Classic Rock News

Tuesday April 28



Stone Temple Pilots Add Tour Dates

Stone Temple Pilots, now fronted by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, have announced a string of U.S. tour dates that will be taking place this fall. The band will be playing the final dates of their spring tour this week. The new fall tour dates will be kicking off on September 15th in Cleveland, OH at the House of Blues. The short trek will run for five dates including September 16th in Detroit, September 22nd in Cincinnati, September 23rd in Louisville, KY and wrapping up in St. Paul on September 25th.

Read more: Tuesday April 28

Monday April 27



Why Van Halen Didn't Fake New Live Album

(Classic Rock) Eddie Van Halen was happy to release the band's first live album with David Lee Roth complete with mistakes - because that's how the show was heard on the night. The guitar legend has previously discussed how Roth was left to choose from over 150 concert recordings before settling on the one made at Tokyo Dome in 2013. Now Van Halen tells Guitar World: That's also why we decided to keep the recording completely live. There are mistakes. "After it was mixed I listened to a few parts and went, Okay, I f***ed that up.' [laughs] But that's how it sounded that night, so we just left it. It's like a photograph of that evening, and we didn't Photoshop it. We did nothing. When you fix parts or mistakes, it's not a real live experience anymore."

Read more: Monday April 27

Thursday April 23



Jack Bruce's Final Recording Part Of Acoustic Beatles Tribute

Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles, an all-star acoustic tribute to the Fab Four will be released on April 28th and features the final recording by Cream legend Jack Bruce. The 16-track project was spearheaded by Yes star Billy Sherwood and features an eclectic mix of music stars including Heart's Ann Wilson, 80s popstar Howard Jones, iconic singers Judy Collins and Helen Reddy, as well as Asia's John Wetton and more. Jack Bruce's contribution, described as "a devastating interpretation of the mournful" Paul McCartney classic "Eleanor Rigy" was recorded by Bruce just prior to his death late last year.

Read more: Thursday April 23

Wednesday April 22



Guns N' Roses Guitarist Addresses Break Up Speculation

(TeamRock Radio) Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba has shot down the notion that the band have split. Mainman Axl Rose fell silent after a residency in Las Vegas in May and June last year, while speculation remains that guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal has either left, or wants to leave. Rose last spoke out to condemn a rumor that he'd retired. Now Ashba addresses the current status of the band with the Las Vegas Sun: "I've got his back whenever he needs me. "Ever since I joined GNR six years ago, it's almost been nonstop touring. But we've kind of talked of more touring, and I'm looking at this more as a hiatus than the end." Last summer Axl Rose suggested the band were still looking at following up 2008 album Chinese Democracy.

Read more: Wednesday April 22

Tuesday April 21



AC/DC's Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty To Threatening to Kill, Drug Charges

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd entered a guilty plea to charges of methamphetamine and cannabis possession and one count of threatening to kill in a New Zealand court on Tuesday, according to a local media report. New Zealand media outlet Stuff.co.nz reports that Rudd's attorney Craig Tuck said that he will seek a "discharge without conviction". Sentencing for the veteran drummer is scheduled for June 26th, according to the report. A second charge of threatening to kill has reportedly been dropped. The drummer was arrested following a police raid on his New Zealand home on November 6th of last year. He was originally charged with attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and possession of the drugs. Authorities quickly dropped the attempt to procure a murder charge. His arrest came as AC/DC prepared to launch a world tour in support of their "Rock Or Bust" album. They recruited former AC/DC drummer Chris Slade for the tour.

Read more: Tuesday April 21

Monday April 20



Stevie Ray Vaughan Inducted Into Rock Hall

(hennemusic) Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday. The Texas blues legend and his band were welcomed by John Mayer, who explained a personal connection he felt for the late musician. "Stevie Ray Vaughan is the ultimate guitarist," said Mayer. "He had incredible courage because he fought to overcome the evils of drug and alcohol addiction, and when he did, he returned to the stage as an even better guitar player for it. "There's a term that gets thrown around in conversation, especially about guitar payers, where someone is called a 'wannabe.' It means you're a fake, a fraud, a phony. But if you straighten the words out, it means 'want to be.' Wanting to be something is very important, it's meaningful, it's a great way to live. I'm a Stevie Ray Vaughan wannabe." Double Trouble were joined by Stevie's brother, Jimmie, at the podium and for a live performance that saw the lineup include guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Gary Clark Jr. The group delivered versions of "Pride and Joy" and "Texas Flood" before Jimmie stepped to center stage to play a solo rendition of his 1994 tribute to his brother, "Six Strings Down." Stevie Ray Vaughan topped the fan ballot for the event with more than 18 million votes - more than 5 million ahead of the next nominee.

