As 2011 draws to a close, Billboard has released its list of the year’s top-grossing tours — and while veteran acts didn’t dominate the box office as heavily as they have in recent years, plenty of classic rockers spent the year playing to sold out arenas.
After spending decades as one of the most recognizable voices in rock — and selling millions of albums along the way — Paul Rodgers is probably a pretty difficult guy to shop for. But you don’t need to worry about getting the former Free, Bad Company, and Queen frontman anything for his birthday this year, because he went out and gave himself a present.
And the best part? Rodgers’ gift is a new song that doubles as a fundraising effort for some of his favorite charities. It’s better to give than receive, right?
Alice Cooper, a.k.a. Vincent Furnier, is one of the original shock rockers, but as fans know, he’s also a dedicated family man, successful business owner, and golf nut. He’s led a fascinating life, in other words — and that journey will get its documentary due in the upcoming film ‘Vincent Goes To Hell: An Alice Cooper Doc Opera.’
A little over two years after the Beatles‘ classic albums finally arrived in the iTunes store, another of the band’s classic works is arriving in Apple’s digital emporium. But this time, fans can look forward to an a more interactive offering from the Fab Four.
Everyone knows about the constantly fluctuating exchange rates between the American dollar and foreign currency, but most people don’t give any thought to how it might impact rockers’ touring plans.
Cliff Burnstein, manager of Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and other big-name bands, is an exception — and his close eye on the financial meltdown in Europe will directly affect the acts that overseas audiences can expect to see over the next few years.
For years, Guns N’ Roses fans have been hoping for a reunion of the band’s classic lineup — and now that G N’ R are officially members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012, it’s time for speculation to begin in earnest.
Paul McCartney played his only London gig of 2011 last night (Dec. 5) — and he made it count, delivering a hits-packed, three-hour set to his O2 Arena fans, including several songs he’d never played in the UK before.
But that wasn’t all McCartney had in store for fans: as the evening drew to a close, he told the crowd he had a “surprise” for them before bringing out Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, who joined McCartney for an energetic performance of ‘Get Back.’
As anyone who’s ever watched an episode of ‘The Osbournes’ is no doubt aware, Black Sabbath singer and solo star Ozzy Osbourne can be somewhat difficult to understand when he isn’t singing — but it isn’t just the sloppy diction of a legendary rock star that’s to blame: Ozzy hails from Birmingham, where the thick “Brummie accent” was recently voted the “least cool” in all of England.
He was never exactly a household name, but Hubert Sumlin was one of the most influential guitarists of the rock era — and his death on Sunday (Nov. 4) has prompted a flurry of tributes from some of the many fans and musicians who were moved by Sumlin’s work.
The only surviving member of both the Jimi Hendrix Experience and the Band of Gypsys, Billy Cox is a genuine rock treasure — and although he turned 70 in October, the bassist is staying just as busy as ever.
Though his schedule of late has kept him on the road with the Experience Hendrix tribute band, Cox found time to resume his solo career with 2009′s ‘Last Gypsy Standing’ album, and he picked up right where he left off with his just-released latest CD, ‘Old School Blue Blues.’
After 35 years and more than 150 million records sold as the lead singer of U2, Bono has one of the most recognizable voices in rock music — but that doesn’t mean he actually enjoys the sound of it himself.
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