Wednesday, May 24, 2017

U2 Offer Chris Cornell Tributes in Pasadena (

U2 kept their Joshua Tree tour going at Pasadena, CA’s Rose Bowl on Saturday night for the first of two shows at the venue. The band continued their run of shows celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal 1987 album of the same name and added a couple of tribute to late Chris Cornell in the process.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

22 Dead in Manchester Concert Terror Attack: Rockers React (Ultimate Classic Rock)

In the aftermath of the carnage at Ariana Grande‘s Manchester concert last night — during which more than 20 people were killed in a terrorist attack — some of rock’s most widely respected artists have taken to social media to share their stunned responses to the news.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 22 Dead in Manchester Concert Terror Attack: Rockers React 

Sammy Hagar on Reuniting with Van Halen: "It would be fun" (

In a new interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Sammy Hagar addresses the possibility of reuniting with Van Halen at some point..

Monday, May 22, 2017

Glenn Frey’s Son to Join the Eagles (UCR)

Glenn Frey‘s son Deacon is apparently joining the Eagles when they play the Classic East and Classic West music festivals this summer.

Read More of Michael Gallucci's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Glenn Frey's Son to Join the Eagles 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly is a studio album by American singer-songwriter Roberta Flack, released on August 1, 1973, by Atlantic Records. She recorded the album with producer Joel Dorn for 18 months.

Killing Me Softly reached number three on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape and number two on the Soul LPs chart. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album gold on August 27, 1973, and double platinum on January 30, 2006, denoting shipments of two million copies in the United States. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, which it lost to Stevie Wonder's 1973 album Innervisions. The album's title track was released as a single and topped the Billboard Hot 100. It won the 1974 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Chris Cornell’s Police Report Reveals Full Timeline for Singer’s Death (UCR)

A police report from the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell provides some details about the last 90 minutes of his life. The report appears to back up, in part, what his widow, Vicky, said this morning about the role that the prescription drug Ativan may have played in Cornell’s decision to take his own life.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Chris Cornell's Police Report Reveals Full Timeline for Singer’s Death 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Axl Rose Joins Billy Joel at Dodger Stadium (UCR)

Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was a special guest at Billy Joel‘s Dodger Stadium concert in Los Angeles over the weekend, singing AC/DC‘s “Highway to Hell” and Joel’s own “Big Shot.”

Read More of Matthew Wilkening's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Watch Axl Rose Join Billy Joel for 'Highway to Hell' and 'Big Shot' at Dodger Stadium 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Eddie Vedder and Mumford & Sons Join U2 in Seattle (


U2 continued their recently launched Joshua Tree tour on Sunday at Seattle’s Centurylink Field, and the arena rockers ended up welcoming local hero Eddie Vedder to the stage, along with the members of opening band Mumford & Sons.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

25 Manic and Mind-Blowing ‘Are You Experienced’ Facts (UCR)

It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of Are You Experienced in rock history. The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut album was a game-changer for rock guitarists, a mind-mending collection of songs and sounds, a sonic embodiment of psychedelic 1967 and the Summer of Love. Today we’re delving into 25 Manic and Mind-Blowing Are You Experienced Facts

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 25 Manic and Mind-Blowing ‘Are You Experienced’ Facts

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wilco Share Elvis Costello Cover (

Wilco released their new two-song addition to the Spotify Singles series last week, including a cover of Elvis Costello’s “What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

‘Beatles Channel’ Coming to SiriusXM (UCR)

Following in the footsteps of the Grateful Dead, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles are getting their own SiriusXM channel.

Read More of Michael Galluchi's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 'Beatles Channel' Coming to SiriusXM 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...High n' Dry

High 'n' Dry is the second studio album by the English rock band Def Leppard, released on July 11, 1981. High 'n' Dry was Pete Willis' last full-time album with Def Leppard. It charted at No. 38 on the Billboard 200[6] and No. 26 on the UK Albums Chart.[7] "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)", ranked No. 33 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs.[8] Following the success of Pyromania, the album re-entered in the US chart and reached No. 72 in 1983.[6]
High 'n' Dry was reissued on 31 May 1984 with two bonus tracks:
  • "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix), essentially the same recording with a few synthesiser overdubs. The remix was released in 1984 as a single, peaking at No. 61 in the US charts.
  • "Me & My Wine" (Remix), a remixed version of a 1981 B-side.

