Classic Rock News



CLAPTON CULLS CLASSIC 70S CUTS FOR BIG BOX SET

Christmas will come one month early this year for hardcore Eric Clapton fans who, rest assured, will rush out on November 25 to snap up God’s gigantic six-disc box set, Give Me Strength. Strength is what fans will need just to lift this colossal collection which includes a tracklist that features remastered and unreleased tracks from the sessions and live tours surrounding three of Slowhand’s stellar albums, 461 Ocean Boulevard, There’s One in Every Crowd and E.C. Was Here.

PINK FLOYD DRUMMER PACKED AND READY FOR BAND REUNION

Fans of Pink Floyd praying for a reunion have one major piece of the puzzle in their corner – drummer Nick Mason. The 69-year old beat keeper is more than open to a reunion with Roger Waters and David Gilmour, and told UK’s NME a reunion was “unlikely but possible” if the band had a “good enough reason…and equivalent of Live Aid.” He went on to emphasize, “I would do it…I’m ready to go. I’m packed, I have my drum kit, a suitcase and a wash bag by my front door ready for it when I ever get the call. But I’m not holding my breath.”

RUSH’S REMIXED VAPOR TRAILS READY FOR RELAUNCH

Calling the original less-than-stellar mix “a bee in my bonnet,” Rush bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee says he is now “pleased” with the newly remixed version of the band’s 2002 album, Vapor Trails, which is out now. Lee says hiring producer David Bottrill to remix the record was the right move, adding, “He understood what it should sound like, so I’m very pleased with the end result. I think he’s finally brought some completion and some justice to some of those songs we’d put so much of our heart and soul into.”

BELEW SAYS FRIPP BLEW HIM OFF FOR REUNITED KING CRIMSON

Guitarist Adrian Belew has confirmed he will not be part of the recently announced revamped version of King Crimson because he simply wasn’t asked by Robert Fripp to join. Belew confirmed his snub in a recent Q&A on his Facebook page. When a fan asked if he would be in the new King Crimson, he replied: “No, after 32 years I am no longer in King Crimson.” When another fan wondered if he was asked, Belew replied: “No, I was not. Robert informed me in a email that he was starting a 7-piece version of the band. He said I would not be right for what the band was doing.”

JOHN GETS TOO EMOTIONAL TO WATCH LENNON FOOTAGE

Sir Elton John has confessed it is too emotionally taxing for him to watch footage of John Lennon on the video screens when he performs the late Beatle tribute tune “Empty Garden” in concert. John told Entertainment Weekly, “I don’t look back when I’m playing that song – if I see the footage of John, I get choked up and it’s too hard to get through the song. I miss hi so much.”

FINAL ALVIN LEE PERFORMANCE COMING TO CD

Late Ten Years After ace guitarist Alvin Lee stepped onto the stage for the final time on May 28, 2012 in Raalte, Holland before passing away at the age of 68 on March 6, 2013. Thankfully, Lee’s last gig was recorded and will be available on CD October 1 on the appropriately titled The Last Show. Tracks include “Hear Me Calling,” “Slow Blues in ‘C’,” “Country Thing” and the now more poignant “Going Home.”

SIMMONS SINGS “STAR-SPANGLED BANNER” AT LONDON NFL GAME

In a move that may have surprised many, the NFL tapped Kiss bassist Gene Simmons to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to the kickoff of yesterday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings which took place at London’s historic Wembley Stadium. Surprisingly, this was not Simmons’ first rodeo when it comes to belting out the national anthem before an NFL contest; last season he did the honors before the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers did battle.

VEDDER CALLS POP SONGS “CRAP THAT PEOPLE SEEM TO LIKE”

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder vented on the infestation of pop songs and the state of rock in today’s musical landscape. On pop, he said, “These pop songs almost feel like tabloid journalism… It’s crap that people seem to like. I don’t know if one of the pop songs of the summer has any fiber in it. People are consuming it, and is it healthy? It seems like it has a really high fructose content.” On the state of rock, he offered, “[U2 singer] Bono talked a lot about ‘we can’t let rock & roll become a niche.’ I have more faith in it than that. But I can definitely see his point. When there’s a pop song that seems a little bit better than others, it’s usually one that has some real guitar, real drums in it. I still feel like the best stuff has natural elements.”

METALLICA MOVIE INSPIRED BY PINK FLOYD, MONKEES AND MORE

The highly anticipated Metallica 3D concert (and more) film Metallica: Through the Never opened in IMAX theaters last Friday and opens in regular 3D cinemas this Friday. Asked by Rolling Stone what inspired the hybrid concert-narrative concept, frontman James Hetfield said, “[Drummer] Lars [Ulrich] and I started getting a little freaked out – I think we all did – that it’s just a 3D concert film. And I just started thinking, ‘Let’s get creative,’ thinking [Led Zeppelin’s] The Song Remains the Same, thinking [Pink Floyd’s] The Wall, thinking even the Monkees movie [Head], or the Beatles.”

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