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Ann Wilson reveals nerves only kicked in after acclaimed Stairway To Heaven performance that left Robert Plant in tears

Heart vocalist Ann Wilson says she only became nervous about performing Stairway To Heaven with Led Zeppelin in the crowd after the song had finished.
Her band’s take on the classic track took place at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in Washington in December 2012, with Jason Bonham playing drums. The orchestrated arrangement, fronted with Wilson’s trademark voice, left Robert Plant in tears of joy.
Wilson tells Classic Rock Revisited: “That was one of the most unforgettable nights of my life. Zeppelin was there, as was President Obama and Michelle Obama. Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy – it doesn’t stop who was there that night. It was a life-changer.”
She reveals: “When we were done we walked backstage and there was a feeling of awe. We were like, ‘What just happened?’ We weren’t nervous when we were doing it – but afterwards our nervous system came back to life and it all kicked in.”
Asked whether she’d consider taking part in some form of Led Zeppelin reunion without Plant, she says: “Hypothetically, if they ever needed a lead singer and Heart was not active, I’d go and play with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones any day of the week.”
Wilson admits that sometimes her voice surprises even her. “I don’t know if ‘goosebumps’ is the word,” she says, “But here are moments when it’s really clicking and it’s divine. When that happens, when I feel that i can really, really, let my soul sing, that that is pure light for me. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
Heart have just released a Christmas album called Home For The Holidays, where they aim to avoid the traditional cover versions in pursuit of tracks that “send some hope out to the world.”
Heart vocalist Ann Wilson is a newlywed.
People reports that Wilson tied the knot with Dean Wetter on April 25, celebrating in front of a small group of family and friends with a ceremony held in her manager’s backyard. The magazine offers exclusive photos of the event.
Heart’s official Facebook page offered its support, posting an announcement that reads, “A harmonious melody of devotion was felt on 4/25, as ‪#‎AnnWilson‬ and ‪#‎DeanWetter‬ were married in an intimate ceremony in front of family and friends. Congratulations to the Newlyweds! Love Rules!!!”
Wilson also offered a few quotes to People, describing the occasion as “beautiful” and saying, “Dean and I first met in the ’80s and went on a date where we both got smashed and I tried to seduce him. Like the gentleman he is, he declined. Years passed, we got back in touch after we had both grown up, and Pow! – It worked! Did it ever! He is my friend, my angel, my husband. I am truly happy.”
The newlyweds have a brief window of domestic bliss on the calendar before Heart are scheduled to get back on the road for the next leg of their 2015 tour, which picks up again May 17 and continues all the way through to mid-September.







QUEEN guitarist and astrophysicist BRIAN MAY is part of a group that's raising awareness for THE THREAT OF ASTEROIDS on our planet.  In case you didn't know Brian May attained a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College in 2007.



They're calling for the creation of a massive asteroid detection system.  The group also includes BILL NYE, the "Science Guy."


The Edge says Bono's bicycle accident injuries are serious and as part of his recovery: 'He Basically Can't Move'.



However, they are confident in his eventual recovery and U2 just announced plans to kick off their next tour in May.  


"Rolling Stone" has released a list of "The Top 50 Albums of 2014."  U2's "Songs of Innocence" was #1, followed by BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's "High Hopes" and "Turn Blue" by The Black Keys came in 3rd.


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ANGUS YOUNG of AC/DC spoke about his brother MALCOM's dementia, saying he started having symptoms as early as 2008.



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Yet another Janis Joplin movie is in the works, and maybe this one will actually get off the ground.  It's called "Get It While You Can" . . . and Amy Adams is once again attached to play Janis.   Amy has been trying to play Janis for over four years now, when she was first linked to the role. In the past, she's said she'd like to sing Janis' songs herself. That said, it isn't scheduled to begin production for another six months, so don't get too excited yet.


Janis Joplin


Amy Adams



Another twist in the ongoing saga of a future Led Zeppelin reunion.


ROBERT PLANT's rep issued a one-word response to rumors that Plant ripped up an $800 million contract to reunite LED ZEPPELIN: "Rubbish".

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Robert Plant tore up an $800 Million contract for planned 35-date tour even though Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had signed up.

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Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary Australian rock band AC/DC, has been charged in New Zealand with attempting to arrange the murders of two people. Rudd was also charged with possession of meth and pot.


On Friday, New Zealand prosecutors backtracked by dropping a murder-for-hire charges him, saying there wasn't enough evidence to proceed.



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The band issued a statement about Phil Rudd's arrest.

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The Doobie Brothers new album, "Southbound" is available now.



The album contains a new spin on Doobie Brothers Classics with Country Music artists. You can preview some of the songs on their website.



CREAM bassist JACK BRUCE died of liver disease on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.  He was 71. 



He wrote and sang the majority of Cream's songs . . . including "I Feel Free", "White Room", "Politician" and "Sunshine of Your Love".


Roger Daltrey has confirmed that The Who are currently writing and recording a new studio album.


The band recently revealed new song 'Be Lucky', their first in 8 years, and have been spurred into action by the track and their 50th anniversary celebrations and will now follow it up with their newest album.

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STEVEN TYLER from AEROSMITH is doing a country-influenced solo album.



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DAVID GILMOUR says Pink Floyd is pretty much over . . . quote, "It's a shame, but this is the end."



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PINK FLOYD released the tracklist and artwork for their upcoming album "The Endless River". It comes out November 11th. 



In a separate story,  ROGER WATERS is being bombarded with questions about the new PINK FLOYD album "Endless River".  But he has NOTHING to do with it.  He says, quote, "David Gilmour and Nick Mason constitute the group Pink Floyd. I, on the other hand, am not part of Pink Floyd.  I left Pink Floyd in 1985."


