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Clapton-The Early Years - August 20, 2010

Eric Clapton: The 1960s Review Due 19 October

 20 August 2010
Eric Clapton: The 1960s Review DVD

A new DVD documentary,  "Eric Clapton: The 1960s Review", will be released on 19 October 2010 and distributed by MVD Entertainment Group (US). Focusing on the formative years of Eric Clapton's career, it will include new interviews with John Mayall, Paul Jones, Neil Innes, Tom McGuiness, Chris Dreja, Top Topham, Ben Palmer, Dave Kelly and Cream producer Bill Halverson, plus insight from Cream biographer Chris Welch, Yardbirds biographer Alan Clayson and Uncut magazine's contributing editor, Nigel Williamson along with archival Eric Clapton interviews, rare photographs and performance footage.

Eric Clapton: The 1960s Review
Release Date: 19 October 2010
Format: DVD
Item # SIDVD559
Run Time: 120 Minutes

Pagey Gets Sued - July 2, 2010

Jimmy Page is being sued by the man who wrote and first recorded the song Dazed And Confused. 

Jake Holmes, an American folk singer, claims that Page and Led Zeppelin infringed his copyright, as his version came out two years prior to Zeppelin’s more famous one, on their self-titled, debut album. However, even if he is successful in this federal law suit (filed in California), Holmes could only claim money owed during the past three years, due to the statute of limitations.

The story started in 1967 when Holmes recorded this song for his debut album “The Above Ground Sound” Of Jake Holmes. What made it unusual was the whole record was done with just bass, guitar and vocals – no drums.

Released in June 1967, the album wasn’t at all well received, but on August 25 the same year, he supported The Yardbirds (featuring Page) when they played at the Village Theater in Greenwich Village, New York. So impressed were the British band with the song that they decided to develop their own version. This was a much longer one, with Page using a violin bow on his guitar.

Although The Yardbirds never did a studio version of this, there have been a couple of live recordings put out. One from a French TV show in March 1968 (which cropped up on a live album released in 2000) actually has Holmes down as writing the song.

By the time Zeppelin recorded Dazed And Confused, Page had changed so much of the song – lyrically and musically – that he was credited as the sole writer. Holmes did try to contact Page, but with no luck. However, he always refused to take legal action – until now.

In his 2008 book When Giants Walked The Earth: A Biography Of Led Zeppelin, Mick Wall interviewed Holmes about this controversy (reprinted in Classic Rock Issue 130). This is what the man said at the time:

“I didn’t think it (Dazed And Confused) was that special. But it went over really well, it was our set closer. The kids loved it – as did the Yardbirds, I guess.”

He says it wasn’t until “way later” he first became aware that Page had recorded his own version with Zeppelin – and given it his own songwriting credit. His initial reaction was to be blasé. “I didn’t give a shit. At that time I didn’t think there was a law about intent. I thought it had to do with the old Tin Pan Alley law that you had to have four bars of exactly the same melody, and that if somebody had taken a riff and changed it just slightly or changed the lyrics that you couldn’t sue them. That turned out to be totally misguided.”

Over the years, he says, he has “been trying to do something about it. But I’ve never been able to find [a legal representative] to really push it as hard as it could be pushed. And economically I didn’t want to be spending hundreds and thousands of dollars to come up with something that may not work. I’m not starving, and I have a lot of cachet with my kids because all the kids in their school say, ‘Your dad wrote Dazed And Confused? Awesome!’ So I’m a cult hero”.

In terms of royalties, he just wants “a fair deal. I don’t want [Page] to give me full credit for this song. He took it and put it in a direction that I would never have taken it, and it became very successful. So why should I complain? But give me at least half-credit on it”.

The fact that Dazed And Confused was destined to become one of Led Zeppelin’s great set-piece moments, he astutely points out, “is partly the problem… For [Jimmy Page], it’s probably more difficult to wrench that song away from him than it would be any other song”.

