Can’t wait for this summer’s massive Black Sabbath reunion? Looks like you’re going to have to wait even longer. Sabbath’s previously announced comeback European trek has been put on hold as Tony Iommi continues to battle lymphoma, with only one date — a June 10 appearance at the U.K.’s Download Festival — going ahead as scheduled. For the rest of the announced tour dates, singer Ozzy Osbourne will now be joined by a selection of “special guests” with a band billed as Ozzy & Friends.
Last month in our preview of the third installment of ‘Kiss Meets Archie,’ Archie had been turned into a zombie and it was up to Kiss to save the day. Which, of course, they did! This time around, it looks like Kiss are the ones in trouble — will they be OK?
Jeff Beck was the classic rocker up for perhaps the most prestigious award at the 2012 Grammy Awards, but modern rockers Foo Fighters took home the trophy. The Foo Fighters album ‘Wasting Light’ beat out Beck’s ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul’ to win the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.
Paul McCartney hasn’t won over many people with the title of his latest album, ‘Kisses on the Bottom’ — especially not Brad Paisley. The country superstar went so far as to take to his Twitter account on Wednesday to send out a series of screeds against the name. “It’s only February, but Sir Paul is an absolute lock for worst album title of the year,” he wrote in one note. “Actually, maybe all time.”
Metallica have something big scheduled for Tuesday (Feb. 7) at 11 AM PT (2 PM ET), although what it is exactly is totally up in the air. The metal mavens have posted a 34-second teaser video featuring footage of fans cheering at a concert, with the phrase “You’ve seen them at festivals across the world” flashed across the screen
Motley Crue kicked off their much-hyped residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas last night, two months after announcing it during an appearance on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan Tonight.’ Sin City was so excited that yesterday was declared “Motley Crue Day” there, while fans likely from around the globe flooded into town for the kickoff of the stand, which will cover a dozen dates through Feb. 19.
Whatever happened to Gerald Bostock? That’s the question Jethro Tull‘s Ian Anderson looks to answer on April 2 with the release of ‘Thick as a Brick 2,’ the follow-up to Tull’s landmark 1972 album. Bostock was the fictional child author of the lyrics and now, 40 years later, a grown up Bostock returns as the lyricist on the new album. As a post on the Tull website reads: “Boy to man and beyond, it looks at what might have befallen the child poet Gerald Bostock in later life. Or, perhaps, any of us.”
Former Mountain guitarist Leslie West heroically rolled onto the stage of New York’s BB King Blues Club Tuesday night (Jan. 31) to perform in public for the first time since he was forced to have his lower right leg amputated as a result of diabetes complications.
The Rolling Stones have issued the second concert from the Rolling Stones Archives, an official online portal to ”listen to unheard music, view unseen photographs and films, and look at rare merchandise” that the band created late last year. The latest offering, which was posted online today (Jan. 31), is ‘Hampton Coliseum: Live 1981,’ a digital-only collection that documents the band’s Dec. 18, 1981, concert at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va.
When Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1999, he entered as a solo artist and without any members of his long-running backing cohorts, the E Street Band. It wasn’t really considered much of a slight at the time — the Boss, after all, certainly deserves to be in there on his own.
But more than a dozen of years have now passed without the band joining the hallowed and frequently controversial Hall, and some fans are beginning to wonder if they’ll ever make it — and if Bruce should’ve turned down the honor until E Street was at his side.
Former Pink Floyd rocker Roger Waters has already announced a bunch of dates for his ‘The Wall’ North American summer trek, which is scheduled to kick off May 1 in Houston and run through a July 14 gig in Philadelphia. But one show that has not yet been revealed is a much-rumored stop at Boston’s Fenway Park, where ‘The Wall’ would fit in quite nicely next to the ballpark’s famed 37-foot-tall wall in left field known as the Green Monster. It almost seems like destiny that ‘The Wall’ would be performed next to the wall.
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