Classic Rock News

LOST LENNON INTERVIEW SHEDS LIGHT ON DARKNESS AROUND BEATLES A John Lennon interview conducted by Village Voice columnist Howard Smith around the time of the Let It Be sessions has recently been discovered, and it, the late Beatle describes the rancor that surrounded the band during its last days. At one point, Lennon tells Smith, “We were going through hell… We never really finished it. We really didn’t want to do it.” Speaking in broader terms about the band’s studio sessions, Lennon said, “It’s torture every time we produce anything. We suffer like hell anytime we make anything. We’ve got each other to contend with. Imagine working with the Beatles – it’s tough. There’s just tension. It’s tense every time the red light goes on.” THE BAND’S LIVE AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC 1971 BOX SET OUT TUESDAY Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Band played one of their most memorable sets on New Year’s Eve 1971 at New York’s Academy of Music. That gig was originally captured on the group’s classic 1972 live set, Rock of Ages. This Tuesday, a newly remixed, expanded and retitled collection, Live at the Academy of Music 1971 will be available in the form of a four-disc box set that includes a DVD with previously unreleased live footage from the December 30, 1971 show. Yesterday, Rolling premiered the newly mixed “Smoke Signal.” TYLER TALKS TOXICITY ON DAYTIME TALK SHOW One half of Aerosmith’s infamous “Toxic Twins” took to television Tuesday to talk about taking a ton of drugs, and the toll that took on his life. Steven Tyler made an appearance on the syndicated The Dr. Oz Show and candidly said of his substance abuse, “I lost everything. It’s serious when you lose your kids, your children, your wife, your band, your job and you’ll never understand why because you’re an addict.” The singer addressed his recent relapse following a series of surgeries in which he abused prescription pills, saying, “Remember, I’m a very good drug addict because I’ve done it for so many years.” SORUM SUPPORTS SCHOOLS; READIES SINGER/SONGWRITER SOLO ALBUM Known for his fierce drumming in Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, Matt Sorum is set to dial down the volume considerably this Sunday in Los Angeles when he hosts a benefit concert with Slash and others for his Adopt the Arts charity which works to combat funding cuts in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Sorum will strut onstage with an acoustic guitar and play songs bound for his January solo album. He explains, “It’s more of a singer-songwriter thing. I play acoustic guitar, and it’s a little mellower kind of album.” GOV’T MULE RECRUITS DR. JOHN FOR NEW SONG “STOOP SO LOW” Jam band giants Gov’t Mule are on the cusp of issuing their next studio album, Shout!, due September 24. The unique (to say the least) two-CD collection features the original band versions of 11 songs on one disc, and a bevy of guest vocalists doing them on the other. Singer/guitarist Warren Haynes told Billboard that “with today’s mode of the music business you have to constantly reinvent the concept of putting out a new release and stumbling upon something that has never been done before.” Gov’t Mule grabbed the legendary Dr. John to handle the tune (NOTE CONTENT) “Stoop So Low.” GELDOLF TO TAKEOFF ON COMMERCIAL SPACE FLIGHT Astronauts have been conducting experiments on rats in space for decades, but soon longtime Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof will be able to conduct his own experiments aboard a private space flight. The Irish singer is one of a select few who have paid $100,000 for the privilege to ride aboard a Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) flight 62 miles into space launching from Curacao in the Southern Caribbean Sea in 2014. Geldof said, “Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honor but pretty mind-blowing. The first rock astronaut space rat! Elvis [Presley] may have left the building but Bob Geldof will have left the Planet! Wild!” SHARON OSBOURNE CONFESSES TO PRE-OZZY “FLING” WITH JAY LENO Did the wife of the Prince of Darkness have a roll in the hay with the King of late night? During a “big secret” segment on her daytime talk show, The Talk, Sharon Osbourne, who has been married to Ozzy since 1982, confessed she “had a little fling” with longtime Tonight Show host Jay Leno back in 1978, two years before he married his wife, Mavis. Sharon told The Talk audience, “[He] came to my house and met me, and then we had a little fling.” When asked to define “fling,” Sharon said Leno was a good kisser. But she “can’t remember” if he sealed the deal, adding, “One cannot remember that long ago.”