You can make your mind up now as to whether Holmes’ law suit has any validity

Here’s The Holmes version.

And this is the Zeppelin one.

Jeff Beck insures his fingers! - April 16, 2010

Rock star Jeff Beck is said to have insured his fingers and thumbs for £7 million after slicing off one of his digits chopping carrots.

The guitarist 65, was thought to be making a stew at his Wadhurst home when the accident happened.

Surgeons managed to sew the tip of his left index finger back on but the mishap meant he struggled to finish new album Emotion and Commotion – which is released on Monday.

Since the accident the legendary guitarist has insured each of his digits for £700,000.

A source close to the former Yardbirds star said: “Jeff was making a stew when he cut his finger clean off.

“Thankfully surgeons were able to patch it up. But now he's taking no chances and has upped his insurance to $1million per finger.”


Eel Pie Club - April 9, 2010

MUSIC lovers in Twickenham are preparing to celebrate the 10th birthday of the area's famous Eel Pie Club

It's the 10th birthday of the area's famous Eel Pie Club.

MUSIC lovers in Twickenham are preparing to celebrate the 10th birthday of the area's famous Eel Pie Club.

The club aims to preserve and continue the area's rich musical heritage, which began in the 1960s over on Eel Pie Island. The island was one of the key venues in the rhythm and blues scene, and regular performances from the likes of The Rolling Stone, The Yardbirds, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton, helped forge the area's long-standing association with the scene.

The brain child of musician Tom Nolan and concert organisers Gina Way and Warren Walters launched the club in April 2000 at The Room Above The Fox, in Twickenham. It soon outgrew the space and moved to the Cabbage Patch, in London Road, in June that year.

It now has more than 900 members, who receive insider information and cut priced tickets to events, which are held every other Wednesday.

Guests and featured musicians have included Ronnie Wood, former members of Atomic Rooster, Rick Parfitt, Mick Avory of the Kinks and former member of Genesis, Yardbirds and Whitesnake.

The club marks a major milestone, its 10th birthday, on April 14, and will host a special evening to celebrate.

The night will be led by slide guitarist and the club's co-owner Tom Nolan, who will be joined by an all-star band made up of Don Craine and Keith Grant, of the Downliners Sect, Dave Lennox, formerly of Blodwyn Pig, Chris Hunt, formerly of Lonnie Donegan Band, and Ray Majors, formerly of Mott The Hoople.

They will be joined by special guests who have appeared at the club over the last decade. So far, those confirmed include Mick Avory, of The Kinks, tribute band Rollin' Stoned, Top Topham, of Yardbirds, Derek Griffiths, of The Artwoods and Brian Willoughby, of Strawbs.

A few days later , on April 18, legendary jazz singer and keyboard player Georgie Fame will perform a special one-off show at The Live Room, at Twickenham Stadium.

With more than 20 albums and 14 hit singles, including numbers ones Yeh Yeh, Getaway and The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde, under his belt, Fame has collaborated with some of the industry's biggest names, including Gene Vincent, Bill Wyman and Van Morrison.

Tickets are being snapped up fast for the intimate, 400 capacity show, which will see Fame joined by his sons Tristan and James Powell. Support comes from the Robin Bibi Band.

Part of the proceeds from both events will go to The Otakar Kraus Trust, which provides music and voice therapy for children and young people with disabilities, and the Princess Alice Hospice, in Esher.

Tickets for the Georgie Fame show, on April 18, cost £27.50. Tickets for the birthday show cost £11 from . For more details telephone 07732

Jimmy Page & Roger Daltrey? - February 27, 2010


Roger Daltrey wants to start a super-group with Jimmy Page.

The Who singer is keen to form a new band with the Led Zeppelin guitarist and go back to the blues roots he established before he started writing songs with bandmate Pete Townshend.

