While Van Halen is currently on the road promoting ‘A Different Kind of Truth,’ their long-awaited reunion album with David Lee Roth, the band’s namesake and chief riffologist Eddie Van Halen has been strangely absent on the interview front and hasn’t done any of the expected national press.
Next to Keith Richards, Gregg Allman is one name that comes to mind when you think of the well- weathered rock and roll cats who somehow managed to beat the odds even though it seems like they used up their allotted nine lives many times over.
The ongoing sessions for a new album and the occasional dramatic moment won’t keep Aerosmith away from their natural habitat – the concert stage. The legendary Boston rockers have reportedly confirmed their first North American tour date for 2012.
As we alluded in our previous update, Paul McCartney’s 1971 ‘Ram’ will be expanded in a big way with releases in several different formats, including a deluxe edition that will be available as a massive five disc set.
In the ‘80s, Def Leppard had one of the most successful albums of the decade with their bombastic 1987 release ‘Hysteria,’ which featured a hefty seven hit singles that charted from the album. As the album marks its 25th anniversary, guitarist Phil Collen told Ultimate Classic Rock how ‘Hysteria’ finally saw the light after the band faced a series of obstacles and an abortive attempt at working with Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ producer Jim Steinman.
Scheduling another opportunity for fans of the Grateful Dead to congregate nationally, the legendary San Francisco group will reach deep into the vaults to screen a previously unreleased concert performance for the first time ever.
Over the past year, Yes fans have been looking forward to a proposed project from former vocalist Jon Anderson that would reunite him with his ‘90125’ Yes-mate Trevor Rabin and famed former Yes keyboard legend Rick Wakeman. Unfortunately, as Anderson tells Ultimate Classic Rock, the grouping has been put on hold.
Showgoers at recent Heart concerts have been privy to the first details about ‘Strange Euphoria,’ the forthcoming box set from the group which is set for release on June 5, just in time for the band’s summer touring season.
Midwest singer/songwriter Michael Stanley found regional success in several pockets of the United States during the ‘70s and ‘80s with his eponymous Michael Stanley Band, charting Billboard Top 40 hits with ‘He Can’t Love You’ and ‘My Town.’
Although that success never really translated nationally, Stanley remains popular with fans, particularly in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where he continues to write and record at a prolific pace and has just released his newest solo album, ‘The Hang.’
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