Classic Rock News

Early Remixed Tommy Bolin Recordings Set For Release

(Classic Rock) Zephyr's 1969 debut album, featuring Tommy Bolin, has been remixed, remastered and will be released early next month. Following on the back of a limited edition 3-CD box set of the album, which sold out upon release in May, comes this remastered version which will be released on August 5. The album was remixed by founding member and bassist David Givens, who was joined in the band by guitarist Bolin, Candy Givens on vocals/harmonica, pianist John Faris and drummer Robbie Chamberlin. Speaking about the forthcoming release, Givens says: "For the first time you can hear what we heard before everything went wrong. I'm happy with the results." Along with the remastered tracks, the album features unreleased live material, studio improvisations and two of Bolin's freeform jams which were unearthed during the process of remixing the album.

Paul McCartney, Joe Perry and Alice Cooper Secret Project

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry revealed that he went into the studio with Beatles legend Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp to record for a "private" project. Perry made the revelation during an interview with The Chicago Sun-Times. He said, "I did a [recording] session with Paul McCartney a month and a half ago for a private thing," Perry told the paper earlier this week. "I met him once or twice [over the years] to say hello. "To spend 6 or 8 hours in studio with him recording! He makes you feel like [you're recording with just another guy]. He just happens to be a mother--g huge talent! Everyone's in the room at once; you play until you get a good take." When asked what it was like to play with McCartney, Perry said, " It's the great ego leveler. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids. Paul was really nice. He's all about business [when he's recording]. At 72 he can still hit all those notes." Perry wasn't ready to offer up details about why they were all in the studio together. He said, "It's a project that were keeping under wraps for now. There will be [an announcement when the time is right]."

Rare Early AC/DC Single Fetches Almost $4500

(hennemusic) A copy of AC/DC's rare 7" single for the original version of "Can I Sit Next To You, Girl" featuring their original singer has sold for almost $4,500 USD on eBay. ACDCCollector reports the single, which features original singer Dave Evans on vocals, is featured on a New Zealand-only Polydor label pressing, b/w "Rockin' In The Parlour." The 7" single sold for $4,471 USD on the popular auction site. Originally recorded and released in 1974, "Can I Sit Next to You, Girl" is the band's debut single. The song presents Evans on lead vocals, Malcolm and Angus Young on guitars, older brother George Young (The Easybeats) on bass and ex-Masters Apprentices member Colin Burgess on drums. AC/DC re-wrote and re-recorded the song with new singer Bon Scott, and reissued it on the 1975 Australia-only album, "T.N.T."; it later appeared on the international version of the "High Voltage" album in 1976.

Stevie Nicks Announces 24 Karat Gold Album Release

( Stevie Nicks has a new album on the way, but it's actually not that new. According to Rolling Stone, her upcoming release 24 Karat Gold - Songs from the Vault will be out Oct. 7 on Warner Bros. and will feature songs written by Nicks between 1969 and 1987, along with another two that were written in 1994 and 1995. In a recent interview, Nicks decided to revisit the previously lost songs after checking out the bootlegs on YouTube. "We went onto YouTube and we found all the songs that, somehow, were taken from my house or picked up or loaned out or whatever … and we went to Nashville (and recorded them)," Nicks said. "So they're like all starting from like 1969 maybe? I call them my 24 karat gold songs." Nicks has a surprise in store for vinyl fans, who will be able to grab a copy of a limited edition double LP on Sept. 29. "Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," Nicks said in a statement. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories - the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you."

Judas Priest Share Story Behind New Song Snakebite

(hennemusic) Judas Priest are sharing the story behind "Snakebite", one of the tracks found on their new album, "Redeemer Of Souls," which gave the band the first US Top 10 album of their career. "Just a great live song," says guitarist Glenn Tipton. "I think it will be fantastic to play it live. It's a little bit like 'You've Got Another Thing Coming…it's got that sort of vibe going for it. But a great live track. It's a track written for the audience and it does the job." The 17th release by the UK metal legends debuted at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 with 33,000 copies sold; the band previously peaked at No 11 with 2008's "Nostradamus."

ZZ Top Release Live Gimme All Your Lovin' Video From New DVD

(hennemusic) ZZ Top have issued a performance of the 1983 "Eliminator" classic, "Gimme All Your Lovin'", from their newly-released package, "Live At Montreux 2013." Available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats, the set captures the Texas trio in concert at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland on July 10, 2013. The set features a blend of tracks from classic early '70s ZZ Top albums such as "Tres Hombres" and "Fandango" through their '80s blockbuster period with "Eliminator" and "Afterburner", up to their most recent release and return to their blues roots with 2012's "La Futura." A few days ago, ZZ Top announced that they have been forced to postpone the start of their summer US tour following news that bassist Dusty Hill will undergo surgery to remove two kidney stones this week.

Mark Slaughter Working On Solo Album

(Classic Rock) Mark Slaughter, the lead vocalist for multi-platinum-selling band Slaughter, has revealed that he is working with producer Michael Wagener on his first solo album. Not content with simply laying down vocals for the as-yet-untitled album, Slaughter is playing all instruments, with the exception of drums, which will be provided by Mark Goodin. Speaking about the project, Slaughter says: "My band have been playing with Vince Neil for a while now and while they've been doing that, I've been writing and recording songs. I have really been doing this for the love of writing music." Some of the music won't be what people might expect.

Fashion Rocks Featuring KISS and More To Be Broadcast Live on TV

(hennemusic) KISS have been announced as one of the performers set to appear at Fashion Rocks in New York this fall. The lone rockers on the bill so far, KISS will perform alongside Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, Miranda Lambert, Nico & Vinz, Rita Ora, The Band Perry, Usher and more. Mixing fashion and music, Fashion Rocks will be broadcast live from the Barclays Center in New York on Tuesday, September 9 on the CBS television network (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). "Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before," said Richard Beckman, CEO of Three Lions Entertainment and executive producer of the broadcast. "For the first time, we'll air the event live during Fashion Week from Barclays Center. It will be a spectacular affair, featuring some of the world's most talented musicians as well as today's hottest fashions."