Classic Rock News



MELLENCAMP MOTIVATED TO MOUNT 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp will return to the road for a series of summer North American tour dates, starting with a two-night run in Thackerville, OK June 20 and 21. The heartland rocker’s 10-show trek also includes gigs in Niagara Falls, NY, Uncasville, CT, Atlantic City, Cheyanne, WY, Minot, ND, two shows in Orillia, Ontario, Canada and the tour closer in Windsor, Ontario on August 1. In December, Mellencamp proclaimed, “I want to play places I haven’t played since the 1980’s.”

SIXX GETS HITCHED FOR THIRD TIME, WEDS 28-YEAR OLD HOW 2 GIRL

Make it three trips down the aisle for Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, who said “I do” to his third wife, Courtney Bingham, 28, Saturday at Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles. Sixx, 55, was previously married to Playboy playmate Brandi Brandt and actress Donna D’Errico and has three children from his two previous marriages, all of whom were in attendance on Saturday. After the ceremony, Sixx confirmed he was once again off the market by tweeting: “Hot damn. I’m a married man…” Bingham, who is a lifestyle and home décor expert and runs the website How2girl.com, tweeted: “Today I get to marry my best friend and the love of my life.”

MEN DISGUISED IN KISS MASKS SMASH OVER 25 CARS IN BODY SHOP

As if Kiss wasn’t already getting enough bad publicity for its decision not to perform at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band was given another PR black eye by vandals disguised in Kiss masks who destroyed over 25 cars at a New Jersey body shop. Recently released surveillance video captured four guys wearing Paul Stanley’s “Starchild” face paint causing close to $40,000 worth of damage at SB Maaco’s in Saddle Brook, NJ. The four Kiss-loving car crushers are still on the loose, and knowing how carefully Stanley and Gene Simmons guard the Kiss brand, these guys might prefer to deal with the cops instead of facing Kiss’ wrath in a copyright infringement lawsuit. In more Kiss-related news, Kiss and Def Leppard are scheduled to make a “major announcement” regarding their forthcoming co-headlining 2014 Heroes Tour today at 2p ET. According to a press release, the tour will “help change the lives of veterans and military families across America.”

BEATLES’ FILM A HARD DAYS NIGHT DUE BACK ON BIG SCREEN, BLU-RAY

The classic Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night is set to make its return to theaters and Blu-ray, UK music magazine NME reports. The 1964 feature is scheduled to reopen in theaters and be available for download on July 4, with a limited-edition DVD and Blu-ray release reportedly set for July 21 in the UK. So far there has been no announcement on when the Fab Four’s first feature film will be reissued in America.

MERCURY MOVIE MEETS NEW ROADBLOCK AFTER DIRECTOR DEFECTS

The seemingly snake-bit Freddie Mercury biopic has hit yet another snag after director Dexter Fletcher walked away from the project just weeks after joining the production, citing (say it with me) “creative differences.” The move marks the second major defection from the film; last year, actor Sasha Baron Cohen, who was original hired to portray the Queen frontman, jumped ship, citing the same creative differences. Finally, if a new director isn’t found soon, new star Ben Whishaw may have to bail as well; he’s committed to the next James Bond film which could begin shooting in the fall.

JOEL BUTCHERS LYRICS, MALIGNS MELODY AS WORST HE EVER WROTE

He’s composed a cornucopia of classic songs, but if you ask Billy Joel, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” isn’t one of them. During a concert in Toronto last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer tripped over his own admittedly very complicated lyrics before stopping the song and telling the audience, “All you gotta do is f*** up one word in that song and it’s a train wreck. It’s the same thing verse after verse… One of the worst melodies I ever wrote.” After finally completing the tongue-twisting tune, Joel said, “That’ll be all over YouTube tomorrow. It’s okay. It was an authentic rock and roll f*** up.” He was right; (NOTE CONTENT) footage of the flub was all over YouTube.

IGGY & THE STOOGES DRUMMER SCOTT ASHETON DEAD AT 64

Rolling Stone reports Iggy & the Stooges drummer Scott Asheton died Saturday at the age of 64. The exact cause of death was not immediately made public, though the percussionist had been ill recently, suffering an unknown medical injury on a plane in June 2011 that led Iggy Pop to tell Rolling Stone, “Without proper medical attention right there he would have bought it.” Asheton was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s drummer from 1967 through 2013. Reacting to the death, Pop said in a statement: “Scott was a great artist. I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother.”

METALLICA DEBUT NEW TUNE ON SOUTH AMERICAN TOUR

Over the weekend South American fans of Metallica were the first to hear “The Lords of Summer,” the first new song from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group in some time. Last week, the band which kicked off their eight-show trek through South America in Bogota, Colombia last night, posted a photo on its Facebook page with the caption: “Working out the kinks in the new song that we’ll be debuting in South America in a couple of days.” The band’s tour includes shows in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay and Chile and finishes with two performances in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 29 and 30.

SECOND ANNUAL METALLICA NIGHT AT AT&T PARK SET FOR MAY 16

Details have been released tied to the second annual Metallica Night with the band’s hometown San Francisco Giants. The second annual hard rock meets hardball event will take place May 16 at AT&T Park where the band will perform the national anthem before the game against the Marlins. A Metallica inflatable guitar and guitar pick set will be included as part of a special-event ticket package. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Bay Area chapter of Little Kids Rock, an organization that works to promote music education in schools.

SOUNDGARDEN, NINE INCH NAILS HAMMER OUT TOUR DATES

A pair of perennial headliners – Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails - will be partnering for a summer tour, starting July 19 in Las Vegas. The 23-date trek, which also features Death Grip supporting on select shows, will also include stops in Denver, Toronto, Camden, NJ, Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Tampa, Dallas and Albuquerque before ending August 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Finally, Soundgarden reportedly tapped in-demand studio drummer Matt Chamberlain to fill in for Matt Cameron, who will miss the run of dates due his commitment to perform live with his other band, Pearl Jam.

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