Classic Rock Nuggets (Updated 04-27-17)

Stevie Nicks will make a guest appearance on Lana Del Rey’s upcoming Lust for Life album, according to Pitchfork.  

A song from Chuck Berry’s posthumous Chuck album premiered today at NewYorker.com. “Wonderful Woman” features Gary Clark Junior trading guitar licks with Berry. Chuck comes out on June 16th.

Foreigner will perform on National Concert Day, Monday, at Irving Plaza in New York. Also on the bill are Jason Aldean, The Roots, Daughtry and Nickelback.

Former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo has teamed up with former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz for a new, as-yet-unnamed group.

A new Humble Pie collection, The A&M Vinyl Boxset 1970-1975, will be out June 2nd. It contains all the albums the group made for A&M. Peter Frampton says, “[Drummer] Jerry [Shirley] and I...pay tribute to our two lost brothers, [singer-guitarist] Steve [Marriott] and [bassist] Greg [Ridley], and hope you enjoy this as much as we did putting it all together."

Jethro Tull will release a three-CD-plus-two-DVD 40th Anniversary Edition box set of Songs From the Wood on May 19th.

Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top will perform with Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke and slide guitarist Robert Randolph on the online show Skyville Live on May 4th.

Brian Johnson placed second in an auto race in Atlanta over the weekend.

Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson and others will perform at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland on July 15th. Grace Potter will host the show. Browne recorded part of his Running on Empty album there in 1977.

John Mellencamp‏ will perform on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers next Wednesday (April 26th).

Following the sudden death last week of guitar legend Allan Holdsworth, his family turned to GoFundMe to raise money for his funeral. In three days they collected $114,000. Yes guitarist Steve Howe said, “He was an astounding player who continually defied the norm, ignored the perceived path and outplayed everyone! … A true guitarist’s guitarist.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tweeted that next week’s HBO broadcast of this year’s induction ceremony will be “formatted for programming … but we will continue to share performances, speeches, etc. after as well.” Whatever that means, Journey guitarist Neal Schon replied, “I haven't signed yet so you may have to edit me out completely.”

Vanilla Fudge has joined next February’s Rock Legends Cruise 6, which stars Sammy HagarBad Company and Richie Sambora.


Roger Waters has pushed back the release of his new album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, from May 19th to June 2nd.

So rather than being out before the start of his Us + Them tour (May 26th in Kansas City, Missouri), it will come out a week into the tour.

This is Waters' first rock album since 1992's Amused to Death.


Billy Idol will follow up his six-date residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas with a nine-show run there in October.

Alice Cooper will reunite with the surviving members of his original band May 14th at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville.

Great White singer Terry Ilous will release Gypsy Dreams, his third solo album, digitally on April 28th and physically in May. The all-covers album includes songs by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, The Doobie Brothers and, surprisingly, Christopher Cross.


The late Deep Purple and James Gang guitarist Tommy Bolin will be inducted into the South Dakota Rock And Roll Music Association Hall Of Fame in Sioux Falls on April 22nd. Bolin died of a drug overdose in 1976 at age 26.

Toto will reissue a 1982 double A-side picture disc of "Africa" and "Rosanna" on Record Store Day, April 22nd.

Original Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson will spend the spring and summer touring Europe. His next North American date is October 6th in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Founding Molly Hatchet bassist Banner Thomas has died at the age of 62.

Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has commented on the death Tuesday of J. Geils. He says, “[The band] always had such showmanship and dynamics. But J was all about the song, the music. He played great solos, he knew blues inside and out, and they just took it to the max. The image I have is him driving the band, whether he’s playing rhythm or lead. They could stand toe-to-toe with any band in the world. And they did. J was, to me, the anchor.”

John Fogerty shot a video Monday in San Diego with Brad Paisley for the title track of the country star’s new album, Love & War.

Styx, Michael McDonald, War and America will headline the 2018 Rock and Romance Cruise as it sails around the Caribbean next March.

