Classic Rock News

Peter Gabriel and Genesis Reuniting For BBC

Peter Gabriel revealed on his official website that he and the original member of Genesis are reuniting for the first time since 1975 to take part in an upcoming documentary. The feature length documentary is being produced by the BBC and will include the participation of Gabriel, Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford. A broadcast date for the film has not yet been announced. Gabriel site had these details: From their first beginnings as a band of songwriters in the late 1960s to its final incarnation as a rock giant in the 1990s - via full-blown theatrical progressive rock in the mid-1970s and the subtler jazzy pop of the early 1980s - Genesis could perplex and enrage the die-hards, whilst exciting and exhilarating the newer disciples. The film recounts an extraordinary musical story, exploring the band's songwriting as well as emotional highs and lows, alongside previously unseen archive material and rare performance footage across their entire career.

Beatles Mono Recordings Remastered and Set For Release

Famed Beatles engineer Geoffrey Emerick wrote in his autobiography about the superiority of The Beatles albums mixed in mono over their stereo counterparts and now fans from a new generation will be able experience most of the Beatles album catalog in mono on vinyl. The Beatles camp announced that they will be releasing the newly remastered collection in a 14-LP vinyl box set on September 9th in North America. Fans will also be able to purchase the new reissued album titles individually. The box set will feature the legendary group's first nine UK albums starting from 1963's Please Please Me through the White Album from 1968. The set will also include the U.S. version of Magical Mystery Tour and Mono Masters, a three-disc compilation of non-album tracks. In addition to the LPs, the box set will also include a 108-page hard-cover book featuring new essays, rare photos, documents, articles and a history of how the albums were mastered. Each LP will be housed in a replica of their original album sleeves and packaging. The LPs will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The albums were remastered at Abbey Road Studios using the original quarter-inch master tapes and were done entirely in analog and not digital, according to ABC.

Queen Find Lambert A Better Fit Than Paul Rodgers

(Classic Rock) Queen guitarist Brian May believes Adam Lambert is a better match for their music than Paul Rodgers was. And he's admitted he and Roger Taylor are thinking about making their current run of dates their final shows. They're touring the US with Lambert, five years after ending their association with Free and Bad Company frontman Rodgers - but May has positive memories of the collaboration. "We had a great time with Paul, no doubt about it. It kind of stretched it into a new place and it was a thoroughly good experience," He tells the Toronto Sun. "But Adam, like us, has many many colors - so we can explore some of those strange excursions that Queen likes to." Taylor agrees: "Paul has one of the greatest rock voices, but it's more blues and soul orientated," he says. "With all due respect, Adam is more suited to a lot of our material. We had great tours with Paul - but I think Adam is more naturally at home with us."

Billy Idol Releasing First New Album In Almost A Decade

Billy Idol fans will have two things to celebrate in Rocktober as Idol has announced that he will be releasing his first new studio album in almost a decade in October along with his previously announced autobiography. The new album was produced by Trevor Horn (Yes, Rod Stewart, Seal, John Legend, Pet Shop Boys, Belle & Sebastian, Tina Turner, Hanz Zimmer, LeAnn Rimes, Simple Minds) and is Idol's first new studio album since 2005's "Devil's Playground." The Idol camp did not announce a firm release date, but said in the announcement that the album would arrive around the October 7th release date for Idol's autobiography, Dancing With Myself. Fans should get their first taste of the new music in late summer and Idol also expects to continue on the road into next year. He is currently on a European tour.

Alice Cooper Recruits Iron Maidens Guitarist For Motley Crue Tour

(Gibson) Alice Cooper will kick off his summer tour with three shows in Michigan this month before joining Motley Crue's final tour - and he'll have a new guitarist among his band's ranks. Alice has just named Nita Strauss as his new guitarist following the departure of Orianthi Panagaris. Orianthi has been playing and writing with Richie Sambora. Nita is known for playing with The Iron Maidens (the all-female Iron Maiden tribute band which regularly plays to packed houses at home in LA and around the world), the band Femme Fatale, and as 'house guitarist' for Arena Football League team LA KISS. She was recently ranked #1 on Guitar World's 10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know list. Strauss joins Alice Cooper guitarists Ryan Roxie and Tommy Henriksen, plus longtime bassist Chuck Garric and drummer Glen Sobel. Alice and co will be a part of the Motley Crue All Bad Things Must Come To An End tour until late November. Meanwhile the documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray, Deluxe Editions, and digital formats this month via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The film was produced and directed by the Banger Films team of Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen and Reginald Harkema, and the deluxe edition includes extensive bonus material film footage from a rare 1972 Montreal concert and a full length recent Alice Cooper concert from the 2009 Montreux Festival on CD.

