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Classic East Fest, Classic West Fest Bring Out Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles in LA, NYC in July

UPDATE: Tickets Go On Sale April 7 – Details


The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac will be the headliners at Classic East and Classic West in July it has been reported.  EastCoastRocker.com and WestCoastRocker.com will be on hand.

UPDATE: Classic East on July 29-30, Classic West July 15-16

The two bands are planning a bi-coastal music festival this summer, according to reports, and supposedly an annual franchise is in the works.

The shows are expected to be called Classic East and Classic West and they will be held in July, according to  Billboard. The shows are expected to be held at Citi Field in New York and Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.

The festivals are expected to take place over two days and names like Jackson Browne have been mentioned as possible additional participants.

Among the companies involved are Live Nation, Azoff MSG Entertainment, CAA and Oak View Group.

Classic East and Classic West will be the first concert performance by the Eagles since the death of band founder Glenn Frey in January of last year.

Classic rock has been recognized as driving force in live music, and gained widespread attention since the success of Desert Trip last October. The Goldenvoice-AEG blockbuster concert held in Indio featured Paul McCartney, The Who, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters and Neil Young and drew the 40s-plus demographic.

Nicknamed “Oldchella,” the concert pulled in an estimated  $160 million in revenue.

James Vincent McMorrow Serenades Sold-Out Webster Hall With His Soulful Irish Sounds

New Album for McMorrow is ‘We Move’

Photos and Review By BAILEY MULLINS

Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow brought his soulful falsetto and strong vocals to a sold-out show at Webster Hall. Fresh off the release of his third studio album, We Move, released Sept. 2, McMorrow treated fans to a healthy mix of old hits and new favorites.

McMorrow kicked off the night by announcing that it was the largest New York show he’s played so far. His gratitude resonated throughout the show as he continually thanked the audience for their support. McMorrow began — accompanied by an ensemble band — with “Red Dust” and “I Lie Awake Every Night.”

The band exited the stage and he moved into a solo acoustic set featuring vocals accompanied by an electric keyboard, which included “Lost Angeles” and his popular cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love.”

James Vincent McMorrow performs at Webster Hall - Photo by BAILEY MULLINS for EastCoastRocker.com

James Vincent McMorrow performs at Webster Hall – Photos by BAILEY MULLINS for EastCoastRocker.com

Although his first two albums, Early in the Morning and Post Tropical, are acoustic, quite slow and melancholic, his latest release, We Move, represents a shift towards alternative R and B that suits McMorrow’s wide vocal range and widens his appeal to a new set of listeners.

Halfway through the set, McMorrow announced that the dancing portion of the show had begun. He brought the band back onstage and launched into elevated, bass-infused versions of his songs “We Don’t Eat” and “Evil.” The second half of his show exhibited the shift in musical style we see on his newest album.

His easy rapport with the audience made the 1,500-person show feel more a small coffee shop. McMorrow joked about the upcoming election and forgot to introduce one of his band members, eliciting laughter from the crowd.

Webster Hall was McMorrow’s first US stop on his tour. He’ll be traveling the US and Canada through December. You can find tickets here. McMorrow’s music is available on Spotify, Soundcloud and iTunes.

Lady Gaga to Release Tribute Album to Her Aunt With ‘Joanne’ Third Week of October


Lady Gaga to release ‘Joanne’ on Oct. 21 – Photo courtesy Beats 1


Gaga broke the news about her new album, Joanne which will be released Oct. 21 in a phone call to Zane Lowe on Beats 1.

She said she was finishing up the album and it would be completed in the next 48 hourse. Joanne was recorded in tribute to her aunt, who died from lupus, she said.

About the title track?

“For me it’s like the real true heart and soul of the record,” she told the Apple Music broadcaster.  “I remember when Mark (Ronson) and I wrote it, we wrote that song and the decision ultimately to name the album Joanne, is tribute to my father’s sister who died when she was 19.

Lady Gaga with father Joe Germanotta - East Coast Rocker

Lady Gaga with father Joe Germanotta – Photo courtesy CapitolFM

Lady Gaga Built ‘Tough’

“He was younger than her and she was very sick with Lupus. The death of her in his family and in his life left a scar and a wound that never healed.

“As I returned to my home life and spending time with my friends and hanging out with my family and getting out the mainstream limelight for a minute what I realized it’s the experiences of our family and our challenges and our toughness who make us who we are,” Lady Gaga said.

“It’s everything about Joanne, which also happens to be my middle name, I was named after her. It’s the toughness of the pain that happened as a result of losing her that made us strong and made us who we are. She is the woman of my past who is helping me bring my honest woman self into the future.”

Lady Gaga - Photo by Marc E. for East Coast Rocker

Lady Gaga – Photo by Marc E.

Joanne’s Hand

Lady Gaga’s aunt’s handwriting is on the back of the album on on the inside there are notes written back and forth from Joanne to Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta.  Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, grew up in an Italian-American family in Yonkers, N.Y.

Songs on the new album include “John Wayne” which Lady Gaga said is about her “Incessant need to run after wild men. Josh Homme’s guitar is out of control.”

There is also a cheeky tune, “Sinner’s Prayer” with Father John Misty.

Gaga told Lowe that the “Perfect Illusion” video is set to be released “very soon.”

Traveling Wilburys Albums to Be Released on Vinyl and Compact Disc in Time for ‘Vinyl Tuesday’ Oct. 4

By JOHN DALY – The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1 and The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3 will be released on Oct. 14 in compact disc and 180-gram vinyl formats, it was announced by Concord Bicycle Music.

The Traveling Wilburys AKA George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan had a relatively short but legendary run and is considered one of the first supergroups.

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 achieved great success. After hitting No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, the certified double Platinum album earned a GRAMMY for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group.

Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, the group’s second album, was released in 1990 and dedicated to Lefty (Roy Orbison) Wilbury, who passed away in late 1988 before recording could be completed.  “She’s My Baby” and “Wilbury Twist” became radio hits as the album reached No. 11 in the U.S. and was certified Platinum.

The individual vinyl releases will make their reissue debut October 4th as part of Record Store Day’s Vinyl Tuesday initiative. The release is supported by a very special giveaway opportunity at recordstoreday.com with a rare and uniquely numbered Traveling Wilburys Portfolio. The limited-edition portfolio includes seven prints of the band suitable for framing.

The Traveling Wilburys made their long anticipated streaming debut in June and are now available on all streaming services.

