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Note: Portions of this article originally ran in 2019 to commemorate the 76th birthday of George Harrison.  Today, February 25, would have been George Harrison’s 77th birthday — and while it’s nearly been two decades since the Beatles legend passed away in 2001, his spirit and music lives on to this day. Such was the impact he had on the music community and the world as a whole, really. https://twitter.com/thebeatles/status/1232228856515497986 https://www.instagram.com/p/B8_1uBWlVe8/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B8-30yylfWW/ Olivia Harrison penned a heartfelt remembrance of her late husband: https://www.instagram.com/p/B899OmmhP5Q/ Paul McCartney shared a photo of himself and George — from the early days! https://twitter.com/PaulMcCartney/status/1232334656084856832 John Lennon’s…

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Some spectacles are almost too much to process. When groups of rock and roll legends gather together, for example, it can be an eye-popping scene — such as the Gibson Guitars party at the NAMM Show back in January, or rehearsals for a star-studded tribute to Peter Green and the early days of Fleetwood Mac. The special event is taking place tonight, Feb. 25 at the London Palladium, and features participating acts including Mick Fleetwood, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, ZZ Top legend Billy F Gibbons and more. Here’s that array of musicians jamming in rehearsals, as captured by renowned photographer…

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Paul Weller remains an undeniable musical force, and on June 12 he’ll add to his versatile repertoire with a new album, On Sunset. It will be Weller’s fifteenth proper solo studio record and the follow-up to 2018’s True Meanings. https://www.instagram.com/p/B89bDrhnkq5/ In addition to the album news, Weller detailed a new batch of UK/European tour dates for Fall 2020, in support of the record. https://www.instagram.com/p/B88g0jJHjkq/ The new dates, via uDiscover Music: THU: Oct-29: Plymouth Pavilion FRI: Oct-30: Southampton Guildhall SAT: Oct-31: Brighton Centre MON: Nov-02: Hull Bonus Arena TUES: Nov-03: York Barbican THU: Nov-05: Leicester De Montfort Hall FRI: Nov-06: Leicester…

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Back in 1978, Steve Rosen — Rock Cellar contributor known for his revealing Behind the Curtain columns — interviewed Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen, months before the release of Van Halen II, a record that would go on to cement the band’s status as all-time legends. The interview has not seen the light of day until recently, when Rosen uploaded it to the internet in audio format, and it’s now available to the masses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EyQLuVgKE8 Some words from Rosen: Edward had just gotten off Van Halen’s first World Tour when he dropped by my little guesthouse on Weepah Way…

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Hope you’re ready for a good time this summer, because Santana + Earth, Wind & Fire are heading out on the road together. Announced on Tuesday, the Miraculous Supernatural tour will simultaneously extend Santana’s hugely popular Miraculous tour, while sharing the stage each night with funk/soul powerhouse Earth, Wind & Fire for what promises to be a wildly entertaining evening of music. Presented by Live Nation, the Miraculous Supernatural tour will find Carlos Santana, wife/drummer Cindy Blackman Santana and their band performing songs from throughout the guitarist’s legendary career, spanning the Woodstock era up through 1999’s Supernatural and his more…

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Meridian Centre, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada will be the location of a special concert event paying tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart, who passed away in January after a battle with brain cancer. The event is taking place in Peart’s hometown. Organized by Peart’s family, A Night for Neil — The Neil Peart Memorial Celebration 2020 promises to be a special evening of love, music and spirit in memory of the iconic drummer. Via the Ticketmaster event page: With the support and blessing of the Peart Family, in this time of mourning, we invite you to celebrate the life…

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Metallica guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield headed back to rehab in late 2019 to combat his battles with addiction, and as of yet he hasn’t returned to full-on touring obligations with the legendary band. On Monday, Hetfield issued a statement through Metallica’s channels giving a bit of an update on his progress toward mental health rehabilitation — as well as the news taht Metallica has to cancel two of its planned 2020 festival dates. https://www.instagram.com/p/B89XKaAHVZZ/ The message: Dear Metallica Family, It pains me to write this, but I have to let all of you know that I cannot make it to Sonic…

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In the End bills itself as “The Premiere Linkin Park Experience.” More than a tribute act to the long-running rock/metal band, In the End carries on the spirit of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, who passed away in 2017. Each In the End concert is an emotional experience, the band members — all session musicians and accomplished players who’ve played various television shows, festivals and the like — putting everything they have into every second of the performance. It’s a celebration of Linkin Park’s music and fans, all in the name of paying tribute to the life and legacy of…

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Last week, prog-metal masters Tool surprised fans by unleashing the very first public live performance of “7empest,” the dramatic, sprawling track that closes the band’s 2019 album Fear Inoculum (not including the outro, “Mockingbeat.” It’s the song that won the band a GRAMMY Award last month, for Best Metal Performance, the award with an acceptance speech from drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin chancellor that paid tribute to late Rush great Neil Peart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4qsSgHKcRE The band dusted off the 15-minute song for the first time at a gig in Melbourne, Australasia — here’s fan footage of the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pzuOqd-3rg Perhaps invigorated…

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Legendary English heavy metal band Judas Priest formed in 1969, and the group will commemorate five decades of activity with the 50 Heavy Metal Years tour scheduled for Fall 2020 and spanning cities and venues across North America. The tour was announced on Monday, and will include special guests Sabaton. https://www.instagram.com/p/B89DHVyjRih/ Said Judas Priest in a statement that arrived with the tour news: “Judas Priest are primed and ready to deliver the goods with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary celebration stage show spectacular! Performing a blistering cross section of songs from our lives in metal — we can’t wait…

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