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The Allman Brothers Band's final show - 5 years ago last night!

Five years ago today, the Allman Brothers Band played their final show at the Beacon Theatre. You can order a CD of the final show right here. FIVE F'IN YEARS?? (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); I covered the…
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RIP Robert Hunter, one of the all-time great songwriters

Eyes of the World: An interview with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter So very, very sad to hear that Robert Hunter has passed away. To honor the man, I present my 2015 (?) interview. An edited version ran on WSJ.com as part of a preview…
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Allman Brothers at American U. 12/13/70 Review

I reviewed the Allman Brothers Band at American University 12/13/70 for Guitar World when it was released by the band in 2002. **** THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND American University 12/13/70 The Allman Brothers Band Recording Company Though…

The story behind "Free Bird"

// On this day (October 20)  in 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd's twin engine plane crashed in a swamp in Gillsburg, Miss., killing three of the band members - singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and singer Cassie Gaines - assistant manager…
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Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers: Into the ‘Wild’

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RIP Stevie Ray Vaughan, gone 25 years

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-1312120505976613", enable_page_level_ads: true });   Twenty five years ago, we lost Stevie Ray Vaughan. SRV has…
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Review of Live at the Fillmore East and West - by Bob Lefsetz

Bob Lefsetz writes a music industry newsletter I find consistently interesting and enlightening. I recommend subscribing and checking out his archives here. He reviewed a new book about the Fillmores. I have not read it yet, but am going…
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Fare Thee Well - Grateful Dead say an emotional good bye

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Last night’s final Fare Thee Well show; the final joint appearance ever by the Grateful Dead’s Core Four of Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann if you take…
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Chicago Night 2 Review - 4th of July Fireworks

Wow. Now this was more like it. Night 2 of 3 in Chicago for the Dead’s Fare Thee Well, said-to-be-final shows at Soldier Field was hard-hitting, consistently satisfying, only a tiny bit meandering and to my ears a full-on triumph. Most…
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Grateful Dead Chicago Night One "Bertha" Video - Billboard Review

Last night's Fare Thee Well Grateful Dead show in Chicago broke the record for attendance at Soldier Field set by U2's 360 Tour in 2009 (last night: 70,764, U2: 67,936). Unfortunately, the crowd control entering and exiting the stadium…
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Fare Thee Well - Grateful Dead Night One Chicago Opening Video

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Story behind Joe Cocker covering James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight"

Former Joe Cocker keyboardist CJ Vanston wrote this to Bob Lefsetz: I suggested to the label that we cover a James Taylor song...not too "range-ey," so Joe could be Joe. Chris Briggs at EMI told me "good luck with that, we've been trying…