Classic Rock News

Wednesday October 22



Peter Gabriel Working On 'Happy' New Music

(Classic Rock) Peter Gabriel says he is working on a clutch of "organic dance" tracks for his next album. The former Genesis man has not released an album of original material since 2002's Up and has tentatively called the follow-up I/O, although no release date has been revealed. He says he tends to wrote "moody" songs and wants to move away from that mould on his next record. Gabriel tells Rolling Stone: "I'm trying to do some happy stuff. Even now. Because it's very easy for me to fall into some moody stuff. "I wanna do something that's more dance-y, and more like an organic dance record. I've got a couple of songs I've been working on the last two weeks that I think are beginning to go in that direction. "I'm a self-conscious dancer publicly. But privately I really enjoy it. You know I was a drummer originally and I love grooves, I love rhythm. My kids would tell me I'm not quite good, but I am enthusiastic."

Read more: Wednesday October 22

Tuesday October 21



Paul McCartney Reveals Song Featuring Led Zeppelin's John Bonham

(Radio.com) It was old meets new as music legend Paul McCartney debuted a never-before-heard old song featuring late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham in the most modern of ways: during a Twitter Q&A. The track, "Beware of Love," was originally featured on the 1975 Wings album, Wings at the Speed of Sound, but not in the form debuted by McCartney. In this newly released version, percussion duties are handled by none other than John Bonham, a fellow musical master that is best known as the long-time drummer of Led Zeppelin before his untimely death in 1980. Bonham's presence on the song, despite being relegated to his normal role as drummer, can be felt throughout, especially during the particularly memorable bridge.

Read more: Tuesday October 21

Monday October 20



Led Zeppelin Lose 1st Battle In Stairway To Heaven Fight

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin's first challenge to dismiss a lawsuit over allegations they plagiarised portions of their iconic 1971 anthem, "Stairway To Heaven", from a song by the group Spirit has been denied by a Pennsylvania judge. Last month, the band challenged jurisdiction in the case, writing "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here." According to The Hollywood Reporter, in response, the plaintiff amended the lawsuit with some emphasis on why a Pennsylvania judge should oversee the case: "Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven' through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven.'" U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sánchez has now denied the motion to dismiss or transfer without prejudice, meaning that the Zeppelin parties can still try again.

Read more: Monday October 20

Thursday October 16



The Doors To Be Honored With Inspiration Award

(TeamRock Radio) The Doors will be this year's recipient of the Inspiration Award The 10th annual Classic Rock Awards - the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. The show will take place at the Avalon Ballroom in Hollywood on November 4, and is hosted by Sammy Hagar. Previous recipients of the Inspiration Award include Rory Gallagher, Jon Lord, Steve Marriott, Ronnie James Dio, John Bonham, Syd Barrett, Mick Ronson and Phil Lynott. "In 1965 and '66, our brothers across the pond were making a lot of beautiful noise, and we attempted to create our own magical sound out here on the west coast", say Robby Krieger and John Densmore. "It's really nice to see them now turning around, coming back here to L.A., and recognizing what the four of us accomplished together on a beach in L.A. To receive this award on our own soil, from the Brits, is an honor, and we take it as a sign of respect, so--thank you, from us and on behalf of our fallen brothers, Jim and Ray."

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Wednesday October 15



Ozzy Osbourne Announces OzzFiesta

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne will host OzzFiesta, a 5-day event set for Mexico next spring. Set for May 27-31, 2015 at the Hard Rock Hotel on the Mayan Riviera, Ozzfiesta will present an opening night "Welcome Party" featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde. OzzFiesta will see a Q&A session with Ozzy and his band, a full concert by Black Label Society, a Comedy Club Night with standup sets from Jim Norton and Jim Florentine. It will also include a Charity Golf Tournament benefitting The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, Osbourne Movie Nights and much more, including a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne. OzzFiesta will conclude with an intimate beachside closing night performance from Ozzy. Read more here.

Read more: Wednesday October 15

Tuesday October 14



Led Zeppelin Preview Expanded House Of The Holy

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are sharing a video previewing the Super Deluxe Edition of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1973 release, "Houses Of The Holy", due on October 28. Released in March of 1973, "Houses Of The Holy" features legendary tracks such as "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while also showcasing the continuing evolution of the band's signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam "The Crunge". The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies. The seven unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc include rough and working mixes for "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days" that reveal a deeper look inside the recording sessions of these classic songs. Other standout recordings include the guitar mix backing track for "Over The Hills And Far Away" and a version of "The Rain Song" without piano. The group are releasing both "Houses Of The Holy" and "Led Zeppelin IV" on the same day. Led Zeppelin kicked off their reissue series in June with the release of expanded editions of the band's first three albums - "Led Zeppelin I", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" - each with a companion disc of bonus material.

Read more: Tuesday October 14

Monday October 13



The Who Announce Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) The Who have announced dates for their farewell tour of North America in 2015. "The Who Hits 50!" will see the band present an overview of their career, from The High Numbers to today. The show, which guitarist Pete Townshend describes as 'hits, picks, mixes and misses', will see the band play all the classic anthems as well as deeper cuts from their extensive catalogue. The Who will launch a 6-week spring run in Tampa, Florida on April 15, with shows wrapping May 30 in Forest hills, NY. The group will return for a second leg in the fall: dates begin September 14 in San Diego, CA and conclude November 4 in Philadelphia, PA.

Read more: Monday October 13

Friday October 10



2015 Rock Hall Nominees Announced

(Gibson) Green Day, Nine Inch Nails and The Smiths are among the artists nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. Other artists making the ballot for the first time include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers and Sting. Rounding out this year's hopefuls are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, N.W.A., Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Marvelettes, The Spinners and War. As has been the case for the past two years, the general public can cast votes alongside the historians, artists and industry honchos who comprise the Rock Hall voting body. The top five fan vote-getters will be consolidated and cast as a single ballot.

Read more: Friday October 10

Thursday October 9



Bob Seger Previews Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Song

(hennemusic) Bob Seger has released a behind the scenes preview of "Hey Gypsy", a track from his forthcoming album, "Ride Out", due October 14. "Ride Out" is Seger's his first studio album in 8 years, since 2006's "Face The Promise." "That's a song I wrote as a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, who I've always been a huge fan of," says Seger. "I remember the last time I saw Stevie: it was at an Eric Clapton concert and he traded solos with Eric on 'Before You Accuse Me', the old blues song - he did it for like 15 minutes - and it was probably my favorite guitar hero moment of all-time. They were playing so good." "So I went backstage," Seger continued. "I've known Stevie for a while and Eric… told him how much I loved it and then, unfortunately, three weeks later he died in a helicopter crash." "I really tried to write this song as if I was trying to channel Stevie," he added. "I was trying to write a song he might have written; that's the whole point of it."

Read more: Thursday October 9

Wednesday October 8



AC/DC Premiere New Song

(hennemusic) AC/DC are premiering "Play Ball", the lead single from the band's forthcoming album, "Rock Or Bust." The group have also unveiled the track listing for their first studio album in six years, due out December 2. The project is the group's first without guitarist Malcolm Young, whose illness required him to step away from the band earlier this year before they entered the studio; he is now officially retired from AC/DC. Malcolm and Angus Young's nephew, Stevie, handled rhythm guitar duties on the record and will join the group for a world tour next year.

Read more: Wednesday October 8

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