Rock News Randoms 8-15-23

Rock News Randoms 8-15-23

Metallica’s “All Within My Hands” Foundation donated $200,000 to those affected by the Maui wildfires. And if you ever wondered what “Kill ‘Em All” would sound like if it were written and recorded by ZZ Top………wonder no more.

Van Halen will release a new boxed set this fall spotlighting the iconic band’s second incarnation, with singer Sammy Hagar, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony. The upcoming set includes newly remastered versions of four multi-platinum studio albums, along with a selection of rarities recorded between 1989 and 2004. THE COLLECTION II will be available on October 6 on 5 LPs for $124.98 and 5 CDs for $49.98. Pre-order both versions HERE. All the music in the set was mastered directly from the original master tapes, a process overseen by the band’s longtime engineer, Donn Landee. The new set is the long-awaited sequel to The Collection, a compilation released in 2015 that focused on the six studio albums recorded by the band’s original line-up, which featured singer David Lee Roth. THE COLLECTION II picks up where its predecessor left off and covers the four consecutive #1 albums released during the Hagar era: 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991), and Balance (1995). THE COLLECTION II concludes with Studio Rarities 1989-2004, an exclusive compilation that assembles eight gems from the Hagar era for the first time. Among these rarities is “Crossing Over,” the B-Side to Balance’s “Can’t Stop Lovin’ You”, and the band’s only non-album B-side.

Dee Snider has a few things to say about Kiss, Ozzy and the Scorpions in regards to retiring.

Night Ranger will release 40 Years and a Night With Contemporary Youth Orchestra, a new live album, on October 20. The set was recorded when the band performed with a student orchestra in Cleveland late last year.

Bronze statues of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were unveiled in their hometown of Dartford, England.  (Full Story

A list of rock album cover locations you can visit includes the Eagles’ “Hotel California” at the Beverly Hills Hotel. . . Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” at Warner Brothers Studios in California, U2’s “The Joshua Tree” at Death Valley National Park, and “Houses of the Holy”,  Led Zeppelin –  Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland to name a few.

Sammy Hagar is thinking about opening a resort.

A new Guns N’ Roses song called “Perhaps” was leaked on TouchTunes’ digital jukeboxes in bars across the country.  (Full Story)

Lita Ford’s new album will be out in March of 2024.

This took long enough, but we finally have an Alice Cooper makeup collection.  It launches on Halloween. (Full Story) And here’s another new Alice Cooper track.

Watch Foo Fighters bring out Michael Bublé for a performance of “Haven’t Met You Yet”. (WARNING:  The video contains profanity.) 

Ted Nugent says that he’ll still make music and do the occasional gig here and there after he wraps up his farewell tour.

Wolfgang Van Halen learned what NOT to do in a band thanks to his time in Van Halen.  Quote, “Why do we need to be walking around on eggshells?  Why is there a problem all the time?  Like, why can’t we just get along and play music?”

Axeman Doug Aldrich says that his song collaboration with Ronnie James Dio will be released.