Classic Rock News



SIR PAUL STAGES SECOND STRAIGHT SURPRISE SHOW IN NEW YORK CITY

One day after treating 400 students of the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts in Astoria, Queens, NY to a surprise concert and Q&A session (the event will stream online on Yahoo! On Monday at 9p ET), Paul McCartney shocked even more New Yorkers by putting on an impromptu 15-minute performance in the heart of Times Square on Thursday afternoon. Shortly before hitting the stage, the former Beatle tweeted he’d be playing on a plaza near 46th and Broadway. Sir Paul managed to perform four songs from his upcoming album, New, before telling the crowd the city had only given him permission to play for 15 minutes.

EXPANDED EDITION OF BOWIE’S THE NEXT DAY DUE NOVEMBER 5

A two-CD/one-DVD expanded edition of the latest David Bowie album, The Next Day, will be available November 5. The aptly titled The Next Day Extra will include the original 14-track album, a 10-track companion disc featuring five previously unreleased songs and two remixes, and a DVD holding four videos from songs found on The Next Day. One of the remixes will be a reworked and extended version of the album track “Love is Lost” (subtitled “Hello Steve Reich Remix”) constructed by LCD Soundsystem member James Murphy.

RADIO PLAY TIED TO THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON DUE ON CD

A radio play originally written for BBC Radio 2, featuring the music from Pink Floyd’s masterwork The Dark Side of the Moon, will be available as a deluxe CD package on November 25. Darkside, written by Oscar-winning playwright Tom Stoppard, was originally commissioned by BBC Radio 2 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s epic album, and was originally broadcast this past August 26. Guitarist David Gilmour commented on the radio play, saying, “I found the script of Tom’s play fascinating; I can’t think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side of the Moon’s 40 year anniversary.”

RICHARDS FAN ARRESTED, CLAIMS HE WAS MAKING BOMB FOR GUITARIST

Legendary guitarist Keith Richards is known for his bombastic behavior, but one fan of the Rolling Stones axeman apparently thought it would be a good idea to build his favorite rocker an actual bomb. TMZ reports police last week were called to investigate a break-in at the Connecticut home of Joseph Callahan, 69, but when they entered the house they discovered a cache of weapons and explosives, including around 100 pounds of ammonium nitrate. When asked why he was stockpiling so much of the stuff, Callahan said he “planned to give the bomb to Keith Richards, but had no intension of harming him.” Callahan was immediately taken into custody, placed under a 72-hour lockdown for psychiatric observation and now faces “112 counts of illegal possession of explosives, reckless endangerment and manufacture of bombs.”

DAVE DAVIES ASKS FANS TO FUND WORLD TOUR, DOCUMENTARY

One of The Kinks’ most beloved albums was 1979’s Low Budget featuring the equally popular title track. It now appears founding member Dave Davies has no budget and is living out that album and song title after having turned to crowdfunding website Indiegogo to ask fans to help fund a future world tour and documentary dubbed “Rock n’ Roll Journey.” In a video appeal, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer states, “I’m really looking forward to getting back on the road. It will be great to make a high-quality documentary capturing both live performances and behind the scenes action.” Davies is trying to raise $30,000 by November 3, and as of now he’s raised less than $3,000.

BON JOVI DRUMMER BACK IN ACTION AFTER APPENDECTOMY

The Bon Jovi camp earlier this week welcomed back their longtime drummer Tico Torres, who had been sidelined following a series of emergency surgeries, including gall bladder surgery on September 20 just one week after undergoing an emergency appendectomy during a Mexico City tour stop. The 60-year old timekeeper seemed fit as a fiddle in Fresno, CA Tuesday, where he was solid as a rock throughout the 2 hour and 20 minute show. The band’s tour continues tonight in Los Angeles and continues through November 8 in Montreal.

YOKO MADE HONORARY CITIZEN OF REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Some honors are just too punny to resist. Yoko Ono has just received a very cool (it could be said exceedingly cold) honor after being made an honorary citizen of Reykjavik, Iceland. Despite having been given the cold shoulder by millions of Beatles fans the world over who still hold her responsible for being the ice princess who broke up the band, Yoko’s honorary citizenship is in recognition of her years of tireless work attempting to thaw hardened relationships by promoting world peace. Reacting to her honor, John Lennon’s widow said, “John and I believed in ‘Nutopia,’ which would make all of us citizens of the world. But inside the world, there is a land of our hearts that is shining with warmth, truth and beauty called Iceland.” “Shining with warmth?” Iceland?

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