Classic Rock News

Friday October 25



THE WHO PLAN TO PACK IT IN AFTER 50TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Who will reportedly retire from the road following a massive world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014. Earlier this year, Roger Daltrey suggested he and Pete Townshend would mark their half century with one final tour, and now Townshend has confirmed that’s what they’ll do, telling the London Evening Standard, “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to Eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”

Read more: Friday October 25

Thursday October 24



DETAILS APPEAR ON THE WHO’S TOMMY DELUXE, SUPER DELUXE EDITIONS

Fans of The Who not yet tired of purchasing yet another edition of the band’s landmark Tommy album will have an opportunity to own yet another version of the record when the Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition arrive on November 5. The Deluxe Edition will include 20 previously unreleased demos from Pete Townshend’s archives, plus a live performance of the album, recorded at the Capital Theatre in Ottawa, Canada on October 15, 1969. Fans who pick up the Super Deluxe Edition will get all that as well as 5.1 surround sound mix of the album, an 80-page hardback book packed with rare photos, a 20,000-word essay and a rare Tommy poster.

Read more: Thursday October 24

Wednesday October 23



YOUNG’S BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT CONCERT TO BE WEBCAST LIVE

The 27th edition of the Neil Young hosted and curated annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Saturday’s show will be webcast live on YouTube and will feature performances by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Elvis Costello, Heart, Diana Krall, Jenny Lewis, Jack Johnson, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, fun. and Queens of the Stone Age.

Read more: Wednesday October 23

Tuesday October 22



YOUNG TO DELIVER LIVE AT THE CELLAR DOOR IN DECEMBER

The next chapter in Neil Young’s ongoing Archives Performance Series will be written on December 10 with the release of Live at the Cellar Door. The 13-track set features performances culled from Young’s six-show solo stint at the intimate Cellar Door in Washington, DC in late 1970. The tracklist includes Young standards “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “After the Gold Rush,” “Old Man,” “Don’t Let it Bring You Down,” “Cinnamon Girl,” “I Am a Child” and “Down by the River.”

Read more: Tuesday October 22

Monday October 21



MAY CANDID ABOUT COHEN’S CANNING FROM MERCURY MOVIE

Lots of rumors swirled in the aftermath of the firing of Sacha Baron Cohen as the lead in the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, but now Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken up to set the record straight. May told Ultimate Classic Rock, “In the end, we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting. What led us to that conclusion was the last three movie’s he’s made – The Dictator, Les Miserables and Hugo – in which he makes outstanding performances, but they’re very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances. And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn’t think that could really happen with Sacha.”

Read more: Monday October 21

Friday October 18



PLANT PURPORTEDLY UNEARTHS LOST LED ZEPPELIN SESSIONS

New quotes attributed to Robert Plant indicate the Led Zeppelin frontman has discovered spools of quarter-inch tape containing long lost recordings, including two tracks featuring John Paul Jones on lead vocals. Classic Rock magazine printed the following quotes credited to Plant referencing a forthcoming box set: I found some quarter-inch spools recently, and I had a meeting with Jimmy [Page], and we backed them up and listened to them, and there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things. I’m desperately trying to get this one track – or the two tracks of John Paul Jones singing lead. And so far he’s [Page] up to giving me two cars and a greenhouse not to get them on the album. Oh, John, wherever you are…you can’t wait to hear yourself singing all over the world! La la la la la la.”

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Thursday October 17



VAN ZANDT IN THE DARK ON FUTURE E STREET BAND TOURS, TUNES

During a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, longtime E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt was asked if he had any updates on new music from Bruce Springsteen or new tour plans. He candidly replied, “We have Australia in February, and that’s all I know. Honestly, I’m probably the last guy to find out what’s going on. The fans are gonna know what’s going on way before I do – they always do.” As for new music from his boss, Van Zandt said “he keeps me guessing, and just like everybody else, I anxiously look forward to whatever he’s doing next.”

Read more: Thursday October 17

Wednesday October 16



HAGAR HITS 66, WRAPS 24TH ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH IN CABO

He still can’t slow down enough to drive 55, but Sammy Hagar sure knows how to put the pedal to the metal to celebrate his 66th birthday. On Sunday, the “Red Rocker” wrapped his 24th annual Birthday Bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a once-in-a-lifetime jam session featuring current and previous bandmates including Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot, Van Halen), Denni Carmassi (Montrose) and his longtime partners in crime, The Wabos. Later, stellar drummer Alex Gonzalez of Rock en Espanol superstars Mana surprised the birthday boy by jumping onstage to pound skins on “Poundcake,” “Runaround” and “Best of Both Worlds.” Hagar’s new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends, is available now.

Read more: Wednesday October 16

Tuesday October 15



BOSTON UNVEILS COVER ARTWORK FOR FIRST ALBUM IN 11 YEARS

Rock and jock fans of the city of Boston are having a field day (or two) after both the Red Sox and Patriots made miraculous comebacks on Sunday, and Boston, the band - who will make their own miraculous comeback of sorts on December 3 - yesterday took the wraps off the album art of their next studio album, Life, Love and Hope. Boston, the band, fans have waited 11 long years for the group to end their latest long layoff, and their patience will be rewarded with the December 3 release of the follow-up to 2002’s Corporate America.

Read more: Tuesday October 15

Monday October 14



BAKER BASHES ROLLING STONES AS “NOT GOOD MUSICIANS”

The always cantankerous and outspoken Ginger Baker of Cream was at it again recently, having not-so nice things to say about fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Rolling Stones, The Who and Bob Dylan. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the downer drummer said the Rolling Stones are “not good musicians” and wouldn’t “go within 10 miles of a Rolling Stones gig.” Asked if he was a fan of The Who, he didn’t hesitate to say, “No. Keith Moon was a friend of mine but I wouldn’t say he was a good drummer.” Finally, when asked if he was a big Dylan fan, he said, “I’m not a big anybody fan.”

Read more: Monday October 14

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