Rock News Randoms 6-28-23

Rock News Randoms 6-28-23

The 50th Anniversary of Lynyrd Skynyrd will premiere on July 8 and screen for a limited, one-week run in movie theaters, drive-ins and outdoor venues across the country. Fans can head to the film’s official website to find locations and purchase tickets. This concert film was recorded in November 2022, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and features Gary Rossington’s final performance with the band.

A 33-foot-tall mechanical bull sculpture from last year’s Commonwealth Games in England will be named after Ozzy Osbourne.  (Full Story

Sammy Hagar and Def Leppard are among the celebs being honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

On sale now, with a release date in September, “Portraits Of Rainbow – The Dio Years”, a comprehensive photo book. And on September 29, the Dio documentary, “Dreamers Never Die”, will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Here’s the latest installment of Def Leppard’s video blog – “Behind The World Tour Episode 7: Sweden, Finland, & Norway”.

A new ZZ Top album is in the works and will include the late Dusty Hill.  (Full Story

Here’s an eclectic mix – STP, Toto, Hoobastank and Ringo Starr will all be performing at a benefit for the Ed Asner Family Center.

A new solo album from former Free and Bad Co frontman, Paul Rodgers, will be out on September 22. Check out the first release from “Midnight Rose”.

At the UK’s Glastonbury Music Festival over the weekend, Rick Astley sang AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, and he played the drums on it, too.  Also, Foo Fighters played a surprise set, while Dave Grohl hopped onstage during sets by the Pretenders and Guns N’ Roses.  (WARNING:  The third video on this page contains profanity.) 

Dokken’s new studio album, “Heaven Comes Down”, will be out in September.

Former Motley Crue axeman, Mick Mars, is working on a new solo album titled “Another Side of Mars”.

Before his death in January, legendary guitarist Jeff Beck revisited concert recordings made by Beck, Bogert & Appice, the power trio he formed in 1972 with drummer/singer Carmine Appice and bassist/singer Tim Bogert. The live music captures the band at the beginning and end of its short-but-influential partnership, with two shows in Japan in 1973 and one of the group’s final performances in London a year later. In honor of what would have been Beck’s 79th birthday this Saturday, ATCO/Rhino announces the upcoming release of the new BBA boxed set, LIVE IN JAPAN 1973, LIVE IN LONDON 1974. The collection will be available on September 15 on 4 CDs ($59.98) or 4 LPs ($149.98). Also, a purple-vinyl version will be released the same day, available to pre-order HERE. Additionally, the music will be available from digital and streaming services.

Paul McCartney walked back his recent comments that the upcoming NEW Beatles record was made using artificial intelligence. Paul McCartney says the new Beatles record doesn’t have anything artificially or synthetically created.  He said it’s all real, they just cleaned up existing recordings.