Classic Rock News

Paul McCartney Postpones American Tour Dates Due To Illness

Paul McCartney announced on Monday that he has been forced to push back the launch of his North American tour under the advice of his doctors as he continues to recover from a virus that sidelined his Japanese tour. McCartney tells fans, "I'm sorry but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I'm feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon." The tour leg will be now be kicking off on July 5th in Albany, NY and wrapping up on August 14th in San Francisco, with the seven postponed dates now taking place in early October. The rescheduled dates will kick off on October 2nd in Lubbock, TX at the United Spirit Arena and will be concluding on October 18th in Louisville, KY at the Yum! Center. The tickets for the original dates in June will be honored at the rescheduled shows.

Jimi Hendrix Producer Alan Douglas Dead at 81

(Classic Rock) The man behind some of Jimi Hendrix's later recordings has died. Record producer Alan Douglas, who was 81, passed away peacefully at his home in Paris. Douglas met Hendrix not long after the guitar icon's performance at Woodstock and he came under fire from the rock community for introducing Hendrix to the world of jazz and The Last Poets. The Last Poets movement was a collection of musicians and poets whose work is said to have been the roots of early rap and hip hop. On Jimi's later work, Douglas once said: "Jimi was being pigeonholed into the rock thing. I got a lot of heat for showing people this different side of Jimi but it didn't matter. It was what he wanted to do. So, together we tried out all kinds of things - but, tragically, he died before we could do anything super special."

Slash Previews New Song 'World On Fire'

(hennemusic) Slash has released an online preview of the title track from his forthcoming album, "World On Fire." Due September 16, the project once again sees Slash working with his touring band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, and producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette. Slash's third solo album is the follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love", which earned the guitarist his two first-ever No. 1 US rock radio hits: "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun." Slash and the band will be on the road this summer across North America with Aerosmith for the Let Rock Rule tour, with dates starting July 10 in Wantagh, New York.

Eric Clapton Premieres First Song From J.J. Cale Tribute Album

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton has released a lyric video for "Call Me The Breeze", the lead single from an upcoming tribute album of the same name the guitarist has organized to honor one of his musical mentors, J.J. Cale. Due July 29, "Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale", features a collection of 16 Cale tunes revisited by Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, Derek Trucks and Don White. "I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did - that's the point," said Clapton. "I'm just the messenger; I've always felt that that's my job. I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from."

Dave Davies Comments About The Kinks Reunion Reports

(Gibson) The Kinks co-founder Dave Davies has issued a 'not-so-fast' to England's Telegraph newspaper after a report that the band was ready to reunite, telling fans that nothing has been agreed on yet. The Telegraph had reported that Ray and Dave Davies had resolved their differences and were hoping to release new material soon, after a stage musical about their career helped them to reconcile. But Dave Davies has told his Facebook fans, "I met and talked with Ray but nothing has been agreed on yet." The source of the reports appears to have been a Daily Mail interview with Ray Davies confirming that he'd been chatting with Dave about the possibility. "I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again," he said. "We've also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed. He's been composing his own songs, but I'd really like to write with him again. We both agree we don't want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It's got to be something new." more on this story

Guns N' Roses Perform Tribute To The Angels' Doc Neeson

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses performed a tribute to the late Doc Neeson of The Angels last Wednesday in Las Vegas. The frontman for the legendary Australian hard rock band passed away earlier that day at the age of 67, just 17 months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. "This one's for Doc. From The Angels to the angels," said Axl Rose as Guns N' Roses performed the band's classic, "Marseilles." The Angels formed in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1974 and later relocated to Sydney. The group have been named as an influence on Guns N' Roses, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and others. Wednesday's show was the seventh of nine dates that make up Guns N' Roses second residency, "No Trickery! An Evening Of Destruction", at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Sebastian Bach Performs As Willie Nelson and Freddie Mercury on TV

(hennemusic) Sebastian Bach performed as country legend Willie Nelson and iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury on the latest two episodes of the new ABC-TV reality series, "Sing Your Face Off." As Nelson, Bach sang "Always On My Mind" in the third installment of the series, followed by a performance of "We Are The Champions" as Mercury in the fourth. As the contestant with the lowest score at the end of the fourth episode, Bach was removed from the lineup, preventing him from advancing to the semi-finals. Watch video of his performances here.

