October 2016

The Platinum Rock All Stars!

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Submitted by Don Graham

Imagine an album featuring some of your favourite classic rock songs to hit the charts by the original artists with some of the finest musicians of that era.

Acts like The Rascals, Yes, Vanilla Fudge, Whitesnake, Asia, Blue Oyster Cult and more. Now imagine seeing that album performed live featuring some of the original musicians playing together as a super group, a group called The Platinum Rock All Stars.

Well that’s exactly what you can do in Toronto on October 19th as The Platinum Rock All Stars come to The Rock Pile West for one show only. The band will feature: Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, Ozzy on drums;,Gene Cornish  of The Rascals on guitar;
Geoff Downes of Buggles, Asia and Yes on keyboards; Phil Naro of Talas, Peter Criss Kiss Army; Brian May, Julian Lennon on vocals and guitar;  Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult on bass and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, of Guns N’ Roses on guitar.

Rosie Mackenzie Releases New Album “Atlantic”

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Submitted to Cashbox Canada

On Thursday, October 6th, at 7:00pmThe Old Triangle Irish Alehouse’s An Seanchai Room in Halifax will play host to the highly-anticipated launch of Cape Breton fiddler Rosie Mackenzie’s latest album, Atlantic. Recorded in her current home of Dingle, Ireland, with guitarist Matt Griffin, Atlantic is a collection of original compositions that pays tribute to MacKenzie’s Cape Breton roots while also highlighting how much the Atlantic Ocean has shaped her life. For more information, check out the facebook page for the free event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/534725980062711/

Additionally, Rosie and Matt Griffin will be performing on Tuesday October 11th, at 7:30pm, The Port Morien Legion/Community Centre in Port Morien as part of Cow Bay Ceilidh, a celebration of local music as part of the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton.. There will also be a free concert two days earlier on  Friday, October 9th, at 5:30pm, at the Bras d'Or Yacht Club in Baddeck.

Jean Shepard Joins the Heavenly Opry Choir

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Submitted by Don Graham

Country legend Jean Shepard has passed away at the age of 82. Shepard's first chart appearance was in 1953 as a duet partner with Ferlin Husky on "A Dear John Letter" and its sequel, "Forgive Me John." Shepard and Husky toured the country following their hit singles. In 1955, she had her first solo Top Ten single, "A Satisfied Mind," which was backed by the number 13 hit "Take Possession." Later in the year, she had another Top Ten hit with "Beautiful Lies"/"I Thought of You." Her streak of hit singles led to an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry in 1956. That same year, she joined Red Foley's Ozark Jubilee and recorded Songs of a Love Affair, arguably the first concept album in country music history. Its 12 songs depict a marriage torn apart by a love affair. 

For nearly ten years after the release of "Beautiful Lies,"

Shepard wasn't able to get a song into the Top Ten. In fact, she had only two Top 40 hits during that period -- "I Want to Go Where No One Knows Me" (#18, 1958) and "Have Heart, Will Love" (#30, 1959). She continued to record and tour -- she was even named the Top Female Singer of 1959 by CashBox -- but nothing was breaking through to the record-buying public. This was primarily because she was a hardcore honky tonk singer in a time that country-pop was ruling the charts. In 1963, her husband Hawkshaw Hawkins died in the same plane crash that killed Patsy Cline. The following year, she returned to the Top Ten with "Second Fiddle (To an Old Guitar)." The song began a string of hits for Shepard.

Carmine Appice Stick It!

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

As drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Carmine Appice set the grooves for the groundbreaking band’s 1967 psychedelic debut, inadvertently inventing Stoner Rock in the process. The Fudge had no precedent. The band was totally unique. No rock group, up until that point, had ever so lugubriously s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out well-known pop tunes like the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby” and “Ticket To Ride,” Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” Sonny & Cher’s “Bang Bang” Rod Argent’s “She’s Not There” and, most famously, The Supremes’ Motown classic “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” to such hippie heights. With Mark Stein’s mysterioso wash of Grand Guignol keyboard theatrics, Tim Bogert’s amazing and trippy bass runs, and guitarist Vince Martell’s era-happy soloing, Appice boomed like no other drummer in rock history. Their debut album still stands today as a Hard Rock classic. Vanilla Fudge went on to tour with Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and even had Led Zeppelin as an opening act.

Post-Fudge, Bogert and Appice formed Cactus (seen as an influence on King’s X and Van Halen). Post-Cactus, the rhythm section found Grammy-winning Guitar Hero Jeff Beck to form the first supergroup: Beck, Bogert & Appice (BBA).