Classic Rock News

Wednesday September 10



U2 Giving Away New Album 'Songs Of Innocence' on iTunes

(hennemusic) U2 issued their new album, "Songs Of Innocence", for free on Tuesday to more than a half a billion iTunes customers. News of the band's first release in five years came during Apple's launch of the company's iPhone 6, where the Irish rockers performed the lead single, "The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)." To download the album, simply go to the Music app on your iOS device, or to your iTunes music library on your Mac or PC, and find "Songs of Innocence" under the artist or album tab. The new album is in iCloud; just tap the track listing to start listening or tap the cloud icon to download. "Songs Of Innocence" was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles and is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.

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Tuesday September 9



Van Halen Split Explained

(hennemusic) Bassist Michael Anthony is revisiting his split from Van Halen in a new interview with Eddie Trunk and reveals he hasn't spoken with the Van Halen brothers in a decade. Anthony was famously removed from the Van Halen lineup by guitarist Eddie Van Halen sometime in 2002 because he remained friendly with Sammy Hagar after his stint in the band. "I think it was actually when Sammy asked me to come out and guest at some shows when he did the Hagar-Roth tour [in 2002]," Anthony tells Eddie Trunk. "I don't think that sat too well with some people. [Laughs] And it was really odd, because I thought that I'd be out there… Sammy asked me, 'Hey, you wanna come out and maybe jam a couple of Van Halen tunes?' whatever. Not do the whole tour, but just do a few shows. And I thought, 'God, that'll be great. I'll go out there and I'll wave the VH flag high. And I'll also let people know that I'm not dead, that I'm still around. And, unfortunately, Eddie didn't see it that way." "What actually happened was I hadn't really decided to do it, and Eddie and Alex [Van Halen] knew about it, and Eddie called me," he continued. "And I really don't wanna get into that conversation, but to put it in a nutshell, he didn't want me to be a part of that circus. But then Van Halen wasn't doing anything, and I was just so frustrated because I was tired of sitting home on my hands. My wife wanted me out of the house, 'cause I was driving her nuts also. [Laughs] But I just wanted to get out and play. And I thought, you know, it's, like… OK, he's not in the band, but it's, like… I don't know… I guess it was more of, like, 'You're with us or you're not. You're in or you're out.' There's no area… It's cut and dried. And what happened was [Eddie] actually kind of backed me up against the wall and he gave me an ultimatum: Are you gonna go out and you're gonna play this or whatever?' And it really upset me; he pissed me off. And I said, 'I'm gonna go out and play.' And that was kind of the end of that conversation. Then I got a call back from Alex about a half hour later saying, 'Oh, well, you know Ed. You know how Ed is. He's like that,' or whatever. And at that point, I was just, like, 'You know what?! I'm…' As much as I love those guys and the band and whatever, we had just all of a sudden been through so much, after Sammy was out of the band, and I think all of the drama with Gary [Cherone] and whatever, I wanted to get out and play. So I don't know if you would call that me quitting the band or just…? I was backed up against the wall. And I wanted to get out and play." The bassist tells Trunk that he has had no contact with the Van Halen brothers in the past decade. "You know what?! The last time that I actually spoke to either one of 'em was the last show of our 2004 tour," says Anthony. "And it's really sad too. I've heard from different people… I know a lot of people that work with them, like the crew guys and stuff like that. So I always hear stuff from them."

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Monday September 8



Led Zeppelin Insider Has Advice For Aspiring Rock Stars

(Classic Rock) Led Zeppelin tour manager Richard Cole has recalled the biggest lesson he learned from band boss Peter Grant. And he believes young artists would benefit from studying the rock icons' approach to their business, which kept rolling despite their fabled backstage behaviour. He believes the band benefitted from having genuine work experience before finding fame. "Most of us left school in England when we were 15 and went to work," he says. "I was a scaffolder, John Bonham had been a bricklayer, Robert Plant had worked with asphalt on the road. "Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were session musicians - when they tell you to be there for 10am, you're there. These were coveted jobs so they didn't mess around. So all of us had that work ethic." That element is missing from young artists' education today, Cole thinks. "The most common thing you hear is, 'I want to be rich and famous.' They think it's an overnight job. It's not - it's a lot of schlepping. In 1968 no one knew how much money there was in the music business. Money wasn't the driver for bands in the early days. I remember being in pubs with the Beatles and they were just happy they were making a living out of music, rather than having to do some mundane job in Liverpool."

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Friday September 5



Led Zeppelin Premiere New Version Of Black Dog

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are premiering an unreleased version of "Black Dog" as a preview of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1971 release, "Led Zeppelin IV", due on October 28. "'Black Dog' is obviously one of the songs that Led Zeppelin is really noted for," guitarst Jimmy Page tells Rolling Stone. "It's one of the powerhouse numbers that we did with an incredible riff. The version on the companion disc is a rough mix in its early stage with minimal guitar overdubs and Robert's original vocal. And you can hear how mean it is." Released in November 1971, the album - which is officially untitled - defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "When The Levee Breaks". The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA. here.

