Classic Rock News

Monday February 10



SIXX SAYS SIGNING “CESSATION OF TOURING AGREEMENT” A GOOD THING

In a recent interview with Time magazine, Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx explained why all four members decided to sign a “Cessation of Touring Agreement” as part of their announcement of their Final Tour. Sixx said, “There are bands out there traveling under the same band name. Tommy [Lee] said it would be like, ‘Nikki Sixx’s Motley Crue at the Troubadour’ and ‘Tommy Lee’s Motley Crue at the Canyon Club,’ and they are all within a week of each other. I can’t get into my car and drive down the road and have that be a reality. We just wanted to have pride in the band when the band is done forever.”

Read more: Monday February 10

Friday February 7



BEATLES SIGNED BACKDROP FROM ED SULLIVAN SHOW FOR SALE

A section of stage backdrop autographed by the Beatles during the group’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 is headed to auction this April in New York City and is expected to fetch as much as $1 million. The four-foot-by-two-foot piece of plastic wall is autographed, from top to bottom, by Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon, each signature accompanied by an off-the-cuff doodle. The Fab Four reportedly signed the slab in between songs on the show seen by around 74 million viewers.

Read more: Friday February 7

Thursday February 6



PAUL, RINGO CHAT WITH LETTERMAN AT ED SULLIVAN THEATER

Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sat with late-night host David Letterman for an interview taped on Tuesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater, site of the Fab Four’s triumphant introduction to America on February 9, 1964. The conversation will be featured in the special television event The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, airing on CBS this Sunday at 8p, exactly 50 years to the day, date and time the Beatles made their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In more news tied to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visit to America, tomorrow at 11:30a Eastern the New York Port Authority will unveil a historic marker at John F. Kennedy Airport’s Central Terminal Area, 50 years to the day the Fab Four landed at JFK.

Read more: Thursday February 6

Wednesday February 5



BONO POINTS TO PUNK, EDM AS GUIDE POSTS FOR UPCOMING ALBUM

In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, U2 frontman Bono talked about the sounds that inspired the band’s upcoming album and recently debuted song “Invisible.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said, “We listened to all this extraordinary music in the late ‘70s and started to think about those times and the things that made us who we are. We went back to why we wanted to be in a band in the first place. Punk rock and electronic music is when it started for us. We were listening to the Ramones and Kraftwerk and you can hear both of those things on ‘Invisible.’”

Read more: Wednesday February 5

Tuesday February 4



SIMMONS SCOLDS “STUPID” ROCK STARS WHO ABUSE THEIR BODIES

In a recent interview, Kiss singer/bassist Gene Simmons again railed at rockers who drink too much and take drugs. The soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee said, “There is a smart rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and a stupid rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. But in the end the coolest rock stars are all dead. Jimi Hendrix is dead, Jim Morrison is dead, Kurt Cobain is dead… I am clever and I’ll survive because I live a smart rock ‘n’ roll life. I’ve never done drugs and it’s a personal choice… You should get the best from your life, without giving up any part of it.”

Read more: Tuesday February 4

Monday February 3



LETTERMAN LISTS ACTS SET FOR BEATLES WEEK ON THE LATE SHOW

CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman will celebrate the impending 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a week-long series of musical tributes to the Fab Four. Tonight, indie rock duo Broken Bells will sing “And I Love Her;” Sting will perform “Drive My Car” on Tuesday; Lenny Kravitz will tackle an as-yet undetermined Beatles classic on Wednesday; Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon, will join rockers the Flaming Lips for a rendition of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” on Thursday, and Friday’s lineup will be announced later this week.

Read more: Monday February 3

Friday January 31



DALTREY HOLDS OUT HOPE OF A NEW WHO ALBUM IN THE FUTURE

During a recent interview with UK music magazine NME, Roger Daltrey held out the possibility that The Who might release another all-new studio album. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame frontman said, “Pete’s [Townshend] got hundreds of songs so the only question is whether we get around to it. But he wants to make an album and I’m always ready and raring to go. We’ll see. My voice is still in god shape. The hearing isn’t so great, but the voice is fine.”

Read more: Friday January 31

Thursday January 30



MOTLEY CRUE EXPLAINS WHY IT’S TIME TO BOW OUT

On Tuesday, the members of Motley Crue – Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and Mick Mars – held a press conference to announce their retirement following the end of “The Final Tour,” a 72-show run featuring Alice Cooper as their special guest. Asked about the thought process leading up to retirement, Sixx told Rolling Stone, “It really came down to figuring out how do we bow out with dignity.” Neil added, “We’re one of the few bands left out there that has the original members. That’s the way we want to go out: the same four guys, leaving on our terms – not leaving because we have to.” Motley Crue has sold over 80 million albums worldwide.

Read more: Thursday January 30

Wednesday January 29



PAUL AND RINGO ROCK AT BEATLES TRIBUTE TAPING

CBS will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 with the special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles, set to air this February 9 at 8p. The show was taped Monday night in Los Angeles, where Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey Jude.” Earlier, Sir Paul and his band performed “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Birthday,” “Get Back,” “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Read more: Wednesday January 29

Tuesday January 28



FOLK LEGEND PETE SEEGER HAS DIED

Folk legend and activist Pete Seeger died Monday of natural causes. He was 94. Seeger, a pioneer of the modern American folk music movement, wrote some of the most classic folk tunes including “If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song),” “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” and “Turn! Turn! Turn!.” He was also well-known for his politics. He protested against wars from Vietnam to Iraq and was sentenced to prison when he wouldn't testify in Congress about his time in the Communist party.

Read more: Tuesday January 28

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