MAY 17, 2024

THIS WEEK: New Boss Documentary… Reunion talk … Gilmour will hit the US… New Lennon Box Set… Saxophone Man dies


John Lennon‘s 1973 album, “Mind Games,” is being reissued and expanded to include eight discs of remasters, remixes, session recordings and outtakes for its 50th anniversary. The box will be available on July 12.

– Disney has announced “Road Diary: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band,” a new documentary chronicling the group’s preparation for their 2023-2024 world tour.

John Barbata, a veteran rock drummer best known for playing with Jefferson Starship in the 1970s died this week at age 79.

David Sanborn died this week at age 78 after playing sax on some of rock and pop’s most famous songs, including David Bowie’s “Young Americans,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and Eagles’ “The Sad Cafe,” among others.

David Gilmour will play his first U.S. shows in eight years following the release of his new solo album, “Luck and Strange,” in September. The concerts will take place in Los Angeles and New York only. Gilmour will play the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 29 and 30 and Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4 and 5.

– Guitarist Alex Lifeson says a RUSH reunion would “just be a money ploy.”

Sebastian Bach says there’s a “good chance” for a Skid Row reunion.

– A judge has ruled that Brian Wilson be placed in a conservatorship, which will be run by his longtime publicist and manager, Jean Sievers, and his longtime business manager, LeeAnn Hard. The conservatorship was applied for in February, shortly after the death of his wife and manager, Melinda. It was noted at the time that Wilson, 81, suffers from dementia and is no longer able to care for himself.

Another Year Gone

Birthdays over the past week…

58 – Darius Rucker, frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish (May 13)

58 – Singer Janet Jackson (May 16)

59 – Krist Novoselic, bassist for Nirvana (May 16)


62 – Ian Astbury, lead singer for the Cult (May 14)

62 – CC Deville, guitarist for Poison (May 14)


64 – Bono (born Paul Hewson) (May 10)

72 – David Byrne, frontman for the Talking Heads (May 14)


74 – Rocker Billy Squier (May 12)


74 – Stevie Wonder (May 13)


76 – Steve Winwood (of Traffic, Blind Faith, Spencer Davis Group) (May 12)

76 – Composer/Producer Brian Eno (May 15)


78 – Singer-songwriter Donavan (May 10)


78 – Guitarist Robert Fripp of King Crimson (May 16)


78 – Guitarist Dave Mason of Traffic (May 10)


83 – Eric Burdon, lead singer of the Animals (May 11)


Your Answer Is…

Hi Treasonites!

Music is forever. It is timeless.

But those who create it are very human and are only around for a very short time (as we all are).

If it is possible to answer such a question, we ask, “Which musician’s passing affected you most?”

Your answer is…


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Ronald Swanson

For me, Gordon Lightfoot. I think having grown up on the Great Lakes (specifically Lake Michigan), and watching the long ships ply up and down the lakes, delivering goods to local ports, you develop a sense of kinship with the lake, the sailors, and those who share the lake with you. His song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, resonates with this same sense of kinship. There is an emotive, haunting quality to it that directs my memories back to those more innocent childhood days.

Rick Kendrick

Brit Turner, drummer for Blackberry Smoke. Just lost him about 10 weeks ago. He befriended me two years ago, and extended himself to me when I was at a low point over losing my little brother to a motorcycle accident outside of Nashville, less than 48 hours after taking brother Karl to his 1st Blackberry Smoke show. Brit died from glioblastoma; it is a terrible uncureable brain cancer. Brit chose to play for the fans as long as he could before he left the stage, after learning of his diagnosis. He was a true rock n roller and a great human being that always looked out for his fellow man.

Jonathan Paul Akre

First would be Prince…. The second would be Ray Charles.


AJ Pero because i personally knew him as a friend. My band opened for one of his bands (Cities) back in late 80s/early 90s. He was hanging out at a club where one of my bands were playing and we got him to sit in with us and play a couple of Twisted Sister songs; which is a night I’ll never forget.
Phenomenal drummer. But he was a beautiful person. Nicest most down to earth guy you’d ever meet. The guys in his bands were wonderful people too.
Died if heart attack. My friends who were touring with him found him. Just horrific and devastating.
Check out the tribute to John Bonham on YouTube. Jason Bonham, AJ and s bunch of other drummers. AJ kills it.
AJ was a big part of my music life growing up in the scene, may he rest in peace.
See you on the other side, AJ.

Frank Raccioppi

Jim Croce and Maury Muehleisen were getting better and better. Loved the diversity of their tunes.

Roger l Burns

Paul McCartney WHAT!!! Are you telling me he’s still alive, The Wings didn’t use AI to duplicate him! Wow after all these years. Ok that was attempted humor, sorry. I would say John Lennon because, I was a Beatle fan, I was hoping the Beatles would get back together at that time but, after John was shot, I was sad and angry, but the rest of the group moved on. I liked some of the wings songs, and George had some hits, Ringo had his all star band. It’s sad to hear of any musician passing. George would say “all things must pass”.

Mark J. Highland

Difficult to say. First one that comes to mind is John Lennon. Also George Harrison, Neil Peart, Jimi Hendrix, John Bonham, Paul Barrere, Freddie Mercury, and Jimmy Buffett.

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I would say Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon.


Michael Jackson first, then Prince. Grew up with MJ. Both were my age.

ira weiner

John Lennon


Hard to say. Lennon’s death was a shock, but I didn’t care for his solo work. Likewise Prince and Michael Jackson. Screw around with drugs… it’ll catch up. Same with losing Zappa and Bowie to cancer. Not really my music.

