Classic Rock News
JUDAS PRIEST INKED FOR ROCK ‘N’ ROCK AND ROLL FANTASY CAMP
Four members of Judas Priest have signed on to act as mentors for the upcoming appropriately titled Hell Bent for Vegas edition of Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, taking place February 27 through March 2 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Frontman Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis and new guitarist Richie Faulkner will be tasked with giving wannabe rock stars pointers on how to navigate the treacherous waters of what it takes to rock for a living. Early bird registration before November 1 is $4,995.
LENNON’S CAVERN CLUB-ERA TIE SELLS FOR $5,600 AT AUCTION
A necktie owned and worn by John Lennon fetched $5,600 at an auction held in the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool. According to the Liverpool Echo, in 1962, Lennon gave the black tie to then-15-year old Joyce McWilliams, a fan that was often in the audience during the Fab Four’s lunchtime performances at the legendary Cavern Club. McWilliams said Lennon gave her his tie after she offered him a handkerchief “to mop his brow with.”
BEATLES LIVE AT THE BBC, VOLUME 2 DUE OCTOBER 3
Multiple sources are reporting still more previously unreleased Beatles radio performances will be released on October 3 in the form of Live at the BBC, Vol. 2, the follow up to the 1994 double-CD set featuring 69 tracks. The second edition would feature performances recorded at home by fans and tapes in vaults of syndicated radio stations that aired the original broadcasts in other markets. Live at the BBC, Vol. 2 will be released in conjunction with a new book, The Beatles: The BBC Archives: 1962-1967, which is scheduled to be released on October 10.
BYRDS DOUBTFUL TO REUNITE TO MARK 50TH ANNIVERSARY
The three surviving members of the Byrds are still far from being birds of a feather as it relates to any reunion plans to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014, with Roger McGuinn remaining adamant he’s not interested in putting the band back together. He told Rolling Stone, “David [Crosby] and I have talked about this at length. And to me a reunion would just be for the money. I’m not attracted to expensive things. I don’t need a Ferrari or anything like that.” For his part, Crosby has said, It’s a shame because he and Chris [Hillman] and I could do it. It would be great fun, but I got tired of asking him. I must have asked him at least 10 times and he always says no.”
AUTOGRAPHED JOHN BOOTS BEING SOLD FOR CHARITY
A signed pair of platform boots owned Elton John will be sold at auction, with proceeds going to Amnesty International. The footwear in question is described as black leather, knee-high boots with the platforms sporting piano keys artwork, with “With Love, Elton John” autographed on the left boot and “Elton John February 1997” on the right. The auction is being held on eBay and runs through this Sunday, September 1.
PEARL JAM PREMIERES MILE-A-MINUTE “MIND YOUR MANNERS” VIDEO
On Friday, Pearl Jam shared the first visual strike off its forthcoming Lightning Bolt album (available October 15) with the world premiere of the video for the album’s fiery first single “Mind Your Manners.” The clip features the band performing the sonic salvo in front of a large video screen projecting scores of cataclysmic events, including bombs and yes, lightning bolts, plus catastrophes such as 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. The band will begin a fall tour on October 11 in Pittsburgh.
METALLICA RUMORED TO BE AT YANKEES CLOSER’S RETIREMENT
Some are speculating Metallica might perform at future Hall of Fame New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera’s retirement party. For close to two decades, the legendary closer has used “Enter Sandman” as his entrance song in the ninth inning, and the New York Daily News reports Metallica will be in the Big Apple performing at the Apollo Theater on September 21, one day before fans bid Rivera adieu. And the band has nothing on its schedule for September 20. But again, at this stage, these are all just rumors, and nothing has been confirmed.
WEILAND WARNS STP WILL HAVE TO “BUY ME OUT OF THE COMPANY”
In a recent radio interview, fired Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland said his former bandmates are going to have to pay to legally “fire” him from the group. Weiland said, “We’re in litigation. There’s a band…contract agreement. They didn’t follow the rules that were set down…They’ll have to buy me out of the company, because I have major value in the company and in the brand. So that’s where we’re at. The Lawyers will deal with it.” Weiland was fired from STP back in February.