Classic Rock News

Friday November 7



AC/DC Phil Rudd: Murder For Hire Charge Dropped

An attorney for AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd says that the charges for attempting to procure the murder of two men has been dropped by authorities in New Zealand, but the rocker still faces other charges. Rudd attorney, Paul Mabey QC, issued a press release that said, 'I was advised by the (Tauranga) Crown Solicitor, (Greg) Hollister-Jones, that he had reviewed the police file and the available evidence to support the charge of attempting to procure murder. He had formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge.' The drummer was taken into custody after a raid at his Tauranga area home and was later released on bail. Rudd will still face charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill. A spokesperson for Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones confirmed to Sky News Australia that the attempted procurement of murder charge has been dropped. Mabey told Stuff.co.nz that Rudd will fight the threatening to kill charge and he also said that the drug possession charges were "minor". Mabey also told the news outlet that that "the decision to charge Mr Rudd was made by the New Zealand Police without consultation with the Tauranga Crown solicitor." The attorney added, "Mr Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified." Before this dramatic change in events, AC/DC issued a statement Thursday addressing Rudd's arrest and assuring fans that it would not disrupt their upcoming album release and tour plans. The band wrote on their Facebook page, "We've only become aware of Phil's arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year."

Read more: Friday November 7

Thursday November 6



AC/DC's Phil Rudd Arrested For Murder For Hire Plot

Updated: Big news in New Zealand as AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested for attempting to procure the murder of two men and drug charges, according to Stuff.co.nz. The police launched an early morning raid of Rudd's home in Tauranga and was taken into custody. In addition to charge for attempting to procure the murder of two men, he was also reportedly charged with threatening to kill, as well as possession of methamphetamine and cannabis after the police found the substances during the raid. The 60-year-old drummer entered no plea when he made an appearance in the Tauranga District Court and was later released on bail. He is scheduled to be back in court in three weeks. Classic Rock reports that the alleged offensives reportedly took place back on September 25th and 26th. The name of the two targets of the suspected murder for hire plot and the alleged hit man were reportedly named by police investigators but Judge Louis Bidois suppressed their identities. This news comes as Rudd was noticeably absent from AC/DC's recent video shoot and from a publicity photo. The band was filming promotional clips for songs from their forthcoming album "Rock or Bust," the group's first album without founding member Malcolm Young who retired from the group after being diagnosed with dementia.

Read more: Thursday November 6

Wednesday November 5



AC/DC Album Launch Event Announced

(hennemusic) AC/DC will launch their new album, "Rock Or Bust", with a listening party for fans at The Rock in Sydney, Australia on November 23. "Rock Or Bust" will be issued in North American on December 2. The Daily Advertiser reports Sony Music and Alberts will host the worldwide launch of AC\DC's 16th studio album at The Rock's market day at noon on the 23rd. While the band will not be in attendance at the launch, the event provides those in attendance the chance to be the first in the world to listen to the new album ahead of its release in Australia on November 28.

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Tuesday November 4



Queen Streaming Unreleased Freddie Mercury Song

(hennemusic) Queen are premiering an unreleased song, "Let Me In Your Heart Again (William Orbit Mix)" featuring the late Freddie Mercury, as part of a new AIDS awareness campaign spearheaded by Coca-Cola and (RED). Starting November 3rd through World AIDS Day on December 1st, Coca-Cola, in partnership with (RED) - the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver - is focused on a global campaign called "Share the Sound of an AIDS-Free Generation." An array of artists including Queen, Bono, Aloe Blacc, OneRepublic, Avicii and Wyclef Jean are lending their voices, offering special experiences and unreleased songs that will help rally and engage the world to take action and donate to (RED). "It's been 23 years since the world lost our beloved Freddie Mercury," says Queen guitarist Brian May. "We've made extraordinary progress in the fight against AIDS in that time. But we cannot simply rest on the fact that the treatment is available. We must ensure that it is provided. Roger and I are proud to lend this rediscovered song to the (Coca-Cola) RED campaign, in the hope that Freddie's powerful voice can inspire the world yet again."

Read more: Tuesday November 4

Monday November 3



Gregg Allman Dropped From Biopic Death Lawsuit

(Radio.com) Gregg Allman has been dropped from a civil lawsuit stemming from the death of Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant who died on the set of Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The incident took place on Feb. 20 of this year, while the crew was shooting a sequence on railroad tracks. Seven others were also injured in the accident. Production of the film shut down shortly afterward. Allman, executive producer Michael Lehman and the film's distributor Open Road Films were also dropped from the civil lawsuit, according to an announcement by the Jones' attorney, Jeff Harris. "This firm was hired by Richard and Elizabeth Jones to find out exactly what happened to their daughter, what decisions were made that led to that fateful day and to determine, and ultimately hold accountable, those who were involved," Harris wrote in a statement. "After reviewing the many thousands of pages of documents, and other information we have obtained through the legal discovery process, it is clear that Mr. Allman and Mr. Lehman had no involvement in any of the decisions that resulted in Sarah's death. "Our investigation has also shown that, in this case, Open Road Films was not directly involved in the poor decisions that led to this horrific event and the tragic loss of Sarah's life. As a result, we are dismissing all claims against the three parties."

