Classic Rock News

Wednesday September 24



AC/DC Announce New Album

AC/DC have revealed that Columbia Records will be releasing their new studio album, entitled "Rock or Bust," on December 2nd and fans will be getting a little taste on TV. Turner Sports have announced that they will be previewing the song "Play Ball" on TBS during the Major League Baseball Postseason, beginning on September 27th, when they will be exclusively covering the American League Postseason. The ad will also air on other Turner stations. The album marks the first time in 41 years that the band has recorded without cofounder Malcolm Young, who had to take a break from the band due to illness. In his place, the band recruited Malcolm and Angus Young's nephew Stevie Young to record rhythm guitar on the new album and he will also be performing on the upcoming tour in support of the release. AC/DC recorded the album this past spring in Vancouver, BC with producer Brendan O'Brien and mixer Mike Fraser.

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Tuesday September 23



Pink Floyd Reveal New Album Details

(hennemusic) Pink Floyd will release their first new album in 20 years, "The Endless River", on November 10 (Nov 11 in North America). The album is a tribute to keyboardist Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65. The project features material recorded by Floyd members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright during the sessions for the band's 2004 release, "The Division Bell." The album is a tribute to keyboardist Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65. Produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson, its being billed as a four-sided instrumental album with one song, "Louder Than Words", to include new lyrics by Gilmour's wife, Polly Samson. "'The Endless River' has as its starting point the music that came from the 1993 Division Bell sessions," explains Gilmour. "We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album. Over the last year we've added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed studio technology to make a 21st century Pink Floyd album. With Rick gone, and with him the chance of ever doing it again, it feels right that these revisited and reworked tracks should be made available as part of our repertoire." "'The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick," adds Mason. "I think this record is a good way of recognizing a lot of what he does and how his playing was at the heart of the Pink Floyd sound. Listening back to the sessions, it really brought home to me what a special player he was."

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Monday September 22



Queen Confirm New Album Featuring Unreleased Freddie Tracks

(hennemusic) Three previously unreleased Queen tracks featuring late singer Freddie Mercury are featured on the new compilation, "Queen Forever", due November 10 (Nov. 11 in North America). The package include a long anticipated track from Queen and Michael Jackson, "There Must Be More To Life Than This", a previously unfinished Mercury-Queen track "Let Me In Your Heart Again" originating from the band's "The Works" album recording sessions, and a new stripped-down ballad version of Mercury's first solo hit, his Giorgio Moroder collaboration, "Love Kills." The rest of the package brings together Queen hits, classic tracks, and new takes on well-known songs, matched with band recordings Brian May describes as "things that we have collected together that are representative of our growth rather than the big hits" in a collection immaculately assembled by May and Roger Taylor themselves. The tracks are all linked to represent a definitive collection of Queen's timeless love songs. "Queen Forever" will be available as a 20-track single CD and as an extended 36-track, two-CD set.

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Friday September 19



Gregg Allman To Receive Living Legend Award

(TeamRock Radio) Gregg Allman is to receive the Living Legend award at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony on Tuesday, November 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood. Previous recipients of the award include Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck, Lemmy, Jimmy Page and Alice Cooper. "I am so very honoured to be receiving this award from Classic Rock", says Allman. "The magazine is one of my favourites and they are always so generous to me and the Brothers." "Where can you start with Gregg Allman?", says Classic Rock editor Siân Llewellyn. "The rock'n'roll world would be a very different (and far lesser) place without him. As a founding member and guiding light of the Allman Brothers Band and a hugely influential solo artist, Gregg has touched the lives of rock fans all over the globe for over four decades. I'm thrilled that we can call him Classic Rock Magazine's Living Legend 2014."

