THIS WEEK IN ROCK
March 30, 2020
Leonard Cohen’s poetry recital, Eddie Vedder’s sea rescue, Rick Astley’s internet prank – it’s This Week In Rock.
Did you know that instead of making a speech, Leonard Cohen recited the entire lyrics of ‘Tower Of Song’ when Lou Reed inducted him into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2008?
#OnThisDay March 24, 1966
Simon and Garfunkel make their UK single chart debut with ‘Homeward Bound’, which peaks at No. 9. Appropriately, the song was written by Paul Simon at Farnworth train station in Widnes, while he waited overnight for the next available train.
#OnThisDay March 25, 1995
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder is rescued after a riptide carries him some 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
#OnThisDay March 26, 2016
Widely regarded as his signature tune, Billy Joel’s 1973 single, ‘Piano Man’, is selected by the US Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, or artistic significance.” Well done, sir!
#OnThisDay March 27, 2007
A momentous day in the history of the internet as the first instance of ‘Rickrolling’ is recorded. For the uninitiated, this is a prank and an internet meme involving the unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley hit ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’.
#OnThisDay March 28, 1994
Primal Scream release their fourth album, ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’. Departing from the dance and psychedelia of ‘Screamadelica’, here the band move into full tilt boogie, country-blues balladry and funky grooves.
#OnThisDay March 29, 1972
Elvis Presley records his version of ‘Always On My Mind’. In the US, the song was released as the B-side to ‘Separate Ways’, but the single was flipped for the UK market. The same session also yields ‘Burning Love’.
In June 1970 Elvis Presley entered Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio B for a marathon five day recording session that would provide the backbone of three of his most successful studio albums of the decade.Read more
With this year marking the 30th anniversary of the epoch-defining ‘Loaded’, our artist of the month for August are the evergreen party starters, Primal Scream.Read more
Originally planned as a Christmas special for NBC TV, Elvis Presley’s return to live performance after a hiatus of seven years was soon transformed into something far more spectacular.Read more
As The KIng’s fourth studio album – ‘Elvis Is Back!’ – celebrates its 60th anniversary, Mr Elvis Aaron Presley is our Artist of the Month.Read more
Leonard Cohen’s poetry recital, Eddie Vedder’s sea rescue, Rick Astley’s internet prank – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
ELO release an entire album on betamax, Elvis leaves the army and goes right back in the studio, Ray Davies gets a gong and more. It’s this week in rock.Read more
From charts to shows, record releases to record-setters – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
A week of lyrical landmarks, timeless trivia and record-breaking record releases, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
It’s that time of year again as we join the annual celebration of independent record stores up and down the country that is Record Store Day, with a whole host of releases exclusively available from your local music emporium on Saturday, June 20.Read more
Fantastic chart-toppers, literally Oscar-winning performances and landmark releases – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Epic careers are launched, coveted awards are won and charts are topped – it’s this week in rock…Read more
Landmark releases, fascinating trivia and chart topping hits – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Many happy return to a certain Mr Astley, groundbreaking albums and record setting chart performances – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
With Primal Scream’s 2000 album, ‘XTRMNTR’, about to celebrate its 20th anniversary, it’s entirely apposite that we should focus our attention on the record’s lead track and third single, ‘Kill All Hippies’.Read more
Many happy returns, TV debuts, landmark record deals and more. It’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Simon & Garfunkel’s iconic album ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’. We’re celebrating with the a very special Gold Vinyl edition, available February 14th plus the ‘Live At Carnegie Hall’ EP, available for streaming now.Read more
History-making meetings, career-defining releases, epoch-engendering live shows and more – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Elvis! Sabbath! AC/DC! Elvis again! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Happy New Year with Bowie, Billy Joel, AC/DC and more – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Ever wondered what history’s biggest rock stars were up to over the festive period? Wonder no longer, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
A UK Christmas No.1 for Elvis Presley in 1962, this single bears a number of distinctions.Read more
Unprecedented chart successes, the dearly departed and The King joining the Narcotics Bureau?! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Legendary shows, groundbreaking album anniversaries, eye watering memorabilia auctions and more – it’s this week in rock.Read more
Charity bonanzas and rocket-fuelled chart rises – it’s This Week In Rock, including the Final Countdown!Read more
From Jimi Hendrix to Elvis Presley, The Stone Roses to Bonnie Tyler and more, we run down the history of your favourite artists – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Wham! hit number one (again), Elvis hits the big screen (again) Billy Joel hits the top of the US charts (for the very first time) and more. It’s This Week In Rock’.Read more
In a posthumous new album, Leonard Cohen has robbed death of the last word. ‘Thanks For The Dance’ is out now.Read more
Mae Boren Axton makes history, chart climaxes, birthdays and more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Elvis tops the charts, George Michael takes on the American establishment, AC/DC get a statue and lots lots more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Landmark albums, live debuts and publishing history – it’s this week in rock…Read more
All star shows, landmark releases, the rise and fall of legendary venues, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
