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25Jan/1232

Jeff Beck Recalls Working On Tina Turner’s Private Dancer Album

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Jeff Beck got the cover story treatment in December's issue of Classic Rock Magazine after being named "Living Legend" by the mag. Inside the related interview, Beck spent some time talking about some of the session work that he had done over the years and perhaps unsurprisingly, he's not a big fan of doing it unless it's for someone that he likes.

He says that he's done "loads I disliked," but that playing on "Private Dancer" for Tina Turner was "okay."

"I heard her demo and she was grumbling away, singing in the wrong key, but I did it because of 'River Deep, Mountain High.'"

"I played a pink Jackson guitar and she sang 'Private Dancer' once and 'Steel Claw' once and that was it. Christ, that was swift. I added some screeching guitar and she had her biggest album ever."

It's funny, all of the times that I've heard "Private Dancer," somehow I missed that it was Jeff Beck playing the guitar.

What a killer tune still, even today after all of these years!

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16Feb/1023

Setlist: Clapton/Beck At the O2

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Warning: As the title suggests, setlist spoilers are ahead. If you're attending any of this week's shows, you might want to move on from this post. Or, if you'd like a possible preview of what you can expect, this post is for you. I won't be in attendance unfortunately, but after seeing the following setlist online, I had to share it. Wow, what a set!

Here's some sample video for your enjoyment!

Setlist is after the jump.

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1Feb/104

Judas Priest: Hell Bent for Grammy Awards

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Judas Priest won a Grammy last night for the first time ever.  I have to admit that when I heard this, I was kind of surprised to learn that Judas Priest hadn't ever won a Grammy.  And then, I started to get heart palpitations thinking that perhaps the band had won a Grammy for a song from their god-awful album Nostradamus.  You know, because the same institution that gave Jethro Tull the heavy metal Grammy instead of Metallica would do something like that.

It turns out that the band snagged their trophy in honor of "Dissident Aggressor" from their most recent live release A Touch of Evil - Live.  Although I do love Judas Priest, I found myself muttering that the award would have been better suited for one of the really good album releases from last year.  You know, a studio album, and not a track sourced from a live album.  Where's the love for Megadeth, who against all odds, made a really good album (for my money, one of the best metal albums of the year) in 2009 called Endgame, that actually sounded like Megadeth?  I didn't realize it, but they were indeed nominated for "Head Crusher" from that release, with Lamb of God, Ministry and Slayer rounding out the nominations.

So why didn't they win?

Because we're talking about the Grammy Awards, that's why.

The plus side is that the Priest finally get a Grammy Award, for whatever that is worth these days, after being nominated four times previously.  As lead singer Rob Halford said, they've finally earned the right to use the label of "Grammy award winning Judas Priest."  Which means that it's likely that they will now record an album called Nostradamus of Judas Priest songs played on the lute.  While I'm not a big fan of them scoring the award for a song from a live album that about 12 people bought, you have to consider the source of the award.

Some legitimate highlights from last night:  Jeff Beck snagged a well deserved Grammy for his version of "A Day in the Life," while Neil Young picked up his first ever Grammy (which is also hard to believe) for Best Boxed or Special Edition Limited Packaging for the Archives box set.  AC/DC also notched their first Grammy win with "War Machine" from the Black Ice album winning the Best Hard Rock Performance.  Everything That Happens Will Happen Today by David Byrne and Brian Eno won for Best Recording Package and Phoenix picked up a Best Alternative Music Album Grammy for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

There's definitely some good music to check out in the paragraph above, if you missed it.

And hell, congrats to the Priest - ya'll have seen a million faces, rocked them all (sorry, Bon Jovi), and now you've got a Grammy for the heavy metal mantle.

Speaking of Bon Jovi, can they go away now?

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24Nov/092

New Releases This Week: Tom Petty, Pixies, Neil Young vinyl

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Lots of cool stuff this week, with the Tom Petty box set sitting at the top of the heap of all-time coolness.  I hope that you guys have a good week - I'll be listening to this Tom Petty box for the rest of the week, and probably next month as well.  See ya in January.

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Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow - Reissue on 180 gram vinyl
The Black Crowes - Cabin Fever (DVD) - recorded during sessions for the band's latest album at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble.
BlakRoc (The Black Keys and Damon Dash) - BlakRoc - Akron's own Black Keys issue the collaborative musical detour featuring guests including Mos Def, Ludacris, Raekwon, Ol' Dirty Bastard, and many others.  Their next proper studio album (recorded at Muscle Shoals) is due in 2010.
Andrea Bocelli - Mi Navidad - For those of you that have been waiting for the Spanish version of Bocelli's new holiday album - produced by David Foster - you're in luck!

