The famed English lyricist Sir Tim Rice presented Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, the late Jon Lord (his wife Vicky Lord accepted his trophy) and Ian Paice (the classic Deep Purple mark II line-up) with the "International Achievement" award at the 2019 Ivor Novello awards in London on 5/22/19. Former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was included with the prestigious honor but did not attend the ceremony...
Congatulations to brilliant actress/writer Densie Nicholas ("Room 222", "In the Heat of the Night", "Let's Do It Again", etc.): her play "Freedom Summer" will premier with the Crossroads Theatre Company of New Brunswick, NJ in 2020! Ms.Nicholas shared a "Memphis memory" with jungleroom.com: "My Memphis memory: en route to attend writers conference at Morgan Freeman and Myrna Colley's estate in Mississippi a few years ago and stopped in Memphis.. visited STAX Museum, sat down to view Otis Redding concert film. It was so powerful, so raw & so deep & soulful, I slid off my chair onto the floor! Music sees me through many of life's more challenging episodes!!
Legenday singer/songwriter Don McLean ('American Pie', etc.) made a rare Memphis appearance at the Graceland Soundstage. Before the concert, McLean told Jungleroom.com that "I will be at Graceland for a Fathers Day concert and I will sing 'And I Love You So,' a song I wrote which Elvis sang during the last year of his life," said McLean. "It also appears on his album, "Today", released in 1975."
Peter Frampton was amazing in concert and gracious offstage at the Orpheum theater in Memphis. "All Blues", the new covers album from the Peter Frampton Band, is out via UMe. The album is receiving widespread critical acclaim...read more
The big question around Memphis is whether award nominee Tina Turner will attend the Memphis Music Hall of Fame ceremony on Friday, November 8th?
Due to extraordinary demand, America's all-time top-selling rock 'n' roll band, Aerosmith, has announced 15 additional dates through June 2020 for their Las Vegas residency AEROSMITH: DEUCES ARE WILD at Park Theater at Park MGM resort...read more
Smilin' Bob Lewis of Tyrannosaurus Chicken: rest in peace, sir...
Right after the global debut in New York on May 9th celebrities gathered again for the Los Angeles premiere of the Hollywood movie John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum on May 15, 2019. Swiss watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer was there of course, supporting director and friend of the brand Chad Stahelski with his latest work. After being featured in the first two episodes about contract killer and car fan John Wick, the Lucerne manufacturer's timepieces once again show the time of day in John Wick: Chapter 3, this time on the wrists of Laurence Fishburne, Halle Berry and Keanu Reeves.
Southern Rock neotraditional group, Scooter Brown Band, made their Grand Ole Opry debut. After a rousing welcome and endorsement from Opry star Charlie Daniels, the band played their signature title-track from their album American Son along with "Georgia" and "Ain't Country At All." They joined a star-filled line-up including Little Big Town, Dailey & Vincent, Cam, Bill Anderson, Zach Williams and the Charlie Daniels Band. Not only was one Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member (Daniels) on hand to support, but long-time friend of the band Randy Travis also showed up and was greeted with a standing ovation by the sold-out crowd...read more
Elvis Presley returns to big screens across the globe this fall with the new music special, "Elvis Unleashed," featuring previously unseen footage on movie theater screens of Elvis as he filmed the iconic "68 Comeback Special." The two-day cinema event, which includes outtakes and performances that reveal a new side of the King, will air in cinemas on October 7, with an encore screening on October 10...read more
Chuck Negron, formerly of iconic band Three Dog Night, proposed to his long-time girlfriend and manager, Ami Albea, in the midst of his sixth appearance on the "Happy Together Tour"...
Deep Purple @Tennessee Performing Arts Center: Andrew Jackson Hall, Nashville, Tennessee on 9/30/19...
1970's arena rockers Angel are re-issuing three albums from their Casablanca years on the Rock Candy Records label. Look for "Live Without A Net", "Sinful" and "White Hot" on September 13th...
Trafalgar Releasing today announced that they will bring Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour to cinemas worldwide for a one-night event on November 13 with encore screenings to follow in select locations. The film is due to be shown in more than 2000 theatres in over 60 countries, underlining Shakira's status as a truly global icon...read more
Joan Jett has finished producing 81 year-old rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson just as Gibson guitars announced the premiere of the new "Joan Jett ES 339" signature guitar. "I have witnessed first-hand the love and personal handcrafting that goes into each of these guitars," explains Joan Jett. "I'm so very proud my signature 339 is one of the last designed and produced in Memphis and amongst the first from Gibson Nashville."
