Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith wasn’t able to head out with the band for its fall “Road Test” tour due to his commitments to his “other” band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so Kenny Aronoff manned the kit in his absence. The ‘Foot did test runs of material from the recently released album ‘III’ and Smith was there in spirit. He kept in touch with his mates the entire time and may have even watched some footage from the shows on YouTube.
The Muppets‘ fruitful association with classic rock continues. In this viral video, the oft put-upon but always gentlemanly lab assistant know Beaker offers his acoustic and meep–filled rendition of ‘Dust in the Wind’ by Kansas to an online audience. He certainly puts his own unique stamp on the tune.
If you’ve read (and believe) the now-legendary stories in the book ‘Hammer of the Gods,’ then you’d think that life as Led Zeppelin‘s roadie would have been a decadent, hedonistic existence. However, the band’s former roadie Henry “The Horse” Smith recently recalled his early days as the band’s road manager to Backpage, but chose to adopt the “what happens on the road, stays on the road” philosophy when discussing those times.
Scientists working at Boston’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the funding help of hometown hero and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, are working on a special, almost magical gel that replicates the activity of a human vocal cord. It will be able to help the damaged voices of singers and, more importantly, cancer patients! The Who vocalist Roger Daltrey is also partly funding the endeavor.
Not even the Metal God is immune to lawsuits. Judas Priest‘s leather clad vocalist Rob Halford is being sued by his longtime personal manager John Baxter. Baxter is suing Halford, other members of Priest and the band’s management team. It’s a legal clusterf— if there ever was one.
Jeff Beck and Robert Plant have reportedly discussed working together on a musical project of unknown shape and size. It would certainly be a case of legend partnering with legend, if it does indeed happen.
It must suck to be Axl Rose right now. The Guns N’ Roses singer, who granted VH1 Classic’s ‘That Metal Show’ host Eddie Trunk an hour long interview on Sunday morning (Oct. 30) at the ass crack of dawn, is reportedly suffering from both bronchitis and Montezuma’s Revenge. Yikes!
James Gang drummer and founder Jimmy Fox recently recalled how he first linked up with guitarist Joe Walsh in an on-air interview with WCNX. Fox gave the guitarist his start in the power trio, so he effectively discovered Walsh in terms of a national audience.
Mwuhahahaha! Alice Cooper is returning to the big screen! The shock rock legend will play himself in a small cameo role for Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows,’ the forthcoming big screen version of the cult classic TV show.
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