Videos for both were made, featuring Phil Collen (who was not in the band at the time of the album's recording). Both bonus tracks were omitted from the mid-1990s re-releases of the album.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

60 Rock Star Beer, Wine and Booze Brands ltimate

There was a time when Iron Maiden‘s “Trooper” was just a killer song. Then it became a drink, joining a series of rock-star beer, wine and booze brands. Click through the above gallery for a look back at some of the best.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 60 Rock Star Beer, Wine and Booze Brands 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mickey Hart Shares 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Grateful Dead’s Cornell ’77 Show (

Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s legendary performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977, and Dead drummer Mickey Hart shared a comprehensive collection of archival photos and links on his website to celebrate the occasion.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Robert Plant Website Message Prompts New Round of Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumors (UCR)

A cryptic message on Robert Plant‘s website has resulted in the latest batch of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors. The latest has them playing the 2017 installment of Desert Trip, the classic rock-focused weekend festival. It must be noted that this is coming from someone citing anonymous “well-placed sources.” Until there is more chatter, as there was in the run-up to last year’s Guns N’ Roses‘ reunion announcement, these rumors should be treated with no small degree of skepticism.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Robert Plant Website Message Prompts New Round of Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumors 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

moe. and Railroad Earth Set Co-Tour Dates (

moe. and Railroad Earth will team up for a run of co-headlining dates this August, kicking off in Nebraska on August 15 but mostly sticking to the East Coast.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Eagles Are Suing the Owners of a 'Hotel California' (UCR)

Once again, the Eagles are going to court over what they are saying is an infringement upon their trademarks. They’ve filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court against the Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur, Mexico, whom they claim are billing the property as the “Hotel California” without permission from the band.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @Ultimate Classic Rock: The Eagles Are Suing the Owners of a 'Hotel California' 

Monday, May 8, 2017

War on Drugs Announce Tour Dates (

The War on Drugs will return to the road this fall beginning September 21 in Philadelphia and continuing through Thanksgiving as the band readies a new album...

Sunday, May 7, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...No Quarter

No Quarter is a live album by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, both formerly of English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released by Atlantic Records on 14 October 1994. The long-awaited reunion between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant occurred on a 90-minute "UnLedded" MTV project, recorded in Morocco, Wales, and London. It was not a reunion of Led Zeppelin, however, as former bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones was not present. In fact, Jones was not even told about the reunion by his former bandmates. He later commented that he was unhappy about Plant and Page naming the album after "No Quarter", a Led Zeppelin song which was largely his work.

In addition to acoustic numbers, the album features a reworking of Led Zeppelin classics featuring a Moroccan string band and Egyptian orchestra supplementing a core group of rock and roll musicians, along with four Middle-Eastern and Moroccan-influenced songs: "City Don't Cry", "Yallah" (or "The Truth Explodes"), "Wonderful One", and "Wah Wah".
The album was #4 on debut on the Billboard's Pop Albums chart.
Several years later, Plant reflected on the collaboration very positively:

The will and the eagerness with Unledded were fantastic and [Page] was really creative. Jimmy and I went in a room and it was back. His riffs were spectacular. To take it as far as we did, and the tour we did – it's one of the most ambitious and mind altering experiences.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Members of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Soulive and More Join Gov’t Mule in New Orleans (

Gov’t Mule brought their tour to the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans last weekend as the festivities for this year’s Jazz Fest kicked off around the city. The show, which featured support from Soulive, saw the headlining band welcome several guests throughout, including members of the opening band and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, among others

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jason Isbell Adds September Tour Dates (

Jason Isbell will continue to tour around his new album The Nashville Sound with the 400 Unit this month and the band has already made more plans for more shows later this year.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Michael McDonald Announces New Album (

Michael McDonald will release his first solo LP of original material in 17 years as the follow-up to 2000’s Blue Obsession arrives on September 15 in the form of Wide Open.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 2017 New Music Releases (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The Beatles‘ 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tops our list of May 2017 new music releases – but that expanded set is just the beginning of the month’s great sounds.

