Classic Rock News



BOSTON UNVEILS COVER ARTWORK FOR FIRST ALBUM IN 11 YEARS

Rock and jock fans of the city of Boston are having a field day (or two) after both the Red Sox and Patriots made miraculous comebacks on Sunday, and Boston, the band - who will make their own miraculous comeback of sorts on December 3 - yesterday took the wraps off the album art of their next studio album, Life, Love and Hope. Boston, the band, fans have waited 11 long years for the group to end their latest long layoff, and their patience will be rewarded with the December 3 release of the follow-up to 2002’s Corporate America.

JON BON JOVI WALKS FAN DOWN THE AISLE

Australian Bon Jovi fan Branka Delic’s dream came true Saturday when her hero Jon Bon Jovi agreed to walk her down the aisle at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, the same spot where the superstar married his wife Dorothea in 1989. A determined Delic decided to try and convince her rock idol to walk her down the aisle via an ad in her local paper and a Facebook page titled, “Bon Jovi, Walk Me Down the Aisle?” Bon Jovi was in Sin City for a show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and took time out to fulfill his fan’s fantasy.

EX-ROLLING STONES AXEMAN TAYLOR TO JOIN WOOD AT UK’S BLUESFEST

Mick Taylor, the man who preceded Ronnie Wood as guitarist for the Rolling Stones will join the former Faces and current Stones six-string player onstage at BluesFest in London, which runs October 29 through November 1. Taylor will perform blues nuggets with The Ronnie Wood Band during their festival closing set. Additional performers at the event include Van Morrison and Robert Plant.

BEATLES BOOK PROMISES PEEK INTO LIVES “BEFORE FAME CLOSED IN”

The latest of countless books about the Beatles is the first of a trilogy that focuses on the lives of the Fab Four “when they could move about freely, before fame closed in.” Written by band historian Mark Lewisohn, The Beatles: All These Years – Tune In Vol. 1 (available October 29) puts a microscope on the band members’ early years, promising a journey that “takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962,” the year in which the band was “on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity.”

SIR PAUL SUPPORTS POP STAR CYRUS

There is zero evidence that The Beatles classic hit “Get Back” gave Miley Cyrus inspiration for all that backside bumping she does while twerking, but nevertheless, former Fab Four member Paul McCartney has Cyrus’ back as it relates to the whole post-MTV Video Music Awards furor. Sir Paul told Sky News, “You know what, I don’t think it was explicit at all. You couldn’t see anything. But obviously you look at it and you go, ‘What’s everyone shouting about?’ I thought it was only mildly shocking. Come on! We’ve seen worse than that.”

MCCARTNEY PULLS IN CELEBRITY PALS FOR SECOND VIDEO OFF NEW

Being a Beatle certainly has its perks; like being able to call up a stable of famous friends to appear in your next video. Sources tell UK’s Daily Record Paul McCartney managed to coax former lovers Johnny Depp and Kate Moss, along with multiple Oscar winning actress Meryl Streep, among others, to lend their famous faces to the shoot of the video for “Queenie Eye,” the second single off Sir Paul’s brand new album, New, which arrived today. Asked about reuniting Depp and Moss, McCartney said, “They are friends of mine and [daughter] Stella’s. I am very lucky they agreed to do it.” No word yet when the clip will premiere.

BLACK SABBATH’S WARD RECOVERING FROM DIVERTICULITIS SURGERY

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward is recovering at home following successful surgery to deal with diverticulitis. According to WebMD, “Diverticulosis happens when pouches (diverticula) form in the wall of the colon. If these pouches get inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be very painful.” Ward is expected to make a full recovery over the next several weeks.

SOCIAL DISTORTION PUNKS UP CCR CLASSIC “UP AROUND THE BEND”

Veteran Southern California punk rockers Social Distortion had a huge hit in 1990 with their cover of the Johnny Cash standard “Ring of Fire,” and now they’ve tried their hand at reviving the Creedence Clearwater Revival rocker “Up Around the Bend.” Social D’s version is found on the soundtrack of the forthcoming animated feature film Free Birds. The soundtrack is due October 29, and the movie opens November 1.

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

New albums out today: Paul McCartney – New; Eric Clapton – Unplugged (Expanded Box Set); Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt; Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers Live (Box Set).

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