Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is currently recovering from surgery. But before you get all worried about the legendary axeman and his health, realize that he underwent a relatively minor and routine procedure — having laser eye surgery to correct his deteriorating vision. At 68 years of age, Richards, now also a best-selling author, had been dealing with his vision breaking down for quite some time now.
Steve Perry hasn’t issued any new music since 1998. However, the self-exiled former Journey frontman is putting the finishing touches on a studio at his Southern California home, which means he’ll soon record and rock fans will get to hear that powerful voice once again.
Indie pop singer Feist released an album called ‘Metals’ last October, but don’t let the title of the record fool ya. It wasn’t metal. At all. However, Feist — real name Leslie Feist – showed her metal mettle with her raging cover of Guns N’ Roses‘ classic power ballad ‘November Rain,’ which she and her band rattled off recently during a concert in Mexico City.
The Scorpions announced in 2010 that they would release ‘Sting in the Tail’ as their final album and then head off into the sunset with a farewell tour before retiring from active duty as rockers. But much like many rockers who release “goodbye” albums and embark on sayonara tours, the Scorps were not done stinging, so to speak.
The staff at the Roxy on Sunset in Hollywood, Calif., have revealed that the almighty Van Halen have been rehearsing at their establishment two to three times per week for the past two months. The employees have kept the news under wraps but couldn’t contain their excitement or the good news any longer. Talk about having a reason to run to work every day, to get there early and to stay late. It was like the members of VH were “co-workers!”
The Muppets are the latest celebrities — they are A-listers in the plush world, mind you – to appear in a Google TV ad. In their spot, Kermit & Co. hawk Google+ to the strains of ‘Under Pressure’ by Queen and David Bowie.
With the onslaught of rock bands marketing their own brands of libations, Billboard elected to examine several such beverages via a wine tasting panel at New York’s City Winery. They sipped, sampled and sounded off about 12 wines from the likes of AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Motorhead, Warrant, Ratt, Whitesnake and more.
With all the hoopla surrounding Van Halen‘s first album with David Lee Roth in over 20 years, our friends over at the Van Halen News Desk have dipped into the vaults and dragged out 15 photos of the young, hell-raising band making a visit to a record store — remember those?! — while on their first world tour in 1978.
Just a few weeks after releasing the approved images for the licensing of Hello Kitty-branded Kiss items, which marks a true cultural collision, a new batch of kute Kiss items have surfaced. Kiss Pandas are now available for purchase at Spencer’s and FYE retail locations. There are hardly any merchandise stones left unstocked by Kiss. But we have to admit, the Kiss Pandas are in fact adorable.
Metallica are offering up what can be considered a sonic Christmas gift for fans. A studio version of the previously unheard song ‘Hate Train’ from the ‘Death Magnetic’ sessions has popped up online, at the same time the band played it at the first of their recent 30th anniversary shows.
The reissue of the Who‘s rock opera ‘Quadrophenia’ has been guided by the careful hand and direction of guitarist Pete Townshend. The new version is remastered and features Townshend’s demos of each song, as well as extensive liner notes. In a pair of videos, the guitarist shares his methodology behind the reissue.
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