Mountain Guitarist Leslie West Has Died, Rockers React


Classic rock legend and iconic lead guitarist Leslie West of Mountain has died. He was 75 years old. Leslie had suffered from health issues the last few years of his life, but suffered a heart attack earlier this week, ultimately passing away from cardiac arrest, according to his publicist. The news was broken by Dean Guitars over social media. West was endorsed by Dean for several years. “With a heavy heart, we are saddened to hear about the passing of #Dean Artist and part of the Dean family, Leslie West,” the statement read. “Legendary and one of a kind. Rest In Peace.” West got his start in music in Long Island, New York in the 1960s with the band The Vagrants, a rock, RnB, and soul band. Rising to prominence in the late 1960s, West with Mountain, work with Jack Bruce and bandmate Corky Laing in a trio, and in his solo material played a headlining slot at the original Woodstock festival in 1969, his hit song “Mississippi Queen” which was covered by Bachman Turner Overdrive, Ozzy Osbourne, Joyous Wolf, Sam Kinison, Amanda Ayla, recently Foo Fighters and others, and his countless albums and tours celebrating his incredible love of the blues through his amazing playing. He even married his wife Jenni at Woodstock 2009 under an archway of guitars. A true rock original, he will be deeply missed. The rock world has already taken to social media to comment on West’s passing. Continue reading


SPECIAL FEATURE: Woodstock 1994 – Twenty-Five Years Later


It started with an old-fashioned idea. The optimism of the hippies met wit the activism of the more rebellious factions of society to create a powderkeg of activism and art in the late 1960s to create Woodstock. The fest could have been an unmitigated disaster that would have made Fyre festival look good. However, it would have a lasting cultural impact even the future decades rode on. With an eye on capturing that spirit again, and raking in a lot of money, the original founders of Woodstock create Woodstock `94: 2 More Days of Peace and Music, but officially it was three days. Continue reading


Plans For Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary Event


Bethel Woods Center For The Arts (BWCA), a non-profit cultural center located at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York, Live Nation, and INVNT, a global live brand storytelling agency, have announced Bethel Woods Music And Culture Festival: celebrating the golden anniversary at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. Taking place August 16-18, 2019 and held at BWCA just 90 minutes from New York City, the event is the successor to the original Woodstock in 1969, Woodstock 94, and Woodstock 99. Woodstock 99 had headliners such as Metallica, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Alanis Morisette, Megadeth, and dozens of other bands across rock and heavy metal genres. Continue reading


Trees – Trees


Search online for bands named Trees and the only entries you’ll find are references to the glorious British Folk outfit of the late sixties and early seventies. Deep in the recesses of Finland, however, comes another such incarnation: one that joins the gathering of acts that have revitalised the genre this year.Continue reading