Anna’s Daily Rock News Blah

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

Friday, August 5th:

-Nikki Sixx is fed up with other musicians dropping Motley Crue’s name for clout.  The bassist took to Twitter this week to write, “Whenever other musicians start to slag us I usually look them up and realize they are in the middle of trying to sell a book, music, tour, or something to YOU using my or our name. Things that make you go hmmmmm!!”  Sixx’s frustration is most likely in reference to Hanoi Rock’s guitarist Andy McCoy, who said Nikki Sixx’s books are “full of lies” in a recent interview.  Hanoi Rocks is releasing a 40th-anniversary reissue of their second album “Oriental Beat.” 

-In other Motley Crue news, the band is on the theme song to an upcoming horror film.  “21 Bullets” was written by Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, along with his Sixx: A.M. bandmate, James Michael. The song is the theme to the upcoming horror film The Retaliators. The flick also features guest appearances by several other rock bands, including members of Asking Alexandria, Ice Nine Kills and From Ashes to New. Crue drummer Tommy Lee plays a strip club DJ in the film, and Papa Roach vocalist Jacoby Shaddix, and Five Finger Death Punch members Ivan Moody, Zoltan Bathory and Chris Kael, are also in the cast.

-Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan is talking about the band’s upcoming eighth studio album.  In a new interview, Donegan was asked if he agrees with singer David Draiman’s recent comment that the band’s new LP is “about 90 percent heavy as f**k.” He explained, “[There is] some heavier stuff, definitely — some bigger riffs and heaviness to the album. There’s definitely some of those moments to where there’s some good old-school Disturbed in there. But there’s also those big melodic moments as well.  He adds, “I think the fans will be pretty pleasantly surprised with some of the direction on this.”

-Despite the angry overtones in the music it produces, the metal community is one big love-fest. That’s according to Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, who says the genre is like an exclusive club in which everyone has each other’s backs. Welch says. “The metal community is so inclusive and united. Because they have respect for the metal community and the different styles. I love that about our community.” Welch and his bandmates are currently spreading the metal love on a tour in support of their latest album, Requiem.

Thursday, August 4th:

-Journey will be performing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend – and keyboardist Jonathan Cain is hoping it leads to another football-related gig. Cain told Ultimate Classic Rock he’s angling to play the Super Bowl: “I’m hoping they see us and go, ‘Wait a minute – Journey’s never played a Super Bowl!’ Cain even suggested a Bay Area-themed Super Bowl show with artists like Santana and the Doobie Brothers. Plenty of big-name rock bands have played the Super Bowl over the years – such as Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Tom Petty, and U2. Journey will be part of this year’s ‘Concert for Legends’ on August 6th.

-Eddie Vedder fans are buzzing about the Pearl Jam singer’s most recent surprise appearance.  Vedder joined The Strokes, who were the opening act for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park last night.  Vedder jumped on stage to sing “Juicebox,” from The Strokes’ 2006 album, “First Impressions Of Earth.”

-Metallica is teaming up with Stranger Things to release a range of Metallica-branded Hellfire Club clothes. The Hellfire Club is the Dungeons & Dragons group led by Metallica-loving metalhead Eddie Munson in Stranger Things. The band, whose classic 1986 track Master Of Puppets saw a resurgence following its appearance in the show, announced the project on social media writing, “Eddie, this one’s for you. We’re having the most metal meeting ever of The Hellfire Club so we’re scouting out ‘lost sheep’ and outsiders to join. Do you think you have what it takes? Then suit up.” The Metallica x Stranger Things Hellfire Club merch is available at Metallica.com. 

Wednesday, August 3rd:

-It’s the most iconic song of Def Leppard’s career – and it was almost left off the album. In a recent interview for Apple Music, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen said “Pour Some Sugar on Me” was a last-minute addition to their landmark 1987 album Hysteria. Collen says Elliott was “just goofing off” while strumming an acoustic guitar, and producer Mutt Lange told him “We need to record this song.  This is going to be the most important song on the record”. Turns out Mutt was right – “Pour Some Sugar On Me” became the band’s biggest hit and Hysteria would go on to sell over 20 million copies. Hysteria, by the way, just turned 45 – it was released August 3rd, 1987.

-Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale showed off a little generosity to her opening act The Warning. During Tuesday’s show in Texas, Hale surprised the band by walking out on stage and handing guitarist Lilith Czar a brand new Gibson Explorer guitar. After Lilith posted a thank-you on social media, Hale responded “Darling, I cannot even tell you how long I’ve been waiting for someone to ignite me with passion and inspiration on the guitar.  You have done that for me”. Last year, Hale became the first woman ever to become an official Brand Ambassador for Gibson. Halestorm and The Warning are currently on tour with The Pretty Reckless.

-On Tuesday, Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil performed at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry for the first time in his career. Neil described it as “chilling” to stand on such a legendary stage, before launching into the Crüe classic “Home Sweet Home”. Mötley Crüe has been on a two-week break from The Stadium Tour, which resumes this Friday in Boston.

