Thursday April 10, 2014
Kerry Ellis and Brian May perform in London in 2013 (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Since the late '60s and early '70s when rock was morphing out of pop and into a genre unto itself, it has became commonplace for rock artists to team up with artists from other genres to record and/or perform live. It was still a new concept in 1977 when Bing Crosby performed with David Bowie on Crosby's annual Christmas show, but what was then considered a novelty has become almost an expectation.
Until you actually experience this particular pairing, you might think the combination of a classic rock guitarist and a theatrical diva is just a bit off. But Brian May and Kerry Ellis will disabuse you of that misconception very quickly when you watch/listen to their new CD/DVD set, The Candlelight Concerts Live at Montreux 2013. Believe when I tell you that they will rock you.
Review: Brain May/Kerry Ellis - The Candlelight Concerts Live at Montreux 2013
Monday March 31, 2014
Even with the attention that Record Store Day (4/19) brings to vinyl reissues, there's still room for some very listen-worthy new releases.
Deep Purple, Roger Daltrey, Jack Bruce, Toto, Ian Anderson ... shall I continue?
Monday March 31, 2014
You don't have to be a serious vinyl collector to enjoy the Record Store Day experience. To be sure, it's the catalyst for a lot of pleasant memories for those of us who used to take the neighborhood record store for granted back when there was no Amazon, no Best Buy, no iTunes or Spotify. And if you missed that experience back in the day, RSD is as close to time travel as you can get.
Classic rock artists were among the first to support and promote Record Store Day when it began back in 2008, and one of its main features is the availability of releases -- exclusive to participating stores -- of vintage music of many genres, classic rock chief among them. More than two dozen exclusive classic rock vinyl releases await.
Save the date: Saturday, April 19 at your neighborhood indie record store.
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.