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Jake Bowen will release his second solo album, The Daily Sun, on October 1 For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

New three day music festival will take place in Oundle between June 17-19 For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)

West originally premiered the record — which features Lil Baby, Pusha T, Don Toliver, and more — on July 22nd For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

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50 years ago, on August 1, 1971, the Concert for Bangladesh, led by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, raised funds — and awareness — for Bengali refugees. What’s the legacy of this landmark event? For more, go to: NPR.org (Source)

Marc Canter, who grew up best friends with GUNS N’ ROSES members Slash and Axl Rose, will launch a video podcast called “The First 50 Gigs: Guns N’ Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction” on Patreon on August 19 at 12 a.m. EST. To coincide with the podcast launch, a week-long “First 50 Gigs” gallery exhibit will open at the Rosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, hosted and created by Lethal Amounts. “The First 50 Gigs” had two goals in mind: to recapture one of the greatest origin stories in L.A. rock history — the emergence and breakthrough of GUNS N’ ROSES and their debut album — and give the fans, access to Canter‘s one-of-a-kind archive. The podcast creators said: “We have enough content to keep you entertained until the end of 2021. Season One will take you from the earliest moments when Slash first picked up a guitar in high school in 1981, to the newly formed ‘Appetite’ line up of GN’R when they first return from ‘Hell Tour’ in June of 1985. “We chose Patreon as the distribution platform for this series as we need support from fans of this project to tell the entire story over five seasons. We’ve bootstrapped Season 1, but we can only produce Season 2 when we hit our first goal of 5,000 subscribers. At 10,000 subscribers, we’ll produce the entire series, so we need your help to get there and bring this entire story to life. “We have three Patreon subscribers tiers with different benefits. They are: “General Admission (GA) gives you access to audio only episodes of ‘The First 50 Gigs’ twice a month on Patreon. This includes show transcripts in English, Spanish and Portuguese. GA is $5 a month. “Reserved Seating (RS) gives you access to all ‘The First 50 Gigs’ visual content, including episode videos with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles, episode show posts with additional photo galleries, videos and audio clips. You’ll also get two bonus episodes a month that can include interviews, audio clips and behind-the-scenes with the show creators. RS is $15 a month. “Front Row (FR) gets you everything in the previous tiers, plus you’ll receive one piece of merchandise once every three months valued at $25 or more. This includes autographed books, prints, t-shirts and other collectables from ‘The First 50 Gigs’ podcast, Canter’s Deli and ‘Reckless Road’. Additionally, you’ll join us once a month for a 60-90 minute call with Marc Canter and Jason Porath to ask them anything about the show, go even deeper into GN’R origin story and get advanced notice on upcoming content and merch. Special guests from the show may also join for these live sessions. FR is $25 a month. “The Reserved Seating and Front Row Tiers include private RSS feeds that will allow you stream the show on your favorite podcast player (e.g. Apple Podcast, Stitcher, etc.)”. The first four episodes for Season One are as follows: Series Introduction: Hosts Marc and Jason introduce you to the series and discuss Marc‘s role. Episode 1: Adam Greenberg, drummer for TIDUS SLOAN/ROADCREW talks about Slash‘s early bands. Episode 2: Author Laurie Jacobson takes us back with a history of the Sunset Strip from 1900 to 1965 Episode 3: Author Domenic Priore continues the history of the Sunset Strip from 1965 to 1990 Episode 4: Chris Weber, founding member of AXL, ROSE + HOLLYWOOD ROSE talks about those bands. Reserved Seating and Front Row subscribers will get 14 bonus episodes that include cutting-room floor interviews, behind-the-scenes footage from “The First 50 Gigs” and “Reckless Road” and more. Canter photographed the band’s entire journey on the Sunset Strip, starting with Slash‘s garage bands in 1981 and ending when the band releases “Appetite” and leaves on their first international tour with THE CULT in 1987. Jason Porath, who was his right-hand man in co-writing Marc‘s book “Reckless Road”, will be hosting this series and along with providing a unique outlook on their first 50 gigs, will be sharing content only available through Marc‘s immense archive. When teenager and amateur photographer Marc Canter set out to document his best friend Saul Hudson‘s rise as a rock guitarist in 1982, he never imagined he was documenting the genesis of the next great rock ‘n’ roll band. His friend became the legendary guitarist Slash, and Canter found himself witnessing the creation of GUNS N’ ROSES front and center. The candid shots contained in his GUNS N’ ROSES biography “Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses And The Making Of Appetite For Destruction”, taken as the band toured in 1985-1987 and made the legendary album “Appetite For Destruction”, capture their raw, blood-sweat-and-tears performances as well as their intimate moments. Containing original gig memorabilia including show flyers, ticket stubs, set lists, press clippings, and handwritten lyrics as well as in-depth interviews with band members and the people closest to them, “Reckless Road” offers an explicit, first-person perspective readers won’t find anywhere else. Originally published in America in 2008, “Reckless Road” contains interviews with Slash, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler, as well as groupies, failed producers, and former managers and bandmates. Back in 2016, Canter told the Daily Mail that the GUNS N’ ROSES reunion finally fell into place thanks to McKagan brokering a peace settlement between Slash and Axl — but only after Slash left his wife of 13 years, Perla Ferrar. Canter explained: “Duff was a big part in getting them back together. He was working with Axl again and is a good middle man. There was no one else who communicated with Slash and Axl. When Axl was venting about Slash, Duff was able to help him see things through Slash‘s eyes.” McKagan had been instrumental in getting both ex-bandmates, who had not been speaking since 1996, to sign off on a series of music licensing deals that required both their signatures. Yet one thing stood in the way of a full-fledged reunion: Perla, who had managed Slash‘s solo career and was an executive in his various companies. Canter also claimed that the band originally broke up because Slash and Duff wrote a dozen new songs around 1995 and Axl refused to sing on all but three or four of them — leading Slash to pursue a solo venture.

