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Don Felder, Styx and Foreigner Share New Version of ‘Hotel California’.


(Photo coutesy of UltimateClassicRock.com)


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Speaking of "Hotel California". In another article Don Felder gives the scoop on the song Hotel California.


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In an old interview, JOHN LENNON sort of says YOKO ONO'S MIND broke up THE BEATLES. He explains, quote, "If you're with somebody who's got a 'ticking' mind, which was the best part about being with the Beatles when they were ticking, is they were ticking, you know? But it began to slow down. But with Yoko, it's like living with four or five people . . . it's far out."




SAMMY HAGAR and MICHAEL ANTHONY have been playing together in CHICKENFOOT . . . and now they're teaming up for a new tour with drummer JASON BONHAM, the son of legendary LED ZEPPELIN drummer JOHN BONHAM.



They don't have a name or anything, so it may not end up being an actual band.  For now, they're just playing some shows together this year, which they are calling, quote, "A Journey through the History of Rock."


New music from Kix!

Kix have been back together since 2003, but haven’t released a studio album since 1995′s ‘Show Business.’ They put out a live album/DVD in 2012, and now have signed with Loud & Proud Records to release an as-yet-untitled album on July 22.

Read More: Kix To Release First New Album in 19 Years | http://loudwire.com/kix-first-new-album-19-years/?trackback=tsmclip


Kix have been back together since 2003, but haven’t released a studio album since 1995′s ‘Show Business.’ They put out a live album/DVD in 2012, and now have signed with Loud & Proud Records to release an as-yet-untitled album on July 22.



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AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson has confirmed that an Malcolm Young is suffering from a “debilitating illness,” and is taking a leave of absence from the band. However, he also indicates the band hasn’t decided to say goodbye just yet and that the show will go on.


(Photo courtesy or Getty Images.)


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Steely Dan has announced their Summer Concert Tour called "Jamalot 2014". Closest to us is Sep 17 in Baltimore, MD at Pier Six Pavillion.



Get more information at their website.



Just announced. BAD COMPANY and LYNYRD SKYNYRD are touring together this summer. Closest show to us is 7/19 in Bristow, Va.

In case you missed either one of these legendary Rock Bands, the last time they performed in our area, here's your chance to see them perform.


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Jeff Beck and ZZ Top to Tour Together this Summer. The Rock legends will close out each show with a collaboration.

Closest to us will be 9/3 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion.


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Former GUNS N' ROSES bassist DUFF MCKAGAN will join the band for some shows in South America.  He Tweeted a photo of a Guns set-list, and added, quote, "Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil!  See y'all in the next few weeks, Si?  GNR."  It's unclear if he'll stick around beyond that.


TOTO and MICHAEL MCDONALD are co-headlining a tour this summer. 


It begins on August 2nd in Oregon, and runs through September 7th in Virginia.  More dates will be announced soon.  As of now the closest to us is 9/7 - Newport News, VA @ Ferguson Center For The Arts. Click here for more information.



The 'Rumours' Are True: Christine McVie Rejoins Fleetwood Mac for World Tour and Possible Album.


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AEROSMITH and SLASH are going on tour together this summer. We don’t have any information about the dates or even the length of a tour.




More than 40 years into their careers, KISS have finally made the cover of "Rolling Stone" magazine.  Yes, this is their first time, and it obviously has EVERYHTHING to do with their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. 


The photo is from 1975, so it's the ORIGINAL band, whether Gene, Paul, Ace or Peter like it or not.



METALLICA released a medley of four old RAINBOW songs they recorded for a RONNIE JAMES DIO tribute album. Also, check out the new METALLICA song "Lords of Summer".


TED NUGENT is being paid $16,250 NOT to perform . . . at an event in Texas.  The town of Longview says they decided that Ted wasn't a good fit for their Fourth of July celebration because it's a family-oriented event, but they still have to pay him a fee, because they'd already made a verbal commitment.




KISS will not perform at the Rock Hall induction in April. ACE FREHLEY claims GENE SIMMONS and PAUL STANLEY wouldn't even consider reuniting with him and PETER CRISS. Gene and Paul say they never refused anything . . . but add that they've decided there will be no KISS performance at all.


The CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame says the reason they don't want anyone but the original lineup of KISS to play in the induction ceremony for the R&R Hall of Fame. Is because the other guys are just playing the characters that original members ACE FREHLEY and PETER CRISS created.  He said, quote, "It's not like they created these other characters with different makeup and [are] playing different songs.  They took the persona of characters that were created by Ace and Peter."