He told UK radio station BBC6 music: "I'd love to do something, I'd love to do an album with Jimmy Page. He needs a singer to drive him. I'm a great blues singer.

"I don't sing the blues with The Who, but that's what I used to be before Townshend started writing. I used to be a great blues singer."

The project is more likely to happen as the future of The Who is uncertain, following comments made by 64-year-old Pete revealed he may have to stop performing because of a recurring problem with tinnitus - a painful ringing in the ears, a symptom of noise-induced hearing loss.

He said: "If my hearing is going to be a problem, we're not delaying shows. We're finished. I can't really see any way around the issue."

Meanwhile, Jimmy Page has spoken of his frustration at not being able to make a Led Zeppelin reunion happen.

The other surviving members of the group are busy, with singer Robert Plant recording a new album with vocalist Alison Krauss, and bassist John Paul Jones joining super-group Them Crooked Vultures.

Jimmy said: "You'd better ask Robert Plant what the future of Led Zeppelin is. Musicians can always play together but I don't think you can go out with a band called Led Zeppelin if you haven't got the original vocalist."

Jimmy has, however, spoken of his desire to get a new musical project off the ground this year, which could pave the way for Roger's plan.

He previously said: "Next year I have every intention of playing music live and manifesting it. I've got the music waiting, and that's what I'll be doing."

Jimmy Page Trio? - January 19, 2010

Jimmy Page has begun talking about the new solo album he has started working on that he states will be “radical.” There is also talk of doing some touring, with Page possibly forming up a hard rock trio. It appears that Page is still kicking ideas around and has not yet made any firm plans regarding a new band or tour dates.

Page is the last of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin to get back into the music business – at least as far as recording and performing live are concerned. Robert Plant’s collaboration with Alison Krauss and John Paul Jones’ signing on as part of Them Crooked Vultures proves that the legendary rockers still have plenty of music in them, and are not quite ready to fade away into the annals of music history.

New Jeff Beck album/tour - January 18, 2010

Jeff Beck has just announced a string of his own UK shows for later in the year. And he’ll have a new album out in time.

Following two dates with Eric Clapton at the O2 Arena in London on February 13/14, Beck has confirmed the following shows:

Oct. 15: Bournemouth International Centre

Oct. 16: Brighton Centre

Oct. 17: Birmingham Symphony Hall

Oct. 20: Clyde Auditorium

Oct. 21: Manchester Apollo

Oct. 22: Sheffield City Hall

Oct. 24: Bristol Colston Hall

Oct. 25: Cardiff St. David’s Hall

Oct. 26: London Royal Albert Hall

Tickets are on sale now. They cost £36.50 everywhere,  except in London where they are £43.50, £35 and £30.

The legendary guitarist is currently in the studio working on a new album, with co-producers Trevor Horn and Steve Lipson. As yet untitled, this will be out in the first half of the year.

Jeff has also been nominated for another Grammy award. This time for 'A Day In The Life' off of his 'Performing This Week' CD. The song has been nominated for 'Best Rock Instrumental'


The 2009 Yardbirds - May 15, 2009


Lead singer and bassist John Idan, has now left the Yardbirds. John has been a great contributor to the band over the years, and the Yardbirds have wished him every success with his career.

Two fantastic musicians, both from the UK, have now joined forces with the band, heralding in a new musical era for the Yardbirds.

Andy Mitchell, a powerful singer, songwriter and formidable acoustic guitar player is the new lead vocalist. Andy also plays harmonica with an economical style reminiscent of the original bands sound. David Smale is a brilliant new generation bass player. His joining, bring both power and imagination to an all important rhythm section.

The combination of skills together with these new members on board will enhance the Yardbirds’ legendary material and expand the musical direction, as have other gifted players who have participated in the bands past.

