Good news, Slayer fans: Your long wait for new music is almost over. The band has announced plans to head into the studio next month to start laying down tracks for their twelfth studio album, and first since 2009′s ‘World Painted Blood.’
For nearly 40 years now, AC/DC have remained a proud bastion of good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll regardless of changing trends — so it only stands to reason that in 2012, long after the pinball industry’s glorious heyday, the legendary rockers are teaming up with Stern Pinball to create their own game.
They warned you it was coming, and now Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor and Shawn “Clown” Crahan have unleashed their moviemaking debut on the world. Titled ‘Thy Shalt I,’ the 15-minute short film debuted at Sundance last weekend, and it serves as the opening salvo in the duo’s plans for their new film and television production company Living Breathing Films.
Interested in getting your colon checked out by a doctor, but reluctant to pony up for the co-pay? Never fear, Ozzy‘s here. The Black Sabbath frontman and his wife Sharon are joining forces with CBS and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for this year’s CBS Cares Colonoscopy Sweepstakes, which will treat one winner to a three-day stay in New York City, complete with potentially lifesaving medical procedure.
Given his well-known penchant for showing up late — not to mention his knack for inciting the occasional riot — you’d think most lawyers would blanch at the prospect of W. Axl Rose serving on a trial jury. But that didn’t keep the Guns N’ Roses singer from doing his civic duty when his number was called for a recent civil trial in Santa Monica, Calif.
Being in the school band just got a whole lot cooler for some of the kids in the Los Angeles area: Eddie Van Halen has teamed up with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to donate 75 guitars from his personal collection to schools that don’t have enough funding to pay for instruments. For Van Halen, it was a simple case of giving back — as he put it simply, “Music education and families are dealing with the economic times, and I wanted to help them.”
Limp Bizkit‘s Fred Durst promised fans that he’d have “huge news” about the band this month, and just in the nick of time, he’s lived up to his word: According to an announcement released today, he and his bandmates will be entering 2012 ready to continue their “true rock and roll journey” without a record label.
New Year’s resolutions: Most people don’t live up to them, but everyone makes ‘em — even your favorite hard rockers. How do we know? Thanks to the good people at Noisecreep, who asked a long list of rock’s heaviest hitters to share their plans for 2012, including Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale, Skillet vocalist John Cooper and Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack.
You really never know what you’re going to get from Axl Rose in an interview, and it seems pretty clear that he isn’t exactly eager to discuss the possibility of reuniting the original Guns N’ Roses lineup for a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next year.
Talk is always cheap where Guns N’ Roses are concerned, so if you’ve taken the rumors about Duff McKagan‘s Loaded serving as a support act on GN’R's current tour with a grain of salt, we definitely don’t blame you. But in this case, it turns out that the rumors were true: a little over a year after he made a surprise appearance at a Guns gig in London, McKagan’s crew will be hitting the road in support of the band he quit 14 years ago.
Puddle of Mudd‘s latest album, ‘Re(disc:)overed,’ may have earned the band another Top 5 album on Billboard’s Hard Rock charts this past August, but that doesn’t mean 2011 has been all sunshine and roses for frontman Wes Scantlin — in fact, between filing for divorce from his wife of four years and losing the band’s guitarist, Paul Phillips, something tells us that Scantlin won’t be sorry to see the year end in a couple of weeks.
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