Classic Rock News

Monday October 20



Led Zeppelin Lose 1st Battle In Stairway To Heaven Fight

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin's first challenge to dismiss a lawsuit over allegations they plagiarised portions of their iconic 1971 anthem, "Stairway To Heaven", from a song by the group Spirit has been denied by a Pennsylvania judge. Last month, the band challenged jurisdiction in the case, writing "The individual defendants are British citizens residing in England, own no property in Pennsylvania and have no contacts with Pennsylvania, let alone ties sufficient to render them essentially at home here." According to The Hollywood Reporter, in response, the plaintiff amended the lawsuit with some emphasis on why a Pennsylvania judge should oversee the case: "Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven' through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of 'Stairway to Heaven.'" U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sánchez has now denied the motion to dismiss or transfer without prejudice, meaning that the Zeppelin parties can still try again.

Read more: Monday October 20

Thursday October 16



The Doors To Be Honored With Inspiration Award

(TeamRock Radio) The Doors will be this year's recipient of the Inspiration Award The 10th annual Classic Rock Awards - the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. The show will take place at the Avalon Ballroom in Hollywood on November 4, and is hosted by Sammy Hagar. Previous recipients of the Inspiration Award include Rory Gallagher, Jon Lord, Steve Marriott, Ronnie James Dio, John Bonham, Syd Barrett, Mick Ronson and Phil Lynott. "In 1965 and '66, our brothers across the pond were making a lot of beautiful noise, and we attempted to create our own magical sound out here on the west coast", say Robby Krieger and John Densmore. "It's really nice to see them now turning around, coming back here to L.A., and recognizing what the four of us accomplished together on a beach in L.A. To receive this award on our own soil, from the Brits, is an honor, and we take it as a sign of respect, so--thank you, from us and on behalf of our fallen brothers, Jim and Ray."

Read more: Thursday October 16

Wednesday October 15



Ozzy Osbourne Announces OzzFiesta

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne will host OzzFiesta, a 5-day event set for Mexico next spring. Set for May 27-31, 2015 at the Hard Rock Hotel on the Mayan Riviera, Ozzfiesta will present an opening night "Welcome Party" featuring a special acoustic set by Zakk Wylde. OzzFiesta will see a Q&A session with Ozzy and his band, a full concert by Black Label Society, a Comedy Club Night with standup sets from Jim Norton and Jim Florentine. It will also include a Charity Golf Tournament benefitting The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, Osbourne Movie Nights and much more, including a dinner party hosted by Sharon Osbourne. OzzFiesta will conclude with an intimate beachside closing night performance from Ozzy. Read more here.

Read more: Wednesday October 15

Tuesday October 14



Led Zeppelin Preview Expanded House Of The Holy

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are sharing a video previewing the Super Deluxe Edition of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1973 release, "Houses Of The Holy", due on October 28. Released in March of 1973, "Houses Of The Holy" features legendary tracks such as "The Song Remains The Same" and "No Quarter" while also showcasing the continuing evolution of the band's signature sound with the reggae-tinged "D'yer Mak'er" and the funk jam "The Crunge". The album has been certified diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 11 million copies. The seven unreleased tracks on the companion audio disc include rough and working mixes for "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days" that reveal a deeper look inside the recording sessions of these classic songs. Other standout recordings include the guitar mix backing track for "Over The Hills And Far Away" and a version of "The Rain Song" without piano. The group are releasing both "Houses Of The Holy" and "Led Zeppelin IV" on the same day. Led Zeppelin kicked off their reissue series in June with the release of expanded editions of the band's first three albums - "Led Zeppelin I", "Led Zeppelin II" and "Led Zeppelin III" - each with a companion disc of bonus material.

Read more: Tuesday October 14

Monday October 13



The Who Announce Farewell Tour

(hennemusic) The Who have announced dates for their farewell tour of North America in 2015. "The Who Hits 50!" will see the band present an overview of their career, from The High Numbers to today. The show, which guitarist Pete Townshend describes as 'hits, picks, mixes and misses', will see the band play all the classic anthems as well as deeper cuts from their extensive catalogue. The Who will launch a 6-week spring run in Tampa, Florida on April 15, with shows wrapping May 30 in Forest hills, NY. The group will return for a second leg in the fall: dates begin September 14 in San Diego, CA and conclude November 4 in Philadelphia, PA.

