Classic Rock News

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

SPRINGSTEEN, WATERS SECOND, THIRD HIGHEST PAID MUSICIANS OF 2012

Last year proved to be a financial bonanza for Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters, who ranked second and third, respectively, behind pop star Madonna as the highest paid music acts of 2012. The Boss pulled in over $33 million as a result of constant touring, while Waters made mounds of money staging his The Wall stadium tour, banking over $22 million, and Madonna broke the bank, cashing in close to $33.5 million in large part due to her recent MDNA world tour.

 

BOWIE DEBUTS EERIE VIDEO FOR SONG OFF NEW ALBUM

It’s only fitting that David Bowie, one of rock’s most cutting edge performers, is out with a provocative new (NOTE CONTENT: BRIEF NUDITY) video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” the second song off his forthcoming album The Next Day, available March 12. Bowie stars alongside actress Tilda Swinton as a “normal” couple, haunted by less than normal people invading their mundane lives.

DEEP PURPLE SETTLE ON NOW WHAT?! AS TITLE FOR NEW ALBUM

After weeks of releasing teaser videos promoting their as-yet untitled forthcoming all-new studio album Deep Purple has finally settled on a name for their next studio effort. NOW What?! will be released on April 30, and according to a press release, the 11-song collection was recorded “with no musical rules” claiming “Deep Purple have never sounded so close to the spirit of the 70’s in the last 20 years as they do now.”

FOREIGNER’S JONES, GRAMM PLAN ONSTAGE REUNION

Appropriately, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, the men most responsible for penning the bulk of Foreigner’s many hits, will reunite on stage together for the first time in over a decade at the Songwriters Hall of Fame awards ceremony in New York on June 13. According to Jones, the two will perform two songs – “Jukebox Hero” and “I Want to Know What Love Is” – because, “Lou suggested both of them.” Jones added, “I’m so proud of what Lou and I achieved in those early years… I think it’s the first time that we’ve been recognized for our work and our writing…”

FORMER KISS GUITARIST FREHLEY FACING FORECLOSURE

Former Kiss axeman Ace Frehley reportedly owes over $700,000 on his Yorktown, NY home and is facing foreclosure for failing to pay his mortgage for almost two years, according to the Journal News. According to the U.S. Bank National Association, the guitarist stopped paying his $735,000 mortgage on March 1, 2011. In addition to his unpaid mortgage, Frehley is accused of failing to pay taxes around $14,000 in local city and county taxes.

FORMER ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND GUITARIST DAN TOLER DEAD AT 65

Guitarist Dan Toler, a former member of the Allman Brothers Band, the Gregg Allman Band and Dickey Betts & Great Southern, died Monday following a two-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. A family friend confirmed Toler died in his sleep at his home in Sarasota, FL. He was 65. Toler first teamed with Betts in the late 70’s before joining the Allman Brothers Band in 1979, and along with his brother David “Frankie” Toler, played on the group’s comeback album Enlightened Rogues. In 1982, the Toler brothers also played together in Gregg Allman’s solo band.

CSN SUPPORT CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM MOVEMENT

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Crosby, Stills & Nash have announced their full-throated support and partnership with Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen on Stamp Stampede, a national campaign to amend the U.S. Constitution to “stamp money out of politics.” Voicing his support for campaign finance reform, David Crosby said, “People have been fighting to get soft money out of politics for decades. We have to fight harder, and building public awareness is critical to make the necessary progress.” For more information, visit StampStampede.org. Finally, CSN’s U.S. tour gets underway May 5 in Orlando, FL and wraps May 25 in Biloxi, MS.

ARMSTRONG DISCUSSES SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND RECOVERY

In what will reportedly be the only interview about drug dependency, alcohol abuse and recovery he’ll do, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone at the peak of his battle with the bottle and prescription drug abuse he would “wake up in a strange house on a couch” and would not know how he got there. Armstrong added, “It was a complete blackout.” He says of his onstage meltdown in Las Vegas last September that led him straight to rehab, “The next morning I woke up. I asked [my wife] Adrienne, ‘How bad was it?’ She said, ‘It’s bad.’ I called my manager. He said, ‘You’re getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately.”

GREEN DAY WILL KNOCK OFF RUST WITH THREE TINY CLUB DATES

Rock trio Green Day will gear up for their 2013 arena tour with three club shows, starting March 10 at the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA, followed by a gig the next night at The Marquee in Tempe, AZ and a March 13 concert at Tricky Falls in El Paso, TX. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Friday. The arena run gets underway March 28 in Rosemont, IL, just outside Chicago, and wraps April 18 at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

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