Rock News Randoms 8-6-21

Rock News Randoms 8-6-21

A DOKKEN box set is in the works.

ROLLING STONES drummer CHARLIE WATTS is dropping out of the band’s upcoming tour . . . and it has nothing to do with COVID-19.  As far as we know. Charlie had an “unspecified medical procedure,” and while it was successful, he’ll need time to recuperate, and he doesn’t want the band to postpone the tour for him, especially since it was already delayed by the pandemic. Steve Jordan . . . from Keith Richards’ side project . . . will take his place.  Rehearsals start in a couple of weeks, and the tour launches next month.  For what it’s worth, Charlie turned 80 in June.  

METALLICA will soon have a podcast. It will launch with eight episodes, all centered around the making of their self-titled 1991 album, aka “The Black Album”. 

Check out a recordsing of TOM MORELLOBRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, and EDDIE VEDDER covering AC/DC‘s “Highway to Hell”. It will be on TOM MORELLO‘s new album, “The Atlas Underground Fire” coming out on October 15,

GUNS N’ ROSES debuted a new version of the tune “Silkworms”, renaming it “Absurd”.

Photos from CHRIS CORNELL‘s last photoshoot are now NFTs.  

GENE SIMMONS has joined forces with Nicholas Leone of Animazing Gallery at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian® Resort in Las Vegas for the debut of Gene Simmons ArtWorks™ October 14 through 16. The gallery showing will include a broad variety of artwork by Simmons – from sketches and drawings to small and large format paintings.

Coming October 1, an expanded edition of BLACK SABBATH’s 1976 album “Technical Ecstasy”.

STYX fans have started a petition to get the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s attention for Styx to be considered for the nomination ballot. They’ve never been nominated, even though they’ve been eligible for over 20 years.Click here to sign the petition.

WENDY DIO, the widow of RONNIE JAMES DIO, says there is a lot of unreleased DIO music in the vaults.

WEEZER‘s cover of METALLICA‘s “Enter Sandman” is here and the style stays true to the original. It’s part of the album of covers, “The Metallica Blacklist”. 

In the wake of WHITESNAKE‘s massive global success, the band’s founder and lead singer, DAVID COVERDALE, set out to record his third solo album in 1995. However, the plan was derailed when pressure from his record label forced him to change course and release Restless Heart under the David Coverdale & Whitesnake moniker. Despite the changes, the 1997 album was a Top 40 hit in the U.K. Surprisingly, the record was never released in the U.S. That will change this fall when Rhino introduces several versions of Restless Heart, including a four-disc boxed set.
RESTLESS HEART: SUPER DELUXE EDITION will be available on October 29 for $64.98 and is available for pre-order now. The 4-CD/DVD collection features newly remastered and remixed versions of the original album, along with unreleased demos and studio outtakes. The DVD includes music videos and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album with new interviews from David Coverdale. The set comes with a hardbound book filled with rare and unseen photos from the era. Three additional versions of Restless Heart will be available the same day. First is a 2-CD Deluxe Edition that includes the new remix plus the original album, newly remastered ($24.98). Next is a 2-LP Deluxe Edition pressed on 180-gram silver vinyl that features the newly remixed album ($31.98). And finally, there is a 1-CD version which again features the newly remixed album ($14.98). In addition, all of the music will be available digitally through streaming services.