Classic Rock News

Thursday January 15



AC/DC Star's Grammys Appearance In Doubt

(hennemusic) The status of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's availability for the band's performance at next month's Grammy Awards is in question due to the conditions of his bail. The International Business Times reports the February 8 Grammys appearance falls two days prior to Rudd's return to a New Zealand court to face multiple charges stemming from his November 6 arrest. Part of Rudd's bail conditions is to reside in his Tauranga home, which may make it difficult for the drummer to leave the country for the event in Los Angeles. The day the situation made headlines around the world, AC/DC released a statement saying, "We've only become aware of Phil's arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year."

Read more: Thursday January 15

Wednesday January 14



AC/DC To Rock The Grammy Awards

(Classic Rock) AC/DC will perform during next month's Grammys ceremony on February 8, it's been confirmed. Described as "music's biggest night," the 57th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place at LA's Staples Centre and it'll be broadcast live on US network CBS. The show also features Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Eric Church. It'll be AC/DC's first live appearance since Malcolm Young was forced to retire as a result of his dementia, to be replaced by nephew Stevie Young. It's also been revealed that the mainman was treated for lung cancer before he bowed out. But it's still not known who will be playing drums, since Phil Rudd faces continued legal troubles after being accused of threatening to kill. Despite facing seven years in jail if found guilty, Rudd said last month: "I'm going back to work with AC/DC - and I don't care who likes it and who doesn't."

Read more: Wednesday January 14

Tuesday January 13



Rock Is Twice As Popular Than Pop

(Classic Rock) Rock music is more popular than any other genre in the US, according to latest figures. Music Business Worldwide reports that data collected by Nielsen Music shows that rock claimed 29% of total across album, individual track purchases and streams in 2014. R&B/hip-hop was second, taking 17.2%, while pop finished a distant third claiming 14.9%. In terms of pure album sales, rock music was also the clear winner, claiming 33.2% of the market compared to 13.9% for R&B/hip-hop. However, when it came to streamed music, R&B/hip-hop was out in front with 28.5% compared to rock's 24.7% of the total market. The annual report also shows that while vinyl purchases are on the up, sales of CDs and digital downloads declined from 2013, with more people now choosing to stream their favorite artists.

Read more: Tuesday January 13

Monday January 12



Slash, Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth Lead Dave Grohl Birthday Bash

The Foo Fighters surprised fans last week with the announcement of a last minute show at the Forum in Los Angeles, but that was only the beginning of the surprises as the band brought out a who's who of rock stars to join them at the concert including Slash, Paul Stanley of KISS, Alice Cooper, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, Zakk Wylde and more. The show, this past Saturday night, January 10th, served as Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's birthday bash which included Jack Black leading the audience in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Grohl, according to Loudwire. The Foo Fighters kicked off the show by bringing out KISS frontman Paul Stanley for renditions of the "Destroyer" classics 'Detroit Rock City' and 'Do You Love Me'. They were next joined on stage by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Black led the audience in "Happy Birthday" for Grohl before they broke into Queen's 'Tie Your Mother Down' and then Black took over lead vocals for Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song'. The Foo Fighters then rocked "Congregation" and "Walk" before being joined by Alice Cooper to perform two of his biggest hits, "School's Out" and "I'm Eighteen". The next special guest to join the Foo Fighters was Nick Oliveri for a cover of Roky Erickson's "Two Headed Dog". A few songs later the band brought out Zakk Wylde for covers of the Black Sabbath classic's "N.I.B." and 'Fairies Wear Boots'. They were later joined by Perry Farrell for a jam of Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song" followed by the Rolling Stones hit "Miss You". The Foos then performed "Something From Nothing," 'This Is a Call', which featured a Trombone Shorty jam session, and "Best of You." Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth then took the stage to perform the Van Halen classics "Panama" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" with Grohl and the band. The Foo Fighters closed the show with a jam of the Chuck Berry classic 'Let It Rock' that also featured Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Slash and Zakk Wylde.

Read more: Monday January 12

Friday January 9



AC/DC's Malcolm Young Had Cancer

(Classic Rock) AC/DC founder Malcolm Young was successfully treated for lung cancer in the run-up to his diagnosis with dementia. The guitarist retired before AC/DC recorded new album Rock Or Bust last year and is being cared for in a 24-hour nursing home in Australia. Singer Brian Johnson previously revealed that Malcolm Young had undergone surgery on his heart and lungs. It has now been revealed in an interview in Q magazine that the lung surgery was to treat cancer and that he was fitted with a pacemaker for his heart problems.

