Friday, December 30, 2016

The Doors announce 50th anniversary celebration



The surviving members of The Doors – guitarist Robbie Krieger and drummer John Densmore – will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album at a special event on January 4.

Los Angeles will proclaim January 4 as “Day Of The Doors” with a proclamation from Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin during a public event at the intersection of Pacific and Windward Avenues, the location of the iconic “Venice” sign.

Joining Densmore and Krieger will be family members of the late Ray Manzarek and Jim Morrison.

“Very apropos that The Doors are jumpstarting our 50th in Venice where we started,” says Densmore. “Our songs sprang up out of the Pacific like beautiful, edible silver fish… and apparently the world took a big bite.”

“Venice is a place where many have chased their pleasures or dug their treasures. It is a place that birthed The Doors and taught us all to cherish the funky, weird, and world-renowned vibe that Jim, Ray, Robby, and John helped make famous,” adds Bonin. “I am very happy to be amongst the feast of friends celebrating The Doors’ 50th anniversary, and I thank the band, their management, and the Venice Chamber of Commerce for making this celebration possible.”

The Doors’ seminal 1967 debut was among 25 new additions selected for induction into the Library Of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2015.

Considered one of the most influential albums in the progression of psychedelic rock, the project featured instant classics like “Break On Through (To The Other Side)”, “Soul Kitchen”, “The End” and the No. 1 single, “Light My Fire.”

The record remains the band’s most successful studio release, selling more than 4 million copies in the States alone and over 17 million worldwide.

Frontman Morrison died under suspicious circumstances in Paris, France in 1971 at the age of 27, and keyboardist Manzarek died from bile duct cancer in Rosenheim, Germany in 2013 at the age of 74.


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The Doors debut album inducted into National Recording Registry
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VIDEO: Vince Neil’s drinking an issue in Celebrity Apprentice preview




Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil is featured in the latest video preview of NBC-TV’s The New Celebrity Apprentice with host Arnold Schwarzenegger ahead of its premiere on January 2.

Neil’s drinking during a task in the show’s second episode sees him clash with Culture Club singer Boy George, when the team is asked to create an original song and video for a toothpaste company.

“I was complaining about him drinking in the studio,” explains George, who has had his own history of substance abuse issues. “I just didn’t want to be around that.”

“I’m way over 21,” responds Neil, whose history with drugs and alcohol abuse features a series of DUI convictions that includes a 1984 fatal collision where his actions killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley. Earlier this year, the rocker pled guilty to misdemeanor battery charges in Las Vegas stemming from an incident in the city on April 7.

Neil joins the reality program now overseen by Schwarzenegger since the network parted ways with Donald Trump in 2015, although his name will reportedly remain among the show’s credits.

One of the first to sign on for the revamped series, the Motley Crue member sets a charity fundraising record during the season that sees him compete alongside boxing campion Laila Ali, TV host Brooke Burke-Charvet, NFL star Eric Dickerson, American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman, actress Carrie Keagan, stylist Carson Kressley, WNBA champion Lisa Leslie, comedian Jon Lovitz, former reality TV star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, actress Kyle Richards, UFC star Chael Sonnen, TV host Porsha Williams, NFL legend Ricky Williams and singer Carnie Wilson.

Neil has been on the road playing dates across North America this year after Motley Crue wrapped up their farewell tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last New Year’s Eve.


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AUDIO: SixxAM stream cover of Badfinger classic Without You
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Former Scorpions drummer robbed of $50,000 worth of gear



Former Scorpions drummer James Kottak reports that thieves have stolen more than $50,000 worth of gear from his personal storage locker.

The rocker revealed the news in a series of Facebook posts Wednesday, writing “I want to thank the a@$holes who broke in to my storage unit and stole a lifetime of leather/stage clothing, 13+ guitars, etc...also, all my gold & platinum album awards, etc. Thanx...karma is coming for you but I wish you no harm and forgive you for your sins. The peeps who stole this $50,000.00+ items will be judged...I forgive you.

“Mostly, my guitars are gone and I am heartbroken,” he added. “It's just things but they are memorable things.

“If anyone has any info, pls contact me privately...thank you.”


Last month, Kottak – who joined the Scorpions in 1996 – thanked fans for their support through his battle with alcoholism and his continued efforts in recovery.

