Classic Rock News

Friday March 7



QUEEN, LAMBERT TRUMPET 19-STOP SUMMER TOUR

Original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, along with former American Idol participant Adam Lambert, held a press conference in New York City Thursday to announce a 19-show North American summer tour, starting June 19 in Chicago. In a press release, May may have signaled the forthcoming tour, which wraps July 20 in Washington, DC, could be the legendary band’s last, saying “Let’s rock those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!” As for taking on the daunting task of filling the frontman role once held by the late Freddie Mercury, Lambert said, “He’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band." Tick”ts for the trek go on sale March 14. [See Special Coverage for audio from yesterday’s NYC press conference with Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert]

Read more: Friday March 7

Friday March 6



OZZY EYEING NEXT SOLO ALBUM

It appears Ozzy Osbourne is ready to restart his solo career as soon as his stint with the reunited Black Sabbath is over. Guitarist Gus G, the Prince of Darkness’ principal axeman since 2009, said in a recent interview, “Ozzy wants to do another solo album, that’s for sure. As far as I know he has a contract for three more solo albums, so I don’t know when he will finish them…but I certainly know that he wants to do one more solo album. When it’s going to happen, I don’t know…”

Read more: Friday March 6

Wednesday March 5



SPRINGSTEEN SLAM DUNK TO PERFORM AT MARCH MADNESS MUSIC FEST

College basketball fans will be dancing in the dark to the sounds of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band who have been inked to perform at a free concert for the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival taking place April 4-6 in North Texas. The Boss and his band are scheduled to close the three-day event that will also include performances by country superstars Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw and rock acts The Killers and fun., with more acts to be announced soon.

Read more: Wednesday March 5

Tuesday March 4



RUSH TO REISSUE DEBUT ALBUM

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut, Rush will reissue the album in a special vinyl deluxe edition box set on April 15th. The box set will feature the original Moon Records mix and jacket art, as well as a reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, and three lithographs by bandmembers Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey. It will also include a Rush Family Tree poster and a free digital download of the new remastered release.

Read more: Tuesday March 4

Monday March 3



FORMER PEARL JAM EXEC SENTENCED TO JAIL

A former financial officer for Pearl Jam’s management company will spend 14 months behind bars for embezzling more than $300,000 from the Seattle rockers. Rickey Goodrich pled guilty in December to six counts of first-degree theft. Goodrich was given two weeks to get his affairs in order before he will be formally sentenced and sent to prison.

Read more: Monday March 3

Friday February 28



LED ZEPPELIN UNRELEASED STUDIO MIXES TO BE SOLD AT AUCTION

A number of tape boxes up until now stashed in the vaults belonging to legendary engineer Ron Nevison will be sold at auction next month. Among the 53 treasured items to be sold are two previously unheard rough mixes of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and “Custard Pie,” both recorded during the Physical Graffiti sessions. Additional Nevison nuggets to be sold at New Hampshire’s RR Auctions from March 13-20 include rough mixes of songs by Eric Clapton, The Who and Bad Company, among others.

Read more: Friday February 28

Thursday February 27



STEWART, SANTANA SET SERIES OF SUPERNATURAL SUMMER SHOWS

Two of rock’s biggest names Rod Stewart and Santana, have announced plans to stage an 18-stop summer co-headlining tour appropriately named The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs. The two pillars of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who combined have sold well over 250 million albums worldwide, will kick off this once-in-a-lifetime pairing on May 23 in Albany, NY and wrap the run in Wantagh, NY on August 20. Tickets go on sale March 7.

Read more: Thursday February 27

Wednesday February 26



KISS KONFIRMS KASINO KONCERT ONE WEEK AHEAD OF HALL INDUCTION The current members of Kiss will step away from all the controversy surrounding their decision not to perform with any lineup at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 by staging an acoustic concert at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland, CA on April 3. Cameras will capture the action at the gig dubbed “An Acoustic Evening and Stories with Kiss” for the upcoming reality show focused on the new indoor football team L.A. Kiss, which is partially owned by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

Read more: Wednesday February 26

Tuesday February 25



SPRINGSTEEN SUPPORTING RECORD STORE DAY WITH 4-SONG VINYL EP

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen will support the annual Record Store Day on April 19 by releasing a four-song 12” vinyl EP titled American Beauty featuring all previously unreleased tunes. According to Rolling Stone, three of the numbers – “American Beauty,” “Mary Mary” and Hey Blue Eyes” – were recorded during the High Hopes sessions, while the story behind the fourth track, “Hurry Up Sundown,” remains a mystery. Finally, a DVD, Blu-ray and digital download of the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to the Boss will be released on March 25. The 21-song collection features a who’s who list of top shelf talent tackling several Springsteen standards.

Read more: Tuesday February 25

Monday February 24



KISS SCRAPS PLANS TO PERFORM AT ROCK HALL INDUCTION CEREMONY

After months of conjecture concerning whether or not (and with which members) Kiss would perform at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10 in Brooklyn, the band issued a statement on Sunday saying won’t be playing at all. The statement on the band’s website reads: “This is understandably an emotional situation where there is no way to please everyone. To bring this to a quick end, we have decided not to play any line-up and we will focus our attention on celebrating our induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” On Friday, original guitarist Ace Frehley reiterated in a radio interview, “I’m not gonna get on the stage with [current guitarist] Tommy [Thayer] wearing my makeup. That’s absurd.” Meanwhile, original drummer Peter Criss wrote on his website that he and Frehley “have been denied a performance with Gene [Simmons] and Paul [Stanley] for our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction,” labeling the decision “disgraceful.” For their part, Simmons and Stanley claim “we have never refused to play with Ace and Peter.”

Read more: Monday February 24

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