Classic Rock News

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

SANTANA IN TALKS TO REFORM OLD BAND FOR NEW ALBUM

Guitar god Carlos Santana has confirmed he’s been in discussions with several members of his original Santana band, including keyboardist/singer “Gregg Rolie from the first three albums,” about the possibility of recording a brand new studio record. Santana told Noise11.com, “It will be like Santana IV because we stopped at Santana III.” The guitarist said he’s also talking to longtime Journey guitarist Neal Schon (who joined Santana at 15 years old) as well as “the two Mikes, (percussionist) Mike Carabello and (drummer) Michael Shrieve. So that is pretty much everyone.” Original bass player Dave Brown died in 2000. Santana states a new album could feature African rhythms, adding, “It was a beautiful common ground for Santana to play African music.” A new album could be ready for a 2014 release.

 

TOXIC TWINS TAPPED TO ENTER SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

The main songwriting engines of one of America’s best rock and roll bands have been chosen for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Aerosmith partners in rhyme (and crime) Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will join Foreigner pen men Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, JD Souther (The Eagles), Holly Knight (Pat Benatar, Tina Turner) and Tony Hatch (Petula Clark, David Bowie) at the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony June 13 in New York.

DEEP PURPLE TOSSES OUT FRESH ALBUM TEASER TRAILER

The guys in Deep Purple continued to whet the appetite of fans worldwide thirsty for new music from the group by releasing yet another new video teaser for the upcoming as-yet-untitled new studio album. The latest audio appetizer features bassist Roger Glover doing his best to define what a Deep Purple song sounds like, before coming to the conclusion that it sounds like however the hell the band wants it to sound like.

BOWIE OFFERED JOB AS JUDGE ON THE X FACTOR

Could Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Bowie be replacing pop tart Britney Spears as a judge on the singing contest series The X Factor? We doubt it, but X Factor boss Simon Cowell did confirm to UK’s Daily Mail he made Bowie an offer to join the show. Cowell explained, “Why Bowie? He’s a legend. He’s a great songwriter, he has massive influence on music today and he’s 100 percent credible. I’m a fan. Not just of his music but of him, the man. He’s cool. Most of us aren’t. Bowie is.” Cowell admits he is yet to hear back from Bowie, whose new album, The Next Day, is due March 12.

JOHN WRAPS WORK ON NEXT STUDIO ALBUM

Sir Elton John says he’s completed work on his next album, a collection he describes as his “most piano-oriented album of my career,” according to Billboard. John dubbed his upcoming record The Diving Board and says the 13-song album – produced by T Bone Burnett - should be available by September.

NUGENT DUBS NEXT TOUR BLACK POWER 2013 TOUR

Proclaiming his “fire-breathing musical career was literally launched by black musical thundergods such as Bo Diddley, Little Richard, James Brown…and the epitome of Rock “n” Roll Gods, the master, Chuck Berry,” Ted Nugent announced he’s calling his next tour Ted Nugent Black Power 2013. The right wing rocker made the announcement in an op-ed on the conservative website World Net Daily in which he alleges the Democratic Party and specifically President Barack Obama “is the clear and present engineer of the destruction of black America,” adding, “I don’t celebrate Black History Month. I celebrate it every day, as my very black-inspired musical dreams could not have been successful were it not for black Americans.”

NEW PEARL JAM ALBUM DUE BY YEAR’S END

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready said the band will deliver a new album by the end of the year. He explained, “We have seven songs that are relatively completed. But then we have an additional 15 ready to go aside from any that Eddie [Vedder] brings in, so we’ll weed through those.” McCready added that some of the songs have a “Pink Floyd vibe,” while “there’s a punk rock edge to other stuff.”

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