A look back at a time when kids took a stand. Warning: flashback alert!
Category Archive: ‘Wednesday Rock Blogging’
This Sunday night you’ll find me and a couple of lawyers near the front of the stage at the Belly Up Tavern for X and the Blasters – don’t miss it:
From the Concert for George in 2002, on the 1st anniversary of Harrison’s death – a rousing version sung by Billy Preston:
Paul McCartney, piano
Ringo Starr, drums
The late Billy Preston, lead vocal and keyboards
Eric Clapton, 12-string acoustic guitar
Jeff Lynne, acoustic guitar
Tom Petty, acoustic guitar
The late Ravi Shanker from Encinitas, percussion
Albert Lee, electric guitar
Marc Mann, lead guitar (from Oingo Boingo and ELO)
Dhani Harrison, acoustic guitar
The Electric Light Orchestra released four albums during my high schools years, and was a major musical influence in the 1970′s. ELO toured in 1977 with the first lazer light show I’d ever seen – and it was unforgettable. Jeff Lynne was acknowledged as the fourth-greatest record producer of all-time, and has played with, or produced, everyone from the Beatles to Joe Walsh.
This is from a show that was taped at the beginning of their 2001 reunion tour that was subsequently cancelled, most likely due to 9/11:
We lost a great one this week – here’s Lou Reed with a view from the street:
The original lineup of the Red Devils (from Huntington Beach) included a female lead singer who played rockabilly:
The guitar and bass players are brothers – later they ditched the girl and teamed up with the drummer from the Blasters in 1988 and added harp player Lester Butler to create a more-rocking blues band:
Below isn’t the best youtube of this local San Diego band, but you might recognize the location and/or the MTV host, featured at the 4:35-minute mark. RFTC is playing at the House of Blues on Halloween:
One of the original punk bands out of the UK, Wire is often cited as one of the more important rock groups of the 1970s and 1980s. Critic Stewart Mason wrote, “Over their brilliant first three albums, Wire expanded the sonic boundaries of not just punk, but rock music in general.”
Here is a great combo, John Fogerty with those Mumford guys on backup – if this doesn’t get your foot stomping then you need to hit the Geritol:
The story behind this last-minute show that just occured on Saturday:
In 1990, a promotional video for “Enjoy the Silence” was shot by French TV (for the TV Show “Champs-Élysées” with Michel Drucker) with Depeche Mode lip-syncing the song while standing atop the World Trade Center at the WTC rooftop World observatory.
In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, in which the towers were destroyed, this video gained special significance among New Yorkers and others as, now, functioning as an elegant tribute to the victims.