Def Leppard’s latest live release, And There Will Be a Next Time: Live From Detroit, will premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, April 23 at 10 pm ET.

Autograph drummer Keni Richards has died at the age of 60.


Lynyrd Skynyrd will play shows with Hank Williams Junior in Kansas, North Carolina, Indiana, New Jersey and New York this summer.

Yes Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman have added additional dates to their recently announced 2017 North American tour. They are:

  • Aug. 29th - Friant, CA - Table Mountain Casino
  • Sep. 21st - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theater
  • Oct. 5th - Albany, NY - Palace Theater
  • Oct. 10th - Melbourne, FL - King Center
  • Oct. 13th - West Palm Beach, FL - Kravis Center
  • Oct. 14th - Miami, FL - Adrienne Arsht Center

Brian May says the Queen-produced bio-pic on Freddie Mercury will be out next year.

REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin appears on The Comedy Jam this Wednesday night at 10 ET on Comedy Central.

Tony Iommi tells NBC News he’s listening to Black Sabbath performances from The End tour for a documentary on the group’s final extended road trip and also mixing them for a possible live album. He also says he has “bags” of unused riffs for a post-Sabbath solo album.

Joe Walsh‏, commenting on the death of Don Rickles: “Last time I saw him, he said, ‘Get a haircut - I'll pay for it.’ We'll miss you Big D.” And Elton John also issued a statement, saying he was "one of the funniest and nicest men ever. I will miss his acid tongue and smiling face."

Robert Plant’s website has the following message: “Any time now…”

Steely Dan open a mini-residency, Reeling in the Chips, tomorrow (Wednesday) at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The band is there through April 29th.

RSO,  the duo of Richie Sambora and his girlfriend Orianthi, has been added to Rock Legends Cruise 6 next February. They join Sammy Hagar, Bad Company, Blue Oyster Cult and many others.

Bon Jovi’s New York concerts today (Friday) and Saturday have been postponed due to Jon Bon Jovi's bronchitis. Tickets purchased for April 7th will be honored on Thursday, April 13th; April 8th tickets will be honored on Saturday, April 15th.

Former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos is cleaning out his barn. He says, “I'm selling a few snare drums and drum sets to make room for more. If you're a drummer, or want the ultimate Cheap Trick souvenir, go to DonnBennett.com and check out some drums!”

Metallica has been nominated for Best International Band at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards. The event takes place June 12th in London.

Vince Neil will perform in downtown Las Vegas on May 27th as part of Rock the Street, a free Memorial Day Weekend outdoor concert series.

Gene Simmons’ daughter Sophie was at the Los Angeles Dodgers game Tuesday night in L.A. and ended up singing the national anthem after the scheduled singer failed to show up.

A show Ritchie Blackmore did in Birmingham, England as Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow last year will be released as a two-CD set on June 9th.

Joe Walsh will be on Facebook Live with his longtime friend and drummer Joe Vitale this Friday at 4 p.m. ET to answer fan questions. Walsh joined Academy of Country Music Awards co-hosts Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan to sing Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” on Sunday’s telecast. Walsh also presented Entertainer of the Year to Jason Aldean, who gushed, “Man, one of the Eagles just gave me an award.”

How’s this for stylistic diversity: Jethro Tull once won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance. And now The String Quartets, a new album by frontman Ian Anderson that reworks Tull songs, is number-one on the Billboard Classical Chart.


Cheap Trick released a live cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” on April Fools, which is otherwise known as Cheap Trick Day.

Gene Simmons has announced more solo shows at Comic Cons in Chicago and Philadelphia this summer. He’ll be at the St. Louis one this weekend.

Eddie Vedder will headline the Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee on September 23rd and 24th.


Steven Tyler tells People that he “can’t say for sure” if Aerosmith’s summer tour will be its last. He adds that, “The band’s been together for 40 years. Can you imagine? There are no marriages together for 40 years where the passion still runs as deep as it did the first 10 years, in my humble opinion…But the passion is still there.”

