The Sex Pistols in concert, courtesy Getty Images.
Talk about news that is a double-edge sword: at once cool and yet guaranteed to make you feel ancient. Pioneering punk rockers the Sex Pistols (or at least, what’s left of them) are set to re-issue their 1977 single ‘Pretty Vacant’ as a limited edition seven-inch picture disc in honour of the song’s 35th anniversary.
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, courtesy Getty Images.
Like nature, rock and roll abhors a vacuum. So while news that the Rolling Stones are apparently meeting next month to discuss possible recording and tour plans – confirmed by guitarist Keith Richards no less – is all kinds of exciting, it’s not enough to completely quell the anticipation surrounding the group’s 50th anniversary about which the group has been largely mum.
That helps explain rumours circulating that former White Stripe Jack White might produce the band, and demos White cut with his pal Richards might also see the light of day. Well, hallelujah everybody!
Ron Wood (left) and Mick Hucknall performing last April, courtesy Getty Images.
While rumours continue to swirl about how (and if) the Rolling Stones will celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band, guitarist Ron Wood has been doing the only sensible thing a musician could do in the downtime – performing with a re-jigged and rebooted Faces, a band he once played in alongside Rod Stewart.
But evidently, not everything is rosy. The new Faces – Wood, Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, ex-Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, former Who drummer Kenney Jones and keyboard player Ian McLagan – have been sued for nearly $160,000 Canadian (or £100,000) after they allegedly walked out on a UK concert deal.
Marilyn Manson, courtesy Getty Images.
Provocative headline and hey, it could happen if things go spectacularly well for shock rocker Marilyn Manson, who is set for a guest appearance on the seventh season of awesome Showtime series Californication.
Would you pay $10K for this ride? Image courtesy Craigslist seller.
Guaranteed this is the nuttiest thing you will see today: a 1970 VW Bug customized to look like Gene Simmons of KISS in full costume is up for grabs on Craigslist. Selling price? A cool $10,000; bragging rights free.
Angus Young (left) and Bon Scott of AC/DC in 1976, courtesy Getty Images.
Do you remember eons ago when Aussie rock maulers AC/DC were considered wicked and likely to corrupt the healthy minds of fans? Seems almost impossible now, doesn’t it, especially given that the wee musicians (and trust us, they are physically tiny) seem almost like caricatures of what rock stars should be.
Kevin Durant: does he look like an 80s-era rock star? Courtesy Getty Images.
Nicknames can be powerful calling cards – just ask Sting or bassist Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It’s a point Chicago-area guitarist Mark Durante, a.k.a. "Durantula," intends to bring home to Oklahoma City Thunder player Kevin Durant, also a.k.a. “Durantula.”
The former has filed a federal lawsuit against the latter, claiming the NBA all-star stole the nickname and is misleading consumers looking for his recordings and T-shirts.
Bernard Sumner (left) and Ian Curtis of Joy Division circa 1979 courtesy Getty Images.
Let the fearsome arguments, debates and disagreements begin! Legendary British music magazine NME is turning 60 and it has boldly declared what it deems to be the 100 greatest tracks of its lifetime. Given all the amazing music that’s been produced since 1952, the top 10 is flat-out shocking.
Noel Gallagher in concert, courtesy Getty Images.
Great new video alert! It’s got hotties in underwear and action and skateboards!
It’s the latest track from High Flying Birds, a.k.a. former Oasis honcho Noel Gallagher, who plays a cab driver to a distraught and stripped-down Mischa Barton, best known as actress from The O.C. True to the song’s title, “Everybody’s On the Run.”
Ozzy Osbourne performs June 6, 2012, in Prague, Czech Republic, courtesy Getty Images.
The planets are not aligning happily for the Osbourne family this week. On the heels of news that son Jack Osbourne was suffering from multiple sclerosis comes word from Germany that metal geezer Ozzy Osbourne cancelled a concert just minutes before his scheduled stage time citing “vocal issues.”
Oh dear. Given how disappointing and expensive (via refunds) such a decision would be, one wonders if there is more to the story than a simple, sudden case of laryngitis.