Anna’s Daily Rock News Blah

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

Tuesday, November 22nd:

-Billy Idol is helping fans get into the holiday spirit! The rocker is selling limited-edition holiday sweaters in his online store! At $95 each, you too could rock the cozy look while showing your love for Idol. Only 150 sweaters were made, so hopefully, you can get one before they sell out!

-John 5 is warming up for his first tour with Motley Crue. The new Crue guitarist shared a video of himself playing, “Girls, Girls, Girls” on social media yesterday.  He titled the post, “It’s Motley Monday.” John 5 will serve as Mick Mars’ replacement on tours from here on out. Mars is retiring from touring due to a chronic and inflammatory form of arthritis. 

-Director Tristan Holmes and the band Disturbed have collaborated to create an AI-generated music video for the song “Bad Man.” The song is from the group’s most recent album, Divisive, which was released on Friday. Frontman David Draiman said of the song, “It could be about any number of bad men or actors in the world that are currently wreaking havoc, but this particular song was inspired by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” See the video here.

Monday, November 21st:

-Pantera fans are getting their first glimpse at the band’s reunion lineup. Drummer Charlie Benante – who will be filling in for the late Vinnie Paul – shared a few photos from the band’s first rehearsal sessions – featuring guitarist Zakk Wylde and original members Rex Brown and Philip Anselmo. He wrote: “This is all about the Love for Vinnie and Dime, the fans and the music that these 4 created.” The band is spending two weeks rehearsing in New Orleans before heading south for their first shows, which take place in Mexico and South America in December. The Pantera ‘celebration’ still has not announced any U.S. tour dates.

-It seems like the only thing Journey likes more than playing music is suing each other. The latest intra-band lawsuit involves guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain – who Schon says concealed information about a Journey American Express card. The card belongs to Nomota, a company owned by Schon and Cain to handle Journey’s business dealings.  The suit claims Cain set up the Amex card “without Schon’s consent or knowledge, with only Cain as the account holder.” It’s not the only legal battle brewing between Journey members.  Ex-frontman Steve Perry is currently suing Schon and Cain over trademark registrations for 20 Journey songs. 

-With the band’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Nickelback’s goal of becoming “big rockstars” may finally be accomplished. According to a press release, the event will occur in March 2023. Their 2005 release of “All the Right Reasons,” their fifth studio album, contains many of their most recognizable songs, including “Rockstar” and “Photograph.” On Friday, November 18, “Get Rollin’,” their tenth studio album was released. The band’s successes include over 10 billion streams, 50 million albums sold globally, and 12 consecutive sold-out tours. In other news Chad Kroeger is giving props to James Hetfield.  In a new interview, Kroeger said Metallica’s Hetfield is his personal ‘Rock God.’ He explained, “He’s not only talented, amazing singer, songwriter, guitar player, but he’s also one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. So, that’s gotta be my choice.” 

-The Smashing Pumpkins performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Saturday as part of their “Spirits On Fire” tour. The band performed “Cherub Rock,” the lead single from their 1993 album Siamese Dream, during which Willow Smith unexpectedly joined them on stage. Willow played rhythm guitar with the band during the song, even though she did not actually sing during the performance. Billy Corgan, lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins, and Willow had a discussion back in October on his Thirty-Three podcast. She commended Corgan for setting an example for other male musicians by wearing a dress onstage in previous performances.

Friday, November 18th:

-Queen + Adam Lambert are hoping to tour again soon – but it could be their last ride. In an interview with Variety, guitarist Brian May said there’s a “strong possibility” of a U.S. tour sometime in 2023. He said “I’m not 35 anymore, and leaving home for two months is not easy. But we’d like to go out there one more time.”

-Disturbed frontman David Draiman is discussing touring. In a new interview, the singer was asked if he and his bandmates are planning to hit the road “pretty hard” in support of their upcoming album, “Divisive.” Draiman explained, “We’re planning on starting up in the spring. We’ve already announced a few shows here and there. We’re trying to finalize all of our plans. But Disturbed performances will be getting more and more infrequent. There will be a full U.S. run.”

-Believe it or not, it’s been 20 years since the debut of supergroup Audioslave. The band’s self-titled debut was released Nov. 18th, 2002 – featuring Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell joining Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk. The album was produced by the legendary Rick Rubin, and would go on to sell 3 million copies behind singles like “I Am The Highway” and “Like A Stone”.

-Funko is releasing a new set of Metallica figures. The company is dropping a Master Of Puppets four-pack featuring James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and the late Cliff Burton, inspired by the 1986 tour. The special set will be available later this month for $49.99 via Funko and Walmart exclusively. The company has also unveiled collaborations with AC/DC and Kiss, also both positioned on stages. 

-Roger Waters has reworked the Pink Floyd classic “Comfortably Numb” into a new, darker version.  The rocker released a new video for the tune, which you can check out HERE. The track, which was originally on Pink Floyd’s 1980 album, “The Wall,” was re-recorded by Waters as an opening for his current ‘This is Not A Drill’ tour. Waters says he pitched the tune a whole step down, in A Minor, to make it darker and arranged it with no solos.

Thursday, November 17th:

-Godsmack has shared the details about their new album. The band will release “Lighting Up the Sky” on February 24. It will be the band’s first full release since 2018’s “When Legends Rise.” “I like when a record takes you on a journey from front to back. I realized there’s a whole story here about one man’s journey, the ups, and downs,” frontman Sully Erna said in a press release. “I believe it’s a story everyone will connect to, on a human level, because we’ve all gone through things in life.” Godsmack has also released “You and I,” the lead track off of the upcoming album, which you can listen to online now.

-Your Funko collection is about to get more metal! New Funko Pop! figures have been announced as part of the brand’s Popapalooza event. Figures of Dio, Pantera, Iron Maiden, and Dee Snider from Twisted Sister will be in this new collection. The Pantera figures, of course, come in a four-pack. Check out all the figures over at Funko.com!

-Korn have released a new hot sauce called Hear to Slay to spice up your food! The band teamed up with the folks behind the popular Youtube series “Hot Ones” to create the sauce. “Here to Slay honors the abundance of produce grown in the Central Valley with the charred-sweet flavor of roasted corn and vibrant jalapeño and serrano peppers,” the release for the sauce reads. “Crafted by our friends at Heartbeat Hot Sauce, this sauce is a must-have for tacos, grilled shrimp, burgers, burritos and more.”

Wednesday, November 16th:

-Five Finger Death Punch hit pause on Monday night’s show in Columbus, OH to help a fan in need. After a concertgoer near the front began having a seizure, frontman Ivan Moody quieted the crowd, then retrieved what appeared to be a blanket or jacket from backstage. After the fan was helped off by medical staff, Moody thanked the crowd for their patience: “That’s what makes you one of the most amazing audiences of all time.”

-Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Tonight Show Takeover’ on Tuesday had him performing “Turn Back The Hands Of Time”. The song was originally recorded in 1970 by Tyrone Davis.  Bruce’s cover appears on his new soul covers album Only The Strong Survive. Springsteen will perform again on Wednesday night’s episode – and make another appearance on Thanksgiving night next week.