----Damn, not only did the Snow-gasm of 2011 usher in a sh!t-ton of snow it also, coincidentally, gave us a sh!t-ton of notable rock news.
**Bon Jovi calls it quits... for about the next two years. 'Jovi drummer Tico Torres told Rolling Stone magazine this week it's good to take some time off so your fans will want you back when you do return.
**The White Stripes OFFICIALLY called it quits.
**From the metal-minds that brought you "We Wish You A Metal XMas" comes a metal tribute album for old blues eyes, Frank Sinatra. Entitled SIN-atra, and due out on March 29th, various metal front-men provide their take on old Frank classics. Track listing is as follows:
01. New York, New York (Devin Townsend)
02. I've Got You Under My Skin (Glenn Hughes)
03. Summerwind (Geoff Tate)
04. It Was A Very Good Year (Dee Snider)
05. Witchcraft (Tim "Ripper" Owens)
06. Fly Me To The Moon (Robin Zander)
07. Lady Is A Tramp (Eric Martin)
08. I've Got The World On A String (Doug Pinnick)
09. Love And Marriage (Elias Soriano)
10. Strangers In The Night (Joey Belladonna)
11. High Hopes (Franky Perez)
12. That's Life (Jani Lane)
Here's Twisted Sister's Dee Snider doing "It Was A Very Good Year".
**Les Paul's ghost visits Pete Townshend? Seems last September while holed up in a Pittsburgh hotel room Townshend was awakened by "a dark figure sitting in the corner of the room hugging a perfectly gorgeous one-of-a-kind Gibson Les Paul guitar to his chest and shaking his head as if in mourning." The story goes on that the figure told him "You have little respect for the instruments that made you famous. You must atone for your disrespect of the guitar or suffer the remainder of your life." Oh, it gets better... accordingly Townshend thought it was a robber and grabbed the closest weapon at hand and swung it at the apparition and hitting the table, chair and wall. Said weapon? An expensive Gibson Les Paul.
**Butch Vig, producer of Nirvana's smash album "Nevermind", is back in the producer's chair for the new Foo Fighters album featuring former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic on the track "I should Have Known". Vig stated this week that the song hits on an emotional nerve, "I'm not exactly sure what the song's about but to me, it seems there's definitely some references about Kurt Cobain, and it's one of the most primal, raw things the Foo Fighters have ever done... it's quite an emotional roller-coaster ride when you hear it." Also announced this week, April 12th is the slated release date for the new Foo Fighters album and sometime in the spring will be a new documentary about the Fighters of the Foo!
**Speaking of documentaries, word on the street is Kevin MacDonald has been hired to work on a film about reggae giant Bob Marley. Bob's son, Ziggy, is one of the executive producers and wanted MacDonald , according to The Hollywood Reporter. Filming will be on location in Jamaica, Ghana, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. and should be released sometime this year, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Marley's death in 1981.
**Even though the Black Crowes are on hiatus indefinitely that's not stopping front-man Chris Robinson from getting out on the road. His new band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, will launch an all California run beginning March 28th and going through May 29th.
**Speaking of front-men out on their own, Rolling Stone's Mick Jagger will perform at the Grammy Awards next Sunday (2/13 on CBS). Jagger will pay tribute to late blues great Solomon Burke (who passed in October) and will be joined on stage by soul singer Raphael Saadiq and his band.
**Keep an eye out for all the Pearl Jam celebrations to be happening this year in honor of their 20th anniversary. Included will be a destination festival this summer, the release of Cameron Crowe's documentary on PJ, and the re-release of "Vs." and "Vitalogy" to be dropped on March 29th and will contain some rare recordings.
**Former Guns bassist Duff McKagen's band Loaded will be dropping their sophmore album "The Taking" on April 19th. Word on the street is the cover art and three songs were leaked! Soak it up while you can before it's asked to be taken down!