Classic Rock News

Wednesday April 30

(hennemusic) Scorpions drummer James Kottack has been jailed in the United Arab Emirates after he was convicted for alleged misconduct at the Dubai airport, according to The National.

Kottack will spend a month in jail after he was convicted Tuesday of insulting Islam, flashing his middle finger at Muslim passengers at an airport and consuming alcohol. Kottak reportedly confirmed that he drank five glasses of wine on a flight from Moscow to Dubai while making his way to Bahrain to perform at the country's Formula One Grand Prix on April 5 when the incident happened on the evening of April 3.

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Tuesday April 29

Queensryche and Geoff Tate Reveal Name Dispute Settlement Details

As previously reported, the members of Queensryche and former singer Geoff Tate have reached a settlement in their dispute over the use of the band's name and now both sides have revealed the details of their agreement. Both camps issued the following joint statement which explains the settlement, "We wanted to let Queensryche fans around the world know that an amicable settlement has been reached between Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate with regard to the future of the Queensryche name. "According to the agreement, original Queensryche members Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Michael Wilton along with recent members, Todd La Torre and Parker Lundgren, will now be the sole entity recording and touring as Queensryche, performing selections from their entire musical catalog that spans over 30 years of material. "Original Queensryche lead singer Geoff Tate will continue to record, perform and pursue a variety of other creative endeavors and, as part of the agreement, will have the exclusive rights to perform Operation: Mindcrime I and II in their entirety as a unique performance. "Both sides wish each other well and are excited about what the future holds. We want to thank the fans for standing beside us through this ordeal and look forward to sharing our music with you for years to come. - Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Michael Wilton and Geoff Tate".

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Monday April 28

Gregg Allman Urges Production of His Biopic Be Shut Down

( Gregg Allman was initially excited at the prospect of a film about his life, but now he's ready for the team behind it to shut it down. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Allman has called for the canceling of production on Midnight Rider following a fatal accident on set that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured others. In a personal letter send to Randall Miller, the director of the project, Allman appeals to the director "from my heart" to stop production, rather than continue as has been rumored. "I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart," Allman wrote. "I am asking you from a personal perspective not to go forward." Allman said his feelings changed on the film following the accident, which took place Feb. 20 of this year. The crew was filming on a train bridge over the Altamaha River in Wayne County, Georgia, when a train bore down on them, leaving little time to escape. Jones was struck by flying debris, and following the incident it was unclear if the crew even had the proper clearance to be filming there.

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Friday April 25


Almost 48 years after the Beatles performed their final full concert on August 29, 1966 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Paul McCartney will return to the historic venue to perform the final show before the stadium is demolished. Sir Paul has confirmed he’ll hold his “Farewell to Candlestick Park: The Final Concert” on August 14. A very happy San Francisco mayor Ed Lee said, “Believe me, it wasn’t something I, or anyone else, was expecting.” Tickets go on sale for the general public May 5.

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Thursday April 24


Hopes of Robert Plant ever fronting Led Zeppelin again – even for a one-off gig similar to the 2007 show that resulted in the Celebration Day live album and film – have been dealt a serious blow. During an interview with the BBC Wednesday, Jimmy Page was once again asked if he and Plant would ever get together again to perform live. Page replied, “I’m sure people would love to hear it. I’m not the one to be asking, I don’t sing.” When Plant was asked about the chances of him and Page performing as Led Zeppelin in the future, he replied with a resounding “zero.”

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Wednesday April 23

FRAMPTON’S 7-SONG HUMMINGBIRD IN A BOX SET DUE JUNE 24 Guitar genius Peter Frampton has circled June 24 for the release of his next musical masterpiece, Hummingbird in a Box, a seven-song soundscape inspired by his work with the Cincinnati Ballet. The collection features seven original guitar pieces composed by Frampton and Gordon Kennedy, who had his fingerprints all over Frampton’s Grammy-winning (Best Pop Instrumental Album) Fingerprints. Finally, Frampton’s jam-packed summer tour schedule gets underway June 22 in his hometown of Cincinnati and runs through August 31 in Tucson, AZ.

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Tuesday April 22


Tomorrow night in Los Angeles, Tom Petty will be handed the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ (ASCAP) Founders Award in recognition of his four-decades of penning timeless classic hits. When asked by Billboard to describe his songwriting process, the 63-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said, “It’s really hard to explain because I don’t really understand it myself.” He went on to say that he usually just grabs his guitar and waits for inspiration to hit, and when it does “it’s a very real magic.”

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Monday April 21


Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is the star of a new Gatorade commercial, but the soundtrack to the visually-stimulating ad features the Guns N’ Roses tour de force “Welcome to the Jungle.” In the ad for latest flavor of the popular sports drink, Gatorade Fierce, Harper steps up to the plate and blasts a massive home run, while “Welcome to the Jungle” blasts in the background.

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Friday April 18


Tomorrow, millions of record store fans will flock to their favorite vinyl and CD store to celebrate the 2014 edition of Record Store Day. One of the exclusive goodies that will be on sale is Bruce Springsteen’s American Beauty EP, a companion piece to the Boss’ current full-length studio album High Hopes. On Thursday, fans were given a sneak peek at the EP with the release of the single “Hurry Up Sundown.”

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Thursday April 17


Following forty-eight hours of intense rumors revolving around the impending retirement of AC/DC, the group itself issued a statement on its Facebook page Wednesday admitting that one of its members is stepping away, but the band will move forward. The statement reads: “After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm’s and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”

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