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9 Year-Old Chase Edwards-Beaudin Drumming to Genesis 'Behind the Lines' from 'Duke'
Check out Chase (son of John Beaudin & Shannon Edwards of Rock History Book) drumming crazy-town to a 1980 Genesis classic 'Behind the Lines' a concert favorite for many years. MORE

Rush wins 'Rock Album of the Year' at Juno Awards
April 22, 2013 – The annual Juno Awards ceremony was held in Regina, Saskatchewan last night hosted by crooner Michael Buble and many canadian artists were there for their contribution in the music industry. MORE


Bill Wyman Says No To Re-joining The Stones April 19, 2013 – Bill Wyman, the past bassist of the Rolling stones says no to hooking back up with his former band. READ MORE

Ozzy Osbourne Wants To Work With Adele
March 25, 2013 – Recently in an interview with Rip It Up, Ozzy Osbourne revealed that he wants to collaborate with British pop sensation Adele. He hinted the possibility of producer Rick Rubin sorting out all the details to possibly make it happen. MORE

Pink, Proves Again, To Be a Good Role Model
March 19, 2013 – Pink was in concert in Philadelphia last week and, again, showed us why we think she is so cool. MORE

David Bowie’s New Album - Top Seller, So Far, for 2013 in UK
March 13, 2013 - The New David Bowie Album, ‘The Next Day’ had the best sales for any record so far this year in the UK. On the first day of release over 56,000 copies were sold. MORE

Guns N Roses Axl Rose May Be Sued for Injuring Fan
March 12, 2013 – Guns N Roses kicked off their Australian tour in Perth this past weekend and Axl Rose was said to have injured a fan who may now sue the singer. MORE

The Kids are Alright! - by Ryan Somers
March 7, 2013 - The kids are alright. No. They really are. For a while I might not have been so sure. But I would like to think that, like many people, I am learning more the older and balder I get. MORE

INDIE SPOTLIGHT - Susie Major of Cry Wolf
March 7, 2013 - Everyone likes a good old-fashioned reunion. Rock n Roll has had too few. Fans of 80's L.A. rockers Cry Wolf got what they wanted in 2007 with what was meant to be a one-off show. MORE

Natalie Cole Teases About New Music
March 7, 2013 – Natalie Cole has found her muse again! The 'Unforgettable' singer told fans on Twitter that she's coming back. The nine time Grammy winner should have a new album out this year. MORE

Tegan and Sara To Release Limited Vinyl Edition
March 5, 2013 – For this year’s Record Store Day, Warner Bros have announced a limited edition of Tegan and Sara on vinyl. MORE

Michael Buble Getting Ready For New Album Release
March 5, 2013 - Canadian singer, Michael Buble is getting ready for his upcoming album “To Be Loved’ hitting stores April 23rd. MORE

Eric Clapton Says He’s Retiring Soon
March 5, 2013 – Eric Clapton tells Rolling Stone that he plans to retire and stop touring when he is 70! "If I could [play] around my neighborhood, that would be great," says Clapton, 67. MORE

Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilot Says Firing Not True
March 4, 2013 – TMZ says Stone Temple Pilots lied about firing Scott Weiland and it was all a publicity stunt to improve ticket sales for their upcoming concert tour. MORE

Rush Announces North American Tour
February 20, 2013 - Rush Fans are thrilled the band has just announced a new tour of North America. The ‘Clockwork Angels’ tour begins in April and rounds up in August. MORE

Tom Petty and Kings of Leon Headline Hangout Festival
February 15, 2013 – This year’s Hangout festival will be held May 17-19th on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Two of the three headliners have been announced and although it is uncertain what Tom Petty’s 2013 touring schedule is like, he has confirmed that he will be in on the music event. MORE

Whitney Houston Remembered By Mariah Carey and Jordan Sparks
February 14, 2013 – It is hard to believe that it has been one year Monday that marked the death of Whitney Houston. It is no surprise that family and friends come forward to honor the great music star including Mariah Carey and Jordan Sparks. MORE

