Classic Rock News

Late RUSH Drummer NEIL PEART: ‘The Illustrated Quotes’ Book Due In January

The first — and only — official collection of illustrated quotes from RUSH drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, “Neil Peart: The Illustrated Quotes”, is due on January 12, 2021. The book pairs elegant illustrations with some of Neil‘s greatest remarks to bring the poignant words of one of the world’s greatest drummers to life. Before his untimely death in 2020, Peart was…MORE

Wolfgang Van Halen says rumor is hurting his family

It’s been less than a month since Eddie Van Halen died and his son is ticked off about a rumor making the rounds. Wolfgang Van Halen took to Twitter to shut down speculation about him taking over for his dad in the elder Van Halen’s famous band. Eddie Van Halen, 65, died after battling cancer for years…MORE

Tom Petty’s 70th Birthday Bash lineup is insanely good

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of awesome Tom Petty songs. Because an upcoming “virtual festival” celebrating the late rock & roll great’s 70th birthday will feature an extensive star-laden lineup. Among those set to perform and appear on a 6 – 8:30 p.m. central Oct. 23 tompetty.com include: Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Chris Stapleton, Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Vedder,…MORE

Paul McCartney Announces ‘McCartney III’ Album

Paul McCartney has announced the release of McCartney III, a one-man-band effort that arrives on Dec. 11. As McCartney noted in a press release, the coronavirus pandemic gave him time to make the album. “I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day,” he said. “I had to do a little bit…MORE

Elton John’s Latest Collaborator: Barbie

Elton John’s Latest Collaborator: Barbie The singer has teamed up with Mattel to launch his very own Barbie doll, inspired by his unflappable spirit and iconic style. Elton John has teamed up with Mattel to launch his very own Barbie doll in a coming together of two pop culture icons. Rather than claiming his likeness, the Elton John…MORE

Tony Lewis, singer for The Outfield, dies ‘suddenly and unexpectedly’ at 62

Tony Lewis, singer and bassist of English rock band The Outfield, died at age 62. He died “suddenly and unexpectedly” on Monday near London, according to a statement from publicist Bari Lieberman. The Outfield formed in 1984 and remained active for about three decades. Their hits included “Your Love,” “All the Love” and “Say It Isn’t So.” “Your Love” peaked at…MORE

Spencer Davis, Founder of the Spencer Davis Group, Dead at 81

Spencer Davis, Welsh musician and founder of the Spencer Davis Group, died Monday while being treated for pneumonia in the hospital. He was 81. Bob Birk, his booking agent for more than 30 years, confirmed Davis’ death to Rolling Stone. “He was a very good friend,” Birk says. “He was a highly ethical, very talented, good-hearted, extremely…MORE

Did Mick Mars Bid Farewell to MÖTLEY CRÜE? ‘I WILL SEE YOU ALL SOON’

Mötley Crüe‘s iconic guitarist Mick Mars posted a tweet to thank his fans for all the support they showed him over the course of many years and unveiled that he was looking forward to seeing them soon again. The legendary heavy metal band Mötley Crüe was founded back in 1981 by bassist Nikki Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee, lead guitarist Mick Mars…MORE

Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams ARE BACK with AC/DC

AC/DC have confirmed that singer Brian Johnson, drummer Phil Rudd and bassist Cliff Williams have returned to the band. But that’s all they have confirmed so far. After months of speculation that they had gotten together to record material co-written by founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young before his 2017 death, AC/DC yesterday launched a new website, newsletter and marketing campaign featuring the word “PWR/UP.” Read More: Brian Johnson, Phil…MORE

AC/DC Hints At Imminent Comeback Announcement

AC/DC updated its social media earlier today with a short video clip featuring the lightning bolt from its iconic logo as a neon light alongside the sound of a guitar or musical instrument plugging into an amplifier. The speculation is that the legendary hard rock band is preparing to announce its comeback, possibly as early as…MORE

Elton John Announces New North American Dates For Final Tour

After postponing several shows because of the coronavirus pandemic, Elton John is saying hello to the yellow brick road of touring. The pop icon announced Wednesday that his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” will return to North America on Jan. 19, 2022, in New Orleans. John also announced rescheduled 2022 dates for Houston, Detroit, New York City,…MORE

Rob Halford Says Judas Priest ‘Deserve’ to Be in the Rock Hall

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford believes his band and other metal acts should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Speaking to NME, Halford took a diplomatic approach, saying, “I’ve always admired it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame isn’t any different from those other institutions they have in America, like the one for football, where you’ll always…MORE