Track Listing

The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 1

1.              Handle With Care
2.              Dirty World
3.              Rattled
4.              Last Night
5.              Not Alone Any More
6.              Congratulations
7.              Heading For The Light
8.              Margarita
9.              Tweeter And The Monkey Man
10.           End Of The Line
11.           Maxine (CD Bonus Track)
12.           Like A Ship (CD Bonus Track)


The Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3

1.             She’s My Baby
2.             Inside Out
3.             If You Belonged To Me
4 .            The Devil’s Been Busy
5.             7 Deadly Sins
6.             Poor House
7.             Where Were You Last Night?
8.             Cool Dry Place
9.             New Blue Moon
10.            You Took By Breath Away
11.            Wilbury Twist
12.            Nobody’s Child (CD Bonus Track)
13.            Runaway (CD Bonus Track)

The Traveling Wilburys

Website:               travelingwilburys.com

Facebook:            facebook.com/travelingwilburys

Instagram:           instagram.com/officialwilbury

Twitter:                twitter.com/officialwilbury

YouTube:             youtube.com/user/TravelingWilburys

Vevo:                   youtube.com/user/OfficialWilburyVEVO

Watch The Kills Take a Ride in New Music Video for ‘Impossible Tracks’ Directed by Ellis Bahl

The Kills Play Terminal 5 in NYC Sept. 23

Alison Mosshart of The Kills - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia for East Coast Rocker

Alison Mosshart of The Kills – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia for East Coast Rocker

The Kills, AKA our favorite duo of Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart, released their fifth full-length album, Ash and Ice earlier this summer. Today, the band shares their music video for “Impossible Tracks,” which was directed by Ellis Bahl.

Alison says about the video: “Introducing our new video for IMPOSSIBLE TRACKS! Shot by director Ellis Bahl, at Luna Park- the old weird and wonderful amusement park of dreams and nightmares so iconic to Melbourne Australia. We’d always wanted to shoot there, so on our last tour down under, we took this fine opportunity.

“Welcome to off season … winter time, blistering bitter cold, the park to ourselves all day and night. The lights buzzing, the gears cranking, a hallucinatory stream of whiplash and spin. We shot between bursts of monsoon weather and crooked wind, we rode the rides, played the games, and lost ourselves in the mirror house. Enter in, the guts of the park, through the mouth of lights, Luna’s pearly teeth, past the big bad gaze of those glowing blue eyes… Buckle your belts and take the ride on impossible tracks.”

The Kills‘ North American tour kicked off last week in Pomona, and to celebrate the band have released a collector’s edition 7-inch of stand-out single “Doing It To Death.” The one-track release features an etched b-side and is limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Grab one from the merch booth at all upcoming shows, or exclusively from the band’s webstore while supplies last.  More info HERE.

The Kills Tour Dates
9/13      Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater
9/14      Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
9/16      Madison, WI – Live on King Street
9/17      Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
9/18      Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
9/20      Portland, ME – State Theatre
9/21      Montreal, QC – Metropolis
9/23      New York, NY – Terminal 5
9/29      Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
9/30      Glasgow, UK – Glasgow O2ABC
10/1      Leeds, UK – Leeds Beckett Students’ Union
10/2      Nottingham, UK – Nottingham Rock City
10/4      Oxford, UK – Oxford O2 Academy 1
10/5      Avon, UK – Bristol Anson Rooms
10/6      Birmingham, UK – Birmingham O2 Institute 1
10/7      London, UK – London Roundhouse
10/18    Paris, FR – Olympia
10/19     Paris, FR – Olympia
10/21     Amsterdam, Netherlands – RAI
10/22     Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
10/23     Hamburg, Germany – Grosse Freiheit 36
10/25     Cologne, Germany – E-Werk
10/26     Munich, Germany – Tonhalle
10/27     Zurich, Switzerland – Volkhaus
10/29     Milan, Italy – Fabrique
10/31     Lyon, France – Le Radiant
11/1       Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz 2
11/3       Lisbon, Portugal – Coliseu Dos Recreios
11/4       Porto, Portugal – Hard Club
11/5       Bilbao, Spain – Kafe Antzokia
11/7       Toulouse, FR – Le Bikini
11/8       Nantes, FR – Le Stereolux
11/9        Antwerpen, Belgium – Arenbergschouwburg
11/11      Lausanne, Switzerland – Metropop Festival
11/12      Le Mans, France – Festival Bebop
11/13      Brussels, Belgium – VK Club

Dave Grohl Breaks Leg During Performance – Sign His Cast – Via The Web

Staff Report – The “World’s Nicest Rocker” is apparently also indestructible.

After falling off the stage and breaking his leg during a June 12 concert in Sweden, Foo Fighter Dave Grohl went on with the show—for another two and a half hours as medics stood by his side!
How do you give back to the Hardest Working Man in show business?

Creative agency EVB and development shop BausCode devised a way for anyone, anywhere, to give Grohl a little long-distance love.Today, they launched Operation #SignDavesCast at the microsite www.SignDavesCast.com.

Visitors can go to the site and tweet well wishes, and all posts will appear on Dave’s Virtual Cast. Some will be printed on a flexible cast sleeve and presented to Grohl while he recuperates from his post-injury surgery. 

“When a Rock God breaks a leg, he finishes the show,” reads the website, which was designed to turn virtual into reality. “When mortals sign his cast, they do it with the Internet.”The cast sleeve, which can hold about 300 messages, will be presented to Grohl in early July. 

“The Internet is best when it’s used for good,” says EVB’s ECD Steve Babcock, who with the agency created the social movement #RedThumbReminder, an initiative intended to curb texting/distracted driving. “Commemorating such a hardcore act as finishing a show with a broken leg felt like just the thing to do with the technology.” 

California Rocker gets ‘Best Blog’ Nom by LA Press

California Rocker wins nomination by LA Press Club

California Rocker, the sister publication of East Coast Rocker tabs LA Press Club nom. Logo © by Donna Balancia

LOS ANGELES — California Rocker, the West Coast-based sister publication of East Coast Rocker, has been nominated for Best Entertainment Blog by the Los Angeles Press Club, it was announced Friday night.

Produced by Donna Balancia, California Rocker covers emerging musicians and established rockers in the Golden State.

“It’s a challenging era in which to be a journalist, as it is to be a musician,” said Donna, who also produces East Coast Rocker.  “The nomination to Best Entertainment Blog in our first year of operation means a lot, especially coming from such an illustrious panel of editors.”

