Classic Rock News

Guns N' Roses Taking A Break, Not Retiring

Longtime Guns N' Roses keyboard player Dizzy Reed set the record straight on the band's upcoming plans and addressed the recent "retirement" rumor in a new interview with Billboard. The rumor was sparked in May by an online gossip website claiming that an unnamed source told them that Axl Rose was considering retirement following the band's recent Las Vegas residency. Reed addressed the report during the interview. "You know, so much of that crap gets out there, you can't believe any of it," Reed told Billboard. "At this point, having been in the band for so long, nothing surprises me. "When I hear things like that I immediately dismiss them until I hear further. I'm never really concerned enough to even ask where it came from, or why, because if it's that important I'll be getting a phone call." Reed did confirm that the band is taking some time off following the recent end of their residency but vows that they will be back. "Guns are definitely taking some time off, but we'll see. I'm not sure if we're gonna be doing anything else this year. Hopefully we will, but definitely next year. We can't stay away too long." As for new music, Axl Rose recently confirmed in an interview with Revolver Magazine that Guns N' Roses has a wealth of material. "We recorded a lot of things before 'Chinese' was out," Axl said. "We've worked more on some of those things and we've written a few new things. But basically, we have what I call kind of the second half of 'Chinese'. That's already recorded. "And then we have a remix album made of the songs from 'Chinese'. That's been done for a while, too. But after Vegas, we're going to start looking very seriously at what we're doing in that regard." Reed also talked about that material but also said that the band members have been working on additional material. "We've all been handing files back and forth to one another in various combinations," he said. Read the Billboard report for more details as well as for Reed's plans while GNR take a break here.

The Kinks Blast Claims Jimmy Page Played On 'You Really Got Me'

(hennemusic) The Kinks have called out the BBC over a new Radio 2 documentary that claims Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page played on their signature song and 1964 hit, "You Really Got Me." "BBC TELLS LIES ABOUT DAVE DAVIES AND THE KINKS IN THEIR NEW DOCUMENTARY," Dave Davies posted on the band's Facebook page. "PLEASE TWEET YOUR COMMENTS AT BBC DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER @KELLIEREDMOND @dannybaker5live AND @BBCRadio2 . Tell them to get their facts straight...I, Dave Davies, invented the distorted guitar sound and played the solo on You Really Got Me and Ray Davies played rhythm guitar. We never used ANY other guitarists on any Kinks hits." A session musician at the time, Page has always maintained that he did not play on the song, which hit No. 1 in the UK and No. 7 in the US.

Steve Hackett Addresses Genesis Reunion Rumors

(Classic Rock) Steve Hackett says he is open to the idea of a Genesis reunion, although he insists there are no such plans in place. The guitarist took to Twitter to address rumors of a reunion of the original line-up of the prog rock heroes. The five musicians – Hackett, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford – have been spending time together for the recording of an upcoming BBC documentary called Genesis: Together And Apart. But Hackett says: "To my knowledge there are no plans for a Genesis reformation including the five of us. We only met to be interviewed for the documentary." In a later tweet, he adds: "Yes I'm always open to the possibility of a reunion and I hope the others are too, but it's not currently on the table."

Randy Bachman Previews New Live Release 'Every Song Tells A Story'

(Chipster) Randy Bachman has announced an August 19th release date for 'Every Song Tells A Story,' his new fourteen-track CD/DVD set and has released a video teaser for the package. We were sent these details: There are few musicians who have penned as many anthemic rock tunes as Randy Bachman. Often referred to as the "architect of Canadian rock n' roll, Bachman's catalogue of hits include "American Woman," "These Eyes," "No Time," "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet," "Takin' Care of Business," and "Roll On Down the Highway." And now, Bachman himself offers thrilling in-concert renditions and earnest tales behind the creation of all of these classics (and many more), on 'Every Song Tells A Story.' Recorded in April 2013, at Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg, 'Every Song Tells A Story' features Bachman in a rare and intimate setting, weaving together the transcendent and iconic hits of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive with the often-humorous stories that originally brought the songs to life. Inspired by his award-winning radio program 'Vinyl Tap,' Bachman takes his master storytelling and voluminous musical knowledge on the road and leads fans on a guided journey that encapsulates the last 30 years of popular music presented by one of the greatest rock legends of our time. Check out the video preview here . A legendary figure in the rock and roll world through his talents as a guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer, Bachman has earned over 120 Platinum and Gold album and single awards, garnered the No. 1 spot at the top of radio play lists in over 20 countries and has amassed over 40 million records sold. Earlier this year, Bachman was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, as well, he received his second inauguration into the Canadian Musician's Hall of Fame when Bachman-Turner Overdrive are honoured at the 2014 JUNO Awards; The Guess Who were previously inducted in 2001.

Rare Version of Jim Croce Classics Set For Release

(Glass Onyon) Jim Croce's "Lost Time In A Bottle," a 24-track collection of rare versions of all his greatest hit songs, is set to be released on CD on July 22nd. A two disc vinyl version will be released at a later date. We were sent these details: "Lost Time In A Bottle," will feature rare versions of classic Croce songs including "Time In A Bottle," "Operator," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" and "I Got A Name." Between the years 1966 and 1973, Croce released a mere five studio albums and 11 singles, 2 of which made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Sadly, we lost this incredible artist on September 20, 1973. His body of work however has lived on in a timeless state as new fans and old have embraced the incredible songwriting that has made him into the legend that he is today. Included on Lost Time In A Bottle, is a previously unreleased radio concert from Cazenovia College in 1964. Recorded near the beginning of Jim's career, it is a marvelous showcase of the storytelling skills and sparkling personality that the world would soon come to love.

The Beatles: The Night That Changed America Earns 6 Emmy Nominations

(hennemusic) "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations on Thursday, reports music industry magazine Billboard. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up for Outstanding Variety Special and in the categories of direction (Gregg Gelfand), music direction (Don Was), writing (Ken Ehrlich, David Wild), lighting design and sound mixing. The 2-hour show featured today's top artists covering songs performed by the Fab Four on that momentous evening in 1964 and Beatles songs through the years, and included footage from that landmark Sunday evening.

Jimi Hendrix Documentary Receives Two Emmy Nominations

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin', the documentary about the life of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix that aired on PBS late last year, has received two Emmy nominations. The film which is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray was nominated for the Emmy for "Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming" and also for the "Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming" Emmy. The DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film also contain a multitude of bonus features that were never aired during the PBS television broadcast. We were sent these details: Miami Pop Festival (5.1 Stereo): Never before released color film footage of the group's legendary May 18, 1968 festival performance, including "Foxey Lady," "Tax Free," and "Fire" in addition to interviews with festival promoter Michael Lang and engineer Eddie Kramer. New York Pop Festival (5.1 Stereo): Never before released color film footage of the group's July 17, 1970 festival performance, including "Message To Love," "Lover Man," "All Along The Watchtower," "Purple Haze," and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)". Love & Peace Festival: Newly discovered film footage of Jimi Hendrix's final performance on September 6, 1970 at the Isle Of Fehmarn, Germany. Includes "Killing Floor," "Spanish Castle Magic," "All Along The Watchtower" and "Foxey Lady". Top Of The Pops: March 30, 1967 appearance featuring the group performing "Purple Haze"