It’s official: Motley Crue are back
After weeks of speculation surrounding a possible return to the stage, Motley Crue announced their return in style - by blowing up their cessation of touring contract they signed back in 2014.
And speaking of Motley Crue…
A 2014 video interview with guitarist Mick Mars was unearthed and posted on Twitter, with Mars telling That Metal Show that if the band ever toured again, he would invite “the world to come for free.”
Kiss shark show goes ahead without Paul Stanley
While Kiss had to pull the plug on their planned tour of Australia and New Zealand due to a flu bug affecting Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer decided the show must go on - and the trio played a special set for great white sharks.
Watain’s Pelle Forsberg barred from entering the US
Guitarist Pelle Forsberg flew into Atlanta prior to Watain’s US tour - however, upon arrival, he was locked in a cell and interrogated by authorities before being refused entry into the country. He's been banned for five years. Watain laid the blame squarely at the feel of President Donald Trump.
Jason Momoa trained with a death metal vocalist
The Game Of Thrones and Aquaman star worked with Archspire frontman Oli Peters to perfect his guttural growl in new Apple TV+ series See. “He’s just a fun metal dude,” said Peters.
Six more dates added to the Ian Anderson On Jethro Tull Tour
Initially, only three Ian Anderson On Jethro Tull 2020 shows were announced – but this week, Anderson added a further six dates which will see the Jethro Tull leader explore the band's rich history.
The Who are the first artist to be honoured on London’s Music Walk Of Fame
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were on hand as The Who became the first artist to be enshrined on London’s new Music Hall Of Fame this week. The landmark is situated in Camden and will celebrate the artists who have shaped the musical landscape.
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor has 26 songs written for his solo album
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor checked into say that he’s written 26 songs for his upcoming solo album – and insisted he’s “not done yet.” As for the musical direction of the as-yet-untitled record, the vocalist says it’ll feature a range of styles. We can’t wait.
Rock and metal represented in Grammy 2020 nominations
The nominees for the 62nd Grammy Awards were revealed earlier this week, with rock and metal well represented with artists including Tool, Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage and Rival Sons all in with a shout of taking home a prize.
Slayer’s Kerry King messes up song intro... four times
The Slayer guitarist couldn’t quite get his fingers around the fretboard for the intro to When The Stillness Comes at Slayer’s recent show in New York – but he made up for it by delivering a riff-frenzy at Madison Square Garden.
Ozzy Osbourne and Slash unite for Straight To Hell
Ozzy Osbourne released his new brand new single Straight To Hell on Friday, with The Prince Of Darkness surprising everyone when it was revealed that the track features none other than Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. The song will be included alongside Under The Graveyard on Ozzy’s new album Ordinary Man, which is expected to arrive in January.
David Lee Roth: I structured the guitar solos on Van Halen’s debut album
That’s right. David Lee Roth said he “wrote every word you heard, every syllable, every melody” on Van Halen’s debut album – as he chatted about his 2020 Las Vegas residency.
Below, find all the biggest news stories from November 11 - 16
Slayer’s final tour doesn't mean the end of the band
That's according to Slayer manager Rick Sales, who said he understood why the band were calling time on touring, but he added that the thrash giants could still continue as a band.
Ozzy Osbourne reschedules No More Tours 2 UK and European dates
After being forced to postpone his UK and European tour twice, Ozzy Osbourne this week announced his rescheduled No More Tours 2 dates. Judas Priest will join him on the road.
Marilyn Manson created a mosh pit at hip-hop festival
Marilyn Manson played a mini-set at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston - and he got the crowd going during his cover of Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).
It’s official: The Black Crowes are back
After much speculation, brothers Chris and Rich Robinson announced they were reuniting The Black Crowes for a 45-date summer tour where they’ll play their 1990 debut album Shake Your Money Maker in full.
