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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.”

 

 

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."

Mick Jagger Has A Memoir, And You’ll Never Be Allowed To Read It

Mick Jagger has never released a memoir, but apparently he HAS written one.

A publisher named John Blake says he wrote a 75,000-word manuscript back in the early ’80s.

Mick got an advance of about $1 million, and was set up with a ghostwriter to help him out. Everything was going fine until the manuscript was rejected. The publisher reportedly turned it away because it was “too light on sex and drugs.”

Blake says the manuscript is great though. “It’s extraordinary. I compared it to, like, the Dead Sea Scrolls…It’s delicious, heady stuff.”

He’s been trying to get Mick to agree to release the book as-is, but the Stones front man isn’t interested. In fact, Mick doesn’t even remember writing it in the first place, and has no intention of releasing any sort of autobiography any time soon.

A few years ago, Mick said, quote, “If someone wants to know what I did in 1965, they can look it up on Wikipedia.”

Chickenfoot’s New Track Is Exactly As Rockin’ As You Would Hope It To Be

Chickenfoot has a new best hits/live album hitting stores on March 10th. The super-group made up of Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony, and Will Ferrell doppelganger Chad Smith, are back at it with a collection of their favorite tunes & live performances.

Their newest effort is called ‘Devine Termination’ and it is all kinds of awesome:

 

Gene Simmons Throws Axl Rose Under The Bus

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The Demon Gene Simmons has had his fair share of beefs in recent years, so it should be no surprise that he is shooting off his mouth once again. This time he’s taking aim at one of the best lead singers in the history of rock!

In a recent chat with Goldmine Magazine, Gene Simmons was asked about his relationship with Paul Stanley. The question became more relevant recently after Stanley took aim at Simmons in his book. Simmons comments revealed a bit of how the two have kept it going for the last 40+ years:

“You have to figure out that the person next to you isn’t you,” says Simmons. “So sometimes you don’t understand why I might have a different appetite than him. I make no excuses for having a record company and now a film company. Our first film was just finished and it stars Anne Heche, Wesley Snipes; it’s a good movie and I’ll be doling lots of them. I wanted to act and produce records and have a record company because I’m unapologetically insatiable. If I have an appetite for something I want it! But it is true, as other things take more time you don’t do your other stuff in KISS as well. So we do have a better relationship today because you live and you learn. You understand that despite it all we both share a great work ethic, we show up on time and do the work and we never ‘Axl Rose‘ our way out of anything. I think the same way a ‘Kardashian’ became a 72-day long time reference, I think Axl deserves that thing that could become a verb, ‘Don’t Axl your way out of this thing.’ I think that’s appropriate.”

The Rose dig comes in reference to a period in Guns N’ Roses career where the band made headlines for multiple performances that were affected by tardiness. However, that reputation for show delays and late starts seems to have subsided, especially with GN’R’s “Not in This Lifetime” tour that has earned raves from fans.

Blondie Has New Music Out, And An Album On The Way

Blondie is putting out a new album on May 5th called “Pollinator”

If you check the liner notes, it looks like Debbie had a lot of help on this one:

Featured contributions are al over this thing with Joan Jett, The Gregory Brothers, Laurie Anderson, and comedian John Roberts appearing on the album. John is the guy who voices Lin Belcher on “Bob’s Burgers”. He described his vocals as “a little breakdown,” whatever that means.

Sia and Charli XCX wrote songs for the album, and one song has guitar work by The Strokes’ Nick Valensi.

The first single “Fun” is out now, and they’re taking pre-orders for the album on their site.

Asia’s Singer John Wetton Has Passed Away

ASIA singer John Wetton died in his sleep yesterday after a battle with colon cancer. He was 67.

John was known for more than just Asia. His first big break came when Robert Fripp juggled the lineup of King Crimson back in 1972. He became the group’s fourth singer and bass player.

 

From there, John spent some time touring with Roxy Music, and did a couple of albums with Uriah Heep before doing some of his own solo stuff.

He founded the prog-rock “supergroup” Asia in 1981 along with guitarist Steve Howe of Yes, keyboardist Geoff Downes of Yes and The Buggles, and drummer Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

He spent most of the next 10 years in the band, before leaving in the early ’90s.  The original line-up reunited in 2006, and John remained in the band until earlier this month when he announced he had to step away to undergo chemotherapy.

