Classic Rock News

Wednesday December 31

Fleetwood Mac Have Begun Their 'Last Act'

(TeamRock Radio) Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsay Buckingham says that the band's reunion tour and upcoming album with Christine McVie will be a "beautiful way to wrap up this last act." She officially rejoined this year after retiring in 1998, and they're currently touring the world under the banner On With The Show. But Buckingham, who admits to initial doubts over her return, has given his strongest hint yet that Mac are considering winding down - and he's putting solo plans on hold until the completion of their first record since 2003. He tells PBS: "If you want to think of this as the beginning of the last act, that's how it feels. Christine really fills the gap of the polarity that might exist otherwise, and helps things breathe. "We got this call from Christine saying she wanted to come back. We were in the middle of touring, the four of us. My initial reaction was, 'Okay - we have to take this with baby steps.' The want to return doesn't mean you can repeat history; it doesn't mean all the tools, all the reference points are still there for it all to work."

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Tuesday December 30

AC/DC and U2 To Rock The Grammy Awards?

A report surfaced on Monday that suggested that AC/DC, U2 and Madonna have all signed on to perform during the 57th annual Grammy Awards on February 8th. There are several media outlets that report music industry site Hits Double Daily reported in their "rumor mill" section on Monday that the three artists have been booked for the awards show that will be taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS. However, as of Monday night that report could not be found on the HDD website. The article reportedly said, "Nothing official yet, but the word from sources in inside the Recording Academy is that AC/DC, Madonna and U2 have been booked to perform on the Grammys," according to Trendio. Another report from Brave Words published this quote from the HDD report, "Each December, executive producer Ken Ehrlich makes an all-out effort to confirm a handful of performers for the show prior to the holiday break, during which it's difficult to get hold of pretty much anyone in a position of authority, and these three perennial draws are precisely the kind of act Ehrlich would typically approach."

Read more: Tuesday December 30

Monday December 29

Paul Stanley Recalls 'Cancer' Of KISS Reunion

(Classic Rock) KISS frontman Paul Stanley says the band's reunion with original members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss for 1998's Psycho Circus was such a nightmare that it almost put him off the idea of making another album. The project followed the successful 1996/97 reunion tour that delivered the first shows with the guitarist and drummer since 1979's Dynasty trek. The 13-month run saw the original Kiss lineup perform 192 dates in 25 countries on its way to grossing US$143.7 million and their most successful tour to date. Stanley has referenced the poor attitudes and work ethic of his former bandmates over the years while co-founder Gene Simmons says there's no chance of any future reunions with the pair despite their induction into the 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. But Stanley reveals things were not well within the Kiss camp as they began work on their first album together since Dynasty (Criss did not perform but is credited on 1980's Unmasked). The frontman tells Chris Jericho's "Talk Is Jericho" podcast: "Everything was wrong. Psycho Circus was kind of like the result of a cancer that was building. We had gotten back together - we brought those guys back - and they were just completely apologetic and remorseful and thankful to be back." "And we never said they were gonna be equal partners. Why would they be equal partners? The band had existed without them. So, that being said, nobody should start a collection, although they might need it now." Stanley declares: "Those guys won the lottery twice. And when they came back, they were pretty broke. And we could take 'pretty' out of that. And yet it wasn't too long after things started to happen again that they started doing the same stuff. And it just became ugly and no fun." Stanley reveals some of the behind the scenes antics that he and Simmons were faced with from Criss and Frehley.

Read more: Monday December 29

Friday December 26th

Queen To Stream New Year's Eve Concert Online

The BBC has announced plans to stream Queen and Adam Lambert's New Year's Eve "Rock Big Ben Live" concert event online for fans around the globe via BBC Music.

The event at Central Hall Westminster in London - close to the iconic landmark of Big Ben - will see just 2000 fans on hand to watch the legendary band ring in 2015.

"Queen + Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben Live" will take place in the build up to the clock striking midnight to see in 2015 and continue after the spectacular, world famous fireworks display along the river Thames, which will also be shown live on BBC One.

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Wednesday December 24th

Queen's May and Taylor Not Happy With New Album

Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor reveal in a new interview that they are not happy with the recently released 'Queen Forever' album, according to Ultimate Classic Rock.

The new double-disc compilation featured a few previously unreleased Freddie Mercury tracks, including a duet with Michael Jackson, as well as an assortment of Queen classics.

Taylor tells Classic Rock Magazine, "Apart from that it is a rather odd mixture of our slower stuff, I didn't want the double-album version they've put out.

"It's an awful lot for people to take in, and it's bloody miserable. I wouldn't call it an album either. It's a compilation with three new tracks. It's more of a record company confection. It's not a full-blooded Queen album."

May adds, "I can understand Roger's reticence. He's not really a ballad writer, so this album's not really representative of Roger Taylor. It actually wasn't our idea. If it had been down to me it would have been an EP of these new songs, but we'd already promised the record company some kind of compilation."

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Tuesday December 23rd

Joe Cocker Dead At 70

Joe Cocker has died at the age of 70 after a battle against lung cancer. The vocalist is best known for his 1969 version of the Beatles' track With A Little Help From My Friends, featuring Jimmy Page on guitar, from his debut album of the same name.

He notched up another 21 records, the last of which was 2012's Fire It Up. In 1999 he was named as one of the top 100 singers of all time by Mojo, then in 2008 was given a similar accolade by Rolling Stone.

Cocker won a Grammy for Up Where We Belong, a duet with Jennifer Warnes used in the 1982 movie An Office And A Gentleman. He was given an OBE in 2007.

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Monday December 22nd

Phil Rudd Says He's Returning To AC/DC Despite Legal Problems

Phil Rudd has vowed he'll be behind the drumkit when AC/DC tour the world next year. He's on bail after being charged with threatening to kill and possession of drugs in November - and faces a jail term of up to seven years if he's found guilty.

But the 60-year-old tells One News that the charges are "ludicrous" and adds: "Everyone listens to the wrong people. They should listen to me. I'm a good guy - and a pretty good drummer, by the way. Ask Angus; he'll tell you."

He says of his current predicament: "This has just been a big ball of cheese, and all the rats are gathering and having a piece. That's just life. But that's not who I am."

He adds: "I'm going back to work with AC/DC - and I don't care who likes it and who doesn't."

Read more: Monday December 22nd

Friday December 19th

The Who Recruit Joan Jett To Open North American Tour

Joan Jett will celebrate her forthcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a victory lap in the form of a North American arena tour opening for the Who.

Jett and the Who have history together, as she noted in a press statement. "After [her former band] the Runaways ended, the Who and [their then-manager] Bill Curbishley stepped up, and let me use their studio, Ramport," Jett said.

"That gave me the freedom to start my label, Blackheart Records. I've modeled my career and my company after their amazing organization. I'm so happy to be part of their 50th anniversary tour. No one personifies Rock and Roll Royalty more than the Who."

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Thursday December 18th

AC/DC Frontman Had Doubts About New Album

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has admitted he wasn't certain he could deliver on 17th album Rock Or Bust. But he believes the nervous energy surrounding the band has added an extra dimension to the recordings.

Rock Or Bust was released earlier this month. It's their first title without mainman Malcolm Young, who had to retire due to his dementia. The future of drummer Phil Rudd is in doubt as a result of his current legal issues.

In a recent interview just released by the BBC, Johnson says: "I've got to stick my hand up and tell the truth - I went to Vancouver with the boys and I hadn't sung a song in anger in five and a half years.

"I went with my fingers crossed and my eyes shut into the singing booth. I was just so happy that it came out good; the band was swinging and I think we all got carried away."

Read more: Thursday December 18th

Wednesday December 17

The Who Postpone Shows Due To Roger Daltrey Illness

The Who have been forced to postpone two of their concert this week that are part of their The Who Hits 50 tour after frontman Roger Daltrey came down with a throat infection. The concerts were scheduled to take place tonight (December 17th) and tomorrow night at the O2 Arena but have been rescheduled to March 22nd and 23rd after Daltry was ordered to rest his voice by doctors. The Who's camp issued this statement, "On medical advice singer Roger Daltrey has been ordered to rest his voice due to a throat infection. The band and their management wish to sincerely apologize to all ticket holders for the inconvenience and disappointment this has caused." The O2 Arena dates are part of the band's current 50th anniversary tour. They are scheduled to launch the North American leg of The Who Hits 50 tour in mid-April.

Read more: Wednesday December 17