Mick Fleetwood to celebrate the music of Peter Green
Mick Fleetwood has announced that he’ll play a special show in 2020 to celebrate the music of Peter Green and the early years of Fleetwood Mac. The concert will take place in London in February, where Fleetwood will be joined by a raft of high profile musicians.
Watch Rammstein create their video for Ausländer
Rammstein released a video showing how the promo for their single Ausländer was created. The 10-minute film had plenty of behind the scenes footage along with an interview with director Joern Heitman.
Oli Sykes teams up with Cradle Of Filth for Drop Dead collection
Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes set up Drop Dead Clothing back in 2005 – and this week revealed the company had collaborated with Cradle Of Filth for a new range of clothing.
Dave Grohl sings with Big Bird and Elmo on Sesame Street
The Nicest Guy In Rock and Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl appeared in a Sesame Street video with his friends Big Bird and Elmo to sing the ludicrously catchy Here We Go Song. Will this make the band’s next album? We hope so!
Slipknot announce inaugural Knotfest At Sea
After their Knotfest Roadshow swept across North America earlier this year, Slipknot revealed that they would be bringing the festival to Europe in 2020 – but for this trip it’ll be at sea.
Michael Monroe slams 80s hair metal bands
Former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe took aim at some of the hair metal bands of the 80s and claimed they “were more into their hair and partying” than the music.
Kiss forced to cancel entire Australian tour
Kiss were forced to cancel all eight of their shows in Australia when doctors ordered Paul Stanley to have “complete vocal rest and medication” after a throat infection and a bout of flu... but there was better news elsewhere when the band added new dates in Europe and South America.
Behemoth’s Nergal: I like stirring shit up
Behemoth leader Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski addressed the recent “black metal against Antifa” t-shirt controversy - and admitted to lying about being kicked out of a gym earlier this year.
Robert Plant has around 40 ideas for a new album
In the brand new issue of Classic Rock magazine, Robert Plant revealed that he and members of The Sensational Space Shifters have plenty of musical ideas between them for a possible new album - as he also hinted at Nashville sessions.
Below, find all the biggest news stories from November 4 - 9
Ozzy Osbourne: If it wasn't for Sharon I wouldn't be alive
“She pushed me when I needed it and she yelled at me when I needed it,” said Ozzy Osbourne, as he reflected on his career and looked forward to the launch of his new box set See You On The Other Side.
And speaking of Ozzy…
The Prince Of Darkness surprised everyone early on Friday morning by revealing his new studio album would be titled Ordinary Man - and Ozzy marked the news by launching the first single in the shape of Under The Graveyard.
Whitesnake, Foreigner and Europe to tour together in 2020
Whitesnake and Foreigner announced a six-date UK arena tour for 2020 – and as if that lineup wasn’t tasty enough, it was also revealed that they’d be joined by Europe. Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale said he was “thrilled beyond words” about the shows which will take place in May and June.
Prophets Of Rage announce split as Rage Against The Machine reform
We never thought we’d see the day, but it was confirmed that Rage Against The Machine were getting back together for five shows in March and April next year. Could a new album be on the cards? We certainly hope so!
Bob Seger plays his final live show
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band played the final show of their farewell tour earlier this week in Philadelphia. Songs performed at The Wells Fargo Centre were picked from throughout Seger's 50-year career, with the final set delivering something pretty special.
Iron Maiden extend The Legacy Of The Beast tour into 2020
Just when you though Iron Maiden might be thinking of taking a well deserved break after The Legacy Of The Beast tour, the UK rockers thrilled fans by announcing even more shows for 2020.
Former Kiss members have been approached about band's final show
After months of speculation, Kiss manager Doc McGhee revealed that the band’s former members have been approached about the possibility of taking to the stage with Kiss for their last-ever performance on July 17, 2021, in New York.
Deftones have been working on a new album - and it’s due next year
Deftones frontman Chino Moreno checked in this week to say that the band have been working on the follow-up to Gore for the last year - and they’re looking to release the final work in early 2020!
