Queen’s Brian May: I had a small heart attack
Queen guitarist Brian May reported that after he was admitted to hospital following a gardening accident he had a “small heart attack.” He added: “I say small, it's not something that did me any harm. It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness. It's that feeling in the arms and sweating.” May later thanked fans for their messages of support.
And speaking of Queen…
An official photo book exploring Queen’s live career is set to be published later this year. Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs will be published by Reel Art Press in October and will feature more than 300 images by the acclaimed photographer, along with text from Brian May and Roger Taylor.
Corey Taylor: My solo album is complete
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has been teasing his solo album for a while, but this week, he revealed he and his band recorded 25 tracks in less than three weeks. “It’s dope,” he said. “Really, really cool.”
Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day set for global watch party
This weekend, Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day film will be broadcast on the band’s official YouTube channel – and fans across the world are invited to join in. It’ll be broadcast at 8pm BST on Saturday (May 30).
Journey announce lineup changes
After Journey parted ways with Ross Valory and Steve Smith in March, guitarist Neal Schon revealed the band had brought back bassist Randy Jackson and recruited Narada Michael Walden. Schon said: This is a completely new chapter for us and can’t wait to get to it.”
Steel Panther Michael Starr revisits Nikko Sixx spat
Steel Panther vocalist Michael Starr said that he hoped his online spat with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx was just a “blip in the heavy metal news.” Sixx lashed out at Steel Panther in October last year, calling them a “wanna be” band after Starr made a joke about Crue singer Vince Neil.
Download TV announces virtual festival lineup
The UK’s Download festival may have been cancelled this year, but rock and metal fans will still have something to look forward to on the weekend of June 12-14 thanks to Download TV. A whole variety of previously unseen performances, interviews, interactive content and more has been lined up over the whole weekend.
Mastodon have written a song for the new Bill & Ted film
Bill Kelliher checked in this week to report that Mastodon had written a new song for the upcoming movie Bill & Ted Face The Music, which will star Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. He also gave an update in the progress of the band’s new album – the follow-up to 2017’s Emperor Of Sand.
Doro announces German drive-in concerts
Rock concerts in a drive-in setting might become more common over the coming months due to the coronavirus pandemic – and former Warlock vocalist Doro Pesch has revealed she’ll play two such shows in Germany in June.
Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith to release book about his fishing passion
He might be a guitarist for the biggest rock band on the planet, but Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith is also a keen angler – and his adventures will be charted in his new book Monsters Of Rivers & Rock.
Overkill and Exodus members jam Megadeth classic Wake Up Dead
The lockdown might have halted the live music scene, but that hasn’t stopped drummer Jason Bittner (Overkill, Shadows Fall), vocalist Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza and bassist Jack Gibson (Exodus), and guitarist Felipe Roa (Angor, ex Shadows Fall) from getting together remotely to play. And this week, they released a video showing them cover Megadeth classic Wake Up Dead.
Korn share acoustic reworking of Can You Hear Me?
Korn released a stripped back acoustic take on their track Can You Hear Me? this week. The song originally appeared on the band’s album The Nothing, with frontman Jonathan Davis calling it “a really cool and different version of it.”
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Go behind the scenes with Slipknot on the Unsainted video shoot
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a year since Slipknot roared back with their blistering single Unsainted. The promo for the track launched alongside news of We Are Not Your Kind – and to mark the anniversary, the Iowa heavyweights shared a behind-the-scenes video showing how the shoot came together.
Was Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill an early victim of COVID-19?
Earlier this year, Gang Of Four guitarist Andy Gill died at the age of 64. In a lengthy and heartfelt piece on her website, Catherine Mayer – the author, activist and partner of Gill – said it was possible the guitarist died from COVID-19 in February after returning from tour in China in November.
Lzzy Hale: Most of the bands you know and love won’t make it out of this
Halestorm vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale this week issued a stark warning about the live music scene amid the coronavirus pandemic. She reported she’s staying in lockdown despite some US states reopening and said: “The future is unknown, and most of the bands you know and love won’t make it out of this.”
Metallica’s Blackened whiskey comes with limited edition picture discs
Metallica have just released the latest batch of their Blackened whiskey – and as it’s Batch 100 of the blend of bourbon and rye, the band have done something a bit special. A limited edition pack comes with some extras – including two picture discs. A worldwide release, please!
