Classic Rock News



DALTREY GIVES MOON BIOPIC THUMBS UP

Describing a future biopic on Keith Moon of The Who as focusing on the late musician’s “wild side” would seem redundant – and obvious. Nevertheless that’s exactly how The Hollywood Reporter characterized the future film which has received support from frontman Roger Daltrey who is collaborating with producers of the as-yet untitled project. Daltrey said, “The Keith Moon project is one close to my heart so I am excited to reinvigorate it…” Moon died of an overdose in 1978 at the age of 32.

PLANT SHARES 2003 TRIP TO MALI IN MINI WEB SERIES

With a well-earned reputation as an Indiana Jones of world music, Robert Plant is well versed in sounds from every corner of the planet because he’s practically visited every corner of the world. The Led Zeppelin frontman documented his 2003 trip to Mali to perform at the Festival of the Desert which he is now sharing as part of an eight episode series on his YouTube channel called Zirka. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer described the experience to Rolling Stone as “a journey of revelation – one of the most illuminating and humbling experiences of my life.”

THE EAGLES SCHEDULE SIX-PACK OF UK TOUR DATES

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members the Eagles will take their History of the Eagles tour across the Atlantic for six UK shows, starting with a May 28 performance in Birmingham, England. The trek will also touch down in Glasgow, Dublin, London and Leeds before winding down in Manchester on June 25. The band’s current U.S. tour resumes tomorrow in Knoxville, TN and runs through January 29 in San Jose, CA.

WARD WARDS OFF LISTENING TO CURRENT BLACK SABBATH ALBUM

Exiled original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward said he had a hard time listening to his former bandmates’ new album, 13, confessing he tried but couldn’t get past the first minute. In a recent interview, Ward said, “The only thing I’ve heard from 13 is maybe 40 seconds of the first song, and then I turned it off. I haven’t heard anything off that album at all. And to be quite honest, I don’t care to either. It’s too painful. If I want to rip my guts out, I’ll put it on.”

HETFIELD HELPS LITTLE KIDS ROCK OUT TO “ENTER SANDMAN”

Proud parents posted footage of Metallica frontman James Hetfield jamming onstage with a group of Bay Area kids taking part in the Little Kids Rock charity’s annual Rockin’ the Bay benefit last Saturday night. Hetfield, who was handed the inaugural Livin’ the Dream Award, led a league of future rock stars in a rousing rendition of the Metallica classic “Enter Sandman.” The Little Kids Rock charity works to raise funds to save music programs in school districts hit by budget cutbacks.

ORIGINAL UFO BASSIST WAY FACING PROSTATE CANCER BATTLE

Founding UFO bassist Pete Way has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, but the musician declares he plans to make a full recover. Way told Classic Rock magazine, “I was lucky. They were checking my liver, not my prostate. They found it by accident.” Way went on to say, “It’ll take more than cancer to stop me… Thanks everyone for your good wishes. They are much appreciated.”

SELF-DESCRIBED “DISABLED DRUMMER” NAILS FOO FIGHTERS’ NUMBER

Thanks to the miracle of YouTube, the world can marvel at a miraculous performance of the Foo Fighters mile-a-minute hit “Everlong” by self-described “disabled drummer Cornel Hrisca-Munn. Hrisca-Munn, a Romanian orphan who was born without forearms and only one functioning leg, lets nothing get in the way of him commanding the drum kit with skills that must be seen and heard to believe.

NEW ALBUM RELEASES

New albums out today: The Beatles – On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2; The Who – Tommy (Super Deluxe Edition); Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Live in Montreal 1977; John Hiatt – Here to Stay – Best of 2000-2012; Counting Crows – Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow; Matthew Sweet/Susanna Hoffs – Under the Covers, Volume 3.

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