Author Archives: Jim Cartwright

JOHN BONHAM: 40 Years Gone

JOHN BONHAM: 40 Years Gone

Led Zeppelin and the music world were dealt a devastating blow 40 years ago Friday — September 25th, 1980 — when drummer John Bonham died at the age of 32. Bonham grave 0924 SC.JPG After a day of rehearsals for Zeppelin’s upcoming fall tour, Bonham, who drank heavily all day, fell asleep at Jimmy Page’s…Read more »

OZZY OSBOURNE: An Animated “Train”

OZZY OSBOURNE: An Animated “Train”

There’s a new video for “Crazy Train” for the 40th anniversary of Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz. The clip, which is on YouTube now, is animated and features black and white drawings of Ozzy plus his Blizzard of Ozz-era band. There’s a couple of more things on tap for Ozzy this weekend to mark Blizzard’s…Read more »

STEVE MILLER: Tribute to Jimi

STEVE MILLER: Tribute to Jimi

Steve Miller has paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix on the 50th anniversary of his death — September 18th, 1970. He’s posted his performance of “Peppa Sauce” from that night at the Pepperland Ballroom in San Rafael, California, which he dedicated to Hendrix. Playing with him that night was future Journey bassist Ross Valory.Read more »

DISTURBED, STING: Another Cover as a Single

DISTURBED, STING: Another Cover as a Single

Disturbed are releasing yet another cover as a single. This time it’s a take on “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” by Sting. The song appeared on the Police frontman’s 1993 album Ten Summoner’s Tales. Disturbed’s version will be out Friday along with a video. Disturbed have had great success with covers in…Read more »

STONES, BEATLES, ZEPPELIN, NEIL YOUNG: A TCM Film Fest

STONES, BEATLES, ZEPPELIN, NEIL YOUNG: A TCM Film Fest

Turner Classic Movies is celebrating the final holiday weekend of the summer with a big music film festival. The End of Summer Tour starts Friday through Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET and runs all day on Labor Day. Here are some highlights of the 28 films being shown: Friday features 1964’s The TAMI Show with…Read more »

AC/DC: Johnson Talks Bandmates

AC/DC: Johnson Talks Bandmates

There’s yet another clue that makes those AC/DC album rumors of the past couple years seem pretty likely. Brian Johnson appeared on Joe Walsh’s Old Fashioned Rock n’ Roll Radio Show on Saturday night, and when he was asked if he’d spoken to Angus Young lately, Johnson said, “Actually, it’s the craziest thing. Angus’s wife,…Read more »

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN: Left Us 30 Years Ago

STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN: Left Us 30 Years Ago

Stevie Ray Vaughan left us 30 years ago today (Thursday) — August 27th, 1990 — when the helicopter he was riding in went down during takeoff after a show at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. He’d opened for Eric Clapton that night, and three members of Clapton’s entourage were also killed in the crash when the…Read more »

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Back to 2006

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Back to 2006

After being delayed twice, Bruce Springsteen’s live archival release for August is now available. Wembley Arena November 11th, 2006 was captured at the London venue during his Seeger Sessions tour, making it the second show from that tour to be released as part of the Archive Series. The first was from the New Orleans Jazz…Read more »

CHEAP TRICK: Surrender to John Lennon

CHEAP TRICK: Surrender to John Lennon

Forty years ago today (Wednesday), August 12th, 1980, Cheap Trick‘s Rick Nielsen and Bun E. Carlos were in New York City at the Hit Factory for a recording session with John Lennon. While it was a dream for Nielsen to play with a member of The Beatles, it wasn’t an easy decision. Rick Nielsen on missing the birth of his son Daxx…Read more »

METALLICA: Back Together Again

METALLICA: Back Together Again

Metallica apparently had enough of playing remotely, so they got together at their headquarters in San Rafael, California. The group posted footage dated yesterday (August 6th) on their Instagram Stories that shows all four of them in their rehearsal room, with everyone wearing masks except James Hetfield — because he’s at a microphone getting ready…Read more »