Metallica once again dig deep to help wildfire relief efforts
Metallica donated two payments of $50,000 last year to aid efforts to combat the deadly wildfires that swept through California – and with fires once again taking hold in the state, the thrash giants dug deep once more.
Robert Plant can’t relate to Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven
While Robert Plant acknowledged the impact of Led Zeppelin’s rock classic, he revealed that he had “no intention ever to write along those abstract lines any more.”
Former Mercyful Fate and King Diamond bassist Timi Hansen dead at 61
King Diamond confirmed earlier this week that his friend and bassist Timi Hansen had died at the age of 61 after a long battle with cancer. Metallica’s Lars Ulrich was one of the first to pay tribute.
My Chemical Romance call reaction to comeback “truly unbelievable”
After revealing their comeback, which now includes a total of four shows, My Chemical Romance expressed their surprise at being welcomed back so eagerly by the music community.
Marillion launch reworked version of Fantastic Place
Marillion are currently on the road across the UK with In Praise Of Folly and to celebrate the tour, the band released an orchestral reworking of their Marbles track Fantastic Place featuring the sting quartet.
Below, find all the biggest news stories from October 28 - November 2
My Chemical Romance are back
They split back in 2013, with fans hopeful that My Chemical Romance would one day get back together – and this week, that became reality when the band announced they’d play live in Los Angeles later this year.
Sharon Osbourne: I’m glad The Osbournes stopped when it did
MTV series The Osbournes ran between 2002 and 2005 and gave viewers a glimpse into the lives of Ozzy Osbourne and his family. And in a new interview, Sharon Osbourne revealed she was glad it wrapped up before social media really took off. Sharon later confirmed that Ozzy’s new solo album would be released in January.
Judas Priest’s Glenn Tipton thanks fans for their support after "tough" year
After celebrating his 72nd birthday, Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton sent a message to fans to thank them for their love and support over the last 12 months.
Wedding couple surprise guests with Babymetal tribute
Guests attending the wedding of a couple in Japan got a surprise when the bride and groom emerged waving Babymetal flags while Road To Resistance played in the background.
Ex Thin Lizzy guitarist Eric Bell calls Metallica “a pack of bastards”
Co-founding member of Thin Lizzy Eric Bell said he expected to make £2000 playing a live show with Metallica in 1999 but received no payment. “I got paid fuck all. Then they all fucked off,” he said.
Anthrax deserve Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame recognition
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante made his case why he thinks his band deserve to be nominated for The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine is selling 40 years worth of equipment
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has teamed up with Reverb to sell almost 150 pieces of equipment, including acoustic guitars, electric guitars, amps and more. “I owe so much to my fans,” he said. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t even have all this gear. I’d rather give it back to them than let it sit and collect dust.”
Micky Dolenz on the time Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees
The Monkees vocalist and drummer was speaking with AXS TV’s Mixtape show, when he explained just how the unlikely partnership came about – and it all stemmed from seeing Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
Nightwish announce winter 2020 European tour
Nightwish broke the news this week that they’d play 17 dates in the UK and Europe next year, and with a new studio album expected in 2020, we could get to hear a batch of brand new songs.
Tool almost burned down the studio during Fear Inoculum sessions
Tool’s long-awaited new studio album Fear Inoculum was released in August and came 13 year after the launch of their last record 10,000 Days. But while the wait was long, it could have been even longer as producer Joe Barresi checked in to report that the studio almost burned down during recording sessions.
Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged cardigan breaks record at auction
Many items that once belonged to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain have sold for bags of cash over the years, but in New York last weekend, the olive green cardigan he wore for the band's MTV Unplugged performance went under the hammer for a quite astonishing price.
Airline accused of cutting scenes from Elton John’s Rocketman
A passenger onboard a Delta Air Lines flight claimed that the majority of the gay scenes from Elton John biopic Rocketman had been cut, leading Delta to issue a statement.