World-class guitarist Pat Thrall (Beyonce, Meat Loaf, Chaka Khan, Asia, Pat Travers, etc.) reminisces with Jungleroom.com about working on Tina Turner's song "The Best" for producer Dan Hartman in 1989...read more
Rick Wakeman was extremely gracious to speak with Jungleroom.com this afternoon from Orlando, Florida on the very first day of the "An Evening of YES Music and More!" twenty-nine city American tour with bandmates Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin...read more
Candice Night spoke with Jungleroom.com about her amazing vocal contibution on 'Don't Kill The Whale' for the "A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute" album...read more
Brian May spoke to Jungleroom.com about his contribution to Going Down: the songs of Don Nix: "Oh yes, I'd completely forgotten. I played on this track many months ago. It was a "quickie"-i've always liked the song and of course, Jeff Beck made it his own, and still enjoys playing it. The whole Don Nix track (in fact, the whole album) is recorded very real and live and informal, so I was pleased to be invited to have a blast on it and help."
Freda Payne (remember her song "Band of Gold"?) was a part of the concert celebrating the launching of the David Gest foundation in London. Ms.Payne told Jungleroom.com: "I remember the times I spent at David's home overlooking the Mississippi in Memphis ...David and I had many good times as I was his best friend."
Steve Fossen, the original bassist in Heart shares some insight into the early days of the band with Jungleroom.com. "Heart started out as The Army in 1967 (October 1968 we became Whiteheart ... October 1969 we shortened the name to Heart). Roger (Fisher) and I met Ann in August of of 1971 ... we all played in a band called Hocus Pocus until December 1971. On April 21, 1972, we changed our band name back to Heart. Nancy joined us in 1974. "Dreamboat Annie" was recorded in 1975 released in America February 1976. When we met and started playing music with Ann Wilson in Seattle, Michael Fisher lived in Vancouver BC Canada and did not met Ann until we played a show somewhat near BC in Bellingham WA. The Fisher brothers did not recruit Ann & Nancy ...
"The Rock Trenches" by Phillip Rauls has been prominently listed as one of the "23 Best-Selling Soul Music eBooks of All Time" by leading book rating service BOOK AUTHORITY...read more
Guitar hero Pat Travers wrestles with the big band sounds of Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington on his new album Swing!
Singer/songwriter Russell Smith of the Amazing Rhythm Aces (remember 1975's "Third Rate Romance"?) has passed away at age 70. Rest in peace, sir...
Due to overwhelming demand, a third and final show has been added on Saturday, October 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring the Eagles - Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Deacon Frey and Vince Gill: performing their iconic album "Hotel California" in its entirety, for the first time in the band's career...read more
Country music veteran/Memphis girl Deborah Allen was surprised with a special presentation by T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang and WSM's Devon O'Day at Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley Wednesday night during the 6th annual Country For A Cause, benefiting Monroe Carell Jr's Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. A proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, celebrating Deborah's 40 years in country music, was tearfully and happily received ...read more
I asked Bob Tait if he remembered playing at Peaches Records with a group named Wyzard. "You are the you the first person I've heard mention that band in years," he said. "Wyzard was Debra Preston (who later became Debra Dejean) on vocals, Delmar Preston on guitar, myself on bass and Chuck Bratton on drums. We opened for Meatloaf at the Ritz on Madison avenue the first time he appeared in Memphis on the "Bat out of Hell" tour. We opened for alot of bands coming thru memphis and bigger bands from here. Today, Bob plays bass in 5 O'Clock Shadow with Gary Hagar and Bill Parsley.
Due to overwhelming demand, Live Nation and S2BN Entertainment announced a limited run of Phil Collins Still Not Dead Yet, Live! dates have been confirmed for fall 2019. The 15-city limited engagement will kick off September 23rd in Dallas, TX and make stops in Houston, Tampa, Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, New York City, Louisville, Omaha, Denver, Phoenix, and San Francisco before wrapping October 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada... read more
Southern rock legends Black Oak Arkansas return with their first full-length album of all new recordings in more than 30 years...read more
Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan releases "Chip Away" and announces release for solo album "Tenderness"...read more
The legendary "soul man" Sam Moore remembers Aretha Franklin...Moore was a label mate and close friends with the late Aretha Franklin, and joined many others in paying tribute to the Queen of Soul last year at Carnegie Hall in New York City. ..read more