Roger Waters slams David Gilmour
After Roger Waters launched a lockdown video for Pink Floyd’s Mother, the vocalist and bassist released a video message claiming David Gilmour had banned him from promoting any of his work on Pink Floyd’s official channels. “David thinks he owns it,” Waters said. “I think he thinks that because I left the band in 1985, that he owns Pink Floyd, that he is Pink Floyd and I’m irrelevant and I should just keep my mouth shut.”
Brian May: “I loved to write for Freddie”
In a previously unseen clip from Sammy Hagar’s AXS TV show Rock & Roll Road Trip, Queen guitarist Brian May reflected on writing music with Freddie Mercury. May said: “You would give Freddie something and he would make it into something else – he would take it to the next place.”
Ozzy Osbourne is up there with Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger
Jack Osbourne said his father Ozzy Osbourne was part of a “very unique, small group of entertainers” when he speaking about the documentary The Nine Lives Of Ozzy Osbourne. “When you look at his peers, which he wouldn’t consider his peers because he just doesn’t think that way, he really is amongst the Paul McCartneys and Mick Jaggers of the world,” Jack said.
Dave Grohl: I've considered writing my memoir for years
Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl said this week that he will “absolutely” write his memoir one day: “I come from a family of writers, and granted I’m a black sheep, but I’m not that bad,” he said
Dee Snider is back
Former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider announced this week that he’ll release a new live album this summer. He marked the news by launching his new studio track Prove Me Wrong which will also feature on For The Love Of Metal Live.
This is what the first socially distanced concert looked like
With the vast majority of the live music scene in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic, there could be a light at the end of a tunnel. At the TempleLive venue in Arkansas on Monday night, Bishop Gunn frontman Travis McCready played to a crowd of 229 people - just 20% of the venue’s capacity. Social distancing measures were in place and it made for an interesting evening.
Sammy Hagar mulls possible Van Halen reunion
The ongoing possibility of a Van Halen reunion reared its head again this week, when Sammy Hagar said: “I foresee it happening. I just know what I know in my heart and my head, which is that it has to happen. Whether it’s Sam and Dave or not, I don’t know that either. But I know that Eddie and I are not done.”
Maynard James Keenan says the new Puscifer album is “very close”
After Puscifer launched their new single Apocalyptical earlier this month, Maynard James Keenan checked in to say that their new album is “not done now, but it's very close.”
Marillion delay international Weekend until 2022
While Marillion’s UK Weekend event is scheduled to take place in Leicester between April 30 and May 2 next year, the band have moved their international events to 2022. Marillion say: "We hope that you understand the decisions that we have made and that things may still change."
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Dave Grohl compares new Foo Fighters album to Bowie's Let's Dance
The new Foo Fighters album was completed a while ago, and although a release date has still to be set, Dave Grohl has compared its vibe to David Bowie's 1983 Let's Dance album. He said: “It's filled with these anthemic, huge, sing-along rock songs. It's almost like a dance record in a weird way. Not an EDM, disco, modern dance record – it's got groove.”
Ian Anderson: I’m suffering from an incurable lung disease
Ian Anderson revealed he’s suffering from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and was diagnosed with the lung condition a couple of years ago. He made the comments on the new episode of Dan Rather’s The Big Interview, with the Jethro Tull leader later issuing a statement to clarify a couple of points taken from the interview.
Suzi Quatro film gets new trailer featuring Debbie Harry and Alice Cooper
Liam Firmager’s Suzi Quatro documentary Suzi Q is set to arrive in July, and this week a brand new trailer was released and featured archive footage along with interview clips from Cherie Currie from The Runaways, Kathy Valentine of The Go Go’s, Andy Scott from the Sweet, Alice Cooper and Blondie’s Debbie Harry.
Live Nation look to 2021 to resume "full scale" concerts
In a quarterly earnings call, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino outlined his ideas about the short-term future of live music. He said that while they would look at drive-in concerts and fan-less gigs, he said that it would likely be the third and fourth quarters of 2021 before things were back to “full scale.”
And in other festival news…
The Association Of Independent festivals called on the UK Government to take immediate action to safeguard the future of events in the country, saying that as many as 92% of independent festivals could go to the wall.
Pretty Things singer Phil May dead at 75
The Pretty Things frontman Phil May died on Friday morning at the age of 75. The news was confirmed in a statement from the band’s management team, reporting that he passed away after being admitted to hospital earlier this week after an accident.
