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, August 10th:

– Aerosmith is set to return to the stage in September – and Steven Tyler is excited to get back in the saddle. This week, Tyler posted on Facebook “NOT TO TOOT MY OWN HORN… GET READY TO BE BLOWN AWAY!!! SEE YOU REAL SOON BANGOR, BOSTON, AND SIN CITY!!!” Aerosmith had to cancel their summer tour dates after Tyler checked into rehab in May. The band will play Bangor, ME on Sept. 4th, Boston’s Fenway Park on Sept. 8th, then resume their ‘Deuces are Wild’ Las Vegas residency from Sept. 14 through Dec. 11th.

-Scorpions have dropped another new single, the hard-rocking “Hammersmith”. The song is a tribute to the Hammersmith Odeon, a legendary London concert venue. Frontman Klaus Meine says the track “takes us back to a time when we played in the smallest clubs, just dreaming about being able to perform in the Temple of Rock the Hammersmith Odeon”. The song originally appeared as a bonus track on the UK version of their latest album, Rock Believer.

-Some fans who planned to see Rage Against the Machine at the Reading festival in the UK are demanding their money back.  The band confirmed yesterday that they would not be appearing at the event as they cancelled their 2022 European tour dates, citing medical advice. They explained, “Per medical guidance, Zack de la Rocha has been advised that the August and September 2022 UK and European leg of the Rage Against The Machine tour cannot proceed. It is with great disappointment that we announce this cancellation.”

-Footage of Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson reuniting for a South Park 25th anniversary concert is making the rounds.  The mini-reunion happened in Denver Wednesday and fan filmed footage has been shared online. The Canadian rockers joined Primus and South Park co-creator Matt Stone on stage at Red Rocks to play “Closer To The Heart.”  It was the first time Lee and Lifeson performed together since the 2020 passing of Neil Peart.

Thursday, August 9th:

-Tommy Lee shared a little something with fans who may have skipped out on watching a certain video. The Mötley Crüe drummer shared a full-frontal bathroom picture on his Instagram account early Thursday. Lee captioned the photo, “Ooooopppsss,” which may indicate that it was not an actual accident. The photo was eventually taken down, but Lee not-so-subtly followed up with a post of an elephant looking at a naked man. 

-Alice in Chains is finally back to playing live shows! The band kicked off their North American tour on Wednesday night with its first concert in three years. Bassist Mike Inez shared the excitement of playing in an Instagram post following the show, writing, “Awesome first show after 3 years. Felt good to make some noise.” If you want to see how things went yourself, you can check out fan-shot footage on Youtube. Alice in Chains will be touring with Bush and Breaking Benjamin until October 8.

-The Rolling Stones’ legendary 1972 “Exile On Main St.” has topped a new “Top 10 Double Albums” list by Ultimate Classic Rock. Following the Stones at Number two is the Beatles’ groundbreaking 1968 double set, universally known as the “White Album.” Bob Dylan’s 1966 seventh album, “Blonde On Blonde,” came in at number three.  “Electric Ladyland” by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton’s “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” rounded out the top five.  See the full list at Ultimateclassicrock.com.

-Slash says there will never be a Guns N’ Roses biopic. While promoting the horror film, “The Breach,” which he scored, Slash was asked about a possible Guns movie.  He responded, “Collectively we’re sort of just not interested.” He went on to explain, “Rock n’ roll movies suffer from being just super, super corny and unrealistic. There’s very few really good rock n’ roll movies. I don’t see it happening.” Guns N’ Roses kicks off their South American tour on September 1st, in Brazil. 

-Ozzy Osbourne is sharing some insight into his ongoing issue with his spine. The Black Sabbath frontman had spinal surgery in June following years of complications. Osbourne suffered nerve damage and injury to his back after a quad bike accident at his estate in 2003. A fall in 2019 aggravated the damage further, which led to chronic pain and discomfort. He was then diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2020. Ozzy’s most recent surgery was more of a success, but he explained, “Never have I been laid up so bad for so long. It’s been breaking Sharon’s heart to see me like this but I will get back on tour if it kills me. But I am getting better.”

Wednesday, August 8th:

-NFL football is already a Thanksgiving tradition – now the league wants to extend it to Black Friday as well. According to reports, the league is planning to add a Black Friday game to the schedule in 2023. The game would be broadcast by Amazon, which is taking over Thursday Night Football this year. Do you like the idea of a Black Friday NFL game? 

-Chicago’s Riot Fest is a little more than a month away – and the music won’t stop after the main stage closes down. Organizers just unveiled the aftershow schedule for ‘Riot Fest Late Night’, with band’s performing late-night gigs all across the city. Bands include Riot Fest artists like Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World, The Get Up Kids, Charly Bliss, and Jawbox. The 2022 Riot Fest will take place Sept. 16-18 at Douglass Park, featuring My Chemical Romance, Nine Inch Nails, and Misfits.

-Lzzy Hale is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Halestorm’s first-ever live performance. This week, Hale posted a handful of throwback photos from 1997, when 14-year-old Lzzy and her younger brother Arejay performed at the Schuylkill County Talent Show. She says they chose the name ‘Halestorm’ on the way to the gig and won a third-place trophy with their original song “Love Is Power”. Hale wrote: “On the ride home and all throughout our family dinner that night. Lil bro and I planned our mission. 8/9/97 changed our lives forever. And so began our now 25 year journey.”

