Classic Rock Nuggets (updated 09-21)


A deluxe reissue of Big Brother and the Holding Company's Cheap Thrills album will be out November 30th. The 50th anniversary edition will include five previously unreleased tracks from the band that made Janis Joplin a star.

R.E.M. have released another teaser from the upcoming At the BBC box set, due out October 19th. Check out a 2003 version of "Orange Crush" on YouTube.

Vinyl reissues of Fleetwood Mac’s The Dance and Say You Will will be released October 12th.

Former Whitesnake guitarist Adrian Vandenberg will release an acoustic album, Rugged and Unplugged, with his current band, Vandenberg’s MoonKings, on November 23rd.

Gene Cornish of The Rascals -- now back home in New Jersey after collapsing on stage and undergoing heart surgery this month -- posts on Facebook, "Billings, Montana, the city that I was pronounced dead and then brought back to life. God bless you and thank you for all the first responders."

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Nazareth will release a new album to coincide with the band's 50th anniversary year -- Tattooed on My Brain drops October 12th on Frontiers Music.

Saturday’s Farm Aid concert, from the Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut, will stream for free on YouTube starting at 3pm ET. It will also air live on AXS-TV beginning at 7pm ET. As usual, it stars Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.

Ann Wilson will do her cover of Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me" Wednesday on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! The song is from her new album, Immortal, a collection of songs by such dead artists as Gore, Chris Cornell, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Jack Bruce and Glenn Frey.

Slash will be the guest on Thursday’s (9/20) episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast.

Paul Stanley will unveil his designer Puma sneaker next Wednesday, September 26th, at 7:30pm at the Puma Store in Las Vegas.

Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell has a new six-part rock series on BBC Radio Ulster. He says, “It’s been a wonderful reminder to me of the joy and power of music, and how it’s shaped my life. Like pieces of a puzzle, each song completes another part of the picture, and that excitement is felt all over again.” Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott does an online show for the UK’s Planet Rock Radio.



Original Dire Straits rhythm guitarist David Knopfler writes, “I guess we made a decent noise for four people. It never felt at the time like we had enough men onboard to do the job but maybe that was part of the skeletal charm; that like most four-piece bands, you couldn’t disguise much in the arrangements.”

Sammy Hagar's High Tide Beach Party & Car Show in Huntington Beach, California on October 6th will be a fathers and sons affair. His son Andrew is one of the support acts, and so is Sir, Please, a band containing the twin sons of Kevin Cronin, singer of another headliner, REO Speedwagon.

Nils Lofgren is selling his 1970 Marshall Super Bass amp head on eBay. You can buy it for $2,700 or make an offer. 

Kansas singer Ronnie Platt, who sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at an Atlanta Braves game recently, threw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs - Milwaukee Brewers game Monday at Wrigley Field (in Chicago).

Thursday’s visit to New York by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, with appearances by Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr, will be shown on Facebook Live at noon [ET].

Bob Weir

Bob Dylan will be the first act to perform at the grand reopening of the renovated 110-year old Met Philadelphia theater on December 3rd.

Roger Waters celebrated his 75th birthday last Thursday by joining his back-up singers, Lucius, on stage at the Union Chapel in London. They did “Mother” and  “Goodnight Irene.”

Jimmy Buffett fans beware -- there’s a fake Buffett profile on Facebook. Jimmy’s Facebook page is Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers. It says, “JB will not be reaching out online to chit chat, to make plans or ask for money.”

Alice Cooper and Mike Myers reenacted the “we’re not worthy” scene from 1992’s Wayne's World when the actor joined the singer on stage at the Beacon Theater Saturday in New York.

Seven photos of The Beatles taken by Iain MacMillan for the Abbey Road album cover will be sold at auction on October 5th at Christie’s in London. They are expected to sell for between $70,000 and $90,000. LINK:

Robby Krieger’s annual Rock & Roll Golf Classic fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital will be held on October 28th at the Saddlebrook Ranch in Malibu, California. He will be joined by such noted rock and roll golfers as Alice Cooper, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Gene Simmons, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer of KISS, Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice in Chains, George Thorogood and Richie Sambora.

Bob Weir was joined by Grace Potter on The Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil” at Saturday’s Sound Summit on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. Weir was playing with a stripped-down version of RatDog dubbed Bobby and the Chew Toys. Weir also joined Herbie Hancock for a song during the pianist’s headlining set.

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