Classic Rock News

Monday October 14



BAKER BASHES ROLLING STONES AS “NOT GOOD MUSICIANS”

The always cantankerous and outspoken Ginger Baker of Cream was at it again recently, having not-so nice things to say about fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Rolling Stones, The Who and Bob Dylan. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the downer drummer said the Rolling Stones are “not good musicians” and wouldn’t “go within 10 miles of a Rolling Stones gig.” Asked if he was a fan of The Who, he didn’t hesitate to say, “No. Keith Moon was a friend of mine but I wouldn’t say he was a good drummer.” Finally, when asked if he was a big Dylan fan, he said, “I’m not a big anybody fan.”

Read more: Monday October 14

Friday October 11



SIR PAUL STAGES SECOND STRAIGHT SURPRISE SHOW IN NEW YORK CITY

One day after treating 400 students of the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts in Astoria, Queens, NY to a surprise concert and Q&A session (the event will stream online on Yahoo! On Monday at 9p ET), Paul McCartney shocked even more New Yorkers by putting on an impromptu 15-minute performance in the heart of Times Square on Thursday afternoon. Shortly before hitting the stage, the former Beatle tweeted he’d be playing on a plaza near 46th and Broadway. Sir Paul managed to perform four songs from his upcoming album, New, before telling the crowd the city had only given him permission to play for 15 minutes.

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Thursday October 10



STANLEY KISSES AND TELLS ON LOSING VIRGINITY

In a recent radio interview, Kiss frontman Paul Stanley told the story of how he lost his virginity. He recalled, “I was actually working as a busboy in a camp upstate that was very much like Dirty Dancing… The staff was on one side of the road and the hotel was on the other side. One of the waiters’ girlfriends was in his room, and he was of at work, and I just decided, ‘Today’s the day.’ Quite honestly, I didn’t know what it was supposed to be like. ‘Is this it?’ It’s kind of like the gun that goes off at the start of the race that you ultimately won.”

Read more: Thursday October 10

Wednesday October 9



JOURNEY GUITARIST TO MARRY REALITY STAR FIANCÉ DECEMBER 15

The date and place have been set for when and where Journey guitarist Neal Schon will marry his reality television star fiancé Michaele Salahi (The Real Housewives of D.C.), whom he’s been dating for two years. The date is set for December 15 and the place will be the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. Schon said in a statement, “San Francisco has been my home, the city I love, and I am marrying Michaele, the woman of my dreams and the love of my lifetime.”

Read more: Wednesday October 9

Tuesday October 8



AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL OFFERS 6-DVD/2-CD HUMAN RIGHTS GIGS SET

Human rights organization Amnesty International has set a November 5 release date for ¡Released!, a colossal six-DVD and two-CD box set featuring four shows from the celebrated Human Rights concert treks that took place from 1986 through 1998. In all, the DVDs feature 120 songs and almost 17 hours of material, while the CDs hold 30 tunes culled from four shows. Acts included in the compilation include U2, Bruce Springsteen, The Police, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Lou Reed, Radiohead, Bryan Adams and Joni Mitchell, among others.

Read more: Tuesday October 8

Monday October 7



ROTH READIES SOLO GREATEST HITS COLLECTION

Original Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has set a November 19 release date for a CD/DVD package, Greatest Hits: The Deluxe Edition. The compilation gathers 16 of his marquee solo songs and videos, including hits such as “California Girls,” “Just a Gigolo,” “Just Like Paradise,” “Tobacco Road,” “Goin’ Crazy,” “Yankee Rose,” “A Lil’ Aint’ Enough” and “Sensible Shoes.” The DVD holds nine videos plus the “Dave TV” interviews.”

Read more: Monday October 7

Friday October 4



CLAPTON’S 2013 CROSSROADS GUITAR FEST COMING TO CD, DVD, BLU-RAY

Highlights from the 2013 edition of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival which took place last spring at Madison Square Garden in New York City will be released on DVD and Blu-ray, and for the first time, on CD, on November 19. The individual collections feature performances by Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, B.B. King and Los Lobos, just to name a few.

Read more: Friday October 4

Thursday October 3



DEF LEPPARD’S CAMPBELL SAYS PLAYING WITH CANCER “LIKE THERAPY”

Longtime Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell says being able to perform onstage during chemotherapy sessions to battle Hodgkin’s lymphoma “was good therapy for me.” The musician says he received his diagnosis on “the first day of rehearsal” earlier this year for the band’s residency in Las Vegas, and admits, “(It) was just a little bit weird for me being in Vegas and doing these shows…and playing rock ‘n’ roll and knowing that I’ve got cancer…but it’s good mentally to keep moving forward…”

Read more: Thursday October 3

Wednesday October 2



OSBOURNES WAGED EPIC BATTLE BEFORE RECONCILING

In her autobiography Unbreakable, Sharon Osbourne describes a violent physical altercation she and her husband Ozzy had on their way to avoiding divorce following his relapse into drugs and drinking last year. Sharon writes that during a meeting in Los Angeles, during which she asked for a divorce and half of Ozzy’s fortune, she tossed a cup of coffee at his head. “Then I grabbed him and pulled at his precious hair with one hand, while trying to yank off his jewelry with the other. He went for me, trying to grab me in a headlock.” The two eventually worked out their differences, with Ozzy completing another stint in rehab. Sharon recalls their first post-rehab meeting, writing, “It seemed like forever since I’d looked into my husband’s eyes, but now I was looking into sober eyes. The man I loved was present. I could tell he was relieved to be sitting next to me. I put my hand on his, took him in my arms and we cried.”

Read more: Wednesday October 2

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

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