Classic Rock News

Tuesday March 3



Metallica Releasing Earliest Recordings For RSD

(Classic Rock) Metallica has confirmed special releases for this year's Record Store Day. The annual event takes place on April 18 and aims to offer additional reasons to visit independent retail outlets on the day. Metallica will launch a reissues series with an exact replica of demo cassette tape No Life 'Til Leather, recorded in July 1982 and featuring frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich along with future Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine and bassist Ron McGovney. It carries six tracks including Hit The Lights, Seek & Destroy, Metal Militia and Phantom Lord. Ulrich tells Rolling Stone: "It's time for us to put out some next-level reissues and do the song and dance of the catalogue that everyone else has done. Instead of starting with Kill 'Em All in 1983, we figured we'd go back another two years to when the band was formed." The RSD special will be followed by an expanded edition in the summer.

Read more: Tuesday March 3

Monday March 2



Led Zeppelin Event Coming To Movie Theaters

(hennemusic) A compilation of live Led Zeppelin performances will be screened in US theaters on March 30th as the legendary band continued their extensive reissues series with last week's expanded reissue of their 1975 release, "Physical Graffiti." The second evening in the Fathom Events Classic Music Series - the first featured the premiere of "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" last week - will deliver footage of Led Zeppelin live performances from two previously released sources: 1976's "The Song Remains The Same" concert film and the 2003 "Led Zeppelin" DVD. Fathom Events have pulled clips of the band at London's Royal Albert Hall in January 1970, their July 1973 shows at New York's Madison Square Garden, their five-night run at London's Earl's Court in May 1975, and their two performances at England's Knebworth Festival in August 1979.

Read more: Monday March 2

Friday February 27



Aerosmith Members Wants To Play Entire Classic Album Live

(Gibson) At least one member of Aerosmith would relish the prospect of performing one of the band's classic albums in its entirety at a concert as a special treat to fans. "I've wanted to do that for a long time," says Brad Whitford, speaking recently to Gibson.com. "We attempted to do it once, but it didn't work out-the band didn't feel strongly enough about the way the audience was responding to it. But I think that idea might be worthy of a special treatment, maybe in smaller theaters around the country." Whitford went on to suggest the band could perform 1975's Toys in the Attic and 1976's Rocks back to back, playing the songs in the same sequence as they appear on the albums. "We could also bring in some of our favorite friends and artists to join us-someone like Slash, for instance," he added. "That would really be fun."

Read more: Friday February 27

Thursday February 26



Arrest Warrant For Former Pearl Jam Member

(hennemusic) It has been discovered that there is an outstanding arrest warrant for former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese that was issued in September of last year in Texas on drug charges. hennemusic reports: The drummer was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams and the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, according to the Denton County Crime Stoppers website. Abruzzese joined Pearl Jam in 1991 after drummer Dave Krusen checked himself into rehab following the completion of the group's debut album, "Ten."

Read more: Thursday February 26

Wednesday February 25



Older Artists Selling More Music?

(Classic Rock) Music appears to be becoming an old person's game as it has been revealed that the average age of the ten best-selling artists of last year was 38. Only four of them, all pop acts, were aged 25 or under in 2014, with three in their 30s and one each in their 50s, 60s and even 70s. The balance was heavily swayed by rock bands - AC/DC were the fifth best-selling band of the year, with an average age of 60, while Pink Floyd, at number seven, averaged 70 years old. And 'king of pop' Michael Jackson, at number six, would have been 56 if he hadn't died in 2009. The information, sourced from the IFPI Global Record Artist Chart, was revealed by Music Business Worldwide, who comment: "Thought pop was music made for teenagers, by teenagers? Not any more."

