Archive for February 15th, 2012

Beach Boys announce dates for their 50th anniversary tour, with stops at Jazz Fest and Bonneroo

The Beach Boys will kick off their 50th anniversary reunion tour on April 24 in Tuscon, Arizona, in dates announced today on their Web site.

Wynton Marsalis: Recognizing a blues song should be part of application for U.S. citizenry

Wynton Marsalis, in a talk on protecting the legacy of American music for future generations, offered a bold suggestion

Jim McCarty discusses Jeff Beck's ouster from the Yardbirds: "He had to go"

The Yardbirds, famous for such 1960s-era tracks as “For Your Love,” “Over Under Sideways Down,” and “Heart Full of Soul,” served as a launching pad for three of rock’s most recognizable guitarists — Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

University student suspended for basing essay on Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher"

You wonder if it began: I’ve got my pen-cil! A Michigan university student has been suspended after writing an essay titled “Hot for Teacher,” after the 1984 song by Van Halen.

Something Else! Interview: Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Paul O'Neill

Paul O’Neill is lucky enough to see his dream come to life on the stage every night. He calls it “Rock Theater”

Rick Wakeman discusses possible new studio collaboration with Tony Levin and Ian Paice

Former longtime Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman says a new collaboration could be in the works with Tony Levin and Ian Paice. Levin has played with King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd and Paul Simon, among many others.

Half Notes: Jeff Hamilton Trio – Red Sparkle (2012)

As with the Symbiosis album that it follows, Red Sparkle is a Jeff Hamilton small combo setting where its drummer leader can make his presence known without having to be overbearing.

Gimme Five: Unforgettable concerts that drove me deeper into obsession

Somebody once said that there’s a very fine line between a hobby and mental illness. I moved a step closer to that line back in 1978

Ronnie Wood confirms the Rolling Stones are in talks to play Olympic Games opening ceremony

A spokesman for the band has denied it, but Ronnie Wood hasn’t: Speaking to The Sun, he said the Rolling Stones are in talks to perform at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London. In fact, he said “everybody wants to do it.”

Jennifer A. Johnson – Midnight Blue (2012)

There are a lot of ways to fail at a jazz vocal album, in particular with the glut of such projects flooding the marketplace these days. The first, though, is to lack nerve.