Classic Rock News

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11

RAITT PICKS UP BEST AMERICANA ALBUM GRAMMY

Veteran Grammys favorite Bonnie Raitt carried the torch for an extremely slim field of classic rock acts at last night’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, taking home the Best Americana Album trophy for her comeback album Slipstream. Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson was on hand to accept the Best Historical Album Grammy for The Smile Sessions deluxe box set. The classic rock highlight of last night’s show came in the form of an all-star tribute to the late Levon Helm of The Band, which included Elton John. Finally, Police man Sting participated in a tribute to Bob Marley.

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Friday February 8th

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

GUNS N' ROSES ADDED TO GOVERNORS BALL BILL

The already eclectic lineup for this year's Governors Ball music festival got more electric on Thursday after Guns N' Roses was added to the bill, joining fellow headliners Kanye West and Kings of Leon. The Governors Ball will take place on Randall's Island in New York June 7-9, and will include performances by The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Grizzly Bear and Gary Clark Jr., among others.

 

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6

BUTLER HINTS AT BLACK SABBATH U.S. TOUR

More details are trickling out about an interview Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler did at the recent NAMM music conference in Anaheim, CA. Metal Insider reports Butler said the band will begin a world tour “at the end of April in New Zealand” that will include “July and August” U.S. dates. He added that he expects touring drummer Tommy Clufetos would be on the road, despite the fact that Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk plays on the Sabbath’s upcoming album 13. Butler said, “I think Brad’s got commitments with Rage Against the Machine,” which leads to speculation that the long-dormant RATM might be active later this year.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

FLEETWOOD SAYS CHRISTINE MCVIE WILL SPEND TIME WITH BAND

Though he can’t make any promises about an on-stage reunion with her former bandmates, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood has convinced the notoriously afraid of flying Christine McVie to spend three weeks with him in Hawaii. He told UK’s The Sun, “I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it. John’s [McVie] going to come over…to see her and then she’s going to L.A. to see Stevie [Nicks], who misses her terribly and is really excited to see her. But it’ll be her decision. But we’d make her very welcome if she wanted to creep up on that stage again.”

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4

BUTLER SAYS WORK ON SABBATH ALBUM IS COMPLETE

Minus guitarist Tony Iommi needing to put “down a couple of solos,” the all-new Black Sabbath album is finished, bassist Geezer Butler says. In a recent interview, Butler pronounced, “We’ve finished recording it, we start mixing in February and it will be out in June. The provisional title is 13 – unless we can come up with something more constructive.”

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

THE WHO FINAL U.S. GIG TO BENEFIT TEEN CANCER AMERICA

Legendary rock act The Who, currently on their Quadrophenia and More North American tour, will perform their final U.S. gig on February 28 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show, billed as Who Cares, will be a fundraising event for Teen Cancer America Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will be joined that night by Elvis Costello & the Imposters. Meanwhile, the Quadrophenia and More tour stops tonight in Oakland, CA and tomorrow night in Reno, NV.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 31

OLD FRIENDS LEND HAND ON NEW CLAPTON ALBUM OLD SOCK

More details about the upcoming Eric Clapton album Old Sock emerged on Wednesday, including a list of top shelf guests appearing on the record, which is scheduled to be available on March 12. Clapton’s former Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood plays organ on “Still Got the Blues;” Paul McCartney sings and plays bass on “All of Me;” JJ Cale, who penned the Clapton classics “Cocaine” and “After Midnight,” plays guitar and sings on “Angel;” and soul legend Chaka Khan lends her voice to “Get on Over.”

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Friday, January 25

FLEETWOOD MAC ADD ON 13 NEW U.S. TOUR DATES

Demand for Fleetwood Mac tour dates in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles is such that the group has added an additional show in each of those cities, as well as 10 more U.S. dates. The extra Chicago date is June 14; the second Boston show will happen June 21; and the extra L.A. gig will take place on July 3. New cities set to see the band include Cleveland, Albany, Wantagh, NY, Charlotte, Des Moines, Spokane, Portland, OR, San Diego and Sacramento, CA on July 6. The tour begins April 4 in Columbus, OH.

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