Classic Rock News

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6

 

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS TO UNVEIL BLACK SABBATH-THEMED 3D MAZE

The wildly popular Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual “Halloween Horror Nights” this year will feature the new 3D maze Black Sabbath: 13 3D, inspired by the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band and their latest album 13. Based on some of the darkest lyrics in the Black Sabbath canon, the new bone-chilling attraction debuts September 20 and features a spooky soundtrack that includes scary Sabbath standards such as “War Pigs,” “Electric Funeral,” “Iron Man,” “Paranoid” and the eerily apropos “Black Sabbath.”

 

OZZY ADDS WARD’S WAR WITH WEIGHT TO LIST OF DRUMMER’S WOES

By now, everyone knows that original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been sitting on the sidelines while his bandmates Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler tour without him. Aside from the highly publicized failure to reach an agreement on an equitable contract, Osbourne says one of the other reasons Ward wasn’t able to join the reunion was his battle with the bulge. Osbourne told the New York Daily News, “I don’t think he could have done the gig, to be honest. He’s incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He’s already had two heart attacks. I don’t want to be responsible for his life.” The current Black Sabbath reunion tour continues tonight in Detroit, and runs through September 3 in Los Angeles.

 

NUGENT AIMS TO FIRE OFF ULTRALIVE BALLISTICROCK 2-CD/DVD SET

Motor City Madman Ted Nugent has set his sights on an October 22 release date for his new concert collection Ultralive Ballisticrock. The hits-packed 2-CD/DVD set was captured and recorded on Terrible Ted’s I Still Believe Tour at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA on August 14, 2011 and features an arsenal of his biggest hits, including “Stormtroopin’,” “Wango Tango,” “Dog Eat Dog,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Free For All,” “Great White Buffalo” and “Stranglehold.”

 

PETTY PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON NEXT HEARTBREAKERS RECORD

With their touring schedule in the rearview mirror, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are now looking ahead to wrapping up work on their next studio album. Petty recently told Rolling Stone, “We’re nearly done with it” adding that the band has “raised the bar a bit” while taking an old-school approach to recording. He said, “Lately, I just roll in, play the song on the guitar, and they just fall in and we work it out. Usually, the first few takes are the best… I think people are going to like it.”

 

COSTELLO LINES UP FIRST EAST COAST SOLO DATES IN A DECADE

Former angry young man Elvis Costello has unveiled a string of 13 intimate solo dates, his first stretch of solo shows on the east coast a decade. The run gets underway November 2 in Burlington, VT and continues in Northampton, MA, Englewood, NJ, Troy, NY, Ithaca, NY, New Haven, CT, Philadelphia, Port Chester, NY, Kingston, NY, Boston, and Portland, ME before finishing up in Orono, ME on November 19. The dates are designed to promote the September 7 release of Wise Up Ghost, his collaborative album with the Roots.

 

SUPER TRIO THE RIDES DEBUTS DRIVING COVER OF STOOGES GEM

Newly formed supergroup The Rides – Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg – have taken their cover of the Stooges’ “Search and Destroy” for a test spin via a just released lyric/in studio video. The track will be featured on the group’s debut album Can’t Get Enough, scheduled to arrive August 27. Of recording the album, Stills told Billboard, “It was very fast. We really wanted to go by the old rules and go in and do an album in a week. We just came out flying and got everything done in one or two takes.” The Rides will take their tunes on the road, kicking off a 17-stop tour August 28 and 29 in New York City.

 

HALL OF FAMERS WILSON, BECK PLOT FALL TREK

Fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck have announced plans to mount a joint month-long North American tour, starting September 27 in Hollywood, FL. The 18-show tour will run through October 27 in Akron, OH and will feature fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks in Wilson’s band. In addition, Beck told USA Today, “Brian will kick things off, but I’ll also be given enough time to establish what I’m about. In the end, we’ll mix and match. It’s a complete honor to be on stage with him.”

