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Video: Nick Mason Wrecks Super Rare McLaren

If nothing else, Nick Mason can definitively say he’s three things: He’s an iconic drummer who played in one of the most influential bands of all-time He’s an avid car collector who’s garage is worth millions upon millions He’s rich enough to repair the damage he caused on the track recently while racing his F1 GTR This past weekend Mason blew the dust off his super-rare McLaren literally worth near $15 million dollars. Unfortunately for him, the track wasn’t all to impressed with his driving skills, and the drummer was taking a break from crashing symbols, and opted instead to crash his race car.  

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Pete Townshend Wrote a New Song for a New Production of “Tommy”

There’s a new production of “Tommy” opening in England this month, and Pete Townshend wrote a brand new song for it. It’s called “Acid Queen 2”, and Pete was inspired to write it after he heard the production would feature actors with disabilities. He says, quote, “This is a totally new adventure, and [it] really does refer back to my original story in which a young man, disabled by extreme trauma, finds his way to some kind of spiritual place because he can FEEL music.  I can’t wait to see it.” Peter Straker is playing the Acid Queen, and he says, quote, “She is a shaman-like character, a very powerful figure.  But in Act Two she hasn’t healed Tommy and the song deals with how you deal with fame when it’s faded.”

Stevie Nicks Says Fleetwood Mac Is Probably Done Making New Music

The Queen of classic rock recently took some time to sit with the folks at Rolling Stone, and discuss what’s been going on in the world of Nicks recently. The interview, for the most part, seemed pretty standard until they finally began to dig into recent happenings with her longtime band mates: Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie are about to release an album as a duo. It seems like it started as a Fleetwood Mac album, but you chose not to participate. “I’ve been on the road [solo] since last September, so I don’t understand their premise. Christine was gone [from Fleetwood Mac] for 16 years and came back, did a massive tour, and then it’s like, “Now I’m just gonna go back to London and sit in my castle for two years”? She wanted to keep working. I will be back with them at the end of the year for, I think, another tour. I just needed my two years off. Until then, I wish them the best in whatever they do.” While some read hostility and animosity in her assessment of Buckingham & McVie, others think Nicks is just being realistic about the way the music industry has changed: Do you want to make a new record with them? I don’t think we’ll do another record. If the music business were different, I might feel different. I don’t think there’s any reason to spend a year and an amazing amount of money on a record that, even if it has great things, isn’t going to sell. What we do is go on the road, do a ton of shows and make lots of money. We have a lot of fun. Making a record isn’t all that much fun. Stevie brings her tour to Jacksonville in a week. For more info click here. To read the entire interview, check out Rolling Stone.

Peter Frampton’s Newest Song Has Hit The Internet

It wasn’t too long ago that Peter Frampton was sitting in his home when he heard a thud at the window. This isn’t an experience that is unique to rock stars, or celebrities. Chances are it may have happened to you in your lifetime. Heck, If you’ve attended a football game in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, you can hear it up to 500 times per year. But for Pete, it became a muse for his latest single.

Ace Frehley Puts Odds For Rejoining KISS At 50%

It’s no secret that Ace Frehley has had his ups and downs with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley over the past 40+ years.

These days though, Ace seems to be on good terms with his former band-mates, and he thinks that’ll one day lead to his return to the group.

Speaking with Brazil’s Kazagastao, in an interview you can watch below, Frehley said that he’s “good friends” with Stanley and added that he had recently crossed paths with Gene as well:

“I just saw Gene about a month ago. He came to my concert in Los Angeles. We hung out all night — very, very, very friendly. He was great with everybody,”

When asked about the reunion talk, Ace made a bold claim

“I haven’t heard anything, but if I were a betting man, I’d say maybe 50-50. That’s good odds.”

 

Ace Frehley Puts Odds For Rejoining KISS At 50%

It’s no secret that Ace Frehley has had his ups and downs with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley over the past 40+ years. These days though, Ace seems to be on good terms with his former band-mates, and he thinks that’ll one day lead to his return to the group. Speaking with Brazil’s Kazagastao, in an interview you can watch below, Frehley said that he’s “good friends” with Stanley and added that he had recently crossed paths with Gene as well: “I just saw Gene about a month ago. He came to my concert in Los Angeles. We hung out all night — very, very, very friendly. He was great with everybody,” When asked about the reunion talk, Ace made a bold claim “I haven’t heard anything, but if I were a betting man, I’d say maybe 50-50. That’s good odds.”  

Kids React to Guns N’ Roses

We all try to indoctrinate our children to listen to the music we love. It’s definitely a bummer when your lovable rug rat demands to hear the Disney album you’ve really worn out. How many more times can you possibly listen to “Let It Go” from Frozen? Oh, another time? Great.

Enter the folks over at Fine Brothers Entertainment. They’re the dudes who do the video series “Kids React To…” on Youtube. They decided to play the epic masterpiece “Appetite For Destruction” for a bunch of kids to see how they would react to REAL rock music. The results are amazing!