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Continuing weekly through to March 2022, Queen YouTube is taking Queen fans on a unique and remarkable journey –  a chance to revisit some of the band’s most iconic moments and discover some aspects of the story we didn’t know. Episode #20: Queen At The Movies – Take 1: Flash Gordon can…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)

Fan-filmed video footage of ZZ TOP‘s July 30 performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama can be seen below. The concert at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater marked the band’s first since the death of Dusty Hill, bass player, singer and songwriter for a trio that has stayed together for more than 50 years. Filling in for Hill at the Tuscaloosa show was ZZ TOP‘s longtime guitar tech Elwood Francis, who has worked with the band for more than two decades. According to the band, Francis will continue to play bass for ZZ TOP for the foreseeable future. ZZ TOP canceled a show this past Wednesday (July 28) in South Carolina after learning that the 72-year-old Hill had died in his sleep at his Houston, Texas home. Asked by Variety how he felt about continuing on with Francis filling in, ZZ TOP frontman Billy Gibbons: “Well, it was a direct directive from Mr. Dusty Hill. When he grabbed my arm and said, ‘I think I’m due to go visit the physician to see if I can bounce back,’ he said, ‘In the meantime, I want you to grab our guitar technician, Mr. Elwood‘ — Elwood Francis — ‘and take him out of that tech station and strap him up with my guitar and make him carry on with every single note.’ And I said, ‘Well, if that’s your wishes, I’ll respect that.’ And sure enough, we’ve been very, very fortunate to have a stalwart standby to fill in. “What’s really got everybody on the ropes is that Elwood had been holding down the guitar technician post for 30 years as a clean-shaven young fellow. And when the lockdown was imminent, we all gathered for a band meeting, before things got too fierce. And I said, ‘Dusty, it looks like we’re not going to be able to go do much or go anywhere. What do you plan to do?’ And he said, ‘Well, I’ll tell you what I’m not going to do. And that’s cut the lawn. I’m not going to cut the grass.’ And I smiled and said, ‘Well, I’ll join you on that.’ And Elwood piped up and said, ‘Well, if you guys aren’t going to cut the grass, I’m not going to cut my whiskers.’ And when we regathered to commence rehearsals just a week and a half ago, here came Elwood, and I said, ‘My gosh, you’ve got chin whiskers as long as me and Dusty!’ “So when he took the stage the other night, I was looking over the front row and everybody was kind of giving each other the elbow, and they were pointing up and said, ‘Look, the ZZ TOP circus still rolls on. There’s another freak up there.’ In fact, I had to stroll over and grab him by the chin to give him a yank, just to show the audience — I said, ‘Folks, this is the real deal here.’ [Laughs] But he’s honoring Dusty‘s wishes, and I know that, wherever Dusty may be, he’s probably smiling, just knowing that all the notes are in place and that the fierceness rolls on.” Francis made his live debut with ZZ TOP on July 23 at the Village Commons in New Lenox, Illinois after Hill was forced to return to Texas to address a hip issue. On July 21, ZZ TOP canceled its concert in Evansville, Indiana because of a “health issue within the band,” according to local news outlet Evansville Courier & Press. ZZ TOP kicked off its latest tour two weeks ago in Manchester, Iowa. The trek, dubbed “A Celebration With ZZ Top”, will continue in August with dates in the South, Midwest and Far West. When ZZ TOP announced the tour, Hill — who joined the band a year after its formation in 1969 — commented: “They shut the door right after our 50th-anniversary tour and now it’s back open. We’re excited to get out there and play our music for everybody.” Funeral arrangements for Hill have not yet been publicly announced.

