Anna’s Daily Rock News Blah

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Here’s a look at what’s going on in today’s rock news.

Friday, May 27th:

-The Rolling Stones have landed in Spain ahead of next week’s 60th anniversary tour of Europe. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood appeared to be in good spirits after taking a private jet to Madrid on Friday. The Stones’ ‘Sixty’ tour will kick off Wednesday, June 1st at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid, with 14 shows in ten different countries through the end of July.

-Bring Me The Horizon kicked off their ‘Malta Weekender’ event with a surprise new song. The band dropped a new tune titled “Strangers” during Thursday’s DJ set.  It will likely be included on the band’s upcoming Post Human Part Two record. The Malta Weekender is a four-day event featuring live sets from not only BMTH, but Ice Nine Kills, Static Dress, Spiritbox, and Bullet For My Valentine.

-Def Leppard’s new album Diamond Star Halos officially dropped today – and it’s getting rave reviews. Louder Sound hailed it as the band’s “best album in 30 years”. Metal Talk calls it “an eclectic triumph from one of music’s finest institutions”. Ultimate Classic Rock wrote: “Def Leppard have effectively made a tribute record to themselves”. Even Def Leppard’s own Joe Elliot is a believer – earlier this month he called it a “career-defining” album. Next up for Def Leppard?  The long-awaited Stadium Tour with Motley Crue, Poison, and Joan Jett – which kicks off June 16th in Atlanta.

– The childhood home of Lynyrd Skynyrd founders Ronnie and Johnny Van Zant is up for sale in their hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. The ‘Van Zant House’ was also the home of their brother Donnie Van Zant of the band .38 Special. In recent years, the home has been featured on tours and available as an Airbnb vacation home.   The 9-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom property is listed at $629,000.

Thursday, May 26th:

-Alan White, drummer for the band Yes, has died. He was 72. White spent 50 years as Yes’s drummer, beginning with the album “Close to the Edge.” White had recently struggled with health issues, causing him to sit out Yes’s anniversary tour for “Close to the Edge.” Gigi, White’s wife, shared a statement on Facebook saying, “Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world; band mate to a select few, and gentleman and friend to all who met him.” Yes will dedicate their upcoming U.K. tour to White.

-May 26 marks the 55th anniversary of The Beatles’ epic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. The Fab Four’s eighth album features the songs “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “A Day in the Life,” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Considered to be the first concept album, “Sgt. Pepper’s…” would go on to win four Grammy awards, including Album of the Year. What is your favorite song from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?”

-Judas Priest is back at it with their new album. Frontman Rob Halford recently shared in an interview that the band is continuing in the recording process of the album. We’ve stopped kicking the tires and now we’re in tracking,”  Halford said to ABC Audio. This next album will be Judas Priest’s follow-up to 2018’s “Firepower.”

-With TikTok becoming more of a resource in the music industry, some artists are feeling burdened by the social media app. This includes Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park, who recently tweeted, “I’m tired of hearing musicians be told they’re not investing enough energy in social media content. Every artist I talk to right now has this feeling. They say they’re spending way too much time making little videos to support their careers, but wish they could spend more time making and playing music.” Shinoda’s frustrations come after Halsey shared that her label would not let her release new music without going viral on TikTok.

-Happy 74th birthday to the legendary Stevie Nicks. Nicks was born May 26th, 1948 in Phoenix, Arizona.  She released her first album – with then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham – in 1973, and the duo joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975. Nicks has been nominated for a Grammy Award fourteen times – six times with Fleetwood Mac and eight times as a solo artist. She’s also the only woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Nicks remains as busy as ever in her mid-70’s, headlining festivals across the U.S. this summer and fall.

-ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons has played thousands of guitar solos over the band’s 50-plus-year history.  But which ones are his all-time faves? Gibbons points to three solos as his personal favorites: “La Grange”, “Tush”, and “Just Got Paid”.  ZZ Top’s upcoming live album, RAW, will be dedicated to the “righteous memory” of late bassist Dusty Hill.

Wednesday, May 25th:

– Members of Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, and other music industry vets are launching a ‘Shark Tank’-like opportunity for artists. Blink’s Mark Hoppus, FOB’s Pete Wentz, Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman, and others will be part of Verswire, billed as an “artist development incubator”. Hoppus says Verswire will “build a new way for bands and artists to create music for communities” while still retaining ownership of their work. Verswire already has its first signing – the alt-rock band Beauty School Dropout, which dropped its first single this week.