There was a moment of silence for Chuck Berry before last night's (Sunday's) Cubs-Cardinals opening day game in Berry's hometown St. Louis. His oldest daughter, Ingrid Berry, then sang the national anthem.

Rob Halford, Ian Hill, Richie Faulkner and Scott Travis of Judas Priest will take part in the Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in L.A. September 14th through the 17th.

Keith Richards ‏and Sheryl Crow have been added to the Merle Haggard tribute concert on April 6th in Nashville. Recalling his friendship with Haggard, Keith says, “Sometimes you meet somebody and you know instantly that you're friends. Merle was one of those kind of cats to me.” Also on the bill are Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Warren Haynes and others.

Mick Fleetwood’s Blues Band will headline the Malibu Guitar Festival on May 20th at the Malibu Village in Malibu, California.

Roger Waters is Dan Rather’s guest on The Big Interview next Tuesday night on AXS-TV.


David Crosby’s latest Twitter snipe at Kanye West: “I think he's really good at working press and media. Other than that, he's useless.”

Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics to an unpublished song, “Wisconsin” -- which he wrote in November 1961 -- go up for auction tomorrow (Thursday).

Def Leppard will perform at Rock in Rio 2017 on September 21st.

Mavis Staples: I'll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration, which was filmed in Chicago in 2014, will air April 16th on AXS-TV. A CD-DVD set will be released on June 2nd. The concert featured performances by Gregg Allman, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt and others.


Ann Wilson has added a second leg to her tour. Currently on the road until April 7th in Rhode Island, she’ll head out again on May 19th in Indio, California with 24 dates through July 2nd in Anaheim, California. In between are stops in Arizona, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa and Utah.

Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield have announced the lineup for this year's Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit.

The fourth annual benefit for the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital takes place on May 15th at The Fillmore in San Francisco. The bill features Hagar, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Don Felder, Mick Fleetwood, Vic Johnson, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai and Bob Weir. Sitting in for Hetfield, who's on tour with Metallica. will be Dave Grohl.            

Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 31st, at 10 a.m. PT at LiveNation.com.


Aerosmith will perform at Rock in Rio in Brazil on September 21st.

Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover has commented on the death of Chuck Berry. “I have said often enough that the entire edifice that is rock n’ roll is held up by the twin pillars of Little Richard and Chuck Berry. Little Richard for his searing voice and superb band and Chuck for his scattershot lyrics and iconic guitar style. The first album I bought with the first money I earned was his first album. Every band on the planet has learned and played his songs. Immortal songs. Living music.”

Ian Hunter will release a limited-edition exclusive seven-inch gold vinyl single of “Dandy” from his most recent album, Fingers Crossed, on April 22nd, Record Store Day. The song is a tribute to David Bowie, who wrote “All the Young Dudes” for Hunter’s old band, Mott the Hoople.

Original and recent versions of a classic Zombies song will be available as a limited-edition Record Store Day release on April 22nd: “I Want You Back Again,” first cut in 1965, was redone on their 2015 album Still Got That Hunger using an arrangement Tom Petty gave the song when he performed it in concert.


Joe Walsh is getting into the destination concert trip business with a weekend at Graceland.

Joe Walsh All Shook Up at Graceland will take place May 6th through the 8th in Memphis, Tennessee, and it will feature an acoustic storytellers-type performance, a Q-and-A session and special photo opportunity with Walsh, a tour of Elvis Presley's estate and accommodations at the Guest House at Graceland hotel.


Todd Rundgren's latest solo album is an all-star affair.

White Knight, which is due out on May 12th, has guest appearances by Joe Walsh, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Daryl Hall, Joe Satriani, pop singer Robyn, and Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails. The CD and digital version contains 15 tracks, but the vinyl version has 12 songs.

Check out a stream of "That Could Have Been Me" featuring Robyn at Pitchfork.


Guns n’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Who, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and Billy Idol will all play Rock in Rio in Brazil come September.

