Classic Rock Nuggets (Updated 08-03-18)

J. Elliott

Whitesnake will release Unzipped, a five-CD/DVD set of acoustic performances, on October 19th.

Yesterday (Wednesday) was Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott’s 59th birthday, which prompted Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen to post a photo of them together in Australia in 2008 with the caption: “Joe & I decided it was about time that we should try to write a book together and started it right then while in Australia. Well, it’s almost finished! We both believe it’s a great one, and you’re gonna love it!” We checked in with Rick who told us it’s an inside joke between the two.

Little Feat’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated at the band’s Ramble on the Island destination event at Melia Braco Village in Trelawny, Jamaica in March. Lucinda Williams and The Midnight Ramble Band are on the bill.

Bruce Springsteen and his daughter Jessica appear on the cover of the September issue of Harper's Bazaar. They're featured in an article titled "The First Families of Music." The issue hits newsstands on August 21st. Also featured are Sting, Steven Tyler, Billy Idol and Keith Richards' daughters, Theodora and Alexandra.

Ann Wilson

Friday, Ann Wilson will release another song from her upcoming album of covers by dead acts. Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me" was redone with Warren Haynes on guitar. Ann calls the song a “powerful rock statement about standing up and demanding respect.” The album, Immortal, will be out on September 14th.

Phil Lesh & Friends will perform at the Hollywood Bowl stop of Willie Nelson's Outlaw Music Festival on October 21st.

Original Dire Straits drummer Pick Withers will perform at a tribute to Keith Moon on November 10th in London. He will play “Substitute.”

Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” is featured in a new L’Oreal lipstick commercial.

Brian May attended the weekend wedding in England of Felix Taylor, Queen drummer Roger Taylor’s oldest son. May joined the wedding band for “Rock 'n' Roll,” “Twist and Shout” and “All Right Now.”

An audience member in Charlotte, North Carolina threw a drink on Cyndi Lauper while she walked through the crowd singing her new tune “Hope” over the weekend on her tour with Rod Stewart.

Ozzy & Jack

Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack paid a visit to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama for an episode of their A&E Network travel show, Ozzy and Jack's World Detour. It will air on August 1st at 8 pm ET.

Lenny Kravitz has released another song from Raise Vibration, which is due out September 7th. Check out "5 More Days ’Til Summer" on YouTube.

Hollywood Vampires have posted a six-minute behind-the-scenes video [warning: contains profanity] of their just-ended European tour on YouTube. Their lead singer, Alice Cooper, has also shared a new version of “Ballad of Dwight Fry,” from his 1971 Love It to Death album. It will appear on A Paranormal Evening At The Olympia Paris, a new double live Alice album that’s coming on August 31st.

Meat Loaf will make his first public appearance in some time at the Film and Comic Con in London this weekend. He has been out of the public eye since undergoing several surgeries earlier this year.

During this past Wednesday’s Facebook Live session, Paul McCartney said he wished he’d written Sting’s “Fields of Gold.” Sting got wind and replied, “There are more than a few of Paul’s that I wish I would have written. To hear this from someone I owe my life to is very special. Thank you, Paul.”

The Heartbreakers will host a listening party for the new Tom Petty box set, An American Treasure, at their “top-secret recording and rehearsal space.” For more details go to

Bob Weir will perform at the Sound Summit festival on Mount Tamalpais in the Bay Area on September 8th. Herbie Hancock and Grace Potter are also on the bill.

Monkees guitarist Mike Nesmith is recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery. He’s 75.

AC/DC's "Hells Bells" is featured in the trailer for the World War II horror movie Overlord, which opens on November 9th.

The Beatles’ "All You Need Is Love" is being turned into a children's book. It will be published in January.

The Pink Floyd compilation A Foot in the Door: The Very Best of Pink Floyd will be released on vinyl for the first time on September 28th.

Former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing finally sold his stake in 136 of the band’s songs. He got $13.5 million for it.

Paul Stanley says, “TO EVERYONE... There is someone pretending to be me on Twitter. This is the ONLY place to follow me. Trash and block anyone else. He’s in BIG trouble.”

The first single from Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators' new album, Living the Dream, will be out on Wednesday. Living the Dream will be released on September 21st.

Cat Stevens has signed with BMG Records. His deal covers music from 1976 on and will also include a documentary and, potentially, “books and audio-visual programs." Other recent signings to the label include Daryl Hall, Ringo Starr and Eddie Money.

Ozzy ice

The new Tommy Shaw live album, Sing for the Day, is number-five on Billboard’s Classical Albums chart. Two other rocks acts -- Foreigner and The Beach Boys.-- are also on that chart.

Rick Wakeman will release Piano Odyssey, featuring music by The Beatles, Yes, Simon and Garfunkel, Queen and others, on September 14th.

Eric Clapton is warning his social media followers about “bogus E-mails stating that they have won $20,000 and tickets to Eric's next concert. The E-mails ask for personal information. WATCH OUT THESE THIEVES ARE OUT TO GET YOUR PERSONAL BANKING INFORMATION, DON'T FALL FOR IT!” Jeff Beck, Bryan Adams and Stevie Nicks have also issued similar alerts.

Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies will do an acoustic show September 21st at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, California. The entire band will tour Europe with Uriah Heep later this year.

As he recently did on Corden, Paul McCartney will stage a series of intimate surprise shows in support of his new album, Egypt Station. The first one will happen next week in London.

Def Leppard have recorded a cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus" for Spotify's Singles series.

Scorpions have two new dates in an upcoming run of shows -- August 31st in Lake Tahoe, Nevada and September 2nd in Irvine, California. The tour is a make-up for the five concerts the band postponed last year due to singer Klaus Meine's laryngitis.

Joan Jett will produce an album for fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson. Recording is expected to begin in Nashville later this month. This isn’t the 80-year-old rockabilly queen’s first connection with a younger rock star: Jack White produced her 2011 album, The Party Ain't Over.

A new Black Sabbath photo book, Going Through Changes, will be published on September 28th. It covers the band's ‘70s heyday and is limited to just 500 copies.

Sharon Osbourne praises ‏Ozzy for his “brilliant idea to cool the pool [at home] during last week’s heatwave” in Los Angeles by dumping 3000 pounds of ice into it. She says the result was “three degrees cooler.”


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