The drummer made international headlines in 2014 following an alleged drunken incident in Dubai that saw him spend less than 10 days in jail in the country before returning home to enter rehab.

Although he rejoined the Scorpions, Kottak was eventually dismissed when the German band brought in former Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee for their 2016 US tour before making him an official member in September.


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Former Scorpions drummer thanks fans for support through rehab and recovery
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VIDEO: Scorpions preview Live In Munich 2012 DVD
Scorpions hire Motorhead drummer for spring US tour
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VIDEO: Watch Kennedy Center Honors tribute to The Eagles



Bob Seger, Vince Gill, Juanes and the Kings Of Leon performed Eagles classics at the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC earlier this month, and video from the tribute to the band is now available.

Following an introduction by Ringo Starr, Kings Of Leon played the California band’s 1972 single, "Take It Easy", with Colombian musician Juanes joined by guitarists Steve Vai and Steuart Smith for the classic, “Hotel California.”

Vince Gill delivered "Peaceful Easy Feeling" before co-writer Bob Seger rocked through the Eagles' 1979 single "Heartache Tonight" and the finale of “Life In The Fast Lane”, which saw the return of all the players to stage – including the evening’s host Stephen Colbert.

Joe Walsh, Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit were on hand for the December 4 event, smiling and cheering enthusiastically throughout the tribute, which was originally set for last year but postponed following news that guitarist and founding member Glenn Frey was to undergo major surgery to address a recurrence of previous intestinal issues, which would require a lengthy recovery period.

Following surgery, Frey was placed in a medically-induced coma at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, where he passed away on January 18, 2016 at the age of 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

The surviving members delivered a tribute to Frey at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 15, where they were joined by co-writer Jackson Browne to perform “Take It Easy.”

The event was a billed as one-time only special tribute to Frey, with Henley telling the BBC in March that it was the group’s farewell performance.





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Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 8: THE EAGLES
Rock News Story Of The Year No. 10: THE EAGLES
VIDEO: Joe Walsh performs Rocky Mountain Way on Conan
Don Henley extends Cass County tour with new summer dates
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VIDEO: Metallica perform classics at Oakland club show


photo: Jeff Yeager / Metallica

Metallica are sharing footage of their classic tracks “Creeping Death” and “Blackened” as performed at The Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA on December 17.

Fan favorite “Creeping Death” originally appeared on the band’s second album, 1984’s “Ride The Lightning”, while “Blackened” was the opening track on 1988’s “…And Justice For All.”

The Oakland show marked Metallica’s final live performance of 2016 in support of their recently- released tenth album, “Hardwired…To Self Destruct.”

The project debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 291,000 equivalent album units, of which 282,000 were in traditional album sales.

The band will resume the WorldWired tour next month with concerts in South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.


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VIDEO: Metallica rock Jimmy Kimmel Live
Metallica to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Metallica announce Los Angeles club show
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

U2 tease new album and 30th anniversary Joshua Tree concerts



U2 will release a new album and perform a series of shows marking the 30th anniversary of 1987's “The Joshua Tree”, in 2017.

"Happy Christmas everyone. Next year is going to be a big year for the U2 group," says Bono in a new Facebook video featuring the band. "We have ‘Songs Of Experience’ coming and, to honor 30 years of ‘The Joshua Tree’, we have some very, very special shows coming. Very special."

The band have been working on “Songs Of Experience” over the past year; the record is the companion project and follow-up to 2014’s “Songs Of Innocence”, which made headlines when it was launched as a free release to more than a half a billion iTunes customers.

The album was featured on the group’s 2015 “Innocence + Experience” tour, which wrapped up in Paris last December with the final show broadcast by HBO before seeing its official release in June.

U2’s fifth album, “The Joshua Tree” spawned three hit singles (“With Or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”) on its way to selling more than 25 million copies worldwide, including 10 million in the U.S. alone.

The group played two live shows in 2016 - including the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, NV in September and an appearance at the annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, CA on October 5.



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VIDEO: Eagles Of Death Metal join U2 in Paris
U2 reschedule Paris concerts and HBO broadcast
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Monday, December 26, 2016

Megadeth bassist comments on 12th Grammy nomination


photo: Megadeth / Dana Yavin

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson remains hopeful the veteran thrash band will eventually win a Grammy Award after recently receiving their 12th nomination in the Best Metal Performance category as part of the 2017 ceremony.

