Classic rock 

  • Ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry teases plans for new holiday tune

    Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of FameSteve Perry released his first Christmas album, The Season, last year and now the former Journey singer is hinting he has more holiday music on the way. On Monday, Perry posted a grinning, crazed-looking depiction of himself wearing a Santa Claus hat on his social media pages, along with a message that reads, "Here's another one of my sketches because, 'Maybe This Year one NEW SP original Holiday song, plus one more, could be coming!'" Earlier in the month, Perry posted a different drawing of the same character wearing reindeer antlers and standing in front of a microphone, with the caption, "Regarding the Holidays, Maybe This Year? Sincerely Steve Perry." In a separate post, Steve wrote, "Follow me on Spotify to get special notifications of anything I might be up to -- Maybe This Year?" The Season, which was released November 5, is an eight-song collection featuring Perry's renditions of such classic yuletide tunes as "Winter Wonderland," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Silver Bells" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." In an interview with ABC Audio shortly before the album's release, Perry was asked if he'd consider putting out more holiday music in the future, to which he responded, "If I can pull it off, if Uncle Steve's still here, I might do that, yes." Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Tony Iommi teams up with Epiphone for new signature guitar

    Kevin Mazur/WireImageTony Iommi has teamed up with Epiphone to create a new signature guitar. The Tony Iommi SG Special was inspired by the Black Sabbath guitarist's own 1964 Gibson SG Special, famously nicknamed "Monkey." Iommi played "Monkey" extensively with Black Sabbath's original lineup throughout the 1970s, and was played on every album and tour by the band during that decade, basically making it the guitar that pioneered metal. In 2020, Iommi released a limited-edition recreation of the "Monkey" guitar with the Gibson Custom Shop, which, as you might imagine, wasn't exactly what one might call "affordable." The Epiphone version, meanwhile, is available at a relatively cheaper price point of $999. For more info, visit Epiphone.com. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • "Honorary Gorilla" Stevie Nicks to appear in video for Gorillaz collaboration

    ABC Audio; ParlophoneStevie Nicks is featured on a track called "Oil" on the upcoming album by the virtual alternative-rock group Gorillaz, Cracker Island, and the two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee says she only one "demand" for taking part in the song. Speaking with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, Nicks shares that she requested to be in the video for the track. "That's how I know about the Gorillaz, is because of all their crazy cartoon videos," Nicks says. "I'm going, 'I want to be in the 'Oil' video. I want to be a Gorilla, and I want to have big, false eyelashes, and I want to have blond hair, right?'" The Fleetwood Mac singer and solo star continues, "I said, 'This is my one demand that I will make.' And so, they're doing it as we speak." Nicks adds that she's "so proud" of the collaboration, which she describes as "somewhere between love and war." "I was an honorary Heartbreaker, I was an honorary Foo Fighter," she says. "And now, I'm an honorary Gorilla. I'm so happy." Cracker Island will be released February 24, 2023. It also features collaborations with artists including Beck, Tame Impala, Bad Bunny and Thundercat. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Foo Fighters' Chris Shiflett calls out social media conspiracies over Taylor Hawkins' death: "It's all wrong"

    Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesFoo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has opened up regarding the response to drummer Taylor Hawkins' death. In an interview with The Plug podcast, Shiflett takes aim at "yahoo[s] on Twitter" spreading conspiracy theories about Hawkins and how he died. "Especially right after [Hawkins] died, all these Twitter private investigators, they absolutely know what happened, and are sure of it, and it's all wrong," Shiflett says. "That's been really strange to watch." "I understand people's fascination with it, Taylor was this big character and he meant a lot to millions of people all over the world," the guitarist continues. "But it's, like, so much of what I've seen out there is so completely wrong." In addition to conspiracy theories on social media, Shiflett calls Rolling Stone's article about Hawkins' death "complete nonsense, for the most part." The article, titled "Inside Taylor Hawkins' Final Days as a Foo Fighter," features quotes from artists -- including Pearl Jam's Matt Cameron and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith -- claiming that Hawkins had expressed concern with the amount of touring he had to do with Foo Fighters leading up to his death. Both Cameron and Smith distanced themselves from the article and apologized for taking part. In speaking about the reaction to Hawkins death, Shiflett seemingly suggests that another Foo Fighters album could be possible. When asked if he's found in recent press interviews that people have been "awkwardly not asking" about the subject, Shiflett replies, "It probably will be when we ever get around to putting out another Foo Fighter record and go back into the promo boogie woogie." Shiflett recently released two singles with his solo country project. He'll join Foo Fighters for the second of their two tribute concerts to Hawkins Tuesday in Los Angeles. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Bruce Springsteen posts enigmatic photos online, fueling speculation about new album

    Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Rainforest FundSomething new appears to be brewing with Bruce Springsteen. Over the last day or so, Springsteen has posted two mysterious, uncaptioned photos on his social media sites, prompting speculation that The Boss is about to announce plans for a new album. The first photo, which was posted on Sunday, is an image of a double-yellow line on a paved road that runs off into the distance. The second pic, which was posted Tuesday, is of the steering wheel of a vintage car. Springsteen posted some unexplained photos on his social media sites before the release of his 2019 album, Western Stars, so many fans feel these new pics are serving a similar purpose. Earlier this month, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner revealed in a Billboard interview that a new album by Bruce was "coming out soon," but no official news about the project has been announced yet. Meanwhile, as previously reported, Bruce and his E Street Band will kick off a 2023 tour on February 1 in Tampa, Florida. He and wife E Street Band member Patti Scialfa will also perform this Thursday, September 29, at the inaugural Albie Awards ceremony, which will be held at the New York Public Library. The event is being presented by the Clooney Foundation for Justice, an organization co-founded by George and Amal Clooney, and salutes global justice defenders. "The Albie Awards … are a way to shine a protective light on the many courageous individuals who, at great personal risk, have devoted their lives to justice," the Clooneys say in a statement. Other celebrities who will participate in the event include Michelle Obama, Meryl Streep, Oscar Isaac, Dua Lipa, Aloe Blacc, John Oliver and Julia Roberts. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.