Ozzy Osbourne reveals Parkinson’s battle
Ozzy Osbourne revealed he’d been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease earlier this week during an interview with Good Morning America. His wife and manager Sharon Osbourne later said there had been an “outpouring of love” for her husband since the news broke, with Ozzy then thanking fans for their support.
Ray Burton, the father of Metallica legend Cliff Burton, dies
Metallica confirmed the news that Ray Burton, the father of late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton had died at the age of 94. The band said in a statement: “In honour of him, and the kind of man he was, we want to truly celebrate the 94 years of life Ray gave everyone, knowing in certainty that a glint of his light, wisdom and energy will always be with us all wherever we go. We love you Ray. Rest in peace.”
Queen become first British band to feature on an official UK coin
Earlier this week, the Royal Mint unveiled a collection of Queen-branded coins – making them the first UK group to be celebrated on an official coin. Drummer Roger Taylor said: “Marvellous, all this fuss over our band. I feel entirely spent.”
Is the new AC/DC album about to be released?
Well according to Australian broadcaster Eddie McGuire, that’s exactly what’s about to happen. He reported that AC/DC were planning on releasing a new studio album in “February or March” and back that up with a tour. However, it should be pointed out there has been no official word from the rock giants.
Petition to have Rush’s Neil Peart honoured at Lakeside Park
Following Neil Peart’s death earlier this month, one fan started a petition to have a plaque or statue dedicated to the Rush drummer placed at Lakeside Park - the location the band made famous on their 1975 album Caress Of Steel.
Yes to tour with Alan Parsons Live Project
Yes announced this week that they would head out on the road with Alan Parson’s Project prior to their Cruise To The Edge festival for a number of live shows.
Rammstein finally reveal North American tour dates
After a series of seemingly never-ending teasers over the course of the last week, Rammstein finally confirmed the dates and cities they'll perform in later this year across North America... and it's going to be massive!
Joey Kramer files lawsuit against his Aerosmith bandmates
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer claimed he is being excluded from playing with the band at this weekend’s Grammy Awards and subsequently filed a lawsuit against his bandmates. However, a judge later denied the drummer’s breach of contract claims, leaving Kramer out in the cold.
Corey Taylor on why he quit social media
The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman spoke about his decision to walk away from social media six months ago and reported he doesn’t miss it at all. “It brings out the worst in people,” he said. “It is social mania. It’s ridiculous.”
Pearl Jam return with new single from Gigaton
Pearl Jam launched their new single Dance Of The Clairvoyants this week - the first taste of material from their upcoming studio album Gigaton. In the days since release, its style has divided opinion among fans.
Slash talks about new Guns N’ Roses album
We’re still waiting for official confirmation as to when we can expect the new Guns N’ Roses album, but this week Slash gave a small insight into how things are progressing, saying: “There’s material and there’s recording and there’s shit going on, but we’re not really sure what we’re doing with it right now.”
Genesis sighting in New York sparks reunion rumours
Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks were spotted at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night watching the hometown Knicks take on the LA Lakers in an NBA showdown. Their appearance sparked rumours of a possible Genesis reunion, but they might simply have been together to celebrate Collins’ birthday which rolls around next week.
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Richard Fortus on new Guns N’ Roses material
Ever since Axl, Slash and Duff got back together in Guns N’ Roses for the Not In This Lifetime tour, fans have been clamouring for new music – and this week, guitarist Richard Fortus – who has spoken before about the possibility of new music – weighed in on the topic once again.
Poison’s Bret Michaels to have cancer operation
Poison vocalist Bret Michaels checked in this week to report that he’ll have a procedure to remove skin cancer that was detected during a recent biopsy. He said: “I’m in the hands of incredible specialists who are both positive for great outcomes. It may slow me down a bit at the beginning of the year, but if God willing, I promise this year will be awesome.”
Tool, Dream Theater and Styx pay tribute to Rush legend Neil Peart
The worlds of rock and prog were plunged into darkness last Friday when news of Rush drummer Neil Peart’s death came to light - and artists including Tool, Dream Theater and Styx paid tribute to The Professor at their live shows.
Mike Portnoy reveals upset at Neil Peart’s death
Mike Portnoy spoke about his relationship with Rush’s Neil Peart following news of the drummer’s death last week, with Portnoy saying he had known of Peart’s cancer battle for the last two years.
Bon Jovi announce summer tour with Bryan Adams
Bon Jovi revealed they would head out on tour across North America this summer with special guest Bryan Adams. Jon Bon Jovi and co have lined up a total of 18 shows in support on their upcoming studio album titled Bon Jovi 2020 - the follow-up to 2016’s This House Is Not For Sale.
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announces the Class Of 2020
A total of 16 artists made the shortlist for entry into this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame – but only six made it in. The announcement came as a disappointment for many, with Judas Priest snubbed for the second time in three years - despite being in the top five in the online fan ballot.
Rick Wakeman is working on a new prog album
Rick Wakeman checked in this week to tell fans that work on his as-yet-untitled instrumental prog album was going well, saying that some of the studio sessions had “surpassed all hopes.”
