KISS drummer Eric Singer has admitted he doesn't want to play in the band without Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. "Everybody has broached that subject — meaning, like, fans," Singer told The Cassius Morris Show. "I'm sure you guys have heard comments through the years, the past few years, by people saying, 'Oh, I can see Kiss without Gene and Paul.'"
Bachman Turner Overdrive's Randy Bachman has announced the impending release of a solo album called Heavy Blues. Randy says the record will reflect his "love of classic '60s blues rock." He adds that the record will feature "a blistering sound" as well as "a fierce and fearless collection of Bachman originals."
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are among the artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when the institution welcomes the 2015 class on April 18. Jett will be joined at the ceremony by fellow inductees Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day and Lou Reed.
The Yardbirds are no more, according to drummer Jim McCarty, who announced the band's disbanding in a Facebook post. "The Yardbirds as a band has continued to evolve through the years with great musicians playing all around the world," McCarty wrote in the post. "The current lineup of the group will be parting ways at the end of the year, and I will be working on solo ventures."
Taylor Swift rang in her 25th birthday over the weekend, getting a special gift from none other than the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on Friday. Both Taylor and Aretha appeared at the Billboard Women in Music event where Taylor was honored as the 2014 Woman of the Year.
Carlos Santana explains why he believes music is a healing force in a new exclusive interview with Ultimate Classic Rock. He also talks about reuniting with his original band. "Music is a healing force because it reminds people on a molecular structure of your own divinity — your own luminosity," he tells Ultimate Classic Rock.
David Gilmour made a cameo at the show of indie band Bombay Bicycle Club on Saturday, joining the group for a rendition of the Pink Floyd classic, "Wish You Were Here." The gig marked the final show ever at famed Earls Court Arena in London. "This man gave me my first guitar," Bombay Bicycle Club guitarist Jamie MacColl said, introducing Gilmour.
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood joined British boy band One Direction in a surprising performance on the U.K. version of The X Factor on Monday, December 14. The legendary ax man joined 1D to add some bluesy licks to their cut "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?" "Really enjoyed tonight,playing live with the boys was so much fun @zaynmalik @Harry_Styles . . ."
David Bowie shot down the opportunity to perform with Coldplay, according to the band's fronter Chris Martin. Speaking in a testimonial that aired on the BBC Music Awards, Martin said Bowie chided him for writing a bad song. "One time I sent him a song to ask him to sing on it. He called me and said, 'It's not one of your best,'" recalled Martin.
Lionel Ritchie's 16-year-old daughter Sofia has reportedly inked a modeling contract with Select Model Agency. She joins good company at the agency, which represents Irina Shayk and Jessica Hart. Speaking with Elle, Sofia says that her dad is more protective of her budding career following the ups and downs of her older sister Nicole.
Steven Tyler hooked up with Nuno Bettencourt to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize conert in Oslo on Thursday, December 11. The pair played "Dream On," "More Than Words" and "Living on the Edge." "We are thrilled to have these great artists at this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert," said Geir Lundestad, Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute.
Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson took to Twitter to reveal the title and artwork for his next solo album, No Pier Pressure. As would be expected by the album title, the artwork features a photo of water beneath a pier.
The Eagles, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney are four of the highest paid rock acts in the world, according to Forbes and its annual Highest Paid Musicians List. The Eagles place third on the list with $100 million, topped only by Dr. Dre ($620M) and Beyonce ($115).
Aretha Franklin has opened up about a mix of topics ranging from her upcoming biopic to her place as a feminist icon. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Franklin explained that she never intended to be a voice for social change, but was happy to help. "I think that's Gloria Steinem's role. I don't think I was a catalyst for the women's movement. Sorry. But if I were?"
John Fogerty's former Creedence Clearwater Revival bandmates have spoken out about their recent lawsuit against the rock icon. The suit was filed by Stu Cook and Doug "Cosmo" Clifford along with John's brother Tom. In an official statement the three addressed the long standing rumor that they attempted to prevent John from playing his own CCR songs.