Classic Rock News

Monday June 2



Rock Hall CEO Uses Race Card On KISS Frontman

Rock Hall President and CEO Joel Peresman used the race card when responding to criticism from Paul Stanley, saying that the KISS frontman has "been almost borderline racist" for the suggestion that non-rock artists do not belong in something called the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Peresman made they comments during an interview with Radio.com. They were discussing this year's induction and the interviewer pointed out that Gene Simmons' speech was surprisingly gracious and Peresman responded, "It was a lovely speech, it was actually kind of classy, as opposed to Paul [Stanley]'s. That speech was the best advertisement for [pointing out that] what we did was right. He's been almost borderline racist, not in that speech, but in other interviews talking about how hip-hop artists shouldn't be inducted because they don't play instruments. It's like, 'What are you, kidding?' "And he talks about the nominating committee, and how those guys don't buy records. Those guys buy records! They're f—ing fans! Those guys are writers and critics and musicians. Those are the people who buy records and got into the business because they love music." But it appears that Peresman fired at the wrong target. While Stanley has made a lot of headlines being critical of the Rock Hall, it was Gene Simmons who called into question the Rock Hall's practice of inducting non-rock artists. Simmons told Radio.com "I have no beef with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You go on with your bad self and get more disco artists. Get the Boston Pops Orchestra to be inducted! "A long time ago it was diluted. It's really back room politics, like Boss Tweed. A few people decide what's in and what's not. And the masses just scratch their heads. You've got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-D.M.C. in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You're killing me! That doesn't mean those aren't good artists. But they don't play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing!" Simmons was asked a follow-up question about his friend Donna Summer "finally" being inducted and he responded, "What do you mean 'finally?' Donna was my next door neighbor for many years, I knew and liked her, she was on my [1978] solo record. But if you asked Donna, 'What kind of artist are you?' do you think she would say 'rock?' If you asked Madonna, 'What kind of artist are you?' do you think she would say, 'Oh, rock!' "So what they hell are they doing in the Hall of Fame? They can run their organization any way they'd like, but it ain't rock! It just isn't! If you don't play guitar and you don't write your own songs, you don't belong there."

Read more: Monday June 2

Friday May 30



Bret Michaels Suffers Medical Emergency During Concert

Poison frontman Bret Michaels, who has type 1 diabetes, was rushed off stage during a concert in Manchester, NH, on Thursday night and was treated by paramedics on the scene, according guitarist Pete Evick. Michaels was performing with his solo band at the Palace Theater and shortly into the band's set the singer was forced to rush off stage. Evick posted the news to fans on Michael's Facebook page. He wrote, "This is a message I never imagined I'd have to post. Tonight in Manchester, NH, three songs into the set Bret had me sing a song as he rushed off stage. "In the nine years I've stood next to him, I've never seen a look like the one on his face as if I was a complete stranger. One of the crew returned instantly to notify me that Bret's blood sugar was extremely low. "He returned to the stage only to announce that he could not continue. As you all know he is a health fanatic and fiercely monitors his blood sugar, he basically had to be dragged off the stage in his sickest of conditions. When I rushed to the bus he could barely speak, but begged me to apologize to the fans and seemed only concerned for them. "As of now he is with paramedics being evaluated. We will keep you posted throughout the evening." At press time, several hours later, there were no further updates aside from this message: "Sending a huge shout out to all the paramedics both on and off duty who have assisted Bret tonight. No words can thank you enough for your help."

Read more: Friday May 30

Thursday May 29



Axl Rose Rejects World's Greatest Singer Title

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has reacted to a recent "world's greatest singers" study which found that he had the greatest vocal range out of a number of popular singers. His reaction comes as an expanded study reveals that Faith No More's Mike Patton actually holds the crown. Rose reacted humbly to the findings of the ConcertHotels.com list, offering his own list of the greatest singers. He penned a response to Spin after he read an article they published about the study. Axl sent the following statement to Spin, "Big thanks to all the fans and media for the props reacting to the Spin top vocalists article. From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared calling the entire group 'The World's Greatest Singers.' It's very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble. "If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer as in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers. "That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly 70′s rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me! Peace! Axl." After ConcertHotels.com published their chart, which listed 77 popular singers ranging from Rose to Taylor Swift, Vintage Vinyl News took the study even further by studying the vocal range of singers that were not included on the original list. VVN found that of the additional singers that they studied, Faith No More's Mike Patton comes out on top with a 6 octave range, followed by Slipknot and Stone Sour's Corey Taylor (5 octaves), avant-garde singer Diamanda Galás (5 octaves), Van Halen's David Lee Roth (5 octaves). All four came in ahead of Axl Rose in the expanded study.

