Author Archives: Mark Mayfield



IN OTHER NEWS Van Halen, Little Feat, Brian Wilson and more. A new book on Van Halen will be published in October. Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal was written by Greg Renoff. Members of Little Feat will perform at a concert May 23rd at The Pageant in St. Louis to benefit Avery’s Angels ... Read More »

Purple Passion.


DAVID COVERDALE: Purplesnake The next Whitesnake album is a reworking of Deep Purple songs. Before putting together Whitesnake, singer David Coverdale fronted Deep Purple from 1973 to ’76, recording three albums with the group. He is revisiting those albums on Whitesnake’s next release, The Purple Album, which will be out on May 19th. Coverdale says, “It’s a tribute – an ... Read More »

Dire Help.


DIRE STRAITS: Knopfler Wants Your Moving Pictures Mark Knopfler is turning to his fans to put together a video for a song off his new album, Tracker. Mark Knopfler is turning to his fans for help with a video for a song off his forthcoming album, Tracker. A post on his website says, “Mark is looking to provide an opportunity ... Read More »



CHEAP TRICK: Bun E. Is Kind of Back in the Mix Singer Robin Zander says the band has settled their differences with their former drummer. Last October, a U.S. District Judge rejected a motion by the lawyers for Cheap Trick to dismiss a lawsuit against them by founding member and former drummer Bun E. Carlos, whose real name is Brad ... Read More »

A Real ‘Miracle’?


KANSAS: Tells its Story in Miracles The unlikely story of a small town band that — after years of waiting and planning — became one of the biggest names in rock. Kansas marked their 40th anniversary last year by having its original lineup reunite and reminisce as cameras rolled. The result is the documentary Miracles, which goes direct to home ... Read More »

A Mother?


LED ZEPPELIN: Mother of an Album Jimmy Page describes Led Zeppelin‘s Physical Graffiti as “one of the mothers of all double albums.” Jimmy Page says it became apparent during the recording of Led Zeppelin‘s sixth album, which became Physical Graffiti, that it would be a double album. He tells us, “We were not doing singles or trying to chase a ... Read More »

Singin’ At 70.


RICHIE FURAY: Still Doin’ It at 70 The former Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Souther, Hillman and Furay member launched a tour on Wednesday. Former Buffalo Springfield, Poco and Souther, Hillman and Furay member Richie Furay kicked off three weeks of touring in support of his upcoming album on Wednesday at the Grammy Museum in L.A. His six song set, following ... Read More »



IN OTHER NEWS Moody Blues, Styx, Max Weinberg and more. Jon Bon Jovi and his Soul Foundation are providing financial backing to Spoon Full of Hope, a church-run organization that, since last month, has been serving meals to poor people out of a firehouse in Union Beach, New Jersey. They lost their funding last summer. E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg will ... Read More »

First Tour Since 1990.


MIKE+THE MECHANICS: First U.S. Tour in 25 Years The tour begins tomorrow in Virginia. Mike+The Mechanics will hit the road in the U.S. for the first time in more than 25 years starting tomorrow night (Thursday) in Alexandria, Virginia. Guitarist Mike Rutherford tells us a promoter went to London to see them last year and suggested they tour the States. The ... Read More »

New Tour.


SCORPIONS: North American Dates Announced They’ll support their new album with a fall tour. The Scorpions will support their new album Return to Forever with a North American tour this fall. It kicks off on September 10th in Boston and wraps up on October 3rd in Inglewood, California. There’s no word yet on when tickets will go on sale. The ... Read More »