Classic Rock News

Jon Bon Jovi Controversy Over Buffalo Bills Rumors

( An investment group that includes Jon Bon Jovi is looking to buy the NFL team the Buffalo Bills, according to The Hollywood Reporter. One of Bon Jovi's partners is Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NBA's Raptors and NHL's Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi is the former co-owner of the Arena Football League team the Philadelphia Soul. The Hollywood Reporter's article also notes that the group is looking to build a new stadium in the Toronto area, which, if true, would likely be met with its share of controversy. That's because under terms of the team's lease with the state and county, the Bills are not allowed to negotiate with anyone who, to their knowledge, has an intention of relocating the team before the end of the 2022 season, when the lease ends. The team is being sold following the death of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson in March. Although the Bon Jovi-led group has not said that the change in ownership would move the team from Buffalo, many believe that it is their intent to do so.

Black Stone Cherry Robbed

(Classic Rock) Black Stone Cherry have appealed to fans to help find stolen equipment after their storage space was broken into. The band lost eight guitars, a set of cymbals a bass amp and more when thieves raided their shed in Glasgow, Kentucky. BSC, who are currently touring in support of fourth album Magic Mountain, have posted pictures of the missing instruments. The band had the following to say in a statement: "We normally wouldn't post about stuff like this, but these items mean a lot to us and we want to find them. If anyone knows the whereabouts, sees them anywhere or has any information, please contact the police."

Ace Frehley Says KISS Didn't Play Rock Hall Over Reunion Talk Fears

(hennemusic) Ace Frehley says he believes that one of the reasons the original KISS lineup did not perform at their spring induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was over fears by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley that it would lead to talk of a reunion. "After 40 years, you think they could have given the fans 15 minutes that night," Frehley tells the Daily Express. "Peter and I wanted to perform, the Hall of Fame wanted us to do it, but Paul and Gene shot it down. It was a moment in history that was lost and some of the fans will never forgive them for that." "But I'll tell you why Paul and Gene didn't wanna perform with me and Peter - they were afraid of history repeating itself," he continued. "When me and Peter performed with them on the MTV Unplugged sessions in 1995, the place went completely crazy and they had to scrap their album that they had just recorded with Bruce Kulick and Eric Singer and they had to do a reunion tour. "They're on tour right now with Tommy (Thayer) and Eric (Singer) and they didn't want anything to overshadow that. They were afraid that everyone was gonna demand a reunion again if we played."

Jon Anderson Announces New Band

(Prog) Former Yes vocalist Jon Anderson has unveiled his latest project featuring jazz-fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and says he's delighted to be working in a band again. The Anderson Ponty Band is co-fronted by Ponty, known for his work with Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin, Return To Forever and more. It also features guitarist Jamie Dunlap, keyboardist Wally Minko, bassist Baron Browne and drummer Rayford Griffin. They launch their live career with a three-week residency in Aspen, Colorado, and they've launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of their debut album. Anderson says: "A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean-Luc's music. To be in a band again is exciting on so many levels. We'll play and sing our way round the world and have fun - for music is please, music is all that is, music is God!"

Edgar Winter Pay Tribute To His Brother Johnny Winter

(Classic Rock) Edgar Winter has spoken of his shock at the sudden death of brother Johnny - and he's called his elder sibling a hero. The singer has also confirmed that his upcoming US tour will consist of songs associated with the guitarist, who died on tour earlier this month aged 70. Edgar says: "My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was looking forward to seeing him again and playing together. I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart. "Johnny has always been, is now and will for ever remain my greatest musical hero. But more than that, he's my brother, in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honour of his memory and the Winter name." Edgar has some special plans for his upcoming tour.

Tom Petty Targets The Kardashians

( What's the biggest problem with American culture? If you're Tom Petty, your answer would be the Kardashians. In an interview with UK tabloid The Sun, the legendary musician said the reality TV star family is to blame for America's obsession with celebrity and conspicuous consumption. Petty recalled the simpler times he grew up in, before the onset of reality TV. "I'm old enough to have lived in a country where, if you were willing to work hard, you could have a fairly nice life," he said. "You could support a family and even get a shot at owning your home, but you never thought you'd get a swimming pool. Now the culture has hypnotized people into thinking they're really nothing if they're not wealthy and a Kardashian."

David Crosby Discusses Next Solo Album Plans

(Classic Rock) David Crosby says he won't keep fans waiting too long for his next solo album. The two-time Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee released his fourth solo album Croz this year and admits he was surprised by the positive reception it received. So much so that he is already working on new material for a follow-up to what was his first solo effort since 1993. The CSN, CSNY and Byrds hero tells WGN Radio: "That Croz record, I'm really proud of it. I'm thinking about making another one now because Croz did really well. Surprise surprise. "And I have these new songs coming. I have two new ones and another one on the way. I'm writing four songs with other people and they are coming out really good. I'm probably going to make another record."

Metallica's Ride The Lightning and AC/DC's Highway To Hell Milestones

(hennemusic) Sunday marked two significant anniversaries in heavy rock, the 30th anniversary of Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" and the 35th anniversary of AC/DC's "Highway To Hell". Released July 27, 1984, Metallica's sophomore album was recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark with producer Flemming Rasmussen, who would go on to oversee the band's next two albums. "Ride The Lightning" features several Metallica concert staples, including the single "Creeping Death", "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and "Fade To Black." AC/DC's, "Highway To Hell was released July 27, 1979 and the project catapulted the Australian rockers into the mainstream with singles like "Girls Got Rhythm", "Touch Too Much" and the title track. "Highway To Hell" was the first AC/DC album not produced by Harry Vanda and George Young. Pre-production of the album began in January 1979 with demos cut at Albert Studios in Sydney, Australia, where they met the intended producer, Eddie Kramer. Kramer was fired before a single track had been completed, and Robert John "Mutt" Lange was brought in to replace him.