Classic Rock News

Def Leppard Star To Undergo Stem Cell Transplant

(hennemusic) Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell will undergo a stem cell transplant this fall to battle the return of his Hodgkin's lymphoma. Campbell first revealed the cancer news last summer, and advised fans that it had gone into remission last fall following chemotherapy treatments. Campbell tells the Daily Herald, "So I went to Dublin and started to record with the band [in February], we started work on a new record, and as soon as I got back from that, I did another surgical biopsy and that showed that the cancer had definitely come back," he explained. "I'm actually doing this new high-tech chemo treatment, I'm about halfway through it already, and it's really kind of easy going. It's the first new drug that's been discovered for Hodgkin's since 1977 and they made this discovery in 2011, and it's actually being pioneered here at City of Hope, so I'm part of this research clinical trial that's going on. "It's very, very benign chemo, actually it just targets -- I don't know how it works, obviously I'm not a medical person, but somehow or other it just manages to target the cancer cells. It's not like old-school, carpet-bomb chemo where it kills all the fast-growing cells, so I haven't experienced any hair loss or any issues with my skin or nails or anything this time around, which is good. And assuming that works, I'm going to have to continue a couple of treatments, actually, over the course of the [KISS] tour, so that's awkward to work around, but not impossible." "Assuming that it all works and I actually get to a perceived remission stage by August," he added, "then as soon as the tour is over in early September I'm going to get a stem-cell transplant, which I can't say I'm looking forward to, but I've been told if I don't do that, the cancer's going to just keep coming back every couple years. And every time it's a little bit more resistant. It is what it is. It could be worse -- but at least I have health insurance. (laughs)"

Guns N' Roses Classic Used In 'Shocking' PSA

(hennemusic) The Guns N' Roses classic "Sweet Child 'O Mine" is being used in a shocking new public service advertisement to promote road safety in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland's DOE Road Safety created the ad to demonstrate how 28 children - roughly the equivalent to a primary school class - have died in accident caused by speeding cars since 2000, according to The Independent. "The aim of this campaign is to challenge and dispel, once and for all, through this emotional and uncomfortable message, the false perceptions that many road users have as to the truly horrifying consequences of speeding," said Road Safety minister Mark Durkan. "This advertisement depicts very clearly and very starkly the risks involved when speed is a factor," added Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin of the Police Service of Northern Ireland. "Most of you will find it shocking but the reality is drivers need to be fully aware of the potential consequences of their actions."

Paul McCartney Feels 'Great' As He Reschedules Tour

( After postponing his 2014 U.S. tour due to illness last month, Paul McCartney has announced his rescheduled tour. McCartney made the announcement Tuesday in a YouTube video. "The dates that [had been] postponed, the concerts and shows, have been rescheduled for September and October," McCartney said. He was dressed in a white button-down shirt and standing in what appeared to be a rehearsal room. "So come and see us then, we'll come and see you." The 2014 U.S. tour now begins July 5 in Albany, N.Y. and runs through Oct. 30 in Greensboro, N.C. As for his health, in the video he looks and sounds fine. "Everybody's been asking me how I feel-I feel great, thank you very much for asking," McCartney said. He then finishes up with a quick bit of air guitar, the international sign of, "I feel great, thank you very much for asking."

Sambora Reportedly Says Bon Jovi Gave Him An Ultimatum

(Classic Rock) Estranged Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora reportedly says that he was given an ultimatum when he decided he needed some time off - he could tour with the band or leave. He disappeared from the lineup at short notice last year, giving rise to rumors of a feud between him and mainman Jon Bon Jovi, which seemed to have some credence after both hinted at unhappiness with the other in interviews. But Sambora, who's currently touring Europe with his solo outfit, says he has no anger left - and believes it's still possible he could rejoin the band he helped build. Sambora spoke with (and Classic Rock has the following rough translation of what he said): "It's hurt me that more and more untrue things have come out in the media. I just wanted to do something for myself. We had just finished a tour, I had just quit a bad habit, and I was enjoying time with my daughter. "I saw a year of other priorities ahead of me; I wanted to make my own music and I preferred doing a few shows with my own band. I said I wanted a break." But he reports that his request "was just not accepted," adding: "I could choose - join or leave. That's hard when you share joys and sorrows for 30 years."

Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Lyrics Fetch Record Amount

(Classic Rock) Bob Dylan's original draft of the lyrics to his 1965 classic "Like A Rolling Stone" sold at an auction for over $2 million this week, setting a new price record. It's now the most expensive rock music manuscript ever auctioned, after Sotheby's had estimated it would go for half the amount. The price tag soared beyond the $1.2m cost of John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for 1967 Beatles track A Day In The Life. Dylan wrote his words on four sheets of headed notepaper from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, DC. The pages include scribbles, ideas and unused lyrics including a reference to gangster Al Capone and the line "Dry vermouth / you'll tell the truth."

Courtney Love Says Kurt Cobain 'Wanted Fame Bad,' Contrary to Myth

( Kurt Cobain wasn't the reluctant superstar he wanted everyone he believed he was, according to his widow Courtney Love in new interview with National Geographic. Love said that the Nirvana frontman "wanted it bad. He wrote to every major, minor label: 'We'll pay. Let us be on your label.' He was desperate to be the biggest rock star in the world. But he made it look like it was thrust upon him." It's worth noting that earlier in the clip, Cobain says lucidly, "I'm too stubborn to allow myself to ever compromise our music or turn us into big rock stars. I just don't feel like that." The interview was for Nat Geo Channel's upcoming three night series The '90s: The Last Great Decade? which kicks off on July 6.

Robert Plant Reveals UK Tour Plans

(hennemusic) Legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant has announced a 13-date UK tour this fall in support of his upcoming album, "lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar." The 3-week trek begins November 9 in Newport, and will wrap up in Llandudno on November 27. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday, June 27 at 9am local. Due September 5 in Europe, September 8 in the UK and September 9 in North America, "lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar" sees Plant teaming up with The Sensational Space Shifters.

Def Leppard Announce Post KISS Tour Dates In Mexico

(hennemusic) Def Leppard have announced that they have scheduled two shows in Mexico following the conclusion of the band's summer North American tour with KISS. The UK rockers will perform at The Sports Palace in Mexico City on September 4 and at the Monterrey City Festival in Nuevo Leon on September 6. Def Leppard kicked off their summer tour with KISS on Monday in West Valley City, Utah. The trek will hit more than 40 cities across North America before it wraps up on August 31 in Houston, Texas.