Archive for January 21st, 2013

One Track Mind: Renaissance with Ian Anderson, “Cry to the World” from Grandine il Vento (2013)

When Michael Dunford passed away after a cerebral hemorrhage in his England home last November, the loss to his band Renaissance was devastating.

‘Hopefully, we’ll try and cross the pond’: The Beatles’ Pete Best eyes new studio effort, a U.S. tour

The Beatles’ drummer is planning a new U.S. tour, and his first album in years. No, not Ringo Starr: Pete Best, the group’s original fourth member.

‘It would have to be with everybody’: Are Yes’ ever-shifting lineups hurting its Hall of Fame chances?

‘It would have to be with everybody’: Are Yes’ ever-shifting lineups hurting its Hall of Fame chances?

Does Yes’ apparent inability to earn induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have something to do with how many members have passed through its lineup over the years? Stalwart Chris Squire thinks that just might be it.

‘It shows you what I know’: Sammy Hagar hated the concept for Van Halen’s biggest video ever

‘It shows you what I know’: Sammy Hagar hated the concept for Van Halen’s biggest video ever

With its high-concept series of contemporary on-screen messages, “Right Now” was, Sammy Hagar today admits, “the biggest video Van Halen ever had.” Yet it almost never got made, because Hagar actively boycotted the idea.

S.U.N – Something Unto Nothing (2013)

Dear Aerosmith dudes, This is what your music is supposed to sound like: Please listen and take notes. Sincerely, Your fans

Lydia Salnikova – Valentine Circle (2013)

The Knoxville-based, Russian born and bred songstress Lydia Salnikova gave us a refreshing set of songs that harkens back to the golden age of Adult Contemporary music with Hallway (2010). Valentine Circle, due out next month, gives us more of that same, soothing nostalgia inducing vibe.

New Music Monday: Steve Lukather, Camper Van Beethoven, Jorn, Aaron Neville, Journey, Billy Joel

Steve Lukather steps away from tours alongside Toto, Ringo Starr and Steve Vai to issue one of his most bitingly confessional solo recordings yet, while Aaron Neville goes way back for doo wop.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Spare Parts” (1987)

Again, I had been waiting for it and, for just a few seconds, that kick drum and moaning blues harp had me ready for … disappointment. Out came a furiously-strummed acoustic guitar to frame what felt like yet another shell of a rock song.