STYX Will Hold New Album Until Band Can Go Back On Tour

In a new interview with Radio Forrest, STYX‘s James “JY” Young was asked when fans can expect to see the band’s new studio album. The upcoming effort will be the follow-up to “The Mission”, which was released in June 2017. That disc marked STYX‘s first new LP in 14 years. It was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, co-produced and co-written with Will Evankovich,…MORE

Blizzard of Ozz Turns 40: Musicians Pay Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne’s First Solo Album

Members of Judas Priest, Fear Factory, the Cardigans and look back at Ozzy’s landmark debut LP Twenty-three years before he’d achieve cult icon status as the affable patriarch of one of reality television’s most profane families, things were looking fairly bleak for Ozzy Osbourne. Freshly booted from Black Sabbath — the groundbreaking band he co-founded — Ozzy was…MORE

How the Beastie Boys Inspired Robert Plant’s ‘Tall Cool One’

In 1988, Robert Plant scored a hit with his song “Tall Cool One,” a track which – to the surprise of many – sampled the rocker’s previous band. The song was the third single released from Now and Zen, Plant’s fourth solo LP since the breakup of Led Zeppelin. Not only did former bandmate Jimmy Page play guitar on the track, but “Tall Cool…MORE

Ozzy Celebrates Blizzard of OZ 40th Anniversary With Specials and New Video

Ozzy Osbourne has a lot of things planned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his blockbuster solo debut studio album, “Blizzard Of Ozz”, beginning with a new video for one of the most popular tracks from the record. A brand new music video created by Tiny Concert for the classic track “Crazy Train” was premiered…MORE

How Older Rock Stars are Spending Their Time?

Rock stars are known for their hard partying lifestyles when they are young and on top of the world. Interestingly, as they get older these artists tend to mellow out and start to enjoy the simpler things in life. Since their hard rocking days, these musicians have picked up some interesting and unique hobbies. Alice…MORE

Stevie Nicks “24 Carat Gold” Concert In Theaters For Two Nights Only

The legendary chanteuse is releasing Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold the Concert in collaboration with Trafalgar Releasing for two nights only this fall at select cinemas, drive-ins, and exhibition spaces around the world. On Oct. 21 and 25, fans can get a front-row seat to this 2017 solo tour. Read MoreMORE

Vinyl record sales surpass CDs for the first time since the 1980s

The days of vinyl records being a nostalgic relic of the past are long gone. This year, vinyl sales have outpaced CD sales in the United States for the first time since the 1980s. Vinyl records accounted for $232.1 million of music sales in the first half of the year, compared to CDs, which brought in…MORE

Neil Young Announces Live Album and Movie With Promise of the Real

“Noise and Flowers is truly a great collection, dripping with the soul of our band,” Young wrote. Neil Young’s 2019 European summer tour with Promise of the Real will be chronicled with a double album and concert film titled Noise and Flowers, which is slated for an early 2021 release. The nine-date tour kicked off June 29th in…MORE

Listen to previously unreleased Tom Petty song “Confusion Wheel”

Confusion Wheel is the first song to be made available from Tom Petty’s Wildflowers & All The Rest album. Confusion Wheel, a previously unreleased Tom Petty song, written in 1994, has been released as a preview of the forthcoming Wildflowers & All The Rest album, due for release on October 16 via Warners Records. It’s the first song to…MORE

Eddie Money’s Guitarist Says He’s Owed $1.5 Million

A former member of Eddie Money’s band has filed a lawsuit against the late singer’s estate, claiming at least $1.5 million in unpaid royalties. Guitarist John Nelson recorded with Money from 1980’s Playing for Keeps to 1999’s Ready Eddie. He also has other credits on compilation albums up to 2016. TMZ reported that Nelson “filed a claim against Eddie’s estate … claiming…MORE

Stewart Copeland, Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith Set for Neil Peart Tribute Concert

Stewart Copeland, Taylor Hawkins, Chad Smith Set for Neil Peart Tribute Concert Drumming royalty will gather virtually this weekend to honor late Rush member Neil Peart. The Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Chicago’s Danny Seraphine are among the artists who will pay tribute to Peart’s genius as part…MORE

Hear Bruce Springsteen’s New ‘Letter to You’ Single

The first single from Bruce Springsteen‘s newly announced studio album Letter to You is the title track. You can hear the song below. Springsteen’s 20th studio effort, set for release on Oct. 23, will be the first to feature material he wrote for the E Street Band in more than half a decade. Every current member of the…MORE

