Classic Rock News

Monday February 3



LETTERMAN LISTS ACTS SET FOR BEATLES WEEK ON THE LATE SHOW

CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman will celebrate the impending 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a week-long series of musical tributes to the Fab Four. Tonight, indie rock duo Broken Bells will sing “And I Love Her;” Sting will perform “Drive My Car” on Tuesday; Lenny Kravitz will tackle an as-yet undetermined Beatles classic on Wednesday; Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon, will join rockers the Flaming Lips for a rendition of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” on Thursday, and Friday’s lineup will be announced later this week.

Read more: Monday February 3

Friday January 31



DALTREY HOLDS OUT HOPE OF A NEW WHO ALBUM IN THE FUTURE

During a recent interview with UK music magazine NME, Roger Daltrey held out the possibility that The Who might release another all-new studio album. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame frontman said, “Pete’s [Townshend] got hundreds of songs so the only question is whether we get around to it. But he wants to make an album and I’m always ready and raring to go. We’ll see. My voice is still in god shape. The hearing isn’t so great, but the voice is fine.”

Read more: Friday January 31

Thursday January 30



MOTLEY CRUE EXPLAINS WHY IT’S TIME TO BOW OUT

On Tuesday, the members of Motley Crue – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – held a press conference to announce their retirement following the end of “The Final Tour,” a 72-show run featuring Alice Cooper as their special guest. Asked about the thought process leading up to retirement, Sixx told Rolling Stone, “It really came down to figuring out how do we bow out with dignity.” Neil added, “We’re one of the few bands left out there that has the original members. That’s the way we want to go out: the same four guys, leaving on our terms – not leaving because we have to.” Motley Crue has sold over 80 million albums worldwide.

Read more: Thursday January 30

Wednesday January 29



PAUL AND RINGO ROCK AT BEATLES TRIBUTE TAPING

CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 with the special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles, set to air this February 9 at 8p. The show was taped Monday night in Los Angeles, where Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey Jude.” Earlier, Sir Paul and his band performed “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Birthday,” “Get Back,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Read more: Wednesday January 29

Tuesday January 28



FOLK LEGEND PETE SEEGER HAS DIED

Folk legend and activist Pete Seeger died Monday of natural causes. He was 94. Seeger, a pioneer of the modern American folk music movement, wrote some of the most classic folk tunes including “If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song),” “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!.” He was also well-known for his politics. He protested against wars from Vietnam to Iraq and was sentenced to prison when he wouldn't testify in Congress about his time in the Communist party.

Read more: Tuesday January 28

Monday January 27



AND THE GRAMMY GOES TO…

The 56th annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and as always there were surprise winners and stunned losers. Some of the night’s biggest winners were: Best Metal Performance – Black Sabbath – “God is Dead?;” Best Rock Song – Paul McCartney/Dave Grohl/Pat Smear/Krist Novoselic – “Cut Me Some Slack;” Best Rock Album – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day; Best Surround Sound Album – Paul McCartney – Live Kisses; Best Music Film – Paul McCartney – Live Kisses; Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package – Wings – Wings Over America.

Read more: Monday January 27

Friday January 24



U2 TO DEBUT NEW TUNE DURING SUPER BOWL

As has been rumored for weeks if not months, U2 will premiere a new song, “Invisible,” in a commercial during next Sunday’s Super Bowl. In addition, the song will available as a limited-edition free download on iTunes for the first 24 hours after the commercial for (RED) and Bank of America airs. Of the song, singer Bono told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s not what you expect. It’s not your typical love song. ‘Invisible is an anthemic number about leaving one’s hometown.” The track is destined for the band’s forthcoming, as-yet untitled 13th studio album.

Read more: Friday January 24

Thursday January 23



SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES NETS BOSS 11TH NO. 1 ALBUM

Debuting as high as it can get, Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, selling 99,000 copies in its first week out. By entering the survey at No. 1, High Hopes hands the Boss his 11th chart-topping collection, pushing him past Elvis Presley for third place on the list of most No. 1 albums by an artist on the Billboard chart, behind only the Beatles (19) and rapper Jay Z (13). Bruce’s first chart-topper was 1980’s The River.

Read more: Thursday January 23

Wednesday January 22



DELUXE EDITION OF DYLAN’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT DUE ON DVD

It has been decreed that a new, bolstered deluxe edition of Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration shall be released on March 4. Filmed in 1992 at Madison Square Garden, the once-in-a-lifetime event features outstanding performances of Dylan classics by Neil Young, The Band, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder and the late George Harrison and Lou Reed, among many others. Forty minutes of never-before-seen footage have been added to the forthcoming deluxe edition.

Read more: Wednesday January 22

Tuesday January 21



U2 TO BE FALLON’S FIRST MUSICAL GUEST ON THE TONIGHT SHOW

Millions of music fans were already counting the days before Jimmy Fallon takes over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, but now they have one more big reason to have February 17 get here: U2! The Irish Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will be Fallon’s first musical guest, the show’s music booker, Jonathan Cohen, confirmed via Twitter on Sunday night. Variety reports actor and sometime rapper Will Smith also join Fallon as he makes his debut immediately following NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Read more: Tuesday January 21

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