Classic Rock News

Monday May 18



Long-Lost Song By AC/DC's Bon Scott Discovered

(Classic Rock) A long-lost song written by late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott has been discovered in Australia. The music and lyrics for the track were found by a musician who played with Scott before he joined AC/DC. And according to BB Steal singer Craig Csongrady, he's been offered the chance to record the song. Csongrady tells White Line Fever: "He had a song he wrote about a woman he was living with back then. A guy in Sydney, he's got the song and it was never recorded. Bon wrote it. "He asked me, actually, 'Would you like to try and record this.' I said, 'It'd be a bloody honour.' I'd love to do that. I don't know the name of it. It's named after his girlfriend. I was at the Bridge Hotel in Sydney and he played it on piano to me and sang it rough and showed me the lyrics. It's got 'Bon Scott' as the signature on it. It's a really old piece of paper."

Read more: Monday May 18

Friday May 15



Blues Legend B.B. King Dead At 89

(Classic Rock) Blues great B.B. King has died at the age of 89 after being ill for some time, it's been confirmed. His lawyer Brent Bryson reported that he died peacefully in his sleep at home in Las Vegas. Born Riley B. King in 1925, he was known as one of the Three Kings Of Blues Guitar alongside Albert King (1923-1992) and Freddie King (1934-1976). His single-string vibrato style, influenced by Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, is said to have influenced most of the guitarists who followed him. King's career began in 1943 as a guitarist with the Famous St John's Quartet in his home state of Mississippi. He later played with Bukka White in Tennessee before starting solo work in Arkansas in 1948. He was soon a regular DJ on Tennessee radio, using the name Blues Boy, which led to his onstage moniker.

Read more: Friday May 15

Thursday May 14



Guns N' Roses Didn't Steal 'Sweet Child O' Mine' Says McKagan

(Radio.com) A few days ago, Australian website Max TV asked whether Guns N' Roses plagiarized their 1987 classic "Sweet Child O' Mine" from an earlier song by an Australian band called Australian Crawl, "Unpublished Critics," from 1981. Radio.com spoke with former Guns bassist Duff McKagan--currently of a band called Walking Papers--and asked him about the controversy. He's denying it. Completely. "A friend of mine just sent me that video," he says, which plays excerpts of both songs. "It is pretty stunning," he admits. However, he is quick to add, "But we didn't steal it from them! I swear [puts his hand on his heart], I never heard that song until a couple of days ago." But, McKagan says, he's kind of puzzled as to why, two-and-a-half decades later, the allegations are just coming to light: "How is that [information] just coming out now?"

Read more: Thursday May 14

Wednesday May 13



Van Halen Expand Summer Tour

(hennemusic) Van Halen have expanded their summer tour of North America with the addition of new shows in New York and Los Angeles in support of their latest release, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert". The band will now play a third New York-area concert at the Nikon At Jones Beach Theater on Saturday, August 15, as well a second show at the Hollywood Bowl set for Sunday, October 4. Van Halen will launch the North American tour in Seattle on July 5. This Sunday, May 17, Van Halen will perform on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards; the program airs on ABC-TV from 8:00 PM-11:00 PM ET.

Read more: Wednesday May 13

Tuesday May 12



Guns N' Roses Accused Of Stealing 'Sweet Child O' Mine'

(Radio.com) Guns N' Roses are being accused of stealing one of their biggest hits. The Australian music website Max TV (via Consequence of Sound) recently noticed that Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" sounds suspiciously similar to the song 'Unpublished Critics" by Aussie band Australian Crawl, which was released six years earlier. The publication points out that "Sweet Child O' Mine' has 'the same chugging chord progression, a similarly-sweeping lead break, the verse melody, and the elongated one-syllable vocal in the chorus" as Australian Crawl's song, which went to No. 1 in Australia. Australian Crawl broke up in 1986, a year before Guns N' Roses recently Appetite For Destruction, which featured the track in question, but as COS notes, both albums were released in the United States on Geffen. Funnily enough, Australian Crawl's singer James Reymar has acknowledged the similarities between the tracks before, but doesn't seem interested in getting into court for this. So no, we probably won't have a "Blurred Lines" level lawsuit anytime soon. Instead Reymar seems to be leaning in to the whole thing, even playing "Sweet Child O' Mine" live from time to time.

