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Drum Solo: One On One With Snow Patrol's Jonny Quinn

November 6th, 2009 5:00pm EST
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Starpulse's Ashley Demma recently caught up with Snow Patrol drummer, Jonny Quinn, and the two talked about 'unsung heroes', influences, and what's next for the band...

Starpulse: So you've been drumming with Snow Patrol for nearly 15 years…why do you think it is that drummers are the "unsung heroes" of bands? You're the backbone of the band!

Jonny Quinn: I dunno! It takes work to be the drummer. We keep the beat. People forget about us.

Who are some of your favorite drummers who've influenced you?

JQ: Oh man, Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith), Louie Bellson, Stewart Copelan...

Eric Clapton Rules Out Another Cream Reunion

May 28th, 2009 10:30am EDT
Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton has ruled out another Cream reunion, insisting the members of the rock super-trio have parted ways amicably.

The guitar great re-teamed with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce for shows in London and New York in 2005 and fans have been hoping for another get-together ever since - but that isn't going to happen. Clapton says, "I think I was clear that I don't think we need to go there again... I think we've gone as far as we could with that."

However he insists, "I'd never say never" - a comment which will please Bruce, who told magazine last year, "I think th...

Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood Release Ltd. Ed. 2-Disc CD/DVD

May 19th, 2009 9:00pm EDT
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After their extraordinary sold-out three-nights at Madison Square Garden last year, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are set to release a 2-disc CD/DVD of their amazing performances on May 19, 2009 from Reprise Records.

The rock legends took the stage together for just three concerts in a highly anticipated collaboration, performing a string of hits that included Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord," and "Can't Find My Way Home," in addition to Clapton's classics "After Midnight" "Tell the Truth" and "Crossroads" and Steve Winwood's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Glad." The limited edition CD/...

Recent Celebrity Deaths

December 29th, 2008 8:57am EST
Anjelica Huston
An actress' husband, a jazz musician, a playwright and several others passed away this month. Read more...

Anjelica Huston's Sculptor Husband Graham Dies

Californian sculptor Robert Graham, the husband of Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston, has died aged 70. Graham, whose works were incorporated into civic monuments including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., passed away on Saturday at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital. Huston and other family members were at his side.

Graham lived much of his life in California and gained...

Steve Winwood Celebrates The New Year With String Of East Coast Concerts

December 3rd, 2008 6:00pm EST
Steve Winwood
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood, recently named one of Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Singers of All Time," will ring in the New Year with a series of East Coast concert performances in January. Winwood's upcoming East Coast concert dates mark the first U.S. headline tour since 2007 for the legendary rock superstar, who last toured the states with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in the summer of 2008.

Winwood is currently enjoying the success of his most recent album, Nine Lives, which entered the Billboard 200 at #12 last May, bringing the artist his highest chart debut...

Legendary Superstar Steve Winwood To Release 'Nine Lives' April 29

April 3rd, 2008 3:58pm EDT
Steve Winwood
The legendary singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records who will release the artist's highly-anticipated new major label album, "Nine Lives," on Tuesday, April 29.

The eagerly-awaited "Nine Lives" is Winwood's first full-length studio album since About Time, released on Winwood's own independent label, Wincraft, in 2003; and it opens an important new chapter in Steve's extraordinary career. The musician also recently announced that he will head out on a national tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this summer for shows acro...

Steve Winwood To Release A New Album

February 26th, 2008 2:52pm EST
Steve Winwood
Veteran rocker Steve Winwood is set to release a new LP - his first studio album in five years.

The 59-year-old Brit is performing three highly-anticipated concerts with his former Blind Faith bandmate Eric Clapton in New York this week, and he's recruited the Layla star to play guitar on the disc's first single Dirty City. Nine Lives, Winwood's first recording with Columbia Records, is slated for release later this spring.

Winwood will then tour in the summer as an opening act for Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers.

-Check out Steve Winwood's Discography

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Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood To Reunite

November 6th, 2007 2:49pm EST
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Eric Clapton and his former Blind Faith band mate Steve Winwood are reforming to play three shows together next year. The live performances - which follow an impromptu reunion between the pair at a U.S. music festival last July - will take place at Madison Square Garden, New York from February 25th to 27th.

Clapton, who released one album with Winwood as Blind Faith back in 1969, says, "Our set at the Crossroads Festival this summer was a real treat, so I expect these shows will be good fun for us and for the fans."