-Ever wonder how Aerosmith got its name?  Drummer Joey Kramer says in high school he was inspired by the Harry Nilsson album Aerial Ballet, and “started kicking around this word ‘aerial’, and it eventually came into ‘aero’ and then they settled on Aerosmith. This week, Aerosmith was forced to cancel its summer shows after lead singer Steven Tyler entered rehab following a drug relapse. In an official statement released Tuesday, Aerosmith said the 74-year-old singer relapsed after undergoing recent surgery, and “voluntarily entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health and recovery”.

-Neil Schon has big plans for Journey’s upcoming 50th anniversary – including a possible tour with Carlos Santana. Schon told Ultimate Classic Rock that he’s spoken with Santana and his management about a tour of Europe and South America sometime next year. Journey is also planning another 40+-date tour with Toto in 2023.

-A Chicago TV producer has unearthed video footage of the first ever TV appearance by Smashing Pumpkins – years before they became a household name. The band appeared on a local cable access show called The Pulse in 1988, after sending in a demo tape for the show’s ‘Basement Jam’ segment. Producer Lou Hinkhouse says even in 1988 “we knew there were on to something”. The full performance has been uploaded to YouTube with restored video and sound.

Tuesday, May 24th:

-Another day, another fan getting to go on stage at a Limp Bizkit show. This time, the fan was a child who got to sing “Break Stuff” with frontman Fred Durst in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sunday. The little guy held his own, too, dancing around the stage and getting to say those bad words you wouldn’t hear on the radio. The future rockstar ended the song with Durst holding his hand up in the air.

-The Boss is hitting the road with the E Street Band.  Bruce Springsteen announced today that they will begin an arena tour in February in the United States, followed by stadium shows beginning in April in Europe.  Springsteen said, “After six years, I’m looking forward to seeing our great and loyal fans next year.”  It will be the first time the band has toured since 2017.

-Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale has responded to a recent analysis of her voice from The Darkness singer Justin Hawkins. Hawkins gave Hale’s voice praise on his YouTube channel Justin Hawkins Rides Again and shared his video about it on social media. Hale responded to the share, writing,  “Thank you so much, Justin. That means the world, coming from you!”

Monday, May 23rd:

-The estate of Vinnie Paul will be auctioning off hundreds of the late Pantera drummer’s personal belongings. The lot includes more than 700 “collectibles, mementos, and personal items” – including drum kits, guitars, awards – along with an impressive collection of sports memorabilia from his beloved Dallas teams. Paul, brother of Pantera guitarist ‘Dimebag’ Darrell, died of heart issues in 2018 at the age of 54. The auction will run from May 26th through June 5th.

-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has a new Beatles exhibit inspired by the documentary Get Back. Titled Get Back to Let it Be, it features instruments, outfits, lyric sheets, and other items seen in Peter Jackson’s docuseries. The Hall is also hosting ‘Beatles Fridays’ throughout the summer – with live Beatles covers, a Beatles Game Show, and Beatles-themed goodies in the cafe.

-Mick Jagger is still going strong at age 78 – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In an interview with London’s Sunday Times, Jagger admitted that “Rock’n’roll, or any kind of pop music honestly, isn’t supposed to be done when you’re in your 70’s”. So how does Jagger keep in shape?  “I do dancing, gym, every day of the week.  I don’t enjoy it very much, but it has to be done”. He also brings a cardiologist with him on tour. The Stones will launch a European tour on June 1st.

-The next musical project for Bono and The Edge?  It’s not a new U2 album, but a movie soundtrack. The duo are working on new music for North Star, a biopic about Irish film director Jim Sheridan. Recently Bono and The Edge traveled to Ukraine to perform a special acoustic set in a subway tunnel being used as a bomb shelter.

-The guitar played by Kurt Cobain for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video has sold for $4.5 million at auction. The 1969 Fender Mustang Competition Lake Placid blue finish electric guitar was snatched up by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. Part of the proceeds will go toward mental health awareness. Cobain died by suicide in 1994. In his final interview with Guitar World, Cobain said the left-handed Fender Mustang guitar was his favorite.