Sid Barryd, May 2009

Yardbirds Reunion Jam - April 3, 2009

10th Anniversary of Mooreland Street Records' first release: This album is fast becoming a "classic" longer available as a CD it is now available ONLY as a digital download. History in the making as Chris Dreja joins The Jim McCarty Band for THE YARDBIRDS REUNION JAM... A crucial link in the reformation of The Yardbirds with McCarty, Dreja, John Idan and Rod Demick. Recorded live at The 100 Club, London: The Yardbirds Reunion Jam;-keywords=the+yardbirds+reunion+jam&x=10&y=20

Birds & Beasts - March 25, 2009

From the 'Let It Rock' website: FROM THE 'BIRDS AND BEASTS There's a new band been bubbling for some time with three Brit rock veterans having a ball. These are THE YARDBIRDS' heavy hitter Jim McCarty, his RENAISSANCE cohort John Hawken, more famous for his work with THE NASHVILLE TEENS and recently THE STRABWS, on keyboards and THE ANIMALS' guitarist Hilton Valentine. They already recorded five songs to be out soon, including Jim's "It All Comes Around" which will be the B-side for the combo's first single, Graham Gouldman's "You Stole My Love". Feels teasin'!

Clapton/Beck in Japan - February 21, 2009

Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck - legendary guitarists and former Yardbirds - performed their first co-headlining concert in Japan at Saitama's Super Arena on Saturday 21 February. This was the first time they have shared a bill as co-headliners in an arena show. The 20,000 people in attendance witnessed an event with 29 songs that lasted between two and a half and three hours. Like all weekend concerts in Japan, the show started at 5PM. Jeff Beck kicked things off with a 13 song set that included a stunning verion of "A Day In The Life". Other songs performed included "The Pump," "Cause We've Ended As Lovers," "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," and "Brush With The Blues." Eric Clapton then took the stage with his band for a 9 song set. It opened with acoustic versions of "Driftin." and "Layla." This was the first time EC "unplugged" Layla in quite some time. His "electric" set included "Tell The Truth" from the Derek and the Dominos era along with blues songs, "Little Queen of Spades", "Before You Accuse Me," and "Crossroads." The fellow Yardbirds then shared the stage for 7 songs. Their joint set consisted of "You Need Love," "Listen Here - Compared To What," "Here But I'm Gone," "Outside Woman Blues," "Brown Bird," "Wee Wee Baby" and "Want To Take You Higher." The line up for this portion of the concert was EC and his band with Jeff Beck. (No Yardbirds songs? Too bad) One fan in attendance said, "It was a historical night. Jeff tries to draw out all the possibilities from the guitar and Eric tries to express all his feelings with the guitar. It was Jeff's beige vs Eric's light blue stratocaster." Both men spent time in the Yardbirds, one of the key bands in Britain's 1960s blues revival. Beck took over when Clapton departed in March 1965. Clapton left the group as it was moving towards a more commercial sound and he wanted to remain true to his blues roots. The band had a number of chart hits before Jeff Beck left to be replaced by Jimmy Page. After the Yardbirds, Clapton went from success to success with bands like John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, and Derek and the Dominos before launching a solo career that has spanned close to 40 years. Clapton is a triple inductee into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo performer). Following the Yardbirds, Beck went on to form The Jeff Beck Group and later Beck, Bogert & Appice. Beck launched his solo career in 1974. His recorded output has touched on many genres including blues-rock, jazz fusion and electronica. Beck was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with the Yardbirds in 1992 and will be inducted as a solo artist at the annual ceremonies on 4 April 2009. Over the years, the duo have occasionally joined forces on stage. The first - a benefit for Amnesty International - took place in 1981. At that event, called "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball," Clapton and Beck performed "Crossroads," "Further On Up The Road," "Cause We've Ended As Lovers" as well as the all-star finale of "I Shall Be Released". They teamed up again at the 1983 ARMS shows in London (along with fellow Yardbirds alum Jimmy Page) and Clapton's 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas. Jeff Beck and his touring band also performed at Clapton's 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival. In November 2007, Clapton returned the favor by appearing at Beck's concerts at Ronnie Scott's in London. Jeff Beck wrapped a solo tour of Japan on 19 February in Osaka. Eric Clapton is currently on solo tour in Japan, with shows at Tokyo's Budokan on 24, 25, 27 and 28 February. Clapton and Beck will team up one more time on 22 February at Saitama Super Arena. Don't forget to check the Winter Tour 2009 Page on for fan reviews! Eric Clapton & His Band: Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals Doyle Bramhall II - guitar, backing vocals Willie Weeks - bass Abe Laboriel Jr - drums Chris Stainton - keyboards Michelle John - backing vocals Sharon White - backing vocals Jeff Beck Band: Jeff Beck - guitar Tal Wilkenfeld - bass Vinnie Colaiuta - drums David Sancious * - keyboards * Sancious toured with Clapton in 2001 Set List: 01. The Pump (Jeff Beck) 02. You Never Know (Jeff Beck) 03. Cause We've Ended As Lovers (Jeff Beck) 04. Stratus (Jeff Beck) 05. Angel (Jeff Beck) 06. Led Boots (Jeff Beck) 07. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Brush WIth The Blues (Jeff Beck) 08. Solo instrumental by Jeff Beck with Tal Wilkenfeld 09. Blue Wind (Jeff Beck) 10. A Day In The Life (Jeff Beck) 11. Where Were You (Jeff Beck) 12. Big Block (Jeff Beck) 13. Peter Gunn Theme (Jeff Beck) 14. Driftin' (EC - solo acoustic) 15. Layla - unplugged version (EC) 16. Motherless Child (EC) 17. Running On Faith (EC) 18. Tell The Truth (EC) 19. Little Queen Of Spades (EC) 20. Before You Accuse Me (EC) 21. Cocaine (EC) 22. Crossroads (EC) 23. You Need Love (EC and Jeff Beck) 24. Listen Here - Compared To What (EC and Jeff Beck) 25. Here But I'm Gone (EC and Jeff Beck) 26. Outside Woman Blues (EC and Jeff Beck) 27. Brown Bird (EC and Jeff Beck) 28. Wee Wee Baby (EC and Jeff Beck) 29. Want To Take You Higher (EC and Jeff Beck)

