The one thing that’ll make the Van Halen reunion with David Lee Roth work and last beyond the band’s upcoming tour and new album is if the principals are having a good time. Well, judging from last night’s beyond intimate gig at Café Wha? in New York City, that won’t be a problem.
U.K. breakthrough band Bring Me the Horizon will soon be hard at work on their next album, which these deathcore haulers say is influenced by post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky and This Will Destroy You.
Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed went from playing the Whisky in Hollywood on Thursday nights to flying to clubs in private jets overnight when he joined the ranks of GN’R in 1990. Reed hooked up with the band when they were at their musical and cultural apex AKA the biggest, baddest band in the world. If Reed wanted a trial by fire, he got it. He recalled his early days in the band while the band was on its current U.S tour.
According to Blabbermouth, the former VR lead singer will perform with his ex mates for a good cause – the ‘Love You Madly: A Concert for John O’Brien’ benefit show, which is set to take place Thursday, Jan. 12, at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif. In addition, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello will appear on the bill along with Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and others.
Most of us celebrate New Year’s Eve with a few libations, some resolutions and many raised glasses. Red Hot Chili Peppers, on the other hand, will enjoy the copious benefits of being rock stars by performing at Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s New Year’s Eve Party. Abramovich’s year-ending (or year-starting, depending on your perspective) bashes are notorious and he plans to make this year better than the last.
Barry Clayton, the man behind the spoken word introduction to Iron Maiden‘s iconic song ‘The Number of the Beast,’ has died at the age of 80. Clayton was a quintessential part of Maiden lore, as his deep, booming voice is forever etched in the minds of headbangers, thanks to the way he spoke those famous, ominous words that start the song:
Don’t mess with James Hetfield when he’s on vacation and trying to ride a moped with his son. We already know that the Metallica frontman rocks, but now he throws ‘em, too! Hetfield and his family retreated to Punta del Este, Uruguay to celebrate the Christmas holiday and enjoy a little R&R. That didn’t stop the paparazzi in the country from tailing the frontman and that’s when things got a little heated. That’s also when the rock throwing came into play!
If there ever was a time when 140 character nature of tweets were a hindrance, it’s now. Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe used his Twitter feed to speak his mind quite vociferously and at great length about SOPA, which is the Stop Online Piracy Act. He made a lot of valid points and we give him credit for not getting frustrated at Twitter character limits to keep going! Because like a mad ‘n’ metallic Energizer bunny, that’s just what he did!
Metallica may have held four anniversary shows in San Francisco specifically for fan club members earlier this month, but the Four Horsemen are certainly doing their part to engage non fan club members by sharing bits and pieces of the shows. That way, the rest of their massive global fan base can feel a part of the fun. The band has now shared 30 minutes of video footage from the Dec. 9 show, the third of the the four gigs..
Dec. 28 marks the second anniversary of the death of Avenged Sevenfold drummer The Rev. The stickman, born James Sullivan, died at the age of 28, due to an accidental overdose of a mixture of prescription drugs. An enlarged heart was suggested as another thing that could have factored into the kit minder’s tragic and untimely death.
Disturbed are taking a well-publicized (and much deserved) break from making music and singer David Draiman plans to use his time off wisely by doing things like procreating. Well, he’ll be trying to, at least.
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