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© Roger Dean 1972/2019The Royal Affair Tour, the new North American package trek featuring headliners Yes, plus Asia, Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, gets underway tonight in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. As a founding member of Asia and the leader of the Emerson, Lake & Palmer tribute act ELP Legacy, drummer Carl […]

Paramount PicturesAfter reports that Russia was censoring parts of Rocketman, now comes news that the Elton John biopic has been banned in the Pacific nation of Samoa because of its depictions of homosexuality. According to the Samoa Observer, Samoa’s principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui says the homosexual activity shown in the movie violates the country’s […]

Craft RecordingsEarlier this year, Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford told ABC Radio that the band’s full set at the 1969 Woodstock festival finally would see light of day in 2019.  Now comes word that the performance will be released on August 2 on CD, as a two-LP vinyl set and digitally. Live at […]

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty ImagesIt’s being called the biggest disaster in the music business — we’re just now learning that a fire 11 years ago this month wiped out a significant chunk of music history. According to an investigation by The New York Times Magazine, more than 100,000 master recordings owned by Universal Music Group, spanning from […]

Courtesy of Woodstock 50More major problems have emerged for Woodstock 50, as the planned site of the event and the company producing it both announced Monday that they no longer will be involved in the festival. Watkins Glen International speedway, the upstate New York site where the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival was set to take […]

Jim Cummins/Michael Ochs Archives/ Getty ImagesLast September, a California federal appeals court’s three-judge panel overturned a jury’s decision ruling in favor of Led Zeppelin in a copyright-infringement lawsuit involving the band’s classic song “Stairway to Heaven.” Now, the rock legends have a chance to avoid another trial. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the full appeals […]

ABC/Randy HolmesMetallica‘s European tour continued over the weekend with a show at the Slane Castle in Ireland. While they were there, the metal legends paid tribute to late Thin Lizzy frontman and iconic Irish musician Phil Lynott. During the show, Metallica performed their version of the Irish traditional “Whiskey in the Jar,” which Thin Lizzy […]

Courtesy of Chipster PRFormer Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman recently announced the initial dates for his first North American solo trek in 13 years — set to kick off September 21 in Annapolis, Maryland — and now the prog-rock legend has added eight shows to the end of the tour. The new concerts run from an […]

Surfdog Records/BMG Last month, Stray Cats released 40, their first new studio album in 26 years, which the rockabilly trio recorded in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Bassist Lee Rocker says he, singer/guitarist Brian Setzer and drummer Slim Jim Phantom decided to make the new album after reuniting for four concerts last year. “[I]t was […]

RhinoCan’t get enough of Bad Company? If so, you’ll love The Swan Song Years 1974-1982 box set, featuring remastered CD versions of the band’s first six studios albums, which will be released on August 2. The collection will include the group’s 1974 self-titled debut, plus 1975’s Straight Shooter, 1976’s Run with the Pack, 1977’s Burnin’ […]


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