Category Archives: Classic Rock

Paul McCartney Cancels Entire Asian Tour Due To Illness

After canceling concerts in Japan, Paul McCartney has now canceled his show in South Korea.

“I was really looking forward to visiting and playing in South Korea for the first time and I’m sorry to be letting fans down,” McCartney was quoted as saying in a statement released by Seoul-based Hyundai Card Co. Ltd., an organizer for his South Korea concert. “I’m very disappointed by this and hope to be able to visit soon.”

The statement said that “Paul is still not feeling better and this cancellation is unavoidable.”

Below are the dates that McCartney has canceled:

05/21/14 – Tokyo, JP @ Nippon Budokan
05/24/14 – Osaka, JP @ Yanmar Stadium
05/28/14 – Seoul, KR @ Jasmil Sports Complex

Revisiting The Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

A haven for classic rock fans and poker players

Nowadays, when people go to Las Vegas, most people immediately head to the casinos, and with good reason. Vegas has been known as the poker capital of the world since the first casinos were built there in 1931, and now, gamblers from all over the world continue to flock to the city every day.

While the city doesn’t discriminate against any sport, Vegas seems to be growing into a paradise for poker players. Home of the World Series of Poker, an event was attended by around 79,500 people last year, Sin City is pulling in poker players from far and wide. But for avid rock and roll fans like Mike Chitty, the trip to Vegas for the WSOP had an added incentive: the chance to visit the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Perhaps one of the most iconic hotels in Sin City, the Hard Rock Hotel is known to people the world over as the hotel to be in. The hotel has the perfect feature for poker players. After touring the museum, poker players can head to their poker lounge, where tournaments are held 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But while it popularized the decadent lifestyle of the locals with their wine-and-dine options, extravagant parties, and sophisticated casino, what truly stands out for the rock and roll fans is their Rock & Roll Museum.

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino hosts a large collection of rock and roll memorabilia. Arranged throughout the hotel’s many rooms and hallways are instruments, posters, concert tickets and albums from some of the most famous rock and roll acts. Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam and Guns n’ Roses are just some of the artists that have artifacts and personal items in the museum.

Remember, Vegas is not just the poker capital of the world; Rather, it’s also the go-to city for a lively music scene and concerts. The next time you find yourself in Las Vegas, stay at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for a taste of rock and roll history, and a line-up of rock bands that perform on its center stage.

Soundgarden Could Make A New Album ‘Tomorrow’

In a new interview with KROQ, Chris Cornell discussed Soundgarden’s plans for a followup to 2012’s King Animal.

“Yeah, I think at this point it’s one of those things that’s just going to start to naturally happen. It’s a little bit of a cycle now, because we’re doing promotional tours. We haven’t been in a studio writing, but because everyone brings song ideas in, it goes from 0 to 60 really fast. All of a sudden everyone will have 2 things, and that’s 8 songs you have to work on, and already you’re well into making an album, and that could happen tomorrow.”

When asked about the difficulties of going into making a new record, Cornell said, “We’ve made a lot of albums, how do you make the next one, and what is your reason for making it? You’ve got to do something else.” He added, “We’ve always got to reach. But having said that, we always naturally do that anyways.”

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Chris Cornell Tells Funny Story About Seeing A Shirtless Prince At A Hotel

Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell told a funny story about a hotel encounter he had with Prince in a new interview with KROQ:

“I did see Prince at the Beverly Hills Hotel once. And it was comical, I was walking down the hall sort of towards where his room was and he was opening the door and pushing his room service cart out and he was sort of struggling with it a little bit. He had no shirt on and a purple headband holding his hair back. ‘Cuz he looked like Prince; he looked like he was onstage, but he was just pushing the cart out. He looked like that thing you would do when you’re pushing a cart out and you have no shirt on. You don’t want to see another human being. He saw me and he just started wrestling it out there because he didn’t want to see me and he slammed the door shut.”

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Chris Cornell ‘Surprised’ By Success Of “Black Hole Sun” & Other Soundgarden Radio Hits

Chris Cornell discussed the success of Soundgarden’s Superunknown radio singles in a new interview with KROQ, and he said he was surprised and proud that the band were able to have hit songs while still not following any trends.

“Even then at radio and MTV it was kind of hit song driven, and we didn’t necessarily have those. ‘Black Hole Sun’ for example was a surprise when I think about it lyrically especially, that it became a hit song.”

He added, “I think that [radio] turned [the Superunknown singles] into hits, but I don’t know that’s what we thought they were going into it.”

“Fell On Black Days is in 6/8, it’s this weird time signature. You didn’t hear hit rock songs that weren’t like straight four, kind of four on the floor. But that’s also what was really satisfying about it, it was [like] wow we can actually have a hit radio song where we didn’t follow anything even close to a standard formula.”

