Classic Rock News

Monday August 4



Def Leppard and KISS Jam Goes Online

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard's Phil Collen joined their current coheadlining tour partners KISS on stage at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City this weekend to play Deuce with the US rockers and video of the jam has been published online. Leppard and Kiss are in the middle of a 42-date US summer tour and Collen was delighted to join the band on stage in a pair of classic Kiss boots, saying: "Tonight in Atlantic City was pretty special. I guest guitared with Kiss on Deuce. The guys were great and we had a good time." Collen recently praised Kiss, saying they fully deserved their place in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but revealed he's not bothered if Def Leppard are never inducted. "I've got two diamond albums sitting on my mantlepiece - that's 10 times platinum," he says. "The fans bought them, so that means a lot more to me."

Read more: Monday August 4

Wednesday July 30



Led Zeppelin Reissuing IV and Houses of the Holy This Fall

(Radio.com) Led Zeppelin just announced the second phase of their reissue campaign, and up next will be deluxe reissues of the band's untitled fourth album (often referred to as "IV"), originally released in 1971, and the follow-up, 1973's Houses of the Holy. Both reissues will be available on Oct. 28. All of the reissues were supervised by Zeppelin's guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. As with the reissues of the first three albums, he worked to make sure that none of the bonus material has seen the light of day before. As Page told Radio.com, "I left no stone unturned. I was even checking out whatever had come out on bootleg that had leaked out of studios in the past - not by us, I might add. But I wanted to make sure that the material that I was going to present was not out already on bootleg." Zeppelin IV is the third best-selling album in U.S. history, and has been certified 23 times platinum. The LP features a number of classics, including "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop" and, of course, "Stairway to Heaven." The deluxe edition will include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks," mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" with extra guitar and mandolin, and an alternate version of "Stairway To Heaven." The fact that this reissue has a release date indicates that the lawsuit that was filed against Led Zeppelin by the trust of late Spirit songwriter Randy California to prevent the re-release of "IV" has not deterred the band or their label, Rhino Records from moving forward with the reissue campaign. The 11-times-platinum Houses of the Holy reissue will include "rough and working mixes" of "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days," as well as a version of "The Rain Song" without the song's distinct piano. Each reissue will be available in several formats (as was the case for the reissues of the first three albums, which were released in June): as a single CD (with no bonus tracks), a deluxe double CD (containing all the bonus tracks), a single LP, a double LP, a digital download and a "super deluxe boxed set" including all of the above material on both CD and LP, with a hi-def audio download card, as well as a hard bound 80-page book with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.

Read more: Wednesday July 30

Tuesday July 29



Paul McCartney Reveals Classic Wings Albums Reissue Plans

(Radio.com) It's almost time to revisit "Listen to What the Man Said" and "Silly Love Songs." Paul McCartney's legendary band Wings will reissue expanded editions of the albums Venus and Mars (1975) and At the Speed of Sound on Sept. 23 in the U.S. The reissues will hit U.K. retailers a day earlier on Sept. 22. The reissues will be available in a variety of formats. The standard edition is a two-CD set that will feature remastered editions of the original albums and a second disc of bonus material, such as demo versions and unreleased tracks. Meanwhile, the deluxe edition will boast a slew of extras, including a hardback book with never-before published photos, new interviews with McCartney, "material" from the McCartney archives and additional track information. It will also come with a bonus DVD filled with archival footage from the era, including some that's yet to see the light of day until these reissues. The new editions will also be released in gatefold vinyl and digital formats.

Read more: Tuesday July 29

Monday July 28



Jon Bon Jovi Controversy Over Buffalo Bills Rumors

(Radio.com) An investment group that includes Jon Bon Jovi is looking to buy the NFL team the Buffalo Bills, according to The Hollywood Reporter. One of Bon Jovi's partners is Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NBA's Raptors and NHL's Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi is the former co-owner of the Arena Football League team the Philadelphia Soul. The Hollywood Reporter's article also notes that the group is looking to build a new stadium in the Toronto area, which, if true, would likely be met with its share of controversy. That's because under terms of the team's lease with the state and county, the Bills are not allowed to negotiate with anyone who, to their knowledge, has an intention of relocating the team before the end of the 2022 season, when the lease ends. The team is being sold following the death of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson in March. Although the Bon Jovi-led group has not said that the change in ownership would move the team from Buffalo, many believe that it is their intent to do so.

Read more: Monday July 28

Friday July 25



Early Remixed Tommy Bolin Recordings Set For Release

(Classic Rock) Zephyr's 1969 debut album, featuring Tommy Bolin, has been remixed, remastered and will be released early next month. Following on the back of a limited edition 3-CD box set of the album, which sold out upon release in May, comes this remastered version which will be released on August 5. The album was remixed by founding member and bassist David Givens, who was joined in the band by guitarist Bolin, Candy Givens on vocals/harmonica, pianist John Faris and drummer Robbie Chamberlin. Speaking about the forthcoming release, Givens says: "For the first time you can hear what we heard before everything went wrong. I'm happy with the results." Along with the remastered tracks, the album features unreleased live material, studio improvisations and two of Bolin's freeform jams which were unearthed during the process of remixing the album.

