Classic Rock News

Reward Offered In AC/DC Murder Case

Police in Australian's New South Wales have announced a reward in their murder investigation of long-time AC/DC manager Crispin Dye, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The paper reports that investigators are now offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the suspect(s) in the 20-year-old murder of Dye, who also worked with the Easybeats and celebrated Aussie hard rockers Rose Tattoo. Dye died in St George Hospital in Sydney on Christmas Day 1993, two days after he was attracted, robbed and left unconscious and the case has remained unsolved but officials have now announced the reward for information that lead to an arrest and conviction. Commander of the Homicide Squad, Detective Superintendent Mick Willing, had this to say, "There are people out there who know those responsible for Mr Dye's death and we're hoping this reward may prompt them to get in touch with police. "By all accounts, Crispin Dye was a fun-loving, friendly and decent man, who was robbed of his life far too soon. We are absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of this case and bringing those responsible for an innocent man's violent death to justice, but we won't be able to do it without assistance from the public."

Safety Concerns Over Beatles Landmark

(TeamRock Radio) The zebra road crossing made famous by the Beatles could have safety staff assigned to run it after authorities became concerned about the number of tourist visits. Westminster City Council fears that so many people stop to take photos on the Abbey Road landmark that they could be at risk of being hit by traffic. A review has been commissioned after residents in the St Johns Wood area of London reported that the crossing - featured on the Fab Four's 1969 album cover - has become increasingly busy in recent years, with buses double-parking and tourists stopping in forbidden areas. A spokeswoman tells the BBC: "Councillors raised residents' concerns about the number of tourists spilling into the road and traffic near the crossing at the height of the summer season."

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons Collaborates With David Guetta

(TeamRock Radio) ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons has collaborated with dance producer David Guetta on new material. Gibbons expects the recordings to surface in the future, although it's not clear whether it will be a ZZ Top or Guetta release. The guitarist met Guetta in Ibiza recently to share ideas and the pair ended up working on new music together. Gibbons tells Billboard: "I wanted to know how they did certain things, and of course they were badgering me to bring the guitar to the forefront. They said, 'You know, the only thing missing in dance music is a good guitar player.' I said, 'Let's see if we can bring the two together and make it shake.'" Gibbons says around 10 songs were recorded in the sessions. He adds: "It's a far cry from what people might expect. But a lot of people have overlooked the fact that one of the things that made Eliminator so interesting was the opportunity to go into that experimental side of things".

Alice Cooper Reveals Raise the Dead Headline Tour Dates

Alice Cooper has announced a handful of Raise the Dead headline tour dates in addition to his current stops supporting Motley Crue's North American farewell tour. Cooper has announced two Raise the Dead tour dates in Canada in Rama, ON on October 30th at Casino Rama and also on Halloween night in Kitchener, ON at Centre in the Square. He will also be playing two U.S. dates beginning on November 2nd in Hammond, IN at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino and on November 29th in Las Vegas at The Pearl Theatre @ The Palms.

Rush Park Plans Gets Approved

(Classic Rock) Rush frontman Geddy Lee says that he and his bandmate Alex Lifeson are "humbly honored" after plans were approved to name a neighborhood park after them. North York Community Council in Toronto yesterday rubber-stamped the change of title from Willowdale Park to the Lee Lifeson Art Park, with the intention of acknowledging the musicians' contributions to culture and the community where they grew up. Early designs for the development include sculptural installations, a performance space and a small bandstand for acoustic concerts. Lee tells the Toronto Star: "We met with the architects and were really impressed with the thought and plans they have for it."

Metallica Fans Help Frontman When He Struggles

(Classic Rock) Metallica frontman James Hetfield admits he isn't always in the right frame of mind for a gig and says he relies on the audience to help him through the show. The says in a new interview that he makes eye contact with a member of the crowd whenever he needs a boost - and adds that the trick never fails. He tells Hitradio 03: "I mean, we're all human, and sometimes we feel very communicative and sometimes we don't. But most of the time, if I'm not feeling good and then we get up on stage, I just look at somebody in the eye and just say, 'Hey, I need your help tonight.' "I mean, I'm not asking them directly, but through the eyes I'm asking them, 'I need your help.' And they give it to me, somehow."

Heart Launching Mini-Residency In Las Vegas

Heart will be the latest classic rock band to go Vegas with the announcement that they will be launching a mini-residency at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay. hennemusic reports that the band has announced plans to play three shows on December 5, 6 and 7 at the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The Heart Monger Fan Club pre-sale will be held on Tuesday, August 12 at 10am PDT and will end on Wednesday, August 13 at 10pm PDT and can be accessed through Ticketmaster.

Gilby Clarke Reveals Canadian Tour Dates

(hennemusic) Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke has announced dates for a Canadian tour this fall. The 3-week, 12-show trek starts September 3rd in Windsor, Ontario. Clarke recently released a new video for his 1994 track, "Tijuana Jail", to mark the song's 20th anniversary. The video for the tune, which originally appeared on Clarke's solo debut album, "Pawnshop Guitars", was directed by Rocco Guarino. The original album features the distinction of having all of the then-current members of Guns N' Roses appearing on the project; Clarke was a member of GNR from 1991 - 1994 before moving on to play with Slash's Snakepit and Rock Star Supernova, as well as issuing a series of solo records.

Ace Frehley Releases Stream Of The Joker

(hennemusic) After teasing fans earlier this week, Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has released a full stream of his cover of the Steve Miller Band's 1973 classic, "The Joker". The cover is from Frehley's forthcoming album, "Space Invader," which will be released on August 19th in North America (August 29th in Europe), and is Frehley's first new solo album in five years "The Joker" was the title track to Miller's 1973 album of the same name was a No. 1 US hit for the rocker. Ace's version is the second track issued from his new album, following the lead single, "Gimme A Feelin'".

Slash Talks World On Fire Song In New Online Video

(hennemusic) Slash reveals the story behind the recently-released lyric video for the title track to his forthcoming album, "World On Fire", in the latest edition of a new online series, "Ask Slash & Myles." "I wanted something specifically dark and specifically fun," says the former Guns N' Roses guitarist, "and definitely something that you couldn't play on regular tv." Due September 16, "World On Fire" sees Slash working with his touring band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, and producer Michael Baskette. A week after the album's release, Slash will promote the project and mark the Guitar Center's 50th anniversary with a series of three concerts in Hollywood's most legendary clubs.