Read Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: May 2017 New Music Releases 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

moe. Welcome Members of Turkuaz for Covers of Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, The Band and More (

moe. opened up their two-night run at The Civic Theatre in New Orleans with special guests Turkuaz, and the band’s ended up closing the show with an extended collaboration that spanned several songs and featured multiple covers.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Hysteria

Hysteria is the fourth studio album by English hard rock band Def Leppard, released on 3 August 1987 through Mercury Records and reissued on 1 January 2000. It is Def Leppard's best-selling album to date, selling over 25 million copies worldwide, including 12 million in the US, and spawning seven hit singles. The album charted at #1 on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart.

Hysteria was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The title of the album was thought up by drummer Rick Allen, referring to his 1984 auto accident and the ensuing worldwide media coverage surrounding it. It is also the last album to feature guitarist Steve Clark before his death, although songs co-written by him would appear on the band's next album, Adrenalize.

The album is the follow-up to the band's 1983 breakthrough Pyromania. Hysteria's creation took over three years and was plagued by delays, including the aftermath of the 31 December 1984 car accident that cost drummer Rick Allen his left arm. Subsequent to the album's release, Def Leppard published a book entitled Animal Instinct: The Def Leppard Story, written by Rolling Stone magazine Senior Editor David Fricke, on the three-year recording process of Hysteria and the tough times the band endured through the mid-1980s.

Hysteria has earned critical acclaim from a number of sources. In 1988 Q magazine readers voted it as the 98th Greatest Album of All Time, while in 2004, the album was ranked at #464 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Lasting 62 and a half minutes, the album was, at the time, one of the longest albums ever issued on a single vinyl record.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Steely Dan's Donald Fagen to Tour With a New Solo Band (UCR)

Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen will hit the road this summer with a new group called the Nightflyers. Dates begin with a two-night stand in August at Port Chester, N.Y., and continue through more than 20 U.S. cities before wrapping up in September in San Francisco. Dates in Japan will follow.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen to Tour With a New Solo Band

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

UCR's Life of Top 25 New Wave British Heavy Metal Albums

It’s no exaggeration to say that the New Wave of British Heavy Metal saved metal from itself, when it simultaneously replaced and legitimized the efforts of many critically abused ‘70s pioneers (like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Judas Priest) with the next generation of denim and leather warriors.

Read More of Eduardo Rivadavia's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Top 25 New Wave of British Heavy Metal Albums 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Gorillaz Announce First North American Tour in Seven Years (

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett will bring Gorillaz to North America for the first time in seven years (2010’s Plastic Beach Tour) with a run that kicks off July 8 in Chicago and centers around a number of festival gigs including Outside Lands, New York’s The Meadows, Life is Beautiful and Miami’s III Points.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Tango In The Night

Tango in the Night is the 14th studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Released in April 1987, it is the fifth and to date last studio album from the band's most successful line-up of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

Produced by Buckingham with Richard Dashut, Tango in the Night began as one of Buckingham's solo projects, but by 1985 the production had morphed into Fleetwood Mac's next album. It contains several hit singles, including "Big Love", "Seven Wonders", "Everywhere", and "Little Lies". The distinctive cover art for the album was a painting by Australian artist Brett-Livingstone Strong which was hanging in Buckingham's home. The painting is a homage to the 19th Century French painter Henri Rousseau, emulating his colorful jungle theme works such as The Snake Charmer and The Repast of the Lion. It was also used as the cover of "Big Love", the album's first single. The album has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. In March 2017, remastered deluxe editions of Tango in the Night were released, the first a double-CD set and the second a 3CD/1DVD/1LP boxset.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Record Store Day 2017 

