Classic Rock News

Original Judas Priest Guitarist Dies

(Classic Rock) Original Judas Priest singer Al Atkins has reported that co-founding guitarist Ernie Chataway has died. He was 62. The pair, along with bassist Bruno Stapenhill and drummer John Partridge, formed the band in 1969 - but the lineup only lasted for seven months. When Atkins fronted a new version of Priest in late 1970 none of his previous bandmates were there. Chataway went on to play with bands including Earth and Bullion, and was reported to be performing in and around his Worcester home until recently. Atkins says via his Facebook page: "Just heard the very sad news that Ernie passed away last night. He was a lovely bloke and a great guitarist and will be sadly missed. "I remember the first time we met at the auditions for a new guitarist for Judas Priest in 1969 - his looks reminded me of Marc Bolan. When he plugged in his guitar he totally blew us away, and made KK Downing look a complete amateur (who we'd auditioned earlier)."

Metallica Unplug For Ozzy

(Classic Rock) Metallica performed a mini-set of acoustic covers at a benefit gig - including a version of Ozzy Osbourne's Diary Of A Madman. The metal icons paid tribute to Ozzy at the 10th annual Musicares MAP Fund benefit concert in Los Angeles, where the Black Sabbath frontman was given the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the fund and his commitment to helping addicts through the recovery process. Metallica also played cover versions of Rare Earth's I Just Want To Celebrate, Deep Purple's When A Blind Man Cries and The Beatles' In My Life. The band say in a statement: "It's no secret that Ozzy has been a major presence throughout our entire lives and we are so humbled and honoured to be with Ozzy for this special evening." Slash was also in attendance and joined Ozzy's band onstage.

Gregg Allman Drops Lawsuit Over Biopic

( Earlier this month, Gregg Allman filed a lawsuit against the producers of Midnight Rider, the biopic based on his memoir, My Cross To Bear. Now, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Allman has dropped his suit. Last month, Allman urged Midnight Rider director Randall Miller to shut down production on the film following a February 20 on-set accident that resulted in the death of assistant camera operator Sarah Jones and injured a few others. In a letter to Miller, Allman said, "I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart. I am asking you from a personal perspective not to go forward," adding, "Your desires as a filmmaker should not outweigh your obligations as a human being. I am asking you to do the right thing and to set aside your attempts to resume the production out of respect for Sarah, her family and the loss that all of us feel so deeply." William Hurt clearly felt the same way: he was playing the role of the adult Allman (most of the film portrays Allman as a young man), but he dropped out of the film in the wake of the accident.

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Working On New Solo Album

(hennemusic) David Gilmour is currently in the studio working on a new solo album. Gilmour's wife, author Polly Samson, recently posted an Instagram photo from the sessions, featuring the Pink Floyd guitarist recording with his backup singers. Graham Nash originally leaked news of Gilmour's album last November, when he revealed that he and David Crosby were going to contribute vocals to the project. "What the hell would it cost you to have David Crosby and Graham Nash getting on a bloody train to Brighton to sing with you?'," said Nash on Vintage TV's Needle Time program. "We're musicians. We love good songs. We'll sing them until we are dead."

Don Felder Explains New Version of Eagles Classic Hotel California

antiMusic's Morley Seaver spoke with Eagles legend Don Felder ahead of the Soundtrack of Summer tour where he will be hitting the road with Foreigner and Styx. During the interview Morley asked Don about the remake of "Hotel California" that appears on the Soundtrack of Summer compilation album that is being released in conjunction with the tour. Felder explained the reason behind the remake, "Well they wanted to put out a soundtrack CD for the Soundtrack of Summer tour. So Foreigner had some songs they were going to re-record. Styx had re-recorded some of their stuff and management asked me what song or two I'd like to re-record and I said, obviously "Hotel California" would be the most fun to do. Tommy and I have already played it together. Styx and I have already played it together. "So I worked out this version that starts out this sort of steel string, acoustic introduction and then slowly it builds with some percussion. By the time you get to the last verse, the drums come in and it turns electric and I take a solo, then Tommy Shaw takes a solo and then Mick Jones takes a solo. We trade off singing the verses. Tommy sings a verse, I sing a verse, Kelly Hansen sings a verse. We all sing the harmonies on the chorus. It just turned into so much fun doing it, and came out so well, that I said, this is going to be so much fun. I'm hoping that we'll have time to be able to work that up so that we can play it live together. I think that would be fantastic."

Ozzy Osbourne Jams With Slash and Dave Navarro

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne performed with Slash and Dave Navarro at the 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Monday. Ozzy played a five-song set with the guest guitarists and his solo touring band, playing "I Don't Know", "Suicide Solution", "Iron Man", "Crazy Train" and "Paranoid." The evening saw Osbourne honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process.

Ozzy Osbourne Declared Ultimate Hellraiser

(Gibson) It's official: Ozzy Osbourne is Rock and Roll's Ultimate Hellraiser. At least that's the opinion voiced by hundreds of listeners to the radio program Planet Rock, billed as the place "Where rock lives." DJ Darren Redick counted down the Top 20 list earlier this month. During the show, one lucky listener was also given the chance to win a limited edition Gibson Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom guitar . Coincidently, Wylde also grabbed the 17 spot on the "Hellraiser" list. Other rockers who nabbed "Hellraiser" honors included Keith Moon, Axl Rose Alice Cooper, Jim Morrison and Keith Richards. See the complete list below: 1. Ozzy Osbourne 2. Keith Moon (The Who) 3. Lemmy (Motorhead) 4. Jim Morrison (The Doors) 5. Alice Cooper 6. Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) 7. Keith Richards (Stones) 8. Bon Scott (AC/DC) 9. Joe Walsh (Eagles) 10. John Bonham (Led Zep) 11. Axl Rose 12. Pete Way (UFO) 13. Rick Wakeman 14. Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) 15. Ronnie James Dio 16. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) 17. Zakk Wylde 18. James Hetfield (Metallica) 19. Paul Rodgers 20. Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)

Jimmy Page Previews Led Zeppelin Bonus Tracks

( There's a lot of excitement about the upcoming Led Zeppelin reissues of their first three albums; a large part of that is because of the inclusion of a second disc of bonus material that will accompany deluxe and super deluxe editions of each release. On Tuesday in New York City, Jimmy Page played a selection of bonus tracks from the band's first three albums and then took questions from the audience, made up of representatives from various news outlets. Before playing the unreleased tracks, Page said that he'd been working on the reissues for about three years, and that the project started when he finished work on Celebration Day, the live documenting of their 2007 one-off reunion concert. He also said that the reissue program would extend into 2015, and will include all nine Led Zeppelin studio albums (including the posthumous release Coda). After that, the lights dimmed, the screen showed a giant Led Zeppelin logo surrounded by replicas of Led Zeppelin I, II and III and a furious "Communication Breakdown" exploded from the speakers. Page later explained that Zeppelin's 1969 debut didn't actually have any leftover material, so the bonus disc is a full length concert recording from Paris in '69. Frontman Robert Plant sounded a bit nervous on "Communication Breakdown," but more comfortable on the slow blues burner "You Shook Me."