Classic Rock News
SPRINGSTEEN, WATERS ENLIST FOR “STAND UP FOR HEROES” BENEFIT
Two of the biggest names and most important figures in rock have signed on to perform for troops at the “Stand Up For Heroes” benefit concert, scheduled to take place November 6 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Organizers confirmed Monday that Bruce Springsteen and former Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters will both make return visits to the event which they played at last year. More information is available at the event’s official website.
HENDRIX’S MIAMI POP FESTIVAL TRACKLIST INTRODUCED
The tracklist for the forthcoming Jimi Hendrix album, Miami Pop Festival (due November 5), has been unveiled and it features nine tunes, plus two bonus performances from the late guitarist’s afternoon show at the Gulfstream Park racetrack in Hallandale, FL on May 18, 1968. Highlights found on the single CD and limited-edition two-LP set include “Hey Joe,” “Foxey Lady,” “Fire,” “Red House” and “Purple Haze.”
COOPER’S HEY STOOPID REISSUE ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 23
The start of fall inevitably brings to mind Halloween, and Halloween always brings to mind Alice Cooper. On September 23, the classic shock rocker’s 1991 Hey Stoopid will be exhumed with three additional tracks: “It Rained All Night,” “Hey Stoopid Beba Edit” and a cover of the Jimi Hendrix smash hit “Fire.” Cooper kicks off a new round of North American tour dates on October 13 in Port Chester, NY.
MCCARTNEY COLLABORATION WITH ITALIAN EDM ARTIST SURFACES
Fans of the Beatles’ bombastic “Helter Skelter” are likely to most be intrigued by Paul McCartney’s collaboration with Italian electronic dance music artist Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, who performs under the name the Bloody Beatroots. “Out of Sight” is a 4:33 cacophony of kinetic keyboards and beats broken up by Sir Paul’s vocals over a piano-bass-drum bed during the verses. Meanwhile, McCartney’s new album, New, will arrive on October 15.
KISS HOPING TO COAX CUT QUARTERBACK TO PLAY INDOOR FOOTBALL
Does Kiss have any prayer of convincing currently out of work NFL quarterback Tim Tebow to sign with their new Arena Football League franchise the LA Kiss? Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons both agree inking the polarizing Tebow to a contract would be a blessing for their squad. Stanley said, “Tim Tebow is one of the most recognized and respected athletes in sports. His joining us would mean great things for his fans and for our team, especially from a business standpoint.” Simmons added, “Acquiring Tebow would not only be a great investment for the team, but his exciting style of play would definitely send shockwaves through the League.”
BONO SERENADES BILLIONAIRE’S GRANDDAUGHTER AT HER WEDDING
It takes a very special event – and presumably a whole heck of a lot of money – to turn U2 frontman Bono into the world’s greatest wedding singer. Last Friday, the Irish rocker performed a rendition of the Ben E. King classic “Stand By Me” at the wedding of billionaire Warren Buffett’s granddaughter, Emily Greenberg. Bono and Buffett have bonded over a bevy of philanthropic causes, including debt relief, AIDS research and fair trade.
FORMER NAZARETH GUITARIST TURNS DOWN OFFER TO REJOIN BAND
Former Nazareth guitarist Billy Rankin has turned down an offer to rejoin his old band in the wake of singer Dan McCafferty’s recent retirement. Bassist Pete Agnew, now the lone original member of the band since McCafferty’s decision to walk away, recently called Rankin to gage his interest in coming back, but the guitarist, who logged separate stints in the group during the 80s and 90s, told Agnew, “I can’t win with the fans, or the bottles I’d have to dodge. I called Uncle Pete and said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks.’”
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Mark Knopfler – Privateering; The Clash – Sound System (Box Set).