Foo Fighters announce first performers for Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts

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Foo Fighters have announced the first performers who'll appear at the upcoming Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts.

As previously reported, the two shows in London and Los Angeles will feature Hawkins' "bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life."

The artists who'll be joining the Foos onstage at London's Wembley Stadium on September 3 include Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Stewart Copeland of The Police, Liam Gallagher, Wolfgang Van Halen, Josh Homme, Mark Ronson, bassist Chris Chaney of Jane's Addiction and Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, and legendary drummer/producer Omar Hakim, who's worked with Foo Fighters, David Bowie, Dire Straits, Miles Davis, Journey, Kate Bush and dozens more.

Plus, Dave Chappelle will make a special appearance, and Hawkins' cover band Chevy Metal is also on the bill.

The guests for the September 27 Los Angeles show at the Kia Forum will be announced at noon Wednesday. The charities that will benefit from both shows -- chosen by the Hawkins family -- will be announced shortly. For ticket information, join the Foo Fighters' mailing list.

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The Rolling Stones postpone a second show following Mick Jagger’s COVID-19 diagnosis

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The Rolling Stones have now postponed a second show following frontman Mick Jagger's positive COVID-19 test.

After calling off their show in Amsterdam on Monday, the band has announced on their socials that this Friday's show in Bern, Switzerland, is also postponed.

The statement adds, "The Rolling Stones are deeply sorry for tonight's postponement, but the safety of the audience, fellow musicians and the touring crew has to take priority."

As of now, The Stones will perform at their next scheduled date in Milan, Italy, on June 21. Details on the rescheduling of the Friday show will be announced soon, the band says, and tickets that have already been purchased for the Bern concert will be honored for the new date.

So far, Jagger hasn't made any public comment about this latest postponement, nor has guitarist Keith Richards. Both of them took to social media to comment on the Amsterdam postponement.

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Foo Fighters announce Taylor Hawkins tribute concerts to take place in September

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Two concerts held in tribute to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will take place this September in London and in Los Angeles, the band announced Wednesday.

The announcement reads, in part, "Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will come together with the Hawkins family to celebrate the life, music and love of their husband, father, brother and bandmate with The Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concerts." 

One show will be held at London's Wembley Stadium on September 3; the other is set for September 27 at The Kia Forum in LA.  Tickets go on sale June 17, with the lineups for each show to be announced "shortly," the band said.

The statement goes on to note that "several" of the musicians Hawkins idolized, who offered "passionate and sincere tributes" in the wake of his death on March 25, will appear at the shows, along with the Hawkins family and the band. The shows will feature Hawkins' "bandmates and his inspirations playing the songs that he fell in love with, and the ones he brought to life."

You can sign up for a mailing list to receive information on "timings, ticketing links and on sale dates."

Hawkins died when the band was on tour in Colombia.  Though there has been much speculation regarding his cause of death, no official cause has yet been publicly revealed.

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New documentary explores the life and legacy of Ozzy/Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads

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Forty years after his tragic death in a plane crash at age 25, the life of guitarist Randy Rhoads is being explored in a new documentary.

Called Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon, the film is narrated by Tracii Guns and charts Rhoads' career as the co-founder of Quiet Riot, which he subsequently left to become Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist. With Ozzy, he co-wrote legendary songs like "Crazy Train" and "Mr. Crowley" -- the solos of which are among the most iconic in heavy metal history -- and "Suicide Solution."

After appearing on Ozzy's first two solo albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, Rhoads was killed in March of 1982 when the single-engine Beechcraft F35 plane in which he was riding -- piloted by Ozzy's tour bus driver -- crashed and burst into flames while attempting to "buzz" Ozzy's tour bus.

The documentary features interviews with Rhoads' band mates, family members and fellow musicians, including Ozzy, the late Eddie Van Halen, Quiet Riot's Rudy Sarzo, Drew Forsyth and the late Frankie Banali, Dokken's George Lynch, ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, the late Gary Moore, Dweezil Zappa and more.

Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon will be available on VOD starting May 6 on iTunes, Amazon, Dish, DirecTV, Google Play and many other services.

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Mammoth WVH cancels Young Guns tour dates due to positive COVID tests

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Mammoth WVH's stint on the Young Guns tour has ended earlier than expected: Wolfgang Van Halen and company are canceling the final six shows on the tour, which also features Dirty Honey. The reason for the cancellation?  COVID, of course.

