Four years after their acrimonious split, the members of Velvet Revolver reunited with lead singer Scott Weiland for a brief live set last night (Jan. 12) — and now a message on the band’s website is causing some to question whether Weiland could be back in the fold on a more permanent basis.
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.”
Just days after they announced the cities for their upcoming tour of what they’re calling “classic theatres,” Jane’s Addiction have revealed the dates — and they’ve also lined up a sweet high-profile gig at Volkswagen’s pre-Super Bowl Rock & Roll Fan Tailgate Party on Feb. 5, where they’ll be appearing with the Roots and DJ Pete Wentz.
With a new album, ‘The Great Escape Artist,’ out for a few months and their latest single, ‘Underground,’ buzzing at radio, Jane’s Addiction are ready to return to the road for their first dates of 2012 — and this time, one of rock’s most theatrical acts is adding a suitably theatrical twist: the band will be stopping at “classic theatres” during a run of dates that will see them playing intimate venues across the country.
Rock started losing its primacy on the charts in the ’80s, and these days, the Top 40 is almost exclusively the domain of pop and hip-hop acts — a state of affairs that has prompted a steady flow of “is rock dead?” editorials over the last couple of decades. Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney isn’t willing to bury the genre just yet, but during a recent interview with Rolling Stone, he singled out Nickelback as a major cause of rock’s decline on the charts.
Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt, former guitarist for rock legends Iron Butterfly, has passed away at the age of 63. According to his longtime girlfriend, Tracey Hooper, Reinhardt was taken off life support after a struggle with “sclerosis of the liver and complications from that,” due to the terms of his living will.
This month will be a big one for Van Halen fans, as the band is expected to debut the leadoff single from its long-awaited new album and start selling tickets for its 2012 world tour. But for a few lucky spectators at New York’s Cafe Wha?, the fun will begin this Thursday (Jan. 5), when the band takes the small club’s stage for what’s rumored to be a 45-minute, invitation-only warm-up set.
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.
Van Halen surprised everyone on Dec. 26 with the news of their upcoming world tour and then a couple days later with news of their new album’s Feb. 7 release date, but when you’re one of the biggest bands in the world, stuff like this just doesn’t happen overnight — the plans have obviously been in the works for quite some time.
The day after Christmas, Van Halen teased long-suffering fans with the news of a 2012 tour, coupled with new performance footage and a mysterious graphic saying only “2.7.12″ — and ever since, we’ve been trying to figure out what it all means.
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