Classic Rock News

Lars Ulrich Gets Drum Off Challenge From Chad Smith and Will Farrell

Red Hot Chili Peppers Chad Smith and comedian Will Farrell recently faced off against each other in a drum battle on The Tonight Show. But the two have now thrown down the gauntlet and challenged Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich to a drum-off. Smith and Ferrell were discussing their epic Tonight Show drum off with Spin Magazine when the subject of Ulrich came up. Spin asked Ferrell if he and Smith had any future plans together and he responded, "I mean, we did talk about another drum-off. With a third person that looks eerily similar to Chad and I. A third drummer out there." Chad Smith added, "I think it's - did we talk about Lars?" and Ferrell responded, We talked about Lars [Ulrich], from Metallica. So, I don't know." Spin then asked him if they have heard anything back from Lars and Ferrell responded, "Your article will be the first mentioning of it." Chad added, "This is a scoop!" and Ferrell continued, "Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith. He can settle that score now, too." Chad Smith then sealed the public challenge by saying, "There it is. The gauntlet is down."
Chickenfoot Working On New Album

(hennemusic) Joe Satriani is sharing an update on the status of Chickenfoot, the supergroup that also features Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith. The guitarist says a third album by the band is in the works. "It is in the pipeline," Satriani tells Artisan News. "Everyone's got demos, everyone's excited. I don't know about the schedule though. That is still - as usual - in the chaotic Chickenfoot state." Chickenfoot released their self-titled debut in 2009 and their second album, "Chickenfoot III", in 2011. Juggling the band member's schedules has been the group's biggest challenge.
Joe Bonamassa Reveals New Album Release Plans

Joe Bonamassa has announced that his new album "Different Shades Of Blue," his first album feature all-original material, will be released on September 23rd (September 22nd in the UK.) "It's been a while since I've been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album," said Bonamassa in the announcement. "I've really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years." According to his website, Bonamassa recorded the new album at Studio At The Palms in Las Vegas, NV, with producer Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin). "It's definitely my favorite Joe Bonamassa record to date," said Shirley. "It's an album that deserves to be listened to in its entirety. Luckily Joe's fan base really seems to appreciate a body of work and not just songs." Shirley adds, "I think Joe has learned the value of not underestimating his audience. He plays music as well as he can, and always tries to bring music of depth to his audience. We try very hard to make the records as multidimensional as possible and really try not to cut any corners in delivering them." For the new album, Bonamassa spent time in Nashville writing with Jonathan Cain (Journey), known for hits "Who's Crying Now," "Open Arms," and "When You Love A Woman;" James House (Diamond Rio, Dwight Yoakam, Martina McBride), and Jerry Flowers (Keith Urban). "The writers really inspired me, and having access to really great lyricists and songwriters made it such a great experience," said Bonamassa.
Tom Petty Streaming Two New Songs

(hennemusic) Tom Petty is streaming two more new songs from his forthcoming album, "Hypnotic Eye", following last week's release of the lead single, "American Dream Plan B". Petty is sharing full previews of "Red River" and "U Get Me High." Due July 29, "Hypnotic Eye" 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. The project is the band's first new studio album in four years.
Classic Rock Stars To Pay Tribute To The Doors

(hennemusic) A star-studded list of classic rockers will appear on a new tribute album to The Doors. Due June 24, "Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute To The Doors" will feature a variety of artists performing versions of Doors classics like "Light My Fire", "Riders On The Storm", "Break On Through (To The Other Side)", "Love Her Madly", "L.A. Woman", "People Are Strange", and more. Rockers included current and former members of Deep Purple, Yes, Grand Funk, Rainbow, ELP, the Moody Blues, The Cars and others, alongside Pat Travers, Todd Rundgren, Edgar Winter and more. Not one but two members of the quintessential prog rock band Yes - keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman and lead guitarist Steve Howe - joined Deep Purple's Ian Gillan on the signature song, "Light My Fire", which as Wakeman explains, "has always been one of those iconic tracks that keyboard players listen to because of the fact that there are so few tracks with keyboard/organ solos on them compared to our six-stringed buddies. It's also a solo area that is totally open to interpretation so whatever you do is not comparable to the original, so it was an absolute joy to do."
Richie Sambora To Honor Les Paul At Upcoming Shows

(Gibson) In conjunction with guitar legend Les Paul's 99th birthday Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora announced that he will also be celebrating the musician with three special performances. Sambora is set to play three gigs at The Iridium, the New York City club where Les Paul performed once a week up until he passed away in 2009. Richie is playing one show on July 22, followed by two appearances on the 23rd. It has not been made clear if Sambora intends to play his own solo material or if this show will contain many covers, only that it "promise to be impressive nights of authentic rock 'n' roll, celebrating the electric guitar sounds and versatility made possible by Paul's inventive mind," according to Richie Sambora's website. In related Richie Sambora news, European fans have the opportunity to catch the man live during June and early July as the guitarist does a handful of solo appearances throughout the Europe, including gigs in the UK, France, and Germany. Richie is bringing along female guitarist Orianthi for the European shows. The pair toured together in Australia earlier this year have collaborated on an as yet unreleased album.

Motley Crue Country Tribute Album Release Pushed Back

(hennemusic) Motley Crue's country music tribute album, "Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute To Motley Crue", has been pushed back from its original July 8 street date and will now be released on August 19. The project will feature a variety of notable country music artists covering Motley Crue tracks as the rockers prepare to launch their farewell tour this summer. "Nashville Outlaws" features performances by Rascal Fatts, LeAnne Rimes, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Gretchen Wilson, Justin Moore, Cassadee Pope (with Cheap Trick's Robin Zander) and more.

Rush's Presto Set For Limited Edition SACD Reissue

(Prog) Rush's 13th album Presto is to be released in a numbered, limited-edition hybrid SACD by Audio Fidelity. They have not yet announced a release date but did offer some details about the special reissue: The boutique label specialize in delivering 24-carat gold CDs which deliver "the ultimate sound of a classic recorded performance without the irregular plated surfaces of standard aluminium discs." They say: "Rush were never a band known to play the same sort of thing for any extended period. By 1989 a change was inevitable - and with Presto it was a change for the better. The synths were toned back while the guitars were brought up to a reasonable level allowing the emphasis to return to the rhythm instruments, resurrecting the groove that Rush maintains so very well.

Gilby Clarke Postpones Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke has postponed a series of UK and Spanish tour dates that were set to begin this week. A total of seven shows are affected, including four in the UK and three in Spain. "I regret that we couldn't make these dates happen," says Clarke. "You can refund your tickets or keep them for the rescheduled dates." Rescheduled concerts will be announced soon. Clarke will now kick off his summer shows at the Tiszavirag festival in Szolnok, Hungary on June 20; he'll play a series of US shows with Quiet Riot and Faster Pussycat starting July 10 in San Diego, California.

Ace Frehley Performs KISS Classics With Night Ranger & George Lynch

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley performed some KISS classics at the May 24 debut of Carnegie Rocks!, an exhibit at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, California designed to help gather support for the center and its community musical education programs. The original lead guitarist for KISS played "Cold Gin" and "Rock And Roll All Night" at the event with fellow guests Night Ranger and guitarist George Lynch. The Carnegie Rocks! exhibit features Frehley's Cherry Sunburst played during the sessions for the 1977 KISS album, "Love Gun", and at the band's legendary Budokan Hall concert in 1977; his original John Elder Robison Light-Up guitar from KISS' Dynasty Tour; and "Space Ace" costume from the KISS Farewell Tour. Peter Criss' KISS Reunion Tour drum kit is another of the highlights, amongst dozens more one of a kind items.