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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:41

Bad Company’s Simon Kirke talks ‘All Because of You’

Written by Mike Dow

On the eve of the release of what he considers his first true solo effort, “All Because of You” (The End Records/BMG), Simon Kirke, drummer for Bad Company and formerly of Free, appears to have somehow defied the aging process; even he seems surprised when he stops to think that he is approaching his 50th anniversary in the music business (“I’m in my 60s, for God’s sake!”). 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 13:17

Hall of Heavy Metal History inducts first members

Written by Mike Dow

Pat Gesualdo, virtuoso drummer and founder/CEO of non-profit group D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilities) says it was his disappointment in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that inspired him to establish the Hall of Heavy Metal History.

HAMPDEN - Acclaimed jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is scheduled to appear in residency next week with Hampden Academy jazz students as part of the Jazz Residency Initiative, a non-profit organization which coordinates artists-in-residency with schools.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:22

Guitarist Pat Metheny set for the CCA

Written by Mike Dow

Legendary jazz musician to play the Collins Center on Jan. 15

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:55

Rock memorabilia brings big bucks in NYC auction

Written by Mike Dow

Imagine owning Bob Dylan’s original handwritten final-draft of lyrics for “Blowin’ in The Wind,” David Bowie’s stage outfit from his 1987 Glass Spider tour or the iconic original hand-painted awning that hung above the entrance to storied punk and new wave venue CBGB in New York City.

Wednesday, 04 January 2017 13:35

Big names highlight January music releases

Written by Mike Dow

The film industry considers January and February to be “dump months” – a release time for movies not anticipated to be critical or commercial successes. 

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:11

Thoughts on 2017’s Rock Hall inductions

Written by Mike Dow

Back in the Oct. 26 edition of The Maine Edge, I made a prediction about the 2017 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Out of 19 nominees selected, we were told that only five would actually be inducted during ceremonies next April. As it turns out, six names made the cut with a seventh added in a special category.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 13:07

2016’s best music – A Top 10

Written by Mike Dow

From Bowie and Prince to Merle and Maurice, music fans experienced a staggering number of painful losses in 2016. Surprisingly, the album - and music in general - seems to be more alive than ever. 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 11:12

Ian Hunter talks Mott the Hoople and David Bowie

Written by Mike Dow

What do you do when you’re one of rock’s most consistent artists and have recorded one of the finest records of your career when few are paying attention? You put it out anyway and hope it finds an audience. 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:05

Album review: Neil Young's 'Peace Trail'

Written by Mike Dow

Is there no one around Neil Young with the giblets to tell him that his new songs are not very good?  It would seem that way. 

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