ZZ Top Posted by Dee Frost Jr. on Friday, July 30, 2021

Posted by Dee Frost Jr. on Friday, July 30, 2021

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The creative couple, who married in 2020, thrive on gratitude, community and the new approaches they’ve taken in the wake of the pandemic. For more, go to: NPR.org (Source)

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson says that he and his bandmates have been dying to tell their fans about their upcoming album, “Senjutsu”, “for ages.” Although the follow-up to 2015’s “The Book Of Souls” was recorded back in 2019, MAIDEN didn’t announce the new LP until earlier this month, preceded by the music video for the disc’s first single, “The Writing On The Wall”. Dickinson addressed the long gap between the “Senjutsu”‘s completion and official announcement while recording a video message to promote his upcoming spoken-word tour of the United Kingdom. “So now you know. The big secret is no longer a secret. The album is called ‘Belshazzar’s Feast’,” he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET), referencing the story of the writing on the wall in the Bible which MAIDEN used to tease its new LP before the LP’s official announcement. “No, it’s not. So, ‘Senjutsu’ is the album. ‘Really, you cannot imagine how long we’ve wanted to tell people about the album,” he continued. “We’ve all been, like, [bites hand in frustration], like this for ages. So, it’s amazing that the news of it is out. It’s also a great opportunity, ’cause I’m doing these one-man shows, and I can actually talk about it. Actually, you can ask me questions about it, and I can talk about it. You never know, we might even take the opportunity, ’cause we’re gonna have a big screen and a big sound system and there’s an amazing video with some really cool stuff, which, of course, you know about. But oh my God, on a big screen. See the video on a big screen. We could talk about the video. We could play the video. Oooooh, there’s an idea.” “Senjutsu” will be released on September 3 via BMG. It was recorded in Paris with longstanding producer Kevin Shirley and co-produced by bassist Steve Harris. The video for “The Writing On The Wall” was made by BlinkInk based on a concept by Dickinson with two former Pixar executives. It followed a month-long teaser campaign and global “treasure hunt” for clues about the track title and concept. For “Senjutsu” — loosely translated as “tactics and strategy” — the band once again enlisted the services of Mark Wilkinson to create the spectacular Samurai themed cover artwork, based on an idea by bassist Steve Harris. With a running time of a little under 82 minutes, “Senjutsu”, like their previous record “The Book Of Souls”, will be a double CD/triple vinyl album. IRON MAIDEN hadn’t released any fresh music since “The Book Of Souls”, which was recorded in late 2014 in Paris, France with Shirley. “The Book Of Souls” was the longest MAIDEN album, clocking in at 92 minutes, with lyrics heavily based in the themes of death, reincarnation, the soul and mortality. Back in May 2019, Italian web site Maiden Concerts first speculated that IRON MAIDEN was putting the finishing touches on a new album. The site concluded that the LP was nearing completion after gathering social media evidence that all six members of the band, their wives and Shirley were in Paris at the same time. The producer even posted new pictures of Guillaume Tell Studios, where MAIDEN recorded “Brave New World” (2000) and “The Book Of Souls”, saying he was finalizing a major project. During MAIDEN‘s summer 2019 North American tour, Dickinson hinted at new material, telling the crowd at the group’s Oakland, California concert: “New IRON MAIDEN songs — sooner than you think.” At MAIDEN‘s Nashville show in August 2019, Dickinson said that fresh music from the band wasn’t “beyond the bounds of possibility,” adding that a new MAIDEN record was essentially a “certainty.” “Senjutsu” marks MAIDEN‘s sixth album to be produced by Shirley, who has worked with MAIDEN for the past two decades. In addition to MAIDEN, Shirley has collaborated with dozens of notable acts, including Joe Bonamassa, JOURNEY, DREAM THEATER and LED ZEPPELIN. During the making of “The Book Of Souls”, Dickinson was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor at the back of his tongue. He recorded all the vocals for the album with the tumor before undergoing treatment and making a full recovery in time for the LP’s release in September 2015.

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