Though K.K. Downing may have left behind the fame and glory of rocking and rolling with Judas Priest in favor of running a golf course, he fondly remembers his former days on road, particularly in the far east.
It seems Robert Plant feels right at home in Mississippi Delta. The one time Led Zeppelin frontman has a new band, the Sensational Space Shifters, who made their US debut by headlining the 25th annual Sunflower Blues Festival on Aug. 11. It seems Plant brought his recently-in-hiding rock god voice out for the occasion, too.
In a recent interview, Mark Farner, one-time leader of Grand Funk Railroad, talked about the legacy of the mighty band. “We were a bunch of 20-year-old rock and rollers who were putting our thoughts out there and looking for answers, and so were our fans.” he said. ” We were saying what everybody wanted to say.”
The man who could be called the father of American folk music, Pete Seeger, is certainly keeping busy. At age 93, Seeger is releasing not one, but two albums this fall. Appleseed Records will issue ‘A More Perfect Union,’ which features 14 new songs written by Seeger with singer-songwriter Lorre Wyatt. The album includes several duets with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and Dar Williams.
As previously reported, a second volume of classic material from the late, great Ronnie James Dio is due out this fall. Now we have a complete track listing. The collection, titled ‘The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2,′ will include several rare tracks, including some previously only available in other countries.
If you’re looking for a heavy dose of sexual boasting on the new Kiss album, you might want to re-align your expectations, according to Gene Simmons. “A lot of the lyrics and points of view have less to do with sort of the cocksmanship,” he says, declaring the subject matter to instead be “more about sort of primal notions about who we are and how we feel.”
Guns N’ Roses‘ stunning debut album, ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ hits the quarter century mark today (July 21). Before all the drama, Guns N’ Roses were a kick-ass little rock and roll band. During that initial blast, they created one of the most iconic, not to mention best-selling, debut albums of all time. Has it really been twenty five years? Yes indeed it has.
Following the success of the 2010 and 2011 UK theater tours, ‘We Will Rock You,’ the Queen and Ben Elton musical, has announced that the show will embark on its first world arena tour to mark it’s tenth anniversary in 2013.
Third generation classic rockers Pearl Jam paid tribute to a few of classic rock giants at their show on July 5 in Berlin, Germany. Performing at the Berlin O2 Arena, the alt rock legends dished out a few surprises including a straight up rendition of the Pink Floyd ‘Wall’ classic ‘Mother.’ The crowd roared its approval as Eddie Vedder sang the first line. You can watch the video below.
Though only on this planet a short time, the influence and legacy of Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads continue to grow. After much anticipation, a new biography about the guitar legend is set for release.
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