Classic Rock News

Motley Crue Star Recruits Foo Fighter For New Album

Now that Motley Crue are plotting their farewell tour, bassist Nikki Sixx is turning his attention back to his other band SIXX:A.M. and reveals that a Foo Fighter will be featured on their next album. Sixx announced via Twitter on Wednesday that Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will be performing as a special guest musician on SIXX: A.M.'s forthcoming album. Sixx tweeted, "Really excited Taylor Hawkins is gonna play on some of the new Sixx: A.M. album. What a f**ing honor, 'cause he is one of my favorite drummers." The new album will be the third studio release from SIXX: A.M., which apart from Nikki Sixx, also features Guns 'N Roses guitarist DJ Ashba and songwriter/producer/engineer James Michael as their frontman.

Atlanta Rhythm Section's Paul Goddard Dead at 68

(Classic Rock) Atlanta Rhythm Section bassist Paul Goddard has died at the age of 68, his bandmates have confirmed. The band says that he'd suffered a short, sudden illness. The award-winning musician drew acclaim throughout his career for his style and tone. His performance in Another Man's Woman on 1978 live album Are You Ready was listed among the five best bass solos of all time by Rolling Stone. Founding member Goddard bowed out of the southern rock outfit in the 1980s but returned three years ago, and was reported to have been enjoying the new lease of live more than his original stint.

Brian May Rejects Queen Cash Grab Accusations

(Classic Rock) Brian May has rejected the accusation that he and Roger Taylor keep resurrecting Queen in order to make money. He insists they only come back because fans want them to - and he wouldn't like to do so any more often than he does. The late Freddie Mercury's bandmates are gearing up to tour as Queen with Adam Lambert, with a run of arena shows booked across the US during June and July. Asked if he's only doing it as a cash-grab, May tells The Times Of Malta: "We don't need the money. We don't need the fame. So why would we do it? It's because people want it. "If the Queen legacy is going on and on it's not because of us. Just now and again it's nice to give people what they want - that's all I can say."

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Streaming Entire New Album Online

(Classic Rock) Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new album 'Goin' Home' is streaming in full on Classic Rock's website. The album is Kenny's first release since 2013's 'Can't Get Enough', made with blues-rock supergroup The Rides, which featured Stephen Stills and Electric Flag's Barry Goldberg. The new album pays tribute to Shepherd's biggest influences, and features contributions from a stellar line-up of guest musicians including Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb' Mo', Robert Randolph, The Fabulous Thunderbirds' Kim Wilson, Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. and the Rebirth Brass Band. Goin' Home also features cover versions of songs by blues luminaries like B.B. King, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny "Guitar" Watson and Lee Dorsey. "The end result is a great recording that I believe pays homage to the spirit of the original music," says the guitarist. "At the same time, it shows our appreciation for the musicians and genre that have inspired us to make music for decades."

Walter Trout Unconscious In Hospital Awaiting Liver Transplant

(Classic Rock) Walter Trout's wife Marie has reported the veteran bluesman is unconscious in the hospital while he waits for a liver transplant. She's admitted seeing him in "a deep place" has reduced her to tears - but doctors are less concerned than she is. Trout was recently moved from an LA clinic to one in Nebraska, where different rules mean he's now top of the list for a liver as soon as a donor is found. Marie says: "I spent the day at his bedside without making contact with him. He is deep in a place and I couldn't reach him. Today was the first day for tears for me in a long time. Seeing him there, but without being able to sense him, was painful." Credit