Classic Rock News

AC/DC To Begin Recording New Album With Brendan O'Brien

AC/DC are carrying on with plans to begin recording new music this month in a record studio in Canada, despite their recent announcement that Malcolm Young is taking a break from the group for health reasons. Lead singer Brian Johnson revealed in a new interview promoting his upcoming TV series that the band will be entering the studio this month and they will once again be working with Brendan O'Brien, who producer their 2008 album "Black Ice". Johnson made the revelation in a new interview posted on Youtube where he was discussing "Cars That Rock", his new TV series for UK's Quest TV,' which will premiere on May 8th. The AC/DC frontman was also asked if fans can expect to see the band on stage and he responded "I hope so" and added "I don't think I'm finished yet." Meanwhile, has posted photos on their Facebook page on Tuesday and Wednesday of the band's gear arriving at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada. There has been no word from the AC/DC camp what Malcolm's involvement will be in the recording of the new music. Their recent statement said that he "is taking a break from the band due to ill health" but also confirmed in the same statement that "the band will continue to make music."

Eric Clapton Leads J.J. Cale Tribute Album

( Eric Clapton has often given props to the late, laid-back roots-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter J.J. Cale. Clapton scored some of the biggest hit singles of his solo career with covers of Cale's "After Midnight" and "Cocaine." In 2006, the duo released an album together, The Road to Escondido. Now, nearly a year after Cale's passing at age 74, Clapton has announced that he's putting out an all-star tribute to the man. The album will be named "The Breeze, An Appreciation of J.J. Cale" and is credited to "Eric Clapton & Friends". The album will feature guest appearances by a cast of major stars, including former Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty and soon-to-be-former-Allman-Brothers-Band-member Derek Trucks.

The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night Returning To Theaters

(Gibson) The Beatles' feature film debut, A Hard Day's Night, will return to theaters this summer, Janus Films has announced. A new digitally restored version of the much-lauded musical comedy will hit screens nationwide over the Fourth of July weekend. Directed by Richard Lester, the original movie was shot with a production budget of just $500,000, and went on to gross more than $12 million. According to the Los Angeles Times, Janus Films hired producer Giles Martin-son of Sir George Martin-to remix and remaster the soundtrack at Abbey Road Studios, for 5.1 sound systems. The film features such classic songs as "I Should Have Known Better," "If I Fell," "Can't Buy Me Love" and the title track. The re-release marks the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night's premiere at London's Pavilion Theatre in 1964, at the height of Beatlemania. The newly restored version premiered earlier this month at the TCM Classic Movie Film Festival in Hollywood.

John Waite Rules Out Reunion of The Babys

(Classic Rock) John Waite has ruled out ever returning to The Babys, comparing their split to a "divorce". The former singer and bass player with the group left after an infamous incident in which he was pulled from the stage by a fan during a 1980 gig in Cincinnati. It was the day after John Lennon was killed, and The Babys split soon after. The Babys reformed last year with a line-up including original members Tony Brock and Wally Stocker. But Waite has no desire to go back to the band that launched his decades-long career. He tells Legendary Rock Interviews: "I'm not interested in any reunion, The Babys or otherwise for that matter. I wouldn't want a reunion of the band I had 10 years ago, it's nothing personal, there's just no reason to. It's like any divorce. I mean, I haven't seen those guys in 30 plus years and there was a lot of acrimony when we split up."

Jimmy Page To Give Commencement Speech At Berklee Music

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has been selected to give this year's commencement speech at Berklee College of Music in Boston, according to media reports. This follows the announcement in March when Berklee announced that Page would be one of this year's recipients of an honorary doctorate during commencement ceremony on May 10th at the Agganis Arena. On Wednesday, various media outlets reported that Page has been selected to give the commencement speech. The school's media relation's office tweeted a link to a Boston Globe report that stated that Page would be giving the speech on May 9th. Pollstar reports that he will be giving the speech during the actual graduation ceremony the following day. According to the school's website, the May 9th event will be the commencement concert, where the students will be paying tribute to the honorary degree recipients, which will also include Geri Allen, Valerie Simpson, and Thara Memory.

Billy Corgan Nearing Completion Of New Smashing Pumpkins Album

(Classic Rock) Billy Corgan says the first of two upcoming Smashing Pumpkins albums is nearing completion - and he's revealed its tracklist. The band announced last month they would release two albums, Monuments To An Elegy and Day For Night, in 2015, after signing a deal with BMG. A single from Monuments To An Elegy is expected by the end of this year. Corgan says: "Thrilled to report that we now have our album in total - top songs are arranged and set for drum tracking. Over the next three days, I'll be focusing on vocal arrangements, lyrics, and tweaking the overall aesthetics of the record as I hope it shall be. At least then I'll be able to share a different narrative for a spell, and get off this merry-go-round we've all been on." He's confirmed the ten track titles for Monuments To An Elegy, although he warns that all are subject to change. The record will be the band's 10th studio album and their first since 2012's Oceania. It's being produced by Howard Willing, who first worked with the Pumpkins on Adore.

Rick Wakeman Reveals Centre Of The Earth Special Edition Details

(Prog) Rick Wakeman has confirmed the details for the new special editions of the Journey To The Centre Of The Earth album and its sequel Return To The Centre Of The Earth. Both will be launched on June 23 in a variety of formats - and the super-deluxe collector's set includes a limited-edition lithograph, signed by Wakeman and artist Roger Dean, and available on a first-come-first-served basis. Journey was first released in 1974 then revisited in 2012 after the original score, presumed lost, was recovered with an addition 20 minutes of music intact. Wakeman recalls: "It's a little known fact that I had to mortgage and sell nearly everything I owned in order to make Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, as I only had £4000 from A&M towards it. That's one of the reasons it was recorded live - I just couldn't afford to record it in the studio. On the day of the live concert I received a writ for non-payment of my milk bill by the Express Dairy!" Credit