Classic Rock News

Thursday April 3



U2’S THE JOSHUA TREE TO ENTER THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers U2 can add another impressive accolade to their already extensive list of accomplishments now that the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry will induct their 1987 album The Joshua Tree. According to the organization’s website, the U2 album was chosen because it was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and represents “an important part of America’s culture and history.” Additional music masterpieces selected for induction include Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” Linda Ronstadt’s Heart Like a Wheel album, Isaac Hayes’ Theme From Shaft album and Elmore James’ “Dust My Broom.”

Read more: Thursday April 3

Wednesday April 2



SPRINGSTEEN, STIPE ADDED TO HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

Some big names will be welcoming some similarly big names into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at ceremonies to take place April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In a no-brainer of a move, Bruce Springsteen will induct his own E Street Band, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana, current temporary E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, The Nightwatchman) will induct Kiss and Glenn Frey will induct his former band leader Linda Ronstadt. In addition, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will lead a tribute to Peter Gabriel, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood will all participate in a tribute to Ronstadt and the new Tonight Show band The Roots drummer Questlove will participate in a tribute to Hall & Oates.

Read more: Wednesday April 2

Tuesday April1



BLACK SABBATH, SOUNDGARDEN MOTORHEAD INKED FOR FESTIVAL

Big Ben will temporarily take a backseat as London’s biggest attraction when this year’s edition of the city’s annual British Summer Time Festival kicks off on July 4 in London’s Hyde Park. Some of the acts scheduled to perform at the event billed as a “10-day summer extravaganza” include Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Motorhead and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne said of playing on the hallowed grounds of Hyde Park, “The first time I came to London I didn’t have a pot to piss in and I spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shows and some Brut aftershave. Returning almost 50 years on, we are doing a bit better for ourselves so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park…”

Read more: Tuesday April1

Monday March 31



MCVIE ADMITS MISSING MUSIC SPARKED RETURN TO FLEETWOOD MAC

The news longtime Fleetwood Mac fans had been waiting for arrived last week when the group confirmed the return of Christine McVie and announced their On With the Sow reunion tour. In an interview with Rolling Stone, McVie spoke about her decision to reunite with her bandmates for the first time since she quit in 1998, saying, “I started to think, ‘What am I doing? I really miss that camaraderie with those four people. I missed the music, to be able to create again. I knew that they were my musical family.” She added, “Being back is really a time warp. The tour is going to be great fun. I feel like a pig in poo right now.” The tour begins September 30 in Minneapolis.

Read more: Monday March 31

Friday March 28



CLASSIC FLEETWOOD MAC MAKE PACT TO REUNITE FOR FALL TOUR

The classic Fleetwood Mac lineup – Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and the returning Christine McVie – are hitting the road for their On With the Show reunion tour, starting September 30 in Minneapolis. The five members made the announcement during an appearance on NBC’s Today Show Thursday morning, officially welcoming Christine McVie back for her first tour with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group since 1998. The band’s 33-city, 34-show trek includes a two-night stand at the recently reopened Forum in Los Angeles and wraps on December 19 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Read more: Friday March 28

Thursday March 27



BOSTON MORE THAN DOUBLES U.S. TOUR DATES TO 35 SHOWS

Looking to trumpet the arrival of their long-awaited Life Love and Hope album, Boston has extended its U.S. summer tour from 16 to 35 shows, curiously however, so far there’s no hometown concert on the schedule. The “Heaven On Earth” trek still gets underway June 5 in Hollywood, FL, but now stretches through August 31 in Huron, SD, with major market concerts planned in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Nashville and Cleveland, but as of now, no Boston stop is on the schedule.

Read more: Thursday March 27

Wednesday March 26



LYNYRD SKYNYRD SETS UP SERIES OF SUMMER SHOWS

Southern rock stalwarts Lynyrd Skynyrd have scheduled 19 U.S. summer tour dates, starting April 4 in Mesa, AZ and running through a September 13 performance in Pittsburgh. Additional stops on the trek include Orlando, FL, Laughlin, NV, Austin, TX, Sioux Falls, SD, Gilford, NH, Lincoln, NE and Sturgis, SD. Finally, the band has announced their final Simple Man Cruise will set sail from November 16-20. The last at-sea concert will include Foghat and Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.

Read more: Wednesday March 26

Tuesday March 25



THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND POSTPONES FINAL FOUR NYC SHOWS

The Allman Brothers Band has been forced to postpone the remaining four shows of their annual residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York City while Gregg Allman continues to recover from bronchitis. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band was scheduled to wrap its run with shows tonight, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. Ticketholders have been instructed to hold on to their tickets, which will be honored for the soon-to-be-announced rescheduled dates.

Read more: Tuesday March 25

Monday March 24



FUNERAL FOR JAGGER’S GIRLFRIEND TO BE HELD IN L.A. ON DATE TBD

A representative for Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger confirmed Saturday that the funeral for the singer’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott will take place in Los Angeles on an as-yet undetermined date. Last Thursday, Jagger and the band cancelled the remainder of the group’s Australia and New Zealand tour dates so he could fly to L.A. to be with his children and close friends while making arrangements of Scott’s funeral. Scott was found dead of an apparent suicide last Friday in her New York City apartment.

Read more: Monday March 24

Friday March 21



JAGGER BACK IN L.A., SEEKS PRIVACY WHILE PLANNING SCOTT’S FUNERAL

A representative for Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has confirmed the singer has returned to the United States from Australia and is currently in Los Angeles with family and friends where he’ll begin planning the funeral for his longtime girlfriend L’Wren Scott. A statement released Thursday by Jagger’s spokesperson reads: “Mick Jagger has arrived in Los Angeles in order to be with members of his family. He will join his daughter Karis, an L.A. resident, and daughters Elisabeth and Georgia May, who are also with him for support. Later today Jade Jagger and son James will also join him whilst he makes arrangements for L’Wren Scott’s funeral. Privacy for him and his family during this very difficult time is requested.”

Read more: Friday March 21

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