Owen Auskerry is currently in a Thai hospital having suffered from a brain aneurysm on 13th January. A go fundmepage here set up by his brother and Route 66 Radio show host Rory Auskerry to help fund his recovery and repatriation to the UK is now amazingly just short of its £30k target. The latest update from Rory reads "We’ve had slightly conflicting information from a couple of different doctors today so we’re not entirely clear on exactly how many days it’ll be until Owen can come home but he is moving out of intensive care today which is great. However, because of the vasospasm persisting, we have been advised that he is going to need round the clock attention in case he has a seizure when he is on his own. We are going to use some money from this fund to pay for a 12 hour night nurse, and Mum and Dad will sit with him the rest of the time." Therefore, if any of you want to help kindly reach that target, no matter how little the amount, then the WRC would truly be grateful.
New WRC Members Cards To Be Despatched This Week! 31/1/16
We have to hold our hands up and admit that there is currently a slight backlog in new WRC members cards being put in the post! Hopefully all of you waiting for your brand new WRC cards will receive them by the beginning of next week! And if you want to become a WRC member simply fill out the form here and become a WRC member for life for FREE and we'll (eventually) send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from current members offers which we also hope to add to in the future.
Catfish Hooked! 30/1/16
Catfish (our Vid Of The Day) are now the fifth band to be officially announced as part our 2016 WRC BluesRockFest bill taking place at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 24th September. Alongside headliners The Stevie Nimmo Trio, 2015 WRC Award winners The Mentulls, Red Butler and Jack J Hutchinson - their debut album 'So Many Roads' went straight to No. 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts on its release in January 2015. Within their first year, Catfish were nominated twice as finalists in the 2015 British Blues Awards - in the 'Emerging Artist' category plus Paul Long for keyboards! Remember that Earlybird Tickets are now on sale for a limited time here for £15 (instead of £20). WRC Members only pay £15 - so why not head off here to sign up for free. Don't forget to check back next Saturday for further announcements on the other exciting bands we have lined up!
"Just Pure Guitar Genius!" 30/1/16
"JV doesn’t waste time talking to the crowd and gesticulating to them to clap their hands - he doesn’t need to. His set combines his own compositions mixed in with classic Blues rock numbers. The first half is not a lightweight affair as it includes heavyweight classics such as ‘Cocaine’ and ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ mixed in with his own compositions which include one of my favourites in 'Prove Your Love'. I say first half even though there isn’t a break, but you feel the set gaining momentum with two more Verity songs ‘Nothings Changed’ and the brilliant ‘Say Why’ which envelop the classic ‘Rocky Mountain High’."
Read the rest of Wrinkly's JV review here plus check out our Photo Gallery here and Video Vault here.
Steve Morrison Live On BOTM! 30/1/16
Not only did Kevin Beale have the multi-talented Steve Morrison playing live in the Blues On The Marsh studio last night, but also the Marshman played some of the great new releases that have come his way recently! Therefore music from around the world fills today's Track Of The Day to the gunnels with the likes of Black River Bluesman (Jukka Juhola ) & Bad Mood Hudson, Cotton Belly's, Dan Doiron, Gunther Brown, Guru, Ina Forsman, Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns, The Mighty Boss Cats, Rebecca Downes, the Swing Ninjas, Thornetta Davis, Wily Bo Walker and The Danny Flam Band, Bing Futch plus Cecil B Fardoulli and The Big Boo!
Steven Wilson Photo Gallery Now Available 29/1/16
Wow! What a night we had at the Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday from the four-time Grammy nominee, multi-instrumentalist and producer Steven Wilson! There was something for everyone - kicking off with his acclaimed 'Hand. Cannot. Erase' album in its entirety plus a second half mix of Porcupine Tree (see our Vid Of The Day), Storm Corrosion, his new interim album '4 ½' released last Friday, a Bowie tribute and rounded off with a memorable performance of 'The Raven Who Refused To Sing'. Amazing. Anyway watch out soon for Mr. Prog's take on the evening but in the meantime check out our Photo Gallery here.
