Classic Rock News

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.”
 
MORRISON WEIGHS PROS AND CONS OF PUTTING ON POUNDS
Late Doors frontman Jim Morrison extols the virtues of gaining weight in a lost interview with director/journalist Howard Smith that was recently rediscovered and is now part of new PBS series. In a segment of the 1969 interview, Morrison says of putting on extra pounds, “I felt like a large mammal. A big beast. I was solid, man. It’s terrible to be thin and wispy because, you know, you could get knocked over by a strong wind or something. Fat is beautiful.”

MOTLEY CRUE READY FOR ROUND TWO OF LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY
Despite recent hints from various members that Motley Crue are close to calling it quits, the band has announced it will begin a second residency at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from September 18 to October 6. Bassist Nikki Sixx said in a statement: “We are proud to have pioneered the Las Vegas rock residency last year and can’t wait to come back this year to take it over the top with a brand new show that will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen Motley Crue do before.” Tickets for the 12-show run go on sale this Friday.

GRAMM AUTOBIOGRAPHY DUE ON SHELVES MAY 1
Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm will trace his story from his roots in Rochester to his rise as a rock star in his upcoming autobiography Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock ‘N’ Roll, available May 1. In his deeply personal memoir, Gramm tackles the tough topics, too including his fall into addiction which led to rehabilitation and eventual redemption, and his brush with death after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Gramm, along with Foreigner cohort and co-writer Mick Jones, will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 13.

EDDIE VAN HALEN EXPLAINS RAPPER-ROCKER COLLABORATION
Information has slowly been leaking out regarding the seemingly unlikely partnership between Van Halen guitarist Eddie Van Halen and rapper LL Cool J on two tracks (“We’re the Greatest,” “Not Leaving You Tonight”) off the rapper’s upcoming album Authentic, due April 30. On Tuesday, Van Halen explained how the partnership evolved, saying, “The thought of me playing guitar to hip hop was definitely left of center, but I was intrigued and agreed to meet and listen to what he had. It was like a breath of fresh air that I needed as an artist and an individual. I feel blessed to not only have had the opportunity to work with LL but also to call him a great friend.”

JUDAS PRIEST PREP EPITAPH CONCERT DVD
Celebrating four decades of decibel-defying dominance, Judas Priest will display their raw power on stage with the May 28 release of Epitaph, a 23-song concert collection culled from the closing night of the band’s final world tour. The DVD and Blu-ray features was filmed at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo in May 2012 and includes landmark live versions of at least one song from each of Judas Priest’s 14 epic albums from 1974 to 2008.

RUNDGREN IN A STATE OF REDISCOVERY ON NEW ALBUM
He’s known as one of the most inventive and forward-thinking artists around, so it should come as no surprise that Todd Rundgren felt he needed to “get more educated on what’s happening on the fringes of music” prior to recording his next 10-track album State, available this Tuesday. The genre-defying musician told Billboard, “There’s a younger generation of artists, some of who cite my earlier records as influences on them, who are using the studio or elements of the recording process as creative elements in themselves now… The whole thing has just been returned to the artist, and that was my intent way back when I built my first studio and started making my first crazy records.” Rundgren will begin a US tour May 5 in Woodstock, NY.

HART HOPES TO ‘SONIFY’ AMERICA’S CUP SAILING COMPETITION
Organizers of the America’s Cup international sailing competition have asked Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart to head the entertainment committee for this year’s event, to be held in San Francisco August 21-26. Hart told Rolling Stone, “These [sailors] are rhythm masters. They are a group. It’s like a band… To move at those speeds and with that power – you are dancing with death. You’re dancing with life.” Hart adds, “To represent San Francisco is basically what I’m doing, besides making music for them. I wanted San Francisco represented because this is a place of arts. This is a powerhouse city.” Meanwhile, the Mickey Hart Band will sail away on a 14-stop East Coast tour starting May 8.

OIL AND GAS HEAD HONCHOS TARGET YOKO’S ANTI-FRACKING GROUP
Members of the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York are accusing Yoko Ono and her Artists Against Fracking group of breaking lobbying laws. The trade association filed an official complaint against Yoko, her son Sean, and her group, alleging Ono of breaking the law by failing to register her group as a lobbying organization. A spokesman for Artists Against Fracking said, “As private citizens, Yoko and Sean are not required to register as lobbyists when they use their own money to express an opinion…”

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