Classic Rock News

Tuesday October 22



YOUNG TO DELIVER LIVE AT THE CELLAR DOOR IN DECEMBER

The next chapter in Neil Young’s ongoing Archives Performance Series will be written on December 10 with the release of Live at the Cellar Door. The 13-track set features performances culled from Young’s six-show solo stint at the intimate Cellar Door in Washington, DC in late 1970. The tracklist includes Young standards “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “After the Gold Rush,” “Old Man,” “Don’t Let it Bring You Down,” “Cinnamon Girl,” “I Am a Child” and “Down by the River.”

Read more: Tuesday October 22

Monday October 21



MAY CANDID ABOUT COHEN’S CANNING FROM MERCURY MOVIE

Lots of rumors swirled in the aftermath of the firing of Sacha Baron Cohen as the lead in the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, but now Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken up to set the record straight. May told Ultimate Classic Rock, “In the end, we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting. What led us to that conclusion was the last three movie’s he’s made – The Dictator, Les Miserables and Hugo – in which he makes outstanding performances, but they’re very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances. And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn’t think that could really happen with Sacha.”

Read more: Monday October 21

Friday October 18



PLANT PURPORTEDLY UNEARTHS LOST LED ZEPPELIN SESSIONS

New quotes attributed to Robert Plant indicate the Led Zeppelin frontman has discovered spools of quarter-inch tape containing long lost recordings, including two tracks featuring John Paul Jones on lead vocals. Classic Rock magazine printed the following quotes credited to Plant referencing a forthcoming box set: I found some quarter-inch spools recently, and I had a meeting with Jimmy [Page], and we backed them up and listened to them, and there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things. I’m desperately trying to get this one track – or the two tracks of John Paul Jones singing lead. And so far he’s [Page] up to giving me two cars and a greenhouse not to get them on the album. Oh, John, wherever you are…you can’t wait to hear yourself singing all over the world! La la la la la la.”

Read more: Friday October 18

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.

Read more: Friday October 11

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.”

Read more: Thursday October 10

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

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