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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rock News for Wednesday 6th October, 2010


PHILADELPHIA-Rocktober 5, 2010- Rock producer and historian Denny Somach today announced the establishment of the Classic Rock Society of America. The organization will be devoted to the preservation, promotion and celebration of classic rock music by the artists, musicians, producers and fans of the most popular musical category of the past fifty years.

Somach is a recognized expert on Classic Rock and considered one of the architect’s of the Classic Rock radio format, which has become dominant in broadcasting and attracts millions of listeners. He has produced over 7500 hours of classic rock programming and maintains one of the largest archives of audio, video and data related to the topic. Somach has also authored numerous articles and books on the subject and appeared as an authority on shows including Today, Larry King , CBS Early Show, Dateline NBC, CNN, CNBC, MTV and others.

“The appeal of classic rock artists like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Doors, Moody Blues, Yes, Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull, Aerosmith, Styx, Deep Purple, Queen, the Allman Brothers and many, many others has never been more popular,” said Somach. “Classic rock has become cross-generational and is the most popular rock music format not just in the US and Canada, but around the world.”

The Classic Rock Society of America (CRSA) is an organization where people from all over the world can experience and commemorate their favorite music. Many colleges and universities have classes about this music and it is being taught everywhere. The CRSA will act as a resource center for students and teachers, enabling them to further enhance their study of classic rock.

CRSA was inspired by the UK’s Classic Rock Society, with a membership of thousands, and Classic Rock magazine, a publisher, recording label and music promoter. Both organizations are dedicated to the growth of all classic rock music. The UK’s Classic Rock Magazine presents a number of live shows, including the recent High Voltage Festival, which featured ZZ Top, Foreigner, Asia, Bachman-Turner, Uriah Heep, Argent and a reformed Emerson, Lake and Palmer to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Rick Wakeman is the honorary Chairman of the U.K. Classic Rock Society. “When I contacted him about the Classic Rock Society of America we were launching, he immediately lent his support and thought it was about time something like this was established in America.” Subsequently the other founding board members including John Wetton of Asia and Dave Cousins of the Strawbs have publically announced their support.

" have also spoken to over fifty musicians, producers and managers who are more than happy to not only lend their name but become actively involved in the Classic Rock Society of America,” stated Somach.

The Classic Rock Society of America will debut as an interactive web site and its own radio channel. It will also include marketing and promotion entities. The virtual society will eventually have a physical location where musicians and fans can visit and enjoy the many facets of the musical genre. Somach said, “We have already been contacted by a couple of municipal development organizations about locating a facility in their communities.”

More details will be announced in the New Year and further information can be obtained by contacting

Denny Somach is the founder of Denny Somach Productions, which maintains one of the largest archives of Classic Rock content. DSP also has a long history of creating some of the most memorable programs in rock for NBC, ABC, CBS, Westwood One, MJI, USA Network, Turner Broadcasting, and MTV and produced the award winning Beatles radio program, Scott Muni’s Ticket to Ride. Currently DSP produces the syndicated Get the Led Out for United Stations.

Contact: Classic Rock Society of North America
Denny Somach

Van Halen May Tour in 2011

According to Rolling Stone magazine and posted at Van Halen will return to the road in 2011 — or so says Live Nation Ticketmaster chairman Irving Azoff, in a meeting with analysts meant to show that the outlook for next year’s concert circuit will brighten. Van Halen, with David Lee Roth, last toured together in June 2008. Talking to USA Today, Azoff, who is also Van Halen’s manager, named Van Halen, Christina Aguilera, Fleetwood Mac and the cast of Glee as some of the artists that are expected to pack stadium and arenas when they embark on tours next year. Van Halen’s 2008 tour grossed $93 million for Live Nation.
The Rolling Stone story piece is here:

Status Quo “Live in the Netherlands – Official Bootleg”

Status Quo are recording their massive sold-out show at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on Tuesday, October 19th for a new live Limited Edition Double CD. The show will be mixed live and fans will be able to purchase the Double CDs in the HMH foyer within MINUTES of the end of the gig.

The Limited Edition Double CD is also available from our partners at Live and Pure via mail order or as a digital download. All pre-orders will be shipped within 7 days of the show.

Order the Double CD from:
Order the Digital Download from:
Official site:

Black Country Communion debuts well in the charts!

The band Black Country Communion featuring Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian, have just had their debut album released and it appears to have kicked off pretty well in both the UK and US album charts.
It entered the UK Rock chart at number 1 and the official UK Top 40 album chart at number 13.
In the US Billboard charts it entered the Billboard 200 at 53 and the Rock Album chart at number 18.
Not too shabby then eh?!
Official band website: 

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