Classic Rock News

Monday July 28



Jon Bon Jovi Controversy Over Buffalo Bills Rumors

(Radio.com) An investment group that includes Jon Bon Jovi is looking to buy the NFL team the Buffalo Bills, according to The Hollywood Reporter. One of Bon Jovi's partners is Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NBA's Raptors and NHL's Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi is the former co-owner of the Arena Football League team the Philadelphia Soul. The Hollywood Reporter's article also notes that the group is looking to build a new stadium in the Toronto area, which, if true, would likely be met with its share of controversy. That's because under terms of the team's lease with the state and county, the Bills are not allowed to negotiate with anyone who, to their knowledge, has an intention of relocating the team before the end of the 2022 season, when the lease ends. The team is being sold following the death of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson in March. Although the Bon Jovi-led group has not said that the change in ownership would move the team from Buffalo, many believe that it is their intent to do so.

Read more: Monday July 28

Friday July 25



Early Remixed Tommy Bolin Recordings Set For Release

(Classic Rock) Zephyr's 1969 debut album, featuring Tommy Bolin, has been remixed, remastered and will be released early next month. Following on the back of a limited edition 3-CD box set of the album, which sold out upon release in May, comes this remastered version which will be released on August 5. The album was remixed by founding member and bassist David Givens, who was joined in the band by guitarist Bolin, Candy Givens on vocals/harmonica, pianist John Faris and drummer Robbie Chamberlin. Speaking about the forthcoming release, Givens says: "For the first time you can hear what we heard before everything went wrong. I'm happy with the results." Along with the remastered tracks, the album features unreleased live material, studio improvisations and two of Bolin's freeform jams which were unearthed during the process of remixing the album.

Read more: Friday July 25

Thursday July 24



Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Memoirs Of A Madman Details

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne's fans took up his online challenge and they succeeded in unscrambling the mystery of Ozzy's next release, which will be two career-spanning "Memoirs Of A Madman" collections. Set for release on October 7th, the "Memoirs Of A Madman" CD features 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time, and will be available in a single CD, 2-LP set and 2-LP picture disc set configurations. The "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career. On July 22, fans got a sneak peek of "Memoirs Of A Madman" via Twitter. By using #OzzyRules in accordance with the number of tweets, engaged fans were able to unscramble the cover artwork and unlock a video teaser.

Read more: Thursday July 24

Wednesday July 23



U2 May Still Release New Album This Year

(Radio.com) Work on U2's 13th album had stalled previously sometime between when Danger Mouse was working with the band and Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth came in to lend a hand. Suddenly, what was expected to be a 2014 release, well, wasn't. Through all the confusion, U2 has officially remained committed to releasing the LP this year, despite reports that he was not satisfied with the work. Now, thinking has again shifted, with the band feeling confident about their new material and going ahead with plans to put out their follow-up to 2009′s No Line on the Horizon this year. "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year," a source told UK's tabloid The Sun. "This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."

Read more: Wednesday July 23

Tuesday July 22


Surgery Delays ZZ Top Tour Kick Off

ZZ Top announced that they have been forced to delay the kick off of their North American summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill will be undergoing surgery to remove two kidney stones this week. The band's publicist Bob Merlis says in a statement that "the kidney stones were discovered in the course of a routine physical examination where Hill's doctor advised him that they should immediately be removed, lest they cause more serious problems down the line." Hill will require two weeks of recuperation following the surgery and the tour will now be kicking off on August 6th in Sturgis, SD and ZZ Top will be launching their tour with Jeff Beck on August 8th in Missoula, MT. The band was originally scheduled to hit the road this Friday in Morton, MN. The canceled dates include West Bend, WI (July 26), Cincinnati (July 27), Louisville (July 29), Asheville, NC (July 30) and Bethlehem, PA (August 1).

