Classic Rock News



U2 MANAGER CONFIRMS HE’LL STEP ASIDE

It appears U2 will walk on with or without their longtime manager Paul McGuinness, who told the New York Times he will “take a less hands-on roll” once concert promotion giant Live Nation closes on its $30 million deal to acquire the band’s Principle Management company as well as Madonna’s management firm Maverick, run by her manager Guy Oseary. McGuinness, who’s handled U2’s affairs for over 35 years, said, “It could be seen as slightly poor etiquette for a manager to consider retiring before his artist has split, quit or died, but U2 have never subscribed to the rock ‘n’ roll code of conduct.” McGuinness said Oseary will “take over the day-to-day running of our business.”

WATERS WONDERS WHETHER STARTING A CHURCH IS A CAREER OPTION

Never short on subjects to discuss in depth, Roger Waters fielded questions Thursday at the Billboard touring Conference and was asked about pursuing a career outside music. The Pink Floyd icon replied, “The only other thing I would ever consider doing is starting a church. Then you don’t have to pay income tax. All you need is the gift of the gab, you need to be able to lie really well and you make a fortune with almost no talent.”

BEATLES ON ED SULLIVAN 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL TO AIR ON CBS

This February 9 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and to mark the occasion CBS will air The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles. The two-hour special will feature some of the biggest names (to be named soon) in music performing the songs the Fab Four performed that historic night, plus more Beatles’ classics. The show will air at 8p, 50 years to the day, date and time the Beatles changed America and the world.

BLACK SABBATH STRETCHES REUNION TOUR DATES INTO 2014

With a new run of European shows on the horizon, Black Sabbath has announced that another round of North American tour dates will begin March 31 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In all, the band will stage a dozen 2014 North American shows, though the only two on U.S. soil will be the Brooklyn gig and the tour closer April 26 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, while the other 10 will be spread across Canada.

NICKS KNOWS HER CHARACTER ON UPCOMING AMERICAN HORROR STORY

Earlier this week, Ryan Murphy, the creator of the FX Network series American Horror Story: Coven confirmed that Stevie Nicks would be making a cameo appearance on a future episode of the FX Network series. Now we know what role she will be playing; herself! The Fleetwood Mac singer is scheduled to appear in the 10th episode of the current season in which she will perform a duet with the show character Misty Day.

GARCIA’S GUITAR GOING UNDER THE HAMMER

Considered by some to be one of the most treasured guitars in the history of rock, Jerry Garcia’s Travis Bean TB500 will be sold at auction December 6 in Beverly Hills, CA. The historic instrument, which was exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, was a mainstay of the Grateful Dead musician’s arsenal in the late seventies and is expected to sell for $150,000-$200,000 and comes complete with a sticker on the body that reads, “Ass, Grass or Gas/Nobody Rides for Free.”

APPICE GRABS A PIECE OF THE RECORD LABEL PIE

Legendary Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice announced he’s launching his own record label, Rocker Records. The percussionist’s first four pieces of product on his new imprint will be digital releases of Bogert/Appice & Friends, TNA’s (featuring Appice and Pat Travers) Live in Europe, and two Cactus concert collections, Live in Japan and Live in the USA. All four will be available this Tuesday, November 19.

GREEN DAY’S ARMSTRONG DEBUTS DUET

The true ethos of punk is to do whatever the hell you want, cynics and critics be damned. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has adapted that attitude in spades on Foreverly, his upcoming country-folk duets set with jazz singer Norah Jones, due November 25. The record is a tender tribute to the Everly Brothers’ 1958 collection, Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. On Thursday, the two debuted the track “Silver Haired Daddy of Mine” on RollingStone.com.

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