California Rocker serves the need of underserved musicians, who today more than ever, need the support of publications and music publicity.

“Musicians give their all to their audiences and receive nothing in return, especially in the early years,” said Donna.  “Some musicians don’t receive recognition until late in the game.  If you have music we should hear, please contact California Rocker.”

The Los Angeles Press Club holds its annual awards ceremony on Nov. 23 at The Biltmore in downtown Los Angeles.  For more information go to the Los Angeles Press Club website.

CBGB Music and Film Festival set for October

NEW YORK CITY — The third annual CBGB Music and Film Festival will take place from Oct. 8 through Oct. 12.

The CBGB Music and Film Festival presents new music, films, industry talks and special events all across New York City.

 The five-day annual event will take place in theaters, clubs, galleries, private spaces, rooftops and hotels throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn and in venues from Williamsburg to Times Square.

Center 548, the 35,000 sq. ft. converted warehouse, located on East 22nd street, will serve as the central hub for the festival,  which will include the CBGB Icon Awards, music themed art exhibitions, concerts and comedy performances.

“We continue to support emerging and established talent who represent music and film in all their forms,” said Tim Hayes, CBGB Co-owner. “For us, music transcends space and sharing it with fans in a unique form is something we are very passionate about.”

The CBGB Film Festival, one of the largest in the country and the only to feature music-focused films, will showcase scripted narratives, documentaries, concert films, shorts and other cutting edge stories.  Last year, CBGB premiered over 50 music-based movies, including the New York premiere of the Academy Award-Winning Film, 20 Feet from Stardom.

Tickets will be available to at CBGB.com.  Each event will be individually priced from $10 to $50.

The CBGB Festival schedule including performers, speakers and films will be announced in the weeks leading up to the event.

For more information and live updates please visit www.cbgb.com and follow CBGB OMFUG Facebook Page or Twitter @cbgbandomfug

In 2014, the CBGB Festival produced a concert for Amnesty International at Barclays Center that featured Madonna, Imagine Dragons, Blondie and the first ever U.S. appearance of Pussy Riot.

Learn more at www.cbgb.com

Moog Synthesizer Genome Project Complete

Moog Synthesizer painstakingly recreated East Coast Rocker

The Moog Synthesizer. It no longer shoots rockets.

ASHEVILLE, NC – It has taken three years, but Moog Music engineering team has reverse-engineered and built a 1:1 re-creation of one of the world’s most famous keyboards: Keith Emerson’s Moog Modular, using original processes and components.

Moog Synthesizer

Known as “The Synthesizer Genome Project,” the revitalization of the keyboard was painstakingly undertaken by engineers at Moog Music’s Asheville, N.C. headquarters.

When it was created in 1970, the original Emerson Modular included the following:

·       81 total modules / custom panels

·       12 unique, custom built modules including: sample and hold, preset programmer, custom LFO’s and DRONE VCO Control

·       903 Noise Source and 905 Reverb

·       First synthesizer with performance presets

·       Shoots rockets

The Emerson System, by Moog Custom Engineering, is to be released later this month and is based on the original Emerson Modular. The Emerson System will include the following:

·       Every standard module printed from original circuit board films

·       Original/vintage and new old stock components sourced from around the world

·       All face places are reproduced using original transparencies and techniques

·       Each module is hand build and soldered with original schematics and service manuals as guides

·       No longer shoots rockets

Bob Moog East Coast Rocker

Bob Moog

More information is to come.  The Moog Music 500 series modules and electronic musical instruments are designed and lovingly handcrafted at the Moog factory in downtown Asheville, N.C. Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Dr. Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer and Founder of Moog Music Inc.

The company puts on the annual Moogfest in Asheville.  This year the lineup features Kraftwerk 3D and Pet Shop Boys.

For more information, go to Moog Music and Moogfest websites.



Drummer Scott Asheton, Stooges Co-Founder Dies at 64

Scott Asheton Stooges drummer East Coast Rocker

Scott Asheton

Scott Asheton, The Stooges co-founder and drummer has passed away.  Asheton was 64.

Asheton played on the albums The Stooges (1969), Fun House (1970) and Raw Power (1973).  He was a founding member of The Stooges, the Michigan band whose music was profoundly influential on the punk rock movement.

In a posting on Facebook, Stooges frontman Iggy Pop wrote that Asheton and his guitarist brother Ron who passed in 2009, left behind a music legacy.

“Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton,” Pop wrote on his Facebook page.

“He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Ashetons have always been and continue to be a second family to me. My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life.”

The exact cause of Asheton’s death was not immediately known, but his health was cited as a reason he cut back on touring.

When The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, Asheton briefly spoke, thanking his family and his brother, Ron, with whom he would miss making music “probably for the rest of my life.”

Though Asheton’s influence on music was indisputable, the soft-spoken musician gave his brother, and Pop, props for being the band members who gave the group its sound.

The Stooges broke up in 1974, but reunited to play together in 2003, then toured and released an album last year called “Ready To Die.”





Music-Themed Films Take Oscars, Performances Lead Lively Show

Pharrell Williams East Coast Rocker

Pharrell Williams performs “Happy” – Photo courtesy of Oscars.org

HOLLYWOOD — U2 gave a warm performance of “Ordinary Love” and Pharrell Williams put a smile on audience faces performing “Happy,” as music-themed films took a dominant role at the 86th annual Academy Awards Sunday night at the Dolby Theatre.

Best Documentary Feature went to “20 Feet From Stardom” and Darlene Love sang an impromptu  acceptance speech that won a rousing round of applause.  The film by Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville tells the story of the nameless backup singers who help shape and enrich the performances of the lead singers and superstars we do know.

Love, Tata Vega and Judith Hill are fresh off appearances that have left them tired but exhilarated, with the film winning the Independent Spirit Award in the same category on Saturday.

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” won Best Documentary Short.  The film tells the story of Alice Herz-Sommer, pianist and at 109 years old, was the oldest known Holocaust survivor when the film was made.  She passed away a week ago.

During the live show, Idina Menzel sang the Best Original Song winner “Let It Go,” from “Frozen.”

In addition to Williams’ rendition, Karen O and Ezra Koening  treated the audience to a duet of “The Moon Song,” from “Her,” which along with “Ordinary Love,” were nominees for Best Original Song.