Richie Sambora Working On New Music

(Classic Rock) Estranged Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora is working on new music he describes as sounding like "Fleetwood Mac on steroids." He's enjoying all the new experiences he can after a split with Jon Bon Jovi last year, which he recently said was partly about freedom - although he's insisted it will be resolved one day. The Download main stage performer's new musical direction was inspired by taking his first guitar lesson just two years ago after an unexpected meeting with a fellow professional. Sambora tells TeamRock Radio: "I walked into my favorite guitar shop - Norm's in California - and I saw this guy. His back was to me and he sounded like two people playing at once."

Asia's 2010 Performance Of Their Debut Album Coming To CD and DVD

Asia's performance at the inaugural High Voltage Festival during the summer of 2010 will be released this summer by Frontiers Records as a CD and DVD package. The original lineup of the band took the stage at Victoria Park, London on July 24th, 2010 and performed all of the songs from their blockbuster self-titled debut. The new live CD and DVD package, entitled High Voltage, features the band's performances of all of the songs from their debut as well as "An Extraordinary Life" from 2008's reunion album Phoenix and "I Believe" from their 2010 album Omega. High Voltage will be released by Frontiers in CD / DVD digi-pack format on August 22nd in Europe and August 26th in North America and the package will feature artwork from Roger Dean. The news of this new live release comes as the band kicked off their Gravitas World Tour last week with two shows in the UK. The band launches the Japanese leg of the tour tonight in Nagoya at Zepp. The North American leg of the tour is scheduled to launch on September 11th in Norfolk, CT at Infinity Hall and will conclude on October 20th in Solana Beach, CA at the Belly Up Tavern. The band will then return to the UK on October 28th for the first show in the tour leg at Gateshead at Sage H2 with the leg concluding in London on November 2nd. And the Asia camp says that still more dates are to be announced. The tour is in support of the band's latest studio album, "Gravitas".

ZZ Top's 2013 Montreux Festival Performance Coming To DVD

/U> Eagle Rock has announced that they will be releasing a live video of ZZ Top's Live At Montreux 2013 on July 21st on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats. The band's performance at the famed music festival in 2013 included classics like "La Grange", "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Pincushion", "Sharp Dressed Man", "Waitin' For The Bus", "Legs", "Tube Snake Boogie", "Tush" and more. The band's publicist also says that the middle section of the concert features a jazz-blues tribute to the late Montreux Festival founder Claude Nobs with guest appearances by Mike Flanigin on Hammond B-3 and Van Wilks on guitar.

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page To Receive 02 Silver Clef Award

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will be honored at the 02 Silver Clef Awards in London next month. The July 4 event at the London Hilton will see music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins present Page with the 02 Silver Clef Award for his outstanding contribution to UK music. Other artists set to be honored at the 02 Silver Clef Awards include Black Sabbath, Sir Tom Jones, Giorgio Moroder and Pharrell Williams. "A big thank you to Nordoff Robbins and everyone involved in awarding me the Silver Clef Award," said Page. "Ask anyone 'Who is the greatest guitar player of all time?' and it wouldn't take long before you hear the name Jimmy Page," adds Emma Banks, Chariman of the Noroff Robbins 02 Silver Clef committee. "Truly a legend, we are deeply honoured that Mr Jimmy Page will join us to receive the O2 Silver Clef Award."

Festival Promoter Defends Metallica Headline Booking

(hennemusic) Glastonbury Festival promoter Michael Eavis is defending his booking of Metallica as the first metal band to headline the prestigious event later this month following criticism that the group doesn't fit with the spirit and image of the weekend festival. "We have been going for so long that people don't expect us to put on a heavy metal band," Eavis tells the BBC. "We had Rage Against The Machine and we have had lots of fairly heavy metal bands in the past but this is not a typical headline. We usually have bands like Radiohead, Coldplay and U2, the Rolling Stones, but I am really looking forward to them." "There's no other band in the whole history of the festival that has been so keen to play," the promoter added, "they will do the best set of their lives here."

Black Sabbath To Receive Live Ambassadors Of Rock award

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath will be honored at the 02 Silver Clef Awards in London next month. The July 4 event at the London Hilton will see music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins present the band with the AEG Live Ambassadors Of Rock award. "Winning the Ambassadors of Rock award from Nordoff Robbins is a huge honour," says Ozzy Osbourne. "Music is our life, and we couldn't live without it. The world can't survive without music and this is a very special charity that brings music to everyone. There are a lot of talented people already being honoured at the awards and we are looking forward to celebrating with them at the O2 Silver Clefs this summer." Other artists set to be honored at the 02 Silver Clef Awards include Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, Sir Tom Jones, Giorgio Moroder and Pharrell Williams.

Slash Releases World On Fire Lyric Video

(hennemusic) Following an online stream, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators have now released a new lyric video for the title track from his forthcoming album, "World On Fire." Due September 16, the guitarist's third solo album is the follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love", which earned Slash his two first-ever No. 1 US rock radio hits: "You're A Lie" and "Standing In The Sun." The new tune is already getting a positive reaction from fans. "Hey troops, thanks for all the kind words on 'World on Fire' this am," posted Slash after issuing an initial stream of the song. "Can't wait to break it out on @Aerosmith #LetRockRule tour!"