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Thursday September 4



Ozzy Osbourne's Hell Gate Coming

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has launched a new Facebook page for a forthcoming attraction called "Ozzy Osbourne's Hell Gate." The rocker has yet to reveal further details regarding the event, which is "coming October 2015." One possible scenario is that Ozzy has reteamed with Universal Studios Hollywood for their annual Halloween Horror Nights event. Last year, Ozzy and Black Sabbath were featured in an all-original 3D maze, "Black Sabbath: 13 3D". The maze, based on the darkest lyrics from Black Sabbath's biggest hit songs and the only attraction at the horror event to incorporate 3D video, also included scenes inspired by the band's latest album, "13".

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Wedesday September 3



KISS Star Gene Simmons Sued Over Stage Accident

(hennemusic) KISS bassist Gene Simmons is among the defendants being sued by a security guard over a confetti-initiated stage accident during a 2012 concert in Noblesville, Indiana. Courthouse News Service reports security guard Timothy Funk says he worked the band's September 1, 2012 show at the city's Klipsch Music Center and was injured after falling on the "slippery, waxy, and glassy" stage. According to Funk's lawsuit, "some or all of the defendants" sprayed water from hoses "on the stage, the area around the stage, and on some of the crowd." They also sprayed confetti around the stage and crowd "in a foolish and reckless manner," Funk claimed.

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Friday August 15



Motley Crue Fans Rushed To Hospital After Concert Attack

An Ohio man and his girlfriend were allegedly attacked by a group of people at the Cleveland stop of Motley Crue's farewell tour on Tuesday night and the man is offering a $5000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his alleged attackers. Jeff Stone says in a Facebook posting that he and his girlfriend, Kristine Scheetz, were rushed to the hospital by ambulance following the attack at the concert. Stone posted photos of himself in the hospital and wrote, "Kristine & I were up at Blossom enjoying our first concert of the year. We were down by the Pavillion having a beer and a girl came by and slammed into Kristine, spilling her entire beer all over her. Kristine was soaked and said 'excuse me'. The girl and several of her friends, plus two men came out of nowhere and viciously attacked us. It was a nasty fight and one of the scariest moments I've ever experienced. "I won't even show pictures of Kristine as she is completely traumatized. My shoulder was dislocated and Kristine's eye was messed up pretty badly. We were rushed to the hospital by ambulance and I had to be put under to have my shoulder put back in place. We both had X Rays And Kristine had to get a Catscan. "I am offering a $5,000 REWARD FOR ANY INFORMATION leading to the arrest and conviction of the low rent cowards that jumped and beat on an innocent couple just trying to unwind and enjoy their evening."

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Wednesday August 13



Reward Offered In AC/DC Murder Case

Police in Australian's New South Wales have announced a reward in their murder investigation of long-time AC/DC manager Crispin Dye, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The paper reports that investigators are now offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the suspect(s) in the 20-year-old murder of Dye, who also worked with the Easybeats and celebrated Aussie hard rockers Rose Tattoo. Dye died in St George Hospital in Sydney on Christmas Day 1993, two days after he was attracted, robbed and left unconscious and the case has remained unsolved but officials have now announced the reward for information that lead to an arrest and conviction. Commander of the Homicide Squad, Detective Superintendent Mick Willing, had this to say, "There are people out there who know those responsible for Mr Dye's death and we're hoping this reward may prompt them to get in touch with police. "By all accounts, Crispin Dye was a fun-loving, friendly and decent man, who was robbed of his life far too soon. We are absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of this case and bringing those responsible for an innocent man's violent death to justice, but we won't be able to do it without assistance from the public."

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Tuesday August 12



Gregg Allman, Trace Adkins, Lead Lynyrd Skynyrd Celebration Concert

(Radio.com) Lynyrd Skynyrd have been around not only long enough to tragically lose members in a plane crash, but also accumulate a host of famous friends that they've worked with or consorted with over the years. This fall, the legendary band will be honored with a full night of music at Atlanta's Fox Theatre titled "One More For The Fans! - Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd" on Nov. 12, Billboard reports. Among the featured guests : Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., Govt Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick and Donnie Van Zant.

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Monday August 11



Phil Collins Confirms Live Performance

(Classic Rock) Phil Collins has confirmed another stage appearance after ending his retirement in May. The former Genesis frontman and drummer will take part in a fundraising event for his Little Dreams Foundation on December 6 in Miami. It follows his short appearance with students at Miami Country Day School, where he led them through In The Air Tonight and Land Of Confusion. Collins' announcement will fuel speculation that he's planning a fully-fledged comeback. He retired after releasing a covers album in 2010, but last year admitted he wanted to go back into action. In June his bassist Lee Sklar revealed his boss had arranged three weeks of "exploratory rehearsals" although no further plans had been made.

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