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Pearl Jam To Make Announcement Tomorrow

Pearl Jam will make an announcement tomorrow at 1PM EST, according to Pearl Jam Radio. It is expected to be a 2014 North American tour announcement, with rumored cities including Denver, Lincoln, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, Toronto, Montreal (according to @PearlJamOnline).

Pearl Jam announced last week that Off! will be joining them and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at the Milton Keynes Bowl show on Friday, July 11th.

R.E.M. Release Massive 131 Song Rarities Set

R.E.M. have released the Complete Warner Bros. Rarities: 1988-2011.  See the tracklist below:

01. “Funtime” (Live) (Iggy Pop Cover)
02. “Ghost Rider” (Suicide Cover)
03. “Dark Globe” (Syd Barrett Cover)
04. “Pop Song 89” (Acoustic Version)
05. “Memphis Train Blues” (Non-Album Track)
06. “Skin Tight” (Live Orlando, FL April 30, 1989) (Ohio Players cover)
07. “Losing My Religion” (Acoustic) (Live At KFOG)
08. “Losing My Religion” (Live In Dublin 2005)
09. “Rotary Eleven” (Non-Album Track)
10. “You Are The Everything” (Live – Greensboro Coliseum, NC 11/10/1989)
11. “Love Is All Around” (Live)
12. “Shiny Happy People” (Dance To The Music Mix)
13. “Shiny Happy People” (Pop Mix)
14. “Shiny Happy People” (Hip Mix)
15. “It’s a Free World Baby” (Non-Album Track)
16. “Winged Mammal Theme” (Non-Album Track)
17. “First We Take Manhattan” (Leonard Cohen Cover)
18. “Everybody Hurts” (Album Fade)
19. “Mandolin Strum” (Non-Album Track)
20. “Orange Crush” (Live Version)
21. “Man On The Moon” (Album Edit)
22. “Arms Of Love” (Non-Album Track)
23. “World Leader Pretend” (Live) (Charleston WV 4/28/91)
24. “Belong” (Live) (Charleston WV 4/28/91)
25. “Low” (Live) (Charleston WV 4/28/91)
26. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (Non-Album Track)
27. “Fretless” (Non-Album Track)
28. “Everybody Hurts” (Live) (9/2/93-Los Angeles for the MTV Video Awards)
29. “Orange Crush” (Instrumental)
30. “Fall On Me” (Live)
31. “Me In Honey” (Live)
32. “Finest Worksong” (Live)
33. “Drive” (Live) (1992)
34. “Funtime” (Live) (1992)
35. “Radio Free Europe” (Live) (1992)
36. “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” (Live at SNL-11/12/94)
37. “Bang And Blame” (Live at SNL-11/12/94)
38. “I Don’t Sleep, I Dream” (Live at SNL-11/12/94)
39. “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” (Radio Version)
40. “Monty Got A Raw Deal” (Live)
41. “Everybody Hurts” (Live) (Athens, GA ’92)
42. “Man On The Moon” (Live) (Athens, GA ’92)
43. “Bang And Blame” (Album Version w/o Between Track Noise)
44. “Losing My Religion” (Live) (Athens 1992) (Applause Faded)
45. “Country Feedback” (Live) (Athens 1992) (Applause Faded)
46. “Begin The Begin” (Live) (Athens 1992)
47. “Undertow” (Live)
48. “Wichita Lineman” (Live) (Non-Album Track)
49. “New Test Leper” (Live Acoustic)
50. “Tricycle” (Instrumental) (Non-Album Track)
51. “Departure” (Live) (Rome Soundcheck)
52. “Wall Of Death” (From “Beat The Retreat”-Richard Thompson Tribute Album)
53. “The Wake Up Bomb” (Live Version) (Atlanta)
54. “Binky The Doormat” (Live Version) (Atlanta)
55. “King Of Comedy” (808 State Remix)
56. “Be Mine” (Mike On Bus Version)
57. “Love is All Around” (The Troggs Cover)
