Aerosmith News: Joe Perry part of Boston’s Berklee College ‘Rock History’ online course & Graceland exhibit, American Idol runner up singing back up on new Aero album
Berkleemusic.com, the online school of Boston's Berklee College of Music, will launching 'Rock History,' an online course that covers the evolution of one of the greatest periods of music. The course will launch April 2nd.
Discover the history of rock ‘n’ roll in more detail than you can imagine. In Rock History, you will learn where rock music started, how it evolved, its highs and lows, its outlaws and visionaries, and how it changed social history by combating racism and challenging the establishment with alternate lifestyles and fashions. You will get a chance to explore many of the revolutionary artists who defined rock ‘n’ roll, as well as the unsung heroes in genres from rockabilly to psychedelia, punk, metal, and beyond. You will learn about the musical and business trends in rock, major technological innovations, the prime innovators, and the historical context that has seen rock alternately flourish and struggle over the past 60 years.
The course features exclusive video interviews with Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers, Mike Mills of R.E.M., Hugo Burnham of Gang of Four, Amanda Palmer, Duke Levine of the J. Geils Band, British session drummer Dave Mattacks who also toured with Fairport Convention and Richard Thompson, rock promoter Don Law, George Clinton of mastermind of Parliament and Funkadelic, and producer Jack Douglas, who has worked with John Lennon, Aerosmith, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and many others.
You will be encouraged to think independently by participating in online discussions about key trends and developments in rock history, in addition to completing assignments that require added research and exploration to gain new perspectives. We’ll look at the past, but also where rock music is going, treating rock ‘n’ roll as a vibrant, fluid attitude where nothing is sacred or predictable.
Course author Steve Morse brings three decades of in-depth experience with rock headliners to the course. During his 30-year tenure as the senior rock music critic at the Boston Globe, he interviewed such artists as the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, U2, Joni Mitchell, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, as well as many others involved in a variety of aspects within the music industry.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
•identify the major artists in rock music, including their influences and their legacy
•recognize the musical styles that informed rock
•identify the key trends that helped rock redefine itself through the decades
•associate the historical context of culture, society, politics, and prejudices that impacted rock
•assess the major business and technological innovations that continue to move rock music forward
Berkleemusic has also partnered with Wolfgang's Vault to provide additional rare audio, video, and other forms of historical rock media presented in an educational context for the very first time. Get more info on the course here: www.berkleemusic.com
On Friday (Mar. 9), last year's American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina revealed that she will be a guest on the new Aerosmith album, that the band are currently completing with long-time producer Jack Douglas.
Items from bassist Joe Perry and Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot, ex-Van Halen) are part of a new exhibit at Elvis Presley's home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee under the exhibit name 'Icon: The Influence Of Elvis Presley.'
Michael Anthony's leather jacket and guitar and items from Perry's debut solo album from 2005 where he wore a Elvis hush puppy shoes and doing an Elvis pose on the album cover are part of the exhibit, which opened March 1st.
Rock On the Talks Roundup: Peter Gabriel, Michael Stipe & Brian Eno, Daughtry, David Crosby & Graham Nash, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Here's the roundup of this past weeks Rock on the Talks. First, Peter Gabriel stopped by Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night (Nov. 9) to play a fantastic arrangement of his classic hit "Red Rain" with a full orchestra. The new version can be found on his latest album, 'New Blood.'
Stephen Colbert wrapped last night's episode (Nov. 11) of the Colbert Report by paying tribute to recently disbanded college/alt-rock icons R.E.M. Colbert lifted frontman Michael Stipe on his Rock and Roll Shelf of Fame and wrapped up the show by joining the singer and previous guest Brian Eno for an acappella rendition of Bill Withers' "Lean on Me."
Chris Daughtry and his band stopped by NBC's The Today Show on Wednesday morning (Nov. 9) to perform their latest single 'Crawling Back To You,' from the new album 'Break The Spell.'
On November 8th, David Crosby and Graham Nash stopped by Late Show With David Letterman to perform "Taken At All," a number originally released on their 1976 album 'Whistling Down the Wire.'
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds appeared on Late Show With David Letterman to perform the first release "If I Had A Gun" from his new project's debut album. It has that Oasis feel to it, that's for sure.
Mariachi El Bronx stopped by Conan to perform "Revolution Girls" from their new album, Mariachi El Bronx II on November 10th.
Neil Young has just signed a book deal and will finally tell his life story. He will no doubt join the ever growing list of best selling autobiographies. But will his be as good as Keith Richards, Sammy Hagar and Steven Tyler's?
