41 Years Since Iggy Pop’s ‘The Idiot’

Today marks 41 years since Iggy Pop’s The Idiot changed our life (for the better!)

The Idiot was Pop’s first solo record since breaking away from The Stooges, shortly after a stint in a mental hospital. Recording started in July 1976, when Pop and David Bowie hit the Château d’Hérouville studio in France to record “Low.”

Iggy Pop Full Cover

Gone were the brash guitars, and replaced by synthesizers and electronic elements. The changes were praised by critics, but many thought Bowie’s influence was too heavy and not reflective of Iggy’s output.

Many of the songs on The Idiot were based on Iggy’s real life experiences. “China Girl” was about Kuelan Nguyen, a woman he met and had an affair with behind her husband’s back… even though neither of them spoke the same language. “Dum Dum Boys” outlines Iggy’s perception of The Stooges’ ups and downs.


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Like Led Zeppelin? Then You’ll Love Greta Van Fleet

Greta Van Fleet is made up of four young musicians, brothers Josh (vocals), Jake (guitar) and Sam (bass/keys) Kiszka, and best friend Danny Wagner (drums). They’re all from the tiny Michigan hamlet of Frankenmuth known for its family-style chicken dinners and the world’s largest Christmas store. Michigan has bred some of the greatest rock bands in the history of classic rock including The MC5, The Stooges, Grand Funk Railroad, The Amboy Dukes, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, The White Stripes and now, Greta Van Fleet.

The most recent recordings shine a light on some of the band members’ earliest musical influences found in the blues, soul and funk; artists like Muddy Waters, Joe Cocker, Sam & Dave, Howlin’ Wolf and Wilson Pickett. As Screamer magazine said in its From The Fires review: “These new tunes show how much Greta Van Fleet is really capable of and how deep the talent runs.”

Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” is one track that has special meaning for the band. “All of us are very affected by oppression of any type,” said Josh, “cultural, racial, sexual. I’ve never experienced what Sam Cooke did so I have to admit, it was a little difficult for me, getting behind the mic, but I did it because singing this song meant a lot to me.” As Icon vs Icon wrote about this track, “This is where the group truly shows they are like no other. This isn’t simply a rock song, or even blues, it’s a gospel ballad that will move even the toughest soul.” (more…)

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Exclusive: Alex Lifeson On Rory Gallagher’s Legacy

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we’re looking at the legacy of Rory Gallagher.

The Irish rocker first started in the band Taste, but later established a solo career. Over the course of his musicianship, he sold over 30 million records across the globe.

Rory Gallagher

One of his biggest fans? Alex Lifeson, guitarist of Rush.

Here’s what he had to say on Gallagher’s legacy, exclusively to MusicVaultz:

“It is truly remarkable how many guitarists over the years have cited Rory Gallagher as an influence. I was introduced to his playing during the Taste years but it was during one of Rush’s early tours opening for Rory in the fall of 1974 that left the greatest impression. He oozed passion in his playing and I envied his ability to transcend the moment. I learned a lot from him as a guitarist but it was his character that touched me most. We spent many nights talking about history, politics and music ’til the wee hours. After a short break off, we recommenced the tour and he gave me a gift of a series of Flann O’Brien’s books, one of his favourite authors. I still have those books and will always remember that thoughtful and kind consideration. He had a sweet soul and graciousness that I’ll never forget.”

Watch some of Rory Gallagher’s live performances:


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Two Elton John Tribute Albums Are Coming Next Month

Celebrity musicians are paying respect to Elton John over the course of two new projects.

Revamp and Restoration will each feature 13 John covers by other artists, with the former focused on rock and pop artists, and the latter on country.

he first, Revamp, shows off interpretations of John’s catalog from rock and pop musicians, while Restoration includes covers by country stars.

Don Henley, Willie Nelson, and Queens of the Stone Age are just some of the acts who will tackle John’s signature hits.

“It’s always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it,” John said in a press release. “As songwriters, Bernie [Taupin] and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp & Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We’re humbled and thank them all for their generosity.”

Revamp and Restoration are due out April 6.

Take a look at both albums below:


1. “Bennie and the Jets” – Elton John, P!nk, Logic
2. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” – Coldplay

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Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey Announces New Album, Releases Title Track

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey is returning to music.

Daltrey has announced his new solo album, As Long As I Have You, out June 1.

“This is a return to the very beginning, to the time before Pete started writing our songs, to a time when we were a teenage band playing soul music to small crowds in church halls,” said Daltrey in a press release.

Produced by Dave Eringa, the new project also features Who guitarist Pete Townshend on seven tracks, plus guest performances from Mick Talbot and Sean Genockey.

As Long As I Have You will feature a mix of songs written by Daltrey (“Certified Rose”, “Always Heading Home”) as well as covers of songs by Nick Cave, Stevie Wonder, and more. (more…)

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