Here’s a look at what’s going on in today’s rock news.
Friday, January 27th:
-Fall Out Boy is teasing something big. The band took to social media yesterday to confirm that there’s more “big news coming soon.” They also posted a video pointing to some big stadium dates at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, New York’s Forest Hills Stadium, Fenway Park in Boston, and the BMO Stadium in Los Angeles. Fall Out Boy’s new album, “So Much (For) Stardust” is due out on March 24.
-Figure Megadeth’s iconic skullhead mascot Vic Rattlehead is finally getting the Funko Pop! treatment. The company has announced a new figure based on Vic’s look from the Rust In Peace album cover. He’ll fit right on the shelf next to your Funkos of Iron Maiden’s Eddie, Motorhead’s Snaggletooth, the Misfits Fiend, and Metallica’s Lady Justice.
-Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott has teamed up with Ghost for a new version of “Spillways”. The track first appeared on Ghost’s album Impera – which Elliott called “my favorite rock album of 2022”. He says Ghost frontman Tobias Forge is “a bit of a fan of Def Leppard, so I guess it was inevitable we’d both found out about each other!” The new version was released Thursday, with a lyric video available on YouTube.
-Twisted Sister fans are posting videos on YouTube of the band’s first performance in six years. The band reunited for a three-song performance last night at the Metal Hall Of Fame charity gala at The Canyon club in Agoura Hills, California. The three surviving members of the band’s classic lineup, Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, and Mark Mendoza were joined by drummer Mike Portnoy for renditions of “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Under The Blade” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Guitarist Eddie Ojeda couldn’t make the event because he has COVID-19.
Thursday, January 26th:
-Joe Walsh has done a lot of good with his annual VetsAid shows. November’s VetsAid show raised $650 thousand in grants for Ohio veterans! The sixth-annual show featured Walsh and the James Gang performing, along with special guests Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails, The Black Keys, The Breeders and the OSU Marching Band. In sharing this news, Walsh also stated: “VetsAid is a traveling circus that we aim to share with as many military communities across the country as possible so it is with great excitement that I can announce VetsAid 2023 is coming to ‘America’s Finest City’ this November 12th!”
-Earlier in the week, Incubus announced that bassist Ben Kenney would miss some shows to recover from a medical procedure. Kenney himself eventually confirmed the procedure on his Instagram account. Kenney shared a photo of his head shaved and a scar around his ear with the caption, “Unfortunately last year I found out I had a brain tumor. As soon as I got home from tour I had a successful operation to have it removed. This year I am taking some time away from touring & social media to recover.” In his absence, Tal Wilkenfeld, will be filling in for him on bass. Wilkenfeld is an Australian bassist and guitarist, whose resume has included stints with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Prince, Mick Jagger and Herbie Hancock.
-Sammy Hagar says remasters from his time with Van Halen are coming soon. In a recent thread on social media, a fan mentioned he would like to see “OU812” and “5150” remastered. Hagar responded to the comment writing, “All that is coming soon. They started with the live album. It’s coming out first and then they’re going to remaster everything.” Fans followed up with more questions but Sammy left them hanging.
-The Doors documentary ‘When You’re Strange’ is coming to TV. The flick will get its AXS TV network premiere on Wednesday, February 1st at 8 p.m. The film uncovers historic and previously unseen footage of the band and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of their music and legacy. It’s also narrated by Johnny Depp, who said, “As a rock n’ roll documentary, or any kind of documentary for that matter, it simply doesn’t get any better than this.”
-Mick Jagger has a new harmonica line. The Rolling Stones frontman has teamed up with harmonica company Lee Oskar for the harmonicas. The harmonicas all feature Jagger’s name and come in a Jagger-branded custom case. They sell for a little over $60 and are now available for preorder at mickjagger.whynowmusic.com.
Wednesday, January 25th:
-Assault charges against Tool drummer Danny Carey have been dropped. Prosecutors in Kansas City have opted against going forward with the case, they announced Wednesday. No reason was given for the change of heart. Carey was arrested at Kansas City International Airport in December 2021 after he “intentionally inflicted injury when he allegedly yelled a homophobic slur at the victim … while jabbing the man with two fingers,” according to his arrest report. So far, he hasn’t commented on the decision to drop the charges.
-ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons will be heading to Europe for a solo tour later this year. This week, Gibbons announced ‘The Big One, Part 1′ tour, with 20 shows in 12 countries in June and July. He’ll be joined by former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Austin Hanks.
-Shinedown will be hitting the road this spring with Three Days Grace and From Ashes to New. The ‘Revolutions Live Tour’ kicks off April 3rd in Saginaw, MI and the closest show to us is in Milwaukee, WI on April 29th at Fiserv Forum. Tickets for all dates go on sale this Friday, Jan. 27th.
-Metallica is hosting a ‘worldwide listening party’ for its upcoming album 72 Seasons. The global premiere will be held April 13th – one day before the album’s release – in movie theaters around the world. The full album will be played in surround sound, along with a music video for each song and special commentary from the band. Tickets will go on sale March 2nd and can be purchased online at Metallica.film.
-Two days after Pantera was removed from two German rock festivals, the Foo Fighters have been announced as their replacement. Dave Grohl & company will headline Rock Am Ring on June 2nd and Rock Im Park on June 4th. The Pantera reunion was pulled from the festival lineup on Monday over allegations of white supremacist behavior by singer Philip Anselmo – allegations Anselmo called ‘ridiculous’.
