Classic Rock News

Paul McCartney Hospitalized

( According to reports, Paul McCartney has been hospitalized in Japan following the cancellation of his Asian tour. The former Beatle reportedly has a virus infection, which caused his eventual hospitalization, USA Today reports. According to the Sankei Sports newspaper in Japan, he was admitted when the infection worsened. McCartney originally canceled tour dates in Japan and South Korea earlier this week, the cause for the nixing of the dates deemed, again, a virus. "I was really looking forward to playing in Tokyo again after we had such an amazing time here in November," McCartney had said in a statement. "So to cancel this show as well as the National Stadium shows is hugely disappointing for me as well. I'd like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding." A spokesperson for the singer also noted that the canceled dates were being worked on for possible rescheduling. McCartney's website confirmed the news on Thursday, "Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo."

Axl Rose Reacts To Guns N' Roses Retirement Report

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has issued a public response to an online report that he is retiring following the band's newly-launched Las Vegas residency. Tabloid/gossip site Radar Online posted a story on Wednesday claiming that they have been told by a source close to the group that "band members have been told their calendars are free following Vegas. Axl is considering retiring and it's done. Band members and support staff were surprised when told the news and are actively looking for work." Rose responded by reposting a photo that fan created on the band's Facebook and Twitter pages with the caption "I'm not going anywhere." He also issued a comment, saying "GNR fans sure have a Radar for BS! Love you all!"

Gregg Allman & Others Sued Over Biopic Crew Member's Death

( Just weeks ago, Gregg Allman was denouncing Midnight Rider, the biopic on his life that was halted after a crew member was killed, having been hit by a train while filming on train tracks in Georgia. The musician was asking for the film to be scrapped altogether, though he later dropped a lawsuit asking for a cease in production. Now, the legendary Allman Brothers Band member is being sued himself - along with, again, those behind the movie. The parties involved are accused of being responsible for the death of Sarah Jones, Billboard reports. The lawsuit is filed by Jones' parents. The new lawsuit, filed in Chatham County State Court, finds Jones' parents finding 10 different individuals responsible for their daughter's death, along with eight corporations - including the forest products manufacturer that owns the land surrounding the crash scene and the transportation company that owns the railroad tracks. Allman is included in the suit due to his role as an executive producer on the film. According to the suit, the land owner, Rayonier Performance Fibers, wrongly told the crew that "only two trains would pass by the on the railroad track per day." Additionally, the owner of the tracks, CSX Transportation, did not give actual permission to shoot on location, but were reportedly aware that the shoot was occurring and, according to the suit, should have taken necessary precautions.

Bill Ward Was Unfit For Black Sabbath Reunion Says Geezer

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has reignited the controversy over drummer Bill Ward's absence from their reunion by saying his former colleague wasn't well enough to take part. And Butler believes the sticksman would never have been able to handle the pace of touring - even though activities were cut back to make allowance for guitarist Tony Iommi's cancer fight. "We started off with Bill and it just didn't happen. To be blatantly honest, he just couldn't do it any more," Butler tells Time Out Dubai. "He was thinking that we could take, like, ten years to do the album - whereas we knew we only had so long to do it and get out on tour, while you're still good at what you do. "Bill was unfit, and in hospital with intestinal problems, so he'd have had to leave the tour anyway if we'd done out with him."

Rolling Stones Manager Loewenstein Dead at 80

(Classic Rock) The man credited with making The Rolling Stones the richest rock band on earth has died at the age of 80. Prince Rupert Loewenstein was the band's financial manager for almost 40 years and became a close friend of Mick Jagger, even being named godfather to his son James. The Bavarian banker's advice led to the band becoming tax exiles when they moved to the South of France in the 70s. Despite his close work with the band, he was never a fan of their music. He wrote in his 2013 autobiography: "To many outsiders, it must seem extraordinary that I was never a fan of the Stones' music, or indeed of rock and roll in general. "Yet I feel that precisely because I was not a fan… I was able to view the band and what they produced calmly, dispassionately, maybe even clinically - though never without affection."

Jimmy Page Discusses Led Zeppelin Reissues on The Tonight Show

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was a guest on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, and video of his appearance is available online. Page was on hand to promote the June 2 (June 3 in North America) release of expanded reissues of the band's first three albums. Updated versions of "Led Zeppelin I", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" are the first projects to be released as part of an extensive reissue program that will see all nine of the band's studio albums reissued in chronological order, each remastered by Page. "When these things were originally done, they were done for vinyl," Page told Fallon. "And then they were remastered about 20 years ago for the CD market. But now there's a re-emerging vinyl market, CD, digital online - so the whole lot of these original albums has been remastered for all of those different media, if you like." "I thought, 'Other people have done this - other people have remastered their catalog, so let's see what we can do to make it, like, really special,'" Page said about the bonus disc of unreleased material that comes with each reissue.