Rock News Randoms 4-4-23

Rock News Randoms 4-4-23

With the passing of Gary Rossington, fans have wondered abut the future of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lead singer Johnny Van Zant said “We have come together with the founding band member estates, and everyone involved, and feel the music should continue for everyone to love and enjoy. So we will continue to perform for the Skynyrd Nation.” And the CMT Music Awards paid tribute to Rossington, with an all star jam session that included Slash, Billy Gibbons, Paul Rodgers, Warren Haynes and more.

Paul Stanley recently insulted the abilities of his former KISS bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.  And now Ace is threatening to release damaging information about Paul and Gene Simmons unless he apologizes. Meanwhile, Ace is wrapping up work on a new album.

Jimmy Page dishes on the origin of “The Rain Song” as celebrations for the 50th anniversary of “Houses of the Holy” continue. Page released audio of an instrumental, saying “My original idea for the opening tracks for ‘Houses Of The Holy’ was that a short overture would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would segue in to ‘The Seasons’, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’. Again there would be a contrasting acoustic guitar instrumental movement with melotron that could lead to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song.”

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett said he gets bored playing the same thing over and over, like the solo in “Master of Puppets”. And Metallica’s All Within My Hands foundation is dishing out funds for disaster relief in our country. $50,000 grants will be going to both Team Rubicon and Direct Relief to assist in recovery efforts related to the damaging weather in Mississippi and Alabama in March. Another $50,000 grant is going to Monterey County Storm Relief Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC). The funds will aid those affected by the widespread destruction from recent winter storms and the Pajaro levee breach in Monterey County, California. 

Dee Snider thinks “MTV Unplugged” destroyed metal in the ’90s. 

Check out The Black Crowes and Darius Rucker performing “She Talks to Angels” at Sunday’s CMT Music Awards in Austin, Texas.

A previously unheard, hour-long recording of The Beatles playing live in 1963 has been found.

Steven Tyler filed for the dismissal of his sexual assault lawsuit. 

Christine McVie’s cause of death was revealed to be a massive stroke caused by metastatic cancer.

A track from the new Disturbed album features Heart’s Ann Wilson.