Classic Rock News

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

BRUCE HEADING BACK TO HEADLINE HARD ROCK CALLING FEST

Hoping authorities don’t decide to pull the plug on him again, Bruce Springsteen announced yesterday he and the E Street Band have agreed to once again headline London’s Hard Rock Calling festival again this year. You may recall last summer the powers that be cut the power on the Boss and Paul McCartney while the two legends were singing “Twist and Shout.” But last year’s festival was held at London’s Hyde Park, while this year the event will take place at the city’s brand new Olympic Park. Bruce and the band will headline the second night of the two-day event June 30.

 

LATEST HENDRIX SINGLE ‘SOMEWHERE’ TOPS UK CHART

Somewhere,” the first release off People, Hell & Angels, the just released collection of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix material, has already reached No. 1 on the UK charts. A CBS This Morning profile that aired yesterday featured an interview with longtime Hendrix producer, engineer and friend Eddie Kramer, who gave reporter Bill Whitaker a taste of several tracks found on the most recent compilation of music from the Hendrix vaults. People, Hell & Angels is available in stores and online now.

LAKE EXPLAINS DEMISE OF ELP, DISMISSES PUNK

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, former King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer member Greg Lake shared his thoughts on the demise of ELP and rise of punk rock. On the downfall of ELP, Lake said, “I’m very proud of ELP, but it wasn’t the journalists who brought down EPL. I think it was ELP themselves.” Asked if he gets sick of ELP being known as the band that essentially caused punk rock to exist, he said, “Well, no… Look, you’ve got to understand. Punk is not a form of music. It’s a fashion statement. If you wanna talk about real punk music, you’ve gotta look at people like The Who, the Rolling Stones…the people who initially had that kind of punk attitude, that right-up-in-your-face thing.”

MOTLEY CRUE U.S. TOUR DATES NOW UP TO NINE

The number of Motley Crue 2013 U.S. tour dates climbed to nine Tuesday after the band announced four new shows in Bethlehem, PA, Verona, NY, Big Flats, NY and Atlantic City, NJ. The group’s U.S. touring schedule will get underway May 16 in Bangor, ME, and includes gigs in Gilford, NH, Uncasville, CT, a performance at the Moondance Jam in Walker, MN, and another at Rock Fest in Cadott, WI on July 21.

MICHAELS REPORTEDLY HAS ‘MELTDOWN’ AFTER HEARING ‘YOU’RE FIRED’

Former Celebrity Apprentice winner Bret Michaels reportedly lost it after getting canned in the first episode of the new season on Sunday. Sources told RadarOnline the Poison frontman “couldn’t believe it that he was let go so quickly. It was brutal to watch him freaking out… He couldn’t stop crying and even the producers were trying to comfort him. No one expected him to have a meltdown like that.”

MERCURY GRAVE MARKER MISSING

A plaque believed to mark Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s final resting place has been stolen from Kensal Green Cemetery in London. Some speculate Mary Austin, Mercury’s former girlfriend and the beneficiary of his mansion after his death, may have grabbed the marker, which read: “Avec Tout Mon Amour,” which means “Always to be close to you with all my love.”

JOHN DEMANDS ENTIRE HOTEL ROOM SOLELY FOR HIS SPECS

Known for his enormous eyewear collection, Elton John has taken his fixation with glasses to a new high. The singer, currently on a four-show trek through Brazil, is reported to have demanded an entire extra hotel room to house his gargantuan collection of garish glasses, according to Brazil’s Pampulha newspaper. However a spokesperson for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer denied the report, claiming the story is not true.

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