Classic Rock News

Monday March 17



MELLENCAMP MOTIVATED TO MOUNT 2014 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp will return to the road for a series of summer North American tour dates, starting with a two-night run in Thackerville, OK June 20 and 21. The heartland rocker’s 10-show trek also includes gigs in Niagara Falls, NY, Uncasville, CT, Atlantic City, Cheyanne, WY, Minot, ND, two shows in Orillia, Ontario, Canada and the tour closer in Windsor, Ontario on August 1. In December, Mellencamp proclaimed, “I want to play places I haven’t played since the 1980’s.”

Read more: Monday March 17

Friday March 14



REMASTERED, EXPANDED FIRST 3 LED ZEPPELIN ALBUMS DUE JUNE 3

The first batch of a whole lotta Led Zeppelin reissues will arrive June 3, starting with remastered and expanded editions of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band’s first three studio albums, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III. Personally remastered by Jimmy Page, each of the reissued albums will come with a bonus disc of previously unreleased companion audio, and will be available in multiple CD, vinyl and digital formats, in addition to a limited edition super deluxe box set. Eventually, all nine of the group’s studio albums will be reissued in chronological order. In more Led Zep related news, Page will receive an Honorary Doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music at a ceremony on May 10 at Boston University.

Read more: Friday March 14

Thursday March 13



ROLLING STONES STACK UP TWO EUROPEAN FESTIVAL DATES

Having just wrapped a wildly successful run of shows in Japan and China, the Rolling Stones will start a seven-show swing through Australia and New Zealand this Wednesday, March 19. On Wednesday, the group confirmed two European festival performances; a set at the Pinkpop Festival in Holland on June 7 and a gig at the TW Classic Festival in Belgium on June 28. Following the announcement, Mick Jagger said, “I love festivals in the summertime and can’t wait for the tour to get to Europe.”

Read more: Thursday March 13

Wednesday March 12



HYNDE SERVES UP HINT OF HOW NEXT ALBUM CAME ABOUT

Longtime Pretenders principal Chrissie Hynde is eyeing her next solo studio album and has offered fans a glimpse into how the future record got off the ground by setting up a new (NOTE CONTENT) website on which she tells a brief backstory. As she explains, she met collaborator Bjorn Yttling of the Swedish indie pop band Peter Bjorn and John in a coffee bar in Cleveland “and we sort of met and greed to try to do something.” In an earlier interview with UK’s Q magazine, Hynde said tennis ace “John McEnroe is playing guitar on one song and Neil Young is playing on it too.”

Read more: Wednesday March 12

Tuesday March 11



U2 SPOKESPERSON DENIES ALBUM DELAY

Numerous news outlets reported U2 had decided to delay the release of their next record until 2015 in order to schedule more studio time, however a band spokesperson says that isn’t so. A representative for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band told UK’s The Guardian, “U2’s album is planned for this year, it is still on track and touring plans haven’t been confirmed yet.” U2’s rep reiterated the group’s new record should be ready by this summer.

Read more: Tuesday March 11

Monday March 10



U2 PUSH BACK NEW ALBUM AND TOUR TO 2015

After high profile promotional appearances at the Grammys and Academy Awards and the unveiling of the new song “Invisible” during the Super Bowl, it appears U2 will again leave the spotlight and return to the studio to continue work on the follow-up to 2009’s No Line On the Horizon. Billboard reports the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame quartet has delayed the release of their next record until 2015 in order to schedule new recording sessions with producers Ryan Tedder of the Grammy-winning pop group OneRepublic and Paul Epworth, known for his work with Paul McCartney and pop singer Adele, among many others.

Read more: Monday March 10

Friday March 7



QUEEN, LAMBERT TRUMPET 19-STOP SUMMER TOUR

Original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, along with former American Idol participant Adam Lambert, held a press conference in New York City Thursday to announce a 19-show North American summer tour, starting June 19 in Chicago. In a press release, May may have signaled the forthcoming tour, which wraps July 20 in Washington, DC, could be the legendary band’s last, saying “Let’s rock those beautiful arenas JUST ONE MORE TIME!” As for taking on the daunting task of filling the frontman role once held by the late Freddie Mercury, Lambert said, “He’s a personal hero of mine, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band." Tick”ts for the trek go on sale March 14. [See Special Coverage for audio from yesterday’s NYC press conference with Brian May, Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert]

Read more: Friday March 7

Friday March 6



OZZY EYEING NEXT SOLO ALBUM

It appears Ozzy Osbourne is ready to restart his solo career as soon as his stint with the reunited Black Sabbath is over. Guitarist Gus G, the Prince of Darkness’ principal axeman since 2009, said in a recent interview, “Ozzy wants to do another solo album, that’s for sure. As far as I know he has a contract for three more solo albums, so I don’t know when he will finish them…but I certainly know that he wants to do one more solo album. When it’s going to happen, I don’t know…”

Read more: Friday March 6

Wednesday March 5



SPRINGSTEEN SLAM DUNK TO PERFORM AT MARCH MADNESS MUSIC FEST

College basketball fans will be dancing in the dark to the sounds of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band who have been inked to perform at a free concert for the 2014 NCAA March Madness Music Festival taking place April 4-6 in North Texas. The Boss and his band are scheduled to close the three-day event that will also include performances by country superstars Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw and rock acts The Killers and fun., with more acts to be announced soon.

Read more: Wednesday March 5

Tuesday March 4



RUSH TO REISSUE DEBUT ALBUM

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of their self-titled debut, Rush will reissue the album in a special vinyl deluxe edition box set on April 15th. The box set will feature the original Moon Records mix and jacket art, as well as a reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, and three lithographs by bandmembers Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey. It will also include a Rush Family Tree poster and a free digital download of the new remastered release.

Read more: Tuesday March 4

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