Former AC/DC singer Brian Johnson posted a photo on his website with Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott sampling Elliott’s “great beer in the Porterhouse pub in Dublin.”

Judas Priest are in the studio working on a new album.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will headline the Arroyo Seco Weekend festival June 24th at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, California. 

Michael Stipe will unveil a new art piece at the Moog Festival in Durham, North Carolina in mid-May. It's a compilation of video footage he shot over the years in New York set to music he composed on a Moog synthesizer.


If you’re looking to read up on the Summer of Love in time for its 50th anniversary, 1967: A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love by veteran rock writer Harvey Kubernik comes out April 18th.

The U.S. premiere of Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera is set for the summer of 2018 at the Cincinnati Music Hall. It had its world premiere in Montreal on Saturday, with Roger Waters in attendance.  

Joey Alves, the original rhythm guitarist in Oakland hard rock band Y&T, died Sunday of ulcerative colitis and other complications at age 63.


The Last Highway, a biography of the late AC/DC singer Bon Scott, will be published later this year.

Nancy Wilson of Heart and members of Foreigner will perform at the annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert on March 25th in Los Angeles.

Ted Nugent is touring this summer. Taking a line from President Trump, he is calling the outing Make America Rock Again.

Bob Dylan has released another song, “Stardust,” from Triplicate, his three-disc album of standards that will be out March 31st.


The Doobie Brothers are in the studio working on new material.

Sunday’s episode of Sammy Hagar’s Rock & Roll Road Trip finds him in Norman, Oklahoma with country singer Toby Keith. 9 pm [ET] on AXS TV.

AXS TV will premiere the concert special Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band on March 26th at 10 pm [ET]. This edition of the All Starr Band features Todd Rundgren, Santana keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and Mr. Mister frontman Richard Page.

Aerosmith will perform at the Capital One JamFest on April 2nd in Phoenix as part of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four celebration.

Jon Bon Jovi is interviewed on NBC's Sunday Today show this weekend.

John Fogerty, who began a Las Vegas residency last Friday night at The Wynn Hotel and Casino, will be the Grand Marshal of the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Cup Series race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this Sunday. He’ll give the command for drivers to start their engines.


Jon Anderson says Geddy Lee, who will help induct Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7th, will play bass on “Roundabout” in place of the late Chris Squire.

The next Yes Cruise to the Edge is scheduled for February 3rd through 8th, 2018, sailing from Tampa, Florida.

Steve Miller will headline the Miller Lite Carb Day festival at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 26th.

The Who’s South American tour in the fall will include dates with Guns n’ Roses.

A 20-pound bag of black Ozzy Osbourne confetti from Ozzfest 2000 is for sale on eBay for $40. A portion of the sale price goes to Sea Shepherd, a charitable organization whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans.

Former Styx singer and keyboardist Dennis DeYoung is still open to reuniting with the band he co-founded, but he says, “If their interviews are any indication, that possibility seems remote at best. I wonder who would show up for one final big tour… I'd go.”


Foreigner released their self-titled debut album on March 8th, 1977. For their 40th anniversary tour this summer, some tickets will be priced at $19.77. Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will join them on the tour.


Former Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos is tired of standing in line. He says, “Every week I get unsolicited mail with CD covers and photos to sign. About a third of the time the postage included is insufficient and after standing in line at the Post Office I have to buy postage to return the signed stuff. I'm now finished doing that. Please don't send stuff for me to sign anymore. If you want stuff signed, bring it all to one of my gigs, where I'll be glad to sign the stuff.”


More details about KISS’s new cola have been released. It is officially called KISS Destroyer Cola and it will be available at all Rocket Fizz stores starting this month.

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen will be on The Comedy Jam on Comedy Central on April 19th.


Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band will perform at the opening of his Margaritaville restaurant on the Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California on March 30th.

