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Rock photographer ‘Steve Gullick – Nirvana Diary’ book set for pre-order with bonus material available

by on Mar.09, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS

Rock photographer ‘Steve Gullick – Nirvana Diary’ book set for pre-order with bonus material available

One of the leading rock photographers of his generation, Steve Gullick has captured some of the most enduring music portraits of the last 20 years. From classic shots of Nirvana, Nick Cave, The Prodigy, Patti Smith, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters and many more, his photos have appeared in The Times, Mojo, Rolling Stone, Wire, Q and NME to name but a few. His photographs of Nirvana provided us with some of the most lasting and iconic images, when imagining the band it’s hard not to conjure up an image that was the vision of Steve Gullick.

Now Steve has put together the definitive photo
book
 of his work with Nirvana & the bands that rode
 shotgun including Mudhoney, Jesus Lizard,
 Screaming Trees, Hole & Soundgarden. A 196 page coffee 
table book containing stunning reproductions of the already iconic as well as unseen photographs accompanied with Steve’s recollections and a forward by Everett True.

“NIRVANA entered my life in October 1990 when I heard ‘Sliver’ on the John Peel show, the deal was sealed upon hearing the beautifully brutal session they recorded for John’s show and their first London headline performance at the Astoria theatre that same month. At the time I was a photographer for weekly music paper Sounds, it instantly became my ambition to work with the band.

I was top of the list for the next Nirvana feature when Sounds was unceremoniously closed down, fortunately for me, as I started my journey home, a chance meeting with Everett True on the bridge I was about to leap from led to my services being immediately employed by rival music weekly Melody Maker.

The Maker took to me straight away, inundating me with commissions; in August 1991 I was given the task of photographing the Reading Festival & returning with a tent based cover image, that’s the first time I shot Nirvana, Kurt was proudly wearing his Sounds t-shirt, I so wanted them on the cover of Melody Maker. But it was a dull day and those old inky music papers needed bright and vibrant images so it was a shot I took of Senseless Things on the sunny Saturday which made the cover. Remember, at this point, NOBODY had a clue how Nirvana were about to change music forever…

The NIRVANA diary is a photographic journey through my work with Nirvana & their contemporaries, the timeline runs from the first Sounds commission in February 1990 to a very poignant Melody Maker session with Eddie Vedder a week after Kurt’s death in April 1994.

The heavy focus of this photographic journal is on Nirvana but I feel the story to be incomplete without the other artists that were an essential part of my musical landscape, the likes of Jesus Lizard, Mudhoney, Melvins, Screaming Trees, Hole & Soundgarden.

The photographs are punctuated with my recollections, the book features a foreword by my editor & friend, Everett True."

- STEVE GULLICK February 2014

Make your pledge to help with the book and get bonus material for you assistance. Check it all out and pre-order at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/nirvanadiary

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Pearl Jam rock Van Halen medley at concert in Hartford (video)

by on Oct.27, 2013, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Pearl Jam rock Van Halen medley at concert in Hartford (video)

Pearl Jam rocked a Van Halen medley at their concert from Hartford, Connecticut's XL Center this past Friday (October 25). Back in 2010 show at the same venue Pearl Jam played 'Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love,' but this time they added 'Eruption' to another performance of 'Ain't Talkin.'

Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder at Friday's concert: "The last time we played here, in 2010, we played a song and we said it was the only time we would ever play this song. And it was the only time we ever played this song. But as soon as we walked into the back room tonight… I was, like, 'This is where we played that song! And, for some reason, I just really need to play that song again!' But before we play that song, he's (points to lead guitarist Mike McCready) going to play this song."

Congratulations to Pearl Jam at their new album 'Lightning Bolt' sold 166,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 album charts this week. It's the band's fifth record to go to No. 1 on the charts.

