Classic Rock News

Monday November 11



SAMBORA CITES STAYING WITH DAUGHTER REASON FOR EXITING BAND

The old adage “money can’t buy you love” comes to mind if we are to believe exiled Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora’s latest explanation for why he decided to leave the band mid-tour back in April. In an interview with Australia’s Today Show, Sambora said spending more time with his 16-year old daughter was why he bailed on the band, adding, “You don’t get to come home. There’s a huge sacrifice in that. I missed a lot of my daughter’s life. I just needed to be home.”

Read more: Monday November 11

Friday November 8



HAGAR HOPES TO HIT STUDIO WITH CHICKENFOOT IN JANUARY

In a new interview, Sammy Hagar more than hinted that Chickenfoot will begin work on a new album very early in 2014. The Red Rocker said, “It looks like January is on the agenda. [Guitarist] Joe’s [Satriani] been writing, and I’m writing lyrics at all times. He’s going to start sending me stuff and I’ll send him lyrics… As for the rest of the songs, we’ll create them on the spot with the four of us in the room.”

Read more: Friday November 8

Thursday November 7



AEROSMITH ADDED AS FINAL DOWNLOAD FEST HEADLINER

All three headliners have now been named for the 2014 edition of UK’s three-day Download Festival, taking place June 13-15 in Donington Park. Aerosmith will join previously announced opening night headliner Avenged Sevenfold and day-two closers Linkin Park. News of Aerosmith tapped to close out the event means the Boston band will be making its first UK appearance since 2010 – which also went down at Download. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry reacted to the booking by saying in a statement, “It’s been too long since we’ve been to England, and we’re sincerely f***ing charged to be coming back!”

Read more: Thursday November 7

Wednesday November 6



GABRIEL GATHERS ENOUGH COURAGE TO ISSUE REMIX OF SO OUTTAKE

Always a perfectionist though not always prolific, Peter Gabriel has once again revisited a song he long ago left off his 1986 classic album So. “Courage” was finally released just a couple of years ago on the 25th anniversary expanded edition of So, but now it’s available as a download in an all-new form: completely remixed and produced by Tchad Blake and featuring new backing tracks added by Gabriel and guitarist David Rhodes.

Read more: Wednesday November 6

Tuesday November 5



ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE III LINEUP STARTS TO TAKE SHIP SHAPE

Organizers of the Rock Legends Cruise III floating festival have announced the first group of artists confirmed to rock the boat when it sets sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Nassau, Bahamas on February 19, 2015. Permission to come aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas has been granted to the Doobie Brothers, .38 Special, the Marshall Tucker Band, Blue Oyster Cult, Edgar Winter, Uriah Heep and Dickey Betts and Great Southern, with more acts to be named soon. For more details, visit rocklegendscruise.com.

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Monday November 4



TYLER TOUTS DEBUT SOLO ALBUM; RECORD DUE EARLY 2014

Longtime Aerosmith fans will certainly wonder whether Steven Tyler working on his solo debut album is a sign the Boston-based band is teetering on splitting up. The frontman told a Beantown radio station that he’s “finishing up some songs for my solo record that I’m doing,” adding that “January, February, March” is the projected window for its release. Tyler did not say what Aerosmith’s next move might be.

Read more: Monday November 4

Friday November 1



RUSH TO SCREEN CLOCKWORK ANGELS TOUR DVD IN THEATERS

Canadian progressive rock trio Rush will give fans a big (screen) chance to preview the forthcoming Clockwork Angels Tour DVD, Blu-ray and CD one day before all three arrive on November 19. The recently inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will screen Clockwork Angels Tour one-time only at 7p on November 18 at selected movie theaters across the country. Tickets for the screening went on sale last night at 9:15p, or 21:12 military time.

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Thursday October 31



U2 TO RELEASE TWO NEW SONGS ON 10” VINYL FOR RECORD STORE DAY

Fans anxiously awaiting new songs from U2 will have an opportunity to own two new tunes from the Irish quartet, but they’ll need a turntable and some luck to hear them. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band announced it will release two tracks, “Ordinary Love” and a reworked version of “Breathe” (originally found on 2009’s No Line on the Horizon), on 10” vinyl as part of the annual Record Store Day, this year to take place on Black Friday, November 29. The very limited edition will only have a run of 10,000 pressings. “Ordinary Love” was written specifically for the upcoming feature film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which also opens the day after Thanksgiving.

Read more: Thursday October 31

Wednesday October 30



SPRINGSTEEN SETS THREE SOUTH AFRICAN SHOW DATES

New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band will perform in South Africa for the first time ever early in 2014. The Boss and his group will make their South African concert debut January 28 and 29 in Cape Town and February 1 in Johannesburg. The shows will come nearly three decades after longtime E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt formed Artists United Against Apartheid which called for musicians to boycott the country due to its apartheid system of racial segregation.

Read more: Wednesday October 30

Tuesday October 29



REED’S CAUSE OF DEATH CONFIRMED TO BE TIED TO LIVER TRANSPLANT

It has now been confirmed that Lou Reed indeed died from complications following his liver transplant around six months ago. The New York Times reports that Dr. Charles Miller, who performed the transplant on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician at the Cleveland Clinic, revealed Reed was back in Ohio just last week for further treatment. Dr. Miller said, “We all agreed that we did everything we could.” Reed died Sunday at his home on Long Island. He was 71.

Read more: Tuesday October 29

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