No. 90: Ram Jam, ‘Black Betty’ – Top 100 Classic Rock Songs
Their lead singer and guitarist played with the Lemon Pipers, of 'Green Tambourine' fame. The rest of the band members never even played on this highly offbeat entry on our Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list. Welcome to the wild and crazy story that is 'Black Betty' by Ram Jam.
Sonisphere 2012, Set to Feature Queen and Kiss, Cancelled
The 2012 Summer Olympics: concert killer. Following in the footsteps of at least four U.K. and Ireland-based music festivals planned for this summer, Reuters is reporting that the producers of Sonisphere Knebworth, a mammoth rock festival featuring Kiss, Queen with Adam Lambert (!), and Faith No More as the headliners, has pulled the plug on the event. The statement from the organizers is very car
George Harrison’s Swiss Mansion For Sale
The taxman may have been taking 95% of George Harrison's earnings at one point in time, but that didn't stop the Quiet Beatle from amassing enough money to purchase a gorgeous Swiss estate in 2001, which Radar is reporting has recently hit the market over 10 years after Harrison's death...
Soundgarden Reveal Preview of ‘Avengers’ Single ‘Live to Rise’
The calendar might say it's spring, but it's time to break out your flannel, because Soundgarden have released a teaser video for 'Live to Rise,' the first single from the soundtrack to the summer blockbuster-in-waiting 'The Avengers.' The full track will reportedly be on sale May 1...
Best Aerosmith Album – Reader’s Poll
Let's send a big 'yow yow yow yiggy-yiggy-yiggy YOW' out to Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, who turned 64 this week and also announced another huge summer tour with his famous band. And to him we present a reader's poll, wrapped in a chiffon scarf.
John Mellencamp, Steven Van Zandt, ZZ Top Among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Presenters
The list of presenters at this year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony is arguably as prestigious as the class they're inducting. John Mellencamp, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill from ZZ Top, and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band will all be introducing Donovan, Freddie King and the Small Faces, respectively. An...
Bruce Springsteen Kicks Off ‘Wrecking Ball’ Tour in Atlanta
There was some understandable consternation on the eve of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's US tour, their first since the death of Clarence Clemons last June. It would be tough not to notice the gaping hole onstage where Clemons used to roam, which is why Springsteen acknowledged his absence early, and often.
Best Twisted Sister Song – Readers Poll
Dee Snider, lead singer for onetime cross-dressing hard rockers Twisted Sister (they retired the makeup in 2009), turns 57 today (March 15). So what do you get for the guy who does everything? A Readers' Poll, of course!
New Music Releases – April 2012
The April 2012 New Music Releases schedule features what's sure to be one of the more curiously titled releases of the year:'Thick as a Brick 2,' by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson. A follow-up to the 40-year-old No. 1 seller, 'Brick' runs away with the prize for the longest gestation period between an original album and its sequel, but more interesting is the wording of the artist name...