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Still Alive And Kicking: A Conversation With Jim McCarty Of The Yardbirds

2/3/2012 6:32pm EST
The Yardbirds. Yes, the very same seminal 60’s rock outfit that helped to spawn the careers of not one, not two, but three of the most legendary guitar players in history – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. While they may have had their differences, whether it is breaking up and reforming again and again, and swapping players in and out of the lineup and so on – they are still alive and kicking, and back on tour believe it or not, a tour which kicks off at the Tralf in Buffalo, NY.

Even though there might be a number of new faces within their ranks, the Yardbirds music is still highl...

Jeff Beck To Be Crowned Classic Rock's Living Legend

9/12/2011 2:25pm EDT
Jeff Beck
Guitar great Jeff Beck is set to be honored as a living legend by editors at Classic Rock magazine.

The music icon, a former member of British super-group the Yardbirds, will follow in the footsteps of previous winners Iggy Pop and Rush when the Classic Rock Roll of Honor ceremony takes place in London later this year.

A flattered Beck tells BBC News he feels "very honored," adding, "I'm really a backroom boy, not a mainstream rock act. It means someone is out there looking at what I'm doing, which is really nice."

Beck will also be hoping to take home another award - he's been nomina...

Do The Standing Still: Five Songs About Disinterested Concert Goers

2/18/2011 12:02pm EST
It’s been an ongoing phenomenon at concert halls and clubs for years: audience members who, in spite of booming rhythms or funky beats, spend the evening just kind of standing there. Sometimes you’ll get a head-bob, sometimes a bit of a sway, but often times it’s an arms crossed, eyes forward stoic trance. In certain circles, getting a concert crowd moving is certainly no easy task, making groups that manage it hot items when they tour.

But this certainly isn’t anything new, there’s a memorable scene in the seminal 1966 film Blow Up where the protagonist wanders through the crowd of a Yard...

Jeff Beck Kills Off 'Spinal Tap' Rumor

3/2/2010 12:06pm EST
Jeff Beck
Guitar legend Jeff Beck has silenced one of the longest-running rumors in rock - he was not the inspiration for This Is Spinal Tap. The former Yardbirds star has long been linked to the spoof documentary, with gossips suggesting he was the basis for Christopher Guest's character, Nigel Tufnel.

However, Beck is adamant the rumors are untrue - and he only inspired Tufnel's hairstyle. He tells Undercover Music News, "I think the hair was (based on mine) but it ends there. I knew that Christopher Guest had been watching me but Nigel is based on different characters from glam rock. Ironically,...

Led Zeppelin To Release Digital Catalog

10/18/2007 5:25pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's catalog is among the most enduring bodies of musical composition to come out of the 20th century -- and now it's coming to the 21st. As one of digital music's final holdouts, the band's illustrious catalog is one of the most highly anticipated digital releases to date. Beginning November 13, the band's original albums will be available for full-album or a la carte download from all online music retailers.

The albums being made available include Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), Untitled fourth album (1971), Houses Of The Holy (1973), P...

Graham Colton's 'Here Right Now' Hits Stores Oct. 30

10/15/2007 6:30pm EDT
Graham Colton
"I've never felt more like myself than I have on this album. I found myself, and I finally found my voice," the singer, songwriter and guitarist Graham Colton says of his forthcoming CD, 'Here Right Now.'

Don't call it a simple return. Call it a metamorphosis, a deep progression, an inspired evolution or - perhaps most fitting - a rewarding exercise in self-actualization. Stepping into his own in order to connect to his heart and artistic vision, Graham Colton has emerged with a stunning collection of pop-rock melodies, lyrics and emotions in 12 tracks that swing between love and hear...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 24

6/24/2007 3:00am EDT
Petra Nemcova
Happy Birthday to singer/actress Solange Knowles (1986), Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova (1979), actor Joe Penny (1956), "Robocop" star Peter Weller (1947), Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck (1944), and Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood (1942).

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees The Yardbirds Release Live CD

5/13/2007 6:00pm EDT
On a hot July 19th evening in 2006, the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City was host to the legendary Yardbirds. Captured on tape was a blistering non-stop set of powerful blues and rock n' roll, performed to an insatiable crowd crackling with excitement.

"Live at B.B. King Blues Club" captures a truly memorable performance of 19 songs including such Yardbirds classics as "For Your Love", "Heart Full of Soul", "Shapes of Things", and "Train Kept A Rollin'".

The band features founding members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja, guitarist Ben King, vocalist John Idan, and harmonica pl...

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

10/27/2006 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...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 24

6/24/2006 3:00am EDT
Petra Nemcova
Happy Birthday to singer/actress Solange Knowles (1986), Czech supermodel Petra Nemcova (1979), actor Joe Penny (1956), "Robocop" star Peter Weller (1947), Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck (1944), and Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood (1942).

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

5/28/2006 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...