Classic Rock News

TRAILER TRUMPETS DEF LEPPARD’S VIVA! HYSTERIA FILM

A new movie trailer released yesterday is guaranteed to get Def Leppard fans excited about seeing their hard rock heroes live on the big screen at a movie theatre this fall. The appropriately titled film, Def Leeppard Viva! Hysteria Concert, will be shown October 2 and 8 at 8p in selected theatres nationwide. Footage found in the big screen extravaganza was culled during the band’s 11-show Viva! Hysteria residency during late March and early April at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. Longtime frontman Joe Elliott has confirmed the theatrical screenings will be followed by a companion DVD, Blu-ray and live album.

SPRINGSTEEN SETS FINAL FOUR WRECKING BALL TOUR DATES

We now know where Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will wrap their long and grueling Wrecking Ball worldwide tour. According t a post on the Boss’ website, the trek will end with four dates in South America, starting September 12 in Santiago, Chile. The three additional dates include a September 14 concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a September 18 performance in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the final gig on September 21 at the massive Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro.

GILMOUR’S KIDS GET GIGS ON POPULAR TELEVISION SERIES

Two of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour’s children have been cast in the critically acclaimed and wildly popular television series Downton Abbey. Gabriel Gilmour, 16, and his sister Romany, 11, have been hired as extras on the popular period piece, and pop was recently spotted on the set during a shoot in Oxfordshire, England. The fourth season of Downton Abbey will air in the UK later this year, but American fans will have to wait until 2014 to catch the next season.

AEROSMITH NEVER “TERRIBLY KEEN” ON REPLACING TYLER

During a recent interview to promote Aerosmith’s just released live DVD Rock for the Rising Sun, guitarist Brad Whitford was asked how serious the band was about replacing Steven Tyler, a prospect that came up during a period when the band was in danger of falling apart. He explained, “We just felt like we couldn’t just let the band fall apart. It never went any further than kind of talking about it. I don’t think anybody in the band was terribly keen about getting in a new led singer. I think we were all just thinking about survival at that point. We weren’t ready to give up on the band.” 

KNOPFLER’S PRIVATEERING ALBUM FINALLY GETS U.S. RELEASE DATE

American fans of Mark Knopfler will be over the moon to learn the former Dire Straits singer/guitarist’s double album Privateering - previously only available abroad – will be on sale in the U.S. on September 10. According to Knopfler, he opted to release a double album simply because of the “sheer volume of material,” adding that he “didn’t want to leave too many songs on the shelf.” 

SLASH ASSURES MOTORHEAD FANS LEMMY IS “DOING WELL”

Speculation surrounding the health of Motorhead frontman Lemmy has been running rampant, and was ramped up considerably after the band was forced to abandon their planned 75-minute set at a German festival last week after around 30 minutes. But on Tuesday, the metal icon’s good friend Slash confirmed he’d visited Lemmy and gave fans a first-hand account of his physical state with the following tweet: “Visited Lemmy today; he’s doing well. There’s been a lot of rumors. But he’s in good shape. (And) finishing Motorhead record now.”

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