Van Halen says in a statement, "After an incredible weekend in Las Vegas with my family for the Grammys, I flew back yesterday to meet up with my band and crew in North Carolina to continue the Young Guns tour. This morning, as everyone took COVID tests to re-establish the bubble that has served us on the tour, we came to find that members of our band and crew who didn’t travel with me were positive."  Van Halen himself is negative.

"With only 6 shows left in the tour, it breaks my heart that we unfortunately won’t be able to continue," he adds. "Mammoth WVH will do our very best to make up the dates that we missed to the fans in those markets in the future." 

Dirty Honey will still perform on the affected dates, which include tonight's show in Raleigh, NC, as well as April 6 in Charlotte, April 8 in Nashville, April 9 in Dothan, AL, and April 10 and 12 in Orlando, FL.  Refunds are available at point of purchase.

Mammoth WVH will return to the road April 29 for a series of headlining shows.

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Watch trailer for FX’s new Sex Pistols series now


Pistol, the upcoming FX series based on The Sex Pistols, now has a trailer.

The series, which debuts on May 31 on Hulu, was directed by Danny Boyle, the man who brought us Trainspotting, Yesterday and Slumdog Millionaire. "We're gonna kick this country awake if it kills us," says Toby Wallace as guitarist Steve Jones. Anson Boon, the actor portraying singer Johnny Rotten, declares, "The monarchy has stolen our future!"

We also hear Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren saying, "I don't want musicians: I want saboteurs...assassins!" while his partner-in-crime, Vivienne Westwood, played by Talulah Riley, says, "I want to burn this city to the ground!"

In conjunction with the series' release, Sex Pistols: The Original Recordings will be released on May 27 on vinyl, CD, cassette and digitally.  The 20-track collection includes tracks from the band's only album Never Mind the Bollocks, B-sides like "Satellite" and "I Wanna Be Me" and songs from The Great Rock & Roll Swindle soundtrack. You can pre-order the collection now.

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Grammy producer claims last year’s much-criticized Eddie Van Halen tribute was the family’s choice

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Every year, people complain about the stars who were either left off of or given short shrift during the "In Memoriam" segment of The Grammys, and Sunday night's segment was no different: There were complaints that neither The Moody Blues' Graeme Edge nor Slipknot's Joey Jordison were included. But now, we have some clarity about a part of last year's "In Memoriam" segment that people complained about.

Eddie Van Halen, who died in October of 2020, was saluted in the 2021 Grammys "In Memoriam" segment with a clip of him playing his signature instrumental "Eruption" while his iconic "Frankenstein" guitar sat alone on the stage.  Many felt the Grammys could've done more to honor the guitarist who single-handedly changed rock music, but now it's been revealed that it wasn't up to them.

David Wild, a writer and producer of The Grammys, who was a friend of the late guitarist, tells The Mitch Lafon and Jeremy White Show podcast that they went to the Van Halen family and offered a number of tribute ideas, including various artists performing Eddie's songs, or Eddie's son Wolfgang performing.

But according to Wild, "They said no one should perform...they didn't want anyone, so we had to find video, and there is very little video of Van Halen."  What's more, Wild claims the family didn't want a clip of a song with any of Van Halen's vocalists singing on it: They only wanted Eddie.

Wild, who decided to put the "Frankenstein" guitar onstage, tells the podcast it was "frustrating" when the segment drew criticism, including from Wolfgang Van Halen, who wrote that he had declined to play "Eruption," but complained, "I didn't realize that they would only show Pop for 15 seconds in the middle of [four] full performances for others we had lost."

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Grammys 2022: The Backstage Scene

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Backstage at the Grammys Sunday night in Las Vegas, artists answered questions from both reporters who were actually backstage at the MGM Grand Arena, and reporters who'd logged in on Zoom from around the country.  But some of the night's biggest winners didn't appear backstage.

Olivia Rodrigo and Silk Sonic, both of whom won multiple awards Sunday night, posed for photos, but didn't talk to reporters. Doja Cat, who won Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Kiss Me More," also declined to speak with reporters, but her duet partner, SZA, did come backstage, despite the fact that she was on crutches due to, as she put it, "falling out of bed" the day before.

"That's the way it goes," she laughed. "Everything awesome in my life has always come with something very random, but it just adds to the energy."

