Classic Rock News

MONDAY, MARCH 4

MONDAY, MARCH 4

LEE FACING LEGAL BATTLE OVER ALLEGED ASSAULT

No stranger to the legal system, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is facing a new courtroom clash after a Florida man filed a civil lawsuit against the rocker, claiming Lee assaulted him on a Florida beach last summer. According to the Broward Palm Beach County New Times, attorneys for Freddy Hernandez issued a press release claiming Lee, on July 7, 2012, “touched and/or struck Freddy Hernandez without his permission, by hitting his camera” after Hernandez took photos of Lee. The suit claims Hernandez was injured as a result of Lee’s actions. It is unknown what damages Hernandez is seeking.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 1

FRIDAY, MARCH 1

PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS PLOT TOUR, TWIN RESIDENCIES

As tipped yesterday, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers unveiled details about their 2013 North American summer tour yesterday morning, which will get underway may 16 in Evansville, IN and wrap June 29 in Minneapolis. As previously reported, the band will headline the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, TN, the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL and the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. Finally, Petty and the Heartbreakers will set up shop in New York City and Los Angeles for runs of five and six shows, respectively. The Big Apple residency will run May 20-26 at the Beacon Theatre, and the Hollywood shows will happen June 3-11 at the very intimate Fonda Theatre.

Read more: FRIDAY, MARCH 1

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

PETTY EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR DATES

Sources close to the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers camp say the band is expected to announce complete details regarding their 2013 North American summer tour this morning at 9a Eastern. The band’s itinerary already includes headlining dates at three major festivals, Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL and the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE, and may include multiple dates in a couple of major cities.

Read more: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

SPRINGSTEEN, WATERS SECOND, THIRD HIGHEST PAID MUSICIANS OF 2012

Last year proved to be a financial bonanza for Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters, who ranked second and third, respectively, behind pop star Madonna as the highest paid music acts of 2012. The Boss pulled in over $33 million as a result of constant touring, while Waters made mounds of money staging his The Wall stadium tour, banking over $22 million, and Madonna broke the bank, cashing in close to $33.5 million in large part due to her recent MDNA world tour.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

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."

Read more: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

SANTANA IN TALKS TO REFORM OLD BAND FOR NEW ALBUM

Guitar god Carlos Santana has confirmed he’s been in discussions with several members of his original Santana band, including keyboardist/singer “Gregg Rolie from the first three albums,” about the possibility of recording a brand new studio record. Santana told Noise11.com, “It will be like Santana IV because we stopped at Santana III.” The guitarist said he’s also talking to longtime Journey guitarist Neal Schon (who joined Santana at 15 years old) as well as “the two Mikes, (percussionist) Mike Carabello and (drummer) Michael Shrieve. So that is pretty much everyone.” Original bass player Dave Brown died in 2000. Santana states a new album could feature African rhythms, adding, “It was a beautiful common ground for Santana to play African music.” A new album could be ready for a 2014 release.

Read more: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21

BON JOVI BOOKED TO PERFORM ON AMERICAN IDOL

Arena rock royalty Bon Jovi will perform their new single “Because We Can” from their forthcoming album What About Now on the March 14 episode of American Idol. The band recently kicked off its worldwide tour in support of What About Now, which arrives March 12. The band’s Because We Can North American tour stops in Pittsburgh tonight, State College, PA on Saturday and Buffalo on Sunday, and runs through April 25 in San Jose, CA.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

TYLER, PERRY TAPPED TO RECEIVE SPECIAL ASCAP HONOR

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will present Aerosmith members Steven Tyler and Joe Perry with the ASCAP Founders Award during its 30th annual Pop Music Awards on April 17 In Los Angeles. The honor is given to songwriters in recognition of the exceptional contribution they’ve made to music. Previous recipients include Paul McCartney, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Patti Smith and Neil Young, to name just a few.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

PLANT PLANTS SEED FOR POSSIBLE 2014 LED ZEPPELIN REUNION

It appears Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is open to the possibility of reuniting with his mates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones sometime next year. In an interview with Australian 60 Minutes, the singer said Page and Jones “are Capricorns, they don’t say a word. They’re quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me. I’m not the bad guy… You need to see the Capricorns – I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.”

Read more: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

 

ROTH STUMPED AT STALLED STATE OF VAN HALEN

In a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth took the time to express his angst about the lack of activity in and around the band’s camp, which has been in hibernation for some time now. Roth said in regards to writing new songs, “I’m not sure what’s in Ed’s [Van Halen] mind at this point. Truth be told, Edward and I haven’t written a new song in 20 years.” Addressing the lack of movement on securing any new tour dates, he said, “There’s nothing on the ticket as far as [touring past this summer], and that’s a disappointment, frankly. We have an audience and we have a potential future in many, many places, but our story is one of a whole lotta Shakespeare going on.”

Read more: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

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