 

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

New albums out today: Newsted – Heavy Metal Music; James LaBrie – Impermanent

FRIDAY, APRIL 5

BLACK SABBATH UNVEILS INCENDIARY COVER FOR NEW ALBUM 13
More details are coming to light regarding the highly anticipated and cleverly titled 13th studio album from Black Sabbath, 13. The reunited band – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler – along with session drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine) released a 27-second video that shows the artwork for the album cover forming until it reveals a flaming number 13. The album is scheduled to be released June 13.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4

ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE NINE 50 AND COUNTING TOUR DATES
As expected, the Rolling Stones yesterday announced what is anticipated (hoped?) to be just the first batch of their 50 and Counting North American tour dates. The boys will launch the nine-show run at the Staples Center in Los Angeles (date to be determined pending NBA/NHL playoff schedules) and will move on to rock Oakland on May 5, San Jose on the 8th, Las Vegas on the 11th, Anaheim on the 15th, Toronto on the 25th, Chicago on the 28th, Boston on June 12 and Philadelphia on June 18. Tickets go on sale this Monday. Also, former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor will be a special guest throughout the tour.

Read more: THURSDAY, APRIL 4

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

TAYLOR WANTS TO SHARE STAGE WITH STONES AT UK FESTIVAL
Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is tossing out huge hints he’d like to join his old mates onstage at their upcoming headlining gig at UK’s Glastonbury festival in June. Taylor told British tabloid The Sun, “It would be great. I really didn’t think they’d be touring again. But I hoped they’d want to recreate some of the music from my days in the band. It would be a big noise, I tell you.”

Read more: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3

TUESDAY, APRIL 2

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).

MONDAY, APRIL 1

MONDAY, APRIL 1

COUNTDOWN TO STONES TOUR ANNOUNCEMENT COULD END WEDNESDAY

On Friday, the Rolling Stones posted the following brief message on their official website: “5 Days & Counting…” Yesterday, a new message read: “3 Days & Counting…” The cryptic communiqués appear to be signs the band will finally share the long-awaited details surrounding their full-scale tour in celebration of their 50th anniversary tour. Last week, the group confirmed they will headline UK’s Glastonbury festival on June 29.

Read more: MONDAY, APRIL 1

TUESDAY, MARCH 26

TUESDAY, MARCH 26

ZZ TOP TOPS OFF TANK TO MOUNT NEW ROAD TRIP

Texas trio ZZ Top has announced a new clutch of US concert dates, starting with a May 2 show in Newkirk, OK. The trek, designed to promote the group’s current album, La Futura, includes gigs in Memphis, Morristown, NJ, Atlantic City, Lynn, MA, Baltimore, Knoxville, and Biloxi, MS, plus stops at the Bonaroo festival in Manchester, TN on June 13 and the annual Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD on August 4.

Read more: TUESDAY, MARCH 26

MONDAY, MARCH 25

MONDAY, MARCH 25

LED ZEPPELIN LAND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN GERMANY

The mighty Led Zeppelin were handed the inaugural International Lifetime Achievement Award at Germany’s ECHO Awards, held last Thursday in Berlin. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the band; Robert Plant was unable to attend due to a performance in Singapore that same night. After receiving the award, Page told reporters, “As long as we can be an inspiration, either as a group or individually…as far as I’m concerned, that’s my lifetime achievement: that people will be inspired by the music.”

Read more: MONDAY, MARCH 25

FRIDAY, MARCH 22

THE ROLLING STONES PICK PROMOTER, PLAN ARENA TOUR
The Rolling Stones have taken one giant leap forward towards confirming a 50th anniversary North American arena tour by deciding to go with AEG Live as the promoter for the trek that reportedly will include 18 dates. According to concert industry sources, the band will command between $4 million and $5 million per performance, which translates to top ticket prices climbing as high as $500 to $650 per ticket. So far there’s no confirmation that parking will cost and arm, a beer will cost a leg, and a t-shirt your first-born child.

Read more: FRIDAY, MARCH 22

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

THURSDAY, MARCH 21

BON JOVI, BOWIE BOW AT ONE-TWO ON BILLBOARD CHART

No less than six new albums debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, led by Bon Jovi’s What About Now, which entered the survey at No. 1, selling 101,000 copies in its first week on sale. Entering the chart at No. 2 was David Bowie’s highly anticipated comeback, The Next Day, which moved 85,000 units in one week’s time. Eric Clapton’s latest, Old Sock, debuted at No. 7, selling 37,000 copies, and the soundtrack to Dave Grohl’s SoundCity documentary entered the chart at No. 8.

Read more: THURSDAY, MARCH 21

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