Rock News Randoms 3-16-23

Rock News Randoms 3-16-23

Brian May from Queen was knighted by King Charles. 

Jim Gordon, the drummer for Derek and the Dominoes, passed away.

Lars Ulrich thinks “Lulu”, the album Metallica did with Lou Reed, has “aged extremely well.”

Willie Nelson is turning 90 next month, and he’s not just sitting at home.  He’s heading back out on the road this summer for another Outlaw Music Festival tour.  He’ll be joined by tons of other artists, including Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, the Avett Brothers, and John Fogerty.

Lynyrd Skynyrd played their first show since the passing of Gary Rossington. It went down on March 12 at the Florida Strawberry Festival, and included a video tribute to Rossington during “Tuesday’s Gone”. Guitarist Damon Johnson, who has played with Brother Cane, Thin Lizzy and Alice Cooper, continued his tenure, as he has been filling for Rossington on the road since 2021. 

“Definitely: The Official Story Of Def Leppard, previously only available as a limited-edition release, is now going to made available to everyone, with a hardcover edition being released on May 9.

Yes announced a new album and dropped the first single. The album Mirror to the Sky will be out on May 19.

Did the Rolling Stones lift some of their pandemic release, “Living in a Ghost Town”, from someone else? A songwriter has filed a lawsuit saying that elements of the tune are his work.

Rick Allen of Def Leppard was assaulted outside a Fort Lauderdale hotel on March 13, following a show. And in other news, rock and classical unite on brand new album Drastic SymphoniesDef Leppard’s greatest produced tracks dramatically reimagined and sounding larger and more exhilarating than ever before, teamed with London’s iconic The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, and including new vocals and instrumental from the band, Drastic Symphonies will be available May 19th in multiple formats. Pre-order here.

Roger Daltrey doesn’t think there’s much reason to release new music from The Who.

“Rolling Stone” ranked the 100 greatest heavy metal songs of all time. Here’s the top five: “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath is at #1, followed by Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”, then Motorhead’s “Ace of Spades” Breaking the Law”,  Judas Priest and at #5  “War Pigs”,  Black Sabbath. See the complete list at

Carrie Underwood brought out Axl Rose during the encore of her Los Angeles show on Monday for a duet of “Welcome to the Jungle”(You can watch the performance here.) She also posted photos and said, quote, “I’m the luckiest girl in the world.  Thanks, Axl, for showing up, once again, to make the great times even better.”  Meanwhile, Slash from GNR launched a new horror movie production company

Foo Fighters, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, and Green Day will headline the Louder Than Life festival