Read more: Thursday May 29

Wednesday May 28



Motley Crue's Vince Neil Now Part-Owner Of Pro Football Team

(hennemusic) Motley Crue singer Vince Neil has signed on as part-owner of the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League. Neil's ownership venture into the AFL follows the recent purchase and launch of the LA KISS by KISS members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. "As an owner, I'm just here to cheer on the team, you know," says Neil about his new role in an interview with First Coast News. "…and get some new fans in the seats - people who are maybe thinking about going to the game but really haven't committed to it - get off the couch and come down to the game. It's something really, really exciting and I think once you go, you'll be hooked." Vince and Motley Crue will launch their farewell trek - billed as "The Final Tour" - on July 2 in Grand Rapids, Michigan with guest Alice Cooper. The band will release a new song, "All Bad Things Must Come To An End", as part of a new greatest hits package that will surface in sync with the tour.

Read more: Wednesday May 28

Tuesday May 27



Queen Releasing Album Of Unreleased Freddie Mercury Song

(hennemusic) Queen guitarist Brian May has revealed more details regarding the band's plans to issue unreleased material featuring the late Freddie Mercury, during a new interview with BBC Radio. "We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us playing, and they're quite beautiful," May told BBC Radio Wales' Wynne Evans. "So people will be hearing this work towards the end of the year. We are gonna put out an album which probably is called Queen Forever. And it's a compilation, but it will have this new material which nobody in the world has ever heard. I think people will really enjoy it." "Most of it comes from the '80s when we were in full flight. So it's is quite emotional," May continued. "It is the big, big ballads and the big, big epic sound. It wouldn't have been if we hadn't have done this restoration job. We had to start from scratch, because we only had scraps. But knowing how it would have happened if we had finished it, I can sit there and make it happen with modern technology. And we have Pro Tools these days; and you can do almost anything in Pro Tools." The project is expected to include Mercury's work with Michael Jackson, as well as unreleased collaborations with David Bowie, Andy Gibb, and Rod Stewart.

Read more: Tuesday May 27

Monday May 26



Attorney Trying To Stop Led Zeppelin Reissue

(Radio.com) Attorney Francis Alexander Malofiy likes to go after big adversaries in the courtroom. He recently made headlines when he announced that he was representing the trust of the late Spirit frontman Randy California and founding Spirit bassist Mark Andes in a copyright infringement suit against Led Zeppelin because of similarities between Zep's "Stairway to Heaven" and Spirit's "Taurus." They are also filing an injunction that would block the upcoming reissue of Led Zeppelin IV, which contains the song. But Malofiy just had a rather large setback in another case against a high-profile artist: Usher. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Malofiy was representing Dan Marino (not the legendary football player), who was suing Usher over the song "Bad Girl," which he originally co-wrote with his former songwriting partners William Guice and Dante Barton. During the trial, however, Judge Diamond spoke against Malofiy in particular; filing a 22-page Sanctions Memorandum against him, saying that the "Defendants have shown clearly and convincingly that Attorney Francis Malofiy has acted disgracefully: lying to an unsophisticated, impoverished, unrepresented Defendant, thus convincing that Defendant to expose himself (probably baselessly) to substantial liability." That "unrepresented Defendant" was William Guice, whom he reportedly duped, telling him, "Don't worry about it. [Marino] is not coming after you, it's everyone else," and then convinced Guice to sign an affidavit admitting he failed to give his client credit for writing and producing the song; he also recorded a conversation with him without his knowledge. The Judge's memorandum also said, "Malofiy also needlessly increased discovery costs. Denying Plaintiff the 'fruits' of Malofiy's misconduct and requiring Malofiy to pay these increased costs are the least sanctions I can impose." He concluded, "Whether Malofiy should be removed from practice is a question properly answered in another forum." Whether or not he will be removed before officially filing the Led Zeppelin lawsuit remains to be seen. Malofiy is also representing Spirit's Mark Andes in a separate lawsuit against the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Andes is also a former member of Heart, and along with the band's ex-drummer Dennis Carmassi, is suing the Rock Hall for using their likenesses in the band's induction at the 2013 ceremony, despite the fact that they weren't included in the induction.