The title track to the group’s fifteenth album, “Dystopia”, will compete for the honor alongside tracks by Baroness ("Shock Me"), Gojira ("Silvera"), Korn ("Rotting in Vain") and Periphery ("The Price Is Wrong").

“It's recognition by your industry and by your peers for the work that you've done,” Ellefson tells FeMetal TV. “And I assume it's nice to win [laughs] - hopefully we'll know one day. It's always nice to be nominated.

“And I think being nominated for a metal band, that says a lot. Because if you're a pop act, if you're Nashville, or an urban act, a Grammy can really put a lot of wind in your sails – to sell records, to bring notoriety, touring… on all aspects. I remember Norah Jones, the little girl with eleven or whatever Grammys she had, it changed her life. Whereas a metal band, we've been around many years – we've done the ground work, we've done the leg work, we've toured, we have a very intrinsic connection with our fanbase already.”

Megadeth received their first Grammy nomination for the title track to “Rust In Peace” in 1991, and the “Dystopia” nod marks the band’s fifth in the past seven years.

Given the scope of music recognized by The Recording Academy, Ellefson has come to appreciate that metal is included – even if it barely registers a mention on the annual broadcast, let alone have a heavy rock act actually perform on the Awards.

"The Grammy thing is obviously wonderful,” the bassist explains, “But I think we are a genre… And there's a lot of genres there, because there's something like a hundred categories; they only televise, like, twelve or fourteen of 'em on TV, but there's another, literally, sixty [or] seventy categories that they give away from 1 p.m. 'till 5 p.m. before the televised section starts – Tejano music, things that I barely even have heard of. And they're honoring that.

“And that is the thing that I think is cool about the Grammys – they have really widened themselves out to honoring all of these different genres, and deservedly so. There isn't just one-size-fits-all in music, so it's cool that they honor that, and it's great that metal is one of those."

The 59th annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 12, 2017 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET.

“Dystopia” debuted at No.3 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 49,000 equivalent album units earlier this year.

The feat marks the group’s highest-charting US album since 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction”, which debuted and peaked at No. 2.



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Megadeth to perform on Late Night with Seth Meyers
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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Journey tops the hennemusic Hot 10



Journey tops this week’s hennemusic Hot 10.

Guitarist Neal Schon is hoping Steve Perry will reunite with the band for a performance at their induction into the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame next April.

Read all about it in this week’s top story!

The HH10 is a list of the most-viewed rock news stories in the past week by hennemusic readers.

For a full list of hennemusic Hot 10 charts, check out the archives here.


hennemusic Hot 10
week ending December 25, 2016

01 – Journey comment on possible Steve Perry reunion at Rock Hall induction
02 – VIDEO: Bad Company preview Soundstage premiere
03 – AC/DC sweep the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards
04 – Steven Tyler previews Aerosmith farewell tour
05 – Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 9: DAVID LEE ROTH
06 – Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 10: SAMMY HAGAR
07 – Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 2: VAN HALEN
08 – VIDEO: Metallica rock Metal Militia at Los Angeles club show
09 – Sixx:AM and former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx quits Facebook and Twitter
10 – Yes members comment on 2017 Rock Hall induction



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Dec 18: Metallica
Dec 11: Def Leppard
Dec 04: Deep Purple
Nov 27: Aerosmith
Nov 20: Motley Crue

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Bruce Springsteen releases final concert performance with Clarence Clemons



Bruce Springsteen has released the final E Street band concert performance with saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 69 following complications from a massive stroke.

The group’s November 22, 2009 concert at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, NY was a three-and-a-half-hour, 35-song marathon that included a rare performance of Springsteen’s 1973 debut, "Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.", in its entirety.

In addition to Clemons’ last arena show with the E Street Band, the event also marked the final date on the group’s tour in support of the singer’s sixteenth album, “Working On A Dream.”

The Buffalo concert is available to download now through the Live Bruce Springsteen site, with a physical release scheduled for January 23.

Clemons teamed up with Springsteen in 1972 as part of the rocker’s original band, becoming his most visible sidekick in concert and, later, alongside his band leader on the cover of his landmark 1975 album, “Born To Run.”

