Classic Rock News

Tuesday November 5



ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE III LINEUP STARTS TO TAKE SHIP SHAPE

Organizers of the Rock Legends Cruise III floating festival have announced the first group of artists confirmed to rock the boat when it sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Nassau, Bahamas on February 19, 2015. Permission to come aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas has been granted to the Doobie Brothers, .38 Special, the Marshall Tucker Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Edgar Winter, Uriah Heep and Dickey Betts and Great Southern, with more acts to be named soon. For more details, visit rocklegendscruise.com.

Read more: Tuesday November 5

Monday November 4



TYLER TOUTS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM; RECORD DUE EARLY 2014

Longtime Aerosmith fans will certainly wonder whether Steven Tyler working on his solo debut album is a sign the Boston-based band is teetering on splitting up. The frontman told a Beantown radio station that he’s “finishing up some songs for my solo record that I’m doing,” adding that “January, February, March” is the projected window for its release. Tyler did not say what Aerosmith’s next move might be.

Read more: Monday November 4

Friday November 1



RUSH TO SCREEN CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR DVD IN THEATERS

Canadian progressive rock trio Rush will give fans a big (screen) chance to preview the forthcoming Clockwork Angels Tour DVD, Blu-ray and CD one day before all three arrive on November 19. The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will screen Clockwork Angels Tour one-time only at 7p on November 18 at selected movie theaters across the country. Tickets for the screening went on sale last night at 9:15p, or 21:12 military time.

Read more: Friday November 1

Thursday October 31



U2 TO RELEASE TWO NEW SONGS ON 10” VINYL FOR RECORD STORE DAY

Fans anxiously awaiting new songs from U2 will have an opportunity to own two new tunes from the Irish quartet, but they’ll need a turntable and some luck to hear them. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band announced it will release two tracks, “Ordinary Love” and a reworked version of “Breathe” (originally found on 2009’s No Line on the Horizon), on 10” vinyl as part of the annual Record Store Day, this year to take place on Black Friday, November 29. The very limited edition will only have a run of 10,000 pressings. “Ordinary Love” was written specifically for the upcoming feature film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which also opens the day after Thanksgiving.

Read more: Thursday October 31

Wednesday October 30



SPRINGSTEEN SETS THREE SOUTH AFRICAN SHOW DATES

New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band will perform in South Africa for the first time ever early in 2014. The Boss and his group will make their South African concert debut January 28 and 29 in Cape Town and February 1 in Johannesburg. The shows will come nearly three decades after longtime E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt formed Artists United Against Apartheid which called for musicians to boycott the country due to its apartheid system of racial segregation.

Read more: Wednesday October 30

Tuesday October 29



REED’S CAUSE OF DEATH CONFIRMED TO BE TIED TO LIVER TRANSPLANT

It has now been confirmed that Lou Reed indeed died from complications following his liver transplant around six months ago. The New York Times reports that Dr. Charles Miller, who performed the transplant on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician at the Cleveland Clinic, revealed Reed was back in Ohio just last week for further treatment. Dr. Miller said, “We all agreed that we did everything we could.” Reed died Sunday at his home on Long Island. He was 71.

Read more: Tuesday October 29

Monday October 28



LOU REED DEAD AT 71

Rock icon Lou Reed died Sunday on Long Island, less than six months after undergoing liver transplant surgery. He was 71. Though the actual cause of death has not been announced, his literary agent said he died of an ailment related to his liver transplant. Reed was always open about his longtime addiction to drugs and alcohol, and often wrote about his battles with both in his songs including The Velvet’s “Heroin.” Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1942, Reed, along with keyboardist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker, formed the Velvet Underground in 1965 in New York City. The following year artist Andy Warhol hired them as the de facto house band at his studio, The Factory, and his mixed-media “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” review. The Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, leaving its mark on rock with essential songs such as “I’m Waiting for the man,” “White Light, White Heat,” “Sweet Jane” and “Rock and Roll.” Reed began a solo career in 1970 which produced a host of hugely influential tunes including “Walk of the Wild Side,” “Satellite of Love,” “Dirty Blvd.,” “Sally Can’t Dance” and “I Love You, Suzanne.”

Read more: Monday October 28

Friday October 25



THE WHO PLAN TO PACK IT IN AFTER 50TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Who will reportedly retire from the road following a massive world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014. Earlier this year, Roger Daltrey suggested he and Pete Townshend would mark their half century with one final tour, and now Townshend has confirmed that’s what they’ll do, telling the London Evening Standard, “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to Eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”

Read more: Friday October 25

Thursday October 24



DETAILS APPEAR ON THE WHO’S TOMMY DELUXE, SUPER DELUXE EDITIONS

Fans of The Who not yet tired of purchasing yet another edition of the band’s landmark Tommy album will have an opportunity to own yet another version of the record when the Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition arrive on November 5. The Deluxe Edition will include 20 previously unreleased demos from Pete Townshend’s archives, plus a live performance of the album, recorded at the Capital Theatre in Ottawa, Canada on October 15, 1969. Fans who pick up the Super Deluxe Edition will get all that as well as 5.1 surround sound mix of the album, an 80-page hardback book packed with rare photos, a 20,000-word essay and a rare Tommy poster.

Read more: Thursday October 24

Wednesday October 23



YOUNG’S BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT CONCERT TO BE WEBCAST LIVE

The 27th edition of the Neil Young hosted and curated annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Saturday’s show will be webcast live on YouTube and will feature performances by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Elvis Costello, Heart, Diana Krall, Jenny Lewis, Jack Johnson, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, fun. and Queens of the Stone Age.

Read more: Wednesday October 23

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