Classic Rock News

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21ST

HAGAR SWAPS SONGS, STORIES AND SMILES WITH FRIENDS

The Red Rocker Sammy Hagar has released a teaser trailer video for his much-anticipated album, Sammy Hagar & Friends (available September 24), that encapsulates the essence of the man making the music, and the music that makes the man. As Hagar says in the clip, the album and his current Four Decades of Rock tour are “a celebration of my whole career and bringing it to where I am now, but not losing touch of where I started in ’72 with Montrose.” The tour continues Friday in Chicago, followed by stops in St. Paul, MN, Detroit, Toronto, Washington, DC, Maryland Heights, MO, Paso Robles, CA, Lincoln, CA and San Francisco.

 

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 20TH

YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE AXE FOUR NORTH AMERICAN DATES

A hand injury sustained by Crazy Horse guitarist Pancho Sampredo has forced Neil Young and the band to abandon four scheduled North American tour dates. The dates that have been cancelled includes August 31 in Dundas, Ontario, Canada, September 2 in Port Chester, NY, September 4 in Ottawa, and September 7 in Arrington, VA. The Dundas, Ottawa and Arrington dates were scheduled to be festival performances.

 

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MONDAY, AUGUST 19TH

AEROSMITH FORCED TO PULL OUT OF TWO ASIAN FESTIVALS

A press release issued Sunday evening stated Aerosmith was forced to cancel two previously scheduled festival appearances this Wednesday in Shanghai, China and Saturday in Taipei, Taiwan due to local promoter’s inability “to meet contractual obligations.” Frontman Steven Tyler said, “We are extremely upset to have disappointed our dedicated fans. We were so excited to share our music with them and look forward to one day returning and giving them the show they deserve.” Guitarist Joe Perry added, “We’re disappointed as we wanted to play for our fans. We’ve looked forward to this for a lifetime.”

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

TRAILER TRUMPETS DEF LEPPARD’S VIVA! HYSTERIA FILM

A new movie trailer released yesterday is guaranteed to get Def Leppard fans excited about seeing their hard rock heroes live on the big screen at a movie theatre this fall. The appropriately titled film, Def Leeppard Viva! Hysteria Concert, will be shown October 2 and 8 at 8p in selected theatres nationwide. Footage found in the big screen extravaganza was culled during the band’s 11-show Viva! Hysteria residency during late March and early April at the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. Longtime frontman Joe Elliott has confirmed the theatrical screenings will be followed by a companion DVD, Blu-ray and live album.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7

YOUNG CONTINUES ARCHIVE SERIES WITH LIVE AT THE CELLAR DOOR 1970

Multiple Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee Neil Young is ready to release more vintage material stored in his vaults as part of his ongoing series of archival releases. Young will swing open the vault door once more on September 6 when he issues Live at the Cellar Door 1970, which as its title implies, is a collection of live performances culled from his six-show residency at the famed Washington, DC venue in 1970. Highlights from the set include “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “old Man,” “Down By the River,” “After the Gold Rush” and “See the Sky About to Rain.”

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 6

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS TO UNVEIL BLACK SABBATH-THEMED 3D MAZE

The wildly popular Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual “Halloween Horror Nights” this year will feature the new 3D maze Black Sabbath: 13 3D, inspired by the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band and their latest album 13. Based on some of the darkest lyrics in the Black Sabbath canon, the new bone-chilling attraction debuts September 20 and features a spooky soundtrack that includes scary Sabbath standards such as “War Pigs,” “Electric Funeral,” “Iron Man,” “Paranoid” and the eerily apropos “Black Sabbath.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 5

WATERS RESPONDS TO RECENT USE OF STAR OF DAVID CONTROVERSY

Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has finally responded to a barrage of negative press and comments he received over his use of the Star of David on an inflatable pig at a concert in Belgium last week. In a Facebook post, Waters defended himself against Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who labeled him “an open hater of Jews,” calling Cooper’s charge “wild and bigoted” while claiming to have close Jewish friends and a Jewish daughter-in-law, thereby making his grandsons Jewish as well. He wrote: In a functioning theocracy it is almost inevitable that the symbol of the religion becomes confused with the symbol of the state… The Star of David represents Israel and its policies and is legitimately subject to any and all forms of nonviolent protest. To peacefully protest against Israel’s racist domestic and foreign policies is NOT ANTI-SEMETIC.”

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 2

RUSH READIES REMIXED VAPOR TRAILS; 7-DISC BOX SET

Freshly minted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Rush will once again show why they are more than worthy of the honor with two separate but simultaneous releases this fall. On October 1, the iconic Canadian trio will issue a newly remixed version of their 2002 album Vapor Trails (available on CD, double LP and digital download), which will also be included in the aptly titled seven-disc box set The Studio Albums 1989-2007. The additional six discs in the box set include Presto, Roll the Bones, Counterparts, Test for Echo, the covers EP Feedback, and Snakes & Arrows.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1

SAMBORA SURPRISES FANS WITH SOLO SINGLE “COME BACK AS ME”

Still estranged from his band Bon Jovi, guitarist Richie Sambora surprised fans by releasing a new solo single, “Come Back As Me,” a track many might take as a thinly veiled shot at longtime bandmate Jon Bon Jovi. Sambora debuted the song with little fanfare, but lyric lines like “What do you want me to say/I gave you everything I could give/But everything just wasn’t enough, so I just let live and live” are sure to grab headlines and leave Bon Jovi fans wondering just who the “you” is. 

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 31

SCHON OFFERS PERRY OLIVE BRANCH VIA FACEBOOK

Patiently certainly sums up how diehard Journey fans have been waiting for their dream to come true of Steve Perry one day rejoining the band. Last week, guitarist Neal Schon gave the group’s followers a glimmer of hope when he posted exceedingly kind things about his estranged bandmate on Facebook, along with a link to a lengthy radio interview Perry did in January 2012. In his post, Schon wrote: “Great Steve Perry interview. I hope we can reach out to each other and connect once again. We had amazing chemistry together. I love him with all the love and admiration you could even have. Steve let’s talk soon. Neal.”

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