But losing Chris Squire, Neil Peart, Greg Lake, David Crosby, and especially Mary Travers really hurt.

Terry Roper

Jimmy Buffet and Freddie Mercury were both so amazing. I saw Jimmy Buffett quite a few times over the years, and both my kids have several of his albums (cds). I never saw Queen live but their music was so iconic.

Grant Fisk

Stevie Ray Vaughan was the most devastating loss to me personally.

Michael Edwards

John Lennon

Barry Turner

Buddy Holly and John Lennon. The day the music died.

Deidri Deane

Well Lennon of course. Then Bowie made me sob.

Bob Seabock

Amy Winehouse. I had just discovered her music about 2 months before she died. Still difficult to watch her “Back in Black” video. The loss of David Bowie, George Harrison, and a local musician named Frank Bowes are equally devastating. Bowes sent me a friend request on Disgracebook hours before he committed suicide.

Ellen Hakala

Elvis Presley, I guess as a teenager it was a shock to hear but two who really affected me for some strange reason and made me cry was John Prine and David Olney.


George Harrison


1966 – Paint it Black (single) – ROLLING STONES

1966 – Pet Sounds – Beach Boys

1967 – Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix Experience

1970 – Let it Be (movie) – Beatles

1970 – Live at Leeds – Who

1972 – Exile on Main Street – Rolling Stones

1994 – Weezer (The Blue Album) – Weezer

1994 – Black Hole Sun (single) – Soundgarden


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– Work on the band’s next official music video continues. No release date has been set. (The song has not been announced yet).

– The proposed idea the band was looking into as a possible regular addition to this e-zine featuring original music submissions from readers has been abandoned due to lack of participation. 

– Answering a question from a reader: Yes, all the songs on all Elm Treason studio albums are original Roman-Steel compositions. No cover songs exist on any of the five Elm Treason studio albums. However, the band does have a five-song Beatles cover EP called “For Mersey’s Sake.



elm treason song of the week

“CHOKE ON ME” from the album “RHYME AND TREASON”

It’s the opening track on our third album.

It’s Elm Treason punking it up with ROCKOUSTIC relentlessness.

Damn, can acoustic guitars really do this?

Hell to the YES, they can!

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This week, as you may or may not have noticed in our “ANOTHER YEAR GONE” birthday section, two sets of musicians share the exact same birth dates.


So, we compiled a list of famous people who also share the same exact birth date.

These are not all musicians, obviously… but it’s fun to check out.


Billy Dee Williams & Merle Haggard – April 6, 1937

Abraham Lincoln & Charles Darwin – February 12, 1809

Jason Bateman & Dave Grohl – January 14, 1969

Michael Caine & Quincy Jones – March 14, 1933

Madonna & Angela Bassett – August 16, 1958

Angelina Jolie & Russell Brand – June 4, 1975

George W. Bush And Sylvester Stallone – July 6, 1946

Lenny Bruce & Margaret Thatcher – October 13, 1925

Lester Bangs & Ted Nugent – December 13, 1948

Marilyn Monroe & Andy Griffith – June 1, 1926

Pol Pot & Malcolm X – May 19, 1925

Rick Springfield & Shelley Long – August 23, 1949

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Al Sharpton – October 3, 1954


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David Gilmour and Nick Mason join their former Pink Floyd bandmate Roger Waters at the London 02 Arena performance of Waters’ The Wall tour, joining in on “Comfortably Numb” and “Outside The Wall.” It’s the first time they’ve played together since Live 8 in 2005.


BIZARRE: After 27 years as a fugitive from a New Jersey prison, convicted child-killer Edward Solly is arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he has been masquerading as long-dead Sha Na Na guitarist Vinnie Taylor, complete with a website and nightclub act.


Napster, which lets users download songs posted by other users for free, wins the Webby award for best music site, beating out, Wired Planet, sputnik7 and FarmClub.



Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe marries actress Heather Locklear. They divorce seven years later.



After three albums, The Go-Go’s announce their breakup, with frontwoman Belinda Carlisle leaving to start a solo career with help from guitarist Charlotte Caffey. The first of their many reunions takes place in 1990.



The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) holds a meeting in a Washington church where they foment support for their agenda: a ratings system for albums and concerts like those used for movies, and also to keep offensive album covers out of view in record stores. Their efforts lead to warning stickers on albums with offensive lyrics.



Bob Marley dies at age 36 after a long battle with cancer.


The Sex Pistols sign with Virgin Records for £15,000 after being dropped by both EMI and A&M. This one takes, and Virgin issues their landmark album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. “I’ve always liked Richard Branson because, pompous rich t–t that he is, he has a great sense of rebelliousness,” lead singer Johnny Rotten says.


Fleetwood Mac play their first concert with new members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks at a show in El Paso, Texas.


Led Zeppelin launch their record label, Swan Song, with lavish parties in London and Los Angeles. Bad Company and Dave Edmunds both record for the label, which shuts down in 1983.


The Who sell out Madison Square Garden in a record eight hours.


In an effort to shed his teenybopper image, David Cassidy appears shirtless (and pantless) on the cover of Rolling Stone.


A piano is played for the first time in public in the UK. In a playbill for a performance of The Beggar’s Opera at Covent Garden Theatre, London, it is announced a Miss Brickler sings “accompanied by Mr. Dibdin on a new instrument called piano-forte.”


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