Classic Rock News

Friday April 18



NEW BRUCE TUNE DEBUTS AHEAD OF RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE

Tomorrow, millions of record store fans will flock to their favorite vinyl and CD store to celebrate the 2014 edition of Record Store Day. One of the exclusive goodies that will be on sale is Bruce Springsteen’s American Beauty EP, a companion piece to the Boss’ current full-length studio album High Hopes. On Thursday, fans were given a sneak peek at the EP with the release of the single “Hurry Up Sundown.”

Read more: Friday April 18

Thursday April 17



AC/DC RETIREMENT RUMORS SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES

Following forty-eight hours of intense rumors revolving around the impending retirement of AC/DC, the group itself issued a statement on its Facebook page Wednesday admitting that one of its members is stepping away, but the band will move forward. The statement reads: “After 40 years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group’s diehard legions of fans worldwide for their never-ending love and support. In light of this news, AC/DC asks that Malcolm’s and his family’s privacy be respected during this time. The band will continue to make music.”

Read more: Thursday April 17

Wednesday April 16



PLANT PUTS PARISHIONERS ON STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN WITH CHURCH GIG

Often nicknamed “The Golden God,” Robert Plant blessed parishioners at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in the tiny village of Northleach, Gloucestershire, England with a surprise charity concert inside the small church last weekend. The Led Zeppelin singer and his musical apostle Steve Winwood of Traffic fame answered the prayers of 400 churchgoers when they performed Led Zep’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” as well as “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down” and “Wade in the Water.”

Read more: Wednesday April 16

Tuesday April 15



GABRIEL GRATEFUL FOR HONOR, WON’T RULE OUT GENESIS REUNION

Backstage after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a second time, Peter Gabriel spoke with Rolling Stone about his induction as a solo artist, and about Genesis, with whom he was first enshrined. Now 64, Gabriel said, “Getting awards is nature’s way of saying you’re getting old, so you can get a little more reflective. There are few good things about getting old except you care less about what people think.” Of course what Genesis fans are always thinking and wondering is whether Gabriel will ever reunite with his former band. When asked, he said, “I never say never. I think there’s a small chance, but I don’t think it’s very high.”

Read more: Tuesday April 15

Monday April 14



STEELY DAN SUMMER SHOWS NOW SPAN 14 DATES

The Steely Dan summer Jamalot U.S. tour now includes a total of 14 performances, starting with a two-night run in Redmond, WA July 5 and 6. Additional stops are scheduled in Concord, CA, San Diego, Oklahoma City, Bethlehem, PA, Niagara Falls, NY, Madison, WI, Interlochen, MI, two shows in Red Bank, NJ, Providence, RI and Two performances in Morristown, NJ September 9 and 10.

Read more: Monday April 14

Friday April 11



WOMEN LEAD ROCKIN’ ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION PARTY

Thursday night’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony welcomed performers Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt and the E Street Band into the pantheon of rock, and featured a plethora of female voices during the event’s traditional live performances. Joan Jett, Lorde, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and St. Vincent each took turns filling in for the late Kurt Cobain alongside surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novocelic, while Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Carrie Underwood and Emmylou Harris paid tribute to Ronstadt, who did not attend due to health reasons. Meanwhile, the fireworks expected to be set off amongst the four feuding original members of Kiss turned out to be duds as everyone was on their best behavior. All four – Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss - took turns making separate acceptance speeches, but Stanley seemed to sum up the sentiment, saying, “To Peter, Ace, Gene – we are the original four, so we could not have done this if we didn’t start this together. Everything we’ve done is built on the past. We’ve got a great, great legacy.” Stanley also tipped his cap to the fans, and again flipped his middle finger to the Rock Hall powers that be, saying, “Here we are tonight, inducted basically for the things we were left out for. The people buy albums. The people who nominate do not.”

Read more: Friday April 11

Thursday April 10



FORMER ROLLING STONES MANAGER WON’T BE AT ROCK HALL INDUCTION

Original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham is the latest member of the class of 2014 to announce he won’t attend tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn. At a recent lecture in Germany, Oldham told the audience, “I won’t be there, I’ll tell you why. It’s a television show. Twenty years ago it was an incredible party in the Waldorf-Astoria where everybody could behave exactly as they could 20 years ago. And then it became a business. I think it’s healthier to stay home. I think those people basically hijacked the name ‘rock ‘n’ roll.’”

Read more: Thursday April 10

Wednesday April 9



AEROSMITH ROLLS OUT 20 “LET ROCK RULE” TOUR DATES

As promised, Aerosmith and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators will crisscross the country this summer on the appropriately named “Let Rock Rule” tour, starting with a July 10 gig in Wantagh, NY. The 20-show trek will hit cities such as Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Newark, NJ and Bristow, VA before winding down September 12 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Tickets for the rockin’ road trip go on sale this Saturday.

Read more: Wednesday April 9

Tuesday April 8



BACH BACKS SIMMONS, SIDES WITH STANLEY ON FREHLEY FRACAS

Despite being an unabashed Kiss fan, former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach says he can sympathize with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, who refused to perform with Ace Frehley at this Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In a recent interview, Bach said, “As a fan, I understand why people would want to see that. But…I understand why Gene Simmons doesn’t work with Ace Frehley. Ace has sides to him that maybe the fans don’t see. That’s all I can say.” Bach did hint that he will expand on his Frehley comments in his upcoming autobiography, which he is currently writing.

Read more: Tuesday April 8

Monday April 7



KISS AMONG ROCK HALL INDUCTEES BOOKED FOR THE TONIGHT SHOW

New Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon will celebrate Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony with a week’s worth of incoming inductees. According to Rolling Stone, Kiss will be “rocking the house” on Friday, John Oates of Hall & Oates will be sitting in with the Roots tonight, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) is slated to perform Tuesday, and former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novocelic will be guests of Fallon on Wednesday, though it is unclear whether they will perform, since Stevie Nicks is already booked as Wednesday’s musical guest. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Read more: Monday April 7

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