It had been well over a year since Tool took the stage to perform but the absence from live playing is over. The band kicked off its brief winter run over the weekend in Reno, Nev., performing a set list filled to the brim with classics and fan favorites.
Call it a comeback of a comeback! After Alice in Chains‘ 2009 effort ‘Black Gives Way to Blue’ landed Grammy nominations and enjoyed healthy sales amid the debut of new singer William Duvall, who replaced the late, great Layne Staley, the band is currently writing new material and working on the follow up. AIC should enter the studio early this year.
Godsmack singer Sully Erna has found a way to pass the time while rehabbing his knee, on which he recently had surgery. He has been busy Tweeting photos of his recovering joint and of his physical therapists. Erna had been quiet on Twitter for the past few months, but he’s back in action, killing time while healing.
Guns N’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed went from playing the Whisky in Hollywood on Thursday nights to flying to clubs in private jets overnight when he joined the ranks of GN’R in 1990. Reed hooked up with the band when they were at their musical and cultural apex AKA the biggest, baddest band in the world. If Reed wanted a trial by fire, he got it. He recalled his early days in the band while the band was on its current U.S tour.
Disturbed are taking a well-publicized (and much deserved) break from making music and singer David Draiman plans to use his time off wisely by doing things like procreating. Well, he’ll be trying to, at least.
Things are thrilling in the Motley Crue camp, as the band gears up for the first-ever rock band residency in Las Vegas. However, despite all the hoopla and history making coinciding with the Feb. 3-19 stay in Sin City, singer Vince Neil said he is considering splitting from the band after the Vegas shows wrap.
Guitar superhero Zakk Wylde has been transmogrified into a puppet in the new ‘Question of the Episode’ segment of a Foam Foolery cartoon. The cartoon borrows audio from the interviews that Revolver commissioned the always entertaining Wylde to do at the Metal Masters 2 clinic prior to the Big Four show in New York City earlier this year.
At last night’s Guns N’ Roses show (Dec. 16) at the Key Arena in Seattle, ex-GN’R bassist Duff McKagan hopped on stage to perform with his former band and its current lineup. Fans were likely expecting such a cameo, since McKagan’s band Loaded opened for GN’R and will do so again tonight (Dec. 17) at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia. Perhaps Canadian fans will be treated to the same reunion of sorts. With the band’s loyal contingent of fans hoping for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reunion this April, seeing McKagan perform with Axl Rose again is hopefully a harbinger of things to come in 2012.
Scott Weiland is certainly doing his best to reinvent himself as a Rat Pack crooner with his holiday set ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.’ He has just issued a video (watch below) for his version of the wistful holiday standard ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas.’ The vid starts with a waving American flag and vintage footage of troops playing on the screen behind Weiland’s swaying silhouette.
With Metallica‘s intimate, 30th anniversary shows in San Francisco now in the rear view, leaving indelible memories for those who attended and causing those who couldn’t make it to curse their fate, the band is continuing the celebration with a special EP.
The digital age is certainly narrowing the gap between artists and their fans, as well as creating ways for people to communicate their emotions to the world. Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx was moved by one such display and reached out to a little girl because of it. 12-year-old Chloe McCarty of Blaine, Minn., used his band Sixx: A.M.‘s song ‘Skin’ in a video where she revealed she has a mental disorder called trichotillomania, which causes her to pull out her hair, and as a result, be bullied by her classmates. A simple, expressive video garnered national attention for McCarty, her disorder and the need to be sensitive to others suffering from such conditions.
Green Day have been busy lately. In addition to filling in for Jane’s Addiction at the Not So Silent Night gig in their native Nor Cal on Dec. 9, since Jane’s had to bail due to a severe illness that has befallen a member of Stephen Perkins’ family, the band also wished Metallica a happy 30th anniversary in the most creative of fashions. Forget a generic Hallmark greeting card or an e card. Green Day sent their fellow Nor Cal statesmen a musical video – a cover of the Misfits‘ ‘Hybrid Moments.’
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