32 Years Ago, Guns N’ Roses Blow Up the Rock World with Appetite for Destruction

Guns N’ Roses’ debut album, Appetite for Destruction, was the darker, grittier response to Sunset Boulevard’s glam-rock scene. The LP’s unique sound helped move it away from the sea of spandex and hairspray in which it was spawned and make it a staple found in nearly every hard rock fan’s collection, alongside classics like Led Zeppelin II or Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. Released on July 21st, 1987, Appetite for Destruction features the bluesy hard-rock ethos of Aerosmith blended with an aggressive punk undertone amid splashes of metal and ’70s bar rock — a concoction that owes itself to the unique blend of musicians who made up the band. While not as technically proficient as some his contemporaries, Slash’s guitar playing was fluid and full of feeling; Axl Rose’s unique voice and amazing range was unlike any other singer at the time; Duff McKagan’s punk-inspired bass playing gave the music a raw sense of urgency; Izzy Stradlin’s rhythm guitar cleverly weaved in and out of Slash’s leads; and Steven Adler’s workmanlike drums let the other members shine. Amazingly, Appetite for Destruction was not a huge success out of the gate. In fact, the album took more than a year to top the […]

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite to perform Beatles classics in Los Angeles: Watch

Paul McCartney wrapped up his massive “Freshen Up Tour” on Saturday with a dose of Beatlemania. During his closing gig at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, Macca reunited with Ringo Starr for a pair of classic Beatles songs. “We’ve got a surprise for us, a surprise for you, a surprise for everyone. Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only, Ringo Starr,” McCartney introduced the famed drummer. The two rock icons then fired off 1967’s “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” and The White Album cut “Helter Skelter” to the delight of the rapturous crowd. (Read: A Hard Day’s Night: The Strangest Reported Reactions to Beatlemania) The treats didn’t stop there, however. Sir Paul McCartney brought out a second special guest in Joe Walsh. The Eagles member, who also happens to be Starr’s brother-in-law, popped up on stage to knock out guitar during the Abbey Road number “The End”. “The best part is we didn’t have a clue what we were doing,” McCartney later jokingly told the audience of the evening’s star-studded collaborations. Catch fan-caught footage from the epic evening below. [embedded content] Ok Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr play Sgt. Pepper at Dodger Stadium. pic.twitter.com/Osuk8RtJ2g — Molly Knight (@molly_knight) July 14, […]

Bruce Springsteen confirms new E Street Band album and tour next year

In a few weeks, Bruce Springsteen will release a new solo album, Western Stars. However, the rock legend is showing no signs of slowing down as he nears his back 70th birthday this September. In fact, The Boss has plans for a new album and tour with his E Street Band. At the start of the month, Springsteen teased the forthcoming LP during a chat with Martin Scorsese to promote Netflix’s Springsteen on Broadway. During the talk, the Born to Run rocker revealed, “About a month or so ago, I wrote almost an album’s worth of material for the band.” He also later exclaimed, “There’ll be another tour!’” Now, the singer has discussed the expected timelines of these upcoming E Street Band projects. In an interview with Italy’s Repubblica, he explained, “I’ll record with the E Street Band in the autumn, and when we are done, we’ll go on tour [next year].” When the E Street band hit the road in 2020, it will mark the ensemble’s first time on the road since their 2016–17 jaunt in support of  The River box set. The album will follow up the group’s last record five years ago, 2014’s High Hopes, which featured primarily new material. Consequence […]

David Gilmour releases Live at Pompeii concert film for free on YouTube

In July 2016, David Gilmour returned to Pompeii for a special two-night concert event. His appearance came 45 years after Pink Floyd staged a similar production, the footage for which was heavily featured in the band’s iconic Live in Pompeii concert film. In 2017, Gilmour’s full performance was released as a concert film and companion live album. Gilmour’s Live at Pompeii was originally screened in movie theaters for one night only, and has subsequently been available on DVD and Blu-ray. Now, though, Gilmour is streaming the entire performance for free on YouTube. Watch it below. [embedded content] d Setlist: Set 1:5 A.M.Rattle That LockFaces of StoneWhat Do You Want From Me (Pink Floyd song)The BlueThe Great Gig in the Sky (Pink Floyd song)A Boat Lies WaitingWish You Were Here (Pink Floyd song)Money (Pink Floyd song)In Any TongueHigh Hopes (Pink Floyd song) Set 2:One of These Days (Pink Floyd song)Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (Pink Floyd song)Fat Old Sun (Pink Floyd song)Coming Back to Life (Pink Floyd song)On an IslandThe Girl in the Yellow DressTodaySorrow (Pink Floyd song)Run Like Hell (Pink Floyd song) Encore:Time (Pink Floyd song)Breathe (Reprise) (Pink Floyd song)Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd song)Beauty Consequence of Sound RSS Feed