Matthew Wilkening is the Editor in Chief of UltimateClassicRock.com and Diffuser.fm. He is determined to raise his children in a world without competitive singing television shows.
Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Responds to Super Bowl Miming Controversy
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has issued an open letter admitting that the band wasn't playing their instruments live during Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show, and explaining why they chose to accept the gig despite their views against pre-taped performances.
41 Years Ago: Kiss Perform Their First Concert
On Jan. 30, 1973, fewer than 10 people witnessed the first live performances by Kiss at the Popcorn Club (soon to be renamed the Coventry) in Queens, N.Y. According to bassist Gene Simmons, the group was paid $50 for performing two sets that evening.
Motley Crue Announce ‘The Final Tour’
Motley Crue have officially announced 'The Final Tour,' a 72-date farewell trek across the U.S. and Canada that will feature Alice Cooper as their special guest. The band is expected to spend the next two years circling the globe before hanging it up for good.
When an All-Star Grammy Finale With Lindsey Buckingham Got Cut Short by Ads
Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham joined two modern day rock bands for an abbreviated appearance at the 2014 Grammys.
Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath Win Rock, Metal Grammys
Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin each won an award at the Grammys' annual Pre-Telecast Ceremony this evening. Which is something that probably should have happened in 1974, but whatever we'll take it.
The Beatles Presented with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
The Beatles were presented with a long-overdue Lifetime Achievement Award at a special pre-Grammy Special Merit Award ceremony held on Saturday afternoon.
‘Community’ Uses Styx’s ‘Come Sail Away’ to Say Goodbye to a Cast Member
The NBC comedy 'Community' said goodbye to one of its cast members last night, and they used a new version of Styx's 1977 smash 'Come Sail Away' to send him off properly.
Motorhead Cancel Another Tour Due to Lemmy’s Health Issues
Motorhead have announced the cancellation of a European tour that was due to start Feb. 13 in Glasgow. This is just the latest in a series of setbacks caused by the well-documented health issues plaguing frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
Rush, Fleetwood Mac and Paul McCartney Lead Ultimate Classic Rock Awards
With two weeks of voting down and three still to go, Rush, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath and Paul McCartney have taken early leads in various categories of the 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards.
Former Toto Singer Dennis ‘Fergie’ Frederiksen Dies
Former Toto, Trillion and Le Roux singer Dennis 'Fergie' Frederiksen died today after a nearly four-year-long battle with cancer. Frederiksen sang on Toto's 1984 'Isolation' album, which featured the hit single 'Stranger in Town.'
New Music Releases – February 2014
For the year's shortest month, the new-music release list for February 2014 actually features a surprisingly respectable amount of audio and visual treats for classic-rock fans.
Bono Makes Out With Amy Poehler, U2 Wins Golden Globe Award
U2 won a trophy for Best Original Song last night at the Golden Globe Awards, but it's unlikely that's what lead singer Bono will remember when he looks back on the evening years later.