Here’s a look at what’s going on in today’s rock news.
Friday January 14th:
-Slash Drops New Song With Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators. “Call Off The Dogs” is a rocker that will appear on the band’s upcoming album ‘4’, due out Feb. 11th. The band will kick off a 28-city U.S. tour next month, starting Feb. 8th in Portland, Oregon.
-Lindsey Buckingham says balancing Fleetwood Mac and a solo career was like walking a ‘schizophrenic tightrope’. In an interview with Classic Rock magazine, Buckingham said being in Fleetwood Mac post-Rumours left him torn between the commercial demands of his band and his creative demands as a solo artist. He said: “I had this sort of schizophrenic tightrope thing I was walking between the big machine and the small machine.” These days, Buckingham is no longer in Fleetwood Mac – he was booted from the band in 2018 – and released a new self-titled solo album last September.
-Jack White just released a new song from his upcoming album. The former White Stripes frontman released the mellow, acoustic “Love Is Selfish” on Friday, along with a music video that finds him performing at a mostly empty American Legion hall. The song will appear on White’s upcoming album Entering Heaven Alive, due out July 22nd. It’s the second of *two* new albums White has planned for 2022 – Fear of the Dawn will be out April 8th.
-Eddie Vedder has confirmed a star-studded roster of special guests on his upcoming solo album, Earthling. The list includes Elton John on the track, “Picture.” Plus, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, and Vedder’s own father, the late Edward Severson, Jr. featured on other songs. Earthling is set to be released on February 11. Vedder is scheduled to start a short North American tour right before that on February 3 in New York.
– Spencer Elden, a.k.a. the baby from the ‘Nevermind cover, is once again coming after Nirvana. After missing the deadline to respond to the band’s request for dismissal, Elden has filed a suit for “damages arising out of each Defendant’s violations during the ten years preceding the filing of this action and since, of federal child pornography and commercial child exploitation statutes.” Elden is seeking $150 thousand from each defendant, which includes Nirvana, Universal Music Group, and photographer Kirk Weddle. The claim of sex trafficking was removed from this new suit and only focuses on the last 10 years.
Thursday January 13th:
-Wendy’s Roasts Lamb of God, Underoath on ‘National Roast Day’. Wendy’s tweeted to drop “Roast me” in the comments and Lamb of God took the bait. The burger chain’s response to the band? “My dad really dug your stuff.” They also got Underoath into the fun saying to the band, “New stuff sounds like my little brother trying to cuss for the first time.”
-Korn are sharing new music from their upcoming album! The band released “Forgotten” from their upcoming album ‘Requiem.’ “Forgotten” is the first new song Korn has shared since they released “Start the Healing” in November. Go check out “Forgotten” on their Youtube channel and on streaming services and be ready for ‘Requiem’ to be released in full on February 4.
-David Draiman says Disturbed wants to be more aggressive on their next record. In a new interview, the singer discussed writing their upcoming album and explained, “The material is somewhere between ‘The Sickness’ and ‘Ten Thousand Fists’ as far as where I would identify it as sonically. It’s meat-and-potatoes Disturbed.”
-Sevendust Announces Anniversary Tour Sevendust is celebrating the 21st birthday of their 2001 album Animosity. The band announced today that they will kick off a full album performance tour in March. Tetrarch and Dead Poet Society will open.
Wednesday January 12:
-He’s Back: Sammy Hagar Returning To Las Vegas Residency. After doing six dates at The STRAT Theater this past fall, Hagar has announced more dates coming up in February and March. The new round of shows is scheduled for February 9,11,12, and March 23,25,26. “The Sammy Hagar and Friends” concert promises surprise guests as well. Artists who made special appearances last year included The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Rick Springfield, and Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy. Tickets for the February and March shows go on sale today (Wednesday).
