Classic Rock News

NEIL EXPANDING RESTAURANT CHAIN With retirement on the horizon, Motley Crue singer Vince Neil is looking to expand his outside business ventures, starting with adding three more locations of his Tatuado (Spanish for tattooed) restaurant chain. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Neil will be taking over three Rocking Rita’s bars at Circus Circus on the Vegas Strip and transforming them into Tatuado Bar B Q locations. Meanwhile, Motley Crue’s 12-show “Evening in Hell” residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino gets underway September 18 and runs through October 6.
FRAMPTON’S GUITAR CIRCUS PULLING UP STAKES SATURDAY Fans have been flocking to see Peter Frampton come alive night after night all summer on his Frampton’s Guitar Circus tour featuring a steady rotation of some of the world’s finest axemen sitting in from city to city. There are only three dates left before Frampton’s Guitar Circus folds its tents – tonight in Saratoga, CA, Friday at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA, just east of Sacramento, and Saturday in Paso Robles, CA. Legendary bluesman B.B. King will be onstage with Frampton for all three remaining dates.
PORTNOY ANNOYED BY WARD-LESS BLACK SABBATH REUNION Drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) says he has an issue with Black Sabbath’s decision to reunite to record an album and mount a tour without original drummer Bill Ward. In a recent interview, Portnoy said, “Here’s my issue with it. My issue is that they’re calling it a Black Sabbath reunion. It’s not a Black Sabbath reunion without the four of them. It is now just the latest Black Sabbath lineup. But it’s not a true Black Sabbath reunion without Bill Ward. It’s just Black Sabbath 2013.”
STARR INCLUDES NEW VERSION OF “OCTOPUS’S GARDEN” IN KIDS BOOK Kids of all ages are sure to enjoy Ringo Starr’s upcoming children’s book, Octopus’s Garden, available October 13. The little ones will certainly enjoy the fun artwork and story, while parents will be thrilled to learn that the former Beatles drummer has included a previously unheard version of the fun Fab Four favorite. A post on Starr’s Facebook page reads: “The song will be brought to life by illustrator Ben Cort and published with a CD of Ringo reading the story and an original, previously unheard recording of the song…”
MICHAELS TO HEADLINE KIHN’S 13TH ANNUAL KIHNCERT Rocker/radio personality/author Greg Kihn, known for his two Eighties hits “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em)” and “Jeopardy,” will host the 13th edition of his Kihncert on October 12 in Morgan Hill, CA (just south of San Jose), and he’s inked Poison frontman Bret Michaels as headliner. Additional acts on the bill include The Tubes, Dada and of course The Greg Kihn Band.
FORMER RUNAWAYS BANDMATES TEAM FOR NEW HOLIDAY SINGLE Former Runaways bandmates singer Cherie Currie and guitarist Lita Ford have reunited to record a new Christmas tune. The two had a fallout after Currie left the band in 1977, but recently buried the hatchet to record the Ford-penned “Let’s Rock This Christmas Down.” As for the chances of a full-fledged Runaways reunion with Joan Jett, Jett recently told the LA Weekly, “I don’t really get why we should do it. The downside is much bigger than the upside. I’m just not sure it’d be the reunion the fans are looking for.”
KEIFER TAPPED TO OPEN TWO GIGS FOR ROCKERS HALESTORM Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tom Keifer of Cinderella fame will continue supporting the release of his first solo album, The Way Life Goes, starting with two shows next week, with more fall dates to be announced soon. Keifer will share the stage with current rockers Halestorm on September 6 in Atlantic City and the following day in York, PA. Meanwhile, “Cold Day in Hell,” the next single off The Way Life Goes, has just been released to radio.