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23Oct/096

The King of the Blues and the Pied Piper of Prog-Rock

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Hey there music lovers, it’s time for some video to go with our audio.  Today, we’ll look at two recent DVD releases: B.B. King Live at Montreux 1993 and Jethro Tull: Living With The Past.

Smilin BB King

For those of you whose only reference to B.B. King is his appearance in the U2 film Rattle and Hum, it’s time for some education.  King is one of the finest American blues guitarists, living or dead, whose distinctive soloing and soulful vocals influenced such rock legends as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck in addition to anyone who has ever played the blues.  His Grammy award-winning version of Rick Darnell and Roy Hawkins’ “The Thrill Is Gone” cemented his place as a star and a true crossover artist in the late sixties.

He reached out to rock audiences for the first of several times as the opening act for the Rolling Stones 1969 U.S. tour. His list of later collaborators is long and features Bobby “Blue” Bland, Albert King, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Katie Webster, Gary Moore, Clapton and many others.

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21Jul/096

It Came From the 70s – DVD Edition – Deep Purple, Ted Nugent, Jeff Beck

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It’s 70s week here at my house. I’m watching new DVD releases from three of my favorite artists of that decade: Deep Purple, Ted Nugent and Jeff Beck. All brought something unique then and it’s time to see what’s going on nowadays.

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In the case of Deep Purple and History, Hits & Highlights 68-76, we don’t see anything current but instead the beginnings and the peak of one of rock’s heaviest and top-selling bands. The history is a nice retrospective of the group through photos and video and the hits begin with DP MK I covering “Help” by the Beatles in addition to “Hush” and “Wring That Neck” with a lineup that included Rod Evans and Nick Simper on vocals and bass guitar.

DP MK II is covered extensively as it should be since this is the classic lineup of Roger Glover and Ian Gillan along with Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore. The band is on fire live and runs through over a dozen tunes in this segment, some familiar (Highway Star, Speed King, Strange Kind of Woman) and some lesser-known (Hallelujah, Demon’s Eye, Never Before).

DP MK III and IV take us through 1976 and the Tommy Bolin era. The transformation of the band in just three years is quite significant as is the amount of potential that was ultimately wasted. Years later, I’m still not sure about the tag team vocals of Coverdale and Hughes but anyway…

The highlights on Disc 2 are very cool and include MK I on the Playboy After Dark Show, MK II rehearsing for an appearance on Rockpalast, MK III as the subject of a student film known as the Leeds Polytechnic project and MK IV from Japan.

History, Hits & Highlights 68-76 is a very solid overview of the band that gathers great performances and interesting archival material in top quality. It's the package to have if you don't have any Deep Purple on DVD. If you already have California Jam and the 1972 concert, you'll still want it for all of the missing pieces.

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On to the Motor City Madman who is in a celebrating mood. Motor City Mayhem, just out on Eagle Vision, is a party designed around the playing of Nugent’s 6,000th concert on July 4, 2008. Live from the DTE Energy Music Centre, or what used to be known as Pine Knob, in Michigan, the Nuge rolls through 21 songs and brings up special guests, birthday cakes, scantily-clad women and revels in America’s independence for about two hours.

Ted loves his country, his hometown of Detroit and above all, the fact that he is free to rock and roll. It’s a little bit like church with a little bit of political rally thrown in and a lot of full speed ahead concert action. While some have fallen by the wayside over the years, Nugent is obviously working hard to stay sharp. While it would be great to have former vocalist Derek St. Holmes back for good, and he does appear here for “Hey Baby,” “Cat Scratch Fever” and “Stranglehold,” Ted does a good job with being the lead singer. His guitar playing is right there and the energy generated by the band is refreshing.

This has the concert favorites (“Motor City Madhouse,” “Fred Bear,” “Great White Buffalo,” “Baby Please Don’t Go”) and a few surprises ( “Need You Bad,” “Love Grenade,” “Honky Tonk,” “Soul Man” ) along with other solid tunes from the catalog making for a good blend. If you’re looking for something new by Nugent that you can count on, this is the ticket.

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The last one on today’s list is the topper. Jeff Beck Performing This Week Live at Ronnie Scott’s is really an experience that needs to be lived on a big screen TV with surround sound to truly appreciate its beauty and depth. If you can’t do that, pick it up anyway to have for the day that you can and enjoy it on your computer in the meantime.

