Classic Rock News

Suds N' Roses: Axl Rose Appears In Beer Commercial

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose makes a cameo appearance in a new World Cup soccer commercial for Budweiser. Seconds into the two-and-a-half-minute video, you see a familiar-looking bodyguard, who is in fact Brazil's beloved UFC legend Anderson Silva. Shortly after, a band comprised of Gary Cahill, Samuel Eto'o and Hulk - professional footballers who will be participating in the World Cup - takes to the stage and performs a "rap" version of the GNR classic "Paradise City."

Lars Ulrich Accepts Chad Smith and Will Ferrell Drum Battle Challenge

Earlier this week Spin published an interview with Red Hot Chili Pepper's Chad Smith and comedian Will Ferrell about their recent Tonight Show drum-off and during the chat they issued a drum challenge to Metallica's Lars Ulrich. And it was revealed on Thursday that Ulrich has taken up the challenge. Spin reached out the Metallica drummer to get his response to the challenge and here is what he had to say, "It was a little lonely on the sidelines during the first drum-off, given the somewhat forced nature of the lookalike element between Chad Smith and Will Ferrell, when I'm truly the one carrying that dead-ringer gene around! "As for any further drum-offs, I'm sure that with a bit of practice, I could give Chad a run for his money. But Will? That's a whole different story. He rules the 'bad-ass drummer universe.' "I mean, you're talking about a guy who's so next level, actually, so beyond next level, that he may just be completely unreachable! That said, I'm definitely up for the challenge... Bring it on!" A short time later, Chad Smith had the following response on Facebook, "Two pieces of advice for Lars: Leave the double bass drums at home and load up on cowbells!"

Rush Members Receive Doctorate Of Music Degrees

The members of legendary rock band Rush received honorary Doctorate Of Music degrees from Nipissing University on Thursday but due to weather they were unable to attend the ceremony. However, Geddy Lee and Lifeson have both posted their acceptance speeches online. The band had this to say about the honor on their Facebook page, "We are sorry the weather did not co-operate and we were unable to land in North Bay, Ontario to attend the convocation ceremony and accept our honorary degrees in person as planned. Thanks to our friends at Sportsnet who were able to tape the intended speeches when we landed back in Toronto so they could be posted here. Thank you Nipissing University! - Dr. Lee (Hon), Dr. Lifeson (Hon), Dr. Peart (Hon)" In separate Facebook postings, the band also shared links to Geddy and Alex's acceptance speeches: Geddy Lee dedicated his honorary degree to his mother Mary Weinrib and her inspiring story of perseverance.

Ace Frehley's New Album Reportedly Delayed Again

Ace Frehley fans will have to be a little more patient for the original KISS guitarist's new solo album, "Space Invader," as it has reportedly had its release date pushed back again. The album, his first since 2009's "Anomaly", was originally scheduled to be released on June 24th but then the release date was delayed until July 8th. Amazon currently lists the release date in North America as July 19th but word surfaced on the web on Thursday that the album will be delayed again until August 19th (August 29th in Europe.) The album features the lead single "Gimme A Feelin" as well as a cover of the Steve Miller Band Classic "The Joker." For the album's cover art, Frehley reunited with Ken Kelly, who created the iconic covers for the hit KISS albums "Destroyer" and "Love Gun". Frehley had this to say about working with Kelly, "I've been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD Cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn't be more excited about the new Space Invader cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!" Kelly adds, "It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace." He continues, "I had spoken to Ace on a few occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually happened."

Steve Hackett Not Rushing New Solo Album

(Prog) Steve Hackett is refusing to rush work on his next solo album - and he's waiting to surprise himself with the creative process. But the former Genesis guitarist is still aiming to launch his first collection of new solo songs since 2011 early next year. He interviewer Miriam Orlando: "I'm half way through. I don't know how much longer it will take me to finish it. It all depends on other projects, how fast I write - and how fast I manage to surprise myself by supplying answers to a number of questions I ask myself on a daily basis." Rumors of a Genesis reunion have re-emerged after singer Phil Collins ended his self-enforced retirement and said he'd consider being part of a new project.

Skid Row Inspired By Adversity

(Classic Rock) Skid Row guitarist Dave 'Snake' Sabo says the band are at their best with their backs to the wall - and they'll prove it with their next EP. Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two follows their first installment, which was launched last year and set the scene for a series of releases. The new seven-track collection will appear on August 4 via Megaforce Records. Sabo says of their new style of working: "We seem to be at our best when we're faced with adversity. It's us against the world again, and by 'us' I mean the band and the fans who stick by us." Bassist Rachel Bolan says it's all part of a plan to remain relevant, without relying on their past achievements. "We wrote songs and hit the road," he states. "We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren't doing it for the lack of something better to do."