Classic Rock News


RUSH READIES CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR CD, DVD
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame progressive rock trio Rush has announced the November 19 release of the live CD and DVD, Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour. The three hours of sound and video was culled from the band’s show last November at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas. The DVD contains a 25-minute tour documentary, fresh interviews with all three band members, a soundcheck performance of “Limelight” and more.
NASH TELLS IT LIKE IT WAS IN NEW MEMOIR
The wildly appropriately titled Graham Nash autobiography, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life, is available today, and according to the author, fans will get an unfiltered look inside his life and those of his closest rock and roll friends. He told Billboard, “I’m a positive man, and though there’s some awful things that have happened to me and I had to talk about them, I don’t want to piss anybody off anymore. I just tried to put it in my voice, just tell people what the f*** happened to me.”
SIMMONS SMEARS EX-BANDMATES AS “DRUNKS AND LOSERS”
Never one to bite his tongue, though always the first to stick it out, Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons had nothing nice to say about his former bandmates Peter Criss and Ace Frehley during a recent interview with Rolling Stone. Asked if he has a problem being labeled “the bad guy” in the firing of his former friends, Simmons said, “I am the band guy. I won’t stand for drunks and alcoholics who get up on stage and consider it their birthright. Ace and Peter have had a lifetime of being losers. And not just with drugs and alcohol. They’re losers because of wrong decisions. You sleep in the bed you make. But they’re mostly angry at themselves for being losers.”
JOHN WORRIES POP STAR HEADED OFF CLIFF
Last week, Kiss bassist/singer Gene Simmons voiced his strong support of Miley Cyrus in the wake of her controversial MTV Video Music Awards performance. Now, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John, whose new album, The Diving Board, is due next Tuesday, is expressing his concern that she may be going off the deep end. John told The Australian, “I look at Miley Cyrus and I see a meltdown waiting to happen. And she’s so young. But she’s got two records in the top 20, so who is going to stop her?” John also weighed in on Lady Gaga, who is the godmother to his children, saying, “When your persona begins to take over your music…you enter a dangerous place. Once you have people around you who don’t question you, you’re in a dangerous place.”
SANTANA ESCAPES INJURY IN MINOR AUTO ACCIDENT
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana was uninjured after driving into an unoccupied parked car in what is described as an upscale area of Las Vegas while headed to his Summerlin home Friday night. Police, who described the accident as “minor,” told the Las Vegas Review-Journal it was unclear whether a field sobriety test was conducted, but the musician was not driving under the influence.
APPLE RECORDS ARTIST JACKIE LOMAX DEAD AT 69
British singer/songwriter/guitarist Jackie Lomax, notable for being one of the first artists signed to the Beatles fledgling Apple Records, died Sunday at a hotel in England, where he was visiting to attend the wedding of one of his children. He was 69. A cause of death was not immediately released. Lomax’s debut Apple single, “Sour Milk Sea,” was written by George Harrison, and it was among the label’s first releases, issued alongside “Hey Jude.” Despite an all-star lineup that included Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Nicky Hopkins on the track, “Sour Milk Sea” failed to make much of an impression. Lomax and Harrison recorded the rest of his debut album, Is This What You Want?, in Los Angeles. In 1969, Lomax released his last Apple single, “How the Web Was Woven.”
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: The Grateful Dead – Sunshine Daydream (Venetta, OR 8/27/72); The Band – Live at the Academy of Music 1971; Elvis Costello & The Roots – Wise Up Ghost; Alvin Lee – Last Show; Jonny Lang – Fight for My Soul.

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