Classic Rock News

Thursday April 9



Black Sabbath Cancel 'Farewell' Concert

Black Sabbath has announced that they will not be appearing at this year's Ozzfest Japan despite Sharon Osbourne announcing last month that the performance "will be Black Sabbath's farewell." Osbourne said in the announcement video for Ozzfest Japan, "Ozzfest will be back in Japan on Nov. 21 and 22 and this will be Black Sabbath's farewell. We're also announcing Korn, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary. Now you can't miss that." That appears to have changed as the legendary metal band posted the following message on their Facebook page on Wednesday (April 8th), "Despite previous reports, Black Sabbath will not appear on this year's Ozzfest Japan, the show will instead feature the festival's namesake, Ozzy Osbourne (and friends)." The Black Sabbath camp has not yet revealed why they will no longer be playing at the event which will be taking place in Makuhari Messe on November 22nd. This news follows the announcement that Ozzy had canceled plans for the Ozzfiesta in Mexico that was supposed to take place in May. Organizers said last month, "Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel."

Read more: Thursday April 9

Wednesday April 8



Twisted Sister Recruit Mike Portnoy For Farewell Tour

Dee Snider has confirmed an online tabloid report that Twisted Sister will be launching a farewell tour next year and have recruited Mike Portnoy to perform in the place of drummer AJ Pero, who died on March 20th. Snider linked to a report by TMZ on his Facebook page with the caption "It's official: Farewell, New drummer announced." The report says that the band will be launching their "Forty and F*** It" farewell tour next year. The gossip site also said that a representative for the band also told them that the band had made the decision to retire a week prior to Pero's death from a heart attack. They report that Mike Portnoy will be joining the band on the tour which will feature longtime members Snider, guitarist Jay Jay French, bassist Mark Mendoza and guitarist Eddie Ojeda.

Read more: Wednesday April 8

Tuesday April 7



Sammy Hagar and Metallica's James Hetfield Plan Acoustic Benefit

Sammy Hagar and Metallica frontman James Hetfield have announced that they are once again teaming up to host the "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert. The second annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" will be taking place at The Masonic in San Francisco on May 15th and will raise funds for children's brain tumor research at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. So far the artists confirmed to take part in the event include Alice In Chain's Jerry Cantrell, Linda Perry, Red Hot Chili Pepper's Chad Smith, Train's Pat Monahan and Joe Satriani. According to the announcement, "each legendary artist will be performing acoustic sets - with once-in-a-lifetime musical moments, duets, jams and surprise guests planned."

Read more: Tuesday April 7

Monday April 6



Original Lynyrd Skynyrd Member Bob Burns Killed In Car Crash

(hennemusic) Original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Bob Burns died Friday in a single-car accident in Cartersville, Georgia. He was 64. The Cartersville Patch reports Georgia State Patrol say the crash occurred close to midnight when Burns was driving and his vehicle left the road while making a right turn before hitting a mailbox and a tree with the front of his car. Police say Burns was not wearing a seatbelt and was the only occupant in the vehicle; it has not been determined if weather played a role in the accident. A founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Burns played in the band's pre-Skynyrd groups the Noble Five and One Percent before the members were inspired to name the group after their physical education teacher, Leonard Skinner.

Read more: Monday April 6

Friday April 3



Van Halen Wanted To Release Lost Early Recordings

(hennemusic) Eddie Van Halen has revealed that the group's newly-released album, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", wasn't the band's original plan for the follow-up to 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth." "We were trying to figure out what to do since we didn't have time to put a studio record together," the guitarist tells the Washington Times. "My son Wolfgang is working on his own project. Dave is off doing his thing. "What I originally wanted to do was remix the original 25 song demos. That would have been really cool. But the tapes are lost. They are gone. So that was out the window." The demos Eddie refers to were recorded for Warner Brothers Records in 1977 - prior to the release of their groundbreaking self-titled debut in February of 1978. Material from those sessions has been re-recorded for inclusion on a number of Van Halen albums over the years, including the group's reunion record with original frontman David Lee Roth, "A Different Kind Of Truth." "Then we started digging through bootlegs from the club days," Eddie continues. "We tried our best to make those sound good, but ultimately it wasn't good enough to put out."

