Rock News Randoms 9-6-22

Rock News Randoms 9-6-22

There was a HUGE tribute show Saturday night in London for Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, featuring tons of guest musicians. The most important of them all was, obviously, Taylor’s son Shane . . . who sat in his dad’s seat for My Hero

Another emotional highlight was Dave Grohl ending the show with a solo version of “Everlong”. Other performers included Liam Gallagher, Joe Walsh and the reunited James Gang, Nile Rodgers, Josh Homme, Kesha, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Lars Ulrich, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor. . . Justin Hawkins from The Darkness (no relation), Police drummer Stewart Copeland, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from Rush, the Pretenders, and viral drummer Nandi BushellDave Chappelle and Jason Sudeikis gave onstage introductions. Wolfgang Van Halen played two Van Halensongs:  “On Fire” and “Hot for Teacher”, with Justin Hawkins on vocals.  (WARNING:  The video contains profanity.) Paul McCartney was there too, and he performed the BeatlesOh Darlingwith Chrissie Hynde . . . the first time he’d ever done it as a duet. (Check out Dave Grohl’s intro in this clip from ET Canada . . . and here’s a rundown of how the night went down.) (WARNING:  There’s profanity after the song.) 

Ozzy Osbourne said living with Parkinson’s feels like walking in lead boots. There’s going to be a BBC docuseries called Home to Roost about Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s return to the U.K.  Ozzy will also be doing a halftime performance at Thursday night’s NFL kickoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Buffalo Bills game. Ozzy‘s new album, “Patient Number 9” is out Friday, September 9. Check out another new track.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will retire from touring in the next year or so. Singer Johnny Van Zant told a Florida newspaper, quote, “We’re still looking at hanging it up in the next year or so.” Mainly it’s because the band’s last remaining original member, guitarist Gary Rossington, isn’t doing too well.  He’s only able to join the band for a few shows at a time. But Johnny said musicians never truly retire, so he will probably still do something, even if it’s just writing music. 

Brian Johnson, AC/DC‘s legendary frontman, will publish his long-awaited autobiography, “The Lives Of Brian”, on October 13, 2022 — a year later than originally planned.

Aerosmith hit the stage for their first show in two and a half years on Sunday, September 4 in Bangor, Maine.

A list of the most expensive guitars ever is topped by a Kurt Cobain guitar that sold for $6 million.  Axes once owned by Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, and David Gilmour also made the list. (Check out more here.) (We should also note that a different website claims another one of Kurt Cobain’s guitars sold for $4.5 million, which would put it second on the list, and push the David Gilmour axe to 3rd.) 

A waitress and Guns N’ Roses superfan in Brazil was fired for taking a video of Axl Rose at the hotel she works at.  Then in an interview with a local media outlet she showed off her large lower back tattoo of the band’s logo. When other fans learned about her firing, they protested outside the hotel, asking management to forgive her. No word on if it actually worked. (Watch the clip here.)

Stephen Pearcy would like to reunite with the surviving members of Ratt, but he knows it’s not happening. 

David Lee Roth shared an unreleased version of Van Halen’s “Panama”

The Nirvana“Nevermind” baby had his child pornography lawsuit against the band tossed