Classic Rock News

Monday June 16



Radio Legend Casey Kasem Dead at 82

(Radio.com) Casey Kasem, legendary host of the American Top 40 radio program that counted down the hits for American audiences every week, has died. He was 82. Kasem passed away Sunday (June 15) after a lengthy illness and battle over his conservatorship by his family member, CBS News reports. A judge ruled earlier this month that Kasem's daughter Kerri had the right to withhold food, fluids and medication from her father, a process that began earlier this week, Billboard reported. Kerri Kasem and Jean Kasem, the broadcaster's wife of 34 years, had been locked in a battle for control over the decision to keep him alive. Forbes reported that, after the ruling in Kerri Kasem's favor on Wednesday (June 11), Jean Kasem stormed out of the courtroom, announcing, "You have blood on your hands!" Kasem had suffered from Lewy body dementia since last year, a condition similar to Parkinson's that had rendered him with trouble speaking. He had also been bedridden for some time, and had been hospitalized with bedsores and sepsis.

Read more: Monday June 16

Friday June 13



Suds N' Roses: Axl Rose Appears In Beer Commercial

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose makes a cameo appearance in a new World Cup soccer commercial for Budweiser. Seconds into the two-and-a-half-minute video, you see a familiar-looking bodyguard, who is in fact Brazil's beloved UFC legend Anderson Silva. Shortly after, a band comprised of Gary Cahill, Samuel Eto'o and Hulk - professional footballers who will be participating in the World Cup - takes to the stage and performs a "rap" version of the GNR classic "Paradise City."

Read more: Friday June 13

Thursday June 12



Led Zeppelin Score Three Top 10 Debuts With Reissues

(hennemusic) The first three reissues in the Led Zeppelin album series have debuted in the top 10 on the US charts. The band's 1969 self-titled debut, "Led Zeppelin I", entered the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 7, "Led Zeppelin II" at No. 9 and "Led Zeppelin III" at No. 10. With the chart showing, Led Zeppelin has become the first artist to land three albums in the top 15 at the same time since Whitney Houston scored four following her death in early 2012. Deluxe, expanded editions of Led Zeppelin's first three albums are the first part of an extensive reissue program that will see all nine of the band's studio records reissued in chronological order, each remastered by guitarist/producer Jimmy Page.

Read more: Thursday June 12

Wednesday June 11


Lars Ulrich Gets Drum Off Challenge From Chad Smith and Will Farrell

Red Hot Chili Peppers Chad Smith and comedian Will Farrell recently faced off against each other in a drum battle on The Tonight Show. But the two have now thrown down the gauntlet and challenged Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich to a drum-off. Smith and Ferrell were discussing their epic Tonight Show drum off with Spin Magazine when the subject of Ulrich came up. Spin asked Ferrell if he and Smith had any future plans together and he responded, "I mean, we did talk about another drum-off. With a third person that looks eerily similar to Chad and I. A third drummer out there." Chad Smith added, "I think it's - did we talk about Lars?" and Ferrell responded, We talked about Lars [Ulrich], from Metallica. So, I don't know." Spin then asked him if they have heard anything back from Lars and Ferrell responded, "Your article will be the first mentioning of it." Chad added, "This is a scoop!" and Ferrell continued, "Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith. He can settle that score now, too." Chad Smith then sealed the public challenge by saying, "There it is. The gauntlet is down."

Read more: Wednesday June 11

Tuesday June 10



Paul McCartney Postpones American Tour Dates Due To Illness

Paul McCartney announced on Monday that he has been forced to push back the launch of his North American tour under the advice of his doctors as he continues to recover from a virus that sidelined his Japanese tour. McCartney tells fans, "I'm sorry but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again. I'm feeling great but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon." The tour leg will be now be kicking off on July 5th in Albany, NY and wrapping up on August 14th in San Francisco, with the seven postponed dates now taking place in early October. The rescheduled dates will kick off on October 2nd in Lubbock, TX at the United Spirit Arena and will be concluding on October 18th in Louisville, KY at the Yum! Center. The tickets for the original dates in June will be honored at the rescheduled shows.

Read more: Tuesday June 10

Monday June 9



The Kinks Close To A Reunion

It looks like brothers Ray and Dave Davies have put their bad blood behind them and The Kinks may actually be reuniting with Ray confirming in an interview that discussions are underway. Ray Davies reportedly told the Sunday Times "I met Dave only last week to talk about getting back together again," he said. "We've also spoken a few times on the phone and emailed." Davies went on to say that if the band reunites it will be to create new material, not for a greatest hits tour. "He's been composing his own songs, but I'd really like to write with him again. We both agree we don't want to do old stuff or tour with past hits. It's got to be something new."