Digital Downloads - January 22, 2009

The following albums are available as digital downloads for those who enjoy instant gratification:

BRITISH INVASION ALL-STARS: British Invasion All-Stars




YARDBIRDS: Yardbirds Reunion Jam

VARIOUS ARTISTS: Yardbirds Family Tree



Jimmy Page presents - January 19, 2009

Jimmy Page will act as presenter to his longtime friend and former fellow bandmate Jeff Beck for Beck's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4th 2009. Page and Beck were bandmembers in The Yardbirds during the 1960's. The 2009 ceremony will be held in Cleveland, Ohio and will be available to view live around the world on a streaming internet broadcast at:

The performer inductees are:
Jeff Beck
Little Anthony & the Imperials
Bobby Womack

Early Influence Category Inductee:
Wanda Jackson

Sidemen Category:
Bill Black
DJ Fontana
Spooner Oldham

The 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer inductees were chosen by the 600 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. Artists are eligible for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twenty-five years after their first recording is released.

Ticket Purchase Information:

MEMBER TICKETS: A limited number of pre-sale tickets to the Induction Ceremony at Cleveland's historic Public Hall will be available to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum members on Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23. Rock Hall members can purchase tickets by calling (216) 515-1999 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on January 22 and 23. Member tickets are being sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The Member pre-sale will continue until the member advance allotment is exhausted. Because of the demand for this event, there will be a two ticket limit on all orders. Individual tickets to the Induction Ceremony are available for $35 and $75.

PRE-SALE TICKETS: Pre-sale tickets will be available to the public for $35 and $75 during a one-day walk-up sale on Saturday, January 24 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Box Office. Pre-sale Tickets are also being sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The pre-sale will continue until the ticket allotment is exhausted. There will be a two ticket limit on all orders.

