Here’s a look at what’s going on in today’s rock news.
Tuesday, October 4th:
-Billy Idol himself is considered a rock god by many. So, who does the man himself consider to be a rock god? “My rock god is Marc Bolan,” Idol said in a recent interview with Raised on Rock. Apparently, Bolan put his foot down when a TV producer refused to have the band on his own show and made sure that Generation X got to perform. Idol added, “Marc said, ‘Well if they’re not on it, I’m not, dude.’ Then he said, ‘They can use my guitar; we can make this happen.’ So, we actually ended up playing live on that show.”
-It’s unlikely we’ll ever get a proper tribute show for Eddie Van Halen. According to his son, Wolfgang, Van Halen is just too “dysfunctional” to plan anything. Wolfgang performed Van Halen-centered sets at both tribute shows for late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and told Classic Rock, “I feel a lot of closure because my part of the show was a tribute to my father.” “So, my playing at the Taylor shows delivered that catharsis without the stresses of dealing with the Van Halen camp, and the players involved,” Wolfgang added. “Their camp is very dysfunctional – everyone! – hell, it was difficult to make plans even when the band was active…I feel that I’ve said my piece, and if the Taylor concerts are all that happens then I’m happy with that.”
-Rush is sharing pro-shoot footage of their performance at the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert in Los Angeles. The September 27th show at The Kia Forum included the band playing their 2112 Part I: Overture, which was introduced by Jack Black and featured Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl behind the kit. They also played “Working Man,” with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith on drums, and “YYZ,” featuring Tool drummer Danny Carey. Rush shared the “Working Man” performance on social media and wrote, “For the first time since August 1st, 2015 we returned to the stage at the LA Forum, scene of the very last performance with our lost brother Neil.”
-Killers frontman Brandon Flowers says the band was “sweating bullets” as Bruce Springsteen joined them on stage in New York. The Boss and Jake Clemons, saxophonist for the E Street Band, hopped on stage at the world-famous Madison Square Garden over the weekend. They did The Boss’ classics ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Badlands,’ and Flowers told the crowd, “Me and my friends have all been sweating bullets up here all night, because the Boss is here.”
Monday, October 3rd:
-Smashing Pumpkins brought something new to the opening night of their ‘Spirits On Fire’ tour with Jane’s Addiction. The band opened the Dallas show with the newly-released “Empires” from their upcoming album ATUM. They also debuted two brand new songs, “Neophyte” and “Harmageddon”, as well as a cover of the Talking Heads classic “Once In A Lifetime”. The band will make two more stops in Texas this week, playing Houston on Monday and Austin on Wednesday before moving on to Tampa, Florida on Friday.
-U2 frontman Bono will be hitting the road on a book tour to promote his upcoming memoir Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story. The 14-city tour will include U.S. stops in New York, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, San Francisco, and L.A., as well as Toronto and several cities in Europe and the UK. Surrender: 40 Songs, One Story reflects on Bono’s early life, his journey with U2, and decades of activism and charity work. It will be out Nov. 1st.
-A Ferrari, previously owned by Eric Clapton, is going up for auction. The 2003 Ferrari 360 Modena comes with a Rosso Red exterior and the original five-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels. It has tan leather upholstery with the factory option leather roof lining, an upgraded sound system with Becker CD changer, electric windows and door mirrors, and air conditioning. The car is one of only 352 rear-wheel-drive manual cars ever built. It can reach 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph. The current owner has had it since May 2015. It’s available for auction at Car & Classic.
-Iron Maiden is releasing a commemorative triple black vinyl album in honor of the 40th Anniversary of their third album, “The Number Of The Beast.” The album was the first to feature Bruce Dickinson on vocals and it catapulted the band to international stardom. Included in the new vinyl package is “Beast Over Hammersmith,” featuring the live concert from March 1982’s now legendary Hammersmith Odeon London show from the Beast On The Road World Tour.
-Godsmack frontman Sully Erna is explaining what happened to the band’s previously announced plan to release “a full-length rock record” as well as “a really cool vibey acoustic album or EP.” Erna explained, “A couple of years back, we were a little bit more ambitious maybe, talking about doing two records. And then the reality sinks in when you’re doing the record and you realize that these things take a long time to do. And what we wanted to focus on was quality and not quantity.” The band does have a new album coming out called, “Lighting Up The Sky.” It is expected in February.
-Judas Priest will begin the latest leg of their “50 Heavy Metal Years” Tour on October 13, and it looks like they have another significant anniversary. The heavy metal legends will “reference” their major commercial breakthrough album Screaming For Vengeance in the tracks they will perform on stage for their upcoming fall tour.
