Classic Rock News

Friday November 21



Courts Will Decide Rudd's Future In AC/DC

(Classic Rock) AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson believes drummer Phil Rudd's future with the band will be decided in court. And he's emphasised that the band will hit the road next year with or without him. Rudd, 60, is under house arrest at his New Zealand home after being accused of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. The charge of attempting to procure the murder of two men was dropped for lack of evidence - but he could still face up to seven years in jail. The band have reported that he'd been behaving erratically in the run-up to his legal woes. Guitarist Angus Young has said it was difficult to keep him at work while they recorded upcoming album Rock Or Bust, and that he failed to appear for a London video shoot without warning. Now Johnson tells Howard Stern on SiriusXM: "I don't think we have to do anything - fire him or anything like that. I think the situation is going to take care of itself. "He's got himself into a pickle and there's nothing we can do about it. We're talking about criminal courts, judges and juries. But we are going to go on tour, and nothing's going to stop us."

Read more: Friday November 21

Thursday November 20



Bret Michaels Details Recent Emergency Room Visits

(TeamRock Radio) Poison singer Bret Michaels has reassured fans that he doesn't have a death wish after attempting to keep working through his latest spate of health issues. He only made small adjustments to his current solo tour after experiencing kidney problems that required surgery. Guitarist Pete Evick hailed his boss's commitment to staying on the road - but admitted: "as a friend it's hard to encourage or agree." Now lifelong diabetic Michaels says: "I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank everyone for their concern, prayers and well wishes. I also want to thank the several emergency rooms and their staff for the immediate attention. This has been going on for several weeks and was extremely painful. "I thought I was well enough after the first operation - however I got a blood clot, as well as an infection, which complicated the matter. I am fortunate that I work hard to keep my diabetes under control; however there's no doubt after 45 years my healing process is a little slower than a non diabetic."

Read more: Thursday November 20

Wednesday November 19



AC/DC's Malcolm Young Fought To Keep Making Music

(TeamRock Radio) Malcolm Young fought to keep making music as long as he could, says brother and bandmate Angus. The AC/DC mainman was finally forced to retire earlier this year as a result of dementia, which he'd begun struggling with before the band started 2008 album Black Ice. "He was still writing until he couldn't do it any more. You were hoping that he'd get better," Angus Young says of his brother in a new interview with Pulse Of Radio. "The physical side, he got great treatment for that, so he's good with all of that. But the mental side has just deteriorated. He himself said, you know, 'I won't be able to do it any more.'"

Read more: Wednesday November 19

Tuesday November 18



Malcolm Young Hasn't Heard AC/DC's New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Retired AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young hasn't heard the band's upcoming album Rock Or Bust, says brother Angus. And the health issues that caused his retirement began appearing before they'd made 2008 record Black Ice, reveals the only remaining original member. Malcolm's family confirmed in September that his dementia had advanced to a stage that meant his career was over. Rock Or Bust was recorded with nephew Stevie Young in his place. Angus tells Rolling Stone: "It's something that had been happening for a long time. The symptoms had surfaced even before the last project. He was still capable of knowing what he wanted to do. "I said to him, 'Do you want to go through with what we're doing?' And he said, 'Sh*t, yeah.' He liked to finish what he started."

Read more: Tuesday November 18

Monday November 17



Jon Bon Jovi Says Richie Sambora Quit Band

(Classic Rock) Jon Bon Jovi says he has no hard feelings towards Richie Sambora but hints he won't be returning to the line-up. The guitarist disappeared from the band last year fuelling rumors of a feud between him and the Bon Jovi frontman. Sambora then broke the silence, revealing he was told he could either tour or quit when he asked for time off from group. It was a choice which left Sambora hurt but he remained hopeful he could rejoin the band in the future. And while Bon Jovi has no bitterness towards the axeman, a reunion doesn't seem to be on the cards. He tells Showbiz 411: "He quit. He's gone. No hard feelings. Being in a band isn't a life sentence."

