Classic Rock News

FLEETWOOD MAC ADD ON 13 NEW U.S. TOUR DATES

Demand for Fleetwood Mac tour dates in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles is such that the group has added an additional show in each of those cities, as well as 10 more U.S. dates. The extra Chicago date is June 14; the second Boston show will happen June 21; and the extra L.A. gig will take place on July 3. New cities set to see the band include Cleveland, Albany, Wantagh, NY, Charlotte, Des Moines, Spokane, Portland, OR, San Diego and Sacramento, CA on July 6. The tour begins April 4 in Columbus, OH.

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND TO ISSUE TWO CLASSIC CONCERTS

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer members the Allman Brothers Band are readying the release of two pivotal performances in the arch of the band’s illustrious career. On February 2, the group will release Macon, GA 2/11/72 and Nassau Coliseum 5/1/73: the former significant because it was the first show in the band’s hometown following the death of Duane Allman, and the latter showcased a revamped lineup, featuring Chuck Leavell on keyboards and bassist Lamar Williams, who had replaced the late Berry Oakley. Both collections will be released through the band’s own Allman Brothers Band Recording Company.

VAN HALEN’S EX HEAD OF SECURITY SPILLS BEANS ON BAND

The former director of security for Van Halen shared a stack of stories with fans about what he called “the insane ‘round-the-world ride” between 1980-84. Speaking with the excellent fan site Van Halen News Desk, Ed Anderson said, “We could do no wrong. Animals with guitars. Wolves watching over the sheep. Creative chaos. We were the Jack Daniels Black Label of everything dangerous and desirous. Berserk fans. Jealous boyfriends. Sold-out shows. Drinking. Drugs. Women. I had to protect them from each other and from themselves.” Read more here.

GUNS N’ ROSES PROMOTER PROMISES ROSE WILL BE PUNCTUAL

The promoter of the upcoming Guns N’ Roses Australian tour swears the notoriously tardy Axl Rose will not keep fans waiting. Andrew McManus told Australia’s Triple M radio, “Axl will be on stage on time, so any of those fairyheads saying he won’t be, good luck! I can guarantee all the punters that do go, he has been exemplary. [If] you rock out there two hours late and think you’re going to see him…the show will be over.”

STYX CONCERT DVD BROADCAST PREMIERE SET FOR SATURDAY

The broadcast premiere of the Styx concert DVD Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Live will take place tomorrow night at 9p ET on the Palladia HD channel and will air again Friday, February 1 on VH1 Classic. The concert was recorded November 9, 2010 at the historic Orpheum Theater in Memphis. Guitarist James “JY” Young describes the DVD as “the most magnificent piece of video we’ve ever done,” adding that the finished product “is something we’re extremely proud of.”

GROHL PLEDGES TO KEEP SOUND CITY PLAYERS PLAYING MORE

Two scheduled shows just won’t be enough for Dave Grohl and his 17-member super-duper group Sound City Players, the Foo Fighters frontman says. The mega-ensemble which includes a slew of current and classic artists, including John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen and Rick Springfield, made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival and will perform at the Hollywood Palladium on January 31, but Grohl tells Billboard, “We plan to do shows all over the world."

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