Classic Rock News

Queen Releasing Album Of Unreleased Freddie Mercury Song

(hennemusic) Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed more details regarding the band's plans to issue unreleased material featuring the late Freddie Mercury, during a new interview with BBC Radio. "We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing, and they're quite beautiful," May told BBC Radio Wales' Wynne Evans. "So people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year. We are gonna put out an album which probably is called Queen Forever. And it's a compilation, but it will have this new material which nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it." "Most of it comes from the '80s when we were in full flight. So it's is quite emotional," May continued. "It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound. It wouldn't have been if we hadn't have done this restoration job. We had to start from scratch, because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology. And we have Pro Tools these days; and you can do almost anything in Pro Tools." The project is expected to include Mercury's work with Michael Jackson, as well as unreleased collaborations with David Bowie, Andy Gibb, and Rod Stewart.

Randy Rhoads Remembered Tour Details Announced

Organizers of the Bonzo Bash are now launching a tour that will pay tribute to the legendary late Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads, with east coast dates early next month. The shows will include special guest guitarists performing their favorite Randy Rhoads songs with the house band The Madmen, which features singer Michael Devin (Whitesnake, Jason Bonham's Led Zep Exp., Lynch Mob, Kenny Wayne Shepherd), drummer Brian Tichy (RRR/ Bonzo Bash creator, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Zakk Wylde, Slash's Snakepit) and keyboardist Stephen LeBlanc. The guest guitarists include Phil Demmel (Machine Head), Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/ Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob), Alex Skolnick (Testament/ Alex Skolnick Trio), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Lynch Mob), Brent Woods (Vince Neil/ Sebastian Bach/ Randy Rhoads Student), Phil X (Bon Jovi/ The Drills) and Jeff Young (Megadeth). The Madmen will be joined by former Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot and Rhoads friend and bandmate Rudy Sarzo on bass. The tour was organized by Brian Tichy, Joe Sutton, Brent Woods, Kelle Rhoads and will be hosted by Tichy, Phil X and Sutton. This isn't the first time that Tichy and Sutton have teamed up to organize a tribute show to a legendary musician, they are the organizers of the popular Bonzo Bash shows which pay tribute to the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The next Bonzo bash will be taking place on what would have been Bonham's 66th birthday, this coming Saturday, May 31st, and will feature a special appearance from Peter Criss of KISS. More details here. Machine Head's Phil Demmel had this to say about the Randy Rhoads tribute shows, "Watching Randy at 10am in the Oakland coliseum was my 1st concert experience and it was life changing. It made me want to not only play guitar, but to perform with passion and emotion. I'm beyond honored to be part of this celebration of a true legend and an immense inspiration." Brian Tichy adds, "I am so psyched to get this show together! Randy's playing, and the music on those 2 Ozzy records were huge to me! I am a drummer but I also started putting a lot of time into guitar at the same time Randy came out. I heard Ozzy being interviewed on the radio when Blizzard Of Ozz was released. They played "I Don't Know" and when the guitar kicked in I was floored and I was an instant fan! I spent countless hours trying to learn Randy's songs, riffs and solos while I was also just a beginner on guitar. I tried to learn Randy's live solo note for note! I had Randy's posters on my basement walls! I still have those posters framed in my house right now! Brent Woods and I even shared a bottle of Randy Rhoads wine when it first came out!"

Sammy Hagar Plans Unplugged Album

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar has revealed his plan to release an album of acoustic versions of some of his next known songs. Hagar teamed up with Waboritas guitarist Vic Johnson for the forthcoming project, to be entitled "Light Roast", which will be issued via his website in the near future. "It was just me and Vic live in the studio with no overdubs," explains Hagar. "Just two guitars, sometimes one guitar, sometimes just one voice, sometimes two voices." The sessions were inspired by the rehearsals for Sammy's recent co-headlining appearance at the Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit show, an event that saw acoustic sets by James Hetfield of Metallica, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Scott Mathews, Pat Monahan of Train, Joe Satriani, Nancy Wilson of Heart, and more.

