Classic Rock News

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

NEW MORRISON DOCUMENTARY FOCUSES ON PRE-ROCK STAR DAYS

Production has begun on a documentary about late Doors singer Jim Morrison, only this one will focus on his formative years, according to Deadline.com. Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age will use interviews with family and friends, many speaking about the rock idol for the very first time, as well as previously unseen home movies and photographs from his pre-rock god days. No release date has been attached to the independent production as yet.

 

SEGER SAYS TOURING DAYS COMING TO AN END

He’s talked about turning down his touring schedule for years, but it appears Bob Seger is more determined than ever to terminate his touring days. In an interview with Canada’s QMI Agency, the 67-year old rocker said, “I can’t see myself doing this when I’m 70. I’ve had a wonderful, wonderful run and my audiences have just kept coming and it’s really nice but all good things have to come to an end.” Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s current North American tour stops tonight in St. Paul, MN.

BOWIE’S WIFE LETS SLIP HUBBY MAY TAKE CONCERT ROAD TRIP

Did David Bowie’s wife just spill the beans on the rocker’s plans to mount a tour in support of his new album, The Next Day? In an interview with UK fashion magazine, Grazia, Iman said, “We have a 12 year old in school, so we are stuck, we can’t travel. Our schedule is around her, so I don’t know. We’ll have to go visit him, but we won’t be on tour with him because she’s in school.”

PLANT TO PERFORM AT JAMBASE LIVE FEST IN WASHINGTON STATE

Organizers of the inaugural JamBase Live Festival, scheduled for July 5 and 6 in Gorge, WA, scored a major get by getting Robert Plant and his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, to agree to perform. Plant made news last month when he hinted he would be open to a Led Zeppelin reunion next year, when he said, “I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.”

HEAVEN & EARTH UNEARTH CLASSIC SOUND ON NEW ALBUM DIG

The evolution of Heaven & Earth begins with guitar wizard Stuart Smith, who founded the five-piece unit in 1994, and continues on April 23 with the release of their new album, Dig. Produced by Dave Jenkins (Metallica), Dig features guest appearances by Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers) and David Paich (Toto), and is rooted in a solid classic rock foundation, reminiscent of bands such as Deep Purple. The video for the slinky and sexy first single, “No Money, No Love,” premiered at Guitarworld.com.

CLARK KEEPS GOOD COMPANY; JOINS CLAPTON FOR 7-NIGHT UK RUN

Austin born and bred guitar god Gary Clark, Jr. will be spending a great deal of time with fellow six-string master Eric Clapton. Clark will join the man they once called “God” at his two-day Crossroads Guitar Festival, April 12 and 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, then reconnect with Slowhand for several UK shows, including a seven-night run at the historic Royal Albert Hall in London, starting May 17 through the 26th. Clark is touring in support of his critically acclaimed album, Blak and Blu, available in stores and online now.

GROHL GIVES KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT SXSW

Joking that he hoped he still looked “like a rock star” wearing reading glasses he got “at the drugstore cause I’m going blind,” Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl covered myriad subjects Thursday, delivering the keynote address at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, TX. Grohl quipped about naming his first band Nameless because “we just couldn’t f***in’ come up with anything better than that, and confessed the first notes that came out of his first guitar, a Sears Silvertone, “sounded like that goats yelling like humans YouTube clip that’s popular right now.” On the early days of Nirvana, he said, “We practiced in a barn every day. It was all that we had. How Kurt [Cobain] could even think we’d make a ripple in this ridiculous mainstream world of polished pop music was beyond me.” Another highlight of his speech occurred when he stunned the crowd by saying: “I can truly say out loud that ‘Gangnam Style’ is one of my f***ing favorite songs of the past decade.”

GROHL WRITING AN UNCONVENTIONAL ALBUM

On Wednesday, prior to a screening of his documentary, Sound City, at SXSW, Dave Grohl told Billboard he’s “writing right now” for the next Foo Fighters album, though he refused to place a timetable on its release. He said, “When we start working on a record, what I’ve found is we work best at our own pace…” He added that he has “a crazy idea of what I want to do with the next record and how we record it. It’s not conventional. It won’t be a conventional record.”

GREEN DAY WILL HAVE BUSY DAY TODAY AT SXSW

Today could be dubbed Green Day day at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, TX because the powerful rock trio will be here, there and everywhere, making their festival debut. First up, the Grammy Award winning band’s Broadway Idiot will be screened at 2:45, followed by their documentary, ¡Cuatro!, at 4:15, both at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. Then tonight at 9, the band will hit the stage for a performance at the Moody Theatre.

ARMSTRONG PENNING TUNES FOR ROCK ADAPTATION OF SHAKESPEARE

With a Broadway adaptation of Green Day’s American Idiot already under his belt, Billie Joe Armstrong is now taking on Shakespeare. According to the New York Times, the frontman is writing new music for These Paper Bullets, a Yale Repertory Theater adaptation of the playwright’s Much Ado About Nothing, which tells the story of a band from Liverpool as they try to make it in the competitive music business in London. These Paper Bullets is scheduled to premiere in March 2014.

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