Neil Young and Crazy Horse cancel European tour due to injury


Neil Young and Crazy Horse have canceled the remainder of their European tour, including festival appearances at Sweden’s Way Out West and Belgium’s Pukkelpop, after guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro broke his hand, reports Rolling Stone.

Sampedro is expected to make a full recovery in time for the band’s North American tour, which kicks off August 31st in Ontario and concludes September 7th with an appearance at Interlocken Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia.

Neil Young and Crazy Horse 2013 Tour Dates:
08/08 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West
08/10 – Bergen, NO @ Berghenhus Festning
08/12 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
08/14 – Dresden, NO @ Filmnaeechte Am Elbufer
08/16 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
08/18 – Liverpool, UK @ Echo Arena
08/19 – London, UK @ O2 Arena
08/31 – Dundas, ON @ Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
09/02 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatrea
09/04 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Folk Festival
09/07 – Arrington, VA @ Interlocken Music Festival
09/21 – Saratoga Springs, VA @ Farm Aid
10/26-27 – Mountain View, VA @ Bridge School Benefit

Beady Eye’s Gem Archer hospitalized with severe head trauma following accident

Beady Eye

Beady Eye

Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer has been hospitalized with severe head trauma.

The guitarist – pictured above second from left – was involved in an accident on the evening of August 1 and was taken to hospital. A statement released by the band reveals that Archer is currently in a stable condition but will stay in hospital under observation for the time being.

The statement continues:

His family, friends and bandmates thank everyone who have sent messages of support and well wishes so far and hope to see him back on his feet soon. An update on his condition will follow.

It was previously revealed that Beady Eye were cancelling gigs in Belgium and Japan because of an injury suffered by Archer. The Liam Gallagher-fronted band were expected to play the Lokerse Festival in Belgium tonight (August 5), before a set at Summer Sonic in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday (August 10). It is currently unclear whether Archer will recover to play V Festival on August 17, the band’s next scheduled gig.

Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard Talks Solo Album ‘Moonlander’ and His ‘Gospel of Not Knowing’

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Stone Gossard revisited 12 years’ worth of demos for new release

After more than two decades as Pearl Jam’s guitarist, Stone Gossard still marvels at the band’s arena-packing fans. “I’m so blessed to be playing these shows where so many people know the words,” he tells Rolling Stone. “Ed [Vedder] tells so many different stories from so many different points of view – kids, guys at war, women, some sarcastic corporate militarized leader – and when people sing them back at you, it becomes way bigger than just songs. It’s not something everybody gets to experience.”

However, Gossard isn’t coasting on Pearl Jam’s prolonged success. Yesterday, he released Moonlander, his first solo LP in more than a decade. It highlights his range, from riff-heavy rockers (“Battle Cry”) to folky barrelhouse singalongs (“Both Live” and “Witch Doctor”) and piano ballads (“Your Flames”). Gossard drew from more than 50 demos and fragments from the last 12 years, including old demos from Pearl Jam and Brad. “I went back through everything and said, ‘Does this still excite me? Does this sound dated?'” he says. “I quickly picked the 10 or 11 that I wanted to kind of focus on.”

Many of the songs sound like the beginnings of Pearl Jam songs, the same way Keith Richards’ solo LP Talk Is Cheap highlighted his strengths in the Rolling Stones. One key Gossard track is “Battle Cry,” which begins as an ethereal ballad but evolves into a fiery, three-chord anthem and a thrashing Who-like breakdown, with Matt Cameron pummeling the drums. “I’m just hoping the vocal can stand up to all of that Matt Cameron,” Gossard says. Another highlight is the aggro, dissonant rocker “I Need Something Different,” which he began in 2003. “I heard it again, like, 10 years later, and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s just tough-sounding. I want to finish that.’ I love its simplicity; I love a one-riff song.”

The LP closes with the spare, acoustic sing-along “Beyond Measure,” which highlights the spirituality found in music. “It’s sort of a gospel song about not knowing,” he says. “I like the gospel of not knowing.” He adds, “I’m probably at my least religious I’ve ever been in a while. When you’re moved by music, that’s always good. But I haven’t been talking to God too much lately.”

From “Alive” to “Do the Evolution,” Gossard has engineered some of Pearl Jam’s biggest riffs. How does he recognize a great one? “It’s usually about sort of stumbling,” he says. “My methodology is not knowing what I’m doing and making that work for me. You pick up a guitar and the first thing you do is maybe you throw a capo on it, but you don’t throw it across all of the strings, and you D-tune that string, and then you strum on that for a second, and then maybe you tune up the bottom string and do something with that. You have a thing that you do that’s good, but that thing is also your cliché, so you’re always trying to push it someplace new that still feels like it comes from what you like.”

