Classic Rock News

SIR PAUL CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM TITLE, NEW; NEW DUE DATE New details surfaced on Thursday surrounding the new Paul McCartney song and album, both of which are titled New. Sir Paul’s first all-new studio album in six years will feature 12 songs, with a deluxe edition containing an additional two tracks. Finally, the confirmed release date for New will be October 15 here in the United States, and the 14th in the UK.
FOREIGNER’S GRAMM JOINS SIN CITY RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT SHOW Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm has been asked to be the next singer in the ongoing Las Vegas show Raiding the Rock Vault, playing at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Gramm is slated to perform in five shows from October 18-22, following ex-Yes singer Jon Anderson’s run September 20-24. Raiding the Rock Vault relives the history of rock from the 60’s through the 80’s performed by an all-star house band with rotating special guests.
MINI EARLY SANTANA BAND REUNION BREAKS OUT IN LAS VEGAS Fans attending Journey’s concert last Wednesday at the Pearl Theater at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas were treated to a very special impromptu early-era Santana band reunion when the man himself, Carlos Santana, and former Santana and Journey keyboardist Gregg Rolie joined former Santana bandmate Neal Schon onstage. Schon - who left Santana following the release of 1972’s Caravanserai to form what would eventually become Journey - Santana and Rolie, along with the rest of Journey, performed an extended jam session. Meanwhile, Santana’s An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow, residency at the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino will get underway again September 11 through November 17.
BON JOVI’S BOY MAKES NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL TEAM Rock star Jon Bon Jovi will be rooting for his football star son, Jesse, this college football season. The younger Bon Jovi just made the 105-man squad at Notre Dame as a cornerback, and coach Brian Kelly says, “He’s a tough kid. The kids really like him. They respect him. They don’t look at him as a rock star’s son. They look at him as a kid that loves Notre Dame and wants to play football and help this team.”
NAZARETH SINGER MCCAFFERTY FORCED TO CALL IT QUITS After 45 years of fronting Nazareth, singer Dan McCafferty has announced his retirement, citing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as the reason for walking away from the band. An announcement on the band’s website reads: “We sadly have to tell you all that Dan has been forced to retire due to ill health. It (COPD) has gotten worse lately, and after trying to play a festival in Switzerland last weekend, Dan found it impossible to continue after performing only three songs. In the dressing room afterwards, he told the band that he couldn’t go on any longer.”
SMEAR RECALLS CALL FROM COBAIN TO JOIN NIRVANA On September 24, the 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana’s In Utero will arrive, and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, former touring guitarist Pat Smear remembers the moment the late Kurt Cobain asked him to join the band. Smear said, “It was an unexpected phone call from Kurt, and I jumped at it. My Nirvana experience was much different than the other three guys. For me, it was really new and exciting. There were dark periods, too. But there wasn’t a dark cloud over the whole thing.”