Ian Anderson's 'Thick As A Brick - Live In Iceland' Releases Coming

(Kayos) Eagle Rock has announced that they will be releasing Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson's 'Thick As A Brick - Live In Iceland' on 2CD, DVD, SD Blu-ray and digitally on August 26th. This is the first time Thick As A Brick and Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock? have been offered in a combined set, which presents the complete story of Gerald Bostock, according Kayos Productions. They sent over these details: The acclaimed Jethro Tull concept album Thick As A Brick was originally released in 1972 and featured one continuous track spread across two sides of an LP telling the story of a young boy named Gerald Bostock. 40 years later in 2012, Jethro Tull's founder and leader Ian Anderson continued the story, with the creation of Thick As A Brick 2: Whatever Happened To Gerald Bostock?. Following this release, Anderson took both albums on the road to present the complete narrative live. This show, filmed in Iceland, brings Gerald's tale to life as never before and creates the definitive presentation of Thick As A Brick.

Ozzy Osbourne Reflects On His Regrets

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne admits he has so many regrets it would be impossible for him to say "sorry" often enough to the people he's hurt. He says his worst sins have been the things he's done to his two wives and six children. And he takes full responsibility for falling off the wagon in 2012, accepting it had nothing to do with bandmate Tony Iommi being diagnosed with cancer. Asked about his regrets, Ozzy tells the Daily Mail: "You haven't got enough time - I have thousands of them. I spent decades of my life being an absolute idiot. "I was a bad father, an abusive husband, and I had ego to size of India. It's pointless even saying 'sorry.' I couldn't say it enough times; all I can do is stay sober." Last year he apologised to wife Sharon, friends, family and his bandmates after admitting he'd spent 18 months back on drink and drugs. It was late suggested the relapse was caused by Iommi's health battle.

Lars Ulrich Proud Metallica's Playing Glastonbury Despite Protests

(Classic Rock) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells Classic Rock that the band has no fear about playing at Glastonbury despite ongoing protests over their appearance at the festival. Ever since Metallica were announced as the headliners for the Saturday night at Glastonbury, June 28, there has been a backlash from fans and disparaging comments from bands such as Mogwai, Arctic Monkeys and Bombay Bicycle Club. But Ulrich says that the negative reaction has no impact on his band. Following Friday's widely-viewed video interview, the drummer has talked to us in more depth about the reaction. "To be totally honest," he says, "I don't know how serious I can take all of it. I don't sit glued to the iPad following whoever is the next person who has an opinion about Metallica. I know that almost on a daily basis there is some musician somewhere who gets asked what he thinks about Glastonbury and Metallica, and I find the good in that - that after more than thirty years, we can still get talked about. I guess it's fun that you can still make some waves, without doing anything other than saying yes to an invitation to a festival. So, happy days!" Ulrich says that for Metallica, playing at Glastonbury will be a proud moment in the band's history. "First of all, it's the one festival that's eluded us over the years, so it's nice that they have decided to finally invite us. And, you know, it's not exactly like it's our first dance on this particular floor. There are, I think, sixteen European festivals that are similarly to Glastonbury - festivals that sell out the day the tickets go on sale, six months before any bands are even attached to play. That's a festival environment that we've been playing in for years, all over Europe. So, you know, this is not a new concept (laughs). This is just the first time that this is happening in England for us."

Vince Neil Comments On Upcoming Motley Crue Country Tribute Album

( It's no secret that many contemporary country fans (and artists) have a soft spot for rock 'n roll. And that's exactly the driving force behind Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe, a new collection that features country artists performing songs by one of the biggest rock groups of the past few decades. Set for release August 19, Nashville Outlaws features such artists as Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Moore, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Darius Rucker performing 15 different Mötley Crüe classics including "Home Sweet Home," "Live Wire" and "Kickstart My Heart." "The Big Machine guys [and label president] Scott Borchetta said, 'Hey we want to do a country tribute album to Mötley Crüe,'" lead singer Vince Neil told about the project during a chat on the ACM Awards red carpet this spring. "It seemed like a crazy idea to me, but hey, it actually is working out!" "I just heard the Mavericks' version of 'Dr. Feelgood' the other day," Neil continued. "There's just some really cool artists doing Mötley Crüe stuff, and even Mötley Crüe tracks that I forgot we even did! So they're digging deep in our repertoire and doing some cool stuff with it. So it's really, really exciting." Neil said that until recently he wasn't too familiar with the contemporary country scene, though he did listen to some classic artists when he was younger. "My dad's from Paris, Texas, and he's an old country boy," Neil said. "The only country I was exposed to was my dad's, it was Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. I don't remember specific songs, but all good classic stuff." We had to wonder, then: were country artists like those two ever in the back of his head when he was recording with Mötley Crüe? "You grow up with stuff, it's always there," Neil said with a smile. As for today's country sound, Neil likes what he hears. "Now I"m getting into the new stuff and going, 'that's rock and roll stuff.' Rock and roll today is now young country guys. It's cool."