Gossard’s all-time favorite riff of his, he says, is 2006’s spastic rocker “Life Wasted.” “That one just sticks out to me. But I like the way that riff has some weirdness to it, but also some AC/DC-ness to it. I just like that little bit of weirdness.”

While his bandmates Vedder and Jeff Ament have taken their solo acts on the road in recent years, Gossard isn’t so sure he’ll do the same. “I don’t have any plans to do any dates; I think that making the record is one thing but going out and playing shows is another. I may have the opportunity to do that, but I think I’m going to weigh that out as we go along,” he explains. “I think if there’s a big outcry for Moonlander live dates, I’ll respond. If the record is climbing the charts – I’m saying this laughing ­­– I think that some of that will dictate if there’s an opportunity to do some songs.”

Concludes Gossard, “The main thing with the record was really just finishing something, saying, ‘Yeah, I can write a song and I like to go into the studio and screw around, and these are my favorites from the last 10 years.'”

Good job, Stone.

The Rock Star and the Mullahs – The Film [PBS Wide-Angle]

Salman Ahmad & Wife with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. Picture taken at a celebrity Boston Charity fundraiser.

PBS Wide-Angle
The Rock Star and the Mullahs

About the Film


Salman Ahmad

Salman Ahmad is the charismatic lead guitarist for the popular Pakistani rock group, Junoon. Inspired by the ancient Sufi tradition, the band’s music and lyrics reflect the moderate, liberal side of Islam.

He has also become a Special Representative for UNAIDS, and he and the group have publicly advocated the cause of peace with India. But a coalition of fundamentalist Islamic parties has made recent gains in Pakistani elections, and Junoon’s high profile places them in conflict with the hardliners.

WIDE ANGLE follows Salman Ahmed as he journeys to the tolerant, ancient city of Lahore and the fundamentalist stronghold of Peshawar to reveal the internal religious and political conflicts of nuclear-armed Pakistan. The mullahs want to ban the music but Junoon’s fans, among them Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, have made Salman a rock idol.

The Rock Star and the Mullahs documentary is no longer available through PBS Wide-Angle. Given that this post is among the most read, we were able to get the six videos of the documentary through Junoon, Salman Ahmed’s band.

Watch The Rock Star and the Mullahs Full Episode in six videos:

1. The Rock Star and the Mullahs Part 1 – A Journey Through Pakistan With Salman Ahmad


2. The Rock Star and the Mullahs Part 2 – A Journey Through Pakistan With Salman Ahmad


3. The Rock Star and the Mullahs Part 3 – A Journey Through Pakistan With Salman Ahmad


4. The Rock Star and the Mullahs Part 4 – A Journey Through Pakistan With Salman Ahmad


5. The Rock Star and the Mullahs Part 5 – A Journey Through Pakistan With Salman Ahmad


6. The Rock Star and the Mullahs Part 6 – A Journey Through Pakistan With Salman Ahmad

Bob Welch dies: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist, ‘Ebony Eyes’ singer

The L.A. Times Music Blog
June 7, 2012

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer Bob Welch has been found dead in Nashville of an apparent suicide, according to the Nashville Police Department. The musician, who worked with the band in the early 1970s and later had hit solo songs such as “Ebony Eyes,” was 66 years old.

Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said in a statement, “The police department responded to his address at 12:18 p.m., where Mr. Welch was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.” Aaron added that Welch’s wife indicated that he had been suffering with health issues. A suicide note was found in the home.

Welch was a member of Fleetwood Mac as the band was transitioning away from being a British blues rock band and into the 1970s powerhouse that it became. As a singer and guitarist, Welch was lesser known than the pair who replaced him — lead vocalist Stevie Nicks and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham — but his work with fellow band mates including Mick Fleetwood and John and Christie McVie prior to Nicks’ arrival on albums “Future Games,” “Bare Trees” and “Heroes are Hard to Find,” among others, set the tone for what was to come.

Welch left the band amid the chaos of the McVie divorce, just prior to mainstream success with the 1975 album “Fleetwood Mac” and then “Rumors,” Fleetwood Mac’s acclaimed 1977 hit album. The singer went solo, and scored a massive hit with “Ebony Eyes” in 1977. The album from which it was culled, “French Kiss,” featured a number of former Fleetwood Mac members, as well as a rendition of “Sentimental Lady,” a song originally recorded with Mac but reworked by Welch.

Welch was born in Los Angeles in 1945, the son of successful Hollywood movie producer Robert Welch, best known for his work with Bob Hope on a series of “Paleface” films. A full obituary will appear in the L.A. Times.

Remembering former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch

Bob Welch, August 31, 1945 – June 7, 2012.

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