Pearl Jam and Greta Thunberg warn of climate disaster in Retrograde video
Pearl Jam released a new video for their Gigaton track Retrograde. It was created by Josh Wakely and features Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and warns of the dangers facing the planet unless action is taken.
Slash’s hair for sale… on a wedding cake topper
In one of this week’s more obscure stories, the wedding topper that adorned Slash and Perla Ferrer’s wedding cake back in 2001 appeared on eBay. Not really the unusual… until you find out that the miniature Slash is actually wearing a tangle of the guitar hero’s hair!
Serj Tankian is planning a new EP
Serj Tankian reported this week that he’s planning on releasing a new rock EP which was originally planned to be a System Of A Down project. He said: “I think I’m gonna call it Elasticity just because I wanted to do it with System and it didn’t happen."
Scorpions’ Klaus Meine denies Wind Of Change was written by the CIA
Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe’s new podcast series set out to discover the truth behind the smash hit single Wind Of Change amid rumours the CIA were behind it - but Scorpions frontman Klaus Meine poured cold water on the theory.
UK brand Ghost Vodka are facing legal action from Ghost
UK-based craft spirit producer Ghost Vodka reported they were being sued by Swedish rockers Ghost over their brand name due to the “apparent confusion between their gin and our vodka."
Behemoth cover The Cure’s A Forest
This week, Behemoth teamed up with Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth for their cover of The Cure’s 80s classic A Forest. Behemoth frontman Nergal said: "Covering music outside of metal is a challenge. Covering legendary music is an even greater challenge – that is what drove us throughout this process.”
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Brian Johnson sends message to AC/DC fans
This year’s Bonfest went online for the very first time due to the coronavirus lockdown. That didn’t stop everyone from having a good time celebrating the life and music of Bon Scott– and it was made even better when Brian Johnson sent a special video message to all the AC/DC fans.
Bob Dylan announces new album Rough And Rowdy Ways
Hot on the heels of his singles Murder Most Foul and I Contain Multitudes, Bob Dylan this week announced that his new album Rough And Rowdy Ways would be released this summer. It’ll be Dylan’s first album of original material since 2012's Tempest.
Former Bad Company vocalist Brian Howe dead at 66
Former Bad Company and Ted Nugent frontman Brian Howe died at the age of 66 this week. The news was confirmed in a statement by his manager Paul Easton, who said: “It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the untimely passing of a loving father, friend and musical icon, Brian Howe.”
Dave Mustaine is recording vocals for the new Megadeth album
Work on Megadeth’s new album is continuing, with frontman Dave Mustaine checking in saying he was “laying down some vocals” for the follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia.
Metallica launch Month Of Giving charity drive
Metallica announced details of their Month Of Giving charity drive this week. They’ve widened their annual Day Of Service, with money raised going to a number of good causes through their All Within My Hands foundation.
Iron Maiden share video for Aces High (Lockdown Version)
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith teamed up with the band’s Killer Krew to film a special video from lockdown. It was for Powerslave classic Aces High – and it looked like they were all having a lot of fun doing it. However, bad news was to follow when Maiden said that all 2020 shows were off, with the band moving quickly to reschedule them for 2021.
Stevie Nicks is working on a Rhiannon book and movie project
Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks says she’s working on a book and film based around the Welsh myth of Rhiannon. She’s been working on ideas during the lockdown, and said: “I have some Rhiannon poetry that I have written over the last 30 years that I’ve kept very quiet. I’m going to start putting some of these really beautiful poems to music, and I have the ability to record them. So that’s on my to-do list.”
Steve Hackett recalls the moment he joined Genesis
In an excerpt from his upcoming book A Genesis In My Bed, guitarist Steve Hackett looked back at the moment he joined Genesis. “I knew there and then I was about to take a leap of faith into that new world and that my life was about to change for good,” he writes. “I was to board a spaceship to a new planet with a bunch of aliens.”
Tony Iommi: I’ve got unused material that goes back years
Black Sabbath icon Tony Iommi says he’s got lots of ideas for a new project - and hopes to continue work on it once the lockdown is over with his engineer Mike Exeter.
Film about Ozzy Osbourne’s younger years is “absolutely” being planned
Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne said previously that she was planning a biopic based around her childhood and early relationship with Ozzy Osbourne – and this week, their son Jack said it could become a reality.
Soundgarden countersue Vicky Cornell
Surviving Soundgarden members Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd are countersuing Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky, after she took legal action against them in December last year. The legal spat covers various allegations, including the copyrights to several unpublished songs.