Quick Takes: The Rolling Stones, Dino Danelli, Kiss, Roger Daltrey, Guns N’ Roses, The Eagles
- The Rolling Stones have announced a new online concert event celebrating the release of GRRR Live! The showing will take place February 2nd at 8 p.m. ET, with tickets now onsite via RollingStonesNewark.com.
- Recorded during the band’s “50 & Counting Tour,” the GRRR Live! concert features guest appearances by former guitarist Mick Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, the Black Keys, and Gary Clark Jr & John Mayer. The Newark performance has not been available to fans since it originally aired on pay-per-view in 2012. (Press release)
- Rascals drummer Dino Danelli has died at age 78. His death was first announced online by former-Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto, and then confirmed by his Rascals bandmate Gene Cornish, who posted on Facebook: “It is with a broken heart that I must tell you of the passing of Dino Danelli. He was my brother and the greatest drummer I’ve ever seen. I am devastated at this moment. Rest In Peace Dino I love you brother.” No cause of death has been announced.
- In addition to his classic work with the Rascals, Danelli and Cornish later joined forces with Raspberries co-founder Wally Bryson to form Fotomaker, before Danelli joined Steven Van Zandt‘s solo outfit, Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul. In 2012 and 2013 Danelli was part of the Van Zandt-produced Rascals reunion show — Once Upon A Dream.
- Regarding Kiss‘ future beyond its ongoing final tour, Paul Stanley told Ultimate Classic Rock, “Kiss is like an army or a sports team. When the MVP is no longer playing or retired, the team doesn’t call it quits. On a battlefield, an army, when they lose soldiers, doesn’t wave the white flag. Somebody else picks up the weapon and runs forward. So in one form or another, I believe there will always be a Kiss.” (UltimateClassicRock)
Prior to heading out on the upcoming “Rock Legends Cruise X (10),” Roger Daltrey has booked a one-off solo gig in Clearwater, Florida. The February 11th show at Ruth Eckerd Hall plays two days before Daltrey heads out on the open seas for the “Legends Cruise” with the likes of Deep Purple, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Randy Bachman, Lou Gramm, the Marshall Tucker Band, Night Ranger, the Outlaws, and others. For more info, log on to: https://rocklegendscruise.com/rlc10/
- While appearing on SiriusXM’s Eddie Trunk Podcast, Slash dispelled the long rumored tale that the intro to Guns N’ Roses‘ “Sweet Child O’ Mine” was actually just a warm-up exercise: “Somebody else said that and it just became one of those things. It wasn’t a warm-up exercise. I was sitting around the house where Guns used to live at one point in ’86 I guess it was and I just came up with this riff. It was just me messing around and putting notes together like any riff you do. You’re like, ‘This is cool,’ and then you put the third note and find a melody like that. So it was a real riff, it wasn’t a warm-up exercise.”
- He went on to say, “That’s how it started, and then Izzy (Stradlin) started playing the chords behind it and then Axl (Rose) heard it and it started from there.” (Loudwire)
- The Eagles — a band that has been pretty stringent about allowing fans to post ANY of their content online without permission — have just revamped its own YouTube page. The band uploaded new, HD versions of their videos “Hotel California (Live 1977),” “I Can’t Tell You Why,” “In The City,” “Take It Easy (Live on MTV 1994),” How Long,” “Hole In The World,” “Busy Being Fabulous,” and “No More Cloudy Days (Live).”