-Thirteen minutes of a tape featuring a 14-year-old Roger Daltrey entertaining his friends has been unearthed. One of Daltrey’s friends recorded the performance on a homemade reel-to-reel recorder, and his son recently posted it on TheWho.com message board and YouTube. Daltrey can be seen on acoustic guitar playing the Platters’ “The Great Pretender,” the Everly Brothers’ “Bird Dog,” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” and Buddy Holly’s “Think It Over.” 

-Drowning Pool has a new album on the way. “Strike a Nerve,” will be out on September 30. The album’s lead single, “Mind Right,” was written in honor of late Pantera members Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. Guitarist CJ Pierce said in a statement. “This song was written not long after Vinnie Paul died, as a tribute of sorts to him and Dime and a way for us to to honor the impact Pantera had on our local Dallas scene. It’s probably the heaviest song we’ve recorded.” “Strike a Nerve” will be the band’s first full studio record since 2016.

-Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening is doing a 16-date North American fall tour. Bonham’s band will hit the road again on October 8th and tour through December 11th. Bonham launched the band, which was originally known and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, over a decade ago.  He says the band is currently prepared to tackle any piece of music Zeppelin ever recorded, explaining, “I don’t steer clear of anything.  I just always find that you’ve got to represent every album for it to really work.”

Tuesday, August 7th:

-There was a mini Black Sabbath reunion at the closing ceremony for Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games. Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi teamed up to perform a couple of Black Sabbath songs, including “Paranoid” and “Iron Man.” Osbourne and Iommi last played together in 2017 at Black Sabbath’s final show.

-Jon Bon Jovi is trying to get Notre Dame psyched up.  The rocker paid a visit to football training camp Sunday and spoke to the team for several minutes after practice.  Bon Jovi reportedly talked about living in the moment and not taking things for granted.  He also told the players to thank their parents.  The singer is also the father of former Irish walk-on defensive back Jesse Bongiovi.

-Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes and Mat Nicholls are not only musicians, they’re athletes too. The pair recently completed a triathlon to raise money for a Ukrainian LGBTQ+ charity. The singer and drummer exceeded their monetary goal for UKRAINEPRIDE, which supports the LGBTQ+ community in the war-torn country. Sykes posted a picture of himself sprawled out on the grass with the caption, “We did it!” Nicholls also posted, “Had a great time today doing this. All for a good cause. Thanks to everyone that donated, me and Ol are dead chuffed to have smashed the target we set for the fundraising.”

-Kelly Osbourne and her parents Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne were seen out and about at a hotel in London. Kelly, 37, is awaiting her first child. The mother-to-be revealed on social media three months ago that she and her boyfriend Sid Wilson, 45, are expecting. Kelly revealed she desired to be a mother prior to becoming pregnant, but she added that she thought her prior battles with drug and alcohol addiction “robbed” her of that experience. She celebrated her one-year sobriety anniversary in May and is now looking ahead to the future.

Monday, August 6th:

-You might not think Five Finger Death Punch and Queen don’t have much in common – but guitarist Zoltan Bathory disagrees. In a new interview with Metal Hammer, Bathory says the two bands share a knack for experimenting beyond their ‘signature sound’: “You can’t categorize Queen, and that’s the place you want to be, because you can do anything”. Bathory added “Those guys didn’t give a s***, they wrote whatever the hell they felt like writing”. Five Finger Death Punch are set to release the new album Afterlife on August 19th.

-The Eagles legend Joe Walsh is doing a guest residency on CBS-TV’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week.  Walsh will sit in with Jon Batiste’s house band for the shows. Walsh and The Eagles will then resume their Hotel California tour on September 9 in Toronto. Walsh also recently announced details for his VetsAid 2022! concert event, which will feature a James Gang reunion with guest Dave Grohl, and performances by Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys, and The Breeders.

-Slipknot is sharing a new song.  In a new interview, frontman Corey Taylor said the tune, “Yen,” is one of his favorites.  He explained, “It’s such a great, cool departure for us because there are very Slipknot elements to it, but then some of the music is touching our inner Tom Waits in weird ways, you know? It’s cool, but then there’s almost a Type O Negative approach to it.” The band’s upcoming seventh record, ‘The End, So Far,’ will be out on September 30.

-Foreigner bassist Jeff Pilson says the band has new music on the way.  In a new interview, Pilson said he couldn’t really offer details but went on to say,  “But yes, there is new music on the chopping block and it is good.”  Foreigner are currently touring North America.

-According to Ultimate Classic Rock, a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers recently thanked Flea, the bassist for the band, on Twitter for the opportunity to speak with frontman Anthony Kiedis during a concert. Luke noted that the feedback he received suggested that it was uncommon for Kiedis to interact with concertgoers, which made “the meeting with him and flea way more special.”  Flea replied to the tweet saying, “It’s because you all generated a kind and gentle light, and you didn’t ask for a picture. We are always down to talk and chat, asking for a photo ruins it instantly.” The bassist further explained that there is nothing wrong with asking for pictures, but it ruins the opportunity to have a real conversation because it feels like a transaction.