Record Store Day Exclusives
Alice in Chains – Get Born (7″, 4,000)
David Bowie – BOWPROMO vinyl set (5,000); Live in Los Angeles ‘74 (5,000)
The Cars – Live at the Agora, 1978 (4,000)
Cheap Trick – The Epic Archive Vol. One (1,470)
David Crosby – David Crosby and the Lighthouse Band (2,500)
The Doors – Live at the Matrix ’67 (4,500)
Emerson Lake and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery (1,500)
Fleetwood Mac – Alternate Mirage (3,500)
Grateful Dead – P.N.E. Garden Auditorium, Vancouver, B.C. 7/29/66 (4,000)
Jimi Hendrix (as Curtis Knight) – Live at George’s Club 20, 1965 & 1966 (2 LP, 3,000)
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing (12″ EP, 3,500)
Elton John — 11-17-70
The Kinks – All Day and All of the Night (2,500); Got Love If You Want It (2,500)
Motorhead – Clean Your Clock (Picture Disc, 1,500)
Stevie Nicks – Rarities (5,000)
Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes – Live at Jones Beach (3,000)
Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive (4,000)
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression: Live at the Royal Albert Hall (1,200)
Ramones – ’76–’79 Singles Box (3,500)
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Go Robot (4,750)
Lou Reed – Perfect Night: Live in London (3,000)
The Runaways – Cherokee/Gold Star Sessions (3,000)
Santana – Live at Woodstock (3,000)
Bob Seger System — “2+2=?
The Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the U.K.: The U.K. and U.S. Singles (3,500)
Patti Smith – Hey Joe (7″, 2,250)
Sting – Live at the Bataclan (3,500)
Talking Heads/Wildlings – This Must Be the Place (Side-by-side, 3,000)
Toto – Africa (2,500)
The Turtles – More Golden Hits
U2 – Red Hill Mining Town (7,000)
Yes – 90125 (Picture disc, 2,500)
Neil Young – Decade (5,000)
The Zombies – I Want You Back (1,250); A Rose for Emily/This Will Be Our Year (1,250)

RSD Limited Run
Blondie – Long Time (7″, 750)
Randy Newman – Lonely at the Top: Studio Albums 1968-1977 (5 LP Box Set, 1,000)
Pink Floyd – 1966-1967 (12″ picture disc, 650)
Leon Russell – Guitar Blues (CD, 500)
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – Live from E Street (EP, 1,000)
Uriah Heep – Live (2 LP, 1,000)

RSD First Releases
Def Leppard – The Def Leppard EP (12″, 4,000)
Paul McCartney – Cassette Demos (Cassette, 2,500)
Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson (LP, 3000)
Pearl Jam – “State of Love and Trust”/”Breath” (7″, 5,000)
Todd Rundgren and Utopia – Utopia Live at the Fox: 1973 (2 LP, 1,400)
Rush – Cygnus X-1 (12″, 5,000)
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Hammersmith Odeon London ’75 (4 LP, 3,000)
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Live at Carnegie Hall (2 LP, 3,000)
Frank Zappa – “Rollo”/”Portland Improvisation” (10″, 4,000)

Read More: Record Store Day Releases Highlighted by David Bowie, Def Leppard, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac and Others |

Friday, April 21, 2017

Journey Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide (UCR)

Ultimate Classic Rock's complete guide to Journey‘s lineup changes makes one thing clear: The band has a deep history outside of the platinum-selling Steve Perry era.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Journey Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide

Thursday, April 20, 2017

STS9 Set Supporting Acts, Theme Nights for Red Rocks Run (

STS9 will open up their 20th anniversary celebration with a three-night run at Colorado’s famed Red Rock Amphitheatre, and the band has released more information about the shows, including supporting acts and theme nights.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Yes Lineup Changes: A Complete Guide (UCR)

For years, as the above guide to Yes lineup changes shows, Chris Squire provided a steady (and steadying) presence in the band. His 2015 death after a battle with cancer meant the group no longer had any original members – and, it seems, the center of Yes couldn’t hold.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock

Monday, April 17, 2017

Steve Perry Say's He'll Release a "Cathartic' New Solo Album in 2017

Former Journey singer Steve Perry says he’s been recording his new, long-awaited solo album for about a year, and plans to release the “emotional” and “cathartic” record “later this year.”

