Classic Rock News

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.

Read more: Wednesday January 8

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

Monday December 30



SPRINGSTEEN ALBUM MISTAKENLY MADE AVAILABLE THEN PULLED

Fans of Bruce Springsteen briefly had high hopes of being able to snag the Boss’ forthcoming album High Hopes earlier than its January 14 release date when Amazon accidently made the album available on its mobile site on Saturday. But it didn’t take the online retailer long to realize its mistake of making the individual tracks available two weeks ahead of the official release date. Nevertheless, the album did show up on some file-sharing sites through those who bought the individual tracks during the short window they were available on Amazon.

Read more: Monday December 30

Friday December 27



MAY SIDELINED WITH TWO TORN DISCS IN HIS BACK

Ahead of the new year, Queen guitarist Brian May is heading into 2014 facing yet another medical issue that will keep him off his feet for some time to come. Just months after undergoing a knee replacement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician tweeted that an MRI has revealed “two torn discs, pressing on a nerve” in his back. He added, “Well, at least I know I wasn’t imagining the pain now!” There’s no word on just how long May will be out of action this time.

Read more: Friday December 27

Thursday December 26



JUDAS PRIEST CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM WILL ARRIVE IN NEW YEAR

Proving even heavy metal heroes enjoy the holiday season, Judas Priest wished their fans a Merry Christmas in a message posted on the group’s official website. But as nice as the holiday well wishes were, the best part about the note for fans was the part where they confirmed they plan to release a new studio album in the New Year. The band’s Christmas message reads as follows: “We wish all of our fans a great Christmas and a very metal New Year! We will be releasing a new album sometime in 2014 so stay tuned…..!!”

Read more: Thursday December 26

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

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