Read more: Friday January 9

Thursday January 8



Tony Iommi's Cancer Likely To Comeback

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi is sharing an update on his ongoing cancer battle. The guitarist recorded Black Sabbath's 2013 album, "13", and completed a world tour with the band while undergoing medical treatment since being diagnosed with blood cancer lymphoma in January of 2012. "When the doctors told me I had cancer I thought, 'That's it then'," Iommi tells The Mirror. "Cancer was death as far as I was concerned. I found a painful lump in my groin while I was in New York promoting my book. I thought it was my prostate acting up again, but Ozzy told me I should get it checked out. I came back to England and had an operation to reduce my prostate. It was painless but afterwards I needed a catheter." "When that came out I went to see the surgeon. He said: 'Good news on the prostate. It's been cut down to a sensible size and everything is good there. But on the lump we took out, we found follicular lymphoma.' It's a type of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma." Iommi was given an update from doctors, saying "The surgeon told me he doesn't expect the cancer to go away. There's a 30 per cent chance that it could, but more than likely it will come back and it could be any time." "I look at life differently now. I could be here another ten years or just one year - I don't know."

Read more: Thursday January 8

Wednesday January 7



AC/DC Lead Coachella Lineup

The first North American 2015 live date for AC/DC has been revealed with the announcement that the legendary hard rockers will be headlining this year's Coachella Festival. AC/DC have yet to reveal their full North American tour plans in support of their new studio album, "Rock or Bust," which is the veteran band's first album without band cofounder Malcolm Young who retired from the group last year due to his battle with dementia. The annual music festival is spread over two weekends, April 10-12 and April 17-19, with AC/DC headlining the Friday night slots, Jack White headlining on Saturday and rapper Drake leading the Sunday roster. As always, the festival will feature an eclectic lineup of artists. This year's lineup will include Steely Dan, Interpol, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Reverend Horton Heat, Alt-J, Belle and Sebastian, Bad Religion, Florence + the Machine, Ryan Adams, Fitz and the Tantrums, Brand New, Tyler the Creator and a lot more.

Read more: Wednesday January 7

Tuesday January 6



Kid Rock Says Rap-Rock 'Turned Out to Be Pretty Gay'

As Kid Rock promotes his upcoming album "First Kiss", he has also taken a critical look back at a musical movement that he helped popularize. While Rock rose to fame on the rap-rock wave of the late 1990s, he had managed to remain relevant by shifting musical gears, while many of his contemporaries have faded into obscurity. Rock addressed his current view of the rap-rock movement in a new op-ed that he wrote for England's Guardian newspaper. Here is an excerpt via Radio.com, "Rap-rock was what people wanted at the time, and they still love those songs at shows. But it turned into a lot of bulls- and it turned out to be pretty gay." He anticipated some blowback from the use of the term "gay" by writing, "If someone says you can't say 'gay' like that you tell them to go f- themselves. You're not going to get anything politically correct out of me."

Read more: Tuesday January 6

Monday January 5



Aerosmith Planning To Launch New Tour

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry reveals in a recent interview that the band are planning to hit the road this summer, but the group's plans for future music remain up in the air. When asked by Guitar International if he is planning a new solo album or an Aerosmith album next, Perry responded, "I'm really not sure, I feel that we just finished the last Aerosmith CD and I learned a lot about making that record as well as what our hard core fans are looking for. "I have about six songs for a solo project, as I'm always writing and working on new stuff. Whether it's a solo thing or an Aerosmith thing I'm not sure as we haven't talked about specifics. "The industry and audience have changed so much, plus Steven is doing a solo CD this spring. Sometimes I wonder if it worth doing an album any more or go more in the direction of this EP. We put it together in two and a half weeks; put it up online for people to buy the songs they like or all four. I was thinking why not put out a song at a time and when you get a bunch together, release them as a package. "We've certainly talked about the different options. From talking with the fans at the book signings, they were handing me vinyl instead of CDs to sign. Maybe going back and do vinyl and also release the songs online. We are wide open now and we'll decide when we start thinking about putting out new music. I know we are going back on the road this summer, so I'm not sure when we will have the time or be able to make time to get back into the studio. I know we plan on it, I just don't know when."

Read more: Monday January 5

Friday January 2



Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest and Motorhead Monsters Tour Coming

Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest and Motorhead are reportedly teaming up to launch the Monsters Tour, according to a South American production company. There has already been one show announced for April 30 at the Zequinha Stadium in Porto Alegre, Brazil but the production company Hits Entretenimento says that show is only the first stop in the Monsters Tour, according to Pollstar. The production company made a Facebook post announcing the show and showing a photo of Ozzy in a "shhh" pose (holding his index finger to his lips.) There is no word when additional dates will be announced or the territory (or territories) that the tour is expected to cover.

Read more: Friday January 2

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