Classic Rock News 7/18

Paul McCartney’s music is selling much more strongly since his Carpool Karaoke appearance with James Corden.

sexual harassment lawsuit against Gene Simmons has been settled.

According to guitarist James “JY” Young, “Mr. Roboto” — and its album, Kilroy Was Here — led to the end of the original line-up of Styx.

one day festival in honor of John Bonham will be held in his hometown in England on September 22nd.

Interested in what Phil Collins’ son is up to when he’s not drumming at his dad’s shows?  Fifty Eight Hundred, the band led by Nic Collins recently released a self-titled debut album.


Peter Frampton is done with Facebook. He says, “I’ll be on Instagram mrpeterframpton or Twitter @peterframpton only from now on.” 

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen says his wife almost died giving birth to their son.

Boz Scaggs is releasing “Out Of the Blues” featuring original tunes and a series of covers on July 27th.  His all-star backing band includes guitarists Ray Parker Junior and Doyle Bramhall II and drummer Jim Keltner.

One of Bruce Springsteen’s childhood homes where he lived for seven years (and saw Elvis on TV in 1956) has been sold to a new owner.

As part of its “Music Icon” series, The United States Postal Service will be releasing a John Lennon forever stamp on September 7th.

The estate of Tom Petty is releasing “An American Treasure” – a 60 song box set on September 28th.

Sharon Osbourne says there is a movie in the works about the early days of her and Ozzy’s relationship.

Look at the similarities between the Rolling Stones’ lips-and-tongue logo and this lake in Slovenia. (Must be logged on to Twitter)

Bret Michaels’ 18 year old daughter Raine has been selected to appear in the Sports Illustrated Swim Search.

Pat Benatar’s husband Neil Giraldo is getting into the booze game like many other rockers.

Another Brick In The Wall – The Opera” will be presented in Cincinnati’s Music Hall beginning July 21st.

The show Jeff Lynne’s ELO did last July 24th at London’s Wembley Arena was filmed for a documentary, Wembley or Bust, that will premiere on Showtime on July 27th

Ian Gillan, Ian Paice and Roger Glover were in Montreux, Switzerland on July 4th for the unveiling of a plaque at the entrance of the building where Deep Purple recorded “Smoke on the Water.” The song was inspired by the Montreux Casino fire on the night of a 1971 Frank Zappa concert.

What’s the musician that gave Starship vocalist Mickey Thomas his start doing? Elvin Bishop‘s Big Fun Trio is putting out a new album called “Something Smells Funky ‘Round Here.”

Paul Simon will release a new album of his favorite songs in re-recorded form.  It’s called “In the Blue Light” and will come out September 7th.




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