Fleetwood Mac have cancelled their touring plans as founding bassist John McVie undergoes treatment for cancer.
The band has been forced to cancel their 2013 Australian and New Zealand tour, which was due to begin on November 10, while McVie seeks treatment. Associated Press reports that band spokeswoman Liz Rosenberg did not specify the type of cancer McVie is treating.
“We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates,” the band said in a post on their official website. “We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best.”
The band recently wrapped up a successful European tour in support of their latest release, a four-track EP titled Extended Play. The EP was released independently by the band as a digital download, and is their first new music since 2003 full-length album Say You Will.
A planned date for December 30 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas has not been mentioned in the list of cancelled shows.
When the great Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock's all-time legendary - and influential - guitarists.
The result was some of music's most renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27) and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening - which will now make its official DVD release on December 10, 2013, Concert for Ronnie Montrose - A Celebration of His Life In Music.
Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the DVD features performance by Ronnie's past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups' hits. Additionally, Ronnie's colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.
The DVD also includes interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery and an additional set of Ronnie's hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T, recorded and filmed at Bob Weir's TRI Studios.
Rock legend Lou Reed has passed away on Long Island aged 71.
Reed is reported to have died on Sunday morning, and while the cause of death has not yet been released some news outlets are speculating that Reed suffered complications from a liver transplant he underwent in May.
Reed’s Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale said, “The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet. I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy,” while David Bowie said: “He was a master.” Billy Idol tweeted: "U were my inspiration in the '70's, 4 without you there would have been no punk rock.” The Who tweeted: "RIP Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side." Iggy Pop called it "devastating news".
And many would agree: Brian Eno once said that the Velvet Underground’s debut album only sold 30,000 copies, but that every one of those fans went on to form a band.
Reed was born Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed in Brooklyn in 1942, and by his early ‘20s was melding together two great loves - poetry and rock & roll - as a staff songwriter for novelty label Pickwick Records before forming the band that would eventually become The Velvet Underground.
VU were adopted by pop art pioneer Andy Warhol, and their debut The Velvet Underground & Nico is a virtual audio verite document of the dark side of New York’s creative scene. Reed’s discography is full of daring works that push against the mainstream: 1975’s Metal Machine Music was a forerunner of industrial rock and sound art, and Reed’s final album was Lulu, his collaboration with Metallica.
Humble Pie's double live album Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore – The Complete Recordings will be available in a n new re-mastered version on October 28.
The release features all four of the concerts the band recorded at the Fillmore East on May 28-29, 1971, with the re-mastering overseen by band members Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley.
"It’s like a breath of fresh air after listening to one particular version,” said Frampton about the reissue of the live album. “The beauty of it is that you get three completely different performances of most of the songs. It’s great to hear Steve Marriott’s banter from all of the shows. We’ve lived with 'It's really been a gas!' for 40-odd years, and now there’s more."
Speaking in the new edition of Rolling Stone magazine (out 25 October), Paul McCartney says he still has “a conversation” with John Lennon if he is struggling to get a song right.
“If I’m at a point where I go, ‘I'm not sure about this,’ I’ll throw it across the room to John,” McCartney tells Rolling Stone. “He’ll say, ‘You can't go there, man.’ And I'll say, ‘You’re quite right. How about this?’ ‘Yeah, that’s better.’
“We'll have a conversation. I don’t want to lose that.”
McCartney’s new New album is aided by a host of younger production talent - Adele collaborator Paul Epworth, Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George) and frequent Kings of Leon partner Ethan Johns.
In the interview, McCartney also says that his sometimes-bitter relationship with Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, is now good. Describing Ono as a “badass,” McCartney says he’s moved on from any bad blood. “I thought, ‘If John loved her, there’s got to be something. He’s not stupid.’”
“It’s like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had?” His also takes wisdom from the words of another late Beatle, George Harrison. “George would say to me, ‘You don’t want stuff like that hanging around in your life.’”