REVIEW - Blake Havard – Blake Havard
February 14, 2013 – The dripping residue from breaking hearts has caused many guitars to twang for hundreds of years. MORE

55th Grammy Award Winners
Feb 11, 2013 - The 55th annual Grammy Awards were held in Los Angeles last night and The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Gyote and Fun came out as big winners during the gala event. MORE

Classic Interview with Roger Hodgson Formerly of Supertramp - September 28, 1984
February 6, 2013 - Here is an interesting point in Rock history. Roger Hodgson, arguably the driving force behind supertramp early success, had just left the band. Check out our interview featuring Steve Burgess as Hodgson speaks candidly about the tentions that led to his leaving the group. MORE

Fleetwood Mac Will Play New Music on UK Tour This Year
February 6, 2013 – In celebration of the 35th Anniversary of their ‘Rumours’ album Fleetwood Mac has announced tour dates for later this year. MORE

Gavin DeGraw, Train and The Script to Tour Together
February 5, 2013 - Fans are gonna be lining up for this one and who wouldn’t want a deal with three concerts for the price of one! MORE

Bon Jovi Plans Upcoming Tour
Jan 31, 2013 – Bon Jovi is back in action to promote their twelfth studio album ‘What about

Now’ due out March 26th. The boys will begin their tour in Connecticut February 9th and assures fans that they will get a show that's packed with all their greatest hits and a few surprises. MORE

Eric Clapton to Release New Album 'Old Sock'
January 31, 2013 – Eric Clapton is set to release his 21st studio album ‘Old Sock’ on March 12th.
The album is promoted by his own label, Bushbranch. MORE

Norah Jones Performs at Oscars
January 30, 2013 – Norah Jones is one busy lady as she is set to perform at the Oscars and is getting ready for her tour. MORE

NEW INTERVIEWS

INDIE SPOTLIGHT - Susie Major of Cry Wolf
March 7, 2013 - Everyone likes a good old-fashioned reunion. Rock n Roll has had too few. Fans of 80's L.A. rockers Cry Wolf got what they wanted in 2007 with what was meant to be a one-off show. MORE

Classic Interview with Roger Hodgson Formerly of Supertramp - September 28, 1984
February 6, 2013 - Here is an interesting point in Rock history. Roger Hodgson, arguably the driving force behind supertramp early success, had just left the band. Check out our interview featuring Steve Burgess as Hodgson speaks candidly about the tentions that led to his leaving the group. MORE

Ravi Shankar Dead at 92 - Read Our Interview with the Musical Legend from 2002
December 12, 2012 - After doing hundreds of interviews in my radio career there are only a handful that I remember clearly and there is only one that has stuck with me as if it was done yesterday. My interview with Pandit Ravi Shankar. His passing on December 11th (interestingly 3 days after the 32nd anniversary of John Lennon's death) brought me back to that rainy day in Vancouver. MORE

Legendary Drummer Steve Gadd Talks with John Beaudin Today on AirCom Radio Network
September 18, 2012 – The AirCom Radio Network is pleased to welcome Steve Gadd to our airwaves today. The legendary drummer will join John Beaudin on air for an exclusive chat introducing his band, The Gaddabouts, new album ‘Look Out Now.’ MORE

Steve Burgess' Classic Interview with John Anthony Helliwell of Supertramp - Classic Interview
September 7, 2012 - Today we publish the first of many interviews by journalist Steve Burgess. Our subject is Supertramps John Anthony Helliwell. Recorded on May 16, 1985 the saxophonist talks about the tensions that lead to original member Roger Hodgson leaving the group. MORE

RETRO - INTERVIEWS - Dan Peek of America
July 26, 2011 - Although Dan Peek left the group America in 1977 he is certainly not forgotten as a member of the famous band. Peek passed away on July 24 of undisclosed causes. He was 60. The singer’s site simply states, “Dan went to Heaven on July 24 2011” and features a video of Peek performing his America hit “Lonely People. MORE