Ladies In Blues! 29/1/16
The Blues Club Podcast returns today and features UK IBBA Presenters' Picks for January, music from BluesRockFest 2015, new releases, new artists, new albums and tracks from some Ladies in Blues! Our Track Of The Day includes tracks from Katie Bradley, Thornetta Davis, Lauren Housley, Rebecca Downes, Jo Harman, Beth Hart, Malaya Blue (pictured), 2015 WRC Award winner Chantel McGregor, Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea, Billy Walton Band, King Solomon Hicks, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Joe Cocker, Keith Thompson, Little Devils, Richard Townend & The Mighty Boss Cats, Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames, Norman Beaker, Cotton Belly's, Lewis Hamilton, The Blues Spiders, Gregg Allman, Wily Bo Walker, Paul Carrack, Danny Bryant, Edmund Jeffery, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more!
'Blood Money' Released Today! 29/1/16
Yes the wait is finally over as Danny Bryant's new CD 'Blood Money' is out today! Check out Wrinkly's excellent review here plus don't forget that our next WRC Promotion features Danny in just under a month's time at Leos Red Lion on Sunday 28th February! You can book tickets through our Ticketsource box below or use the link here. Support is also from Red Butler who have Just won the second UK Blues Challenge and will represent the UK at the 2016 European Blues Challenge in Italy! Do not miss out!
Wilson The Wizard 28/1/16
Just four months after his awesome gig at the Royal Albert Hall, Steven Wilson returned to the capital following up on his acclaimed 'Hand. Cannot. Erase.' with the new interim album '4 ½' released last Friday. Thankfully the London Tube strike had been suspended - so it was all systems go at the Hammersmith Apollo to see the four-time Grammy nominee, multi-instrumentalist and producer and of course our 2015 WRC Award nominee! Produced and mixed by the man himself, '4 ½' features a stellar group of musicians including Adam Holzman (keyboards), Nick Beggs (bass), Guthrie Govan (guitar), Dave Kilminster (guitar), Marco Minnemann (drums), Chad Wackerman (drums), Craig Blundell (drums) and Theo Travis (saxophone). So did the Wilson faithful lap up more of his individual work or are they still waiting patiently for the return of Porcupine Tree? Anyway, watch out for more pics and a review shortly but in the meantime check out Steven's superb Bowie tribute Video Of The Day recorded live in Berlin last week!
Turn Up The Volume & Soak It Up! 28/1/16
No guests on Blues On The Radio this week - so that means our Track Of The Day consists of two solid hours of seriously great music. And with the quality and quantity of new releases coming out, host Richard Dunning needs those two hours to fit it all in! So if you like the Blues, in all it's diverse forms, there's no other place to be. Therefore turn up the volume and soak up Stevie Nimmo (who's headlining our 2016 BluesRockfest pictured), Rebecca Downes, Storm Warning, Wily Bo Walker, Catfish and Mike Brookfield - to name but a few!
BluesClub At Eel Pie Tonight 28/1/16
Performing tonight at Twickenham's famous Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road TW1 3SZ are BluesClub starring Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler Band) on keys & steel guitar, William Topley (The Blessing) on vocals, Peter Hope-Evans (Medicine Head and Pete Townshend) on mouth organ & jews harp, Danny Cummings (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler Band) on drums, Robbie McIntosh (The Pretenders, Paul McCartney Band and John Mayer) on guitars plus Alan Rogan on Fender bass. With a combined love for the Blues of America from the 1930's to the 70's, BluesClub setlist includes songs from artists as varied as Leadbelly and Charley Patton to Slim Harpo, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal and Canned Heat. Doors open at 8.30pm and WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £10 admission.