Tuesday, January 24th:
-Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are going to be immortalized with statues in their hometown of Dartford, in Kent, England. The statues will be created by sculptor Amy Goodman and will be erected near the Dartford Railway Station where the two childhood friends decided to form a musical partnership in 1961. Jagger said he is “honored and delighted with the news.”
-Pantera’s appearances at two rock festivals in Germany are being cancelled following outcry over singer Philip Anselmo’s previous ‘racist’ remarks. The reformed band, featuring surviving members Anselmo and Rex Brown, was scheduled to appear at Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, two simultaneous rock festivals, which will take place June 2-4 in Nürburgring and Nürnberg, respectively. But after intensive discussions with artists, partners and fans, the festival promoters decided to remove the band from the bill. Most of the backlash stemmed over the fact that Anselmo made a Nazi-style salute when he performed at the January 2016 “Dimebash” event at the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood.
-Motley Crue is starting rehearsals this week for their first shows with new touring guitarist John 5. The former Rob Zombie guitar player is replacing founding guitarist Mick Mars, who announced last October he would no longer tour because of his struggles with a degenerative joint disease. Bassist Nikki Sixx wrote on Instagram, “42 years and I still get excited about the first day of band rehearsal. Here we go….” John 5 later commented on Nikki’s post, writing: “I’m more excited can’t wait buddy.”
Monday, January 23rd:
-U2 has kept going strong for 40 years without breaking up – at least not in public. But Bono says the band has split up plenty of times, only to get back together in the end. He made that revelation on the SmartLess podcast. U2’s next project will be Songs of Surrender, a collection of “reimagined and re-recorded” songs spanning the band’s long career. It will be out March 17th.
-Kansas Announce 50th Anniversary Tour The just-announced ‘Another Fork In The Road’ 50th Anniversary tour kicks off June 2nd in Pittsburgh, PA and runs all the way through Jan. 28th, 2024 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For this tour there are shows at The Chicago Theatre on July 15th and St. Louis July 29th at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 27th. There is also a previously announced date in Decatur, on May 19th at the Devon for the Kansas Classics tour.
-Stevie Nicks just announced a slate of solo tour dates to go along with her already-busy summer schedule. The tour kicks off March 15th in Seattle and wraps up June 27th in Louisville, KY. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 27th. She stops in Chicago on June 23rd at the United Center. In addition to her solo tour, Nicks will be headlining several summer festivals and co-headlining a stadium tour with Billy Joel.
-Nickelback will be hitting the road this summer on the just-announced ‘Get Rollin” North American tour. The massive 38-date tour will kick off June 12th in Quebec City, Quebec and wrap up August 30th in Belmont Park, NY. There is the previously announced Tailgate N Tallboys appearance on June 17th in Bloomington. They’ll also perform at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis on Aug. 3rd and in Chicago on Aug. 18th. Country stars Brantley Gilbert and Josh Ross will join the tour as supporting acts. The band announced the tour with a video where the band members make their best attempt at sounding like a ‘movie trailer voice guy’. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 27th.
-Queen is bringing back its YouTube series The Greatest Live for a second season. The series assembles live concerts, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and more spanning the band’s 50-year career. The first episode of the new season went live Friday, taking you inside Queen’s rehearsal process. A total of 50 episodes are planned for season 2.
-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan might have just spilled the beans about an upcoming festival appearance. McKagan was discussing his summer plans during his SiriusXM show Three Chords & the Truth when he casually mentioned “Glastonbury is gonna be iconic”. That would suggest, of course, that GN’R has been booked for this year’s Glastonbury Festival – which so far has announced only one act, Elton John. In fact, GN’R themselves have announced only one tour date so far in 2023 – June 30th at London’s BST festival.
-The music world is paying tribute to the late, great David Crosby, who died this week at the age of 81. Here’s what his former CSN bandmates Graham Nash and Stephen Stills had to say: Nash: “I know people tend to focus on how volatile our relationship has been at times, but what has always mattered to David and me more than anything was the pure joy of the music we created together, the sound we discovered with one another, and the deep friendship we shared over all these many long years… David was fearless in life and in music”. Stills: “David and I butted heads a lot over time, but they were mostly glancing blows, yet still left us numb skulls.. I was happy to be at peace with him. He was without question a giant of a musician, and his harmonic sensibilities were nothing short of genius.”
-At long last, the Pantera reunion/celebration has announced a full-blown U.S. tour. The band will hit the road with Lamb of God on a 19-date tour, kicking off July 28th in Burgettstown, PA and wrapping up Sept. 15th in Bristow, VA. The tour is booked around Pantera’s already-scheduled festival dates, as well as their dates supporting Metallica on the M72 tour. Tickets go on sale next Friday, Jan. 27th. The Pantera reunion includes original members Philip Anselmo and Rex Brown, with Zakk Wylde and Charlie Benante filling in for late brothers Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul. It launched last month with a string of dates in Mexico and South America, and will tour Europe in the spring. Catch them in St. Louis on November 3rd at The Dome At America’s Center and in Chicago on August 9th of 2024 at Solider Field.
– The campaign to get Ozzy Osbourne a knighthood is moving along. The organizer of the petition recently received a letter from the government confirming that he is under consideration for the accolade. Ozzy missed out on a knighthood on the latest list, so about 35,000 people signed the petition calling for Ozzy to receive the honor.