Classic Rock News

88 Early Jimi Hendrix Recording To Be Released

(BM) More rare Jimi Hendrix recordings will be released over the next three years. We were sent these details: Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings have announced that they have acquired the full and complete rights to 88 studio and live recordings made by Curtis Knight & The Squires featuring Jimi Hendrix in 1965-1967. They announced that they plan on releasing these historic recordings--properly mixed, mastered and annotated--in definitive new editions, curated and remastered under the direction of Eddie Kramer (Hendrix's long-time sound engineer) over the next three years. The total buyout of these master recordings places a historic exclamation point following decades of litigation between Jimi Hendrix, Ed Chalpin and PPX Enterprises. All 88 tracks recorded by Chalpin and PPX from 1965-1967 are finally under complete ownership and control of Experience Hendrix LLC. In the early 1960s, before launching a solo career that continues to influence pop, rock and soul music, Jimi Hendrix was a little known sideman, working for short periods with a variety of artists including the Isley Brothers, Don Covay, Little Richard and the Harlem-based R&B combo Curtis Knight & The Squires. Ed Chalpin was an entrepreneur and record producer who founded PPX International, Inc, in 1960; PPX specialized in providing backing tracks for movies, TV shows, trailers and commercials, working with a variety of artists, producers, directors, music supervisors, record companies, and production companies. During his tenure as a guitarist for the Squires, Curtis Knight introduced Hendrix to Chalpin. On October 15, 1965, Chalpin inked a notorious three-year recording contract--for $1.00 and a 1% royalty--with Jimi (then "Jimmy") Hendrix and Curtis Knight & The Squires that would prove endlessly problematic, once the guitarist hit big with his own group, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, in 1967. Knight's single releases featuring Hendrix as a sideman did not enjoy commercial success and the guitarist relocated to Greenwich Village where he formed Jimmy James & The Blue Flames in 1966. Animals bassist Chas Chandler discovered Hendrix performing at the Café Wha? as Jimmy James that summer and offered to take him to London.

Gregg Allman Biopic Executive Producer Turns Himself In To Police

( Jay Sedrish, the executive producer and production manager of Midnight Rider, the now-suspended Gregg Allman biopic, turned himself in to Wayne County, Ga., police on Thursday (July 17) following his July 3 grand jury indictment on charges of involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing related to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Sedrish was charged, along with the film's director Randall Miller and fellow producer Jody Savin in the death of Jones, who was struck and killed by a train on the set of the film in February. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Sedrish was released after posting $27,700 bond. Involuntary manslaughter is a felony carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison under Georgia law. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor punishable by no more than a year in prison. Jones died in an onset incident during the filming of Midnight Rider on Feb. 20, while the crew was shooting a sequence on railroad tracks, which they apparently did not have permission to do

Gene Simmons Says There Is No Chance Of KISS Reunion

(hennemusic) Gene Simmons that there is no chance of the original KISS lineup ever reuniting, despite their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this past spring. "Not a chance," Simmons tells the Tampa Tribune. "We've already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn't be fair to Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer]. It wouldn't be right." He also discussed the Rock Hall induction: "We have no reason to complain," explains the bassist. "We're the luckiest sons of bitches to walk the face of the Earth. If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame added us or didn't, it didn't matter to us. We only did the induction with Ace [Frehley] and Peter [Criss] because the fans wanted it. But it was a slap in the face that they didn't acknowledge Tommy and Eric. They've been in the band longer than Ace and Peter. If the Grateful Dead can have 10 members in and out of the band and a lyricist, who was never in the band in the Hall, how can you explain that? Or how can the E Street Band get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The E Street Band? Well, then why not the Silver Bullet Band or the Heartbreakers. I don't get it." Asked how he might change the Rock Hall if given the chance, Simmons says, "The first thing I would do is move the bodies buried in the wrong place."

Rolling Stones Hint At Future Plans

(Classic Rock) Guitarist Keith Richards has hinted in a new online video for fans that the Rolling Stones are planning more work after they complete their 2014 commitments. Speaking in a video released to thank their European fans for support during their recent tour, the guitarist says: "This band is really picking up steam now - there's something in the air." While his bandmates make equally positive-sounding comments without committing to anything, Richards adds: "Our strength lies in being together. There's a certain chemistry. I can't put my finger on it - if I knew the answer I'd bottle it and sell it. "It's been a real buzz. I think I may keep this job on."

