Levon Helm, the Arkansas-born multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose unforgettable voice graced some of The Band's biggest hits, died yesterday in Woodstock, New York, after a long battle with cancer. He was 71.
While the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony won't air on HBO until early next month, the below bit of fan-filmed footage featuring former Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, Gilby Clarke and Steven Adler performing "Sweet Child O Mine" might tide you over 'til then.
Prog rock legends Rush debuted the lead single for their new album, Clockwork Angels, yesterday, the nearly seven and a half-minute "Headlong Flight." This morning, they released an official lyric video for the track, which you can watch below.
After the release of their last full-length album, What We All Come to Need, Chicago-based instrumental rock quartet Pelican drew some heat for imposing what critics called "conventional" song structures on their trademark expansive sound.
If you’re new to the game and just discovering Jack Blades, you’re likely to think of him as a founding member/lead vocalist/bassist for the rock band Night Ranger. In fact, Blades is a multi-faceted artist who can easily transition from the volume of arena rock — with Night Ranger or Damn Yankees — to the stripped-down acoustic sounds of Shaw/Blades, his project with Styx vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Tommy Shaw.
For me, the ailing Levon Helm's greatest moment with The Band is their cover of Bob Dylan's "When I Paint My Masterpiece" from 1971's Cahoots. While it was already common for other artists to perform Dylan's own songs better than he did, Helm's performance on "Masterpiece" is truly one of a kind.
Following his no-show at this past week's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Axl Rose has issued a follow-up statement, which he wants to make clear "was written for GNR's official website, Facebook account and my personal twitter account and not intended as a press release."