Classic Rock News

Foreigner Score Digital Gold and Platinum

This week Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman presented Foreigner co-founder Mick Jones with multiple gold and platinum records for the band's digital sales. We were sent these details: Six of the band's hits received gold and platinum digital certification by the RIAA which puts the band ahead of any other of Classic Rock Radio's Top 15 artists, including contemporaries Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Journey and more, according to the band. Foreigner's songs receiving RIAA Certification - which celebrates sales of more than 500,000 downloads (Gold) or 1,000,000 downloads (Platinum) - include: "Cold As Ice" (Gold), "Feels Like The First Time" (Gold), "Hot Blooded" (Gold), "I Want To Know What Love Is" (Platinum), "Juke Box Hero" (Platinum), and "Waiting For A Girl Like You" (Gold). Foreigner co-manager and Atlantic Records veteran Phil Carson had this to say: "For me, the most significant part of today's event is the Platinum certification of 'Juke Box Hero.' We tried everything we knew to break the song early in 1982, but it peaked at #26 with just 40,000 or so sales. "For it to pass one million in the digital era is a testament to the band's hard work on the road, making this a high point in every performance, and to the relevance of Mick's songs and Foreigner over thirty years later." Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman added: "Few bands in rock history have had the longevity and impact of Foreigner. It is a tangible reflection of Mick's timeless songwriting, stellar musicianship, and brilliant vision for the band that their music continues to strike a nerve today, earning new fans around the world. Foreigner joined the Atlantic family nearly 40 years ago, and we are immensely proud to have this incredible body of work as part of our heritage."

Zac Brown Band Teases Physical Release of 'Grohl Sessions'

( Have you wondered what being in the studio with Zac Brown Band and Dave Grohl is like? In a new teaser for the release of the physical copy of The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1, which hits stores May 19, the band fills us in. "I feel like everything has changed since we came in here. Everything," Zac Brown said. The one-minute clip shows studio footage of the band rehearsing the first single off the album, "All Alright" and Brown asserting that he's still fighting for "the song." "To me, my favorite way of recording with a band is to start in the beginning of the day with a song that's kind of written and then you figure it out like a Rubik's Cube," Dave Grohl said. "This is another album that has its own sound. It shows the evolution that we've gone through as a band," added fiddler Jimmy De Martini.

Joe Elliott Discusses Progress On New Def Leppard Album

(hennemusic) Def Leppard recently regrouped in Dublin, Ireland to write music for a new album, and now singer Joe Elliott has shared an update on the project during an interview with Guitar International. "Well, the new Def Leppard album is, at this moment in time, just a writing session that lasted the entire month of February," Elliott tells Guitar International during an interview to promote "The Further Adventures Of...", the new release by his side project Down N Outz. "We were hoping, at best, for three or four songs, maybe five. We ended up walking out of there with 12." "They're all in various stages of undress, if you like," he continued. "There are three songs that I think we could actually release tomorrow. The other nine are anywhere from having 'la-la melodies' to 'we need to record it properly'. But, we've filled them up with songs that will be in the album. We'll probably pick 12 from 16 or something like that. But we've got 12, and I'm going to be working on one of them this evening." The singer revealed that the band have scheduled another writing session for the project. "We're all coming back to my place the last two weeks of May to do a bit more. It will probably be more writing than recording, because we don't believe we've finished writing yet, even though we've got all those songs on the go," he explains. "And then there's the tour with Kiss this summer, which will take us through to September. In October, I'll be producing Black Star Riders' second album until the end of November and then go back and finish recording and mixing the Leppard record. The vocals get done last, so I'll be singing up to and beyond Christmas. I'm hoping, fingers crossed, but I am making this up as I go along, so bear that in mind that we can actually deliver the CD by February 2015.

Queensryche Explain Settlement With Geoff Tate

(hennemusic) Queensryche have issued a statement revealing more details about their recently-announced out-of-court settlement over rights to the band's name, following a two-year-long legal dispute with former bandmate Geoff Tate. Queensryche's statement reads, as follows: "Queensrÿche recently reached a settlement in their dispute over the ownership of the Queensrÿche name and brand. Century Media is pleased to announce that Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton have successfully agreed to purchase Geoff Tate's portion of the Queensrÿche name. "The band will buy out their former lead singer's share of the Queensrÿche corporation while allowing him the ability to be the only one to perform Operation: Mindcrime and Operation: Mindcrime II in their entirety. He will no longer have use of the TriRyche logo or any other album images aside from the Mindcrime releases. He can only refer to himself as the "Original Lead Singer of Queensrÿche or "Formerly of Queensrÿche" for a period of two years and that text must be at least 50% smaller than his name in all materials. After this two year period passes, he can only refer to himself as Geoff Tate with no mention of Queensrÿche at all. Geoff Tate will be able to finish any confirmed dates billed for his Queensrÿche lineup scheduled to terminate on August 31st, 2014. "As of September 1st, there will be only one Queensrÿche entity and that will consist of Eddie Jackson, Todd LaTorre, Parker Lundgren, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton. This lineup will continue to perform selections from their entire musical catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime. The band will be able to use all TriRyche logos and previous album artwork for any purposes as needed by the corporation.