Archive for March, 2010

Neil Peart On The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Posted in news, opinion, recording industry with tags , , , on March 29, 2010 by thirteenburn

Rush drummer extraordinaire, Neil Peart, was quoted in a recent interview with The Canadian Press saying that he really didn’t care much about not yet being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The band was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame last night, with Peart giving the acceptance speech.


It doesn’t matter to me. I’ve got the success and respect that we’ve had, and the opportunity to do exactly what we wanted for 35 years, do we need them to make us feel better? No, not at all. Being in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame, that’s 10 times — 100 times — more (important) than being in some critics’ list.”

Maybe it’s because Mr. Peart is Canadian that he feels that he can speak so freely, but in my opinion his candor is exciting and refreshing and its high time that more and more artists and bands step up and also call out the HOF.

Future possible inductee’s like Alice Cooper, KISS, etc., (the list of those passed up in favor of artists or bands not affiliated with the genre of Rock & Roll is a long and embarrassing read) most certainly should already be in, and it’s up to them to say so, but I fear that they fear retribution by being locked out if they do and that’s too bad. I would hope that neither Wenner nor those who run the HOF are giving said artists that impression, but knowing Wenner’s corpulent ego, it wouldn’t surprise me if it’s happening.

It’s been long been whispered amongst the fans of Rock & Roll that the HOF is becoming more and more irrelevant with each passing induction of groups like ABBA before such luminaries as the aforementioned Alice Cooper, it won’t take many more of those asinine inductions before the reputation and integrity of the HOF will be irreparably damaged.

The legacy of the genre demands that scenario never, ever happen.


Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time

Posted in opinion with tags , on March 20, 2010 by thirteenburn

While this is one of my favorite ‘Top’ lists of all time, I’ve felt that it should have been limited to the ‘Top 50’, as with the ‘Top 100’ – at least as far as the guitarist goes – the gene pool is diluted, so to speak, as there are inevitably guitarists on that list who have no business being there in the first place, let alone on any list.

I fully realize that this is a subjective list. I’m not sure what criteria, if any, that Rolling Stone used to base this list on, so I’m curious as to who would be the ‘Top 50 Guitarists of All-Time’ according to you, the reader, so that being said and without further ado:

The ‘Top 100 Guitarists of All-Time according to

Post Script: Remember, there are no right or wrong answers, this is a subjective list, so have at it, ya?


Kings Of Leon Tour Dates

Posted in tour dates with tags on March 20, 2010 by thirteenburn

Kings Of Leon 2010 US Tour:

06/05 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Event Center
06/06 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
06/08 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavillion at Montage Stage
07/09 – San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
07/10 – Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
07/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
07/14 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/17 – George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
07/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
07/20 – Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
07/23 – St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/24 – Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
07/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
07/28 – Toronto, ONT @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/30 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/31 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Center
08/03 – Hartford, CT @ Comcast Theatre
08/05 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehana Bank Amphitheatre
08/07 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
09/03 – Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
09/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
09/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
09/08 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium & Star Pavilion
09/10 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
09/11 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
09/13 – Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
09/17 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
09/18 – Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
09/20 – Birmingham, AL @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
09/22 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
09/23 – Dallas, TX @

Stone Temple Pilots Rock SXSW

Posted in news with tags , , , , , on March 20, 2010 by thirteenburn


Stone Temple Pilots are not a band many could have expected to survive two full decades. Even acts without the internal wounds of serious addiction and ongoing conflict rarely make it this long, but when STP emerged onstage at the Austin Music Hall for a special performance at South By Southwest on Thursday, they delivered like journeyman rock stars with their shit together — tight and focused, and unburdened with the bitterness or bad memories from the recent past.

Singer Scott Weiland shimmied stylishly across the stage in a snug vest, tie and wraparound shades, rasping to an explosive “Vaseline,” as guitarist Dean DeLeo ignited bursts of noise and melody. Bassist Robert DeLeo strutted in a black suit and white patent-leather shoes, and drummer Eric Kretz pounded anxious beats from a gleaming white drum-riser. The 4,400-capacity Austin Music Hall was packed, and during 75 minutes of hits and new songs, the SoCal quartet managed to make the big shed feel as intimate and overheated as a club show.

STP’s upcoming album is one of my personally most anticipated albums of 2010 and I’ll post a review of said album when I hear it.



Posted in breaking news, obit with tags , , on March 17, 2010 by thirteenburn

Alex Chilton


Alex Chilton, singer and guitarist of Big Star, one of the most influential rock groups to emerge from the early 1970s, has passed away at the age of 59. Chilton reportedly suffered a heart attack today in New Orleans, just days before Big Star were scheduled to perform at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Chilton had been complaining about his health earlier in the day, and was eventually taken to a New Orleans hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Big Star drummer Jody Stephens confirmed Chilton’s passing, Memphis’ Commercial Appeal reports. “Alex passed away a couple of hours ago,” Stephens said. “I don’t have a lot of particulars, but they kind of suspect that it was a heart attack.”

I really don’t know what to say right now other than that countless bands and myriad singer/songwriters bear witness to his lasting influence on their music and Alex Chilton and those – and other – contributions he gave to the music world will be greatly missed.

My thoughts and prayers go out tonight to the family and friends of Alex. God Speed to you, sir, and may you rest in peace for all eternity.

Rare Zeppeling Recording Discovered

Posted in news, recording with tags , , , on March 17, 2010 by thirteenburn

A British man happened upon an extremely rare, live recording of Led Zeppelin from a 1971 show in Ipswitch, at the St. Matthew’s Baths Hall, and apparently is of very good quality.


Recorded in 1971, the bootleg has captured the band playing material from their first three albums. An intimate performance, the recording is of such good quality it even features between-song chatter from frontman Robert Plant.

According to the article, there has been no official release of the bootleg, nor even any formal press release for that matter, but I for one, am hoping that it is somehow made available to the public. Being a massive Zep fan, I would love to hear this, as is, flaws and all. ‘Remastering’ this recording would do more damage than good, at least in my humble opinion.

An Interview With Michael Monroe

Posted in interview with tags , , , , on March 15, 2010 by thirteenburn

One of my favorite bands of the 80’s ‘Hollywood Metal’ era was Hanoi Rocks. I thought that they had a very unique sound, that set them apart from the rest of the pack.

When their drummer, Nicholas Dingley aka Razzle was killed in Vince Neil’s Pantera, I knew then that Hanoi Rocks would never be the same, if they remained a band at all. They did press on, but never were able to recover. Sadly, I was never able to catch them live, but thankfully I have their discography to listen to whenever I have a hankering for their particular sleazy brand of Finnish rock & roll.

Last week, the SoCal music blog City of Devils posted an interview with the iconoclastic frontman about what he’s been up to and, while he didn’t address the subject, you can follow the link in the preface to the interview regarding the myriad problems of ex-Hanoi guitarist, Andy McCoy.

Props to City of Devils