Classic Rock News

Friday December 6



ROCKERS REMEMBER HUMAN RIGHTS LEADER NELSON MANDELA

Musicians of every ilk immediately reacted to the death of South African human rights leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away Thursday at his home at the age of 95. Here are just some of the tributes posted to Twitter: The Who: “R.I.P. Nelson Mandela;” Paul Simon: “Mandela was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century. His passing should reignite a worldwide effort for peace;” Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx: “RIP Nelson Mandela. A man that changed the world…;” Guns N’ Roses: “’It always seems impossible until its done.’ RIP Nelson Mandela;” Duff McKagan: “RIP Nelson Mandela. He changed the way the world thought. What a great, great man.”

Read more: Friday December 6

Thursday December 5



DENSMORE, KRIEGER TO HOLD JOINT Q&A TODAY IN L.A.

Former Doors bandmates John Densmore and Robby Krieger will take part in a joint Q&A session tonight at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles following a screening of the 2012 documentary Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman. Tonight’s event happens to fall just three days shy of what would have been Jim Morrison’s 70th birthday. Speaking of his late friend and frontman, Densmore said, “Jim’s words spoke to me in rhythms. His soul always came shining through.” Krieger added, “I often wonder why so many great people pass on at such an early age. Could it be that when you’re gone, you stay at that age for eternity? If so, the joke’s on us!”

Read more: Thursday December 5

Wednesday December 4



KISS, COOPER, CRUE’S NEIL INKED FOR BENEFIT CONCERT

A host of would-be future rock stars will have an opportunity to learn from an impressive list of longtime rock legends at tomorrow night’s fundraising concert to benefit the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy for kids taking place at the Orleans Arena I Las Vegas. The group of all-stars inked to perform includes Kiss, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil, Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider, Ratt vocalist Stephen Pearcy, Tom Keifer of Cinderella and others.

Read more: Wednesday December 4

Tuesday December 3



BOB DYLAN SUED FOR RACISM

A Croatian community organization from France is suing songwriter and civil rights symbol Bob Dylan for- of all things- racism. The suit is regarding comments Dylan made in a recent Rolling Stone interview about racial tension in America. Dylan said that color is “a distraction” for Americans and that black people can sense racism in white people “just like…Serbs can sense Croatian blood,” referencing longstanding and sometimes violent clashes between Roman Catholic Croats and Christian Orthodox Serbs. Free speech laws in Europe are much more stringent than in the U.S.; if Dylan is found guilty, he’ll be subject to a fine and formal sanction.

Read more: Tuesday December 3

Monday December 2



PINK FLOYD-BASED RADIO PLAY DARKSIDE OUT NOW ON CD

A radio play written by Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard for BBC Radio 2 featuring the music of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon is now available as a deluxe CD package. Darkside was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 2 on August 26 of this year to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of the iconic album. The new package resembles a hardback book and holds the full 54-minute play on CD as well as 56-page bound insert of the play’s script.

Read more: Monday December 2

Wednesday November 27



CHEAP TRICK PLOTS LATE 2013, EARLY 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TREK

Perennial road warriors Cheap Trick will close 2013 with a run of seven tour dates and will welcome 2014 with a stretch of 14 additional performances. The final 2013 dates begin this Tuesday in Charleston, SC and end on the 29th in Seneca, NY. After taking January off the band will hit the road once again, starting with a gig in St. Charles, IL on February 7 and will wrap the early 2014 run with a March 15 show in Montreal.

Read more: Wednesday November 27

Tuesday November 26



NEW SPRINGSTEEN ALBUM HIGH HOPES DUE JANUARY 14

Rumor became reality this weekend when Bruce Springsteen confirmed he will release a new album, High Hopes, on January 14. The album’s title track arrived yesterday, as did the singles official video. A previous version of the song, originally recorded and released in 1990 by the Havelinas, appeared on Springsteen’s 1996 EP Blood Brothers. As for the forthcoming 12-track album, it features several songs that should be familiar to Springsteen devotees, including reworked versions of “The Ghost of Tom Joad” and “American Skin (41 Shots)” as well as previously unreleased tracks featuring late E Street Band members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici left off previous albums. As Springsteen says in the album’s liner notes, “This is music I always felt needed to be released.”

Read more: Tuesday November 26

Monday November 25



CHRISTINE MCVIE READY TO RETURN TO FLEETWOOD MAC

After close to fifteen years of insisting she was happily retired, Christine McVie says she’ would be happy to rejoin her former mates in Fleetwood Mac. In a recent interview with UK’s the Guardian, McVie, who left the band in 1998, said, “I miss them all. If they were to ask me I would probably be very delighted…but it hasn’t happened so we’ll have to wait and see.” She went on to explain, “I suffered from some kind of delusion that I wanted to be an English country girl… And it took me 15 years to realize that it’s not really what I wanted at all.”

Read more: Monday November 25

Friday November 22



STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON LEND HELP TO MIDWEST STORM VICTIMS

Two of the finest bands the Midwest has ever produced are coming together to lend a helping hand to the thousands affected by the recent violent storms that touched down across the region. Styx and REO Speedwagon (plus special guests to be announced soon) will perform at the fundraising concert Rock To the Rescue Extends a Hand To Those In Need, taking place December 4 at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, IL. For more information and to make a donation visit Rocktotherescue.net.

Read more: Friday November 22

Thursday November 21



BOSS CONFIRMS NEW SONG; RUMORS SAY NEW ALBUM ALSO ON THE WAY

Confirming reports from earlier this week, Bruce Springsteen will release the new single “High Hopes” on November 25. A previous version of the song, originally recorded ad released in 1990 by the Havelinas, was found on Springsteen’s 1996 EP Blood Brothers. In addition, sources tell Billboard “a new Springsteen studio album could be out as early as January,” though nothing on a new album has been confirmed as yet.

Read more: Thursday November 21

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