Classic Rock News



CROSBY CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION CAUSES CONCERT CANCELLATIONS

Multiple Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby has been forced to postpone seven upcoming California concerts after undergoing heart surgery last Friday. The singer had a 90 percent blockage in his left anterior coronary artery and immediately underwent a coronary catheterization in which two stents were inserted. Two shows in San Francisco have been pushed back to April 20 and 21, and the five-night stand planed at the Troubadour in Los Angeles has not yet been rebooked. He is expected to make a full recovery in time to join Stephen Stills and Graham Nash for a CS&N tour slated to get underway March 4 in Richmond, VA.

IMPENDING INDUCTEE STANLEY RIPS ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Fans of Kiss couldn’t be happier that their heroes will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony to take place on April 10 in Brooklyn, but singer Paul Stanley is far from happy with the Hall that will soon house his bust. During a recent interview, Stanley said, “People heard ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ and gave it credibility. So was it an honor to be nominated? No. It means a lot to the fans… So for that reason I accept graciously and accept on their behalf. Nonetheless I look at some of the inductees…and my feelings have nothing to do with any of them, it purely has to do with a system which I think is tainted, corrupted and distorted.”

AEROSMITH, HAGAR ASKED TO ANCHOR ROCK FEST 2014

Boston-bred Aerosmith and California-based Sammy Hagar have been named headliners for the 2014 edition of Rock Fest, set to take place July 17-20 in Cadott, WI. Additional acts locked in to perform at the 21st year of the popular Midwest event include Midwest rock royalty REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick as well as Winger, Live and Five Finger Death Punch, with more acts to be added soon.

SCANDAL SINGER SAYS EDDIE FIRST ASKED HER TO REPLACE ROTH

Not quite a scandal but nevertheless a pretty cool rock and roll anecdote is the fact that Scandal singer Patty Smyth says she was Eddie Van Halen’s first choice to replace David Lee Roth when he left Van Halen in 1985, and not Sammy Hagar. Smyth spilled the beans in a recent interview with Delaware’s The News Journal, saying that she became close friends with Eddie and his then wife Valerie Bertinelli, but “When Valerie wrote her book, she downplayed the whole thing, which I don’t understand.” Smyth went on to explain, “They had asked me not to talk about it in interviews at the time, because they didn’t want Sammy Hagar to feel like he was the second choice. It was a long time ago; I never bring it up, but people do ask me about it and there’s no reason to deny it. Eddie was dead serious. He wanted me to join the band…”

TYLER, HENLEY LEAD OPPOSITION TO POSSIBLE COPYRIGHT LAW CHANGE

A Commerce Department task force “green paper” reexamining copyright law includes the possibility that changes will “strip” artists of the right to refuse remixes, mashups and sampling of their songs. That potential change has several songwriters, including Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, the Eagles singer/drummer Don Henley and Sting, just to name a few, crying foul. The aforementioned songwriters wrote in individual letters to the Patent and Trademark Office: “I already have to allow other artists to record my songs without permission. Allowing them to materially change my songs or recordings without my permission is taking it a step too far.” The task force wrote: “The question is whether the creation of remixes is being unacceptably impeded. There is today a healthy level of production, but clearer legal options might result in even more valuable creativity.”

SIGNED MEET THE BEATLES ALBUM HITTING AUCTION BLOCK

The hoopla continues over the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visit to America and their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964. On March 13, a copy of the Fab Four’s Meet the Beatles LP autographed by all four members and given to Dr. Jules Gordon, who treated George Harrison sore throat before the group performed on the CBS show, will be up for auction through New Hampshire-based RR Auction. The bidding will end on Thursday, March 20.

BTO’S NOT FRAGILE RECEIVES 40TH ANNIVERSARY TREATMENT

Canada’s Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s 1974 tour de force album Not Fragile turns 40 this year and to mark the milestone a remastered and expanded edition will be released on March 18. In addition to a freshened up version of the original record which features BTO standards “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and “Roll On Down the Highway,” the upcoming two-disc anniversary edition will contain nine previously unreleased live tracks, including concert versions of the two songs just mentioned.

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