It is a film that truly captures you after one song and takes you on a mesmerizing trip. From the masterful playing of Beck and the interaction with his band members to the intimacy provided by the club setting, this rare chance to see an artist of Beck’s caliber up close is stunning.

His band is up to the challenge, consisting of Vinnie Colaiuta on drums (Zappa, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea) Jason Rebello on keyboards (Sting) and Tal Wilkenfeld on bass, a 22 year old Australian newcomer who has toured with Chick Corea and looks like she is having the time of her life. Each player finds songs to latch on to, with “Stratus,” “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” “Space Boogie,” and “Scatterbrain” among them, and also give Beck plenty of room to work.

Special guests include Joss Stone on a great version of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” the song Beck made popular in the 80s with Rod Stewart, Imogen Heap for two tunes with one being a version of the Muddy Waters classic “Rollin and Tumblin” that would have been perfect at Woodstock, and Eric Clapton looking like he walked over from home for a bit of a jam down at the corner pub.

Live at Ronnie Scott’s looks great, sounds great and contains great performances by a variety of musicians both young and old playing like it matters. The interviews are also cool for those who like to go beyond the music. All that adds up to a quality disc that earns my mid-year pick as Music DVD of the Year. Don’t miss it.

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24Apr/092

Quick Hits: Material Issue, Bruce Springsteen, Career Advice for Aging Rockers, Neil Diamond

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Oh internet friends of mine, it's been a looooong time since we've done one of these Quick Hits type of posts. I'm getting ready to point my car towards Michigan for night #2 of the J. Geils Band reunion shows in Detroit, happening Saturday night. The band are reuniting for a pair of shows in their adopted home away from home, to celebrate the birthday of longtime classic rocker WCSX.

I'll be meeting up for the first time with fellow blogger Dan Kelley of Classic Rock FM and Okemos Brewing Company, to cross another longtime favorite off of my "never seen" concert list.

Also in the itinerary, a stop at Encore Recordings in Ann Arbor to drool over their majestically massive spread of compact discs and vinyl.

Sunday, I'll be back in the Cleve for baseball fun at the Indians game with Pat, a bunch of my favorite blogger friends, and the entire Music Saves clan!

But yeah, so what have I been digging lately? Check out these links of note:

At the top of the list, it was my turn to share a choice boot on "Bootleg City @ Popdose. I dug out a killer Cleveland broadcast featuring Material Issue, recorded in 1991 at the Empire Concert Club. Click here and check it out. I believe it will only be available for one week, so act fast! Thanks very much, to Jeff and Robert at Popdose for the opportunity!

Blogness on the Edge of Town guest blogger Deb Filcman gave us full coverage of the recent Springsteen shows in Boston which had some great moments, including no Patti (I kid, kind of,) and covers of "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" by ZZ Top, and "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones. So jealous. Must...see...Bruce...shows...SOON!

Michael Gallucci at Scene Magazine caused a bit of a stink (possible pun intended) with his post titled "Not Grateful For The Dead." I'm sure you can guess the subject, and the potential reaction to the post. But if all of it is over your head, you can read Gallucci's post while wearing a suggested flameproof Devo suit.

The recent Jeff Beck shows in the Los Angeles area were something to remember, with a surprise appearance from onetime band mate Rod Stewart, performing on stage with Beck for the first time since 1983.

The Regeneration Tour returns for another year of 80s flashbacks featuring ABC, Heaven 17, Wang Chung, Cutting Crew, and Berlin. Stuck in the 80s has the deets for ya here.

My comrade Brian has the Lollapalooza lineup for those of you that haven't seen it yet - and yes, we're thinking about going. I know a ton of Clevelanders that are already planning to make the trip - anyone else? Let me know in the comments!

Ol' Swap at The Frontloader shares some thoughts about "Spirit of 76" by The Alarm. Another group that I need to see live.

Kevin Estrada has some cool photographic memories of some of his early shots of Ozzy Osbourne, and the story behind them.

Darren at He's A Whore has a convenient fix for the Jane's Addiction squabbles.

While we're on the subject of musical helping hands, Popdose have some advice for Michael Stipe.

And my pal Jason Hare deals with the horrifying news of a new Timothy B. Schmit solo album in the only way that he can - by dissecting classic 70s Neil Diamond television!

We'll leave it there for now...

I don't want to tease you all, or anything - but stay tuned for a site announcement from Addicted to Vinyl, coming early next week!

And maybe, I'll finally stop slacking, and pick a winner for the Jane's Addiction vinyl. Maybe.