Read more: Tuesday May 12

Monday May 11



Official Jimi Hendrix Movie Coming

(Classic Rock) Legendary Pictures have reached an agreement with Jimi Hendrix's estate to make an official movie about his life. The project follows last year's unauthorized biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. John Ridley's work was released without any Hendrix music after permission to use it was refused - while the icon's former girlfriend Kathy Etchingham repeatedly slammed violent scenes that she insists never took place. Now Deadline reports that a currently untitled film will be written by 8 Mile author Scott Silver. It follows an original approach to Experience Hendrix LLC four years ago, while director Paul Greengrass and producer Thomas Tull were pushing a script by Max Borenstein. The deal was never made after the estate firm, run by Jimi's sister Janie Hendrix, expressed concern that a film would hurt sales of his back catalogue. It's been confirmed that the work will include some of that material on its soundtrack.

Read more: Monday May 11

Friday May 8



Slash Open To Guns N' Roses Reunion, Denies Feud With Axl

(hennemusic) Slash told CBS This Morning on Thursday that he is open to the possibility of a Guns N' Roses reunion and he also discussed the status of his relationship with Axl Rose. "It's been one of those things that's been talked about by everybody but us for over the last 18, 19 years," he said. "I've got to be careful what I say there. I mean, if everybody wanted to do it and do it for the right reasons, I think the fans would love it. I think it might be fun at some point to try and do that." Asked what those "right reasons" might be, Slash says "I mean, that's a hard one. That just starts to get into a whole complex thing… It's really between the guys in the band." About his relationship with Axl Rose, he said, "Well, we haven't really talked in a long time, but a lot of the tension that you were talking about has dissipated," he explains. "We don't have all those issues anymore. It's not a lot of controversy. It's something that is more perpetuated by the media, more than anything." As for a reunion of the classic Guns N' Roses lineup, Slash says, "Never say never."

Read more: Friday May 8

Thursday May 7



Guns N' Roses Guitarist Slams 'Stupid Music Industry'

(Classic Rock) Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has called the music industry "stupid" and says they treated fans like criminals when peer-to-peer file sharing emerged at the turn of the century. And he says rather than embracing the technology, record executives "made a mess" that they still don't know how to clean up. He tells the Jakarta Informer: "It's not that Napster changed anything - it's that the stupid music industry didn't see this amazing technology and say, 'My God, we could do so much with this,' and instead tried to destroy it and tried to treat people as criminals. "What can you do money-wise if a billion people download your songs for free? It could have been the tiniest little subscription - it could have been ads or sponsors. There are a million ways it could have been done and the music industry had a lot of time to figure it out." He continues: "Instead, through their lawyers, they said, 'Go sue that 12-year-old kid,' and they screwed up everything."

Read more: Thursday May 7

Wednesday May 6



Duff McKagan And Izzy Stradlin Stream New Song

(Radio.com) In March, we reported that a mini-Guns N' Roses reunion was taking place as Duff McKagan and Izzy Stradlin were playing new music together. Now, it appears that the project has a little more direction. With the release of a new book by McKagan, titled How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions), the author has also announced a new three-song EP of the same title. Stradlin will appear with McKagan on the EP along with fellow Seattle musician Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains and Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga, resulting in a sort of super group without a name, recording as simply Duff McKagan. The title track from the EP has been released and it is every bit the barroom, beer-soaked blues jam that might be expected considering the pedigree involved. As for when you can hear the rest, it will be released along with the book on May 12.

Read more: Wednesday May 6

Tuesday May 5



Roger Waters Slams 'Rogues And Thieves' That Ruined Music

(Classic Rock) Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters says in a new interview that the advent of digital streaming services has ruined the business model for developing new artists. Waters tells The Times (via Ultimate Classic Rock): "I feel enormously privileged to have been born in 1943 and not 1983. To have been around when there was a music business and the takeover by Silicon Valley hadn't happened, and in consequence, you could still make a living writing and recording songs and playing them to people. "When this gallery of rogues and thieves had not yet injected themselves between the people who aspire to be creative and their potential audience and steal every ******* cent anybody ever made and put it in their pockets to buy ******* huge mega-yachts and Gulfstream Fives with. These thieves. It's just stealing. And that they're allowed to get away with it is just incredible." He adds: 'I'm angry, even though it doesn't change my life in any way."

Read more: Tuesday May 5

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