Eddie Vedder has postponed his upcoming North American solo tour due to nerve damage in his right arm caused by a back injury the Pearl Jam singer sustained earlier this year. All but one date on the 15-city trek will be rescheduled for later this year.
While in London on Tuesday (March 20) to promote his solo debut, ‘Blunderbuss,’ Jack White confirmed that he hasn’t put everything else on the shelf in order to strike out on his own. “I’m still in a couple of bands, so I’m not missing anything by doing this,” said White, presumably referring to the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather.
Grammy-winning Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has signed on to perform a Feb. 16 benefit show in San Francisco to raise money for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. The event will take place at the the historic Regency Center reception hall.
Seether have announced plans to release ‘Remix EP,’ a six-track collection featuring fan-created remixes of ‘Tonight’ and other tunes from their 2011 release, ‘Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray.’ The EP will be issued in digital formats only on Feb. 7 through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other music outlets.
Hulk Hogan really rocked it in the ring back in the day, but did you know that the former wrestling champ almost rocked out with Metallica? The Hulkster, who before his professional wrestling career played bass in a Floridian rock band called Ruckus, claims that drummer Lars Ulrich once offered him the opportunity to join Metallica.
Are you ready for some fantasy football? Jerry Cantrell is best known as the scorching guitarist of Alice in Chains, but some fans also know him for one of his favorite hobbies: fanstasy football. For three years now, Cantrell has run the AIC & Friends Fantasy Football Charity League, which features fellow musicians, athletes and friends playing against each other to raise money for charity.
Pearl Jam celebrated a special anniversary in September when they rolled into Alpine Valley’s Music Theater in Wisconsin for their PJ20 festival, and now they have something special planned for needy children in the area. The band has pledged to donate $50,000 to Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that provides weekend meals for students who qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.
When it was announced that Nickelback would perform during halftime of the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions NFL game on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit, a group of ‘Back haters started an online petition seeking a different act for entertainment. It’s just the latest in a steady stream of disses directed at the band — yet despite all the Nickelback bashing that goes on, the band members’ feelings don’t seem hurt in the slightest.
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has joined an extensive list of artists who have signed up to join Occupy Musicians, a newly-launched online initiative for “sound engineers, sound artists, producers, DJs, instrumentalists, composers, and lyricists” who support the Occupy Movement and its syndicate of protests in cities on all corner of the globe.
Legendary producer Rick Rubin is known for his work on massively successful releases from the likes of Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park, but Corey Taylor, whose Slipknot recorded their 2004 album ‘Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses)’ with Rubin, doesn’t exactly have a glowing review of the experience.
The legendary rock ‘n’ roll festival Lollapalloza is headed to South America for the second time next spring, and Foo Fighters have signed on to headline. Lollapalooza will make its way to Santiago, Chile, from March 31-April 1, and will touch down for the first time ever in Brazil for a April 7-8 stint in Sao Paulo.
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