Classic Rock News

Friday March 27



Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Festival Due To Surgery

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled Ozzfiesta, a 5-day event scheduled for this May in Mexico's Mayan Riviera, due to an upcoming surgery. What type of surgery the Black Sabbath frontman is scheduled for has not been revealed. Organizers revealed the news in a released statement, saying "Cool Breeze Concerts regret to inform you that Ozzfiesta is cancelled. Like you, we were very excited about the event. "However, Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel. "We will be offering refunds which will be processed in the next 4-6 weeks. If you decide that you would still enjoy an all inclusive vacation at the Hard Rock, Riviera Maya, Mexico please send us an email, and we can make the arrangements."

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Thursday March 26



Metallica and Paul McCartney Lead Lollapalooza Lineup

Metallica, Paul McCartney, Florence and the Machine have been announced as the headliners for this year's Lollapalooza which will be taking place at Grant Park in Chicago on July 31st-August 2nd. Metallica had this to say about their headlining slot, "It's been nearly 20 years since we've been lucky enough to take the stage at Lollapalooza, so we are over the top that we've been asked to play this year at the now annual extravaganza held at Grant Park in Chicago. We'll be hitting the stage on Saturday, August 1st." This year's lineup also includes Sam Smith, Charli XCX, Bassnectar, The Weeknd, Of Monsters and Men, Kid Cudi, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Tyler the Creator, Philip Selway, Death From Above 1979, Hot Chip, TV on the Radio, Brand New, Gary Clark Jr., Gogol Bordello, and more.

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Wednesday March 25



Van Halen Announce North American Tour and TV Appearance

Van Halen has announced that they will be launching a massive summer and fall tour of North America and to celebrate they will be shutting down Hollywood Boulevard next week for a Jimmy Kimmel Live concert. The legendary band will be kicking off the tour on July 5th in Seattle, WA at White River Amphitheatre and will conclude the trek on October 2nd in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be the support act for the trek. The special Jimmy Kimmel Live concert will be taking place on March 30th and portions of the performance will be broadcast on the late night TV show on March 30th and 31st. The Kimmel performance will also be historic as it will be Van Halen's first time playing on U.S. television with band's founding frontman David Lee Roth. The tour and Kimmel performance will be promoting the release of the band's new live album "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", which will be released on March 31st and features the group's performance from June 21st, 2013 in Tokyo. See the tour dates here.

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Tuesday March 24



Did Metallica Take Too Big Of Gambles?

(Radio.com) Metallica could be in some dire times financially, at least according to their biographers. Metallica biographers Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood talk the band's financial standings in a new interview with literary website The Weeklings. While the band have sold over 100 million records worldwide their bank accounts may not show this fact. "Since 2010 it's likely that Metallica have lost more money than they've made," the biographers write in the two-volume biography on the band, "Birth School Metallica Death" and "Into the Black". In their interview with The Weeklings, they continue to list previous ventures that are leaving the band in the red. In particular, they mention the band's Orion festivals that are now defunct, plus their Through the Never concert film, which they claim will only make back a small portion of its $32 million budget. "By their own admission, the two stagings of the Orion festival were disastrous financially, and the shambles that was the Through The Never movie cost $32 million and will only recoup a fraction of that amount," they say in the interview. "Factor in HQ staff salaries, crew retainers and assorted running costs associated with maintaining an entertainment corporation and you can easily understand why the band - of necessity now rather than by choice - are driven to tour Europe every summer. "No one is going to shed any tears upon hearing Metallica pleading poverty, but over the past decade their margins will undoubtedly have taken a hammering."

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Friday March 20



Van Halen To Do Rare TV Performance

(hennemusic) Van Halen will launch their latest release, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", with a rare TV performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, April 2nd and the show's promotion for the appearance hints at an upcoming tour. "In a daytime exclusive, the California rockers will take over Ellen's stage to perform one of their favorite songs as they embark on their Greatest Hits Tour!," reads the listing on the program's website. "They're some of the most talented, wildest and most exciting musicians of all time. "Nearly all of Van Halen's albums have gone triple platinum, featuring iconic records like 'You Really Got Me,' 'Runnin' With The Devil' and 'Dancing In The Street.' Ellen and her audience will be dancing through the aisles when Van Halen brings the heat to the room!" The rare TV appearance comes just two days after the March 31 release of the group's first live album with David Lee Roth. Recorded live at the Japanese venue on June 21, 2013, the package features a 25-song set delivering material from the band's original, classic era and 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth", the group's first studio album with Roth in almost 30 years. Van Halen have issued an audio stream of their 1981 classic "Unchained" as a preview to the new album.