Read more: Wednesday February 25

Tuesday February 24



Motley Crue Add Date To Farewell Tour

Motley Crue's hometown fans will have another opportunity to say goodbye the band as they have announced a third Los Angeles show for their "Final Tour" later this year. The band has added a December 28th show at the Stapes Center in Los Angeles. The band will also be playing the venue on December 30th and will stage their very last show there on New Year's Eve. As we previously reported, the last leg of their "Final Tour" will begin on July 22nd in Eugene, OR at Matthew Knight Arena and will be concluding with the final tour date of their career on December 31st in Los Angeles, CA at the Staples Center. Like their previous North American leg of the Final Tour, rock legend Alice Cooper will be opening for Motley Crue on most of the stops on this final leg of the farewell tour.

Read more: Tuesday February 24

Monday February 23



Geddy Lee Addresses Rush's Final Tour Speculation

Rush frontman Geddy Lee discussed the band's upcoming tour and elaborated on the speculation that it would be the band's final "big tour" during his appearance on the season premiere of VH1′s That Metal Show this weekend. "It's very hard to answer that question for a lot of reasons," Lee responded when asked the tour would be a farewell trek. "First of all, you know, the three guys in this band have very different opinions on this point in our lives. Everybody's in a very different space right now. "We've done a lot of touring for the last 10 years, a lot of writing, a lot of working. (Drummer) Neil (Peart), for example, has a young child at home and he's said publicly, numerous times, that it's very hard for him to leave his daughter. She needs him. it's clear that we are at a point in our career that we have to slow down - and slow down dramatically. So, I'm not a guy who's in love with the farewell tour idea, but it's clear that this is going to be the last big tour that we're going to do for a while, anyway. I can say that." He also talked about what he sees in the future for Rush. "In terms of 'are we still a band?,' yeah, of course we're still a band. Do we talk about writing? Yes, we talk about writing. Will we do gigs in the future? I don't see why not. But, when you are talking about a tour that's 35 shows, 40 shows, 50 shows at our age at this point in our lives, I don't know how many of those are still left in us."

Read more: Monday February 23

Friday February 20



AC/DC Concert Tickets In High Demand

(Classic Rock) Tickets for AC/DC's upcoming Rock Or Bust tour across North America are selling on the secondary market for more than $250. They're lined up to play a run of shows across the Pond starting in April at the Coachella festival and then a further 10 dates kicking off at the Gillette Stadium, Massachusetts in August - and prices are climbing steadily as fans rush to see the band's first live shows since 2010's Black Ice tour. According to Forbes, the average cost of securing a ticket has now reached $255.82 which rivals that of other big-name artists including The Who and Fleetwood Mac. The most expensive ticket on the market is the Aussie giants' gig at the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton. The average price currently stands at $573.37 - 124.1% more expensive than the tour average.

Read more: Friday February 20

Thursday February 19



Def Leppard Will Reject Rock Hall Induction

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says in a new interview that band has decided that if were ever invited to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame that they would 'politely refuse' the induction. But he adds that the fans will have the final say. Elliott says that the Rock Hall is "nice but not that important" and explained why it isn't that important to him or the band, "The biggest compliment I ever got was my first ... platinum disc because it's a representation of 1 million people who've bought your album, and those million mean a lot more to me than some people that decide whether you fit for the Hall of Fame." "In fact, we've kind of all decided that even if we get asked we're just going to -- how can I put this? -- politely refuse, like the Sex Pistols did. Unless there was some sort of online campaign by our fans cause they were annoyed with us.

Read more: Thursday February 19

Wednesday February 18



Led Zeppelin Plan Online Event Tomorrow

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin will premiere the upcoming reissue of their 1975 release, "Physical Graffiti", via a Yahoo Live stream tomorrow, February 19 ahead of its release on February 23 (Feb. 24 in North America). The stream - featuring the project's complete companion audio disc - will be followed by a live Q&A with guitarist and album producer Jimmy Page in front of an audience live from Olympic Studios in London, where portions of the album were originally recorded over 40 years ago. Fans worldwide will have a rare opportunity to share in this unique experience through Yahoo Live video stream. Additionally, a few lucky audience members in attendance will have the opportunity to ask Page a question. Fans watching online are encouraged to participate as well using the hashtag #ledzeplive. The 40th Anniversary Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti Deluxe Edition Premiere is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 at 2 PM, ET.

Read more: Wednesday February 18

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