P.S. - I've posted a working link for the second volume of Radio Friendly Unit Shifter. Check it.

P.S.S. - Check out some great live J. Geils Band stuff here, if you missed it when I posted it originally this past September.

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6Apr/095

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies – Reflections from Cleveland

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Wow, what a weekend.

Guitar extravaganza closes out the Rock Hall inductions with, from left, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield.

photo by Joshua Gunter / The Plain Dealer

I seriously had every intention of merely "swiping" and linking to Brian's overview of the event. And then, Friday night happened. My planned post for today was going to be all about Friday night's events, accessorized with a couple of personal thoughts about the induction ceremonies, with a link to Brian's stuff. After seeing the induction ceremonies, I realized that I really needed to break it down and give Friday its own special area, and put my induction related thoughts here.

D.X. Ferris from Scene Magazine got in touch with me and asked the following questions to wrap up our two week long Metallica "debate":

So Metallica is now officially in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Before we shut up about the band and their monumental recognition:

What does Metallica's induction mean? To you? For metal?

My reply:

When Chris and I were talking after the ceremonies, he made a good observation that until he saw the induction, he wasn't aware of how much the honor really meant to the Metallica guys. I've always had a huge amount of respect for how they've handled themselves as a band, particularly the way they've stuck with their management company Q Prime in the good times, the not so good times, and during times when other high profile clients (ex. Def Leppard) were bailing during the past few years for different management. Hey Def Leppard guys, how did that work out for you? They took a credibility hit with the Napster era, but recovered from it well.

I saw everything that I needed to see during Friday night's party at the House of Blues. It was really incredible to see that Metallica remembered completely where they came from, as demonstrated by the 150+ friends, current, and former associates that they flew in for the weekend celebration. They're still music fans - witness James Hetfield locked in conversation with Joe Perry from Aerosmith. They remember their friends, including one "friend" in particular - former RIP Magazine editor Lonn Friend, who famously chronicled the birth of the Metallica album via a series of articles in the pages of RIP.

Lars Ulrich talked to many throughout the night with giant bear hugs for quite a few of them, but spent most of the night talking to a circle of 3-4 friends in particular, who floated in and out of the conversations all night long. It was that same group of friends that was still there with Ulrich at the end of the night, still swapping stories and laughs about the old days.

The Metallica members are just people at the end of the day, and it was visually evident how grateful they are to have accomplished what they have accomplished as a band and unit, and they have gratitude for remaining relevant as a band during the same year that they are being inducted to the Hall of Fame.

What does Metallica's induction mean for Metal? That's hard to say. Hetfield obviously reeled off a list of bands that aren't in the Hall yet, and should be - Rush, KISS, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, etc. I think that those are all bands that might/should find their place in the Rock Hall eventually. C'mon, you GOTTA put Maiden in there! I think it is potentially a harder road for a band like Slayer, but if Slayer can win Grammy Awards, I guess that really, anything is possible.

I found myself wondering if it was any coincidence that they sold tickets for the induction ceremonies for the first time, on the year that Metallica was being inducted. For anyone that was in the building, it was evident how many of those 5000 seats were occupied by Metallica fans. I'll end with a plea - Public Hall really looked nice after 500k's worth of renovations for the induction ceremonies. It would be a great thing to see concerts return to both Public Hall and Music Hall in the coming months and years. So many legendary artists and concerts have passed through those two halls, and it is criminal that these beautiful facilities are so underused.

When induction tickets were going on sale, Brian reached out to me and asked me if I could pick him up a ticket, since he knew I would be going out to purchase tickets. Thing is, I wasn't planning to go. It wasn't a good time financially to shell out 75 bucks for a ticket, and I had other concerts on my radar that were higher on my list. When Brian called me, I thought about it for a second, and I caved. I didn't want to be one of the music fan schmucks living in Cleveland, not in attendance, fielding phone calls and emails asking "So, you're going...right?"

On the Saturday morning that tickets went on sale to the public in limited quantities at the Rock Hall, the Cleveland weather was crummy, and cold. I knew that I would have to get there early to even have a shot at getting a pair, because I knew they would go quickly, and there was no chance that I was going to score tickets via the main public onsale planned for the following Monday at Ticketmaster. Thanks to the weather, I think that a lot of people decided to stay home, and even better, the Rock Hall let us wait inside prior to the onsale time at 10am.

Friday night, and the beginning of the induction weekend - all of those details are summarized here. I got home about 4am and went to bed about 5am after the adrenaline of the evening wore off. I now have no voice, but my voice has a way of coming back after a night of sleep. Not this time.

