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Rock n’ Roll Royalty Steve Miller and his Band shine at Vina Robles

by on Aug.17, 2016, under LINKS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Rock n’ Roll Royalty Steve Miller and his Band shine at Vina Robles

Another of the most recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class came to Vina Robles Amphitheatre on Sunday Night (August 14), as Steve Miller and his Band brought their vast catalog of classics to California Wine Country.

The man is a true American music legend, having a multi-generational appear that started in the late 1960's with psychedlic blues, continued with his straight ahead rock variety dominance in the 1970's, and even morphing into the popular pop leaning material of the 80's. It was all represented in a evening of music that can't be matched by many artists in this day and age.

Fun fact about Steve - his parents Bertha, a jazz-influenced singer, and his pathologist father, George, who was also a jazz enthusiast and amateur recording engineer were great friends with Les Paul and his musical partner Mary Ford and they visited often. Les heard Steve when he was four "banging away" on a guitar given to him by his uncle, and encouraged Miller to continue with his interest in the guitar and "perhaps he will be something one day." He has more than exceeded that and has had a guitar in his hand most of his entire life.

Steve and his great band played tracks from all the eras, but well represented the stuff he is most well known for from his 'Fly Like An Eagle,' 'Book Of Dreams,' and 'The Joker' albums.

He also shared stories from his time in music over the years, including the fact that after he moved out to San Francisco from Texas (after living in Chicago immersing himself in the blues, then to New York for a stint), he has played the legendary Fillmore Auditorium over 100 times!

Miller was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, and he touched on the controversy surrounding it, adding to his words at that time that the experience was "unpleasant" and "they (the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) need to respect the artists they say they’re honoring, which they don't." Not only is Steve's music acumen top level, so is his business one, as he truly cares about artist's rights and eliminating unnecessary B.S. in an increasingly B.S. music world.

J.Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf brought his Midnight Ramblers for an entertaining opening set with tracks from his new album 'A Cure For Loneliness,' and even a few J. Geils tunes tossed in, including an interesting bluegrass take on 'Love Stinks.'

For more on Steve Miller and all upcoming tour dates, visit and visit for all upcoming shows in the heart of beautiful California Central Coast Wine Country.

Special Thanks to Annisha Hinkle and Vanessa Kromer of Nederlander.

Steve Miller Band Vina Robles 2016

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce who will induct this year’s honoree’s + performers

by on Mar.20, 2015, under ROCK NEWS

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announce who will induct this year’s honoree’s + performers

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced who will induct this year’s honorees at the upcoming ceremony at Public Hall in Cleveland on April 18.

Paul McCartney will speak on behalf of fellow Beatles Ringo Starr, just as he did for the late John Lennon in 1994.
Patti Smith will be inducting the late Lou Reed. Stevie Wonder will induct Bill Withers, Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band will speak on behalf of The Butterfield Blues Band.
John Mayer gets the honor to induct the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, with Fall Out Boy will inducting Green Day.
The great Steve Cropper will be there for the “5” Royales and the inductor for Joan Jett is still to be named.

Performers for the night include: Beck, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Tom Morello, John Legend and Jimmie Vaughan.


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J. Geils Band being sued by….J. Geils!

by on Aug.03, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

J. Geils Band being sued by….J. Geils!

Just ten days after announcing they would be touring without the namesake of the group, the J. Geils Band are being sued by none other than John Geils. Geils has filed suit against the other men, citing trademark infringement and deceptive business practices.

The Boston Globe reported: Ten days after the J. Geils Band announced plans to tour without John Geils Jr. — better known to fans as J. — an attorney representing the guitarist has filed a lawsuit accusing his bandmates, Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, Magic Dick, and Danny Klein, of trademark infringement and deceptive business practices.

The 44-page suit filed Wednesday in US District Court in Boston claims that Geils owns the “J. Geils Band” trademark, and the band is “seeking to misappropriate and steal” the name from Geils by touring without him.

“Mr. Geils has this trademark and never transferred it to anybody,” said attorney Chuck Grimes, who represents Geils. “These guys performed in Mr. Geils’s band, but that doesn’t give them the right to grab the name.”

James Weinberger, the attorney for the other band members, said Wednesday he hadn’t seen the lawsuit and could not comment.

