Classic Rock News

Wednesday March 11

Previously Unheard Jimi Hendrix Song Now Streaming Online

(Classic Rock) One of Jimi Hendrix's earliest recordings has been streamed ahead of an album containing his work with Curtis Knight & The Squires. Station Break is an instrumental piece, recorded in 1965 before the axe icon established his place in musical history. It's taken from You Can't Use My Name: The RSVO/PPX Sessions, which is released on March 24. Veteran engineer Eddie Kramer cleaned up the original tapes, saying: "We've taken every performance as far back as we could do in terms of source, stripped them back, remixed them and made the best representation of these recordings." Hendrix said in 1967 of his time with Knight: "I was a backing musician playing guitar. I was always kept in the background - but I was thinking all the time about what I wanted to do."

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Tuesday March 10

AC/DC Premiere 'Rock The Blues Away' Video

AC/DC have released their music video for the track "Rock The Blues Away," which is the third clip the band has released from their recently unleashed 'Rock Or Bust' album. The legendary band filmed the video with director David Mallet in Los Angeles last month right after they were the opening performer at this year's Grammy Awards. Watch the new video here. As previously reported, the band will be launching a North American stadium tour in support of "Rock or Bust" this summer. Next month they will be headlining the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 10th and 17th and kicking off their world tour in Europe in May. The North American summer tour will be kicking off on August 22nd at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA and finishing the trek on September 28th at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. The tour will feature stops in major cities across the United States and Canada and is their first major tour since their award winning 2008-2010 Black Ice World Tour.

Kurt Cobain Unreleased 12-Minute Acoustic Song Part Of Documentary

(hennemusic) The forthcoming soundtrack to "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck", the new documentary about the late Nirvana frontman, will include an unreleased 12-minute acoustic song by the rocker. Director Brett Morgen revealed the news via Twitter, writing, "Listening to a mind blowing 12 minute acoustic Cobain unheard track that will be heard on the montage of heck soundtrack." A release date for the soundtrack has yet to be announced. The film - which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January will premiere on HBO on May 4 - is billed as a raw and visceral journey through the singer's life, providing no-holds-barred access to his archives, including never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks.

Gregg Allman Biopic Director Pleads Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter

(hennemusic) Randall Miller, the director of the troubled Gregg Allman biopic "Midnight Rider", pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing charges from a February 2014 train crash that killed a camera assistant and injured six film workers. 27 year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed and six crew members were injured on February 20, 2014 when a freight train crashed into the crew as they were filming a scene on a historic train trestle in Doctortown, Georgia. Jones was struck by the train and debris from a bed that had been placed on the track for a dream sequence involving actor William Hurt. Miller made a plea deal where he will spend two years in the county jail, followed by eight years of probation, and pay a $20,000 fine. The charges against his wife and business partner Jody Savin were dropped as part of the deal, according to CBS News.

Rolling Stones 'Gimme Shelter' Film Director Albert Maysles Dies

(Classic Rock) Albert Maysles, who made controversial 1970 Rolling Stones film Gimme Shelter, has died at the age of 88. He's been hailed as a pioneer of the documentary format after creating more than 50 titles in his career, along with brother David, who passed away in 1987. Maysles filmed the Stones' US tour of 1969, which culminated in the murder of 18-year-old Meredith Hunter by Hell's Angels security men at the Altamont Free Concert. The deadly attack was captured on camera. The director's family said: "Albert created groundbreaking films, inspired filmmakers and touched all those with his humanity, presence and his belief in the power of love."

