Classic Rock News

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

BOWIE SCORES FIRST UK NO. 1 ALBUM IN TWO DECADES

The recently resurfaced David Bowie is celebrating his first UK No. 1 album in 20 years as his surprise comeback, The Next Day, debuted atop the chart, selling 94,000 copies last week. It’s the reclusive Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s first chart-topping collection since 1993’s Black Tie White Noise, and his ninth career UK No. 1 album. Bon Jovi’s What About Now debuted at No. 2, and the two titles are also expected to battle for the top spot on the Billboard 200 album survey here in the U.S. this week.

 

DALTREY DEEMED WORTHY OF BEING NAMED PATRON OF MODERN MUSIC

British rock royalty Roger Daltrey can add a new title to his already impressive list of awards and accomplishments. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee as a member of The Who has just been named the “first-ever patron of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Daltrey reacted to receiving the honor by saying, “I am delighted to be a patron for BIMM Brighton. BIMM is a fantastic platform for talented young musicians who are given the opportunity to thrive and grow within the music industry.”

FELDER OFFERS SECOND SINGLE OFF SECOND SOLO SET

Former Eagles member Don Felder has just released the second single off his second solo album, Road to Forever, which is available now. “Wash Away” is the follow-up to “Girls in Black,” and features longtime Styx member Tommy Shaw, who also co-wrote the cut. As Shaw explains, “The best songs to write are the one that just roll out of you and you look back and wonder, ‘Where’d that come from?’ That’s what it was like working with Don. There was a natural chemistry there.”

JOURNEY’S SCHON SUING EX-MOTHER-IN-LAW FOR DEFAMATION

The former mother-in-law of Journey guitarist Neal Schon has been slapped with a lawsuit filed by the musician, who claims she’s been posting slanderous comments online. Schon filed the defamation lawsuit against Judy Kozan, the mother of Amber Schon, whom the musician divorced in 2007. Schon says Kozan has “attacked and harassed” him via online posts in which she claims he’s left her daughter “in a situation where she literally has no money for food, gas for the car, bills, nothing,” while letting their two daughters “go homeless.” Schon says he paid his ex-wife over $1.3 million, and is now suing his ex-mother-in-law (who has since deleted the incriminating blog posts) for at least $75,000.

IDOL (THE SINGER, NOT THE SHOW) SETS SPRING/SUMMER TOUR DATES

With spring and summer being the optimum wedding season, it makes perfect sense that “White Wedding” singer Billy Idol will celebrate by being on the road, starting May 24 in the wine and wedding destination of Temecula, CA. Idol has “I do” to performing a total of 20 North American tour dates confirmed, which run through a show on June 25 in Catoosa, OK.

HEART, JASON BONHAM TEAM FOR UNIQUE TOUR

An upcoming 30-show U.S. tour featuring Heart and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience promises to feature both acts performing music very close to their hearts – specifically, Led Zeppelin music. Each and every concert on the tour, which gets underway on June 17 in West palm Beach, FL and wraps in Portland OR on August 30, will conclude with both bands together onstage for a 30-minute set of Led Zep songs. Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18 in Los Angeles.

JOEL AUCTIONS SIGNED PIANO FOR SCHOOL MUSIC LESSONS PROGRAM

The Piano Man is selling off one of his precious instruments for charity. Billy Joel is auctioning off an autographed Steinway & Sons baby grand piano to benefit Ten O’Clock Classics, a nonprofit working to provide instruments and music lessons for school children. The Charity Buzz auction closes on April 2, and Joel’s signed one-of-a-kind piano is expected to fetch as much as $60,000.

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