Classic Rock News

Wednesday February 18



Led Zeppelin Plan Online Event Tomorrow

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin will premiere the upcoming reissue of their 1975 release, "Physical Graffiti", via a Yahoo Live stream tomorrow, February 19 ahead of its release on February 23 (Feb. 24 in North America). The stream - featuring the project's complete companion audio disc - will be followed by a live Q&A with guitarist and album producer Jimmy Page in front of an audience live from Olympic Studios in London, where portions of the album were originally recorded over 40 years ago. Fans worldwide will have a rare opportunity to share in this unique experience through Yahoo Live video stream. Additionally, a few lucky audience members in attendance will have the opportunity to ask Page a question. Fans watching online are encouraged to participate as well using the hashtag #ledzeplive. The 40th Anniversary Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti Deluxe Edition Premiere is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at 2 PM, ET.

Read more: Wednesday February 18

Tuesday February 17



Kid Rock and Foreigner Plan $20 Ticket Summer Tour

Kid Rock is once again bucking the trend of bilking fans with excessively priced concert tickets with the announcement that this summer he will be launching a tour with support rock legend Foreigner with a bargain ticket price. The tour, in support of Rock's new album "First Kiss," is scheduled to kick off on June 24th in Hartford, CT at The Xfinity Theatre and will conclude on September 5th in Auburn, WA at White River Amphitheater. Like his "$20 Best Night Ever" tour, tickets for this summer run, from the "2nd row to the lawn" will only be $20.00 with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total price of the tickets around $30 and under. Also according to Warner Bros., "$20 all-in tickets (including parking) will be offered from participating Walmarts and at the venue box offices, and everyone who purchases a ticket at Walmart will receive a coupon for $2 off their purchase of 'First Kiss.' As an added bonus, the tickets for the first row at each concert "will be held back and given as free upgrades for lucky fans," according to Rock's label.

Read more: Tuesday February 17

Monday February 16



Jimmy Page Releasing Sound Tracks Box Set

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will release "Sound Tracks", a box set featuring the guitarist's work on films "Lucifer Rising" and "Death Wish II", along with additional archive material on March 6 and he has released streams of some of the tracks from the collection . The package presents work from both projects plus a companion disc of previously unreleased tracks - the same format Page designed for the extensive Led Zeppelin reissues series. Recorded at Page's home studio in Plumpton and The Sol studio in Cookham in the late 70s and early 80s, "Sound Tracks" includes an all-new booklet containing a written track-by-track insight by the guitarist for the archive material amidst a collection of original artwork across 36 pages. Page explains: "The archive material and work included here serve as an illustration of the ongoing process at the time of these two projects." "Sound Tracks" will be available as a 4CD, 4LP and signed deluxe edition.

Read more: Monday February 16

Friday February 13



Def Leppard, Styx and Tesla Announce Summer Tour

Def Leppard has announced that they will be launching a massive North American summer tour with Styx and Tesla. The trek will follow Def Leppard's spring tours in Canada and Europe. The summer tour is scheduled to kick off on June 23rd in Tampa, FL at the Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre and conclude on October 4th in Bismarck, ND at the Bismarck Civic Center. Def Leppard has also previously announced two separate tours this spring. On April 15th they will kick off 13 date tour of Canada in Penticton, BC and on May 15th the will launch a mainland European tour in Minsk, Belarus.

Read more: Friday February 13

Thursday February 12



Rolling Stones Plan North American Summer Tour

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood says in two new interviews that the band is planning to launch a North American tour this summer and he also discussed the possibility of a Faces reunion. Wood broke the news of the Rolling Stones tour plans while discussing Karl Denson continuing with the band in place of their legendary sax player Bobby Keys, who died in December. "We're thinking of keeping Karl on, because he really loved Bobby's work," Woods told Radio.com. He was then asked if the band would need a sax player anytime soon and Woods responded, "We're coming to North America in the summer." Wood also confirmed the plans in a separate interview with GMI Rock News. "Oh yeah, we had a meeting in New York with the boys, and we're gonna come to North America again in the summer." Apart from the Stones, Wood discussed his other legendary band the Faces in the Radio.com interview and the recent reunion jam with the three surviving members, himself, Rod Stewart and Kenny Jones at Stewart's 70th birthday party. "Well, we just played at Rod's 70th birthday a couple of weekends ago in L.A. We got up at Rod's party, me and Kenney and Rod and played 'Stay With Me' and 'Sweet Little Rock and Roller,' and Rod and Kenney were very enthusiastic about a Faces reunion."

