Classic Rock News

Aerosmith Cancel Show Due To Unrest

(hennemusic) Aerosmith have pulled the plug on their July 2nd show in Kiev, Ukraine due to the ongoing political upheaval in the country, according to event promoter National Corporation Of Entertainment. "With much regret we have decided to cancel the Aerosmith show in Kiev on July 2nd," announced the. "It is impossible to produce this show in Ukraine while there is civil war. We can't ensure safety to the artists, crew and the audience. We can't ensure safety of the equipment. "We're facing many economic and technical difficulties and in a state of civil war those difficulties are impossible to resolve. Therefore we just can't carry out the show on July 2nd and are very sorry for that." "We all did our best to present the show in Kiev but we have no option but to cancel," they added. "We hope that Aerosmith will be able to perform in Ukraine at some time in the future when there is peace and more stability in Ukraine. We are arranging refunds for ticket-holders".

Steve Perry Addresses Journey Reunion Talk

(hennemusic) Former Journey singer Steve Perry is commenting on rumors regarding a possible reunion with his old band following his return to the live stage last month after an 18 year absence. In the past weeks, Perry teamed up with alternative rock band EELS for shows in St. Paul, Minnesota, Washington, DC and Los Angeles, creating a major buzz and fueling speculation that he and Journey may reconnect. Current Journey frontman Arnel Pineda added to the headlines when he said that Perry should reunite with the group. A fan tweeted Pineda a link to video of Perry's St. Paul performance, to which he replied, "He should come back. His voice is still there. [I] missed that voice." The dialogue continued, with Pineda offering up more thoughts on the subject. "It will be cool if [Steve would] come to one of your shows and just come up and sing with you guys. That will definitely be epic, wrote the fan. "He can take over too," replied Pineda. "It's his righteous place anyway. [I] wanna see them happy together." Asked for his reaction to Pineda's comments, Perry tells Fan Asylum, "I don't know who or what would make Arnel want to say such a thing. He's their lead singer and I only wish him all of the very best! There is no reunion."

Iconic Songwriter Gerry Goffin Dead at 75

( Gerry Goffin, a songwriter who co-wrote a veritable cornucopia of pop music classics, died Thursday (June 19) at his home in Los Angeles, according to CBS Los Angeles. He was 75. He was the former husband of singer/songwriter Carole King, and together they were one of the most successful songwriting teams of all time, penning hits including "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Chains," "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby" and "The Loco-Motion." The couple divorced in 1968, with King going on to become a superstar singer/songwriter after releasing the 1971 album Tapestry, which has sold 25 million copies worldwide (and which features three King/Goffin compositions, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "Smackwater Jack" and "[You Make Me Feel Like] A Natural Woman.") Goffin remained a behind-the-scenes songwriter after the divorce, co-writing hits including "Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" (recorded by Diana Ross), "Saving All My Love For You" (a hit duet for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., later popularized by Whitney Houston) and "I've Got To Use My Imagination" (a hit for Gladys Knight and the Pips). Earlier this year, Goffin, looking frail and using a walker, attended the Jan. 12 opening night of the Tony Award-nominated Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway; the Goffin/King relationship was a big part of the show. However, he was unable to attend the NARAS MusiCares tribute to King a few weeks later (many of their co-writes were performed at the show). Carole King said in a statement: "Gerry Goffin was my first love. He had a profound impact on my life and the rest of the world. Gerry was a good man and a dynamic force, whose words and creative influence will resonate for generations to come. His legacy to me is our two daughters, four grandchildren, and our songs that have touched millions and millions of people, as well as a lifelong friendship. He will be missed by his wonderful wife Michele, his devoted manager, Christine Russell, his five children, and six grandchildren. "His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn't know how to say. If you want to join his loved ones in honoring him, look at the names of the songwriters under the titles of songs. Among the titles associated with me, you'll often find Gerry's name next to mine."

Own A Piece Of Led Zeppelin History

(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin fans are being offered the opportunity to own one of two guitars built on specifications provided by Jimmy Page with proceeds going to a good cause. The Gibson Les Paul Customs are identical to Page's iconic 1959 Les Paul 'number two' guitar, used throughout his Led Zep career - even down to the dents, scratches and wear marks. Only 25 of the 'aged and signed' Les Pauls were built, each of them played personally by page to ensure they matched his original guitar. Each has been signed and numbered by the man himself. Of the 25 created, Page kept #1 for himself, with the remaining 24 becoming instant collector's items.

David Coverdale Addresses Whitesnake Guitarist Search

(hennemusic) Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale is updating fans on the status of the band's search for a new guitarist following last month's departure of longtime axeman Doug Aldrich. "I see there's all kinds of interesting posts and some 'demands' about whom I should work with," posted Coverdale on the group's website. "As always, I sincerely thank you all for your generosity, but, with all due respect, I'll be making the decision who the band and I are going to work with." "It's a very simple process," he continued. "I guarantee it will be a very gifted guitarist who plays great and sings great, works well in a team, someone who appreciates Whitesnake music and a player whom we feel will help us take Whitesnake to the next level in as many ways as possible... without unnecessary distractions. I hope you can appreciate this fact." "We've had an amazing array of exceptionally gifted musicians who have applied for the gig," added the singer. "Once again, we are in such awe that so many talented people want to play Whitesnake music with us. We're very close to making our decision".

Pearl Jam Perform Frozen Hit 'Let It Go' During Concert

(hennemusic) Pearl Jam performed a snippet from "Let It Go", the smash hit from the animated Disney movie Frozen, during their show in Milan, Italy on Friday and video of the performance has been posted online. The tune appeared during the extended jam section of 1993's "Daughter", one of the songs featured in the first set of encores. Recorded by Idina Menzel, "Let It Go" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards in March. Pearl Jam are currently playing shows across Europe in support of their latest album, "Lightning Bolt." The tour includes two festival appearances: Poland's Open'er Festival on July 3 and Belgium's Rock Werchter on July 5; the month-long trek runs to July 11 at Milton Keynes, UK.