Read more: Friday July 25

Thursday July 24



Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Memoirs Of A Madman Details

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne's fans took up his online challenge and they succeeded in unscrambling the mystery of Ozzy's next release, which will be two career-spanning "Memoirs Of A Madman" collections. Set for release on October 7th, the "Memoirs Of A Madman" CD features 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time, and will be available in a single CD, 2-LP set and 2-LP picture disc set configurations. The "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career. On July 22, fans got a sneak peek of "Memoirs Of A Madman" via Twitter. By using #OzzyRules in accordance with the number of tweets, engaged fans were able to unscramble the cover artwork and unlock a video teaser.

Read more: Thursday July 24

Wednesday July 23



U2 May Still Release New Album This Year

(Radio.com) Work on U2's 13th album had stalled previously sometime between when Danger Mouse was working with the band and Ryan Tedder and Paul Epworth came in to lend a hand. Suddenly, what was expected to be a 2014 release, well, wasn't. Through all the confusion, U2 has officially remained committed to releasing the LP this year, despite reports that he was not satisfied with the work. Now, thinking has again shifted, with the band feeling confident about their new material and going ahead with plans to put out their follow-up to 2009′s No Line on the Horizon this year. "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year," a source told UK's tabloid The Sun. "This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy. But they're very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."

Read more: Wednesday July 23

Tuesday July 22


Surgery Delays ZZ Top Tour Kick Off

ZZ Top announced that they have been forced to delay the kick off of their North American summer tour because bassist Dusty Hill will be undergoing surgery to remove two kidney stones this week. The band's publicist Bob Merlis says in a statement that "the kidney stones were discovered in the course of a routine physical examination where Hill's doctor advised him that they should immediately be removed, lest they cause more serious problems down the line." Hill will require two weeks of recuperation following the surgery and the tour will now be kicking off on August 6th in Sturgis, SD and ZZ Top will be launching their tour with Jeff Beck on August 8th in Missoula, MT. The band was originally scheduled to hit the road this Friday in Morton, MN. The canceled dates include West Bend, WI (July 26), Cincinnati (July 27), Louisville (July 29), Asheville, NC (July 30) and Bethlehem, PA (August 1).

Read more: Tuesday July 22

Monday July 21



88 Early Jimi Hendrix Recording To Be Released

(BM) More rare Jimi Hendrix recordings will be released over the next three years. We were sent these details: Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings have announced that they have acquired the full and complete rights to 88 studio and live recordings made by Curtis Knight & The Squires featuring Jimi Hendrix in 1965-1967. They announced that they plan on releasing these historic recordings--properly mixed, mastered and annotated--in definitive new editions, curated and remastered under the direction of Eddie Kramer (Hendrix's long-time sound engineer) over the next three years. The total buyout of these master recordings places a historic exclamation point following decades of litigation between Jimi Hendrix, Ed Chalpin and PPX Enterprises. All 88 tracks recorded by Chalpin and PPX from 1965-1967 are finally under complete ownership and control of Experience Hendrix LLC. In the early 1960s, before launching a solo career that continues to influence pop, rock and soul music, Jimi Hendrix was a little known sideman, working for short periods with a variety of artists including the Isley Brothers, Don Covay, Little Richard and the Harlem-based R&B combo Curtis Knight & The Squires. Ed Chalpin was an entrepreneur and record producer who founded PPX International, Inc, in 1960; PPX specialized in providing backing tracks for movies, TV shows, trailers and commercials, working with a variety of artists, producers, directors, music supervisors, record companies, and production companies. During his tenure as a guitarist for the Squires, Curtis Knight introduced Hendrix to Chalpin. On October 15, 1965, Chalpin inked a notorious three-year recording contract--for $1.00 and a 1% royalty--with Jimi (then "Jimmy") Hendrix and Curtis Knight & The Squires that would prove endlessly problematic, once the guitarist hit big with his own group, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, in 1967. Knight's single releases featuring Hendrix as a sideman did not enjoy commercial success and the guitarist relocated to Greenwich Village where he formed Jimmy James & The Blue Flames in 1966. Animals bassist Chas Chandler discovered Hendrix performing at the Café Wha? as Jimmy James that summer and offered to take him to London.

Read more: Monday July 21

Friday July 18



Eric Clapton Ready For Retirement

(Classic Rock) Eric Clapton is considering retirement after making one more album, he's revealed. Slowhand has been speaking about ending his career for some time now, and recently announced to fans in Japan they'd seen him for the last time. Now he tells Rolling Stone: "I think this could be it. I don't want to work that hard any more. I was planning to write and record another record, so that's the next thing I would do. "Next year I might do a couple of shows and say, 'Folks, that's it - I'm off.' Then I'll see what I make of that, whether I'm content to just go into the studio now and then and play at home for the family."

Read more: Friday July 18

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