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Steve Perry Says He'll Release a 'Cathartic' New Solo Album in 2017 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Pure Comedy

Pure Comedy is the third studio album released by American folk musician Josh Tillman under his pseudonym Father John Misty. Its release was announced on January 23, 2017. It was released on April 7, 2017, in the UK and Europe on Bella Union, and in the rest of the world on April 7, 2017, on Sub Pop. This is Tillman's third studio album since his departure from Fleet Foxes. It has been produced by Josh Tillman in collaboration with Jonathan Wilson, sound engineer Trevor Spencer and composer/double-bassist Gavin Bryars.

Most of Pure Comedy was written in 2015.  It touches on themes of progress, technology, fame, the environment, politics, aging, social media, human nature, human connection and his own role in it all. Tillman included an 1800-word-long essay about its symbolism and meaning in the release announcement email to his fan club.
Pure Comedy is the story of a species born with a half-formed brain. The species’ only hope for survival, finding itself on a cruel, unpredictable rock surrounded by other species who seem far more adept at this whole thing (and to whom they are delicious), is the reliance on other, slightly older, half-formed brains. This reliance takes on a few different names as their story unfolds, like “love,” “culture,” “family,” etc. Over time, and as their brains prove to be remarkably good at inventing meaning where there is none, the species becomes the purveyor of increasingly bizarre and sophisticated ironies. These ironies are designed to help cope with the species’ loathsome vulnerability and to try and reconcile how disproportionate their imagination is to the monotony of their existence.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, Joan Baez, Tupac and ELO Inducted into the RRHOF (

Last Friday, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center hosted a ceremony welcoming the new 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The night, which saw Pearl Jam, Yes, Journey, Joan Baez, Tupac Shakur and Electric Light Orchestra inducted into the Rock Hall, plus the bestowing of the Award for Musical Excellence to Chic’s Nile Rogers, featured several performances from the inductees and more, along with many speeches from the new Rock Hall members and those who welcomed them in.

Read more @

Monday, April 10, 2017

Jack White Releases New Song "Battle Cry" (

Besides a career-spanning acoustic compilation he released last fall and some collaborations, not much material has come out of the Jack White camp in some time. Today, however, the former White Stripes frontman has shared a new track via his Third Man Records, “Battle Cry.”

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Mama Used To Say

"Mama Used to Say" is the debut single release from British singer-songwriter Junior, taken from his debut studio album, Ji.

"Mama Used to Say" was released in April 1982 and peaked inside the UK Singles Chart top 10 in June 1982, where it remained at number seven for two weeks. "Mama Used to Say" was also a Top 40 Pop hit and Top 5 R&B hit in the United States, earning him a "Best Newcomer" award from Billboard magazine.

Friday, April 7, 2017

30 Years Ago: The Cult Reinvent Themselves on 'Electric' (UCR)

By 1987, two years after the neo-psychedelic triumph of 1985’s Love, fans and critics thought they knew the Cult. But the English quartet would stump one and all when it drastically reinvented its sound and, for lack of a better summation, went Electric.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 30 Years Ago: The Cult Reinvent Themselves on 'Electric' 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dan Auerbach Announces Solo Album Waiting On A Song (

Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach has announced he will release his second solo album, Waiting On A Song, on June 2 via his new label, Easy Eye Sound. The record follow’s Auerbach’s 2009 solo debut, Keep It Hid.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bob Dylan Will Finally Get His Nobel Prize (UCR)

Bob Dylan is belatedly picking up his Nobel Prize. He’s set to meet with members of the Swedish Academy this weekend in what’s being described as a “small and intimate” setting where he will finally receive a diploma and medal.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Bob Dylan Will Finally Get His Nobel Prize