Rock News Randoms 4-22-21

Rock News Randoms 4-22-21

STYX and COLLECTIVE SOUL are touring together for some dates this summer.

“Rockfield: The Studio On The Farm”, the story of the first residential recording studio, will be available to stream here as a Watch Now @ Home direct-to-consumer release before it’s released elsewhere. It looks pretty cool.

Legendary songwriter JIM STEINMAN died on Monday, April 19. There’s no official word on the cause of death, but it sounds like it was sudden. There was an emergency call to his home early Sunday morning. Jim was 73. Jim had a stroke four years ago, and his health had been declining. Jim is best known for writing MEAT LOAF’s best stuff . . . including his 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” and its 1993 follow-up “Bat Out of Hell 2: Back Into Hell”.  He also wrote hit singles for other artists . . . like “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” by Celine Dion“Making Love Out of Nothing At All” by Air Supply, and Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. “Bat Out of Hell” took a while to catch on, but once it did, it blew up.  It sold tens of millions of copies, and is near the top of pretty much every list of best-selling albums. In 2017, Jim turned “Bat Out of Hell” and “Bat Out of Hell 2” into a stage musical.  Meat Loaf issued a statement on Facebook saying, quote, “Coming here soon, My brother Jimmy.  Fly Jimmy Fly. 

TED NUGENT tested positive for COVID-19. He confirmed it on Monday, Aoril 19.

The FOO FIGHTERS released an animated video for “Chasing Birds”. 

L.A. GUNS, featuring PHIL LEWIS and TRACII GUNS, will release a new album, “Checkered Past”, in November.

MIKE RUTHERFORD says the GENESIS reunion tour may come to North America.

Netflix is close to a deal for a KISS biopic called “Shout It Out Loud”

“ELP”, the first official book about EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER, will be out this year. CARL PALMER, the sole surviving member of the band, worked on it with the families of his  bandmates.