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Thursday March 19



Led Zeppelin Movie Details Revealed

The song listing for the special one night only Led Zeppelin movie theater event has been revealed. Movie theaters across the United States will screen the movie on March 30th. The film will include live performance footage that span the legendary band's entire career (not including special reunions) that will be presented in chronological order. Things will kick off with two performances from the band's January 9th, 1970 performance at Royal Albert Hall: "Communication Breakdown" and "Bring It on Home/Bring It on Back". Next up will be "Immigrant Song" from Sydney Showground on February 27th, 1972, followed by three songs from July of 1973 at Madison Square Garden: "Black Dog", "Misty Mountain Hop", and "The Ocean". The film will then jump forward to May of 1975 with three songs from when the band played Earls Court: "Going to California", "In My Time of Dying", and "Stairway to Heaven". The finale of the film will include songs from the group's August 4th, 1979 appearance at the Knebworth Festival which was the band's second to last live performance in the UK (which was at the same festival on August 11th): "Rock and Roll", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Kashmir" and "Whole Lotta Love".

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Wednesday March 18



KISS Slammed By Twisted Sister's Dee Snider

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is slamming KISS for its reuse of original makeup by non-original band members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Thayer dresses in original lead guitarist Ace Frehley's makeup and stage outfits while Singer does the same with original drummer Peter Criss' gear, while each perform songs by their original counterparts. "I don't see how people could accept this," Snider tells Eddie Trunk. "Tommy Thayer? I'm sorry. It's insulting. Not only did he play with a tribute band of Kiss, he's imitating Ace in his entire act!" Snider takes particular exception to Thayer performing Frehley's track, "Shock Me", from 1977's "Love Gun." "Oh, my God, that's disgraceful," adds the singer. "When Kiss replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys (drummer Eric Carr and guitarist Vinnie Vincent) who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters." The pair discussed the difference between longtime fans who care to differentiate between the men behind the makeup and those who simply want to see the KISS live experience regardless of which musicians are involved. "My theory is, they forgave Kiss for 'I Was Made for Loving You,' and anything is acceptable after that," says Snider. "It was a disco song, people! It's not okay! It was never okay, and they're playing it live now. Unbelievable. They play 'I Was Made for Loving You,' a fricking disco song!" Last fall, frontman Paul Stanley defended the use of original makeup by Thayer and Singer.

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Tuesday March 17



Original Guns N' Roses Members Record New Song

(hennemusic) Duff McKagan has revealed that he and his former original Guns N' Roses bandmate Izzy Stradlin hooked up to record a new song in the studio last month. McKagan first shared word that he was recording on his 51st birthday on February 5 with Stradlin and his longtime drummer Taz Bentley, tweeting "Spent the first part of my birthday with @tazbentley and Izzy...rocking!" Now, McKagan shares more details in a new interview with Argentina's Vorterix. "[Izzy and I] recorded a song that day," says the bassist. "We were talking on the phone, and he said, 'Let's go record a song.' And we used Josh [Homme] from Queens of the Stone Age's studio; it was open. "So we just went it - Izzy and I and Taz - and just had a blast. We recorded a song. I have it. It just got mixed. It's a super kick-ass song. And we just had fun, and we'll probably do it some more." "We've always kind of done [stuff like that], but usually on his records," McKagan continues. "This was just like this open thing. And I had a riff, and he had an idea, and we recorded it in half a day."

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Monday March 16



Rolling Stones To Announce Tour This Week?

This weekend The Rolling Stones started hinting at a big announcement via teases posted to their Facebook page with the hashtag #SatisfactionThursday, leading many to believe that the group will be announcing their North American summer tour this Thursday. The new online teases come after guitarist Ronnie Wood said in two recent interviews that the band was planning to launch a North American tour this summer. Over the weekend, the band made several Facebook postings including the first post that featured a video showing the members rehearsing while their classic song "Miss You" plays in the background, according to ABC. The video and subsequent posts directed fans to a website called JustAKissAway.rocks that includes the band's lips and tongue logo above the words "Get What You Need" and the #SatisfactionThursday hashtag, as well as a signup box for email alerts asking for fan's email address and zip code. As we previously reported, Ronnie Wood broke the news of the Rolling Stones tour plans in two recent interviews. Woods told Radio.com, "We're coming to North America in the summer." Wood also confirmed the plans in a separate interview with GMI Rock News. "Oh yeah, we had a meeting in New York with the boys, and we're gonna come to North America again in the summer."

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Friday March 13



The Eagles Announce North American Tour Dates

The Eagles have announced new spring and summer North American tour legs as they continue to support the "History of the Eagles" DVD and Blu-ray documentary. The band will be kicking off the spring leg on May 19th in Austin, TX at the Frank Erwin Center and concluding the leg on June 7th in Green Bay, WI at the Resch Center. The summer leg will be launching on July 10th in Miami, FL at the American Airlines Arena and concluding on July 29th in Bossier City, LA at the Century Link Center.

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