The sax legend had a history of health problems in his final years, including hip and two double-knee replacement surgeries, as well as spinal fusion surgery before suffering a stroke in 2011. He appeared to be on the mend after two brain surgeries before ultimately passing away a week later.

Clemons last performed with Springsteen and the E Street Band in December of 2010 at Asbury Park's Carousel House for a special web broadcast taping.

Clemons’ nephew, Jake, filled his uncle’s role in the E Street Band when he joined the touring lineup in 2012.

NOTE: Fan-filmed videos from the 2009 Buffalo show featured below do NOT include official audio as featured on the new release.



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VIDEO: Bruce Springsteen interviewed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt dead at 68



Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt died Saturday in a hospital in Spain at the age of 68.

The rock veteran passed away two days after being admitted to address complications from a shoulder injury he sustained in a fall.

“We are truly devastated to have to announce that Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt has passed away at lunchtime today,” said the Parfitt family and Status Quo manager Simon Porter in a joint statement. “He died in hospital in Marbella, Spain as a result of a severe infection, having been admitted to hospital on Thursday evening following complications to a shoulder injury incurred by a previous fall. This tragic news comes at a time when Rick was hugely looking forward to launching a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017 following his departure from Status Quo’s touring activities on medical advice.

“He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, fellow band members, management, crew and his dedicated legion of fans from throughout the world, gained through 50 years of monumental success with Status Quo. Rick is survived by his wife Lyndsay, their twins Tommy and Lily and Rick’s adult children Rick Jnr and Harry.

“No further comment will be made at this time and Rick's family, and the band, ask for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.”

The guitarist faced a number of health issues over the years, including a quadruple heart bypass in 1997, a throat cancer scare in 2005, and heart attacks in 2011, 2014 and one this past June that forced him to retire from the band.

Following their formation in London in 1962 as The Scorpions and, later, The Spectres and Traffic Jam, Parfitt joined the group in 1967 as they changed their name to Status Quo and released their debut album a year later, 1968’s “Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From the Status Quo.”

The project delivered the group’s only US Top 20 single, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men”, while Status Quo found its biggest success in their native UK, where they delivered Top 10 hits into the 1990s and continued to chart as recently as 2014.

Parfitt was among the performers on the 1984 single, "Do They Know It's Christmas?", by the charity supergroup Band Aid, founded by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure; a year later, the pair organized the global Live Aid concert that saw Parfitt and Status Quo have the distinction of serving as the event’s opening band when they performed three songs at London's Wembley Stadium.




Thursday, December 22, 2016

Steven Tyler previews Aerosmith farewell tour



Steven Tyler is sharing his thoughts on Aerosmith’s upcoming farewell tour, “Aero-Vederci Baby!”, in a new interview with Billboard.

The Boston rockers recently announced the first series of dates for the farewell run, with European shows starting May 17 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

“The European tour is booked, locked and cocked and that’s ready for next summer. And then we’re coming back and we’re doing the rest of the world,” explains Tyler. “Farewell? I’m not sure, but truth is, who knows how long we’ll be touring as the original band? I don’t think that needs to be said, I think that we’re all freak of natures and Joe and I were talking on the phone yesterday and he said to me, ‘We have no right being as healthy as we are after what we’ve been through.’

“Whether it’s through the abuses of being on tour for 40 years or the abuses of substances or the abuses of life on life’s terms, there’s been a lot of abuse. But we’re both looking pretty damn good for what’s going on.”

Tyler spent much of the past year and half recording and touring behind his solo debut, “We’re All Somebody From Somewhere”, which gave him some new perspective on things.

“Aerosmith is something else you’ll never see again,” he says. “We all love each other, five of us are still alive, every one of us is still playing better than ever - and I’m not just saying that because we just came off a South American tour. Yes, we have ups and downs. But one of the things I’m learning in life is that being away from each other is sometimes the healthiest thing we can do. You know? I dare to say that being away from each other may have saved a few marriages on this planet.”

“The one thing that’s never failed is that when we get back together to rehearse the love is there again and I’ve been closer to Joe now in the last three weeks, in the last two months than I think of in our whole career - short of when we started,” Tyler adds. “But I think we see eye-to-eye on why we got together as a band and what the power of our music does for ourselves first and the rest of the world afterwards.”

