Classic Rock News

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

Friday February 21



BOWIE BAGS BRIT AWARD, SENDS SUPERMODEL TO ACCEPT PRIZE

Rock icon David Bowie won the coveted British Male Solo Artist trophy at the Brit Awards on Wednesday in London, but unable to attend, the “Fashion” singer sent a surrogate icon to accept on his behalf – supermodel Kate Moss. Wearing a Ziggy Stardust-inspired outfit, Moss mouthed words Bowie had asked to say, including, “Kate comes from Venus and I from Mars, so that’s nice. I’m completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male, but I am, aren’t I Kate? I think it’s a great way to end the day.”

Read more: Friday February 21

Thursday February 20



MAY MANAGED HEALTH SCARE BY REMEMBERING HOW MERCURY LIVED

During a recent interview with UK’s The Sun, Queen guitarist Brian May said he navigated through his most recent health issues by thinking about how Freddie Mercury faced his impending death in 1991. The 66-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said, “In a healthy way, it’s good to be aware of your death – so that you can get your life in perspective. Freddie Mercury was very focused and had no time to waste, ever! He really did spend the short life he had doing what he wanted to do. It is important to look at every day as a gift.” May underwent a biopsy in December after doctors feared he might have prostate cancer, but he was given a clean bill of health.

Read more: Thursday February 20

Wednesday February 19



SPRINGSTEEN SWEETENS 10 ALBUMS FOR DIGITAL RELEASE

Ten albums from Bruce Springsteen’s canon of classics have been remastered for sale on iTunes. The collections in question include Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ, The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, Born to Run, Darkness On the Edge of Town, Born in the U.S.A., We Shall Overcome – The Seeger Sessions, Working On a Dream, The Promise, Wrecking Ball and High Hopes. All 10 records were remastered under the watchful eye of Bob Ludwig, who has worked on stellar albums by the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, among many others.

Read more: Wednesday February 19

Tuesday February 18



CROSBY CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION CAUSES CONCERT CANCELLATIONS

Multiple Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby has been forced to postpone seven upcoming California concerts after undergoing heart surgery last Friday. The singer had a 90 percent blockage in his left anterior coronary artery and immediately underwent a coronary catheterization in which two stents were inserted. Two shows in San Francisco have been pushed back to April 20 and 21, and the five-night stand planed at the Troubadour in Los Angeles has not yet been rebooked. He is expected to make a full recovery in time to join Stephen Stills and Graham Nash for a CS&N tour slated to get underway March 4 in Richmond, VA.

Read more: Tuesday February 18

Friday February 14



STRONG HINT DROPPED OF VAN HALEN WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

Rumors of Van Halen working on a follow-up to their 2012 album A Different Kind of Truth appear to be morphing into reality. In a recent interview, Mark Tremonti, whose band Tremonti boasts bassist Wolfgang Van Halen as one of its members, said work on his band’s next album has been temporarily shelved, explaining, “With Wolfgang in the band, he does a lot of work with Van Halen right now, they’re putting together a new album, so it’s going to be hard to get everybody’s schedule to line up.”

Read more: Friday February 14

Thursday February 13



U2 UNVEILS “INVISIBLE” VIDEO

For diehard fans, the debut of a new U2 video is like Christmas and their birthday rolled into one. On Wednesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band unwrapped the visually stimulating full clip for their new single “Invisible” which they premiered a minute of during the Super Bowl. The song is the first taste off the group’s as-yet untitled album, the follow-up to 2009’s No Line On the Horizon. In more U2 news, the Irish quartet will perform their Oscar-nominated song "Ordinary Love" at the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2 in Los Angeles.

Read more: Thursday February 13

Wednesday February 12



SIXX SAYS LACK OF RADIO SUPPORT WHY BAND WON’T MAKE NEW ALBUM

As one of rock’s biggest bands, Motley Crue has enjoyed an awful lot of radio airplay over its entire career, but now Nikki Sixx says a lack of interest in current releases by classic artists is the reason the band won’t be recording a farewell album to coincide with its farewell tour. The bassist told Classic Rock magazine, “We’ve written some songs. But this is difficult to say and probably harder to hear… Radio is so f***in’ formatted, if you don’t have a banjo and a beard they’re not playing you…if you’ve been around for more than fifteen years you’re classic rock, but classic rock radio doesn’t play new music. You just think, ‘F***, man, this sucks.’”

Read more: Wednesday February 12

Tuesday February 11



BOSS BOOKS 15 MORE 2014 U.S. TOUR DATES

Fans of Bruce Springsteen holding out high hopes of seeing the Boss live at least one more time in 2014 will have 15 more chances to do so. Springsteen and the E Street Band will begin a fresh round of 15 more U.S. dates in Cincinnati on April 8. The run will hit cities such as Columbus, OH, Nashville, Charlotte, NC, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Tampa, New Orleans and Houston before finishing up with a two-night stand in Uncasville, CT on May 17 and 18.

Read more: Tuesday February 11

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