Classic Rock News

Monday May 19



Jimmy Page Slams Robert Plant Over Led Zeppelin Reunion Comments

(hennemusic) In an interview with the New York Times, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page takes a shot at singer Robert Plant over the role he's been playing in distracting both himself and fans with veiled commitments to reunite the legendary band for a tour. "I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think?," explains Page as he promotes the upcoming expanded reissues of Led Zeppelin's first three albums next month. "Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He's just playing games, and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don't sing, so I can't do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn't it?" Plant raised the hopes of Led Zeppelin fans about a possible reunion trek when made the comments in February of 2013 during an interview with Australia's 60 Minutes. "You know, the two other guys (Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones) are both Capricorns and they keep schtum (quiet); they don't say a word," Plant told reporter Tara Brown. "But they are quite contained in their own worlds and they just leave it to me to do this (interviews)." "…to be the bad guy?", asked Brown. "I'm not the bad guy," replied the singer. "Well you are for all those Led Zeppelin fans who'd love you to say 'yes, we're reforming'," she challenged. "Well, then you need to speak to the Capricorns ... 'cause I've got nothing to do in 2014," answered Plant.

Read more: Monday May 19

Friday May 16



The Who Reuniting With Kenney Jones

(Classic Rock) Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who will reunite with former drummer Kenney Jones for a cancer charity show next month. Jones - who replaced Keith Moon after his death in 1978 and remained behind the kit for a decade - is helping raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK, the organisation which offered him help while he fought the disease last year. They'll appear at his event, called Rock'n'Horsepower, at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Ewhurst Green, Surrey on June 14. Mike Rutherford, John Lodge and Procul Harum are also on the bill. Jones says: "I'm really pleased to hear my friends and former bandmates Roger and Pete will be joining me on stage. The lineup is looking amazing - I hope you can all join us."

Read more: Friday May 16

Thursday May 15



Geezer Butler Offers Reward To Catch Cat Killer

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler is offering a reward for information on a "heinous" crime which saw 25 cats killed and left swinging from trees in New York. Butler has pledged $1000 to the reward fund on offer to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. The cats were put in plastic bags and left swinging from trees in Yonkers, New York. The total reward now stands at $25,000. In a statement released via the Westchester SPCA, Butler says: "It is so tragic that we have human beings among us that are capable of committing such a heinous and heartless crime. Surely there is someone out there that knows who has done this. Please do the right thing and come forward to get this coward off the street."

Read more: Thursday May 15

Wednesday May 14



Original Judas Priest Guitarist Dies

(Classic Rock) Original Judas Priest singer Al Atkins has reported that co-founding guitarist Ernie Chataway has died. He was 62. The pair, along with bassist Bruno Stapenhill and drummer John Partridge, formed the band in 1969 - but the lineup only lasted for seven months. When Atkins fronted a new version of Priest in late 1970 none of his previous bandmates were there. Chataway went on to play with bands including Earth and Bullion, and was reported to be performing in and around his Worcester home until recently. Atkins says via his Facebook page: "Just heard the very sad news that Ernie passed away last night. He was a lovely bloke and a great guitarist and will be sadly missed. "I remember the first time we met at the auditions for a new guitarist for Judas Priest in 1969 - his looks reminded me of Marc Bolan. When he plugged in his guitar he totally blew us away, and made KK Downing look a complete amateur (who we'd auditioned earlier)."

Read more: Wednesday May 14

Tuesday May 13



Ozzy Osbourne Faces New Problem With Bats

(Classic Rock) Ozzy Osbourne once again has a problem with bats - after their presence in his countryside barn led to council bosses refusing his application to convert it into a home. The Black Sabbath frontman - who famously bit the head off a bat while onstage in 1982 - applied for permission to turn a building on his Buckinghamshire property into a two-bedroom house. But Chiltern District Council refused, saying there was evidence that bats, a protected species in the UK, live in the barn's rafters. The authority will not consider any application for the conversion until Ozzy can prove the animals' welfare will be protected.

