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, July 1st:

-It’s always great to hear about famous people leaving huge tips – and it’s even better when not-so-famous people do the same. Earlier this week, when the ‘Stadium Tour’ rolled into Charlotte, NC, the entire touring crew for Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard headed to local bar Connolly’s On Fifth. The group included more than 85 people who stayed until the wee hours – but they took care of the staffers, leaving a $1,000 tip along with free tickets to that week’s show at Bank of America Stadium.

-Bad Wolves have dropped a new song from their upcoming EP. The band shared “The Body” on Friday, along with an official lyric video. Drummer John Boecklin says the track “sounds like nothing we have ever done before” – describing it as “a mix of Faith No More with a dash of Daft Punk”. Bad Wolves will be hitting the road later this month for a second leg of the ‘Rockzilla’ tour with Papa Roach, Hollywood Undead, and Falling In Reverse.

-Remember when General Motors used Bob Seger’s “Like a Rock” to sell Chevy pickups?  Turns out that wasn’t Seger’s first stint with the company. Before his music career took off, Seger – a native of Dearborn, Michigan – briefly worked at a GM plant as a conveyor loader. Seger says he initially turned down GM’s offer to license “Like a Rock” – until he got a request from a fan who worked at an auto plant.

-Red Hot Chili Peppers are dealing with an illness.  The band called off their live performance in Glasgow tonight due to the unspecified illness.  A statement posted on social media said the band loves Scotland and is deeply disappointed to postpone the gig.  They also said they are working to reschedule the concert but no specific date was listed. The nature of the illness was also not disclosed.

-Poison frontman Bret Michaels is sick.  The band was forced to cancel its appearance at last night”’s The Stadium Tour” concert in Nashville, Tennessee.  Michael’s bandmates went out on stage and announced to the audience at Nissan Stadium that he had to be hospitalized “because of an allergic reaction to medication.” Metal Sludge previously reported that Michaels had tested positive for COVID-19 and cited that for the reason for the cancellation.

-Live music streaming service nugs.net is sharing a Bruce Springsteen Live Archive Series.  The series was previously only available for purchase as downloads or CDs.  The Springsteen collection spans almost five decades and to stream the Bruce Springsteen Live Archive Series, you’ll need a membership to nugs.net. 

-REO Speedwagon singer, Kevin Cronin is ready to tour.  In a new video from AXS TV, Cronin talked about the band’s upcoming trek.  REO is touring with Styx and Loverboy this summer, they stop in Moline at the TaxSlayer Center on September 6th.  Cronin says the bands are “best buddies in rock” and expects it to be a “lovefest backstage.”  He also talked about how the band has a whole new set of fans since their music was used in an episode of Ozark.  

-Pink Floyd fans will be able to hear the classic album Animals like they never have before. The band’s much-discussed but seldomly-heard 2018 remix of Animals will finally drop on September 16th, Warner Music has announced. It will mark the first time the album has been available in 5.1 Surround Sound. A deluxe edition — which will include a 32-page book and vinyl, CD, Blu-ray and DVD versions of the album — will follow on October 4th, per the label. When it was originally released in 1977, Animals climbed the charts to reach number two in the U.K. and number three in the United States.

Thursday, June 30th:

-Looks like some fans of The Eagles decided to “Take it to the Limit” instead of taking it easy. A fight broke at the band’s June 26th show at London’s Hyde Park while “Take it Easy” was being performed. Many men and at least one woman were escorted out of the Diamond VIP section at the show. There’s access to a bunch of bars in that VIP section, so we can probably guess how this all started.

– Rob Zombie’s adaptation of “The Munsters” is going to feature another original cast member.  Zombie announced today that Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in the original, will now play “Tin Can Man” in the new movie. Zombie also shared photos on Instagram of both the Tin Can Man and a behind-the-scenes photo of Zombie and Patrick on set.

-David Bowie is getting the Barbie treatment.  The Barbie Signature Collection released its second, limited-edition Barbie as Bowie doll yesterday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ album. The doll is wearing a replica of Bowie’s iconic powder-blue suit worn in the “Life on Mars?” music video and the outfit is completed with a foil-printed pinstripe shirt, polka-dot statement tie, and brown platform shoes. The doll also has bright red hair and bold blue eye shadow. The David Bowie Barbie retails for $50 and is available at major retailers such like Amazon, Walmart and Target.

-One of the most unique performances from Metallica’s long career is now available as an official download. The four-song acoustic set is from a 2014 charity show paying tribute to Ozzy Osbourne. The setlist includes covers of Ozzy’s “Diary of a Madman”, Rare Earth’s “I Just Want To Celebrate”, Deep Purple’s “When A Blind Man Cries”, and the Beatles’ “In My Life”. The full set can be purchased at Metallica’s online store – with all proceeds going to the MusiCares MAP Fund.