Geils applied to the US Patent and Trademark Office for the “J. Geils Band” trademark in 2008, and was awarded it a year later. Weinberger said Geils sought the trademark without telling Wolf or the others.

“He did this and nobody knew about it,” Weinberger said. “That’s a pretty strong affront.”

The lawsuit lays out the long history of the J. Geils Band, beginning in 1967 or so, when Geils, Klein, and Magic Dick performed as the J. Geils Blues Band. Wolf and Justman, who would become the group’s principal songwriters, joined in 1969.

Over the years, however, even as the band became more popular (thanks to the song “Centerfold,” the “Freeze-Frame” LP reached No. 1 in 1981), Geils was restless and twice tried to quit the band, according to the lawsuit. In 1982, the suit claims, he was “forced under extreme pressure” to sign a document that prevented band members — or “shareholders” — from using “J. Geils Band” for a commercial purpose that didn’t involve the rest of the band.

“That raises some confusion,” Grimes acknowledged Wednesday. “But at the end of the day, the rights of Mr. Geils will be upheld over the rights of any other claimant. It’s his name. There’s nothing that would stop Wolf and Justman from billing themselves as ‘formerly of the J. Geils Band.’ That would be accurate.”

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Keith Richards helps honor Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen at Song Lyric of Excellence Awards

by on Feb.29, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Keith Richards helps honor Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen at Song Lyric of Excellence Awards

Rock 'n' roll originator and legend Chuck Berry and acclaimed Canadian singer/songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen were honored Sunday (Feb. 26) in Boston with the inaugural Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards by the PEN New England literary group.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was a surprise guest at the ceremony, joining Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Shawn Colvin, Peter Wolf and local novelist Tom Perrotta at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The late president’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, opened the ceremony by quoting her father’s speech from the dedication of the Robert Frost library: "I see little that is more important to our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. In serving his vision of the truth, the artist best serves the nation."

The crowd in the packed auditorium quickly rose to its feet when Berry walked in, leading the celebrities to their seats.

After opening remarks by author Bill Flanagan, who reminded the crowd that it’s been 60 years since Berry’s hit 'Maybellene' was written, Perrotta repeatedly made the audience laugh with his opening remarks peppered with famous song lyrics

Novelist Salman Rushdie presented Cohen with his medal, while commenting, "To put it quite simply, if I could write like him, I would." Colvin paid tribute to Cohen by playing his song “Come Healing’’ on an acoustic guitar.

After receiving the award from Rushdie, Cohen thanked the jury in his raspy baritone and paid homage to Berry, comparing Berry’s “Roll Over, Beethoven’’ to Walt Whitman’s “barbaric yawp,’’ from “Leaves of Grass.’’

Flanagan read an email from Bob Dylan that said: “Congratulations to Chuck Berry, who has written the book with a capital B. Congratulations to Leonard, who’s still writing it.’’

Simon introduced Berry, saying he was rightfully considered a “great poet of teenage life’’ but was much more than that. He went on to read and remark on the lyrics to what he called some of his favorite Berry songs, including “Maybellene,’’ “Johnny B. Goode’’ and “Long Distance Information.’’

Costello played Berry’s “No Particular Place to Go,’’ which he said he heard for the first time as a 10-year-old.

Simon hung the award medal on Berry’s neck and in a move that surprised the event organizers, the 85-year-old Berry picked up an electric guitar and played “Johnny B. Goode’’ to enthusiastic applause.

To close the show, Costello coaxed Richards out of the audience to play a duet of Berry’s “Promised Land,’’ bringing the crowd to its feet once again

The first Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards winners were chosen last year by a panel that included Simon, Costello, Rushdie, Smokey Robinson, U2's Bono and Rosanne Cash.

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Here's a video posted by Keith talking about his fantastic weekend, with onstage jams with Eric Clapton (at the tribute to blues legend Hubert Sumlin at New York's Apollo Theater) and Chuck Berry:

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Kid Rock 40th Birthday Concert footage

by on Jan.17, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Kid Rock's 40th Birthday bash kicked off on Saturday Night January 15, 2011, with the Beatles' "Birthday," and the three-hour marathon was part concert, part celebration and part civic pep rally, a tribute Kid Rock's 20-plus years of recording and his contributions to the Detroit area and the state of Michigan. He received a Spirit of Detroit Award on stage from the president of the Detroit City Council and a customized 2011 Camaro SS from Chevrolet, which seemed a bit ballsy in a place called FORD Field. Guests included Sheryl Crow, Peter Wolf, Martina McBride, Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, Uncle Kracker, Anita Baker and a crowd of nearly 60,000 of his "closest friends".

