Rock Music

My plane tickets are booked: Time for a return to the Paisley Underground

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but when I was a kid, it was rare indeed for most major rock acts to stop anywhere close to where I lived as they trotted across North America on one of their “World Tours.”

‘This is short, but it needs to be’: Charlie Watts says new tour suits aging Rolling Stones

‘This is short, but it needs to be’: Charlie Watts says new tour suits aging Rolling Stones

Gone are the days when the Rolling Stones mounted globe-trotting, seemingly never-ending tours. And that’s just fine with Charlie Watts, the now-72-year-old founding drummer.

Mike Bloomfield – From His Head to His Heart to His Hands (2014)

Mike Bloomfield – From His Head to His Heart to His Hands (2014)

Al Kooper’s task, in reminding us of the towering genius possessed by his late friend Mike Bloomfield, wasn’t in finding dusty unheard tracks for From His Head to His Heart to His Hands. When it comes to Bloomfield, who overdosed at just 37 in 1981, the likelihood is that almost everything on this new Kooper-curated triple-CD/single-DVD set comes as aRead More

‘Roger and myself and who knows who else’: Is Adam Lambert part of Brian May’s plans for Queen tour?

‘Roger and myself and who knows who else’: Is Adam Lambert part of Brian May’s plans for Queen tour?

Queen seems set to play some concert dates in 2014 — Brian May says he and Roger Taylor have even toasted the idea — but, in a surprise move, no mention is being made of Adam Lambert.

Tommy Bolin – Captured Raw Jams Vol. 1 (2014)

Tommy Bolin – Captured Raw Jams Vol. 1 (2014)

His star shined brightly, but far too briefly. Born August 1, 1951 in Sioux City, Iowa, Tommy Bolin went on to become one of the most versatile and admired guitarists of his era.

‘They probably play those Beatles songs better than the Beatles’: Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer on Paul McCartney’s band

‘They probably play those Beatles songs better than the Beatles’: Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer on Paul McCartney’s band

Joey Kramer says there wasn’t much to draw him into the Grammys broadcast save for a partial reunion of the Beatles. That, he says, was enough to endure a show that didn’t have nearly enough rock music.

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Hometown Blues” (1976)

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Hometown Blues” (1976)

It’s interesting that “Hometown Blues” is featured on two Heartbreakers best-of compilations — 1995’s five-disc, career-spanning box set Playback and 2000’s double-disc Anthology: Through The Years. Firstly, there are arguably better songs from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers that didn’t make the cut

Marco Machera, with Tony Levin, Markus Reuter + Pat Mastelotto – Dime Novels (2014)

In the two years since Marco Machera issued his solo debut One Time, Somewhere, he’s memorably appeared with Adrian Belew — and the connection pays off handsomely on this smartly conceived follow up. A trio of Belew bandmates (both in King Crimson and the offshoot Crimson ProjeKCt) appear on Dime Novels

Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Black Beehive (2014)

Big Head Todd and the Monsters burst onto to the live-music scene in the late 1980s with a heady sound best described as blues-based, loose and laid-back pop. More recently, however, they have been focused more on the rootsier sounds of Todd Park Mohr’s adopted hometown of Chicago.

Steve Perry fondly remembers his time with Journey: ‘They certainly brought a lot out of me’

Steve Perry fondly remembers his time with Journey: ‘They certainly brought a lot out of me’

As Steve Perry eases back into music after a cancer scare, he can’t help but look back fondly at the things he accomplished with Journey — even if a reunion still appears to be a remote possibility.