Wednesday, June 29th:

– Looks like Tommy Lee’s broken ribs are all healed up. During Tuesday night’s ‘Stadium Tour’ stop in Charlotte, Lee manned the drum set for Crüe’s entire 15-song set – something he hasn’t been able to do since the tour launched earlier this month. Lee broke four ribs shortly before the tour launched, and had been playing on just a few songs before handing off drum duties to Tommy Clufetos. The Stadium Tour – featuring Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison, and Joan Jett – rolls into St. Louis and Chicago next week.

-ZZ Top is sharing a live version of “Heard It on the X.”  The tune is a preview of the band’s upcoming live album, “Raw,” which is due out July 22.  The album was recorded in conjunction with the band’s 2019 documentary, “That Little Ol’ Band from Texas.”  “Heard It on the X” originally appeared on ZZ Top’s fourth album, 1975’s Fandango!, which also included the classic hit “Tush.”

Tuesday, June 28th:

-Pearl Jam fans are getting a new edition of the album “Gigaton.” The band is releasing a new tour edition of the 2020 album. The new edition will include the original album, plus 11 live versions of of tracks. “Gigaton (Tour Edition” will be available on streaming services on July 8 and for sale in independent record stores as an LP/CD combo. Member of Pearl Jam’s “Ten Club?” You can get just the CD version of the album online!

-Rolling Stones Launch 60 Collection to mark the 60th anniversary of the band.  The line is called SIXTY and it centers around an interpretation of the original and iconic tongue and lips logo.  The collection features t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, keychains and tote bags. Check it all out at carnaby.therollingstonesshop.co.uk website.

-Def Leppard is releasing their multi-platinum 1992 album “Adrenalize” and 1999’s “Euphoria” on vinyl.  It’s the first time ‘Euphoria’ will be available on vinyl outside of 2019’s The Collection: Volume 2 box set.   Both will be out on August 5th.

-Tool Releasing Fear Inoculum On Vinyl nearly three years after the album’s release.   The project can be pre-ordered at Store.Toolband.com and is expected to ship on August 2.  It will cost you $64.98. The record was originally released as a CD package featuring a four-inch HD rechargeable video screen, a USB charging cable, a two watt speaker and a 36 page book. 

-The Rolling Stones are remembering their friend and drummer Charlie Watts in a new documentary series. Watts, died last year at the age of 80.  The new four-part documentary series on EPIX, “My Life As A Rolling Stone” will look at Watts’ “particular” personality and his unique on-tour habits. A Mick Jagger film will air first, with Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards episodes following and the Charlie Watts part completing the series . The episodes will be premiere on August 7.

Monday, June 27th:

-Five Finger Death Punch bassist Chris Kael is calling out Billie Joe from Green Day. Kael tweeted “No one cares about anything enough to pack up and move out of the country. It’s easy to say onstage, on TV and on social media; but, when’s the last time you actually packed your bags for anything longer than a brief vacation and a quick return home?”. Kael was calling out Green Day frontman Billie Joe, who declared on Friday that he was “renouncing my citizenship” and moving to the UK, following the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

-From rock’n’roll to bluegrass to folk, Robert Plant has done it all. The former Led Zeppelin singer talked about his love of rockabilly in the latest episode of his Digging Deep podcast. Plant talked about going to a local rockabilly club in London, where he was a huge fan of the music, the fashion, and the “purity” of the scene. He also revealed that he’s got a stack of never-before-heard rockabilly songs – part of a massive archive of unreleased music that he’s told his family to put out “when I kick the bucket”.

-Hollywood and rock & roll joined forces over the weekend.  Tom Cruise was spotted at the Rolling Stones gig in London’s Hyde Park yesterday.  Cruise seemed to go unrecognized by many of his fellow music lovers at the show.  The actor was with filmmakers Chris and Heather McQuarrie.

-According to Gavin Rossdale, we should be hearing new music from Bush soon! Rossdale recently shared in an interview that a new single from the band will be arriving this summer. “It’s imminent, we’ll have a single. New single this summer. And then the [full] record whenever it makes sense.” Bush’s last album, “The Kingdom,” was released in 2020.

-Dave Grohl Returns to Concert Stage. Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury performance on Saturday was extra special thanks to “a little help” from some friends. Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl each showed up to help Sir Paul during the set. This marked Grohl’s return to stage since the death of his Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins in March. Grohl helped McCartney with “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Band on the Run,” while Springsteen was brought out for a version of his song “Glory Days.” Grohl’s next confirmed performances will be tribute shows for Hawkins scheduled in September.