Pearl Jam Lighting Bolt album cover

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Performers for Bruce Springsteen MusiCares 2013 Tribute announced

by on Jan.03, 2013, under ROCK NEWS

Performers for Bruce Springsteen MusiCares 2013 Tribute announced

Bruce Springsteen has already been named as MusiCares' Person of the Year for 2013, and now we know the list of stars who will perform at this year's tribute benefit for the Boss. Springsteen will be honored at special event celebrating his exceptional artistic achievements as well as his philanthropic work. Proceeds from the annual Person of the Year tribute — now in its 23rd year — provide essential support for MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.

The tribute will inlcude performances by Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Sting, Eddie Vedder, and Neil Young.

Springsteen's friend, comedian and fellow New Jersey native Jon Stewart, will be the evening’s host.

In addition to the tribute concert, held in the week leading up to the Grammy Awards since 1989, a gala dinner and silent auction will also raise funds for the organization.

Past MusiCares Person of the Year honorees include, Tony Bennett, Bono, Natalie Cole, Phil Collins, David Crosby, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.

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12.12.12. Hurricane Sandy benefit concert recap and highlights (video)

by on Dec.13, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

12.12.12. Hurricane Sandy benefit concert recap and highlights (video)

The 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert took place last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and it truly was an epic event. It all kicked off a set by Bruce Springsteen anbd the E Street Band, who was joined by Jon Bon Jovi for 'Born To Run', that was followed by a Roger Waters set that included Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam helping out on 'Comforably Numb'. Adam Sandler (with Paul Shaffer) did a fantastic "New Yorker" version of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah', including lyrics that were both comedic and passionate.

Jon Bon Jovi and the band returned to the stage for their own set, and Bruce Springsteen returned the favor on a version of 'Who Says You Can't Go Home.' Sets by the great Eric Clapton, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Kanye West and Alice Keys followed and it all wrapped up with Paul McCartney perfoming Beatles and Wings classics as well as being joined by Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic and Pat Smear on a new track that we now know will be a part of the upcoming 'Sound City' movie soundtrack.

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Proceeds from the show will be distributed through the Robin Hood Foundation. More than $30 million was raised through ticket sales alone.

Paul McCartney played a set that included the Beatles' "Helter Skelter," followed by Wings' "Let Me Roll It," "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five," and the newer song "My Valentine" off of his 2012 release 'Kisses on the Bottom.' He also performed "Blackbird," "I've Got A Feeling," and "Live And Let Die," the latter two coming after his appearance with the former Nirvana crew.

Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, told TMZ that she was "not amused" after hearing the news. Love stated, "Look, if John [Lennon] were alive, it would be cool." Love also told TMZ that she was upset with Novoselic and Grohl for calling the 12-12-12 performance “a Nirvana reunion,” because she says that Cobain was the heart and soul of the band.

Paul McCartney with Dave Grohl, Krist Noveselic and Pat Smear 'Cut Me Some Slack' will live on beyond the benefit as the Foo Fighters tweeted after the show that it was the first song off of the upcoming ‘Sound City‘ documentary soundtrack. I would have liked to have seen the guys on an actual Nirvana tune, and was hoping for some kind of all-star jam as the close of the concert, but that didn't happen. The concert was well past curfew, so I understand, but it did come to kind of an abrupt end. I am not complaining though, because it is all about the cause, and I thanks all the artists for coming together to contribute to rebuilding the damage caused to the people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We wish them all the best this holiday season.

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2012 Isle of Wight Festival recap: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Black Stone Cherry (video)

by on Jun.27, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

2012 Isle of Wight Festival recap: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Black Stone Cherry (video)

The Isle of Wight festival last weekend promised to be one of the concert events of 2012, and despite the rain and mud, it delivered. Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, along with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band delivered memorable headlining sets, and Black Stone Cherry returned for another rocking appearance. Check out the footage below.

In case you don't know, The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest island in England, located in the English Channel, on average about 2–5 miles off the south coast of the county of Hampshire, separated from the mainland by a strait called the Solent. The Isle of Wight Festival is an legendary concert experience, originating in 1968.

