Classic Rock News

Jimmy Page Plans Special Led Zeppelin Event

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are gearing up for next month's release of reissues of their first three albums by holding a sweepstakes for fans to join Jimmy Page in Paris to be among the first to hear selections from the previously-unreleased companion audio included in each package. On May 21st, Page will host a listening session at L'Olympia in Paris, where the 1969 live concert featured with the "Led Zeppelin I" reissue was recorded. The guitarist will provide insight into the selection and background of the companion audio chosen for each album for guests and winners at the invitation-only event. The band is holding a sweepstakes for fans to win two tickets to the special event; fans can also submit questions for Page to answer at the session.

Gregg Allman Sues Over Biopic

(hennemusic) Legendary Allman Brothers band leader Gregg Allman has filed a lawsuit against the producers of his biopic, "Midnight Rider", alleging that the life rights to his story have lapsed. The move comes a week after it was revealed that Allman had asked director Randall Miller to shut down production following the February death of a production assistant on the project. The Hollywood Reporter says the lawsuit alleges that Unclaimed Freight Productions picked up an option on his life story in March of 2013, but had two conditions: one was that principal photography had to commence by a certain date. After an amendment, that was set for February 28, 2014.

Scorpions Address Drummer's Arrest

(hennemusic) German rockers The Scorpions have released a statement regarding reports that drummer James Kottack has been jailed in the United Arab Emirates after being convicted this week for alleged misconduct at the Dubai airport. "Dear fans," posted the band. "When James Kottak arrived in Dubai at 3 April, he ran into problems at immigrations and got busted. Whatever happened is totally out of our control and we don't know any details about it at this point. For the concerts in Germany, Johan Franzon, a Swedish drummer, will take James' seat. Please understand, we keep you posted." The National reported this week that Kottack will spend a month in jail after he was convicted Tuesday of insulting Islam, flashing his middle finger at Muslim passengers at an airport and consuming alcohol.

Judas Priest Reveal More Redeemer Of Souls Details

(Classic Rock) Judas Priest have revealed the tracklist for upcoming album Redeemer Of Souls. It includes 13 songs, with five bonus numbers available in certain formats to be announced in due course. The band's 17th studio project is launched on July 14 in the UK, with shelf dates between July 11 and 16 in other territories. Earlier this week they streamed the title track for their first work since KK Downing quit in 2011, leaving bassist Ian Hill the only remaining founding member. Frontman Rob Halford recently admitted it was a relief to have completed the job, saying: "Whenever Priest make an album you put your heart and soul into it. It's not an easy thing to do 40 years later. "But Priest has always been up for the challenge of that. It's one of the things we love to do more than anything else. This is a great time - 40th anniversary, a brand new record. Life couldn't be better."

Deep Purple Launching North American Summer Tour

Deep Purple fans in U.S. have waiting a little over a year to see the band perform in support of their latest studio album, "Now What?!" and the wait is almost over. The legendary British hardrockers will be launching a summer tour in support of the album that will be visiting 17 cities across the United States and Canada this August. The tour is set to kick off on August 5th in Ventura, Ca at the Ventura County Fair and will be concluding on August 31st at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, FL. This will be the band's first U.S. dates since June of 2011 and first Canadian dates since February of 2012, according to ABC.

Handwritten Bob Dylan Lyrics Expected To Fetch Seven Figures

(Classic Rock) Bob Dylan's draft of the lyrics to 1965 track Like A Rolling Stone are expected to sell for more than $1m at auction next month. The handwritten words are thought to be the only surviving final draft noted down while the piece was under production. The pieces of Roger Smith Hotel notepaper also includes ideas and unused lyrics such as the name of gangster Al Capone and the words "Dry vermouth / you'll tell the truth." Auctioneers Sotheby's say: "In this near complete four-page working draft, the distinctive 'How does it fell' lyric is clearly visible alongside unused lines, stray thoughts on American imagery and interesting doodles."

Van Halen's David Lee Roth Unplugs At Japanese Tattoo Parlor

(hennemusic) Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth is sharing video of an acoustic performance at the Yokohama, Japan studio of horishi tattoo artist, Horiyoshi III. The artist specializes in Japanese traditional full-body tattoos. "I'm in Yokohama and I'm back to get a new tattoo. Got a dragon on my back and flower on my arm," Roth playfully sings as he ad-libs some new lyrics to the John Brim song, "Ice Cream Man", which appeared on Van Halen's 1978 self-titled debut. It's the latest video from the rocker under the banner of his online series, The Roth Show. The singer's previous clip featured an impromptu backstage performance of Pharrell Williams' hit, "Happy", with New York a cappella group Naturally 7 at their recent show in Tokyo.

New Slash Album One Step Closer To Release

(hennemusic) Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash has shared a update on the status of his new album from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators. "Mix is finished on the new record!," posted the guitarist on Saturday. "Mastering next weekend. Artwork is set. Will announce the title soon. Can't wait to unleash it! The follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love" sees Slash working with his touring band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, and producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette. Credit