Read more: Tuesday May 13

Monday May 12



Metallica To Get To Work On New Album

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Guitar World magazine that the band will be buckling down in September to get to work on the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic. "We totally want to make an album," Hammett said. "But...we have families now. It's gonna be summertime soon and it's hard to work [then] because the kids are out of school." He also said that the band has "a backlog of riffs in the riff bank. Now it's about picking riffs out, putting them together and moving along. Later, we'll revisit it all and see where it goes." Hammett also laid out a timetable for the band to get to work on the new album, "September is gonna be the time when we buckle down," he said. "I know I told everyone it was gonna be last January…but that's just the way it goes!"

Read more: Monday May 12

Friday May 9



Tommy Lee Recording With The Smashing Pumpkins

(Classic Rock) Tommy Lee has recorded drums for the next Smashing Pumpkins album. A picture of Motley Crue's Lee in the studio with Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been posted on the band's official Nexus page. It is accompanied with a message that reads: "Here's a shot from the mission out west. Just finished round 1 of tracking drums with Tommy Lee for the new the Smashing Pumpkins album. Shockla-locka-boom. "Yes, that T Lee for all 9 songs of Monument To An Elegy." It is not clear how the move affects current Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne, who has held the position since 2009.

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Thursday May 8



Black Sabbath Feature Film Coming

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath are to be the subject of a documentary by top filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn. The duo behind Canadian company Banger Films have previously made rock documentaries about Rush, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper. McFadyen tells Times Columnist that they are to start work on a full-length Sabbath feature film, although it has not been confirmed whether it will document the band's entire history or pick up the story since Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Iommi and Geezer Butler's reunion for 2013 album 13. The record saw the trio record and perform together for the first time in 35 years. Meanwhile, Banger Films will also film a documentary on Seattle grunge icons Soundgarden. Canadian director Reg Harkema tells Bad Feeling he is working with McFadyen and Dunn on the film, set to get underway in the summer when the band go out on tour with Nine Inch Nails.

Read more: Thursday May 8

Wednesday May 7



Foreigner Score Digital Gold and Platinum

This week Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman presented Foreigner co-founder Mick Jones with multiple gold and platinum records for the band's digital sales. We were sent these details: Six of the band's hits received gold and platinum digital certification by the RIAA which puts the band ahead of any other of Classic Rock Radio's Top 15 artists, including contemporaries Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Journey and more, according to the band. Foreigner's songs receiving RIAA Certification - which celebrates sales of more than 500,000 downloads (Gold) or 1,000,000 downloads (Platinum) - include: "Cold As Ice" (Gold), "Feels Like The First Time" (Gold), "Hot Blooded" (Gold), "I Want To Know What Love Is" (Platinum), "Juke Box Hero" (Platinum), and "Waiting For A Girl Like You" (Gold). Foreigner co-manager and Atlantic Records veteran Phil Carson had this to say: "For me, the most significant part of today's event is the Platinum certification of 'Juke Box Hero.' We tried everything we knew to break the song early in 1982, but it peaked at #26 with just 40,000 or so sales. "For it to pass one million in the digital era is a testament to the band's hard work on the road, making this a high point in every performance, and to the relevance of Mick's songs and Foreigner over thirty years later." Atlantic Records Chairman and CEO Craig Kallman added: "Few bands in rock history have had the longevity and impact of Foreigner. It is a tangible reflection of Mick's timeless songwriting, stellar musicianship, and brilliant vision for the band that their music continues to strike a nerve today, earning new fans around the world. Foreigner joined the Atlantic family nearly 40 years ago, and we are immensely proud to have this incredible body of work as part of our heritage."

Read more: Wednesday May 7

Tuesday May 6



Bruce Springsteen Jams CCR Classics With John Fogerty

(hennemusic) John Fogerty joined Bruce Springsteen for a pair of CCR classics during his set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this past Saturday, and video from the event is available online. Fogerty took to the stage to join Bruce for the first two songs of his encore, "Green River" and "Proud Mary." The pair have a long shared history, including Springsteen inducting CCR into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. Springsteen and The E Street Band are currently playing shows across the US as part of their "High Hopes" world tour.

Read more: Tuesday May 6

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