Classic Rock News

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

WOOD’S WIFE SAYS HE GAVE HER COKE AFTER BIRTH OF SON

Ronnie Wood’s ex-wife Jo Woods reveals in her new autobiography that the Rolling Stones guitarist gave her cocaine after she gave birth to their son Tyler. ''The second day in hospital after Ty's birth, I was feeding him when Ronnie rocked up. 'Hey baby,' he said, 'I've bought you something.' 'Oh, my honey,' I thought. Could it be flowers, jewelry? Instead Ronnie handed me a packet of white powder. 'A little something to help you get back on track.' It was cocaine,” she writes in the book Hey Jo, which comes out Thursday in England. Jo, who divorced Ronnie in 2009 after he left her for a Russian model, also opens up about her ex’s money problems.   “Ronnie has no concept of money,” she writes. “Bill Wyman told me Ronnie went to the guys in the band to ask for a loan as we couldn't pay the children's school fees. After pocketing the cash he bought himself a Rolex."

 

IGGY AND THE STOOGES ALBUM DUE OUT IN APRIL

Iggy and the Stooges will release a new album, Ready to Die, on April 20th. It is the band’s first studio release since 2007’s The Weirdness, and the first album of all-new material featuring Iggy Pop, guitarist James Williamson and drummer Scott Asheton since 1973's Raw Power. Bassist Mike Watt fills in for the late Ron Asheton on the album. Iggy and The Stooges are planning to tour in support of the release, with dates expected to be announced soon.

ZEPPELIN NAMED MOST INFLUENTIAL ROCK BAND

Led Zeppelin has been named the most influential rock band of all time by listeners of the UK radio station Planet Rock.   The band received a fifth of all votes, to beat Queen, who came in second, followed by Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple. Rounding out the Top Ten are: Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Who, AC/DC and David Bowie. Surprisingly, The Beatles didn’t make the list.

ELVIS COSTELLO ADDED TO SASQUATCH

Elvis Costello & The Imposters have been added to the already sold out Sasquatch! Music Festival, taking place May 24th-27TH at The Gorge in Washington State. Other festival performers include Mumford & Sons, The Postal Service, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers, Arctic Monkeys, among others.

TYLER ADMITS TO WASTING $6 MIL ON DRUGS

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler admitted recently to wasting at least $6 million on drugs. During an Australian 60 Minutes interview, the reporter asked Tyler if the rumor he blew $20 mil on drugs was true, which he denied. “No realistically, $5 or $6 (million) easily,” he said. “But (that figure) doesn’t matter. You could also say I snorted half of Peru. But you know, it’s what we did.” Guitarist Joe Perry said that back in the worst of their drug days, “the band were druggies dabbling in music, rather than musicians dabbling in drugs,” adding, “at the very end, the music wasn’t up to par and our shows weren’t up to par.” Aerosmith recently announced a rare three-date arena tour of Australia, which begins April 28th in Sydney.

GREEN DAY TO PLAY SXSW

Green Day has lined up their first concert since frontman Billie Joe Armstrong went to rehab back in September. The rockers have signed on to play South by Southwest in connection with the March 15th screenings of ¡Cuatro! and Broadway Idiot at the Paramount Theater in Austin, TX. The first film chronicles the recording of their three most recent albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, while the second is a documentary following Armstrong as he adapts their hit album American Idiot for the Broadway stage. The band’s concert, part of the Austin City Limits Live series, also takes place on the 15th, but at the Moody Theater. Green Day was forced to cancel several shows due to Armstrong’s rehab. They are scheduled to resume their tour on March 28th in Chicago.

METALLICA ANNOUNCE ORION FEST LINEUP, THIS TIME IN DETROIT

Metallica yesterday announced the lineup for their second annual Orion Music Festival, which will move this year from New Jersey to Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. The festival, which takes place June 8th and 9th, will, of course, be headlined by Metallica, and will also feature Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against and Deftones. Other bands on the bill include: Silversun Pickups, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, Bassnectar, Datsik, Japandroids and The Joy Formidable. Tickets for the Orion Music Festival go on sale March 1st.

REZNOR RESURRECTING NINE INCH NAILS

Nine Inch Nails fans have something to cheer about. Frontman Trent Reznor has confirmed he is bringing back the band this summer, but with an all-new lineup. Reznor put NIN on indefinite hiatus back in 2009, as he focused on movie soundtracks and a new band, How to Destroy Angels, but yesterday he announced Nails will be hitting the road again this summer. The new Nine Inch Nails lineup now consists of Eric Avery of Jane's Addiction, King Crimson's Adrian Belew and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv, as well aslong-term collaborators Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin. Reznor added that the summer shows will be followed by a “full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.”

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