Rock News Randoms 8-22-18

Rock News Randoms 8-22-18

ERIC CLAPTON will release a Christmas album, “Happy Xmas, on October 12th. The package features 14 tunes – some holiday classics, a few that aren’t quite as well known, and one original, “For Love On Christmas Day.”  

Someone told NEAL SCHON he should get STEVE PERRY back in JOURNEY, and he told the guy, quote, “Give it a rest.”

DENNIS RODMAN came onstage during a PEARL JAM show in Chicago . . . and gave EDDIE VEDDER a ukulele.

RONNIE JAMES DIO’s estate is auctioning off some of his stuff.  Fittingly, they’re putting 666 items on the block. Instruments, artwork, his passport, clothing and more. Click here for info.

JUDAS PRIEST celebrates 50 years of rock in 2019, and ROB HALFORD says the band is talking about how to mark this anniversary.

The EAGLES’ “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” was officially certified 38-times platinum, which means it has overtaken MICHAEL JACKSON’s “Thriller” to become the best-selling album of all time.

Not surprisingly, a recent online ranking of LED ZEPPELIN’s 92 songs is topped by “Stairway to Heaven”.  “Whole Lotta Love” and “Kashmir” are next.  Coming in LAST is the “Presence” bonus track “10 Ribs & All / Carrot Pod Pod”

AEROSMITH closed out the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards ceremony on Monday night. The band joined rapper Post Malone for brief renditions of “Dream On” and “Toys in the Attic”. In the video posted below, you can forward to 2:45 to see AEROSMITH perform.