Pink sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” during a tribute to “The Wizard of Oz”and Bette Midler sang “Wind Beneath My Wings.”



Slash, Vince Neil, Alice Cooper Rock and Raise $525 G for MSA Research

Slash, Vince Neil, Alice Cooper, East Coast Rocker, Photo with permission by Truscello

Slash, Vince Neil and Alice Cooper were among rockers at the Kerry Simon benefit in Vegas – Truscello/Wire Image

By DONNA BALANCIA — LAS VEGAS — Slash, Vince Neil and Alice Cooper were among top names from the music world who gathered this past week in Las Vegas to help raise money for MSA Research.

The Keep Memory Alive benefit was held on behalf of chef Kerry Simon, who has been battling the effects of the debilitating affliction Multiple System Atrophy since his diagnosis last year.

About 450 guests attended, raising nearly $525,000 towards MSA clinical care and research.

Others on hand were Sammy Hagar, Bill Murray, Todd Rundgren, Matt Sorum, J.D. Fortune, Lisa Loeb and Billy Duffy, all backed by the Las Vegas band, Sin City Sinners.


‘One Way Out’ Allman Brothers book Hits Shelves Next Week


'One Way Out' a fun read

‘One Way Out’ a fun read


— NEW YORK CITY — One Way Out The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul, hits the retail shelves next week and the 438-page work is already in high demand, at least according to Facebook posts on the Allman Brothers Facebook page.

“Pretty please, with sugar on it” wrote fan page member Rick Book.  “Need a copy badly!” adds Beau Barnes.  Fan Bill Hammer calls the band members “Great Rock Legends.”

Published by St. Martin’s Press of New York City, the book is set for release next week.  Author Alan Paul is a senior writer for Guitar World magazine. He has covered the Allman Brothers Band for 25 years.

The Allman Brothers Facebook page recently hit the 1 million “Likes” benchmark.

“Given the rancor and turmoil that has often surrounded the group, it’s easy to scoff at the notion of a musical brotherhood,” writes Allen in his author’s note. “But I believe that in its earliest years, the members and crew shared a bond that sustained them through perilous times.

“Since the early,  devastating deaths of Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, the band has also managed to find brilliant new musical voices to keep them moving forward, including Chuck Leavell, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks. The Allman Brothers; long history is equally tragic and uplifting, heroic and sad…”

Editor’s Note: East Coast Rocker Review to follow as soon as we can put the book down for a minute.




Gibson Government Series: ‘Fight the Powers That Be’

Gibson Guitar Releases ‘Government’ Line of Les Paul Guitars In Response to Raid

Gibson Guitar Corp. has released a “Gibson Government Series” Les Paul guitar made from the tonewood that was seized — and then returned –by the Feds after a raid of the Nashville and Memphis Gibson factories.

The guitar is made from mahogany, maple and the rosewood that was returned by the U.S. Government, and possesses a “high-gloss Government Tan” finish.

“Great Gibson electric guitars have long been a means of fighting the establishment, so when the powers that be confiscated stocks of tonewoods from the Gibson factory in Nashville—only to return them once there was a resolution and the investigation ended—it was an event worth celebrating,” it says on the Gibson Guitar website.

“Introducing the Government Series II Les Paul, a striking new guitar from Gibson USA for 2014 that suitably marks this infamous time in Gibson’s history.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service raided the Nashville-based guitar maker alleging the company violated the Lacey Act, which prohibits the import of certain species of plants.

Gibson settled for $300,000.  The guitar sells for a little more than $1,000. — By Donna Balancia


Beatles Tribute Show Brings Back Sunday Night Success to CBS

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan - photo courtesy of CBS

The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

NEW YORK CITY — To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform together on a CBS Special “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America,” Sunday night 8 – 10:30 p.m.

The broadcast is presented by The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS.

The show, taped on Jan. 27, features performances by a range of artists including Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5, Brad Paisley & Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder.

The house band for the night features Peter Frampton on guitar, Kenny Aronoff on drums, Chris Caswell on keyboard, Lenny Castro on percussion, Steve Lukather on guitar, Greg Phillinganes on keyboard and Don Was, who also served as musical director, on bass.

TV Monitor introduces John Lennon to America

TV Screen during Ed Sullivan Show introduces John Lennon to America

The Beatles’ performance on The Ed Sullivan Show revolutionized the music industry and changed music forever.  The Feb. 9 airing commemorates exactly 50 years since the Liverpool group’s historic appearance in NYC.

In addition to a reunion of the Eurythmics, who will perform, artists scheduled include: Maroon 5, “All My Lovin’,” “Ticket To Ride;” Imagine Dragons, “Revolution;” Stevie Wonder, “We Can Work it Out;” Ringo Starr, “Matchbox;” Paul McCartney, “I Saw Her Standing There;” and an all-star finale including “Hey Jude.”


Bob Ezrin: ‘The Future of Music Depends on the Quality of Music’

Ezrin has worked with the heavy hitters of the music world including Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel.

Ezrin has worked with the heavy hitters of the music world including Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Peter Gabriel.

Industry must call music ‘art.’  After all, Ezrin says, ‘A rose by any other name would NOT smell as sweet’ — 

By DONNA BALANCIA – ANAHEIM – Legendary producer Bob Ezrin told music retailers Thursday that the industry must continue to build its talent pool in order to thrive.

Prior to his keynote address to kick off the 2014 National Association of Music Merchants Show in Anaheim, Ezrin told East Coast Rocker that the more time the industry wastes worrying about ancillary issues, the less time it will spend on its most critical function:  To inspire and educate.

“If we spend time worrying about things like how to get the music out, the less time we will have to make insanely good music,” Ezrin told East Coast Rocker prior to delivering his speech at the annual event that draws thousands of industry members from around the world.

His morning keynote speech drew an audience of several hundred music retailers, many of whom forged through rough winter weather to attend the conference in sunny Southern California.

Using cool-sounding words doesn’t cut it for Canadian-born Ezrin, whose experience with “cool” is vast, having worked with hundreds of top musicians since the 1970s.

“When we talk about the future of making music, we have to watch the language we use,” Ezrin said.  “Someone said to me, ‘It’s about the ‘content.‘  No it’s not. ‘Content’ is for cereal boxes, not the art. If it’s called ‘content,’ you diminish the value down to breakfast cereal…When you talk about it with mist in your eyes …Now you’re talking about music.”

Ezrin spends much of his time in philanthropy.  He is co-founder with Garth Richardson and Kevin Williams of Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver.

