Classic Rock News



FORMER ROLLING STONES MANAGER WON’T BE AT ROCK HALL INDUCTION

Original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham is the latest member of the class of 2014 to announce he won’t attend tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn. At a recent lecture in Germany, Oldham told the audience, “I won’t be there, I’ll tell you why. It’s a television show. Twenty years ago it was an incredible party in the Waldorf-Astoria where everybody could behave exactly as they could 20 years ago. And then it became a business. I think it’s healthier to stay home. I think those people basically hijacked the name ‘rock ‘n’ roll.’”

ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND TO SHARE MILESTONE GIG ON DVD

On March 26, 2009, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group the Allman Brothers Band marked the 40th anniversary of their first concert by performing their first two albums on one of the nights during their annual residency at the Beacon Theater in New York City. On April 30, that special show, highlighted by the band playing their 1969 self-titled debut and the following year’s Idlewild South in their entirety, will be available on the appropriately titled DVD 40.

MICK FLEETWOOD GOES HIS OWN WAY, SET TO HOST HIS OWN TV SERIES

The classic Fleetwood Mac lineup will return to touring in the fall, but in the meantime drummer Mick Fleetwood has signed on to host a series of television specials titled 24 Hours with Mick. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Fleetwood Mac drummer/founder will spend a day with each guest probing their thoughts, interests and ideas. The series will showcase an eclectic lineup of interview subjects from a variety of fields, including music and entertainment to technology and politics, art, architecture and more.” As yet, no network or premiere date has been announced.

STEWART SHIRKS CHORES, SHARES SECRET OF SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE

In a recent interview with German newspaper Bild, Rod Stewart revealed he never does housework and exposed his secret to a happy marriage with his wife of seven years, Penny Lancaster. On the subject of household chores, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee said, “Washing up? Never! Housework isn’t for me. I need to look after my hands.” On the secrets to a successful marriage to the mother of two of his eight children, the 69-year old said, “Lots of sex and lots of wine! That makes everyone happy.”

ULRICH HAS DEEPLY HELD BELIEF WHAT BAND SHOULD BE IN ROCK HALL

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2014 will finally be inducted tonight at a ceremony to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but according to Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, one band that won’t be enshrined tonight is long-overdue for induction. Ulrich, who became an inductee in 2009, the second year Metallica was eligible, told Rolling Stone, “I’m not gonna get into the politics and all that stuff, but I got two words to say: Deep Purple. Seriously, people, Deep Purple… But definitely, Nirvana is a no-brainer…and I’m glad that Kiss is getting the long-overdue recognition that they deserved…and then I got two words: Deep Purple! Did I say that already?”

DEATH OF BOOMTOWN RATS’ GELDOF’S DAUGHTER STILL A MYSTERY

Despite performing an autopsy, officials have yet to pinpoint the cause of Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof’s daughter Peaches’ death, though they have ruled out foul play. The 25-year old television personality and mother of two was found dead in her Kent, England home last Monday. Police said toxicology tests will next be performed to try and solve the mystery of what authorities have so-far labeled a “non-suspicious, unexplained sudden death.”

AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC MUSEUM TO BE ERECTED IN NASHVILLE

A museum honoring the musical and cultural contributions of black musicians associated with Nashville is slated to be built on the site of the former Music City Convention Center on the city’s famed Music Row. Construction on the National Museum of African American Music could start as early as next year, and once built will serve as a tourist attraction celebrating the city’s rich black music heritage.

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