Classic Rock News

Allman Brothers Band Announce Final Concerts

Southern rock legends The Allman Brothers Band have revealed their final tour dates. The new dates include the rescheduled Beacon Theatre shows as well as the band's swansong performances. The newly scheduled Beacon Theatre shows will be taking place on Tuesday, 10/21, Wednesday 10/22, Friday, 10/24 and Saturday, 10/25 with the tickets to the original corresponding dates being honored on the new dates. The band has also selected the Beacon Theatre as the venue where they will be performing their final shows together. Those shows will be taking place on Theatre October 27 and 28. The band has also lined up some festival appearances before the final run of Beacon Theatre shows. They will be headlining the Mountain Jam this Sunday (June 8th) in Hunter, NY and the will also headline the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, VA on September 7th. This summer the band will also be headlining two nights of their very own music festival. The Peach Festival will be taking place on August 14-17 in Pennsylvania and will also feature Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Trey Anastasio Band, Lotus, Big Gigantic, the Taj Mahal Trio, Blackberry Smoke, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, the London Souls and more.

Ozzy's Life Was Changed By The Beatles

(Classic Rock) Ozzy Osbourne says the first time he heard The Beatles it was "like being hit by a bolt of lightning." The Black Sabbath frontman reveals the Fab Four's early hit She Loves You changed his life and made him realize he wanted a career in music. He tells Kerrang: "I'm sure I'd been exposed to other songs, but I think the first one that has a real effect on me was She Loves You by The Beatles. It was just magic, it was like being hit by a bolt of lightning. "I even remember where I was and what I was doing. I was walking down the road in Aston one day, with my light blue transistor radio, and this song came on. I thought, 'what the f*** is that?' "It changed my life forever, and at that point I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I never knew it would turn out the way it did - it turned out way bigger than my wildest expectations - but I knew that I wanted to be the singer in a band."

Super Duper Alice Cooper Preview Goes Online

(hennemusic) A preview of the new documentary film, "Super Duper Alice Cooper", about the legendary shock rocker, has been released as the project gets released on DVD, Blu-ray and Deluxe Limited Edition boxed set today (June 3rd). 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.

Steven Tyler Performs Aerosmith Classic On The Streets Of Helsinki

(hennemusic) Steven Tyler has released a video of himself performing the Aerosmith classic, "Dream On", on the streets of Helsinki, Finland. In town to play the city's Hartwell Arena, the singer toured the local streets and found an opportunity to play well-known busker Fedor Grigorev's homemade glass-bottle xylophone. Tyler took a seat and began plucking away at the opening notes of "Dream On", giggling throughout the experience. Currently on the road across Europe for the band's Let Rock Rule tour, Tyler recently joined street performers in Vilnius, Lithuania for a version of Aerosmith's 1993 hit, "Crazy" Later that night, the pair - on violin and accordion - joined Aerosmith for the song in front of a packed house at the Siemens Arena.

David Lee Roth Releases Behind The Scenes Clip From New Short Film

(hennemusic) Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth is sharing behind the scenes footage from the filming of his 2013 Japanese film short, "Tokyo Story." The Tarrantino-style short stars Roth as an assassin and famous Sumo wrestler Konishiki as the card sharking villain. Written by Roth, the 4-minute film features the singer taking on a group of Japanese thugs in a card game who try to take advantage of "the American" who they think can't speak English. Roth became a resident of Tokyo in 2012; he continues to maintain homes in New York City and Pasadena, California. Reports indicate Van Halen are actively working on a new album, the follow-up to 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth."

Guns N' Roses' 3D Movie Coming To Theaters

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses will screen "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live From The Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas" in US cinemas this month in advance of its release on DVD and Blu-ray on July 1. Cinema screenings will take place in 100 cities and begin June 14 - for a list of locations and participating theaters, visit The band was filmed on November 21, 2012 during their first residency in Las Vegas. The official release will feature the complete concert film in both 3D and 2D plus an interactive 3D photo gallery, and standard DVD featuring the 2D version of the film. Both releases are mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound and feature bonus interviews with the band.

Nirvana's Complete Rock Hall Induction And Performance Now Online

(hennemusic) Video of Nirvana's full induction and performance at the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame event is now available online following the premiere this past weekend on HBO. Opening with a career video montage and a speech by R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe, the Seattle band entered the Hall in their first year of eligibility, which is 25 years after the debut recording by an artist; in their case, it was based on the 1989 release of "Bleach." Nirvana closed out the evening with a raucous set as they were joined by a host of female singers for their induction performance. Joan Jett opened the program with a searing rendition of the band's signature tune, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"; Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth fame followed on "Aneurysm"; St. Vincent (a.k.a. Annie Clark) performed "Lithium", and New Zealand pop sensation Lorde closed out the event with a version of "All Apologies."

Jesus Christ Superstar Tour Featuring Johnny Rotten Canceled

(Classic Rock) A stage production tour of Jesus Christ Superstar which was to feature John Lydon, a.k.a. former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten, has been cancelled before it even began. Lydon was due to play King Herod in the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage show, which also had Incubus singer Brandon Boyd in its cast. Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams was due to star as Mary Magdalene, while N'Sync's JC Chasez was cast as Pontius Pilate. The show was lined up for 54 US cities, but the plug was pulled just 10 days before the scheduled opening show in New Orleans on June 9. Producers have given no explanation for the cancellation.

Willie Dixon Gave Hugh Laurie The Blues

The Blues Star of the hit TV series House M.D.-turned-bluesman Hugh Laurie says he's still reeling from his first encounter with blues music - even though it happened nearly 50 years ago. He's currently touring the US with his Copper Bottom Band in support of second album Didn't It Rain. But his thoughts often return to a moment in his childhood when he heard Willie Dixon on BBC radio. Laurie tells OC Register: "It was like I had been hit by lightning - it was like an electrical shock. I'm still quivering from it even now and I think I always will. I knew at the age of 7 or 8, whatever it was, that it was the music I was going to love all of my life." Didn't It Rain sees him taking his blues experimentation further than he did with debut release Let Them Talk in 2011. "I wanted to get more of a female voice into the music," he says. "I've always believed this music really did originate with great female singers, like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. I wanted to have that sound, that voice, and make it about more than just men strutting their stuff."