Ezrin implores the music industry to use terminology carefully.

Ezrin implores the music industry to use terminology carefully.

Another word Ezrin can’t stand: “Monetization.”

“I don’t want to talk about business models, or the ‘monetization’ of anything, that’s a dirty word.  Unless what we make is great, nobody’s going to pay for it. ”

How will the industry make money?

“The best thing we can be doing is insure a march to excellence, to empower, inspire, to promote people who are straining to do something unique,” Ezrin said. “And to encourage them. Music is the very special creation of very special people whose entire lives and everything they’ve ever done, seen, felt or touched goes into what they do. That process is magical.”

Ezrin said: “There is a certain amount of technique involved. So how do we become insanely great? One of the things to do, whenever you set out on a journey, you need to make a list of things Not to Do, and a list of things To Do.  One of the things to do is to make a ‘Not to do’ list.”

Ezrin warned not to “Get caught up in toys, tricks, technology, packaging, positioning or any of those things before you have something to market,” he said.

Our society is perhaps too caught up in “chasing cool,” or “the latest” in tech and that viral or other song phenomena will happen without that tech factor most of the time, he said. Using the success of the catchy “Who Let The Dogs Out,” as an example, Ezrin said, “I’m sure that person was not sitting at a computer screen or at a conference like this.”

Ezrin, a prolific producer, devotes much of his time now to music philanthropy.

Ezrin devotes much of his time now to music philanthropy. Photo courtesy of Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Ezrin said: “At the end of the day when somebody like Psy comes around, it travels around the world.” He said, the market is “extremely rational. The stuff of real value does get supported and earns something for somebody. And the stuff that’s not so good, typically doesn’t.”

He said formulas don’t count, unless you’re making a widget and what happened before won’t predict the future.

“Art is only something artists can manage,” said Ezrin. “A craftsman is someone who can create and build code .. And an artist is someone who creates something that is different.

He said: “A rose by any other name would not  smell as sweet. If you called roses ‘kumquats’ it would not be the same.”

The music, and not the “content” or the calling it of such, is the key.

“It’s not technology or modality of delivery, it is the special creation of special people that especially touches the hearts of others,” that should be the concern of the industry.

The first line of offense in inspiring youths of today to take up an instrument is to put down the smart phone, Ezrin said.

“Kids, they hear things and kids are incredibly curious, thoughtful about what they see, even with their heads down things get in,” he said. “You need to inspire and educate.  Take them to a concert.  They may be on (the smart phone) but they internalize and maybe they’ll say, ‘I want to do that.”

On Todd Rundgren’s Les Paul Award: ‘We’ve Been Waiting So Long’

Todd Rundgren in 1981 - Photo courtesy Eric Gardner

Todd Rundgren in 1981 – Photo courtesy Eric Gardner

By DONNA BALANCIA — Todd Rundgren will receive the Les Paul Award at the National Association of Music Merchants Show, and fans say it’s been a long time coming.

Todd will be presented with the award at the 29th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards during NAMM for his several decades performing and writing music, his producing skills, and continued experimentation in electronic music.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production and will be presented Friday, Jan. 24 at the Anaheim Hilton.

Todd’s recordings ranging from “Hello It’s Me,” and “Can We Still be Friends,” to the Boomer vacation theme “Bang The Drum All Day,” are known to the masses.  His consistently interesting and artistic live performances may be known to fewer.

But how is it that this prolific musician and producer of such talents as Rick Derringer, Hall and Oates, Patti Smith, Grand Funk Railroad and Meat Loaf could go all these years without a nod from his colleagues?

Maybe, we’re told, Todd just didn’t clap loud enough at the right times. Or for the right people.

Utopia: Todd Rundgren, Willie Wilcox, Roger Powell and Kasim Sultan

Utopia: Todd Rundgren, Willie Wilcox, Roger Powell and Kasim Sultan

Besides, Todd doesn’t have time to deal with professional politics, because he’s too busy giving back.

Like the time he and his band Utopia performed during the benefit at South Street Seaport in New York City to raise money after Derringer’s instruments had been stolen. Even robotic Roger Powell stiffly glanced up from his keyboard through wrap-around shades to blurt into the microphone in his monotone voice: “It’s a beautiful thing.”

Over the years Todd’s shows have always included some kind of suprise: New wave jumpsuits, a cool new version of a classic like Debussy’s “Bolero,”  or a techie treat.

One year we saw Todd play a San Diego stage all alone with two projection screens on either side that simultaneously broadcast his unplugged session.  It appeared as if he did all the adjustments and fine-tuning himself, and, it sure didn’t sound like he was up on stage by himself.  The audience was enraptured – the guy sitting next to me admitted his admiration and love for Todd, and alternated between swooning and weeping during the show.

Innovative tech sounds can be heard on Todd’s recordings. But technology infrastructure is something that made him a standout. Todd licensed an I-Pad-like slate to Apple years prior to anything similar, and he established a distribution model based on “interactivity” — long  before the word became the mantra of Northern California’s Silicon Valley.

But sometimes, Todd’s adventures in technology are misunderstood.

Todd Rundgren: Trying technology and more.

Todd Rundgren: Trying technology and more.

As Bugs Bunny once remarked, “They laughed at the guy who discovered Penicillin,” and there may have similarly been a giggle when Todd held a press conference for last spring’s release, STATE, via an online Google Hangout session, sporting some fancy glasses.

But it is an evolving era as Todd says, and he’s been happy with his laptop and software.  But now his new music innovation will come through a different type of interactivity.

He and Michele are investing time and efforts into their latest mission: Spirit of Harmony Foundation.

“The purpose is to provide support and funding to school programs and other sorts of organizations who are trying to bring music to people who don’t have it,” said Todd, “Especially in terms of learning how to play instruments, learning how to understand what music is all about and having the opportunity to express yourself through that medium.”

UPDATE:  Check out the newly created website for the Spirit of Harmony Foundation

Music Industry Experts: Network, Network and Network Some More

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Industry experts tell aspiring musicians to collaborate, know the audience. BALANCIA PHOTO

ANAHEIM — If “It’s not what you know but who you know,” then aspiring songwriters and musicians are in good company, a panel of music industry experts said at NAMM over the weekend.

During a panel discussion entitled 360 Degrees of a Hit Music Track, a room of 250 songwriters and musicians were told to work the event circuit and talk up their work — to each other — and help each other make it to the top.

“Network with everyone,” attorney Neville Johnson of Johnson and Johnson LLP of Beverly Hills said. “Look around you.  The people in this room are your colleagues. Go to the events, industry meetings, groups for writers. It’s a team effort.”

Panelists included singer songwriter Barry Keenan, A and R executive Don Grierson, producer Matt Forger, publisher Robert Case, attorney Johnson and was moderated by Alex Del Zoppo of the renowned band Sweetwater.

Aspiring musicians must know their audience, take stock in their catalogues and pay close attention to the emotional communication they intend, said panelist Grierson, who has worked with many of the most notable artists in music. It all comes down to the message and the appeal of the message, Grierson said.

Musicians told to collaborate with each other, seek out music partners.

Musicians told to collaborate with each other, seek out music partners.

“I guarantee you this: They will never ask if you recorded on one track or two tracks or if it was analogue or digital,” said Grierson. “They only care about ‘Did it resonate here,” he said, pointing to his heart.

Keenan said competition may be tough, but “Never give up on your dream.”  He added that when the time is right to get your CD into the hands of a producer, make sure the product is good.

Johnson added that with continued efforts, it is possible for a new artist to break through.

“Look at Lorde, she came out of nowhere,” he said, referring to the 16-year-old New Zealand-born phenom, nominated in four categories at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. “And Adele, she’s broken all records…”

The Internet has done a lot to help aspiring and established artists get exposure. Keep networking and posting song, it was advised.

“Find a great song,” Johnson said. “I know a guy who had a one-off song that became a hit, then he bought a nice house, got a nice car, nice wife, nice life.”

‘Great Jersey Musicians’ a Work of Love for Rich Hoynes

Rich Hoynes, photo courtesy of Rich Hoynes

Author Rich Hoynes love Great Jersey Musicians and wrote a coffee table book about the people who make the music happen. A portion of every sale goes to charity.

BELMAR, N.J. — Richard Hoynes has accomplished a great deal as a corporate executive, a charitable benefactor and as photographer and writer.  Of course, we know him as Regional Photo Editor at East Coast Rocker.

Richard’s latest work, “Great Jersey Musicians,” documents some of the musicians he has come to know in The Garden State.

East Coast Rocker:  What sparked your love for music?

RH: I’ve been into music since I was born.  My mother sang and cut a 78 record back in the day, and encouraged my music passion.  She bought me my first electric guitar, a ’63 Fender Jazzmaster, when I was 14 years old.  I sang in choir all through grammar school and sang in a Christian choir in high school.  I taught myself guitar and I write songs, mostly songs about loss and love, like many musicians.

East Coast Rocker:  Why did you decide to incorporate both famous and not-so-famous Jersey musicians in your book?

RH: There are so many great musicians, many of whom are yet undiscovered.  I photographed those I heard who I liked.  To make it big in music is tough, and I think those who are both talented and have good business sense, make it. I also believe you become what you believe you will be.  Many musicians have a “starving artist” belief about themselves.  To be good, you must be hungry.  I think many musicians could benefit from some good business management help.   Though their art is amazing, some of the best artists suffer from self-sabotage in one form or another.

East Coast Rocker:  What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had in your career so far?   

RH: Probably having the honor of meeting Joan Jett and Daryl Strawberry. I started AMA Charitable Foundation in 2010 to help non-profits raise money.   We then hosted a fundraiser for autism for 5 schools for children with autism.  Joan came and brought a signed guitar, some signed records, and a Joan Jett Barbie doll.  I didn’t know there was a Barbie doll of Joan Jett!   (See the Joan Jett video here)   I gave her a guitar, that we had the children at Somerset Hills Learning Institute in Bedminster, NJ.,  sign for her.  In a spontaneous moment, someone from the crowd shouted, “Happy Birthday Joan!”   She had just turned 50.  Of course I spontaneously led the crowd in singing the Happy Birthday Song to her.  Of course, after the first verse I realized I was the only one singing.  She was gracious. I think there is a Youtube video of my embarrassing moment, but we had great fun and raised money to help some wonderful children.  (See the video here)

East Coast Rocker:  Who are your musical inspirations?

RH: There are too many to name.  I like all classic rock. The Beatles, The Stones, The Eagles, and, of course, Bruce Springsteen.  I’m actually inspired by some of the great lesser known artists that play the Jersey scene today.  Pat Guadagno, who I affectionately in my book named “The troubadour of the Jersey Shore,”  is an amazing vocal talent.  You know you really like an artist when you have their music CD in your car. I’m inspired by Emily Grove, a 22-year-old singer who I watched from the age of 18.  She has a June Carter kind of sound and is a great songwriter. I’m inspired by Marc Ribler, an amazing singer/songwriter and guitarist.  He wrote a great song for Autism for my BEDSTOCK event and performed it live.  He wrote a song for Sandy victims called, “Our Spirit is Strong” and gave all the proceeds to Sandy victims.  He’s written TV commercial jingles. I’m inspired by JT Bowen who was the lead singer for Clarence Clemons band for battling alcoholism, finding God, and turning his life around.  I’m also inspired by Clarence Clemons son Nick, who took care of his mother after his dad left and is working hard to leverage his father’s legacy and name to run charity events.  He has a great soulful voice.

I worked with Nick to do a fundraiser for Clarence’s birthday at Lance Larson’s Wonderbar in Asbury Park.  We raised money for two schools at the Jersey shore whose musical instruments were destroyed during super storm Sandy. Tom Doyle, master luthier and guitar player, played with Les Paul and took care of his instruments.  Tom worked with Les for more than 40 years.  I took his luthier class in North West Jersey for about a year and refinished my ’63 Fender Jazzmaster. I could go on.  I’m inspired by the music.  I’m inspired by the kindness.  I’m inspired by the charity of so many of these artists who play fundraisers for free when they can barely pay their own rent.

East Coast Rocker:  What did you enjoy the most about producing this book?

RH: Probably the smiles on the artists’ faces when they see themselves in it and the admiration of those fans who once they pick it up, can’t put it down. I also enjoyed making something that people can enjoy in their living rooms and that benefits the musicians, their fans, and charity.  $5 of every book sale goes to charity.  I’ve donated almost 100 books to charities for their fundraising events.  The musicians get the book wholesale so they can make additional revenue from doing book signings and selling them to their fans. East Coast Rocker:  What characteristics draw you to a band or solo artist?

