Classic Rock News

Wednesday December 25



RUSH READIES RELEASE OF SIX PART COMIC BOOK SERIES

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame progressive rock trio Rush has announced it will issue a six part comic book series based on drummer Neil Peart’s lyrics to the group’s latest album Clockwork Angels starting in March. Author Kevin J. Anderson told USA Today, “It’s just a beautifully painted world in the music that I tried to capture in the novel and now tried to turn into a different direction.”

Read more: Wednesday December 25

Friday December 20



ALLEGEDLY A-POLITICAL OZZY GOES OFF ON LYING POLITICIANS

During a recent interview with UK’s NME, Ozzy Osbourne claimed that he doesn’t “touch politics,” but that didn’t stop him from skewering elected officials anyways. The Prince of Darkness said, “I don’t touch politics. I leave that to Bono. But I’m not politically motivated. I sang songs about political situations, wars and that, but they’re all f***ing liars if you ask me.” He went on to add, “I think entertainers should stay entertainers and politicians should stay liars. If you say you’ll do something and you can’t do it, you should get fired, because you got your job under false pretenses.”

Read more: Friday December 20

Thursday December 19



DEF LEPPARD SET TO FIRE UP PYROMANIA SIN CITY RESIDENCY

After already having caused hysteria in March and April of this year with their Viva Hysteria residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Def Leppard will again set up shop in Sin City in 2014 with a Viva Pyromania residency. Guitarist Phil Collen told Billboard the band will “be doing Viva Pyromania at some point at the end of next year.” Collen again confirmed the band is preparing to record an album of all new material in Dublin, Ireland, though he did not offer a timetable for its release.

Read more: Thursday December 19

Wednesday December 18



SPRINGSTEEN SHARES SEEDS OF NEXT ALBUM HIGH HOPES

Fans of Bruce Springsteen will ring in the New Year with a new album from their hero, High Hopes (out January 14), which features old songs dressed up in new arrangements, covers and studio outtakes. Springsteen told Rolling Stone, “The best way to describe this record is that it’s a bit of an anomaly. I have a lot of this music on a computer. I bring it out on the road to amuse myself.” He went on to say, “I was interested in putting this material together in some form because it sounded like it all fit together. When I go into my studio, I’m surrounded by all my music that I haven’t released. I wait to see what’s going to speak to me.”

Read more: Wednesday December 18

Tuesday December 17



GABRIEL, KISS LEAD ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME 2014 CLASS

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland announced the members of the class of 2014 on Monday and Peter Gabriel will be inducted for the second time, having already been inducted as a member of Genesis in 2010. The list of new inductees includes Kiss, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates and Linda Ronstadt, while the E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will both be handed the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. The induction ceremony will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10.

Read more: Tuesday December 17

Monday December 16



WATERS IN HOT WATER ONCE MORE OVER INCENDIARY COMMENTS

Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has once again incensed Jewish leaders over recent comments he made comparing the Israeli government to Nazis. In a recent interview with CounterPunch, Waters said, “I would not have played for the Vichy government in occupied France in the Second World War. I would not have played in Berlin either during this time. So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time it’s the Palestinian People being murdered… The parallels…are so crushingly obvious…” In response, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach addressed Waters directly in the New York Observer, writing: “That you would have the audacity to compare Jews to monsters who murdered them [six million Jews] shows you have no decency, you have no heart, you have no soul… You have disgraced yourself…”

Read more: Monday December 16

Friday December 13



SAMBORA COULD BE READY TO RETURN TO BON JOVI NEXT YEAR

After taking time off to be with his daughter and ailing mother, longtime Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora says he could be closer to getting back with his band. Asked if he might return in 2014, he told Billboard, “Yes, I would think about it for sure. There’s no malice here. You get along for 30 years, that’s a damn good marriage.” He went on to say, “I did 14 cycles for 30 years, so I missed a lot. A lot of life happened. You look at your bank account, and you see the currency of love and happiness is more important than the currency of money.”

Read more: Friday December 13

Thursday December 12



LED ZEPPELIN CATALOG NOW HAS A PRESENCE ON SPOTIFY

Music streaming service Spotify has announced it has reached an agreement to add a whole lotta Led Zeppelin; in fact, the band’s entire catalog. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s first two albums are on the service now, with the full catalog scheduled to be online by this Sunday. Meanwhile, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek confirmed the service’s smartphone and tablet apps are now available for free, while the premium subscription version continues to serve up ad-free listening.

Read more: Thursday December 12

Wednesday December 11



BLACK SABBATH CELEBRATES TRIO OF GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

In June, the original Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - released 13, their first U.S. No. 1 album and first studio album featuring Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die! This past Friday the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Album for 13 and Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance for “God is Dead?” Osbourne reacted to the news saying, “We are ecstatic, surprised and very happy!” The band, which has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, is currently on tour in Europe, with more North American and European dates scheduled for 2014.

Read more: Wednesday December 11

Tuesday December 10



YOUNG SETS FOUR BENEFIT GIGS IN CANADA TO SUPPORT TRIBAL RIGHTS

Canadian-born Neil Young has announced he will perform four benefit concerts in his native land to raise funds for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund. Young’s “Honor the Treaties” shows will take place on January 12 in Toronto, the 16th in Winnipeg, the following night in Regina and January 19 in Calgary. The ACFN is waging a legal battle against oil companies and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights.

Read more: Tuesday December 10

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