Classic Rock News
AEROSMITH FORCED TO PULL OUT OF TWO ASIAN FESTIVALS
A press release issued Sunday evening stated Aerosmith was forced to cancel two previously scheduled festival appearances this Wednesday in Shanghai, China and Saturday in Taipei, Taiwan due to local promoter’s inability “to meet contractual obligations.” Frontman Steven Tyler said, “We are extremely upset to have disappointed our dedicated fans. We were so excited to share our music with them and look forward to one day returning and giving them the show they deserve.” Guitarist Joe Perry added, “We’re disappointed as we wanted to play for our fans. We’ve looked forward to this for a lifetime.”
JAGGER KEEN TO HAVE STONES HOST FESTIVAL IN RIO
Sources in the UK say Rolling Stones frontman (and principal businessman) Mick Jagger is looking into the possibility of the world’s greatest rock and roll band putting on their own festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in November 2014. A source tells UK’s The Sun newspaper, “Mick has put some feelers out in Brazil to put on a big show. The whole vibe of the event is very much ‘flower power’ and the same hippy values that [historic UK festival] Glastonbury prides itself on. The publicity drive will begin in the next six months or so but there’s no doubt there will be big names on the bill.”
REMIX OF BOWIE’S “SOUND AND VISION” DUE AS DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
Don’t you wonder sometimes about how a remixed version of the David Bowie track “Sound and Vision” originally found on his 1977 album Low would sound in 2013? Well you will wonder no more after October 7 when Parlaphone Records will release an extended remixed version of the tune as a digital download. According to a statement on Bowie’s website, the new mix features only his vocals, Roy Young’s piano and Mary Hopkin’s backing vocals, which allows the song to take on “a new reflective resonance.”
BLACK CROWES SET FINAL 2013 TOURING PLANS
Perennial road warriors the Black Crowes have unveiled their complete slate of 2013 tour dates which include four all-acoustic sets October 18,19, 21 and 22 in Port Chester, NY and four full-electric shows 24, 26, 27, and 29 at Terminal 5 in New York City. The final stretch of 2013 gigs get underway September 9 in Cooperstown, NY, and wrap December 14 in San Francisco before several of the Crowes take flight on solo projects throughout 2014.
NEIL DISHES DIRT ON NEW MOTLEY CRUE SONGS, SHOW
The next Motley Crue residency at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas kicks off September 18 and runs through October 6. In a new interview with Vegas.com, singer Vince Neil promised the band would “dig a little deeper in our bag of songs and do a lot of stuff that we haven’t done in many, many years. They’re old songs, but they’re new to a lot of people.” As for actual new songs, Neil said the band has no plans to record an all-new album, but the will record new songs for the soundtrack to an upcoming movie based on the band’s memoir, The Dirt. Asked what those songs might sound like, Neil said, “We’re a rock band, we do rock music and that’s it. We just put out good rock ‘n’ roll songs.”
STING LAUNCHES THE LAST SHIP SEPTEMBER 24
Former Police man Sting has scheduled a September 24 release date for his next solo album The Last Ship, his first solo set of all-new material since 2003’s Sacred Love. The record contains music tunes from his similarly-titled upcoming Broadway musical set to open in the fall of 2014. Sting is slated to perform the numbers over a 10-night run at New York’s Public Theater starting September 25.
METALLICA DOCUMENTS CHINA VISIT FOR FUTURE DOCUMENTARY
Hard rockers Metallica last week performed in China for the first time, playing two sold-out shows in Shanghai where they filmed their experience for a forthcoming documentary. At a press conference, drummer Lars Ulrich said, “Being here in this wonderful country and feeling the energy and excitement, the idea came up t celebrate it and to try and document it and try to get the experience out. We are making this up as we go along, but…we think that there is something cool that will come out of it.”