Classic Rock News

Monday January 27



AND THE GRAMMY GOES TO…

The 56th annual Grammy Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and as always there were surprise winners and stunned losers. Some of the night’s biggest winners were: Best Metal Performance – Black Sabbath – “God is Dead?;” Best Rock Song – Paul McCartney/Dave Grohl/Pat Smear/Krist Novoselic – “Cut Me Some Slack;” Best Rock Album – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day; Best Surround Sound Album – Paul McCartney – Live Kisses; Best Music Film – Paul McCartney – Live Kisses; Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package – Wings – Wings Over America.

Read more: Monday January 27

Friday January 24



U2 TO DEBUT NEW TUNE DURING SUPER BOWL

As has been rumored for weeks if not months, U2 will premiere a new song, “Invisible,” in a commercial during next Sunday’s Super Bowl. In addition, the song will available as a limited-edition free download on iTunes for the first 24 hours after the commercial for (RED) and Bank of America airs. Of the song, singer Bono told the Los Angeles Times, “It’s not what you expect. It’s not your typical love song. ‘Invisible is an anthemic number about leaving one’s hometown.” The track is destined for the band’s forthcoming, as-yet untitled 13th studio album.

Read more: Friday January 24

Thursday January 23



SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES NETS BOSS 11TH NO. 1 ALBUM

Debuting as high as it can get, Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, selling 99,000 copies in its first week out. By entering the survey at No. 1, High Hopes hands the Boss his 11th chart-topping collection, pushing him past Elvis Presley for third place on the list of most No. 1 albums by an artist on the Billboard chart, behind only the Beatles (19) and rapper Jay Z (13). Bruce’s first chart-topper was 1980’s The River.

Read more: Thursday January 23

Wednesday January 22



DELUXE EDITION OF DYLAN’S 30TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT DUE ON DVD

It has been decreed that a new, bolstered deluxe edition of Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration shall be released on March 4. Filmed in 1992 at Madison Square Garden, the once-in-a-lifetime event features outstanding performances of Dylan classics by Neil Young, The Band, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder and the late George Harrison and Lou Reed, among many others. Forty minutes of never-before-seen footage have been added to the forthcoming deluxe edition.

Read more: Wednesday January 22

Tuesday January 21



U2 TO BE FALLON’S FIRST MUSICAL GUEST ON THE TONIGHT SHOW

Millions of music fans were already counting the days before Jimmy Fallon takes over for Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, but now they have one more big reason to have February 17 get here: U2! The Irish Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will be Fallon’s first musical guest, the show’s music booker, Jonathan Cohen, confirmed via Twitter on Sunday night. Variety reports actor and sometime rapper Will Smith also join Fallon as he makes his debut immediately following NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Read more: Tuesday January 21

Friday January 17



U2 EARNS OSCAR NOD FOR “ORDINARY LOVE”

Fresh off its Best Original Song Golden Globe Awards win last week, U2’s “Ordinary Love” will vie in the equivalent category at the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2 in Los Angeles. The Irish rock quartet wrote the stirring tribute to the late South African president Nelson Mandela for the beloved human rights champion’s biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. This is the second Oscar nod for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band; they were previously nominated for “The Hands That Built America” from Gangs of New York.

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Thursday January 16



YES WORKING ON FOLLOW-UP TO 2011’S FLY FROM HERE

Progressive rock icons Yes are in the studio working on a new album that will serve as the follow-up to their latest full-length record, 2011’s Fly From Here. A post on the group’s Facebook page is titled “In the Studio – 2014” and features five photos of the band members – Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and latest lead vocalist Jon Davison – in a Los Angeles studio with producer Roy Thomas Baker. A note above the photos simply says: “Yes embark on the recording of their latest album.”

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Wednesday January 15



MCCARTNEY, STARR JOIN GRAMMY PERFORMERS LINEUP

Sadly, the closest thing to a Beatles reunion that could ever take place is seeing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform together on the same stage. Happily, that will happen at the 56th annual Grammy Awards on January 26 in Los Angeles, now that the two former Fab Four bandmates have been added to the lineup of performers. McCartney is nominated for Best Rock Song for “Cut Me Some Slack” featuring former Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Noveselic, and Starr will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Read more: Wednesday January 15

Tuesday January 14



JOURNEY’S “DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’” TAPPED AS BEST DRIVING SONG

The fine folks at Insurance.com recently conducted a survey to determine the best driving song and respondents picked the Journey classic “Don’t Stop Believin’.” USA Today reports 2,000 licensed drivers 18 and older weighed in and the majority selected the 1981 anthem as the best car song ever. The top 10 list also includes Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long,” Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” and Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway.”

Read more: Tuesday January 14

Monday January 13



FLEETWOOD SAYS CHRISTINE MCVIE WILL REJOIN BAND

During Fleetwood Mac’s concert in Hawaii on Saturday, drummer Mick Fleetwood told the crowd, “This is the worst kept secret there is, but Christine McVie will be rejoining Fleetwood Mac.” In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, longtime Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks discussed the possible return of McVie, something the founding member publicly declared she wanted to do late last year after years of saying she would never return. Nicks said, “All I can say is, Chris has so nailed it into our heads that she would never come back. And she has literally, so many times, extensively told us why she would never come back… So I’ll be interested to see, along with the rest of you, what Christine will do.” Nicks went on to add, “When people say, ‘Did she ask if she could come back?’ It’s her band, for God’s sake. If she wants to come back, it’s her band. Fleetwood Mac-Vie. She started the damn band. So wouldn’t it be great? Yes, it would be. I’ll believe it when I see it.”

Read more: Monday January 13

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