Tyler was recently honored with the 2016 Humanitarian Award by The Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations at the Ambassadors' Ball in New York on December 3.

The recognition notes the singer’s philanthropic partnership with Youth Villages through Janie's Fund, which he launched in 2015 to give his voice to vulnerable girls who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect and are being helped by Youth Villages.



Aerosmith
Aero-Vederci European Tour 2017


May 17 – Tel Aviv Israel @ Hayarkon Park,
May 20 – Batumi, Georgia @ Black Sea Arena
May 23 – Moscow, Russia @ Olympiski
May 26 – Munich, Germany @ Konigsplatz
May 30 – Berlin, Germany @ Waldbuhne
Jun 02 – Krakow, Poland @ Tauron Arena
Jun 05 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
Jun 08 – Sölvesborg, Sweden @ Sweden Rock Festival
Jun 11 – Castle Donington, UK @ Download
Jun 14 – Dublin, Ireland @ 3 Arena
Jun 17 – Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Jun 20 – Cologne, Germany @ Lanxess Arena
Jun 23 – Florence, Italy @ Firenze Rocks Festival
Jun 26 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Meo Arena
Jun 29 – Madrid, Spain @ Rivas Auditorio Miguel Rios
Jul 02 – Barcelona, Spain @ Rock Fest
Jul 05 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion

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Steven Tyler to receive United Nations Humanitarian Award
VIDEO: Aerosmith preview European farewell tour
Aerosmith announce farewell tour
Aerosmith: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry meet President Obama in Orlando
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AC/DC sweep the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards


AC/DC swept top honors in the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the daily rock music news site announced Thursday.

The Australian-based rockers captured the titles of Rock News Artist Of The Year and Rock News Story Of The Year after a tumultuous 2016 that saw the band lose longtime singer Brian Johnson over hearing loss issues, only to have Axl Rose step in for the remaining European and US dates on the Rock Or Bust world tour.

AC/DC were the most read-about artist in both hennemusic categories, which are determined by music fans: numbers are based on the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

In the tradition of the weekly hennemusic Hot 10, the Top 10 in both categories were counted down over the past two weeks.

“AC/DC were a priority for hennemusic readers throughout the year,” says Bruce Henne. “The ongoing drama with lineup changes – especially the addition of Axl Rose in place of Brian Johnson – was palpable as the group landed four of the top 10 rock news stories of 2016, while their future remains a mystery.”

Previous hennemusic Rock News Awards honorees include Van Halen, Pearl Jam, KISS, Guns N’ Roses and Jimmy Page.

A daily rock news service dedicated to providing music fans with an accurate, timely and reliable source for music news, hennemusic serves as a trusted source for rock fans who need updated information on their favorite artists and events.

An affiliate of the Los Angeles-based antiMusic network, hennemusic will celebrate its 7th anniversary on February 1.


2016 hennemusic Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10

01 – AC/DC
02 – VAN HALEN
03 – GUNS N ROSES
04 – BLACK SABBATH
05 – THE ROLLING STONES
06 – LED ZEPPELIN
07 – RAINBOW
08 – THE EAGLES
09 – DAVID LEE ROTH
10 – SAMMY HAGAR


2016 hennemusic Rock News Story Of The Year – Top 10

01 – AC/DC
02 – AC/DC
03 – RAINBOW
04 – AC/DC
05 – CHEAP TRICK
06 – VAN HALEN
07 – BLACK SABBATH
08 – TRIUMPH
09 – AC/DC
10 – THE EAGLES


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Van Halen and KISS top the 2015 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen sweep 2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen and Pearl Jam top the 2013 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen dominate the 2012 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen win two hennemusic Rock News Awards
Guns N’ Roses named hennemusic’s Rock News Artist of The Year
Jimmy Page’s 2011 plans named hennemusic’s Rock News Story Of The Year

Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 1: AC/DC



As part of the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News Artists of the year.

Finalists for the 7th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: winners are determined by the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

Today we unveil the No. 1 hennemusic Rock News Artist Of The Year!


2016 Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10

10 – SAMMY HAGAR
09 – DAVID LEE ROTH
08 – THE EAGLES
07 – RAINBOW
06 – LED ZEPPELIN
05 – THE ROLLING STONES
04 – BLACK SABBATH
03 – GUNS N ROSES
02 – VAN HALEN


Rock News Artist of The Year No. 1 – AC/DC


After an extensive 2015 world tour in support of “Rock Or Bust”, AC/DC continued the trek in 2016 with a series of US dates in early February.

