Most of us celebrate New Year’s Eve with a few libations, some resolutions and many raised glasses. Red Hot Chili Peppers, on the other hand, will enjoy the copious benefits of being rock stars by performing at Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s New Year’s Eve Party. Abramovich’s year-ending (or year-starting, depending on your perspective) bashes are notorious and he plans to make this year better than the last.
Don’t mess with James Hetfield when he’s on vacation and trying to ride a moped with his son. We already know that the Metallica frontman rocks, but now he throws ‘em, too! Hetfield and his family retreated to Punta del Este, Uruguay to celebrate the Christmas holiday and enjoy a little R&R. That didn’t stop the paparazzi in the country from tailing the frontman and that’s when things got a little heated. That’s also when the rock throwing came into play!
Metallica may have held four anniversary shows in San Francisco specifically for fan club members earlier this month, but the Four Horsemen are certainly doing their part to engage non fan club members by sharing bits and pieces of the shows. That way, the rest of their massive global fan base can feel a part of the fun. The band has now shared 30 minutes of video footage from the Dec. 9 show, the third of the the four gigs..
Dec. 28 marks the second anniversary of the death of Avenged Sevenfold drummer The Rev. The stickman, born James Sullivan, died at the age of 28, due to an accidental overdose of a mixture of prescription drugs. An enlarged heart was suggested as another thing that could have factored into the kit minder’s tragic and untimely death.
Disturbed are taking a well-publicized (and much deserved) break from making music and singer David Draiman plans to use his time off wisely by doing things like procreating. Well, he’ll be trying to, at least.
Got three hours to spare and consider yourself a diehard Guns N’ Roses fan? Great, then watch this professionally filmed fan footage of the band’s Los Angeles show, which took place on Dec. 21 at the famed Forum. The show was initially streamed online via iClips in pay-per-view fashion and has found its way online for your viewing pleasure.
Nikki Sixx has gone on record to say that Motley Crue‘s residency in Las Vegas, which will launch in February and run for three weeks, is only scratching the surface of what he believes “will be the biggest probably four to five years of the band’s career.”
Things are thrilling in the Motley Crue camp, as the band gears up for the first-ever rock band residency in Las Vegas. However, despite all the hoopla and history making coinciding with the Feb. 3-19 stay in Sin City, singer Vince Neil said he is considering splitting from the band after the Vegas shows wrap.
For all the Guns N’ Roses fans hoping and praying that the members of the band (like Slash and Axl Rose) will be able to bury the hatchet and perform on stage together for the first time in years at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, don’t hold your breath just yet.
At last night’s Guns N’ Roses show (Dec. 16) at the Key Arena in Seattle, ex-GN’R bassist Duff McKagan hopped on stage to perform with his former band and its current lineup. Fans were likely expecting such a cameo, since McKagan’s band Loaded opened for GN’R and will do so again tonight (Dec. 17) at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia. Perhaps Canadian fans will be treated to the same reunion of sorts. With the band’s loyal contingent of fans hoping for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reunion this April, seeing McKagan perform with Axl Rose again is hopefully a harbinger of things to come in 2012.
With Metallica‘s intimate, 30th anniversary shows in San Francisco now in the rear view, leaving indelible memories for those who attended and causing those who couldn’t make it to curse their fate, the band is continuing the celebration with a special EP.
Metallica played their fourth and final “intimate” anniversary show for fan club members last night (Dec. 10) at the Fillmore in San Francisco. The band has been performing and releasing previously unheard songs from 2008′s ‘Death Magnetic’ with each show as well as inviting some key guests from ‘Tallica’s history to perform with them. Last night, they debuted ‘Rebel of Babylon’ and brought former guitarist Dave Mustaine, ex-bassists Jason Newsted and Ron McGovney (he pre-dates Cliff Burton) and Hugh Tanner, who was in Leather Charm with James Hetfield and McGovney, on stage.
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