Classic Rock News

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.

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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.

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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.

Read more: Friday August 8

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."

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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."

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Wednesday July 30



Led Zeppelin Reissuing IV and Houses of the Holy This Fall

(Radio.com) Led Zeppelin just announced the second phase of their reissue campaign, and up next will be deluxe reissues of the band's untitled fourth album (often referred to as "IV"), originally released in 1971, and the follow-up, 1973's Houses of the Holy. Both reissues will be available on Oct. 28. All of the reissues were supervised by Zeppelin's guitarist and producer Jimmy Page. As with the reissues of the first three albums, he worked to make sure that none of the bonus material has seen the light of day before. As Page told Radio.com, "I left no stone unturned. I was even checking out whatever had come out on bootleg that had leaked out of studios in the past - not by us, I might add. But I wanted to make sure that the material that I was going to present was not out already on bootleg." Zeppelin IV is the third best-selling album in U.S. history, and has been certified 23 times platinum. The LP features a number of classics, including "Rock and Roll," "Black Dog," "Misty Mountain Hop" and, of course, "Stairway to Heaven." The deluxe edition will include unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks," mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" with extra guitar and mandolin, and an alternate version of "Stairway To Heaven." The fact that this reissue has a release date indicates that the lawsuit that was filed against Led Zeppelin by the trust of late Spirit songwriter Randy California to prevent the re-release of "IV" has not deterred the band or their label, Rhino Records from moving forward with the reissue campaign. The 11-times-platinum Houses of the Holy reissue will include "rough and working mixes" of "The Ocean" and "Dancing Days," as well as a version of "The Rain Song" without the song's distinct piano. Each reissue will be available in several formats (as was the case for the reissues of the first three albums, which were released in June): as a single CD (with no bonus tracks), a deluxe double CD (containing all the bonus tracks), a single LP, a double LP, a digital download and a "super deluxe boxed set" including all of the above material on both CD and LP, with a hi-def audio download card, as well as a hard bound 80-page book with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia.

Read more: Wednesday July 30

Tuesday July 29



Paul McCartney Reveals Classic Wings Albums Reissue Plans

(Radio.com) It's almost time to revisit "Listen to What the Man Said" and "Silly Love Songs." Paul McCartney's legendary band Wings will reissue expanded editions of the albums Venus and Mars (1975) and At the Speed of Sound on Sept. 23 in the U.S. The reissues will hit U.K. retailers a day earlier on Sept. 22. The reissues will be available in a variety of formats. The standard edition is a two-CD set that will feature remastered editions of the original albums and a second disc of bonus material, such as demo versions and unreleased tracks. Meanwhile, the deluxe edition will boast a slew of extras, including a hardback book with never-before published photos, new interviews with McCartney, "material" from the McCartney archives and additional track information. It will also come with a bonus DVD filled with archival footage from the era, including some that's yet to see the light of day until these reissues. The new editions will also be released in gatefold vinyl and digital formats.

Read more: Tuesday July 29

Monday July 28



Jon Bon Jovi Controversy Over Buffalo Bills Rumors

(Radio.com) An investment group that includes Jon Bon Jovi is looking to buy the NFL team the Buffalo Bills, according to The Hollywood Reporter. One of Bon Jovi's partners is Larry Tanenbaum, the chairman of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which controls the NBA's Raptors and NHL's Maple Leafs. Meanwhile, Bon Jovi is the former co-owner of the Arena Football League team the Philadelphia Soul. The Hollywood Reporter's article also notes that the group is looking to build a new stadium in the Toronto area, which, if true, would likely be met with its share of controversy. That's because under terms of the team's lease with the state and county, the Bills are not allowed to negotiate with anyone who, to their knowledge, has an intention of relocating the team before the end of the 2022 season, when the lease ends. The team is being sold following the death of Hall of Fame owner Ralph Wilson in March. Although the Bon Jovi-led group has not said that the change in ownership would move the team from Buffalo, many believe that it is their intent to do so.

Read more: Monday July 28

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