Classic Rock News

Wednesday December 18



SPRINGSTEEN SHARES SEEDS OF NEXT ALBUM HIGH HOPES

Fans of Bruce Springsteen will ring in the New Year with a new album from their hero, High Hopes (out January 14), which features old songs dressed up in new arrangements, covers and studio outtakes. Springsteen told Rolling Stone, “The best way to describe this record is that it’s a bit of an anomaly. I have a lot of this music on a computer. I bring it out on the road to amuse myself.” He went on to say, “I was interested in putting this material together in some form because it sounded like it all fit together. When I go into my studio, I’m surrounded by all my music that I haven’t released. I wait to see what’s going to speak to me.”

Read more: Wednesday December 18

Tuesday December 17



GABRIEL, KISS LEAD ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME 2014 CLASS

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland announced the members of the class of 2014 on Monday and Peter Gabriel will be inducted for the second time, having already been inducted as a member of Genesis in 2010. The list of new inductees includes Kiss, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates and Linda Ronstadt, while the E Street Band will be given the Award for Musical Excellence and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will both be handed the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. The induction ceremony will take place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 10.

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Monday December 16



WATERS IN HOT WATER ONCE MORE OVER INCENDIARY COMMENTS

Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has once again incensed Jewish leaders over recent comments he made comparing the Israeli government to Nazis. In a recent interview with CounterPunch, Waters said, “I would not have played for the Vichy government in occupied France in the Second World War. I would not have played in Berlin either during this time. So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time it’s the Palestinian People being murdered… The parallels…are so crushingly obvious…” In response, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach addressed Waters directly in the New York Observer, writing: “That you would have the audacity to compare Jews to monsters who murdered them [six million Jews] shows you have no decency, you have no heart, you have no soul… You have disgraced yourself…”

Read more: Monday December 16

Friday December 13



SAMBORA COULD BE READY TO RETURN TO BON JOVI NEXT YEAR

After taking time off to be with his daughter and ailing mother, longtime Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora says he could be closer to getting back with his band. Asked if he might return in 2014, he told Billboard, “Yes, I would think about it for sure. There’s no malice here. You get along for 30 years, that’s a damn good marriage.” He went on to say, “I did 14 cycles for 30 years, so I missed a lot. A lot of life happened. You look at your bank account, and you see the currency of love and happiness is more important than the currency of money.”

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Thursday December 12



LED ZEPPELIN CATALOG NOW HAS A PRESENCE ON SPOTIFY

Music streaming service Spotify has announced it has reached an agreement to add a whole lotta Led Zeppelin; in fact, the band’s entire catalog. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s first two albums are on the service now, with the full catalog scheduled to be online by this Sunday. Meanwhile, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek confirmed the service’s smartphone and tablet apps are now available for free, while the premium subscription version continues to serve up ad-free listening.

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Wednesday December 11



BLACK SABBATH CELEBRATES TRIO OF GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

In June, the original Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - released 13, their first U.S. No. 1 album and first studio album featuring Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die! This past Friday the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Album for 13 and Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance for “God is Dead?” Osbourne reacted to the news saying, “We are ecstatic, surprised and very happy!” The band, which has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, is currently on tour in Europe, with more North American and European dates scheduled for 2014.

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Tuesday December 10



YOUNG SETS FOUR BENEFIT GIGS IN CANADA TO SUPPORT TRIBAL RIGHTS

Canadian-born Neil Young has announced he will perform four benefit concerts in his native land to raise funds for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund. Young’s “Honor the Treaties” shows will take place on January 12 in Toronto, the 16th in Winnipeg, the following night in Regina and January 19 in Calgary. The ACFN is waging a legal battle against oil companies and government that are obstructing their traditional lands and rights.

Read more: Tuesday December 10

Monday December 9



CURRENT AND CLASSIC ACTS NAB BEST ROCK ALBUM GRAMMY NODS

Four members of rock royalty will compete with current rockers Kings of Leon and Queens of the Stone Age in the Best Rock Album category at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on January 26 in Los Angeles. Black Sabbath’s 13, Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day, David Bowie’s The Next Day, Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Psychedelic Pill, Kings of Leon’s Mechanical Bull and Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork received nominations last Friday. Bowie, Led Zeppelin and QOTSA will also compete in the Best Rock Performance category along with Alabama Shakes, Imagine Dragons and Jack White, while Black Sabbath will face Anthrax, Dream Theater, Killswitch Engage and Volbeat in the Best Metal Performance category. Black Sabbath’s “God is Dead?,” the Rolling Stones’ “Doom and Gloom” and Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana’s collaboration “Cut Me Some Slack” are among the nominees for Best Rock Song. The full list of nominees is available at Grammy.com.

Read more: Monday December 9

Friday December 6



ROCKERS REMEMBER HUMAN RIGHTS LEADER NELSON MANDELA

Musicians of every ilk immediately reacted to the death of South African human rights leader Nelson Mandela, who passed away Thursday at his home at the age of 95. Here are just some of the tributes posted to Twitter: The Who: “R.I.P. Nelson Mandela;” Paul Simon: “Mandela was one of the great leaders and teachers of the twentieth century. His passing should reignite a worldwide effort for peace;” Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx: “RIP Nelson Mandela. A man that changed the world…;” Guns N’ Roses: “’It always seems impossible until its done.’ RIP Nelson Mandela;” Duff McKagan: “RIP Nelson Mandela. He changed the way the world thought. What a great, great man.”

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Thursday December 5



DENSMORE, KRIEGER TO HOLD JOINT Q&A TODAY IN L.A.

Former Doors bandmates John Densmore and Robby Krieger will take part in a joint Q&A session tonight at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles following a screening of the 2012 documentary Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman. Tonight’s event happens to fall just three days shy of what would have been Jim Morrison’s 70th birthday. Speaking of his late friend and frontman, Densmore said, “Jim’s words spoke to me in rhythms. His soul always came shining through.” Krieger added, “I often wonder why so many great people pass on at such an early age. Could it be that when you’re gone, you stay at that age for eternity? If so, the joke’s on us!”

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