McCartney debuted his new video October 24. The piano-led “Queenie Eye” features a host of A-list acting celebs, including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Jude Law, Sean Penn, Alice Eve, plus designer Tom Ford and U.K. supermodels Kate Moss and Lily Cole. The video was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
The Who will tour in 2015. But then, that’s it. 2015 will mark the band’s 50th anniversary.
Guitarist Pete Townshend told London’s Evening Standard at the screening for their documentary Sensation, which tells the story of the band's rock opera Tommy, that they will use the tour to visit places they have rarely played in their five-decade history.
“For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still plenty of places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to Eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits,” Townshend said.
In summer 2013, The Who played their 1973 double album Quadrophenia in full alongside their classic hits at a string of arena dates in the U.K, Ireland and the U.S.A.
Released in 1973, Quadrophenia was The Who's sixth studio album and second “rock opera” after 1969's Tommy. A special-edition box set of Tommy is out on November 11. The Super Deluxe box includes a disc containing a 5.1 mix featuring the complete album remixed in surround sound on the new Hi Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray format, plus a poster and a hardcover 80-page book.
Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has spoken to Atlantic City’s WZXL radio station about the band’s new Viva! Hysteria live DVD. The show was recorded during the band’s Las Vegas residency of March 2013, and is out now.
Campbell says: “We had dinner last night – Rick Allen [drums], Phil Collen [guitars] and myself – and we agreed we’re kind of embarrassed about how long it’s been since Def Leppard had new music out. We have been writing, but we’ve now set a date. We’re going to get together in January  and crank out something. So next time we go on tour, we’ll have at least one new song to play.”
Phil Collen tells Rolling Stone the plan is agreed. “We've got a sh*tload of new songs,” Collen explains. “it’s just implement them and then, 'What direction are we going take? Who are we going get to produce it? Are we going do it ourselves? Are we gonna do multiple stuff?'
“An album would obviously take too long, so we’re going to do about four or five songs, get those out and then next year have an album come out, so it'll be an EP and an album.”
Any new Def Leppard music would be the first since 2008’s Songs From The Sparkle Lounge. Campbell has just finished a course of chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a form of cancer), but says he is now “feeling really, really good.”
One of Manhattan’s most historic concert venues, Roseland Ballroom, has announced that they will be closing its doors for good at the end of April 2014. It marks the end of over 50 years on 52nd Street. Roseland Ballroom originally opened in 1919 on 51st Street before moving to its current day location in 1958.
A spokesperson for the venue told NME in an interview: “The owners of 239 West 52nd Street have operated the Roseland Ballroom for over three decades. Managing Roseland has been a labor of love, which is why the owners have deferred major changes for all these years. Though final plans for the property will not be made until next year, redevelopment of the property is the likely outcome. Roseland will cease operations at the end of April 2014.”
Legendary bands like The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nirvana are among the acts that have played at the Roseland Ballroom. It is sad to see these classic music venues disappearing. In 2006 CBGB, another Manhattan staple, closed down, marking the end of an era that had helped spawn the careers of bands like The Ramones and Blondie.
The new album entered the chart at No. 1 this week, pushing over 166,000 copies, reports Nielsen SoundScan. The band’s first No. 1 album was 1993’s Vs., followed by 1994’s Vitalogy, 1996’s No Code and 2009’s Backspacer.
Lightning Bolt also delivered the highest-selling album debut of any rock release since Phillip Phillips’ The World from the Side of the Moon offering last November. That album pushed 169,000 its first week out.
Meanwhile, Paul McCartney’s new studio album, New, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 67,000 copies.
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Led Zeppelin’s 2012 concert film, Celebration Day, is coming to the small screen. AXS TV has announced that the network will hold the U.S. television premiere of Led Zeppelin’s 2012 concert film, Celebration Day, the week of Thanksgiving.
The movie, which follows the band’s famed December 2007 reunion show in London, will premiere at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Nov. 24. Encore broadcasts will play every night of the week at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT from Monday, Nov. 25, through Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving evening.
“Led Zeppelin is such an integral part of the musical landscape and evolution of rock ‘n’ roll,” AXS TV founder Mark Cuban said in a statement. “Making such a landmark performance accessible to millions of households is one of the ways AXS TV intends to bring music back to television.”
