Real Rock Today, September 14, 2015

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Listen to Van Halen Back When They Were a Cover Band

All bands have to get their start somewhere. Whether it’s in a dank smelling garage, local battle of the bands gigs, or, in the case of Van Halen, going from bar to bar as a cover band playing for tips.

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Yoko Ono Plans Largest Human Peace Sign for John Lennon’s 75th Birthday

October 9th marks what would have been John Lennon’s 75th birthday, and his widow Yoko Ono will commemorate the late Beatle by organizing the world’s largest human peace sign at New York’s Central Park. Ono’s Imagine Peace revealed the record-breaking undertaking Thursday during a stop on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, where Ono, nearly 50 children and city officials congregated outside City Hall to celebrate Lennon’s music, the New York Daily News reports.

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The night Bob Dylan abandoned me at a petrol station

About 20 years ago, I was in Mexico making a documentary. Exhausted, I travelled home via Los Angeles to stay a few days with a musician friend of mine. When I arrived my friend said, “You’ve come at the right time, Bob Dylan is coming round for dinner tonight.” I was in a lather of excitement as Dylan is one of my heroes.

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11 AC/DC Songs You Probably Didn’t Realise Are Actually About Sex

Aussie rock legends and lyrical sex machines AC/DC are bringing their monster Rock Or Bust tour to Australia this December, and you can bet your Stiff Upper Lip that we’re excited.

So excited in fact, that Music Feeds have teamed up with Corona to bring you the Summer 2015 Ultimate Music Fan Merch Pack competition, which could see you snag a shiny new vinyl album and some official merch from AC/DC, together with these eight other excellent acts who also happen to be touring Aus over the summer.

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Crosby, Stills and Nash, Eventim Apollo, review: ‘timeless’

With any act of the vintage of Crosby, Stills and Nash, the question is inevitable. There is no doubting the enormous legacy of their work – but can they still do it justice?

The group’s success was always built on a singular alchemy: David Crosby’s spacious, shape-shifting melodies and modal guitar tunings, which draw equally on folk and jazz; Stephen Stills’s flat-out rock ’n’ roll and powder-keg guitar solos; and Graham Nash’s sweetened pop sensibility. Stir in the group’s trademark harmonies and you have a sound that, more than any other, defines the halcyon musical era of the late Sixties and early Seventies.

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Review: Van Halen turns back the clock, David Lee Roth turns up the shtick at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre

Eight years into Van Halen’s reunion with David Lee Roth, two things are clear:

1. The experience of seeing Eddie Van Halen live will always be worth more than whatever you paid for it. He’s just that good.

2. You live by Roth, you die by him, too.

All of this was clear Sunday in Tampa, as Van Halen turned back the clock with an often thrilling set of jukebox classics before a crowd of 16,000 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. (Among them: Actor and St. Petersburg native Patrick Wilson, who belongs to the Van Halen tribute band the Wilson Van.)

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