Read more: Thursday February 12

Wednesday February 11



AC/DC Announce North American Stadium Tour

AC/DC announced that they will be launching a North American stadium tour this summer as part of their Rock or Bust World Tour in support of their latest album. The hard rock legends will be kicking off the tour on August 22nd at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA and finishing the trek on September 28th at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. The tour will feature stops in major cities across the United States and Canada and is their first major tour since their award winning 2008-2010 Black Ice World Tour. The band's latest studio album, "Rock or Bust", is their first album to not include cofounding member Malcolm Young who was forced to retire from the group due to a battle with dementia. The band was joined by former drummer Chris Slade when they performed at the Grammy Awards this past Sunday night and the tour announcement said that Slade will be joining the group on the trek. Drummer Phil Rudd is currently facing legal problems in New Zealand.

Read more: Wednesday February 11

Tuesday February 10



AC/DC's Phil Rudd Trial Date Set

(hennemusic) Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd's trial on multiple charges in New Zealand will begin April 21st. Rudd appeared on AC/DC's "Rock Or Bust" but missed an October video shoot in London in advance of his November 6 arrest on multiple charges by New Zealand police - including possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill. Last week, the case in Tauranga district court was delayed to April after his lawyer backed out and a new one was confirmed; Rudd's issues will be addressed in a "judge-alone" trail where no jury is present. While Rudd recently insisted he would continue to work with AC/DC, the band revealed the return of Chris Slade behind the kit over the weekend as they opened the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Read more: Tuesday February 10

Monday February 9



AC/DC Reunite With Chris Slade

(Classic Rock) Former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade reunited with the band to fill in for Phil Rudd during the band's performance at the Grammy Award ceremony in Los Angeles, and has been pictured signing AC/DC memorabilia at a pre-event charity bash. Also pictured at the event were the band's Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams, further fuelling speculation that Slade was to fill the drum stool vacancy created by Rudd's ongoing legal battles. Rumors began to circulate earlier this week that the Welsh drummer had been asked to return, and he's now released a statement. "This is an amazing opportunity for me," says Slade. "After all, most people don't ever get to play with their favorite band once, let alone TWICE! "I would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming support I have been shown personally, on the Facebook page and other social media. Not one comment has gone unread and it has been very humbling. Thanks so much."

Read more: Monday February 9

Friday February 6



Van Halen Confirm New Album and Box Set

(hennemusic) After days of online rumors and speculation, Van Halen have confirmed the upcoming release of "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert", their first-ever live album with original frontman David Lee Roth. Due March 31, the project features the band recorded live at the Japanese venue on June 21, 2013 as part of their tour in support of 2012's "A Different Kind Of Truth." The package will be available as a double CD, four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, and digitally. A deluxe collection featuring "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert" and newly remastered versions of their groundbreaking 1978 debut, "Van Halen", and their 6th album, "1984", will also be available as both a four-CD set and a six-LP vinyl set in special packaging.

Read more: Friday February 6

Thursday February 5



Jimmy Page Preparing For New Music and Live Return

(Gibson) Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page says he's gearing up to release new music and play live. In my dreams it would be with Led Zeppelin, but he's talking about his upcoming solo album. Talking to the press at the West London launch of the 40th anniversary deluxe reissue for "Physical Graffiti," Page said he was getting ready to hit the stage again. "How it starts off is, you have to play guitar and get match-fit first," Page told Rolling Stone. "So currently I'm in the process of doing that - but I'm also in the process of doing this (Zeppelin reissue series), too. It'll be closer to the end of the year rather than next month. I'm definitely warming up on the touchlines! "What I'm doing is something that's going to be quite different," he added. "It wouldn't be anything that hopefully you'd imagine I would do." On the subject of the Zeppelin reissues, Page said "the response has been phenomenal." "I knew all of the material was really great, but it was really important to set the scene right from the beginning and explain the fact that they were companion discs," he said. "It's been a real fun project to do because I know what's coming - and there's some great surprises."

Read more: Thursday February 5

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