Celebration Day brings together surviving Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones with late drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason.
Fans unable to make the trek to Mountain View, California on Saturday (Oct. 26) to see this year’s Bridge School Benefit will be able to watch the first night’s festivities on the Internet. Scheduled to perform are Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Fun., Heart, Jenny Lewis, Elvis Costello and Diana Krall. The shows will be streamed here beginning at 5:00 PM PST.
Neil Young and his wife Pegi Young organized the first Bridge School Benefit in 1986, to raise money for a school that educates children affected by severe speech impairment and physical challenges.
Staged every year since then, with the exception of 1987, the benefit features all-acoustic sets by an array of high-profile artists. “Neil came up with the acoustic format idea,” Pegi Young told Rolling Stone. “It was genius. Nobody was doing that at the time. This is before MTV Unplugged or any of that. It keeps costs down, and it took artists outside their comfort zone. Looking back, that first concert was an exercise in simplicity compared to what it is these days.” This year’s benefit will include the first performance by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young since 2006.
Paul McCartney has released a behind-the-scenes film created during the making of the video for a new track titled “Queenie Eye,” from his NEW album. The six-minute clip features a large cast of celebrities, including Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Jude Law and Meryl Streep.
In one segment, McCartney explains how “Queenie Eye” was inspired by a children’s game he played when he was growing up in Liverpool. He also shares memories of working with Sir George Martin and The Beatles at Abbey Road studios, where the current film footage was recorded. His recollection of recording “Love Me Do,” The Beatles’ first single, is especially enchanting.
The lead vocal line had originally been Lennon’s—but Martin insisted McCartney sing it in order to free Lennon up on harmonica. “I’m in Abbey Road, first time ever, and I've got to take this lead vocal line, and I know that all the guys back in Liverpool in all the other groups are going to kill me, because it's not my line,” says McCartney. “It's John's line. So, I can still hear, [in a nervous voice] ‘Love me do-oo--o,’ because I'm standing right here, terrified out my wits, trying to pretend I'm not.”
Neil Young is gearing up for the release of Live At the Cellar Door, a live album made up of material from his six shows at the Cellar Door in Washington D.C. between November 30 and December 2, 1970.
Among the highlights are a rare version of "Cinnamon Girl" on piano instead of guitar, and "Old Man," which wasn't officially released until 1972 on the Harvest album. All songs are performed either on acoustic guitar or piano.
Live At the Cellar Door will be released on November 26 through Reprise Records. The album is part of Young's Archives Performance Series, and will be released digitally as well as on CD and 180-gram vinyl.
Last month we reported on an interview that Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich did with radio station 107.7 the Bone. In the interview Ulrich mentioned that “There's another frontier heading in Metallica's direction in December. Which, if anybody [from Metallica management] even knew that I just said what I just said, they would hunt me down and silence me. But there is another frontier coming in December, which we're very excited about.”
Now we might have the explanation to the drummer's cryptic statement. The Colombian Coca Cola Zero website has just announced that Metallica is set to play a special concert in Antarctica sometime between December 2 and December 15. Coca Cola apparently go on annual trips to Antarctica with a group of employees.
It is unclear who will be the audience at the event, presumably Coca Cola employees. The first concert ever held in Antarctica back in 2007 had an audience of 17 people. It was the band Nunatak, made up of a bunch of scientists stationed on the icy continent that put on a show that was broadcast worldwide as part of the Live Earth event.
More than a decade in the making, the new Boston album, due in December, features 11 classic tracks.
Tom Scholz said: "These are songs from the heart, each of them taking many months of effort to write, arrange, perform and record, always up to the demands of Boston’s harshest critic. Me. The songs have been meticulously recorded to analogue tape on the same machines and equipment used for Boston’s hits for the past 35 years."
Life, Love & Hope features lead vocals from Brad Delp and prodigy Tommy DeCarlo, as well as Kimberley Dahme, David Victor, and songwriter Scholz himself. "I intentionally stayed close to the early Boston style on some of the songs, even using the same amps and instruments; on others I let my imagination run wild," said Scholz.
