Monday March 10, 2014
Eric Clapton in 1965, photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images
In a couple of weeks (3/30) Eric Clapton will turn 69. Since his career began, as a teenager busking for tips on street corners and in bars around his boyhood home in Surrey, England, he has released 21 solo studio albums, 37 with the various bands he's been associated with, 10 soundtracks, 11 live albums, and performed on another 63 albums by other artists. Not to mention an untold number of live concert performances.
All things considered, it shouldn't have come as a surprise when Classic Rock magazine reported that Clapton had told his fans in Japan, "I may not be able to come back again. I've been coming here for 40 years, since before some of you were born. It's the best place I've ever played. Thank you for having me."
It should be even less surprising since he told Rolling Stone magazine a year ago that he planned to stop touring when he turned 70. That birthday milestone is now just a year away, one of the many milestones in Clapton's long career.
Friday February 28, 2014
Since, by definition, those of us who embrace classic rock are attracted to music that was first written, recorded and performed 40-50 years ago, it seems fitting that virtually all of the classic rock releases coming in March are remixed and/or remastered and/or digitally restored versions of that old classic rock we love so well. That's what makes it okay that remasters, reissues, and expanded editions far outnumber new releases in March.
Thursday February 27, 2014
The Who turn 50 in 2014 (Photo by King Collection/Photoshot/Getty Images)
There has been considerable ballyhoo (and rightfully so) about this month's 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first appearance on American network TV. But Beatlemania wasn't the only next-big-thing going on in music in 1964.
Some of classic rock's best known and most highly regarded bands were founded in 1964. A surprising number are still active 50 years later. To them and all the others, a hearty Happy Anniversary!
Friday February 21, 2014
Jefferson Airplane on stage at Woodstock, August 1969. Photo by Getty Images
It might seem like I'm jumping the gun here a little bit, talking about outdoor music festivals with February not even over yet, but I'm really not. The music portion of SXSW in Austin is just a couple of weeks away (3/11-16) followed shortly by Coachella and Jazzfest. I don't know about you, but I am definitely ready for some rock in the warm sun!
Music festivals have come a long way since the days of Woodstock, Monterey, and the original Isle of Wight festival. Imagine if there had been live streams, dedicated YouTube channels, and real-time coverage back then. Thanks to websites and social media, you can now have a virtual festival experience. It may not be as good as actually being there, but it sure beats just sitting at home pouting because you can't be there.