Classic Rock News

Ozzy Lands Role As Punk Rock Fish On Kid's TV Show

( Ozzy Osbourne just got his next big TV role - and it's as a cartoon fish whose name is strikingly similar to a fellow controversial rock star. Rolling Stone reports that Osbourne will voice a character in the Nickelodeon children's TV show Bubble Guppies. He'll play Sid Fishy, a "rock and roll fish who just loves being rotten." Sound familiar? Though the likeness is a bit different, Sid Fishy seems to bear some similarity to Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious - with perhaps some Johnny Rotten thrown in there too. The town of Bubbletucky's equivalent of a punk rocker is known for his slime spray, which he uses to terrorize the town's residents. "The green liquid is Sid Fishy's 'stink sauce' made up of different smells such as stinky socks and rotten eggs," a show representative told Rolling Stone. "He wants to use the stink sauce to cover Big Bubble City and all its citizens to make them stinky."

Early Queen Live Recordings To Be Released After 40 Year Wait

As Queen hit the road this summer with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, the band announced that their previously unreleased first live album and video will finally see the light of day. Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 is set to be released in multiple formats on September 9th in the U.S. by Hollywood Records and on September 8th in the UK by Virgin Records. The new live releases feature Queen's performances at The Rainbow in London in March and November of 1974. The March show was part of the legendary band's very first headline tour of the UK and the November shows were part of the band's Sheer Heart Attack Tour. Queen: Live at the Rainbow '74 will be available in multiple formats including a standard CD, two disc CD, a DVD, a SD Blu-Ray, a gate-fold double vinyl and four disc vinyl boxed set.

Judas Priest To Appear On Rockline

(hennemusic) Judas Priest have announced that they will appear on the North American rock radio series Rockline the night before their new album, "Redeemer Of Souls", hits stores. Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner will appear on Rockline with Bob Coburn on Monday, July 7 at 8:30 PT / 11:30 ET. Fans can phone in to speak with Judas Priest during the program at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). The show will be streamed for free on the Rockline website beginning the evening after the day of broadcast. Due July 8 in North America, "Redeemer Of Souls" will be issued in a standard version and a deluxe edition with five bonus tracks.

Gene Simmons Sings National Anthem With USO at Dodgers Stadium

(hennemusic) KISS bassist Gene Simmons teamed up with members of the USO to perform the U.S. national anthem at Dodger Stadium prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers home game against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, June 16 and video of the performance is streaming online. Simmons and KISS are gearing up to launch a co-headlining summer tour of North America with Def Leppard; the trek starts June 23rd in West Valley City, Utah. The band's latest greatest hits package, "KISS 40", recently debuted at No. 30 on the US Billboard 200. The 40-track collection presents one song from every major album release by the group, live selections and "Reputation", an unreleased demo from 1977.

Deep Purple Release Video From Upcoming Live DVD

(Classic Rock) Deep Purple have launched a preview clip from their upcoming DVD Around The World Live. It contains their eight-minute performance of classic track Black Night at Birmingham's NEC. The package includes three complete live shows plus highlights of a fourth, alongside band interviews and a documentary. Concerts in the UK, India, South Korea and Australia are featured. The discs are accompanied with a 32-page hardback book. Around The World Live is due for release in October via Eagle Rock, with more details to be confirmed in due course.

Metallica Release Battery Video From By Request Tour

(hennemusic) Metallica are sharing video of their June 3rd performance in Horsens, Denmark which was captured during the band's "By Request" European tour. The video package includes footage from the pre-show Met Club meet and greet with drummer Lars Ulrich, the band warming up in the Tuning Room and "Battery" and "St. Anger" from the concert. The band are now enjoying a two-week break before returning to the stage on June 28 - when they become the first metal act to headline UK's Glastonbury Festival.