Classic Rock News

Phil Collins Confirms Live Performance

(Classic Rock) Phil Collins has confirmed another stage appearance after ending his retirement in May. The former Genesis frontman and drummer will take part in a fundraising event for his Little Dreams Foundation on December 6 in Miami. It follows his short appearance with students at Miami Country Day School, where he led them through In The Air Tonight and Land Of Confusion. Collins' announcement will fuel speculation that he's planning a fully-fledged comeback. He retired after releasing a covers album in 2010, but last year admitted he wanted to go back into action. In June his bassist Lee Sklar revealed his boss had arranged three weeks of "exploratory rehearsals" although no further plans had been made.

Paul McCartney Scores Video Game Destine

( Paul McCartney has announced that he'll be providing the score to a new video game, the upcoming Destiny from Bungie and Activision, according to Consequence of Sound. A first-person shooter, no less: picture yourself looking down the barrel of a futuristic assault rifle and going absolutely nuts with the headshots while listening to the soothing voice - or, perhaps, at least the bass - of the man who once sang, "take these broken wings and learn to fly." McCartney has reportedly been working on the score since 2010. He also wrote the game's theme song, recorded by 120-strong orchestra, which will be released as a single on Sept. 9.

Devo Crowdfunding New Live Release

(Classic Rock) Devo have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the of release a live recording from their first concerts without Bob Casale. The founding guitarist, known as Bob 2, passed away in February without life insurance or a will, prompting the Ohio outfit to perform a 10-date tour to raise money for his family. The shows took place in June and featured material recorded between 1974 and 1977, marking the first time they'd played them in almost 40 years. The live package is titled Devo Hardcore Live! and it was recorded at the Fox Theatre in Oakland this summer. Those who preorder through Devo's PledgeMusic page will receive exclusive access to photos, video and audio tracks, plus the chance to buy shirts, signed prints, autographed vinyl pressings and more.

Mike Oldfield Releasing Box Set

(Prog) Mike Oldfield has confirmed the launch of an eight-album box set in October. And while he's declined to speak to the press about the release, he's come up with an interactive way for fans to get involved with the news. The Studio Albums 1992-2003 contains the titles released during his tenure with Warners: Tubular Bells II, The Songs Of Distant Earth, Voyager, Tubular Bells III, Guitars, The Millennium Bell, Tr3s Lunas and Tubular Bells 2003. A brief statement explains: "Mike says 'hello' and sends his love. He's made a mix for you from The Lake, with just guitars and bass, and he invites you to make your own versions of it. He says he's not much good at interviews or selfless, so there will not be a new movie of Mike talking - but he hopes you'll enjoy this little piece of music."

Billy Joel Takes Part In Baby Boomer PBS Documentary

( Billy Joel has always been a favorite of baby boomers and now he will make that status official on an upcoming PBS documentary about the post-World War II generation. Joel will appear alongside fellow baby boomers Maria Shriver, Tommy Hilfiger and Steve Wozniak in American Masters: The Boomer List on Sept. 23, Broadway World reports. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the 90-minute production will feature a total of 19 notable public figures born between 1946 and 1964. The production will also culminate in a coffee-table book.

Bret Michaels Launching Life Rocks Motivational Seminar

(hennemusic) Bret Michaels has announced that he is launching his first-ever interactive Life Rocks Seminar, set to take place September 24th at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Florida. The event is named after the rocker's Life Rocks Foundation, an organization that benefits a myriad of charitable causes that affect everyone - from childhood cancer to diabetes to military support and pet charities. "We're going to talk about a whole lot of life, everything from health, wealth, love, music, the pursuit of happiness…you name it, we're going to talk about it," explains the Poison singer. "We're going to open it up and have a great time, and I hope that what I've gone through in my life - the amazing highs and the low lows and everything in-between - we'll have a chance to talk about those and hopefully inspire something you are going through in your life."

Judas Priest Dream Deceivers Trial Documentary Finally Released

(hennemusic) "Dream Deceivers", the 1992 documentary about the infamous trial in which Judas Priest was accused of inserting subliminal messages into its music, has finally been released on DVD and digital after years of behind-the scenes work by director David Van Taylor. Film synopsis: "Just before Christmas, 1985, 19-year-old James Vance watched his best friend Ray Belknap shoot himself to death with a .12 gauge shotgun in a churchyard outside Reno, Nevada. Then Vance pulled the trigger on himself. He survived but was severely disfigured. Vance later claimed his actions had been influenced by the heavy metal music of Judas Priest, prompting his family to sue the band. The drama of the ensuing trial provides the framework for David Van Taylor's disturbing look at teenagers today." According to the Center For Media And Social Impact (CMSI), the delay in releasing "Dream Deceivers" was due to "a copyright nightmare" due to the music and lyrics of Judas Priest appearing throughout the film. Van Taylor, conforming to the "clearance culture" of the era, diligently sought the rights from Sony to it all. "We cleared things that, even then, we shouldn't have," said Van Taylor. "People reciting lyrics in the court room, snippets of songs being played backward--everything."

Billy Joel Rocks AC/DC Classic

(hennemusic) Billy Joel performed AC/DC's 1979 classic, "Highway To Hell", at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thursday with help from New Zealand rocker Jon Stevens, and fan-filmed video of the tune surfaced online. Stevens was enjoying the show in the crowd before Joel surprised the singer. "My first time at the Garden and I wasn't expecting to be asked up onstage," Stevens later posted on Facebook. ".. talk about intense." The August 7th show is part of Joel's ongoing residency at the famed venue, where he plays one show each month. Stevens began his lengthy music career as a pop star in New Zealand during the 1970s before moving to Australia to front the Sydney band Noiseworks in the 1980s.

Ozzy Osbourne Plays First Solo Concert In Two Years

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne played his first solo show in two years on Saturday when he headlined the Hyundai Card Citybreak festival in Seoul, South Korea at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, and fan-filmed video from the concert has surfaced online. Ozzy's 14-song set featured five Black Sabbath tracks mixed with solo favourites like "Bark At The Moon", "I Don't Know" and "Crazy Train." The rocker recently wrapped up a world tour with Black Sabbath in support of their latest album, "13." Osbourne will release two career-spanning "Memoirs Of A Madman" collections on October 7th. The "Memoirs Of A Madman" CD features 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time, and will be available in a single CD, 2-LP set and 2-LP picture disc set configurations.

Metallica Play Final By Request Summer Show

(hennemusic) Metallica wrapped up their 2014 "By Request" tour before more than 40,000 fans at Heavy Montreal on Saturday, and fans can now check out video from the concert. The band topped the bill on the opening day of the weekend event at Parc Jean-Drapeau, which also saw performances by Anthrax, the Offspring, Voivod, the Dropkick Murphys and more. Metallica's 18-song set included the fan-voted song of the day, "The Four Horsemen", from their 1983 debut album, "Kill 'Em All." The group's only North American show of 2014 came on the heels of an extensive, 2-month tour across Europe.