Roger Daltrey spoke about how he dealt with depression in the wake of John Entwistle's 2002 death and Pete Townshend's 2003 arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Best Classic Bands published an excerpt from legendary New York City disc jokey Dennis Elsas' most recent interview with Daltrey, who spoke frankly about his bout with depression: "I felt it in 2003, 2004, after John’s death and we went through a lot of trouble in the band. And it just hit me like a ton of bricks. And I tried all the usual ways that people deal with it. I saw a shrink and I suddenly realized I was doing more analyzing of him than he was of me! Then he asked me about his mother, so I asked him about his, and I left (laughs). So that didn’t do me any good. Then I tried the anti-depressants for three days and turned into a zombie so I thought: 'This is the worst drug I’ve had in my life.'"
Daltrey added: "I got lucky: someone recommended a hypnotist to me — who’s become a good friend, and someone, who I definitely believe, in some ways helped save my life. Because when you have depression, it’s so easy to see how some people take that one step too far, over the edge of a cliff." (Best Classic Bands)
Steve Miller revealed that he composed his classic 1976 chart-topper "Rock N' Me" in an effort to show up Pink Floyd. Miller appeared on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show and recalled serving as Floyd's opening act on July 7th, 1975 at England's Knebworth festival: “I kept trying to turn down the gig. I said, 'I don’t have a band, I don’t wanna do this, this is a bad time for me, I’m in the midst of recording. . . 'They just kept saying, 'Well, how about some more? How about if we paid you this much? If that wouldn’t be enough would this be enough?’ Finally I decided, 'Well, this would be enough! Yeah, I can take a little break to do this!' (The band) came over to the house, where we rehearsed for one afternoon, we got on a plane, flew to London and played to 120,000 people."
Miller went on to recall what led up to him writing one of his most beloved songs: "I had thought about the gig and I knew they way it was going to work was, I was going to play just before Pink Floyd, the sun would be going down, it would be really cold, there wouldn’t be any lights on the stage, it would be a lousy time. I went, 'Y'know, I’m gonna kick those guys in the butt.' So what I did was, I wrote ‘Rock’ M' Me' as a song to play at a festival, to just get it going. . . (The song) ripped the joint up. They just loved us. (I thought) ‘Maybe we oughtta record this one? This might be a good one to put on the record.'" (Ultimate Classic Rock)
Former Survivor bassist Stephan Ellis has died at 69 of undisclosed causes. Ellis, who joined the band in 1981, played on the band's signature hits including the Grammy-winning Rocky III theme "Eye Of The Tiger" — a six-week Number One hit, and the Top 10's "High On You," "The Search Is Over," "Is This Love," and the Top Two smash "Burning Heart." Ellis left Survivor in 1987 due to health issues, but rejoined the band in 1997 and stayed through 1999.
Survivor's co-founding guitarist Frankie Sullivan posted the news of Ellis' death on Facebook, writing in part: "This was Stephan Ellis to me: Underrated yet never dated. Well dressed and on a consistent basis. Gargoyles and all and he was cool enough to pull off. Stephan was well-coifed, always ready and Stephan Ellis lived his own life in his own way and on his own terms."
Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm has retired from the road — but he's still open for one-off dates and future recording with his old band. Gramm has been thrilling fans by joining Mick Jones and the other original members of Foreigner at select shows. He shed light on the unfinished material from the early-'90s that could lead to the first new collaborations between him and Mick Jones in decades: "I have a CD of maybe over a half a dozen songs we were working on at the time when I left the band. And they were good songs. So Mick asked me if I would send him a copy, just to let him refresh himself as to what we were doing around that time. I did that and when he called me, he was very excited, because those song ideas were really terrific and had the makings of a good album. We more or less vowed to pick up where we left off at some point and see it through."(Ultimate Classic Rock)
It appears that the Smashing Pumpkins, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and AFI will be touring together this summer. One alleged lone date for that trek has leaked out, on August 17th in Columbia, Maryland. An official announcement is expected on Monday (March 4th), with tickets rumored to go on sale Friday (March 8th). A video teaser has been posted online. (The PRP)
The first look at the new Frank Zappa hologram has been unveiled online. "The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa" hologram tour kicks off next month, featuring former Zappa band members Ray White and Mike Keneally on guitar, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalists Robert Martin and Ed Mann, along with drummer and Zappa archivist Joe "Vaultmeister" Travers. The new hologram clip of Zappa features the computer generated version of the legend reciting his 1984 soundbyte, "I'm a person who likes to do what he wants to do. . . whether people like it or not and what I do is designed for people who like it, not for people who don't." (Jambase)
"The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa" U.S. tour dates (subject to change):
April 19 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater
April 20 – Rochester, NY – Kodak Center Theater
April 22 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie
April 24 – Long Island, NY – Paramount Theatre
April 26 – Boston, MA – Shubert
April 28 – Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre
May 1 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Kirby Center
May 2 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium
May 3 – Baltimore, MD – The Modell Lyric
Source: Pulse of Radio