Nightwish announce a new double studio album
It’s hard to believe, but Nightwish’s last studio album Endless Forms Most Beautiful came out five years ago, with fans waiting patiently for news about the follow-up. Well this week, the band revealed that their next record would be titled Human. :II: Nature and will take the form of a double album – which includes the epic, disc-spanning track All The Works Of Nature Which Adorn The World.
Foo Fighters promise “seriously crazy s***”in 2020
Dave Grohl celebrated his 51st birthday earlier this week – and Foo Fighters marked the news by reporting that fans would be in for a treat this year – as 2020 marks the band’s 25th anniversary.
Slipknot share their Pollution short film
Slipknot released a 20-minute film titled Pollution earlier this week which was based around their video for We Are Not Your Kind track Nero Forte. It was created by the band’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan who said: “I set out to make a short film that makes you question your own existence, here in this reality.”
Steve Harris avoided Peter Gabriel as he didn’t want to be a fanboy
As one of rock’s best-known musicians and someone who has been in the music industry for decades, you might think Steve Harris wouldn’t flinch at meeting his musical heroes. However, in the new issue of Classic Rock magazine, the the Iron Maiden bassist admitted to feeling the nerves in front of some of his musical icons.
Chester Bennington’s original band launch single featuring the late vocalist
Before he found fame with Linkin Park, Chester Bennington played in Grey Daze. Prior to his death in 2017, Chester hooked up with his old bandmates to re-record some of their tracks – and with an album set to be released later this year, on Thursday, a new video emerged for the track What’s In The Eye.
New Ozzy documentary to premiere in March
A new documentary titled The Nine Lives Of Ozzy will premiere at South By Southwest in March. To mark the news, a trailer for the film was released featuring Marilyn Manson, Post Malone and Rob Zombie.
Pearl Jam return with new album Gigaton
After teasing fans with cryptic messages on social media and an interactive poster campaign, Pearl Jam revealed this week that they would release their new album Gigaton later in the year. And as if that wasn’t enough, they also revealed a European and North American tour.
Iron Maiden ex Paul Di’Anno to play his final show
Ex Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di’Anno has recruited three former Iron Maiden members to join his Ides Of March project for a headline set at this year’s Beermageddon festival - and it’ll be Di’Anno’s last-ever live performance.
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Rush drummer Neil Peart dead at 67
Rush drummer Neil Peart died at the age of 67 after a three and a half year battle with brain cancer. His bandmates Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson confirmed the news in a statement, reporting that Peart passed away on Tuesday.
Success for Elton John biopic Rocketman
The week started with the news that Elton John’s Rocketman had scooped two Golden Globes in Los Angeles. And that wasn’t all – the Dexter Fletcher-directed film starring Taron Egerton in the lead role also picked up four BAFTA nominations.
Surviving Nirvana members reunite for special set
The Hollywood Palladium played host to a number of stars last weekend as part of Art Of Elysium's Heaven Is Rock And Roll benefit show. But leading the charge were the surviving members of Nirvana: Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, who treated the crowd to a five-song set. Joining in the fun were St. Vincent, Beck and Grohl’s 13-year-old daughter Violet.
Ozzy Osbourne takes to the streets in protest
Ozzy Osbourne put his 2019 heath woes behind him by launching an explosive video for his new single Straight To Hell. The track will feature on the vocalist’s upcoming studio album Ordinary Man.
And talking of Ozzy…
When The Prince Of Darkness collaborated with Post Malone on Take What You Want last year, more than a few eyebrows were raised. But this week, he released the title track from Ordinary Man which features Elton John on vocals and piano – a song which is sure to surprise a few more people.
Greta Thunberg hits back at Meat Loaf
Last week, Meat Loaf made a comment, saying that environmental activist Greta Thunberg had been “brainwashed” and admitted he didn’t believe climate change was real – and that drew a response from the 17-year-old on social media.
Motley Crue share new Shout At The Devil video
Motley Crue released a new video for the classic 1983 track Shout At The Devil featuring Daniel Webber, Ian Rheon, Douglas Booth and Machine Gun Kelly: the cast from the hit Netflix documentary The Dirt.
World of rock unites as Australia burns
As wildfires continue to ravage large areas of Australia, artists from across the world united to raise awareness and funds for organisations fighting the deadly fires - including Metallica, who donated A$750,000.
Former Hawkwind drummer Martin Griffin dies
It was reported this week that drummer Martin Griffin, who played with Hawkwind and Hawklords, had died. He played on several albums including Sonic Attack and Choose Your Masques.
Bruce Dickinson made honorary RAF Group Captain
The Iron Maiden frontman, who is a pilot and keen fencer, was enrolled in the Royal Air Force’s 601 Squadron on Monday – and there’s now a chance he could represent the UK military force’s fencing team later this year.
The Darkness raised hell with Abbey Clancy
The Darkness released a video for their new single In Another Life, which featured TV personality and model Abbey Clancy. Can Abbey rescue Justin Hawkins from the depths of hell?
David Lee Roth says Eddie Van Halen is “not doing well”
There’s been much online speculation surrounding the health of guitar wizard Eddie Van Halen – and singer David Lee Roth checked in this week to say “Ed’s not doing well.”