Sammy Hagar is set to become the host of his own weekly radio program, Sammy Hagar's Top Rock Countdown. The new show will see Hagar counting down "lists of his favorite party songs, comeback albums, unsung heroes or best tunes from a specific year or decade. "With my own radio show, I'm going to do for radio what I did for Cabo: create something that promises more fun," he said.
Slash, Ted Nugent and Queen find themselves in a three-way battle for fan voting for the 2015 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards. Currently, Slash leads in Artist of the Year balloting with 52 percent of the votes, while Ace Frehley and AC/DC, second and third place respectively, have a combined 25 percent.
David Bowie has announced the release of a French-language version of his 1977 hit Heroes on limited edition blue vinyl. He'll also drop the 2008 compilation I Select on red vinyl. The b-side of Heroes features a live version of the song recorded during Bowie's Serious Moonlight Tour in 1983. I Select features songs from throughout Bowie's career.
Johnny Ramone's famous red Mosrite guitar sold for $71,000 at auction. The ax, used prominently by Johnny during the 1980s, was autographed by the guitarist "Best always, Johnny Ramone, 5/22/90." "One of just nine Mosrite guitars owned by Johnny Ramone known to exist - it is not surprising that it was able to achieve such an impressive figure," RR Auction Executive said in a statement.
Steely Dan has added a handful of new west coast dates to their 2015 touring schedule. Dubbed The Rockabye Gollie Angel tour, the band will kick things off with back-to-back dates at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, California on April 7 and 8 before traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, Santa Barbara and San Diego, where they will wrap up the leg on April 18.
The Doors have been voted into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame. The website hosts a monthly fan voted poll to induct classic rock acts into its HOF. According to the site, the 1960s rockers faced stiff competition throughout the voting process. "The Doors simply walloped their contemporary Jimi Hendrix by a margin of 61-to-39 percent in final round voting."
Van Morrison and the Who will perform at the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall during a run of gigs scheduled from March 23 to March 28. Other acts announced include Stereophonics, Paul Weller, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Gregg Allman has confirmed a full slate of tour dates set for this spring. The Allman Brothers Band legend will kick things off in Northfield, Ohio on March 13 and will continue on straight through May 9 in Austin, Texas.
Slash will appear as a panelist at Metallica guitarist's Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil convention. Slash joins Corey Taylor and John 5 on the panel. "I'm super stoked to announce the man, the myth, the legend, Slash, will be joining us at Fear FestEvil," Hammett said in a press release. "We're proud to announce our first panel participant."
Bob Dylan has offered to give AARP members a free copy of his new album, Shadows in the Night. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, 50,000 random copies of AARP's February 3 issue of the magazine will include Dylan's new CD. Shadows in the Night is a covers album from Dylan, which features ten standards from the Great American Songbook.
Tom Petty has been awarded songwriting royalties for Sam Smith's hit song "Stay With Me."
In April 2014 when Smith's "Stay With Me" was released listeners began to point out the resemblance to Petty's 1989 song "I Won't Back Down." Petty's lawyers followed suit, recognizing the similarities, which resulted in Petty and Smith settling out of court back in October.
Paul McCartney has teamed up with Kanye West and Rihanna for Rihanna's latest single. "FourFiveSeconds" features McCartney on keyboards and acoustic guitars while Rihanna sings, "I think I've had enough. / I might get a little drunk / I say what's on my mind / I might do a little time / 'Cause all of my kindness is taken for weakness." West also raps on the track.
Ronnie James Dio's widow, Wendy, has announced final details for a fifth-anniversary remembrance of her late husband in Los Angeles. The memorial event, scheduled to take place May 15-17, will feature a free public memorial set for May 16 near his gravesite at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Former band members and friends are expected to speak and perform during the three days.
Motley Crue has added one more date to their final tour. Originally their last show was set to be a New Year's Eve show at the Los Angeles' Staples Center, but now they have added a second show in L.A. on December 30. "We wanted to go out as the same four guys who went in, with the same spirit," Nikki Sixx said.
A number of musicians, including Joan Jett, Lita Ford and Cherie Currie, paid tribute to Kim Fowley following his death earlier this month. Fowley died on January 15 at the age of 75 after a long battle with bladder cancer. The funeral took place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.