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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

 

Sammy Hagar Had Chance to Join Motley Crue, Aerosmith and Velvet Revolver
May 2, 2011 – Sammy Hager is either one of the best Rock singers of all time or is generic enough to fill in anywhere. While promoting his new autobiography, “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock,” he claimed this to be asked to join Motley Crue, Aerosmith and Velvet Revolver.

He Told Gibson.com: "I was asked at one time to be in Motley Crue," Hagar said. "I was asked at one time to be in Pantera by their mangers. I was asked to be in Velvet Revolver when Scott Weiland quit and went back to the Stone Temple Pilots. I was waiting to be asked to be in Led Zeppelin to say 'no,' since they were the greatest band on earth and no could replace Robert Plant. I was asked to be in Aerosmith and I said 'no.' certain bands and certain front man singers are more difficult to replace than others. Steven Tyler and that band have stayed together for forty years and you don't to walk into something like that. They had one moment years ago, when they replaced Joe Perry, but it's still always been Steven at the front of Aerosmith. You don't replace that."

So why did Hagar replace David Lee Roth in Van Halen but refused to do the same with Steven Tyler in Aerosmith?  "When I came into Van Halen, it was easy because Dave wasn't a great singer, but he was a good front man,” says Hagar. “In those times, I was selling out the same arenas they were, so it was like the combination of two forces and it worked—but it's a rare thing. We were all lucky that the fans accepted it and it got bigger. I would avoid bands that are going to break up pretty soon."

Concerning his relationship with ex-bandmate Eddie Van Halen Hagar told Musicradar, “Eddie's problems are all from drugs and alcohol, and all of it self-inflicted - nobody was driving him to it. Valerie [Bertinelli] was a sweet lady, and I think she could have been a great wife - probably was. His dad had a drinking problem himself, but he was a sweet guy. Eddie's not tortured by anything but Eddie.” – by John Beaudin
 

Michael Anthony Excited About New Van Halen Album
February 11, 2011 – Michael Anthony is a lot of things but bitter is not one of them. The former Van Halen bassist says he's looking forward to hearing the new Van Halen album.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what they'll do," says Anthony who hasn't played with the band since 2005. He also says that he has "no hard feelings" towards Eddie Van Halen.

His former band just announced their involvement with producer John Shanks to record the first album with David Lee Roth in 25 years.

Anthony has since joined fellow former Van Halen member Sammy Hagar in the band Chickenfoot who are also working on a new project. When asked if Chickenfoot would consider opening for Van Halen, "I got no problem with that," said the bassist. Now that would be a tour but with so much bad blood between Sammy and Eddie it seems unlikely. - by John Beaudin

 

Michael Anthony Calls Eddie Van Halen “A Bitter Man”
June 10, 2009 – When Eddie Van Halen told Rolling Stone magazine that Michael Anthony was “not fired, he quit.” You knew it was not the last of this cat-fight. Anthony just fought back while talking to Classic Rock Revisited.

“I am so far past that… I wish that he would be too. Unfortunately, he is a bitter guy. At my age, at this point in my life, I don't want to be bitter. I want to hang around positive people, and I could not find three more positive guys than the guys I am playing with now. Why keep rehashing the past? They were asking Eddie questions that had nothing to do with that. They said, "Have you heard Chickenfoot?" And he goes, "Yeah, but by the way, Michael Anthony wasn't fired; he quit." It had nothing to do with anything. I never quit the band. At one point, I was forced to make a decision to sit on my hands, at home, and do nothing for a number of years, or go out and play some shows on a tour with Sammy and Dave [Lee Roth]. What would you do? I felt that I was doing those guys a service by going out and flying the Van Halen flag and letting people know that Van Halen is still here. My last name is not "Van Halen." People tend to forget you. I didn't want people to go, "That is that guy that used to play in Van Halen. What's his name again?" The fans wanted to hear that music.”

More from Michael Anthony - “I was kind of forced into a situation like that. I never quit the band. When we did the 2004 reunion, Eddie didn't even want me to be a part of that because he was so torqued up that I was buddies with Sammy. Why can't I be buddies with Sammy and still play with Van Halen? With those guys, it was a cut-and-dried situation. You are in or you are out. You are with us or you are not. He still keeps bringing this stuff up. I talked to Joe Bosso [of MusicRadar.com] yesterday about it, because Rolling Stone was on his back for a response. I wanted the fans to know that I never left the band. For whatever happened, I am not a bitter person about it. I loved Van Halen; I loved everything we did. Hell, I was one of the only two guys who showed up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. I love the legacy of the band but I am moving on. I am in a great place with Chickenfoot. Ed needs to do that too. [Eddie says he's] got a studio right there at [his] house, and [he says] that [he has] a million songs written. Well, go ahead and record some, and go out and have fun. Let's look back fondly at Van Halen and what it was. How was that? I am not a guy who gets mad. A lot of people are looking at my response and going, "Oh my God, Mike grew a set of balls." I didn't grow a set of balls. I just got tired of rehashing this shit. I am tired of it. I would always skate around the subject, but this is the way it is. I have gotten on with it and they need to get on with it too."

