Classic Rock News

'Gimme Shelter' Singer Merry Clayton Seriously Injured In Crash

Famed Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" backup singer Merry Clayton was seriously injured in a car accident on Monday. Her official website provided these details: "It is with deep regret, but also deep gratitude, that we announce the following about our beloved Merry Clayton. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, Merry was involved in a major automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. "Merry sustained severe injuries to her lower body, including major trauma to her lower extremities. We are truly grateful that our dear Merry is still with us. "She has a long road of recovery ahead and we thank you all for your prayers as we link arms together with faith and the Lord's strength for her rapid healing. "For all that know her personally, and those that have been blessed by her God-given talents, please know that her spirit is very strong and her faith unwavering. Her voice is not silenced and His praises continue to be on her lips." Apart from her vocals on the legendary Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd classics, Merry has worked with a wide range of artists including Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Carole King, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Tori Amos, Jerry Garcia and Neil Young.

Eric Clapton Apologizes For Leaving Stage Mid-Song

Guitar legend Eric Clapton has apologized to fans in Glasgow after he was forced to cut short the performance of one his classic songs on Saturday night due to technical issues. Clapton was half-way through a performance of his classic song "Cocaine" when left the stage without an explanation. He then returned to close out the show with a performance of "High Time We Went", leaving some fans puzzled about what had gone wrong. His official website posted the following explanation on Sunday: "Unfortunately last night in Glasgow we experienced a steadily worsening technical problem with the PA system that the band battled with throughout the show but by the last song of the set it became unbearable on stage and Eric was unable to complete that number. During the encore break we were able to reset and the band finished as planned with the last number. "The usual touring set length runs at 1hr 35 mins so in fact the full set was performed apart from the entirety of 'cocaine' which had to be curtailed. Eric is nevertheless sorry for the break in the concert and the disappointment of his fans."

Robert Plant Streaming Song From New Album

( As Robert Plant prepares for the release of lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, he's debuted the first song from the album, his first since 2010′s Band of Joy. "Rainbow," the album's first single, is out today and currently streaming via the former Led Zeppelin frontman's YouTube page. Compared to some of Zeppelin's more rocking material, "Rainbow" is subdued in comparison, though it's still unmistakably a Plant record. Alongside guitar and driving percussion, Plant sings about "singing my song for you / and I will carry on" as a chorus of "ooh"s rise in the background. "Rainbow" precedes the release of lullaby by a few months; the record, out on Nonesuch/Warner Bros., will be out Sept. 9 and features 11 new songs; all but two were written by Plant and his band. "It's really a celebratory record, powerful, gritty, African, Trance meets Zep," Plant said in a statement. "The whole impetus of my life as a singer has to be driven by a good brotherhood. I am very lucky to work with The Sensational Space Shifters. They come from exciting areas of contemporary music… I have been around awhile and I ask myself, do I have anything to say? Is there a song still inside me? In my heart? I see life and what's happening to me. Along the trail there are expectations, disappointments, happiness, questions and strong relationships… and now I'm able to express my feelings through melody, power and trance; together in a kaleidescope of sound, colour, and friendship.

Whitesnake Recruit 'New Super Guitarist'

(Gibson) Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale has revealed that the band has found its new guitarist to replace the departed Doug Aldrich... but he can't say who it is yet. "We have had a new super guitarist in play for a while now, as I hinted some time ago, so, you can relax," Coverdale said overnight. "Unfortunately, because of contractual commitments on his side, we cannot reveal his name, rank and serial number just yet." "Of course, you will be the first to know when we can draw back the Snakey curtains to show him in all his musical finery," he continued. "He is not a former member of Whitesnake. It is a new one with as many bells and whistles as we could could possibly need." So who could it possibly be? Are there any hints in Coverdale's statement, beyond the confirmation that the new guitarist is not a returning former member (thus ruling out fan speculation that Bernie Marsden or Adrian Vandenberg were returning)?

Lars Ulrich Discusses Fans Reaction To New Metallica Song

(Classic Rock) Lars Ulrich says he knew Metallica's new song was bound to be a hit when he saw a fan wearing a home-made Lords Of Summer t-shirt. The drummer spotted a fan in the Snake Pit at a recent show wearing the shirt he had obviously made himself, something Ulrich describes as "endearing." Ulrich tells Metal Hammer: "It's fun to play and it seems like the kids are enjoying it. There was actually somebody in the Snake Pit the other day with a homemade Lords Of Summer t-shirt on, which was very endearing. That was cool." He adds that the song was written about the band's current tour, but admits it may not remain in its existing form by the time a new Metallica album comes around.

Genesis Cofounder Reacts To Being Left Out Of Reunion News

(Classic Rock) Genesis cofounder Anthony Phillips says he has mixed feelings about being left out of the band's recent "reunion" news. The BBC last week confirmed Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Steve Hackett would take part in a documentary to be aired later this year. Phillips, who formed Genesis at Charterhouse school alongside Gabriel, Rutherford and Banks, has taken part in the show - but doesn't appear as a definitive band member. He tells the Telegraph: "I suppose it becomes a bit complicated to mention the different line-ups, so I think they just go for where the band was most static. "Calling them the original lineup is just convenient parlance, isn't it? I've kind of got used to it. Occasionally one feels a little bit of a sort of footnote in history, almost airbrushed out. At other times I almost feel embarrassed about the interest shown to a time where, to be honest, some of the music was a bit rough. "But if you're talking about the original line-up, it was the four guys at Charterhouse."

Lenny Kravitz Releases Lyric Video For New Single The Chamber

( With Strut, Lenny Kravitz's first new album in three years, out in September, the singer is prepping for its release with a new single, released this week. "The Chamber," Strut's first single, also has an accompanying lyric video. The song features a grooving bassline, with Kravitz lamenting a lover who "put one in the chamber and shot my heart of glass." Strut is produced and arranged by Kravitz, who also plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums and percussion on the album. For an extra ear, he invited Bob Clearmountain (David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen) to mix it. In a statement issued by his publicist, Kravitz said of Strut, "This record brought me back to a place of what I love so much about music, back to the feelings I had when I was in high school. It's a real rock & roll record - it's raw, it's got soul and it came together really quickly."

KISS and Def Leppard Kick Off Tour

(hennemusic) KISS and Def Leppard kicked off their North American tour last night, June 23rd, in West Valley City, Utah and KISS have posted some photos from their final rehearsal for the tour. The band are sharing images of Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons arriving at the USANA Amphitheatre on Sunday, as well as a photo from the stage during a full production rehearsal. The KISS and Def Leppard summer tour is scheduled to hit more than 40 cities across North America, eventually wrapping up in Houston, Texas on August 31.

Peter Frampton Releases New Album

(Gibson) Talkbox legend Peter Frampton is releasing his new album Hummingbird in a Box, today (June 24) via RED Distribution/Sony Music. The album was inspired by the Cincinnati Ballet. Frampton co-wrote the seven pieces together with Gordon Kennedy. The pair also worked together on the album Fingerprints in 2006. The music for Hummingbird In A Box debuted live in April last year at Cincinnati's Aronoff Center for the Arts. Two of the segments were choreographed to existing Frampton songs, while the third was based around the seven new compositions. Frampton and his band was on hand to perform the music live. "Writing for dance was a wonderfully freeing experience. There were no boundaries. We were able to push the composing envelope," Frampton said about the project, with Kennedy adding "Songwriters and musicians create music to move people. This was beautiful, graceful, and instantly gratifying!"