Category Rock News

Olympian Ivett Toth Skates to AC/DC


Rock fans have been excited by the musical selections at this year’s Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, which yesterday included AC/DC’s “Back in Black” and “Thunderstruck.” The songs come from 1980’s Back in Black and 1990’s The Razor’s Edge, respectively.
Donning a studded black leather pants suit with a back patch and fingerless gloves, the audience delighted in a short program by Hungary’s Ivett Toth, cheering her on throughout. Her performance earned her season’s best score, though she fell far short of winning a medal.

In a sport where contenders are judged not only for their athletic abilities but also on their image, Toth’s music was an interesting choice...

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Robert Plant Predicts ‘Celebration’ for Led Zeppelin Anniversary

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin (Photo by Laurance Ratner/WireImage)

Robert Plant predicted that a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of Led Zeppelin would take place “somewhere” and that the surviving members were planning to gather to discuss what might be done during the year.
Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones have already announced a collaborative photo book, while guitarist Page recently said that a new live album is in the works.
“We’re planning to get together and talk about it,” Plant told The Current when asked about anniversary plans recently. “Basically, it’s very difficult to find stuff that still is unheard. … And the great thing about Led Zeppelin was that we didn’t chronicle ourselves. We just kind of went from town to town and sang songs and played guitars and stuff. And then went about our lives.”
He added that he “wi...

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Grammys come, Grammys go, but more often than not rock and metal fans find themselves feeling a bit shortchanged by the representation of the genre. And the same goes for those who play it as well. But during a chat on The Jasta Show, Zakk Wylde shared why he finds it amusing that there would be some upset.
Wylde told the host (as transcribed by Ultimate-Guitar), “Do you know what I think is so hysterical with the Grammys? That any of our friends who don’t want the Grammys actually get upset about the Grammys!”
He continued, “Do you know what Grammys is? It’s the equivalent of any of our friends, or me and you, with our Sabbath and Zeppelin records – we’ll throw in some Allman Brothers in there too – we go to [iconic disco nightclub] Studio 54 and it’s 1978 and we’re like, ‘Man, put on so...

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Finally, The Osbournes is coming back! Sort of. The principal subjects of the early ’00s reality show are getting together to do a 10-episode podcast series beginning March 5 with a fresh installment available each Monday. The new show will be launching just as the original series celebrates the 16th anniversary of its debut back in 2002 when Ozzy Osbourne, his wife Sharon and two then-teenage children Kelly and Jack allowed MTV to film them on a regular basis.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the podcast is designed to catch fans up on what Ozzy and his family are up to these days. There will also be interviews with some of their closest friends, including comedian Sheryl Underwood, Carnie Wilson and The Osbournes executive producer Greg Johnston.
“There’s been talk about bringing Th...

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The New Year’s tradition is to start things off with a kiss and the NHL did their best, tapping former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley to perform at the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
“CALLING ROCK SOLDIERS!! Strike up the band, fire up your DVR’s and/or your winter coats… this just in,” begins a statement found on the legendary six-stringer’s Facebook page which detailed the news. Frehley now joins a performance cast which already included the Goo Goo Dolls during the first intermission as well as Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg, who is billed under the Max Weinberg Quartet.
Frehley has been tapped to play his classic solo track “New York Groove” during the pre-game portion of the contest between the Buffalo Sabres and the home team New York Rangers at New York’s ...

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High Voltage presenta: Especial AC/DC en Jazz Café San Pedro!


La gente de High Voltage regresa a escena este sábado 29 de abril presentándonos un arrollador especial del aclamado grupo Australiano AC/DC.

Con su estilo y originalidad, la banda tributo a AC/DC en Costa Rica retorna al Jazz Café San Pedro en este 2017 ofreciéndonos un repertorio de lo mejor de la prestigiosa agrupación desde sus inicios, hasta su último disco, Rock Or Bust.

Ha sido desde el año 2014 en que High Voltage, de manera usual, ha venido desatando locura y emoción entre de los amantes del buen rock a través de shows de altísima calidad, cargados de luces, proyecciones en pantalla gigante y adrenalina pura en acción, por lo que es un evento que no debés dejar pasar!

High Voltage es:

Juan Rodríguez: Voz
Jose Pérez: Guitarra Principal
Roger Rojas: Guitarra Rítmica

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Jerry Cantrell Recalls Layne Staley ‘Egging’ Him on to Sing Lead Vocals in Alice in Chains


During a recent Q&A session at Rock Fantasy Camp, Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell revealed that Layne Staley encouraged him to take on a more active role in singing lead vocals.

As Alice in Chains began to take charge of the ’90s alternative rock scene, the Seattle group dwelled further and further on their two-man vocal attack, conjuring some of rock’s most beautiful and unnerving harmonies.

“I had a pretty strong background in choir throughout junior high and high school,” Cantrell said, according to Alternative Nation. “I was like the president of my choir in high school. We used to perform acapella, four-part harmony acapella state competition type stuff, like Bartok, great classical type stuff, so kind of dark brooding harmonies and stuff like that.”

“Plus all the bands...

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Godsmack Hope to Perform Debut Album in Full on 20th Anniversary Tour Next Year


To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, Godsmack are looking to perform the LP in full on the road in 2018. According to frontman Sully Erna, the decision to mark the occasion has delayed the release of a new record.

“We were going to drop a record this year. We didn’t want the records to be so spaced apart, but it kind of seems like a theme with us, it’s always three or four years before another record comes out,” Erna tells The Rod Ryan Show on Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz. “Part of that is because by the time it takes you to write and record and tour on an album, it’s 18 months to two years...

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Watch DAVE GROHL And His Mother Discuss ‘From Cradle To Stage’ Book In New Promo Video


FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl’s mother has just released a new book titled “From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars”, which features interviews that Virginia Hanlon Grohl conducted with 18 rock mothers, including the moms of musicians like RUSH’s Geddy Lee and RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE’s Tom Morello.

Also in the book are interviews with the mothers of BEASTIE BOYS’ Mike D, Miranda Lambert, MAROON 5’s Adam Levine and the late Amy Winehouse.

A new promotional video for “From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked And Raised Rock Stars” in which Virginia Hanlon Grohl and Dave Grohl discuss the book’s contents in a phone call can be seen below.

Dave Grohl has penned the foreword to “From Cradle To Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rock...

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CHUCK BILLY: How TESTAMENT Survived Music Industry Changes In Last 30 Years


Chuck Billy, vocalist of the thrash metal band TESTAMENT, stopped by WSOU 89.5 FM in conjunction with the band’s appearances in the New York City area to talk music and more with station music director Mike Colantuoni. Just hours before TESTAMENT’s April 20 show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, Billy spoke with the long-running metal and hard rock college radio station about the band’s latest album, “Brotherhood Of The Snake”, their tour with SEPULTURA and PRONG, the songwriting process and changes within the music industry. Billy also talked about the thirtieth anniversary of TESTAMENT’s debut album “The Legacy”, which was released on April 21, 1987, and revealed that the group is already working on songs for the follow-up to “Brotherhood of the Snake”.

Speaking about ...

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