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Alice Cooper announces summer tour with Tesla and Lita Ford

Alice Cooper announced that he is hitting the road this summer in U.S. cities with Tesla and special guest Lita Ford.

The trek is actually an extension of his “Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back” Tour, which debuted in the Summer of 2019.

The Summer 2020 leg of the tour kicks off on May 30 and runs through June 27.

It follows the Spring 2020 leg, which launches on March 31 in Niagara Falls and runs through April 22 in Portland, Oregon.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now, except for St. Louis, which will go on sale shortly.

Tour Dates:

May 30 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
May 31 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
June 3 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom
June 5 – Thackerville, OK @ Winstar World Casino
June 6 – Topeka, KS @ Stormont Vail Events Center
June 7 – St Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 9 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheatre
June 10 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center
June 12 – Welch, MN @ Treasure Island Resort & Casino (with Blue Oyster Cult)
June 13 – Chicago, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
June 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
June 16 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
June 17 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena
June 19 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 20 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
June 21 – Baltimore, MD @ The Hall at Live! Casino + Hotel (without Tesla)
June 23 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach
June 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center
June 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park
June 27 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

Source: RTT Music News

Born on this day in 1944: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason

Born on this day in 1944: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason. Nick is the only member of the band to play on every album since the band’s formation in 1965. He studied architecture at London’s Regent Street Polytechnic, where he teamed up with fellow students Roger Waters, Rado ‘Bob’ Klose and Richard Wright in 1964 to form Pink Floyd’s predecessor, Sigma 6. Mason is a keen auto racing enthusiast and has taken part in many racing events such as the French 24 Heures du Mans race in Le Mans.

Aerosmith To Be Honored As MusiCares Person Of The Year Tonight

Aerosmith will be honored tonight in Los Angeles with the Recording Academy’s MusiCares Person of the Year.

Artists set to pay tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers include Foo Fighters, John Legend, Gary Clark, Jr., H.E.R., John Mayer, Alice Cooper, Jonas Brothers, Emily King and Yola, as well as Sammy Hagar, LeAnn Rimes, Ashley McBryde and Luis Fonsi, Gavin DeGraw, Cheap Trick and Johnny Depp.

Proceeds from the event provide essential support for MusiCares and its vital safety net of health and human services programs.

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer will not be performing with the band due to an ongoing dispute. The band says he is invited to join them at the ceremony, although there’s no word on whether or not he’ll be going.

 

Born on this day in 1955: Squeeze’s Jools Holland

Born on this day in 1955: Jools Holland, English pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, who was a founding member of Squeeze who had the 1979 UK No.2 single ‘Up The Junction’. Became a TV presenter on the long running UK music show The Tube and then the BBC music show Later… With Jools Holland. He also tours and releases records with the Jools Holland Big Band.

Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Battle With Parkinson’s Disease

Former Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that he is battling Parkinson’s disease.

In an interview with Robin Roberts on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Osbourne revealed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“It’s PRKN 2,” Sharon Osbourne shared of Ozzy’s diagnosis. “There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body. And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”

Parkinson’s is a neuro-degenerative disorder that typically develops slowly over years. Parkinson’s disease symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait. After diagnosis, treatments can help relieve symptoms, but there is no cure.

Last year was a really bad one for the rock legend as he faced a series of health setbacks, including a near-deadly staph infection and a fall that damaged his nervous system.

“When I had the fall, it was pitch black. I went to the bathroom and I fell,” recounted Ozzy. “I just fell and landed like a slam on the floor and I remember lying there thinking, ‘Well, you’ve done it now,’ really calm. Sharon [called] an ambulance. After that, it was all downhill.”

Source: RTT Music News

Born on this day in 1953: Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander

Born on this day in 1953 – Robin Zander, singer, songwriter from American rock band, Cheap Trick, who had the 1979 hit single ‘I Want You To Want Me’, and the 1988 US No.1 single ‘The Flame’.

Formed in Rockford, Illinois in 1973, the band’s classic lineup consisted of vocalist Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen, bassist Tom Petersson, and drummer Bun E. Carlos.

Cheap Trick released its debut album in 1977 and first found success in Japan with the release of its second album, In Color, later that year. The band would achieve mainstream popularity in the United States in 1979 with its breakthrough album Cheap Trick at Budokan. Cheap Trick reached the Top 10 in the U.S. charts in 1979 with the Budokan live version of “I Want You to Want Me” and topped the charts in 1988 with “The Flame”.

