Classic Rock News

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

Thursday January 15



AC/DC Star's Grammys Appearance In Doubt

(hennemusic) The status of AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's availability for the band's performance at next month's Grammy Awards is in question due to the conditions of his bail. The International Business Times reports the February 8 Grammys appearance falls two days prior to Rudd's return to a New Zealand court to face multiple charges stemming from his November 6 arrest. Part of Rudd's bail conditions is to reside in his Tauranga home, which may make it difficult for the drummer to leave the country for the event in Los Angeles. The day the situation made headlines around the world, AC/DC released a statement saying, "We've only become aware of Phil's arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil's absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year."

Read more: Thursday January 15

Wednesday January 14



AC/DC To Rock The Grammy Awards

(Classic Rock) AC/DC will perform during next month's Grammys ceremony on February 8, it's been confirmed. Described as "music's biggest night," the 57th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place at LA's Staples Centre and it'll be broadcast live on US network CBS. The show also features Madonna, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Eric Church. It'll be AC/DC's first live appearance since Malcolm Young was forced to retire as a result of his dementia, to be replaced by nephew Stevie Young. It's also been revealed that the mainman was treated for lung cancer before he bowed out. But it's still not known who will be playing drums, since Phil Rudd faces continued legal troubles after being accused of threatening to kill. Despite facing seven years in jail if found guilty, Rudd said last month: "I'm going back to work with AC/DC - and I don't care who likes it and who doesn't."

Read more: Wednesday January 14

Tuesday January 13



Rock Is Twice As Popular Than Pop

(Classic Rock) Rock music is more popular than any other genre in the US, according to latest figures. Music Business Worldwide reports that data collected by Nielsen Music shows that rock claimed 29% of total across album, individual track purchases and streams in 2014. R&B/hip-hop was second, taking 17.2%, while pop finished a distant third claiming 14.9%. In terms of pure album sales, rock music was also the clear winner, claiming 33.2% of the market compared to 13.9% for R&B/hip-hop. However, when it came to streamed music, R&B/hip-hop was out in front with 28.5% compared to rock's 24.7% of the total market. The annual report also shows that while vinyl purchases are on the up, sales of CDs and digital downloads declined from 2013, with more people now choosing to stream their favorite artists.

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Monday January 12



Slash, Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth Lead Dave Grohl Birthday Bash

The Foo Fighters surprised fans last week with the announcement of a last minute show at the Forum in Los Angeles, but that was only the beginning of the surprises as the band brought out a who's who of rock stars to join them at the concert including Slash, Paul Stanley of KISS, Alice Cooper, Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, Zakk Wylde and more. The show, this past Saturday night, January 10th, served as Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl's birthday bash which included Jack Black leading the audience in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Grohl, according to Loudwire. The Foo Fighters kicked off the show by bringing out KISS frontman Paul Stanley for renditions of the "Destroyer" classics 'Detroit Rock City' and 'Do You Love Me'. They were next joined on stage by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Tenacious D's Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Black led the audience in "Happy Birthday" for Grohl before they broke into Queen's 'Tie Your Mother Down' and then Black took over lead vocals for Led Zeppelin's 'Immigrant Song'. The Foo Fighters then rocked "Congregation" and "Walk" before being joined by Alice Cooper to perform two of his biggest hits, "School's Out" and "I'm Eighteen". The next special guest to join the Foo Fighters was Nick Oliveri for a cover of Roky Erickson's "Two Headed Dog". A few songs later the band brought out Zakk Wylde for covers of the Black Sabbath classic's "N.I.B." and 'Fairies Wear Boots'. They were later joined by Perry Farrell for a jam of Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song" followed by the Rolling Stones hit "Miss You". The Foos then performed "Something From Nothing," 'This Is a Call', which featured a Trombone Shorty jam session, and "Best of You." Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth then took the stage to perform the Van Halen classics "Panama" and "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" with Grohl and the band. The Foo Fighters closed the show with a jam of the Chuck Berry classic 'Let It Rock' that also featured Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Slash and Zakk Wylde.

Read more: Monday January 12

Friday January 9



AC/DC's Malcolm Young Had Cancer

(Classic Rock) AC/DC founder Malcolm Young was successfully treated for lung cancer in the run-up to his diagnosis with dementia. The guitarist retired before AC/DC recorded new album Rock Or Bust last year and is being cared for in a 24-hour nursing home in Australia. Singer Brian Johnson previously revealed that Malcolm Young had undergone surgery on his heart and lungs. It has now been revealed in an interview in Q magazine that the lung surgery was to treat cancer and that he was fitted with a pacemaker for his heart problems.

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Thursday January 8



Tony Iommi's Cancer Likely To Comeback

(hennemusic) Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi is sharing an update on his ongoing cancer battle. The guitarist recorded Black Sabbath's 2013 album, "13", and completed a world tour with the band while undergoing medical treatment since being diagnosed with blood cancer lymphoma in January of 2012. "When the doctors told me I had cancer I thought, 'That's it then'," Iommi tells The Mirror. "Cancer was death as far as I was concerned. I found a painful lump in my groin while I was in New York promoting my book. I thought it was my prostate acting up again, but Ozzy told me I should get it checked out. I came back to England and had an operation to reduce my prostate. It was painless but afterwards I needed a catheter." "When that came out I went to see the surgeon. He said: 'Good news on the prostate. It's been cut down to a sensible size and everything is good there. But on the lump we took out, we found follicular lymphoma.' It's a type of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma." Iommi was given an update from doctors, saying "The surgeon told me he doesn't expect the cancer to go away. There's a 30 per cent chance that it could, but more than likely it will come back and it could be any time." "I look at life differently now. I could be here another ten years or just one year - I don't know."

Read more: Thursday January 8

Wednesday January 7



AC/DC Lead Coachella Lineup

The first North American 2015 live date for AC/DC has been revealed with the announcement that the legendary hard rockers will be headlining this year's Coachella Festival. AC/DC have yet to reveal their full North American tour plans in support of their new studio album, "Rock or Bust," which is the veteran band's first album without band cofounder Malcolm Young who retired from the group last year due to his battle with dementia. The annual music festival is spread over two weekends, April 10-12 and April 17-19, with AC/DC headlining the Friday night slots, Jack White headlining on Saturday and rapper Drake leading the Sunday roster. As always, the festival will feature an eclectic lineup of artists. This year's lineup will include Steely Dan, Interpol, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Reverend Horton Heat, Alt-J, Belle and Sebastian, Bad Religion, Florence + the Machine, Ryan Adams, Fitz and the Tantrums, Brand New, Tyler the Creator and a lot more.

Read more: Wednesday January 7

Tuesday January 6



Kid Rock Says Rap-Rock 'Turned Out to Be Pretty Gay'

As Kid Rock promotes his upcoming album "First Kiss", he has also taken a critical look back at a musical movement that he helped popularize. While Rock rose to fame on the rap-rock wave of the late 1990s, he had managed to remain relevant by shifting musical gears, while many of his contemporaries have faded into obscurity. Rock addressed his current view of the rap-rock movement in a new op-ed that he wrote for England's Guardian newspaper. Here is an excerpt via Radio.com, "Rap-rock was what people wanted at the time, and they still love those songs at shows. But it turned into a lot of bulls- and it turned out to be pretty gay." He anticipated some blowback from the use of the term "gay" by writing, "If someone says you can't say 'gay' like that you tell them to go f- themselves. You're not going to get anything politically correct out of me."

Read more: Tuesday January 6

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