Classic Rock News

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

Thursday October 3



DEF LEPPARD’S CAMPBELL SAYS PLAYING WITH CANCER “LIKE THERAPY”

Longtime Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says being able to perform onstage during chemotherapy sessions to battle Hodgkin’s lymphoma “was good therapy for me.” The musician says he received his diagnosis on “the first day of rehearsal” earlier this year for the band’s residency in Las Vegas, and admits, “(It) was just a little bit weird for me being in Vegas and doing these shows…and playing rock ‘n’ roll and knowing that I’ve got cancer…but it’s good mentally to keep moving forward…”

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Wednesday October 2



OSBOURNES WAGED EPIC BATTLE BEFORE RECONCILING

In her autobiography Unbreakable, Sharon Osbourne describes a violent physical altercation she and her husband Ozzy had on their way to avoiding divorce following his relapse into drugs and drinking last year. Sharon writes that during a meeting in Los Angeles, during which she asked for a divorce and half of Ozzy’s fortune, she tossed a cup of coffee at his head. “Then I grabbed him and pulled at his precious hair with one hand, while trying to yank off his jewelry with the other. He went for me, trying to grab me in a headlock.” The two eventually worked out their differences, with Ozzy completing another stint in rehab. Sharon recalls their first post-rehab meeting, writing, “It seemed like forever since I’d looked into my husband’s eyes, but now I was looking into sober eyes. The man I loved was present. I could tell he was relieved to be sitting next to me. I put my hand on his, took him in my arms and we cried.”

Read more: Wednesday October 2

Tuesday October 1



BOWIE RELEASING EXTENDED VERSION OF LATEST RECORD

David Bowie is re-issuing his March 2013 release The Next Day with four new tracks. The Next Day Extra will feature, “the original 14-track CD, a 10-track CD of bonus tracks and a DVD of the four promotional films made for the album.” The 10-track bonus CD will include four previously unreleased songs, as well as two new mixes and “Bless The Girl,” which was only on the Japanese issue of The Next Day. The re-issue is due out November 5th.

Read more: Tuesday October 1

Monday September 30



CLAPTON CULLS CLASSIC 70S CUTS FOR BIG BOX SET

Christmas will come one month early this year for hardcore Eric Clapton fans who, rest assured, will rush out on November 25 to snap up God’s gigantic six-disc box set, Give Me Strength. Strength is what fans will need just to lift this colossal collection which includes a tracklist that features remastered and unreleased tracks from the sessions and live tours surrounding three of Slowhand’s stellar albums, 461 Ocean Boulevard, There’s One in Every Crowd and E.C. Was Here.

Read more: Monday September 30

Friday September 27



CHRISTINE MCVIE REUNITES WITH FLEETWOOD MAC IN LONDON

Fans of Fleetwood Mac finally saw their dream of having former member Christine McVie join her bandmates onstage come true Wednesday night in London when she joined the group for a rousing version of “Don’t Stop.” Fan footage captures the long-awaited reunion which took place at London’s O2 Arena. McVie left the band in 1998 and up until now remained adamant that she was retired and had no interest in returning to the stage.

Read more: Friday September 27

Thursday September 26



GRAMM MORE THAN READY TO REUNITE WITH FOREIGNER’S JONES

The long-awaited, though up until now highly unlikely, Foreigner reunion between former frontman Lou Gramm and guitarist Mick Jones appears to be way more likely now that Gramm has indicated he is once again ready to rock. During a recent interview, Gramm said, “Mick and I have renewed our friendship. So I think, to me, that’s the most important thing. I’m wide open to any plans. I would love to do something with my old bandmate again. I think it would be fun.”

Read more: Thursday September 26

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