Classic Rock News

Tommy Lee Recording With The Smashing Pumpkins

(Classic Rock) Tommy Lee has recorded drums for the next Smashing Pumpkins album. A picture of Motley Crue's Lee in the studio with Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been posted on the band's official Nexus page. It is accompanied with a message that reads: "Here's a shot from the mission out west. Just finished round 1 of tracking drums with Tommy Lee for the new the Smashing Pumpkins album. Shockla-locka-boom. "Yes, that T Lee for all 9 songs of Monument To An Elegy." It is not clear how the move affects current Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne, who has held the position since 2009.

Winger End Beavis and Butthead Feud

(Classic Rock) Winger have made peace with the man whose TV show they blamed for ruining their career. MTV's Beavis and Butt-head mercilessly mocked the band in the 1990s, with the cartoon duo's geeky neighbor Stewart often seen wearing a Winger t-shirt, in contrast to the AC/DC and Metallica t-shirts worn by the title characters. Beavis and Buttt-head also mocked the band's videos and called them "wussies". At the time, Winger guitarist Reb Beach said the show led to DJs dropping the band's songs from playlists and record and gig ticket sales dried up as a result. But frontman Kip Winger says he finally buried the hatchet with Judge when the show made a comeback in 2011. He tells The Weeklings: When they did the Beavis and Butt-head remake I found Mike and told him I wanted to clear the air. I never tried to sue MTV or Mike, I never had a problem with the cartoon. I mean, it was David and Goliath, really. There was nothing you could do but take it like a man. It certainly didn't help us, I'll tell you that. But it was a funny show and Mike's a funny guy. "Winger was a band that was popular for some of the wrong reasons, man. So we ended up on the show. I don't believe there was any malicious intent. We exchanged some emails; Mike is a very nice guy, no hard feelings. I was hoping maybe he'd give me a voice-over role in the new cartoon though." He had a lot more to say.

Fleetwood Mac Working On Possible Double Album

(Classic Rock) Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham says that the band's first studio album with Christine McVie since 1987 could be a double-length release. He admits he's amazed at the results of their first writing sessions since McVie confirmed her return to the band earlier this year. But he touches on the possibility that it could be the band's final studio outing. Mac have eight tracks in production and as many as 15 songs in total - and that's before Stevie Nicks contributes her own ideas. Buckingham reveals that track titles include Carnival Begin, Red Sun and Too Far Gone and adds: "We're all very excited about it. Knowing me I'm going to be pushing for a double album."

Why Robert Plant Rejected Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour

(hennemusic) As Led Zeppelin promote the June release of expanded reissues of their first three albums, Robert Plant is once again being asked to address the issue of a reunion tour. Seven years after the group teamed up with Jason Bonham (son of their late drummer, John) to perform a special one-off show at London's 02 Arena - which resulted in the "Celebration Day" release - the singer tells Rolling Stone unapologetically, "A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's sh*tty about about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I'm not part of a jukebox!" "Do you know why the Eagles said they'd reunite when 'hell freezes over,' but they did it anyway and keep touring?" Plant asks his interviewer. "It's not because they were paid a fortune. It's not about the money. It's because they're bored. I'm not bored." more on this story

The Association's Larry Ramos Dead at 72

(Classic Rock) Larry Ramos, retired guitarist and vocalist with US folk-rockers The Association, has died at the age of 72. He'd left the veteran outfit in 2012 as a result of illness and had continued to fight poor health ever since. He performed a retirement concert in April. Ramos' daughter says in a statement: "He had been ill for the past three years, following his heart attack in 2011. What you don't know is he was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma last year. "He wanted that diagnosis to be kept private while he was alive. While his illnesses were trying at times, his passing was peaceful and he was surrounded by his family."

Motley Crue Refused To Share Festivals Stages With Godsmack

(Classic Rock) Motley Crue took their "revenge" on Godsmack over a long-running feud - by refusing to share festival stages with them. Outspoken Crue bass player Nikki Sixx says his band would have walked away from around 15 US festival slots if Godsmack had been added to the bill. The war of words between the two bands started after 2009's Crue Fest 2 tour. Godsmack frontman Sully Erna is said to have written the song Cryin' Like A Bitch about Sixx, based on his experience as the support act to Crue on the tour. Sixx says he took his revenge on Godsmack by refusing to have them on his radio show Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx after they apparently asked to appear as guests. Last week TeamRock reported how Sixx took great pleasure in refusing Godsmack the chance to talk up their new record on his show. Sixx says: "Yesterday somebody came into the studio and they said, 'Hey, Godsmack would really like to be on this show.' And I said, 'Over my dead f***ing body. Did you forget the fact that they wrote a song about me called Cryin' Like A B*tch and that there's probably 15 festivals that Motley Crue is headlining and that we said if Godsmack's on them, we're not doing them?'"

