"Forever Changes" by the group Love is one of the most incredible, yet underrated albums of the 1960's. It's not as well known as something from Cream or Zep, but if you frequent this site, you are the type of person who would love and appreciate this classic recording. If you don't already own it, you should definitely seek it out. With that said, there is disturbing news to report on Love's lead singer Arthur Lee. He has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and has already been through some chemotherapy treatments, but unfortunately he has no health insurance to counter his medical expenses. It would be great if some affluent rock stars, producers, or even major labels would step up to the plate and help out a fellow human being. It's great to be involved in political or environmental causes, but this is a more direct way to help a brother in need.
Meanwhile for the rest of us, benefit concerts are being organized for L.A. and New York. To make a donation to the Arthur Lee Tribute Fund and for more information go to www.thelovesociety.com. Also check out our Tribute to Arthur Lee slideshow below.In other news, Axl Rose's band Guns 'N Roses will play four nights this month (May 12, 14, 15, and 17) at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. They are warm-up dates for their worldwide tour. We will be there and have a review next month. The big question is: Who will be in the G 'N R line up?
There's a really good 4-hour unauthorized documentary out called "Bob Dylan: Rolling Thunder & The Gospel Years: 1975-1981." Interviews with Jerry Wexler, Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Scarlet Riviera, Rob Stoner and many others who were involved with Dylan during The Rolling Thunder Review and his Christian music era are the highlights. Not a lot of Bob here, but a lot of folks talking about him. If you are a Dylan fan, you'll find it entertaining and informative. Did you know that "You Gotta Serve Somebody" won a Grammy despite all the heat Bob took from the press, the industry, and some fans as well? It's on DVD and a must for Dylan fans.
Derek Trucks, who plays on Eric Clapton's forthcoming album, has joined his touring band. Word is they will perform Derek and The Dominos material including "Layla" with Trucks playing the Dwayne Allman parts. Steve Jordan and Billy Preston are also in the band
RIP: Gene Pitney and June Pointer.