Read more: Friday April 3

Thursday April 2



Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Confirms Solo Album Plans

(Radio.com) Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler made an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry Monday night (March 31) and confirmed some major news: Tyler be releasing a solo country album. According to Rolling Stone Country, during Eric Paslay's set at the famed country music venue, Tyler walked onstage in a floor-length white coat and announced the big news. Rumors of the Aerosmith star going country have been circulating for months. According to Billboard, Big Machine Label Group is in the process of signing Tyler. This news came shortly after Tyler was featured in an American Idol segment devoted to the label's CEO Scott Borchetta.

Read more: Thursday April 2

Wednesday April 1



Video of Van Halen's David Lee Roth Stage Injury Goes Online

(hennemusic) Video of Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth injuring himself during the opening number of the band's performance on ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday has been posted online. Hitting the stage to perform their 1984 hit, "Panama", Roth cut his nose with the microphone sometime during the song's first verse. The singer could be seen wiping blood away as the song continued, with Roth eventually going sidestage to grab a towel in an attempt to clean it up and prevent further bleeding. The singer left the stage during the track before returning to advise the crowd of his injury and apologized as the group took a short break before restarting the performance after Roth was outfitted with a bandage across his nose. Van Halen then ran through a greatest hits set that included "Panama", "Runnin' With The Devil", "Hot For Teacher", "Eruption", "You Really Got Me", "Dance The Night Away", Unchained" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love.."

Read more: Wednesday April 1

Tuesday March 31



David Lee Roth Injured During Van Halen's Kimmel Concert

(hennemusic) Despite frontman David Lee Roth injuring himself, Van Halen launched their new album, "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", with a live performance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday. The 8-song mini-concert that shut down Hollywood Boulevard got off to a shaky start when Roth cut his nose on the microphone during the opening number, "Panama." The singer left the stage during the track before returning to advise the crowd of his injury and apologized as the group took a short break before restarting the performance after Roth was outfitted with a bandage across his nose. Van Halen then ran through a greatest hits set that included "Panama", "Runnin' With The Devil", "Hot For Teacher", "Eruption", "You Really Got Me", "Dance The Night Away". Unchained" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love." On Monday, the program aired footage of "Panama", "Runnin' With The Devil" and a portion of "Dance The Night Away", which saw Roth invite a girl up from the crowd to dance. The late night show will broadcast additional material from the mini-concert tonight, Tuesday March 31st.

Read more: Tuesday March 31

Monday March 30



Gene Simmons Teams With WWE To Make Horror Movies

(TeamRock Radio) KISS star Gene Simmons has signed a deal with WWE Studios to co-produce three horror movies. And he's vowed the films will be "elevated" works - starting with Temple, which begins shooting later this year. WWE Studios was launched in 2002 for WWE wrestlers and personnel. The company has produced more than 30 movies to date including The Scorpion King, Walking Tall and The Condemned. They'll work under the banner Erebus Pictures for the upcoming releases. Simmons says: "The horror genre continues to fascinate me, as it proves to be endlessly thrilling and engaging for audiences. I'm so thrilled to be working with the masterminds from WWE Studios in launching Erebus Pictures."

Read more: Monday March 30

Friday March 27



Ozzy Osbourne Cancels Festival Due To Surgery

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled Ozzfiesta, a 5-day event scheduled for this May in Mexico's Mayan Riviera, due to an upcoming surgery. What type of surgery the Black Sabbath frontman is scheduled for has not been revealed. Organizers revealed the news in a released statement, saying "Cool Breeze Concerts regret to inform you that Ozzfiesta is cancelled. Like you, we were very excited about the event. "However, Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time. We are very disappointed that we need to cancel. "We will be offering refunds which will be processed in the next 4-6 weeks. If you decide that you would still enjoy an all inclusive vacation at the Hard Rock, Riviera Maya, Mexico please send us an email, and we can make the arrangements."

Read more: Friday March 27

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