Classic Rock News

Pink Floyd Releasing First New Album In 20 Years

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd are set to release their first new album in 20 years this fall. Guitarist David Gilmour's wife and Floyd lyricist Polly Samson broke the news on Twitter on Saturday. Samson posted the following tweet, "Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called 'The Endless River'. Based on 1994 sessions is Rick Wright's swansong and very beautiful." The project marks the group's first release since 1994's "The Division Bell." Keyboardist Wright died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65. The news follows reports this spring that Gilmour was in the studio working on a new solo album, which backup singer Durga McBroom-Hudson now reveals was for the new Floyd album. "The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled 'The Big Spliff' that [drummer] Nick Mason spoke about)," she wrote. "Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then." "It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks," she added. "David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them."

Gregg Allman Biopic Filmmakers Indicted for Involuntary Manslaughter

Three filmmakers that were involved in the Gregg Allman biopic, Midnight Rider, have been indicted for involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass, following the death of a crew member during filming in February. Filmmakers Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish were all charged in Georgia's Wayne County Superior Court on Thursday, July 3rd over an accident which left seven crew members injured and 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones dead. Filming of a dream sequence for the movie was underway on train tracks in Doctortown Landing, Georgia when a train unexpectedly crossed a trestle bridge, causing the fatality and the injuries and the producers of the film reportedly had not secured permission to film on the tracks, according to media reports. ABC reports that a grand jury impaneled last Wednesday returned an indictment against the married couple Miller and Savin, who own the company that was producing the film, and Sedrish, who was an executive producer and unit production manager.

Black Sabbath Play Final Concert Of 13 World Tour

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath played the final show of a world tour in support of "13" with a performance in London's Hyde Park on Friday, and fan-filmed video from the event is available. The band opened with their 1970 classic, "War Pigs", before running through a 13-song hit-filled set that featured only two tracks from the latest project. Black Sabbath were joined by a lineup that included Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead, Soulfly and Wolfmother, among others. "Thank you to everyone for coming to see us on this tour," posted guitarist Tony Iommi after the concert. "It was a pleasure to play for you." Video footage from the show can be seen here. Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has posted a video message to fans on the eve of the performance. "Hello everybody. I wanna thank you for all your messages on Facebook. It's been great," says Iommi. "We've had a laugh, and some of them have been really great and very supportive. Thanks so much. I am at home at the moment, about to leave for Hyde Park, which we'll play tomorrow (July 4), and I'm really looking forward to that." "The tour has been marvelous; we've had a great year, and you couldn't wish for better," he added. "It's been phenomenal ,and you've been phenomenal. And thanks for coming to the shows and being supportive. Thank you very much and we'll see you on the next tour. Thank you very much."

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Gets Married

(hennemusic) Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell married his longtime girlfriend Caitlin Phaneuf on Friday and also explained to fans why he received a "buzz" haircut. "My girl and I got married yesterday," posted Campbell on Saturday. "We had a great ceremony featuring family and friends and the Leppard band and crew. So happy! Pictures to follow." He also shared an update on his ongoing battle with the return of his Hodgkin's lymphoma. "In other news, I have to buzz cut my hair as I'm leaving most of it on my pillow due to the new chemo I just started," he wrote. "I'll be sporting a new 'do' tonight in Irvine [California]." Campbell and Def Leppard are currently on a summer tour of North America with KISS, which wraps up August 31; he'll then be able to refocus his energies on more treatment.

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page Receives 02 Silver Clef Awards Honor

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was honored at the 02 Silver Clef Awards in London on Friday. Other artists honored at the 02 Silver Clef Awards included Black Sabbath, Sir Tom Jones and Giorgio Moroder. The July 4 event at the London Hilton saw music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins present Page with the 02 Silver Clef Award for his outstanding contribution to UK music. "It's a real honor and a privilege to get an award," said Page on the event's red carpet, "especially from Nordoff-Robbins because that is actively about music - that's exactly what it's about. It's about the power of music; about the communication through music and the healing process of music. It's a profound program that they have." "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," he recently told The Daily Herald. "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."

The Cars' Ric Ocasek In The Studio For Candy-O 35th Anniversary

The latest episode of the syndicated radio show InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of The Cars hit sophomore album "Candy-O." The show sent over these details: The Cars first album accelarated slowly from its Spring 1978 release. The Boston based band was quickly tagged as a New Wave group, a kinda catch-all description of modern rock music that owed little to the Blues, Elvis, the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin. The Cars instead sited influences like the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed, plus Iggy Pop as prototypes for The Cars angular alternative sound. But unlike the Velvets or Iggy, The Cars were mainstream. By the July 4th 1979 holiday, a scant fourteen months after The Cars' debut album all eyes and ears were trained upon the quintet's next model, Candy-O. "Let's Go", "Since I Held You", "It's All I Can Do", "Dangerous Type" "Got a Lot on My Head" and the title track "Candy-O" would send sparks to the cylinders, resulting in two Top 40 hits and four million albums sold. Cars frontman Ric Ocasek shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his belief about the movement of music. "I think you should be able to dance to every song. I always thought moving to a song was part of the mental attitude one should have. Not necessarily prescribed sorta dance steps, but basically movement. I always thought things were rhythmic in a way you could dance to, even if they were ballads."

Def Leppard's Phil Collen Dresses Up In Gene Simmons' KISS Costume

(hennemusic) KISS are sharing photos of Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen wearing Gene Simmons' costume and bass during soundcheck at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California on Sunday. KISS recently launched a summer tour of North America with Def Leppard that will see the pair of classic rock acts hit more than 40 cities before wrapping up in Houston, Texas on August 31. The band's latest greatest hits package, "KISS 40", recently debuted at No. 30 on the US Billboard 200. The 40-track collection presents one song from every major album release by the group, live selections and "Reputation", an unreleased demo from 1977.

Video of Motley Crue Of Performing New Song Goes Online

(hennemusic) Motley Crue wrote a new song, "All Bad Things Must End", for their farewell tour and video of a performance of the forthcoming single at Summerfest in Milwaukee on July 4 has surfaced. In May, drummer Tommy Lee revealed the tune will be released as part of a new greatest hits package that will surface in sync with the group's final trek. "It's pretty heavy, but it's really melodic," Lee told Billboard. "It's definitely about this time right now with the band and what the feeling is and kind of all that wrapped into a song. I hate to say it's like a goodbye, but it definitely references our time here."