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Friday October 10



2015 Rock Hall Nominees Announced

(Gibson) Green Day, Nine Inch Nails and The Smiths are among the artists nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. Other artists making the ballot for the first time include Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers and Sting. Rounding out this year's hopefuls are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, N.W.A., Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Marvelettes, The Spinners and War. As has been the case for the past two years, the general public can cast votes alongside the historians, artists and industry honchos who comprise the Rock Hall voting body. The top five fan vote-getters will be consolidated and cast as a single ballot.

Read more: Friday October 10

Thursday October 9



Bob Seger Previews Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Song

(hennemusic) Bob Seger has released a behind the scenes preview of "Hey Gypsy", a track from his forthcoming album, "Ride Out", due October 14. "Ride Out" is Seger's his first studio album in 8 years, since 2006's "Face The Promise." "That's a song I wrote as a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, who I've always been a huge fan of," says Seger. "I remember the last time I saw Stevie: it was at an Eric Clapton concert and he traded solos with Eric on 'Before You Accuse Me', the old blues song - he did it for like 15 minutes - and it was probably my favorite guitar hero moment of all-time. They were playing so good." "So I went backstage," Seger continued. "I've known Stevie for a while and Eric… told him how much I loved it and then, unfortunately, three weeks later he died in a helicopter crash." "I really tried to write this song as if I was trying to channel Stevie," he added. "I was trying to write a song he might have written; that's the whole point of it."

Read more: Thursday October 9

Wednesday October 8



AC/DC Premiere New Song

(hennemusic) AC/DC are premiering "Play Ball", the lead single from the band's forthcoming album, "Rock Or Bust." The group have also unveiled the track listing for their first studio album in six years, due out December 2. The project is the group's first without guitarist Malcolm Young, whose illness required him to step away from the band earlier this year before they entered the studio; he is now officially retired from AC/DC. Malcolm and Angus Young's nephew, Stevie, handled rhythm guitar duties on the record and will join the group for a world tour next year.

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Tuesday October 7



AC/DC Member Misses Video Shoot

AC/DC filmed two new music videos this past weekend in London, but one member was reportedly missing from the second day of the video shoot that took place in front of fans on October 4th. Blogger Bob Fiddaman reports in a new article that drummer Phil Rudd was not at the shoot for a video for a future single release from AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust". He writes, "The band were introduced and each member walked down to the small round stage. Unfortunately, AC/DC drummer, Phil Rudd, had been called away at the last minute, his place being filled by Bob Richards (Shogun, Adrian Smith Band The Wild Family, Man)." So far there has been no official explanation for Rudd's absence. Last month Rudd's 20-years in the making solo album 'Head Job' had a big first week of release in Australia, entering the ARIA album chart at number 22.

Read more: Tuesday October 7

Monday October 6



Rock Icon Paul Revere Dead at 76

Paul Revere, the iconic leader of the band Paul Revere and the Raiders, has died at the age of 76. A cause of death has not been revealed but Revere has reportedly been in poor health and he announced his retirement from the group in July. The band's official site broke the sad news to fans with a tribute letter to Revere singed by "Everyone who has ever met you." Here is part of the letter, "Dear Paul, Where do I begin? How do I tell you how much I love you and what you have meant to me? Have you ever met a person and felt like you've known them your entire life, sensed a familiarity and warmth? That's how I felt the very first time I met you, and the feeling only grew stronger the more I got to know you. "Like most people, my initial introduction to you was on television, radio and records, but none of those mediums gave me a real clue to the one-of-a-kind life force that was Paul Revere. "Sitting in an audience at my first Paul Revere and The Raiders concert introduced me to a larger-than-life dynamo of high-energy slapstick, outrageous and spontaneous humor and a genuine child-like joy. Everyone in attendance just knew that you MUST be a wonderful person offstage too, no doubt about it. "Meeting you after a show in the autograph line cemented the deal for everyone. Just as fun, funny and spontaneous as you were onstage, extremely nice and accommodating to everyone who waited in the long lines to meet you. Take a picture - 'SURE, take TWO!' Sign these 20 albums? 'Why NOT, you helped pay for my first house, and my first wife!' "Generous to a fault with your family, your friends and your band, there seemed to be no limit to your kindness. When you turned your attention towards someone, you made that person feel special and in your spotlight. You had a pet name for each person, and you never hesitated to tell them how exceptional they were. You appreciated the talent, beauty, skills and uniqueness you found in others, and you were never shy about telling them so. All the more reason for people to feel wonderful in your presence."

Read more: Monday October 6

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