Friday, February 12, 2016

Ace Frehley's New Collection of Covers

Ace Frehley unmasking his willingness to keep his Classic Rock locked on moving forward. Origins Vol. 1 will be out on April 15th and it features reworkings of Cream's "White Room"; Thin Lizzy's "Emerald" with special guest Slash; The Troggs' "Wild Thing" with Lita Ford; "Cold Gin," which he wrote while in KISS and featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready; and Free's "Fire and Water" with Paul Stanley on vocals. The rest of the album contains: "Street Fighting Man" (Rolling Stones) Spanish Castle Magic," featuring John 5 (Jimi Hendrix) "Bring It on Home" (Led Zeppelin) "Parasite," featuring John 5 (KISS) "Magic Carpet Ride" (Steppenwolf) "Till the End of the Day" (Kinks) "Rock and Roll Hell" (KISS) Ace told Rolling Stone: "I'm really thrilled with the whole thing. I'm excited about it, and probably somewhere down the road there'll be a second volume." He will support the disc with a tour that gets underway February 26th in Houston.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

McCartney Collaborates with Skype

It's a great day to go play on Skype. Paul McCartney's created some Mojis just in time for Valentines Day. He talks about the process. Paul McCartney talking about his new music. But to some people. This is anything but. Even he said, "Hmm is this for me? But its something fun and something new." So into the studio he went with Skype to compose audio Mojis for Valentines Day. He was originally resistant to the idea, but changed his mind, saying, "It turned out to be a great laugh at the same time as challenging. You’ve got to compress a musical interpretation of an expression into less than five seconds. It was like doing a huge crossword puzzle. It was great practice for me in the studio... I wanted it to sound sort of electronic so I wanted the signature to sound electronic rather than acoustic guitar, for instance. So I got the overall signature on the Moog in order to give it a modern flavor.” The Moji’s are available on Skype now.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Stone Temple Pilots Looking For New Front Man

It's almost got the same flavor of old school Classic Rock. A band searching for a lead vocalist in a very public place. Stone Temple Pilots made it official yesterday on their website. They want a new person up front and they've got to bring their best game. You have until March 7th to get them your material. Yesterday (Tuesday), Stone Temple Pilots opened their website up to anyone from around the world who thinks they have what it takes to be the band's new lead singer -- and found out there are lots of hopefuls out there. Dean and Robert De Leo tell us there are so many, in fact, that the site soon crashed due to all the submissions. But odds are, not a lot of them will make the first cut. STP guitarist Dean De Leo on what STP is looking for in a singer. “We’re looking for a lot of things. It’s a tall order. We’re looking for a lot, because we were affiliated with a couple of guys who were really, really great and really on top of their game. Artistically, we’re looking for somebody along those lines, and personally speaking, we’re looking for someone along the lines of Chester." Lead singers are famous for having big egos, but Robert says that's OK by him and Dean. STP bassist Robert De Leo on whether they’d mind a singer with a big ego. “I think it comes with the territory, you know? I think you have to be a certain kind of person to get out there and actually express yourself like that. I do. It’s just a matter of the degree that it comes in.” The De Leo brothers tell us that they've already auditioned "seven or eight" singers from the L.A. area and that their choice could still come from that group. But Dean says they felt that limited the candidate pool too much. STP guitarist Dean De Leo on why they decided to conduct a search for a new singer through their website. “L.A.’s funny, because you’re here and there’s a lot of musicians here and you hear about this person and that person and you get a chance to get together with them and try them out. But really, there’s the whole world out there. We didn’t want to do any disservice to ourself, or the band, that we didn’t exhaust our options. Playing with seven guys, as opposed to, like, being able to look at thousands and, maybe, after whittling that down, get to play with 10 more.” If you think you're STP lead singer material, you have until March 7th to submit your file at

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Randy Bachman Passes It Forward

In 2008 Classic Rocker Randy Bachman sold his huge collection of Gretsch guitars back to those who created it. Today they're on display in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Randy talks about the experiences of letting them go. In 2008, Randy Bachman sold his collection of 385 Gretsch guitars to the Gretsch Foundation, the charitable arm of the Gretsch family and the Gretsch company. Randy Bachman on his passion for collection Gretsch guitars. "I think it’s called the midlife crisis. Everywhere I went I’d seek out Gretsch guitars. And I remember one day I got a call from Duke Kramer who was running Gretsch at the time and Fred Gretsch who got the name Gretsch back, he called me and he said, ‘There’s a Fender museum, there’s a Martin museum and you own my museum. Will you sell it to me?’ So we did a deal and I sold him the 385 Gretschs and I think there’s a 100 now that are on display now in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame. So when I sold it I was able to buy a flat in Covent Garden.” 75 of those guitars are now on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The exhibit, American Sound and Beauty: Guitars From the Bachman–Gretsch Collection, is the largest collection of stringed instruments ever displayed at the museum. Randy Bachman on his guitar collection on display in Nashville. "What you will see at tyhe There’s some of the coolest Gretschs you’ll ever find ’cause they go from 1928 – the old Robert Johnson-looking arch tops with the big hole in the middle and things like that up to all the prototypes. Because my deal was I’ll let you copy mine, but I want prototype one and prototype two so I can check it and see…and sometimes the switch would be in the wrong place so I tell them to correct it so it looked like the original. So that was a really big deal for me collecting those guitars.”

Monday, February 8, 2016

New Album from Roger Waters Coming

Roger Waters hinted at hitting the road again this year, but it's not looking likely, as he tells Democracy Now. Roger Waters on the possibility of touring this year "It’s very unlikely that I will start touring anywhere this year. These things take a long time. It took me about 10 months to put together The Wall tour. I still have to finish making the record." And Waters adds that he has yet to come up with a title for his new album, but says it will be about "peace and love." Roger Waters on the subject matter of the album he is working on. "It will be about peace and love. It will be about my concern for the children of the world and how they’re being slaughtered willy-nilly by whoever it is that runs everything." Roger Waters's last studio album was the 1992 release Amused to Death.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Hollywood Vampires Will Play The Grammys

The Hollywood Vampires are about to be seen in public. They'll pay tribute to Lemmy from Motorhead at this year’s Grammy Awards. The Alice Cooper-fronted, star-packed band — which also includes actor Johnny Depp, Guns N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry — will perform at the ceremony on Feb. 15. Also on stage will be Guns n Roses drummer Matt Sorum, guitarist Tommy Henriksen and Bruce Witkin on piano and guitar. Cooper told Rolling Stone that he might lean on Lemmy’s signature style “I might do it more ‘Alice Cooper style,’ but it would still have to have that growl, that guttural voice to make it work,” he said. “I can’t picture, like, Creedence Clearwater doing that song.”

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Phil Collins Remastered

Phil Collins has remastered two of his biggest success stories Face Value and Both Sides. The music package is a huge hit with fans because it reaches beyond the normal releases. He's stuffed additional discs inside that feature live songs and demos. As for a tour and new music? Believe it or not Phil openly admits that he truly wants to be with his family. He loves taking his kids to school.