Read more: Monday November 3

Friday October 31



Sammy Hagar Open To Van Halen Reunion Including David Lee Roth

(hennemusic) Sammy Hagar says that he is open to the idea of a Van Halen reunion tour that would also feature David Lee Roth but he would only do it for the fans and the situation would have to be right. "You mean that [2002] Sam and Dave tour with Van Halen as the backup band? Yeah, that would be a dream scenario for me too, but it would be the same old thing," Hagar tells Rolling Stone. "On the [2004] reunion tour, we traveled on separate planes. You check into the hotel at different times so you don't even see them [the Van Halen brothers] in the lobby. You don't really see them until the gig. I could deal with Dave on that level. [Huge laugh.] But he'd have to be cool." In the summer of 2002, Hagar and Roth teamed up in the "Song For Song, The Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll" tour, also known by fans as the 'Sans-Halen' or 'Sam & Dave' Tour. The shows featured the singer's swapping headline status at each date on the run, while maintaining their distance from each other. "A tour like that [with Van Halen] would be the coolest thing for the fans ever," continued Hagar. "I would do it for the fans. I wouldn't do it just for the money. Everybody would have to be cool and have their hearts in it. I hate to give out bad news, but I just doubt it'll ever happen. I would like to just see [bassist] Mike [Anthony] back in the band with Dave. If that works, all right, I'll come in next." Asked if their might a scenario where Hagar would regroup with Van Halen only, the rocker says "I would play with anybody that loves me and that I love. That would include Van Halen, but the love's not there right now. I do love those guys. We really bumped heads on the last tour [in 2004.] Anyone that saw that last tour or read my book knows that I'm not gonna take any blame 'cause there's no blame to give me. I went out and did my job probably better than anyone else in that band. Anyone that saw the show, I think, would agree with me." "That tour was just a mess and I would never go into a mess like that again," he added.

Read more: Friday October 31

Thursday October 30



Led Zeppelin Back In Top 10 on Album Charts

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy, the latest album reissues from Led Zeppelin, have entered the UK charts just three days following their release on Monday. The Official Charts Company reports the expanded version of 1971's "Led Zeppelin IV" landed at No. 4 in the midweek ranking, while 1973's "Houses Of The Holy" enters at No. 7. The full weekly chart will be published on Sunday. Released in November 1971, the album - which is officially untitled but is generally referred to as "Led Zeppelin IV" - featured anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "When The Levee Breaks". The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999 and has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA.

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Wednesday October 29



AC/DC Singer Backs Dementia Charity Following Malcolm's Illness

(hennemusic) AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has initiated his support of UK dementia charity Sporting Memories Network following guitarist Malcolm Young's diagnosis of the illness. The Northern Echo reports Johnson called Sporting Memories 'out of the blue' after hearing about their projects with older people, especially men, who are suffering from depression and dementia by involving them in groups which improve their physical and mental well-being. "It's an absolutely amazing boost for a charity run by two people to receive a phone call from the singer of a group that has sold more than 200 million records worldwide," said Tony Jameson-Allen, the organization's director.

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Tuesday October 28



Roger Daltrey Calls Out This Generation's Music Scene

(Classic Rock) Roger Daltrey says the current music scene is missing a "sense of angst and purpose." The Who frontman adds that there hasn't been a proper musical movement since punk, even though the political landscape right now is primed for a protest scene. He tells The Mail On Sunday: "Here we are with the world in the state it is in, and we've got One Direction. Where are the artists writing with any real sense of angst and purpose? "There are no movements at the moment. We had mod and then there was punk, but it's so hard to start a movement now. Unless it's ISIS." Daltrey, 70, also discusses his relationship with guitarist Pete Townshend, who he describes as "a brother."

Read more: Tuesday October 28

Monday October 27



Cream Legend Jack Bruce Dead At 71

(hennemusic) Cream members Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker have paid tribute to bandmate Jack Bruce, who passed away Saturday at the age of 71. Bruce's family confirmed the news Saturday via his social media sites. "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts." Bruce reportedly died from liver disease, which he was originally diagnosed with in 2003. The rocker underwent a transplant which almost proved to be a fatal at the time: his body initially rejected the new organ but Bruce did eventually recover. "He was a great musician and composer, and a tremendous inspiration to me," said Clapton. The guitarist posted an acoustic song in the bassist's honor, writing "For Jackā€¦". "We will always miss you JACK R.I.P.," posted Baker.

Read more: Monday October 27

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