Read more: Monday April 20

Friday April 17



Ozzy Fires Back At Original Black Sabbath Drummer

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has issued a response to a request by original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward for an apology over remarks about him not being physically fit enough to participate in the band's 2013 album "13" and its accompanying world tour. On Wednesday, Ward released a public statement outlining his personal need for Osbourne to amend and retract comments before he would consider any meetings about rejoining the group for their final album and tour. "I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill's statements left me no option to but to respond honestly," begins Osbourne's response. "Wow Bill, What the **** are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath's '13' album and tour -- physically, you knew you were ******. Tony, Geezer and myself didn't think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony's condition we felt that time was not on our side." The singer then challenged Ward over his ongoing remarks about a contractual disagreement the drummer says left him unwilling to participate in any reunion. "Bill, stop this smokescreen about an 'unsignable contract' and let's be honest," adds Osbourne. "Deep down inside you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour. Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013. "Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you've only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled. "So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans. Bill, we go back a long way, let's stop this now before it gets out of hand. God bless you. Love. Ozzy."

Read more: Friday April 17

Thursday April 16



Bill Ward Demands Ozzy Apologize Before Black Sabbath Reunion

(hennemusic) Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he needs an apology from Ozzy Osbourne over remarks in recent years before he considers any conversations that might lead to a reunion of the groundbreaking UK metal band. Ward declined to participate in the group's 2013 album, "13", and tour over a contractual dispute. Last fall, Ozzy said he hoped Ward would return to the lineup as the band began planning their final album and world tour. Now, in an extended official statement, Ward says Osbourne must amend and apologize comments he made during the "13" process that suggested the drummer wasn't capable of performing at the level needed for a Black Sabbath reunion. "I have neither severed nor discontinued my relationship with Black Sabbath," explains Ward, "however, since 2012, the often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician have caused me to be guarded and be especially detached emotionally and spiritually from Ozzy. His rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord. The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues." "There is always speculation about a true, original Sabbath lineup for the next tour or record," continues the drummer. "With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved. I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I'm looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy's statements that I felt were untrue. "I would want Ozzy to amend his opinions and exaggerations. I would want him to be forthcoming about his unrealistic viewpoints. And because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassible dilemma being addressed." Ward feels a healing with Osbourne must take place before he can even begin to address his concerns over contractual issues he said were unworkable as presented for the "13" album and tour.

Read more: Thursday April 16

Wednesday April 15



Foreigner Announce Tour Dates With Def Leppard

(hennemusic) Foreigner will be staying on the road following their summer tour with Kid Rock. They have announced that they will be joining the last leg of Def Leppard's 2015 US tour this fall. The pair have added 7 October shows to the run which will also include Tesla and Night Ranger. Pre-sales begin on April 15 with general public tickets on sale on April 18 (except as noted below). Def Leppard will launch an extensive North American tour with Styx and Tesla on June 23 in Tampa, FL. Foreigner team up with Kid Rock for US dates starting June 24 in Hartford, CT, with shows running into early September. See the tour dates here.

Read more: Wednesday April 15

Tuesday April 14



AC/DC Fan Killed After Coachella Concert

(hennemusic) An AC/DC fan who attended the legendary band's debut performance at Coachella on Friday night was struck and killed by a train just hours after the show. The Daily Camera reports 23 year-old University of Colorado student Jannik Andersen died after being hit by a train in Indio, California at 3:05 a.m. Saturday, about 4 miles northeast of the site of the music festival. Andersen's friends said the San Diego native had attended Coachella before but that he was particularly excited to see AC/DC and Mac DeMarco this year. Police in Indio said the Union Pacific Railroad Police are conducting the investigation into Andersen's death.

Read more: Tuesday April 14

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