Read more: Tuesday July 22

Monday July 21



88 Early Jimi Hendrix Recording To Be Released

(BM) More rare Jimi Hendrix recordings will be released over the next three years. We were sent these details: Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings have announced that they have acquired the full and complete rights to 88 studio and live recordings made by Curtis Knight & The Squires featuring Jimi Hendrix in 1965-1967. They announced that they plan on releasing these historic recordings--properly mixed, mastered and annotated--in definitive new editions, curated and remastered under the direction of Eddie Kramer (Hendrix's long-time sound engineer) over the next three years. The total buyout of these master recordings places a historic exclamation point following decades of litigation between Jimi Hendrix, Ed Chalpin and PPX Enterprises. All 88 tracks recorded by Chalpin and PPX from 1965-1967 are finally under complete ownership and control of Experience Hendrix LLC. In the early 1960s, before launching a solo career that continues to influence pop, rock and soul music, Jimi Hendrix was a little known sideman, working for short periods with a variety of artists including the Isley Brothers, Don Covay, Little Richard and the Harlem-based R&B combo Curtis Knight & The Squires. Ed Chalpin was an entrepreneur and record producer who founded PPX International, Inc, in 1960; PPX specialized in providing backing tracks for movies, TV shows, trailers and commercials, working with a variety of artists, producers, directors, music supervisors, record companies, and production companies. During his tenure as a guitarist for the Squires, Curtis Knight introduced Hendrix to Chalpin. On October 15, 1965, Chalpin inked a notorious three-year recording contract--for $1.00 and a 1% royalty--with Jimi (then "Jimmy") Hendrix and Curtis Knight & The Squires that would prove endlessly problematic, once the guitarist hit big with his own group, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, in 1967. Knight's single releases featuring Hendrix as a sideman did not enjoy commercial success and the guitarist relocated to Greenwich Village where he formed Jimmy James & The Blue Flames in 1966. Animals bassist Chas Chandler discovered Hendrix performing at the Café Wha? as Jimmy James that summer and offered to take him to London.

Read more: Monday July 21

Friday July 18



Eric Clapton Ready For Retirement

(Classic Rock) Eric Clapton is considering retirement after making one more album, he's revealed. Slowhand has been speaking about ending his career for some time now, and recently announced to fans in Japan they'd seen him for the last time. Now he tells Rolling Stone: "I think this could be it. I don't want to work that hard any more. I was planning to write and record another record, so that's the next thing I would do. "Next year I might do a couple of shows and say, 'Folks, that's it - I'm off.' Then I'll see what I make of that, whether I'm content to just go into the studio now and then and play at home for the family."

Read more: Friday July 18

Thursday July 17



Johnny Winter Dead At 70

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter died on Wednesday (July 16, 2004) in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, confirms his representative Carla Parisi of Kid Logic Media. He was 70. Reports of Winter's death surfaced on Wednesday night with American Blues Scene reporting that that several independent sources close to Winter confirmed his passing. The wife of Winter's collaborator Rick Derringer, Jenda Derringer, also reported his passing on her Facebook page: "We were just told by a reliable source that Johnny has passed." She later added, "He passes early this morning in Zurich, Switzerland." When asked how it happened, she said, "That I do not know, but he was not in good health and was very frail and weak." Kid Logic Media confirmed the news early Thursday morning. They sent over the following message, "Texas blues icon Johnny Winter has passed away on July 16, 2014 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists. An official statement with more details shall be issued at the appropriate time." Classic Rock reports that Winter was due to release his 19th studio album "Step Back" in September. Winter - elder brother of Edgar - was born in the Mississippi delta and started out playing alongside Muddy Waters, B.B. King and others in his teens. Following the launch of 1968 debut album The Progressive Blues Experiment he signed to Columbia for the largest advance ever paid.

Read more: Thursday July 17

Wednesday July 16



Fan's Brain Injury Not Motorhead's Problem

(Classic Rock) Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell has no sympathy for the fan who ended up with bleeding on the brain from allegedly headbanging at one of the band's concerts. The guitarist took a less compassionate view than his bandmate Mikkey Dee, who last week said he hoped the 50-year-old German fan was okay. The man was treated at Hannover Medical School in Germany after complaining of a constant headache in the weeks after attending the gig. It was discovered he had developed a subdural hematoma on his brain which doctors linked to headbanging. But Campbell insists that if fans overdo it in the moshpit, they have no one to blame but themselves. He tells TeamRock Radio: "I read it in the paper. That's just journalistic crap. It's nothing to do with Ace Of Spades or music. We don't have a problem with anyone. We just do our own thing. "If people get into trouble while we're playing, that's their problem. It's a bad thing, but we don't try to get people to get into trouble or whatever."

Read more: Wednesday July 16

Tuesday July 15



New Van Halen Music Speculation

(hennemusic) An online photo of Eddie Van Halen visiting a mastering studio in Los Angeles has surfaced, fueling speculation about possible activity in the Van Halen camp. "Eddie Van Halen came by to visit Howie at his studio," read the post on the Facebook page of the Howie Weinberg Mastering Studio. Weinberg mastered Van Halen's 2012 album, "A Different Kind Of Truth." The world renowned mastering engineer's resume includes 4 Grammy nominations, 4 TEC Awards, over 3000 releases, 200 Gold Records and an estimated quarter of a billion records sold. Earlier this year, reports indicated the band were actively working on new music. In February, Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti confirmed activity when he was asked about new music from his solo project, Tremonti - which now includes bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. "With Wolfgang in the band now," said the guitarist "he does a lot of work with Van Halen right now, they're putting together a new album, so it's going to be hard to get everybody's schedules to line up.

Read more: Tuesday July 15

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