Classic Rock News

Foreigner Releasing 7-Disc Box Set

(hennemusic) Foreigner will release a 7-disc box set, "The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991", on October 14. The package includes all the albums from the band's original classic run with Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm - along with the band's final Atlantic album featuring Johnny Edwards on vocals. Included are "Foreigner" (1977), "Double Vision" (1978), "Head Games" (1979), "4" (1981), "Agent Provocateur" (1984), "Inside Information" (1987), and "Unusual Heat" (1991), along with all the bonus tracks included on the 2002 remasters. To date, Foreigner have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, and the number of instantly recognizable Top 40 hits included in this set is a reminder of why they've enjoyed such success: "Feels Like the First Time" and "Cold As Ice" from the band s 5x-platinum self-titled debut; "Hot Blooded" from the 6x-platinum "Double Vision"; "Dirty White Boy" from the 5x-platinum "Head Games"; "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and "Urgent" from the 6x-platinum "4"; "I Want To Know What Love Is" from the 3x-platinum "Agent Provocateur"; and "Say You Will" and "I Don't Want To Live Without You" from the platinum "Inside Information."

Kid Rock Blasts Lawyers In ICP Sexual Harassment Case

Kid Rock has had a strong response to being dragged into a sexual harassment lawsuit against Insane Clown Posse. Rock was reportedly asked to produce a glass sex toy that he was alleged to have received from a former ICP employee and now Rock has published the letters that he sent to the attorney's involved in the lawsuit. In one letter he writes, "Dear Jim Rasor and Jon Marko, I'm told that you have issued a subpoena for a 'glass dildo' that was supposedly given to me. No idea what you're talking about, and I definitely don't have it. I've never heard of, seen, or met any people involved in this case. But I'm pretty sure you already know that. What I do know is that you've been dragging my name around in the media to gain attention for your sad a** excuse for a law firm. I don't care what you do when you finally catch up to the ambulances you chase, but I do care when you bring my name into it for no reason at all." Rock writes in the second later, "Dear Brian E. Koncius, I'm told that your client has testified under oath in a deposition that he presented a former employee of Psychopathic Records with a glass dildo, who then allegedly gave the dildo to me? There are only two possible explanations for what your client said..." Find out what Kid Rock thinks those might be and read the full letters where he shares some strong feelings about the lawyers involved here.

Jim Morrison Was Murdered Claims Marianne Faithfull

(Classic Rock) Marianne Faithfull has reignited the controversy over Doors frontman Jim Morrison's death in 1971 - insisted he was murdered by her then drug-dealer boyfriend. Morrison passed away of a suspected drug overdose in Paris at the age of 27, but French law required no autopsy since foul play wasn't suspected by the authorities. That's led to years of speculation, with accusations falling on his girlfriend Pamela Courson, among others. But Faithfull, who rose to fame for her relationship with Mick Jagger, blames "heroin dealer to the stars" Jean de Breiteuil. She refused to accompany him to Morrison's flat on the night he died, saying she could "intuitively feel trouble." Faithfull tells Mojo. "I thought, I'll take a few Tuinal and I won't be there. And he went to see Jim Morrison and killed him. I mean I'm sure it was an accident. Poor bastard. The smack was too strong? Yeah. And he died."

Paul McCartney Has Mountain Renamed After Him

( Something significant happened for Paul McCartney yesterday. Montana temporarily renamed their Mount Sentinel to be Mount McCartney in honor of the former Beatles legend's concert on Tuesday night at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula. The mountain features a giant white "M" that will stand for McCartney until the morning of August 6. This is Macca's first stop ever in Montana, and the state is pleased to have him on his "Out There" tour. They have even produced a survival guide for the concert, which we can only assume is part of their tradition for producing necessary survival guides for most Montana activities.

Deep Purple Frontman Reacts To Rock Hall Snubbing

(hennemusic) Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan shares his thoughts on the legendary band's snub by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, despite being eligible for induction since 1993. Asked if he was upset that the group hadn't been chosen by Rock Hall voters to date - despite nominations in 2013 and 2014 - Gillan tells Rolling Stone, "Whatever you say to a question like that, you sound supercilious or dismissive or disgruntled or sour grapes. I spent all my younger life trying to avoid institutionalization as much as I could and then I realized that these sorts of things are for your family and fans. So I don't mind what happens. We're grateful for anything that comes along our way." Gillan says he senses confusion about the inner-workings of the induction process in regards to the band's status. "I've heard quotes of somebody on the [Rock Hall voting] committee saying, 'Well, Deep Purple can't be in it, because they were a one-hit wonder'," explains the singer. "I don't know if they were referring to 'Hush' or 'Smoke On The Water' or 'Child In Time' or 'Highway Star' or 'Perfect Strangers,' any of those one hit wonders that we were. "I think it would be undignified for us to enter the fray and stamp our feet and say, 'Yeah, we don't need it anyway.' It's really an American thing. We don't really understand it, but if I treat it with respect, we'll see what happens. That's all I can say."

