Classic Rock News

Thursday March 19

Led Zeppelin Movie Details Revealed

The song listing for the special one night only Led Zeppelin movie theater event has been revealed. Movie theaters across the United States will screen the movie on March 30th. The film will include live performance footage that span the legendary band's entire career (not including special reunions) that will be presented in chronological order. Things will kick off with two performances from the band's January 9th, 1970 performance at Royal Albert Hall: "Communication Breakdown" and "Bring It on Home/Bring It on Back". Next up will be "Immigrant Song" from Sydney Showground on February 27th, 1972, followed by three songs from July of 1973 at Madison Square Garden: "Black Dog", "Misty Mountain Hop", and "The Ocean". The film will then jump forward to May of 1975 with three songs from when the band played Earls Court: "Going to California", "In My Time of Dying", and "Stairway to Heaven". The finale of the film will include songs from the group's August 4th, 1979 appearance at the Knebworth Festival which was the band's second to last live performance in the UK (which was at the same festival on August 11th): "Rock and Roll", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Kashmir" and "Whole Lotta Love".

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Wednesday March 18

KISS Slammed By Twisted Sister's Dee Snider

(hennemusic) Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider is slamming KISS for its reuse of original makeup by non-original band members Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer. Thayer dresses in original lead guitarist Ace Frehley's makeup and stage outfits while Singer does the same with original drummer Peter Criss' gear, while each perform songs by their original counterparts. "I don't see how people could accept this," Snider tells Eddie Trunk. "Tommy Thayer? I'm sorry. It's insulting. Not only did he play with a tribute band of Kiss, he's imitating Ace in his entire act!" Snider takes particular exception to Thayer performing Frehley's track, "Shock Me", from 1977's "Love Gun." "Oh, my God, that's disgraceful," adds the singer. "When Kiss replaced Ace and Peter, and they brought in guys (drummer Eric Carr and guitarist Vinnie Vincent) who had their own makeup and their own thing, that was acceptable. That was awesome. They were their own characters." The pair discussed the difference between longtime fans who care to differentiate between the men behind the makeup and those who simply want to see the KISS live experience regardless of which musicians are involved. "My theory is, they forgave Kiss for 'I Was Made for Loving You,' and anything is acceptable after that," says Snider. "It was a disco song, people! It's not okay! It was never okay, and they're playing it live now. Unbelievable. They play 'I Was Made for Loving You,' a fricking disco song!" Last fall, frontman Paul Stanley defended the use of original makeup by Thayer and Singer.

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Tuesday March 17

Original Guns N' Roses Members Record New Song

(hennemusic) Duff McKagan has revealed that he and his former original Guns N' Roses bandmate Izzy Stradlin hooked up to record a new song in the studio last month. McKagan first shared word that he was recording on his 51st birthday on February 5 with Stradlin and his longtime drummer Taz Bentley, tweeting "Spent the first part of my birthday with @tazbentley and Izzy...rocking!" Now, McKagan shares more details in a new interview with Argentina's Vorterix. "[Izzy and I] recorded a song that day," says the bassist. "We were talking on the phone, and he said, 'Let's go record a song.' And we used Josh [Homme] from Queens of the Stone Age's studio; it was open. "So we just went it - Izzy and I and Taz - and just had a blast. We recorded a song. I have it. It just got mixed. It's a super kick-ass song. And we just had fun, and we'll probably do it some more." "We've always kind of done [stuff like that], but usually on his records," McKagan continues. "This was just like this open thing. And I had a riff, and he had an idea, and we recorded it in half a day."

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Monday March 16

Rolling Stones To Announce Tour This Week?

This weekend The Rolling Stones started hinting at a big announcement via teases posted to their Facebook page with the hashtag #SatisfactionThursday, leading many to believe that the group will be announcing their North American summer tour this Thursday. The new online teases come after guitarist Ronnie Wood said in two recent interviews that the band was planning to launch a North American tour this summer. Over the weekend, the band made several Facebook postings including the first post that featured a video showing the members rehearsing while their classic song "Miss You" plays in the background, according to ABC. The video and subsequent posts directed fans to a website called that includes the band's lips and tongue logo above the words "Get What You Need" and the #SatisfactionThursday hashtag, as well as a signup box for email alerts asking for fan's email address and zip code. As we previously reported, Ronnie Wood broke the news of the Rolling Stones tour plans in two recent interviews. Woods told, "We're coming to North America in the summer." Wood also confirmed the plans in a separate interview with GMI Rock News. "Oh yeah, we had a meeting in New York with the boys, and we're gonna come to North America again in the summer."

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Friday March 13

The Eagles Announce North American Tour Dates

The Eagles have announced new spring and summer North American tour legs as they continue to support the "History of the Eagles" DVD and Blu-ray documentary. The band will be kicking off the spring leg on May 19th in Austin, TX at the Frank Erwin Center and concluding the leg on June 7th in Green Bay, WI at the Resch Center. The summer leg will be launching on July 10th in Miami, FL at the American Airlines Arena and concluding on July 29th in Bossier City, LA at the Century Link Center.

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Thursday March 12

Gregg Allman Biopic Train Accident Video Surfaces

( Video from the tragic train accident that occurred during the filming of the Gregg Allman biopic 'Midnight Rider' has surfaced. The story of the ill-fated biopic has been well-publicized, as an accident while filming resulted in the death of camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones. Subsequent lawsuits were filed by her family against everyone involved, with many of them settling out of court. Now The Daily Mail (via Ultimate Classic Rock) has posted startling video of the events. None of the actual impact is shown (thankfully), but in one clip you can see the cast and crew rushing to move away from the train as it approaches. While the footage does not show anyone being hit by the train, the clip could be considered graphic for some audiences. A second video has also emerged from the point of view of the train. Through it you get an idea of how fast the thing was moving (55 mph) and just how little of a chance the 27-year-old Jones stood in the impact Randall Miller, the director of Midnight Rider, will serve two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter stemming from the incident, which also injured six other people in February of 2014. Miller did not receive the necessary permission to film on that location, and as a result put his whole crew in danger.

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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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