Classic Rock News

AC/DC Complete New Album

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has revealed that the band has completed work on their new studio album and that he wanted an unusual name for the effort. Johnson broke the news to TeamRock before a ceremony on Wednesday in Northumbria, where he was on hand to receive an honorary doctorate degree. The band recorded the album in Vancouver and Johnson says, "It was brilliant over there. We're done. I'm very excited and we've got some great songs." He also revealed that he "wanted to call the album Man Down. in reference to rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young who has been forced to take a leave from the band due to health issues. He adds, "But it's a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that."

Mike Portnoy Slams New Pink Floyd Album As Disrespectful

(Prog) Mike Portnoy has slammed news of a first Pink Floyd album in 20-years as "disrespectful". The former Dream Theater and current The Winery Dogs drummer is a self-proclaimed Floyd fanatic and he took to his official Facebook page to hit out at the news that Floyd will release new album The Endless River in October. He says: "What's this about a new Pink Floyd album? Last I checked, Waters is no longer in the band and Wright and Barrett are dead. If these are leftovers from The Division Bell sessions, then just put them on a The Division Bell special-edition release. "It's disrespectful to Roger and everything he built for all those years. Just do a solo album, Dave. In my opinion, the Pink Floyd heyday was Atom Heart Mother through The Wall, and those were mainly driven by Roger - conceptually, musically, everything."

Rolling Stones Planning a Museum?

(Gibson) Last week when the Rolling Stones visited Sweden for a stop on their 14 On Fire tour, Mick Jagger visited the ABBA museum in Stockholm. Jagger reportedly spent about 45 minutes being treated to a personal tour of the museum, which includes memorabilia like old stage costumes, and photographs. Jagger also got to take a look at the museum's "stage" where visitors can participate in ABBA karaoke together with holograms of the band. But the visit wasn't purely for the frontmans entertainment. Jagger and his band mates are reportedly looking in to the possibility of opening a similar museum for the Rolling Stones in London. "I had heard he wanted to build a similar thing in London. That is why he wanted to come here and look. He is planning a Rolling Stones museum," said former ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus about Jagger's visit according to the Daily Star. "It was an inspirational visit. Mick has saved lots of clothes which they can display," Ulvaeus continued. The Rolling Stones wrapped up their European tour with a gig at Denmark's Roskilde Festival on July 3. Next up for the band is a tour of Australia and New Zealand in October and November, to make up for shows that were postponed in the spring following the suicide of Jagger's longtime partner L'Wren Scott.

Deep Purple Reveal North American Tour Plans

Deep Purple had big news for North American fans on Tuesday. The band announced they will be launching a summer headlining tour of the U.S. and Canada next month. The band will be kicking off the month long trek on August 4th at the Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale, AZ and wrapping up the tour on August 31st in Hollywood, FL at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena. The legendary band are hitting the road in support of their latest studio album, "NOW What?!" which was released in April of last year. The band announced that they will be releasing a new radio single, "All The Time In The World," to celebrate the new tour.

Don Henley In The Studio For The End Of The Innocence Anniversary

The latest episode of the North American syndicated radio show In The Studio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Albums celebrates the 25th anniversary of Eagles legend Don Henley's third solo album, The End Of The Innocence. The show sent over these details: When the Eagles flew the coop in 1981, the members went their own ways for thirteen long years. Don Henley released his first solo album I Can't Stand Still in 1982 with the hit "Dirty Laundry", and then in 1984 he released Building the Perfect Beast which would go on to sell more than 4 million copies while garnering a Grammy Award. Don Henley was not quick to repeat that success, waiting a full five years before releasing, The End of the Innocence in the Summer of 1989, an album written in search of heroes and coming to grips with imperfect relationships. The album would score three Top 40 hits, "The Last Worthless Evening", "The Heart of the Matter" and the title track "The End of the Innocence", selling over six million domestically while winning another Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Don Henley shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the difference between being in a group and being a solo artist. "In a group like the Eagles you have to bow to the group as a whole...Now I'm totally responsible for everything that's on that record. In a way that's frightening, but on the other hand it's very freeing. I can do whatever I want and I don't mind taking the rap for it. People will know what my personality is by the songs that I write."

Journey's Jonathan Cain Reacts To Steve Perry's Live Return

(hennemusic) Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain is sharing his thoughts on former bandmate Steve Perry's recent return to the live stage after a 20-year absence. In the past couple of months, Perry teamed up with alternative rock band EELS to sing some Journey classics at shows in St. Paul, Minnesota, Washington, DC and Los Angeles, creating a major buzz and fueling speculation that he and Journey may reconnect. "I think it's great that he broke the ice and went out with the Eels and performed," Cain tells writer Michael Cavacini in a new interview. "I think it needed to happen. You get a monkey off your back. You get out in front of the people and feel what that feels like. I'm very happen for him that he has embraced this concept of, "This is who I am today and I don't sing like I used to sing." I think he'll enjoy it and embrace it." "He deserves to be out there on stage," he continued. "I think it's wonderful. I could never understand why he seemed to be in recluse mode, hiding away somewhere. When you're Steve Perry, one of the greatest voices of all time, you should be on a stage where you belong. So, good for him. I'm happy he's out there flexing his chops."

Metallica Release Live Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Video

(hennemusic) Metallica performed the "Master Of Puppets" classic "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" as part of the summer-long Rock In Rome festival in Italy on July 1st, and the band are now sharing video from the event. The footage also includes the band warming up in the tuning room, as well as "Blackened" from the show. Metallica were joined by Volbeat and Alice In Chains at the show, one of 20 such summer concerts in the Italian capital. 1986's "Master Of Puppets" was the band's third album and final one with bassist Cliff Burton, who died tragically in a tour bus accident in Sweden in September of that year.

Motley Crue Preview New Song 'All Bad Things' In Online Video

( Motley Crue has been quite adamant that they will be retiring as a band after next year - going so far as having all four members sign a formal "Cessation of Touring Agreement" effective at the end of 2015. However, they're still adding to their discography. On Monday, the posted a sizzle reel of the opening of the tour to their YouTube page, giving fans a minute long preview of the band's latest song, "All Bad Things." Seemingly an autobiographical track, Vince Neil seems to summarize the band's lack of critical acclaim and occasional infighting, wailing, "We were the bottom of the food chain! We never said we loved each other at all!" The track itself is classic Crue, with a crunch reminiscent of their 1987 album Girls! Girls! Girls!