Classic Rock News

Slash Discouraged By Today's Lack Of Rock Singers

(Gibson) Slash recently spoke about the seemingly never-ending search for a new Velvet Revolver singer. The band have been on the lookout for a new frontman since parting with Scott Weiland back in 2008. The guitarist is a bit frustrated with the lack of new young rock singers, as he told Gary Cool: "There's a lot of people that we tried out that we don't talk about. The more that time passes, the less rock and roll singers there seems to be. Like, that style of just really, sort of, from-the-heart, guttural rock and roll. It seems to be just getting more and more glossed up." Velvet Revolver were close to partnering up with Corey Taylor a few years back, even going so far as to record ten songs with the Slipknot and Stone Sour singer. The band briefly reunited with Weiland for a one-off event in 2012, but don't seem to have any plans on inviting him back in the fold. Slash ensures that Velvet Revolver is still very much alive, just in hibernation: "Obviously, it's not broken up; it's sort of in a state of dormancy. And so whenever the right guy [pops up]…" In the meantime fans of Slash can look forward to a new album, World on Fire, on September 15.

Beatles Miniseries Coming

(Gibson) The NBC television network is said to be developing an eight-part miniseries chronicling the history of The Beatles. As reported by Deadline Hollywood, the series is being written and executive-produced by Michael Hirst, best known as the creator and executive producer of Showtime's The Tudors. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt has given the project his blessing. Meanwhile, The Beatles' first nine U.K. albums, from 1963's Please Please Me through 1968's The Beatles (aka the White Album), will be released September 9 in mono on vinyl. The newly remastered albums will be housed in a 14-LP box set and will also be available for individual purchase. The box set includes a 108-page hard cover book, essays, rare photos and details about how the albums were mastered. You can preorder it here. As antiMusic reported earlier this week, former Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick said in his autobiography that the mono mixes for The Beatles' albums were superior to their stereo counterparts.

Yes Preview New Song 'The Game'

(hennemusic) Yes are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming new album, "Heaven & Earth," this time the legendary prog rock band have released a preview of the song "The Game". Due July 8, the project is the band's first record with singer Jon Davison, who joined the lineup in 2012. "Heaven & Earth" was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Foreigner, Alice Cooper), while longtime Yes associate Roger Dean handled the cover art. Yes will promote the new album with a US tour which begins on July 5 in Nichols, New York. The shows will see the band performing two albums in their entirety - 1971's "Fragile" (for the first-time ever) and a repeat performance from last year's tour of 1972's "Close To The Edge" - followed by an encore of their greatest hits.

Lou Reed's Musical Gear Being Auctioned Online

( Lou Reed's musical collection spans decades, and now it can be yours. The late musician's gear will be auctioned online through eBay for fans to bid on and collect. On Tuesday (June 17) his Facebook page detailed the specifics of the auction. While his most important guitars, amps, and effects will be kept by Sister Ray Enterprises for his archive, many pieces are still up for sale. The money made will go towards further developing the Lou Reed Archive. "All of these items were kept at Sister Ray Enterprises and were used by Lou and his band on tour," Reed's Facebook page reads. "Don't miss this unique opportunity to own a piece of music history."

Umphrey's McGee Tease New Album

(Prog) Umphrey's McGee describe their brand-new album Similar Skin as a "no holds barred" exercise in a promotional video. Their seventh studio release appeared last week via their own label, Nothing Too Fancy Music. And while a spokesman previously assured fans "there's plenty of signature Umphrey's throughout," the band say it also features "hook-driven melodies and raging guitar solos." Similar Skin is available via their website. They return to the UK this week for three shows at London's Brooklyn Bowl on Thurday, Friday and Saturday (June 19, 20, 21).