Cheap Trick has performed live more than 5,000 times and has sold more than 20 million albums. they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Source: Wikipedia

Meat Loaf Accuses Hotel Of Negligence After Falling Off Stage

Meat Loaf has filed a lawsuit against a hotel at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, alleging his fall from a stage during a horror convention held there last May has left him seriously injured and unable to perform.

According to the complaint against the hotel and the horror convention, Meat Loaf suffered severe neck, collarbone and shoulder injuries that have prevented him from performing since.

The rock icon spent 12 days at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center at Grapevine, then an additional 30 days in a Nashville hospital.

The lawsuit filed in Tarrant County district court names the Hyatt hotel chain and Texas Frightmare Weekend as defendants and seeks unspecified monetary damages.

According to the lawsuit, the bottom of the curtain was pooled on the back of the stage and had been draped in such a way that it looked like there was something beneath it “if a participant were to step on this part of the curtain.”

“In setting up the stage, the defendants hung curtains from a tall frame at the back edge of the stage,” the lawsuit said. “The curtains came past the bottom of the stage where participants were walking and hid where the stage ended.”

There was no railing, warning tape or any other sort of safety barrier at the back of the stage to prevent someone from falling off, the lawsuit alleges.

Meat Loaf, who goes by the legal name Michael Lee Aday, claims that the defendants profited off his fame but did not provide a safe environment at the May convention at the hotel.

Source: RTT Music News

This day in 1959: Buddy Holly makes his final recordings

This day in 1959 – Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment Buddy Holly made his last recordings, including ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’, ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’, ‘That’s What They Say’, ‘What To Do’, ‘Learning The Game’ and ‘That Makes It Tough’. The recordings would be overdubbed posthumously and were later released by Coral Records.

 

Hear Previously Unreleased Live Version Of Cream’s ‘Crossroads’

A brand-new box set featuring several previously unreleased tracks from the British Rock band Cream will be released this March.

The collection will feature the band’s performance at the San Diego Sports Arena on October 20, 1968, as part of their 19-date final U.S tour.

Also included are two full-length performances held at the Oakland Coliseum Arena and Los Angeles Forum in the same year, as well as their farewell show in Royal Albert Hall, London.

The box set will feature a total of 19 tracks that have not received a full release in the past, including the song “Crossroads,” which is available for streaming now.

“Cream was a shambling circus of diverse personalities who happened to find that catalyst together,” said guitarist and vocalist, Eric Clapton. “Any one of us could have played unaccompanied for a good length of time.”

“So you put the three of us together in front of an audience willing to dig it limitlessly, we could have gone on forever,” he added. “And we did … just going for the moon every time we played.”

Clapton also announced a tribute concert in honor of the band’s late drummer, Ginger Baker, who passed away at the age of 80 last October.

The sold-out show is slated to take place on February 17 in London and will feature performances by guest acts that are yet to be announced to the public.

Source: RTT Music News

Born on this day in 1938: Wolfman Jack

Born on this day in 1938: DJ “Wolfman Jack”.

Robert Weston Smith, known as Wolfman Jack (January 21, 1938 – July 1, 1995), was an American disc jockey. Famous for his gravelly voice, he credited it for his success, saying, “It’s kept meat and potatoes on the table for years for Wolfman and Wolfwoman. A couple of shots of whiskey helps it. I’ve got that nice raspy sound.”

Smith was born in Brooklyn on January 21, 1938, the younger of two children of Anson Weston Smith, an Episcopal Sunday school teacher, writer, editor, and executive vice president of the Financial World, and his wife Rosamond Small. They lived on 12th Street and 4th Avenue in the Park Slope section. His parents divorced while he was a child. To help keep him out of trouble, his father bought him a large Trans-Oceanic radio, and Smith became an avid fan of R&B music and the disc jockeys who played it, including “Jocko” Henderson of Philadelphia, New York’s “Dr. Jive” (Tommy Smalls), the “Moon Dog” from Cleveland, Alan Freed, and Nashville’s “John R.” Richbourg, who later became his mentor. After selling encyclopedias and Fuller brushes door-to-door, Smith attended the National Academy of Broadcasting in Washington, D.C. After he graduated in 1960, he began working as “Daddy Jules” at WYOU in Newport News, Virginia. When the station format changed to “beautiful music”, Smith became known as “Roger Gordon and Music in Good Taste”. In 1962, he moved to country music station KCIJ/1050 in Shreveport, Louisiana, as the station manager and morning disc jockey, “Big Smith with the Records”.

