Classic Rock News

TUESDAY, APRIL 2

LED ZEPPELIN DIGITAL BOOK DUE APRIL 15

Experience the sound and fury of the mighty Led Zeppelin through the lens of renowned rock photographer Neal Preston in the forthcoming aptly titled digital book Led Zeppelin: Sound and Fury, available April 15 exclusively at the iBookstore. A just-released video trailer gives fans a sneak peek at some of the hundreds of photos (many seen for the first time) and 80 contact sheets (all previously unreleased) found within the digital pages of the visually-stunning book. Pre-order your copy today on iTunes.

YES ANNOUNCE NEW ROUND OF US TOUR DATES

Currently earning rave reviews on the first leg of their US tour, progressive rock royalty Yes has announced a second leg will get underway July 6 in Paso Robles, CA. The new run of 26 dates winds down on August 14 in Rosemont, IL. The band’s current stretch of shows in which they are performing three of their landmark albums – The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going For the One – in their entirety stops tonight in Clearwater, FL and wraps April 12 in Detroit.

AC/DC’S SCOTT RATED SECOND GREATEST AUSTRALIAN SINGER

Australia’s Daily Telegraph recently conducted a survey of the nation’s top singers who were asked to pick the country’s all-time greatest singers and the late Bon Scott of AC/DC came in second behind 63-year old Aussie legend John Farnham. Scott was ranked right near the top “for his take no prisoners attitude, authenticity, and the fact that his voice and lyrics are unmistakable and timeless.” And for those who simply need to know, the Bee Gees came in 12th and Olivia Newton-John was ranked 36th.

SIR PAUL SHARES THOUGHTS ON LATE PRODUCER PHIL RAMONE

Tributes continue to pour in following the passing of legendary record producer Phil Ramone, who died Saturday at the age of 79. In a statement posted on his official website, Paul McCartney wrote: “Phil was a great friend of mine for many years. He was a very sweet man… I’ll always remember him as a great friend that I knew, loved and admired over the many years that we worked and played together.”

MCCARTNEY TO BEGIN ‘OUT THERE' WORLD TOUR IN BOSTON

Apropos for yesterday’s Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season, Paul McCartney announced Opening Day for his upcoming out There world tour will be on July 9 in one of baseball’s most historic ballparks, Fenway Park in Boston. This will be the former Beatles’ second visit to the Beantown baseball mecca: Macca - as he is affectionately known in the UK – played a pair of shows there in August 2009.

HELM DOCUMENTARY SET FOR APRIL 19 THEATRICAL DEBUT

The Levon Helm documentary Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm will make its US theatrical debut at Cinema Village in New York on April 19, which happen to be the first anniversary of the late Band drummer’s passing. Directed by Jacob Hatley, the film documents the writing and recording of Helm’s 2010 album Electric Dirt. Helm died of throat cancer at the age of 71.

METALLICA’S MANAGER WEIGHS IN ON POP STAR’S PROBLEMS

Nearly everyone on the planet, including Metallica manager Peter Mensch, has heard of Justin Bieber and read the headlines about all of his recent childish behavior. Well now the man who handles the hard rock heroes as well as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others, is speaking out about what he would do if he was managing the troubled pop singer, telling UK tabloid The Sun, “I’d take Bieber to the woodshed and spank him. His manager Scooter Braun is scared s***less.” Mensch adds, “I don’t know what Bieber’s problem is. His career is over in three years anyway.”

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

The following is a list of some of the new albums out today: Various – The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver; The EaglesThe Studio Albums: 1972-1979 (Box Set).

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