Classic Rock News

New Van Halen Music Speculation

(hennemusic) An online photo of Eddie Van Halen visiting a mastering studio in Los Angeles has surfaced, fueling speculation about possible activity in the Van Halen camp. "Eddie Van Halen came by to visit Howie at his studio," read the post on the Facebook page of the Howie Weinberg Mastering Studio. Weinberg mastered Van Halen's 2012 album, "A Different Kind Of Truth." The world renowned mastering engineer's resume includes 4 Grammy nominations, 4 TEC Awards, over 3000 releases, 200 Gold Records and an estimated quarter of a billion records sold. Earlier this year, reports indicated the band were actively working on new music. In February, Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti confirmed activity when he was asked about new music from his solo project, Tremonti - which now includes bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. "With Wolfgang in the band now," said the guitarist "he does a lot of work with Van Halen right now, they're putting together a new album, so it's going to be hard to get everybody's schedules to line up.

KISS Announce Las Vegas Residency

( KISS announced their first-ever residency in Las Vegas. From Nov. 5-23, "KISS Rocks Vegas" will take over The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The shows will play to a much smaller audience than KISS is used to: The Joint will seat about 3,200 for these shows. Paul Stanley told USA Today, "Usually, going into a smaller venue means eliminating things. "The great thing about going into The Joint, it gives us the opportunity to add. Much in the same way as a Broadway show, when you have a permanent installation, you're not breaking down every night to travel. So we can do things we wouldn't normally do." "What happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas, not if we have anything to do with it. We intend to blow the roof off the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino," Gene Simmons said in a press release.

Metallica Show Their Comic Side In ESPN Commercial
( ESPN released their hilarious new "This Is Sports Center" promotional ad today, starring none other than Metallica. The 30-second TV commercial will air today during ESPN's coverage of the All-Star Game Home Run Derby. The spot plays off Metallica's now nascent relationship to New York Yankee Mariano Rivera. Now retired, Rivera was known for his entering the field to Metallica's "Enter Sandman." The song became so synonymous with the baseball great that when Rivera retired, the band flew in to perform the song at the ceremony. According to ESPN, the track was so married to Rivera that the Hard Rock retired the song from the music system at "all Hard Rock-branded restaurants, hotels and casinos worldwide with the exception of Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium." As if the band is now suddenly out of job, the ESPN spot portrays the band as no longer having anything do to. The ad begins with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich pitching athletes and coaches on using their songs as entrance music. Sadly, no one is interested. Putting the nail in the coffin is ESPN anchor Stuart Scott's break room run-in with Kirk Hammett. Scott detaches a piece of paper from the bulletin board and uses it to wad up and throw away his gum, only to realize it was a flier for Hammett's guitar lessons.

Ex-Alice Cooper Guitarist Dick Wagner Recovering From Heart Surgery

(TeamRock Radio) Former Alice Cooper guitarist Dick Wagner is recovering in hospital after heart surgery. The 71-year-old was last week admitted after complaining of breathing problems and later underwent surgery to 'clean up' an artery. The work improved blood flow to the heart by 30%. However, he remains under observation after developing a severe lung infection. Dick's son Robert says via Facebook: "Prayers are welcome right about now. My dad is still in the hospital with a deep lung infection. Tomorrow they will 'wash' his lungs. Doesn't sound fun, but I'm hoping it works and he can breathe again."

Deep Purple MK III Lineup Live Album Coming

() "Graz 1975," a new live album from Deep Purple's classic MK III lineup, is set to be released on September 23rd on CD, digitally and as a 2LP vinyl set. This will mark the first time the entire concert has been released. We were sent these details: On April 3, 1975 the Mk III line-up of Deep Purple - guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, frontman David Coverdale, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, keyboard player Jon Lord and drummer Ian Paice - performed at the Liebenauer ice rink, located on the outskirts of mountain-cradled Graz, Austria's second largest city after Vienna. Enthused by Deep Purple's arrival in town, the local press dubbed the concert "das Rockereignis des Jahres [the rock event of the year]". And it was - in more ways than one. After Graz, Deep Purple would play just two more shows - in Saarbr├╝cken, Germany and Paris, France - before Blackmore left to form his new band, Rainbow. The remaining band members would regroup quickly with American guitarist Tommy Bolin in tow. In order to preserve Blackmore's final run of Mk III concerts for posterity, Deep Purple's managers had brought the Rolling Stones mobile recording studio over to mainland Europe. And what a show it was! Graz 1975 is absolutely electrifying and exhilarating. Indeed, it has long been regarded as the holy grail of concert recordings among Mk III connoisseurs. A performance that has never been available in its entirety until now. Kicking off with a blazing performance of "Burn," Graz 1975 is a wild eight-track ride, firing on all pistons. Blackmore plays with controlled brutality. The vocal interplay between Coverdale and Hughes has never sounded so good. And, of course, stalwarts Lord and Paice give it a good kicking - and then some. The track listing, naturally, is weighted heavily in favor of Mk III recordings, with just two songs from Deep Purple's previous incarnation with Ian Gillan on vocals and Roger Glover on bass: the iconic "Smoke On The Water" and the almost-as-iconic "Space Truckin'." Still, it's true to say that, from beginning to end, Graz 1975 showcases Deep Purple Mk III at the absolute top - and also, ironically, at the end - of their game.

Joe Bonamassa Releases Different Shades Of Blue Video

(Classic Rock) Joe Bonamassa has launched a music video for the title track of upcoming album "Different Shades Of Blue", which will be his first album featuring all original material. The 11-track record is due in September 22 and sees the bluesman back at work with producer Kevin Shirley, alongside organist Reese Wynans, bassist Carmine Rojas and Michael Rhodes, and drummer Anton Fig. Bonamassa recently said: "I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album. I've really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it - and I feel like I owe them an original record after all these years."

Video From Aerosmith Tour Kick Off Goes Online

(hennemusic) Aerosmith launched the North American leg of the Let Rock Rule tour at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York on Thursday, and fan-filmed video from opening night has surfaced. The Boston rockers opened their 18-song set with the 1976 track, "Back in The Saddle", before running through a mix of classics from their 1970s and 1980s catalogue. The group performed one track, "Freedom Fighter", from their latest album, "Music From Another Dimension", featuring Joe Perry on lead vocals. Slash joins Aerosmith for the trek, which runs to September 9 in Clarkson, Michigan.

Yes Release 'In A World Of Our Own' Lyric Video

(hennemusic) Yes have released a lyric video for "In A World Of Our Own", a track from their new album, "Heaven & Earth." The project is the band's first record with singer Jon Davison, who joined the lineup in 2012. The album was produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, The Cars, Foreigner, Alice Cooper), while longtime Yes associate Roger Dean handled the cover art. Yes recently launched a US tour to support the project. The shows see the band performing two albums in their entirety - 1971's "Fragile" (for the first-time ever) and a repeat performance from last year's tour of 1972's "Close To The Edge" - followed by an encore of their greatest hits.