Slash Goes 'On The Run' With Lenny Kravitz In Animated Video

('s latest Minimation was created from an archival interview where Slash where he discusses how he came to collaborate with Lenny Kravitz on 1991's "Always On The Run." In the late '80s and early '90s, Slash was one of the hottest guitarists in the land; besides being a member of Guns N Roses, he also popped up on tracks by legends including Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Bob Dylan and Michael Jackson, among others. During that same time period, Lenny Kravitz was making a name for himself also. His debut album, 1989's Let Love Rule, yielded a hippie-ish anthem with the title track. On his follow-up, he was clearly looking to go a bit edgier, so it was fortunate that he ran into Slash at "Some awards function," as the guitarist recalls. Kravitz invited Slash to the studio to work on his second album. While they were cutting a song called "Fields of Joy," Slash was playing around with a riff he had been working on. It was a bit too funky for Guns N Roses, but Kravitz wanted to use it on his album. A few months later they met up in Hoboken, New Jersey, to record the song that would become "Always On The Run." The only problem? It was a Sunday. Which is a problem if you're looking to buy booze in Hoboken, New Jersey, where you can't buy booze on a Sunday. So, Slash and Lenny had to go find some before starting the session. Luckily, they were successful, and one of Kravitz's greatest hits was the happy result.

David Lee Roth Intros Trisha Paytas' Van Halen Cover Video

(hennemusic) Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth delivers the introduction for a new video featuring a cover of the band's 1984 classic, "Hot For Teacher", by YouTube personality Trisha Paytas. "I'm a little bit distracted," says Roth, "because what you are about to see is going to blow your mind - mind roasting! Your IQ is going to go down 14 points… excuse me, my knuckles are dragging." Paytas delivers a video for the track as featured on her new four-song EP, "Fat Chick." Directed by Kale Flowers, the clip was filmed at John Marshall High School in Los Feliz, California - the same school featured in Van Halen's original video.

Bad Company Stream Alternative Version of 'Little Miss Fortune'

(Classic Rock) Bad Company have released the 'Demo Reel 1' version of "Little Miss Fortune." The track comes from the forthcoming deluxe version of the band's self-titled debut album. Alongside second album Sharp Shooter, it's being reissued on April 7. Both albums have been remastered using the original tapes, with each set including the original album alongside with a number of rare and unreleased recordings. The CD versions of these new releases include all the newly discovered bonus tracks, while the vinyl versions include a selection of the previously unreleased material. Last week, the band released a demo version of "Feel Like Makin' Love."

Joe Bonamassa Releases Clip From Muddy Waters Tribute DVD

(Gibson) Joe Bonamassa has just unleashed a Les Paul-laden preview of his forthcoming live album and DVD tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, in the form of the Waters classic "You Shook Me." Joe played to over 9,000 people at Colorado's legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre over the Labor Day weekend in 2014. The audience was treated to two and a half hours of electrifying musicianship in honor of the two blues icons. The concert is being released as Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks on March 24. The Blu-ray and DVD versions contain over 1.5 hours of bonus features including historic footage of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf and a featurette on Bonamassa and producer Kevin Shirley's visit to the crossroads. Yes, that crossroads. And the DVD features a collectible booklet featuring Joe's gear.

Journey Singer Prepared Deen Castronovo For Revolution Saints

(Classic Rock) Drummer Deen Castronovo says he prepared for his role as lead singer in Revolution Saints by studying Journey bandmate Arnel Pineda. The drummer teamed up with Night Ranger bassist Jack Blades and former Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich in the new outfit, who just released their self-titled debut via Frontiers Records. Castronovo tells One On One with Mitch Lafon: "I've been sitting behind some of the greatest frontmen of my time - especially Arnel. If you look at Arnel, he's the most amazing frontman ever." And that's given him the motivation he needs. "I've always been challenged as a drummer," he continues. "With every artist I've worked with, they've always challenged me as a player to bring out the best in me."

Europe Never Tired Of Megahit 'The Final Countdown'

(Classic Rock) Europe drummer Ian Haugland says he'll never tire of playing The Final countdown live. Despite having played it countless times, Haugland can't get enough of seeing audiences lose their minds when they hear it in concert. The 1986 single - taken from the album of the same name - reached number one in 25 countries and is still a live staple to this day. Haugland tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "We will always be connected to The Final Countdown, absolutely. We will never have a hit as big as that. You can look at that in different manners. "I see it as a big advantage because The Final Countdown gives us the opportunity to create new music. If it wasn't for The Final Countdown we wouldn't be here today. It's more of a blessing than a curse. "People often ask me if we get tired of playing it, because we've played it a million times. But I always say no, because every time it's like the first time."