Read more: Monday November 17

Friday November 14



U2 Singer Bono's Private Jet Loses Door Mid-Flight

(Radio.com) The rear door of Bono's private jet fell off his private leer jet plane mid-flight earlier this week, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail. No one was injured, but Bono's luggage may be somewhere in a field in Germany. The mid-air incident occurred during a two-hour flight from Dublin to Berlin, where U2 were set to accept an award at the Bambi International awards, a German media award ceremony. The other members of the band weren't on the plane; Bono flew out early to attend a diplomatic function with the German minister of economic cooperation and development, Gerd Mueller. A source close to the singer told the Daily Mail: "He was extremely lucky, the plane could have gone down. About an hour into the journey they heard a big thud coming from the rear of the plane…The entire door along with Bono and his companions' luggage had fallen out mid-air. "They don't know if the door and the contents landed over water or land but they were extremely lucky. They were at an altitude where anything could have happened and they are all feeling very lucky to be alive."

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Thursday November 13



Nickelback Streaming New Album Online

Nickelback won't officially be releasing their new studio album, "No Fixed Address," until next Monday, November 17th, but fans can now stream the full album online via iTunes Radio here. The band will be celebrating the album's release with an appearance Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, followed up with an appearance on Good Morning America on November 20th. And as we reported last week, the band will be launching a massive tour in support of "No Fixed Address" with North American tour dates that stretch from the winter until late summer. The band will be kicking off the 60 city tour on February 14th in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center and will be concluding the trek on August 29th in Atlanta, GA at the Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood.

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Wednesday November 12



Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Stem Cell Transplant Complete

There was good news from the Def Leppard camp on Tuesday as guitarist Vivian Campbell announced that he is home and recuperating from stem cell transplant treatment that he underwent in his cancer fight. Campbell wrote to fans on Tuesday via his Facebook page, "Home... So glad that's over. Time to recover/recuperate and grow some hair. Thanks for all the love you've sent - much appreciated! Normal service will be resumed shortly." Prior to the treatment, Vivian wrote the following message to fans on September 29th on his Facebook page, "As many of you know, I've been scheduled to start a stem cell transplant and as soon as I got home from tour I began the necessary tests and preparations. I'll be admitted to hospital soon for all the yucky bits, so in the meantime I'm headed to Target to stock up on cozy pajamas, fresh underwear, and a sackful of car-porn." He continued, "While I can't say that I'm looking forward to the process ahead, I'm very much looking forward to what I feel will be a most successful outcome. Next year will be very busy for Def Leppard with a new album and a world tour, and frankly, I don't think they would sound as loud without me, so I have no intention of letting the team down! See you all (with hair!) in 2015."

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Tuesday November 11



Bret Michaels Undergoes Kidney Surgery

(hennemusic) Bret Michaels underwent kidney surgery this past week, reports his guitarist Pete Evick. The guitarist shared the story with fans via Michaels' social media sites on Monday, revealing that the Poison rocker has been in pain for a few weeks but pressed on, determine not to miss any shows if possible. Micheals had two stents put in his body in an attempt to relieve the pain, but things came to a head in Knoxville, Tennessee. "This time it went real bad," writes Evick. "During the show he gave 100 percent, but he hurt himself. "Jumping around with two stents was a bad idea. I can't explain the amount of blood or where it came from, but it was horrifying on his bus after the show. Bret looked at me and said, 'Just head to Champaign, we have to make Thursday's show up.'" "Over the last two weeks, Bret was in and out of 6 hospitals throughout the Midwest," Evick continued. "Including the incredible Mercy Hospital of Northwest Arkansas. The staff and doctors were unbelievable and took incredible care of Bret. "The fans and venues have been amazing and their support unprecedented. Bret continues to be steadfast in his dedication to bring the music to the people. He truly has to be held down to not perform."

Read more: Tuesday November 11

Monday November 10



Robert Plant Rejected $800 Million Led Zeppelin Reunion?

(hennemusic) Robert Plant turned down an $800 million offer from Virgin head Sir Richard Branson for a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, according to a report based on an unnamed source. The Mirror reports Plant reportedly ripped up Branson's contract for 35 dates in three cities - London, Berlin and in New Jersey - in front of promoters after the other members of the band had signed on to green light the project. The group were also promised £70million of the profit from merchandise and there was an option to do 45 additional shows in five venues. The offer was to be split three ways between Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, while Jason Bonham - son of late drummer John - would have been paid a wage to perform. "Jimmy, John and Jason signed up immediately," said a source. "It was a no-brainer for them but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it. When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock. There is no way they can go ahead without him."

Read more: Monday November 10

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