Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce recently gave some students a thrill when they stopped by Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 13 and spoke to students in a music class for an hour.
Michael Davis, bassist for the politically charged punk-rock pioneers MC5, passed away at the age of 68 on Friday as the result of liver failure. MC5′s influence in the hard-rock world stretches from their contemporaries the Stooges to future acts like Rage Against the Machine.
With all the controversy surrounding Bill Ward and his current exit from Black Sabbath‘s lineup, the drummer has penned an open letter to fans explaining that he has not declined to participate in the reunion, as has been widely reported. He goes onto say that he’s ‘hopeful’ that a solution can be reached and that he can rejoin the band.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl‘s acceptance speech at last Sunday’s Grammy Awards stirred up a lot of reaction — both positive and negative — when he seemed to deride electronic music in favor of using real instruments. However, in a new open letter, Grohl clarifies his speech by saying he is a fan of electronic music and that his words were misinterpreted.
Marilyn Manson has unveiled dates for a spring U.S. tour that will see the shock rocker and his band hitting intimate theaters and clubs. These gigs are being called the first set of dates, so there’s more to come.
Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach and Poison frontman Bret Michaels have written lengthy tributes to Whitney Houston upon the sudden news of her death today (Feb. 11). Both musicians expressed deep sadness at the news, and wrote about how they were touched personally by Houston and her music.
After much speculation and rumor, Killswitch Engage have re-enlisted their original frontman Jesse Leach as their singer following the recent departure of vocalist Howard Jones. The news was simply broken by a photo of the lineup on the band’s official website.
A week ago, we reported that Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante left the band’s tour to be with his terminally ill mother. Today, Benante informed fans that his mother passed away. The stickman wrote a tribute to his mom on his official website and also noted that he would return to Anthrax’s lineup for their New York City show on Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Riot guitarist Mark Reale passed away Wednesday (Jan. 25) at the age of 57 after being hospitalized for severe complications from his longtime battle with Crohn’s disease. Reale had suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage and was in a coma for the past two weeks.
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