Reg Presley (seated) — Hulton Archive, Getty Images Reg Presley, lead singer for the Troggs , has passed away after losing a battle with lung cancer. Presely, 71, died at home today (Feb. 4) in Andover, England. “He passed away peacefully at home,” his daughter Karen told W.E.N.N ., “myself, my brother and our mother were with him. We’re absolutely heartbroken.” Presley was diagnosed with cancer in early 2012, and had announced his retirement from the music business almost a year ago to the day, letting the world know via the Troggs website.
Vanguard Records John Fogerty invited stars from rock, pop and country to collaborate on his new ‘Wrote a Song for Everyone’ album, due in stores May 28. The singer retooled a dozen of his songs from his past, including Creedence Clearwater Revival hits like ‘Fortunate Son’ and lesser-known songs like ‘Hot Rod Heart,’ and added two original cuts to round out the album. Among the artists joining Fogerty on ‘Wrote a Song for Everyone’ are Bob Seger , Kid Rock and the Foo Fighters . He went country to ask Alan Jackson , Brad Paisley , the Zac Brown Band , Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban to join him on separate tracks. New rock band Dawes met Fogerty in studio to record ‘Someday Never Comes’ and My Morning Jacket joins him on ‘Long As I Can See the Light.’ “I encouraged each of these artists to come up with their own vision of my song, rather than just redoing what I’d recorded in the past,” Fogerty told American Songwriter magazine (quote via a Vanguard Records press release)
Larry Busacca, Getty Images Despite a killer performance at the recent 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden and an upcoming headlining slot at JazzFest , Billy Joel will not be mounting a tour any time soon. In a new interview, he disclosed that recent health issues have stopped him from a return to the stage. “I had to get hip replacements in both hips,” he says in the new issue of Rolling Stone. “And now slowly but surely I’m kinda getting back to normal
Hulton Archive, Getty Images At the start of Feb. 1968, the Beatles
Experience Hendrix / Legacy Recordings If we’re to believe ‘People, Hell & Angels,’ the latest in a long string of posthumous albums by Jimi Hendrix , its dozen previously unreleased tracks were the building blocks to the late guitarist’s follow-up to ‘Electric Ladyland,’ his final album with the Experience. But we’ve heard this claim many times before, from ‘First Rays of the New Rising Sun,’ the 1997 LP that reconstructs the album Hendrix was working on when he died, to various albums, box sets and compilations that feature leftovers from the era. There’s not even much that’s entirely new on ‘People, Hell & Angels’; most of the tracks have been released in one form or another on posthumous projects over the years – from ‘Earth Blues’ (first released on 1971’s ‘Rainbow Bridge’ in a more fleshed-out take) to ‘Inside Out’ (which would evolve into the bootleg fave ‘Ezy Ryder’). Recorded in 1968 and 1969 with primarily Billy Cox and Buddy Miles, who would make up Hendrix’s post-Experience trio Band of Gypsys, the cuts on ‘People, Hell & Angels,’ like so many albums that have been released since his death in 1970, are more skeletal frames of songs than actual songs
Warner Bros Since leaving Fleetwood Mac in 1998, Christine McVie has stayed close with the band, but refused all attempts to rejoin the group, largely due to her fear of flying. However, that might be changing. In a new interview, titular drummer Mick Fleetwood said that he is doing his best to lure her back into the fold for their upcoming tour . “I’m seeing Chris here in London before I leave,” he told the English tabloid the Sun
Roswell Films For anyone who grew up wanting to make music during the first four and a half decades of the rock era, it’s hard to overestimate the importance and mystique of the recording studio. Sure, the amateur musician could invest in varying degrees of home equipment, but if you really wanted to get serious work done, you needed to save up enough dough to book yourself some time in a professional establishment with qualified personnel. And it really was an investment, too — particularly during rock’s glory days, when acts recorded to expensive two-inch tape. If you were an independent act, you needed to make every second count while the studio meter was running — but if you were talented and hard-working, and lucky enough to hire a good producer and engineers, the results could be magical…or at least feel that way to a kid who’d dreamed of hearing his own music come together, note by note, through those giant studio speakers
Ethan Miller, Getty Images After winning four increasingly hard-fought battles, Rush are the champions of the 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl, defeating fellow finalists Guns N Roses in an epic duel that saw nearly 200,000 votes cast. At the start of the month, 16 of classic rock’s biggest bands were paired off in a series of week-long single elimination battles. Rush defeated Lynyrd Skynyrd , Aerosmith and Van Halen in the first three rounds before toppling Guns N’ Roses by capturing 57% of the votes to be crowned the kings of the genre.
eBay Vinyl enthusiasts regularly drop thousands of dollars on stereo equipment so they can experience the purest possible sound, but one hardcore Beatles fan just invested more than $12,000 in a remarkably rare turntable that will probably never even be used. WhatSellsBest reports that a 1964 NEMS Beatles Record Player, offered in near-mint condition with all its original parts intact, was recently offered by a well-known memorabilia dealer on eBay with a starting price of 99 cents. Twenty-nine bids later, the turntable found its new home — at a final price of $12,100. As the article points out, these record players were one of the earliest pieces of licensed Beatles merchandise — and given that they were manufactured in a limited run of 5,000, it’s extremely rare to find one that’s been this well-preserved.
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images He’s got his membership in Chickenfoot and a burgeoning booze empire to keep him busy, but that doesn’t mean Sammy Hagar has forgotten about his solo career. Hagar hasn’t released an album on his own since ‘Cosmic Universal Fashion’ in 2008, and according to comments he made during a recent interview with Las Vegas Magazine , it seems like he’s starting to get the itch again. Celebrating the three-year anniversary of his rather awkwardly named Cabo Wabo Cantina in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort, he talked about looking forward to “a big rum and tequila party” while reminding us that, hard-partying image aside, he’s still one of the more consistently prolific rock artists of his generation. “I’m in the studio right now with my band, The Wabos, and we’re rehearsing and writing songs,” Hagar revealed when asked about his plans for 2013.