Rest In Peace DAVE BROCKIE. DAVE BROCKIE, better known by his stage name ODERUS URUNGUS, the leader of satirical metal band GWAR, was found dead at his home in RICHMOND, VA SUNDAY afternoon (3/23), the RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH is reporting. BROCKIE was 50.


Yesterday, (03-20-14), there was a rumor that the investigation into KURT COBAIN'S suicide had been "reopened" . . . but that's NOT the case. The department confirmed that a cold-case detective DID recently review the file to "refresh" himself, but only because they were expecting questions from the media in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of his death.



MICK JAGGER paid tribute to L'WREN SCOTT in a Facebook post by saying, quote, "I am still struggling to understand how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way . . . I will never forget her."  Meanwhile, the ROLLING STONES have postponed their entire Australian tour.

(Photo courtesy of New York Post)


KISS and DEF LEPPARD are going out on tour this summer. A dollar from each ticket will benefit wounded veterans. Closest to us will be on July 25th in Bristow, Va.


(Photo courtesy of UltimateClassicRock.com)


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SOUNDGARDEN and NINE INCH NAILS are doing a co-headlining tour. Closest to us will be on August 4th. in Bristow, Va.

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STOOGES drummer SCOTT ASHETON died at the age of 64.



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Led Zeppelin to Reissue First 3 LPs With Unreleased Songs

"The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin," Jimmy Page says.


(Photo courtesy of Rollingstone.com)



There might not be much of a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

CAT STEVENS a.k.a. YUSUF ISLAM is "undecided" about showing up to the Rock Hall induction ceremony next month, which would leave the Rock Hall with even FEWER available performers.  Think about it:  KISS couldn't get their act together, and decided that NO lineup would be taking the stage that night . . . and LINDA RONSTADT can't sing anymore due to Parkinson's disease. Obviously, KURT COBAIN'S death means NIRVANA can't perform.  Sure, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear could still take the stage without him, but would it be the same? For now, the bill could just be:  HALL & OATES, PETER GABRIEL, and THE E STREET BAND.



Jimi Hendrix's legacy gets stamp of approval

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Hendrix with a commemorative Forever stamp, created by artist Rudy Gutierrez. The image, which resembles a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, references the butterflies from Hendrix's song Little Wing, a third-eye symbol to represent the guitarist's spiritual side and a petroglyph to symbolize his Native American heritage. Hendrix is depicted wearing one of his signature military jackets and playing one of his white Fender Stratocaster guitars.


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ROLLING STONES guitarist KEITH RICHARDS is writing a CHILDREN'S picture book called "Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar". It's coming out on September 9th.


(To save the kids from needless trauma, I hope the book contains only drawings and no photos of Keith. Ripley)


KISS revealed the uniforms for their new Arena Football League team, the L.A. Kiss . . . and they are.... We'll let you be the Judge!


ROGER DALTREY from THE WHO is way into model trains.  In fact, he and his buddies are trying to start a model train museum in Britain, which he says is appropriate because Britain, quote, "invented the railway, and it conquered the world."



(Some people might argue the point about conquering the world!  Take for example the former British colony known as the United States of America. Ripley)


GUNS N' ROSES is doing a second residency in Las Vegas this coming spring.  Like the one they did two years ago, this one will happen at "The Joint" . . . a venue inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.  There will be nine shows between May 21st and June 7th.  Tickets go on sale Friday.  For more info, hit up the band's website.


AC/DC is heading Into the Studio This Spring. The Aussie rockers are also planning a 40th anniversary tour.

(Photo courtesy of RollingStone.com.)


After 33 years together MOTLEY CRUE announced yesterday that they're folding the band following a 70-date North American tour that starts in July and runs through late November which they're calling "The Final Tour". They even signed what they said was a BINDING AGREEMENT folding the Crue forever after the end of 2015. The North American tour starts in July and runs through late November. Tickets go on sale Friday, starting at $15. ALICE COOPER will open up.


The Allman Brothers Band has announced that after 45 years, the band will cease touring at the end of 2014. A couple of weeks ago, A.B.B. guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announced their departure from the band and now Gregg Allman says it’s time to move on to other projects.

We have until the end of the year to see them one last time.



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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN just earned his eleventh #1 album with "High Hopes", moving him ahead of ELVIS on the all-time list.  Bruce is now behind only JAY Z and THE BEATLES.


