Classic Rock News

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."

Read more: Friday August 15

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."

Read more: Wednesday August 13

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.

Read more: Tuesday August 12

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.

Read more: Monday August 11

Friday August 8



Robert Plant Announces North American Tour

(hennemusic) Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters have announced a 7-date theater tour of North America to promote his new album, "lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar." The Led Zeppelin singer will play three shows in New York, starting September 25th, before hitting Toronto, Chicago and Denver, wrapping the run up in Los Angeles on October 7th. All tickets will include a copy of the new album when it's released on Sept 5th (Europe) / Sept 8th (UK) / Sept 9th (North America), except the September shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which are already on sale.

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Thursday August 7



AC/DC Author Says Malcolm Is Not Returning

(Classic Rock) The author of a book about AC/DC's Young brothers says mainman Malcolm won't return to the band due to his health problems. Jesse Fink insists fans who have been hoping the 61-year-old's absence was temporary will have to get used to the fact that it's permanent, and that his nephew Stevie, who appears on their upcoming album, is the man they'll see on the road in his place. The Aussie giants have remained tight-lipped about Young's condition in order to protect his privacy. The only official statement announced he'd be "taking a break" while his colleagues worked on the follow-up to 2008's Black Ice. No one has commented on speculation that he's suffered a stroke, has cancer or is fighting Alzheimer's disease. Fink also refuses to discuss specifics - but he tells WZLX: "I'm not expecting to see Malcolm return. The important thing is we all let Mal be and hope he can recover. We should all expect that Stevie is in the band now." He tells Ultimate Classic Rock: "Fans seem to think his illness is going to go away, and he's going to be on stage when they announce their tour. If what I've heard from numerous sources is true, I expect Stevie will be touring with the band, and not Malcolm. That's not a seditious viewpoint - it's realistic."

Read more: Thursday August 7

Wednesday August 6



Foreigner Releasing 7-Disc Box Set

(hennemusic) Foreigner will release a 7-disc box set, "The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991", on October 14. The package includes all the albums from the band's original classic run with Mick Jones and singer Lou Gramm - along with the band's final Atlantic album featuring Johnny Edwards on vocals. Included are "Foreigner" (1977), "Double Vision" (1978), "Head Games" (1979), "4" (1981), "Agent Provocateur" (1984), "Inside Information" (1987), and "Unusual Heat" (1991), along with all the bonus tracks included on the 2002 remasters. To date, Foreigner have sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, and the number of instantly recognizable Top 40 hits included in this set is a reminder of why they've enjoyed such success: "Feels Like the First Time" and "Cold As Ice" from the band s 5x-platinum self-titled debut; "Hot Blooded" from the 6x-platinum "Double Vision"; "Dirty White Boy" from the 5x-platinum "Head Games"; "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and "Urgent" from the 6x-platinum "4"; "I Want To Know What Love Is" from the 3x-platinum "Agent Provocateur"; and "Say You Will" and "I Don't Want To Live Without You" from the platinum "Inside Information."

Read more: Wednesday August 6

Tuesday August 5



Jon Bon Jovi Addresses Buffalo Bills Controversy

Bon Jovi frontman Jon Bon Jovi has publicly addressed the controversy surrounding the speculation that a Toronto-based investment group that he is a part of plans to move the Buffalo Bills if they purchase the NFL team. Rumors have been swirling that Bon Jovi's investment group planned to move the Buffalo Bills to Toronto. The team is for sale following the death the Buffalo Bills founder and owner Ralph Wilson. But Bon Jovi reassures fans that there are no plans to move the team. Bon Jovi wrote a letter for the Buffalo News addressing the rumors. He writes, "Recently, there has been a lot of speculation about the future of the Buffalo Bills and questions surrounding the ownership group of which I am a part. Until now, we have not said anything publicly out of respect for Mr. Wilson, his family and the process they are undertaking to identify the right group to carry the franchise forward. "However, there has been a lot of conjecture, so we think it's important to clarify our intentions to the fans of the team and people of Buffalo. Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo. "We are committed to working with the State, City, County and business community to identify the best possible site in the Buffalo area for a new stadium and to then develop and implement a plan to finance and build a state-of-the-art NFL stadium for the loyal Bills fans. "Being part of the NFL is something I have been working toward for a long time. Ten years ago, I started by taking an expansion Arena Football team, the Philadelphia Soul, from its inception to winning a championship in five years. I wanted to learn what it takes to build a successful football organization. I was involved in every aspect of that team from its beginning and I lived for and loved every moment. "My family and I are prepared to make this life-changing commitment to be part of the Bills. This is not a hobby or an acquisition. Building a winner on and off the field will be job one and I intend to spend as much time on the ground in Buffalo as needed to accomplish that goal. "I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region. So I want you to hear this from me: I'm not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day."

Read more: Tuesday August 5

Monday August 4



Def Leppard and KISS Jam Goes Online

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard's Phil Collen joined their current coheadlining tour partners KISS on stage at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City this weekend to play Deuce with the US rockers and video of the jam has been published online. Leppard and Kiss are in the middle of a 42-date US summer tour and Collen was delighted to join the band on stage in a pair of classic Kiss boots, saying: "Tonight in Atlantic City was pretty special. I guest guitared with Kiss on Deuce. The guys were great and we had a good time." Collen recently praised Kiss, saying they fully deserved their place in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but revealed he's not bothered if Def Leppard are never inducted. "I've got two diamond albums sitting on my mantlepiece - that's 10 times platinum," he says. "The fans bought them, so that means a lot more to me."

Read more: Monday August 4

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