Queen legend Brian May says Borat/Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen just wasn't right for the planned Freddie Mercury biopic because he would ultimately be distracting to the audience.
May tells Classic Rock magazine that Cohen had plenty of enthusiasm for the project, which helped the band "kick it into the start position."
But in the end they felt that his presence in the movie would draw attention to his Cohen rather than Freddie.
"What led us to that conclusion was the last three movies that he’s made – The Dictator, Les Miserables and Hugo – in which he makes outstanding performances, but they’re very much Sacha Baron Cohen performances," May said. "And we thought there has to be no distraction in the Freddie movie. You have to really suspend that disbelief – the man who plays Freddie, you have to really believe is Freddie. And we didn’t that could really happen with Sacha."
May added that the realization was not a criticism of Cohen's talent whatsoever. "It’s just a feeling that it was not going to work – that the pieces didn’t fit together anymore. But we parted company on very good terms."
May adds that a replacement for Cohen in the movie is already close to being locked in, although he can't yet say who it is.
Rush have released a teaser of their forthcoming DVD via Rolling Stone.com. Rush toured through 2012-13 to support their latest album, Clockwork Angels, and added an eight-piece string ensemble to their shows.
The band recorded a show in Dallas for a Clockwork Angels Tour DVD/CD that will be out on November 19. Here’s a preview clip of the band playing “The Garden,” the grand finale of the Clockwork Angels album. The clip also demonstrates the powers of Alex Lifeson’s Les Paul Axcess in “acoustic” mode. Lifeson also plays keyboards on the live track.
Rush are now on a break. 2014 is their 40th Anniversary and bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee says their management wanted an anniversary tour. “That's not going to happen, though,” Lee told Rolling Stone in September. “My attitude is that as much as I’d like to celebrate 40 years, we need a break more than we need a 40th anniversary celebration. There's nothing wrong with celebrating 42 years.”
According to Ultimateclassicrock.com, Metallica’s Hammett feels that social networking has not been good for music. The guitarist was interviewed by Brazilian site R7 and made feelings known.
“There haven’t been a lot of really, really great bands that have shown that kind of promise,” he said. “I think it’s a concern. Because of things like iTunes and streaming and social networking, it’s destroyed music. It’s destroyed the motivation to go out there and really make the best record possible. It’s a shame.”
According to Classic Rock, Robert Plant has found some long-lost Led Zeppelin recordings – including two tracks with bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones singing lead. Plant jokes that he now faces a fight with Jimmy Page to get them on to forthcoming Zeppelin boxsets.
Plant says: “I found some quarter-inch spools recently, and I had a meeting with Jimmy, and we backed them up and listened to them, and there’s some very, very interesting bits and pieces that probably will turn up on these things.
“I’m desperately trying to get this one track – or the two tracks of John Paul Jones singing lead. And so far [Jimmy] is up to giving me two cars and a greenhouse not to get them on the album.
“Oh, John, wherever you are… you can’t wait to hear yourself singing all over the world! La la la la la la la…”
In 2012, Page told Mojo, “There are a number of Led Zeppelin projects that will come out next year because there are different versions of tracks that we have that can be added to the album so there will be boxsets of material that will come out, starting next year. There will be one boxset per album with extra music that will surface.”
Black Sabbath have posted the official live video for their track “Loner” – watch it below. The original song features on the band’s current album 13, their first full studio album since 1978’s Never Say Die!
The video will be part of the forthcoming Black Sabbath DVD, Live…Gathered in Their Masses, which features footage filmed over two dates in Melbourne, Australia. Live…Gathered in Their Masses will be released on November 25 and a live CD of the gigs will also be released on the same date.
Black Sabbath are currently touring in South America before they return to Europe in November and December.
The tracklisting for Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses is:
“Into The Void”
“Behind The Wall Of Sleep”
“Fairies Wear Boots”
“Symptom Of The Universe”
“End Of The Beginning”
“Children Of The Grave”
“God Is Dead?”
“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro)”