Classic Rock News

Paul McCartney Reveals Classic Wings Albums Reissue Plans

( It's almost time to revisit "Listen to What the Man Said" and "Silly Love Songs." Paul McCartney's legendary band Wings will reissue expanded editions of the albums Venus and Mars (1975) and At the Speed of Sound on Sept. 23 in the U.S. The reissues will hit U.K. retailers a day earlier on Sept. 22. The reissues will be available in a variety of formats. The standard edition is a two-CD set that will feature remastered editions of the original albums and a second disc of bonus material, such as demo versions and unreleased tracks. Meanwhile, the deluxe edition will boast a slew of extras, including a hardback book with never-before published photos, new interviews with McCartney, "material" from the McCartney archives and additional track information. It will also come with a bonus DVD filled with archival footage from the era, including some that's yet to see the light of day until these reissues. The new editions will also be released in gatefold vinyl and digital formats.

Motley Crue Want Farewell To Be Happy Funeral

(Classic Rock) Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee wants every show on their final tour to be like a "happy funeral." The band kicked off their run of global farewell performances at the beginning of this month, backed on the US dates by Alice Cooper. Lee's feelings have been inspired by attending the wakes of friends and family. He tells the Reno Gazette Journal: "I find it so odd that after somebody's funeral, everybody gets together and has drinks and celebrates and parties. "You're like, 'This is f***ing weird.' But there's something real cool about it because everybody's celebrating a life and death simultaneously - the beginning of something new and the end of something old. So I think we've figured out that's how we want this to play out: much like a happy funeral, a celebration."

Mick Jagger Reflects On Meeting James Brown

(Classic Rock) Mick Jagger says he wasn't interested in talking business with James Brown when the pair met in the 1960s. The Rolling Stone's financial abilities are regarded by many as one of the reasons his band make so much money. But the frontman, whose production company will release Brown biopic Get On Up on Friday, suggests it wasn't always so - while admitted he learned many lessons from the Godfather of Soul. "James was always very nice, very generous; but he talked about business a lot and I wasn't that interested," Jagger tells USA Today. "I'd listened to Live At The Apollo intently - you can hear he's a great performer, and I was picturing how he would dance. Then I went to see him at the Apollo and I was blown away. I was impressed by how hard he worked, and how he had the audience in the palm of his hand. That was a learning experience for me."

Peter Gabriel Optimistic About Real World Future

(Prog) Peter Gabriel has marked the 25th anniversary of his Real World Records label by insisting the firm can carry on for at least another 25 years. He believes he can endure the current music industry turmoil through the generosity of his supporters. Real World was launched in 1989 and quickly became a leading light in the world music genre, alongside Gabriel's WOMAD movement. Since then Gabriel has worked with dozens of artists, along with launching his own works through the label. He tells the BBC: "Records don't sell in the way they used to. We have to make a choice as consumers about whether we want to return some payment - but there's a lot of generosity in people's hearts."

Tom Petty To Rock Jimmy Kimmel

(hennemusic) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will help launch their new album, "Hypnotic Eye", when they perform on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live this Thursday, July 31. Due in stores Tuesday, the follow-up to 2010's is the band's first new studio album in four years. "Hypnotic Eye" will be available in CD, digital, high resolution Blu-ray audio and vinyl formats. The vinyl will be available as 1-LP or as 2-LPs inclusive of an additional track not available in any other format. A North American tour with Steve Winwood begins August 3rd in San Diego, California.