Classic Rock News

Led Zeppelin Reissuing IV and Houses of the Holy This Fall

( Led Zeppelin just announced the second phase of their reissue campaign, and up next will be deluxe reissues of the band's untitled fourth album (often referred to as "IV"), originally released in 1971, and the follow-up, 1973's Houses of the Holy. Both reissues will be available on Oct. 28. All of the reissues were supervised by Zeppelin's guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. As with the reissues of the first three albums, he worked to make sure that none of the bonus material has seen the light of day before. As Page told, "I left no stone unturned. I was even checking out whatever had come out on bootleg that had leaked out of studios in the past - not by us, I might add. But I wanted to make sure that the material that I was going to present was not out already on bootleg." Zeppelin IV is the third best-selling album in U.S. history, and has been certified 23 times platinum. The LP features a number of classics, including "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop" and, of course, "Stairway to Heaven." The deluxe edition will include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks," mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" with extra guitar and mandolin, and an alternate version of "Stairway To Heaven." The fact that this reissue has a release date indicates that the lawsuit that was filed against Led Zeppelin by the trust of late Spirit songwriter Randy California to prevent the re-release of "IV" has not deterred the band or their label, Rhino Records from moving forward with the reissue campaign. The 11-times-platinum Houses of the Holy reissue will include "rough and working mixes" of "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days," as well as a version of "The Rain Song" without the song's distinct piano. Each reissue will be available in several formats (as was the case for the reissues of the first three albums, which were released in June): as a single CD (with no bonus tracks), a deluxe double CD (containing all the bonus tracks), a single LP, a double LP, a digital download and a "super deluxe boxed set" including all of the above material on both CD and LP, with a hi-def audio download card, as well as a hard bound 80-page book with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.

Scorpions Demands Force Festival To Raise Ticket Prices?

(Classic Rock) The organizer of a Finnish rock festival claims that the "diva-esque" demands in the Scorpions' 38-page rider reportedly forced them to almost double ticket prices. The German outfit are said to have asked bosses at Lahti for five chauffeur-driven limos, porcelain toilets for each member's exclusive use and a larger stage than anything previously built at the site. In order to fulfill the band's requirements, single-day tickets were hiked to almost double their usual price, causing a fan backlash. Allu Koskinen, boss of the Rockcock Festival, refused to release the full rider document but said: "We don't want to raise prices, even though the pressure is on due to those extra expense. We just have to hope for a great turnout."

John Payne Suing Vegas Musical

(TeamRock Radio) Former Asia frontman John Payne is suing the producers of the Las Vegas classic rock musical Raiding The Rock Vault who fired him as co-director last month. Payne was working as part of the team behind the Raiding The Rock Vault musical until he was suspended in May and then fired in June. He has since launched a lawsuit claiming his contribution to the show is protected by copyright and that he signed his original rights agreement under duress. The lawsuit against Rock Vault Tours, the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and its owner Westgate Resorts alleges breach of contract, copyright violations and slander. Payne - lead singer with Asia from 1992 to 2006 - developed the format of Raiding The Rock Vault with Grammy-winning record producer David Kershenbaum. The show is held at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and takes audiences on a musical journey from 1948 to 1989. The show features members of some well-known bands and songs from The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin and others.

J.J. Cale Being Inducted Into Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame

(hennemusic) Singer/Songwriter J.J. Cale will be posthumously inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame this fall. Cale, who passed away from a heart attack last year at the age of 74, will be honored in an event at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa on November 1. The ceremony will feature performances from many of Cale's friends and past collaborators. Other Oklahoma music greats to be inducted this year include Elvin Bishop, Jim Keltner (a close friend of Cale's who also plays on Eric Clapton's tribute album - The Breeze, as well as many of the greatest records in rock and roll history), Chuck Blackwell and Lowell Fulson. Cale was one of the originators of what became known as the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. Some of his most recognized songs were hits for others, including "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton and "Call Me The Breeze" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Eddie Van Halen Releases New EVH Guitars

(hennemusic) Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen has launched a new edition to his EVH Stripe Series line of guitars as speculation builds that the band may be planning their next album. The new "Circles" guitar features a black-and-white "crop circles" graphic gloss finish with its sleek Strat-like basswood body, rock-solid quartersawn maple neck with oiled finish, fast and smooth compound-radius maple fingerboard (12"-16") with comfortably rolled edges and 22 jumbo frets, a single ferocious EVH direct-mount pickup with single black plastic control knob (master volume), EVH Floyd Rose bridge and locking nut, and EVH tuners. Many fans will recognize the look of the Circles guitar from the live video for "Unchained", filmed in Oakland, California in 1981 on the Fair Warning tour. Earlier this month, a new photo of Eddie visiting a mastering studio in Los Angeles surfaced, fueling speculation about possible recording activity by the band.

Ian Anderson Doesn't Expect Another Music Revolution

(Prog) Ian Anderson believes the era of great musical invention is in the past, and insists anyone who's expecting a sonic revolution is mistaken. But the Jethro Tull mainman - who recently released solo album Homo Erraticus - doesn't think younger musicians are to blame. Anderson tells Something Else: "We're wrong in expecting revolutionary changes in popular music forms. To imagine that we're going to have some kind of new form that equals or surpasses the Beatles, or indeed the bands of the 70s, 80s or 90s - it's a mistake to think that's going to happen. "We live in a world of reinvention, of reinterpretation. There's a bunch of guys out there playing generic music, all of which owes a great deal to what's gone on before. Very rarely does anybody manage to put a stamp of originality on what they do." Anderson thinks he knows why the situation has arisen. "There's just not a busting amount left to do that hasn't been done before," he says.

Slash and Myles Kennedy Launch New Online Video Series

(hennemusic) Slash and his solo band's lead vocalist Myles Kennedy talk about touring with Aerosmith in the debut edition of a new online series, "Ask Slash & Myles." Earlier this month, Slash teamed up with Aerosmith for the North American leg of the Let Rock Rule tour, which will see the pairing on the road together into early September. Slash's opening slot on the trek is to help promote the September 16th release of his third solo album, "World On Fire." The follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love" once again sees the guitarist working with his touring band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, and producer Michael Baskette.

Paul Stanley Shares His Views Of Original KISS Members

(Classic Rock) KISS frontman Paul Stanley has called Gene Simmons a "terrific partner" and stated his long-term friend and collaborator is "irreplaceable" within the band. Speaking with the Austin American-Statesman, Stanley says: "I think being provocative is part of who he is. Why we do what we do is rooted in our childhood and our experiences. He likes to shock or annoy people and he does that very well. He's also a terrific partner and somebody who is clearly irreplaceable." Stanley also revealed the band wouldn't be where they are today if guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss had remained in the group, saying: "We were on the path of success but that ultimately led us away from what we formed as and why. It lost the essence of what we believed in - and that's all part of this amazing story. "As for Ace and Peter, we created something terrific and had the potential to be monumental, but ultimately not with them. We wouldn't be here today with them."