Classic Rock News

The Who Reuniting With Kenney Jones

(Classic Rock) Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who will reunite with former drummer Kenney Jones for a cancer charity show next month. Jones - who replaced Keith Moon after his death in 1978 and remained behind the kit for a decade - is helping raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK, the organisation which offered him help while he fought the disease last year. They'll appear at his event, called Rock'n'Horsepower, at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst Green, Surrey on June 14. Mike Rutherford, John Lodge and Procul Harum are also on the bill. Jones says: "I'm really pleased to hear my friends and former bandmates Roger and Pete will be joining me on stage. The lineup is looking amazing - I hope you can all join us."

Motley Crue Releasing Final Song On Compilation Album

(hennemusic) Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has revealed that the band's farewell song, "All Bad Things Must Come To An End", will be released as part of a new greatest hits package that will surface in sync with the group's final tour. Lee tells Billboard that he "just finished the drums" on the track. "We're just mixing (the song) and getting it together," he says. "It's pretty heavy, but it's really melodic. It's definitely about this time right now with the band and what the feeling is and kind of all that wrapped into a song. I hate to say it's like a goodbye, but it definitely references our time here." The forthcoming hits collection will be the band's sixth such compilation, following 1991's "Decade Of Decadence", 1998's "Greatest Hits", 2003's "The Millenium Collection: The Best Of Motley Crue", 2005's "Red, White And Crue" and 2009's "Greatest Hits."

Super Duper Alice Cooper DVD and Blu-Ray Announced

(hennemusic) The new documentary film, "Super Duper Alice Cooper", about the legendary shock rocker, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Deluxe Limited Edition boxed on June 3. Produced by Banger Films ("Metal: A Headbangers Journey", "Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage"), the film is a blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera. The DVD and Blu-ray version of "Super Duper Alice Cooper" includes bonus deleted scenes, Alice Cooper interviews from the VH1 Classic series "Metal Evolution", and additional rare footage. The Deluxe Edition features not only the full film on DVD and Blu-ray, but also a second DVD of previously unreleased concert footage from Montreal University in 1972, and a CD of Cooper's performance at the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival, all housed in an LP-sized box with 60-page hardback photobook.

Judas Priest's Newest Member Fit Right In On New Album

(Classic Rock) Veteran Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton says the way new guitarist Ritchie Faulkner fitted into songwriting sessions is nothing short of a "miracle." Former Lauren Harris axeman Faulkner joined the band in 2011 after KK Downing decided to bow out. He took part in their Epitaph world tour - but Tipton says that didn't offer any hints as to how he'd contribute when it came to creating material for upcoming album Redeemer Of Souls. "It was just incredible the way Ritchie fitted in. It was almost like he'd always been there," Tipton tells WDHA. "We didn't know that - we knew he worked live but we had no ideas how we'd gel together when we wrote. It was immediate: he brought energy to the band, and great songs and riffs to the table. It was like a miracle."

Jimmy Pages Says He Left No Stone Unturned for Led Zeppelin Reissues

(hennemusic) As Led Zeppelin gear up for the June 2 (June 3 in North America) release of expanded reissues of their first three albums, guitarist/producer Jimmy Page is sharing his thoughts on the project in a new interview with Rolling Stone. "I left no stone unturned," explains Page. "I can't have anyone else do it because I want it done properly. I dread to think how it could have been thrown together if I wasn't around." The guitarist spent two-and-a-half years combing through the vaults, listening to hundreds of quarter-inch tapes before choosing the best material for the series. "I see them as companion discs," says Page. "They comprise work done around the exact time of each album. They are fascinating to hear and they hold up alongside the original albums." Page was careful to not unearth too many takes that have surfaced on bootlegs. "I was pretty diligent with my detection work," he says. "I didn't want to put together a compilation where ninety percent of it had been bootlegged. I asked a guy that runs one of the fanzines if he's heard any of this material before. He told me he hadn't. That was a really good feeling."

Steve Miller Band Release Joker Live For Album's 40th Anniversary

(hennemusic) The Steve Miller Band is marking the 40th anniversary of its iconic album, "The Joker", with the digital release of "The Joker Live" this week. The new album - which features exclusive, unreleased tracks - was recorded on the road last year and was issued in sync with the start of a North American tour with Journey, which kicked off on Thursday in Chula Vista, California. The original 1973 studio album, "The Joker", reached No 2 on the US Billboard 200, while the title track hit No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. "When several friends and colleagues reminded me that it was the 40th birthday of The Joker album, I smiled," said Miller, "and started playing the whole album's songs live again - and at the end of the last tour realized we had a great new record that we wanted to share with our fans. We hope you like it as much as we did playing and recording it."

John Fogerty Reveals Canadian Tour Plans

(hennemusic) John Fogerty has announced an extensive coast-to-coast fall Canadian tour. The 3-week, 16-date trek will see Fogerty performing music from the three albums he released in a single year (1969) with Creedence Clearwater Revival, including "Bayou Country", "Green River" and "Willy And The Poor Boys." The shows will also feature hits from his entire career. Dates begin November 8 in St. John's, Newfoundland and wrap up in Victoria, British Columbia on November 29. Fogerty's most recent album is 2013's "Wrote a Song for Everyone." The project features the rocker pairing with artists like Foo Fighters, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket and others to perform tunes from his legendary songbook, including solo tracks and CCR cuts.