Classic Rock News

Tuesday June 24



'Gimme Shelter' Singer Merry Clayton Seriously Injured In Crash

Famed Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" backup singer Merry Clayton was seriously injured in a car accident on Monday. Her official website provided these details: "It is with deep regret, but also deep gratitude, that we announce the following about our beloved Merry Clayton. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, Merry was involved in a major automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. "Merry sustained severe injuries to her lower body, including major trauma to her lower extremities. We are truly grateful that our dear Merry is still with us. "She has a long road of recovery ahead and we thank you all for your prayers as we link arms together with faith and the Lord's strength for her rapid healing. "For all that know her personally, and those that have been blessed by her God-given talents, please know that her spirit is very strong and her faith unwavering. Her voice is not silenced and His praises continue to be on her lips." Apart from her vocals on the legendary Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd classics, Merry has worked with a wide range of artists including Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Carole King, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Tori Amos, Jerry Garcia and Neil Young.

Read more: Tuesday June 24

Monday June 23



Aerosmith Cancel Show Due To Unrest

(hennemusic) Aerosmith have pulled the plug on their July 2nd show in Kiev, Ukraine due to the ongoing political upheaval in the country, according to event promoter National Corporation Of Entertainment. "With much regret we have decided to cancel the Aerosmith show in Kiev on July 2nd," announced the. "It is impossible to produce this show in Ukraine while there is civil war. We can't ensure safety to the artists, crew and the audience. We can't ensure safety of the equipment. "We're facing many economic and technical difficulties and in a state of civil war those difficulties are impossible to resolve. Therefore we just can't carry out the show on July 2nd and are very sorry for that." "We all did our best to present the show in Kiev but we have no option but to cancel," they added. "We hope that Aerosmith will be able to perform in Ukraine at some time in the future when there is peace and more stability in Ukraine. We are arranging refunds for ticket-holders".

Read more: Monday June 23

Thursday June 19



Slash Discouraged By Today's Lack Of Rock Singers

(Gibson) Slash recently spoke about the seemingly never-ending search for a new Velvet Revolver singer. The band have been on the lookout for a new frontman since parting with Scott Weiland back in 2008. The guitarist is a bit frustrated with the lack of new young rock singers, as he told Gary Cool: "There's a lot of people that we tried out that we don't talk about. The more that time passes, the less rock and roll singers there seems to be. Like, that style of just really, sort of, from-the-heart, guttural rock and roll. It seems to be just getting more and more glossed up." Velvet Revolver were close to partnering up with Corey Taylor a few years back, even going so far as to record ten songs with the Slipknot and Stone Sour singer. The band briefly reunited with Weiland for a one-off event in 2012, but don't seem to have any plans on inviting him back in the fold. Slash ensures that Velvet Revolver is still very much alive, just in hibernation: "Obviously, it's not broken up; it's sort of in a state of dormancy. And so whenever the right guy [pops up]…" In the meantime fans of Slash can look forward to a new album, World on Fire, on September 15.

Read more: Thursday June 19

Wednesday June 18



Ozzy Lands Role As Punk Rock Fish On Kid's TV Show

(Radio.com) Ozzy Osbourne just got his next big TV role - and it's as a cartoon fish whose name is strikingly similar to a fellow controversial rock star. Rolling Stone reports that Osbourne will voice a character in the Nickelodeon children's TV show Bubble Guppies. He'll play Sid Fishy, a "rock and roll fish who just loves being rotten." Sound familiar? Though the likeness is a bit different, Sid Fishy seems to bear some similarity to Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious - with perhaps some Johnny Rotten thrown in there too. The town of Bubbletucky's equivalent of a punk rocker is known for his slime spray, which he uses to terrorize the town's residents. "The green liquid is Sid Fishy's 'stink sauce' made up of different smells such as stinky socks and rotten eggs," a show representative told Rolling Stone. "He wants to use the stink sauce to cover Big Bubble City and all its citizens to make them stinky."

Read more: Wednesday June 18

Tuesday June 17



Peter Gabriel and Genesis Reuniting For BBC

Peter Gabriel revealed on his official website that he and the original member of Genesis are reuniting for the first time since 1975 to take part in an upcoming documentary. The feature length documentary is being produced by the BBC and will include the participation of Gabriel, Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford. A broadcast date for the film has not yet been announced. Gabriel site had these details: From their first beginnings as a band of songwriters in the late 1960s to its final incarnation as a rock giant in the 1990s - via full-blown theatrical progressive rock in the mid-1970s and the subtler jazzy pop of the early 1980s - Genesis could perplex and enrage the die-hards, whilst exciting and exhilarating the newer disciples. The film recounts an extraordinary musical story, exploring the band's songwriting as well as emotional highs and lows, alongside previously unseen archive material and rare performance footage across their entire career.

