Classic Rock News

Thursday April 24



PLANT PUTS ODDS OF LED ZEPPELIN PERFORMING AGAIN AT “ZERO”

Hopes of Robert Plant ever fronting Led Zeppelin again – even for a one-off gig similar to the 2007 show that resulted in the Celebration Day live album and film – have been dealt a serious blow. During an interview with the BBC Wednesday, Jimmy Page was once again asked if he and Plant would ever get together again to perform live. Page replied, “I’m sure people would love to hear it. I’m not the one to be asking, I don’t sing.” When Plant was asked about the chances of him and Page performing as Led Zeppelin in the future, he replied with a resounding “zero.”

Read more: Thursday April 24

Wednesday April 23



FRAMPTON’S 7-SONG HUMMINGBIRD IN A BOX SET DUE JUNE 24 Guitar genius Peter Frampton has circled June 24 for the release of his next musical masterpiece, Hummingbird in a Box, a seven-song soundscape inspired by his work with the Cincinnati Ballet. The collection features seven original guitar pieces composed by Frampton and Gordon Kennedy, who had his fingerprints all over Frampton’s Grammy-winning (Best Pop Instrumental Album) Fingerprints. Finally, Frampton’s jam-packed summer tour schedule gets underway June 22 in his hometown of Cincinnati and runs through August 31 in Tucson, AZ.

Read more: Wednesday April 23

Tuesday April 22



PETTY TALKS SONGWRITING AHEAD OF BEING HANDED HUGE HONOR

Tomorrow night in Los Angeles, Tom Petty will be handed the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ (ASCAP) Founders Award in recognition of his four-decades of penning timeless classic hits. When asked by Billboard to describe his songwriting process, the 63-year old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said, “It’s really hard to explain because I don’t really understand it myself.” He went on to say that he usually just grabs his guitar and waits for inspiration to hit, and when it does “it’s a very real magic.”

Read more: Tuesday April 22

Monday April 21



GUNS N’ ROSES CLASSIC FEATURED IN NEW GATORADE AD

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is the star of a new Gatorade commercial, but the soundtrack to the visually-stimulating ad features the Guns N’ Roses tour de force “Welcome to the Jungle.” In the ad for latest flavor of the popular sports drink, Gatorade Fierce, Harper steps up to the plate and blasts a massive home run, while “Welcome to the Jungle” blasts in the background.

Read more: Monday April 21

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

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