Here's one of my fav's Black Stone Cherry, with the only footage I've found posted of their set. VH1 Classic in the U.S. aired some of the SkyArts footage last Sunday night, but I didn't tune in early enough to see and BSC. They did show Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Pearl Jam, and much of that footage in available below as well.

Pearl Jam had an incredible set, which included many of their most well known tracks. At one point in the set, Eddie Vedder stopped down to speak about his admiration for the late Clash singer Joe Strummer and how he was on their minds as they played the festival. Vedder explained, "He would have loved this place. We were thinking about it on the way here, and sad to say, it’ll be almost 10 years in December he’s not been with us." The band then kicked into 'Arms Aloft' from Strummer’s late-in-life group the Mescaleros. The group has trotted out the cover at several stops over the past year.

Pearl Jam also performed a cover of the Beatles 'Rain' as a bit of commentary on the situation, and included the Ramones 'Blitzkrieg Bop,' the English Beat's 'Save It for Later,' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing' were infused into 'Daughter,' 'Better Man,' and 'Yellow Ledbetter.'

Pearl Jam’s Isle of Wight Festival Set List
1. Unthought Known
2. Last Exit
3. Hail Hail
4. The Fixer
5. Rain
6. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
7. Supersonic
8. Given to Fly
9. Untitled
10. MFC
11. Even Flow
12. Setting Forth
13. Corduroy
14. Arms Aloft
15. Jeremy
16. Why Go
17. Got Some
18. Daughter/Blitzkrieg Bop
19. Just Breathe
20. Better Man/Save It for Later
21. Porch
22. Blood
23. Alive
24. Yellow Ledbetter/Little Wing




Tom Petty played his first ever U.K. festival headlining gig at the Isle of Wight Festival on Friday (June 22). It was part of his first U.K. trek in 20 year. The show opened with the 1978 classic track 'Listen to Her Heart' followed by 'You Wreck Me,' and hits like 'Don’t Come Around Here No More,' 'Free Fallin',' and 'Learning to Fly.'

Petty and the Heartbreakers then busted out some surprises, including the well-know Traveling Wilburys track 'Handle with Care' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well,' before wrapping up the set with 'Mary Jane’s Last Dance' and 'American Girl.'

Petty will complete his current European run with dates in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy.

Tom Petty’s Isle of Wight Set:
1. Listen to Her Heart
2. You Wreck Me
3. I Won’t Back Down
4. Here Comes My Girl
5. Handle with Care
6. Good Enough
7. Oh Well
8. Something Big
9. Don’t Come Around Here No More
10. Free Fallin'
11. It’s Good to be King
12. Something Good Coming
13. Learning to Fly
14. Yer So Bad
15. I Shoulda Known It
16. Refugee
17. Runnin’ Down a Dream
18. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
19. American Girl



Bruce Springsteen and the E Steet Band wrapped up the festival with an epic three-hour set, closing on June 24th with a cover of "Twist and Shout," the 1962 Phil Medley and Bert Russell song made famous by the Isley Brothers and the Beatles. Though rain and mud overtook the island, the enthusiastic crowd kept the energy level high from beginning to end. Springsteen lets loose with some dance moves and extended jam time for his bandmates. "I've got a fuckin' boat to catch!" he jokes halfway through the song. "I gotta get on a fuckin' boat!"

Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" tour is currently in Europe through July 31st, before continuing in North America on August 14th.





Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band setlist:
1. Badlands
2. No Surrender
3. We Take Care Of Our Own
4. Wrecking Ball
5. Death to My Hometown
6. My City of Ruins
7. Spirit in the Night
8. Lonesome Day
9. Jack of All Trades
10. Atlantic City
11. Because the Night
12. Working on the Highway
13. Shackled and Drawn
14. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
15. The River
16. The Rising
17. Out in the Street
18. Land of Hope and Dreams
Encore:
19. We Are Alive
20. Born in the U.S.A.
21. Born to Run
22. Glory Days
23. Dancing in the Dark
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
25. Twist and Shout

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