Classic Rock News

Friday November 15



U2 MANAGER CONFIRMS HE’LL STEP ASIDE

It appears U2 will walk on with or without their longtime manager Paul McGuinness, who told the New York Times he will “take a less hands-on roll” once concert promotion giant Live Nation closes on its $30 million deal to acquire the band’s Principle Management company as well as Madonna’s management firm Maverick, run by her manager Guy Oseary. McGuinness, who’s handled U2’s affairs for over 35 years, said, “It could be seen as slightly poor etiquette for a manager to consider retiring before his artist has split, quit or died, but U2 have never subscribed to the rock ‘n’ roll code of conduct.” McGuinness said Oseary will “take over the day-to-day running of our business.”

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Thursday November 14



WATERS WORKING ON FIRST ALL-NEW ROCK RECORD SINCE 1992

There is a light at the end of what has been an over two-decades long recording tunnel for Roger Waters. The former Pink Floyd frontman told Rolling Stone he’s just put a bow on his first all-new rock album since 1992’s Amused to Death, saying, “I finished a demo of it last night. It’s 55 minutes long. It’s songs and theater as well. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s couched as radio play. It has characters who speak to each other, and it’s a quest. It’s about an old man and young child trying to figure out why they are killing the children.”

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Wednesday November 13



AEROSMITH AXEMAN ADMITS HAVING “ISSUES WITH THE LAST RECORD”

Apparently, according to Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford, the group’s last studio album, Music From Another Dimension, wasn’t made for those of us living in this dimension. In a recent interview, Whitford candidly said, “We have a lot of issues with the last record now. We felt like…we missed the mark…we feel like we should’ve done something a little different…I don’t know if the material that we did really translated. Maybe we’re a little bit stuck in the way we do things… Maybe we need to…bring in some more contemporary people to work with…”

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Tuesday November 12



DALTREY GIVES MOON BIOPIC THUMBS UP

Describing a future biopic on Keith Moon of The Who as focusing on the late musician’s “wild side” would seem redundant – and obvious. Nevertheless that’s exactly how The Hollywood Reporter characterized the future film which has received support from frontman Roger Daltrey who is collaborating with producers of the as-yet untitled project. Daltrey said, “The Keith Moon project is one close to my heart so I am excited to reinvigorate it…” Moon died of an overdose in 1978 at the age of 32.

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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.”

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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.”

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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!”

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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.

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