Classic Rock News

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

Wednesday September 25



RUSSIAN PARENTS’ GROUP PROTESTS JOHN’S UPCOMING CONCERTS

A parents’ group in Russia is up in arms over Elton John’s scheduled concerts there I December over the fact that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members is gay. The committee has petitioned President Vladimir Putin to pull the plug on the performances planned for December 6 in Moscow and the following day in Kazan, claiming that John’s homosexuality is a violation of the country’s anti-gay legislation which bans “homosexual propaganda.” Unlike other artists, John has vowed to perform in Russia as opposed to boycotting the country.

Read more: Wednesday September 25

Tuesday September 24



LIVERPOOL’S CAVERN CLUB ON THE MARKET

The Beatles made history at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and now it’s up for sale. The legendary venue where the Fab Four got their start in the early ‘60s (and played almost 300 shows) is currently on the market for more than a million U.S. dollars. The club was demolished in 1973 and rebuilt next door using the original bricks. Today, it’s part of the Cavern Walks Shopping Centre, and continues to function as a concert venue.

Read more: Tuesday September 24

Monday September 23



PERRY PROFESSES “LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP” WITH HIS VOICE

Reclusive rocker Steve Perry made a rare public appearance last week at the City of Hope Spirit of Life gala in Los Angeles, where the former Journey frontman spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about why he’s stayed out of the spotlight. Perry, now, 64, said, “This love-hate relationship that I have with my voice is a tumultuous thing. You love music, but it’s a tough relationship. I walked away from all of it. I jumped off the Journey merry-go-round when it was still selling large venues. I got burned out and had to leave. I did become a bit of a recluse.”

Read more: Monday September 23

Friday September 20



QUEEN, FUN. TO TEAM TONIGHT AT IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL

This weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas gets underway tonight with performances by Queen and Elton John, among others. Meanwhile, Billboard reports Queen is scheduled to be joined onstage by current rock unit fun. for joint performances of Queen classics “Somebody to Love” and “Fat Bottomed Girls.” Saturday’s lineup includes sets by Paul McCartney and country superstar Tim McGraw, among others.

Read more: Friday September 20

Thursday September 19



WATERS REGRETS SUING FORMER PINK FLOYD BANDMATES

One of the most acrimonious breakups in the history of rock and roll may have been avoided, or at least been made less bitter, according to Roger Waters, who now says he should not have sued his former Pink Floyd bandmates. In an interview scheduled to air today on BBC World News, Waters admits, “I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong. It was a commercial decision, and in fact, it’s one of the few times that the legal profession has taught me something.” Waters made more news when he revealed he’s “going to make another record. I’ve had a very, very strong idea, and I shall pursue it, and I will make at least one more record.”

Read more: Thursday September 19

Wednesday September 18


SIR PAUL TO SHUT DOWN HOLLYWOOD BLVD. FOR LATE-NIGHT SHOT
ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has bagged the biggest name in rock to kick off the new season of Jimmy Kimmel Live. On Monday, Kimmel and company will shut down Hollywood Blvd. when Paul McCartney performs a free concert during his first appearance on the show. The former Beatle will sit for a chat before his performance which will likely include the title track to his upcoming album, New (due October 15), as well as a selection of Fab Four favorites. Meanwhile, McCartney has served up a new lyric/behind-the-scenes video for the new single “New.”

Read more: Wednesday September 18

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