AC/DC's Phil Rudd Releases Lyric Video For Solo Track

(Classic Rock) AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has released a lyric video for his track Repo Man, taken from solo album Head Job. It's set for launch in August, and Rudd has described it as "All Phil, no filler," adding: "We didn't put anything on there that we didn't like. I hope everyone thinks it's a great album from start to finish - because that's the idea." The band includes Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin, who recorded vocals, guitar and bass, while Rudd produced the record in his newly-built studio in Taurange, New Zealand. AC/DC have just completed work on a new album, without input from Malcolm Young, who's taking time out due to illness. Rudd says: "We're happy to have it done, and it's all very good."

ESPN Release Metallica Bloopers Video

(hennemusic) ESPN are sharing a bloopers video of outtakes from Metallica's new commercial for SportsCenter. The ad is based on the premise that the guys from Metallica don't have much to do since New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera retired, so they offer their assistance to others at ESPN. Last September, Metallica performed their 1991 classic "Enter Sandman" on Mariano Rivera Day at Yankee Stadium as the pitcher prepared to retire at the end of the 2013 season. Rivera - known as The Sandman - entered the field from the bullpen to the Metallica classic since 1999. "This one's for you Mariano," yelled frontman James Hetfield as the band kicked into the song, with the singer and bassist Robert Trujillo sporting Yankees jerseys for the occasion. Metallica's stage amps featured the band's name in the classic Yankees logo font, along with the number 42 and "Sandman" visible on stage.

Johnny Depp Jams With Aerosmith In Boston

(hennemusic) Aerosmith were joined by actor Johnny Depp for the finale of their show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Wednesday, and video of the guest performance is available. Depp teamed up with the Boston rockers to play their version of Tiny Bradshaw's "Train Kept A-Rollin'", the final tune of a 19-song set. The actor has previously joined the band for "Train" before, including an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012. The Mansfield stop was part of the North Aerican leg of Aerosmith's Let Rock Rule tour, which sees the band on the road this summer with Slash.

Weird Al Explains Kurt Cobain's Reaction To Nirvana Parody

(Classic Rock) Weird Al Yankovic has spoken about his conversation with Kurt Cobain after the prankster decided to record a parody of Nirvana hit Smells Like Teen Spirit. In an video interview with Loudwire, Yankovic says he was nervous about asking the Nirvana frontman for permission, but that Cobain was "cool" with the idea. He says: "I remember that phone conversation very well - I wish I had recorded it, it would have been a nice little piece of history. I was very nervous, and I didn't know how he would take my requesting the parody. But he was extremely cool. I just told him, 'hey, it's Weird Al Yankovic and I would love to do a parody of Smells Like Teen Spirit.' "His initial reaction was, 'oh, is it going to be a song about food?', because a lot of my hits at that time were. I explained it's about how nobody could understand his lyrics. There was probably half a beat on the phone and he said, 'yeah, yeah - sounds like a funny idea.'"

Al Kooper's Super Session Getting SACD Reissue

(Classic Rock) Al Kooper's 5.1 remix of his iconic 1968 Super Session album is to be released as a limited-edition Audio Fidelity title. The hybrid SACD disc, which can be played in standard CD players, is set to offer listeners a new take on the recording that features Kooper, Steven Stills, Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg and 'Fast' Eddie Hoh. Stills and Goldberg recorded on different days and didn't perform together until last year, when they formed blues supergroup The Rides with Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Former Blood, Sweat & Tears man Kooper says: "I always wanted to mix this in 5.1 - I finished it in 2006, and it's been sitting there until Audio Fidelity released it from captivity. It's the first album I ever mixed in 5.1. Surround Sound allows the listener to get up close to each musician and hear details you can't hear in stereo. Hope ya like details - I do!"

Blondie Member Says Debbie Harry Hinted About Retirement

(Classic Rock) Blondie drummer Clem Burke says frontwoman Debbie Harry has hinted at retirement - and he knows the band can't go on without her. Rumours circulated in July last year that the vocalist, now 69, was considering ending her career. Those reports were slammed in a band statement which said: "No plans to stop - don't believe everything you read." Now the NME reports the drummer saying: "By the time we get to Vancouver we'll have toured Europe, played Glastonbury and done a number of big festivals in North America. "As for the rumours of the last tour, we've decided we'll live for ever. But Debbie is older than me and has hinted it could be time. Obviously without her, there is no Blondie."