RIP John Geils

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The guitarist and leader of the J.Geils band John Geils has passed away. The J.Geils band is known for their slew of hits in the 70s and early 80s. The band’s Freeze-Frame album in 1981 hit #1 in the Billboard charts and saw “Centerfold” and the album’s title track saw heavy airplay on MTV.

John Geils was found dead in his Massachusetts home at the age of 71. The local police department stated he likely died on natural causes.

See NPR article for more details.

RIP John

RIP Sib Hashian

Sib Hashian
From Legacy.com
Sib Hashian (49-17)

Ex-Boston drummer Sib Hashian had passed away while on the Legends of Rock Cruise. He had collapsed on stage Wednesday. Sib’s best known work was being the drummer of Boston in the 70s and also the albums Third Stage and Corporate America. Besides Boston, he would play drums for Boston alumni Barry Goudreau on his solo projects. His death comes a little after 10 years from Brad Delp’s.

In 2012, Sib would be involved in local Boston show called Scotch’s PFG-TV. His daughter Lauren has been involved with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. RIP Sib.

TMZ article.

Legacy.com article.

Brad Delp

Sadly, 10 years ago today, we lost Brad Delp of the band Boston. If you love your classic rock station or you grew up in the 70s, you definitely heard of Boston and the iconic voice of Brad Delp. Boston was known for “More than a Feeling,” “Piece of Mind,” “Foreplay/Longtime,” “Don’t Look Back” and more. Boston would be on hiatus due to mainly legal issues after their second album and would not return until 1986 with Third Stage.
Brad Delp
From Ultimate Classic Rock
Third Stage
Boston’s Third Stage would return the band to #1 with “Amanda” and also three other hits. The album is notable for having mainly Delp and Tom Scholz playing on the album, and keeping the usual Boston sound.
In the 1990s, Boston would press on, but without Brad Delp in the beginning. Delp and Scholz would have their disagreements before the 90s arrived with Delp leaving Boston in the end. He would join Boston alumni Barry Goudreau to form RTZ (Return to Zero).
Delp would re-join Boston in the mid-90s for the Walk On tour and would stay with both Boston and RTZ until his death in 2007.

Happy Birthday to the late Chris Squire

Chris Squire
From http://www.losanjealous.com

Unlike, being a day late with U2’s Pop 20 Year Anniversary, we also want to say happy birthday to late Chris Squire who is sadly no longer with us. Chris Squire was the bassist of Yes and played on every album (21 of them from 1969-2014) with the band. Chris Squire sadly passed away due to leukemia on June 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. He would be 69 years old today.

For tomorrow, we will have Yes’ “Love Will Find a Way” for next week’s intro vid.

Chris Squire’s website

Yes’ website

 

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours 40th anniversary

 

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac / From L to R; Fleetwood, Nicks, Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie

Yes, it has been 40 years since Fleetwood Mac’s best album was released on February 4th, 1977. Rumours was the second album since Lindsey Buckingham (guitar, vocals) and Stevie Nicks’ (vocals) entrance, along with them was Christine McVie (keyboards, vocals), her then recently divorced husband John McVie (bass guitar) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). The 11-song album spun 6 hits often heard on classic rock radio, including “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “The Chain,” “You Make Loving Fun,” and the haunting final track, “Gold Dust Woman.”

 

The title of the album was inspired by the press’ interest in the turmoil going on with the lives after the bands self-titled release in 1975. Buckingham and Nicks were in an on/off relationship. The McVie’s divorced but still continued their music together and Christine still used the McVie name (nee Perfect). And Mick Fleetwood had found out his then wife Jenny was cheating on him.

The majority of the album was recorded at The Record Plant in Satuitio, California. A noted exception would be song “Songbird” was recorded at Zellerbach Auditorium, which involved only Christine McVie at vocals and piano and Buckingham at acoustic guitar. Another song not involving all five members is “Never Going Back Again” which features only Buckingham at vocals and guitar.

The album was produced by Richard Dashut, Ken Caillat and also Fleetwood Mac. Dashut and Caillat also played the role of engineering the album. Rumours had a set release in September 1976, but issues arose with the mixing. The band had to cancel a tour to come back to fix the problem. The release came on the 4th of February, 1977, and the rest is history. Before the album release, “Go Your Own Way” was pushed as a promotional single.  “Don’t Stop” would be used for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992. All five members involved with the Rumours album reunited to perform at the 1993 Presidential Inaugural Ball.