Rolling Stones’ first trip to S.A. was a disaster

By Hector Saldana Updated 11:49 am, Sunday, June 4, 2017 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: 'mix' }); Continue Reading

Best Bob Dylan albums of all time: ‘Blonde on Blonde’ and beyond

I always thought it was weird that my favorite American albums in the history of rock and roll – the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” and Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” – came out the same day, May 16, in 1966. But apparently, that oft-reported “Blonde on Blonde” release date has become a matter of debate, with some suggesting that it may have come out as late as July.Which is to say this may or may not be the time to celebrate the anniversary of an album that remains, for me, the undisputed highlight of the greatest single-artist catalog in American popular song (although “Highway 61 Revisited” is awfully close).But that’s no reason not to honor the occasion – if this is, in fact, the actual occasion – with a list of Dylan’s greatest albums.No two Dylan fans could possibly agree on on such a list. But maybe that's OK. As Dylan himself so memorably put it on side three of "Blonde on Blonde," the album topping this fan's list, "Most Likely You Go Your Way (and I'll Go Mine)."He wasn't referring, of course, to the making of lists, but when the opportunity presents itself to work that title into anything, it seems unwise, at best, to let it pass.MORE MUSIC: Get the Things to Do app | Top concerts this week | Latest concert announcements for PhoenixWhen I paint my masterpiece? I hate to tell you, Bob, but "Blonde on Blonde" is it. And then some. Every note and word and laugh and tear and middle finger flying through the air is perfect on this rare two-record masterpiece. There's the marching band weaving all over the road on "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"; the blues harp and hobo who got high and came to you, naturally, on "Pledging My Time"; the breathtaking beauty and epic Motown stoner vibe of "Visions of Johanna"; the chill in the air on the chorus of "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)"; the effortless beauty and grace of "I Want You"; the ragman Continue Reading

2016 Phoenix music news: Roger Clyne and more

Check out the latest Phoenix local music news for 2017 here.There are two thing people tend to do on New Year’s Eve:  looking back on the year that’s ending and looking forward to the new year.And when I got the opportunity to talk to Roger Clyne about his New Year's Eve show with the Peackemakers at the Celebrity Theatre, I asked him what he saw when he looked back on 2016.“It was a blast,” he enthuses. “But it was also a blur because it was the ‘Fizzy Fuzzy (Big and Buzzy)’ anniversary. First of all, that two decades just blew by and then we started our commemorative shows here in the Valley at the Yucca Tap Room in February. We did 12 or 13 of those Yucca shows. And then we hit the road in March and didn’t get back until the end of November. So it was the earliest start and the latest finish to a tour. We saw a lot of people and we had a lot of fun. But as I looked at it on the calendar, going into it, it looked like it would be a really long year. Now I look back and think, ‘Where did it go?’ I guess I have to lean on that old maxim: Time flies when you’re having fun. I kind of wish I could do it again, it was so much fun.”People have been asking if they plan on celebrating any other anniversaries.“Fans are asking ‘Well, how many anniversary records are you doing?’ Because ‘The Bottle & Fresh Horses’ comes up next year and then in 2019, it’ll be ‘Honky Tonk Union.’ But I’m still writing music. We did a lot of writing, actually, this year. And we’ve begun our sort of preliminary discussions with a really cool producer –  a cat who’s in Los Lobos, Steve Berlin. He’s overseeing our direction right now in terms of production.”Berlin is a brilliant producer and a perfect fit, in many ways, for Clyne’s approach to rock and roll.“I love his work,” Clyne says. “I love his Continue Reading

