Classic Rock News



YOUNG’S BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT CONCERT TO BE WEBCAST LIVE

The 27th edition of the Neil Young hosted and curated annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Saturday’s show will be webcast live on YouTube and will feature performances by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Elvis Costello, Heart, Diana Krall, Jenny Lewis, Jack Johnson, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, fun. and Queens of the Stone Age.

CAMPBELL’S CANCER DIAGNOSIS RE-ENERGIZED DEF LEPPARD

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone to promote their new concert film, Viva Hysteria!, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell and drummer Rick Allen were asked how they maintain their passion after decades of performing. Campbell said, “We took 2010 off and I did a few months as a stunt guitar player with Thin Lizzy, and that’s what really ignited my passion again…I came back from that tour and said, ‘F***, I really love playing guitar again.’ Then, obviously, the cancer thing was like, ‘Do it while you can.’” Allen added, “I actually think what you were going through did something to me and to all of us. There was a camaraderie.”

SANTANA SET TO SPOTLIGHT SPANISH STARS ON STAR-STUDDED SET

Mexican-born Carlos Santana will honor his Latin heritage on his next all-star collaborative effort, Corazon, currently targeted for an early 2014 release. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist has rounded up a top shelf lineup of Latin talent that includes Cuban-American Gloria Estefan and rapper Pitbull, Colombian-born Juanes and Mexican Lila Downs, with more to be name soon. Santana will debut Corazon at a December 14 concert in Guadalajara, Mexico I which many of the guests on the album will perform with Santana and his band.

KRIEGER TO JOIN GOV’T MULE FOR PAIR OF DOORS-THEMED GIGS

Founding Doors guitarist Robby Krieger has accepted Warren Haynes-led Gov’t Mule’s invitation to perform two Halloween time concerts dedicated to the music of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band. Gov’t Mule has a long-standing tradition of using its Halloween shows to showcase the music of legendary acts such as The Who, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. On October 30 in Los Angeles, and Halloween night in Oakland, Krieger will be on hand to perform classic Doors tunes.

BRUCE, BON JOVI BATTLE FOR BILLBOARD TOP TOUR TROPHY

The nominees for the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards were announced yesterday, with fellow New Jersey acts Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Bon Jovi going head-to-head in the top two categories, Top Tour, based on total gross, and Top Draw, based on total attendance. The prizes will be handed out November 14 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

AEROSMITH BASSIST ABSENT AT BAND’S BRAZIL MONSTERS OF ROCK GIG

Word has come out that Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton was taken ill and not onstage during the band’s performance on the second night of the Monsters of Rock festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil this past Sunday night. So far, there has been no official explanation from the Aerosmith camp for Hamilton’s absence. Former Joe Perry Project bassist David Hull played in Hamilton’s place.

METALLICA REPORTEDLY READY TO PERFORM IN ANTARCTICA

Will Metallica be performing “Fad to Black” in one of the whitest places on earth: Antarctica? According to Coca-Cola Zero, and the company’s Colombian website, one lucky contest winner and guest will be on hand for the bone-chilling concert of the century, which is slated to take place sometime between December 2 and 15. Though nothing is etched in stone (or packed in ice) yet, drummer Lars Ulrich recently hinted that there was “a very interesting thing coming our way in December. There’s another frontier heading in Metallica’s direction in December.” Stay tuned…and stay warm!

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