Music's 10 Biggest Losers of 2014

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Creed's Scott Stapp in 2012
You know how the old saying goes. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose...

Between the divorces, public meltdowns and court sentences, there was just something in that bad boy (and bad girl) water that made these ten artists lose big in 2014. Here's to all the photographic evidence of that bad behavior, y'all. May they pull it together in 2015, and give others time to shine.

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Casting Doubt on Eric Clapton's "Retirement" Tour

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Eric Clapton: 69 and counting...
Planes, Trains and Eric
Directed by David Maxwell
Eagle Rock Entertainment, 156 min., $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray

Guitar God Eric Clapton surprised some English fans earlier this year when he announced his likely retirement from regular touring.

"The road has become unbearable," he told Uncut magazine. "It's become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere. It's hostile -- everywhere: getting in and out of airports, traveling on planes and in cars."

Then again, he told Rolling Stone essentially the same thing. Last year.


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Jim Morrison's Long-Lost Adventures Now Revealed

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The Doors (l-r: Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, John Densmore, and Ray Manzarek) backstage on their 1968 tour in "Feast of Friends."
The Doors: Feast of Friends
Eagle Rock Entertainment; 144 mins.; $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray

While definitely not for the casual fan, Feast of Friends offers hardcore Doors aficionados a treasure trove of rare and unreleased footage, all of it all glowingly restored. Shot with the band's cooperation while on their 1968 tour, the fly-on-the-wall documentary Feast of Friends was shelved once singer Jim Morrison -- who would have turned 71 years old Monday -- was arrested in Miami the next year for lewdness and profanity.

That put the band's very future in jeopardy, though some footage here was clearly shot later, judging by the length of Morrison's hair.

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Randy Bachman Is Forever Takin' Care of Business

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Randy Bachman today
In his career as a co-vocalist/guitarist/songwriter for not one but two pretty successful classic-rock bands, the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Randy Bachman has sold tens of millions of records, sold out concerts and hit the top of the charts.

But, according to his son, singer/songwriter Tal Bachman (who had a hit of his own in 1999 with "She's So High"), dad didn't really make it in the music biz until he became animated in a 2000 episode of The Simpsons. It's where Homer loudly requests the band play "Takin' Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet"...and continues to bellow for the tunes after the band has obliged.

"A lot of other musicians had been on the show," Bachman recalls today. "Matt Groening went to college near Seattle, and that was the town where B.T.O. first broke, so he was a fan.


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Super Duper Alice Cooper More Than Just Snakes and Golf

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Would you buy a used car -- or hatchet -- from this man?

Super Duper Alice Cooper
Directed by Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen, and Sam Dunn
Eagle Rock, 127 mins, $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray

Vincent Furnier was a shy, churchgoing, high-school track star and the son and grandson of preachers who had never even touched alcohol, much less illegal drugs.

Alice Cooper is a depraved sicko who likes to whip women, chop off the limbs of baby dolls, inadvertently kills chickens, sneers at the people who pay to see him, and ultimately ends up getting guillotined for his behavior. And he liked to imbibe massive amounts of Budweiser and cocaine. Massive.

That they two men are the same person has long been one of rock history's more fascinating stories, a real-life Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- albeit one dressed in leather and wearing snakes. In fact, footage from an old silent-film adaptation of the R.L. Stevenson story is strewn throughout Super Duper Alice Cooper to constantly drive the point home, as does the constant third-person discussion by Alice of Alice.

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The Who's "Other" Rock Opera Survives in Fine Form

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Roger Daltrey and Pete Towshend on the "Quadrophenia and More" tour.

The Who: Quadrophenia Live in London
Universal CD/DVD, various formats and prices

While it is not their most famous rock opera -- that would be the one with a certain deaf, dumb and blind boy, Pinball Wizard, Acid Queen and good ol' Uncle Ernie -- the Who's Quadrophenia is in many ways the superior work.

In an nutshell, the 1973 double LP told the story of Jimmy, a teen living in mid-'60s London, as he deals with his peers, parents, girlfriend, Mod lifestyle, the cusp of manhood, disillusionment, possible suicide and his future all while suffering from a form of schizophrenia. Composer Pete Townshend imbues Jimmy's condition with personality traits from all four members of the Who, thus the "quadrophenia" of the title.


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Lost '93 Show Reveals "Dio of the Future"

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Note: the above Dio show is not the one depicted in the review.
Dio
Live in London -- Hammersmith Apollo 1993
Eagle Rock Entertainment, 114 min., $14.98 DVD/$19.98 Blu-Ray


This concert film will be something of a lost treasure to Dio fans. Not only has it never actually been released, but it showcases the group's lesser-celebrated mid-to-late-'90s lineup as well as a lot of material from the Strange Highways record, which was something of a departure in Dio's sound.

Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice had just finished their second stint with Black Sabbath, recording and touring 1982's Dehumanizer, when Dio decided to put his self-named group back together. The pair added guitarist Tracy G, bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken, currently of Foreigner) and keyboardist Scott Warren for their 1993 European tour, of which this show at London's famous Hammersmith Apollo was the last stop.

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A Timely Reminder What a Great Band Little Feat Was

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Little Feat's Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett play Houston's Last Concert Cafe Thursday night.
Little Feat: Live in Holland 1976
Eagle Vision (CD/DVD), 54 min., $17.98.

Is there any other band in classic rock who maintained a larger gulf between their studio and live work than Little Feat?

Don't get me wrong, albums like Sailin' Shoes, Dixie Chicken, Feats Don't Fail Me Now and Time Loves a Hero have a lot of quality material from the critically-popular act. But it's no fluke that their most commercially successful record, and the one to have if you only have one, is 1977's double live disc Waiting for Columbus.

Onstage, the sextet's potent gumbo of rock, blues, country and jazz was at its peak simply incendiary and ass-shaking. A tribute to both the skill of the individual players -- singer/guitarists Lowell George and Paul Barrere, keyboardist Billy Payne, bassist Kenny Gradney, and drummer/percussionists Richie Hayward and Sam Clayton -- as well as their cohesiveness as a unit.

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Happy 90th Birthday, George Bush Sr.: A Rousing R&B Salute

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Stevie Ray Vaughan rips it up a year before his death.
A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Presidential Inaugural Concert
Directed by David Deutsch
Shout! Factory, 120 min., $19.98

"Tonight is not a night for politics," says a well-coiffed man at the microphone with an unmistakable Southern drawl at the beginning of this concert. "Tonight is the night for music and blues!"

At first, the statement might seem fantastical, because of the man who uttered it: one Lee Atwater, an advisor to President Ronald Reagan, then campaign director for the Bush-Quayle ticket in 1988 and later chairman of the Republican National Committee. To him, everything was about politics.


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The 10 Best Reasons Rick Ross Won't Play Houston

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Rick Ross at his last known Houston appearance in October 2010
Good ol' Rick Ross didn't bother to show up for a Houston concert -- yet again. This time it was at Houston Beer Fest. Last time? Bayou Music Center. The time before? Hell, does it even matter?

The bottom line is Ross must have some sort of reason he keeps canceling tour dates here, right? After all, who wouldn't love our city? Well, other than him.

In order to explain the unfortunate circumstances in which Ross keeps canceling his Houston tour dates, we've wracked our brains to come up with a few explanations as to why the notorious rapper would skip out on us over and over and over again. Here are the Top 10.


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