Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath return to the top to the Rock and Roll heap with album 13. Their latest release debuted at first place on the Billboard chart. Promoting the album with a world tour that begins stateside, Ozzy and company are back to restore the reputation of Black Sabbath. After a blistering beginning in 1968, and horrid separation in 1978, the band returns to the sound they created, and are blasting it to the next level. Originally calling themselves Earth, the name Black Sabbath was inspired by the same 1963 Boris Karloff film. Their debut album was released on Friday the 13th, 1970. More…
Legendary keyboardist Ray Manzarek has passed away at the age of 74. Known worldwide for the soulful eeriness of his preferred Fender Rhodes keyboard, and inspired by the lyrics of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek laid the foundation of sound for The Doors. Ray and Jim met by chance in 1965 at Venice beach, both attending the University of California in Los Angeles. Together with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger, they built their sound around the poetry of lead singer Jim Morrison. The band broke through with “Break On Through to the Other Side”, then rocketed to stardom in 1967 with the hit single “Light My Fire”. Other hits followed. “The End”,“Touch Me”, “Riders On The Storm”, “People Are Strange” were most notable. More…..
The Rolling Stones have announced their tour, and will be hitting the U.S. in May. 50 & Counting, the Glimmer Twins and company once again take their tunes on the road. Fans have been waiting with baited breath, and now all their dreams will come true. The boys have proven they still have the strut and jam to make it happen. The Stones five performances last year demonstrated they’re not done yet. This tour will start out west and head east. Maybe the last time, I don’t know.
It’s here! Bowie’s latest work The Next Day, is at the top of the charts. It’s David’s 30th album, his first new album in 10 years. At the age of 66, Bowie shows no sign of slowing. Produced by long time collaborator Tony Visconti, this album is a great return for Bowie. You may remember that in 2004, David had a heart attack while on tour pushing his Reality album. For this latest work, Bowie and his cohorts worked quietly, surprising many with the announcement of the single Where Are We Now on his January 8th birthday. Another cut The Stars(Are Out Tonight), is accompanied with a short film. This latest work is an elegant reminder of the Bowie we know, and invites us to learn more. No mention of a tour,…yet.