Classic Rock News

Thursday December 18th

AC/DC Frontman Had Doubts About New Album

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has admitted he wasn't certain he could deliver on 17th album Rock Or Bust. But he believes the nervous energy surrounding the band has added an extra dimension to the recordings.

Rock Or Bust was released earlier this month. It's their first title without mainman Malcolm Young, who had to retire due to his dementia. The future of drummer Phil Rudd is in doubt as a result of his current legal issues.

In a recent interview just released by the BBC, Johnson says: "I've got to stick my hand up and tell the truth - I went to Vancouver with the boys and I hadn't sung a song in anger in five and a half years.

"I went with my fingers crossed and my eyes shut into the singing booth. I was just so happy that it came out good; the band was swinging and I think we all got carried away."

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Wednesday December 17



The Who Postpone Shows Due To Roger Daltrey Illness

The Who have been forced to postpone two of their concert this week that are part of their The Who Hits 50 tour after frontman Roger Daltrey came down with a throat infection. The concerts were scheduled to take place tonight (December 17th) and tomorrow night at the O2 Arena but have been rescheduled to March 22nd and 23rd after Daltry was ordered to rest his voice by doctors. The Who's camp issued this statement, "On medical advice singer Roger Daltrey has been ordered to rest his voice due to a throat infection. The band and their management wish to sincerely apologize to all ticket holders for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused." The O2 Arena dates are part of the band's current 50th anniversary tour. They are scheduled to launch the North American leg of The Who Hits 50 tour in mid-April.

Read more: Wednesday December 17

Tuesday December 16



The Clash's Joe Strummer Has Species Named After Him

(Radio.com) No one could have guessed when they started naming living things in Latin that they would run out words and start choosing cute names based on pop stars. But, we have been going down that road for a while now, with Beyonce, Frank Zappa, and Bob Marley all having creatures adorning their names. Now, a punk legend joins the ranks. Now the late, great Joe Strummer of The Clash has been selected to have a snail named after him. And this isn't just some random bit of fandom. The snail actually looks the part, with a spikey shape that resembles the look of many classic punks. "Because they look like punk rockers in the '70s and '80s and they have purple blood and live in such an extreme environment, we decided to name one new species after a punk rock icon," said Shannon Johnson of the Monterey Bay Research Aquarium.

Read more: Tuesday December 16

Monday December 15



AC/DC Star's Alleged 'Hitman' Speaks Out

(Classic Rock) An associate of AC/DC's Phil Rudd has spoken to the media and denies claims that he was contracted by the drummer to murder a former employee and his daughter as a "hitman." Rudd was arrested by New Zealand police on November 6 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill, as well as attempting to procure a murder after he allegedly tried to have two men killed; authorities dropped the procure charge the next day due to lack of evidence. The drummer has plead not guilty to the three remaining charges and is expected to face a judge-alone trial, without a jury, next year. Rudd made more headlines following a court appearance last week after a chance encounter with one of the parties involved in the case was determined to be a breach of his bail conditions. The alleged hitman tells the New Zealand Herald that Rudd offered him $250,000 and "the pick" of any of the cars in his $9 million collection to be his bodyguard - not a payment for what police claim Rudd "wanted done" to the former employee.

Read more: Monday December 15

Friday December 12



The Eagles Beat Bon Jovi In Top Rock Earning Chart

(Classic Rock) The Eagles have been named the top-earning rock band of the year, grossing around $100m between June 2013 and June 2014. Income totals were calculated using figures from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise, endorsements and other ventures. Management, agent and legal fees were not deducted. Income from their History Of The Eagles tour put them ahead of Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones - although rapper Dr Dre topped the list of all musicians with $620m and pop singer Beyonce came second with $115m. But the Eagles were the only rock outfit to reach the $100m barrier in a year which industry analysts Forbes say has seen the continuing rise of dance and pop music." Forbes report: "The History Of The Eagles tour helped the ageless rockers earn more than Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus combined."