-Ghost and Volbeat will be hitting the road together later this month – and they’re kicking things off by recording a pair of Metallica covers. The bands are releasing a special 7″ single, featuring Ghost’s cover of “Enter Sandman” and Volbeat’s version of “Don’t Tread On Me”. Both recordings appeared on last year’s The Metallica Blacklist album. If you want to get your hands on one, you’ll need to catch the bands on tour and show up early – only 115 copies will be available at each tour stop, on a first-come, first-served basis. All proceeds from the single will be donated to Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.
-The Foo Fighters have dropped the first full trailer for their upcoming horror-comedy movie Studio 666. The movie follows the band recording an album in a haunted and possibly demonic recording studio. It was filmed at the actual house and studio where the Foos made their most recent album, Medicine at Midnight – a process that Dave Grohl swears was haunted by actual ghosts. The trailer features cameos from Lionel Ritchie, Whitney Cummings, and Jeff Garlin. Studio 666 will be out Feb. 25th.
Tuesday January 11th:
-9 Bands Turning 50 This Year! Time certainly flies in the world of rock! Believe it or not, several rock bands are turning 50 in 2022! These include Van Halen, Twisted Sister, ABBA, the Jam, Styx, the E Street Band, Ace, Magnum, and XTC.
-Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium + In Flames Announce 2022 Tour! Their 23-date “Metal Tour of the Year” will be kicking off in Las Vegas in April! “The Metal Tour of The Year is exactly what it sounds like – a night of some of the best heavy metal bands in the world – live and loud,” Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine said in a statement. Tickets for the “Metal Tour of the Year” go on sale this Friday, January 14. Guess what rock fans, there is a show in Peoria at the Civic Center on May 7th.
-30 Years Ago: Nirvana Perform on ‘SNL’ as ‘Nevermind’ Hits No. 1 On January 11, 1992. The band’s first-ever performance on the show included “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Terrestrial Pissings,” which led to some famous destruction on stage. The same day 30 years ago also marked ‘Nevermind’ knocking Michael Jackson’s ‘Dangerous’ off of the top of album charts.
-Here’s the Full Setlist from Tool’s First Show in Almost Two Years. The band kicked off a tour that was originally planned much sooner in support of their 2019 album ‘Fear Inoculum.’ The full setlist for the Eugene, Oregon show was: 1. Fear Inoculum 2. Opiate (extended version) 3. The Pot 4. Pushit (First time since 2014, album version) 5. Pneuma 6. The Grudge 7. Right In Two (First time since 2011) 8. Hooker With A Penis (First time since 2014) 9. Descending Intermission 10. Chocolate Chip Trip 11. Eon Blue Apocalypse 12. The Patient 13. Invincible Outro Tool’s next show will be happening Tuesday night (tonight) in Tacoma, Washington and they will play the Taxslayer Center in Moline on St. Patrick’s Day.
Monday January 10th:
-Judas Priest’s next tour will featuring a streamlined four-piece lineup. The band announced on Monday that guitarist Andy Sneap – who has been filling in for Glenn Tipton since 2018 – would be stepping back from the road to focus on studio production. It will be the first time since 1974 Priest has toured as a quartet. Tipton had to quit touring in 2018 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but is still part of the band and will appear on the next album, along with Sneap.
-Green Day have released another cryptic video teasing something. The video includes Billie Joe Armstrong strumming a guitar, and footage from their recent London trip. And just like the teaser vid they posted right before Christmas, it includes the year ‘1972’. 1972, by the way, happens to be the year all three members of Green Day were born. While in London, the band recorded at the legendary RAK Studios, so most likely the tease has to do with some new music.
-Back in 2001, Dave Grohl wrote a song for Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy’s guitarist, Zakk Wylde, was not a fan. Not a fan, meaning he said, “If I ever run into Dave Grohl, I’m gonna kick his f***in’ ass, because I think he sucks, and he wrote this cheese-d**k song for Ozzy that I have to f***in’ play on, and I’ll never forgive him for that …” Talking with Classic Rock Magazine, Wylde said that he made his remarks before he met Grohl. “We had a chuckle about it after I met him,” said Wylde and added “Dave’s an amazing musician. I love him.”