Note: Cream bassist and lead vocalist Jack Bruce, universally recognized among his peers as one of the greatest instrumental talents in rock history, passed away last Saturday at age 71. Rocks Off's Bob Ruggiero was lucky enough to speak with Bruce this past spring, and would like to re-run this int ... More >>
One nice thing about the Houston Press Music Awards is the opportunity it provides to root into the brains of Houston's more acclaimed musicians. Here's a ready-made list of folks with music-filled brains, ripe for the picking. But with so many nominees in so many categories, where to start and what ... More >>
He's best known to the average classic-rock fan for the scant time in the '60s, fewer than three years, that he spent singing and playing bass for a quiet little trio named Cream, alongside subdued guitarist Eric Clapton and noted shy-guy drummer Ginger Baker. But Jack Bruce has certainly had a mult ... More >>
Houston loses one of its most talented and popular bassists.
Houston's music community is still reeling after popular bassist Rozzano Zamorano was found dead in his Montrose apartment late last week. Friends say Zamorano failed to show up for a gig with Vince Converse last Friday night at Dan Electro's Guitar Bar, leading police officers alerted by his family ... More >>
Tom Petty got a real kick in the balls late last week when he discovered that his vintage blond 1967 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SGTV Junior had been stolen from a California soundstage where the Heartbreakers had been rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Three other vintage guitars owned by b ... More >>
Stanley SheldonClassic Rock Corner was emailing recently with Andy Sharp (aka "Buffalo Speedway"), guitarist for the Austin-based Thin Lizzy tribute band Think Lizzy. He told us a story about talking music with his actual physician -- also a guitar nut -- who asked Sharp if he'd ever heard a ... More >>
Bass giant Stanley Clarke reflects on Return to Forever, Bitches Brew, and the importance of being prepared.
If there's anything that makes Houstonians freak the fuck out worse than an oncoming hurricane, it's the threat of winter weather. Rocks Off was in our local grocery store Thursday night (we simply had to have that new Rolling Stone with Taylor Lautner on the cover) and the checkout line was teem ... More >>
Noise goes whistling through the scenester artery's music venue graveyard.
Big Sir Junior Super Live Zam RecordsRecorded during live sessions at Houston's Jet Lounge in early 2006, Big Sir Junior's debut release shows the power of three accomplished musicians firmly in their element. Local bassist Rozz Zamorano (Fondue Monks, Yoko Mono, Rozz Zamorano Trio) recruited former ... More >>
Hell City Kings/photos by David A. Cobb Sometimes knowing absolutely nothing about a band is the best way to see them perform for the first time. Judging them solely by their name, I figured I knew what to expect from Hell City Kings; going in, I’d have thought Something Fierce was a shoo-in for ... More >>
Sometimes awesome live bands also make magic in the studio
Mrs. Fresh Prince brings her "spiritual hardcore" to the Scout Bar. Deal with that.
A rundown of every act on this year's bill
The votes are in! See who you picked as winners in the HPMA 2000
Jason and the Scorchers reunite, and get hot in the process