Classic Rock News

KISS Rock American Idol With Winner Caleb Johnson

(hennemusic) KISS performed with American Idol winner Caleb Johnson on the Season 13 finale of the reality series Wednesday night. Johnson joined the band for a medley of "Love Gun" and "Shout It Out Loud." The rocker went on to beat fellow finalist Jena Irene for the Idol title. Johnson has been cranking out rock covers all season long, including tracks by Rival Sons, Whitesnake, Rush and Led Zeppelin. KISS previously appeared on the reality singing competition during the 2009 season finale, where they were joined by Adam Lambert for a medley of "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock And Roll All Night."

Pearl Jam Reveal U.S. Fall Tour Dates

Pearl Jam have expanded their North American live performance plans, announcing an additional ten shows this fall in the U.S. in addition to their previously announced Austin City Limits Music Festival appearances. The new dates will be launching on October 1st in Cincinnati, OH at the US Bank Arena and will conclude on October 22nd in Denver, CO at the Pepsi Center. The new dates were scheduled around the band's headlining performance during both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 3-5 and October 10-12. The band will be launching the live dates in support of their 2013 studio album "Lightning Bolt." Pearl Jam will be kicking off their European tour in Amsterdam on June 16th.

Paul McCartney Cancels Tour Due To Virus

(Gibson) Paul McCartney has been forced to cancel the remainder of his Japanese tour due to illness. As reported by BBC News, the former Beatles is believed to have contracted a virus. The veteran rocker's website indicates doctors have ordered "complete rest." The announcement includes cancellation of a show at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, where The Beatles famously performed during their first Japanese tour in 1966. McCartney is still scheduled to perform a concert in Seoul, South Korea, on May 28, as well as 19 performances in the U.S. "Thank you so much for your kind messages of support," reads a message on his website. "I'm so very touched. Unfortunately my condition has not improved … I'm so disappointed and sorry to be letting my fans down." McCartney also thanked his Japanese fans for "such a beautiful and warm welcome to your country."

Rare Velvet Underground Record Up For Grabs

(Gibson) A rare Velvet Underground record, which is known as the "Sceptor Studios" acetate, is scheduled to be sold at auction in July, according to a report from Rolling Stone. Recorded in 1966, the acetate contains several songs later featured on the band's debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. The acetate is one of only two copies known to exist, with VU drummer Maureen Tucker in possession of the other copy. The seller, who wishes to remain anonymous, purchased the acetate in 2006 in an eBay auction. "I bought it for $25,200, which, in my mind, was extremely undervalued for what the record was," he told Rolling Stone. "I'm a big Velvet Underground fan, but to be honest, I've never been a big fan of this album. But the significance of the record for music is unmistakable. It's obviously a piece of musical history, but I wouldn't have purchased it then if I didn't see its potential as a financial investment."

Keith Richards Slams Bob Dylan

(Classic Rock) Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has branded Bob Dylan a "nasty little bugger." The slam comes as retaliation over a comment made years ago. But it hasn't stopped him naming Dylan's 1966 release Blonde On Blonde as an album everyone should hear before they die. Richards tells NME: "He showed you that rock'n'roll didn't need to be quite so restricted by that verse-chorus-verse formula. We app pushed each other in those days." However, he continues: "Bob's a nasty little bugger. I remember him saying to me, 'I could have written Satisfaction, Keith - but you couldn't have written Desolation Row.' "I said, 'Well, you're right there, Bob!'"

The Very Baddest Of ZZ Top Coming In July

ZZ Top fans mark your calendars for July 22nd. That's the date that Warner Bros. will be releasing The Very Baddest Of ZZ Top, a career spanning compilation that will come in a standard one-disc version and a deluxe two-disc version. The Very Baddest Of ZZ Top marks the first time that the band's hits from their entire career have been gathered together in one package. ZZ Top's Billy F Gibbons had this to say, "We're glad that material originally issued by three different labels over the course of all these years will now be housed under one 'roof,' so to speak. It's kind of a big, bad family reunion on some level". The single disc version will feature 20 tracks that span three decades including the band's biggest hits like "La Grange," "Tush", "Cheap Sunglasses" "Gimme All Your Lovin'" and "Sharp Dressed Man." Several "Single Versions" of these hits are included, which are currently unavailable on CD or digitally. The two-disc version will feature 40 tracks including all of the tracks from the single disc version as well as early tracks like "Pearl Necklace," "Just Got Paid" and "(Someone Else Been) Shaking Your Tree" and later material like "Fearless Boogie" and "Que Lastima." ZZ Top will also be keeping busy on the road this spring and summer. They will begin with a European tour next month and then return home to a launching a summer coheadlining tour with guitar great Jeff Beck.

Ace Frehley Reveals More Space Invader Details

(hennemusic) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has unveiled the cover artwork for his forthcoming solo album, "Space Invader." Due June 24 in North America (July 7 in Europe), the project is Frehley's first new solo effort since 2009's "Anomaly." Frehley reteamed with longtime friend and artist Ken Kelly for the cover; he famously designed the covers for KISS' "Destroyer" (1976) and "Love Gun" (1977) albums. "It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace," says Kelly. "I had spoken to Ace on a few occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually happened. I am very pleased with the results and proud to play a part of Ace's continuing successful career!" "I've been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD cover for me and it has finally happened!," adds Frehley. "I couldn't be more excited about the new 'Space Invader' cover, and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!"