Robert Cray Excited By More Bandmate Involvement

(The Blues Robert Cray is delighted at how much material is being written by other members of his band. His latest lineup includes longtime collaborator Richard Cousins on bass, plus keyboardist Dover Weinberg and drummer Les Falconer. Together they recorded 19th studio album In My Soul, launched last March. A live record is planned for launch later this year, to be followed by another studio project. Cray tells the Oakland Press: "Richard's been bringing in more material than I think he has in the past, so that's really nice. Then for the first time, Les has been writing songs and he brought in something, which is fantastic. "It's great because it brings in a lot of different styles - rather than me having to bring in all the material."

The Police Documentary To Feature Summers Photo Archive

(TeamRock Radio) Andy Summers has made his archive of tour photographs available for an upcoming documentary about The Police. Photos taken by the guitarist have been used in director Andy Grieve's film Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police, which will debut in New York on March 20. A trailer clip features Summers discussing his love for photography and how he used it to "possess the tours in a new way." He says: "I began photographing everything around me. I love the feel of a camera in my hand - it's like a gun. "It's a private world I can retreat to. Gradually, the roads, the hotels, the fans, the limos become a black-and-white tapestry. My relationship to touring shifts. Music and photography merge. The tours begin to unfold like a roll of film - a dream through the lens."


Monday March 9

Def Leppard's New Album Is 'Finished' Says Joe Elliot

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott was in a good mood as he began his Planet Rock radio show last week, excited that the band has completed recording their new studio album. Fans have waited for a new album since 2008′s "Songs from the Sparkle Lounge" and Elliot opened his radio show with the following good news, "Yes, I do sound very jolly, don't I?! "I'm jolly because we have finished the new album. Yes, well, apart from the mixing of it. We have sung our last word, played our last solo, hit our last drum. It's done!" He didn't indicate when the band planned to release the album, but Ultimate Classic Rock reports that he suggested last month that they would release it following their upcoming tours (Europe and Canada this spring and this summer and fall in North America with Styx and Tesla.

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Friday March 6

Paul McCartney Duets With Alice Cooper On Supergroup Project

Paul McCartney has added even more star power to Alice Cooper's new supergroup Hollywood Vampires which also features Aerosmith's Joe Perry and actor Johnny Depp. Perry revealed last year that he had recorded with McCartney as part of a secret project and now he has provided more details in an interview with Rolling Stone, explaining that the collaboration is part of the cover album being made by the new supergroup led by Alice Cooper. The Aerosmith guitarist says that they worked with McCartney on a cover of Badfinger's "Come and Get It," which the Beatles legend wrote and produced for the group in the late 1960s, with McCartney and Cooper sharing the lead vocal duties on the track. McCartney "knew all the chords, the lyrics, everything," says Perry. "He didn't have any cheat sheets. It was like he'd been playing it his whole life." He also explained what it was like to be in the studio with McCartney, "[We] were standing there and looking at each other and I tell you -- if there's any ego-lever in a room, it's Paul. It doesn't matter who you are or what you've done. If Paul's in the room, he's there. It was hard to focus on playing." The song was recorded for the album project that will pay tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires, which was a group of rock stars that gathered together at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood during the 1970s. The original Hollywood Vampires included late rockstars like John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, and The Who's Keith Moon. The Badfinger cover was recorded in tribute to late members Pete Ham and Mark Evans who both committed suicide. Ham in 1975 and Evans in 1983.

