Classic Rock News

Kansas Lead Singer Steve Walsh Leaving The Group After Sioux City Concert

Classic rock band Kansas revealed to fans that lead singer Steve Walsh will be leaving the group and his final performance with the band will be taking place next month. The band posted the following message to their Facebook page on Wednesday, "On June 30, 2014, Steve Walsh informed the members of Kansas that he is resigning from the band. "His last performance with Kansas will be August 16, 2014, in Sioux City, Iowa, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. As Kansas continues on, the band wishes Steve only the best in his future endeavors, and thanks him for the 41 years." The Sioux City date is the final stop in the band's current leg of their summer tour. They are scheduled to return to the road on September 12th and have dates scheduled until early November. This is no word yet on who will be taking over lead vocals in the band

Gregg Allman Hospitalized

Allman Brothers Band legend Gregg Allman has reportedly checked himself into a hospital for an undisclosed illness, forcing him to cancel or postpone several concerts. Allman's official site and Facebook made no mention of the hospitalization as of Wednesday night, but his Facebook page did announce that Tuesday night's concert in Boise, ID had been postponed with the new date to be announced. The news of the hospitalization came from a report from Oregon Live. The publication reported that Allman checked himself into a hospital on Monday but did not indicate what caused the veteran rocker to do so. Peter Dammann, the artistic director of the Waterfront Blues Festival, said on Monday that Allman was canceling his entire tour including Sunday's appearance at the festival. "He decided to cancel the gig tonight in Boise yesterday," Dammann said on Monday. "This morning I called up his agent and said, 'What's going on?' They said, 'We're evaluating, we'll get back to you.' "A couple hours later, I got a note from management that said, 'We're canceling the whole tour.' They didn't give us any specifics on what's happening with Gregg."

Foreigner and Styx Tour Buses Catch Fire

( Two tour buses for Foreigner and Styx's Soundtrack of Summer Tour were damaged in a fire at a parking facility in Philadelphia on Wednesday, according to the local CBS affiliate. CBS Philadelphia reports that "the fire started shortly after noon at a tour bus parking facility at 2nd and Callowhill Streets near Penn's Landing" and the station has video footage showing the rear of one tour bus engulfed in flames and another nearby bus also on fire. Firefighters were on the scene quickly and were able to put out the fires. The buses were not occupied and both bands reported via their social media pages that no one was hurt and the fires would not disrupt their tour plans. Styx reassured fans on Wednesday, posting on Facebook, "Thank you for all of the tweets, messages, and comments. We're all okay and the buses were not occupied. No one was hurt. Also, the show is still on for tomorrow evening in Camden, NJ." .

Almost 150 Rare Bob Dylan Acetates Discovered

(Gibson) Nearly 150 previously unknown acetates of songs Bob Dylan was working on at the turn of the '70s have been discovered. As reported by Rolling Stone, the acetates were made by Dylan as he was recording the 1969 album, Nashville Skyline, and the 1970 albums Self Portrait and New Morning. The recordings, which are currently in the hands of collector Jeff Gold, previously belonged to a woman who owned the Greenwich Village building where Dylan had rented a room to use as a studio. It's assumed Dylan simply left the acetates at that location when he moved out of the space. The material includes alternate mixes, alternate takes and a handful of never-before-released outtakes. Among the latter are electric versions of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues," and a gospel-tinged take of "Tomorrow is a Long Time." Columbia Records owns the master tapes for Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait and New Morning, but it's likely the newly discovered acetates are the only sources for the in-progress mixes.

Ian Gillan To Sing Smoke On Water With 1000s of Guitarists

(Classic Rock) Deep Purple's Ian Gillan is backing a world record attempt for the most number of amateur guitarists playing at the same time. The singer will take a break from Deep Purple's world tour to front Guitars On The Beach, the massive attempt on the world record for the greatest number of guitarists simultaneously playing one song together - with the band's classic Smoke On The Water one of the songs being performed. It will take place on Lyme Regis beach on Saturday, September 6. Gillan - who has sold more than 100 million albums and has a home in the Dorset seaside town - astonished organisers by volunteering to take part. After hearing that organizers were planning to include the Deep Purple hit in the set of songs for the giant beach band to perform, he sent them a note saying: "I hear you might be doing Smoke with the massed guitars and if that is the case I thought I'd offer my services if you need a singer." Guitars On The Beach organizer Geoff Baker says: "My jaw hit the floor. This is sensational news."

Genesis Cofounder Anthony Phillips Releasing Box Set

(Classic Rock) Genesis founding guitarist Anthony Phillips has signed to Esoteric Recordings and will release a 5CD retrospective box set later this year. Phillips founded Genesis alongside Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks with whom he recorded the albums From Genesis To Revelation and Trespass. Since leaving the group in 1970, he has worked on a range of projects including solo albums The Geese And The Ghost, Wise After The Event, Slow Dance, 1984 and Field Day. He has to date also released 10 albums in the "Private Parts And Pieces" series and four volumes in the Missing Links series. His back catalogue will be celebrated with the release of a 5CD deluxe boxed set in October entitled Harvest Of The Heart. It will feature recordings made between 1969 and the present day. In addition, the set will include 10 previously unreleased songs and the rare track Compression by Mike Rutherford - previously unreleased on CD - which features Anthony and was the B-side to Mike's 1980 single Working In Line.