RH: I’m drawn to great musicians who are also gracious and generous with themselves and their time.  I like songs with meaning.  In addition to those I mentioned, I appreciate the music of folk singer George Wirth, and the blues music of Kelley Dewkett.  They tell stories that make me think.

East Coast Rocker: What’s in the future for you after this book?

RH: I have a passion for leaving the planet better.  I spend the largest share of my life working as a business executive for large corporations, IBM, Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, and others.  I’d like to spend the next chapter thinking of ways to help address the social and health issues of our times. There are many small non-profits all across America started by people who are passionate about a particular cause who have limited business experience, limited financial means and weak fundraising ability.  There are also a large number of well-funded foundations who work hard to focus their resources on meaningful efforts across the world. Rather than spending large amounts of time trying to raise a few thousand here and a few thousand there for charities, I would like to help the larger well-funded non-profit foundations focus their resources on addressing the social and health issues affecting us today. The top 10 charitable foundations have more than $100 billion in assets.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has over $34 billion in assets and donates more than $3 billion a year to help causes.  I met Bill Gates and Steve Balmer when I worked as CIO for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.  They do great work.  The Ford Foundation has almost $11 billion in assets.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has about $9 billion.  I’m thinking I would like to help them invest some of that. I think we should create a TV show that is a cross between the Jerry Lewis telethon and “Shark Tank” for non-profits.  We could bring together some of the top foundations with non-profits needing money to help fund and support specific efforts, and non-profit innovations in technology and new capabilities.  Do it live.  Allow people to donate live online and show the results in real time.  Film the results and share successes live, building a greater sense of community, volunteerism, and support for philanthropy.  If anyone knows how to make that happen, I’m in!

East Coast Rocker:  How do you manage to capture such great shots of the artists?

RH: Thank you for the compliment.  Nikon makes a great camera.  Can I say that?  I also use some great software products from Abobe Systems, Photoshop and Lightroom.

East Coast Rocker:  When meeting a band or singer have you ever been nervous?

RH: Yes. I would say I’ve been a bit nervous around many great musicians, until I got to know them.  I’m sure he doesn’t remember, but I met Bruce Springsteen when I was 19 in a bar called Key Largo in Belmar, New Jersey.  I said hello and introduced myself.  He was great.  I was also nervous when I met Joan Jett, though her warm and relaxed interpersonal style put me right at ease. Richard’s book, Great Jersey Musicians is available on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Great-Jersey-Musicians-Photographic-Artworks/dp/0988814803/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369163179&sr=8-1&keywords=great+jersey+musicians

AEG’s digital ticketing division acquires Examiner.com



AEG’s digital ticketing platform AXS, has acquired Examiner.com, a well-known information and content distribution website, it was announced.

The acquisition gives AEG a more fully rounded platform that can attract readers, who can be converted to buy tickets to events.

Examiner.com is a content creation network, and gets 45.5 million unique visitors globally every month, according to Quantcast, the advertising tracker.

The acquisition gives AEG ammunition against rival Live Nation, which uses a range of ticket distribution, including the powerful mobile app BandsInTown, that reaches millions of ticket buyers.


The 16th Bobfest Brings Together Musicians for a Cause

BOBFEST is an annual celebration of the music of Bob Dylan, held on his birthday.

BOBFEST is an annual celebration of the music of Bob Dylan, held on his birthday.
— Photo by Richard Hoynes

By RICHARD HOYNES, East Coast Rocker

RED BANK, N.J. — Bob Dylan, who turned 72 years old on May 24, is one of the greatest singer-songwriter-poets in the world. There’s a story running around that Bob was picked up by the police during his visit to Long Branch at the Jersey shore a few years ago because they thought he was homeless person and had no ID.  How could you not know who Bob Dylan is?

In its 16th year, BOBFEST filled the Count Basie Theater with the wonderful lyrics and songs of Bob Dylan.   The show was led by Pat Guadagno and his band, Tired Horses, and included many special guests.  I respect Pat to such a degree, I featured him in my new coffee table book, Great Jersey Musicians.

BOBFEST was hosted by Big Joe Henry of New Jersey 101.5 FM. Pat and his band were joined by some very special guests including, Steve Delopoulos, Rob Paparozzi, Marc Muller, Jeff Levine, Steve Reilly, and Mary McCrink.

The harmonies of the combined voices of Pat, Steve and Mary brought the audience to their feet with cheers.  When Mary sings, it’s like the heavens open and the light shines through.

In the lobby were some sales and auction items, a portion of whose proceeds went to a scholarship charity in the name of Pat’s late brother, Anthony Guadagno.  Some of the items included CD’s, a giclee painting of Bob Dylan, and copies of Great Jersey Musicians signed by musicians including Clarence Clemons III, the eldest son of Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band; singer songwriter Kelley Dewkett; and Arne Wendt, the keyboard player for Jon Bon Jovi’s second band, The Kings of Suburbia.

Mary McCrink and Pat Guadagno make beautiful music together at Bobfest

Mary McCrink and Pat Guadagno make beautiful music together at Bobfest
— Photo by Richard Hoynes

We had the pleasure of interviewing Pat after the show.

RH:  What sparked your passion for music?

PG:   We are all born with a passion for music. Entertainers just deal with it differently (and constantly)

RH:  How did you get started?

PG:   As soon as I could reach the record player on top of the TV I started playing 45s.  Pat Boone’s “Love Letters in the Sand” and Jimmie Rodgers’ “Kisses Sweeter than Wine” were the two that I recall playing over and over again.

RH:  What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had in your career so far?

PG:   Singing the National Anthem at Giants Stadium before the Giants-Cowboys game was BIG, as was performing for Navy Troops on the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. But Holiday Express has allowed me the biggest ROI by far. Performing is circular.  What you put out comes back to you if you’re lucky. On any given night I can reach out and grab someone’s soul, and at the same time annoy the guy trying to watch the hockey game, but nothing can compare to watching an autistic child feel live music or a forgotten soul receiving the only gift he will get this year.

A portion of the proceeds from Bobfest goes to charity.

A portion of the proceeds from Bobfest goes to charity.
— Photo by Richard Hoynes

RH:  I saw you give a portion of the money to charity.  What charity and why?

PG:  A portion of the proceeds from BOBFEST goes to the Rock and Roll Music Fund which is a 501(C)3 non-profit that helps out those less fortunate through music.  We started the Tony Guadagno Scholarship Fund, which every year will help a bass player from NJ attend Berkley College of Music where my brother studied.

