Classic Rock News

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

BLACK SABBATH 13 DUE JUNE 11; PRE-ORDERS ACCEPTED NOW

The wait is almost over for the release of the first all-new Black Sabbath album featuring original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler since Never Say Die! in 1979. 13 is set for a June 11 release, but pre-orders are available now at Blacksabbath.com for the highly anticipated album in the following formats: CD, Deluxe 2-CD, 12” vinyl, and Super Deluxe box set. Finally, in a new video featuring 13 producer Rick Rubin and the band working on the album, the multi-Grammy winning producer proclaims, “I’ve been a fan of Black Sabbath all my life. Getting to come to work every day and getting to hear Black Sabbath play, it stimulates something in me, just like when I was 14 years old…and it’s a really good feeling.”

 

FAN READY TO SUE ROSE AFTER MIC KNOCKS TEETH OUT OF HIS MOUTH

An Australian Guns N’ Roses fan is threatening legal action after being whacked in the mouth by Axl Rose’s microphone during a concert in Perth last Saturday. Darren Wright told West Australian, “I could feel bits of teeth in my mouth. At the very least, I want someone to pay to get my teeth fixed.” The band’s tour promoter has offered Wright an autographed microphone to help ease his pain, but Wright feels that’s not right, saying “I don’t think the microphone is going to fix my teeth.”

RAINBOW LIVE IN MUNICH 1977 DUE APRIL 30 ON CD, DVD, VINYL

Fans of the classic Rainbow lineup featuring Ronnie James Dio, Ritchie Blackmore and Cozy Powell will be able to own Rainbow: Live in Munich 1977 on April 30. This classic performance – the only full live concert ever filmed with the classic lineup - will be available in newly remastered sound in three formats: a 2-CD set, 2-LP and DVD. This is also the first time this full concert will be available on vinyl.

NEW VINYL RELEASES FROM GALLAGHER, HAYWARD OUT APRIL 16

A pair of must-have vinyl LPs from two top tier names in classic rock, Rory Gallagher and Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues, will be available on April 16. Blueprint, Gallagher’s 1973 masterpiece showcases the late Irish blues rock guitar master at his finest on genre-defining tracks such as “Walk On Hot Coals, “Daughter of the Everglades” and “The Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.” Spirits of the Western Sky, Hayward’s recently released first solo album since 1996, will be out as a 2-LP set and showcases his unmistakable vocals and guitar playing.

HENDRIX ALBUM PEOPLE, HELL AND ANGELS DEBUTS AT NO. 2

The new collection of previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix material, People, Hell and Angels, debuted at No 2 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, the late guitarist’s highest-charting album in 44 years. The latest release featuring tracks rescued from the Hendrix vaults sold 72, 000 copies its first week out, to become the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s highest chart appearance since 1968’s Electric Ladyland sat at No. 1 for two weeks in a row.

DYLAN ADMITTED INTO AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS

He’s considered one of, if not the greatest, songwriters of all time, so it’s only fitting that Bob Dylan will become the very first rock artist to be invited into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters. Explaining the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s inclusion into the ultra-exclusive club, executive director Virginia Dajani said, “The board of directors considered the diversity of his work and acknowledged his iconic place in the American culture. Bob Dylan is a multi-talented artist whose work so thoroughly crosses several disciplines that it defies categorization.”

COOPER CONSIDERS CUTTING CLASSIC COVERS COLLECTION

He’s way past 18, but Alice Copper will look back on his youth for inspiration for his next studio album, likely to be a compilation of classic rock covers. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member told Billboard, “We do a thing in our show, which is a tribute the Hollywood Vampires, my drinking club. And it was Keith Moon, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz – a very eclectic bunch of drunks. I just kind of said, ‘We’ve never done a covers album, let’s think about that.’ So [longtime producer Bob] Ezrin and I are kind of bouncing it around right now.”

FORMER IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER CLIVE BURR DEAD AT 56

Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr died in his sleep Tuesday night following years of suffering from multiple sclerosis. He was 56. Burr joined Maiden in 1979 and played on the band’s first three albums, their 1980 self-titled debut, 1981’s Killers and 1982’s The Number of the Beast. His powerful drumming drives the group’s early hits, including “Running Free,” “Wrathchild,” “Run to the Hills” and “The Number of the Beast.” Reacting to Burr’s passing, frontman Bruce Dickinson said, “He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with [his partner] Mimi and the family.”

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