Sgt. Pepper and beyond: A look back at 20 great albums released in 1967

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is often thought of as the most important album in the history of rock and roll – and for obvious reasons that go beyond nostalgia for an era when it must have felt like rock and roll was going through another revolution every six or seven months.Of course, we know now that it went through revolutions at a faster clip than that.It hadn’t even been a full year since the Beatles’ own most recent exploration of the mind-expanding possibilities of psychedelic music with the masterful “Revolver.” MORE MUSIC: Concerts of the week in PhoenixNow, here they were, in the Summer of Love, staring out from that iconic cover art in day-glo military uniforms, ready to challenge the world with a masterpiece even John Lennon considered “a peak” when interviewed by Rolling Stone in 1970.This week, as we honor the 50th anniversary of a landmark album Beatles drummer Ringo Starr calls “our greatest endeavor,” here’s a look back at a handful of the classic rock and soul releases that made 1967 what it was – one of the most exciting years in pop music history. This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive list. It doesn't even touch on country, jazz or blues. It's just a sampling of what made it such a memorable year. They're listed here in order of appearance to give a better sense of what it might have felt like to experience this stuff on impact.Jim Morrison sounds like he might rip out Sgt. Pepper's heart and feed it to the hounds of Hell as he swaggers his way through a much darker side of the psychedelic experience than Paul McCartney would have dreamed of sharing. And as chilling as “The End” is, even “Come on baby, light my fire” sounds a little dangerous with this guy on the case. This album's darkly sexy bad-trip antidote to all things flower power paved the way for punk, inspiring Iggy Pop to wanna be your dog, Continue Reading

May concert guide for Phoenix: Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band, the Weeknd, Chainsmokers

Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band, the Weeknd and the Chainsmokers are among the higher-profile artists playing metro Phoenix in May 2017, whose other highlights range from Brian Wilson doing "Pet Sounds" to the Damned (not doing "Pet Sounds").They took the emo scene by storm with 2015’s “Joy, Departed” a cathartic postcard from the edge that offered vivid insights into Cameron Boucher's real-life struggles with manic depression without romanticizing sadness. This year’s “You're Not As _____ As You Think” is every bit as powerful, inspired as it was by Boucher reeling from the death of several friends since the release of “Joy, Departed.” The album was praised in Alternative Press, and deservedly so, as “an album that holds nothing back – musically nuanced but raw, explosive but restrained, matched only by the torrent of unapologetic emotion of Boucher’s subject matter.” Also playing: Walter, Etc., the Obsessives, Diners.Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 1. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $16; $14 in advance. 602-296-7013, soulful vocalist whose sound is steeped as much in classic soul and R&B as modern jazz, she arrives in continued support of "Freedom & Surrender," an understated gem whose highlights range from heartfelt gospel to her aching cover of "To Love Somebody," a Bee Gees song that clearly didn't need another treatment (but I'm glad she didn't know that).Details: 7 p.m. Monday, May 1. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $48.50-$63.50. 480-478-6000, veterans New Found Glory are bringing their 20th Anniversary Tour to the Nile Theater in Mesa on May 2. They've been called "the greatest pop-punk band in history" by Bad Religion's own Brett Gurewitz, who scooped them up for Epitaph after they walked out on Geffen. Their first album for the label, "Not without a Fight," debuted Continue Reading

Spring concerts in Phoenix: Chris Stapleton, Panic! at the Disco, the Weeknd, Country Thunder, Keith Urban

Festival season rages on as we head into spring, with the March Madness Music Festival in downtown Phoenix giving way to Country Thunder 2017 followed by Coachella, for those of you willing to travel for music, and FORM Arcosanti.There are also some huge concerts rolling through town from March to June that aren't attached to festivals -- Chris Stapleton, Panic! at the Disco, the Weeknd, Kings of Leon, Eric Church and Chris Brown chief among them.Here's a look at the main events and the best of the bigger club shows. We'll be adding smaller critic's picks as we get deeper into spring.The Zac Brown Band will bring their Welcome Home tour to Glendale a week before hitting the streets with the album for which the tour was named. Since breaking through in 2008, the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band have topped the Billboard country charts with no fewer than eight songs — quadruple-platinum "Chicken Fried," "Toes," "Highway 20 Ride," "Free," "As She's Walking Away," "Colder Weather," double-platinum "Knee Deep" and "Keep Me In Mind."Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale  Avenue, Glendale. $44-$522. 800-745-3000, in 1967 and signed four years later, REO Speedwagon topped the album charts for 15 weeks in 1981 with the nine-times-platinum "Hi Infidelity," which spawned the platinum chart-topper "Keep On Loving You" and the Top 5 "Take It On the Run." Their other hits include "In Your Letter," "Keep the Fire Burnin'," "One Lonely Night," "That Ain't Love," "In My Dreams," "Here With Me" and a second chart-topping smash, "Can't Fight This Feeling." Kevin Cronin, who’s been fronting REO since signing on in time to be featured on “R.E.O. T.W.O.,” their second album, is joined by bassist Bruce Hall, keyboardist Neal Doughty, guitarist Dave Amato and drummer Bryan Hitt.Details: 8 p.m. Friday, May 5. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd Continue Reading

