Classic Rock News

Monday May 5



Jimmy Page Plans Special Led Zeppelin Event

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are gearing up for next month's release of reissues of their first three albums by holding a sweepstakes for fans to join Jimmy Page in Paris to be among the first to hear selections from the previously-unreleased companion audio included in each package. On May 21st, Page will host a listening session at L'Olympia in Paris, where the 1969 live concert featured with the "Led Zeppelin I" reissue was recorded. The guitarist will provide insight into the selection and background of the companion audio chosen for each album for guests and winners at the invitation-only event. The band is holding a sweepstakes for fans to win two tickets to the special event; fans can also submit questions for Page to answer at the session.

Read more: Monday May 5

Friday May 2



Motley Crue Star Recruits Foo Fighter For New Album

Now that Motley Crue are plotting their farewell tour, bassist Nikki Sixx is turning his attention back to his other band SIXX:A.M. and reveals that a Foo Fighter will be featured on their next album. Sixx announced via Twitter on Wednesday that Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will be performing as a special guest musician on SIXX: A.M.'s forthcoming album. Sixx tweeted, "Really excited Taylor Hawkins is gonna play on some of the new Sixx: A.M. album. What a f**ing honor, 'cause he is one of my favorite drummers." The new album will be the third studio release from SIXX: A.M., which apart from Nikki Sixx, also features Guns 'N Roses guitarist DJ Ashba and songwriter/producer/engineer James Michael as their frontman.

Read more: Friday May 2

Thursday May 1



AC/DC To Begin Recording New Album With Brendan O'Brien

AC/DC are carrying on with plans to begin recording new music this month in a record studio in Canada, despite their recent announcement that Malcolm Young is taking a break from the group for health reasons. Lead singer Brian Johnson revealed in a new interview promoting his upcoming TV series that the band will be entering the studio this month and they will once again be working with Brendan O'Brien, who producer their 2008 album "Black Ice". Johnson made the revelation in a new interview posted on Youtube where he was discussing "Cars That Rock", his new TV series for UK's Quest TV,' which will premiere on May 8th. The AC/DC frontman was also asked if fans can expect to see the band on stage and he responded "I hope so" and added "I don't think I'm finished yet." Meanwhile, ACDCFans.net has posted photos on their Facebook page on Tuesday and Wednesday of the band's gear arriving at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada. There has been no word from the AC/DC camp what Malcolm's involvement will be in the recording of the new music. Their recent statement said that he "is taking a break from the band due to ill health" but also confirmed in the same statement that "the band will continue to make music."

Read more: Thursday May 1

Wednesday April 30



(hennemusic) Scorpions drummer James Kottack has been jailed in the United Arab Emirates after he was convicted for alleged misconduct at the Dubai airport, according to The National.

Kottack will spend a month in jail after he was convicted Tuesday of insulting Islam, flashing his middle finger at Muslim passengers at an airport and consuming alcohol. Kottak reportedly confirmed that he drank five glasses of wine on a flight from Moscow to Dubai while making his way to Bahrain to perform at the country's Formula One Grand Prix on April 5 when the incident happened on the evening of April 3.

Read more: Wednesday April 30

Tuesday April 29



Queensryche and Geoff Tate Reveal Name Dispute Settlement Details

As previously reported, the members of Queensryche and former singer Geoff Tate have reached a settlement in their dispute over the use of the band's name and now both sides have revealed the details of their agreement. Both camps issued the following joint statement which explains the settlement, "We wanted to let Queensryche fans around the world know that an amicable settlement has been reached between Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate with regard to the future of the Queensryche name. "According to the agreement, original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton along with recent members, Todd La Torre and Parker Lundgren, will now be the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche, performing selections from their entire musical catalog that spans over 30 years of material. "Original Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate will continue to record, perform and pursue a variety of other creative endeavors and, as part of the agreement, will have the exclusive rights to perform Operation: Mindcrime I and II in their entirety as a unique performance. "Both sides wish each other well and are excited about what the future holds. We want to thank the fans for standing beside us through this ordeal and look forward to sharing our music with you for years to come. - Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate".

Read more: Tuesday April 29

Monday April 28



Gregg Allman Urges Production of His Biopic Be Shut Down

(Radio.com) Gregg Allman was initially excited at the prospect of a film about his life, but now he's ready for the team behind it to shut it down. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Allman has called for the canceling of production on Midnight Rider following a fatal accident on set that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured others. In a personal letter send to Randall Miller, the director of the project, Allman appeals to the director "from my heart" to stop production, rather than continue as has been rumored. "I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart," Allman wrote. "I am asking you from a personal perspective not to go forward." Allman said his feelings changed on the film following the accident, which took place Feb. 20 of this year. The crew was filming on a train bridge over the Altamaha River in Wayne County, Georgia, when a train bore down on them, leaving little time to escape. Jones was struck by flying debris, and following the incident it was unclear if the crew even had the proper clearance to be filming there.

Read more: Monday April 28

Friday April 25



MCCARTNEY TO PERFORM FINAL CANDLESTICK PARK CONCERT

Almost 48 years after the Beatles performed their final full concert on August 29, 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Paul McCartney will return to the historic venue to perform the final show before the stadium is demolished. Sir Paul has confirmed he’ll hold his “Farewell to Candlestick Park: The Final Concert” on August 14. A very happy San Francisco mayor Ed Lee said, “Believe me, it wasn’t something I, or anyone else, was expecting.” Tickets go on sale for the general public May 5.

Read more: Friday April 25

Thursday April 24



PLANT PUTS ODDS OF LED ZEPPELIN PERFORMING AGAIN AT “ZERO”

Hopes of Robert Plant ever fronting Led Zeppelin again – even for a one-off gig similar to the 2007 show that resulted in the Celebration Day live album and film – have been dealt a serious blow. During an interview with the BBC Wednesday, Jimmy Page was once again asked if he and Plant would ever get together again to perform live. Page replied, “I’m sure people would love to hear it. I’m not the one to be asking, I don’t sing.” When Plant was asked about the chances of him and Page performing as Led Zeppelin in the future, he replied with a resounding “zero.”

Read more: Thursday April 24

Wednesday April 23



FRAMPTON’S 7-SONG HUMMINGBIRD IN A BOX SET DUE JUNE 24 Guitar genius Peter Frampton has circled June 24 for the release of his next musical masterpiece, Hummingbird in a Box, a seven-song soundscape inspired by his work with the Cincinnati Ballet. The collection features seven original guitar pieces composed by Frampton and Gordon Kennedy, who had his fingerprints all over Frampton’s Grammy-winning (Best Pop Instrumental Album) Fingerprints. Finally, Frampton’s jam-packed summer tour schedule gets underway June 22 in his hometown of Cincinnati and runs through August 31 in Tucson, AZ.

Read more: Wednesday April 23

Tuesday April 22



PETTY TALKS SONGWRITING AHEAD OF BEING HANDED HUGE HONOR

Tomorrow night in Los Angeles, Tom Petty will be handed the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ (ASCAP) Founders Award in recognition of his four-decades of penning timeless classic hits. When asked by Billboard to describe his songwriting process, the 63-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said, “It’s really hard to explain because I don’t really understand it myself.” He went on to say that he usually just grabs his guitar and waits for inspiration to hit, and when it does “it’s a very real magic.”

Read more: Tuesday April 22

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