Disc jockey Alan Freed had played a role in the transformation of black rhythm and blues into rock and roll music, and originally called himself the “Moon Dog” after New York City street musician Moondog. Freed both adopted this name and used a recorded howl to give his early broadcasts a unique character. Smith’s adaptation of the Moondog theme was to call himself Wolfman Jack and add his own sound effects. The character was based in part on the manner and style of bluesman Howlin’ Wolf. It was at KCIJ in Shreveport, Louisiana that he first began to develop his famous alter ego Wolfman Jack. According to author Philip A. Lieberman, Smith’s “Wolfman” persona “derived from Smith’s love of horror films and his shenanigans as a ‘wolfman’ with his two young nephews. The ‘Jack’ was added as a part of the ‘hipster’ lingo of the 1950s, as in ‘Take a page from my book, Jack,’ or the more popular, ‘Hit the road, Jack.'”

In 1963, Smith took his act to the border when the Inter-American Radio Advertising’s Ramon Bosquez hired him and sent him to the studio and transmitter site of XERF-AM at Ciudad Acuña in Mexico, a station whose high-powered border blaster signal could be picked up across much of the United States. In an interview with writer Tom Miller, Smith described the reach of the XERF signal: “We had the most powerful signal in North America. Birds dropped dead when they flew too close to the tower. A car driving from New York to L.A. would never lose the station.” Most of the border stations broadcast at 250,000 watts, five times the U.S. limit, meaning that their signals were picked up all over North America, and at night as far away as Europe and the Soviet Union. It was at XERF that Smith developed his signature style (with phrases like “Who’s this on the Wolfman telephone?”) and widespread fame. The border stations made money by renting time to Pentecostal preachers and psychics, and by taking 50 percent of the profit from anything sold by mail order. The Wolfman did pitches for dog food, weight-loss pills, weight-gain pills, rose bushes, and baby chicks.

In 1973, he appeared as himself in George Lucas’s second feature film American Graffiti. Lucas gave him a fraction of a “point”, the division of the profits from a film, and the extreme financial success of American Graffiti provided him with a regular income for life. He also appeared in the film’s 1979 sequel More American Graffiti, though only through voice-overs. In 1978, he appeared as Bob “The Jackal” Smith in a made-for-TV movie Deadman’s Curve based on the musical careers of Jan Berry and Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean. Smith appeared in several television shows as Wolfman Jack, including The Odd Couple, What’s Happening!!, Vega$, Wonder Woman, Hollywood Squares, Married… with Children, Emergency!, and Galactica 1980. He was the regular announcer and occasional host for The Midnight Special on NBC from 1973 to 1981. He was also the host of his variety series The Wolfman Jack Show, which was produced in Canada by CBC Television in 1976 and syndicated to stations in the US.

Jim Morrison’s lyrics for “The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)” were influenced by Wolfman Jack’s broadcasting. He is also mentioned in the Grateful Dead song “Ramble On Rose”. He furnished his voice in The Guess Who’s the top 40 hit single “Clap for the Wolfman”. Wolfman Jack was regularly parodied on The Hilarious House of Frightenstein as “The Wolfman,” an actual werewolf disc jockey with a look inspired by the original The Wolf Man movies. A few years earlier, Todd Rundgren recorded the tribute “Wolfman Jack” on the album Something/Anything?; the single version of the track includes a shouted talk-over intro by the Wolfman but on the album version Rundgren performs that part himself. Canadian band The Stampeders also released a cover of “Hit the Road Jack” in 1975 featuring Wolfman Jack. From 1975 to 1980, Wolfman Jack hosted Halloween Haunt at Knott’s Berry Farm, which transforms itself into Knott’s Scary Farm each year for Halloween. It was the most successful special event of any theme park in the country, and often sold out.

On July 1, 1995, Smith died from a heart attack at his house in Belvidere, North Carolina, shortly after finishing a weekly broadcast. He is buried at a family cemetery in Belvidere.

Source: Wikipedia

 

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