RH:  Have you met Bob Dylan?

PG:  I’ve never met Bob Dylan.

RH:  If you had to live your life over again, what career would you choose and why?

PG:  Without sounding evangelical I think that you don’t choose a musical career.  It chooses you.  Given the chance to do something different, I would do nothing different.   I do wish I had studied music harder, but my aversion to studying music began when piano lessons got in the way of playing guitar. I don’t ever want to understand music or how it works or why it touches people differently, or why I was chosen to be one of the instruments through which it travels.  It’s magic. I believe in magic.

Pat can be seen playing all over the Jersey shore.  For more information, visit http://www.magombo.com and www.GreatJerseyMusic.com .

Moody Blues Tour Announced

Timeless Flight is a Moody Blues retrospective, available now.

Timeless Flight is a Moody Blues retrospective, available now.

STAFF REPORT — The Moody Blues will return to the U.S. for an East Coast tour from March 5 through March 31, it was announced.  The group has several projects underway.

The Moody Blues , the British band known for its blend rock and classical styles, is out to promote Timeless Flight, a detailed retrospective of the group’s career.

Along with the March tour, the band will participate in The Moodies Cruise from April 2-7 which will travel from Port of Miami to Nassau, the Bahamas, the Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos, and back to Miami.

Roger Daltrey of The Who, Carl Palmer of ELP, Lighthouse and Shawn Phillips and The Zombies, The Orchestra starring ELO, Starship, Little River Band, and others are slated to perform aboard the cruise.

Read more: http://www.vintagevinylnews.com/2013/12/touring-moody-blues-set-spring-dates.html#ixzz2nN4iXMCF

Check out the Moody Blues website HERE


Missing Pussy Riot Inmate Feared to Be in Deep Siberia

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot - Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova AFP/Getty Images

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot
– Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova AFP/Getty Images


November 5, 2013 4:35 PM ET

Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is being relocated thousands of miles to a prison colony deep in Siberia, according to her husband Peter Verzilov. Tolokonnikova has been missing for 17 days, since she vanished into the Russian prison system to be transferred to an unknown camp. Verzilov says she is now en route to the city of Krasnoyarsk, 2,600 miles east of Moscow, in the heart of Siberia.

Inside the Pussy Riot Contoversy: Photos From the Trial That Grabbed the World’s Attention

“It’s 100 percent that it’s Krasnoyarsk region,” Verzilov told Rolling Stone by phone, saying the information came from a source in Russia’s prison administration.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/missing-pussy-riot-inmate-feared-to-be-in-deep-siberia-20131105#ixzz2jsCbKFpl
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Cheezy and the Crackers Announce NorthEast Dates

Cheezy and the Crackers - EAST COAST ROCKER PHOTO

A Cheezy and the Crackers Weekend. – Photo by DONNA BALANCIA

ORLANDO – Cheezy and the Crackers announced new dates in the Northeast, hitting Old Vineland Tavern in Millville, N.J.; Woodman of the World in Fairplay, Md.; and Riptide Pool Bar in Ocean City, Md.

The band got down in downtown Melbourne, Fla. during Memorial Day weekend — the New Jersey-based band loves the Sunshine State.

The music is all original and the group has delighted fans for years and is a staple of the Garden State.

Some of their tunes include “All Night Long,” “Just a Lil Something,” and “Crackers Anthem.”

Cheeezy has 22,417 fans on www.reverbnation/cheezyandthecrackers where you can check for upcoming shows.

Cheezy plays Old Vineland Tavern in Millville, N.J., on Friday, June 14; Woodman of the World in Fairplay, Md. on Friday, June 21; and Riptide Pool Bar in Ocean City, Md. on Sunday, June 23.

Patti Smith, Renaissance Rockers make Resurgence in Summer 2013

Donna Balancia with Patti Smith - photo by BALANCIA

Patti Smith is on tour with Banga – photo by DONNA BALANCIA

NEW YORK CITY — The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Patti Smith … seems everyone is on tour.

Come to think of it, maybe everyone is — it’s a resurgence of Renaissance Rockers during this ’70s Summer.

Here’s to all the 70s rockers who are either on tour or have just come out with an album.  Oh and BTW that’s “nineteen” 70s (1970s) — not a reference to anyone’s age.

And while the 1970s were great years for music, opinions differ on other aspects of hip pop culture.

Here’s what’s happening with the musical artists who came to fame during the decade responsible for clogs, “Ultra-Suede,” and “Members Only” jackets:


Rolling Stones – 50 and Counting Tour

Paul McCartney – Out There Tour

Rod Stewart – Tour to promote his new album, Time

Todd Rundgren – Tour to promote new album, State

David Bowie The Next Day

Stooges – Tour to promote new album, Ready to Die

Patti Smith – Tour to promote new album, Banga

Peter Frampton is on tour

UB40 – Tour to promote Getting Over The Storm

‘Like’ Us on our new East Coast Rocker Facebook Page

Scott Hill and Tony Harnell keep the energy high at Skid Row shows - Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Scott Hill and Tony Harnell keep the energy high at Skid Row shows – Photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

East Coast Rocker creates a Facebook Page!

It’s hard to believe we’ve only been around two years and yet we have so many wonderful friends and supporters.  Our first post was written in early 2013.

Thanks for the support by liking us on our Facebook Page, but also just for reading our articles and reviews and checking out our photos!




East Coast Rocker: Putting You In The Front Row

East Coast Rocker by Donna Balancia

East Coast Rocker by Donna Balancia

It’s easy to spot an East Coast Rocker.  It’s the guy or the girl who loves music, loves to support the local bands and venues and appreciates the music.

With East Coast Rocker we make it a point of doing all of that.  We feature local bands — and those who are widely-known  too — in our online publication.

So, if you are a band just starting out and you have photos of yourself and you have some gigs lined up, let us know!

If you’re a veteran East Coast Rocker with a gig, you can let us know too.

Send your information to editor@eastcoastrocker.com and if you have photos, please include them.  We will do our best to support your work.


The Management

California Rocker Launches in Los Angeles

A great performer, Gary Puckett still brings ’em in

EastCoastRocker.com is a new online publication with no relation to previously published, and defunct New Jersey-based The East Coast Rocker, the hard-copy magazine distributed in the 1980s and 1990s.

EastCoastRocker.com is not affiliated with Aquarian Weekly.

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