Classic Rock News

Led Zeppelin Score Three Top 10 Debuts With Reissues

(hennemusic) The first three reissues in the Led Zeppelin album series have debuted in the top 10 on the US charts. The band's 1969 self-titled debut, "Led Zeppelin I", entered the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 7, "Led Zeppelin II" at No. 9 and "Led Zeppelin III" at No. 10. With the chart showing, Led Zeppelin has become the first artist to land three albums in the top 15 at the same time since Whitney Houston scored four following her death in early 2012. Deluxe, expanded editions of Led Zeppelin's first three albums are the first part of an extensive reissue program that will see all nine of the band's studio records reissued in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist/producer Jimmy Page.

Allman Brothers Releasing Massive Fillmore East Box Set

The Allman Brothers Band's iconic At Fillmore East live album is getting a massive box set reissue that will include fifteen unreleased tracks and will feature six CDs. The new set will be released on July 29th. The original album featured songs from the band's performances over four shows at the venue on March 12-13, 1971. The new box set, entitled The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, will also include the previously unreleased full set from the band's June 27th concert where they performed during the closing weekend for the legendary New York City venue. The band released these details about the new box set along with the tracklisting: Produced by Bill Levenson, who compiled the definitive Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective (Rounder, 2013), The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings captures the most inspired improvisational rock unit ever at the peak of their prodigious powers, blazing their way through extended instrumental elaborations, so taut and virtuosic, that the crowds that packed the Fillmore East on those memorable nights were utterly transfixed. When it came to live performance, no other band could touch the Allmans. In his scrupulously detailed notes for the set, Allmanologist John Lynskey writes: "From its inception in March 1969, the Allman Brothers Band rapidly established a near-mythical reputation through its incendiary, marathon concerts. No other group could touch the Allman Brothers when it came to extended, improvised jamming; they truly were in a league and dimension of their own. Duane Allman was joined by his brother Gregg on keyboards and vocals, the dual drumming combo of Jaimoe and Butch Trucks, bassist extraordinaire Berry Oakley, and Dickey Betts, Duane's foil on guitar. Together, these individually talented artists blended into a unit whose sum exceeded the total of its impressive singular parts. The group toured relentlessly—they spent 300 days on the road in 1970 ? honing their sound and building a loyal fan base, one show at a time. An Allman Brothers' concert could not be explained, it could only be experienced, and by word of mouth, the group became known as 'the people's band' for their no-frills approach to live music."

Metallica Play Through Storm Warning

(Classic Rock) The boss of the Pinkpop festival in the Netherlands found himself under fire this week after allowing Metallica to perform their headline set despite severe weather warnings. The show was held up for an hour while a heavy thunderstorm passed overhead on Monday – but despite pressure to cancel the rest of the event, Jan Smeets allowed James Hetfield and co to play as planned. The 70,000-strong audience were advised to stay away from sound and lighting masts, but to remain calm. No injuries were reported, but festival staff issued foil blankets to ward off cold as a precaution.

Motley Crue May Debut New Song On Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is keeping fans updated on the band's preparations for their upcoming farewell tour and revealed they may debut a newly written song on the tour. "Been in band rehearsal with the guys," Sixx posted on Tuesday. "Lots of surprises…Worked up a new song we just wrote and recorded…Might bust that out live before we even go to radio with it." "Today is our last day of musical rehearsal's for Motley Crue then next weekend we have a one off festival in Montreal where we're headlining," he wrote on Wednesday. "Right after that the crew load's into pre production where we start running full show rehearsals for a week and then the Final Tour starts July 2 in Grand Rapids. Been busy and time is flying." After more than three decades together, Motley Crue's "The Final Tour" will kick off July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan with guest Alice Cooper.

U2's Bono & The Edge Writing Music for 'Once' Director's New Project

( There's no word yet on when U2′s new album will be released, but Bono and The Edge are already lining up new projects. Namely, writing music for a new film by Once director, John Carney. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the director said, the guys "already have been extremely helpful in discussing the musical aspect of the film and what the sound is going to be like." According to Carney, the film, titled Sing Street, will be set in the Eighties. "Obviously U2 were extremely prolific then, so they'll bring that, and they've just been great sounding boards," he explained. "Bono has been very helpful with character and story as I've sort of pitched the project to him over the last few months." The film is not based on Bono's own experiences as a musician, Carney explained, but will show how good of a storyteller the frontman is. "I think that an album is a story, and most people that write albums have some sense of a three act structure," Carney said. "So he's been very helpful with how much music he's done, but also I think he watches movies closely. He's been helpful with beginning with a strong opening scene and character development. He's just generally a guy that knows his movies." Carney—whose new film, Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, hits theaters June 27—was also quick to say that Bono and The Edge will not be in the movie, but will most likely write two or three songs for the film.

Iconic Hotel California Solo Nearly Didn't Happen

(Classic Rock) Don Felder says Hotel California's acclaimed guitar solo very nearly didn't happen. The former guitarist with The Eagles recorded a demo of the song a full year before the band recorded the album - also called Hotel California - in 1977. When he turned up for recording sessions, he began playing a different solo, only for drummer Don Henley to call a halt to proceedings and insist he play exactly the same thing he had done on the demo. The song is often voted as having the best guitar solo of all time. Felder tells Rock Cellar: "On the demo I changed guitars and played one lick and kind of duelled with myself between a Strat and a Les Paul. When we went into the studio to record the solo, Joe Walsh and I set up and to play the ending on the record. I started and played a lick and Don Henley went 'stop, that's not right.' And I said 'what do you mean it's not right, we're just gonna make these solos up.' "He said 'no no no, you have to play them exactly like what's on your demo.' So we were in Miami and the demo cassette was at my house in Malibu."

Freddie Mercury Approved Wayne's World Rhapsody Scene

(Classic Rock) Queen guitarist Brian May has recalled how Freddie Mercury approved the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody scene in Wayne's World - just weeks before his death. The comedy film starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey was released in February 1992, three months after Mercury passed away. May tells Sunday Night on 7: "Mike Myers actually sent a tape across, because he wanted Freddie to hear it. Freddie wasn't very well by that time. I took it round and he listened to it and watched it - and he loved it. So Mike got the seal of approval from Freddie." Myers was horrified when movie bosses rushed out a re-released of Bohemian Rhapsody with clips from Wayne's World added to the original video. He compared the act to "taking a whizz on a Picasso" and sent a note of apology to the band. But they replied: "Thank you for using our music."

Original Asia Lineups Live Performance of Debut Album Coming To DVD

(Classic Rock) Asia will launch a live DVD in August, featuring the original lineup playing every track of their debut album. High Voltage was recorded at the inaugural festival of that name at London's Victoria Park in 2010. It was the first time John Wetton, Steve Howe, Geoff Downes and Carl Palmer had delivered all nine tracks of their 1982 record in Europe, and remains the only time the set was filmed. Frontiers Records describe the package as "an irreplaceable companion to the original studio album, and to the reunion that saw Asia return to and stay at the top of their game."