From the unveiling of The King’s own set of postage stamps, to Bay City Rollers ruling the charts to The Clash bringing punk to NYC, it’s rock history as it happened with this week in rock.Read more
From David Cassidy to Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Tyler to the Bay City Rollers, it’s this week in rock.Read more
With a new album, ‘Thanks For The Dance’, recently announced, we remember the life and genius of Leonard Cohen, our Artist of the Month for October.Read more
Who did MTV declare the Best Act Ever in 2008? The answer may shock you…Read more
Many happy returns, legendary performances and landmark releases. It’s this week in rock…Read more
Record breaking releases, turbo-charged chart positions and hugely expensive birthday presents – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
David Essex, George Michael, The King, Dylan meets The Beatles and more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history as it happened.Read more
Ozzy in the USSR, The Clash’s live London debut, many happy returns to David Crosby, the legendary Woodstock festival and more. It’s the week in rock as it happened…Read more
The Manics, Paul Simon, Elvis, Snap!, Scott McKenzie, The Ronettes and Ghostbusters! It’s the week in rock and history as it happened…Read more
We’re marking the 50th anniversary of what is arguably The King’s pivotal year with ‘Live 1969’, a deluxe 11 CD box set available now.Read more
Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…Read more
Classic hits, seminal singles, infectious smashes and idiosyncratic sensations. This week in rock history as it happened…Read more
Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…Read more
Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.Read more
Innovative inventions, ground breaking releases, landmark interviews, legendary live shows and timeless tours – follow rock history as it happened.Read more
Chart breakthroughs, birthdays and the greatest comeback in history. We look back at this week in rock – #OnThisDayRead more
Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…Read more
If any one song from their vast back catalogue perfectly encapsulates Primal Scream’s rock’n’roll side then it’s got to be ‘Rocks’.Read more
He just turned 70 but our Artist of the Month for June shows no sign of slowing down. With a series of massive shows this month, including a date at Wembley Stadium, it’s Mr Billy Joel.Read more
Ahead of this year’s vibrant festival season, Primal Scream are releasing ‘Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles’, collecting one of the most powerful single discographies in rock. Out now.
Plus check out new November/December tour dates…Read more
Inspired by the tragic story of American teenager Jeremy Wade Delle, who shot himself in front of his classmates, ‘Jeremy’ was one of Pearl Jam’s darker steps on the path to global superstardom.Read more
Billy Joel turns 70 next week and is celebrating with a new playlist of dynamic, rare live performances never before available for streaming.Read more
With one of the most powerful, diverse single catalogues in the history of rock – ‘Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles’ due out this month – our Artist of the Month for May is the unutterably incomparable Primal Scream.Read more
Primal Scream’s landmark 1986 single ‘Velocity Girl’ will be reissued on limited edition 7″ vinyl on May 24, alongside the release of ‘Maximum Rock n Roll: The Singles’.Read more
As a whole host of stars prepare to honour The King in the ‘Elvis All-Star Tribute’, we’re proud to announce the companion album, ‘The Best Of The ’68 Comeback Special’, out now.Read more
This distinctive and memorable black and white video was directed by Josh Taft. A friend of guitarist Stone Gossard, he would later helm the videos for ‘Oceans’ and ‘Even Flow’.Read more
From ‘The First Noel’ to ‘Blue Christmas’, no-one does festive like Elvis…Read more
Still short a few gifts? Don’t panic. We’ve got some great Xmas box set suggestions for you…Read more
On December 3rd, 1968 Elvis Presley performed live for the first time in seven years. Broadcast on NBC, it would become known as the ’68 Comeback Special’ and one of the most vital live performances of all time. Half a century later, we’re proud to present the ’50th Anniversary Edition’, available now.Read more
Unheard and never before released, the Original Memphis Recordings from Primal Scream’s first ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’ sessions, are out now.Read more
Since their formation in 1982, Bobby Gillespie and co. have soundtracked innumerable lives, from the gleeful hedonism of ‘Rocks’ to the plaintive ‘Cry Myself Blind’, there’s a ‘Scream tune for every mood and every moment.Read more
As we prepare to release the never-heard-before original Memphis recordings of ‘Give Out But Don’t Give Up’, Primal Scream our are Artist of the Month for October.Read more
The new album, featuring a brand new duet with Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, and 13 other inspirational performances from gospel legends who performed with the King, out now.Read more
It’s fifty years since the comeback to end them all – the Elvis Presley ’68 Comeback Special – and we’re celebrating with special film screenings across the UK and Ireland. Read on….Read more
Whatever you think of the concept – and millennial audiences may certainly raise their eyebrows at the Baby Boomer rundown of the Luckiest Generation’s trials and tribulations – there’s no denying that ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ had the cultural impact of a meteor strike.Read more
Presenting the complete, unabridged story of Elvis Presley – ‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’ is a two-part three-hour film presentation airing on HBO, 8pm April 14. The superb soundtrack is available now.Read more
An homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, ‘Uptown Girl’ was Billy Joel’s first and only Number One hit.Read more
2017 has produced some of the most exciting reissues, limited edition and original vinyl albums of recent years, resulting in some ‘must-have’ records. Here are our Top Five picks, which should belong in the collection of any vinyl lover in your life, or of course, your own.Read more
As Christmas approaches we’re proud to present the brand new album ‘Christmas With Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’, as The King meets The Strings for the finest of festive fanfares.Read more
“What other name roars?”
