Classic Rock Nuggets (Updated 08-22-18)


Ringo Starr will be Dan Rather’s guest on the 100th episode of his AXS-TV show, The Big Interview, on October 2nd. The show has also booked Rod Stewart (October 9th), Lynyrd Skynyrd (October 23rd), Kansas (October 30th), Joan Baez (November 6th), Buddy Guy (November 20th), Kenny Loggins (November 27th), Brian Setzer (December 11th) and Dickey Betts (December 18th).

Vince Neil, Ace Frehley, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Night Ranger and Sebastian Bach will headline the RockFest '80s Music Festival on November 10th and 11th at South Florida's Miramar Amphitheater.

Mark Knopfler remembers Aretha Franklin, saying, “She gave so much to the world. Her music will remain an inspiration, treasured by millions.”

Lindsey Buckingham tweets, “I want to thank everyone for your warm enthusiasm and support for the upcoming anthology album and tour. My love goes out to all of you as we embark on a new chapter!”

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell visited the Porsche Track Experience at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama Monday. Def Lep was in the city for a tour stop. Campbell did the same thing during the band’s tour last year. The band’s tour with Journey moves to Columbus, Ohio tomorrow (Wednesday).

Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page remembered today (Monday) was Robert Plant's 70th birthday, and in celebration, posted on his website "Musicard," a cowboy birthday song from 1958. He wrote, "Happy Birthday, Robert Plant. I’m sure you will all join with me to wish Robert a very happy birthday."

Moody Blues

Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward, who is currently on tour in the U.S., says he routinely drives from his home in Monaco over the bridge in Genoa, Italy that collapsed. He says it has been “rickety” for quite a long time.

Target will carry a special version of Rod Stewart’s new album, Blood Red Roses, with four extra tracks. The album will be out September 28th.

Toto’s Steve Lukather tweets: “Thank you all for this week’s worth of [Toto] sell-out shows and also for making our version of [Weezer’s] 'Hash Pipe' #39 Viral on Spotify in just a few days. Keep calling and requesting! Nice to be on rock radio again!”

KISS drummer Eric Singer will sign copies of Crash: The World’s Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen on Tuesday at 6pm PT at Mr Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles. Singer wrote the afterword for the photo book, while Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer penned the foreword.

Fans who caught The Zombies in Europe in June saw a family connection in their opening act. The trio Arc consists of two granddaughters and a son of the band’s late bassist, Jim Rodford. Another son, Steve Rodford, is The Zombies drummer.

Alice in Chains will be the first band ever to perform on top of Seattle's Space Needle. The acoustic performance, set for Tuesday, will be on “The Loupe,” a revolving glass floor located 500 feet in the air that was installed as part of the landmark's recent $100 million renovation.

Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick drummer Daxx Nielsen, former members of AC/DC (Simon Wright), Judas Priest (Tim “Ripper” Owens) and Guns n’ Roses (Gilby Clarke) and others will be backed by an orchestra when they pay tribute to AC/DC at Let There Be Rock – Orchestrated on January 19th at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles.

Farm Aid 2018 will air on AXS-TV on September 22nd. This year's edition in Hartford, Connecticut will feature performances by Willie NelsonJohn Mellencamp, Neil YoungDave Matthews & Tim Reynolds and others.

Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart will take part in Say It With Rhythm! A Performance Demo with Dr. Nina Kraus on September 8th at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Hart and tabla master Zakir Hussain will illustrate the art and science of rhythm.

Paul Stanley is happy to see Steve Perry back in action, tweeting, “Sounding great as always and you were missed.”

Judas Priest will headline the first Knotfest Colombia on October 26th in Bogota, Colombia. The Knotfest event brand was launched by Slipknot in 2012.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper has listed his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park for $1.3 million. It’s a small two-bedroom Spanish-influenced duplex and is within walking distance of Dodger Stadium. He bought it for $700,000 in 2006.

Yes album cover designer Roger Dean has designed a new logo for Moody Blues bassist John Lodge’s upcoming tour. Dean designed the covers for Lodge’s three solo albums.

