It’s rare to spend 40 years at any position – especially when that job is in the unpredictable and less than secure world of rock and roll. Rob Halford has been fronting the pioneering heavy metal band Judas Priest since 1974 (minus an 11-year stretch when he’d left to form his own group). Halford says he is grateful for having been granted a commission and a purpose by the group’s fans – to keep singing for Judas Priest.
This summer, “Redeemer of Souls” (Epic/Columbia), Judas Priest’s 17th studio album, debuted at #6 on the Billboard top 200 album chart, giving the band their first top 10 album in the United States.
Hit maker Kenny Loggins recalls the startling moment, a few years ago, when he first heard his voice blend with those of Nashville singer songwriters Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. “I fell out of my chair the first time we sang. The vocal blend made us sound like siblings. That’s when I knew we were a band.”
The band is Blue Sky Riders, and they are currently on a tour to support “Finally Home,” their melody and harmony-rich debut album released in 2013. The record shines with elements of pop, country, folk, blues, Americana and even Celtic and Cajun-style grooves.
Forty five years ago this week, four very unlikely partners joined forces to stage what turned out to be the granddaddy of music festivals.
Michael Lang, whose previous festival experience included the Miami Pop Festival in 1968, became close friends with fellow Brooklyn native Artie Kornfeld, a Capitol Records producer and songwriter. The pair formed an alliance with two young businessmen (and aspiring TV script writers), John Roberts and Joel Rosenman.
For nearly two hours on Saturday night, the audience at Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center was captivated as John Fogerty and his band delivered a 22-song set heavy on the hits written during his days with Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Bayou sounds of croaking frogs and chirping crickets signaled Fogerty and his five fellow musicians to take the stage as a welcoming roar from the crowd was met with a thunderous opener in the form of “Travelin’ Band.”
Rock and roll royalty will step onto the stage of the Cross Insurance Center this Saturday night when John Fogerty, creative mastermind behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, brings his band to Bangor.
It’s tough to think of another artist with as much mass appeal as John Fogerty. For more than two generations, his songs have touched the lives of listeners spanning a multitude of musical genres. He wrote a song for everyone.
The hospitality industry loves and fears Anthony Melchiorri, host of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible.” A “fixer” of struggling hotels, Melchiorri is known for a no-nonsense approach and a keen ability to discern deceit.
Melchiorri’s track record for success is astounding. Starting as a part-time night auditor of an Embassy Suites in Kansas while serving in the United States Air Force and taking business classes at night, he transitioned to his native New York City where he oversaw a rebirth for the historic Plaza, Lucerne and Algonquin hotels.
Twenty years after his death, Kurt Cobain’s influence on music, fashion and culture, continues to grow, according to Seattle-based music journalist, Charles R. Cross in his new book “Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain.”
Cross has been surveying the music scene more than 25 years with an emphasis on Seattle artists. His 2001 biography of Cobain, “Heavier Than Heaven,” won the 2002 ASCAP Award for outstanding biography. He is also the author of “Room Full of Mirrors: The Biography of Jimi Hendrix” and co-author of “Kicking & Dreaming,” with Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart.
“Beneath The Harvest Sky”, a drama of remarkable depth and beauty, is set to premiere at theaters throughout Maine on Friday, April 25 – one week before it opens nationally.
Dominic (Callan McAuliffe) and Casper (Emory Cohen) are two high school seniors – best friends of antithetical character - determined to leave their small Maine border town amid a backdrop of the potato harvest, sex, drugs, rock and roll, love, death and betrayal.
It’s fitting that Mike Mills has plans to celebrate Record Store Day in Maine at Bull Moose in Scarborough on April 19. The former bassist for R.E.M. and co-writer of some of the band’s most enduring songs makes a point to seek out the best music stores in most every town he visits.
“I still go into Wuxtry Records in Athens,” Mills told me in a phone interview. R.E.M’s Peter Buck was behind the counter at Wuxtry 35 years ago when Michael Stipe was a frequent customer. The store was a catalyst in the formation of one of rock’s most influential bands. “I’ve been to Mississippi Records in Portland, Oregon. I was in Amoeba in Los Angeles not long ago. I hit record stores whenever I can,” Mills said.
The seventh annual Record Store Day, a global celebration of and for music lovers who support indie record stores, is set for Saturday, April 19.
Hundreds of limited-edition vinyl and CD releases will be part of this year’s celebration – many created with full cooperation of the artists.
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