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Ian Hunter Plays Kent Stage

 

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Ian Hunter played the Kent Stage on Oct. 5, and we’re here to tell you a bit about that exceptionally good Saturday gig. Leave it to Hunter and the Rant band to rekindle our fire, reminding us that summer is long over and it’s time to start carrying the news again. Going forward we plan to be more diligent about updating the WAG site and we can’t think of a better place to begin than with a thumbs up for Mr. Ian Hunter. Read the rest of this entry »

Ken Scott’s Book ‘Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust’ Is A Must Have Book

Weird really enjoyed the book ’ABBEY ROAD TO ZIGGY STARDUST‘ by KEN SCOTT and BOBBY OWSINSKI so, here’s his take on the title:

For anyone with even a passing interest in some of the most iconic albums of all time, this book is a must.  World famous engineer/producer Ken Scott takes you behind the scenes of albums by The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, The Tubes, Devo and a host of others.  Not only is all the technical data explained, but you get a close-up view of bickering band members, shady managers and record company and management maneuvers.

Lots of space is devoted to Ken’s classic recordings with Bowie & The Spiders, giving you the most intimate descriptions of how these gifted musicians put their songs on tape.  Not only did he record them in the studio, but it was Ken in the RCA mobile unit who captured the last concert at the Hammersmith Odeon.  In the book, he professes his dislike of both mixes of the show.  It would definitely be interesting to hear how the man who produced Ziggy would mix this historic live event!

I really like the way the book is put together. Ken will talk about a band then you will get quotes from band members or other people who shine their light on the subject as well.  There is a photo section in the center of the book with amazing pictures, but the book is also peppered with photos and illustrations throughout.  A must have book about a golden period in music – thanks Ken!

Remembering Mick Ronson – Twenty Years Without You

Growing up with Mick Ronson and we’re fine. Growing up without him, not so fine. Twenty years ago on April 29th, 1993 we lost an electrifying guitarist and ace producer and arranger when Ronson passed away of liver cancer in his home with family and friends at his side. Read the rest of this entry »

Mott The Hoople Announce UK Tour!

Mott The Hoople Tour UK

Mott The Hoople Tour UK

Hey dudes, Mott The Hoople have announced tour dates in the UK and tickets go on sale Friday, April 26th. Act fast and prep to sit tight as the gigs are in November, launching from Birmingham’s Symphony on the 11th and wrapping up at the O2 in London on the 18th.

Drummer Martin Chambers (Pretenders) will sit in for original member Dale ‘Buffin’ Griffin who is unable to perform due to health issues. So, “hey you, with the glasses” its only five gigs in five cities so we trust you’ll plan accordingly and show Ian Hunter and company your utmost support. Buy a ticket or “carry the news” and check the official site Thursday, April 25th at 9AM for special links.

Remember, remember it’s MOTT THE HOOPLE November!!

Watch Mott The Hoople in action:

Mick Ronson To Be Remembered At The ICA In April

Mio Tanaka

Photo: Mio Tanaka

Next month (April 29) marks the 20th anniversary of Mick Ronson’s passing and as we approach that anniversary we’ve learned that the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London is planning a very special evening in Ronson’s memory. Read the rest of this entry »

Viva Las Vegas! Today is Def Leppard Day!

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defleppard.com

Viva Las Vegas! It’s just been announced that in honor of Def Leppard‘s residency Viva Hysteria!, Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman has proclaimed TODAY – Friday, March 22nd ”Def Leppard Day.” Their 11 gig run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino launches tonight and ends on April 13th. It’s not very often that the entire band are all together, in one place, for that long of time so we know they’ll make the absolute best of it. Read the rest of this entry »

Spiders From Mars Reunion?

Trevor Bolder

Trevor Bolder dropped a welcomed zinger in a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine when he hinted that a Spiders From Mars reunion with an un-named vocalist was in the works. The said time frame is targeted to take place around Christmas 2013.

So, un-named vocalist yeah but what about the un-named guitarist?

Stay tuned.

 

Good News For Former Spider From Mars Bassist Trevor Bolder

Trevor Bolder Spider From Marss

When news broke last month that former Spiders From Mars bassist Trevor Bolder had undergone a major surgery in January it was said that he’d suffered a heart attack. Bolder later revealed to Classic Rock that it wasn’t a heart issue at all, it was cancer. Read the rest of this entry »

Gail Ann Dorsey And Tony Visconti Salute David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ On Facebook

The Next Day

Bass player and vocalist Gail Ann Dorsey and producer, arranger Tony Visconti posted status updates on Facebook yesterday as David Bowie’s ‘The Next Day’ officially hit the streets. Both Dorsey and Visconti who have partnered with Bowie for numerous records and tours had this to say about the release. Read the rest of this entry »

We Missed You David Bowie – Welcome Back!!!

 

David Bowie
On January 8th 2013 while celebrating 25 years of creating under the guise of Weird and Gilly our well planned day took a drastic turn after signing on to the web before venturing out for our traditional festive dinner at Luigi’s in Akron, Ohio. SURPRISE!! Word had it: David Bowie had launched a brand new single for his 66th birthday and as music’s best kept secret went viral; we tuned in with the rest of the world, jaws dropped firmly on the ground. Read the rest of this entry »

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