Classic Rock News

Friday April 11



WOMEN LEAD ROCKIN’ ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION PARTY

Thursday night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony welcomed performers Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and the E Street Band into the pantheon of rock, and featured a plethora of female voices during the event’s traditional live performances. Joan Jett, Lorde, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and St. Vincent each took turns filling in for the late Kurt Cobain alongside surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novocelic, while Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris paid tribute to Ronstadt, who did not attend due to health reasons. Meanwhile, the fireworks expected to be set off amongst the four feuding original members of Kiss turned out to be duds as everyone was on their best behavior. All four – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss - took turns making separate acceptance speeches, but Stanley seemed to sum up the sentiment, saying, “To Peter, Ace, Gene – we are the original four, so we could not have done this if we didn’t start this together. Everything we’ve done is built on the past. We’ve got a great, great legacy.” Stanley also tipped his cap to the fans, and again flipped his middle finger to the Rock Hall powers that be, saying, “Here we are tonight, inducted basically for the things we were left out for. The people buy albums. The people who nominate do not.”

Read more: Friday April 11

Thursday April 10



FORMER ROLLING STONES MANAGER WON’T BE AT ROCK HALL INDUCTION

Original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham is the latest member of the class of 2014 to announce he won’t attend tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn. At a recent lecture in Germany, Oldham told the audience, “I won’t be there, I’ll tell you why. It’s a television show. Twenty years ago it was an incredible party in the Waldorf-Astoria where everybody could behave exactly as they could 20 years ago. And then it became a business. I think it’s healthier to stay home. I think those people basically hijacked the name ‘rock ‘n’ roll.’”

Read more: Thursday April 10

Wednesday April 9



AEROSMITH ROLLS OUT 20 “LET ROCK RULE” TOUR DATES

As promised, Aerosmith and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will crisscross the country this summer on the appropriately named “Let Rock Rule” tour, starting with a July 10 gig in Wantagh, NY. The 20-show trek will hit cities such as Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Newark, NJ and Bristow, VA before winding down September 12 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Tickets for the rockin’ road trip go on sale this Saturday.

Read more: Wednesday April 9

Tuesday April 8



BACH BACKS SIMMONS, SIDES WITH STANLEY ON FREHLEY FRACAS

Despite being an unabashed Kiss fan, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach says he can sympathize with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who refused to perform with Ace Frehley at this Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In a recent interview, Bach said, “As a fan, I understand why people would want to see that. But…I understand why Gene Simmons doesn’t work with Ace Frehley. Ace has sides to him that maybe the fans don’t see. That’s all I can say.” Bach did hint that he will expand on his Frehley comments in his upcoming autobiography, which he is currently writing.

Read more: Tuesday April 8

Monday April 7



KISS AMONG ROCK HALL INDUCTEES BOOKED FOR THE TONIGHT SHOW

New Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon will celebrate Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with a week’s worth of incoming inductees. According to Rolling Stone, Kiss will be “rocking the house” on Friday, John Oates of Hall & Oates will be sitting in with the Roots tonight, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) is slated to perform Tuesday, and former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novocelic will be guests of Fallon on Wednesday, though it is unclear whether they will perform, since Stevie Nicks is already booked as Wednesday’s musical guest. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Read more: Monday April 7

Friday April 4



BECK, ZZ TOP TO TACKLE 20-DATE TOUR

Air guitar enthusiasts will be in faux six-string heaven during each of the 20 stops on the upcoming co-headlining tour featuring fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jeff Beck and ZZ Top. The two top shelf acts will kick off the guitar fest August 8 in Missoula, MT and rip off the final riff September 12 in The Woodlands, TX. Adding to the already heightened anticipation, the participants promise to end each night with a show-stopping jam.

Read more: Friday April 4

Thursday April 3



U2’S THE JOSHUA TREE TO ENTER THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers U2 can add another impressive accolade to their already extensive list of accomplishments now that the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry will induct their 1987 album The Joshua Tree. According to the organization’s website, the U2 album was chosen because it was deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and represents “an important part of America’s culture and history.” Additional music masterpieces selected for induction include Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son,” Linda Ronstadt’s Heart Like a Wheel album, Isaac Hayes’ Theme From Shaft album and Elmore James’ “Dust My Broom.”

Read more: Thursday April 3

Wednesday April 2



SPRINGSTEEN, STIPE ADDED TO HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

Some big names will be welcoming some similarly big names into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at ceremonies to take place April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In a no-brainer of a move, Bruce Springsteen will induct his own E Street Band, former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will induct Nirvana, current temporary E Street Band guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, The Nightwatchman) will induct Kiss and Glenn Frey will induct his former band leader Linda Ronstadt. In addition, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin will lead a tribute to Peter Gabriel, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Carrie Underwood will all participate in a tribute to Ronstadt and the new Tonight Show band The Roots drummer Questlove will participate in a tribute to Hall & Oates.

Read more: Wednesday April 2

Tuesday April1



BLACK SABBATH, SOUNDGARDEN MOTORHEAD INKED FOR FESTIVAL

Big Ben will temporarily take a backseat as London’s biggest attraction when this year’s edition of the city’s annual British Summer Time Festival kicks off on July 4 in London’s Hyde Park. Some of the acts scheduled to perform at the event billed as a “10-day summer extravaganza” include Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Motorhead and Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne said of playing on the hallowed grounds of Hyde Park, “The first time I came to London I didn’t have a pot to piss in and I spent the advance I got for the first album on a new pair of shows and some Brut aftershave. Returning almost 50 years on, we are doing a bit better for ourselves so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park…”

Read more: Tuesday April1

Monday March 31



MCVIE ADMITS MISSING MUSIC SPARKED RETURN TO FLEETWOOD MAC

The news longtime Fleetwood Mac fans had been waiting for arrived last week when the group confirmed the return of Christine McVie and announced their On With the Sow reunion tour. In an interview with Rolling Stone, McVie spoke about her decision to reunite with her bandmates for the first time since she quit in 1998, saying, “I started to think, ‘What am I doing? I really miss that camaraderie with those four people. I missed the music, to be able to create again. I knew that they were my musical family.” She added, “Being back is really a time warp. The tour is going to be great fun. I feel like a pig in poo right now.” The tour begins September 30 in Minneapolis.

Read more: Monday March 31

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