Classic Rock News
DALTREY TAPPED TO HEADLINE QUEEN AIDS BENEFIT CONCERT
Legendary singer Roger Daltrey of The Who has been confirmed to headline the annual Queen-curated AIDS benefit show scheduled to take place at London’s One Mayfair on September 5 – what would have been late Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s 67th birthday. The celebratory event is also this year’s edition of the annual Freddie for a Day, in which fans are encouraged to dress up like the late singer.
YES, MARILLION TOP SECOND ANNUAL CRUISE TO THE EDGE
Progressive rock pioneers Yes and fellow prog rock giants Marillion will top the bill for the second annual five-day Cruise to the Edge floating festival, scheduled to launch from Miami on April 7, 2014. Joining Yes and Marillion on the high seas will be Steve Hackett and Genesis Revisited, Queensryche, UK with Eddie Jobson, Tangerine Dream and Saga, among many others. Tickets go on sale this Thursday. Visit CruiseToTheEdge.com for complete details.
MARS SAYS HIS HEALTH NO FACTOR IN MOTLEY CRUE RETIREMENT PLANS
It’s no secret Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars has experienced declining health for several years now, but the musician says his medical issues had no bearing on the band’s decision to call it quits after a worldwide tour next year. Mars tweeted: “Any rumors regarding a farewell tour due to ‘my poor health’ are BS. I am doing fine. My AS (ankylosing spondylitis) has never kept me from touring and never will.” Mars’ comments come on the heels of singer Vince Neil telling the Oakland Press, “It’s just time. Mick’s health is not that good, and touring is tough on him.”
MINI DYLAN DOCUMENTARY COINCIDES WITH LATEST RELEASE
The latest edition of the long-running Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series, Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10, is out today. On Monday, a twelve-minute documentary focusing on the album was made available which features interviews with producer Bob Johnston, guitarist David Bromberg and keyboard player Al Kooper.
MUSTAINE WORKING ON LYRICAL IDEAS FOR NEXT MEGADETH ALBUM
Metal masters Megadeth are still supporting the release of their current album, Super Collider, but mainman Dave Mustaine says he’s already being inspired to got down lyrical ideas for the group’s next studio record. He tweeted: “I have been studying a lot of world history and a lot of crazy science stuff for new lyrics. This world is so fascinating!” On September 24, Megadeth will release Countdown to Extinction: Live on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.
GREEN DAY AMONG ACTS INKED FOR AUSSIE SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL
A slew of superstars have been confirmed for next year’s edition of Australia’s traveling Soundwave Festival, which crisscrosses the country next February and March. Green Day, Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Rob Zombie and Stone Temple Pilots featuring new singer Chester Bennington are among the many huge acts scheduled to play in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth February 22 through March 4.
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Bob Dylan – Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10; Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow – Black Masquerade; The Beach Boys – Made in California (Box Set); Michael Monroe – Horns and Halos; The Rides – Can’t Get Enough.