Classic Rock News

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

Monday February 10



SIXX SAYS SIGNING “CESSATION OF TOURING AGREEMENT” A GOOD THING

In a recent interview with Time magazine, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx explained why all four members decided to sign a “Cessation of Touring Agreement” as part of their announcement of their Final Tour. Sixx said, “There are bands out there traveling under the same band name. Tommy [Lee] said it would be like, ‘Nikki Sixx’s Motley Crue at the Troubadour’ and ‘Tommy Lee’s Motley Crue at the Canyon Club,’ and they are all within a week of each other. I can’t get into my car and drive down the road and have that be a reality. We just wanted to have pride in the band when the band is done forever.”

Read more: Monday February 10

Friday February 7



BEATLES SIGNED BACKDROP FROM ED SULLIVAN SHOW FOR SALE

A section of stage backdrop autographed by the Beatles during the group’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 is headed to auction this April in New York City and is expected to fetch as much as $1 million. The four-foot-by-two-foot piece of plastic wall is autographed, from top to bottom, by Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon, each signature accompanied by an off-the-cuff doodle. The Fab Four reportedly signed the slab in between songs on the show seen by around 74 million viewers.

Read more: Friday February 7

Thursday February 6



PAUL, RINGO CHAT WITH LETTERMAN AT ED SULLIVAN THEATER

Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sat with late-night host David Letterman for an interview taped on Tuesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater, site of the Fab Four’s triumphant introduction to America on February 9, 1964. The conversation will be featured in the special television event The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, airing on CBS this Sunday at 8p, exactly 50 years to the day, date and time the Beatles made their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In more news tied to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visit to America, tomorrow at 11:30a Eastern the New York Port Authority will unveil a historic marker at John F. Kennedy Airport’s Central Terminal Area, 50 years to the day the Fab Four landed at JFK.

Read more: Thursday February 6

Wednesday February 5



BONO POINTS TO PUNK, EDM AS GUIDE POSTS FOR UPCOMING ALBUM

In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, U2 frontman Bono talked about the sounds that inspired the band’s upcoming album and recently debuted song “Invisible.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said, “We listened to all this extraordinary music in the late ‘70s and started to think about those times and the things that made us who we are. We went back to why we wanted to be in a band in the first place. Punk rock and electronic music is when it started for us. We were listening to the Ramones and Kraftwerk and you can hear both of those things on ‘Invisible.’”

Read more: Wednesday February 5

Tuesday February 4



SIMMONS SCOLDS “STUPID” ROCK STARS WHO ABUSE THEIR BODIES

In a recent interview, Kiss singer/bassist Gene Simmons again railed at rockers who drink too much and take drugs. The soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee said, “There is a smart rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and a stupid rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. But in the end the coolest rock stars are all dead. Jimi Hendrix is dead, Jim Morrison is dead, Kurt Cobain is dead… I am clever and I’ll survive because I live a smart rock ‘n’ roll life. I’ve never done drugs and it’s a personal choice… You should get the best from your life, without giving up any part of it.”

Read more: Tuesday February 4

Monday February 3



LETTERMAN LISTS ACTS SET FOR BEATLES WEEK ON THE LATE SHOW

CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman will celebrate the impending 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a week-long series of musical tributes to the Fab Four. Tonight, indie rock duo Broken Bells will sing “And I Love Her;” Sting will perform “Drive My Car” on Tuesday; Lenny Kravitz will tackle an as-yet undetermined Beatles classic on Wednesday; Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon, will join rockers the Flaming Lips for a rendition of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” on Thursday, and Friday’s lineup will be announced later this week.

Read more: Monday February 3

Friday January 31



DALTREY HOLDS OUT HOPE OF A NEW WHO ALBUM IN THE FUTURE

During a recent interview with UK music magazine NME, Roger Daltrey held out the possibility that The Who might release another all-new studio album. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame frontman said, “Pete’s [Townshend] got hundreds of songs so the only question is whether we get around to it. But he wants to make an album and I’m always ready and raring to go. We’ll see. My voice is still in god shape. The hearing isn’t so great, but the voice is fine.”

Read more: Friday January 31

Thursday January 30



MOTLEY CRUE EXPLAINS WHY IT’S TIME TO BOW OUT

On Tuesday, the members of Motley Crue – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – held a press conference to announce their retirement following the end of “The Final Tour,” a 72-show run featuring Alice Cooper as their special guest. Asked about the thought process leading up to retirement, Sixx told Rolling Stone, “It really came down to figuring out how do we bow out with dignity.” Neil added, “We’re one of the few bands left out there that has the original members. That’s the way we want to go out: the same four guys, leaving on our terms – not leaving because we have to.” Motley Crue has sold over 80 million albums worldwide.

Read more: Thursday January 30

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