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Eric Clapton To Release 2-CD Set 'Complete Clapton' And Autobiography Oct. 9

October 2nd, 2007 1:53pm EDT
Eric Clapton
After a busy year filled with a world tour, an epic guitar festival and a highly-anticipated autobiography, comes the ultimate career CD retrospective for the artist known as Slowhand.

Complete Clapton will be a 2-disc career-spanning album released by Reprise Records on October 9, 2007, the same day as Clapton, The Autobiography is released to bookstores nationwide. This will be the first time the full breadth of Eric Clapton's musical works are contained in one set.

Clapton's career has endured for more than 40 years, resulting in 18 Grammy Awards and he has earned the distinct...

Buddy Guy Pays Tribute To Eric Clapton At Crossroads All-Star Jam

July 30th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Buddy Guy
Blues star Buddy Guy halted his headlining Crossroads Festival slot in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday to pay tribute to the event's organizer - Eric Clapton.

Guy ended an 11-hour show at Toyota Park, where 28,000 music fans caught performances by Clapton, Guy, B.B. King, John Mayer and Jeff Beck, among other guitar greats.

And Guy summed up the occasion when he paid tribute to Clapton, stating, "What a wonderful job this man has done. If we had more people in this world like him, it would be a better place."

The concert was staged to raise funds for Clapton's Crossroads cent...

Musicians Pay Homage To Ahmet Ertegun On 'The House That Ahmet Built'

June 14th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Bette Midler
LOS ANGELES-Rhino Entertainment will release American Masters Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built on DVD June 12. The touching tribute features rare, private and classic clips, performances and studio sessions of Atlantic recording artists. The film is narrated by award-winning singer/actress Bette Midler.

For the last half-century, Ahmet Ertegun was hip-deep in R&B and Rock & Roll. American Masters Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built follows Ertegun's remarkable career and its impact on the evolution of the world's most popular musical genres while offering an in...

Eric Clapton Joins Steve Winwood Onstage At U.K. Festival

May 21st, 2007 3:55pm EDT
Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton left rock fans stunned at England's Countryside Rocks festival on Saturday when he joined former Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood onstage for a classic jam. Festival-goers' jaws dropped when Clapton wandered onto the stage towards the end of Winwood's headlining set and performed a handful of Blind Faith and Cream hits with the former Traffic star.

Among the highlights included Blind Faith's Presence Of The Lord and Can't Find My Way Home and Cream's Robert Johnson's cover of Crossroads.

The rock legends also performed the Spencer Davis Group classic Gimme Some Lovi...

Eric Clapton Plans Semi-Blind Faith Reunion

March 29th, 2007 10:00pm EDT
Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood are planning a semi-Blind Faith reunion at the guitar great's second Crossroads Festival in July. Clapton admits he invited Winwood to join him for the Illinois festival because he has "unfinished business" with the Traffic star.

Nostalgic Clapton has been going back in time quite a lot recently - he reformed supergroup Cream in 2005 for a series of shows in London and New York.

There's no word yet whether Cream and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker will join Clapton and Winwood onstage, but there's no chance of a full reunion as bass player Ric Grec...

Guitar Legends JJ Cale and Eric Clapton Unite For An Epic, Soulful CD: "The Road To Escondido"

October 27th, 2006 12:56pm EDT
Eric Clapton
After years of admiring each other's musical masterworks and Clapton covers of Cale songs such as "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," guitar greats J.J. Cale and Eric Clapton have teamed up for the first time to create an original album together, The Road To Escondido. The 14 track CD was produced and recorded by the duo in August 2005 in California. The resulting music defies being labeled into any one category, but instead finds influence across the spectrum of blues, rock, country and folk. A hybrid sound that is unique musically, while still bearing the signature styles of Cale and Clap...

27 Classic Prog Rock Anthems on 2CDs Features Yes, Genesis, Rush & more…

May 28th, 2006 3:00pm EDT
Progressive rock ("prog") is an ambitious, eclectic, and often grandiose style of rock music which arose in the late 1960s principally in England, reaching the peak of its popularity in the early 1970s, but continuing as a musical form to this day. Progressive rock was largely a European movement, and drew most of its influences from classical music and jazz fusion, in contrast to American rock, which was influenced by rhythm & blues and country, although there are notable exceptions in the New World such as Kansas and Rush — considered by many to be the finest examples of the form. Over th...

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