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Releasing Book This Fall

( While the legendary rock icons Led Zeppelin have been the subject of countless tomes (including the infamous 1985 alleged "tell-all," Hammer of the Gods), the upcoming photo autobiography from guitarist Jimmy Page will be the first book from an actual member of the band. Simply titled Jimmy Page, the book will combine Page's own words with 600 handpicked photos to create "the definitive visual and historical record" of the famed guitar player. "I've been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey," Page said in a press release. "It was important to include every milestone along the way, so people who were fans of the music have got a real testament of the times. The tour schedules, passport stamps, working visas and memorabilia really make up a complete picture, which just keeps unfolding as you turn each page of the book."

Paul McCartney Didn't Realize He Was Part Of Nirvana Reunion

(Classic Rock) Paul McCartney has admitted he didn't realize he'd fired up a Nirvana reunion until he, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear had been jamming for more than an hour. The former Beatle had been invited by Grohl to make music for his 2013 movie Sound City, but couldn't decide what to contribute when he arrived for the recording session. McCartney tells "Dave said, 'Should we do an old rock'n'roll song?' A couple of the ones he mentioned I'd done with the Beatles. I said, 'I don't want to try to top those.' "I started kicking around and Dave jumped in on drums - there was no way there wasn't going to be any chemistry. Then Krist and Pat started playing alongside us, and we suddenly had a big thing going. It was all over in about three hours. All of us had a complete blast." The revelation that he was playing with the surviving members of Kurt Cobain's band only hit him midway through. "I didn't know I was in a Nirvana reunion," he says. "It was only when I heard them talking, 'Hey, we hadn't this in 20 years or something.' I'm going, 'What are you talking about, guys?' 'Well, you know, we're Nirvana.' I must admit I didn't even know. I said, 'Okay, that's pretty cool.'"

Jizzy Pearl Rules Out Reunion With Ratt

(Classic Rock) Former Love/Hate and current Quiet Riot singer Jizzy Pearl says he has no intention of returning to Ratt even if he's asked. Original vocalist Stephen Pearcy last month quit the band for what he's insisted is the final time, although he voiced hopes he could still appear on their next album. That's given rise to the potential of Ratt asking Pearl to return to the role he played from 1998 to 2006 - but he's stated he wouldn't be interested even if he was asked. Pearl tells Blairing Out: "I've decided that I want music to not have any more drama, no fighting and no stupidity. I'm going to stay where I'm at. No more kids' stuff; no more drama. That's over." He brought the curtain down on Love/Hate I'm March after a fight over the name with guitarist Jon E Love. He announced the move in December, around the time he was offered the position with Quiet Riot.

Scorpions Tell Drummer To Sort Out His Problems

(Classic Rock) Scorpions drummer James Kottak has been told to "sort out his problems" by bus bandmates following his return home after his recent arrest and imprisonment in Dubai. Kottak, 51, spent a month behind bars in the United Arab Emirates city after being convicted of a bizarre airport outburst in which he is said to have insulted Muslims, made an indecent gesture to a group of passengers and removed his pants on April 3. The band confirms in a post on its Facebook page that American Kottak has arrived home in the US. The full post reads: "James Kottak boarded a plane out of Dubai and arrived in the US last night. He will have to find the time to sort out his problems… Scorpions."

Paul Stanley Announce New Book Signing Dates

(Gibson) Paul Stanley's new autobiography, Face the Music: A Life Exposed, debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times' Best Sellers list for hardcover non-fiction, putting Stanley at the top of a non-music chart for a change. In the book, Stanley discusses his tough childhood and being born with only one ear. With the somewhat surprising success of the memoir, Stanley has added a collection of book-signing dates to his 2014 schedule. The new dates take the singer through the Midwest and East Coast. Following the book tour, Stanley will return to Kiss who will be teaming up with Def Leppard to make the rounds this summer on a major summer tour in North America.