US tour: Queen + Adam Lambert Queen men Brian May and Roger Taylor admit they have almost no contact with retired bassist John Deacon, except over business dealings – and they believe he’s too “fragile” to take things any further. He won’t be involved in their upcoming US tour with singer Adam Lambert – but his former bandmates insist the shows will be worth seeing. Last week Queen + Adam Lambert confirmed 19 arena shows during June and July, following their first shows together in 2012 and another in 2013. Guitarist May says the band are aware that many young fans will never have seen them with late frontman Freddie Mercury.
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Apology: Geoff Tate Geoff Tate has apologised to Queensryche fans for the way they discovered the details behind his dismissal from the band in 2012. He was fired following a series of dramatic episodes that demonstrated how relationships between him and his colleagues had broken down – including an onstage altercation in Brazil known as the “Operation Knifecrime” incident , although it was later confirmed no weapon had been involved. The battle over the band name went to court later in the year, with both parties citing previous examples of fall-outs to support their case. Scott Rockenfield, Eddie Jackson and Michael Wilton claimed Tate had been violent on a number of occasions and that he’d made a secret deal to work on a movie based on the band’s Operation: Mindcrime album without them.
Lip service: still from video Tequilla-soaked Detroit outlaw rockers Dead In 5 have released a new video covering Black Betty , the hit song made famous by Ram Jam in 1977. Dead In 5′s rendition of Black Betty is featured on their new album Wreck Your World , which was released at the beginning on March. The version will also be included in the soundtrack of forthcoming movie Pro Wrestlers Vs.
Case study: detail from the cover of Foreigner’s first full-length The self-titled debut album from Foreigner was released on this day (March 8) in 1977. As part of a major feature for the upcoming new issue of AOR magazine, Malcolm Dome talked to original Foreigner members Lou Gramm (vocals) and Ian McDonald (rhythm guitar, keyboards, saxophone, flute, backing vocals) about the track-by-track creation of this pivotal melodic-rock release. Go below to read Gramm and McDonald’s memories of Foreigner , 37 long years down the line. FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Gramm : “The first track I ever sang with this band. It became our calling card.
Thunder play the second stage Thunder have released two live albums: Back To The Black Country and The Xmas Show Live 2013 are both available now from the band’s website . It’s yet another sign that the rock veterans aren’t quitting – despite frontman Danny Bowes’ best efforts. He says: “I keep saying I’m supposed to be retired, but nobody’s bloody listening. “We decided to resurrect our Christmas show concept in 2011 after an incredible gig at the High Voltage festival that summer.
‘Allo ‘allo ‘allo again: Hunter hits the road Ian Hunter has confirmed a UK tour for September and October this year. The Mott The Hoople frontman, who accepted a Classic Rock award in November with the veteran band for their contribution to music, recently admitted he was surprised at the interest in the veteran outfit. Speaking ahead of their 2013 reunion shows Hunter said : “It’s astonishing – I really don’t get why people are still so passionate about us.” He’s supported by Federal Charm for the 12-show tour, with tickets expected to go on sale for most venues today. Ian Hunter dates Sep 19: Portsmouth Pyramid Sep 20: Leamington Spa Assembly Sep 21: Lincoln Drill Hall Sep 23: Aberdeen Lemon Tree Sep 24: Glasgow Garage Sep 26: Holmfirth Picturedrome Sep 27: Manchester RCNM Sep 28: Gateshead Sage 2 Sep 30: Milton Keynes Stables Oct 02: Sheffield City Hall Oct 03: Brighton Concorde 2 Oct 04: London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Aerosmith have been confirmed as headliners at this year’s Calling festival on London’s Clapham Common. The renamed and relocated Hard Rock Calling event takes place on June 28 and 29, with the first day also starring Joe Bonamassa, Thunder and Walking Papers. The second day’s lineup will be announced in due course. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry says: “I’ve been so involved in writing my autobiography I didn’t realised how long it had been since we played across the big pond. “We can’t wait to bring back some of the classics as well as some new songs from Music From Another Dimension .” A spokesman for promoters Live Nation says: “This year is one of the most exciting on record for the Calling Festival.
Change of focus: Dregen in action with his solo band Dregen has announced his departure from Michael Monroe’s band is now permanent. The guitarist last year took a break from the ex Hanoi Rocks frontman’s outfit so he could support the launch of his self-titled debut solo album . At the time he said: “I’m going to be back at some point, but I don’t know how long I’ll be away.” Now he’s confirmed that won’t happen – and that his own plans include the long-awaited Backyard Babies reunion. Dregen says: “I’m going to miss the band so much – but it’s time for me to focus on my solo career and future Backyard Babies albums
Jumpsuits ahoy: Heavy Tiger Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Heavy Tiger formed in 2010 when the three girls – guitarist/vocalist Maja Linn, bassist Sara Frendin and drummer Astrid Carsbring – were 17 years old. They’ve just released their debut album, Saigon Kiss , and they warn: “Don’t get caught mistaking us for being just a jangly mismatch of young girls and guitars. You’d be embarrassingly dead wrong. Because this is for real! This is as good as rock ‘n’ roll gets!” Check out the video for the title track of Heavy Tiger’s first full-length below
You need Hans: Chew at large Hans Chew has been compared to artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Meade Lux Lewis, John Prine, Albert Ammons, Nicky Hopkins and The Band, to name a few. “My grandfather sang harmony in a Nashville gospel quartet and taught me that ‘high-lonesome sound’,” Chew explains. “While my mother turned me on to Hendrix and the Stones, my father only listened to classical music: I knew Beethoven’s Fifth before Led Zeppelin’s fourth.” In 2004, after many years adrift, Chew took up permanent residence at the decrepit Clermont Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, armed with little more than a piano, an old Royal typewriter, a handful of New Orleans LPs, and a stack of ragtime, blues and boogie-woogie sheet music.> He checked out two years later with a handful of songs and moved to New York. These songs would become Chew’s 2010 debut album Tennessee & Other Stories… , which received four stars from Rolling Stone magazine.
Back in action: Phil Rudd AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been acquitted in a court case he was fighting to be granted permission to fly his helicopter. He bought the Hughes 500 – which retails for as much as $500,000 – as a present to himself after completing the band’s gigantic Black Ice world tour in 2010. But he’d run into legal problems over renewing his pilot’s licence.
Back in action: Phil Rudd AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been acquitted in a court case he was fighting to be granted permission to fly his helicopter. He bought the Hughes 500 – which retails for as much as $500,000 – as a present to himself after completing the band’s gigantic Black Ice world tour in 2010. But he’d run into legal problems over renewing his pilot’s licence. Authorities accused him of lying by failing to mention his 2010 conviction for possession of drugs , following the discovery of 25g of cannabis aboard his boat