Music News - Classic Rock


billy-joel-070616.jpg Billy Joel gave some lucky high schoolers a few words of wisdom when he offered the commencement address at his former high school. The Long Island native attended Hicksville High School but fell one credit short of graduating after oversleeping and missing a crucial English exam. He was later awarded his diploma in 1992 after submitting his remaining academic requirements.

U21-080416.jpg U2 bassist Adam Clayton was honored at the recent MusiCares benefit. The event took place earlier this week at the Playstation Theater in New York's Times Square and Clayton received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert. During his speech, Clayton opened up about his alcoholism.

JacksonBrowne-011817.jpg Jackson Browne has confirmed plans for a headlining performance in Anaheim, California later this summer. The show will take place at the City National Grove of Anaheim on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 30 at noon. In addition to that show, Browne has also signed on to give a headlining performance at this year's upcoming Laid Back Fest.

BlackSabbath-061016.jpg Tony Iommi has revealed that his collaborative album project with Brian May could still be in the works. Speaking with eonmusic.com, he noted that the pair recently connected and they discussed possibilities for an album. He adds, however, that there are still some challenges ahead. "Brian came up to my house a couple of weeks ago, and we started talking about it again . . ."

Motleycrue-072816.jpg Nikki Sixx has revealed that he has "unofficially" retired from touring. He broke the news via Facebook and notes that after 40 years on the road with Motely Crue and Sixx:AM, he's ready to focus in on recording and his home life.

jimmy-buffett-012516.jpg Jimmy Buffett has confirmed plans to break ground on a new restaurant in Daytona Beach, Florida. The construction will officially begin on his new Landshark Bar & Grill on July 12 and it will be part of a new development in the area along LPGA Boulevard, just west of Interstate 95

U21-080416.jpg U2 paid tribute to the late Leonard Cohen during their gig in Toronto on what would have been his 79th birthday. "Tonight we hold onto some things, as you let go of some others," Bono said. "I'm not quite sure how to let it go, but I know tonight I'm holding onto the music of Leonard Cohen, thinking about it today. It's been on my mind."

PaulMcCartney-070916.jpg The 2009 reunion between Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be featured in a new concert DVD documenting the 2009 "Change Begins Within" charity concert benefiting the David Lynch Foundation. The Change Begins Within show took place April 4, 2009 at New York's Radio City Music Hall and featured performances from Eddie Vedder, Donovan, Sheryl Crow and more.

rush-031110.jpg Three capybara babies born in Toronto have been named after each member of Rush. The new triplet offspring of Bonnie and Clyde have been named after the band's singer/bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart.

queen-photo-by-chris-hopper-090616.jpg Queen and Adam Lambert kicked off their North American tour Friday evening at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. According to live reports, the concert began "We Will Rock You" and concluded with "We Are the Champions." Going through numerous costume changes, Lambert led the band through 19 other Queen tracks.

grahamnash-062816.jpg Graham Nash will be awarded with the Americana Music Association's 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Nash will accept the honor during the Americana Honors & Awards ceremony, scheduled to take place in Nashville during the 2017 Americana Music Festival. The 16th annual Americana Music Awards ceremony will take place on September 13 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

TheWho-070916.jpg The Who's Pete Townshend says that he decided to take Classic Quadrophenia, a symphonic reimagining of the band's 1973 album, on tour because he didn't want regret not doing it one day.

BlackSabbath-061016.jpg Black Sabbath has announced a massive new boxset, The Ten Year War, which will feature all eight of the band's Ozzy Osbounce fronted albums, for release this fall.

imge1-092116.jpg Iggy Pop will serve as one of the headlining acts for the 2017 Sound on Sound Festival, alongside the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Shins. The festival will take place this fall. The second annual Sound on Sound Festival will return to Sherwood Forest, a medieval-style village located outside Austin, Texas, November 10-12.

Stevie-071216.jpg Speaking at the North Minneapolis Conference on Peace, Stevie Wonder shared his thoughts on gun violence and the Black Lives Matter movement. "It is in your hands to stop all of the killing and the shooting wherever it might be," he said. "You cannot say, 'Black lives matter,' and then kill yourselves."

Follow RTT