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Setlist: Tom Petty’s Tour Opening Show

Michael Anthony Mourns 2-Week-Old Grandbaby

Former Van Halen bassist, Michael Anthony shared his private pain with the world and is doing something to raise money for the Children’s Hospital in L.A. where his infant grandson came into and left the world…

Listen: New Fleetwood Mac Track!

How would your kids react to AC/DC?

I can’t stop watching this! These kids’ reactions are awesome – especially Sydney, age 9… she is my spirit child. One day I will have a child like her! Not only do they react to the songs, they’re also shown a picture of Angus Young and they all chime in on his school boy outfit. So funny! We learn a few things… AC/DC songs are universal, eeeeeverybody knows “Back in Black”,  and “Hell’s Bells” is kind of an acquired taste apparently. So have a few good laughs and rock out with this….

New CNN Series Explores Music as a Part of History

This new CNN series looks right up our alley. “Soundtracks: The Songs That Defined History,” premieres this Thursday night at 10pm. It looks at the songs that are tied to “pivotal moments in history.” They used the Queen, David Bowie collaboration “Under Pressure” for the trailer (below), which has Billy Joel, a huge history buff, talking about how music expresses humanity. The 8-part series is produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.  

Steve Perry Solo Album Coming!

They were on their feet screaming for him…but it didn’t work. Former Journey lead singer, Steve Perry, chose not to pick up the mic to sing with the band at their Rock Hall induction a couple of weeks ago. Perry was obviously touched by the overwhelming love being sent his way (listen to his entire speech below) but, after completing his speech, disappeared backstage and let current Journey singer, Arnel Pineda, sing the songs we know and love so much. The good news is…he is promising a solo album this year. Now, it should be noted, he has been talking about releasing a solo album for a couple of years now. This time, it sounds a lot more promising. After the Rock Hall induction ceremony April 7th, Perry told ABC Radio he had begun recording. “I met someone and I fell in love with this person,” he told ABC Radio. “And I lost this person to breast cancer four years ago. In the midst of that, I had written some songs, and before I met her I had sketched some. And so about a year ago, I started recording.” We’ll let you know as soon as we hear a release date is etched in stone.

We’ll Be At Welcome To Rockville, Will You?

Coming up on April 29th and 30th Welcome to Rockville will invade Jacksonville. Myself and Rob Stone are going to drive up and cover 2 days of Rock, food and so much more. How could I not go to a festival that includes my name. Among the food choices will be Bacon Invasion and Pie Hard. They both sound like worthwhile visits. The list of bands is quite long and it features Def Leppard wrapping it up Sunday night. We’ll be there talking to bands, eating and hoping to see you too. Check out the schedule of bands below and get all the other info you need here.

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Talks The Band’s Live Show, Jimi Hendrix, Delta Deep And More

Def Leppard have been pretty busy over the last couple years. They released their self titled album at the end of 2015. Hitting the road after it’s release they had to have a temporary replacement at times on the road for Vivian Campbell who was fighting cancer. They also postponed some dates so Joe Elliott could rest his voice. Then they came back hitting hard and released their live DVD “And There Will Be A Next Time – Live From Detroit”. They bring this incredible live spectacle to the Welcome to Rockville Festival on Sunday April 30th. I spoke with guitarist Phil Collen about all that plus his side project Delta Deep and more. Give a listen below.

Scorpions Presale Information!

Scorpions are bringing their Crazy World Tour with Special guests Megadeth to Central Florida! You’ve heard the news, Scorpions will be playing the Amalie Arena in Tampa on October 15th and we’ve got your presale code. Starting Thursday 4/6 at 10am and lasting till 10pm, enter the password PARTY to score your Scorpions tickets early! Get your tickets here.      

Will Perry Sing at Rock Hall Induction Friday?

We know now that famed Journey singer Steve Perry WILL be in attendance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Friday night. What we all wanna know is…will he join the band for a song? Probably not. At least that’s what keyboardist Jonathan Cain thinks. In an interview with the Dayton Daily News, Cain said Perry is “just going to accept the award and then skedaddle.” This means we’ll be hearing Arnel Pineda sing instead. Which is probably why Perry will skedaddle. Not to take anything away from Pineda. He does as good a job singing those songs. I think most agree, though, it’s gonna be so good to see Perry after so long that NOT hearing him sing will sting a bit. We’ll see the highlights of the ceremony, including band performances and jam session, when HBO airs the Rock Hall special on Saturday, April 29 at 8pm. Journey will be inducted, along with Yes, Electric Light Orchestra, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur and Pearl Jam. Still, when you look at the video above of a joyful Steve Perry running through the stands  to lead a sing-a-long to Journey’s “Lights” while watching his beloved San Francisco Giants in the World Series 3 years ago, you have to hope he will be lured into the spotlight, at least one more time…

Steven Tyler’s Bday Wish: Help Troubled Teens

Sunday is Steven Tyler’s birthday. He’s asking the public to consider making a donation to Janie’s Fund. The first $10,000 raised, will be matched by a donor. Janie’s Fund was founded by Tyler and Youth Villages to help young girls who have suffered abuse and neglect. You can DONATE HERE

Rick Derringer Interview

Rick Derringer brings his Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo to the Uptown Art Expo at Crane’s Roost Park in Altamonte Springs this Saturday night. VIP and meet and greet tickets are available HERE. Gary Van Allen spoke with Rick this week. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE:

UCF Knights Secure Epic Home Game in NIT Tomorrow!

It could be the Cinderella story of the decade! The UCF Knights Men’s Basketball team beat Illinois State by one point, using late free throws, to secure a game tomorrow night at home at the CFE Arena against the University of Illinois. Tickets are free for the first 200 UCF students (surely, those must be gone by now) but are only $12 for the rest of us. Club seats are $20. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE and GO KNIGHTS!

Rockers Get Their Irish On

For St Patrick’s day let’s look at Rockers and their relationship with Celtic music. Here is music from Thin Lizzy, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger. A few of these songs feature The Chieftains who are like The Beatles of Irish music. Enjoy and remember, Éirinn go Brách, Slainte!          

The Eagles to Play Again?

Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Pick a side. (Cuz I know you’re gonna.)

Yes, the surviving members of the Eagles love and miss Glenn Frey but as musicians, should be able to continue on doing what they love.

No. It isn’t the Eagles without Glenn Frey. They need to rename themselves.

After Frey’s death, Don Henley immediately came out and said the Eagles were no more but in the past few months he seemed to waver on that stance.

Now, according to Billboard, it looks like The Eagles are going to play again. Just over a year since Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey died, a pair of 2-day concert festivals, billed as Classic East and Classic West are being organized.

The shows will feature the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac with more acts to be signed.

The shows promoters hope they will become annual events with one show at Dodger Stadium in L.A. and the other at Citi Field in New York.



Hear Singer Kelly Hansen Talk Foreigner 40th Anniversary Tour And More

Foreigner are out on the road celebrating their 40th anniversary. I recently had the chance to speak with the band’s singer Kelly Hansen. We discussed new music, playing Carnegie hall and the band’s history. Foreigner will be playing The Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre on August 2nd 2017 along with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. Hear Kelly tell you what to expect from the show and so much more below.
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