Classic Rock News

Thursday January 29



Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler Arrested After Bar Fight

Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler was reportedly arrested on charges of misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism after he was allegedly in a bar fight in Death Valley, Ca on Tuesday (Jan. 27). A man matching the description of the metal legend, real name Terence Michael Butler, reportedly got into an altercation at the Corkscrew Saloon where an unnamed individual was "struck" and a window was broken, according to a statement issued by the Inyo County Sheriff's department. The department's Public Information Officer Carma Roper released the following details, "Shortly after midnight on January 27th Sheriff's Dispatch received a call regarding a verbal and physical altercation that took place at the Corkscrew Saloon located at the Furnace Creek Ranch property in Death Valley National Park. "After the Inyo County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on scene and interviewed witnesses it was determined that there had been an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation - resulting in an individual being struck, and a broken window. "Terence Michael Butler a 65-year old man from Beverly Hills, CA was arrested for misdemeanor assault, public intoxication and vandalism. Butler was booked into the Inyo County Jail and released after detox and citation." As you can see from the statement, while the age and name of the person arrested does match the Black Sabbath star, the department did not confirm that it was indeed Geezer Butler, who lists his Los Angeles area residence as being in Hollywood, Ca on his Twitter account. At press time there was no word from Geezer or the Black Sabbath camp about the arrest and his last social media posts confirmed that he was in Southern California earlier this week.

Read more: Thursday January 29

Wednesday January 28



Sammy Hagar Launching His Own Radio Show

Sammy Hagar is venturing into a new area of media: radio. The Red Rocker will be launching a new radio show this spring entitled "Sammy Hagar's Top Rock Countdown." The former Van Halen and Chickenfoot frontman will be hosting the weekly show which will be produced by Envisage Radio Group where he will count down lists of his favorite songs, comeback albums and more, according to the announcement. Sammy had this to say about the show, "After more than 40 years in Rock & Roll, I've got a lot of knowledge, a lot of love, and always a lot to say so this is going to be a blast." Hagar has put together a teaser clip to give fans a taste of what they can expect when the show launches sometime in the second quarter of this year.

Read more: Wednesday January 28

Tuesday January 27



Gregg Allman Announces Spring Tour

Gregg Allman has just wrapped up his first solo tour following the Allman Brothers Band retirement and now the southern rock legend has announced a new spring tour. Billed as "An Evening with Gregg Allman," the new tour will be kicking off on March 13th in Northfield, OH at the Hard Rock Casino and concluding on May 9th with an appearance at Austin City Limits Live. Allman's solo band will once again feature guitarist Scott Sharrard, Peter Levin on keys, drummer Steve Potts, percussionist Marc Quinones, bassist Ron Johnson and horn players Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin, according to Rolling Stone.

Read more: Tuesday January 27

Monday January 26



AC/DC's 'Big Balls' Remade For NFL Deflategate Controversy

(hennemusic) AC/DC's 1976 classic, "Big Balls", has been updated as the quarterback Tom Brady, the New England Patriots and the NFL continue to deal with the Deflategate scandal heading into Super Bowl week. Seattle's Sports Radio KJR has posted "Tom's Big Balls" as both a parody and commentary on the controversy, which revolves around the Patriots' use of deflated footballs in the first half of the team's AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts on January 18. The footballs were replaced by NFL officials at halftime of that game after the Colts brought it to their attention; the Patriots went on to win 45-7. The NFL is continuing to investigate the matter while the Patriots deny their involvement in the incident; the team was caught cheating in 2007 when they videotaped opponent's defensive coaches signals in violation of league rules - an event later known as Spygate. The Patriots will play the NFC Champion - and defending Super Bowl Champions - Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Arizona on February 1. "Big Balls" first appeared on AC/DC's 1976 album, "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap." The record was originally issued in Australia before seeing an international release three months later…and 5 years later in the U.S.

Read more: Monday January 26

Friday January 23



Rush Announce 40th Anniversary Tour

As expected, progressive rock legends Rush will be hitting the road later this year for a 40th anniversary tour of North American dubbed the Rush: R40 Live Tour. The band will be kicking off the tour, named after their 2014 DVD and Blu-Ray collection, on May 8th in Tulsa, OK at the BOK Center and they will conclude the tour on August 1st in Inglewood, CA at The Forum. The tour will be hitting major cities across the United States and Canada including St. Louis, Austin, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Tampa, Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, New York, Denver, Salt Lake City, Calgary, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Phoenix and more.