Read more: Tuesday June 17

Monday June 16



Radio Legend Casey Kasem Dead at 82

(Radio.com) Casey Kasem, legendary host of the American Top 40 radio program that counted down the hits for American audiences every week, has died. He was 82. Kasem passed away Sunday (June 15) after a lengthy illness and battle over his conservatorship by his family member, CBS News reports. A judge ruled earlier this month that Kasem's daughter Kerri had the right to withhold food, fluids and medication from her father, a process that began earlier this week, Billboard reported. Kerri Kasem and Jean Kasem, the broadcaster's wife of 34 years, had been locked in a battle for control over the decision to keep him alive. Forbes reported that, after the ruling in Kerri Kasem's favor on Wednesday (June 11), Jean Kasem stormed out of the courtroom, announcing, "You have blood on your hands!" Kasem had suffered from Lewy body dementia since last year, a condition similar to Parkinson's that had rendered him with trouble speaking. He had also been bedridden for some time, and had been hospitalized with bedsores and sepsis.

Read more: Monday June 16

Friday June 13



Suds N' Roses: Axl Rose Appears In Beer Commercial

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose makes a cameo appearance in a new World Cup soccer commercial for Budweiser. Seconds into the two-and-a-half-minute video, you see a familiar-looking bodyguard, who is in fact Brazil's beloved UFC legend Anderson Silva. Shortly after, a band comprised of Gary Cahill, Samuel Eto'o and Hulk - professional footballers who will be participating in the World Cup - takes to the stage and performs a "rap" version of the GNR classic "Paradise City."

Read more: Friday June 13

Thursday June 12



Led Zeppelin Score Three Top 10 Debuts With Reissues

(hennemusic) The first three reissues in the Led Zeppelin album series have debuted in the top 10 on the US charts. The band's 1969 self-titled debut, "Led Zeppelin I", entered the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 7, "Led Zeppelin II" at No. 9 and "Led Zeppelin III" at No. 10. With the chart showing, Led Zeppelin has become the first artist to land three albums in the top 15 at the same time since Whitney Houston scored four following her death in early 2012. Deluxe, expanded editions of Led Zeppelin's first three albums are the first part of an extensive reissue program that will see all nine of the band's studio records reissued in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist/producer Jimmy Page.

Read more: Thursday June 12

Wednesday June 11


Lars Ulrich Gets Drum Off Challenge From Chad Smith and Will Farrell

Red Hot Chili Peppers Chad Smith and comedian Will Farrell recently faced off against each other in a drum battle on The Tonight Show. But the two have now thrown down the gauntlet and challenged Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich to a drum-off. Smith and Ferrell were discussing their epic Tonight Show drum off with Spin Magazine when the subject of Ulrich came up. Spin asked Ferrell if he and Smith had any future plans together and he responded, "I mean, we did talk about another drum-off. With a third person that looks eerily similar to Chad and I. A third drummer out there." Chad Smith added, "I think it's - did we talk about Lars?" and Ferrell responded, We talked about Lars [Ulrich], from Metallica. So, I don't know." Spin then asked him if they have heard anything back from Lars and Ferrell responded, "Your article will be the first mentioning of it." Chad added, "This is a scoop!" and Ferrell continued, "Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith. He can settle that score now, too." Chad Smith then sealed the public challenge by saying, "There it is. The gauntlet is down."

Read more: Wednesday June 11

Tuesday June 10



Paul McCartney Postpones American Tour Dates Due To Illness

Paul McCartney announced on Monday that he has been forced to push back the launch of his North American tour under the advice of his doctors as he continues to recover from a virus that sidelined his Japanese tour. McCartney tells fans, "I'm sorry but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I'm feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon." The tour leg will be now be kicking off on July 5th in Albany, NY and wrapping up on August 14th in San Francisco, with the seven postponed dates now taking place in early October. The rescheduled dates will kick off on October 2nd in Lubbock, TX at the United Spirit Arena and will be concluding on October 18th in Louisville, KY at the Yum! Center. The tickets for the original dates in June will be honored at the rescheduled shows.

Read more: Tuesday June 10

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