Rock News Randoms 8-30-18

Rock News Randoms 8-30-18

Former ALLMAN BROTHERS guitarist DICKEY BETTS canceled some upcoming shows after suffering a mild stroke.

The official cause of death for PANTERA drummer VINNIE PAUL was heart disease.

PAUL MCCARTNEY doesn’t really get crazy anymore because he’s a grandfather.  He says, quote, “Granddad can’t just be sitting in his armchair with a great big doobie on and a bottle of tequila.” 

The CHRIS CORNELL statue in Seattle will be unveiled on October 7th. 

LED ZEPPELIN have released a teaser video for their 50th anniversary photo book Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin. It will be out in October.

TOMMY LEE and NIKKI SIXX are back in the studio together, but don’t expect a new MOTLEY CRUErecord.  There’s speculation it’s something for the movie adaptation of their biography, “The Dirt”.

METALLICA now has its own whiskey. From a press release: “Blackened” isn’t just the name of a song on …And Justice For All and now on the bottle; it literally helps to shape the flavor! The blend of bourbons, ryes and whiskeys from all across North America is housed in black brandy barrels and inundated with low hertz sound waves so intense that it actually enhances the molecular interaction and ultimately the finish of the whiskey, the process of sonic-enhancement we call “Black Noise.”
For much more info, where to find Blackened American Whiskey and to check out the playlists used to sonically age the whiskey, visit and follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To grab some Blackened American Whiskey merch, hit the Met Store now. The band has also launched a line of watches – click here for info.

In late 2018, BAD COMPANY will be hitting the road for a handful of US dates, some with LYNYRD SKYNYRD and CHEAP TRICK.

Several members of DIRE STRAITS . . . minus MARK KNOPFLER . . . are doing some dates as DIRE STRAITS LEGACY.