Downes took to Facebook to post a tribute:

Carl Palmer followed suit. He’s now had to release tributes for John, Greg Lake, and Keith Emerson all within the past year.

The Sad Story of The Last Days of Butch Trucks

Hearing a music legend like Butch Trucks has died is sad enough, but now a new report in the Daily Mail is claiming he died at his own hands, and the brutal scene was discovered by his wife.

The report says Trucks ended his life with a gun shot wound to the head while in his West Palm condo. That condo seems to be part of the struggle that led Butch to take these sad actions, as mounting tax bills and other debt were leading to severe financial issues for the legendary drummer.

When police arrived on the scene they found a hysterical Melinda Trucks, and a still alive (barely) Butch laying on the floor. He would pass minutes later. According to 911 transcripts, Melinda apparently watched Butch pull the trigger.

The money issues go back nearly a decade peaking in 2011 with the sale of his multi-million dollar home to tackle a ballooning mortgage payment. Then last year the IRS was at it again with the Trucks family hitting them with liens totaling more than $500k

Such a sad tragic ending for a man who brought joy to so many!

 

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Stone Temple Pilots Are On The Hunt For A New Lead Singer

How many personnel changes should a band be able to go through before they’re REQUIRED to change their name? A lot of older acts are still touring despite the fact that they’re practically cover bands at this point, but the Stone Temple Pilots aren’t there yet. They lost both of the singers the band’s ever had back in 2015. Scott Weiland died, and Chester Bennington left to concentrate on his main gig fronting Linkin Park. The rest of the original band is still intact:  Rob and Dean DeLeo, and Eric Kretz. Now they’re looking for a new set of pipes, but keeping the band name. In a recent interview, Rob said, quote, “It’s hard sonically for Dean, Eric, and myself to not sound like Stone Temple Pilots.  Why name it something different? We worked hard at creating the brand of Stone Temple Pilots.” Then, it was Dean’s turn “What means more to us is the ability to evolve, to move on, to basically have a person that allows us to make more records and more music into 2025.” Listen to the interview below

Bob Seger Released A Glenn Frye Tribute Song

Bob Seger took a trip to Nashville a few months ago to work on a special project to commemorate his late friend Glenn Frye.

According to Seger this song is not intended to be a hit. “There’s no chorus per se or title section or anything. The idea was just to honor his memory and talk, very specifically, about my impression of him in 1966 when we first met.”

Take a listen and tell us what you think:

Billy Joel Ranks His Top 5 Favorite Billy Joel Tracks

Every once in a while an interviewer will get a musician to rank his favorite songs by other performers…but it is so rare for an artist to rank their favorite tracks created by themselves. That’s why when Billy Joel showed up on Colbert, it was great to see him do just that.

As expected, Joel stayed away from the radio singles for the most part. I imagine after hearing these songs hundreds of thousands of times that any performer would be tired of of their biggest hits.

For Joel, he stuck with sentimental tracks for himself:

Maybe Your Band Can Open For Bon Jovi!

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Bon Jovi has announced the dates for his “This House Is Not For Sale” tour. The closest it comes to Jacksonville is Sunrise, and Tampa. However, if you’re in a local band that thinks you have what it takes, you could be seeing Bon Jovi play arenas from the stage as YOU open for the legend!

The band has announced a new contest over at their website asking you to submit an audition video of original music, and pick a date on the tour you’d like to open for Bon Jovi!

You can even check out the submissions of other bands to see the kind of competition you’ll be up against.

 

Lou Gramm & Others To Rejoin Foreigner On 40th Anniversary Tour

Foreigner was born in 1976 courtesy of the creative genius of Mick Jones. Now, 40 years later, the band has been through it’s fair share of roster changes.

One of its most controversial has always been the breakup of Lou Gramm, and the rest of the group. Gramm is credited with fronting the band through a lot if not all of their most successful albums, and singles.

According Jones though, the time has come to once again work with Gramm, as well as former memebrs Ian McDonald & and Al Greenwood.

