Classic Rock News



PLANT PURPORTEDLY UNEARTHS LOST LED ZEPPELIN SESSIONS

New quotes attributed to Robert Plant indicate the Led Zeppelin frontman has discovered spools of quarter-inch tape containing long lost recordings, including two tracks featuring John Paul Jones on lead vocals. Classic Rock magazine printed the following quotes credited to Plant referencing a forthcoming box set: I found some quarter-inch spools recently, and I had a meeting with Jimmy [Page], and we backed them up and listened to them, and there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things. I’m desperately trying to get this one track – or the two tracks of John Paul Jones singing lead. And so far he’s [Page] up to giving me two cars and a greenhouse not to get them on the album. Oh, John, wherever you are…you can’t wait to hear yourself singing all over the world! La la la la la la.”

TYLER TEAMS WITH KOOKY KOREAN POP STAR PSY ON NEW TUNE

Sigh indeed! Many Aerosmith fans are just getting over the fact that frontman Steven Tyler put his street cred in serious jeopardy when he agreed to be a judge on American Idol, but now there’s word that one half of the former “Toxic Twins” has recorded a song with South Korean pop star Psy, famous (or infamous) for his puzzlingly popular “Gangnam Style.” Psy shared the news, saying, “When I was in middle school, I literally cried when Aerosmith were signing ‘Crazy’ or ‘Amazing,’ or whatever. They were my lifetime role models, and now I am collaborating with Steven Tyler. What the f***, man? I love my life.” What the f***, indeed.

VAN HALEN SUES DRUMMER’S EX-WIFE OVER USE OF LAST NAME

The former wife of Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen is facing a lawsuit filed by the band which claims her use of her famous last name for business purposes infringes on their trademark. Kelly Van Halen married Alex in 1984, and in 1996 the couple divorced, but she kept her married surname and later named her construction and interior design company after herself, which ELVH Inc. (the intellectual property holding company of Van Halen the band) now claims infringes on its trademark.

MOTLEY CRUE’S LEE EXPLAINS WHY HE’S BANNED FROM COACHELLA

Even a major rock star like Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee can to something to piss off festival promoters so much that they ban him from ever performing at the event. In an episode of EDM superstar Deadmou5’s online series Coffee Run, Lee shares what the two did to get banned from Coachella. He said, “We just landed a helicopter in a field with burning vans. I’m just wondering if one of us maybe accidentally f***ed his girlfriend.” Lee says the promoter told him in no uncertain terms, “Motley Crue will never play Coachella!” And he replied, shrugging his shoulders, “OK.”

BOWIE BEATS OUT BEVY OF ROYALS AS BEST-DRESSED BRIT IN HISTORY

The always dapper David Bowie has been tapped the best-dressed Briton in history, coming at No. 1 in a poll conducted by the BBC History Magazine. The sharp-dressed music man, whose hits include the apropos “Fashion,” was one of 10 individuals nominated by a panel of fashion experts and historian, and he beat out the competition which included Queen Elizabeth I and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire.”

MCCARTNEY RE-GIFTS FANS, REWORKS “WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME”

When it comes to serving up timeless tunes, Paul McCartney is the gift that keeps on giving. The former Beatle recently revisited his 1979 Christmas classic “Wonderful Christmastime,” recording a new version of the track with the a cappella group Straight No Chaser. The updated holiday chestnut will be available on Straight No Chaser’s upcoming EP, Under the Influence: Holiday Edition, due October 29.

JOHN JOYFUL OVER THE LION KING TOPPING BILLION-DOLLAR MARK

Though he certainly doesn’t receive the lion’s share of the profits, Elton John makes pretty penny off the Broadway smash The Lion King, which just became the first stage musical to ever cross the $1 billion mark in ticket sales. The show, which is now in its 16th year, features songs written by John and Tim Rice. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has also written and recorded music for stage hits Aida, Lestat and Billy Elliott.

HAMMETT BLAMES SOCIAL MEDIA, STREAMING FOR KILLING MUSIC

Years ago Metallica famously led a charge against illegal download sites like Napster, claiming copyright infringement. Now, guitarist Kirk Hammett is speaking out against social media in general, and streaming in particular, accusing the new technology of destroying music. During a recent interview he said he thinks new bands are behind the eight ball because of the proliferation of social media and online music sites, saying, “There haven’t been a lot of really, really great bands that have shown that kind of promise. I think it’s a concern. Because of things like iTunes and streaming and social networking, it’s destroyed music. It’s destroyed the motivation to go out there and really make the best record possible. It’s a shame.”

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