Picture This ... But No Videos!!! 27/1/16
Thankfully the London Tube strike has been suspended - so all roads still lead to the Hammersmith Apollo for 2015 WRC Award nominee Steven Wilson's gig tonight. The four-time Grammy nominee, multi-instrumentalist and producer, follows up on his acclaimed 'Hand. Cannot. Erase.' with the new interim album '4 ½' (gettit?) released last Friday. Produced and mixed by the man himself, '4 ½' (see Our Vid Of The Day) features a stellar group of musicians including Adam Holzman (keyboards), Nick Beggs (bass), Guthrie Govan (guitar), Dave Kilminster (guitar), Marco Minnemann (drums), Chad Wackerman (drums), Craig Blundell (drums) and Theo Travis. And we will be there - including Mr. Prog himself whose SW 'The Raven That Refused To Sing' picture (pictured) adorns his kitchen wall! Expect a review and a few pics but no videos (in-joke) of the evening!
Seaside Rock! 27/1/16
Our thanks to Steve Borkowski for tipping us off that another 2015 WRC Award nominee The Rainbreakers have won the chance to appear on the main stage at the Butlins Rock & Blues Fest next year following their stand-out performance at the Skeggy Fest on Sunday! Indeed every year for the last three years there has been an 'Introducing' stage where new bands (or new to Butlins) play in a competition for a spot on the main stage the following year, voted for by the public, 3 days, 4 bands per day and the best from each day come back the following year to play the main stage! We were also delighted to hear that WRC LastMinuteBandz band Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men were also winners on the Friday. Anyway, our Track Of The Day takes us back to the Summer of 2015 where The Rainbreakers played BluesRockFest.
"Thanks Chaps" 27/1/16
"Thanks chaps - and thanks to Vick for excellent sound at the gig! Cheers mate :-)" was the kind tweet we received from John Verity the day after his awesome gig at Leos Red Lion on Saturday! With a review in the pipeline, deserved praise for sound and lighting legend Vic Wintergreen, but in the meantime check out our newly updated Video Vault with another JV classic recorded on the night.
Celebrating The Spirit Of Independence & Culture Of Live Music! 26/1/16
Independent Venue Week started yesterday and ends on Sunday 31st January and is a celebration of small music venues around the UK and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out. These venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Independent Venue Week brings together these venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs. These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in this country and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future!
Storm Warning For TNMC Tonight! 26/1/16
And talking of supporting small music venues, tonight the Tuesday Night Music club host Storm Warning - lauded by the press as one of the best and classiest, contemporary Blues bands in the UK. They play top quality original Blues songs and make Blues covers their own with ex-Mick Ralphs Band Son Maxwell on vocals, guitarist Bob Moore, Ian Salisbury on keys, Derek White on bass (Larry Miller band) plus ex-Mick Clarke drummer Russ Chaney. So why not head on down to The Tuesday Night Music Club at the Hooley Village Club, St. Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB and don't forget to tune into mein host Richard Dunning's Croydon Blues On The Radio show here beforehand from 5pm!
Click On This Link Now, Don't Disappoint Your Ears! 26/1/16
If you love your ears then you will of course love today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day! Turn it up loud as Bob and Jules play The Coral, Raveneye, Wolfmother, The Temperance Movement and Lenny Kravitz! There's also a track from Monster Truck (today's Vid Of The Day) taken from their new album 'Sittin' Heavy' out on Mascot Records on Friday 19th February who are also playing London's 100 Club on Tuesday 5th April!
John Verity/The Unknown Photo Gallery Available! 25/1/16
Well what a great night Saturday night was at our first WRC Promotions gig of the year at Leos Red Lion, Gravesend. As expected Blues Man JV and his band blew the roof off The Red Lion - but the added bonus was the excellent support band The Unknown - so much so that we dipped into the WRC coffers and bought their first album 'Into The Unknown'. Anyway have a gander at our photo gallery here, check out their Vid Of The Day plus also watch out for a review coming over the next few days.
Classic Rock Show Tonight! 25/1/16
As you well know the WRC are always on the look out for new internet music radio stations to share with our members. Indeed we had the pleasure of catching up with 2015 WRC award winning Purple Zeppelin guitarist Mark Dawson (pictured) over a cuppa (yes we know it's hard to believe) last week and Mark kindly tipped us off about Sheppey FM and in particular 'The Classic Rock Show' hosted by Philip Woody Wood! Anyway check out Woody's three hour show here tonight from 7pm.
