Classic Rock News

Thursday October 17



VAN ZANDT IN THE DARK ON FUTURE E STREET BAND TOURS, TUNES

During a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, longtime E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt was asked if he had any updates on new music from Bruce Springsteen or new tour plans. He candidly replied, “We have Australia in February, and that’s all I know. Honestly, I’m probably the last guy to find out what’s going on. The fans are gonna know what’s going on way before I do – they always do.” As for new music from his boss, Van Zandt said “he keeps me guessing, and just like everybody else, I anxiously look forward to whatever he’s doing next.”

Read more: Thursday October 17

Wednesday October 16



HAGAR HITS 66, WRAPS 24TH ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH IN CABO

He still can’t slow down enough to drive 55, but Sammy Hagar sure knows how to put the pedal to the metal to celebrate his 66th birthday. On Sunday, the “Red Rocker” wrapped his 24th annual Birthday Bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with a once-in-a-lifetime jam session featuring current and previous bandmates including Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot, Van Halen), Denni Carmassi (Montrose) and his longtime partners in crime, The Wabos. Later, stellar drummer Alex Gonzalez of Rock en Espanol superstars Mana surprised the birthday boy by jumping onstage to pound skins on “Poundcake,” “Runaround” and “Best of Both Worlds.” Hagar’s new album, Sammy Hagar & Friends, is available now.

Read more: Wednesday October 16

Tuesday October 15



BOSTON UNVEILS COVER ARTWORK FOR FIRST ALBUM IN 11 YEARS

Rock and jock fans of the city of Boston are having a field day (or two) after both the Red Sox and Patriots made miraculous comebacks on Sunday, and Boston, the band - who will make their own miraculous comeback of sorts on December 3 - yesterday took the wraps off the album art of their next studio album, Life, Love and Hope. Boston, the band, fans have waited 11 long years for the group to end their latest long layoff, and their patience will be rewarded with the December 3 release of the follow-up to 2002’s Corporate America.

Read more: Tuesday October 15

Monday October 14



BAKER BASHES ROLLING STONES AS “NOT GOOD MUSICIANS”

The always cantankerous and outspoken Ginger Baker of Cream was at it again recently, having not-so nice things to say about fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Rolling Stones, The Who and Bob Dylan. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the downer drummer said the Rolling Stones are “not good musicians” and wouldn’t “go within 10 miles of a Rolling Stones gig.” Asked if he was a fan of The Who, he didn’t hesitate to say, “No. Keith Moon was a friend of mine but I wouldn’t say he was a good drummer.” Finally, when asked if he was a big Dylan fan, he said, “I’m not a big anybody fan.”

Read more: Monday October 14

Friday October 11



SIR PAUL STAGES SECOND STRAIGHT SURPRISE SHOW IN NEW YORK CITY

One day after treating 400 students of the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts in Astoria, Queens, NY to a surprise concert and Q&A session (the event will stream online on Yahoo! On Monday at 9p ET), Paul McCartney shocked even more New Yorkers by putting on an impromptu 15-minute performance in the heart of Times Square on Thursday afternoon. Shortly before hitting the stage, the former Beatle tweeted he’d be playing on a plaza near 46th and Broadway. Sir Paul managed to perform four songs from his upcoming album, New, before telling the crowd the city had only given him permission to play for 15 minutes.

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Thursday October 10



STANLEY KISSES AND TELLS ON LOSING VIRGINITY

In a recent radio interview, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley told the story of how he lost his virginity. He recalled, “I was actually working as a busboy in a camp upstate that was very much like Dirty Dancing… The staff was on one side of the road and the hotel was on the other side. One of the waiters’ girlfriends was in his room, and he was of at work, and I just decided, ‘Today’s the day.’ Quite honestly, I didn’t know what it was supposed to be like. ‘Is this it?’ It’s kind of like the gun that goes off at the start of the race that you ultimately won.”

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Wednesday October 9



JOURNEY GUITARIST TO MARRY REALITY STAR FIANCÉ DECEMBER 15

The date and place have been set for when and where Journey guitarist Neal Schon will marry his reality television star fiancé Michaele Salahi (The Real Housewives of D.C.), whom he’s been dating for two years. The date is set for December 15 and the place will be the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Schon said in a statement, “San Francisco has been my home, the city I love, and I am marrying Michaele, the woman of my dreams and the love of my lifetime.”

Read more: Wednesday October 9

Tuesday October 8



AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL OFFERS 6-DVD/2-CD HUMAN RIGHTS GIGS SET

Human rights organization Amnesty International has set a November 5 release date for ¡Released!, a colossal six-DVD and two-CD box set featuring four shows from the celebrated Human Rights concert treks that took place from 1986 through 1998. In all, the DVDs feature 120 songs and almost 17 hours of material, while the CDs hold 30 tunes culled from four shows. Acts included in the compilation include U2, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Lou Reed, Radiohead, Bryan Adams and Joni Mitchell, among others.

Read more: Tuesday October 8

Monday October 7



ROTH READIES SOLO GREATEST HITS COLLECTION

Original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has set a November 19 release date for a CD/DVD package, Greatest Hits: The Deluxe Edition. The compilation gathers 16 of his marquee solo songs and videos, including hits such as “California Girls,” “Just a Gigolo,” “Just Like Paradise,” “Tobacco Road,” “Goin’ Crazy,” “Yankee Rose,” “A Lil’ Aint’ Enough” and “Sensible Shoes.” The DVD holds nine videos plus the “Dave TV” interviews.”

Read more: Monday October 7

Friday October 4



CLAPTON’S 2013 CROSSROADS GUITAR FEST COMING TO CD, DVD, BLU-RAY

Highlights from the 2013 edition of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival which took place last spring at Madison Square Garden in New York City will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, and for the first time, on CD, on November 19. The individual collections feature performances by Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, B.B. King and Los Lobos, just to name a few.

Read more: Friday October 4

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