Classic Rock News
WATERS STILL IN DEEP END OVER CALLS TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL
Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has drawn the ire of at least one member of the Israeli foreign ministry over his most recent call for a “cultural boycott on Israel” over what he describes as Israel’s noncompliance “with international law and universal principles of human rights.” Addressing Waters’ latest comments posted on a pro-Palestinian website, Ministry spokesperson Paul Hirschson referenced the Pink Floyd song “Wish You Were Here” and told UK’s Daily Telegraph, “That song is addressed to a friend and chides him for thinking that he can tell right from wrong. He has forgotten his own words. The Roger Waters we knew from the Seventies and Eighties is no longer with us. He’s just an ageing rock star now.”
PHISH HOPES TO HOOK GABRIEL IN FOR SPECIAL HALLOWEEN GIG
Lifelong and unapologetic Peter Gabriel and Genesis fan Trey Anastasio of Phish has invited his hero to join the band for a once-in-a-lifetime performance of the entire Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall this Halloween. Anastasio told Rolling Stone, “I spent most of my high school years in a dark closet with headphones on listening to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. That would be great. I can play that album in my sleep. Peter Gabriel, if you want to do The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway with us this Halloween, we’re your band. You heard it here first.”
MAN WHO BOUGHT LENNON’S MOLAR WANTS TO CLONE LATE BEATLE
Two years ago, Canadian dentist Michael Zuk purchased at auction a molar belonging to John Lennon, and according to a press release and Zuk’s new website, he plans to extract DNA from the tooth with the goal of cloning the late Beatle. Zuk contends, “With researchers working on ways to clone mammoths, the same technology could certainly make human cloning a reality. To potentially say I had a small part in bringing back one of rock’s greatest stars would be mind-blowing.”
BEATLES PROMOTER SID BERNSTEIN DEAD AT 95
Legendary concert promoter Sid Bernstein, the man responsible for bringing the Beatles to America, died on Wednesday, according to the BBC. He was 95. Bernstein booked the Fab Four at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1964 and Shea Stadium (the first-ever stadium concert) in 1965, but also brought over several other British bands, including the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and the Animals. In addition, Bernstein was known for breaking race barriers by booking African-American artists like Ray Charles, James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.
FOGHAT FAN PENS LYRICS TO INSTRUMENTAL TRACK “495 BOOGIE”
Legendary blues rockers Foghat got a helping hand from one lucky fan who won a contest to write lyrics to the group’s only all-instrumental tune, “495 Boogie,” found on their latest album, Last Train Home. Budding songwriter Phil Dessinger was the lucky winner who was given the opportunity to add words to the Chuck Berry inspired boogie woogie blues blast “495 Boogie,” now known as “The Word of Rock n’ Roll.” Foghat’s current tour stops next this Saturday in Lewiston, ID, with dates locked in through December 13 in Chicago.
HOT TUNA SETS 11-DATE FALL TOUR
The legendary Hot Tuna, featuring former Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady (bass) and Jorma Kaukonen (guitar), will kick off a relatively brief eleven-date fall tour on November 9 in Pomeroy, OH. Aside from the November 9 show in Pomeroy and 23rd gig in New York City, all the other concerts will be acoustic performances. The run will wrap with two performances in one night December 8 in Chicago.