All American Blues! 25/1/16
And talking of great internet music, today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features an all American lineup for you! This week's playlist features 55 Rose Street, David M’Ore, Anthony Charles & the Blues Dolphins, Big Al Carter, Big Joe Duskin, Brad Wilson and Georgie Bonds.
Blues Man JV Rocks Leos! 24/1/16
Eighteen months after John Verity unfortunately had to pull out of BluesFest 2014 because of band illness, JV finally made it to Leos Red Lion last night ... and it was well worth the wait. Supported by The Unknown, an appreciative audience lapped up the ex-Argent Blues Man as he mixed it up with some of his own stuff plus both Blues classics and of course 'Hold Your Head Up'. Anyway, check out our Vid Of The Day with more pics and a review to come.
Next Up Danny Bryant! 24/1/16
Following our great JV gig last night, we now turn our attention to our next WRC Promotion - Danny Bryant at Leos Red Lion on Sunday 28th February! With Danny's new CD 'Blood Money' out on Friday 29th January (see review here) you can book tickets through our Ticketsource box below or use the link here. Support is also from Red Butler who have Just won the second UK Blues Challenge and will represent the UK at the 2016 European Blues Challenge in Italy! Do not miss out!
Introducing ..... Supersonic Blues Machine 24/1/16
The collaborative extravaganza that is Supersonic Blues Machine will release their debut album ‘West of Flushing, South of Frisco’ on 26th February on the Provogue/Mascot Label Group. At the heart of it is bassist/producer Fabrizio Grossi, guitarist/singer Lance Lopez and drummer Kenny Aronoff as well as a host of guests of the highest calibrer; ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons, Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule/Allman Bros Band), Chris Duarte, Eric Gales, Walter Trout and Robben Ford. As well as being the latest band on our 'Introducing ...' page, SBM are also our Track Of The Day!
JV Ready To Rock The Red Lion! 23/1/16
All roads lead to Leos Red Lion in Gravesend tonight as ex-Argent singer/guitarist John Verity (our Vid Of The Day) takes to the stage. Tickets to see the former 2012 WRC Award winner are still available on the door for £10 and JV and his band will be supported by The Unknown. Meanwhile JV was duly mentioned in despatches during Russ Ballard's interview with Mike Read at an 'Evening With Russ Ballard' at Leicester Square Theatre, London, on Wednesday night. Praise indeed and a good enough reason to get down to Leos tonight and see the man in action!
Jack J Hutchinson Band Added To Roster! 23/1/16
The Jack J Hutchinson Band (Track Of The Day) are the fourth band to be added to the 2016 BluesRockFest bill taking place at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 24th September. Alongside headliners The Stevie Nimmo Trio, 2015 WRC Award winners The Mentulls and Red Butler - Hutchinson is a British blues guitarist and in 2015 he was nominated for a British Blues Award for Emerging Artist. He is also regularly part of the house band at London’s famous Ain’t Nothin’ But Blues bar. Remember that Earlybird Tickets are on sale now for a limited time here for £15 (instead of £20). WRC Members only pay £15 - so why not head off here to sign up for free. Don't forget to check back soon for announcements on the other exciting bands we have lined up!
"If You Love Your Ears ......" 23/1/16
"If you love your ears, with the line up we have this week! you will want to tune in to the show on @RidgeradioUk Saturday 8-10pm" - yes that was yesterday's tweet from the WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge team. Simply tune in to Bob & Jules here tonight as they deliver another knock-out Rock show. Also watch out not only for the return of Mr. Rockrpix himself John Bull in the ROTR studio on Saturday 6th February but also for some news on some dodgy guests appearing in mid-March! All will be revealed soon!