Elvis Presley defined and redefined music and touched countless lives in the process.
Here are some of your stories of how The King helped you live.Read more
As the world celebrates the music & life of Elvis Aaron Presley, we’re proud to present an enduring, fan-favourite collection of his finest music – ‘Elvis Presley: The 50 Greatest Hits’.Read more
Let’s celebrate The King – tell us what kind of Elvis fan you are and we’ll make a playlist just for you…Read more
Elvis is – to so, so many – the most iconic artist of all time, defining genres, eras and even stardom itself. Forty years ago this month he tragically passed away, now we want your stories of how how Elvis Aaron Presley touched your life.Read more
This month, we join the world in celebrating the life and music of Elvis Presley. The King is our Artist of the Month.Read more
We’re proud to announce that on Friday July 28, Sony Legacy will be releasing the most comprehensive early Elvis library ever assembled.Read more
If you came of age during Grunge then Cameron Crowe’s ‘Singles’ was your ‘8 Mile’, your ‘Almost Famous’ maybe even your ‘Quadrophenia’.Read more
We’re giving you the chance to win one of our CD Book Sets – take your pick from Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991, Elvis Presley’s Platinum A Life In Music or AC/DC’s Black Tracks.Read more
All proceeds go to Warchild UK.Read more
Fancy winning some exclusive ‘Screamadelica’ swag signed by Bobby Gillespie himself?Read more
Kate Moss channels her love of rock and roll (and her own inner Elvis) in a brand new music video for “The Wonder of You”!Read more
It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.More...
Elvis Presley has today become the most successful solo artist in UK chart history as he scores his 13th number one album with ‘The Wonder of You’.Read More...
‘The Wonder Of You: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ is out now. Get more info, including tour dates, and watch some album previews here…Read More...
The boundary between pop lyricism and poetry or literature has long been a cause of debate, and never more so than in the recent decision to award Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize For Literature. The Quietus’ Luke Turner explores the frontier.Read More...
A round up of the best from to read and watch on the web from SeptemberRead more
Read reviews of Billy Joel’s incredible stadium performanceRead more
Read more about the follow up album to the #1 selling ‘If I Can Dream’, out now…Read more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
Read more about ‘You Want It Darker’…Read more
Read more about the definitive new 2CD collection of Elvis Presley’s last studio recordings…Read more
Legendary albums are available for a special price on iTunes…Read more
- AlivePearl Jam
- JeremyPearl Jam
- OncePearl Jam
- Even flowPearl Jam
- State of Love and TrustPearl Jam
- and lots more!...
- Did I ever love youLeonard Cohen
- SuzanneLeonard Cohen
- Hey, that's no way to say goodbyeLeonard Cohen
- Ain't no cure for loveLeonard Cohen
- So long, MarianneLeonard Cohen
- and lots more!...
Here are this year’s much anticipated releases!Read more
- Heartbreak hotelElvis Presley
- G.I. bluesElvis Presley
- Don't be cruelElvis Presley
- Can't help falling in loveElvis Presley
- If I can dreamElvis Presley
- and lots more!!...
- Prelude/Angry young manBilly Joel
- Piano manBilly Joel
- Movin' out (Anthony's song)Billy Joel
- The longest timeBilly Joel
- Scenes from an Italian restaurantBilly Joel
- and lots more!...
- Movin' on upPrimal Scream
- Country girlPrimal Scream
- RocksPrimal Scream
- LoadedPrimal Scream
- Come togetherPrimal Scream
- and lots more!!...
- Never gonna give you upRick Astley
- She wants to dance with meRick Astley
- Together foreverRick Astley
- Lights outRick Astley
- Cry for helpRick Astley
- and lots more!!...
9 songs to pull at those heartstrings…Read more
Today we celebrate Elvis’ 81st Birthday!Read more
The definitive Elvis Presley Box Set collection featuring 60 CDs!Read more
“‘Screamadelica’ is one of this era’s most beautiful, far-reaching pieces of musical adventure…pretty much a perfect album”
You can go for a special price with Legacy…Read more
‘If I Can Dream’ – Out now.Read more
Dense, frenetic, anxiety… What did Jeremy do?Read more
Take a look at what happened at the UK’s first official playback of Elvis: If I Can Dream with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra…Read more
More info on ‘If I Can Dream’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.Read more
We’ve selected 5 videos you have to watch!Read more
Some of our favourite tracks and albums are currently available for a very special price…Read more
Every month at Legacy HQ, we will be picking essential tracks from our Artist of the Month in this brand new playlist.Read more
We should have voted for Rick!Read more
Did you know our Artist of the Month turned his life around aged 32? Have you ever heard ‘Hallelujah’ in hebrew?Read more
As his new album ‘Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour’ is released this month, we will be looking back at Leonard’s finest throughout the month of May.Read more