Classic Rock News

Wednesday October 8



AC/DC Premiere New Song

(hennemusic) AC/DC are premiering "Play Ball", the lead single from the band's forthcoming album, "Rock Or Bust." The group have also unveiled the track listing for their first studio album in six years, due out December 2. The project is the group's first without guitarist Malcolm Young, whose illness required him to step away from the band earlier this year before they entered the studio; he is now officially retired from AC/DC. Malcolm and Angus Young's nephew, Stevie, handled rhythm guitar duties on the record and will join the group for a world tour next year.

Read more: Wednesday October 8

Tuesday October 7



AC/DC Member Misses Video Shoot

AC/DC filmed two new music videos this past weekend in London, but one member was reportedly missing from the second day of the video shoot that took place in front of fans on October 4th. Blogger Bob Fiddaman reports in a new article that drummer Phil Rudd was not at the shoot for a video for a future single release from AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust". He writes, "The band were introduced and each member walked down to the small round stage. Unfortunately, AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd, had been called away at the last minute, his place being filled by Bob Richards (Shogun, Adrian Smith Band The Wild Family, Man)." So far there has been no official explanation for Rudd's absence. Last month Rudd's 20-years in the making solo album 'Head Job' had a big first week of release in Australia, entering the ARIA album chart at number 22.

Read more: Tuesday October 7

Monday October 6



Rock Icon Paul Revere Dead at 76

Paul Revere, the iconic leader of the band Paul Revere and the Raiders, has died at the age of 76. A cause of death has not been revealed but Revere has reportedly been in poor health and he announced his retirement from the group in July. The band's official site broke the sad news to fans with a tribute letter to Revere singed by "Everyone who has ever met you." Here is part of the letter, "Dear Paul, Where do I begin? How do I tell you how much I love you and what you have meant to me? Have you ever met a person and felt like you've known them your entire life, sensed a familiarity and warmth? That's how I felt the very first time I met you, and the feeling only grew stronger the more I got to know you. "Like most people, my initial introduction to you was on television, radio and records, but none of those mediums gave me a real clue to the one-of-a-kind life force that was Paul Revere. "Sitting in an audience at my first Paul Revere and The Raiders concert introduced me to a larger-than-life dynamo of high-energy slapstick, outrageous and spontaneous humor and a genuine child-like joy. Everyone in attendance just knew that you MUST be a wonderful person offstage too, no doubt about it. "Meeting you after a show in the autograph line cemented the deal for everyone. Just as fun, funny and spontaneous as you were onstage, extremely nice and accommodating to everyone who waited in the long lines to meet you. Take a picture - 'SURE, take TWO!' Sign these 20 albums? 'Why NOT, you helped pay for my first house, and my first wife!' "Generous to a fault with your family, your friends and your band, there seemed to be no limit to your kindness. When you turned your attention towards someone, you made that person feel special and in your spotlight. You had a pet name for each person, and you never hesitated to tell them how exceptional they were. You appreciated the talent, beauty, skills and uniqueness you found in others, and you were never shy about telling them so. All the more reason for people to feel wonderful in your presence."

Read more: Monday October 6

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.

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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

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