Classic Rock News

CSN&Y TO HEADLINE 27TH BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT CONCERT The lineup for the 27th edition of the annual Bridge School Benefit Concert curated by Neil Young was announced via video on Friday, and the biggest news coming out of the announcement was that Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young will reunite to headline the event. Additional acts include Heart, Elvis Costello, his wife, Diana Krall, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Jenny Lewis, fun. and the Killers (Saturday only). The shows will take place October 26 and 27 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, with tickets going on sale this Friday. MCVIE OPENS DOOR TO ONSTAGE REUNION WITH FLEETWOOD MAC Since 1998, former Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter/keyboardist Christine McVie has insisted she long since retired from performing and is quite happy living a sedentary life in the English countryside. But last week, a BBC Radio host told his audience that McVie told him she would perform with her old bandmates if they invited her to do so during their upcoming UK tour, which begins September 20 in Dublin, Ireland. Host Johnny Walker said on-air, “I did put the question: ‘Christine, is there any likelihood you might join Fleetwood Mac on the UK shows?’ She said, ‘If they asked me, I’d play.’” SCORPIONS TO PLAY NEW TUNES AT MTV UNPLUGGED GIGS IN ATHENS German hard rock legends the Scorpions have promised to debut new songs during their forthcoming MTV Unplugged shows under the stars at the Lycabettus Theatre in Athens, Greece this Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Drummer James Kottack told Rock Overdose, “Of course we will play many of the Scorpions classics, but we will also visit many of the songs we have wanted to play from the past but just haven’t had the opportunity. There will also be debuts of a few brand new songs as well.” HENDRIX’S EX-GIRLFRIEND BASHES UPCOMING BIOPIC The former girlfriend of guitar god Jimi Hendrix has taken issue with a new biopic of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, labeling the project inaccurate and miscast. Kathy Etchingham, who is portrayed by British actress Hayley Atwell in All is By My Side, opposite hip hop star Andre 3000 as Hendrix, told Britain’s Sunday Express, “I wrote the an email when I first heard about it, saying, ‘If you want any help, don’t hesitate to contact me.’ They didn’t reply. A lot of people will go and see it…and they will think it’s the gospel truth. I don’t want it to fundamentally change history.” The film premieres Thursday at the Toronto Film Festival. LIFESON ART PRINT RAISING FUNDS FOR KIDNEY FOUNDATION OF CANADA Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Alex Lifeson is using his artistic skills to help raise much-needed funds for the Kidney Foundation of Canada. The Rush axeman is selling 300 autographed copies of a limited-edition print titled “Sunflowers” as part of the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s “A Brush of Hope” project. For more information visit the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s official website. STING RELEASES VIDEO LYRIC FOR NEW SONG “AS YET” The lyric video for “As Yet,” the second single off Sting’s upcoming all-new studio album, The Last Ship, surfaced over the weekend. The album, the former Police frontman’s first of original material in a decade, is inspired by his upcoming Broadway show of the same name which is expected to open next year. The Last Ship will be released on September 24. ALICE IN CHAINS’ CANTRELL SELLS CALIFORNIA HOME FOR $1.45 MILLION Seattle’s Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell has unloaded his Los Angeles area home for a reported $1.45 million, according to Realty Today. The rocker purchased the 2151-square foot, three-bedroom, two-bath home located in North Hollywood in 2005 for $1.75 million. Meanwhile, Alice in Chains is wrapping up its North American tour in support of its current album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, with shows on Wednesday in Mountain View, CA, Friday in Irvine, CA, Saturday in Phoenix, AZ and Sunday in Chula Vista, CA.