11/29/21 Rock News

— Queen’s Brian May says his recent comments about trans people were twisted. While at ITV’s Palooza event in London, the guitarist said for Queen to be successful today the band would be “forced to have people of different colors and different sexes and a trans person.” After receiving massive backlash, May took to his Instagram to claim he was “ambushed” and “stitched up” by a journalist to appear “unfriendly to trans people,” adding, “nothing could be further from the truth.” He goes on to thank those who defended him against what he called “predatory Press hacks” and sorry if anyone was offended by his statements.

— Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is settling a case of accidental plagiarism after recording a song he forgot he hadn’t written. Buckingham released “Swan Song” on his recent solo album. The demo for the song had been given to him over 20 years ago, and in that time he forgot he hadn’t written it. The song had actually been written by musicians Jordon Zadorozny and Brad Laner. As soon as Buckingham became aware of this, he agreed to pay the writers and add their names to the song’s credits. The original authors don’t appear to be out of shape about the mistake though. Zadorozny told Spin he’s grateful to Lindsey for rediscovering the song and that there’s no other artist’s album he’d rather have his music on.

— Deep Purple’s Steve Morse is sharing the hate he received for his Ozzy Osbourne covers released on Living Loud’s self-titled 2004 LP. The guitarist told Classic Rock the band was trying out different things with songs, but he didn’t anticipate the reaction it would get. He goes on to say the “floodgates of Hell opened,” adding, “some people absolutely lost their minds, and we received all manner of abuse.” However, he says the experience prepared him for future criticisms, including the backlash he received for Purple’s new covers album “Turning to Crime.”

— Veteran Australian group Midnight Oil say their upcoming tour for their new album, “Resist,” will be their last. The band is releasing the album early next year, with their final tour following shortly after in Australia and New Zealand between late January and early May. While the band says it will be sad to do their last tour, they hope their upcoming album, and its focus on the climate crisis, can leave people inspired and charged up.

— Rod Stewart says he had to be locked in a hotel room to write songs in the 70s. In a recent interview with on Apple Music 1’s Time Crisis, the British singer said, “The Faces used to lock me in a Holiday Inn room; used give me a bottle of wine, a tape recorder and bit of paper and they’d locked the door until I got the lyrics, because I was lazy,” adding, “there was too much shagging and drinking to do.” However, Stewart says since those days he’s come to enjoy the writing process and now loves it.