John Lennon – The Voice of a Generation

Today marks the tragic and senseless murder of John Lennon. A man that represented so much to so many was gunned down by a maniac 28 years ago. It all started with the music, even innocent songs like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” were seen as controversial at the time but as a generation grew and began to ask questions, John did as well and let the world know through his music. He just wanted the everyone to give peace a chance but was viewed as a threat by the government and many others, sadly. Seen as more than just an entertainer but a leader for the peace movement in politics and humanity, John lived a life both admiration and condemnation.

Twenty eight years later people still gather in at the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park, just across the road from the Dakota. I often wonder what John would be doing now, what would his views be on the current situation with the world. What music would he have made over the past two decades. We’ll never know but John’s spirit and memory remains alive in the music he created and the mark he left on the world and the minds of millions.

“We all shine on, like the moon and the stars and sun…”


This day in classic rock:
1995 – The surviving members of the Grateful Dead disband the group following Jerry Garcia’s death in August.

Mitch Mitchell, Pulse of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Dies at 61

Mitch Mitchell, the last surviving member of the original line up of the Jimi Hendrix Experience died November 12, 2008 of what was reported to be natural causes. Mitchell, who got his start as a touring and session musician with a handful of bands that included The Pretty Things, hit his groove when he joined the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Not expecting much of the gig at the time, the jazzy style that Mitch brought to the band was the perfect counterpart to Jimi’s guitar playing, often playing off each other both in recording sessions and especially in concert.

Mitchell’s sound on such tracks as Manic Depression, Third Stone from the Sun, Voodoo Chile (slight return) and many more are unforgettable. Are You Experienced?, Axis: Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland have always had a special place in my heart and mind, brilliant, classic albums. Mitchell is also credited with pushing Eddie Kramer to finish and release the Cry of Love album. Without Mitchell’s insistence, it may have never seen the light of day.

After the Jimi Hendrix Experience broke up in 1969, Mitchell stuck around and played Woodstock with Jimi and the Isle of Wright concert. Following Jimi’s death, Mitchell stayed under the radar for the most part, working with Eddie Kramer on Hendrix’s unfinished material as well as Hendrix videos and interviews. More recently he played in a couple of tribute bands, Gypsy Sun Experience and the most recent, the Experience Hendrix, which in addition to Mitchell, featured other such artists including Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, Cesar Rosas, David Hidalgo, Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford, Hubert Sumlin, Chris Layton, Eric Gales and Mato Nanji.

Mitchell’s final days were filled with touring with the Experience Hendrix band celebrating the music Jimi and Mitchell created together. Five days after finishing their tour in Portland, Oregon, Mitchell was found dead in his hotel room at 3AM on November 12th. That same day he was to return to England. Noel Redding, bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience died in 2003. Throw on your favorite Jimi Hendrix Experience album and have a listen for ole’ Mitch. He was one helluva drummer.


This day in classic rock:
1970: For the second time in a year, Ray Davies flies to London to record one word in a new Kinks single. Last time it was ‘cherry cola’ to replace ‘Coca-Cola’ in ‘Lola’; this time it’s to change ‘The air pollution is a-fucking up my mind’ to ‘foggin’ up my mind’ for new single ‘Apeman’.

UPDATE: AC/DC Extends Tour Dates into the New Year

In recent news, AC/DC has extended their Black Ice World Tour into the New Year by adding 16 more North American stops. These new dates stretch from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on December 20th right through to Nashville, TN on January 31, 2009. The tour kicks off on October 28, 2008 in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

And, of course, members of the AC/DC Fan Club can reap the rewards by gaining special access to tickets the minute they go on sale. If you are willing to join the fan club at a fee of $40.00, you can access special tickets, which go on sale the moment the public ones are released.

Below you will find the additional tour dates and their associated ticket sale dates. Keep in mind that concert tickets sold out in record time for the first set of dates.

