Rock News Randoms 11-1-22

Rock News Randoms 11-1-22

John Mellencamp has shared the previously unreleased song “Smart Guys” from the forthcoming reissue of his album Scarecrow. The reissue is being released on November 4, featuring bonus tracks, rarities and more. Pre-order HERE.

Will Robert Plant and Jimmy Page reunite for . . . Dolly Parton??? 

RATT’s Stephen Pearcy has his own line of premium coffee.

The newly-launched Elegant Weapons group looks like it’s gonna rock. The line-up includes singer Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, MSG), guitarist Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down), and drummer Scott Travis (Judas Priest). The band will be issuing their full-length debut, ‘Horns for a Halo,’ in spring 2023, which was produced by Andy Sneap and issued via Nuclear Blast Records.

 Eddie Vedder joined The Who onstage at a cancer benefit for a performance of “The Seeker”.

The Rolling Stones are recording a new album that’ll include their late drummer Charlie Watts on some tracks.  And there’s a country-based Rolling Stones tribute album in the pipeline called “Stoned Cold Country”.  Some of the artists include Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, and Brooks & Dunn. It’ll be out sometime next year.

KISS is celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Creatures Of The Night” on November 18 with a release of “Creatures Of The Night 40”. It will be available in multiple formats, with many extras. You can pre-order now from the KISS online store. Here’s the demo version of “Not For The Innocent”.

Steve Perry has released The Season Deluxe Edition, an extended, 10-track digital version of The Season, Perry’s first-ever holiday album from last year. This release adds two new, previously unreleased songs: a brand-new composition called “Maybe This Year,” written by Steve and Dallas Kruse, and a soulful cover of Donny Hathaway’s classic, “This Christmas”. Primarily recorded at Perry’s home studio, The Season came to life in collaboration with drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa) and Dallas Kruse (a multi-instrumentalist who also worked with Perry on his acclaimed 2018 album Traces). While most of the album encompasses an understated sonic palette—piano, strings, upright bass—each track leaves an indelible impact thanks to the soulful sincerity of Perry’s vocal work. “One of the things I love most about those traditional recordings is they’re not coming at you like a rock song—they’re just sitting there quietly and inviting you in,” says Perry. “I’d never sung with that much simplicity before, and it was incredibly thrilling to bring that kind of expression to these songs.”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” during a gig in L.A. over the weekend. Check out a snippet.