The third week of January has produced more rock music news than can fit on one three minute video. Outside of what you've already seen here's some other notable news;
-Avenged Sevenfold announced their new drummer, who’ll be replacing Mike Portnoy who left Dream Theater, to fill in for The Rev who passed away a year ago but was subsequently dropped by A7X. And his name is… Arin Ilejay former drummer for a band called Confide.
-Ozzy's new Lipton Brisk Tea commercial has been released. In said commercial His Ozzness is a clay model in the same vein as Gumby. It's definitely one of those, "What the f**k" moments when you watch it.
-On Sunday night (1/16) Nine Inch Nails frontman and mastermind Trent Reznor won a Golden Globe for his work in the movie "The Social Network" and the score he provided. Once upon stage Reznor said, "A year ago I had no idea I'd have the opportunity to score a film. The idea of standing up here to accept this award is surreal." Congrats on your success Mr. Reznor.
-A new box set will be released that should have all Deadheads, sh*tting their pants. Featuring 22 concerts in their entirety from the jam band's 1972 European tour, the box set will consist of 60 CD's and run more than $400. On top of the box set keep an eye out for a new Grateful Dead video game.
-Slash (Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver) spoke out this week about possible Guns tunes showing up on the hit TV show "Glee" and saying it pretty much won't happen!
-Led Zeppelin fans that have an iPhone/iPad can now download a new app, “This Day in Led Zeppelin”. Among the app features are a detailed list of every show Zeppelin played, a quiz with hundreds of questions, critiques of every track and a career overview of the group.
-System of a Down, who’ve been on hiatus since late-2006, have added another date to their Spring European tour thus bringing the total number of shows overseas to eleven. Does this mean new stuff and a US tour for SOAD? Only time will tell.
-Jeff Beck, but more importantly Les Paul, fans keep an eye out for a new DVD coming your way titled, “Jeff Beck: Rock’N’Roll Party Honoring Les Paul. Due out on February 22nd the DVD was filmed at the acclaimed Iridium Jazz Club, which is the same club where the legend, Paul, played weekly shows in the twilight of his life. Performing with Beck include; Imelda May and her band, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, and Brian Setzer to name a few.
-Iconic performer Cher made chart history in the world of pop music in the US by having another #1 song on the Billboard charts. While that might not seem like a stretch, it's the sixth decade in a row for her to do so. Her first US number 1 hit was "I Got You Babe" with then hubby-Sonny Bono.
-Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme died last year. WHAT?? Yep, according to Gibson.com, Homme was quoted as saying, "I had surgery on my leg and there were complications and I died on the table. I was in bed for three months." Although he was bedridden for three months, that's not stopping QOTSA from putting out a new album and the lads are saying it will most definitely be a rump shaker. Yeaaa to modern medicine!
-Congrats are in order for a pseudo-Kansas Citian in Melissa Etheridge. The Leavenworth native is slated to play pivotal role of St. Jimmy in the Broadway smash American Idiot. The play is based on the 2005 album of the same name by Green Day.
-And the sad news of the week was the passing of Don Kirshner, "The Man with the Golden Ear". Kirshner was instrumental in the publishing of some of the biggest music in the 60's and 70's. Some of his discoveries included, The Monkees, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, and The Archies. RIP-Don!
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