SZA's Grammy was her first win after 11 nominations, and R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan and country duo Brothers Osborne were two other artists who finally won for the first time Sunday night after multiple nominations.  Backstage, Sullivan, who actually won two trophies, said, "After losing so many times, I feel like I kinda gave up [hope of ever winning] it's surreal to actually hold these babies!"

TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne, who admitted that his mother "hates" that he dyed his hair blond, spoke about how "incredibly fulfilling" it's been to perform for their fans since he came out as gay last year.

But country's big winner was Chris Stapleton, who took home three trophies, including Best Country Album. Asked backstage who out there he'd like to collaborate with, Stapleton, who's worked with Taylor Swift, Adele and Santana, among others, said he wouldn't mind working with Harry Styles.

Country superstar Carrie Underwood won the Best Roots Gospel Album Grammy for her faith-based project My Savior and cried backstage as she spoke about how it "means the world" to her that she won because she's wanted to make that kind of album "literally my whole career."

H.E.R., who won the Best Traditional R&B Performance Grammy, was still buzzing from her performance with Lenny Kravitz on the show.  "I was having so much fun...growing up, I'd literally study all his videos...he's one of the reasons why I even wanted to play guitar, so having this full circle moment...I was at a loss for words."

And The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste, who had the most Grammys going into the show, also cited Lenny Kravitz as HIS full circle moment: Kravitz announced that Batiste had won the Album of the Year for his project We Are. "We played together when I was 16, so it was surreal," Batiste told reporters, adding, "Seeing Uncle Lenny up there, it was just like a whole vibe, like, 'This is far out.'"

Foo Fighters swept the rock categories, but sadly, they didn't attend due to the death of drummer Taylor Hawkins. St. Vincent won Best Alternative Album for Daddy's Home and backstage, she mentioned how happy she was that Jack Antonoff, her co-producer on the album, had been named Producer of the Year.

She also spoke about how "times are changing" in terms of women in alternative rock, while rock legend Bonnie Raitt, who won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, praised the new crop of young female artists, including Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo.

"Across all genres, I think women are kickin' it," said Raitt.

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Tool’s Maynard James Keenan demonstrates how Chris Rock could have deflected Will Smith’s slap

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Everyone else in the world has weighed in on the Chris Rock/Will Smith slapping incident at the Oscars last weekend, so why not Tool's Maynard James Keenan?

But instead of offering his opinion about Rock and Smith's actions on that night, Keenan decided to provide a different perspective: He demonstrated how Rock should have deflected the blow.

In a video filmed at Verde Valley Brazilian Ju Jitsu, which Keenan co-founded, the rocker demonstrates "some of the techniques that could have saved Chris Rock's life the other night."  Of course, Rock didn't need his life saved -- he's alive and well -- but whatever.

Keenan and a colleague then demonstrate the slap, with Keenan noting that Rock had his hands behind his back -- "not smart when someone's rolling up on you like that," he says.  He adds, "Here's the solution."

Keenan's colleague then pretends to slap him again, and Keenan blocks him by raising his arm to head height and bending it.

"I realize we're on the a** end of beating this dead horse, but f**kit," MJK writes. "Greetings from my academy."

Keenan is a brown belt and studies the Gracie style of Brazilian jiu-jitsu for self-defense.

Tool begins the European leg of their latest tour April 23 in Copenhagen.

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Rob Halford wants Judas Priest in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “when I’m alive, please”

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Judas Priest was been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time this year. And while frontman Rob Halford believes that the band will be inducted "eventually," he'd like it to happen sooner rather than later.

The Metal God tells The Boston Globe, "We're keeping our fingers crossed that we do get in. Personally, I'd love it. I think there's nothing wrong in celebrating each other's achievements. Because we all do the same thing. It doesn't matter whether we're in a country and western band or a soul band or a rapper, we all do the same thing. There's a connectivity in the craft that we make."

Adds the 70-year-old rocker. "We'll wait and see. I think it's gonna happen eventually. When I'm alive, please, would be nice."

Judas Priest is currently out on its delayed 50th anniversary tour: The actual anniversary was 2020, but of course, nobody was touring then.

"Everybody's been very cool about stretching out the timeline of the 50th anniversary," Halford notes. "We're focusing on a band that has been in the heavy metal world for 50 years, which is an extraordinary event anyway. So why shouldn't we keep celebrating it?"

The band's next show takes places this Saturday, April 2, in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

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