It was fitting that three members of Slipknot hit the stage to present an honor that’s new to the Revolver Golden Gods this year, and an equally fitting name for it — the Paul Gray Best Bassist Award. Gray was, after all, Slipknot’s bassist until his tragic death in May 2010 from a drug overdose, and a very skilled one at that. Bass players are often the unsung hero of the band, but nobody ever overlooked Gray — during his life or after his passing.
Are you ready for some fantasy football? Jerry Cantrell is best known as the scorching guitarist of Alice in Chains, but some fans also know him for one of his favorite hobbies: fanstasy football. For three years now, Cantrell has run the AIC & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League, which features fellow musicians, athletes and friends playing against each other to raise money for charity.
Pearl Jam celebrated a special anniversary in September when they rolled into Alpine Valley’s Music Theater in Wisconsin for their PJ20 festival, and now they have something special planned for needy children in the area. The band has pledged to donate $50,000 to Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that provides weekend meals for students who qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
When it was announced that Nickelback would perform during halftime of the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions NFL game on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, a group of ‘Back haters started an online petition seeking a different act for entertainment. It’s just the latest in a steady stream of disses directed at the band — yet despite all the Nickelback bashing that goes on, the band members’ feelings don’t seem hurt in the slightest.
The legendary rock ‘n’ roll festival Lollapalloza is headed to South America for the second time next spring, and Foo Fighters have signed on to headline. Lollapalooza will make its way to Santiago, Chile, from March 31-April 1, and will touch down for the first time ever in Brazil for a April 7-8 stint in Sao Paulo.
Foo Fighters hooked up with veteran rocker Joan Jett last night (Nov. 15) on the ‘Late Show With David Letterman,’ tearing through a raucous version of the title track from the rock goddess’ 1989 solo debut album, ‘Bad Reputation.’
Oh Courtney Love, how you never cease to entertain us. Hole hit the stage of the SWU festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend — and the widow of the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain used the high-profile gig as an opportunity to cause quite a scene. At one point during the show, she stripped off her top while performing and flashed the crowd, then later stormed offstage when a fan held up a picture of Cobain, dissing Foo Fighters frontman / former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in the process.
So you’ve listened to Mastodon’s albums, you’ve watched their videos and maybe you even own a ‘Crack the Skye’ T-shirt. But what can you expect if you’ve never actually seem them in their natural element, onstage under the lights, amps cranked and rocking out?
Slash is eyeing an April release for his next solo album, which he recently began recording at Barefoot Recording in Hollywood, Calif., with singer Myles Kennedy and the rest of the band that backed him on tour to promote his 2010 eponymous solo debut album
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