-Top recently lined up three September concerts in Texas with guitar legend Jeff Beck and Heart‘s Ann Wilson.  Now, the band is adding more shows with just Beck in Tennessee and Alabama. Tickets for the shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday.  All of the concerts are part of ZZ Top’s 2022 Raw Whisky Tour, and the band also has a Las Vegas residency scheduled for this December at The Venetian. Their latest album, “Raw,” features intimate live versions of 12 songs, recorded in 2019 in conjunction with the documentary That Little Ol’ Band from Texas. They have a show in St. Louis on 8/18.

Tuesday, August 2nd:

-Sometimes that interface on Amazon can get a little wonky. Amazon Prime recently made the mistake of using a photo of the band Steel Panther for a Mötley Crüe documentary. Steel Panther frontman Michael Starr shared the mistake after a fan pointed it out to him. What’s funny is that Starr and Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx have a bit of a rivalry. Maybe a Steel Panther fan works at Amazon Prime.

– According to Philip Anselmo, Dimebag Darrell and Vinnie Paul would be cool with a Pantera reunion. Anselmo recently spoke with The Pit about the late brothers’ wishes for the band. “I think Dime and Vince would want the legacy and the name of PANTERA to go on and on and on and in everybody’s damn face. I know that for sure. ”

-The Biggest Grossing Touring Acts of the Last 40 Years According to Pollstar, the highest-grossing touring artists of the last 40 years have been The Rolling Stones. The Stones have earned $2.17 billion from touring alone. The complete list can be found at Pollstar.com, but the top 10 includes: 1)The Rolling Stones ($2.17 billion) 2)U2 ($2.13 billion) 3)Elton John ($1.75 billion) 4) Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band ($1.53 billion) 5) Madonna ($1.39 billion) 6) Celine Dion ($1.35 billion) 7) Bon Jovi ($1.33 billion) 8) Eagles ($1.31 billion) 9) Metallica ($1.22 billion) 10) Paul McCartney ($1.19 billion)

-Dave Grohl is billed as a special guest at an upcoming benefit show. Grohl will be on the lineup along with Nine Inch Nails, The Breeders, and The Black Keys for VetsAid on November 13. The benefit show will be headlined by Joe Walsh’s James Gang Band, featuring drummer Jim Fox and bassist Dale Peters who will finally be performing together after 15 years. Tickets go on sale on August 5 and will benefit veterans charities.

-The sold-out Rolling Stones LEGO Art Set is back in stock at LEGO.com.   The set, which retails for $149.99, was released in June in honor of the band’s 60th anniversary.  The LEGO Rolling Stones set turns the iconic, red tongue and lips logo into a 3D art piece. This limited-edition piece is also available at all LEGO retailers.

Monday, August 1st:

-Joe Walsh is reuniting James Gang for this year’s VetsAid concert. Walsh will be joined by Jimmy Fox and Dale Peters for one final James Gang show, billed as “One Last Ride”. Other artists on the bill include Nine Inch Nails, Black Keys, The Breeders, and Dave Grohl. This year’s VetsAid will take place Nov. 13th at Nationwide Arena on Columbus, OH.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, Aug. 5th.

-As the 35th anniversary of the “Hysteria” album approaches, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen are dishing.  The Def Leppard singer and guitarist recently joined Apple Music Hits to share some of their favorite songs, stories, and influences from their career.  The legendary rockers told Apple Music that “Hysteria” is the song that best represents the band and said that Frankie Go To Hollywood’s “Relax” inspired their song “Animal.”

-The only thing Flea loves more than playing bass is playing basketball – so he couldn’t resist trolling Warriors fans during a sold-out show in the Bay Area. At the end of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ sold-out show at Levi’s Stadium, Flea busted out a Lakers-themed bass, drawing more than a few boos from the NoCal crowd. Of course, any disgruntled Warriors fans can rest easy knowing that their team are the current NBA champions, while Flea’s beloved Lakers missed the playoffs. Earlier this year, Flea used the same bass to perform the national anthem ahead of a Lakers-Nuggets game in Los Angeles.

Friday, July 29th:

-The great Ringo Starr is back with another four-song EP recorded with a little help from his (famous) friends. The former Beatle announced EP3, a four-song collection out Sept. 16th.  The lead single, “World Go Round”, is out now. Guest stars include Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry, and saxophonist Dave Koz. Ringo and his All-Starr Band will launch a North American tour in September.

-Sammy Hagar and the Circle are set to release a brand new record later this year. The album is titled Crazy Times and will be out Sept. 30th. Hagar says producer Dave Cobb really pushed him on the record: “he’d told me he wanted the best of my career on this record, and he wasn’t going to let me get out of that studio until I gave it to him”. Sammy Hagar and the Circle will resume their tour with George Thorogood in August.

-Footage is circulating of Shinedown’s Brent Smith diving into a crowd during a recent show to break up a fight. The concert took place in Ontario, Canada, last week.  During the altercation, Smith joined the crowd to calm down the aggressor and then invited the alleged victim to watch the rest of the show from the side of the stage.

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