Following the band’s February 28 show at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO, AC/DC halted the tour with news that they would reschedule the remaining 10 dates on the U.S. leg following word that lead singer Brian Johnson had been advised by doctors to stop touring immediately or risk total hearing loss.

With various rockers offering to step in for Johnson, rumors out of Atlanta, GA surfaced in late March about the possibility of Axl Rose joining the lineup after he was spotted by a fan in the city before the paparazzi located the Guns N’ Roses leader at a rehearsal studio.

On April 16, AC/DC officially announced that Axl Rose would join them for the remaining dates on the tour, including a spring European run and, later, a series of rescheduled US concerts in the fall.

Rose celebrated the news by having AC/DC guitarist Angus Young join GNR for a rare guest appearance during their headlining set at Coachella on April 16.

Johnson issued his first public statement on his health status and the Rose situation a few days later, admitting his hearing had been failing for some time, that he was being treated for it and had no plans to retire.

A statue of AC/DC legend Bon Scott was officially unveiled in the late singer’s Scottish hometown of Kirriemuir on April 30 as part of the town’s 10th annual BonFest event.

In early May, Rose revealed to the BBC that he landed an audition with the band through a mutual associate – their shared production manager – before making his AC/DC debut in Lisbon, Portugal on May 7.

The frontman broke his foot during an April 1 GNR club show in Los Angeles, which put him in a walking boot for the next several months; as a result, Rose performed the spring dates with his own band and the early AC/DC concerts while sitting atop a throne on loan from head Foo Fighter Dave Grohl after his own leg injury during a summer 2015 tour.

Late May saw Johnson reveal that his hearing issues originally began approximately eight years ago while racing at the Watkins Glen International and had worsened due to an illness on tour in September 2015.

AC/DC wrapped up their European leg of the tour in Düsseldorf, Germany on June 15; hennemusic streamed each of the 13 shows live with the help of fans at each event.

In early July, bassist Cliff Williams announced plans to retire from the band after 40 years at the completion of the fall US dates, which opened in Greensboro, NC on August 27. The 10-show run wrapped up in Philadelphia on September 20 with the band saluting Williams at his final AC/DC show.

Estranged drummer Phil Rudd was recovering from a heart attack at the end of August, and shared plans to launch a comeback now that an 8-month home detention and a further six months of post-release conditions had expired following a series of legal troubles in New Zealand that sidelined him from joining AC/DC for the world tour.

Earlier this month, Rudd announced dates for a 2017 European run while AC/DC landed at No. 7 on Forbes List of Highest Paid Musicians of 2016 with earnings of US $67.5 million from the tour – not including numbers from the rescheduled fall US shows.

AC/DC’s future remains a mystery as 2017 arrives. Angus Young is the lone remaining original member of the group after a number of changes in recent years, including the 2014 retirement of founder Malcolm Young due to dementia, a series of legal issues faced by Rudd, the spring 2016 departure of Johnson, and Williams’ retirement.

Three of the longtime members have seen their roles filled by others: guitarist and nephew Stevie Young stepped in for Malcolm; Chris Slade returned to handle drums after Rudd recorded “Rock Or Bust”; and, Rose was aboard for the 2016 dates in place of Johnson.




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Van Halen sweep 2014 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen and Pearl Jam top the 2013 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen dominate the 2012 hennemusic Rock News Awards
Van Halen win two hennemusic Rock News Awards
Guns N’ Roses named hennemusic’s Rock News Artist of The Year
Jimmy Page’s 2011 plans named hennemusic’s Rock News Story Of The Year

Rock News Story Of The Year No. 1: AC/DC




As part of the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News stories of the past year.

Finalists for the 7th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: winners are determined by the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

Today we unveil the No. 1 hennemusic Rock News Story Of The Year!


2016 Rock News Story Of The Year – Top 10

10 – THE EAGLES
09 – AC/DC
08 – TRIUMPH
07 – BLACK SABBATH
06 – VAN HALEN
05 – CHEAP TRICK
04 – AC/DC
03 – RAINBOW
02 – AC/DC


Rock News Story Of The Year No. 1: AC/DC


In April, longtime AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson issued his first public statement following news that the group had hired Axl Rose to finish out the band’s 2016 Rock Or Bust tour dates.