Read the whole interview here - by John Beaudin

Eddie Calls Michael Anthony a Liar: “I’m Not the Bad Guy Here”
June 3, 2009 – We’ve all seen this on TV, Boss tells employee, You’re Fired” to which employee responds, “I’m not fired, I quit.” Maybe the guys in Van Halen are working on a comedy sketch cause I don’t know what the hell is going on between former bassist Michael Anthony and Eddie Van Halen. Last week Anthony said he was fired but this week Van Halen tells Rolling Stone magazine that Anthony actually quit the band.

When talking about Anthony and Sammy Hagar’s new band Chickenfoot he said, "I wish them well. The funny thing is that everyone who quits the band always claims they got fired by me. Hey, I'm not the bad guy here. When Hagar left the band, Mike went with him. Then when we get back together with Dave, and all of a sudden, he wants back in. It's like, 'No, dude, you quit the band.' So my son became the bass player. But we didn't give Mike the boot to have my son play. He was around. We didn't have a bass player. 'Hey Wolfie, you want to play?'" More

Chickenfoot Bassist Michael Anthony Comes Clean on Van Halen Split
May 28, 2009 – Michael Anthony of the new supergroup Chickenfoot says his motto is “Never Say Never” even when it comes to a possible reunion with Van Halen. He said, “If the situation arose and it was all on the up an’ up across the board and right, then I would love to do something like that again, to play with those guys again. I’m sure Sammy would.”

Anthony says his exit from Van Halen, which wasn’t his idea, hasn’t consumed his life,  “Some people want to go through life being bitter and everything. At my age at this point in my career, I want to have fun. You never know how long you’ve got in this business, so why waste time doing that? It was very disappointing. It started out in 2004 when we did that tour. For whatever reason, the brothers - Eddie in particular - was upset that I was playing with Sammy again. Van Halen wasn’t doing anything. And I didn’t think I was doing anything to tarnish the band’s name, or career or anything. I just wanted to go out and jam a few of these songs - Sammy wanted me to come out and have some fun and the fans wanted to hear it. They were having a great time. So I figured ‘Hey, what the heck.’”

Anthony actually found out he was out of the band through the press, He adds, “The one thing that hurt me more than anything else was that they launched their new website as they announced the tour, and I looked on the website and they had on the side of the screen on their home-page, all the early Van Halen records and on a couple, they actually took my image off the record. On the first record, if you look very close, he put an image of his son on there. And that’s the one thing that actually hurt me, that they - whoever it was, because I’m not pointing any fingers, but I think I know who is behind it - would want to erase me from the history of the band.” – by Kari Graham

Chickenfoot Gets Shutdown by Seattle Fire Department
May 15, 2009 – A little fire or overcrowding scare can’t keep new super-group Chickenfoot down. Last night (May 14) nine songs and 40 minutes into their set at Seattle’s El Corazon, Sammy Hagar announced, “The fire department’s going to shut us down in 10 minutes … This is the end of the regular set.” He did promise to make up for the unexpected halt by doing a 45-minute encore which the band made good on.

After a 20 minute halt the boys continued ploughing through songs from their upcoming debut album (it’ll be out in June) and various tributes to the member previous works.

Chickenfoot is made up of Hagar and former Van Halen band-mate Michael Anthony, Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joe Satriani. – by John Beaudin

Sammy Hagar Gives Props to Joe Satriani as “The Best Guitarist I've Ever Played With"
May 5, 2009 – An ex-guitarist is like an inflamed appendix, they cause a lot of pain and suffering, but after it's removed you find you didn't need it in the first place! That seems to be the case for Sammy Hagar and his thoughts of ex-Van Halen partner, Eddie Van Halen.

Hagar just started the super-group Chickenfoot with another ex-Van Halen member, bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers Chad Smith on drums and Joe Satriani on lead guitar.

Last week Hagar said, "I've made this statement a million times - some people don't like it, some people do - but Joe is the best guitarist I have ever played with,"

"That's a strong statement. I realize that," Hagar added. "You've got to give Eddie [Van Halen] a lot of love for his innovation of what he did as a stylist with the guitar. He broke a lot of ground. But Joe is a master. He can play anything and everything - folk, blues, jazz, hard rock, soft rock, fusion, you name it."

Sammy, who has also worked with Ronnie Montrose and Neal Schon of Journey said, "As a guitar technician, Joe is the best guy I've ever stood in the same room with on any instrument. And he's so soulful when he solos. He puts more feeling into a solo than any other player I've been with." 

Bottom line is Hagar is loving his new band. All nine shows from their new tour in May have sold out and their European dates, slated for June and July are selling quick. – by John Beaudin