Classic Rock News

Tuesday July 1



The Who To Launch Long Goodbye With 50th Anniversary Tour

The Who announced that they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year by launching The Who Hits 50! British tour, which frontman Roger Daltrey says "is the beginning of the long goodbye." There is no word yet if the tour plans will extend to other markets across the globe but Daltrey's comments have lead to speculation that this is the first leg of the band's farewell tour. The British trek is scheduled to kick off on November 26th in Dublin, Ireland and will include stops in Belfast, Glasgow, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff and will conclude on December 17th in London. The Who Hits 50! tour will feature music spanning the legendary band's entire career from present day songs, classic hits and deep cuts from the band's classic albums including Who's Next, Tommy, My Generation, Quadrophenia and even material from their The High Numbers days. Guitarist Pete Townshend bills the setlist as 'Hits, Picks, Mixes and Misses'. Here is what he had to say about the tour, "Trying to stay young. Not wearing socks. Growing a great big woodcutter's beard. Might even wear a check shirt on stage and get a tattoo of a Union Jack. Always a fashion victim. But under no illusions. "We are what we are, and extremely good at it, but we're lucky to be alive and still touring. If I had enough hairs to split I would say that for thirteen years since 1964 The Who didn't really exist, so we are really only thirty-seven."

Read more: Tuesday July 1

Monday June 30



Bobby Womack Dead at 70

(Radio.com) Bobby Womack, one of the most enduring spirits of soul and R&B, has died. His label, XL Records, has confirmed the news, but has not yet released the cause of death. He was 70. Born in Cleveland, Womack cut his teeth early on when he joined with his siblings Cecil, Curtis, Harry, and Friendly Jr. to form the gospel quintet the Womack Brothers. From there, under the tutelage of the forefathers of soul music like Sam Cooke, Sly Stone, and Wilson Picket, Bobby Womack's talent grew. It was the heyday of American soul in the '60s music, and success found Womack after he penned the song "It's All Over Now," which was swiftly picked up and made famous by the Rolling Stones. Soon after, controversy brewed when Womack married Cooke's widow, Barbara Campbel. He became a pariah in the R&B community, seen as an opportunist to cash in on Cooke's success. Undeterred, Womack continued playing guitar for major artists in the late '60s, including Ray Charles, Joe Tex, King Curtis and Aretha Franklin. He embarked on a solo career in the early '70s with his debut Communication followed by a string of successful albums including 1972′s Understanding and Across 110th Street. He would admit in his 2007 memoir Midnight Mover that cocaine addiction took over his life in the late '70s, and reached a low point after the sudden death of his son in 1976. While still putting out classic albums, his career wavered in the '80s and '90s as Womack adjusted to the shifting musical landscape.

Read more: Monday June 30

Friday June 27



Jeff Beck Cancels Tour For 'Emergency Medical' Reasons

(hennemusic) Jeff Beck has cancelled his European summer tour dates after seeking immediate medical attention which will see the guitarist undergo an unidentified hospital procedure requiring six weeks of rest. "It is with the greatest regret that Jeff Beck has been forced to cancel the forthcoming European dates of his worldwide tour, set to begin in Austria on 27 June," posted the rocker's team on his social media sites. "Following many months of international touring and after seeking emergency medical attention, Jeff will now undertake a short hospital procedure and his doctors have instructed a complete break from performance for a total of six weeks. Following the treatment, Jeff will fulfill his US tour commitments beginning in Missoula MT on 8th August." "He sends his profound apologies to those fans who had bought tickets for the European concerts," continued the statement, "and very much looks forward to playing for his American audiences after he has completed his treatment."

Read more: Friday June 27

Thursday June 26



Queen Didn't Authorize Song Use In Alleged Nazi Video

(Radio.com) Music, especially punk and metal music, have used Nazi, Satanic, anarchist and all kinds of imagery and iconography to shock fans for years, but for a famous Indonesian Idol judge, the message is a bit muddier. The video had been up for a while but the German magazine Der Spiegel called attention to it on Tuesday (June 24) noticing that Dhani's black uniform jacket was strikingly similar to that of infamous SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Queen guitarist Brian May, quite obviously, was quick to distance himself from the ad, saying on Twitter, "Of course this is completely unauthorized by us." It's a little unclear whether the video actually uses Nazi iconography. The eagle that one of the men holds in the beginning is quite possibly the Garuda Pancasila - the National emblem of Indonesia - and not the Hoheitszeichen which was adopted by the National Socialist party. As far as Dhani's coat? That's a little unclear.

Read more: Thursday June 26

Wednesday June 25



Def Leppard Star To Undergo Stem Cell Transplant

(hennemusic) Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell will undergo a stem cell transplant this fall to battle the return of his Hodgkin's lymphoma. Campbell first revealed the cancer news last summer, and advised fans that it had gone into remission last fall following chemotherapy treatments. Campbell tells the Daily Herald, "So I went to Dublin and started to record with the band [in February], we started work on a new record, and as soon as I got back from that, I did another surgical biopsy and that showed that the cancer had definitely come back," he explained. "I'm actually doing this new high-tech chemo treatment, I'm about halfway through it already, and it's really kind of easy going. It's the first new drug that's been discovered for Hodgkin's since 1977 and they made this discovery in 2011, and it's actually being pioneered here at City of Hope, so I'm part of this research clinical trial that's going on. "It's very, very benign chemo, actually it just targets -- I don't know how it works, obviously I'm not a medical person, but somehow or other it just manages to target the cancer cells. It's not like old-school, carpet-bomb chemo where it kills all the fast-growing cells, so I haven't experienced any hair loss or any issues with my skin or nails or anything this time around, which is good. And assuming that works, I'm going to have to continue a couple of treatments, actually, over the course of the [KISS] tour, so that's awkward to work around, but not impossible." "Assuming that it all works and I actually get to a perceived remission stage by August," he added, "then as soon as the tour is over in early September I'm going to get a stem-cell transplant, which I can't say I'm looking forward to, but I've been told if I don't do that, the cancer's going to just keep coming back every couple years. And every time it's a little bit more resistant. It is what it is. It could be worse -- but at least I have health insurance. (laughs)"