Farm Aid 2016 will premiere March 19th at 10 pm ET on AXS-TV. Featured performers on the 90-minute highlights show include organizers Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Dave Matthews (who plays with Tim Reynolds) plus Alabama Shakes, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and Willie’s son Lukas Nelson.

Grand Funk Railroad, Peter Cetera and The Zombies are among the performers at the inaugural aTrolla Music Festival in Dallas on May 6th. The bill also promises KC & The Sunshine Band, Dionne Warwick, Tower of Power, Survivor, The Spinners, War, The Romantics, Delbert McClinton and BJ Thomas.


The Allman Brothers’ annual Peach Music Festival will feature Gov't Mule and FriendsLes BrersJaimoe's Jasssz BandWidespread PanicMy Morning Jacket, Joe Bonamassa and Lettuce featuring Chaka Khan. The fest runs from August 10th to the 13th in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Todd Rundgren’s next album, White Knight, will be out in the spring, timed to go with his autobiography, The Individualist. Rundgren will go out on the White Knight: The Chivalrock Tour in late April.

The Last Waltz 40th anniversary tour with Michael McDonald, Warren Haynes, Don Was and others is heading back out on March 30th in Dallas. It will play 10 shows through April 15th in San Francisco.

Kansas guitarist Richard Williams says he's "a realist" regarding his band's chances of making the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He tells Elmore magazine, "I don’t let things like that bother me… For our fans who want it so bad, for my grandkids, that would mean a lot to me... But I won’t lose a second of sleep over it."

John Mellencamp has released another song from his new album, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies, which will be out on April 28th. “Grandview” features country singer Martina McBride.

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather has commented on recording with Ringo Starr. He says, “I just got my mind blown. Ringo played me the two songs we wrote together with Paul McCartney on bass. I don’t have the words. Thank you Ringo.” The new album will be out in June.

Although we heard about John Fogerty guesting on country star Brad Paisley’s upcoming album, Love and War, a while back, we just found out that he co-wrote and appears on the title track. It will be out in April. They’ve worked together before: Paisley sang and played on “Hot Rod Heart” on Fogerty's 2013 duets album, Wrote a Song for Everyone.

Toto guitarist Steve Lukather is the latest artist to play on Ringo Starr’s new album, which will be out in June. Lukather, who was in the most recent All-Starr Band, joins Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Timothy B. Schmit and Benmont Tench on the project.

Ronnie Wood is working on a new art book.


The Yardbirds have announced tour dates from May 27th in Simi Valley, California through July 7th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They also have four dates in Florida in March.

Rick Wakeman says he lost 42 friends, including David Bowie and Greg Lake, during 2016. He adds that this year has already taken one of his former drinking buddies, Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt. Wakeman has been sober since 1985.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform prior to the Coca Cola 600 NASCAR race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 28th.

The Grateful Dead’s May 8th, 1977 show at Cornell University's Barton Hall will be released as an 11-disc box set called Get Shown the Light on May 5th. The set includes previously unreleased shows from that month in New Haven, Connecticut, Boston and Buffalo. The Barton Hall concert will also be released by itself in multiple formats.

Tom Petty is producing a new album for Chris Hillman which features vocals by his former Byrds bandmate David Crosby.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench was just in the studio with Ringo Starr working on the drummer’s next album, which will be out in June. Peter Frampton, who joined Ringo in the studio last month, says he “heard some great tracks… There's a killer one he wrote with Richard Marx.”

Ziggy Marley will join his brothers Stephen, Damian and Ky-Mani at the Kaya Fest at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami on April 22nd. It will be the first time in more than 20 years that all four have shared the same stage.

Uriah Heep and Black Star Riders, the Thin Lizzy offshoot band, have been added to the Rock Legends Cruise 6, which sails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida next February.

Jerry Garcia‘s custom-made “Wolf” guitar will be sold at an auction on March 14th at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York. The proceeds from the sale will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Mike and the Mechanics will release their new album, Let Me Fly, on April 7th. It's their first since 2011’s The Road.

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