Billy Walton Band Currently Touring UK 22/1/16
Newly named in the 2015 British Blues Awards in the top three of the Overseas Artist category, New Jersey's Billy Walton Band (photo: Amber Charach) tour of the UK started on Wednesday and ends on Tuesday 2nd February at The Beaverwood Club in Chislehurst, Kent. Their recent album 'Wish For What You Want' on Vizztone Records won the band new critical acclaim and memorable reviews - their sound a combination of hard, funky Blues reminiscent of Hendrix, Clapton and Vaughan. As guitarist with the legendary group Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Billy Walton recorded with Little Steven and jammed with Jon Bon Jovi. Billy has sat in with numerous rock luminaries including Bruce Springsteen, Gary U.S. Bonds, and Stevie Ray Vaughan's band, Double Trouble. The full, six-piece touring band comprises Billy, bassist William Paris, Tom Petracarro on sax, Matt Fischer on trombone, drummer Johnny D'Angelo, and Sam Sherman on keyboards. A new live album is imminent and a new studio album is in the works.
Russ Ballard Photo Gallery Available 22/1/16
Following on from Wednesday nights excellent 'An Evening With Russ Ballard' we now have a photo gallery available here plus we also have a new Vid Of The Day - Russ performing 'I Don't Believe In Miracles'. Photos from the Leicester Square Theatre, London, also include interviewer Mike Read plus the ex-Argent vocalist/guitarist Special Guests Brian May, Kerry Ellis, Rick Wakeman and Bob Henrit!
BluesRockFest On Blues Club! 22/1/16
The Blues Club Podcast Track of The Day returns today with a playlist featuring the UK IBBA Presenters' Picks for January 2016, tracks from BluesRockFest 2015 (pictured), new releases, new artists, new albums and a few classic tracks plus a short tribute to Robert Burns. Music this week includes Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chris Bevington & Friends, Cleveland Blues, Nathaniel Rateliff, Brigitte Rios Purdy, Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Dean Haitani, Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames, Troy Redfern, Lewis Hamilton, Cotton Belly's, Norman Beaker, The Georgia Flood, Chris Walker, Eddi Reader, Rattlin Bone, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Bob Margolin, Gregg Allman, Micke Bjorklof & BlueStrip, Benny Turner, My Baby, The Rainbreakers, Mark Harrison, Rebecca Downes, Allman Brothers Band, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Hold Your Head Up! 21/1/16
Ex-Argent vocalist/guitarist Russ Ballard has written some of the most iconic Rock tracks of the past four decades. The list of artists, other than himself, to have recorded his songs includes Kiss, Rainbow, Skindred, Three Dog Night, Santana, Hot Chocolate, Roger Daltrey, America, Elkie Brooks, Agneyha Falltkog and Anni-Frid Lynstad from ABBA, Colin Blunstone, Ace Frehley, The Sweet, Bay City Rollers, Barry Ryan and The Shadows, to name but a few! A great raconteur with many interesting and funny stories, 'An Evening With Russ Ballard' saw Russ expertly interviewed by Mike Read plus taking questions from the audience, as well as playing some of his hits acoustically and explaining how they came to be written. Throw in for good measure Special Guests Brian May, Kerry Ellis, Rick Wakeman and Bob Henrit with 'Since You Been Gone', 'God Gave Rock And Roll To You' (Vid Of The Day), 'Hold Your Head Up' - this was certainly a unique brilliant night that took place at the Leicester Square Theatre, London, last night. Watch out for more pics and some more vids over the next few days!
Dee To Join Lizzy At Ramblin' Man! 21/1/16
Thin Lizzy are teaming up with Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee - the latest addition to Ramblin' Man on Saturday 23rd July. Black Star Riders are off the road recording their third album - so there are a series of UK shows to mark both the 30th anniversary of the death of former frontman Phil Lynott and the 40th anniversary of landmark album 'Jailbreak'. Lizzy will lineup with vocalist Ricky Warwick, guitarists Scott Gorham and Damon Johnson, Darren Wharton on keyboards and Dee on drums. Consequently we turn back the clock with our Track Of The Day to when Lizzy played High Voltage in 2011.
Shooter On The Run! 21/1/16
Let's face it - it hasn't been a great start to 2016 Rock-wise with the deaths of Lemmy, Bowie, Frey plus also this week Mott The Hoople drummer Dale Griffin. So all of us at Wrinkly Towers were sad to hear that our mates Shooter were also splitting - going out with a bang at their farewell gig at The Half Moon, Putney, London, on Thursday 3rd March here. Every cloud has a silver lining though as Shooter frontman Dom O'Riley is running the Fulham F.C. Craven Cottage 10k run on Sunday 14th February in aid of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. So if you fancy supporting Dom then simply go here!
