coolAfter years of rumors, premature announcements and even disagreements over what to call the thing, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young are finally ready to release a box set of live recordings from their 1974 reunion tour. CSNY 1974 hits shelves on July 8th in a variety of formats, including a 3 CD/DVD set, a Pure Audio Blu-Ray (192kHz/24-bit) and a 16-track single CD. Many of the sets will have a 188-page booklet, and there will also be a limited edition set of 1,000 copies featuring a coffee table-sized book and six 180-gram 12” vinyl records. A pre-order of CSNY 1974 will be available next week on the band's website. 

cryingAce Frehley says he once feared he had gone blind when he suffered an allergic reaction to his famous Kiss face paint. The guitarist recalls a time in a Paris hotel roomwhere he and a model friend downed four bottles of champagne after a Kiss gig.

Frehley tells Loudwire: "I was in Paris, and I bumped into a model, a fashion model that I knew from New York. She was doing a photo shoot there. We ended up getting drunk on about four bottles of champagne, and I ended up passing out in the bed with my makeup on after the show. When I woke up, I had an allergic reaction from not taking the silver off, because it's ground up metal. My eyes were swollen shut. I was blind."

The band's manager called for medical help, but Frehley genuinely feared he had lost his sight. He adds: "They rushed a doctor over, and they shot me up with, like, Prednisone, an anti-inflammatory that took it down. But for a minute there, I thought I was blind. I didn't know what had happened. It was insane." 

A Baltimore brewing company has changed the name of one of their house brands, Ozzy Ale, following the receipt of a cease and desist letter from representatives for the Black Sabbath legend last month.

The Brewer's Art co-owner Tom Creegan revealed on Tuesday that their company was renaming the Ozzy beer to Beazly, which is the nickname of Mount Vernon bartender Mark Barcus, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The company asked their customers to submit suggested new names for the beer (which will keep the same recipe) and Beazly ultimately came out on the top of the list. (hennemusic) 


devilRolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards teams up with musicians from around the world to cover a Bob Marley classic for a new release in support of the arts and musiccharity Playing For Change.

Richards is joined by Keb' Mo', Mermans Mosengo (PFC Band), Sherieta Lewis from Kingston, Jamaica and Natalie of Blue King Brown (Australia) for a mix of "Words Of Wonder" (from his 1992 album, "Main Offender") and the Marley classic, "Get Up Stand Up"

The performance will be featured on Playing For Change's third CD / DVD set, Playing For Change 3 "Songs Around The World," which will be released on June 17th. (hennemusic)

coolSammy Hagar has teamed up with Foreigner guitarist and cofounder Mick Jones to work on some new material, the Red Rocker revealed in a new online posting.

"Mick Jones and myself enjoying a great dinner at El Paseo Restaurant after writing for two days together at my studio," posted Hagar along with a photo of the pair. "What a blast - old friends getting together and writing some new songs.

Hagar and Jones have a long shared history in the musicindustry, including working together on Van Halen's 1986 album, "5150", which was produced by the Foreigner axeman


laughThe Scorpions' breakthrough album, 1982's "Blackout", will be released this year on Super Audio CD via Audio Fidelity. The band's eighth studio album was the first to go Top 10 in North America, propelled by the singles "No One Like You" and "Can't Live Without You."

After losing his voice during the writing of the album, Scorpions lead vocalist Klaus Meine had to undergo surgery on his vocal cords and it was uncertain whether he would be able to record it. As a result, demos of the material were recorded with Don Dokken as vocalist; however none of those recordings are featured on the album.

coolThe classic 1972 Humble Pie live double-LP, Performance: Rockin' the Filmore, is out as a re-mastered edition. Performance: Rockin' The Fillmore - The Complete Recordings features all four of the concerts the band recorded at the Fillmore East on May 28-29, 1971, with the re-mastering overseen by band members Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley. "It's like a breath of fresh air after listening to one particular version," says Frampton about the reissue. "The beauty of it is that you get three completely different performances of most of the songs. It's great to hear Steve Marriott's banter from all of the shows. We've lived with 'It's really been a gas!' for 40-odd years, and now there's more," - Noble PR.....

winkThe Who's Roger Daltrey has confirmed to Rolling Stone magazine that the band are planning a massive world tour in 2015 that will likely be their final one, however they have no plans to retire from live performing altogether. "People have read that wrong though. We aren't finishing after that. We intend to go on doing music until we drop, but we have to be realistic about our age. The touring is incredibly grinding on the body and we have to draw a line in the sand somewhere. This will be the last old-fashioned, big tour," Daltrey says. He added that contrary to recent reports, the 2015 tour will not be in celebration of the band's 50th anniversary. "Our anniversary is actually right now," says Daltrey. "We were the Who fifty years ago this month. To us, 2015 is just another year." The Who toured America and Europe in 2012 and 2013 playing their 1973 double-LP Quadrophenia, but Daltrey says the 2015 tour will focus on their vast catalog of hits. "People don't want new stuff. The fans might want that, but most people that want to come to a show want to hear what they grew up with... We will always sell more tickets if we play the hits." Daltrey also said the Who might record new material in 2014 ahead of the tour. - Rolling Stone....

laughFormer Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm's new autobiography Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'N' Roll chronicles the singer's successes, especially Foreigner's multi-platinum track record and his early solo albums Ready Or Not and Long Hard Look. But it digs into the darkness as well, including his struggles in pre-Foreigner bands, his early 90's stint in drug rehab and his harrowing but ultimately successful battle with brain cancer that started in 1997. He also writes in depth about his relationship with Mick Jones, a push-and-pull that led to Gramm leaving Foreigner "a couple times" before being replaced by Kelly Hansen in 2004. "We have had our problems, the two of us," Gramm says with a chuckle. "It's kind of a book about the different aspects of a relationship." Gramm and Jones are due to perform again as they are honored during an upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony. Gramm and his book co-writer, Scott Pitoniak, will begin a series of book signings later in May to promote Juke Box Hero, and a full schedule can be found at Gramm says he's also planning a follow-up to his 2009 solo album, Baptized By Fire. - Billboard......

devilJudas Priest frontman Rob Halford recently told Billboard that his British heavy metal outfit, which recently wrapped its Epitaph World Tour, is "ramping things up to get back into full writing and recording mode" back home England. "We'll see what we can do over the next couple of months, look at everything, lay it all out and then start the hard work of picking out the best material," says Halford, who added he and guitarist Glenn Tipton have "a tremendous amount of material in the vaults already. Meanwhile, Priest has released  Screaming For Vengeance - Special 30th Anniversary Edition. It features the two bonus tracks from the 20th anniversary edition -- a live version of "Devil's Child" and the Turbo outtake "Prisoner of Your Eyes" -- as well as four previously unreleased live tracks from a 1982 show in San Antonio. - Billboard...... 


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