Rock Music

Gimme Five: Joey Molland and Tony Kaye remember Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Badfinger

Gimme Five: Joey Molland and Tony Kaye remember Pete Ham, Tom Evans and Badfinger

Badfinger had endured its share of bad luck before April 24, 1975, to be sure. But everything changed on that awful day, when Pete Ham — singer and composer of so many of their hits — committed suicide.

Across the Great Divide: Robbie Robertson, “Ghost Dance” from The Native Americans (1994)

Across the Great Divide: Robbie Robertson, “Ghost Dance” from The Native Americans (1994)

Robbie Robertson, though he shares a Native American heritage, spent the first few months on this project simply listening to Indian songs. Then, before full engaging for the first time in this legacy music, he tried to forget all of that and simply create.

I’m Not the Beatles: The John and Yoko Interviews 1969-1972, by Howard Smith (2014)

I’m Not the Beatles: The John and Yoko Interviews 1969-1972, by Howard Smith (2014)

There’s a moment during the eight-disc set John & Yoko: I’m Not the Beatles when every Beatles fan will envy Village Voice journalist Howard Smith.

One Track Mind: Nocturne Blue with Markus Reuter, “Circle Around the Synthetic Sun: Intro” (2014)

One Track Mind: Nocturne Blue with Markus Reuter, “Circle Around the Synthetic Sun: Intro” (2014)

Markus Reuter, on a break from work with the Stick Men and the Crimson ProjeKCt, has added some dreamscape U8 Touch Guitar imagery to a new project by Dutch Rall, appropriately dubbed Nocturne Blue.

‘The Voice of Queensryche’: Bitter struggle between Geoff Tate, Todd La Torre-led bands apparently ends

‘The Voice of Queensryche’: Bitter struggle between Geoff Tate, Todd La Torre-led bands apparently ends

A noticeable rebranding of Geoff Tate’s webpage indicates that a settlement in the legal battle for the rights to his old band’s name has been settled. The site now reads: “Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche.”

‘Never thought this was going to happen’: Toto begins tour ahead of concert release, long-awaited new album

‘Never thought this was going to happen’: Toto begins tour ahead of concert release, long-awaited new album

A completely rejuvenated Toto begins its 2014 tour in Japan this week, even as a new concert film is set for release. They’re continuing work on a studio project too, the band’s first since 2006.

‘I’ve reached my 70th year’: Keith Emerson ponders retirement, dimming hopes for an ELP reunion

‘I’ve reached my 70th year’: Keith Emerson ponders retirement, dimming hopes for an ELP reunion

Forget an Emerson Lake and Palmer reunion. Is this actually the last we’re going to see of Keith Emerson — period? The legendary progger is hinting at a retirement from the stage

Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2014)

Billy Sherwood – Divided By One (2014)

After a long series of post-9/11 explorations into the darkness that’s invaded our lives, from within and from without, Billy Sherwood seems to have found the light at the end of the tunnel on the more approachable Divided by One

‘You never get over that’: The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz still coming to grips with loss of Davy Jones

‘You never get over that’: The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz still coming to grips with loss of Davy Jones

The two-year anniversary of Davy Jones’ sudden death has passed, but his long-time Monkees bandmate Micky Dolenz says he’s still coming to grips with losing his treasured friend.

‘Fans speak with their wallets’: Glenn Frey on why the Eagles stick with the old songs

‘Fans speak with their wallets’: Glenn Frey on why the Eagles stick with the old songs

As Glenn Frey makes another run of History of the Eagles shows, more than six years after the group’s most recent album of original songs, the question of boredom begins to creep in. Not for Frey.