Friday, March 31, 2017

Paul McCartney Confirms He’s Working on a New Album (

Paul McCartney confirmed in an interview with BBC Radio 6’s Matt Everitt, via Billboard, that he is in fact in the middle of working on a new album.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Two Dozen Rare Frank Zappa Albums to be Widely Released (

The Zappa Family Trust is partnering with Universal Music to re-release a large number of rare and limited recordings of Frank Zappa, with some albums receiving their digital and streaming debuts.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...In Mind

In Mind is the fourth studio album by American indie rock band Real Estate, released on March 17, 2017 on Domino Records.

Track listing:

All songs written by Martin Courtney, except where noted.
2."Serve The Song"3:13
3."Stained Glass"3:54
4."After The Moon"4:50
5."Two Arrows"6:50
6."White Light"3:14
7."Holding Pattern"3:46
9."Diamond Eyes"2:34
10."Same Sun"3:17
Total length:44:51

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

April 2017 New Music Releases (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The list of April 2017 New Music Releases features loads of fresh material by signature classic-rock legends, as well as another wallet-emptying edition of Record Store Day.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: April 2017 New Music Releases

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Music From Chuck Berry’s Final Album to See Release This Week (UCR)

Chuck Berry fans worried that the rock legend’s recent death would complicate plans for the release of his first album of new music in nearly 40 years can lay those fears to rest.

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Music From Chuck Berry's Final Album to See Release This Week 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Members of Phish, Widespread Panic, Allman Brothers and More to Play Tribute to Bruce Hampton in Atlanta (

On May 1, one day after the 70th birthday of Atlanta’s legendary musician, bandleader and mystic Col. Bruce Hampton, an all-star lineup of artists will gather at his hometown’s Fox Theatre to pay tribute to Hampton as part of Hampton 70: A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Eliminator

Eliminator is the eighth studio album by the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released on March 23, 1983, by Warner Bros. Records. Recorded in Tennessee during 1982, the album was produced by the band's manager Bill Ham and peaked at the top of the charts in many countries. "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Got Me Under Pressure", "Sharp Dressed Man", "TV Dinners" and "Legs" were released as singles. A Diamond certified album, Eliminator is ZZ Top's most successful release with sales of over 10 million copies in the United States.

The band wanted to expand on the synthesizer sound of their 1981 record El Loco. Influenced by new wave, Eliminator′s tracks were recorded with a combination of the synthesizer, drum machine and sequencer. The album used music videos as successful promotional tools — the videos for "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Legs" all received regular rotation on MTV and helped the band gain popularity with a new younger teenage fan base. A customized 1930s Ford coupe, depicted on the album cover, could be seen in the videos. Following Eliminator′s release, ZZ Top embarked on a worldwide concert tour.

Often considered ZZ Top's most popular release, the record was ranked at number 398 in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was listed at number 39 in The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s.

After the success of "Legs", Eliminator was reissued with the song's edited single remix replacing the original version. The single remix was also used on many CD pressings. CDs manufactured in Germany by Record Service Alsdorf still used the original album mix. In 2008, Eliminator was remastered and reissued, with the addition of bonus tracks and a DVD containing music videos and live performances. The original version of "Legs" was included, while the single mix of the song remained on the album as a bonus track.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Cars Albums Ranked Worst to Best (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Even though the above gallery of the Cars Albums Ranked Worst to Best traces a supernova career, they started out on a much smaller scale.

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article and see Ultimate Classic Rock's list of The Cars albums: The Cars Albums Ranked Worst to Best 

Friday, March 17, 2017

New David Bowie Live Album and Rare EP Slated for Record Store Day (UCR)

It wouldn’t be a Record Store Day without at least one release from David Bowie. Today (March 9), it was revealed that April 22 will see two collections of rare or unreleased music from him, a 1974 concert and an EP from 1971.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: New David Bowie Live Album and Rare EP Slated for Record Store Day

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Classic East and West Festivals Confirm Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Steely Dan (

Earlier this month, a new bi-coastal festival featuring iconic classic rock acts was rumored, and the dual festival has been confirmed by Billboard to include headliners Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles, along with an impressive supporting lineup that will play both New York and Los Angeles for the inaugural Classic East and Classic West festivals this summer.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Jon Anderson to Perform with Yes at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction (UCR)

Jon Anderson has confirmed an appearance on stage with his former Yes bandmates during next month’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, along with a very special guest. He also tells Billboard that Rush‘s Geddy Lee will sub for late Yes co-founder Chris Squire for their performance of “Roundabout.”

Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Jon Anderson to Perform with Yes at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

U2 Announce 30th Anniversary ‘Joshua Tree’ Release (

30 years ago this month, U2 released their seminal album, The Joshua Tree. The iconic rockers have already announced a wide-ranging stadium tour in support of the landmark, including a headlining slot at this summer’s Bonnaroo, and now the band has detailed a 30th anniversary deluxe reissue of the album.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

UCR: Foreigner Albums Ranked Worst to Best

It’s hard to imagine classic-rock radio without the string of hit singles Foreigner peeled off in the ’70s and ’80s...

Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Foreigner Albums Ranked Worst to Best 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Vital Idol

Vital Idol is a compilation by English rock vocalist Billy Idol. It contains remixed singles from his first three albums. Peaking at number 10 on the Billboard 200, The album was supported by a live single version of "Mony Mony".

The original release, sporting a photo from the "Dancing with Myself" video was originally released as an EP in Europe in 1985. The US release was expanded to feature the "Mother Of Mercy Mix" of "To Be a Lover" and reissued in 1987 with alternate cover art of a photo still from the live video for "Mony Mony" on CD. The 1987 issue was 24 bit digitally remastered and released globally in 2002.
The album has been certified by BPI and RIAA platinum.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Rock Star Statues (Ultimate Classic Rock)

In the old days, the only statues you’d see were dedicated to explorers, politicians and war heroes. As the above gallery of Rock Star Statues shows, however, times certainly have changed.

Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Rock Star Statues 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

DMB to Release Red Rocks 95 for RSD (

Dave Matthews Band will release one of their most popular live albums on vinyl for Record Store Day, as Pop Culture on Wax reports (via that the band will offer up a vinyl edition of Live at Red Rocks, taken from their August 1995 visit to the famed Colorado venue.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Billy Joel Welcomes John Mellencamp and Young Rascals (UCR)

Throughout his long-running residency at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel has often brought out special guest stars. At last night’s show, he had some help from John Mellencamp and helped stage a mini-reunion of two members of the Young Rascals, Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish.

Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Billy Joel Welcomes John Mellencamp, Young Rascals Mini-Reunion at Madison Square Garden 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Daryl Hall & John Oates, Tears for Fears Plot Joint North American Tour (Rolling Stone)

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears for Fears will unite this summer for a co-headlining North American tour. The 29-date arena trek kicks off May 4th in Tulsa, Oklahoma and concludes July 28th in Los Angeles. Soul singer Allen Stone will open each show with an acoustic set.

Read more of Ryan Reed's article @ Rolling Stone 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Soundgarden Announce US Tour Dates (

Soundgarden will hit the road for a tour that kicks off April 28 in Tampa and wraps up at Rocklahoma while the band also headlines Beale Street Music Festival, Rock on the Range and Pointfest.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

On the turntable this Sunday...Kamakiriad

Kamakiriad is the second solo album by Steely Dan singer Donald Fagen, released in 1993. It was his first collaboration since 1980 with Steely Dan partner Walter Becker, who produced the album. The album is a futuristic, optimistic eight-song cycle about the journey of the narrator in his high-tech car, the Kamakiri (Japanese for praying mantis). It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1993.

The album follows a lengthy writer's block for Fagen; the songs are based on personal observations about middle age (as 1982's The Nightfly is lyrically described as fantasies of Fagen's youth and 2006's Morph the Cat ruminations of old age and death).

Music videos were produced for "Tomorrow's Girls" (starring Rick Moranis) and "Snowbound" (using stop motion animation).

Fagen and Becker embarked on their first tour as Steely Dan since 1974 to support the album.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Camp Bisco Reveals 2017 Lineup (

Camp Bisco has announced its lineup for this year’s festival, which will return to Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA, with six sets from host band The Disco Biscuits, along with music from Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, GRiZ and more.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Gov't Mule Announce 2017 Spring Tour Dates (UCR)

Gov’t Mule have announced some new tour dates for spring 2017.
The band already has a handful of shows scheduled for early March and at the end of April, but the newly added run of shows will keep them busy during the middle part of May

Read More of Michael Gallucci's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Gov't Mule Announce Spring 2017 Tour 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Widespread Panic Announce New ‘Porch Songs’ Release, ‘Charlotte 2001’ (

Widespread Panic have released the latest archival recording as part of their Porch Songs series. The new live release takes from the band’s show at Independence Arena in Charlotte, NC, on November 17, 2001.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

30 Years Ago: The Beatles’ First CDs Arrive in Stores (UCR)

On Feb. 26, 1987, a year-long campaign to issue the Beatles on compact disc began with the release of their first four U.K. albums: 1963’s Please Please Me and With the Beatles, and 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night and Beatles for Sale.

Read More of Annie Zaleski's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 30 Years Ago: The Beatles' First CDs Arrive in Stores