Happy Birthday to a trio of awesome Rockers! 68 today… Ron Blair, original bass player for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers for their first 5 albums… He re-joined the band in 2002. Also 68 today, Kenney Jones – Legendary drummer for The Faces with Rod Stewart and Small Faces before that… (Remember “Itchycoo Park’s” cool drum track?) But he’s most remembered for taking on the tough gig of replacing Keith Moon in The Who in 1979. Dave “The Snake” Sabo – Lead guitarist for Skid Row is 52… Was also in his good friend Jon Bon Jovi’s first band in New Jersey. The King of the Blues – BB King would have been 91 today… After an amazing life, he passed just last year. He sadly widowed about 25 guitars named “Lucille”…
Today we remember 3 relatively unsung Rock Heroes that have left us… Ron “Pigpen” McKernan – Singer, “thing-shaker & stuff-banger” and founding member of The Grateful Dead… Would have been 71 today. We lost him in ’73. Kelly Groucutt was the longtime bass player for Electric Light Orchestra through their Classic Period… He also would have been 71. He died of a heart attack in 2009. Benjamin Orr… bass player and co-lead singer with The Cars would have been 69 today. He spent his final years here in Atlanta while fighting cancer. He lost his battle in 2000. He sang lead on their most popular songs including “Just What I Needed”, “Let’s Go”, “Moving In Stereo”, “Candy-O” and more… Check out the video from his most famous vocal… “Drive” by The Cars.
It’s an understatement to say that 2016 has been a bad year for Rock. Now Prince is gone. I’m going to venture to say that, since his “Piano & Microphone” tour was announced and launched pretty much out of the blue… I’m wondering if his recent health issues were more than just “The Flu”, and did he know that he only had a short time left with us? Could this simple tour have been a conscious farewell like that of David Bowie? I hope you had the chance to see this amazing legend perform in some capacity. The show here at the Fox last Thursday was phenomenal, and now, legendary, as it was his last concert. This video showcases his rock chops better than any I’ve seen… From the Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in 2004… Prince takes the guitar solo in the last half of this… and owns it. As he did with ANY stage he walked onto.
So Axl Rose is the new singer for AC/DC. Click the link to watch it really happen Cheers. . http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/video-acdcs-angus-young-joins-guns-n-roses-on-stage-at-coachella-valley-music-and-arts-festival/
On This day in 1986… “5150” the first of FOUR Number One Van Halen Albums was released… Those 4 featured Sammy Hagar as the new lead vocalist! Hard to believe that the Diamond Dave Era didn’t net then any time at the top of the Billboard Album Chart… Sammy’s configuration would do that for ’em… And… on this anniversary, more of the stars are aligning that could indicate a Van Hagar reunion and tour! Sammy and Eddie Van Halen are talking nice… Now we learn that Eddie’s son and bass player Wolfgang is working on a solo album and tour. That could lead to original bassist and background singer Michael Anthony coming back into the fold. Sammy is allegedly working on burying THAT hatchet with Eddie & Alex. READ MORE HERE on how Sammy says that leaving the band in ’96 was a HUGE mistake!