 

Beware of the Farewell Tour

As we all know by now, when an act announces a “farewell tour,” you have to take it with a grain of salt. If history is any indicator, there’s a decent chance that it’s NOT the end of the road.

Especially now that touring is the #1 way a performer can make a ton of cash quickly.

Here are just five examples of acts who have gone on a farewell tour…or MULTIPLE farewell tours…but didn’t actually stop touring:

 

1.  KISS.  They did a farewell tour from 2000 to 2001, but just two years later, they were back on the road, and they still tour to this day.

 

2.  The Eagles.  When they broke up in 1980, Don Henley said “hell would freeze over” before the Eagles reunited.  So, in 1994, they went out on a ‘Hell Freezes Over’ reunion tour.

 

They did a formal farewell tour in 2005 . . . but that wasn’t it either.  They did two more world tours after that.  And when Glenn Frey died last year, Henley said they were hanging it up, but now they’re headlining a bi-coastal festival with Fleetwood Mac later this year.

 

3.  The Who.  They did a farewell tour in 1982, but reunited for Live Aid three years later, and were back on the road again in 1989. They’ve been touring on and off ever since, up to their 50th anniversary tour last year.

 

4.  Ozzy Osbourne. He retired from the road with a ‘No More Tours’ run in 1992. Then came out of retirement three years later with a tour was called ‘Retirement Sucks!’ He’s toured several times since, by himself and with Black Sabbath.

 

5. Aerosmith. Granted Steven Tyler JUST announced that this next tour will be their last:

But days after that announcement Joe Perry took to the media to say that Steven might be imagining things.

 

Other acts who have had “farewell tours” that didn’t stick include:  Judas Priest, Elton John, Scorpions, Cream, The Band, Nine Inch Nails, and Meat Loaf.

Think about that when you hear Aerosmith talking about their farewell.

Kids React to Guns N’ Roses

We all try to indoctrinate our children to listen to the music we love. It’s definitely a bummer when your lovable rug rat demands to hear the Disney album you’ve really worn out. How many more times can you possibly listen to “Let It Go” from Frozen? Oh, another time? Great. Enter the folks over at Fine Brothers Entertainment. They’re the dudes who do the video series “Kids React To…” on Youtube. They decided to play the epic masterpiece “Appetite For Destruction” for a bunch of kids to see how they would react to REAL rock music. The results are amazing!  

Beware of the Farewell Tour

As we all know by now, when an act announces a “farewell tour,” you have to take it with a grain of salt. If history is any indicator, there’s a decent chance that it’s NOT the end of the road. Especially now that touring is the #1 way a performer can make a ton of cash quickly. Here are just five examples of acts who have gone on a farewell tour…or MULTIPLE farewell tours…but didn’t actually stop touring:   1.  KISS.  They did a farewell tour from 2000 to 2001, but just two years later, they were back on the road, and they still tour to this day.   2.  The Eagles.  When they broke up in 1980, Don Henley said “hell would freeze over” before the Eagles reunited.  So, in 1994, they went out on a ‘Hell Freezes Over’ reunion tour.   They did a formal farewell tour in 2005 . . . but that wasn’t it either.  They did two more world tours after that.  And when Glenn Frey died last year, Henley said they were hanging it up, but now they’re headlining a bi-coastal festival with Fleetwood Mac later this year.   3.  The Who.  They did a farewell tour in 1982, but reunited for Live Aid three years later, and were back on the road again in 1989. They’ve been touring on and off ever since, up to their 50th anniversary tour last year.   4.  Ozzy Osbourne. He retired from the road with a ‘No More Tours’ run in 1992. Then came out of retirement three years later with a tour was called ‘Retirement Sucks!’ He’s toured several times since, by himself and with Black Sabbath.   5. Aerosmith. Granted Steven Tyler JUST announced that this next tour will be their last: But days after that announcement Joe Perry took to the media to say that Steven might be imagining things.   Other acts who have had “farewell tours” that didn’t stick include:  Judas Priest, Elton John, Scorpions, Cream, The Band, Nine Inch Nails, and Meat Loaf. Think about that when you hear Aerosmith talking about their farewell.

The Eagles Are Playing Two Major Shows With Fleetwood Mac

The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac are headlining a new bi-coastal music festival this summer.

The concerts will be called ‘Classic East’ and ‘Classic West’, with the ‘East’ one happening at Citi Field in New York, and the ‘West’ one at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.

The organizers are hoping to make it an annual event.

It’ll happen in July, with two shows in both cities, however the dates haven’t been set. We’re told there will be other bands, but none have been announced yet.

These will be the first Eagles gigs since Glenn Frey died last January. It’s unclear who will stand in for him, if anyone. In the past people have thrown around the idea of Glen’s son, or Jackson Browne taking on the duties.

The shows are also the only ones Fleetwood Mac has booked for this year.

