Music Notes

New Van Halen song “Tattoo” and video

by TW on January 10, 2012

The first single and video from the upcoming Van Halen album has been released. What do you think?

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Van Halen has announced a 2012 tour with David Lee Roth once again at the microphone. First tickets go on sale January 10. I never got to see VH back in the glory days of the early 80s, so I’m hoping to catch a show this time around. Too bad, though, Michael Anthony is out […]

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I’m proud to say that ClassicRockMusicBlog.com is the featured music website of the month at Pennyblackmusic. Thanks to Fiona Hutchings for reaching out!

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Singing Drummers

by TW on October 7, 2011

Drumming in a rock and roll band – or any band – has its own challenges. They call it limb independence, but until you’ve tried to keep one time with the right side of your body and a different time with the left, it’s hard to appreciate the skill that the best rock drummers bring […]

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One of my favorite boogie-rock bands was played a great show in the north woods over the Labor Day Weekend. Foghat traveled north to Tower, Minnesota, to open for Ted Nugent at Fortune Bay Casino. It was my first time to Fortune Bay, and the stage was set at the back of one of the […]

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Classic rock acts Loverboy and Great White were in Duluth, Minnesota, August 20, headlining the Buffalo Valley Music Festival. For all that’s great about the city of Duluth, we don’t get a lot of major music acts here, so the opportunity to have two outstanding bands just miles from home was alone worth celebrating. And […]

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Walker, Minnesota, was the place to be Friday July 15. This was Day 3 of Moondance Jam 2011, and the music lineup was superb. Five acts took the main stage throughout the day, beginning with Van Morrison tribute Belfast Cowboys followed by The Outlaws, Eddie Money, Paul Rodgers and finally ending with Kiss. The Belfast […]

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This Friday (July 15) I’ll be in Walker, Minnesota, attending Moondance Jam. The day’s lineup includes The Outlaws, Eddie Money, Paul Rodgers and Kiss. I’ve never seen The Outlaws in concert before, and I’m getting pumped up watching some recent and earlier video footage of the band and offshoot, Henry Paul Band. Most Southern Rock […]

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There are Deadheads and then there are “Crimheads,” those fans who collect the live recordings of King Crimson and the activities and offshoots of members past and present. Fortunately, Crimheads – a moniker I proudly wear myself – have a sizable catalog of live performances to access via DGM’s online archives. Whether you’re interested in […]

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Blue Oyster Cult’s 1979 album, Mirrors, divides a lot of hardcore Cult fans. The record was a long way from the  molten savagery of “Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll” or the glorious sludge of “Godzilla,” but tucked six songs in lies the best tune Blue Oyster Cult ever recorded. Guitarist Buck Dharma, who […]

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