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Thursday March 5

Metallica 'Close To Being Done' Creating New Album Songs

(hennemusic) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says the band have written close to 20 songs for the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magenetic" and he says the "creative elements are getting close to being done". Ulrich gave Rolling Stone an update on the progress of the songwriting for the new album, "We are f***ing in it. We've got lots of songs, and we're honing them and tweaking them. It's pretty close." He then defined what he meant by close. "The creative elements are getting close to being done," the drummer says. "Just remember, this is still 'Metallica time.' When I say we're close to being done, it means the next month or so. There's a lot of stuff going on as life continues with family and personal events.... But we are certainly down there [writing] pretty much every day." While the band has yet to choose a producer for the project, Ulrich reveals the group are likely to debut some of the new material during their 2015 live shows.

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Tuesday March 3

Metallica Releasing Earliest Recordings For RSD

(Classic Rock) Metallica has confirmed special releases for this year's Record Store Day. The annual event takes place on April 18 and aims to offer additional reasons to visit independent retail outlets on the day. Metallica will launch a reissues series with an exact replica of demo cassette tape No Life 'Til Leather, recorded in July 1982 and featuring frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich along with future Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney. It carries six tracks including Hit The Lights, Seek & Destroy, Metal Militia and Phantom Lord. Ulrich tells Rolling Stone: "It's time for us to put out some next-level reissues and do the song and dance of the catalogue that everyone else has done. Instead of starting with Kill 'Em All in 1983, we figured we'd go back another two years to when the band was formed." The RSD special will be followed by an expanded edition in the summer.

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Monday March 2

Led Zeppelin Event Coming To Movie Theaters

(hennemusic) A compilation of live Led Zeppelin performances will be screened in US theaters on March 30th as the legendary band continued their extensive reissues series with last week's expanded reissue of their 1975 release, "Physical Graffiti." The second evening in the Fathom Events Classic Music Series - the first featured the premiere of "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" last week - will deliver footage of Led Zeppelin live performances from two previously released sources: 1976's "The Song Remains The Same" concert film and the 2003 "Led Zeppelin" DVD. Fathom Events have pulled clips of the band at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, their July 1973 shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, their five-night run at London's Earl's Court in May 1975, and their two performances at England's Knebworth Festival in August 1979.

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Friday February 27

Aerosmith Members Wants To Play Entire Classic Album Live

(Gibson) At least one member of Aerosmith would relish the prospect of performing one of the band's classic albums in its entirety at a concert as a special treat to fans. "I've wanted to do that for a long time," says Brad Whitford, speaking recently to "We attempted to do it once, but it didn't work out-the band didn't feel strongly enough about the way the audience was responding to it. But I think that idea might be worthy of a special treatment, maybe in smaller theaters around the country." Whitford went on to suggest the band could perform 1975's Toys in the Attic and 1976's Rocks back to back, playing the songs in the same sequence as they appear on the albums. "We could also bring in some of our favorite friends and artists to join us-someone like Slash, for instance," he added. "That would really be fun."

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Thursday February 26

Arrest Warrant For Former Pearl Jam Member

(hennemusic) It has been discovered that there is an outstanding arrest warrant for former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese that was issued in September of last year in Texas on drug charges. hennemusic reports: The drummer was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams and the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, according to the Denton County Crime Stoppers website. Abruzzese joined Pearl Jam in 1991 after drummer Dave Krusen checked himself into rehab following the completion of the group's debut album, "Ten."

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Wednesday February 25

Older Artists Selling More Music?

(Classic Rock) Music appears to be becoming an old person's game as it has been revealed that the average age of the ten best-selling artists of last year was 38. Only four of them, all pop acts, were aged 25 or under in 2014, with three in their 30s and one each in their 50s, 60s and even 70s. The balance was heavily swayed by rock bands - AC/DC were the fifth best-selling band of the year, with an average age of 60, while Pink Floyd, at number seven, averaged 70 years old. And 'king of pop' Michael Jackson, at number six, would have been 56 if he hadn't died in 2009. The information, sourced from the IFPI Global Record Artist Chart, was revealed by Music Business Worldwide, who comment: "Thought pop was music made for teenagers, by teenagers? Not any more."

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