58. “Sponge” (Vic Chesnutt Cover)
59. “Emphysema” (Non-Album Track)
60. “Sad Professor” (Live In Studio Version)
61. “Why Not Smile” (Oxford American Version)
62. “Surfing The Ganges” (LP Version)
63. “Suspicion” (Live In Studio Version)
64. “Lotus” (Weird Mix)
65. “Electrolite” (Live From Jools Holland)
66. “Man On The Moon” (Live From Jools Holland)
67. “Suspicion” (Live At Ealing Studios)
68. “At My Most Beautiful” (Radio Remix)
69. “Passenger” (Recorded From “Later” With Jools Holland)
70. “Country Feedback” (Recorded From “Later” With Jools Holland)
71. “So. Central Rain” (Live From “Later”)
72. “The Great Beyond” (Non-Album Track)
73. “The One I Love” (Live From Glastonbury Festival)
74. “Everybody Hurts” (Live From Glastonbury Festival)
75. “Man On The Moon” (Live From Glastonbury Festival)
76. “Yellow River” (Non-Album Track)
77. “165 Hillcrest” (Non-Album Track)
78. “Imitation Of Life” (Live From Trafalgar Square)
79. “Summer Turns To High” (32 Chord Song Demo)
80. “I’ve Been High” (Live Video Version) (Channel V, Sydney)
81. “The Lifting” (Original Version)
82. “Beat A Drum” (Dalkey Demo)
83. “2JN” (Non-Album Track)
84. “Favorite Writer” (Non-Album Track)
85. “Out in the Country” (Non-Album Track)
86. “Adagio” (Unused Tune)
87. “Turn You Inside-Out” (Live Version)
88. “Chance” (Dub)
89. “Drive” (Live Version) (1994)
90. “Star Me Kitten” (Featuring W.S. Burroughs)
91. “Revolution” (Non-Album Track)
92. “Leave” (Alternate Version)
93. “The Lifting” (Demo)
94. “The One I Love” (Live Version) (MMM Sydney)
95. “Maps & Legends” (Live Rehearsal Version)
96. “Tongue” (Live Rehearsal Version)
97. “Little America” (Live Rehearsal Version)
98. “South Central Rain” (Live Rehearsal Version)
99. “Imitation Of Life” (Live Rehearsal Version)
100. “So Fast, So Numb” (Live) (Athens Rehearsal Sessions, 2004)
101. “All The Right Friends” (Live) (Athens Rehearsal Sessions, 2004)
102. “Animal” (New Mix)
103. “Pretty Persuasion” (Live) (NYC 2003)
104. “Welcome To The Occupation” (Live) (NYC 2003)
105. “You Are The Everything” (Live) (Raleigh, NC-Oct. 10, 2003)
106. “These Days” (Live) (Toronto-Sept. 30, 2003)
107. “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” (Live) (Oslo NRK P1 National Radio-Oct. 25, 2003)
108. “Wanderlust” (Live-Santa Barbara, CA 2004)
109. “Sweetness Follows” (Live) (Recorded in Cincinnati-Oct. 27, 2004)
110. “Horse To Water” (Live In Vancouver)
111. “Indian Summer” (Non-Album Track)
112. “Living Well Is The Best Revenge” (Live In London)
113. “Auctioneer” (Live In London)
114. “Hollow Man” (Live In London)
115. “Supernatural Superserious” (Live In London)
116. “Fall On Me” (Live In London)
117. “West Of The Fields” (Live In London)
118. “Horse To Water” (Live In London)
119. “Man-Sized Wreath” (Live In London)
120. “Man On The Moon” (Live In London)
121. “Mr. Richards” (Vancouver)
122. “Living Well Jesus Dog” (Non-Album Track)
123. “Airliner” (Non-Album Track)
124. “Redhead Walking” (Non-Album Track)
125. “Houston” (iTunes Live From London)
126. “Harborcoat” (Live At The Olympia)
127. “Letter Never Sent” (Live At The Olympia)
128. “Second Guessing” (Live At The Olympia)
129. “Pretty Persuasion” (Live At The Olympia)
130. “NOLA-4/26/10” (Non-Album Track)
131. “That Someone Is You” (Live In The Studio)