Justin Hayward, currently on a U.S. tour, will return in February for a run through the southeast.

Dead & Company will do their second all-inclusive destination event, Playing in the Sand, January 17th through the 20th in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Tickets go on sale August 22nd.

Dickey Betts will open Billy Gibbons’ shows in Pompano Beach, Florida on November 3rd and Clearwater, Florida on November 5th.

Bassist Otiel Burbridge (Dead and Company, Allman Brothers Band) will close out 2018 with Otiel and Friends shows at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on December 29th and Brooklyn Bowl in New York City on December 30th and 31th.


Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant and Rickey Medlocke will tape an episode of the PBS show Speakeasy next Tuesday, August 14th, at New York City’s Triad Theater. The band’s documentary, If I Leave Here Tomorrow, premieres on Showtime on August 18th.

Pat Benatar performed in fire-ravaged Redding, California Monday night, helping to raise money for the firefighters and victims of the nearby Carr Fire. Afterward she posted, “We hope it provided, in some small way, respite from the fires. Thanks to all who participated in donating to the firefighters, first responders and fire victims… P.S. California is still burning... Please volunteer or donate if you can. Stay informed and stay safe!”

Brian May went in front of the TV cameras this week for Saving Britain's Hedgehogs, two one-hour programs that will air on Channel 5 in the U.K. in April.

Tedeschi Trucks Band has partnered with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to donate $48,000 worth of musical instruments to Englewood High School in Jacksonville, Florida.

Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit and Doobie Brothers guitarist John McFee are featured on Firefall's version of Spirit’s 1970s single "Nature's Way." This new version also features founding bassist and onetime Spirit member Mark Andes.

tom petty

The self-titled album by Longbranch/Pennywhistle, a 1969 duo of Glenn Frey and J.D. Souther, will make its CD debut and return to vinyl for the first time in nearly 50 years on September 28th. It was released earlier this year as part of the Glenn Frey box set Above the Clouds: The Collection.

John Hiatt's first album in four years, The Eclipse Sessions, is due out October 12th. He'll support it with a tour that goes from October 20th in New Orleans until November 15th in Nashville. A preview of it, “Cry to Me,” is on YouTube now.

By rising from number-12 to seven last week, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Keep a Little Soul” has made Petty the first artist to posthumously reach the Top 10 in the 22-year history of Billboard’s Adult Alternative chart.

Bob Dylan has U.S. dates, INCLUDING Mobile at The Saenger, October 17th, and we have your shot a FREE tickets each day this week!  For a list of of October and November dates, check out at

Aerosmith, who will perform on NBC’s Today show August 15th, have a new manager. Larry Rudolph also handles Steven Tyler, Britney Spears and Pitbull.

Pat Benatar’s show this Monday -- August 6th -- in Redding, California will go on as scheduled, despite recent fires that devastated the town. She says, “Please join us and support the firefighters, first responders and all those impacted by the fires in the surrounding areas.” Pat and her husband and guitarist Neil Giraldo are giving free tickets to 200 victims of the fire and will sell two T-shirts to benefit the Shasta Regional Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund.

Justin Hayward started his U.S. tour Saturday night in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Up next is Fall River, Massachusetts on Tuesday. Next month he’ll be in Las Vegas, where The Moody Blues have a residency at the Wynn Hotel through early October.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program review board has voted unanimously to add Levon Helm’s boyhood home in Marvell to the state Register of Historic Places.

Bret Michaels spent a night in the emergency room last week passing a kidney stone. He posted a photo on his website and said, “It’s amazing how a tiny stone can cause so much pain when it gets stuck.” However, he has four more, which still have to be removed. He says, “I’ve got a high tolerance to pain, but kidney stones can bring you to your knees.”

Bryan Adams was Taylor Swift’s surprise guest Saturday night at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, emerging from a trap door to sing "Summer of ’69" with her. Adams performed in Toronto the night before and says he got stuck in traffic from all the people going to see Taylor.

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