clemons will always live on. So for our friend…and our friends….”
Rock news rundown – Bon Jovi and Def Leppard streaming online, Jeff Healey, Bret Michaels and the Kinks
Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Wish you could be in Munich to watch Bon Jovi live? Well, the band wants to give you some of that experience. 30 minutes worth, at least. The first half hour of their June 12th show in Munich will be streamed live on the net on Bon Jovi’s official website. For Ottawa residents, the show will be online at 1:00 in the afternoon our time.
Bobcat Goldthwait’s film adaptation of the Kinks’ classic 1975 concept album Schoolboys In Disgrace is in the works. Goldthwait is currently in talks with Jack White (The White Stripes) to record new music for the film. “He’s a great technical player and would bring some great anarchy to it, which is in keeping with the script,” says Kinks frontman Ray Davies.
Poison frontman, reality TV star, and multiple-surgery veteran Bret Michaels will appear on 20/20 tonight, 10:00 EST.
Def Leppard’s first-ever live CD, Mirrorball, hit stores Tuesday. You can check it out before you buy it now, while it is streaming online here.
Next week, a new Jeff Healey album will be released. June 14th is the scheduled release date for The Jeff Healey Band Live At Grossman’s – 1994, a live show at the same Toronto joint where the band was first discovered.
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is out of rehab and ready to rejoin the band’s tour. Sambora will play the European leg of Bon Jovi’s tour, starting tomorrow in Croatia. Sambora checked himself into rehab in April, saying he had “fallen off the wagon”.
Donovan was playing London on the weekend when a surprise guest appeared on stage – Jimmy Page! Page played guitar on Donovan’s 1965 hit ”Sunshine Superman” – a gig for which he was paid about 20 dollars. The pair recaptured some of that magic as Donovan performed the Sunshine Superman album.
Some sad news from the southern rock community – one-time Allman Brothers drummer David “Frankie” Toler has died at the age of 59. Toler, who played with the Allman Brothers, Dickie Betts & Great Southern, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Gregg Allman band and the Toler Brothers Band with his brother Dan. He passed away Saturday at a hospital in Florida after a prolonged illness.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011
If you’re going to take in Bon Jovi tonight at Scotiabank Place, they will be without guitarist Richie Sambora, who has checked into rehab. The band announced they will continue the tour without Sambora, and that they have replaced him with Phil X, guitar player for Powder and The Drills. Phil X (real name Phil Xenidis) is best known as the guitar player who replaced Rik Emmett when Emmett left Triumph to pursue a solo career.
Bon Jovi played the New Orleans Jazz Festival on Saturday with Phil X, making no mention of Sambora’s absence until near the end of the set, when they launched into “Livin’ On A Prayer”, and Jon Bon Jovi told the crowd “I’m sending this out to our brother Richie”.
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Rumours are floating around that the Rolling Stones will be going on tour in 2011. The rumours have been around for a while, but were given a little bit more credence when their logo appeared on the Glastonbury Festival website pilton.com, leading to speculation the Stones will be headlining that festival in June. A legal dispute between Live Nation and its ex-chairman Michael Cohl also appears to center around a proposed 2011 Stones tour. More here.
Bon Jovi will be taking a two-year break after they wrap up their The Circle tour. The tour is currently scheduled through the end of July, and was the most successful tour of 2010, raking in $201 million. More here.
A new U2 album could come out as early as this spring, according to the U2 fan website. Last summer, Bono told Rolling Stone that the band had as many as four albums worth of material ready to be released. The first one might appear in just a few months. More here.
R.E.M. have released a video for the first single from their upcoming album Collapse Into Now (out March 8th). See the video for “Mine Smell Like Honey” here.