TICKETMASTER: Tickets to the Induction Ceremony will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, January 26 for $35 and $75. Fans can contact Ticketmaster ONLINE or at 800-745-3000. Because of the demand for this event, there will be a two ticket limit on all orders.

Jeff Beck-inducted again - January 14, 2009

Jeff Beck inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame for a second time.

When he joins the class of 2009 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland on April 4th, Jeff Beck will join a short list of rockers that have entered the Hall of Fame twice: The guitarist was first inducted in 1992 as a member of the Yardbirds, and now 17 years later he’ll be honored for his solo career. (Coincidentally, Beck’s Yardbirds predecessor Eric Clapton is the only musician to be inducted three times: With the Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist.)

Clapton back in Surrey - January 2, 2009

Eric Clapton made a suprise guest apearance on Monday 22 December at a special charity show at Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey, hosted by Paul Jones. In front of just 200 people, Eric performed 4 numbers, All Your Loving, Can't Judge A Book, Sleigh Bells Ringing and Everything's Going To Be Alright, backed by the Guy Tortora band and Paul Jones. Eric Bibb was also on the bill.

(Eric is starting to do some old Yardbirds songs again! Or rather songs that The Yardbirds used to do when E.C. was in the band)

The 2009 Yardbirds - January 1, 2009

What will The Yardbirds look like in the year 2009? Hard to tell at this point. Singer John Idan will depart after a February tour of Canada then a replacement will have to be found. No word as yet on what the new line-up will look like. More news here as it becaomes available.

Jane Relf CD - November 14, 2008

Jane's Renaissance a double CD set is now available at Amazon.Com for just $13.98. Here is just one of the many glowing fan reviews:

Renaissance known for being the new direction the late Keith Relf and James McCarty took after the Yardbirds. This compilation gives the listener a comprehensive look at one of the key elements of the new band-Jane Relf (sister of the later Keith Relf). If any person have their doubts about how powerful this new direction was take a listen.
This is the only comprehensive overview of the Relf-McCarty band that also includes material by Illusion, Stairway the unreleased 3rd album by Illusion and more importantly the only place where you get all the lost gems by Jane Relf. The sound quality is excellent throughout including the recently unearthed demos of Carpet of the Sun. This project was the brainchild of Brian Williams and his love of the music shines through the sound and detailed notes. We also get a couple of melodies that were produced by Brian that will give you a different look at the band. If you are looking for a comprehensive look at Keith Relf, James McCarty band look no further than this release.
(by Rick Barnes)

No Led Zepp Reunion - October 10, 2008

Robert Plant Puts An End To Led Zeppelin Reunion
by Paul Cashmere -

Led Zeppelin will not be reforming in 2009. Lead singer Robert Plant has put an end to the speculation with an announcement at his official website.

Plant says “It‘s both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to?rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward”.

However he did elude that Pages and Jones with Jason Bonham may be doing something together. “I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects,” he added.

Page and Jones without Plant and John Bonham would be as much Led Zeppelin as Brian May and Roger Taylor is Queen.

Even when Page and Plant toured together, they toured as Page and Plant, not Led Zeppelin.

Robert says that after he finishes working with Alison Kraus on their current tour that he will not be working with anyone for “at least the next two years”.

His site is definite in its statement that “Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin”.

Led Zeppelin’s last show at the O2 Arena in London in December 2007 can now be officially considered a one-off.

Idan quits Yardbirds - September 29, 2008

From John Idan:

For a while now, I've been thinking about how I should progress as a musician and as a person. I've covered great grounds in the last year and also travelled extensively and made huge advances over the last 13. Being a musician is certainly not the easiest of lives to lead and many things over the years have caused me troubles. You may be wondering what I'm leading up to and I have to sadly say that at the end of this year I will be leaving the Yardbirds.

