Classic Rock News

Queen Didn't Authorize Song Use In Alleged Nazi Video

( Music, especially punk and metal music, have used Nazi, Satanic, anarchist and all kinds of imagery and iconography to shock fans for years, but for a famous Indonesian Idol judge, the message is a bit muddier. The video had been up for a while but the German magazine Der Spiegel called attention to it on Tuesday (June 24) noticing that Dhani's black uniform jacket was strikingly similar to that of infamous SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Queen guitarist Brian May, quite obviously, was quick to distance himself from the ad, saying on Twitter, "Of course this is completely unauthorized by us." It's a little unclear whether the video actually uses Nazi iconography. The eagle that one of the men holds in the beginning is quite possibly the Garuda Pancasila - the National emblem of Indonesia - and not the Hoheitszeichen which was adopted by the National Socialist party. As far as Dhani's coat? That's a little unclear.

U2 Frontman Bono Goes On Rant Against Apple

( U2 singer Bono had a bone to pick with Apple over their extremely low key support of his charity, (Red) so he decided to let the company know in the most public place imaginable. During a presentation at Cannes, Bono got onstage, sat next to Apple designer Jony Ive, and started to bash Apple's choice to keep their support for (Red) on the down-low. Apple was one of earliest supporters of (Red), which looks to stop the spread of AIDS and HIV, launching a branded product program where tech fans could buy devices and give a little money to the charity. But, according to AdWeek, Bono told the crowd that Apple has always downplayed its involvement, something the U2 frontman says began with Steve Jobs refusing to put the nonprofit's signature parentheses on any Apple products or in any Apple stores. "One of the reasons it's such a credit to have Jony Ive on the stage is because Apple is so f-ing annoyingly quiet about the fact they've raised $75 million," Bono told the crowd. "Nobody knows!" Bono then reportedly pulled out an official (Red) iPad cover and removed the device to show the audience that the logo was inside the cover and therefore always obscured by the tablet. "Where's the (Red) branding?" he questioned. "Nobody can see that. This is modesty run amok. This is the Apple way. They're like a religious cult."

Bruce Springsteen Reacts To World Cup Biting Controversy

( "What are the rules about biting in the World Cup?" Bruce Springsteen wondered, when TMZ caught him on the streets of New York City and inquired about his thoughts on this week's most infamous sports moment. On Tuesday (June 24), during a World Cup match between Uruguay and Italy, Uruguay player Luis Suárez bit Italian defender, Giorgio Chiellini. According to CBS Sports, with the match tied at 0-0 in the second half and Uruguay needing a win to move forward to the Round of 16, Suárez appeared to bite Chiellini in the shoulder. The Italian player than pulled his jersey down off his shoulder in an attempt to show the referee the apparent bite marks on his skin. Though Suárez was not ejected from the match-and Italy ended up losing the game 1-0 and were eliminated from the competition-the World Cup organization, FIFA is currently exploring the misconduct and are expected to issue an official ruling by 4PM ET today (June 25). But for Springsteen, the jury is already in. "Biting has no place in sports," he laughed. Continuing to joke, he agreed that Mike Tyson was the last bite that should ever happen in professional sports.

Rob Halford Wants To Make A Blues Album

(Classic Rock) Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has admitted he's desperate to record a blues album - because he wants to find out what his voice can do. He believes the legacy of the music that built metal can still be heard in his performance, but he'd love the opportunity to visit those roots on record. "I like to think I've still got the blues in my voice," he says. "I'd absolutely kill to do a blues record. It's something I want to do because I want to explore what my voice can do in that wonderful world." Halford says blues music taught him abut "soaring, sweeping and screeching" and adds: "I also discovered I have a voice that can go in different directions. It's a combination of a sense of adventure and just being inspired those wonderful singers."

