- Bob Dylan wrote a massive essay for Vanity Fair talking about his new exhibition of “acrylic paintings, sketches and watercolors of American landscapes” named The Beaten Path, which opens on Saturday (November 5th) at London’s Halcyon Gallery. Dylan opens the essay talking about his legendary early-1974 reunion tour with the Band. Dylan writes: “In 1974 I played the first of many shows with the Band — maybe in eight years. We were in a hockey arena in Chicago. There were maybe 18,000 people there. The Band and I hadn’t played publicly together since 1966 where our shows caused a lot of disruption and turmoil — a lot of anger. Now we were in Chicago starting up again. There was no way to predict what was going to happen. At the end of the concert we had played over 25 or 30 songs and we were standing on the stage looking out. The audience was in semi-darkness. All of a sudden, somebody lit a match. And then somebody else lit another match. In short time, there were areas of the arena that were engulfed in matches. Within seconds after that, it looked like the whole arena was in flames and that all the people in the arena had struck matches and were going to burn the place down.”
- He goes on to write: “The Band and I looked for the nearest stage exit as none of us wanted to go down in flames. It seemed like nothing had changed. If we thought the response was extreme on the earlier tours we played, this was positively apocalyptic. Every one of us on the stage thought that we’d really done it this time — that the fans were going to burn the arena down. Obviously we were wrong. We misinterpreted and misunderstood the reaction of the crowd. What we believed to be disapproval was actually a grand appreciative gesture. Appearances can be deceiving.”
- Although they only split up two years ago, an Allman Brothers Band reunion might be the offing. Gregg Allman chatted with The Wall Street Journal and revealed: “Been talkin’ about it recently. Not ‘starting’ — but having a tour. We’ve been talking about it. Major city tour. Been talkin’ about it, now let’s get that straight. Nothing signed in blood yet.”
- On Sunday night (November 5th), Allman kicks off his 10-night residency at Manhattan’s City Winery.
- A new video has been released “promoting the titular global campaign, aimed at raising funds for the refugee crisis and victims of religious and political violence.” Among the legends appearing in the clip — directed by Kevin Godley — featuring stills of them holding up signs that says “Not Afraid,” are — Ringo Starr, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Peter Gabriel, Ritchie Blackmore, Brian Wilson, Sting, Iggy Pop, Joe Walsh, Eric Burdon, Darlene Love, Patti Smith, Steve Vai, Todd Rundgren, Mike Mills, Debbie Harry, the original Jefferson Airplane, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler, Paul Rodgers, Johnny Ramone, and many others.
- Rolling Stone reported: “All proceeds generated from the ‘We Are Not Afraid’ campaign will benefit the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and International Rescue Committee (IRC).”
- CMT today announced that a new Lynyrd Skynyrd documentary, tentatively titled, If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd, will be directed by Stones In Exile director Stephen Kijak and premiere in 2017. Skynyrd co-founder Gary Rossington said in a statement, “I’m excited to tell the no holds barred Skynyrd story; things that have never been told before and the days of when we started and all the hard work we put in to the music and the band.”
- Johnny Van Zant, the band’s current frontman and kid brother of the late-Ronnie Van Zant, added; “Gary will finally get a chance to tell his side of the story, being there since the beginning. Ronnie was a father figure to him, as much as a friend. I’m so happy that this is happening for him and the band. I’m also glad to share stories with my brother, Donnie growing up in the Van Zant family.”
- Fleetwood Mac‘s Lindsey Buckingham co-wrote and provides lead guitar on a new song by Australian electronic music duo Empire Of The Sun, called “To Her Door.” The duo’s Nick Littlemore spoke about the track and Buckingham’s contribution, saying, “It’s such a beautiful time as a band with such powerful messages to be working with someone who’s such a huge part of your imagination.” Another track on the album includes Prince‘s Revolution guitarist Wendy Melvoin. (NME)
READ: The full Bob Dylan essay: http://bit.ly/2fzzoqK