For John's complete statement please visit

Jeff Beck-nominated - September 22, 2008

From The Hartford Courant
Jeff Beck, Chic, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Metallica, Run D.M.C., the Stooges, War and Bobby Womack are this year's nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Of the nine, five will be inducted into the Cleveland museum at a ceremony scheduled for April 4 at Public Hall in Cleveland.

First, how are the Stooges not in already? Their caveman rock has inspired punk, metal, alternative and industrial bands for 40 years.

And Jeff Beck? He's in for his work with the Yardbirds, which is gratifying, but the fact that it's taken him this long to be nominated on his own is a headscratcher. Speaking of which: No Rush. No Alice Cooper. No Kiss. No Jethro Tull. Influential acts, all.

Which brings us to the expected debate about the others.

For starters, there shouldn't be any question about Metallica. No one should be quibbling over Wanda Jackson, either. Sometimes called the first female rock 'n' roll singer and the queen of rockabilly, she was there when rock was born -- and she dated Elvis Presley!

Purists will argue against Run-D.M.C. because rap isn't rock 'n' roll (though the New York trio single-handedly revived Aerosmith's career with its cover of -- and video for -- "Walk This Way"). The same goes for Chic, a disco act nominated last year.

Womack ought to make it just for his session work on guitar and his songwriting: He played on Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Sly's "There's A Riot Goin' On," and the Rolling Stones' "Harlem Shuffle," among others. And he wrote Aretha Franklin's "Chain Of Fools," Wilson Picket's "I'm a Midnight Mover" and Janis Joplin's "Trust Me." Those are pretty solid credentials.

Little Anthony and the Imperials' doo-wop sound was certainly influential. Was it influential enough?

And War. Given the list above of eligible rockers who haven't made it in, War seems like a stretch.

Clapton plays The Yardbirds - September 19, 2008

He has played at some of the most famous venues in the world, but none would have given Eric Clapton more pleasure than the private gig he was performing in Soho last night.

Not only was he returning for the first time to the site of the legendary Marquee club, where his career began over 40 years ago, but his performance was in aid of the Countryside Alliance.

These days the once wild rock star is a devoted family man and consummate follower of country pursuits, fishing and shooting whenever he can.

More than 300 people were crammed into Floridita restaurant, including Ben Goldsmith, the Earl of Portsmouth and the family of meat baron Lord Vestey, for the private concert. Guests paid £1,000 a table for the privilege.

Restaurateur Ranald Macdonald - London chairman of the Countryside Alliance whose Pimlico eatery Boisdale is a partner with Floridita - tells me: "The event was over-subscribed.

"So many people wanted to hear Eric in a venue where he started his career. He is a terrific supporter of the Countryside Alliance and we are sure we will have raised a lot of money."

Cameras were banned from the event at which Clapton reprised hits from the Yardbirds** and Cream.

"It was the most exclusive event I have ever been at," says a fan. "To have Clapton playing his guitar in a basement in Soho was really special."


New Jeff Beck DVD - September 18, 2008

Legendary Yardbirds and now solo guitarist Jeff Beck is to release a live DVD recorded over his six show residency at world famous jazz club Ronnie Scotts last November.

Backed by a full live band comprising drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, keyboardist Jason Rebello, and bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, Jeff Beck perfromed a wide selection of material from his 30 year career throughout the week.

The live footage called ‘Performing This Week… Live At Ronnie Scott’s’ also includes Beck's version of the Beatles "A Day In The Life" and is released on Eagle Vision on November 10, 2008.

The full lilve track listing is:

Beck’s Bolero
Eternity’s Breath
Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers
Behind The Veil
You Never Know
Blast From The East
Led Boots
Angels (Footsteps)
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat / Bush With The Blues
Space Boogie
Big Block
A Day In The Life
Where Were You

Page Closes Olympics - August 25, 2008

Jimmy Page, Leona Lewis and Placido Domingo joined Chinese performers including Wei Wei, Andy Lau and Karen Mok at the 2008 Beijing Olympics' closing ceremony last night (Aug. 24).

