Classic Rock News

Def Leppard and KISS Jam Goes Online

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard's Phil Collen joined their current coheadlining tour partners KISS on stage at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City this weekend to play Deuce with the US rockers and video of the jam has been published online. Leppard and Kiss are in the middle of a 42-date US summer tour and Collen was delighted to join the band on stage in a pair of classic Kiss boots, saying: "Tonight in Atlantic City was pretty special. I guest guitared with Kiss on Deuce. The guys were great and we had a good time." Collen recently praised Kiss, saying they fully deserved their place in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but revealed he's not bothered if Def Leppard are never inducted. "I've got two diamond albums sitting on my mantlepiece - that's 10 times platinum," he says. "The fans bought them, so that means a lot more to me."

Jason Bonham Leaves California Breed

(Classic Rock) Jason Bonham has bowed out of California Breed, the band he formed with Glenn Hughes, ahead of their debut UK tour. And although it's not confirmed the move is permanent, the drummer has suggested he won't be back. Former Queens Of The Stone Age sticksman Joey Castillo has been named as his replacement "for all upcoming dates." The three-piece, which also includes young guitarist Andrew Watt, add in a statement: "It became clear that Jason's professional commitments would prevent him from being able to tour with the band." Bonham is currently touring the US with Sammy Hagar and he's been involved in tentative rehearsals with Phil Collins. The son of Led Zeppelin icon John Bonham says via Facebook: "I love those guys - but it wasn't going to work out for me. I will support them as I love the band I helped create, and Joey is great. Good luck, guys."

Slash Recalls Fateful Decision

(Classic Rock) Legendary former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash says he had designs on playing bass rather than guitar when he was a teenager - until he heard a music teacher play Cream licks. The guitarist visited the Guitar Center, Hollywood where he spoke about his formative years, influences and his forthcoming album, World On Fire. "The thing that really inspired me to play guitar was Steven Adler," says Slash. "He had an electric guitar when we were about 13 years old and he used to bang on it to Kiss records at full blast. That was very exciting, so I opted to play bass since he was playing guitar. "I went to a local music school and talked to the teacher and said, 'I want to learn how to play bass.' He asked me a few questions to figure out what I wanted to achieve. While he was talking to me, he was playing Eric Clapton's Cream licks on electric guitar. "I said, 'That's what I want to do', because I really didn't know that much about guitars. So that was it - I switched over to guitar.

Rory Gallagher's Bandmate Rod de'Ath Dead at 64

(TeamRock Radio) Rod de'Ath, the drummer who was an integral part of Rory Gallagher's band in the 70s, has died at the age of 64, it has been reported. Gallagher brought the Welshman into the band in 1972 following the departure of Wilgar Campbell, and appeared on five albums with the Irish bluesman: Blueprint, Tattoo, Irish Tour '74, Against The Grain and Calling Card. In a statement on his Facebook page, drummer Ted Mckenna, who took over from de'Ath in Gallagher's band in 1978, says: "I got the sad news earlier today that Rod de'Ath had passed away. "I only met him a couple of times when I worked with Rory, but was delighted to meet him again in 2012 when, for the first time, Rod, Brendan O'Neil and I, three of Rory's drummers, had all been together. "Unfortunately, it was for another sad occasion when we gathered to pay our respects to Lou Martin. My thoughts are with his family, friends and those who knew him well."

Status Quo Tour Sidelined By Illness

(Classic Rock) Veteran rockers Status Quo have been forced to cancel six shows because of illness affecting guitarist Rick Parfitt. The band had been due to play this weekend in Croatia, where Parfitt is now receiving hospital treatment. No details of the illness have been given, but Quo's manager Simon Porter, says: "We don't cancel shows lightly as any of our fans will tell you, but in this instance, we have no option but to follow medical advice." The 65-year-old underwent a quadruple heart bypass in 1997 and his latest illness will force the band to miss dates in Monte Carlo, Switzerland and Germany through August 10.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Gets Animated For TV Series

(hennemusic) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler guests in the latest episode of the TV Land series, Hot In Cleveland. The animated episode sees the ladies free Tyler from the trunk of Janis Joplin's Porsche at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and, naturally, he had to grant them three wishes in return, according to Yahoo! TV. "I've gone through my life animated, it was about time someone officially turned me into a cartoon," said Tyler. "I can't wait to take some of my favorite ladies on a magical adventure they won't ever forget on this episode of Hot In Cleveland." Tyler and Aerosmith are currently on the road across North America on the Let Rock Rule tour, which sees Slash opening the shows.