Author Rock Cellar Magazine Staff

Joe Porcaro, a world-famous jazz drummer with an incredible resume of career accomplishments, has passed away at the age of 90. The news was announced early Tuesday morning by his son, Steve Porcaro, in a message on Facebook: The Porcaro Family is heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Patriarch, Joe Porcaro. Surrounded by his wife Eileen and his family, Joe passed peacefully in his sleep on July 6 at 11:37 PM Please allow a few days before reaching out with phone calls and texts. Given the enormous amount of people who Joe considered family and whose lives Joe…

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On July 7, Ringo Starr celebrated his 80th birthday in a fashion befitting a Beatles legend. Ringo’s Big Birthday Show was announced last week, and promised to be something pretty spectacular: An online streaming event featuring contributions from several of Ringo’s friends and musical colleagues … specifically, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Gary Clark Jr. and Sheila E., with the event benefiting four charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and WaterAid. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCTuks5JJwp/ The list of participants grew larger since its initial announcement, with Dave Grohl, Jeff Bridges, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Rodney Crowell, Steve…

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This past 4th of July holiday weekend saw the premiere of Eagles Live from the Forum MMXVIII, a concert film from the legendary band at the Forum in Los Angeles highlighting some of the group’s September 2018 concerts. If you missed the premiere due to holiday obligations, fear not: The film is airing again tonight, July 7, at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on ESPN2 and next Monday, July 13, at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT on ESPN. Joe Walsh was kind enough to remind us all of the re-airings on social media: https://twitter.com/JoeWalsh/status/1280616775600627713 Live from The Forum MMXVIII captures Eagles’ triumphant…

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Jim James and My Morning Jacket have been busy finishing up a new record, the follow-up to 2015’s The Waterfall — and this Friday, July 10, the long-running indie/experimental band will release The Waterfall II. The first new album from the group since 2015’s The Waterfall and the second half of recording sessions carried out at a studio called Panoramic House in Stinson Beach, Ca., the new material was inspired by what a press release refers to as “a sense of charmed isolation that frontman Jim James likened to ‘living on our own little moon.'” https://www.instagram.com/p/CCWL_IRgjaY/ The Waterfall was released in…

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The Valley Cultural Foundation, the leading arts organization in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, has launched a new online concert series — and Concerts on the Couch allows the VCF to continue its support of emerging artists during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. RockCellarMagazine.com is proud to be among the sponsors of the Concerts on the Couch series, which will release a video block of musical performances from three artists each week. More, per a news release: VCF has been supporting emerging artists for the last three (3) years, providing them a means to perform in a live,…

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Iconic country singer/songwriter Charlie Daniels has died at the age of 83, it was confirmed on Monday by the Country Music Hall of Famer’s family. The full statement, announcing that Daniels passed after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke: Country music and southern rock legend Charlie Daniels has passed. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member died this morning at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee. Doctors determined the cause of death was a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83.   Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days. https://twitter.com/CharlieDaniels/status/1280197262774239235 “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” written and…

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In late June, 2007, Metallica embarked on a “Sick of the Studio” tour of Europe, playing various festivals and stadiums across the continent. This included two gigs in Lisbon, Portugal on June 27 and 28, and the show on June 28 is the focus of the latest installment in #MetallicaMondays, the thrash metal icons’ weekly archival upload. The show will premiere on the Metallica YouTube page tonight, July 6, beginning at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWqwi6iGR4Q This show was noteworthy in that Metallica performed ” … And Justice for All” for the first time since 1989, as well as…

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Last year, singer/songwriter Ryan Adams was the subject of serious claims of sexual misconduct made by seven women, the New York Times report detailing that in several cases, Adams sought a sexual relationship with them in exchange for promising career opportunities. One of the women quoted in the report was singer/This Is Us star Mandy Moore, Adams’ ex-wife who filed for divorce in 2016 and claimed he was psychologically abusive. Moore is quoted in the Times report that “music was a point of control” for her ex-husband. On July 3, Adams — who has been largely silent since the Times report…

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This past weekend saw the 4th of July celebrated throughout the United States — and legendary rocker John Fogerty and his kids, the Fogerty Factory, released two more performance videos to mark the holiday as best they can: By playing some classic songs. A rendition of the Fogerty anthem “Centerfield” from John and his kids Shane, Kelsy and Tyler premiered on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth all-star holiday show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaG7ENoIuDE A lively performance of “Proud Mary” was also premiered online as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5oY__MKap4 https://www.instagram.com/p/CCPsma1Bua6/ These July 4th-themed performances are the latest in an ongoing series of performances from the Fogerty clan.…

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Paul Weller was supposed to release his new album, On Sunset, earlier in the summer — only to see the COVID-19 pandemic throw a wrench in those plans and delay the record’s release. It has since finally been released, coming out last Friday, July 3. Previewed in recent weeks with a few songs, On Sunset finds “The Modfather” challenging himself once again, channeling his creativity in a number of disparate and, at times, unexpected ways. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqtZcFrZDpU A previous news release for On Sunset summed up the proceedings as follows: It’s a soul album, but at the same time it’s also…

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