PHIL COLLINS will perform a few songs at a charity benefit, but he says he's, quote, "not ready to return to the full concert stage at this time." In a separate story Phil admits he developed a serious alcohol problem after retiring in 2010. Phil said, “I don’t drink any more, and I’ve never fallen off the wagon.”



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BOB SEGER kicks off a new tour on November 19th in Saginaw, Michigan in support of his new album "Ride Out".  He says this might be his last album and tour.


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Black Sabbath reveals plans for a new album and a final tour next year.



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AC/DC has announced that founding guitarist MALCOLM YOUNG is NOT coming back.  Apparently he isn't expected to fully recover from whatever illness he has, but they didn't elaborate on his condition.  Malcolm's nephew STEVIE YOUNG is taking his place on their upcoming album, and their tour next year.



A DOORS documentary made by the band members themselves in 1968 is was released on DVD November 11th.



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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN is releasing a children's book called "Outlaw Pete".  It's based on his 2009 song of the same name, which was itself based on an old book his mother used to read him called "Brave Cowboy Bill".  So in other words, Bruce Springsteen remade a book.




(Sept 2, 2014) Rest In Peace Jimi Jamison. Jimi Jamison, the lead singer of the band Survivor, has died of a heart attack at age 63.


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THE DOOBIE BROTHERS released the track listing of their country duets album "Southbound", which was released on November 4th. That's the album where they brought in country artists to help them re-record their biggest hits. Guest performers include Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown.




STEVIE NICKS released a song called "The Dealer" from her new album.




Rest In Peace Dick Wagner, he died at the age of 71. Dick Wagner was a former guitarist for ALICE COOPER. Wagner co-wrote Alice's classic power ballads "Only Women Bleed", "I Never Cry", "You and Me" and "How You Gonna See Me Now".




Rest In Peace Johnny Winter. The legendary blues - rock guitarist has died at the age of 70.


He rose to musical fame with his brother in the Edgar Winter Group. In the early '70s, Winter formed a band with members of the McCoys, known for their 1965 hit Hang On Sloopy. That group featured a guitarist named Rick Derringer, who wrote Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo. That song was recorded by Winter in 1970 and Derringer in 1973. Winter performed often with blues and rock singer Janis Joplin. Winter had recently recorded an album called Step Back, containing traditional blues and early rock and roll songs and featuring collaborations with Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Dr. John, Leslie West and others. The album is due for a Sept. 2 release.

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It's official: KISS is getting a short-term residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas.



They're doing nine shows, and it kicks off on November 5th.

THE WHO announced a 50th anniversary tour and they're also doing a new album.  Daltrey told Rolling Stone that while there are no confirmed North American dates currently booked, they are planning on touring here.



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Deep Purple have confirmed they will release a new album. Their 20th in 2015.

Frontman Ian Gillan previously revealed the band were holed up in a studio in Portugal. And bass player Roger Glover has announced the follow up to 2013's Now What will arrive next year.


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PHIL COLLINS may be coming back to music after all.



His longtime bassist says Phil is assembling a band to do "exploratory rehearsals." And if things go well, he could launch a comeback. For what it's worth, it seems like he still isn't able to drum. The band he's putting together also includes drummer JASON BONHAM . . . the son of LED ZEPPELIN drummer JOHN BONHAM.


Someone bought a handwritten draft of the lyrics from BOB DYLAN'S "Like a Rolling Stone" for over $2 million.



(Wow, that's a good song, but $2 Million???? I just don't know. Ripley)



The classic GENESIS lineup is reuniting, but not to make new music. They're just participating in a BBC documentary about the band.


QUEEN is saying that ADAM LAMBERT is a better fit for them than PAUL RODGERS was.


Paul Rogers


Adam Lambert

British rock act Queen are playing North American arenas this summer with American Idol season eight runner up Adam Lambert as frontman for their first tour together on this side of the pond.

And the two remaining Queen members say it could be the last time they hit the road.

Before Lambert, Queen has previously toured with fellow Brit Paul Rodgers, 64, of Bad Company and Free on and off between 2005-2009.

“Paul has one of the greatest rock voices but it’s more blues and soul orientated I would have thought,” said drummer Roger Taylor.

“It really felt like Adam has a great chemistry with us and delivers our songs in his imitable way with his extraordinary and voice,” said Taylor.


KIRK HAMMETT says METALLICA probably has three or four albums' worth of songs, but they're concentrating on making "one really good album."   Also, METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD will narrate a History Channel series on bear hunting.


42 years after "Stairway to Heaven" came out, SPIRIT has FINALLY filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against LED ZEPPELIN . . . for allegedly lifting part of their song "Taurus" for the opening chords of "Stairway to Heaven".  Led Zeppelin has not commented.


Here is "Taurus" by Spirit, you can skip ahead to :45 seconds to hear the section of the song that is in dispute.



And here is "Stairway to Heaven".



Co-founding Judas Priest guitarist Ernie Chataway has succumbed to cancer at age 62. Chataway was later a part of an early, pre-Robert Plant version of the Honeydrippers.

(Ernie is on the far left side of the photo)


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Rocker Ozzy Osbourne once bit the head off a bat . . . now its family is getting revenge. He cannot convert part of his Buckinghamshire estate until he can protect the bats which live there, the council said.


The Black Sabbath singer, who once claimed he bit the head off a live bat, applied to turn a barn on his Jordans' estate into a two-bedroom home.

The council refused after "considerable evidence" of bats and owls were found there.

It said measures had to be put in place to protect the animals.


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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."












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