The band says they’ll host their former band-mates only on select dates, but for those who really miss the old Foreigner sound, this could be huge.

The former band members won’t be the only guests on the tour by the way: when Foreigner kick off their 40th anniversary tour in September they’ll do it with long-time buddies Cheap Trick, and drummer Jason Bonham.

The reunions will be a highlight during a busy anniversary year for Foreigner. Not only will they be kicking off a worldwide tour, but the group is also playing U.S. dates starting Jan. 30, with a European tour beginning May 20 in Switzerland. They’ve got a two-disc, 40-track anniversary compilation with some brand new material is planned, and finally Jones will be publishing his memoir, A Foreigner’s Tale, due out this spring.

Check out Gramm with Foreigner at the peak of their rock sound in 1981:

 

The Stars Come Out To Ring In The New Year

Despite 2016 being a complete ass-kick on the idols of yesterday, some of the legends graced the stage one last time to wish it goodbye.

The all-star roster included some of the all-time greats, like Paul McCartney who showed up on stage with Alt Rock heroes The Killers:

Over in Hawaii at Alice Cooper’s annual fundraiser, Steven Tyler decided to put in some work in the name of a good cause:

The Piano Man opted against watching the ball drop from home as he was playing in Sunrise at the BB&&T Center. He even interrupted himself just to get the count in!

But none of these performances light me up more than Tran Siberian Orchestra teaming up with Paul Rodgers to play some Bad Company, AND Free:

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bon Jovi, U2 and Others Have New Releases On The Way for 2017

As we close out 2016, we look towards 2017, and what a year it will be if this list actually pans out!

The folks over at Ultimate Classic Rock put together a round-up of “2017 New Music Releases” from Classic Rock artists and it’s impressive to say the least!

Reissues will continue to be a focus of the genre too with return efforts from our very own Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Sabbath, and even Bon Jovi.

Among the other projects on the list are solo efforts from Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy, Bad Company’s Simon Kirke, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, and others.

Check the running tab below, and click on the highlighted titles to get more information on each album, book or video.

Jan. 1 Brian Eno, Reflection

Jan. 6 Gone Is Gone [Queens of the Stone Age], Echolocation

Jan. 13 Flaming Lips, Oczy Mlody Gerry Rafferty, The Very Best of Gerry Rafferty Jake Clemons [E Street Band], Fear & Love

Jan. 20 Barry Goldberg [Electric Flag, the Rides], Street Man / Blast from My Pasts (reissues) Grateful Dead, The Grateful Dead: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Jan. 27 Bash & Pop [Tommy Stinson of Guns N’ Roses / Replacements], Anything Could Happen Cheap Trick, Dream Police (reissue) Chicago, Chicago II (Steven Wilson remix) Cream, Fresh Cream (reissue) Derringer, The Complete Blue Sky Albums 1976-1978 The Move, Magnetic Waves of Sound: The Best of The Move Stephen Pearcy [Ratt], Smash

Feb. 3 Black Sabbath, The Ultimate Collection (2 CDs; 4 LPs) Black Star Riders [Thin Lizzy], Heavy Fire Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Motel Shot: Expanded Edition

Feb. 10 Bon Jovi, Vinyl Box Set (25 LPs) Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Ozark Mountain Daredevils (reissue) Simon Kirke [Free, Bad Company], All Because of You The Turtles, It Ain’t Me Babe; You Baby/Let Me Be; Happy Together; The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands; Turtle Soup; and Wooden Head (reissues)

Feb. 24 Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 (reissue)

TBA / Rumored: Adler (untitled, details here) Billy Gibbons, Billy Gibbons and the BFGs Go to Cuba David Crosby, (untitled, details here) Deep Purple, Infinite Chuck Berry, Chuck Hollywood Vampires (untitled, details here) Joe Perry (untitled, details here) Paul McCartney (untitled, details here) Ronnie Montrose, 10 by 10 Ozzy Osbourne (untitled, details here) Richie Sambora / Orianthi (untitled, details here) Steve Perry (untitled, details here) Styx, (untitled, details here) Tom Petty Wildflowers: All the Rest Mick Mars / John Corabi (untitled, details here) Bruce Springsteen (untitled, details here) U2, Songs of Experience

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