Oh, Metallica singer/guitarist James Hetfield: we love your unfiltered outspokenness … well, most of the time anyway. And occasionally, you even have a point, such as when you claim the web allows any bonehead able to strum a guitar to release music, thereby sucking overall music quality into the gutter. The appropriate response? Bad bands must die.
So sayeth Hetfield in an interview recently picked up by Artisan News Service which also surveyed Marilyn Manson and ex-GN’R guitarist Slash on the state of music and the music industry today. (Hey… you there in the back… wake up!)
These days, legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper is more of a threat on the links than he is on stage. Still, perceptions die hard, and the Arizona-based golf enthusiast’s new haunted house attraction - set to be unveiled next month at Universal Studios Hollywood and based on his landmark 1976 album, Alice Cooper Goes to Hell - looks 18 kinds of creepy… and that’s in the broad daylight.
In the dark with scary music and dramatic lighting, it’ll be downright terrifying and well worth the trip to Cali (as if we needed more reason to head west).
There has been so much speculation - most of it dead wrong - about whether or not the Rolling Stones will tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band that you have to approach any new information with a boulder of salt.
That said, no less credible a source than Billboard magazine is quoting an insider who suggests the Stones will play four dates in November - two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn – for a cool $25 million.
We already knew former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan was one of the coolest (and dishiest) dudes on the planet. Now we have confirmation that he is also one of the sweetest.
The Seattle-based rocker made the wish of a very ill Italian boy come true earlier this week when he took the stage with the kid to bash out a set of Metallica, Nirvana and GN’R songs alongside combo Rewind.
Quick – when someone says AC/DC, what do you immediately think of? Righteous rock? Guitarist dressed like school boy? "Hell’s Bells?" All correct, and yet an early (and sadly doomed) flirtation with bagpipes – yes bagpipes – has landed the wee Aussie maulers a prime place in Australia's National Registry of Recorded Sound.
It’s no surprise that John Lennon’s son Sean Lennon has a powerful activist streak. But the company he is keeping in his quest to stop the environmentally unfriendly “hydraulic fracturing” of natural gas out of New York state soil is dead impressive: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga and Bonnie Raitt have all signed on to Lennon and mom Yoko Ono’s campaign against so-called “fracking.”
File under “Ew.” Also, “How much??” A pair of Elvis Presley's apparently pee-stained underpants are set to go up for auction in England next month. Really, is nothing sacred? And would they be worth less clean?
Stupid drummer jokes may continue to flourish (scroll down for five whoppers) but plenty of rock and roll sticksmen are having the last laugh. Website Celebrity Net Worth has compiled a list of the 30 richest drummers and man oh man, the figures are staggering.
Topping the list – which was compiled using publicly available data like salaries, real estate holdings, divorces, record sales, royalties, endorsements and so on – is Beatles time-keeper Ringo Starr with an estimated worth of $300 million.
Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of a rock and roll girlfriend when her man is on the road and surrounded by temptation? Courtney Bingham, girlfriend of Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx offers some insight.
Somewhere, the members of Nickelback are smiling. The much-maligned Alberta rockers have often been cited as bland by cooler-than-thou acts such as the Black Keys. But that duo, along with similar so-called “hipster” darlings including Bon Iver, Montreal’s the Arcade Fire, MGMT, The Decemberists, Death Cab For Cutie and TV on the Radio have been slammed by L.A. Weekly as among the "worst hipster bands" performing today.