Since You Been Gone! 20/1/16
Hands up those of you who didn't know that today's Vid Of The Day was actually released roughly three years before Rainbow had a hit single covering it? Anyway, the WRC managed to snap up the last remaining tickets to see the ex-Argent singer/songwriter at a 'An Evening With Russ Ballard' at the Leicester Square Theatre, London, tonight! And among the legends guests are Kelly Ellis and some guitarist geezer called Brian May. We're soooo excited so watch out for a review over the coming days plus some pics and possibly a vid!
Five Years Of The Blues! 20/1/16
We suppose that a bit like London buses, you wait five years for a Black On Blues podcast Track Of The Day and then two come along in the space of four days! Well show No. 258 featuring 'Blues Women' is a particularly special one for the blackonblues.com team as host Kevin and producer Jason celebrate five years of the show. Anyway, featured on this broadcast are Dr. Izzy Band, The Laura Holland Band (pictured), Brigitte Rios Purdy, Nicole Christian, Hurricane Ruth LaMaster, Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea, Rory Block and Zoe Schwarz. Here’s to another 5 more years!
RIP Glenn Frey - Finally Checked Out Of Hotel California! 20/1/16
Glenn Frey, who has died aged 67 from stomach problems, was a founding member, singer, guitarist and driving force of the 1970's Californian country-rock band the Eagles, co-writing most of their biggest hits and taking part in a journey which saw a group of smiling young troubadours morph into drug-addled superstar burn-outs, before reuniting in later life as seasoned old pros. The Eagles were founded in Los Angeles in 1971 by Frey and his songwriting partner, the drummer and singer Don Henley. Over the next decade they became the most popular group in the world, Frey and Henley turning out hits, often with Frey as lead singer, including 'Tequila Sunrise', 'Lyin’ Eyes', 'Heartache Tonight' and of course 'Hotel California'.
Their 'Greatest Hits' became the biggest-selling album of all time (29 million units in its original 1975 form plus 11 million when it was repackaged in 1982 to include later hits), above even Michael Jackson’s 'Thriller'. Altogether the Eagles sold more than 120 million albums worldwide while Frey won six Grammy Awards and five American Music Awards. The band’s success was built on recording techniques which smoothed out any grit, producing a sort of shiny, all-American homogeneity. Even their darkest material was full of easy-on-the-ear harmonies, leading critics to accuse them of killing Rock and Roll with synthetic kitsch and creating a template for singer-songwriters such as Elton John.
Behind the scenes, however, the Eagles conformed to a more traditional Rock and Roll stereotype. The title track of their classic 1976 album, 'Hotel California', evoked a musty, claustrophobic decadence: “Last thing I remember I was running for the door / I had to find the passage back to the place I was before / 'Relax’, said the night man, 'We are programmed to receive / You can check out any time you like but you can never leave’. ” Frey once described their career in the 1970's as “got crazy, got drunk, got high, had girls, played music and made money’’. He might have added “fought like cats and dogs”. “The Eagles talked about breaking up from the day I met them,” as their manager, Irving Azoff, recalled. Of their original four-man line-up, guitarist Bernie Leadon and bassist Randy Meisner departed, in 1975 and 1977 respectively, after disagreements with Frey, Leadon famously announcing his departure by pouring a can of beer over Frey’s head.
Relations among the replacement line up of Frey and Henley, with Don Felder, Timothy Schmit and Joe Walsh, deteriorated during the making of their 1979 album, 'The Long Run', which took 18 months to produce. In 1978 Walsh caused $20,000 worth of damage to a Chicago hotel room with a chain saw. The following year Henley was arrested after a naked 16-year-old prostitute suffered a drug overdose during a party at his home in Los Angeles. Police seized cocaine, marijuana and quaaludes and Henley was subsequently charged for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, fined and put on probation. The last straw came at their final concert, a Democratic Party fundraiser in July 1980 at the Long Beach Arena. During an evening later referred to as “Long Night at Wrong Beach”, the Eagles broke up in drug-fuelled rancour, with band members threatening to beat each other up.
