Classic Rock News

YOUNG CONTINUES ARCHIVE SERIES WITH LIVE AT THE CELLAR DOOR 1970

Multiple Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee Neil Young is ready to release more vintage material stored in his vaults as part of his ongoing series of archival releases. Young will swing open the vault door once more on September 6 when he issues Live at the Cellar Door 1970, which as its title implies, is a collection of live performances culled from his six-show residency at the famed Washington, DC venue in 1970. Highlights from the set include “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “old Man,” “Down By the River,” “After the Gold Rush” and “See the Sky About to Rain.”

MAY UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL KNEE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

Recently, Queen guitarist Brian May revealed he had finally reached the point where he needed to undergo knee replacement surgery to hopefully help relieve chronic pain. Yesterday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist underwent the operation and tweeted the procedure had been a complete success, writing that he was out of surgery “with a shiny new knee. This was no walk in the park (!) but for 1st time in months I feel optimistic and free of that OLD pain.”

 DYLAN PORTRAITS TO BE DISPLAYED IN LONDON

Artwork from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Bob Dylan will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London, starting August 24 through January 5. Titled Bob Dylan: Face Value, the exhibition will feature 12 previously unseen new pastel sketches from the 72-year old icon, with the gallery describing the work as “an amalgamation of features the musician has collected from life, memory and his imagination and fashioned into people, some real and some fictitious.” 

JOURNEY SINGER’S STORY COMING TO PBS

Filling the massive void still felt by the departure of former Journey vocalist Steve Perry 15 years ago was no easy task for current singer Arnel Pineda, whose rags to riches story is told in the documentary Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, which airs September 30 on PBS. When asked about eh daunting task of trying to sing songs once sung by one of the greatest voices in the history of rock and roll, Pineda said, “I never had a slight felling of intimidation. I’m not even tryig to compete with Mr. Perry. I'm just trying to help out. It didn’t affect me at all.” Journey resumes its current tour August 15 in Kinder, LA.

SATRIANI SETS SIGHTS ON THIRD CHICKENFOOT ALBUM

You might say guitar wizard Joe Satriani is tired of being cooped up and is anxious to get started on Chickenfoot’s next studio album. In a recent interview, Satriani said the Sammy Hagar-led supergorup, which also includes former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, are hoping to star recording by winter. He said, “I’m keeping Christmas and the first couple of months of next year open for recording the record.”

JETT DISSECTS TRACKS OFF HER FORTHCOMING ALBUM UNVARNISHED

The legendary Joan Jett is taxiing towards the release of Unvarnished (due October 1), her first album in nearly seven years. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, she talked about some of the record’s very personal songs, including “Fragile,” which she says is about the death of both her parents within the past decade. According to Jett, “Hard To Grow Up” “is about responsibility and realizing that I’ve got to do this” and “Make it Back” is about “Hurricane Sandy and people’s attitudes.” Jett summarized, “The songs have a serious tone, but they’re relatable. They’re songs about stuff everybody goes through.”

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