Pink Floyd Make Announcement: Reissue Coming Next Month

PINK FLOYD TO RELEASE 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET OF ‘THE DIVISION BELL’

•   RELEASED: 30 JUNE 2014
•   PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX
•   BLU-RAY DISC INCLUDING NEW 2014 FILM OF MAROONED
•   2-LP VINYL FEATURING FULL-LENGTH TRACKS FOR THE FIRST TIME
•   REPLICA 7″ AND 12″ COLOURED VINYL AND MUCH MORE

Pink Floyd is releasing a 20th anniversary box set of The Division Bell, the band’s 1994 multi-million selling album that included the Grammy Award winning track Marooned. Set for release on 30 June 2014, ‘The Division Bell’ was the last studio album to be released by the band: David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. This 20th anniversary box set features six discs, including three replica coloured or clear vinyl discs, 5 collectors’ prints, a Blu-ray disc and for the first time Andy Jackson’s 5.1 audio mix of ‘The Division Bell’.

‘The Division Bell’ debuted at No 1 in the UK and in the USA, staying at the top of the US charts for 4 weeks; it also went to No 1 in eight other countries and, to date, has reached total album sales of over 12 million. The album was recorded by the band at Astoria and Britannia Row Studios with the majority of the lyrics being written by Polly Samson and David Gilmour.

David Gilmour said at the time: “The three of us went into Britannia Row studios, and improvised for 2 weeks. Playing together and starting from scratch was interesting and exciting, it kick started the album and the process was very good, it was collaborative and felt more cohesive”.

The Division Bell 20th Anniversary collector’s box set will feature a new 2-LP vinyl edition of the album, remastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab from the original analogue tapes, including all the full length tracks (originally edited to fit on a single LP) in a gatefold sleeve designed by Hipgnosis/StormStudios. Five other discs are included: a red 7″ vinyl replica of single Take It Back, clear 7″ vinyl replica of High Hopes, 12″ blue vinyl replica of High Hopes with reverse laser etched design, the 2011 Discovery remaster of ‘The Division Bell’ and a Blu-ray disc including ‘The Division Bell’ album in HD Audio, plus the previously unreleased 5.1 surround sound audio mix of the album by Andy Jackson.

Another addition included on the Blu-ray disc is a new video for Marooned, the track that won a Grammy for ‘Best Rock Instrumental’ in 1994. Filmed in Ukraine during the first week of April 2014, the video was directed by Aubrey Powell at Hipgnosis. It will appear on the disc with audio tracks in both PCM Stereo and a 5.1 mix by Andy Jackson.

Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour produced the original album, with orchestral arrangements by the late Michael Kamen. The anniversary box set discs have been remastered by long term Pink Floyd audio associates James Guthrie and Joel Plante.

Joe Perry Blames ‘GI Joe’ Movie Delay On Latest Aerosmith Album’s Failure

Joe Perry discussed the under performance of Aerosmith’s 2012 album Music From Another Dimension! in a new interview with Classic Rock Magazine:

“There is some ass-kicking stuff on that record, but there’s also some stuff that, frankly, I’d rather we had left off. There were two big setbacks beyond our control. The president of our record label left three weeks before our record was released, and it got tossed in the bin. We’d been told that the lead song, ‘Legendary Child’, was going to be in the ‘G.I. Joe’ movie, and Paramount would put literally millions of dollars into the record.”

He added, “We were in the limo on the way to the TV studio to play the song on ‘American Idol’ when we learnt the movie was delayed by six months,” he said. “I still feel the album didn’t get to have its day in the sun.”

U2’s Net Worth Sinks, Find Out How Much Money They’re Worth

U2’s net worth has gone down from €638 million to €516 million in the last year, according to the Sunday Times Irish Rich List. U2 are ranked 19th in the Republic and Northern Ireland, with the departure of manager Paul McGuiness likely causing the band to take a hit. McGuiness is worth €104 million himself, ranking at number 87.

U2 are currently working on a new studio album, having recently released “Ordinary Love” and “Invisible.”

Mick Jagger Becomes A Great Grandfather

70 year old Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger is now a great grandfather. Jagger’s 21-year old granddaughter Assisi Jackson has given birth to the rock legend’s first great grandchild. Jackson’s mother, Jade (42) is also expecting a child next month.

“The women in our family just tend to have children young, it runs in the genes,” said Assisi, who lives in Cornwall with her 25-year-old boyfriend.

Led Zeppelin Sued Over “Stairway to Heaven”

BusinessWeek reports that the defunct California band Spirit is working on building a case against Led Zeppelin to take them to court over “Stairway to Heaven,” claiming the mighty Zep ripped off a riff from their 1968 song “Tarus.” Randy Wolfe, who wrote the song, died in 1997, but his trust has been working with Spirit founding bassist Mark Andes on the case to get Wolfe the co-writer credit.

Andes, 66, says he was so wrapped up in his music back then that he only recently noticed how similar Stairway was to California’s song. “The clarity seems to be a present-day clarity, not at the time of infringement. I can’t explain it. It is fairly blatant, and note for note,” he says. “It would just be nice if the Led Zeppelin guys gave Randy a little nod. That would be lovely.”

Jimmy Page Wants Led Zeppelin Reunion, ‘Fed Up’ With Robert Plant’s Games

Jimmy Page discussed the future of Led Zeppelin in a new interview with The New York Times.

On playing live: “Absolutely, absolutely. I definitely want to play live. Because, you know, I’ve still got a twinkle in my eye. I can still play. So, yeah, I’ll just get myself into musical shape, just concentrating on the guitar.”

On Led Zeppelin: “I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think? Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He’s just playing games, and I’m fed up with it, to be honest with you. I don’t sing, so I can’t do much about it. It just looks so unlikely, doesn’t it?”