In addition to promoting his new solo album, cleverly titled ‘Ringo 2012,’ former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is lending his support to a worthy cause – the endangered rhinoceros species. Starr recently modified his official website, replacing the picture of his cat with a rhino image.
When Journey wrapped up their latest album ‘Eclipse,’ guitarist Neal Schon still had an itch to make more music. Conveniently, a break in the action allowed him the time to knock out enough material for two new solo albums.
The upcoming Heart box set ‘Strange Euphoria’ will deliver an embarrassment of riches for both hardcore fans and casual fans alike, thanks to the inclusion of a number of previously unreleased or hard to find tracks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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