Classic Rock News

FRIDAY, MARCH 1

PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS PLOT TOUR, TWIN RESIDENCIES

As tipped yesterday, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers unveiled details about their 2013 North American summer tour yesterday morning, which will get underway may 16 in Evansville, IN and wrap June 29 in Minneapolis. As previously reported, the band will headline the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN, the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL and the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. Finally, Petty and the Heartbreakers will set up shop in New York City and Los Angeles for runs of five and six shows, respectively. The Big Apple residency will run May 20-26 at the Beacon Theatre, and the Hollywood shows will happen June 3-11 at the very intimate Fonda Theatre.

 

VAN HALEN-SLASH CLASH LANDS COUPLE IN JAIL

An unidentified couple was arrested in Cleveland recently after a heated argument over whether Eddie Van Halen or Slash was the better guitar player got completely out of hand. According to Cleveland.com, the passionate pair was staying at a local Motel 6 when both began to argue about which musician was best, with the man backing the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, while the woman argued (loudly) that the Van Halen axeman was tops. Cops were called in when the fight got too hot, and a routine database check revealed both six-string supporters had outstanding warrants and so they were arrested.

CLAPTON CLAIMS TOURING DAYS ARE COMING TO AN END

The man known as Slowhand says he’s ready to slow down and put his touring days behind him. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Eric Clapton says he will cease doing long tours when he turns 70. The guitarist, whose new album, Old Sock, will arrive March 12, said, “If I could play around my neighborhood that would be great. But for me, the struggle is the travel. When I’m 70, I’ll stop. I won’t stop playing or doing one-offs, but I’ll stop touring, I think.”

MAY DISMAYED BY UK’S DECISION TO REDUCE BADGER POPULATION

Longtime animal rights activist Brian May is once again speaking out about the British government’s decision to capture and kill scores of badgers this summer in an attempt to fight the spread of bovine tuberculosis. In an interview with UK’s Guardian, the Queen guitarist said, “Something has to be done. This is a terrible disease…but this is not the way. The way forward is vaccination of the badgers and of the cows… That’s what we’ll be pushing for as an alternative to this cull of thousands of mainly healthy animals.”

SIR PAUL URGED TO DISAVOW ROYALS OVER ANIMAL RIGHTS

Longtime vegetarian Morrissey is calling on fellow vegetarian and animal rights advocate Sir Paul McCartney to return his knighthood in protest over the British royals’ mistreatment of animals. The former Smiths singer told the Hollywood Reporter, “I know he [McCartney] works tirelessly for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). But he also loves the British royals, whose treatment of animals is abysmal. The Queen herself wears enough fur to blanket most of Russia. If he cared passionately about animals, he’d return his knighthood.”

BEALE STREET MUSIC FEST UNVEILS LINEUP

This year’s Beale Street Music Festival will take place May 3-5 in Memphis, TN and will feature performances by ZZ Top, Gov’t Mule and the Black Crowes, plus many more. The wildly diverse lineup also includes Alice in Chains, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Wallflowers, Hall & Oates, the Black Keys, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Roots, among many more.

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