Eric Clapton Loses Son After Tragic Accident

March 20: On This Day

In 1991 – Conor Clapton, the 4-year-old son of rock guitarist Eric Clapton, dies when he falls out the window of a 53rd-floor apartment in New York. The tragedy was the second for Clapton in less than a year. His agent, tour manager and bodyguard died the previous summer in the same plane crash that killed blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

In 1984Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats marries actress Britt Ekland. They later divorced in 1992.

In 1980 – A 28-year-old truck driver takes the office manager of Elektra/Asylum Records’ New York branch hostage. Joseph Riviera, the kidnapper, demands that either Jackson Browne or the Eagles give him money in order to start his own business. Neither responds, and he eventually surrenders to New York police.

In 1976Alice Cooper married 19-year-old Sheryl Goddard, a ballerina instructor/choreographer whom performed in the Alice Cooper show from 1975 to 1982. In November 1983, at the height of Cooper’s alcoholism, Sheryl filed for divorce, but by mid-1984, she and Cooper had reconciled. The couple has remained together since. They have three children.

In 1971Yes release The Yes Album in the UK.

May 15th: On This Day

On this day in 1982, Asia was #1 on the Billboard US Album Chart with their self-titled debut studio album. The record spent a total of nine weeks at #1 and became the best-selling album of 1982. Asia contains their biggest hit “Heat of the Moment”, which reached #4 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The album was Certified 4x-Platinum in the US by the RIAA and has sold over ten million copies.

Yes Announce Cruise to the Edge 2018

Yes has announced their annual Cruise to the Edge has been booked for 2018.

The cruise will be held over a five-night voyage from Tampa to multiple ports including, Belize City, Belize and Costa Mayo, Mexico. The ship sets sail on February 3rd. Ticket holders are invited to attend a complimentary party in Tampa the night before the ship leaves port.
Aside from Yes, the 2018 Cruise to the Edge lineup includes scheduled appearances from Prog bands; Marillion, Steve Hackett, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy and Jethro Tull veteran Marin Barre, along with an array of performers that includes Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Saga, Gong, Glass Hammer, Adrian Belew Power Trio and more which can be seen below.


Cruisers will have opportunities to interact with the artists in Q&A sessions and “photo experiences”. There will also be Late Night Live programs, special theme nights, and much more.

Tickets are set to go on sale to the public May 3rd, with cabin prices starting at $1,249 per person in a double-occupancy cabin. The voyage will take place on Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, which “combines acres of glass enclosing a nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea, and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout” and offers multiple opportunities to exercise, relax, or seek out onboard pampering as well as “some of the best food and service afloat.”

Visit the event’s official site for further details and ticketing information.


ARW Now Going By ‘Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman’

Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman, collectively known as ARW, have decided to officially change the name of their band. The offshoot of Yes will now be known as Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman.

In Anderson’s press release, he explained the decision. “It’s very simple: The fans want it, we want it and it’s our right to use the name.” “Yes music is in our DNA.”

Yes is currently lead by Steve Howe, which also includes longtime band contributors Alan White, Geoff Downes and Billy Sherwood.

The official ARW website has already changed its URL to  YESfeaturingARW.com. Also on the page, is a video touting the new name for “the definitive lineup of the greatest progressive rock band ever.” This new tour is set to begin on Aug. 26, with shows continuing in October. A complete list of dates,

This new tour is set to begin on Aug. 26, with shows continuing in October. A complete list of dates, cities, and venues is below.


Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman Tour Dates
8/26 – Stockton, CA, Bob Hope Theater
8/28 – Saratoga, CA, Mountain Winery
8/31 – Las Vegas, NV, Smith Center
9/2 – Layton, UT, The Kenley Amphitheater
9/3 – Littleton, CO, Hudson Gardens
9/5 – Kansas City, MO, Kauffman Center
9/7 – Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater
9/9 – Hammond, IN, Venue at the Horseshoe Casino
9/12 – Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion
9/13 – Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap
9/15 – Akron, OH, Goodyear Theater at East End
9/16 – Toronto, ON, Massey Hall
9/18 – Quebec City, QC, Grand Theatre du Quebec City
9/19 – Montreal, QC, St. Denis Theatre
9/23 – Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theatre
9/24 – Brookville, NY, Tilles Center
9/27 – Newark, NJ, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
9/29 – Reading, PA, Santander Performing Arts Center
9/30 – Trenton, NJ, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
10/1 – Philadelphia, PA, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
10/4 – Boston, MA, Orpheum Theater
10/7 – Niagara Falls, NY, Seneca Casino
10/8 – Red Bank, NJ, CCount Basie Theatre
10/11 – Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Presenters For Journey and ELO

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place on April 7th, and the Hall has revealed more of the presenters and performers set to appear at the induction ceremony in Brooklyn.

Rolling Stone reports that Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) will be inducted by Dhani Harrison. This comes from the long-time friendship and collaboration between Dhani’s father, George Harrison, and ELO’s Jeff Lynne.

Pat Monahan, frontman of Train, will be on hand to induct Journey.

The Rock Hall’s most recent announcements come after earlier word that Neil Young, Rush, and Jackson Browne would be on hand as presenters. Young will be inducting his buddies Pearl Jam, Rush welcomes Yes to the Hall, and Browne will be brought to the stage to induct Baez.


Also on tap for the night, is a special Rock Hall tribute to Prince, performed by Lenny Kravitz. It is assumed that the tribute will include some of Kravitz’s favorite Prince songs. “Not to be dramatic or overly sensitive, but I really feel like a piece of me died,” Kravitz wrote after Prince’s death last year. “He was a mentor and then someone I got to know as a friend and play with. So when he left, a part of me really went too.”


Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin & Rick Wakeman Working on ARW Album

ARW, Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman, has mainly existed as a touring unit. That’s about to change, as the former Yes bandmates are working on a studio album.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Anderson announced that in between concerts the band has been working on their first LP.

Anderson believes that it won’t just sound like a Yes album. “It’s very different from anything we’ve done before, which we’re pretty happy about,” he said. “Hopefully breaking new ground, soundwise.”

When asked about releasing the music in today’s industry, Anderson says the band hasn’t really come to any conclusions.

“We don’t know the best way to release them yet,” he said of the songs. “But we’re thinking very positively about new music. If we’re lucky enough to get people playing it on the radio, then great. But if not, we’ve been there many times and we do have many fans all over the world, so we’ve just got to figure out how to release it for them.”

Asia Will Bring Back Steve Howe for John Wetton Tribute Shows

Asia will be doing a series of tribute shows for their late frontman John Wetton, who passes away in January. The band announced that their former guitarist, and current Yes member, Steve Howe will rejoin the band for these shows. The concerts will also feature Foreigner and John Parr.

After Wetton passed, the band’s future was thought to be in jeopardy, especially when the upcoming U.S. tour was announced with Journey. However, the rest of the band; guitarist Sam Coulson, drummer Carl Palmer, and keyboardist Geoff Downes had already hired Billy Sherwood to front the supergroup.

“A tribute to John Wetton is being planned, end November, four dates including the Royal Albert Hall, with members of Asia as special guests of Foreigner. John Parr will be opening the show,” Asia posted on their Facebook page. “Signed up so far are Geoff Downes and Steve Howe.”

“My heart breaks, understanding the circumstances,” Sherwood said of replacing Wetton. “I shall work very hard to maintain the integrity and musical standards expected.” You can see the list of dates for the tribute shows below.

Asia U.K. Tribute to John Wetton, With Foreigner and John Parr
Nov. 26 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Nov. 27 – London Royal Albert Hall
Nov. 29 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
Nov. 30 –  Manchester O2 Apollo


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