New music books, including one on John Lennon, riff on glory days of Rock & Roll, grunge and gossip

Lately it seems musicians have spent as much time in well-lit bookstores as they have on darkened concert stages. Last fall, Keith Richards’ autobiography “Life” became a best seller — a relief to its publisher, Little, Brown, which had laid out a $7 million advance. Shortly after, memoirs by Jay-Z and Steven Tyler became hits, while Patti Smith’s dewy take on her early days in New York with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe snagged a National Book Award. Right now, Pete Townshend and Rod Stewart are busy writing up their lives for hefty advances. In the meantime for this holiday gift season, publishers have released a torrent of new titles, from a thick new run at the life of John Lennon to a raucous autobiography of Black Sabbath guitar-czar Tony Iommi, to a comprehensive history of the wealth of music that clamored out of New York during our richest sonic era — the ’70s. Here’s a look at the most notable new attempts to spin music into prose: “Love Goes to Building s on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever” by Will Hermes (Faber & Faber, $30) Crime ran rampant, garbage piled high and city finances went into the toilet. But the period that caused some to see this as New York’s nadir — the cesspool of the ’70s — turned out to be its music zenith. In that decade, musicians created a body of work that stands as some of the most influential and inspired of the last century. Various books have studied and segregated key NYC movements of the time — from punk (“Please Kill Me”) to hip hop (“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop”), to disco (“Love Saves the Day”). But those just pulled at the strands of the era. Will Hermes’ is the first to knit every one of them into a full quilt. Titled for the incendiary Talking Heads song, “Love Goes to Buildings on Fire” doesn’t only cover the CBGB scene, the Continue Reading

Phoenix concert news: Weezer, Pixies, Styx, Maroon 5, Demi Lovato, Kid Rock

Two legendary acts whose music helped define the sound of the ‘90s alternative-rock explosion – Weezer and Pixies – are set to wrap their summer co-headlining tour with a concert at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix Sunday,  Aug. 12.Although they have shared stages in the past, this is the first full tour they’ve ever done together.Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Weezer fans can sign up now at for their email list now for access to a special Weezer pre-sale set to begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 6.“We’re all big Weezer fans,” says Pixies’ Black Francis, “so we’re really looking forward to this summer. We have a lot of respect for Weezer. They’re not afraid to take risks with their music.”The tour announcement arrives on the heels of last Friday’s release of “Pacific Daydream,” Weezer’s acclaimed 11th studio release, which sent the single “Feels Like Summer” to the top of the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.Their tour with Pixies will see them playing a mix of new songs and classics from their 25-year catalog, featuring countless chart-topping hits.Pixies’ live shows are the stuff of legend and they sounded great at last month’s Lost Lake Festival, making our list of the festival’s five best performances.2/22: StyxSTYX return to the Celebrity Theater for the first time in 15 years at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.They’re touring a new album called “The Mission.”“The planets truly aligned for The Mission, and I couldn’t be prouder,” says STYX vocalist-guitarist Tommy Shaw, who co-wrote the album’s storyline with longtime collaborator Will Evankovich (Shaw Blades, The Guess Who). Continues Shaw, “It’s our boldest, most emblematic album since ‘Pieces of Eight.’”Adds STYX co-founding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Continue Reading

