Classic Rock News

Monday December 15



AC/DC Star's Alleged 'Hitman' Speaks Out

(Classic Rock) An associate of AC/DC's Phil Rudd has spoken to the media and denies claims that he was contracted by the drummer to murder a former employee and his daughter as a "hitman." Rudd was arrested by New Zealand police on November 6 and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill, as well as attempting to procure a murder after he allegedly tried to have two men killed; authorities dropped the procure charge the next day due to lack of evidence. The drummer has plead not guilty to the three remaining charges and is expected to face a judge-alone trial, without a jury, next year. Rudd made more headlines following a court appearance last week after a chance encounter with one of the parties involved in the case was determined to be a breach of his bail conditions. The alleged hitman tells the New Zealand Herald that Rudd offered him $250,000 and "the pick" of any of the cars in his $9 million collection to be his bodyguard - not a payment for what police claim Rudd "wanted done" to the former employee.

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Friday December 12



The Eagles Beat Bon Jovi In Top Rock Earning Chart

(Classic Rock) The Eagles have been named the top-earning rock band of the year, grossing around $100m between June 2013 and June 2014. Income totals were calculated using figures from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise, endorsements and other ventures. Management, agent and legal fees were not deducted. Income from their History Of The Eagles tour put them ahead of Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones - although rapper Dr Dre topped the list of all musicians with $620m and pop singer Beyonce came second with $115m. But the Eagles were the only rock outfit to reach the $100m barrier in a year which industry analysts Forbes say has seen the continuing rise of dance and pop music." Forbes report: "The History Of The Eagles tour helped the ageless rockers earn more than Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus combined."

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Thursday December 11



AC/DC Land At No. 3 With Rock Or Bust

(hennemusic) AC/DC have debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 album chart with "Rock Or Bust." The US chart news follows a No. 1 debut for the project in Australia and a No. 3 start in the UK. Billboard reports the band sold 174,00 copies of the new album during its opening week to land in the third spot behind Pentatonix ("That's Christmas To Me") and Taylor Swift ("1989"). "Rock Or Bust" is AC/DC's ninth US top 10; their previous release - 2008's "Black Ice" - delivered the group its first US No. 1 with first week sales of 784,000.

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Wednesday December 10



Metallica Frontman Faces His Fears

(Classic Rock) Metallica frontman James Hetfield has told how his lifelong fear of responsibility has caused problems with his addiction recovery. And he says turning 50 last year has given him new concerns about being thought of as a role model. In August he discussed his method for relying on fans when he suffered a lack of confidence on stage. Now Hetfield says in a video for addiction service Road Recovery: "I've been afraid of responsibility my whole life - not wanting to take responsibility for myself." He recalls an elementary school summer session where he was told to work with a group of fellow pupils on a film project. "I was, 'Hey, how about we do this?' and all these ideas. Then they said, 'Okay now, choose your leaders who's responsible for the stuff.' "I shrunk, man. I got scared. The group was like, 'You're the leader because you had all the ideas.' I was like, 'No, no, no' - and I bailed. I was afraid of responsibility. Afraid of failure, maybe; afraid that I didn't know what I was really doing." He admits: "That's kind of what it's like for me in recovery at times. Afraid to take on responsibility of sponsees, allowing myself to stand up and shine in that way."

Read more: Wednesday December 10

Tuesday December 9



Former Creedence Clearwater Revival Members Sue John Fogerty

(Radio.com) The feud between John Fogerty and his former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates has spanned decades, with Fogerty having long gone after his old band for using the Creedence Clearwater Revisited name of their touring outfit. This lawsuit was settled way back in 2001, but now appears to be picking up steam again, but in reverse, with the bandmates now going after Fogerty for his recent comments regarding the use of the Creedence trademark. According to Billboard, the 2001 settlement deemed Fogerty would back off his complains about the use of the Creedence Clearwater Revisited name in exchange for a cut of their earnings. This apparently was violated when Fogerty recently went after the Revisited camp in an interview. Now, his former band and associates, which includes Douglas Clifford, bassist Stuart Cook and the wife of late rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, are saying these interview critiques violate the settlement. The band is suing for alleged malfeasance and settlement agreement breach, as well as claiming Fogerty himself is misusing the trademark, with a tour in which is advertised to "perform the albums of Creedence Clearwater Revival."

