Classic Rock News



NEW BRUCE TUNE DEBUTS AHEAD OF RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE

Tomorrow, millions of record store fans will flock to their favorite vinyl and CD store to celebrate the 2014 edition of Record Store Day. One of the exclusive goodies that will be on sale is Bruce Springsteen’s American Beauty EP, a companion piece to the Boss’ current full-length studio album High Hopes. On Thursday, fans were given a sneak peek at the EP with the release of the single “Hurry Up Sundown.”

IOMMI SAYS NEW BLACK SABBATH ALBUM “WOULD BE GREAT,” BUT…

In a recent interview, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi was asked if the band planned to record a follow-up to last year’s 13 album. Though sounding somewhat enthusiastic about the prospect, he was cautiously optimistic at best, saying, “We don’t know yet. But, I think we’d like to do another album, but we’ll have to see. But, I think an album would be great, although, you know, after the last one, it would probably be an anti-climax to have another one; I don’t know.”

HAGAR HIRING TALENTED TRIO TO PERFORM SELECTED SHOWS

Red Rocker Sammy Hagar will hit the road once again for another round of 14 shows, starting with a two-night stand at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe May 2 and 3 with the Wabos. Six of the gigs will be with the Wabos and seven others will see Hagar fronting a top shelf band featuring Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot, Van Halen) on bass, Jason Bonham on drums and Wabos guitarist Vic Johnson. Finally, Hagar will take part in the Acoustic-4-A-Cure Benefit concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco on May 15. Proceeds benefit the Pediatric cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

STANLEY SHARES HIS MUSICAL BIG BANG; SEEING THE BEATLES ON TV

In an interview during a recent book signing in Los Angeles, Kiss singer/guitarist Paul Stanley shared some highlights from his memoir Face the Music: A Life Exposed, including how seeing the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show changed his life forever. Stanley noted that “the beauty of being inspired by somebody doesn’t mean that you go copy them. It means that they breathe life into you. That’s what the Beatles did to me. It was an epiphany. It made me think, I can do that. I can play guitar. I wasn’t a very popular kid but something inside told me I could do that.”

MELLENCAMP STILL MIFFED AT WISCONSIN GOVERNOR OVER SONG USE

Longtime liberal John Mellencamp once again has to deal with Wisconsin conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker using his songs during campaign rallies. In 2012, Walker, who effectively ended collective bargaining in his state, was facing a recall election and used “Small Town” during his campaign stops, prompting Mellencamp’s publicist to send Walker an email letting him know that Mellencamp strongly supports collective bargaining and union rights. On Tuesday, Walker launched his re-election campaign and once played “Pink Houses” at a campaign rally, and again, Mellencamp’s publicist wants Walker to know that “Nothing has changed since the last time Gov. Walker ran for election.” For his part, Walker said, “You don’t have to agree with his politics to like his music.”

WOMAN CHARGED $4,400 TO DOWNLOAD DIAMOND’S GREATEST HITS

A woman on vacation in South Africa was probably singing the song sung blues after being charged close to $4,400 for downloading a copy of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits onto her phone. Katie Bryan, who admittedly “had a bit of wine…but not too much” while having lunch with her boyfriend’s family, was floored when her next cell phone bill contained an astronomical roaming charge attached to her download. Fortunately, after pleading with her cell phone company, Bryan got the nearly $4,400 charge knocked down to a still-hefty $670. She later said, “It wasn’t a particular song I wanted to hear. I’m really not that big a Neil Diamond fan. And I’d already got his Essentials Neil Diamond CD at home, in my car. He’s more my boyfriend’s musical taste…”

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