Classic Rock News

SAMBORA SURPRISES FANS WITH SOLO SINGLE “COME BACK AS ME”

Still estranged from his band Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora surprised fans by releasing a new solo single, “Come Back As Me,” a track many might take as a thinly veiled shot at longtime bandmate Jon Bon Jovi. Sambora debuted the song with little fanfare, but lyric lines like “What do you want me to say/I gave you everything I could give/But everything just wasn’t enough, so I just let live and live” are sure to grab headlines and leave Bon Jovi fans wondering just who the “you” is. 

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND PLAN SURPRISES FOR PEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Southern rock royalty the Allman Brothers Band are gearing up to host their second annual Peach Music Festival August 15-18 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA, and according to drummer Butch Trucks the band is “looking for really bigger things” out of this event, promising something “really cool.” Regarding the location, Trucks said, “The second stage is in a water park, so you got half of the audience standing in a wave pool, grooving and listening to the music, and everybody else is coming down water slides.” In addition to ABB, other acts set to play include Bob Weir’s RatDog, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Gov’t Mule, the Black Crowes and Jaimoe’s Jassz Band.

WARD CLAIMS HE WAS FIT TO PLAY WITH BLACK SABBATH

In a recent interview with Guitar International, original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward refuted Ozzy Osbourne’s claim that he wasn’t in good enough physical shape to play on Sabbath’s current album 13 and reunion tour. Ward said, “I would never, ever show up for a commitment I could not do physically. So that should answer that one…” As for reports Ward offered to play a few songs a night, he says, “Playing partially would kind of be aligning to my demise in Sabbath and minimizing me. I’m the drummer in Sabbath and quite capable of doing the job.” 

SLASH BOOKED FOR ARIZONA FIREFIGHTERS BENEFIT CONCERT

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Slash has signed on to headline a benefit concert to help raise funds for those affected by the deadly fires in and around Yarnell, AZ in which 19 firefighters lost their lives. The Rock N 2 Remember show will take place August 25 in Prescott, AZ with proceeds benefitting the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, Prescott Fire Fighter Charities, 100 Club of Arizona, and displaced residents of Yarnell.

BLONDIE’S HARRY REFUTES RETIREMENT RUMORS

Revered new wave and punk band Blondie made headlines yesterday when drummer Clem Burke told UK’s Daily Mail lead singer Deborah Harry, 68, was considering retirement. 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.” Yesterday, Harry issued the following statement: “In relation to the recent news articles regarding Blondie breaking up: We want to clarify this rumor has no truth in it whatsoever. We are still very much working together as a band on new music, plans for the future, and look forward to seeing our fans on tour around the globe.”

PEARL JAM, BLUR, ARCADE FIRE TOP DOWN UNDER’S BIG DAY OUT FEST

The lineup for the 2014 edition of Australia’s long-running Big Day Out music festival was announced yesterday, with Pearl Jam, Blur and Arcade Fire installed as headliners. Meanwhile, Pearl Jam has agreed to perform at all six Big Day Out locations in order to promote their forthcoming album Lightning Bolt, available October 15. Big Day Out 2014 will take place January 17 in Auckland, the 19th in Gold Coast, the 24th in Melbourne, the 26th and 27th in Sydney, the 31st in Adelaide, and February 2 in Perth.

PEARL JAM PRODUCER SHEDS MORE LIGHT ON LIGHTNING BOLT

Longtime Pearl Jam producer Brendan O’Brien (Vs., Vitalogy, No Code, Yield) was back behind the board for the recording of the band’s upcoming 10th studio set Lightning Bolt, and recently sat with Rolling Stone for an in-depth Q&A. Among the many subjects discussed, O’Brien talked about the band’s work ethic, saying, “It’s easy for a band that’s been around for a long time to gear down a bit when it comes to songwriting and making records. But not these guys. They want it badly. I think that’s awesome. I’m very happy with that.”

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