Mark “Moogy” Klingman was a musicians’ musician, his songs recorded by rock, blues and pop elite – “I’m A Free Man” by James Cotton, “Ain’t That A Kindness” by Johnny Winter, “Just A Sinner” by Carly Simon, “Let Me Just Follow” by Bette Midler, “Friends” by Midler and Barry Manilow – and served as a musical director for various artists and projects, also producing and playing keyboards. Moogy toured with Lou Reed and played with his pal Andy Kaufman, but it’s another of Klingman’s buddies, Todd Rundgren, that he’s always associated with. Mark’s stint with the latter’s UTOPIA may not have been long, spanning the band’s first years and two albums, yet when the veteran fell ill, Todd organized concerts to raise funds for his medical expenses – in January and November of 2011. Unfortunately, Moogy died from cancer three days before the second one, on November 15th. Both were recorded, though, and May 1st will see the release of a 4CD/2DVD box set comprising the two sets.
Mostly remembered by “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” – a song he co-penned in 1975 while in THE ARROWS and taken to the top of the charts by Joan Jett in 1982 – Alan Merrill, who passed away on March 29th, aged 69, from coronavirus, always refused to be defined by this single piece. Of course, the veteran had to deliver it every time he hit the stage, but Alan used to find much more pride – even recently – in VODKA COLLINS, a glam-rock group formed in the early ’70s when the American artist, having passed an audition for THE LEFT BANKE and released a solo album, worked in Japan trying to shake off his teenage heartthrob image.
Glenn Danzig‘s love for vintage rock is no secret – after all, he was privileged to indulge it by writing songs for Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash – but the American punk’s connection to Elvis Presley was vividly manifested only one, in his “Legacy” TV special. Yet five years down the line, the veteran releases – on April 17th – the album titled “Danzig Sings Elvis” and feauturing his interpretations of the King’s classics such as “Love Me” and, most importantly, deep cuts like “Pocketful Of Rainbows” that only true fans cherish.
Despite their popularity, there hasn’t been a lot of concert recordings from COLOSSEUM‘s first lifespan. 1971’s "Live" being the only official on-stage release from the band. No wonder that the gap was filled with bootlegs which the fans pored over for years, despite the not-always-great sound quality. This is about to change now, with the issue of four formers bootlegs, from 1969 to 1971, capturing the Jon Hiseman-led ensemble in their element and exposing some trackspreviously unheard in such an environment – like their take on “With A Little Help From My Friends” or “Mandarin” from the group’s debut.
It’s been a decade and a half since David Sancious last released a new studio album, and “Eyes Wide Open” that’s out now is more than welcome. It’s an interesting one as well, because, from "Forest Of Feelings" on, the American multi-instrumentalist’s oeuvre was always exploring romantic themes, while his fresh pieces and the record’s artwork suggest emotional investment in current state of affairs. Four songs and four instrumentals on offer were laid down with the help of such renown drummers as Vinnie Colaiuta and Will Calhoun who also had a hand in writing this material.