Marlo Tama, Getty Images Crosby, Stills & Nash will give fans an encore of their critically acclaimed 2012 tour this spring and summer, although you may need to travel to see the trio play. The rockers have announced 23 shows for 2013, including 13 in the southeastern United States and 10 in Europe.
Karl Walter / Kevin Mazur / Jim Dyson, Getty Images Our list of surprisingly short male rockers proves how silly our culture’s obsession with making everything from cars to soft drinks and hamburgers bigger every year truly is. After all, if these legends can pack all that talent and starpower into their relatively small frames with such ease, anything larger is just wasteful. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the tallest man in history was Robert Wadlow , who measured eight feet, 11 inches. That’s just a foot and a half less than you’d get if you stacked AC/DC guitarists Malcolm and Angus Young on top of each other — but who would you rather see in concert?
YouTube Legendary guitarist Steve Howe has quit the classic rock supergroup Asia , the band have confirmed. The group teamed the Yes guitarist with his former bandmate Geoff Downes, ELP drummer Carl Palmer and former King Crimson and U.K. front man John Wetton for a multi-platinum debut album in 1982 that was an amalgam of well-written pop songs and top-flight musicianship. Asia reunited in 2006.
Yesterday, all our troubles seemed so far away . . . but that was before a clip came online of John Travolta singing the Beatles classic ‘Yesterday’ at a hotel in Beverly Hills last night, accompanied on guitar by country star and ‘ American Idol ‘ judge Keith Urban . Okay, maybe that’s not quite fair. As easy as it would be to make a joke about how ‘Yesterday and Today’ isn’t the only Beatles butcher cover anymore, the fact is, the bizarre pairing of the actor and sometimes singer and the multi-talented musician was better than you might imagine.
Dimitrios Kambouris, Getty Images In 2012, Def Leppard re-recorded two of their biggest hit songs and made them available digitally. The once-unusual move was done just before the Tom Cruise movie ‘Rock of Ages’ was released, but Joe Elliott
Columbia Records Red flags were raised when it was learned that one of the songs on Aerosmith ‘s new record, ‘ Music from Another Dimension ,’ was a duet with country superstar Carrie Underwood . The very thought of it seemed more manufactured by the folks at ‘American Idol,’ which Underwood won in 2005 and Steven Tyler was a judge for two seasons, than a mutual admiration society of two artists. And then there’s the thought of the Underwood, 29, singing a love duet with the 64-year old Tyler. Heck, even his fiance is close to 40! So while the whole thing seems doomed from the start, that doesn’t mean we won’t listen to it objectively and judge the song on its merits. It should be noted that ‘Can’t Stop Lovin’ You’ is not a remake of either Michael Jackson ‘s ‘I Just Can’t Stop Loving You’ or Don Gibson’s country classic that Ray Charles took to No
Theo Wargo / Mark Davis / Jason Merritt, Getty Images The band Dave Grohl has assembled to support his ‘Sound City’ documentary wouldn’t fit into the legendary studio at one time. John Fogerty and Fleetwood Mac ‘s Stevie Nicks are just two of Grohl’s Sound City Players. The group will make their live debut on Jan. 18 at Park City Live. The concert is in connection with the Sundance Film Festival, where the film will be shown
Frazer Harrison / Slaven Vlasic / Ethan Miller, Getty Images The folks at Topps are thinking throwback for this year’s run of Topps Archives baseball cards — and to add a little something extra for buyers looking to pick up some truly special collector’s items, they’re adding signed, limited-edition cards featuring some of the biggest names in ’80s rock. If it seems like an odd combination to you, you’re not alone — but if you’ve ever wanted an autographed baseball card featuring the likeness of Motley Crue ‘s Tommy Lee , Twisted Sister ‘s Dee Snider , or former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach , this is probably your one and only chance to get it. You’ll need a lot of luck on your side to pick them up, though: Beckett News (via Bravewords ) reports that only 25 copies of each card will be printed (on metal, natch). Mark your calendars for May 29, when the 2013 Topps Archive sets arrive in your local card and comics shop, and head down on the big day to try and get lucky. Here’s the complete list of artists taking part in the promotion: Tommy Lee Kip Winger Reb Beach of Winger and Whitesnake Lita Ford Bobby Brown Stephen Pearcy of Ratt Scott Ian of Anthrax Dee Snider [button href="http://ultimateclassicrock.com/top-10-80s-rock-ballads/" title="Top 10 '80s Rock Ballads" align="center"]
Ultimate Classic Rock Got playoff fever? Good, because the 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Bowl is here! Over the next month, 16 of rock’s biggest bands will square off against each other in a series of single-elimination matches to determine the genre’s true champions. There are no weak seeds in this bracket; each of the first-round battles will force you to make some very difficult decisions.
ABKCO Records The soundtrack to the new rock and roll movie ‘ Not Fade Away ‘ features great classic rock from artists including the Rolling Stones , Bob Dylan , the Rascals, the Sex Pistols and more. Now one lucky reader can win an exclusive signed vinyl copy through Ultimate Classic Rock, in partnership with ABKCO Records. Directed by David Chase, creator of ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Not Fade Away’ stars John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald and James Gandolfini in a tale of a group of friends in suburban New Jersey in the ’60s who form a rock band and try to make it big.