Kid Rock whose actual birthday is Monday, gave as well -- including $25,000 each to four local charities. But the main gift of the night was the music, with Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band in tight, charged form amidst the pyrotechnics, lasers and extensive video production.

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Former Twisted Brown Trucker hype man Uncle Kracker, who Rock introduced as his "best friend," appeared for their 2010 duet piece, "Good To Be Me," while McBride -- whose husband, John, was celebrating his birthday Saturday -- came up from Nashville to sing her part on "Care" from Rock's latest album, "Born Free" (the imprisoned T.I. appeared via video). Wolf, who was part of Rock's 2008 Rock N Roll Revival Tour, gave a fleet-footed performance of the J. Geils Band's "Detroit Breakdown"

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Fellow Revival Tour alumnus Run joined Rock for a Run-DMC medley that included "Rock Box," "King of Rock" and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way."

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Sheryl Crow -- who Rock asked to have his baby while hosting the 2010 CMT Music Awards -- was on hand for a three-song set, recreating their chart-topping 2001 duet "Picture" along with a bump 'n' grind through Free's "All Right Now" and a smooth rendering of the "Born Free" collaboration "Collide," which culminated with Rock and Crow slow dancing.

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Cindy Crawford and her husband, Rande Gerber, led the singing of "Happy Birthday," while Anita Baker sang "The Star Spangled Banner" before Rock and company finished the show with "Born Free's" title track. Video tributes from Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel, NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson and Beavis & Butthead -- whose creator, Mike Judge, was in attendance -- were peppered throughout the night.

Kid Rock and Twisted Brown Trucker more than held their own when the guests weren't on stage, roaring through hits such as "Cowboy," "All Summer Long," "American Bad Ass" and "Bawitdaba" along with eight of the 12 tracks from "Born Free" and the tongue-in-cheek "Forty" from the companion EP "Racing Father Time." He also delighted his Detroit faithful by dipping deep into his catalog for less prominent fare such as "Welcome 2 the Party (Ode 2 the Old School)" and, in a medley, "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp," Yo-Da-Lin in the Valley" (the first song off his 1990 debut "Grits Sandwiches For Breakfast"), "Feel This," "Fist of Rage," "I Am the Bullgod," "Where U At, Rock?" and "Forever."

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After the show, an ebullient Rock partied in one of the stadium's private clubs with friends and families, along with members of the Detroit Lions and Detroit Red Wings. A turntable-shaped birthday cake sat untouched at the party, but Rock finished the night on some real turntables, spinning in the wee hours at a nearby bar and restaurant owned by hockey great Chris Chelios.

Rock and Twisted Brown Trucker start their "Born Free" tour in earnest with shows Jan. 21-22 in Saginaw, Mich.

Here is Kid Rock's birthday bash setlist:
"Cowboy"/"Theme From Dukes of Hazzard ("Good Ol' Boys")
"God Bless Saturday"
"Welcome 2 the Party (Ode 2 the Old School)"
"All Summer Long"
"Slow My Roll"
"Good To Be Me" (with Uncle Kracker)
"Purple Sky"
"You Never Met a Motherf***er Quite Lke Me"
"American Bad Ass"
"Centerfold"/"Detroit Breakdown" (with Peter Wolf)
"Care" (with Martina McBride)
"Amen" (partial)
Medley: "Rock Box"/"King of Rock"/"Walk This Way" (with Rev. Run)
"Flyin' High"
"Rock Bottom Blues"
Medley: "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp"/Yo-Da-Lin in the Valley"/"Feel This"/"Fist of Rage"/"I Am the
Bullgod"/"Where U At, Rock?"/"Forever"
"Picture" (with Sheryl Crow)
"All Right Now" (with Crow)
"Collide" (with Crow)
"Rock N Roll Jesus"
"3 Sheets to the Wind"
"The Star Spangled Banner" (by Anita Baker)
"Born Free"

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