Read more: Friday January 23

Thursday January 22



Motley Crue Have Strong Reaction To Justin Bieber Question

(hennemusic) Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx gave Justin Bieber the double bird salute in response to a question from the morning news team at WGN-TV Chicago as they make the rounds to promote their farewell tour. Following headlines that Bieber was seen hanging out with Keith Richards, WGN entertainment critic Dean Richards asked Sixx and singer Vince Neil what their reaction would be if the pop superstar approached the Crue to join them on stage. While Neil shook his head at the thought, Sixx raised both hands with his middle fingers extended (the "double bird") on live TV, causing the morning hosts to erupt with laughter.

Read more: Thursday January 22

Wednesday January 21



Motley Crue Announce Final Dates Of Farewell Tour, Free Album

Motley Crue have revealed the final tour dates for their farewell tour, including their very last concert on New Year's Eve, and they are also giving away a compilation album. The band will be launching the last leg of their "Final Tour" on July 22nd in Eugene, OR at Matthew Knight Arena and concluding with the final tour date of their career on December 31st in Los Angeles, CA at the Staples Center. Nikki Sixx had the following to say about the North American tour, "In some of the cities, we could only reach a fraction of the fans who wanted to come see us play last year because of ticket demand so we're coming back to those places to bring them our full production including the Crüecifly drum coaster, as well as all pyro and every other bell and whistle. "Even despite the overwhelming fan demand we can only add so many new cities in North America because of our commitment to take the Final Tour global on our final year." Like their previous North American leg of the Final Tour, rock legend Alice Cooper will be opening for Motley Crue on most of the stops on their newly announced trek. Motley Crue are celebrating the tour announcement by teaming up with Google Play to give away free download of their Greatest Hits album from now until January 27th. Sixx had this to say about the album giveaway, "We set up the Final Tour so we could see our loyal fans in person one more time and thank them for all their support over the years. "One of the many things we are doing before its all over is collaborating with the people at Google Play to give away our Greatest Hits collection for free through the week of January 20. Grab it!" In addition to the North American tour, Motley Crue have also announced that they will be performing dates in Japan in February, Australia/New Zealand sometime this spring and they will be appearing a three leading European music festivals this summer, Download (UK), Sweden Rock (Sweden) and Novarock (Austria). The band also plans to announce a final date in Las Vegas which will be taking place prior to the New Year's Eve concert in Los Angeles, as well as additional international dates.

Read more: Wednesday January 21

Tuesday January 20



CSNY's Dallas Taylor Dead at 66

(Classic Rock) Former Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young drummer Dallas Taylor has died at the age of 66. Taylor drummed on Crosby Stills And Nash's debut album after becoming friends with Stephen Stills and stayed with the band when they added Neil Young and became CSNY. He went on to play on Still's 1970 solo album and joined him in the group Manassas. He also played with Van Morrison during the course of an impressive career behind the kit. His wife Patti Mcgovern-Taylor broke the news via Facebook. She wrote: "This morning at 2:30 am I lost the love of my life Dallas W Taylor. He came into my life almost 18 years ago and saved me as much as I may have saved him. "To me he was just a good man, a good friend, a good father, a good grandfather or Pop Pop, a great drummer and much beloved by many. I cannot even find the words to put down to say how grateful I am for the many friends and family who have been there for both of us these many days he has spent in the hospital, especially last night."

Read more: Tuesday January 20

Monday January 19



Fleetwood Mac Forced To Cut Show Short Due To Illness

(hennemusic) Fleetwood Mac were forced to end their concert in Lincoln, Nebraska early on Saturday night after drummer Mick Fleetwood fell ill during the show, according to The Lincoln Journal Star. The show came to a halt when Stevie Nicks told the crowd at the Pinnacle Bank Arena, "Mick is really sick," adding the drummer was backstage throwing up. "We feel terrible, but we can't really make him play. Give us a minute, and we'll figure out what to do." The band regrouped and played two more songs, "Go Your Own Way" with a drum tech behind the kit and then, after a short break, Christine McVie returned to the stage at a grand piano for "Songbird" accompanied by guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. "Poor old Mick is really sick," said McVie. "I sing this for him and for all of you."

Read more: Monday January 19

Friday January 16



Motley Crue Reveal Their Final Show Plans

(hennemusic) Motley Crue have revealed the date and location of the final show of their farewell tour both in an online posting on Facebook and a new interview with frontman Vince Neil. The band shared the timing of the event with a Facebook post on December 31, writing, "Happy New Years Eve from me and the guys. It's been one great 2014 for us and we're really grateful to all the CrueHeads who came out and saw us live. It's crazy to think that exactly 1 year from tonight we are gonna perform our final show together." Singer Vince Neil shared more details with pal Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun. According to the article, the final Motley Crue concert will take place in Los Angeles on December 31st. "I hope we can have our final after-party at the Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip where we began 34 years ago if it hasn't been torn down by then," said Neil. "It would be a fitting place to celebrate the beginning and the end." The iconic venue on the Sunset Strip was where the band got its start in 1981.

Read more: Friday January 16

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