Saturday evening, I head to Great Lakes Brewery with no voice (still!) and Brian - we're meeting up with the mysterious Bear from Clevelandrockandroll.com, and I get to converse with Bear in what is sure to be a crowded Great Lakes atmosphere. I quickly explain bullet point details to Bear about my voice, and why it is how it is (importantly noting that this is not how I always sound!,) and we settle in for a nice evening of food and fellowship.

Heading over to Public Hall for the induction ceremonies, I run into Ferris, who high-fives me for my Friday night activities before heading off to the press room. We make our way eventually through crowded hallways to find our seats, which are better than I expected.

Now, the evening of events - here are a few of my highlights from the night:

Little Anthony & The Imperials - AMAZING. Anthony really defined every definition of what a "performer" is.

Cleveland native Bobby Womack. Wow. I was familiar with the name prior to that evening, and after that evening, I realized how much of Bobby Womack's music I was really familiar with, even though I didn't own it. Famously, "It's All Over Now" is a track that he wrote and gave away to the Stones. It's interesting to hear the differences between Womack's version, and the Rolling Stones version. Womack built the foundation, and in my opinion, the Stones made it memorable and tore the house down. After the ceremonies, I needed to acquire some Womack tunage pronto, and tracked down this nice double CD MP3 download for 13 bucks. Sold.

Run DMC: I grew up during a time when you heard Run DMC and Madonna on the radio right next to Autograph, Aerosmith, Glenn Frey, and the Rolling Stones. For me, it makes total sense for both Madonna and Run DMC to be in the Rock Hall. Eminem made a great notation during his induction speech, "for those of us that grew up listening to hip-hop, they were our Beatles." That's not the first time I've heard that statement, and I don't know that I would go that far personally, but I definitely do like me some Run DMC. Their greatest hits disc has been in my CD collection since the day of release, and being at the induction ceremonies, I realized that I need to add "Down With The King" to my Ipod.

I wish that they would have played (which is what everyone is saying,) and I'm a bit surprised that they didn't, since Rev. Run was out playing tunes from the catalog with Kid Rock last year. And DMC wanted to play. So if it was Rev. Run holding things back, where/when did things change in his mind?

Jeff Beck. Blew my mind at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival in 2007. Tal Wilkenfield, Beck's young prodigy female bass player, also blew my mind at that same show. I couldn't wait for Brian to see Jeff and Tal. Unfortunately, I don't think the camera work for the video screens in house, really allowed one to fully appreciate Tal's onstage energy. If you were there, grab your self a copy of the Crossroads 2007 DVD, and be amazed. Beck also has a new live DVD and CD, Performing This Week: Live at Ronnie Scott's, that is a good educational piece.

By the way, credit and props to Beck for a very sly middle finger salute during his speech, dedicated to "those that haven't helped me over the years."

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like Beck's speech from this weekend has been uploaded yet. Instead, I'll share with you his colorfully brief speech from 1993, when he was inducted as a member of the Yardbirds.

Billboard Magazine has an interview with Beck, and also additional reflections from Jimmy Page and Joe Perry.

Metallica - see my comments above for Scene Magazine. Performance was great - great to see Newsted back out there with the Metallica boys. The finale performance of "Train Kept A Rollin'" was amazing - Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Jimmy Page, Hammett, and Hetfield - SIX guitar players on stage, which led Hetfield to proclaim the night as a "rhythm guitar player's dream!" Also on stage, Jason Newsted, and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who gave a great induction speech (I was originally critical of him being the choice to induct the band, prior to the ceremony) and dropped what I think was the first F-Bomb of the night.

Great night and good fun - I'm really glad that Brian reached out about going, and I'll echo his wishes to go again when the ceremonies are back in Cleveland.

My friend Pat is a big advocate for buying all-local, and supporting local industry, artists, etc. This weekend was SUCH a win for Cleveland as a city. The NYC board of directors for The Rock Hall finally "bought local" and bought in to Cleveland, bringing financial benefit and plenty of much-needed good vibes to the city. And you know what, I think that everybody that came to our little city, had a lot of fun.

Cheers to that!

More stuff:

Bear from Clevelandrockandroll.com will growl out his Rock Hall induction thoughts at some point today in his Monday Rant.

Brian at Broken Headphones has his wrap-up here.

Plain Dealer pop music critic John Soeder has a ton of stuff here.

Cleveland Scene was there live-blogging the event.

Eric Olson from Blogcritics was live-blogging as well.

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