Classic Rock News

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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

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