Classic Rock News



PERRY PROFESSES “LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP” WITH HIS VOICE

Reclusive rocker Steve Perry made a rare public appearance last week at the City of Hope Spirit of Life gala in Los Angeles, where the former Journey frontman spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about why he’s stayed out of the spotlight. Perry, now, 64, said, “This love-hate relationship that I have with my voice is a tumultuous thing. You love music, but it’s a tough relationship. I walked away from all of it. I jumped off the Journey merry-go-round when it was still selling large venues. I got burned out and had to leave. I did become a bit of a recluse.”



IOMMI AIMED FOR CREATING “HUGE SOUND THAT WAS REALLY HORRIFIC”

In a recent interview with Guitar Player magazine, Black Sabbath axeman Tony Iommi, who is often credited with being the architect of heavy metal, was asked what influenced him to create the sound now heard round the world. Iommi answered, “I think it was the dramatics of it all. I used to listen to the old classical stuff with the dynamics in the music, and I wanted…something that was really dramatic and big. I wanted to create a huge sound that was really horrific in some ways…”

WARD CREDITS BEATLES CLASSIC AS AID TO SOBRIETY

The course of countless lives have been altered by the music of the Beatles, but original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says one song in particular may have actually helped save his. The musician told Sick Drummer magazine, “My youth was always push-and-pull. If I drove a fast car, I’d have to take it 130 miles per hour or more. [One day] I was a bit under the influence, and I was on my way down to the pub… I was listening to ‘A Day in the Life’…I was already doing 90 when I accelerated more. I hit a bump and just went out of control…the car and I landed exactly on the last note of the song. I couldn’t believe I was still alive, lying upside down in a ditch. It was terrifying – it sobered my ass right up.”

HENDRIX WOULD HAVE ADDED SECOND GUITARIST, INTERVIEWER SAYS

Journalist Keith Altham, notable for conducting the very last interview Jimi Hendrix did just one week prior to his death on September 18, 1970, recently shared audio from that fateful conversation in which the guitarist shared thoughts about forming a new group. Altham shared the audio with Classic Rock magazine, and Hendrix is heard saying, “I think I’ll get a small one together. It’s really hard to decide. I’d like to have both, if I could. I’d get two guitarists – one being myself – an organist, a singer, drums and bass. That would be out of sight.”

HENDRIX STATUE VANDALIZED ON ANNIVERSARY OF HIS DEATH

Seattle police arrested two men accused of defacing a statue of native son Jimi Hendrix located in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The crime reportedly occurred on September 18, the 43rd anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist’s death. Authorities say the unidentified suspects, reportedly intoxicated at the time, purchased spray paint from a nearby art supply store, then “tagged” the statue before painting nearby construction equipment and a building. Both men were easily identified, having blue paint on their hands and clothes.

STING BUILDS EXCITEMENT FOR THE LAST SHIP ALBUM, BROADWAY SHOW

The first all-new Sting studio effort in a decade arrives tomorrow, but according to the former Police man he plans to keep the album The Last Ship and companion Broadway play afloat for some time to come. Sting told Billboard, “The play itself will come out next year. We’re still working on it, but it’s pretty much done. It’s an evolving thing…” Sting will perform The Last Ship during a 10-night residency at the Anspacher Theater in New York City, starting September 24, and again November 16 at Austin City Limits Live.

METALLICA TO REPORT FOR DUTY ON THE COLBERT REPORT

The members of Metallica will visit Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report tomorrow night to tout their 3D movie, Metallica: Through the Never, which opens this Friday in select IMAX theaters, with a wider release scheduled for October 4. Meanwhile, the band made news last week when they posted a message on Facebook teasing the arrival of Metallica Christmas sweaters. The message read: “It’s getting colder, holiday parties are about three months away and we want you to be ready for it. Keep an eye on the MetStore for the incoming Scary and Master Holiday Sweaters!”

RETUNED TELEVISION HAVE SONGS FOR POSSIBLE ALBUM RELEASE

Influential rock act Television have three U.S. concerts scheduled this November, and according to drummer Billy Ficca, sixteen songs the band recorded in December 2007 need vocals and mixing, and could see the light of day soon – or not. First the shows: the band is set to play November 5 in San Francisco, two days later in Athens, GA, and the following night in Austin, TX. As for the future album release, Ficca told Rolling Stone, “It might happen before we all die, I don’t know. It’s sort of laying there.”

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