Friday, September 30th:
-John Mellencamp announces a massive 76-date North American tour next year. The singer announced his ‘Live and In Person 2023’ tour during a special performance Thursday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. The tour begins and ends in Mellencamp’s home state – kicking off Feb. 5th in Bloomington, Indiana and wrapping up June 24th in South Bend, Indiana. Tickets go on sale to the general public next Friday, Oct. 7th. He’ll be in Peoria on April 19th.
-Rammstein are waging a legal battle with one of the world’s largest ticket reselling platforms. The band has slapped a restraining order on Viagogo, banning the company from reselling tickets to its upcoming tour. An attorney for Rammstein said that fans “often do not realize that they are not buying their tickets from the organizer but on the secondary ticket market”. Rammstein will launch a massive European tour starting in May 2023.
-The wait is over for Slipknot’s seventh studio album The End, So Far. The record was released on Friday, Sept. 30th – and will be their final album for longtime record label Roadrunner. Slipknot is on tour with their ‘Knotfest Roadshow’ through Oct. 7th, then heads to Mexico and South America in December.
-Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart has a new mask. The Flyers tweeted some photos of Hart’s new lid, which features Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and the band’s late drummer Taylor Hawkins. The Flyers starter is apparently a big rock guy and also has a mask that features AC/DC’s Angus Young and Brian Johnson. Expect to see Hart and his new mask when the Flyers open their season at home against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 13.
Thursday, September 29th:
-A new album is coming from Bruce Springsteen, but don’t expect new music. The next album from The Boss will be full of covers of soul songs! “Only the Strong Survive” will feature 15 covers of soul and R&B songs made popular by the likes of The Commodores, Aretha Franklin, and The Supremes. “Only the Strong Survive” will be out on November 11. Along with news, Springsteen has shared a new single! His cover of Frank Wilson’s “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do).”
-James Hetfield is in the cigar business. The Metallica guitarist and vocalist has partnered with cigarmaker Jonathan Drew and Blackened distiller Rob Dietrich on a new cigar brand called Blackened Cigars “M81” by Drew Estate. The all-maduro, handmade cigars will come in four sizes, and will start shipping to retailers in December. They will also be handed out at Cigar Aficionado’s Big Smoke Las Vegas, November 11 and 12.
-Corey Taylor is sharing the details of a special livestream event next month. Taylor will be at the Palladium in London for the “Half Sold-Out” show, which will be available to stream around the world as it happens on October 17. Proceeds from the stream will go to The Taylor Foundation, a charity initiative that Corey set up to support military veterans living with PTSD. The show will be livestreamed on Drift at 9pm BST and then rebroadcast at 9pm EDT and 9pm PDT, before being made available on-demand for 48 hours at 11:30pm PDT.
-California metal burger restaurant Grill ‘Em All is teaming up with Ozzy for a special burger. The half-pound Ozzy Osbourne burger is topped with house made chimichurri, garlic aioli, blue cheese, onion frizzle and field greens, all served on a black bun. The burger will make its debut Saturday, and as an added bonus, fans can catch a glimpse of a 25-foot inflatable Ozzy, which has been on a nationwide tour. Grill ‘Em All was launched in 2009 and offers an array of gourmet burgers with themes directly influenced by heavy metal music and pop culture. The Grill ‘Em All food truck was also the first-ever winner of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.”
Wednesday, September 28th:
-Godsmack have returned with a new single, “Surrender”. Frontman Sully Erna calls it “a very cut-and-dry song” about “the exhaustion we can all feel in relationships at times from the redundancy of fighting with each other.” It’s the first new music from Godsmack since 2018. Erna has hinted that the band’s upcoming album could be their last.
-Here are some of the highlights from Tuesday’s Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert in Los Angeles:
The show opened with Dave Grohl’s daughter Violet performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Def Leppard teamed with Miley Cyrus for “Photograph”. Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx performed “Live Wire” and “Home Sweet Home”. Alanis Morissette – who toured with Hawkins before he joined Foo Fighters – performed her signature hit “You Oughta Know” with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Sebastian Bach, Geezer Butler, and Lars Ulrich covered the Black Sabbath classics “Supernaut” and “War Pigs”. Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron joined with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and singer Taylor Momsen for covers of “Black Hole Sun” and “The Day I Tried to Live”. Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor performed Queen’s “Somebody To Love” with Pink. Taylor’s son Shane Hawkins joined the Foo Fighters to play “My Hero” and “I’ll Stick Around”. The most unusual cover of the night? Dave Chappelle joining the Foo Fighters for a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”.
-Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme is getting in the holiday spirit. The singer is releasing his 7” holiday record, which features his cover of “Silent Night”. The other track is a cover of “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas” with his wife and Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle. The records will drop on October 14th.
-Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix says the band always has an ear to the underground. In a new interview, Shaddix explained, “We’re looking for what’s new, what’s poppin’. I think that’s part of the fun of music, is discovering new stuff. How do we, I guess, carry the torch for rock and roll? That’s our goal.”