Classic Rock News

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

Friday January 17



U2 EARNS OSCAR NOD FOR “ORDINARY LOVE”

Fresh off its Best Original Song Golden Globe Awards win last week, U2’s “Ordinary Love” will vie in the equivalent category at the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2 in Los Angeles. The Irish rock quartet wrote the stirring tribute to the late South African president Nelson Mandela for the beloved human rights champion’s biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. This is the second Oscar nod for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band; they were previously nominated for “The Hands That Built America” from Gangs of New York.

Read more: Friday January 17

Thursday January 16



YES WORKING ON FOLLOW-UP TO 2011’S FLY FROM HERE

Progressive rock icons Yes are in the studio working on a new album that will serve as the follow-up to their latest full-length record, 2011’s Fly From Here. A post on the group’s Facebook page is titled “In the Studio – 2014” and features five photos of the band members – Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and latest lead vocalist Jon Davison – in a Los Angeles studio with producer Roy Thomas Baker. A note above the photos simply says: “Yes embark on the recording of their latest album.”

Read more: Thursday January 16

Wednesday January 15



MCCARTNEY, STARR JOIN GRAMMY PERFORMERS LINEUP

Sadly, the closest thing to a Beatles reunion that could ever take place is seeing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform together on the same stage. Happily, that will happen at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on January 26 in Los Angeles, now that the two former Fab Four bandmates have been added to the lineup of performers. McCartney is nominated for Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack” featuring former Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Noveselic, and Starr will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Read more: Wednesday January 15

Tuesday January 14



JOURNEY’S “DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’” TAPPED AS BEST DRIVING SONG

The fine folks at Insurance.com recently conducted a survey to determine the best driving song and respondents picked the Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believin’.” USA Today reports 2,000 licensed drivers 18 and older weighed in and the majority selected the 1981 anthem as the best car song ever. The top 10 list also includes Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” and Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway.”

Read more: Tuesday January 14

Monday January 13



FLEETWOOD SAYS CHRISTINE MCVIE WILL REJOIN BAND

During Fleetwood Mac’s concert in Hawaii on Saturday, drummer Mick Fleetwood told the crowd, “This is the worst kept secret there is, but Christine McVie will be rejoining Fleetwood Mac.” In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, longtime Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks discussed the possible return of McVie, something the founding member publicly declared she wanted to do late last year after years of saying she would never return. Nicks said, “All I can say is, Chris has so nailed it into our heads that she would never come back. And she has literally, so many times, extensively told us why she would never come back… So I’ll be interested to see, along with the rest of you, what Christine will do.” Nicks went on to add, “When people say, ‘Did she ask if she could come back?’ It’s her band, for God’s sake. If she wants to come back, it’s her band. Fleetwood Mac-Vie. She started the damn band. So wouldn’t it be great? Yes, it would be. I’ll believe it when I see it.”

Read more: Monday January 13

Friday January 10



MOTLEY CRUE EXPECTED TO REVEAL DETAILS OF FAREWELL TOUR

All signs point to Motley Crue announcing details surrounding their farewell tour at a special event the band will hold in Los Angeles on January 28 titled “RIP: All Bad Things Must Come To An End.” Last October, bassist Nikki Sixx was asked when the group would launch their last trek before sailing off into the sunset, and he replied, “We haven’t decided when that is, we’re talking about that. It’ll happen, but we don’t know when it will happen.”

Read more: Friday January 10

Thursday January 9



HAYNES, TRUCKS LEAVING ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND BEHIND

In a surprise announcement that is sure to send shockwaves through the tight-knit Allman Brothers Band fan base, longtime guitarist and frontman Warren Haynes and slide guitar standout Derek Trucks announced late Wednesday they will depart the band at the end of the year to focus on their individual projects. The two said in a joint statement: “For 25 years and 15 years respectively, we’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary rock and roll bands. We are both preparing to dig even deeper into our various creative and musical endeavors and, as a result, 2014 will be our final year as part of the band.”

Read more: Thursday January 9

Wednesday January 8



BLACK SABBATH, CONVERSE PARTNER FOR CUSTOM SHOES

Known as the godfathers of heavy metal, the members of Black Sabbath can now lay claim to being the inventors of sole as well. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group and shoemaker Converse have teamed up to create five Sabbath-branded Chuck Taylor All Stars sneakers featuring cover art from four of the band’s Ozzy Osbourne-era albums, Black Sabbath, Paranoid, Vol. 4 and Never Say Die!, as well as logo treatments and photos of the band. The shoes will sell for between $60 and $70.

Read more: Wednesday January 8

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