FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
GUNS N' ROSES ADDED TO GOVERNORS BALL BILL
The already eclectic lineup for this year's Governors Ball music festival got more electric on Thursday after Guns N' Roses was added to the bill, joining fellow headliners Kanye West and Kings of Leon. The Governors Ball will take place on Randall's Island in New York June 7-9, and will include performances by The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Grizzly Bear and Gary Clark Jr., among others.
SEGER STACKS MORE SHOWS ON TOP OF BULGING TOUR SCHEDULE
Michigan musical mainstays Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band have piled on more dates to their upcoming North American tour, which is scheduled to get underway February 27 in Toledo, OH. New shows include an April 11 gig in Detroit as well as stops in Chicago, Dayton, OH, Brooklyn, NY, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, OR, Denver and St. Louis. Joe Walsh will be a special guest on a handful of these new shows.
SIXX SENSES CRUE CAREER COMING TO A CLOSE
Add Nikki Sixx to the list of Motley Crue members who have openly voiced the possibility of the band retiring sooner rather than later. In a new interview, the bassist said, "We haven't been shy that Motley Crue has been talking about somewhere in the near future doing a farewell tour. It's not that we hate each other... I think it's just at some point we want to leave it with some sort of a legacy that's leaving it in a good way."
JOHN JAMS WITH HARD ROCKERS QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
Leave it to Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl to convince Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elton John to play with Queens of the Stone Age on their upcoming album, which, by the way, Grohl plays drums on. Grohl and John confirmed the collaboration on Wednesday, with John saying, "I was in Vegas and I flew back to L.A. and Engelbert Humperdinck had written me a very sweet letter and asked me to sing a duet with him...so I went and recorded a song with him. Then I drove three blocks and went from Engelbert to Queens of the Stone Age, which was a bit of a mindf***."
METALLICA, GIANTS TEAM FOR METALLICA NIGHT AT AT&T PARK
Longtime Bay Area residents Metallica and the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants will host a special Metallica Night at AT&T Park on May 3. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will kickoff the festivities by singing the national anthem and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. There will be Metallica-themed activities throughout the game, and fans who purchase a Special Event ticket Package will also receive a special cap featuring both the Metallica and Giants logo. And for added measure, San Francisco will be playing their hated rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers.
HISTORY OF METAL GETS TOLD LOUDER THAN HELL
If you're going to tell the definitive oral history of heavy metal, you might as well tell it LOUDER THAN HELL. On May 14, veteran rock (and hard-hitting, we presume) journalists Katherine Turman and Jon Wiederhorn will take on the heavy lift of tracing the timeline of heavy metal with the release of their aptly titled (what else) hardcover book Louder Than Hell: The Definitive oral History of Heavy Metal. The book features exclusive interviews with a plethora of hard rock heroes enshrined in the pantheon of heavy metal, including Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio and James Hetfield, just to name a few.
YOKO SEEKS TRUTH IN ANTI-FRACKING VIDEO
Activist Yoko Ono takes a swipe at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and is resistance to meet with John Lennon's widow to discuss her opposition to the controversial drilling method known as fracking in the state in a new television ad. Ono calls out Cuomo for refusing to meet with her, then at the very end of teh 30-second video, she mockingly says, "Nice to meet you Governor."