Classic Interview with the Late Great Jim Clench of April Wine and BTO
November 8, 2010 – When I heard that Jim Clench had passed away I immediately went to my basement to find one of my favourite April Wine albums, “Electric Jewels.” More than any other LP from the group, this one really showcased his talents at such an important time in their incarnation. More

NEW REVIEWS

The Kids are Alright! - by Ryan Somers
March 7, 2013 - The kids are alright. No. They really are. For a while I might not have been so sure. But I would like to think that, like many people, I am learning more the older and balder I get. MORE

REVIEW - Blake Havard – Blake Havard
February 14, 2013 – The dripping residue from breaking hearts has caused many guitars to twang for hundreds of years. MORE

John Cody Shows That Sharing Too Much is a Good Thing!
John Cody - Painful Righteous Bliss - Duke Street Records (4.5 stars out of 5)
September 3, 2012 - There is nothing private about transparency. It doesn’t live alone. Artists who share too much are, really, no different than you and me. Of course I don’t mean this in a Lady Ga Ga kind-of-way – If someone’s dress makes you crave a cheeseburger, you’ve gone too far. MORE

 

REVIEW - Esperanza Spalding – Radio Music Society (4 out of 5 Stars) – Heads Up – Concord Music Group
April 4, 2012 – Esperanza Spalding is a groovy chick. I mean, really, when she’s in the room, everyone else disappears and I’m talkin’ more than that big “love-sculpture” hair. She’s the type of musician you might walk up to at a party, ask about her music, and walk away three hours later regretting the question. This lady has a vision so you better have a seat. MORE

 

REVIEW – Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth (***3 out of 5)
February 7, 2012 – Unwrapping this one might bring back Christmas-past memories of a re-gifting faux pas. As they say it must be a great gift if they are giving it back to you? Sure, you will feel a certain déjà vu with the new Van Halen album, “A Different Kind of Truth.” That classic sound is certainly there. The problem? MORE

 

REVIEW: Colbie Caillat – All of You - Universal Republic
Sept, 2011 – On her third album Colbie Caillat has decided to strategically give us an uptempo summer-vibe. It still sounds like her smash debut “Coco” but this time it’s Colbie with caffeine and it’s positive and fun. MORE

It's Hard to Imagine a Better Outcome
REVIEW - Elton John & Leon Russell – The Union – Decca Records

October 31, 2010 – This project started after Elton John just happened to mention his chief influences on “Spectacle,” a TV program hosted by Elvis Costello and produced by him and partner David Furnish. MORE

 

A Disappointing Return for Sade
REVIEW - Sade – Soldier of Love
June 16, 2010 – There’s always been an understated value to everything that Sade does and sameness to her entire repertoire. That quality of old wine has served the singer/band well… until now. Unlike Norah Jones who has, at least, tried to mix-up-the-pot, Sade really needs to stop wearing the same dress to every party. MORE

BIRTHDAYS (Click here for the full list)