Metallica Release Live Acoustic Covers

(hennemusic) Metallica have released the audio of their four-song acoustic set from last week's MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit honoring Ozzy Osbourne to help further raise funds for the charity. Metallica's May 12th set at Club Nokia in Los Angeles included covers of songs by Rare Earth, Deep Purple, The Beatles and an Ozzy solo track. All net proceeds from the sale of downloads of this show will be donated to the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation. The 10th anniversary event saw Osbourne presented 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.

Judas Priest's Tipton Looks Back At Turbo and Forward At Band's Future

Legendary Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton was a featured guest on the latest episode of Talking Metal where he discussed the band's new album, "Redeemer of Souls," Judas Priest's future plans (including their live plans), new guitarist Richie Faulkner, his view of the band's controversial "Turbo" album, the classic "British Steel," and more. The show sent over some excerpts of the Tipton interview. The episode also features Tipton's bandmate Richie Faulkner, and interview with Eddie Veliz from Kyng and more. Below are the excerpts form the Tipton interview: Glenn on the current status and future of Judas Priest: "The band has definitely been re-energized. It's a great when you get an album like this one under the belt, which we are all very proud of and we are all excited by. We love the songs. It gives you a whole new outlook and a whole new angle; you are coming from a different place. Things have turned around for sure." Glenn on what he considers the classic Judas Priest: "I think Living After Midnight on British Steel. British Steel is an album we did very quickly. We actually wrote half of it while we were in the studio, which is very unusual for us. It just has a really solid complete, satisfying sound. We took a different approach on nearly every album and tried to do something different while still remaining as obviously Judas Priest. We have made an attempt to give each album a different character while remaining in the bounds of what is acceptable for Judas Priest." Glenn on new guitarist Richie Faulkner: "It was just a miracle really, I said it many times. I honestly believe if we hadn't found Richie or he had found us there would be no Judas Priest. He has brought a lot of energy, youthful enthusiasm, . He's brought all that and more." Glenn on the 2011 statement that there would be no more world tours: "We did state that back then that at the time it was our last world tour. It takes a big chunk out of your life. We never said we wouldn't do any dates. It was never the end of us playing live, it was just the end of the massive world tour. It can be quite draining and certainly time-consuming but we've been reenergized since then. We've got a great new album under our belt and it is exciting to think of playing the numbers off album mixed with Judas Priest classic songs so things have changed a bit but we weren't lying at the time when we made that statement. If we start the tour and absorb the songs, we really love the songs. Who knows what's around the corner?" Glenn on how he views the Turbo album in 2014: I like Turbo. I know it was a bit different and some people thought we were chasing the commercial trail. If you hear us play Turbo live it is one of the heaviest numbers. The crowd loved it, they sing along with it. We have always been brave enough to try new things with Point of Entry, Turbo and Nostradamus. And you've got to do it. You have got to pursue those new trails to get better. It's something that's essentially in the band's evolving status. That's what we've done, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes people understand you're trying to do, sometimes they don't. You have got to experiment.

Rolling Stones Kick Off New Tour

(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones returned to the road and kicked off their 14 On Fire European tour in Oslo, Norway on Monday, and video from the show has been posted online. The date at the Telenor Arena is the group's first live show since the passing of Mick Jagger's longtime girlfriend, L'Wren Scott; the band postponed seven shows in Australia and New Zealand following the news - the dates were recently rescheduled for October and November of this year. The band's 20-song set opened with "Jumpin' Jack Flash", included a pair of Keith Richards vocals in the middle ("You Got The Silver", "Can't Be Seen"), featured the Edward Grieg Youth Choir on "You Can't Always Get What You Want", and wrapped up with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." The Rolling Stones now move on to play the Rock In Rio Festival in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday.