Classic Rock News

Jimi Hendrix Album Banned 47 Years After Release

(hennemusic) Jimi Hendrix's album classic, "Axis: Bold as Love", has been banned in Malayasia 47 years after its release based on its cover, which features and the guitar icon and his bandmates as various forms of Lord Vishnu. Themalaymailonline reports an unidentified spokesman from the Home Ministry's Publication Control and Quranic Text unit said compact discs with the 1967 album cover art featuring the Hindu deity would be prohibited from entering the country and they would seize such CDs found in Malaysia. "We don't care if Jimi Hendrix albums without cover art featuring Lord Vishnu come in, but if it uses Lord Vishnu's image, then of course we won't allow it," said the official. "We'll definitely take action against anything that violates religious sensitivities, whether it's Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam. We must respect each other."

Tom Petty Streaming New Song American Dream Plan B

(hennemusic) Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have released an online stream of the new song "American Dream Plan B", which is the lead track from their forthcoming new album, "Hypnotic Eye." Due July 29, the project will be available in CD, digital, high resolution Blu-ray audio and vinyl formats. The vinyl will be available as 1-LP or as 2-LPs inclusive of an additional track not available in any other format. "Hypnotic Eye" is the band's first new studio album in four years. "I knew I wanted to do a rock 'n' roll record," Petty recently told Rolling Stone. "We hadn't made a straight, hard-rocking record, from beginning to end, in a long time."

Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Billy Gibbons Guest On Johnny Winters Album

(Classic Rock) Aerosmith's Joe Perry, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Mountain's Leslie West, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa lead a list of guests who'll appear on blues icon Johnny Winter's upcoming album Step Back. The 13-track work is set for launch on September 2 via Megaforce Records. Winter - who originally planned to call the work Roots II as it continued a theme from his 2011 release - describes it as "aggressive vintage blues." ZZ Top's Gibbons, who plays on Where Can You Be, says: "I never had the opportunity to jam with Johnny in the 60s and 70s. I was content to remain in awe and admiration."

Richie Sambora Says Musical Freedom Was Lacking in Bon Jovi

(Classic Rock) Richie Sambora says he felt a lack of freedom in Bon Jovi ahead of his departure last year. Drama erupted after he pulled out of a world tour leg just hours before it was due to begin. A chain of claims and counter-claims followed - but the guitarist has repeatedly claimed he'll return to the band at some point in the future. Meanwhile, he's gearing up for a European tour with his solo band, and admits he's enjoying his career more than he has done in some time. Sambora tells Rock Radio NI: "There's freedom there, obviously. That's one of the main things I was missing in music over the past years - and also in Bon Jovi, actually. There wasn't enough room to improvise, to have that moment where you can actually lose yourself musically." He's working on an album with his guitarist Orianthi, who has previously collaborated with Alice Cooper and Michael Jackson. He says his creative output is in full flow, adding: "What I've done is assemble an amazing group of musicians. I asked the guys in my band to express themselves and bring all the input they can."

Woodstock Organizers Want To Celebrate 50th Anniversary

( Mark you calendar, Woodstock is gearing up to spread its peace and love vibes once again in 2019. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the festival's promoter, Michael Lang revealed that he and the rest of the organizers behind the 1969 fest will not celebrate this year's 45th anniversary, but are looking to celebrate its 50th anniversary four years from now with a special concert. There are obviously no details when it comes to the lineup, but Lang says that he is "exploring various locations." The original took place in Bethel, NY. Lang previously promoted two official versions of the festival, one in 1994, which was a muddy celebration of the show's 25th anniversary with performances from Nine Inch Nails and Red Hot Chili Peppers; and another in 1999, which featured acts like Limp Bizkit, Beastie Boys and Britney Spears. Unfortunately, this one was much less peaceful, inciting riots, arson and violence.

Nazareth Streaming Final Album With Original Singer Dan Mccafferty

(hennemusic) Scottish rockers Nazareth are streaming their entire new album, "Rock 'N' Roll Telephone", which may be the band's final album with original singer Dan McCafferty, in advance of its June 9th UK release. The band's 23rd studio album and first since 2011's "Big Dogz" features what may be the last album with McCafferty, who retired from the group last year due to health issues. The vocalist has been dealing with C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), which had gotten worse in the past two years. "Rock 'N' Roll Telephone" will issued as a standard CD and double LP, as well as in a Deluxe Digipack edition will include a second disc with two additional studio recordings and five live tracks.

The Who's Roger Daltrey and Joan Jett Lead Benefit Show Lineup

(Gibson) Joan Jett and her Blackhearts are set to open for Roger Daltrey of the Who at a benefit show next month for Teen Cancer America, an organization Daltrey created alongside Pete Townshend. Funds raised from the concert will go to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which is working with Teen Cancer America to open a unit dedicated to helping teenagers and young adults fighting cancer. The show will happen July 28 at Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Tickets go on sale starting at 10 a.m. ET Friday via or the Kimmel Center Box Office. In other Daltrey news, the singer recently told the BBC that he's hoping to do a new blues album with Wilko Johnson, so long as Johnson stays healthy. Johnson recently underwent surgery for a cancerous tumor.

Brian Sezter Returning To Rockabilly Roots On New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Brian Sezter has confirmed the release of solo album Rockabilly Riot: All Original - and he says it's the closes thing he's ever done to the Stray Cats. He also makes the cheeky claim: "The only way you could make a better rockabilly record is if you get Elvis to sing." The 12-track title features bassist Mark Winchester, pianist Kevin McKendree and drummer Noah Levy. It was recorded and produced in Nashville by Peter Collins. Setzer says: "It sounds to me a little bit like the first Stray Cats record. It's rockabilly songs - it's not just blues songs in the rockabilly style. People like to call it 'neo-billy,' which is an invented word somebody came up with. But if that's the word they want to use, I'd like to go with that, because it sounds to me like very modern and fresh-sounding rockabilly."

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Featured In New Download Video

(hennemusic) Aerosmith will close out the Download Festival at England's Donington Park on June 15, and frontman Steven Tyler is talking about the band's upcoming appearance on the latest edition of event's official TV show "The Lowdown." Aerosmith is topping a bill that features Alter Bridge, Steel Panther, Buckcherry and others. The 3-day event will also see headlining sets by Avenged Sevenfold on June 13 and Linkin Park on June 14. The stop is part of Aerosmith's current Let Rock Rule European tour. Slash will join Aerosmith for a North American run starting July 10 in Wantagh, New York.

Gene Simmons Producing 'Ugly Models' TV Series

( His KISS bandmate Paul Stanley has often taken umbrage with Gene Simmons' myriad of side projects; regardless, the long-tongued God of Thunder has just signed on for yet another one. According to various reports, including The Hollywood Reporter, Simmons will coproduce a Lifetime series titled Ugly Models tackling a U.K. modeling agency that works with "character models with unique and unusual looks" as it attempts to expand into the U.S. market. The company's website boasts that "We like our women fat and our men geeky, we like the extremely tall and the shockingly small. No one is too abstract for our books! We are Ugly. And we are the leaders in character modeling. With a unique outlook on modeling [sic], our philosophy is simple - 'Any beauty can be airbrushed but we want our look to have true character.'" Among their roster of talent is the tallest man in the world, Sultan Kosen ("At 8ft1, he's got legs to die for!") Their "Prince Albert" has, according to the website, 241 piercings, while Elaine Davidson boasts 2,520. They also have more traditional looking models, so "If you have luscious locks and fab-abs you're still Ugly to us!"

Rush To Receive University Honor

(Classic Rock) Rush are to be given honorary degrees by a Canadian university next week, it's been confirmed. Lee, Lifeson and Peart will receive their doctorates on June 12. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart will add the awards from their home nation to a clutch that includes multiple Junos, induction into the Canadian Hall Of Fame, a Governor General's Performing Arts decoration and elevation to the Order Of Canada. It's the first round of honorary degrees given by Nipissing University, Ontario. Vice chancellor Mike DeGagne says, "The nine honorees are remarkable Canadians who have helped make our world better. It is very rewarding that they each recognize the distinct value of Nipissing University and support our mission and vision to the extent that they are accepting our highest honor, solidifying their connection to our institution."

KISS Frontman Paul Stanley Shows Off Cooking Skills On TV

(hennemusic) KISS frontman Paul Stanley was the featured guest on Tuesday's edition of "Home & Family" on the Hallmark channel where he promoted his recently-released memoir, "Face The Music: A Life Exposed", as well as demonstrate his home cooking skills. The memoir debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times "Hardcover Nonfiction" best sellers list. Published April 8, the book chronicles Stanley's life and rise to global success with KISS, which he co-founded in January of 1973 with bassist Gene Simmons from the ashes of the pair's previous band, Wicked Lester. The show's PR team also sent over Stanley's recipe for Chicken Marinade: Get a large mixing bowl and mix together a couple tablespoons dijon mustard, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and a white wine like Pinot Grigio. Keep an eye on proportions so you don't water it down unnecessarily. In a food process, Magic Bullet, or with a handheld blender - puree fresh Rosemary, capers, red pepper flakes to taste, and a clove of garlic. Mix into the olive oil mixture. Next, take 4 chicken breasts with bone in and skin on and salt them. Put the chicken breast in a large Ziploc bag and pour the marinade over making sure there's enough to coat all areas including under the skin. Let it sit for as long as possible in the refrigerator. Once you're ready to cook you'll want to use a super hot enclosed oven or grill. I use my wood-burning oven - there's nothing better than that. Spray the surface with oil and cook skin side down first. That seals in all the juices. Depending on the thickness of the breast, when you think it's done on that side, turn it over. Nobody likes chicken sushi.

AC/DC's Brian Johnson Drives Antique Bentleys On New TV Show

(hennemusic) AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson drives antique Bentleys on the latest video from "Cars That Rock", a new television series he is hosting that began airing in the UK last month. "It took me till I was about 60 when one finally came up [for sale]," says Johnson. "People tend to hang on to them. You look after it until the next person comes along, and I still love it to this day." Available on Quest, Freeview Channel 38, "Cars That Rock" follows Johnson as he pursues his passion of cars, looking into the history, meeting the fanatics and of racing in general.