Read more: Wednesday June 25

Tuesday June 24



'Gimme Shelter' Singer Merry Clayton Seriously Injured In Crash

Famed Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" backup singer Merry Clayton was seriously injured in a car accident on Monday. Her official website provided these details: "It is with deep regret, but also deep gratitude, that we announce the following about our beloved Merry Clayton. At approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, Merry was involved in a major automobile accident in Los Angeles, California. "Merry sustained severe injuries to her lower body, including major trauma to her lower extremities. We are truly grateful that our dear Merry is still with us. "She has a long road of recovery ahead and we thank you all for your prayers as we link arms together with faith and the Lord's strength for her rapid healing. "For all that know her personally, and those that have been blessed by her God-given talents, please know that her spirit is very strong and her faith unwavering. Her voice is not silenced and His praises continue to be on her lips." Apart from her vocals on the legendary Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd classics, Merry has worked with a wide range of artists including Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Carole King, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Tori Amos, Jerry Garcia and Neil Young.

Read more: Tuesday June 24

Monday June 23



Aerosmith Cancel Show Due To Unrest

(hennemusic) Aerosmith have pulled the plug on their July 2nd show in Kiev, Ukraine due to the ongoing political upheaval in the country, according to event promoter National Corporation Of Entertainment. "With much regret we have decided to cancel the Aerosmith show in Kiev on July 2nd," announced the. "It is impossible to produce this show in Ukraine while there is civil war. We can't ensure safety to the artists, crew and the audience. We can't ensure safety of the equipment. "We're facing many economic and technical difficulties and in a state of civil war those difficulties are impossible to resolve. Therefore we just can't carry out the show on July 2nd and are very sorry for that." "We all did our best to present the show in Kiev but we have no option but to cancel," they added. "We hope that Aerosmith will be able to perform in Ukraine at some time in the future when there is peace and more stability in Ukraine. We are arranging refunds for ticket-holders".

Read more: Monday June 23

Thursday June 19



Slash Discouraged By Today's Lack Of Rock Singers

(Gibson) Slash recently spoke about the seemingly never-ending search for a new Velvet Revolver singer. The band have been on the lookout for a new frontman since parting with Scott Weiland back in 2008. The guitarist is a bit frustrated with the lack of new young rock singers, as he told Gary Cool: "There's a lot of people that we tried out that we don't talk about. The more that time passes, the less rock and roll singers there seems to be. Like, that style of just really, sort of, from-the-heart, guttural rock and roll. It seems to be just getting more and more glossed up." Velvet Revolver were close to partnering up with Corey Taylor a few years back, even going so far as to record ten songs with the Slipknot and Stone Sour singer. The band briefly reunited with Weiland for a one-off event in 2012, but don't seem to have any plans on inviting him back in the fold. Slash ensures that Velvet Revolver is still very much alive, just in hibernation: "Obviously, it's not broken up; it's sort of in a state of dormancy. And so whenever the right guy [pops up]…" In the meantime fans of Slash can look forward to a new album, World on Fire, on September 15.

Read more: Thursday June 19

Wednesday June 18



Ozzy Lands Role As Punk Rock Fish On Kid's TV Show

(Radio.com) Ozzy Osbourne just got his next big TV role - and it's as a cartoon fish whose name is strikingly similar to a fellow controversial rock star. Rolling Stone reports that Osbourne will voice a character in the Nickelodeon children's TV show Bubble Guppies. He'll play Sid Fishy, a "rock and roll fish who just loves being rotten." Sound familiar? Though the likeness is a bit different, Sid Fishy seems to bear some similarity to Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious - with perhaps some Johnny Rotten thrown in there too. The town of Bubbletucky's equivalent of a punk rocker is known for his slime spray, which he uses to terrorize the town's residents. "The green liquid is Sid Fishy's 'stink sauce' made up of different smells such as stinky socks and rotten eggs," a show representative told Rolling Stone. "He wants to use the stink sauce to cover Big Bubble City and all its citizens to make them stinky."

Read more: Wednesday June 18

Tuesday June 17



Peter Gabriel and Genesis Reuniting For BBC

Peter Gabriel revealed on his official website that he and the original member of Genesis are reuniting for the first time since 1975 to take part in an upcoming documentary. The feature length documentary is being produced by the BBC and will include the participation of Gabriel, Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford. A broadcast date for the film has not yet been announced. Gabriel site had these details: From their first beginnings as a band of songwriters in the late 1960s to its final incarnation as a rock giant in the 1990s - via full-blown theatrical progressive rock in the mid-1970s and the subtler jazzy pop of the early 1980s - Genesis could perplex and enrage the die-hards, whilst exciting and exhilarating the newer disciples. The film recounts an extraordinary musical story, exploring the band's songwriting as well as emotional highs and lows, alongside previously unseen archive material and rare performance footage across their entire career.

Read more: Tuesday June 17

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