Classic Rock News



U2 EARNS OSCAR NOD FOR “ORDINARY LOVE”

Fresh off its Best Original Song Golden Globe Awards win last week, U2’s “Ordinary Love” will vie in the equivalent category at the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2 in Los Angeles. The Irish rock quartet wrote the stirring tribute to the late South African president Nelson Mandela for the beloved human rights champion’s biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. This is the second Oscar nod for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band; they were previously nominated for “The Hands That Built America” from Gangs of New York.

MUSIC FROM ROLLING STONES DOCUMENTARY DUE DIGITALLY

On the heels of a Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album, the soundtrack to the 2013 Rolling Stones documentary Charlie Is My Darling: Ireland 1965 will be available as a digital-only release for a limited time, starting this Tuesday. Sample titles from the 13-song soundtrack include “Time Is On My Side,” “Off the Hook,” “Little Red Rooster,” “Route 66” and “The Last Time.”

LITTLE FEAT 13-CD BOX SET PREPPED FOR FEBRUARY 25 RELEASE

Very big fans of Little Feat will be dancing with delight when Rhino Records releases the big box set, Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971-1990. Available on February 25, the massive 13-CD collection will house studio albums, live recordings and rare outtakes, starting with 1971’s Little Feat through 1990’s Representing the Mambo, plus a separate disc titled Outtakes From Hotcakes and Outtakes. No Little Feat collection will be complete without the healthy helping of Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971-1990.

CLAPTON THE 1970S REVIEW DVD DUE MARCH 11

Graduating from the wildly successful Sixties he’d enjoyed with the Yardbirds and Cream, Eric Clapton entered the Seventies with wide-eyed curiosity to expand his musical landscape. His expedition into musical parts unknown is documented in the forthcoming DVD, Eric Clapton – The 1970s Review, available March 11. The film focuses on the musician’s work with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and Derek & the Dominos as well as his burgeoning solo career, and features exclusive interviews and rare footage.

GUNS ‘N ROSES LOCKED IN AS HEADLINERS FOR ROCK ON THE RANGE

The full lineup for the 2014 edition of the Rock on the Range festival was announced on Thursday, with Guns N’ Roses, Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock locked in as main headliners. Some of the more than 60 acts that will rock Columbus, OH on May 16, 17 and 18 include Motorhead, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience and Suicidal Tendencies. Visit Rockontherange.com for the complete lineup and more details.

JOEL JAUNT INCLUDES 21 GIGS, 9 (SO FAR) AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billy Joel has added several shows across the country to his previously announced series of concerts in his hometown New York City. The piano man will kick off a run of 21 North American shows tonight in Tampa, FL, followed by a show on Wednesday in Jacksonville, before the first of nine non-consecutive concerts at Madison Square Garden on January 27. Additional stops on the upcoming road trip include Raleigh, NC, Detroit, Toronto, Nashville, Cleveland, Louisville, Los Angeles (2 shows at the Hollywood Bowl), Las Vegas and Chicago.

YOUNG, WHITE REPORTEDLY RELEASING COVERS COLLECTION

Various news outlets are reporting that young at heart Neil Young and old musical soul Jack White have recorded an entire album of covers that could see the light of day sometime this year. Adding legitimacy to the possibility of a Young/White collaboration are two facts: last April, Young recorded a cover of folksinger Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” at White’s Third Man Records Recording Booth in Nashville, and earlier this month, White announced that he is “producing two albums this month, and finishing them,” adding that “one of them is mine.”

BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE TO ENTER CANADIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME

Canadian riff rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive have been takin’ care of business since 1973, but you can argue that they ain’t seen nothin’ yet because on March 30, they will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Winnipeg-bred band has sold close to 30 million albums worldwide and are veterans of winning scores of awards in their homeland, having picked up seven Juno Awards, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys.

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