Classic Rock News

Robert Plant Announces North American Tour

(hennemusic) Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters have announced a 7-date theater tour of North America to promote his new album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar." The Led Zeppelin singer will play three shows in New York, starting September 25th, before hitting Toronto, Chicago and Denver, wrapping the run up in Los Angeles on October 7th. All tickets will include a copy of the new album when it's released on Sept 5th (Europe) / Sept 8th (UK) / Sept 9th (North America), except the September shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which are already on sale.

Rick Springfield Leads All-Star KISS Tribute Benefit Concert

Rick Springfield has announced that he is hosting a KISS tribute concert benefit dubbed "Rock For Ruben" that will benefit his good friend and guitar tech Ruben Velasco. Since KISS is Ruben Velasco's all time favorite band, Springfield will lead the all-star set of KISS songs and will be joined by Kenny Aronoff (Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, a lot more), Bruce Kulick (KISS/Grand Funk Railroad) and James Lomenzo (John Fogerty, Megadeth). The show will also include a special appearance from John 5 (Rob Zombie) with more special guests to be announced and organizers state that the show will close with a "huge surprise". The concert will take place on August 20, 2014 at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and is being staged to raise money for Ruben's medical expenses in his battle against cancer. "Ruben Velasco, our friend and guitar tech extraordinaire is fighting for his life," says Springfield. "He has been diagnosed with fourth stage cancer and has a lot of medical expenses coming up in his fight. Any and all donations would be loved and welcomed." The event will also include some exclusive VIP opportunities including a private pre-concert dinner with Rick and only 18 guests.

Making Of David Bowie's Hunky Dory Book Released

New York Times Best-selling author Ken Sharp has released a new David Bowie book entitled, "Kooks, Queen Bitches And Andy Warhol: The Making Of David Bowie's Hunky Dory." The book is in paperback format, runs for 112-pages and it chronicles the back story behind David Bowie's 1971 album, 'Hunky Dory.' To write the book Sharp spoke to members of Bowie's band, producer Ken Scott, RCA Records personnel and also used archival commentary from David Bowie and the late Mick Ronson, according to the synopsis. Trevor Bolder, bassist on 'Hunky Dory' had this to say, "Hunky Dory is still one of my all time favorite albums - it's my favorite of all the records I did with David Bowie. I have many fond memories of the making of it as this was the first recording I ever played on. Hunky Dory is unique, has wonderful songs of great warmth and feel and is beautifully recorded. Ken has really captured much of this sentiment and detail in his book, which I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend." 'Hunky Dory' drummer Woody Woodmansey adds, "I'm impressed with Ken's approach to this project. It was a nice change to have intelligent questions and to be able to recount the making of this album. It will make a good read for any fan."

Ace Frehley To Sit In With The Roots On Jimmy Fallon

(hennemusic) Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday, August 12. Frehley will sit in with the house band The Roots for the program's entirety; Kings Of Leon are scheduled as the musical guest. The guitarist will be making the appearance in support of the release his first new solo album in five years, "Space Invader", on August 19th in North America and August 29th in Europe. Ace's first project since 2009's "Anomaly" features new music plus a cover of "The Joker" by The Steve Miller Band. Frehley recently issued "Gimme A Feelin'" as the lead single from the project.

Eric Clapton Releasing Tour Documentary

(hennemusic) Eric Clapton will release a new documentary, "Planes, Trains And Eric", on DVD and Blu-ray on November 4th. The film documents the iconic guitarist's life on the road during the Far and Middle Eastern leg of his 2014 tour. Billed as "an unrivalled peek into the world of one of today's greatest performers", "Planes, Trains And Eric" includes 13 full-length performances blended with interviews with Clapton and his band members, rehearsal and soundcheck footage, travel by trains and planes, presentations and "fly on the wall" filming of all the many aspects of being on the road. Among the classic tracks featured are "Layla", "Wonderful Tonight", "Cocaine", "Tears In Heaven", "I Shot The Sherriff", "Crossroads" and more. The line up of the band featured on the film is Eric Clapton (guitar & vocals); Steve Gadd (drums); Paul Carrack (Hammond & vocals); Nathan East (bass & vocals); Chris Stainton (keyboards); Michelle John (backing vocals); Shar White (backing vocals).

Jimi Hendrix Park Under Construction

(Classic Rock) Following three years of planning and a successful fundraising campaign, Jimi Hendrix is to have a park created in his honor in his hometown of Seattle. The decision to transform the 2.5-acre site in the city's central district into a community focused music park has officially been given the green light, and work will now begin to create an area which will celebrate Hendrix's life and music. Hendrix was born in the city in 1942 and his sister Janie, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, says the new park has special significance for the Hendrix family. "Every project endorsed by our family bearing Jimi's name is meaningful to us, but this park holds special significance as Seattle will always be Jimi's home," she says. "This very area is where he grew up, where his dreams were cultivated and his creative energy awakened, so to see this amazing place of beauty dedicated to Jimi and his artistry blossom into reality is indescribably fulfilling."

Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica Lead Cancer Auction

(Classic Rock) The biggest names in rock and metal have joined forces for a massive charity fundraiser. Aerosmith, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Status Quo, Alice In Chains, Slash and many more have donated memorabilia for an auction to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy. Organised by Heavy Metal Truants in association with, the auction offers the largest-ever assembling of rock and metal bands memorabilia and exclusive signed merchandise for a charity event. Featuring more than 80 items representing the biggest names in metal, alongside some wonderful donations from the likes of Peter Gabriel and comedian Bill Bailey, and donated by both bands and a wide array of music industry professionals, the auction launches at exactly 11.58pm tonight - Thursday, August 7 - and runs for two weeks on eBay.

Bryan Adams Releasing Covers Album and Launching Acoustic Tour

80s hit maker Bryan Adams has a busy September lined up. His plans include the release of a new covers album and the launch of an acoustic tour in the UK. So far Adams has only revealed the title and cover art for the new album. The new album will be entitled "Tracks of My Tears", which is the title of a hit by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Amazon has listed a September 9, 2014 release date on their pre-order page. The page also includes the cover art which features a photo of Adams just before he turned 16 years old. Adams will be launching the new UK leg of his Bare Bones Tour on September 8th at Pavilions in Plymouth and the trek includes stops in Bristol, Brighton, Belfast and more. more on this story

Robert Plant Releases Rainbow Performance Video

(hennemusic) Robert Plant has released a new performance video for the song "Rainbow", the lead single from his forthcoming new album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar." The clip combines footage filmed at three recent shows: the Hydrogen Festival in Padova, Italy, the Colours of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, and the UK's Glastonbury Festival. Due September 5 in Europe and September 9 in North America, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar" was recorded at Helium Studios in Wiltshire and Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Bath, UK. The album features 9 new songs and two covers: The Stanley Brothers' "Little Maggie" and the Lead Belly tune, "Poor Howard."

Talking Heads Put Life Savings Into Stop Making Sense

(Classic Rock) Thirty years after their influential concert film Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz reveals the band had to plunder their life savings in order to pay for the film. Directed by Jonathan Demme, who later won an Oscar for The Silence Of The Lambs, the film concentrated on using dramatic lighting, lingering close-ups and very little in the way of audience footage. But that innovation came at a cost, as Frantz explains to Rolling Stone. "One thing nobody every mentions is the fact the band paid for the movie," he says. "Yes, we got a loan from Warner Bros, but it was against our royalties so the four of us coughed up the money. "We didn't have a whole lot of savings, so we were basically putting our life savings into the movie. I'm glad we did, because not only did we get it back, but we have a great film." A lot more.