Held at the National Stadium (a.k.a. the Bird's Nest), the ceremony was held before a capacity crowd of 91,000 and hundreds of Olympic athletes.

Following the handover of the Olympic flag to Boris Johnson, mayor of 2012 Summer Olympics host city London, a red double-decker London bus entered the stadium. From the bus emerged singer Leona Lewis and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, who performed Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love." The performance culminated with an appearance by international soccer star David Beckham.

Clapton at Montreux - August 25, 2008

The melding of lead guitarist Eric Clapton, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Marcus Miller, keyboardist Joe Sample (of The Crusaders) and tenor saxman David Sanborn into one superband performing on the prestigious Montreux stage means there’s going to be some sublime music-making headed your way! These are, arguably, the best musicians in the world, and when they came together on this night in 1997, the results were positively magic! Add to that the beauty and clarity of Blu-Ray, complete with stunning sound, and you have one heavy-duty 13-song 107-minute blockbuster Blu-Ray Event. It lands in stores September 30 (Pre-Book Date September 10, Retail Sales Price $24.98).

Legends Live At Montreux 1997 is the only known document of this allstar lineup, a lineup that never had the opportunity to record together. Filled with delicious jazz, blues and rock, the material gives each maestro the opportunity to stretch out and shine on his respective ax. The result is an intoxicating brew of improvisation and collective chemistry that has to be seen and heard to be believed. (The set is also available on DVD – released September 2005 on Eagle Rock Entertainment.)

Bassist Miller and Drummer Gadd had already played in Guitarist Clapton’s bands so their musical interaction was skin-tight. This Miller/Gadd allstar rhythm section is perfectly in sync with the master guitarist to the point of what can only be described as stageside mental telepathy. Miller, in fact, put this solid aggregation together for a ’97 Euro tour.

Track Listing

1) Full House

2) Groovin’

3) Ruthie

4) Snakes

5) Going Down Slow

6) The Peeper

7) In Case You Hadn’t Noticed

8) Third Degree

9) First Song/Tango Blues

10) Put It Where You Want It

11) Shreveport Stomp

12) In A Sentimental Mood/Layla

13) Everyday I Have The Blues

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News from The Raveups - July 29, 2008

From The Raveups (Yardbirds Tribute Band)

It is a hot month of shows coming up for The RaveUps, at some great venues in August. August 8th we're doing a benefit for veterans at an event called East Bay Stand Down. It is an event to help vets get housing , jobs, counseling, etc. Also on the bill are The Sun Kings, an excellent Beatles tribute band. We will give these vets some great music to help lighten their load. Unfortunately this show is not open to the public
The next day, August 9th - Fire On The Mountain, finds us winding up into the mountains for the Sonora Blues Festival. It's also called the Fire On The Mountain festival, but we're not sure that's a good name to use in California this year . The RaveUps we're invited to play last year, and got a great response from the blues community. This year we will be on the big stage for one show, and on the indoor air conditioned stage for a show later in the day. A workshop is also planned, so we can share the British blues of the 60's with all who are interested.

The next weekend we'll be performing August 16th at The Mystic Theater . This show is another collaboration with The Sun Kings, and we'll be a great night of British Invasion music.

Finally on September 5th we will producing our 4th British Invasion Night show at the Great American Music Hall . If you've never been to one, treat yourself to a real trip back to the early sixties. Music from the Beatles, Yardbirds, and The Who will be performed by three great tribute bands. There will be a light show, go go dancers, and films from the era shown. A real English Bobby will greet you at the door to help you travel back to the sixties in England.
We hope to see our long time fans at one of these shows, and look forward to meeting the new ones.
Long live The Yardbirds !

The RaveUps
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