Rock News Randoms 8-3-22

Rock News Randoms 8-3-22

Aerosmith continues to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and part of that celebration is a streaming concert series called “50 Years Live!: From The Aerosmith Vaults”. The band is featuring “offical bootlegs” of five shows from their vaults. The first installment is “Live From The Summit, Houston, TX, 1977”. (Warning: NSFW)

Joe Walsh has announced his sixth annual VetsAid benefit show will happen November 13 in Columbus, OH. The concert will feature a reunited James Gang, plus Dave Grohl, Nine Inch Nails and more.

Metallica met Joe Quinn, who played Eddie on “Stranger Things”.  They did a “Master of Puppets” jam session together and gave him a replica of the guitar he played on the show. The band invited him backstage at Lollapalooza. (Watch the backstage video here.  And see photos here and here.) Thanks to that “Stranger Things” episode, Metallica‘s “Master of Puppets” has been everywhere. And now, the a cappella group MayTree has done their own version 

Bret Michaels doesn’t think Poison will tour until 2025.  But he will perform solo next year for a “Party Gras” tour. 

Want to learn guitar? The new Gibson App simplifies the learning process and brings guitar-playing to life for the current and next generation of guitarists in a modern, comprehensive, and intuitive way. New to the App this week is the Gibson App Guide, where players can get exclusive step-by-step guidance and instruction straight from the music icons who write and perform legendary songs. In the latest addition to the Gibson App Guide, fans can learn how to play KISS guitarist Tommy “Spaceman” Thayer’s favorite iconic KISS guitar solos including “Shout It Out Loud,” “Detroit Rock City,” “Black Diamond,” and “Psycho Circus.” Learn more about the Gibson App, HERE.

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will be released in multiple formats on September 16.

Former Foreigner lead singer, Lou Gramm, is not amused by the way current singer, Kelly Hansen, performs the band’s classic tunes. Gramm says he’s being “mimicked”.

Pollstar just released a list of the top touring artists worldwide based on how many tickets they’ve sold over the years.  They used data dating all the way back to 1980.  Here are the Top 20:

1.  U2, which has sold more than 26 MILLION TICKETS. 

2.  Dave Matthews Band 

3.  The Rolling Stones 

4.  Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 

5.  Elton John 

6.  Metallica 

7.  Bon Jovi 

8.  Billy Joel 

9.  Kenny Chesney 

10.  Grateful Dead 

11.  Trans-Siberian Orchestra 

12.  Phish 

13.  Aerosmith 

14.  Jimmy Buffett 

15.  Rod Stewart 

16.  Neil Diamond 

17.  Coldplay 

18.  George Strait 

19.  Tim McGraw 

20.  Ed Sheeran 

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