Dec 20, 2008 – Ft. Lauderdale FL US Bank Atlantic Center – SALE: October 4
Dec 21, 2008 – Tampa FL US St. Pete Times Forum – SALE: October 4
Jan 05, 2009 – Cleveland OH US Quicken Loans Arena – SALE: October 4
Jan 07, 2009 – Pittsburgh PA US Mellon Arena – SALE: October 11
Jan 09, 2009 – Toronto ON CA Rogers Centre – SALE: October 10
Jan 11, 2009 – Cincinnati OH US U.S. Bank Arena – SALE: October 11
Jan 13, 2009 – St. Louis MO US Scottrade Center – SALE: October 11
Jan 15, 2009 – Omaha NE US Qwest Center Omaha – SALE: October 11
Jan 17, 2009 – Fargo ND US Fargodome – SALE: October 11
Jan 19, 2009 – Minneapolis MN US Xcel Energy Center – SALE: October 11
Jan 21, 2009 – Kansas City MO US Sprint Center – SALE: October 11
Jan 23, 2009 – Dallas TX US American Airlines Center – SALE: October 11
Jan 26, 2009 – Tulsa OK US BOK Center – SALE: October 11
Jan 28, 2009 – Little Rock AR US ALLTELL Arena – SALE: October 18
Jan 30, 2009 – Memphis TN US FedEx Forum – SALE: October 18
Jan 31, 2009 – Nashville TN US Sommet Center – SALE: October 11

Don’t panic if AC/DC is not yet scheduled in your city because additional appearances throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, will be announced shortly.

Also, there is still 19 days until the release of AC/DC’s latest studio album Black Ice, set to hit Wal-Mart shelves on October 20, 2008. You can also pre-order your album through ticketmaster when you purchase concert tickets. But, if you can’t wait, you can even pre-order it through Wal-Mart today!

ACDC Tickets – Money Talks, the Average Fan Walks

ACDC Tour

The legendary Australian band is celebrating 35 years of rock ‘n’ roll with a widely-anticipated Black Ice World Tour, which opens on October 28th at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The tour begins just a few days after the release of their new album, sold exclusively through Wal-Mart, on October 21st. The album’s first single, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Train” was released to radio on August 28 and immediately climbed to #1 at Rock Radio. The video is set to debut on September 19th.

This worldwide tour is the first since 2001. The tour kicks off a series of arena shows, and then it heads to Asia and Europe before returning to North American for a round of stadium shows scheduled for next summer. Tickets for upcoming dates will go on sale the weekend of September 20th through Ticketmaster, but no prices or specific details have yet been announced. The additional appearances throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia, are said to be announced shortly. For further information, you can visit the band’s website, www.acdc.com.

Although, the general public may have a difficult time getting their hands on some quality tickets for this tour since the launch of the new ACDC fan club, which offers special treatment, including select tickets, to those willing to shell out $40.00. These pre-sales and special sales only prevent loyal fans from getting to see the show; not to mention the fact that they give scalpers an ideal opportunity to cash in.

As a faithful follower, it is hard to admit, but it almost seems that ACDC is really in it for the money. First they sell exclusively through one store, a so-called discount store, in an effort to keep the CD industry alive and now they are setting aside special tickets for those who can afford their fan club membership. Of course you get special access to those little extras, but what about those who don’t want or need all their merchandise and prefer to see them perform? Furthermore, if this is the band’s way of overpowering companies like Ticketmaster that set aside premium tickets for other companies, like TicketsNow who offer incredibly over-priced tickets to those who can afford to avoid the mad rush for the best seats available, could they not have made the fan club free?

The tour schedule to date:

October 28: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Wachovia Arena)
October 30: Chicago (Allstate Arena)
November 3: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
November 5: Auburn Hills, Mich. (Palace of Auburn Hills)
November 7: Toronto (Rogers Centre)
November 9: Boston (TD Banknorth Garden)
November 12-13: New York (Madison Square Garden)
November 15: Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center)
November 17: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
November 19: East Rutherford, N.J. (IZOD Center)
November 21: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
November 23: Minneapolis (Xcel Energy Center)
November 25: Denver (Pepsi Center)
November 28: Vancouver (General Motors Place)
November 29: Seattle (KeyArena)
November 30: Tacoma, Wash. (Tacoma Dome)
December 2: Oakland, Calif. (Oracle Arena)
December 6: Los Angeles (The Forum)
December 10: Phoenix (US Airways Center)
December 12: San Antonio (AT&T Center)
December 14: Houston (Toyota Center)
December 16: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
December 18: Charlotte, N.C. (Time Warner Cable Arena)


This day in classic rock:
1974 – Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain is nearly electrocuted onstage during a show in Dallas. He survives but quits the group soon after.