Johnson had been advised by doctors to stop performing immediately or risk total hearing loss.

“As many AC/DC fans know,” writes Johnson, “the remaining shows for the 2016 AC/DC Rock or Bust World Tour, including 10 postponed U.S. shows, are being rescheduled with a guest singer.

"I want personally to explain the reason because I don’t believe the earlier press releases sufficiently set out what I wanted to say to our fans or the way in which I thought it should be presented.”


Check out the No. 1 hennemusic story of 2016 on AC/DC here.


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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

VIDEO: Metallica rock Metal Militia at Los Angeles club show


photo: Jeff Yeager / Metallica

Metallica are sharing footage of their 1983 classic, “Metal Militia”, as performed at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on December 15.

Proceeds from the band’s 15-song set at the intimate venue were donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, with fans encouraged to bring a donation of a canned good or other non-perishable food items to assist with local efforts to feed those in need.

“Metal Militia” first appeared on Metallica’s 1982 demo tape, “No Life ‘Til Leather”, before its inclusion on their 1983 album debut, “Kill ‘Em All.”

The Los Angeles charity event was followed by the group’s final 2016 live show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA on December 17.

Metallica will resume their world tour in support of “Hardwired…To Self Destruct” next month with shows in South Korea, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The group’s tenth album recently debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 291,000 equivalent album units, of which 282,000 were in traditional album sales.


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Former Pearl Jam drummer challenges 2017 Rock Hall induction snub



Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzesse is challenging the decision of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame organizers to leave him off the list of band members set to be inducted into the Cleveland-based institution next April.

Pearl Jam were among the artists named this week to be inducted into the Class of 2017, alongside Journey, the Electric Light Orchestra, Yes, Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur.

Joining the current Pearl Jam lineup of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron will be founding member Dave Krusen, while leaving out drummers Abbruzzese, Matt Chamberlain and Jack Irons.

“The qualifications required for me to have been inducted with my former band mates certainly have been met,” writes Abbruzzesse on Facebook. “I challenge anyone to justify why I am not worthy of a place in the history of Pearl Jam. The official reason given from the RRHOF makes it bulls**t.

“It make my years of hard work appear to be worthless towards the success born of the formative years of Pearl Jam. This is simply not the case. The milestones and the success obtained during my period in the band...The Grammy, AMA's, MTV Awards, over 20 plus million albums sold. MTV Unplugged performance, SNL twice, etc. Over 275 shows.”

"For anyone to take a stand for denying my right to be recognized," he continued, “I deserve to hear how you are possibly justifying such an absolute travesty. Statistics and the opinions of the Pearl Jam fans voiced on social media for the last 20 plus years will attest to that. Someone need only to pull their head out of their a** and add my name. 'Nuff said? Thank you, everyone!!”

A friend of Abbruzzesse’s who researched the Rock Hall’s decision-making process found the following: “As the original ballot is created, the members of each eligible band are determined by largely who was present and active during the most influential recording years.”

The drummer first appeared with Pearl Jam on tour in support the 1991 debut, “Ten”, before recording tracks for the 1992 “Singles” soundtrack, 1993’s “Vs.” and 1994’s “Vitalogy.”

The latest effort marks Abbruzzesse’s second attempt to be included as part of Pearl Jam’s lineup for the 2017 induction; he reached out to the band via social media to request their help in October when the Rock Hall announced the nominees.

“It’s just a fine opportunity to see what Pearl Jam has to say in response,” posted Abbruzzese at the time. “Let’s see if they do the right thing. It’ll be interesting to see the spin that is put on it. That band and its management have never been ones to shy away when an injustice is done. Let’s see if they still have the courage to fight the good fight!”


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VIDEO: Bad Company preview Soundstage premiere




Bad Company are sharing performance footage of “Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy” from the upcoming premiere of their appearance on the acclaimed PBS series Soundstage.

Set to air January 5, the band taped an 11-song set at the Grainger Studio in Chicago, IL for WTTW in May during their 2016 US tour.

