Classic Rock News

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27TH

DALTREY TAPPED TO HEADLINE QUEEN AIDS BENEFIT CONCERT

Legendary singer Roger Daltrey of The Who has been confirmed to headline the annual Queen-curated AIDS benefit show scheduled to take place at London’s One Mayfair on September 5 – what would have been late Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s 67th birthday. The celebratory event is also this year’s edition of the annual Freddie for a Day, in which fans are encouraged to dress up like the late singer.

 

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MONDAY, AUGUST 26TH

JUDAS PRIEST INKED FOR ROCK ‘N’ ROCK AND ROLL FANTASY CAMP

Four members of Judas Priest have signed on to act as mentors for the upcoming appropriately titled Hell Bent for Vegas edition of Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, taking place February 27 through March 2 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Frontman Rob Halford, bassist Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travis and new guitarist Richie Faulkner will be tasked with giving wannabe rock stars pointers on how to navigate the treacherous waters of what it takes to rock for a living. Early bird registration before November 1 is $4,995.

 

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD

SAMBORA REPORTEDLY FIRED FROM BON JOVI’S CURRENT TOUR

Numerous news outlets reported yesterday that longtime Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has been fired from the band’s current worldwide tour over money issues. According to Rumorfix.com, sources say despite not having played with the band since spring, Sambora was pocketing $2 million a month and 20 percent of the profits from the tour, whereas his replacement, Philip Xenidis, is earning about $10,000 a month. Though Sambora still makes money off songwriting royalties and merchandise, a source says, “Richie wants to go back onstage – that’s his first love. He’s really upset over the news.”

 

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22ND

WATERS STILL IN DEEP END OVER CALLS TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL

Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has drawn the ire of at least one member of the Israeli foreign ministry over his most recent call for a “cultural boycott on Israel” over what he describes as Israel’s noncompliance “with international law and universal principles of human rights.” Addressing Waters’ latest comments posted on a pro-Palestinian website, Ministry spokesperson Paul Hirschson referenced the Pink Floyd song “Wish You Were Here” and told UK’s Daily Telegraph, “That song is addressed to a friend and chides him for thinking that he can tell right from wrong. He has forgotten his own words. The Roger Waters we knew from the Seventies and Eighties is no longer with us. He’s just an ageing rock star now.”

 

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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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