BIRTHDAYS

June 1: Alanis Morissette (1974)
June 1: Ron Wood (Rolling Stones) (1947)
June 1: Pat Boone (1934)
June 2: Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones) (1941)
June 3: Dan Hill (1954)
June 3: Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (1952)
June 4: Stefan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) (1974)
June 5: Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark) (1971)
June 5: Brian McKnight (1969)
June 5: Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) (1954)
June 5: Laurie Anderson (1947)
June 5: Freddie Stone (Sly & The Family Stone) (1946)
June 6: Uncle Kracker (1974)
June 6: James Shaffer (Korn) (1970)
June 7: Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) (1967)
June 7: Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) (1966)
June 7: Prince (1958)
June 7: Tom Jones (1940)
June 8: Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran) (1962)
June 8: Mick Hucknall (Simply Red) (1960)
June 8: Bonnie Tyler (1953)
June 8: Boz Scaggs (1944)
June 8: Chuck Negron (Three Dog Knight) (1942)
June 8: Nancy Sinatra (1940)
June 9: Jon Lord (Deep Purple) (1941)
June 10: Dan Lavery (Tonic) (1969)
June 10: Jimmy Chamberlain (Smashing Pumpkins) (1967)
June 10: Shirley Alston (The Shirelles) (1941)
June 11: Dan Lavery (Tonic) (1969)
June 11: Joey Santiago (The Pixies) (1965)
June 11: Donnie Van Zandt (38 Special) (1952)
June 11: Frank Beard (ZZ Top) (1949)
June 12: Kenny Wayne Shepherd (1977)
June 12: Brad Delp (Boston) (1951-2007)
June 12: Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) (1951)
June 14: Chris DeGarmo (Queensryche) (1963)
June 14: Alan White (Yes) (1949)
June 14: Rod Argent (The Zombies) (1945)
June 15: Scott Rockenfield (Queensryche) (1963)
June 15: Steve Walsh (Kansas) (1952)
June 15: Ian Matthews (1946)
June 16: Gino Vanelli (1952)
June 17: Barry Manilow (1946)
June 18: Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses) (1963)
June 18: Paul McCartney (1942)
June 19: Ann Wilson (Heart) (1950)
June 20: John Taylor (Duran Duran) (1960)
June 20: Michael Anthony (Van Halen) (1955)
June 20: Cyndi Lauper (1953)
June 20: Lionel Richie (1949)
June 20: Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys) (1942)
June 21: Joey Kramer (Aerosmith) (1950)
June 21: Ray Davies (The Kinks) (1944)
June 22: Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies) (1970)
June 22: Gary Beers (INXS) (1957)
June 22: Todd Rundgren (1948)
June 22: Kris Kristofferson (1936)
June 24: Curt Smith (Tears For Fears) (1961)
June 24: John Illsley (Dire Straits) (1949)
June 24: Jeff Beck (1944)
June 24: Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) (1942)
June 25: George Michael (1963)
June 25: David Paich (Toto) (1954)
June 25: Tim Finn (Crowded House) (1952)
June 25: Ian McDonald (Foreigner) (1946)
June 25: Carly Simon (1945)
June 26: Patty Smyth (1957)
June 26: Chris Isaak (1956)


Click here for the full list

 


A Message From Operations Manager John Beaudin - “We Are Shutting Down Our Stations”

May 6, 2014 – All four internet stations of the AirCom Radio Network will be down by the end of the day. Owner John Beaudin released this statement.

I want to thank everyone for the support of our radio stations. It has been a pleasure to experience internet radio with you and to have the opportunity to expand the boundaries of some formats. However after having one too many sobering meetings with our accountant I feel it is time to hang up our microphones. I simply do not have the time it takes to run four radio stations.

With so many projects on the go creating a few potential conflicts I had to make the decision to either sell our stations or shut them down. We had some good offers but, in the end, I thought it best to close our doors as a radio outlet. We will continue as an industry site however.

I want to thank Gerald Veasley, Johnny J Rivera, Ken Navarro, Cameron Smith, Daniela Nardi, Nick Colionne, Steve Bauer, Bruce Nazarian and many others who helped out on our stations. Your contributions were invaluable.

Thanks

John

 

 

 

 

Elton John - "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition)" (Universal Music)


March 25, 2014 – First of all Happy Birthday Elton John! He's 67 today!

As a kid Elton John introduced me to buying LP's. His 'Madman Across the Water' was the very first album in my collection, my first foray into real music. 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' was my second and like one of those great books that kicks you in the teeth and literally expands your mind 'Goodbye' was like a shot of sonic heroin. Everything I knew about music up to that point, which honestly wasn't much, was blown away. Feeling totally hypnotized I even played hooky for three days just to swallow it up and rightly so – It changed my direction in music.

That was 40 years ago! Elton's not the only one getting old. This special anniversary album comes in many different versions, all remastered, including just the CD, HD pure audio, Yellow-vinyl LP's and the super deluxe version which we are reviewing.

Elton described 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' as his White Album, I get that and like the Beatles project it's horseshit all over the road in different directions. Elton plays with Glam, Country, Blues, Jazz Rock and of course Pop, but in the end, it all still works via this sense of overwhelming nostalgia on so many of the tracks.