Think you know all there is to know about Led Zeppelin? Check out these cool facts.



Click here for all the amazing Led Zeppelin facts.


GENE SIMMONS has had a change of heart about performing alongside former KISS members ACE FREHLEY and PETER CRISS at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He now says, quote, "Sure, why not? They were equally important in the formation of the band."

GENE SIMMONS recently compared former KISS members ACE FREHLEY and PETER CRISS to a "cancer." Gene said that Peter and Ace were given plenty of chances to remain in the band . . . but they kept blowing it by not growing up and taking things seriously.

Gene says, quote, "I won't stand for drunks and alcoholics who get up onstage and consider it their birthright.  I consider it a privilege to get up there and arrive on time and be sober, and I'll be an [A-hole] to anybody who thinks otherwise . . .

"Ace and Peter have had a lifetime of being losers.  And not just with drugs and alcohol.  They're losers because of wrong decisions.  You sleep in the bed you make.  How many chances in life do you get?"


(Funny, how getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame changes things. Ripley)


Speaking of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, most of the members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's latest class have commented on their impending inductions . . . including LINDA RONSTADT, who expressed disappointment that her Parkinson's disease would likely prevent her from attending the ceremony. 


Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens are the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

(Photo courtesy of Rollingstone.com)


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JOAN JETT is demanding that Sea World stop using her music as part of their "Shamu Rocks" show.  

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(All too often we only see rockers going after politicians that they don't agree with. Kudos to Joan for standing up for her beliefs and trying to change the treatment of these animals. We may not be rock star celebrities, but we can all do something to try to change the wrongs we see in our world. Ripley)


ALICE COOPER has done some pretty insane things . . . so it's hard to imagine what his "greatest fear in life" would be.  But when someone asked him about it in a recent interview, Alice said he was terrified of:  NEEDLES.

He explained, quote, "I can't do a blood test . . . I can put my head in a guillotine, I can put a 20-foot boa constrictor around [me] . . . my show's so dangerous, everybody gets stitches in my show.  But a blood test, and I'm like [passing out].

"And it has nothing to do with the pain, it has everything to do with the idea of a needle going in your arm.  To me that just doesn't make any sense at all."


BECK hasn't released a new album in over five years, and apparently, that's because of "health issues."  He says, quote, "I had some injuries, I had severe damage to my spine, but now it's improving so I'm back in the music.  It was a long, long recovery."  Supposedly, he has TWO new albums on the way.


Imagine this concert, Steve Miller Band, Journey and Tower Of Power all at one location.



It's a reality in 2014, they will be touring the Country, closest to us is scheduled for Bristow, Va. on June 1st 2014. Click here for more details.

ROGER WATERS from PINK FLOYD is working on his first rock album since "Amused to Death" in 1992. That's 21 years ago. (Roger's last album, "Ca Ira", was a classical OPERA in three acts that he put out in 2005.)

He says, quote, "I finished a demo of it last night . . . I don't want to give too much away, [but] it has characters who speak to each other, and it's a quest. It's about an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they are killing the children."

He didn't say when it might come out.


GENE SIMMONS recently compared former KISS members ACE FREHLEY and PETER CRISS to a "cancer."  And now, Ace says that Gene is a jerk who, quote, "has no friends," and whose "only motivation is money."  He also mocks Gene for NOT living a rock 'n' roll lifestyle.   He says, quote, "[Gene] took the safe route . . . he never got loaded, he never partied. I took the same route Elvis Presley took and [Jimi] Hendrix and Keith Richards and Jim Morrison . . . it's endless.

(Don't you just get a warm fuzzy feeling deep inside from all the love between Gene and Ace? Someone should tell Ace that a bunch of those people that lived the Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle didn't live very long. Ripley)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released their 16 nominees for next year's class last night, (10-15-13).  The possible inductees are Kiss, Nirvana, N.W.A., Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, LL COOL J, The Meters, The Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, the Zombies, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic and Yes.


(First of all, I can't believe that "Yes" is not already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Secondly, why do they call it the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, when so many artists that they induct are NOT Rockers and don't perform Rock and Roll? They should call it "The All Forms Of Music Hall Of Fame". Ripley)


Guitarist K.K. DOWNING says he QUIT JUDAS PRIEST in 2011, he didn't "retire."  In explaining his decision, he went on an epic rant . . . breaking down EVERYTHING that's wrong with the music industry today.  Click here  for more details.





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