Classic Rock News

Friday February 13



Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla Announce Summer Tour

Def Leppard has announced that they will be launching a massive North American summer tour with Styx and Tesla. The trek will follow Def Leppard's spring tours in Canada and Europe. The summer tour is scheduled to kick off on June 23rd in Tampa, FL at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre and conclude on October 4th in Bismarck, ND at the Bismarck Civic Center. Def Leppard has also previously announced two separate tours this spring. On April 15th they will kick off 13 date tour of Canada in Penticton, BC and on May 15th the will launch a mainland European tour in Minsk, Belarus.

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Thursday February 12



Rolling Stones Plan North American Summer Tour

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood says in two new interviews that the band is planning to launch a North American tour this summer and he also discussed the possibility of a Faces reunion. Wood broke the news of the Rolling Stones tour plans while discussing Karl Denson continuing with the band in place of their legendary sax player Bobby Keys, who died in December. "We're thinking of keeping Karl on, because he really loved Bobby's work," Woods told Radio.com. He was then asked if the band would need a sax player anytime soon and Woods responded, "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." Apart from the Stones, Wood discussed his other legendary band the Faces in the Radio.com interview and the recent reunion jam with the three surviving members, himself, Rod Stewart and Kenny Jones at Stewart's 70th birthday party. "Well, we just played at Rod's 70th birthday a couple of weekends ago in L.A. We got up at Rod's party, me and Kenney and Rod and played 'Stay With Me' and 'Sweet Little Rock and Roller,' and Rod and Kenney were very enthusiastic about a Faces reunion."

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Wednesday February 11



AC/DC Announce North American Stadium Tour

AC/DC announced that they will be launching a North American stadium tour this summer as part of their Rock or Bust World Tour in support of their latest album. The hard rock legends will be kicking off the tour on August 22nd at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA and finishing the trek on September 28th at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. The tour will feature stops in major cities across the United States and Canada and is their first major tour since their award winning 2008-2010 Black Ice World Tour. The band's latest studio album, "Rock or Bust", is their first album to not include cofounding member Malcolm Young who was forced to retire from the group due to a battle with dementia. The band was joined by former drummer Chris Slade when they performed at the Grammy Awards this past Sunday night and the tour announcement said that Slade will be joining the group on the trek. Drummer Phil Rudd is currently facing legal problems in New Zealand.

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Tuesday February 10



AC/DC's Phil Rudd Trial Date Set

(hennemusic) Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's trial on multiple charges in New Zealand will begin April 21st. Rudd appeared on AC/DC's "Rock Or Bust" but missed an October video shoot in London in advance of his November 6 arrest on multiple charges by New Zealand police - including possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill. Last week, the case in Tauranga district court was delayed to April after his lawyer backed out and a new one was confirmed; Rudd's issues will be addressed in a "judge-alone" trail where no jury is present. While Rudd recently insisted he would continue to work with AC/DC, the band revealed the return of Chris Slade behind the kit over the weekend as they opened the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Monday February 9



AC/DC Reunite With Chris Slade

(Classic Rock) Former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade reunited with the band to fill in for Phil Rudd during the band's performance at the Grammy Award ceremony in Los Angeles, and has been pictured signing AC/DC memorabilia at a pre-event charity bash. Also pictured at the event were the band's Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams, further fuelling speculation that Slade was to fill the drum stool vacancy created by Rudd's ongoing legal battles. Rumors began to circulate earlier this week that the Welsh drummer had been asked to return, and he's now released a statement. "This is an amazing opportunity for me," says Slade. "After all, most people don't ever get to play with their favorite band once, let alone TWICE! "I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support I have been shown personally, on the Facebook page and other social media. Not one comment has gone unread and it has been very humbling. Thanks so much."

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Friday February 6



Van Halen Confirm New Album and Box Set

(hennemusic) After days of online rumors and speculation, Van Halen have confirmed the upcoming release of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", their first-ever live album with original frontman David Lee Roth. Due March 31, the project features the band recorded live at the Japanese venue on June 21, 2013 as part of their tour in support of 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth." The package will be available as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, and digitally. A deluxe collection featuring "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" and newly remastered versions of their groundbreaking 1978 debut, "Van Halen", and their 6th album, "1984", will also be available as both a four-CD set and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging.

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Thursday February 5



Jimmy Page Preparing For New Music and Live Return

(Gibson) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page says he's gearing up to release new music and play live. In my dreams it would be with Led Zeppelin, but he's talking about his upcoming solo album. Talking to the press at the West London launch of the 40th anniversary deluxe reissue for "Physical Graffiti," Page said he was getting ready to hit the stage again. "How it starts off is, you have to play guitar and get match-fit first," Page told Rolling Stone. "So currently I'm in the process of doing that - but I'm also in the process of doing this (Zeppelin reissue series), too. It'll be closer to the end of the year rather than next month. I'm definitely warming up on the touchlines! "What I'm doing is something that's going to be quite different," he added. "It wouldn't be anything that hopefully you'd imagine I would do." On the subject of the Zeppelin reissues, Page said "the response has been phenomenal." "I knew all of the material was really great, but it was really important to set the scene right from the beginning and explain the fact that they were companion discs," he said. "It's been a real fun project to do because I know what's coming - and there's some great surprises."

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Wednesday February 4



AC/DC Reuniting With Chris Slade?

(TeamRock Radio) Former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade is rumored to be rejoining the band in place of wayward sticksman Phil Rudd. The band are due to play at the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles next week, but Rudd isn't allowed to leave New Zealand as a result of his court case over charges of threatening to kill and drug possession. Slade was set to make a publicity appearance at The Optometry Practice in California on Saturday, but cancelled at short notice. Dr Alex Robin Liu, who owns the establishment, said via Facebook: "There's actually big news regarding Slade and his career coming in several days, which is why he had to reschedule this event." Asked of the news was related to a band "spelt with four letters and a lightning bolt" Liu responds: "I am not totally sure to be honest with you. I am hoping for that!"

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Tuesday February 3



Original Santana Lineup Record 9 New Songs

(TeamRock Radio) The original Santana lineup have recorded nine tracks for their upcoming album, drummer Michael Shrieve has confirmed. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame sticksman hooked up with the guitar icon again in 2013 to record fresh material along with guitarist Neal Schon, percussionist Mike Carabello and keyboardist Gregg Rolie for the record. It will be their first together since 1972's Santana III. He tells Hit Channel: "We have recorded nine tracks and we are getting together in April for a couple of weeks and we will be able to finish that up as well. I think that it sounds great. It's beautiful. It's like putting on a pair of old jeans." The drummer also says late Santana promoter Bill Graham, who died in 1991, was like a family member who pushed the band to success.

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Monday February 2



Alice Cooper Offers To Kill Motley Crue

(TeamRock Radio) Alice Cooper has offered to end Motley Crue's final show by killing all four members of the band. The shock-rocker - who dies in a variety of ways during his own set - remains as special guest act for the last leg of Crue's farewell world trek. Motley Crue last year signed a legally-binding deal to ensure they could never hit the road again. Cooper told Triple M about his offer to help the band live up to the agreement. "They finish up in the United States on New Year's, and that's their last gig. I told them, 'Why don't you let me kill you on stage? That finishes everything.' Four guillotines, floomp! Done! Auction off the heads on stakes."

Read more: Monday February 2

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