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Thursday September 18



Foreigner's Jones and Gramm Reuniting For New Music

(Classic Rock) Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones says it will be "fun" hooking up with the band's original frontman Lou Gramm later this year. They are teaming up for the first time in over a decade to write songs for each of their solo albums, which may surface in 2015. Jones tells Ultimate Classic Rock: "We want to delve back into some of the ideas we both knew we had. Then there's this little trove of goodies that Lou's got that I haven't heard. So we'll start basically just messing around with those ideas and maybe that will inspire us into something new." He adds: "I think we're both going into it quite openly - just let it come naturally. We have no specific plans to do anything more at the moment. But it will be fun and a great way of us reestablishing more contact with each other. And I'm very happy about that."

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Wednesday September 17



Motley Crue Plan Very Special Final Show

(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has revealed the location of the band's final concert of their 2-year farewell tour. "Rumor has it, the last few shows are going to be Vegas and LA, because we wanted to end in 2016 in Los Angeles where we started," Neil tells Las Vegas Weekly. The tentative plan, according to Neil, is for the Crüe to play a "couple of nights" in Las Vegas at the tail end of 2015 before returning home to Los Angeles. "After New Year's, we'll do three nights at one of the arenas in LA," said Neil. "And then do a special show at the Whiskey a Go Go on our 35th anniversary." The iconic venue on the Sunset Strip was where the band got its start in 1981.

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Tuesday September 16



ELO Play First Show in 28 Years and May Continue

(Radio.com) Electric Light Orchestra, perhaps better known by their simple acronym ELO, returned to the stage for the fist time in 28 years Sunday night (Sept. 14) at BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in Hyde Park, London. While that is news in and of itself, it appears that songwriter and frontman Jeff Lynne had a good enough time to indicate that more may be in store for ELO. As reported by NME, Lynne gave the 50,000+ audience the thumbs up after a performance of set opener "All Over The World" (originally found on the 1980 Xanadu soundtrack), commenting, "Wow, fantastic. It's unbelievable this really. I haven't done anything like this for so long, I can't believe it." Later, Lynne was more revealing as to how the experience was going for him, noting, "I'll do this again." Of course, we don't know if that means sooner or later (obviously Coachella would be champing at the bit to get ELO on their poster), but this indication of eventually further ELO appearance is enough to make audiences on both sides of the Atlantic pretty excited.

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Monday September 15



Bob Seger Reveals Details About New Album Ride Out

(TeamRock Radio) Veteran rocker Bob Seger has issued details of his long-awaited new album. Ride Out is his first recording since 2006's Face The Promise and launches on October 14 via Hideout Records. It's available to pre-order now and those who do will be able to download You Take Me In and Seger's cover of John Hiatt's Detroit Made immediately. It's not the only cover on the album, with Seger also recording Steve Earle's The Devil's Right Hand and California Stars from Wilco and Billy Bragg's Mermaid Avenue - a collaboration built on Woody Guthrie lyrics. Seger is joined on the album by guitarist Rob McNelley, bassist Glenn Worf, keyboardist/guitarist Jim 'Moose' Brown and drummer Chad Cromwell. Laura Creamer, Shaun Murphy and Barb Payton provide backing vocals, while singer Vince Gill guests on the track Listen.

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Friday September 12



Survivor Cancel Tour Following Jimi Jamison's Death

(Classic Rock) Survivor have cancelled all tour dates for September and October after the sudden death of singer Jimi Jamison. He passed away on August 31 after a heart attack at home in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 63. Jamison joined the band in 1984 after the departure of Dave Bickler. The pair had traded positions over the years until guitarist Frankie Sullivan brought them together as twin frontman last year. Bickler says: "We are devastated by this loss. We trust that our fans will understand our wanting to take some time to mourn and remember our brother."

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Thursday September 11



ZZ Top Reschedule Tour Dates As Dusty Hill Recovers

ZZ Top have announced that they are taking the rest of the year off to allow Dusty Hill to recover from the hip injury he suffered on a tour bus this summer but they have announced rescheduled dates that will take place next May. "We're looking forward to getting out there and rockin' it with Dusty in a big way...100%," said Hill's bandmates Billy F Gibbons and Frank Beard in a statement. The band has announced the rescheduled dates for several of the postponed dates from their summer tour with Jeff Beck. Six of the dates will now take place in May of next year and five dates have been officially canceled.

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