Classic Rock News



RUSH TO REISSUE DEBUT ALBUM

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut, Rush will reissue the album in a special vinyl deluxe edition box set on April 15th. The box set will feature the original Moon Records mix and jacket art, as well as a reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, and three lithographs by bandmembers Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey. It will also include a Rush Family Tree poster and a free digital download of the new remastered release.

McCARTNEY BODYGUARD THREATENS TO STUN GUN PAPARAZZI

Paparazzi should know better than to mess with Paul McCartney. Photographers tried to get too close to the Beatle as he, Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl and their wives were leaving Crossroads restaurant in Los Angeles, but were pushed back by McCartney’s security. Video shows the bodyguard warning paparazzi, “don’t make me use my stun gun!”

ORIGINAL STEELY DAN SINGER SUES BAND OVER ROYALTIES

Original Steely Dan vocalist David Palmer is suing Donald Fagan and Walter Becker over unpaid royalties. Palmer sang lead on two tracks from the band’s debut album Can’t Buy a Thrill - “Dirty Work” and “Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)”- and was also featured on backing vocals for several other songs. Palmer argues he hasn’t been paid accurately from 2000 through 2012. He was fired from Steely Dan in April 1973.

STANLEY EXPLAINS HIS POSITION ON HALL OF FAME PERFORMANCE

According to KISS frontman Paul Stanley there was never ever a chance that he and Gene Simmons were going to reunite with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "Imagine getting on stage and playing with a line-up that does not exist,” Stanley told the LA Times, comparing the situation to being forced to reunite with a former spouse. Stanley says he wants Frehley and Criss to be part of the actual induction, but he also insists that current members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer be there too. “The naysayers talk about Tommy or Eric being impostors," Stanley says. "I think an impostor is a guy up there doing it for a pay check." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony takes place at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn on April 10th.

ALLMAN BROTHERS SIGN ON FOR MOUNTAIN JAM

The Allman Brothers will headline the 10th annual Mountain Jam Festival taking place June 5-8th in Hunter Mountain, NY. This year’s festival also includes Bob Weir & Ratdog, and Gov’t Mule, whose guitarist Warren Haynes is also in the Allman Brothers. The last time the Allman Brothers performed at the Mountain Jam was in 2009. This will likely be the last time they perform at the festival since they announced in January they were going to stop touring in 2014.

GUNS N’ ROSES 3D MOVIE GETS INTERNATIONAL RELEASE

Guns n’ Roses’ upcoming 3D concert movie has a release date. The film, Appetite for Democracy: Live From the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas, was shot during the band’s first Vegas residency. According to the Guns website, the film will open in the UK, Spain and Holland on April 3rd, Denmark on April 7th, Mexico on April 16th and Central America on April 17th. A release date for the U.S., Brazil, Argentina and Japan has yet to be announced.

LIAM BLASTS OASIS REISSUES

One person who is not happy at Oasis’ plans to reissue their debut album Definitely Maybe is the band’s co-founder Liam Gallagher. Liam took to Twitter to blast the 20th Anniversary release, writing, "HOW CAN YOU REMASTER SOMETHING THAT'S ALREADY [BEEN] MASTERED. DONT BUY INTO IT. LET IT BE." The reissue, titled Definitely Maybe: Chasing the Sun Edition, which will feature rehearsal footage, live and acoustic versions of songs, and a copy of the band’s original demo, is set for release May 19th. The band’s subsequent albums What’s the Story (Morning Glory)? and Be Here Now, are expected to be reissued later this year as well.

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