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Thursday December 11



AC/DC Land At No. 3 With Rock Or Bust

(hennemusic) AC/DC have debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with "Rock Or Bust." The US chart news follows a No. 1 debut for the project in Australia and a No. 3 start in the UK. Billboard reports the band sold 174,00 copies of the new album during its opening week to land in the third spot behind Pentatonix ("That's Christmas To Me") and Taylor Swift ("1989"). "Rock Or Bust" is AC/DC's ninth US top 10; their previous release - 2008's "Black Ice" - delivered the group its first US No. 1 with first week sales of 784,000.

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Wednesday December 10



Metallica Frontman Faces His Fears

(Classic Rock) Metallica frontman James Hetfield has told how his lifelong fear of responsibility has caused problems with his addiction recovery. And he says turning 50 last year has given him new concerns about being thought of as a role model. In August he discussed his method for relying on fans when he suffered a lack of confidence on stage. Now Hetfield says in a video for addiction service Road Recovery: "I've been afraid of responsibility my whole life - not wanting to take responsibility for myself." He recalls an elementary school summer session where he was told to work with a group of fellow pupils on a film project. "I was, 'Hey, how about we do this?' and all these ideas. Then they said, 'Okay now, choose your leaders who's responsible for the stuff.' "I shrunk, man. I got scared. The group was like, 'You're the leader because you had all the ideas.' I was like, 'No, no, no' - and I bailed. I was afraid of responsibility. Afraid of failure, maybe; afraid that I didn't know what I was really doing." He admits: "That's kind of what it's like for me in recovery at times. Afraid to take on responsibility of sponsees, allowing myself to stand up and shine in that way."

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Tuesday December 9



Former Creedence Clearwater Revival Members Sue John Fogerty

(Radio.com) The feud between John Fogerty and his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates has spanned decades, with Fogerty having long gone after his old band for using the Creedence Clearwater Revisited name of their touring outfit. This lawsuit was settled way back in 2001, but now appears to be picking up steam again, but in reverse, with the bandmates now going after Fogerty for his recent comments regarding the use of the Creedence trademark. According to Billboard, the 2001 settlement deemed Fogerty would back off his complains about the use of the Creedence Clearwater Revisited name in exchange for a cut of their earnings. This apparently was violated when Fogerty recently went after the Revisited camp in an interview. Now, his former band and associates, which includes Douglas Clifford, bassist Stuart Cook and the wife of late rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, are saying these interview critiques violate the settlement. The band is suing for alleged malfeasance and settlement agreement breach, as well as claiming Fogerty himself is misusing the trademark, with a tour in which is advertised to "perform the albums of Creedence Clearwater Revival."

Read more: Tuesday December 9

Monday December 8



Guns N' Roses New Album May Include Slash Contribution

(TeamRock Radio) Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus has suggested their next album could include music written by former lead guitarist Slash - nearly 20 years after he left the band. Speculation has been rife in recent months that Axl Rose is close to confirming the long-awaited follow-up release to 2008's Chinese Democracy. Speaking at a workshop event last month, Fortus said: "There's so much stuff that's recorded. There's three albums worth of material, easy. Axl is very secretive - he doesn't want stuff getting out. He wants to create stuff then release it when it's ready. He's also a bit of a perfectionist, as you can imagine." He added: "Some of the stuff comes from nothing and some of the stuff were ideas that were already there. Some of the stuff Slash did - it was the beginning of the seed of a song that's been around for a while."

Read more: Monday December 8

Friday December 5



Axl Rose Is Not Dead

(Radio.com) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose would like you to know, he's alive and well and getting a good laugh at some recent headline-grabbing news pertaining to him reportedly being dead. On Wednesday (Dec. 4), a fake MSNBC report, designed to look like a real MSNBC report, made the rounds with the headline, "Sources: Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose Found Dead in West Hollywood Home at Age 52." The story read, "Unconfirmed reports say Rose was found dead Tuesday late afternoon in his West Hollywood home after police were called around 3:30 pm for a welfare check." But, the Guns N' Roses frontman was doing just fine so he quickly let his many fans know, even having a little fun with his 862,000 Twitter followers, tweeting, "if I'm dead do I still have to pay taxes?" Later, Axl took to Facebook via his fan page ParadiseCity.com, to soothe his fans' worried minds by posting a picture (while feeling sarcastic) of his very alive self. "Ha! They say I'm dead - again' Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys.

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