Classic Rock News
FLEETWOOD SAYS CHRISTINE MCVIE WILL SPEND TIME WITH BAND
Though he can’t make any promises about an on-stage reunion with her former bandmates, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has convinced the notoriously afraid of flying Christine McVie to spend three weeks with him in Hawaii. He told UK’s The Sun, “I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. John’s [McVie] going to come over…to see her and then she’s going to L.A. to see Stevie [Nicks], who misses her terribly and is really excited to see her. But it’ll be her decision. But we’d make her very welcome if she wanted to creep up on that stage again.”
YES WON’T SAY NO TO REUNION WITH ANDERSON
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Yes bassist Chris Squire was asked the same old question: what is the possibility of welcoming vocalist Jon Anderson back to the lineup? Apparently, Squire said what he always says every time he’s asked that question: “I always say in interviews that I’ve never closed the idea on working with Jon again. It would probably have to be some sort of specialty kind of set, a limited engagement kind of thing. So, there’s always an open door…if we want to look at doing something with Jon. But, of course, it all depends on how he feels about it.”
NEXT SCHON SOLO SET TO FEATURE VOCALS
Longtime Journey guitarist Neal Schon could be the newest hardest working man in rock. The veteran six-stringer released his last solo album The Calling last fall, he’s currently on tour with Journey, and he says he has his next solo set ready to be released “whenever I decide to put it out.” In a recent interview, Schon said his next solo offering will be “more of a power trio album” featuring Journey drummer Deen Castronovo and Thin Lizzy member Marco Mendoza on bass, all of whom take turns singing lead vocals. The album will also contain an instrumental dedicated to his former Santana bandmate Carlos Santana.
HART SHOWS HEART; HELPS HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS
Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart found a way to do his part for victims of Hurricane Sandy by recording a song called “Jersey Shore,” all proceeds from which will be donated to Clean Ocean Action. As Hart explains, he was watching coverage of the devastation “and it really touched me, the loss for all these people… It was just a tragedy. He adds that he wrote “Jersey Shore” because it’s “what musicians do, when they cry, when they laugh, when they see anything, they try to reflect on what’s going on in life, they write a song.”
FOGERTY ALBUM WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE DUE MAY 28
Legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival singer and main songwriter John Fogerty has announced a May 28 release date for his highly anticipated new album Wrote a Song for Everyone, available on Vanguard Records. The 14-track album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon stores, and features updated versions of classic Fogerty compositions such as “Fortunate Son,” “Lodi,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Born On the Bayou,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “Proud Mary,” each featuring a collaboration with a who’s who list of famous guest stars.
POCO ALL FIRED UP TO RELEASE FIRST STUDIO ALBUM SINCE 2002
Iconic country rock outfit Poco has announced the release of their first all-new studio album since 2002’s Running Horse. All Fired Up will be out on March 5, and as singer Rusty Young explains, “We wanted to give a nod to the classic Poco sound that everyone loves from the early days… And it would of course be great if the CD captures new fans. We’re always trying to attract new Poconuts.” In addition, Young promises that new tour dates will be announced soon.
GROHL GUEST HOSTS ALL WEEK ON CHELSEA LATELY
Showing off yet another newfound skill, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will continue to pitch his Sound City documentary by serving as guest host all this week on the E! talk show Chelsea Lately. Grohl’s guests throughout the week include Sound City Players member Rick Springfield, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John and his mock rock pals Tenacious D.