Stevie Nicks Releases New Song The Dealer

(hennemusic) Stevie Nicks is premiering a new single, "The Dealer", as the lead track from her upcoming solo album, "24 Karat Gold - Songs From the Vault." Nicks initially wrote and recorded "The Dealer" with Fleetwood Mac in the late 70s when the band was working on their 1979 album, "Tusk." Due October 7th, "24 Karat Gold - Songs From the Vault" features a collection of lost and stray songs that Nicks has written and recorded through the years, but never made it onto an album. "I used to make cassettes of my songs and hand them out," Stevie explains. "But to know that these songs have finally been recorded with the same love they were originally created is joyous for me. I picked 12 songs from about 40 demos made from '69 - '87 and one each from 94 and 95. These songs are all about love and heartbreak -- how to pick up the pieces -- how to keep moving... I'm really chronicling love from the very beginning." "When you write a song and it doesn't go on a record, it floats around in your life for years," she added. "I took myself back to the time when these songs were written... Sometimes I can't remember what happened yesterday but I remember so well what happened through the whole period of time that I wrote these songs. You think about them and go over them and they live inside of you until they becomes part of your world. These songs are now 24 Karat Gold."

Rush's Neil Peart Releasing New Book

(hennemusic) Rush drummer Neil Peart will publish his latest book, "Far And Near: On Days Like These", on October 14th. Whether navigating the backroads of Louisiana or Thuringia, exploring the snowy Quebec woods, or performing onstage at Rush concerts, Peart has stories to tell. His first volume in this series, "Far and Away: A Prize Every Time", combined words and images to form an intimate, insightful narrative that won many readers. Now "Far And Near: On Days Like These" brings together reflections from another three years of an artist's life as he celebrates seasons, landscapes, characters, travels roads and trails, receives honors, climbs mountains, composes and performs music.

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott Collaborates With Vega

(hennemusic) Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott will be making a guest appearance on "Stereo Messiah", the forthcoming studio album from UK rockers Vega, it has been announced. Due October 17 in Europe and October 21 in North America, the band's third studio effort features Elliott deuting with singer Nick Workman on "10 X Bigger Than Love", a track written by the Def Leppard frontman. The collaboration doesn't end there as Vega will also be opening for Elliott's Mott The Hoople-inspired side project, Down N Outz, on a UK tour in December.

Robert Fripp Hopes King Crimson Brings Him Joy At Long Last

(Classic Rock) Robert Fripp hopes the latest incarnation of King Crimson will bring joy into his career at last. He says that, despite countless satisfying achievements he's never been entirely happy on the road - although recent rehearsals have made him think that might be about to change. He reactivated Crimson last year and the latest incarnation features drummers Gavin Harrison, Bill Reiflin and Pat Mastelotto alongside bassist Tony Levin, saxophonist Mel Collins and Jakko Jakszyk on guitar. Fripp tells Uncut: "My professional life has been so devoid of joy. Satisfaction, yes. Bits of nice happiness on the way, yes. An education, constantly. But a joyful undertaking? No. "I haven't actually enjoyed touring to date. I hope this tour will provide a new direction in my life of playing music."

KISS Preview New TV Show With Webisode

(hennemusic) KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons are featured in a preview of their new AMC television series, "4th And Loud", which focuses on the launch of the pair's Arena Football League team, L.A. KISS. AMC have launched a series of webisodes to introduce the owners, players and coaches of the team ahead of the series premiere on Tuesday, August 12 at 9/8c. "We are thrilled to partner with AMC in bringing our show to the viewing public," says Stanley. "Anyone who knows Gene and I know we have never played by the rules. This opportunity to see the making of our team of rebels, the LA KISS, from behind the scenes will once again show everyone that we play to win."

AC/DC Classic Gets Unusual Makeover

(Classic Rock) AC/DC classic Thunderstruck has been given a bluegrass makeover by Finnish band Steve 'N' Seagulls. The band previously recorded an equally zany version of Iron Maiden's The Trooper. "Thunderstruck" has been part of Steve 'N' Seagulls' live set for years, but now is the very first time that the group has released an online video for the track.

Walter Trout's Desire To Play Again Helping Liver Transplant Recovery

(The Blues Walter Trout has admitted his first time holding a guitar since his liver transplant didn't go well - but the thought of being able to play again is pushing him on. He expects to spend the rest of the year recuperating after his heavy lifestyle brought him close to death ahead of a nine-hour operation in May. Speaking from a rehabilitation centre in Omaha, Trout tells OC Weekly: "My son brought in a guitar here the other day, and I can barely press the strings. I don't have the muscles in my arms and fingers. "But I'm going to do my best to get back out there and keep playing. It's what sustains me; it nourishes me and heals me spiritually to get up and play to people, feel that guitar in my arms and play it."

Slash Discusses Upcoming Club Shows On Ask Slash & Myles

(hennemusic) Slash will mark the Guitar Center's 50th anniversary with a series of three concerts in Hollywood's most legendary clubs next month, and he talks about the upcoming events in a new episode of the online series "Ask Slash & Myles." The guitarist will play shows at The Troubadour (Sep 23), The Roxy (Sep 25) and The Whisky (Sep 26) as he promotes the September 16th release of his third solo album, "World On Fire." The follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love" once again sees Slash working with his touring band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, and producer Michael Baskette. The group is currently on the road across North America with Aerosmith as part of the Let Rock Rule tour, which wraps up September 9 in Clarkston, Michigan.