Archive for April, 2012

Lee Loughnane says Chicago is prepping new downloadable concert, still writing new songs

Lee Loughnane says Chicago is preparing to release a downloadable new concert DVD, focusing on the last year’s performances, even as work continues on its first new music in decades.

Final Dio studio album Master of the Moon to be reissued as deluxe picture disc

The last studio release from Dio is set for a deluxe picture-disc reissue on June 5, courtesy of Niji Entertainment Group. This is the first time that 2004’s Master of the Moon, which included the Ronnie James Dio favorite “The Eyes,” has ever been issued as a picture disc in North America. Niji previously released of a deluxe picture discRead More

Neal Schon open to Journey reunion with Steve Perry — but only if Arnel Pineda stays, too

Journey had been through a string of lead singers since Steve Perry’s mid-1990s departure before finally finding chart success again with Arnel Pineda, a Filipino singer whom founding guitarist Neal Schon discovered on YouTube.

'It would have left him speechless': Ronnie Montrose's widow thanks everyone for moving tribute

Leighsa Montrose has posted a heart-felt thank you message for everyone involved with last weekend’s concert tribute to her late husband, the guitar virtuoso Ronnie Montrose.

One Track Mind: The Thirteenth Assembly, "Nosedive" (2011)

Anyone who has heard Mary Halvorson perform even just once has likely caught her trademark move: the sudden burst of notes quavering, akin to hitting the whammy bar but with a little more nuance.

New Music Monday: Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright, Steve Kuhn and George Harrison

The last week of April 2012 brings us yet another stack of platters that matter — this time from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Eddie Gomez, Norah Jones and Rufus Wainwright.

Phil Collins – Live at Montreux (2012)

If somebody told me, before a 1996 concert, that Phil Collins was going to be performing “Los Endos” — the closing track from 1976’s A Trick of the Tail, Genesis’ first project after Peter Gabriel’s departure — I would have been thrilled.

Eddie Gomez – Per Sempre (2012)

Always an impressive technician, Gomez has an identifiably soulful sound — sometimes from the very first plucking of his bass. That has carried him through an impressive array of settings

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" (1980)

Steely Dan Sunday: “The Second Arrangement” (1979, unreleased)

Steely Dan Sunday: “The Second Arrangement” (1979, unreleased)

If not for a young man’s goof, Steely Dan’s ‘Gaucho’ might have had a third hit.