Although Frey played his part in the hellraising, he was always the most businesslike of the group. After the break-up, he went on to forge a successful solo career, his debut solo album, 'No Fun Aloud' (1982, in part a collaboration with the songwriter Jack Tempchin), going gold and spawning several hit singles, including 'The One You Love'. His single 'The Heat Is On' went and reached No. 2 in the Billboard charts (No. 12 in Britain) after it featured as a soundtrack in the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop. Frey also embarked on a career as an actor, becoming the first rock star to appear (as a drug dealer) on Miami Vice (for which he wrote and performed the song 'You Belong to the City', which reached No. 2 in the US charts), doing a Pepsi commercial, starring with Robert Duvall and Gary Busey in the film Let’s Get Harry (1986) and taking a small role in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire.
In the mid-1980's he embarked on a self-administered “detox” programme, which was so successful that in 1989 the Health and Tennis Corporation of America signed him up as a spokesman. After the Eagles’ break-up Frey ruled out the possibility of reuniting “for a Lost Youth and Greed tour”, while Don Henley claimed that the group would only get back together again “when hell freezes over”!! Fourteen years later, however, in 1994 they came together for a massively successful “Hell Freezes Over” tour, and they continued to perform together until last year, drawing big crowds and earning big bucks, and releasing five compilation albums, a live album and, in 2007, 'Long Road Out of Eden', the first Eagles album of new material since 'The Long Run' in 1979. The following year they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Mrs. WTS and myself saw the Eagles for the only time at the 02 Arena in London in June 2014 and for me, few bands were better at distilling the vibe of Los Angeles in the 1970's than the Eagles, and as its singer and guitarist, Glenn Frey served as a sort of mellow ambassador of LA. Just as Liverpool is forever associated with the Beatles, Seattle claims Nirvana and Bruce Springsteen owns New Jersey, the Eagles embodied the bell-bottomed, feather-haired flair of Southern California. Frey may be gone, but those sun-baked, Southern California ballads, many sung with exquisite tenderness, will endure forever... He is a fallen Eagle whose legacy will last for the long run...
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Introducing ......... Mike Brookfield 19/1/16
As you know the WRC celebrated its first birthday on Saturday - and just to re-emphasise the fact that our members are the lifeblood of our site - we were delighted to receive a 'New Act To Me' message from Marilyn Pascoe re: Mike Brookfield who supported Laurence Jones at The Beaverwood last Thursday. "He looks like a young Bryan Adams and his Blues/Rock music is better. If you haven't caught him yet, might be worth a look." Thanks for the tip-off Marilyn - consequently Mike has been added to our 'Introducing ...' page and is also today's Vid Of The Day!
OMBBM Andy Twyman At TNMC Tonight! 19/1/16
Yes 'One Man Blues Boogie Machine' Andy Twyman is playing the Tuesday Night Music Club at The Comrades Club, 194 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Greater London, CR5 2NF tonight. The former winner of our 2013 WRC 'Best Acoustic' award for his performance at BluesFest 2013 will hopefully have some clothes on tonight during his set following his Christmas single 'A Naked Noel'!
Dedicated To Owen ..... 19/1/16
This week's Route 66 Track Of The Day has been dedicated to host Rory Auskerry's brother Owen who suffered a brain aneurysm in Thailand last week. Owen's family are all out there with him (including Rory) - and on behalf of the WRC we would like to wish Owen a speedy recovery. As usual it's a busy show packed with new tunes from Inglorious, Last In Line, Danny Bryant, Leroy Miller and The Steve Miller Band. And on a happier note our picture was taken when we caught up Rory and his younger brother Hamish at the awesome ZZ Top gig at Wembley last year.
