Rock News Randoms 6-5-20

Rock News Randoms 6-5-20

What has JAMES HETFIELD been doing during the coronavirus pandemic? Working on his hobbies, including producing a pair of coffee tables called “The Covid Collection by JH”. They’re being raffled off for METALLICA‘s All Within My Hands foundation – click here for info. 

TWISTED SISTER‘s rock anthem “We’re Not Gonna Take It” is now available in picture book form for kids. Click here for info and to order.

DON HENLEY wants Congress to do more to protect artists against online pirating. 

Have you seen any of Geico’s recent ads where people talk about insurance issues?  Like the one where two people talk about the “clogging problem” in their apartment . . . and it turns out the family above them are clog dancers? Well, another one of those ads features a couple with a “rat problem.”  And RATT the BAND is featured in it.  It shows them playing their 1984 hit, “Round and Round” in various parts of the house.  And now 36 years later, it’s a HIT again . . . all because of that commercial. This week, it hit #18 on Billboard’s Top 20 Rock Digital Song Sales chart. The band posted about it on their blog and thanked fans . . . “old and new” . . . for pushing the song up the charts this year. Lead singer STEPHEN PEARCY talked about the commercial in a recent interview.  He said it was fun to do, and that the timing worked out really well, because everyone’s been stuck at home watching TV.  The ad debuted about two months ago, and it’s already aired over 10,000 times.  It also has close to nine million views on YouTube. 

Is MIKE PORTNOY about to reunite with his former DREAM THEATER bandmates? 

STEVE PRIEST, bass player for SWEETdied Thursday, June 4 at the age of 72. A cause of death was not announced.   

KISS has officially postponed all previously announced European tour dates that were set to take place through June and July. Meanwhile, the band, along with METALLICA and BON JOVI, made Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities. Check out the full list here.

MOTLEY CRUE’s TOMMY LEE has released two new solo tunes. “Knock Me Down” is a collaboration with Killvein, and “Tops” features South African rapper Push Push. Check out the videos with caution – not safe for work.