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The concept of a “hologram tour” might make some cringe, sure — but it’s happening, so you’d better get used to it. Eyellusion, the company responsible for this cutting-edge technological advancement as a means of presenting live shows from artists that have passed away, was already working on a Frank Zappa hologram tour, and now it’s set its sights on a Ronnie James Dio hologram tour, as well. The iconic hard-rock icon died in 2010, but Eyellusion is planning 100 live shows in 2019 featuring a hologram likeness of the singer. The Dio hologram made its first appearance in 2015 at…

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It is 10:30 on a Tuesday morning, a morning which can best be described as a “proper” English morning.  You must go to England to really experience a proper English morning, the sun shines brightly, but there is no oppressive heat.  There’s a crisp breeze blowing, which is all the better because all the streets nearby are decked out in bunting, Union Jacks, and English flags.  As far as the eye can see, there are decorations strung between building creating a sea of red, white and blue.  Why all the flags?  I’m here just a few days after the royal…

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“Punk rock was the tsunami that threatened to drown us all in 1977.” – Pete Townshend “Kick Out the Jams” by the MC5 “Kick Out the Jams” is the title track of the MC5’s 1969 debut LP, recorded over Halloween weekend at Detroit’s Grande Ballroom. The song gained immediate notoriety by its introduction. Singer Rob Tyner opens with “Right now it’s time to – kick out the jams, motherfuckers!” That would lead to censored and uncensored versions of the album and Elektra dropping the band from its label. “We picked ‘Jams’ as a single because it best summed up what…

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In almost any interview with Three Dog Night vocalist Chuck Negron, the conversation inevitably turns to drugs, their abuse, and redemption. Negron famously became a heroin addict at the height of his career, but eventually emerged from it in the 1980s, and you could say he’s been on a mission to warn others ever since.  He speaks very frankly and openly about it and doesn’t shy away from the conversation. I recently spoke with the legendary front man about a wide range of topics including his latest album, the fan-funded Generations, his time in Three Dog Night, his Latino heritage,…

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How many times have you been browsing the internet, clicked a link and been bombarded with a gloriously 1980s-ish music video and Rick Astley saying “We’re no strangers to love…”? The English singer/songwriter became an internet sensation nearly 20 years later, when the concept of the “Rickroll” was born. Suddenly, you’d find the song everywhere, when you least expected it, as a cyberprank of the (thankfully) clean and wholesome variety. The single was originally released by Astley on July 27, 1987 — 31 years ago today, to be precise, as the lead single from his debut album Whenever You Need…

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“The average lifespan of a teen idol is five years. You have to change musically. Bubblegum pop was good for the first time you have sex.” – Leif Garrett  “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'” by Crazy Elephant Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz of Super K Productions were major players in bubblegum music. The pair teamed with singer Robert Spencer of the doo-wop group the Cadillacs to record “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'” as Crazy Elephant, a No. 12 hit in 1969. The imaginary band was promoted by Kasenetz and Katz as a group of Welsh coal miners. “Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'” was…

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Passed over for years, The Cars are finally being inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And it’s about time. Coming off like art-rock Beatles fronted by Buddy Holly, they delivered album after album of infectious pop music laced with a twisted, avant-garde sensibility, marrying mighty hooks, lush vocals, consummate musicality and forward thinking production into one package. https://twitter.com/ElliotEastonEE/status/983523613751037953 We caught up with lead guitarist and founding member Elliot Easton for a peek under the hood into the history of The Cars — past, present and future. Rock Cellar: What does it mean for The Cars to be…

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Photo: Dennis Manuel “Some people may not realize it but the Rascals were the first rock band in the world … in the center of the universe, New Jersey, the Rascals were the first band.” –  Steven Van Zandt, 1997 Induction of the Rascals into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame New Jersey has always been an essential part of the blue-eyed soul of the Rascals. In the 1960s, the Rascals produced a string of hits notable for the diversity of their sound. “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Beautiful Morning” and “People Got to Be…

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Since its inception a few years ago, KAABOO Del Mar has boasted one of the most far-ranging lineups of the music festival scene. (Read our recap of the 2016 KAABOO for an idea). This year’s is no exception. https://twitter.com/KAABOODELMAR/status/976808060218884096 Announced on Thursday, KAABOO 2018 will take place September 14-16 in Del Mar, California, and features a lineup with the following: Foo Fighters Imagine Dragons Katy Perry Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters Halsey Post Malone Wiz Khalifa N.E.R.D Incubus Earth, Wind & Fire Gucci Mane Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators Alice in Chains Billy Idol Jewel Blondie…

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Sometimes, interviews don’t go well. It’s part of the business, and as rock journalist Steve Rosen can attest in his latest Behind the Curtain entry, it happens.  I’m often asked, “What is the worst interview you ever did?” It’s an interesting turn of phrase, because lurking behind the suggestive and intriguing façade of the query is the true heart of what the person posing the question really wants to know and that is, “Who is the biggest asshole you ever met?” Mainly this kind of inquiry comes from friends who are trying not to be indelicate in their line of…

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