Classic Rock News

Wednesday October 30



SPRINGSTEEN SETS THREE SOUTH AFRICAN SHOW DATES

New Jersey’s Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band will perform in South Africa for the first time ever early in 2014. The Boss and his group will make their South African concert debut January 28 and 29 in Cape Town and February 1 in Johannesburg. The shows will come nearly three decades after longtime E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt formed Artists United Against Apartheid which called for musicians to boycott the country due to its apartheid system of racial segregation.

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Tuesday October 29



REED’S CAUSE OF DEATH CONFIRMED TO BE TIED TO LIVER TRANSPLANT

It has now been confirmed that Lou Reed indeed died from complications following his liver transplant around six months ago. The New York Times reports that Dr. Charles Miller, who performed the transplant on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician at the Cleveland Clinic, revealed Reed was back in Ohio just last week for further treatment. Dr. Miller said, “We all agreed that we did everything we could.” Reed died Sunday at his home on Long Island. He was 71.

Read more: Tuesday October 29

Monday October 28



LOU REED DEAD AT 71

Rock icon Lou Reed died Sunday on Long Island, less than six months after undergoing liver transplant surgery. He was 71. Though the actual cause of death has not been announced, his literary agent said he died of an ailment related to his liver transplant. Reed was always open about his longtime addiction to drugs and alcohol, and often wrote about his battles with both in his songs including The Velvet’s “Heroin.” Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1942, Reed, along with keyboardist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker, formed the Velvet Underground in 1965 in New York City. The following year artist Andy Warhol hired them as the de facto house band at his studio, The Factory, and his mixed-media “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” review. The Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, leaving its mark on rock with essential songs such as “I’m Waiting for the man,” “White Light, White Heat,” “Sweet Jane” and “Rock and Roll.” Reed began a solo career in 1970 which produced a host of hugely influential tunes including “Walk of the Wild Side,” “Satellite of Love,” “Dirty Blvd.,” “Sally Can’t Dance” and “I Love You, Suzanne.”

Read more: Monday October 28

Friday October 25



THE WHO PLAN TO PACK IT IN AFTER 50TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Who will reportedly retire from the road following a massive world tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2014. Earlier this year, Roger Daltrey suggested he and Pete Townshend would mark their half century with one final tour, and now Townshend has confirmed that’s what they’ll do, telling the London Evening Standard, “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to Eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”

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Thursday October 24



DETAILS APPEAR ON THE WHO’S TOMMY DELUXE, SUPER DELUXE EDITIONS

Fans of The Who not yet tired of purchasing yet another edition of the band’s landmark Tommy album will have an opportunity to own yet another version of the record when the Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition arrive on November 5. The Deluxe Edition will include 20 previously unreleased demos from Pete Townshend’s archives, plus a live performance of the album, recorded at the Capital Theatre in Ottawa, Canada on October 15, 1969. Fans who pick up the Super Deluxe Edition will get all that as well as 5.1 surround sound mix of the album, an 80-page hardback book packed with rare photos, a 20,000-word essay and a rare Tommy poster.

Read more: Thursday October 24

Wednesday October 23



YOUNG’S BRIDGE SCHOOL BENEFIT CONCERT TO BE WEBCAST LIVE

The 27th edition of the Neil Young hosted and curated annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts will take place this Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Saturday’s show will be webcast live on YouTube and will feature performances by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Elvis Costello, Heart, Diana Krall, Jenny Lewis, Jack Johnson, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, fun. and Queens of the Stone Age.

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Tuesday October 22



YOUNG TO DELIVER LIVE AT THE CELLAR DOOR IN DECEMBER

The next chapter in Neil Young’s ongoing Archives Performance Series will be written on December 10 with the release of Live at the Cellar Door. The 13-track set features performances culled from Young’s six-show solo stint at the intimate Cellar Door in Washington, DC in late 1970. The tracklist includes Young standards “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “After the Gold Rush,” “Old Man,” “Don’t Let it Bring You Down,” “Cinnamon Girl,” “I Am a Child” and “Down by the River.”

Read more: Tuesday October 22

Monday October 21



MAY CANDID ABOUT COHEN’S CANNING FROM MERCURY MOVIE

Lots of rumors swirled in the aftermath of the firing of Sacha Baron Cohen as the lead in the forthcoming Freddie Mercury biopic, but now Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken up to set the record straight. May told Ultimate Classic Rock, “In the end, we felt that his presence in the movie would be very distracting. What led us to that conclusion was the last three movie’s he’s made – The Dictator, Les Miserables and Hugo – in which he makes outstanding performances, but they’re very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances. And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn’t think that could really happen with Sacha.”

Read more: Monday October 21

Friday October 18



PLANT PURPORTEDLY UNEARTHS LOST LED ZEPPELIN SESSIONS

New quotes attributed to Robert Plant indicate the Led Zeppelin frontman has discovered spools of quarter-inch tape containing long lost recordings, including two tracks featuring John Paul Jones on lead vocals. Classic Rock magazine printed the following quotes credited to Plant referencing a forthcoming box set: I found some quarter-inch spools recently, and I had a meeting with Jimmy [Page], and we backed them up and listened to them, and there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things. I’m desperately trying to get this one track – or the two tracks of John Paul Jones singing lead. And so far he’s [Page] up to giving me two cars and a greenhouse not to get them on the album. Oh, John, wherever you are…you can’t wait to hear yourself singing all over the world! La la la la la la.”

Read more: Friday October 18

Thursday October 17



VAN ZANDT IN THE DARK ON FUTURE E STREET BAND TOURS, TUNES

During a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, longtime E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt was asked if he had any updates on new music from Bruce Springsteen or new tour plans. He candidly replied, “We have Australia in February, and that’s all I know. Honestly, I’m probably the last guy to find out what’s going on. The fans are gonna know what’s going on way before I do – they always do.” As for new music from his boss, Van Zandt said “he keeps me guessing, and just like everybody else, I anxiously look forward to whatever he’s doing next.”

Read more: Thursday October 17

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