Woodstock 50 Ticket Sales Delayed, Sparks Rumors Of A Cancelation

Is this summer’s Woodstock 50 festival in trouble? Well, that’s the speculation after word came out that ticket sales, which were supposed to happen today, have been postponed.

“There is currently a hold on the Woodstock 50 on-sale date,” read an email that was sent to agents representing acts on the bill. “We are waiting on an official press statement from Woodstock 50 regarding updated announce, ticket pricing, and overall festival information. We will get this information to you as soon as we receive it.”

Rumors began to circulate that the festival was in danger of being canceled due to an issue with permit clearances, but promoter Michael Lang insists that’s not the case. “Woodstock is a phenomenon that for fifty years has drawn attention to its principles and also the rumors that can be attached to that attention,” Lang, a co-promoter of the original 1969 festival, insisted, noting that reports of a cancellation are “just more rumors.”

Woodstock 50 is set to take place August 16th – 18th in Watkins Glen, New York, featuring such acts as Jay-Z, the Killers, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper, The Raconteurs, Robert Plant and the Sensational Shapeshifters, Halsey, Miley Cyrus, Dead & Company, Greta Van Fleet, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile and more.


Source: Billboard

Born on this day in 1950: Peter Frampton

Born on this day in 1950: British-American rock musician Peter Frampton who with The Herd, had the 1968 UK No.5 single ‘I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die’, with Humble Pie, the 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’. As a solo artists he scored the 1976 UK No.10 single ‘Show Me The Way’ taken from his live release Frampton Comes Alive!. Frampton has worked with David Bowie, George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, Brenda Lee and many others. He’s known for his work as a guitar player. particularly with a Talkbox.

Uriah Heep’s Phil Lanzon releases fantasy novel

The Uriah Heep keyboardist has released his book titled Curse Of The Mudchalk Devil – specifically written for children and teenagers.

The keyboardist has not only written the novel but has also illustrated it, with the cover designed by Tony Mayor.

The synopsis reads: “When an inquisitive and determined young girl discovers she can see music as well as hear it, she uses this power to destroy the curse of disharmony engulfing her world.

“Elin is to assist in her father’s illusionist show, but the disastrous events of that night sets her on a journey that would test the stamina of any human.

“Reluctantly, she accepts the persistent help of a boy from her class and they enter a fantastical world from which they may never return the same. Will her gift change anything?”

The book is available to purchase through Amazon.


Source: RTT News

This day in 1928: British blues legend Alexis Korner is born

Born on this day in 1928 – Alexis Korner, British blues singer and musician. He was a major force behind the UK R&B scene, and formed Blues Incorporated with Charlie Watts. Later he had hits with CCS, (1971 UK No.5 single ‘Tap Turns On The Water’). He was also a writer and radio presenter.

Korner was instrumental in the formation of several notable British bands including The Rolling Stones and Free.

In the 1960s Korner began a media career, working initially as a show business interviewer and then on ITV’s Five O’Clock Club, a children’s TV show. Korner also wrote about blues for the music papers, and continued to maintain his own career as a blues artist, especially in Europe.

On 17 October 1967, Korner interviewed The Jimi Hendrix Experience for the BBC radio show Top Gear. Some of these tracks, including audio of Korner himself, appear on the Hendrix double-CD BBC Sessions, including Korner playing slide guitar on “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man”.

While touring Scandinavia he formed the band New Church with guitarist and singer Peter Thorup. They subsequently were one of the support bands at the Rolling Stones Free Concert in Hyde Park, London, on 5 July 1969. Jimmy Page reportedly found out about a new singer, Robert Plant, who had been jamming with Korner, who wondered why Plant had not yet been discovered. Plant and Korner were recording an album with Plant on vocals until Page had asked him to join “the New Yardbirds”, a.k.a. Led Zeppelin. Only two songs are in circulation from these recordings: “Steal Away” and “Operator”. Korner gave one of his last radio interviews to BBC Midlands on the Record Collectors Show with Mike Adams and Chris Savory.

Korner died on January 1st 1984.

This day in 1954: Rock N’ Roll is born as “Rock Around The Clock” is recorded

This day in 1954 – Bill Haley recorded ‘Rock Around the Clock’ at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. Considered by many to be the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song was used over the opening titles for the film ‘Blackboard Jungle’, and went on to be a world-wide No.1 and the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million. Written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, ‘Rock Around The Clock’ was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights.

Montreux Jazz Festival lineup Includes Sting, Elton John, ZZ Top & More

Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival will feature performances from StingElton JohnJanet JacksonRadiohead‘s Thom YorkeZZ Top, and more.