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Monday December 8



Guns N' Roses New Album May Include Slash Contribution

(TeamRock Radio) Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus has suggested their next album could include music written by former lead guitarist Slash - nearly 20 years after he left the band. Speculation has been rife in recent months that Axl Rose is close to confirming the long-awaited follow-up release to 2008's Chinese Democracy. Speaking at a workshop event last month, Fortus said: "There's so much stuff that's recorded. There's three albums worth of material, easy. Axl is very secretive - he doesn't want stuff getting out. He wants to create stuff then release it when it's ready. He's also a bit of a perfectionist, as you can imagine." He added: "Some of the stuff comes from nothing and some of the stuff were ideas that were already there. Some of the stuff Slash did - it was the beginning of the seed of a song that's been around for a while."

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Friday December 5



Axl Rose Is Not Dead

(Radio.com) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose would like you to know, he's alive and well and getting a good laugh at some recent headline-grabbing news pertaining to him reportedly being dead. On Wednesday (Dec. 4), a fake MSNBC report, designed to look like a real MSNBC report, made the rounds with the headline, "Sources: Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose Found Dead in West Hollywood Home at Age 52." The story read, "Unconfirmed reports say Rose was found dead Tuesday late afternoon in his West Hollywood home after police were called around 3:30 pm for a welfare check." But, the Guns N' Roses frontman was doing just fine so he quickly let his many fans know, even having a little fun with his 862,000 Twitter followers, tweeting, "if I'm dead do I still have to pay taxes?" Later, Axl took to Facebook via his fan page ParadiseCity.com, to soothe his fans' worried minds by posting a picture (while feeling sarcastic) of his very alive self. "Ha! They say I'm dead - again' Wait, what? WTF? It's a hoax. Guys.

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Thursday December 4



U2 Announce Arena Tour

(Radio.com) U2 just announced their tour plans for 2015, and this time around, they're scaling down to play arenas (their last tour was a stadium trek). The trek, called the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will take the band to nine cities in North America (and 19 worldwide) next year, with pairs of shows in each city. And they're going to make it worth your time (and money) to attend both, should you decide to do that. 'We are going to try to have a completely different feeling from night one to night two," Bono said in a statement on U2's website, 'and have some fun playing with the idea of innocence and experience. More to be revealed!" The Edge called in to KROQ's Kevin and Bean show on the day of the announcement (Dec. 3) to discuss the tour, as well as Bono's recent bicycle injury and recovery, which should be complete by the time the tour rolls around in May. 'Talking to Bono's doctors, they're very confident that he'll be up and about in time for the U2 tour," The Edge said. "From May, we're going to be hitting the road. Maybe that's not a good term right now [laughs]. We're doing shows in North America, Canada United States and Europe, 19 cities. It's the first time in a decade that we're going to be playing indoors. We decided after the size of the 360 outdoor production that we couldn't really go any bigger so we decided to take it smaller."

Read more: Thursday December 4

Wednesday December 3



Rolling Stones' Bobby Keys Dead At 70

(Classic Rock) Bobby Keys, saxophonist with the Rolling Stones, has died at the age of 70. His death was confirmed by Michael Webb, keyboardist for his band Bobby Keys And The Suffering Bastards. He started working with the Rolling Stones in 1969 and continued until he was forced to stand down due to ill health in October - although at the time the Stones reported: "He's under doctor's orders to take it easy for the next month and hopes to see everyone soon." Keys, a Texan, became a full-time musician at the age of 15 and worked with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee. He first met Mick Jagger and co in 1964 although he didn't play with them until five years later when he appeared on Let It Bleed. He played on every subsequent record until 1974's It's Only Rock And Roll, then returned from 1980's Emotional Rescue to 2005's A Bigger Bang. Other work included stints with Eric Clapton, John Lennon, George Harrison, B.B. King, Joe Cocker and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Read more: Wednesday December 3

Monday December 1



AC/DC Detail Malcolm Young's Struggles With Dementia

(TeamRock Radio) AC/DC had to contain their reactions while Malcolm Young began to suffer with dementia during their Black Ice world tour, says frontman Brian Johnson. The band's mainman was forced to retire earlier this year as his condition deteriorated. Latest album Rock Or Bust, released on Monday, is their first without him. Angus Young recently revealed that his brother had begun experiencing problems before they decided to embark on the three-year tour in 2008, which became the fourth biggest-grossing of all time. At times he had to relearn his own riffs. Now Johnson tells the Guardian: "It was tough. But you couldn't say anything or do anything because it would have been like giving pity. You had to treat it like a normal day - so we did." Johnson adds: "God knows what went through his mind when he wasn't that well. He'd go on stage and… Can you imagine knowing you're not sure? You know where you are, but your mind's playing tricks. He was brilliant."

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