Clive Palmer dies

November 25, 2014

Clive Palmer

Clive Palmer

Not a member of the mysterious folk troupe’s classic line-up, Clive Palmer, who passed away on November 23rd, aged 71, was one of THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND‘s co-founders. It was him who joined forces with Robin Williamson and drew Joe Boyd’s attention before the two decided to expand their ranks and added Mike Heron to the party before recording the ensemble’s self-titled debut and then breaking up. While his former colleagues found fame, if not fortune, in a quartet with two female singers, Palmer journeyed to the East and, upon return to the U.K., became a teacher and a leader of such collectives as THE FAMOUS JUG BAND, C.O.B. and THE CLIVE PALMER BAND, sometimes reuniting with Mike and Robin. A cult figure, he will be warmly remembered by many.

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GOV’T MULE cover PINK FLOYD

November 24, 2014

GOV'T MULE - Dark Side Of The MulePlaying other people’s classic for their own show’s entirety has recently become a fad among rockers. So it goes with PINK FLOYD‘s “Dark Side Of The Moon” which has been covered live before by several acts, most famously by DREAM THEATER. No one would bet, though, that this fashion could touch GOV’T MULE whose blues are hardly associated with prog rock. Still, where else could they go after having heavy guests sing, as we reported, on their last album? Thankfully, “Dark Side Of The Mule” isn’t the 1973 record-setter but a mix of FLOYD’s pieces.

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Appice Brothers release their drum battle

November 23, 2014

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They pronounce their last name differently, yet Carmine and Vinny Appice are the most famous brothers serving rock ‘n’ roll from behind the battery kit. The list of their credits are long and fascinating, and both heavily – in all meaning of the word – influenced popular music, Carmine through his stint with VANILLA FUDGE, Vinny via his stay with BLACK SABBATH and DIO, although the older also dallied with disco in Rod Stewart’s band and co-wrote the jarringly immortal “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” before touring with Ozzy Osbourne. The songs the Appices recorded with various artists have recently been a part of the brothers’ show “Drum Wars” the very heart of which were duels of percussive solos. Now, one of these performances, recorded in June 2014 at the “Iridium” club in New York, are out on CD.

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David Byron’s bio resurrected

November 23, 2014

JEFF PERKINS - David Byron: Born To Perform

JEFF PERKINS -
David Byron: Born To Perform

It was more than a decade ago that Jeff Perkins had finished his personal quest of collecting any available piece of information about the late great David Byron, the original singer with URIAH HEEP and the leader of ROUGH DIAMOND and a band of his own. Byron, who died in 1985, still remains one of the most revered frontmen, and Perkins came up with a brilliant tome called that depicts not only David’s life but also Jeff’s journey on the way to the book’s issue: contacting the singer’s connections, getting interviews with the likes of Mick Box and Ken Hensley who came up with the titular phrase, visiting his old haunts. It was sold out in a record time, and since then the author has been receiving requests for a new edition. Now, the wait’s almost over, and December will see it reprinted.

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