Classic Rock News

Tuesday January 7



ALLMAN ANXIOUS TO OVERSEE ALL ASPECTS OF UPCOMING BIOPIC

The new year will certainly be a busy year for Gregg Allman. Not only will he celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Allman Brothers Band, but he’ll also serve as executive producer of his forthcoming biopic, Midnight Rider, featuring All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter in the lead role and Wyatt Russell playing Duane Allman. The 66-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told Rolling Stone Ritter and Russell were “nice guys” and explained more about his duties as executive producer, saying, “It’s time consuming and tedious work to get it all right. I don’t know firsthand because it hasn’t started yet, but I know I need to be there every single day if I want it done right.” Midnight Rider goes into production next month.

Read more: Tuesday January 7

Monday January 6

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DEF LEPPARD SET TO REENTER STUDIO IN LESS THAN A MONTH

Still riding a high on the heels of their wildly successful Las Vegas residency, Def Leppard has set a February 1 date to return to the recording studio to begin work on its first collection of all-new material since 2008’s Songs from the Sparkle Lounge. Guitarist Phil Collen recently said, “We’re all excited and buzzy about new material. I can’t remember the last time we were like that.”

Read more: Monday January 6

Friday January 3



THE EAGLES HOTEL CALIFORNIA MADE WORLD’S LARGEST VINYL RECORD

To celebrate the reopening of the famous Forum in Los Angeles and Southern California legends the Eagles’ six-show residency at the revamped venue, the group’s Hotel California album has been recreated as the world’s largest vinyl record. A video shows how a crew of 75 people worked day and night to construct the massive album on the roof of the Forum, where it will spin at a rate of 17 miles per hour during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s six concerts, January 15, 17, 18, 22, 24 and 25.

Read more: Friday January 3

Thursday January 2



LONG LIVE ROCK…GONE IN 2013 BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Time waits for no one, including some of the most important rock stars of our time who passed away in 2013. Here is a list of some of the fine musicians we said goodbye to in the past year: Ray Manzarek (the Doors), Lou Reed (Velvet Underground), Alvin Lee (Ten Years After), Joey Covington (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna), Dan Toler (Allman Brothers Band), Peter Banks (Yes), Trevor Bolder (Uriah Heep), Chrissy Amphlett (Divinyls), Tony Sheridan (Beatles collaborator), Steve Hyams (Mott the Hoople), Allen Lanier (Blue Oyster Cult), Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band).

Read more: Thursday January 2

Monday December 30



SPRINGSTEEN ALBUM MISTAKENLY MADE AVAILABLE THEN PULLED

Fans of Bruce Springsteen briefly had high hopes of being able to snag the Boss’ forthcoming album High Hopes earlier than its January 14 release date when Amazon accidently made the album available on its mobile site on Saturday. But it didn’t take the online retailer long to realize its mistake of making the individual tracks available two weeks ahead of the official release date. Nevertheless, the album did show up on some file-sharing sites through those who bought the individual tracks during the short window they were available on Amazon.

Read more: Monday December 30

Friday December 27



MAY SIDELINED WITH TWO TORN DISCS IN HIS BACK

Ahead of the new year, Queen guitarist Brian May is heading into 2014 facing yet another medical issue that will keep him off his feet for some time to come. Just months after undergoing a knee replacement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician tweeted that an MRI has revealed “two torn discs, pressing on a nerve” in his back. He added, “Well, at least I know I wasn’t imagining the pain now!” There’s no word on just how long May will be out of action this time.

Read more: Friday December 27

Thursday December 26



JUDAS PRIEST CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM WILL ARRIVE IN NEW YEAR

Proving even heavy metal heroes enjoy the holiday season, Judas Priest wished their fans a Merry Christmas in a message posted on the group’s official website. But as nice as the holiday well wishes were, the best part about the note for fans was the part where they confirmed they plan to release a new studio album in the New Year. The band’s Christmas message reads as follows: “We wish all of our fans a great Christmas and a very metal New Year! We will be releasing a new album sometime in 2014 so stay tuned…..!!”

Read more: Thursday December 26

Wednesday December 25



RUSH READIES RELEASE OF SIX PART COMIC BOOK SERIES

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame progressive rock trio Rush has announced it will issue a six part comic book series based on drummer Neil Peart’s lyrics to the group’s latest album Clockwork Angels starting in March. Author Kevin J. Anderson told USA Today, “It’s just a beautifully painted world in the music that I tried to capture in the novel and now tried to turn into a different direction.”

Read more: Wednesday December 25

Friday December 20



ALLEGEDLY A-POLITICAL OZZY GOES OFF ON LYING POLITICIANS

During a recent interview with UK’s NME, Ozzy Osbourne claimed that he doesn’t “touch politics,” but that didn’t stop him from skewering elected officials anyways. The Prince of Darkness said, “I don’t touch politics. I leave that to Bono. But I’m not politically motivated. I sang songs about political situations, wars and that, but they’re all f***ing liars if you ask me.” He went on to add, “I think entertainers should stay entertainers and politicians should stay liars. If you say you’ll do something and you can’t do it, you should get fired, because you got your job under false pretenses.”

Read more: Friday December 20

Thursday December 19



DEF LEPPARD SET TO FIRE UP PYROMANIA SIN CITY RESIDENCY

After already having caused hysteria in March and April of this year with their Viva Hysteria residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Def Leppard will again set up shop in Sin City in 2014 with a Viva Pyromania residency. Guitarist Phil Collen told Billboard the band will “be doing Viva Pyromania at some point at the end of next year.” Collen again confirmed the band is preparing to record an album of all new material in Dublin, Ireland, though he did not offer a timetable for its release.

Read more: Thursday December 19

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