Classic Rock News

SCHON OFFERS PERRY OLIVE BRANCH VIA FACEBOOK

Patiently certainly sums up how diehard Journey fans have been waiting for their dream to come true of Steve Perry one day rejoining the band. Last week, guitarist Neal Schon gave the group’s followers a glimmer of hope when he posted exceedingly kind things about his estranged bandmate on Facebook, along with a link to a lengthy radio interview Perry did in January 2012. In his post, Schon wrote: “Great Steve Perry interview. I hope we can reach out to each other and connect once again. We had amazing chemistry together. I love him with all the love and admiration you could even have. Steve let’s talk soon. Neal.”

THE EAGLES TO REOPEN ICONIC L.A. CONCERT VENUE THE FORUM

Known for their iconic hit song and album Hotel California, the Eagles will check in for a three-night stay at the fabulous Forum in Los Angeles, once considered the preeminent five-star concert venue in California from the late 60s through 1999 and now refurbished by new owners The Madison Square Garden Co. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will help reopen the legendary building with three shows January 15, 17 and 18. Longtime Eagles member Glenn Frey told Billboard, “The building is a grand dame of all these [arenas], the first of its kind.” Guitarist Joe Walsh added, “As a musician, to everybody involved, thank you for providing a real place to play in L.A.”

GABRIEL HIGHLIGHTS HYPOCRISY OF 70S PUNK ROCKERS

In a recent interview with UK music magazine MOJO, former Genesis singer Peter Gabriel tried to set the record straight about 70s punk rockers who looked down on band s like his for being made up of “snotty rich kids.” He said, “It used to piss me off seeing all these ‘people’s hero’ musicians – like Joe Strummer – who’d come from a similar background to mine but where keeping it quiet. In Genesis, we were always very straight about where we came from, and we were middle-class, not aristocratic.” Gabriel went on to say he “preferred the Clash musically” over the Sex Pistols, “But we were the declared opposition, what punk was there to destroy.”

FOUR NEW GRATEFUL DEAD DIGITAL SETS AVAILABLE ON ITUNES

The long strange trip continues online with the announcement of four new Grateful Dead bundles being made exclusively on iTunes. As its title implies, The Complete Studio Albums Collection contains all 13 of the band’s studio albums, The Live Albums Collection holds seven concert sets recorded between 1969 and 1990, and the last two digital packages, The Complete Studio Rarities Collection and The Complete Live Rarities Collection bring together material reissued as part of two box sets – 2001’s The Golden Road and 2004’s Beyond Description. Finally, the new digital book The Golden Road and Beyond: A Grateful Dead Primer is available now for free on iBooks.

NUGENT BLAMES “LIBERAL DEMOCRATS” FOR DETROIT’S BANKRUPTCY

He’s known by many names, one of which is the “Motor City mad man,” so you knew it was only a matter of time before Ted Nugent tossed his two cents into the debate about why Detroit recently filed for bankruptcy protection. Not surprisingly, the conservative right wing rocker says “liberal Democrats” are to blame for the city’s woes, saying, “We saw this coming. The entire suicidal course began before the ’67 riots and hasn’t changed since. It exposes the culture of taking what you can get and not caring what the outcome will be… Maybe people will see that has to stop now. Business as usual is over. Let’s just hope it’s not too late.”

BLONDIE’S HARRY EYEING RETIREMENT

Pioneering new wave and punk band Blondie may be forced to call it quits soon if lead singer and band focal point Deborah Harry, 68, decides to retire as she has hinted she may want to do. In an interview with UK’s Daily Mail, drummer Clem Burke said, “Debbie is 11 years older than the rest of us, so it’s on her mind. We’ve tried to keep it going for as long as possible, but it’s just not up to me. Nothing is finalized yet, but obviously there’s no Blondie without Debbie Harry.”

GOV’T MULE CORRALS COSTELLO FOR CUT ON UPCOMING SHOUT! ALBUM

Jam band giants Gov’t Mule will release their tenth studio album Shout! on September 24. While recording the collection, frontman and guitar great Warren Haynes wanted feedback from musician’s musician Elvis Costello on a song called “Funny Little Tragedy.” Haynes explains, “I just thought I would get his advice. But…after he responded so positively, every time I would listen back to [the song] after that I would start thinking, ‘It sure would be cool to hear him singing it.’” Haynes got his wish, and the results of the collaboration debuted yesterday at Rollingstone.com.

MUSTAINE DISDAINS INSINUATION OF TRYING TO ONE-UP METALLICA

Former Metallica member Dave Mustaine is laughing off any suggestion he tried to show-up his former band by deciding to cover the Thin Lizzy song “Cold Sweat” on Megadeth’s latest album Super Collider. Metallica covered the Thin Lizzy version of the traditional “Whiskey In the Jar” on their Garage Inc. album. Addressing the conspiracy theorists, Mustaine said, “There have been some smart alecks out there that say that we did it because we wanted to do a Thin Lizzy tune better than Metallica, but we’re not playing that game anymore. There are a lot of great Thin Lizzy songs, but ‘Cold Sweat’ just called my name…when I listen to those lyrics, I really identify with them.”

HEAVEN & EARTH DIG UP EPIC SECOND SINGLE OFF DIG ALBUM

Touting themselves as “a rock band that does the occasional ballad, not a ballad band that does the occasional rock song,” Heaven & Earth have picked the anthemic power ballad “I Don’t Know What Love Is” for the second single off their highly praised album Dig. The video for the nearly six-minute track was directed by Glen Wexler (Black Sabbath, Van Halen) and tells the story of two star-crossed lovers whose affection escapes them like dust in the wind.

NIRVANA’S IN UTERO TO BE REBORN IN 20TH ANNIVERSARY FORM

The twentieth anniversary of Nirvana’s final album In Utero will not pass without fanfare, with several bolstered editions of the album due out September 24. Fans will have their pick of formats to add to their collection, including a 3-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition, a standard single digital/CD remaster of the original album, and a standalone DVD of the complete Live and Loud performance culled from the band’s show at Seattle’s Pier 48 on December 13, 1993.

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