It was released on October 3rd 1973. Richard Nixon was still President but not for long, we were knee-deep in Watergate after all. The Exorcist and The Sting were about to be released and the #1 show on TV was Archie Bunker's 'All in the Family.' Another big album that year was Elton's own “Don't Shoot Me I'm Only a Piano Player” released in January so the iron was hot.

The plan was to record 'Goodbye' at Dynamic Studios in Jamaica where the Stones had done “Goats Head Soup” just a few months before, but when Elton and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin got there with band in-tow everything was a mess. The studio was on strike and surrounded by barbed wire and guards. Elton and the boys had to cross picket lines to get anything done. After recording an awful version of 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting' everyone packed their pots-and-pans and moved back to where they'd recorded the last two Elton albums Le Chateau d'Hérouville in northern France.

'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' had a few working titles thanks to famous Elton's late-great producer Gus Dudgeon. While recording it went by 'Vodka & Tonics,' a line from the title tune, 'Silent Movies,' and 'Talking Pictures.' MORE

 

 

 

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REVIEW - ELTON JOHN – THE DIVING BOARD 4 1/2 out of 5 stars - Mercury/Capitol

September 24, 2013 – We are always screwed by our past. After all the past is the new future, so make nice with it. Elton John's ghosts haunted him for years until 1990 when he courageously stopped in his tracks, turned around and said, “Boo” to the demons that were closing in on him. Sure, it can be argued that his best music was created during his crazy years of swimming in white powder but I've always preferred to think those demons, not the drugs, served a purpose in the seventies and eighties. All the angst and worry made Elton work harder. He just medicated to stay on the bus. Does his history still bother him? I don't think so but it sure haunts his fans. I've reviewed a dozen EJ albums and never once have I not compared his new stuff to that block of classic albums from the 70's. It's hard not to, but is it fair? Seriously, I can't do most of the things I did in the seventies but I am a deeper dude and so is Elton and his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin. A wise man doesn't try to recreate the past it's just not on his dance card. The subtle message behind 'The Diving Board' is “I sing 'Bennie and the Jets' every night why would I want to record it again?" Elton John is my biggest musical idol and no one even comes close. The first album I ever bought was 'Madman Across the Water' but it was all downhill from there because it remains my favorite album of all time. I often fantasize about the dude who sold me the record saying, “Enjoy this one kid cause you'll never hear anything better.” Albums are like children, however, you love them all but differently. My second was 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' and off I went with Elton and Bernie to a new direction. Every album since has done the same including 'The Diving Board.'

Some of my colleagues have proclaimed this new album weaker than it's predecessor 'The Union' (with Leon Russell) – it is not. They are very similar at least in melody and of course with T Bone Burnett doing both projects that's bound to trickle down. 'The Diving Board' is just more Elton and not because it's a solo album but like the title states it's just him out there mostly. His backup band is reminiscent of his old days with Nigel Olsson on drums and the late great bassist Dee Murray but instead Raphael Saadiq handles bass with Doyle Bramhall II on guitar. Both keyboardist Keefus Ciancia and drummer Jay Bellerose also appeared on the 'Union' CD.

On first listen, for everything since 1992's 'The One,' I've never really loved any of his albums. All the songs sounded similar because Elton's voice has become so distinctive, his sense of melody seemed to come from an entirely new tickle-trunk and there was a more folksy-non pop element to what he was doing. Interestingly, Elton says he was inspired by Bob Dylan's 2006 album 'Modern Times' when he recorded 'The Diving Board.' That I fully understand. On second listen however I quickly realized, as I always do how important his music is, especially now. Though Bernie's lyrics can be serious and melancholy their match still makes as much sense now as it did in the seventies .They still write incredible strong material. By third listen, I'm totally hooked!