Read more: Monday May 26

Friday May 23



Paul McCartney Hospitalized

(Radio.com) According to reports, Paul McCartney has been hospitalized in Japan following the cancellation of his Asian tour. The former Beatle reportedly has a virus infection, which caused his eventual hospitalization, USA Today reports. According to the Sankei Sports newspaper in Japan, he was admitted when the infection worsened. McCartney originally canceled tour dates in Japan and South Korea earlier this week, the cause for the nixing of the dates deemed, again, a virus. "I was really looking forward to playing in Tokyo again after we had such an amazing time here in November," McCartney had said in a statement. "So to cancel this show as well as the National Stadium shows is hugely disappointing for me as well. I'd like to thank my Japanese fans for their love, messages of support and understanding." A spokesperson for the singer also noted that the canceled dates were being worked on for possible rescheduling. McCartney's website confirmed the news on Thursday, "Since contracting a virus last week that led to the postponement of tour dates, Paul received successful medical treatment at a hospital in Tokyo."

Read more: Friday May 23

Thursday May 22



KISS Rock American Idol With Winner Caleb Johnson

(hennemusic) KISS performed with American Idol winner Caleb Johnson on the Season 13 finale of the reality series Wednesday night. Johnson joined the band for a medley of "Love Gun" and "Shout It Out Loud." The rocker went on to beat fellow finalist Jena Irene for the Idol title. Johnson has been cranking out rock covers all season long, including tracks by Rival Sons, Whitesnake, Rush and Led Zeppelin. KISS previously appeared on the reality singing competition during the 2009 season finale, where they were joined by Adam Lambert for a medley of "Detroit Rock City" and "Rock And Roll All Night."

Read more: Thursday May 22

Wednesday May 21



Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose Has World's Greatest Vocal Range

A new study finds that Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has the greatest vocal range among a host of popular singers including acclaimed pop stars Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Beyonce. On the other end of the spectrum, some of today's most popular pop and country stars landed at the bottom of the vocal range chart, including Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift among the bottom five with Luke Bryan coming in dead last. Concert Hotels published the results of the study in an interactive chart labeled "The Vocal Ranges of The World's Greatest Singers" with Rose capturing the top spot followed by Carey at no. 2 and Prince at no. 3. The study measured the highest and lowest notes that the singers achieved in the recording studio and the interactive chart shows the songs where they hit specific notes. Axl Rose came out with the highest range, covering over five octaves. The highest was on the track "Ain't It Fun" from 'The Spaghetti Incident" and the lowest was on "There Was A Time" from 'Chinese Democracy'. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler came in 4th place, followed by James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Christina Aguilera, David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Radiohead's Thom Yorke and late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Most of today's biggest pop stars didn't come close to the top of the chart with Beyonce coming in at No. 22, Miley Cyrus at no. 31, Justin Timberlake at no. 32, Rihanna at no. 43, Lady Gaga at no. 48, Lana Del Rey at no. 49, Lorde at no. 52, Bruno Mars at no. 56, Katy Perry at no. 68, Justin Bieber at no. 73, Taylor Swift at no. 76 and Luke Bryan concluding the list at no. 77. Among rock singers Elvis was no. 12, John Lennon landed at no. 13, The Who's Roger Daltrey came in at no. 17, Bruce Springsteen was no. 19, Bono was no. 21, Jim Morrison was no. 23, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant was no. 24, Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger was no. 25, Bob Dylan was no. 33, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain was no. 34, Bad Company's Paul Rodgers was no. 35, Lou Reed was no. 40, John Fogerty was no. 55, Chuck Berry was no. 64, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks was no. 71 followed by Jerry Lee Lewis at no. 72.

Read more: Wednesday May 21

Tuesday May 20



Led Zeppelin Facing Legal Battle Over Stairway To Heaven

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are being accused plagiarizing the introduction of their iconic 1971 anthem, "Stairway To Heaven", in a lawsuit that the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California and members of the band are reportedly planning to file. Spirit founding bassist Mark Andes and the trust that handles California's royalties are working with Philadelphia lawyer Francis Alexander Malofiy, who says he is going to file a copyright infringement lawsuit and seek an injunction to block the rerelease of "Led Zeppelin IV" (as part of that band's expanded reissue series, which starts next month), according to Business Week. They report that California's estate - and the group's members - believe the acoustic introduction to "Stairway" was lifted from their 1968 instrumental, "Taurus." The two bands crossed paths during Zeppelin's first US tour, which saw the future rock legends open for Vanilla Fudge and Spirit, and that's where the Los Angeles band claims Jimmy Page was exposed to "Taurus."

Read more: Tuesday May 20

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