The 16-day festival kicks off on June 28 with Sting set to headline that evening, while Elton will play the following night. Jackson will perform on June 30 and ZZ Top on July 2. Joan Baez is set to perform on July 3, Tom Jones and Tower of Power on July 9 and Anita Baker on July 10.

Jazz legend and legendary producer Quincy Jones along with the Lausanne Sinfonietta Orchestra will perform a concert dubbed Soundtrack of the ’80s on the closing day of the festival.

Other A-listers included in the lineup include Chick Corea, The Chemical BrothersChristian ScottYann TiersenJanelle MonáeLauryn Hill and George Ezra.

The festival will also feature younger stars like Rag’n’Bone ManlizzoKimberoseEddy de Prettothe SuicideboysJames BlakeChassol and Apparat, among many others.


Source: RTT News

Tom Petty, Brian Wilson And More Featured In Upcoming ‘Echo In The Canyon’ Documentary

A trailer for the upcoming documentary “Echo In The Canyon” has been released, featuring Tom PettyBrian WilsonEric Clapton and Ringo Starr.

The trailer depicts the influence artists such as The Beach Boys, The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash had on the next generation of songwriters.

The film, scheduled to premiere on May 24 at Arclight’s Cinerama Dome in Los Angeles, is executive produced by Jakob Dylan.

“The music that came out of the Laurel Canyon scene was inspiring to my generation of songwriters,” said Dylan, who also appears in the film.

“The best test of songwriting is that it transcends its moment in time and there is no doubt that the songs we explore in this film are as powerful today as they were in 1965,” he added.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngclh-Rn3iI

Source: RTT News

This day in 1970 – Peter Green Leaves Fleetwood Mac

This day in 1970 – Peter Green, who along with Mick Fleetwood & John McVie founded Fleetwood Mac, quit the band while on tour in Germany. To avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour.

Peter Allen Greenbaum was born in Bethnal Green, London on October 29, 1946. Green was a major figure in the “second great epoch” of the British blues movement. B.B. King commented, “He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.” Eric Clapton has praised his guitar playing and Green is noted for his use of string bending, vibrato, and economy of style.

Rolling Stone ranked Green at number 58 in its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

After leaving Fleetwood Mac, Green was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent time in psychiatric hospitals undergoing electroconvulsive therapy during the mid-1970s.  In 1977, Green was arrested for threatening his accountant David Simmons with a shotgun. The exact circumstances are the subject of much speculation, the most famous being that Green wanted Simmons to stop sending money to him.

In 1979, Green began to re-emerge professionally. With the help of his brother Michael, he was signed to the PVK label, and produced a string of solo albums starting with 1979’s In the Skies. He also made an uncredited appearance on Fleetwood Mac’s double album Tusk, on the song “Brown Eyes”, released the same year.

Green formed the Peter Green Splinter Group in the late 1990s, with the assistance of Nigel Watson and Cozy Powell. The Splinter Group released nine albums between 1997 and 2004.

Early in 2004, a tour was cancelled and the recording of a new studio album stopped when Green left the band and moved to Sweden. Shortly afterwards he signed on to a tour with The British Blues All Stars scheduled for the following year. The tour was cancelled, however, after the death of saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith. At the time, Green stated that the medication he was taking to treat his psychological problems was making it hard for him to concentrate and sapped his desire to play guitar.

In February 2009, Green began playing and touring again, this time as Peter Green and Friends. In May 2009 he was the subject of the BBC Four documentary “Peter Green: Man of the World”, produced by Henry Hadaway. Green and the band subsequently played a tour of Ireland, Germany and England. They went on to play several dates in Australia during March 2010, including the Byron Bay Bluesfest.

This day in 1970: Paul McCartney announces Beatles split

This day in 1970:  A 27 year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split, (one week before the release of his solo album). McCartney said, ‘I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John’. John Lennon, who had kept his much-earlier decision to leave The Beatles quiet for the sake of the others, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney’s resignation, Lennon said, ‘Paul hasn’t left. I sacked him’.

Angry Telegram from George Harrison to President Nixon discovered

Author and Beatles researcher Chip Madinger has unearthed an angry telegram that George Harrison sent to President Richard Nixon in the 1970s.

Harrison wrote the letter to Nixon as he was denied an extension to stay in the United States after he came to the country in March 1973 for the Apple meetings and to work on a Ringo Starr album.

The telegram, addressed to “President Richard Nixon, White House DC,” reads, “Sir, how can you bomb Cambonian citizens and worry about kicking me out of the country for smoking marijuana at the time. Your repressive emperor war monger ways stop before too piece luv. We will run the world Harry Krisher, Hare Hara Krishne Hare Hara Hare Hara Krishner. George Harrison.”

It is speculated that the letter might have been dictated by Harrison because it contains numerous misspellings and grammatical errors.




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