New York places at the center of rock ‘n’ roll history; as Hall of Fame concert nears, a look back

New York is about to turn up the volume on rock history. Two giant events set for the city chronicle the sights and sounds of snarling stars and their loud guitars. First, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate its 25th anniversary with two shows at Madison Square Garden starting next Thursday. These events feature guitar gods (Eric Clapton), soul icons (Aretha Franklin), sensitive singer-songwriters (Paul Simon, with Art Garfunkel in tow) and more. Then on Oct. 30, the Brooklyn Museum launches "Who Shot Rock 'n' Roll," perhaps the largest, and most reverent, display of rock photography ever presented. To toast these events - and to tie them to the city - we've mapped out the hottest rock spots in NYC history, and feature a photo essay of shots taken from the Brooklyn show. From rock's start, New York has provided some of its most important launching pads, from the Peppermint Lounge to the Fillmore East to CBGB. Here's a look at the 20 local halls and clubs that did the most to advance the history of what we broadly know as "rock," snaking back to early-'60s girl groups right up through today's hardest rocking rappers. 1. The Peppermint Lounge Joey Dee and the Starliters, "Peppermint Twist." Also, the spot where the Ronettes made their debut in 1961 and where Chubby Checker, the Crystals and the Isley Brothers crooned. 2. The Apollo Harlem's R&B and soul capital is also the spot where the Jackson 5 first played New York and where James Brown cut one of the greatest live albums of all time: 1963's "Live at the Apollo." 3. Gerde's Folk City Phil Ochs, Tim Buckley, Tom Rush, Eric Andersen and, of course, the scene's later God: Dylan. He got his deal with Columbia Records  after The New York Times' Robert Shelton reviewed his Folk City show in 1961. 4. Max's Kansas City Andy Warhol's drugged-fueled art crew of the late '60s, then as a corollary to CBGB in the mid-'70s, playing host to many of the same Continue Reading

Hillary & Bill Clinton in Rolling Stones film

Nobody turns down a chance to schmooze with the Rolling Stones. Leo DiCaprio, Val Kilmer, Gina Gershon, Kelly Lynch, Brett Ratner and Jonathan Demme are a few of the celebs expected at Sunday's New York premiere of "Shine a Light," Martin Scorsese's concert portrait of the rock deities. The Ziegfeld opening is sure to be a riotous media circus. But as the film shows, the most powerful people can turn into blubbering groupies upon meeting Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood and Charlie Watts. That includes Bill and Hillary Clinton. "The Rolling Stones are waiting for you!" Hillary scolds her husband in the movie - goading him to hurry up to his backstage audience with the band, which played his 60th birthday fund-raiser in 2006 at the Beacon Theatre. The former President tells the Stones, "I have all these people in their 60s calling, begging me for tickets." After bantering with the Clintons, the Stones are told their "meet and greet" is far from over." "The President has 30 friends," a producer tells a disbelieving Watts. After shaking hands with one big contributor after another, Richards quips, "I'm Bushed!" The full-throttle movie is just as interesting for what's left out. At the actual show, Jagger told the crowd, "I'd like to welcome President Clinton - and I see she's brought her husband!" The line got a big laugh at the concert, but Scorsese has cut it, perhaps in light of Hillary's plummeting primary fortunes. "I don't know why the Clinton bit's in the movie," Watts confided to The Times of London the other day. "That was a bit dull for me, because they weren't really rock 'n' roll people." But aside from meeting them, Watts added, the film's "not boring." Indeed, as Richards said in the same interview, the movie shows how "Charlie, Ronnie and I [act as] a safety net for Mick. Sometimes ... he's got the beat totally wrong ... Mick can screw up any [bleeping] song. Seriously, though ... I wonder what I'd do without him! "We did almost split up. But then Continue Reading