This, his 30th studio album, starts off with an unlikely opener 'Oceans Away.' It's a reminder that this ain’t no happy-snappy album. It's a war song about veterans and their fallen friends. It made me wonder about this peculiar track listing. Why open with this sad introspective tune? It's as if Elton was sending out a message, “This is me now, I'm diggin' deep here...no frills anymore.” It's just Elton and his piano and I’ve been humming this damn song ever since I first heard it. The piano man has done that to me for years.

'Oscar Wilde Gets Out' the first track written for the project, features a bridge at the end of the song that could have been plucked right out of the 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' album. He may have changed his direction but Elton is still the same guy who created all those early treasures. He's just got a few more tricks up his sleeve.

It's all honky-tonk and Americana-Gospel on 'A Town Called Jubilee' and 'Take This Dirty Water' a familiar love for Elton and Bernie. Two Brits with an unquenchable thirst for their adoptive home.

Elton calls 'My Quicksand' his Nina Simone moment of the project. A quiet, jazzy song about making mistakes.

'Home Again,' the longest song on the CD and the first single was dedicated to Liberace at the Emmy's on Sunday night. Like the opening track it features a simple yet gorgeous piano intro. Elton says his priorities have changed concerning his heavy touring and this song explores that longing for home.

I've heard the comparison to early EJ classics like 'Tumbleweed Connection' and 'Madman Across the Water' but nothing could be further from the truth. The songs on 'The Diving Board' are not nearly as commercial as his early years. Even Elton says, “It’s a record by a 66-year-old man, not by a 26-year-old guy who made ‘Rocket Man'." 'The Diving Board' still goes back to his roots, however, just from a different angle.

There hasn't been a solo Elton John album in seven years so this one had to be good! Not surprising though listening to 'The Diving Board' was like reconnecting with an old friend who I forgot about but we all have connections that pick up right where they left off. I'm happy to say my old musician mentor is still teaching me much. He may not be as loud as before but he's a better man.

It's important to note that one of Elton John's original drummers Roger Pope died on September 17. He was 66. Pope served as the main drummer on Elton's first album 'Empty Sky.' He also shared drumming with Elton's signature drummer Nigel Olsson on “Tumbleweed Connection.' Pope returned in 1975 to record two final albums with his boss, “Rock of the Westies' and 'Blue Moves.' He was one of the great ones! - by John Beaudin


 

Alexa Ray Joel Records 'Just The Way You Are' For The Gap's 'Back To Blue' Campaign

Sept 17, 2013 - Alexa Ray Joel has recorded a version of her father’s classic song, "Just The Way You Are," as part of the Gap's “Back to Blue” campaign, which is focused on the idea of getting back to what matters most—our truest selves. The Gap campaign features contemporary artists who are recording songs made famous years ago by their parents. These raw, intimate renditions are modern takes on classic pieces and provide a rare glimpse into the soul and journey of each artist.

Directed by Danny Clinch, who is well-known for bringing out the best in musicians, the films are shot in a single, unedited take. Alexa Ray Joel selected “Just The Way You Are” and her piano/vocal rendition was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York. Personal touches like Alexa wearing her father's ring and playing on the exact same type of keyboard used to record the original version, add to the honesty of the film and showcase how going back to your roots helps define who you are.

Billy's original version of “Just the Way You Are” won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1979. Alexa Ray's version of “Just the Way You Are” is available for download now exclusively at iTunes.  CHECK OUT BILLY JOELS SITE


 

DRUM COVER OF STEELY DAN - REELING IN THE YEARS BY 9-YEAR-OLD CHASE EDWARDS-BEAUDIN

 

When my mom told me Elvis was dead in 1977 It really didn't phase me. I was 17, at the time, I loved Zeppelin, Elton John and Pink Floyd - I couldn't relate to a big man in a bedazzled karate Gi singing songs that my parents once rocked too.......but then you get older, ones musical palette expands. You want to know who inspired your own music heroes and it's hard not to tip your hat to ELVIS. Today is the anniversary of his death. - John Beaudin

 

9-Year-Old Chase Edwards Beaudin Doing the Drum Groove for Boz Scaggs "Lowdown"

 

 

 

 

 

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