The Eagles Are Playing Two Major Shows With Fleetwood Mac

The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac are headlining a new bi-coastal music festival this summer. The concerts will be called ‘Classic East’ and ‘Classic West’, with the ‘East’ one happening at Citi Field in New York, and the ‘West’ one at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. The organizers are hoping to make it an annual event. It’ll happen in July, with two shows in both cities, however the dates haven’t been set. We’re told there will be other bands, but none have been announced yet. These will be the first Eagles gigs since Glenn Frey died last January. It’s unclear who will stand in for him, if anyone. In the past people have thrown around the idea of Glen’s son, or Jackson Browne taking on the duties. The shows are also the only ones Fleetwood Mac has booked for this year.

Could Angus And Axl Be Looking To Make New AC/DC Music Together?

If the latest rumors are true, it looks like Angus has no intention of shutting down AC/DC anytime soon…

According to two stories from the Australia-based Noise11:

“The chemistry between Axl Rose and Angus Young has inspired Angus to start planning another AC/DC record, but Guns N’ Roses’ touring commitments throughout 2017 will make it difficult to finalize the project.”

The article is headlined “New AC/DC Album Not Expected Until 2018.”

Axl took on  the AC/DC gig in 2016 when Brian Johnson was suddenly sidelined by a hearing issue. He fronted 23 shows on tour before leaving Angus to move forward with the wildly successful G’n’R reunion tour. However, before he left, it was apparent that Axl Rose was a huge fan of working with Angus:

“I feel protective; I feel I do not want to let this guy down – more than almost anybody I’ve ever known – and I don’t know why, and he’s very responsive to me. And they said they hadn’t seen him this happy, they hadn’t seen him moving around [this much]. In between songs, he’s playing other stuff [that has inspired potential new song ideas]. So that’s kind of a neat thing between musicians.”

If my eyes are any judge, I would think based on the performances they put that these stories probably have an element of truth in them!

 

 

Could Angus And Axl Be Looking To Make New AC/DC Music Together?

If the latest rumors are true, it looks like Angus has no intention of shutting down AC/DC anytime soon… According to two stories from the Australia-based Noise11: “The chemistry between Axl Rose and Angus Young has inspired Angus to start planning another AC/DC record, but Guns N’ Roses’ touring commitments throughout 2017 will make it difficult to finalize the project.” The article is headlined “New AC/DC Album Not Expected Until 2018.” Axl took on  the AC/DC gig in 2016 when Brian Johnson was suddenly sidelined by a hearing issue. He fronted 23 shows on tour before leaving Angus to move forward with the wildly successful G’n’R reunion tour. However, before he left, it was apparent that Axl Rose was a huge fan of working with Angus: “I feel protective; I feel I do not want to let this guy down – more than almost anybody I’ve ever known – and I don’t know why, and he’s very responsive to me. And they said they hadn’t seen him this happy, they hadn’t seen him moving around [this much]. In between songs, he’s playing other stuff [that has inspired potential new song ideas]. So that’s kind of a neat thing between musicians.” If my eyes are any judge, I would think based on the performances they put that these stories probably have an element of truth in them!    

Eddie Van Halen Gives Back To The Kids

Arts education is usually one of the first things to be cut from the budget of struggling schools, so classic rock icon Eddie Van Halen has decided to lend a helping hand.

The guitar god donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. That’s the program that provides musical instruments to students in low-income schools.

Eddie says learning music has had a huge impact on him,

“My whole life has been music.  I could not imagine anything else.  It’s a must.  It has to be taught.”

 

 

Eddie Van Halen Gives Back To The Kids

Arts education is usually one of the first things to be cut from the budget of struggling schools, so classic rock icon Eddie Van Halen has decided to lend a helping hand. The guitar god donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. That’s the program that provides musical instruments to students in low-income schools. Eddie says learning music has had a huge impact on him, “My whole life has been music.  I could not imagine anything else.  It’s a must.  It has to be taught.”    

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite in studio

The two surviving members of the Beatles came together in a studio on Sunday for their first recording session together in seven years, according to a social media post from drummer Ringo Starr.

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"Thanks for coming over, man, and playing great bass," Starr wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of himself laughing with Paul McCartney. "I love you, man. Peace and love."

Thanks for coming over man and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love.pic.twitter.com/Z5kpyLLlkO— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) February 20, 2017

Starr's publicist confirmed to Billboard that McCartney was in the studio to contribute to Starr's upcoming album. The album is set for release this year, although no date has been announced, the site reported.

Starr also shared an image of the pair posing with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Starr's brother-in-law.

"What a day I'm having," he wrote.

And look out Joe W. came out to play what a day I'm having peace and love.pic.twitter.com/8xQt2j5OLn— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) February 20, 2017

Starr shared the photos just days after TMZ reported that McCartney, Starr, Walsh, actor Tom Hanks and musician Dave Grohl went to dinner together in Santa Monica.

Starr and McCartney last collaborated on the drummer's 2010 LP "Y Not," according to Rolling Stone. McCartney sings on the song "Walk With You" and plays bass on "Peace Dream."

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