8-24-21 Classic Rock Update


Alice In Chains Jerry Cantrell has announced dates for a 2022 solo tour of North America that he will be launching in support of his forthcoming album, "Brighten" arriving October 29th.

There will be a Seattle show, May 2nd at the Moore Theater. Presale tickets for all dates go on sale today at 10 AM, general public tickets will go on sale Friday, August 27 at 10 AM local time via jerrycantrell.com. The project brings eight new Cantrell original tracks and a cover of Elton John's 1971 "Madman Across The Water".

R.E.M. have announced a 25th-anniversary reissue of their 10th album, New Adventures in Hi-Fi. The set arrives on October 29th. The two-CD and one Blu-ray collection includes a newly remastered version of the album, a disc of B-sides and live recordings and a previously unreleased outdoor projection film that was shown on buildings in 1996 to promote the album’s original release. A 52-page hardcover book is also included and will feature rare archival photos, new liner notes and "reflections" from all four band members, as well as from Patti Smith, Radiohead's Thom Yorke and producer Scott Litt.

The first single from the upcoming set, "Leave (Alternate Version)," can be heard here:

In the History of Rock in 1975 – Queen started recording “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Rockfield studios in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.

In 1979 – "Rock ‘n’ Roll High School" starring the Ramones (in their one and only movie appearance) premiered in theaters across North America. The film received generally positive reviews and has since become a cult classic.

And in 1995 – Microsoft's Windows 95 was released using a commercial featuring The Rolling Stones song "Start Me Up" (a reference to the Start button). Microsoft paid Mick Jagger and Keith Richards over 16 million dollars for the use of the song, which Microsoft critics were quick to point out, contains the lyrics "You make a grown man cry."


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