The book is tentatively titled ‘Waging Heavy Peace’ and is scheduled for release this fall through Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. Young’s book will cover everything; growing up, music and his life. President (publisher) David Rosenthal told the New York Times, “I am astounded at his memory for detail.”
There has been an unauthorized biography on Young, however. ‘Shakey,’ the 786 page biography that came out in 2003, was ten years in the making and found author Jimmy McDonough on the road to publishing an authorized story about Young. After the author thoroughly researched the archives and chasing the singer-songwriter around for years, in 1998 Young put the kibosh on the project and cut off McDonough’s access.
McDonough, not easily deterred, moved forward and completed the bio two years later. Young tried to stop the book from being published but McDonough sued and after some legal actions from both parties, Young let it go and ‘Shakey’ saw publication. Now, years later a definitive autobiography will finally be released in Neil's own words.
‘The Bridge School Concerts — 25th Anniversary Edition‘ CD and DVD releases, will be released Oct. 24. Neil Young has been hosting the Bridge School benefits gigs since 1986, and a who's who of rock royalty have performed at the shows: Paul McCartney, Elton John, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen. the Who, the Pretenders, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and Billy Idol, just to name a few. The ’25th Anniversary’ collection features these special guests and many of the other acts that have played over the years.
The Bridge School in Hillsborough, California helps severely disabled children, especially those with severe speech and physical impairments, enabling them to creatively communicate with others. All the profits from this two-CD/three-DVD release go directly to the Bridge School, clearly benefiting kids with desperate needs.
Check out the video trailer below for a sneak peek at the performances as well as the spirit of the people behind the scenes at Bridge School, their intent and their hands-on approach with the children.
R.E.M. have announced today on their official website that they will no longer continue as a band entity: "To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.
In their own words: The guys share their thoughts on why now.
"During our last tour, and while making Collapse Into Now and putting together this greatest hits retrospective, we started asking ourselves, 'what next'? Working through our music and memories from over three decades was a hell of a journey. We realized that these songs seemed to draw a natural line under the last 31 years of our working together.
"We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. We feel kind of like pioneers in this--there's no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We've made this decision together, amicably and with each other's best interests at heart. The time just feels right."
"A wise man once said--'the skill in attending a party is knowing when it's time to leave.' We built something extraordinary together. We did this thing. And now we're going to walk away from it.
"I hope our fans realize this wasn't an easy decision; but all things must end, and we wanted to do it right, to do it our way.
"We have to thank all the people who helped us be R.E.M. for these 31 years; our deepest gratitude to those who allowed us to do this. It's been amazing."
"One of the things that was always so great about being in R.E.M. was the fact that the records and the songs we wrote meant as much to our fans as they did to us. It was, and still is, important to us to do right by you. Being a part of your lives has been an unbelievable gift. Thank you.
"Mike, Michael, Bill, Bertis, and I walk away as great friends. I know I will be seeing them in the future, just as I know I will be seeing everyone who has followed us and supported us through the years. Even if it's only in the vinyl aisle of your local record store, or standing at the back of the club: watching a group of 19 year olds trying to change the world."
Here's the band's TV performance debut back in 1983 on "Late Night With David Letterman":
Here's a really cool performance of Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic" from 1986:
Gibson.com have announced the Top 50 American Rock Bands of all time. Here's the list:
50. Green Day
49. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
48. Yo La Tengo
47. Elvis Presley and the Blue Moon Boys
46. Kings Of Leon
45. The Lovin' Spoonful
44. Alice Cooper
43. The Strokes
42. Cheap Trick
40. Buffalo Springfield
39. The J. Geils Band
37. The Flaming Lips
36. Booker T and the MG's
35. Talking Heads
32. Los Lobos
31. Sonic Youth
30. ZZ Top
29. Foo Fighters
28. Red Hot Chili Peppers
27. Big Star
25. The Replacements
24. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
23. Sly and the Family Stone
22. The White Stripes
21. The Grateful Dead
20. Buddy Holly and the Crickets
18. Pearl Jam
17. The Velvet Underground
16. Lynyrd Skynyrd
15. The Stooges
14. Creedence Clearwater Revival
12. The Doors
11. Guns N' Roses
10. The Allman Brothers Band
9. The Beach Boys
7. The Byrds
6. Van Halen
4. The Ramones
1. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Check out details on each band and get the readers Top 25 (Van Halen and Guns N' Roses #1 and #2) at gibson.com