Read more: Monday June 9

Thursday June 5



Original Guns N' Roses Reunion Predicted by Axl's Former Manager

Axl Rose's personal manager during Guns N' Roses' Use Your Illusion tour, Craig Duswalt, says that he and others in the old school GNR camp see a strong possibility of the classic lineup of the group reuniting "in the next two years." Duswalt, who is making the media rounds to promote his new memoir, "Welcome to My Jungle," says that Duff McKagan could pave the way for the band reuniting. McKagan has recently rejoined the band live, filling in for Tommy Stinson who has had live commitments with The Replacements. "Duff is paving the way to open the gates again," Duswalt said to ABC News Radio. "Axl and Duff are really getting along well at the concerts, so there's an opening." However, Duswalt also admits that there is bad blood between Axl and Slash, but he and others that were associated with the band in the past feel that Duff could bring the former members together. Duswalt tells ABC News Radio that he knows "for a fact [Axl and Slash] hate each other right now. It's bad. Axl is a loyal guy and you get on his bad side and some people don't come back, but Slash and him were so close. We [in the old-school Guns camp] all have a feeling it will happen. It's gonna happen in the next two years...there's an opening because of Duff playing with Axl." He also went into some details about where the rift between Axl and Slash originated. "It was a thing that happened at the end of [Use Your Illusion]," he said. "There were also the differences in music," Duswalt adds, "like Slash wanted to do more hard rock stuff and Axl wanted to do more ballads, rock ballads. There was that difference, but there was a specific thing that happened that both of them are at odds over."

Read more: Thursday June 5

Friday June 6



Jimi Hendrix Album Banned 47 Years After Release

(hennemusic) Jimi Hendrix's album classic, "Axis: Bold as Love", has been banned in Malayasia 47 years after its release based on its cover, which features and the guitar icon and his bandmates as various forms of Lord Vishnu. Themalaymailonline reports an unidentified spokesman from the Home Ministry's Publication Control and Quranic Text unit said compact discs with the 1967 album cover art featuring the Hindu deity would be prohibited from entering the country and they would seize such CDs found in Malaysia. "We don't care if Jimi Hendrix albums without cover art featuring Lord Vishnu come in, but if it uses Lord Vishnu's image, then of course we won't allow it," said the official. "We'll definitely take action against anything that violates religious sensitivities, whether it's Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism or Islam. We must respect each other."

Read more: Friday June 6

Wednesday June 4



Axl Says It's Possible Duff McKagan Could Return To Guns N' Roses

(Gibson) Duff McKagan recently joined his old band and bandmate Axl Rose for a batch of South American shows, as well as an appearance during Guns N' Roses current Las Vegas residency. McKagan filled in for current Guns bassist Tommy Stinson while he was busy playing reunion shows with his old band The Replacements. In a recent interview with Revolver magazine (via Blabbermouth), Rose talked briefly on whether McKagan might make a permanent return to the band: "It's possible. I don't know yet. It depends on scheduling, or what shows Tommy [Stinson] wants to do with the Replacements and stuff like that. And you know, almost everybody in the band has some kind of issue going on, personally. There's people who have lost family members. Other people are dealing with separations. Sometimes court gets in the way. Real life!" Talking about sharing the stage with his old bandmate, Rose said: "We kind of finish some of each other's memories sometimes. And the Duff that played these shows with us isn't really the Duff that I knew from what I'd call 'old Guns' or the 'Appetite For Destruction' lineup or the 'Illusion' lineup." Guns n' Roses wrap up their Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 7. After that Rose says the band will shift their focus to working on a follow up to 2008's Chinese Democracy.

Read more: Wednesday June 4

Tuesday June 3



Allman Brothers Band Announce Final Concerts

Southern rock legends The Allman Brothers Band have revealed their final tour dates. The new dates include the rescheduled Beacon Theatre shows as well as the band's swansong performances. The newly scheduled Beacon Theatre shows will be taking place on Tuesday, 10/21, Wednesday 10/22, Friday, 10/24 and Saturday, 10/25 with the tickets to the original corresponding dates being honored on the new dates. The band has also selected the Beacon Theatre as the venue where they will be performing their final shows together. Those shows will be taking place on Theatre October 27 and 28. The band has also lined up some festival appearances before the final run of Beacon Theatre shows. They will be headlining the Mountain Jam this Sunday (June 8th) in Hunter, NY and the will also headline the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, VA on September 7th. This summer the band will also be headlining two nights of their very own music festival. The Peach Festival will be taking place on August 14-17 in Pennsylvania and will also feature Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jaimoe's Jasssz Band, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Trey Anastasio Band, Lotus, Big Gigantic, the Taj Mahal Trio, Blackberry Smoke, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, the London Souls and more.

Read more: Tuesday June 3

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