The Soundstage appearance delivers Bad Company hits and fan favorites including “Can’t Get Enough,” “Movin’ On,” “Ready For Love” and “Rock Steady.”

Season 19 of the series will also feature performances by Blondie, Kenny Loggins and more; full details are available at the program’s website.

The 2016 US shows with Joe Walsh saw Bad Company bring in former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson to fill in for Mick Ralphs, who wasn’t feeling up to travelling at the time.

Ralphs returned to the lineup for a fall UK tour in October, following which the band revealed that the guitarist had suffered a stroke.

“Mick is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital, although all his public engagements are necessarily on hold, pending his improvement,” said the group. “Everyone is wishing Mick a speedy recovery, and further news will be announced at the appropriate time.”


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Rock News Artist Of The Year No. 2: VAN HALEN



As part of the 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards, the site is counting down the Top 10 Rock News Artists of the year.

Finalists for the 7th annual hennemusic Rock News Awards are chosen by readers: winners are determined by the combined total page views of the top 50 hennemusic rock news stories of the past twelve months.

The 2016 hennemusic Rock News Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, December 22.


2016 Rock News Artist Of The Year – Top 10

10 – SAMMY HAGAR
09 – DAVID LEE ROTH
08 – THE EAGLES
07 – RAINBOW
06 – LED ZEPPELIN
05 – THE ROLLING STONES
04 – BLACK SABBATH
03 – GUNS N ROSES


Rock News Artist of The Year No. 2 – VAN HALEN


Van Halen were on hiatus throughout 2016 following a North American tour last summer in support of “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert.”

Interest in a reunion of the band’s classic lineup remains high, as witnessed by headlines in January that led former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony to address rumors that he may be reuniting with his old band.

In late January, Sammy Hagar tweeted a message to former bandmate Eddie Van Halen on the occasion of his 61st birthday, quite likely representing the first contact between the two since they split at the end of a 2004 Van Halen reunion tour.

In early February, Van Halen’s 1978 classic, Runnin’ With The Devil”, provided the soundtrack to a Super Bowl 50 commercial for car maker Acura that featured an isolated vocal track of singer David Lee Roth.

In sync with the Super Bowl event, Roth launched a new website and social media outlets after mysteriously being offline for the past year; the same month, the rocker began season 3 of his online series The Roth Show.

An early episode saw Roth issue a new acoustic blues song, “Ain’t No Christmas”, whose lyrics had some fans speculating that the tune sounded like it could represent the singer’s farewell to his days in Van Halen. Roth’s management initially shrugged it off, but the rocker offered a direct response, saying: “On second thought, if all work is autobiographic, maybe this song is about Van Halen...”

In a March interview with Rolling Stone, Hagar reflected on his Van Halen debut, 1986’s “5150”, as it marked its 30th anniversary.

Roth opened up about the band’s future on an episode of his online series in May, declaring his sense that Van Halen will regroup to record and tour once again, although no timetable seemed to be in place.

Eddie Van Halen revealed in June that he got out of his latest speeding ticket with the help of an unknown police captain.

“The patrol guy who gave me the ticket, his captain voided it,” explained the guitar icon. “He said, ‘You don’t give Eddie Van Halen a ticket,’ and I had a letter to prove it.”

In August, Hagar offered what may well be his first-ever public apology to Van Halen during an appearance on an episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”

Hagar has repeatedly slammed the band since his 2004 departure, but the singer claimed he found himself in a new place following the late 2015/early 2016 deaths of fellow rockers Scott Weiland, Lemmy, David Bowie and Glenn Frey.

Roth took to his blog in late September to ask for the public’s help in identifying a phone stalker that had been harassing him for some time. The rocker has been noticeably quiet online since October, with no new updates to his website or social media accounts in recent months.

Eddie was among the artists in October who expressed their continued support of the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education in public schools across the United States.

“Can you imagine a world without music? It’s a must. It has to be taught,” said Van Halen in a new video as the Foundation received a National Music Education Award at the Americans For The Arts gala in New York. “I wanted to give back to the community, and especially kids in need who want an instrument but didn’t have the opportunity I had.”

Flying under the media radar this past year has been Wolfgang Van Halen, who spent 2016 in the studio recording his debut solo album; the bassist regularly shares images from the sessions via his social media outlets. No further details, including a timetable for the project’s release, have been revealed to date.


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