Danny Bryant - Blood Money Review 18/1/16
Danny Bryant said about 'Blood Money' - “I wanted to make this album ever since I began my musical journey 20 years ago as a 15 year old boy who fell in love with his parent’s record collection.” On 'Blood Money', Bryant set out to record an album that showed an introspective return to his roots and an appreciation of his Blues influences, by paying homage, as he puts it “to all the different influences and flavours of this wonderful music that I have loved for many years.” I only read this after I listened to the album and had started penning the review – DB listed his influences for some of the songs – I found myself listing my own and I am sure others will add theirs when they hear this excellent album.
Read Wrinkly's full review here plus check out todays Vid Of The Day!
WRC In The News! 18/1/16
Today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day as usual is music so good your ears will dance with your feet! Tracks include Monster Truck, David Bowie, Inglorious, Wolfmother plus a very special first birthday message for the WRC! Bob and Jules (pictured) 2015 WRC 'Best Radio' award recently made the headlines in their local newspaper here. Rest assured guys a pucker award will be presented to you in due course!
Alain Caron - Live Webcast Tonight! 18/1/16
One of the world's top jazz-fusion bassists, Alain Caron, will be hosting a live-streamed webinar on NMB Live here tonight at 11pm UK time. Alain will be demonstrating his approach to performance and to practice while taking your questions via the live chat. If you're serious about jazz-fusion, you won't want to miss this rare opportunity. And don't forget to spread the word! Space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot (tickets $19.95) right here.
Syndicating The Blues! 17/1/16
As promised - today's Track Of The Day is the latest Black on Blues podcast. Not surprisingly - they're all about the Blues - from the Delta to Dagenham - if there’s Blues to be heard – it's Blues they play. The 'Bob' team consist of Kevin (the Black in 'Bob') plus Jason - and the guys not only cover the entire spectrum of Blues music but also specialise in women Blues artists too and feature them every two weeks. Featured on this week's show are Omar And The Howlers, Theo & The Boogie Sinners, The Rev. Shawn Amos-Brand, Too Slim And The Tail Draggers, Tim Green Band, Tommy McCoy, Zilla Project and last, but not least, John Mayall!
Rockin' Jockin' Tonight! 17/1/16
And talking of great radio - don't forget to tune into Rory Auskerry's latest live Route 66 show here at 6pm tonight! Also remember if you happen to miss it - then you can catch up with the our Track Of The Day podcast later this week plus the programme will be re-broadcast on Rock Radio UK here on Friday evening from 8-10pm!
Never Too Old To Rock! 17/1/16
A big shout out to all of you that sent us first birthday wishes yesterday including our friends at the award winning Rock On The Ridge radio show with this very kind message: "Happy Birthday guys keep up the great work, Keep it Live Never too old to Rock and looking forward to another great a year in association with The Wrinkly Rocker Club All the Best Jules n Bob!" Not only that - but on their latest show last night - the guys made a birthday dedication to the WRC! Anyway, watch out for their 'Track Of The Day' later this week but in the meantime our Vid Of The Day is one of our favourite bands they featured last night - Wolfmother!
Happy 1st Birthday To wrinklyrockersclub.com! 16/1/16
Yes it's exactly a year to the day that our new website wrinklyrockersclub.com replaced our inaugural website wrinklyrockersclub.co.uk .... and what a year it has been! Our very first posting back in 2015 brought you news of Aerosmith winning our 2014 WRC 'Best Rock Performance' award plus there was a review of AC/DC's latest album 'Rock Or Bust'. Anyway we're sure that the next 12 months will be even more exciting what with all the gigs we have planned - whether it's just as a punter or as a promoter. Anyway, if you feel inclined to send us your best wishes below - then be our guest!
Red Butler Added To BluesRockFest 2016! 16/1/16
Red Butler are the third band to be added to the 2016 BluesRockFest bill taking place at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 24th September. Alongside headliners The Stevie Nimmo Trio and 2015 WRC Award winners The Mentulls - Red Butler (Vid Of The Day) have Just won the second UK Blues Challenge and will represent the UK at the 2016 European Blues Challenge in Italy! Remember that Earlybird Tickets are on sale now for a limited time here for £15 (instead of £20). WRC Members only pay £15 - so why not head off here to sign up for free. Don't forget to check back soon for announcements on the other exciting bands we have lined up!