Music News - Classic Rock


brianmay-071012.jpg Queen have unveiled a ballad version of the Freddie Mercury single "Love Kills" to promote their upcoming album Queen Forever. The compilation features three previously unreleased tracks including the Michael Jackson collaboration "There Must Be More Than This." "More Than This" was recorded in 1983 in L.A. where Freddie Mercury and Jackson sang the tune.

defleppard-100909.jpg Trixter guitarist Steve Brown has played his first show as a stand-in with Def Leppard. Brown, who has previously played with Def Leppard's Phil Collen, is filling the shoes of Vivian Campbell, who is currently undergoing stem-cell treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma.

PhilCollins-021513.jpg Phil Collins recently opened up on his struggle with alcohol after his career ended and his ex-wife took his kids. Speaking with the Daily Mail, Phil said that there was a void in his life he tried to fill with booze. "And, really, retiring — well, not working — and not having the kids, I guess left a big void," he began.

JohnFogerty-040811.jpg John Fogerty has announced his upcoming 1969 world tour set to begin November 7 at St. John's, Newfoundland's Mile One Stadium. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival fronter announced the tour as a tribute to the three classic albums CCR put out in 1969: Bayou Country, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys.

U2-100209.jpg U2 have revealed the album art for their latest record, Songs of Innocence. The LP cover features a black and white photo of drummer Larry Mullen Jr. as he embraces the torso of a young man, who has now been revealed to be Mullen's 18-year-old son.

FleetwoodMac-070111.jpg Fleetwood Mac, AC/DC, and Muse are the odds-on favorites to headline Glastonbury 2015, according to London's bookie William Hill. Fleetwood Mac are a 4/1 favorite to close out the fest, while Muse and AC/DC are pegged at 5/1 to perform. Another London bookmaker, Ladbrokes, has Fleetwood Mac at evens with Muse at 8/1, and AC/DC unlisted.

kiss-110209.jpg Patricia Thayer, mother of KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, has passed away. The news was confirmed on the band's Facebook page, where Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Eric Singer condoled Tommy. "We offer our condolences and deepest sympathies to Tommy on his mother's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul, Eric and Gene."

slash-112309.jpg Slash is frustrated with the youth of today's entertainment industry, venting his feelings during a recent interview with Ireland's Independent. "You know what's wrong with the whole f—in' entertainment business?" he said.

Rodstewart-100209.jpg Rod Stewart has assured his fans that a look-a-like caught sleeping on a New York City subway train was not him. One passenger on the train posted a pic of the snoozing man and posted it to Instagram, asking, "Wait, is that Rod Stewart?" Speaking with the New York Post, Rod's manager said that the man spotted was not Stewart.

RayDavies.jpg Dave Davies has revealed that a Kinks reunion could take place next year. The rocker, who last year said the chances of reuniting with his brother for a Kinks reunion were "50/50," says he is planning to bring the band back together in 2015.

Ozzy3.jpg Black Sabbath have announced that they are prepping for the band's final album and tour. Fronter Ozzy Osbourne dished to Classic Rock magazine, "The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great." "We all made friends . . . we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we're going to do one more album, and a final tour."

thewho-103009.jpg Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are celebrating 50 years of the Who with the release of a two-disc collection of hits that includes "Be Lucky," their first new music since they released Endless Wire in 2006. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tune hearkens a younger version of the band.

PinkFloyd.jpg Phil Manzanera, who co-produced Pink Floyd's upcoming record The Endless River, recently discussed the band's use of a 1969 organ solo recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, noting that it marked "a great moment of rebellion." The solo was played by Richard Wright, who died in 2008, at the band's Albert Hall show on June 26, 1969, which was a controversial venue at the time.

BillyJoel-10032009.jpg Billy Joel has revealed that Joe Cocker is in failing health, saying that the legendary guitarist is "not doing very well right now." During a recent concert, Joel referred to Cocker as "a great singer who is not very well right now," before introducing a version of "A Little Help From My Friends" by saying, "I think he should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rodstewart-100209.jpg Rod Stewart is apparently not worried about a pending lawsuit against him claiming that he broke a fan's nose with a football, telling TMZ of his live show, "Yeah, well, it's a contact sport." Mostafa Kashe is suing Stewart, claiming he was injured at a concert in Las Vegas.