Classic Rock News

Friday October 3



Music Copying Legalized In The UK

(Classic Rock) Copying music for personal use is now legal in the UK - 13 years after Apple's iTunes introduced its CD-ripping function. Until now it's been regarded as piracy to make copies of tracks for backup purposes, or for use on another listening platform. The Intellectual Property Act, which came into force this week, has changed that. Users are now able to keep multiple copies of material they've purchased - but they're not allowed to keep those copies if they sell on the original item they bought. It remains illegal to record streamed music or copy a rented title. Sellers remain able to secure material with DRM software. Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe tells the BBC: "These changes are to bring our laws into the 21st century. They mean that the UK is now responsive to the modern business environment, and more flexible for consumers."

Read more: Friday October 3

Thursday October 2



Roger Waters Reacts To New Pink Floyd Album

(hennemusic) Roger Waters has issued a statement regarding the forthcoming album by Pink Floyd, "The Endless River." Due November 10 (Nov. 11 in North America), "The Endless River" is Pink Floyd's first new album in 20 years. "Some people have been asking Laurie, my wife, about a new album I have coming out in November," writes Waters. "Errhh? I don't have an album coming out, they are probably confused. "David Gilmour and Nick Mason have an album coming out. It's called Endless River. David and Nick constitute the group Pink Floyd. I on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd." "I left Pink Floyd in 1985, that's 29 years ago," he continues. "I had nothing to do with either of the Pink Floyd studio albums, Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell, nor the Pink Floyd tours of 1987 and 1994, and I have nothing to do with Endless River. Phew! This is not rocket science people, get a grip."

Read more: Thursday October 2

Wednesday October 1



Family Confirms AC/DC's Malcolm Young Has Dementia

(hennemusic) Sad news from Down Under as the family of legendary AC/DC rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young have confirmed media reports that the guitarist has been diagnosed with dementia. "Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy," Young's family said in a statement to People magazine. A recent report out of Australia quoted sources connected to the Young family that the rocker has been moved into full-time care in a nursing home facility in Sydney's eastern suburbs specializing in dementia. AC/DC recently announced Malcolm's retirement from the band he started with brother Angus in November of 1973.

Read more: Wednesday October 1

Tuesday September 30



Black Sabbath Plan Final Album and Farewell Tour

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath are to record a final album together and will launch their final tour, Ozzy Osbourne has exclusively revealed to Metal Hammer. The heavy metal legends will team up with producer Rick Rubin once again to record the follow-up to 2013's hugely successful 13 album. Speaking to Classic Rock at the end of 2013, Ozzy, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler were hesitant about the possibility of making one final Sabbath album - "I don't know if it would be the right thing to do," Iommi admitted. "But who knows. The history of this band has taught me to never say never" - but frontman Ozzy now says that the band will begin work on the album next year. "The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great," says Ozzy. "We all made friends, we didn't f*** around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we're going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon 'What's going on? Because if there's no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again' and she came back and said 'Let me look into it.' Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said 'Oh, I still have to talk to so and so...' and I said 'Sharon, I ain't f*****g 21 any more, if we're going to do it I want to do it before I'm 70!' Time isn't on our side! So she made the call and came back and said 'Yeah, the record company wants another album.' I believe Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again."

Read more: Tuesday September 30

Monday September 29



Pink Floyd Release Another Preview Of New Album

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd have issued a second audio preview of their first new album in 20 years, "The Endless River," which is scheduled to be released on November 11th in North America. Produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson, its being billed as a four-sided instrumental album with one song, "Louder Than Words", to include new lyrics by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson. "'The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick," says Mason. "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."

Read more: Monday September 29

Thursday September 25



Pink Floyd Preview New Music

(Radio.com) You can now hear a snippet of Pink Floyd's upcoming The Endless River, their first album in 20 years. The 30-second video features a smooth guitar solo courtesy of David Gilmour, languishing above a proper bit of ambient psychedelia. Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright died in 2008, leaving only David Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason. "The Endless River is a tribute to Rick Wright," explained Mason in an interview with Rolling Stone. "His playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound." Former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera joined the band to record The Endless River, which also incorporates old sessions from Wright. In a statement, Gilmour explains that the album "has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions. We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album."

Read more: Thursday September 25

Wednesday September 24



AC/DC Announce New Album

AC/DC have revealed that Columbia Records will be releasing their new studio album, entitled "Rock or Bust," on December 2nd and fans will be getting a little taste on TV. Turner Sports have announced that they will be previewing the song "Play Ball" on TBS during the Major League Baseball Postseason, beginning on September 27th, when they will be exclusively covering the American League Postseason. The ad will also air on other Turner stations. The album marks the first time in 41 years that the band has recorded without cofounder Malcolm Young, who had to take a break from the band due to illness. In his place, the band recruited Malcolm and Angus Young's nephew Stevie Young to record rhythm guitar on the new album and he will also be performing on the upcoming tour in support of the release. AC/DC recorded the album this past spring in Vancouver, BC with producer Brendan O'Brien and mixer Mike Fraser.

Read more: Wednesday September 24

Tuesday September 23



Pink Floyd Reveal New Album Details

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd will release their first new album in 20 years, "The Endless River", on November 10 (Nov 11 in North America). The album is a tribute to keyboardist Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65. The project features material recorded by Floyd members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright during the sessions for the band's 2004 release, "The Division Bell." The album is a tribute to keyboardist Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65. Produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson, its being billed as a four-sided instrumental album with one song, "Louder Than Words", to include new lyrics by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson. "'The Endless River' has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions," explains Gilmour. "We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire." "'The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick," adds Mason. "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."

Read more: Tuesday September 23

Monday September 22



Queen Confirm New Album Featuring Unreleased Freddie Tracks

(hennemusic) Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late singer Freddie Mercury are featured on the new compilation, "Queen Forever", due November 10 (Nov. 11 in North America). The package include a long anticipated track from Queen and Michael Jackson, "There Must Be More To Life Than This", a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track "Let Me In Your Heart Again" originating from the band's "The Works" album recording sessions, and a new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury's first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, "Love Kills." The rest of the package brings together Queen hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings Brian May describes as "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits" in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves. The tracks are all linked to represent a definitive collection of Queen's timeless love songs. "Queen Forever" will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set.

Read more: Monday September 22

Friday September 19



Gregg Allman To Receive Living Legend Award

(TeamRock Radio) Gregg Allman is to receive the Living Legend award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday, November 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood. Previous recipients of the award include Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck, Lemmy, Jimmy Page and Alice Cooper. "I am so very honoured to be receiving this award from Classic Rock", says Allman. "The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers." "Where can you start with Gregg Allman?", says Classic Rock editor Siân Llewellyn. "The rock'n'roll world would be a very different (and far lesser) place without him. As a founding member and guiding light of the Allman Brothers Band and a hugely influential solo artist, Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades. I'm thrilled that we can call him Classic Rock Magazine's Living Legend 2014."

Read more: Friday September 19

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