Classic Rock News

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.

 

PLANT FEATURED ON NEW GRIFFIN SINGLE ‘OHIO’

“Ohio,” the first release off Patty Griffin’s forthcoming album, American Kid (due May 7), features harmony vocals from Robert Plant, whom Griffin credits with helping to mold the song into shape. Griffin told USA Today, “I had the song in an odd shape and couldn’t really figure out how to use it. He came in and arranged it so that it became what it is. He came up with the tempo and the mood on it.”

BOSS KEEPS TEMP E STREET BAND GUITARIST ON HIS TOES

As a lifelong fan of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, guitarist Tom Morello was floored when the Boss hired him to fill in for Steven Van Zandt on the groups’ current Australian tour while Van Zandt films his television show Lilyhammer. As Morello told Rolling Stone, so far the experience has been as much of a rush as it’s been a challenge. He said, “I learned about 50 songs in three months for the tour, and every night, 90 minutes til soundcheck, Bruce will text me with seven or eight songs we’ve never played before. Every night, there’s six to eight songs I have literally about a nanosecond to prepare for. But it’s fun. Now that I know that’s the gig I’m like, ‘Let’s go!’”

BON JOVI’S ‘ARMY OF ONE’ ENLISTED BY DISCOVERY CHANNEL

The Discovery Channel and multimillion-selling Bon Jovi have struck a deal to have the band’s empowering track “Army of One” be the theme song for the cable network’s upcoming seven-part series, North America, which according to a video trailer premieres May 19. A Discovery Channel spokesperson said the song “captures the daring, wild spirit of Discovery’s upcoming landmark television event that presents our homeland as an extreme world all within one continent.”

FOGERTY WARNS MEMOIR WON’T BE ‘TAWDRY’ TELL-ALL

With the release of his new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, on the horizon (May 28), John Fogerty will undoubtedly be looking to grab a few headlines. But the same cannot be said for the Creedence Clearwater Revival principal’s as-yet untitled – and written – autobiography. Despite the myriad legal and personal battles he’s fought throughout the years, Forgerty told Billboard, “This is not going to be that sort of tawdry, supermarket kind of thing. I’m not looking for the big reveal or to get a lot of stuff off my chest… I’ve had a remarkable life in music…and I just want to tell that story…I think it’ something worth talking about.”

YOKO FACING LAWSUIT OVER CLAIMS SHE CLONED CLOTHING LINE

New York-based clothes designer Haleh Nematzadeh has filed a lawsuit against Yoko Ono, alleging John Lennon’s widow copied several of her designs for Ono’s clothing line. Nematzadeh, 36, claims Ono swiped ideas for her Fashion for Men collection from a fetish-inspired line by her Smashing Starlets Clothing Company. Nematzadeh told the New York Post, “They took everything with no shame. They stole from me blatantly…since when does fetish and John Lennon go together? When you think of the Beatles, you think of doves and trees, not that.”

METALLICA: THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY DUE IN NOVEMBER

Billed as “the authoritative tribute to one of history’s most successful and admired heavy metal bands,” Voyageur Press has set a November 15 release date for Metallica: The Complete Illustrated History. The 192-page book promises to hold over 300 photographs that will help tell Metallica’s story, including the death of original bassist Cliff Burton, and the departures of Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted.

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