David Byrne Speaks Out After Resurfaced Blackface Video: “I Have Changed Since Then”

The clip is taken from a promotional video for the Talking Heads’ concert film ‘Stop Making Sense.’ David Byrne has issued a statement after a 1984 video of the star impersonating people of color using black and brownface resurfaced across social media. The clip, a promotional video for the Talking Heads’ concert film Stop Making Sense,…MORE

Axl Rose wanted Challenger disaster as Guns N’ Roses cover art

As Guns N’ Roses prepared to release their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction, the band searched for cover artwork that would match their signature style. The image needed to be eye-catching, provocative and polarizing. Singer Axl Rose believed he had the perfect idea: the picture of Space Shuttle Challenger exploding midair. On Jan. 28, 1986, the Challenger launched from Kennedy…MORE

James Hetfield has had a species of venomous snake named after him

James Hetfield has had a species of venomous snake named after him Metallica frontman James Hetfield has received the ultimate honour: a new species of venomous snake has been named after him. Atheris hetfieldi was discovered by a team of metal-loving scientists led by Dr Luis Ceriaco. The species of African Bush Viper, which grows up to 52cm in…MORE

Two New Blue Oyster Cult Songs From ‘The Symbol Remains’ – LISTEN

“That Was Me” is the heavier of the two, built on a snarling hard-rock riff. It peaks during a funky instrumental section with an almost reggae slant to the guitars. “Box in My Head” is a bit sleeker, layering bright vocal harmonies into a bouncy chorus hook. You can listen to both tracks below. Blue Öyster…MORE

Hear Neil Young Take on Bob Dylan’s ‘Times They Are a-Changin”

Neil Young has released a solo update of Bob Dylan‘s “The Times They Are a-Changin.’” You can check it out over at his archives website. A Top 10 U.K. hit in 1963, “The Times They Are a-Changin’” was Dylan’s third single, and the title track from his third album. On the new cover, Young plays guitar and harmonica and sings…MORE

John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman denied parole for 11th time

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The man who gunned down John Lennon outside his Manhattan apartment in 1980 was denied parole for an 11th time, state corrections officials said Wednesday. Mark David Chapman was denied after being interviewed by a parole board Aug. 19, according to corrections officials. Chapman, 65, is serving a 20-years-to-life sentence at Wende Correctional…MORE

There’s a new Chris Cornell film planned… but his estate say they’ve not approved it

The upcoming biopic Black Days is in production but the estate of late Soundgarden star Chris Cornell report that it doesn’t have their backing. A new film about Soundgarden star Chris Cornell has not been authorised by his estate, according to reports. The biopic Black Days by Road Rage Films LLC Amerifilms LLC recently came to light when Backstage began the casting process,…MORE

Van Halen’s history celebrated in career-spanning new biography

 Van Halen: A Visual Biography will explore the band’s history – from the mid-70s through to their 2015 tour. A new book charting the history of Van Halen will be published later this year. It’s titled Van Halen: A Visual Biography and has been completed by Martin Popoff. It’ll be released on November 20 through Wymer Publishing, with the…MORE

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HORRIBLE One Hit Wonders… 10/27/20

HORRIBLE One Hit Wonders… 10/27/20

Rick and Joel chat about those One Hit Wonders you wouldn’t mind ever hearing again…  Talking ONE HIT WONDERS this morning… Here’s Rick and VANILLA ICE – yo yo yo! What’s a one hit wonder you NEVER want to hear again? The Hawk Morning Show with Rick Michaels Posted by 999 THE HAWK on Tuesday, 27…

Costumes of Halloween’s Past… 10/26/20

Costumes of Halloween’s Past… 10/26/20

Rick and Joel chat Halloween Costumes… and not the ones your bought at the pop up costume store! HALLOWEEN COSTUMES… this circa 2005 when I was Elvis!! 🎃😬-Joel The Hawk Morning Show with Rick Michaels Posted by 999 THE HAWK on Monday, 26 October 2020 MORE FROM RICK AND JOEL       

NEW MUSIC from AC/DC and… Mike Tyson?! -10/26/20

NEW MUSIC from AC/DC and… Mike Tyson?! -10/26/20

Mike Tyson is trying his hand at another song. He recently released a cartoon video of the song that he plans to play at an upcoming fight. Sounds like this dude smokes way too much of his own product… AC/DC has a new song out with a new album coming soon. Power Up was recorded by the…