Kinks guitarist Dave Davies reached out to AC/DC's Malcolm Young after hearing rumors that the latter's health problems may have been the result of a stroke. Davies himself suffered a stroke in 2004 and has since returned to performing. "It really does not help by people taking a negative view that his career is over," Davies wrote on Facebook.
Gregg Allman has been forced to cancel a string of tour dates after breaking his wrist. Allman broke his wrist before beginning the tour and attempted to perform with the injury, managing to play at several of his concert shows. However, he pulled out after the condition deteriorated and has returned to the U.S. for treatment.
Peter Frampton has announced the impending release of his 15th studio album, Hummingbird in a Box, due June 24. According to Frampton, the inspiration for the seven song album came during his collab with the Cincinnati Ballet earlier this month: "Writing for dance was a wonderfully freeing experience," Frampton said in a press release. "There were no boundaries."
Bruce Springsteen released the four song EP American Beauty on Record Store Day on vinyl only. The album is now available for digital download from iTunes and Amazon. Three of the tunes - "American Beauty," "Mary Mary" and "Hey Blue Eyes" - were recorded during the High Hopes sessions, while a fourth track, "Hurry Up Sundown," comes from an unknown session.
A demo from the band Molimo, featuring former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, has been found in a collection of old vinyl in a barn in upstate New York. Molimo recorded a demo for RCA in 1971, but had it shelved. Two years later Ace would hook up with KISS. The disc was discovered by record collector Chris Reisman, who had to dig through thousands of LPs.
Neil Young has quietly released a new covers album A Letter Home exclusively on vinyl. A Letter Home, currently for sale via the Third Man website, features Young performing songs by the likes of Bruce Springsteen ("My Hometown"), Bob Dylan ("Girl From The North Country") and Willie Nelson ("On the Road Again," "Crazy").
Foreigner founder Mick Jones says that the material he and co-founder/vocalist Lou Gramm have been working on may be ready for release next year. The pair have been in contact after getting inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year. Jones tells Classic Rock magazine that Gramm uncovered some previously unreleased tracks.
A man who was convicted of stealing luggage belonging to Peter Frampton from the Denver International Airport carousel was sentenced last week. John Allen Papelbon, 52, pleaded guilty to stealing seven items of luggage (several of which belonged to Frampton) from the carousel.
Alice Cooper admits that he once considered taking up golfing full time. "There was a time when I really considered it. I thought it would be great to actually play the tournament as Alice. It would bring something to the whole game. But you have to be able to back that up," Coop told TMZ.
The Who have announced the impending release of a new concert film, Quadrophenia: Live in London. The footage is taken from the band's 40th anniversary Quadrophenia show at London's Wembley Arena in 2013. Quadrophenia: Live in London will come in Blu-ray, standard DVD and video download formats, as well as a deluxe edition.
Bill Ward, the original drummer for Black Sabbath, says that his relationship with Ozzy Osbourne is in trouble. Ward was left out of the band's recent touring plans and didn't take the news very well. He told DC Heavy Metal that he has had to "readjust just how much I'm going to trust and love" Ozzy.
A French magistrate has dismissed the hate crime charges brought against Bob Dylan. The accusations came after Dylan made comments to Rolling Stone magazine regarding race, to which an organization called the Council of Croats took offense. "Blacks know that some whites didn't want to give up slavery — that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke . . ."
Carlos Santana has released "Indy," the latest single from his upcoming album, Corazon. The tune features a guest spot from R&B sensation Miguel. "Your body is a temple / It just might be the Temple of Doom / Got an Indiana Jones for ya, baby / There's no telling what I might do," croons Miggy over some choice guitar licks from Santana.
AC/DC rocker Brian Johnson has shut down rumors that the band is considering hanging up their guitars due to aging and failing health. He spoke on the issue during a recent interview with the Telegraph, saying that they are not only staying together but planning to start writing some new songs soon.
Work on Midnight Rider, the Gregg Allman biopic, has resumed following the death of crew member Sarah Jones, who was killed in a train collision during the filming of the movie. Now, a Facebook page called "I Refuse to Work on Midnight Rider" has been started by surviving crew members. "Morally how can he continue, knowing that his decision cost Sarah Jones her life?"