Nirvana Bandmate Talks Kurt Cobain Suicide

(Classic Rock) Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has discussed the death of bandmate Kurt Cobain, saying the tragedy underlines that there's nothing romantic about drug addiction. The frontman shot himself in 1994 while suffering the effects of depression and heroin use. His memory was celebrated earlier this year when the 20th anniversary of his suicide took place around the time of Nirvana's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Novoselic, who rarely discusses Cobain, tells Reason TV: "Kurt was sensitive, and I think the drug abuse was a big part of it. He was under a lot of pressure. He mad a bad choice. He was probably pretty ripped when he decided to do what he did - if he'd had a clear mind he wouldn't have done that. He was high on heroin."

Ginger Baker Recorded New Album in Two Days

(Classic Rock) Ginger Baker says his new band's debut album took just two days to record. The iconic drummer - famous among rock fans mainly for his work with Cream - is set to tour in support of the debut record form his group, Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion. The album, called Why?, was released this week. Saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, bassist Alec Dankworth, and percussionist Abbas Dodoo are Baker's bandmates in the new project. And while Baker, 74, had fin recording it in the space of just 48 hours, he isn't looking forward to hitting the road. He tells Esquire: "If I had my choice I'd have a little button beside my chair here and I'd just press it and I'd turn up at a gig. Right after the gig I'd press it and I'm back home again. A beam-me-up-Scotty machine."

Jerry Lee Lewis Releasing New Album and Autobiography

( Jerry Lee Lewis may be 78 years old, but the rock and country legend has been plenty busy lately. This fall, the Killer is set to release not only a new album, Rock & Roll Time, but also the memoir Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, which he wrote with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg. Rock & Roll Time is the rock and roll pioneer's third record in a decade, following 2006′s Last Man Standing and 2010′s Mean Old Man. The new album includes some very high profile guests including Keith Richards, Ron Wood, Neil Young, former Band guitarist Robbie Robertson, E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren and country-soul artist Shelby Lynne. The songs are a mix of styles and genres including material from Chuck Berry ("Little Queenie," "Promised Land"), Bob Dylan ("Stepchild"), Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Mississippi Kid") and Jimmie Rodgers ("Blues Like Midnight"). Rolling Stone premiered the album's title track, "Rock & Roll Time," which was cowritten by Kris Kristofferson, Bob Neuwirth and Roger McGuinn and originally appeared on Kristofferson's 1974 album Spooky Lady's Sideshow. Lewis' version features guitarists Doyle Bramhall II, Jon Brion and Kenny Lovelace as well as vocalists Vonda Shepard and Bernard Fowler.

Jimmy Page Reveals His Vision For Led Zeppelin

(hennemusic) Jimmy Page is sharing details of how he formed Led Zeppelin following the end of his time in the Yardbirds. "I sort of knew what way I wanted this group [Led Zeppelin] to go," Page tells Absolute Radio. "Having played with the Yardbirds in America … there had been a real following for what we were doing in the Yardbirds. So when they folded, I thought we'll 'I've just got to continue.' I know what the climate is - the radio situation is over there - I know we don't want to do singles, so that's been the first thing that I'd say. I knew I was going to produce the group, because that's what I wanted to do." Page's chat with Absolute Radio is one of many media interviews he's been doing as he continues to promote the new Led Zeppelin reissue series, which launched earlier this month with the release of expanded editions of the band's first three albums - "Led Zeppelin I", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" - each with a companion disc of bonus material.

Kate Bush Spent Three Days In A Flotation Tank For Video

(Prog) Kate Bush spent three days in a flotation tank to film video scenes for her upcoming London residency - in a bid to ensure the experiencing is breathtaking for her audience. The idea came up after she was photographed in a buoyancy aid for the promotional material, a concept inspired by her piece The Ninth Wave from 1985. She recently said: "It's about a woman who's lost at sea, but is rescued in the end. Months ago I thought that, as part of the show centres around the musical piece, it would hopefully make a dramatic shot." Bush then decided to take it further by filming scenes that show her being rescued by a helicopter. A source tells the Mirror: "Kate wants the show to be out of this world - so she hired an underwater stage which is fitted with a wave machine and special lighting."