Classic Rock News

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

STEWART TAKES TIME TO DEBUT NEW ALBUM COVER, TRACKLIST

The time is almost right for the release of the first all-new rock record from Rod Stewart in almost two decades. Time will be available on May 7 and according to a video trailer for the record will feature a dozen tunes (11 written and produced by Stewart), including “Can’t Stop Me Now,” “She Makes Me Happy,” “Sexual Religion,” “It’s Over,” “Brighton Beach,” “Finest Woman,” and “Beautiful Morning.” The record’s first single, “She Makes Me Happy,” is available now, and “Finest Woman” will premiere on April 8.

Read more: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

TUESDAY, MARCH 19

BOWIE SCORES FIRST UK NO. 1 ALBUM IN TWO DECADES

The recently resurfaced David Bowie is celebrating his first UK No. 1 album in 20 years as his surprise comeback, The Next Day, debuted atop the chart, selling 94,000 copies last week. It’s the reclusive Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s first chart-topping collection since 1993’s Black Tie White Noise, and his ninth career UK No. 1 album. Bon Jovi’s What About Now debuted at No. 2, and the two titles are also expected to battle for the top spot on the Billboard 200 album survey here in the U.S. this week.

Read more: TUESDAY, MARCH 19

MONDAY, MARCH 18

MONDAY, MARCH 18

WALSH TEASES HE’S ‘COOKING UP’ NEW PROJECT WITH JAGGER, STARR

Longtime Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh sent a strong hint he’s working with Mick Jagger and Ringo Starr, among others, on some new music when he posted a Facebook photo of the three and other musicians with the caption: “Cooking up something here at Capitol Records. I think you’ll like it.” Others in the photograph included producer Don Was, Keb’ Mo’, legendary session drummer Jim Keltner, keyboardist Mike Finnegan and Jeff Beck bassist Tal Wilkenfeld, who posted: “Thursdays in the office are usually pretty mellow. Like today…when I wrote a song with Bill Withers, Mick Jagger, Keb’ Mo’ & Joe Walsh. LOL.”

Read more: MONDAY, MARCH 18

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

NEW MORRISON DOCUMENTARY FOCUSES ON PRE-ROCK STAR DAYS

Production has begun on a documentary about late Doors singer Jim Morrison, only this one will focus on his formative years, according to Deadline.com. Before the End: Jim Morrison Comes of Age will use interviews with family and friends, many speaking about the rock idol for the very first time, as well as previously unseen home movies and photographs from his pre-rock god days. No release date has been attached to the independent production as yet.

Read more: FRIDAY, MARCH 15

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

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.”

Read more: THURSDAY, MARCH 14

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

ORIGINAL YES GUITARIST PETER BANKS DEAD AT 65

Guitarist Peter Banks, who along with bassist Chris Squire formed Yes in 1968, died last Thursday at his home in London from heart failure. He was 65. Banks and Squire had been bandmates in The Syn before they recruited vocalist Jon Anderson, drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Tony Kaye to round out Yes. Banks played on the first two Yes albums, 1969’s Yes and 1970’s Time and a Word, but disagreements on the more orchestral direction of the band led to Banks leaving just after the release of the album. The current lineup of Yes issued the flowing statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of fellow bandmate and founding Yes member, Peter Banks. He was a huge piece of the fabric that made Yes what it is and our thoughts, sincere condolences and prayers are with him and his family. Peter, we shall miss you greatly.”

Read more: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

MONDAY, MARCH 11

MONDAY, MARCH 11

SOURCE: ROLLING STONES PLAN TO PLAY 18 NORTH AMERICAN GIGS

A concert industry source confirmed to Rolling Stone magazine on Friday the Rolling Stones are planning to perform 18 shows in North American this year. The run of dates, which is expected to be promoted by the same team that put on the group’s 50 and Counting shows in New York and London last year, would be the band’s first tour since their A Bigger Bang trek wrapped in 2007.

Read more: MONDAY, MARCH 11

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

TEN YEARS AFTER GUITARIST ALVIN LEE DEAD AT 68

Legendary Ten Years After guitarist and frontman Alvin Lee died early Wednesday morning of complications following a routine surgical procedure, according to a message on his website. He was 68. The statement read: “With great sadness we have to announce that Alvin passed away early this morning (Wednesday) after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure. We have lost a wonderful and much loved father and companion, the world has lost a truly great and gifted musician.” Lee co-founded Ten Years After in the early 60s with bassist Leo Lyons, and the band’s defining moment came at their appearance at Woodstock, especially their extended and fiery rendition of “I’m Going Home,” considered by many to be a highlight of the 1969 festival. Additional signature songs from the group include “One of These Days,” “I’d Love to Change the World,” “Baby Won’t You Let Me Rock ‘N’ Roll You,” “Rock & Roll Music to the World,” “Rock Your Mama,” “Good Morning Little School Girl” and “Choo Choo Mama.”

Read more: THURSDAY, MARCH 7

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

BRUCE HEADING BACK TO HEADLINE HARD ROCK CALLING FEST

Hoping authorities don’t decide to pull the plug on him again, Bruce Springsteen announced yesterday he and the E Street Band have agreed to once again headline London’s Hard Rock Calling festival again this year. You may recall last summer the powers that be cut the power on the Boss and Paul McCartney while the two legends were singing “Twist and Shout.” But last year’s festival was held at London’s Hyde Park, while this year the event will take place at the city’s brand new Olympic Park. Bruce and the band will headline the second night of the two-day event June 30.

Read more: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

VAN HALEN CONFIRMS FIRST U.S. SHOW OF 2013

Temporarily pushing pause on the persistent rumors about Van Halen’s reunion with David Lee Roth being on the skids, the band has announced it will headline the four-day Rock USA festival in Oshkosh, WI. The event will take place July 17-20, with Van Halen headlining day four. Other acts on the bill include Queensryche, Ratt, Jackyl, Dokken, Slaughter and Great White.

Read more: TUESDAY, MARCH 5

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