Classic Rock News

MONDAY, MARCH 4

LEE FACING LEGAL BATTLE OVER ALLEGED ASSAULT

No stranger to the legal system, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is facing a new courtroom clash after a Florida man filed a civil lawsuit against the rocker, claiming Lee assaulted him on a Florida beach last summer. According to the Broward Palm Beach County New Times, attorneys for Freddy Hernandez issued a press release claiming Lee, on July 7, 2012, “touched and/or struck Freddy Hernandez without his permission, by hitting his camera” after Hernandez took photos of Lee. The suit claims Hernandez was injured as a result of Lee’s actions. It is unknown what damages Hernandez is seeking.

 

TOWNSHEND REGRETS ONSTAGE OUTBURST AIMED AT LITTLE GIRL

An inappropriate outburst by The Who guitarist Pete Townshend aimed at a father and his seven-year old daughter during a concert in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada has led to the sometimes volatile musician apologizing to his two fans. According to witnesses, the little girl brought a homemade sign that stated “Smash Your Guitar, Pete!” which irked Townshend and led him to say from stage, “Don’t wave that sign. Don’t bring your children [and] use them. I want to tell you two words, but I can’t because you have a child on you.” He then mouthed “F*** off.” After hearing of the pain he caused, Townshend later reached out to the father and daughter in a letter, which read in part: “Apologies and condolences from my side, and very best wishes to you and your family.”

YES LIVE CONCERT ON AXS TV NOW A NO-GO

The Yes live concert broadcast scheduled for tomorrow, March 5 at 11p Eastern/8p Pacific, on AXS TV has been cancelled “due to personal matters,” according to a press release from the band’s publicist. The release goes on to say: “Yes and AXS TV hope to reschedule the television event for a later date. The concert itself at The Warfield [in San Francisco] will proceed as scheduled.”

MCCARTNEY PENCIL SKETCH FETCHES OVER $5000 AT AUCTION

A basic drawing done by a then teenage Paul McCartney sold at auction for $5658 last Thursday. The pencil doodle was done in the late 50s when the former Beatle was a student at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys and features multiple faces with various expressions.

KRIEGER TO ROCK AT ROCK SCHOOL BENEFIT EVENT

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Robby Krieger will be a very special guest at the Rock School Scholarship Fund event March 17 at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. The legendary Doors guitarist will be on hand to help raise funds for the organization which helps “kids rock,” and he is scheduled to perform with some of the school’s standout students. Frank Zappa bassist Arthur Barrow will also be onstage with the budding rock stars.

GROHL AND SOUND CITY PLAYERS TO ROCK JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and Dave Grohl and his all-star Sound City Players featuring the Foo Fighters, Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, John Fogerty, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, Lee Ving of Fear and Rick Springfield, among others, will shut down Hollywood Blvd. tomorrow night for a very special concert/broadcast, expected to draw over 10,000 fans to the famous boulevard. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs at 11:35p on ABC.

NEW SEATTLE-CENTRIC SUPERGROUP IN THE WORKS

A new supergroup featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin as well as a troupe of singers is in its nascent stages, McCready told Billboard. McCready explained, “Duff and Barrett and I got together. We wrote some new stuff and we took some of those old [mid-90s one-off supergroup] Mad Season demos…so we are trying to find something to do with those. We’re talking to Jaz from Killing Joke and I’ve been trying to find some singers to work on some of that stuff.”

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