Hey how you doing, I’m Tony Fennell, this RMW and your listening to the week in rock review January 14th 2019
In Guns N’ Roses news: Frontman Axl Rose is streaming a video for his first new song in a decade, “Rock The Rock.” The clip is actually from a recent episode of the New Looney Tunes series that sees the Guns N’ Roses singer taking on an incoming asteroid with music from a band that includes Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig on guitars.
While there are no details about the possible release of “Rock The Rock” as a single, the tune marks Rose’s first new song since Guns N’ Roses issued their sixth album, “Chinese Democracy”, in 2008. Watch this space.
Earlier this week, Def Leppard teased an announcement with a countdown video on their social media channels. Now the band have now revealed exactly what the wait was for by announcing “drumroll please” a Canadian summer tour.
The run of 11 shows kicks off in Halifax on July 12th and wraps up with a performance at the Saddledome in Calgary on the 31st of the month. The band will be joined on the tour by Tesla.
In related Def Leppard news, the band will also be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The bands current lineup, along with late guitarist Steve Clark and the band’s original guitarist Pete Willis will be honored.
Def Leppard will also headline Download UK this summer.
Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley sees the current lineup of the band as “half of a cover band” and doesn’t believe that the group can “go out with a bang” without him.
Ace has made several comments about wishing to take part in his former band’s latest farewell tour called: the End Of the Road. When asked about it during a recent interview he said: “When I read the comments the fans make on the Internet – every once in a while I’ll spend a half hour or an hour reading comments – invariably 80-90 percent of the KISS fans want a full-blown reunion. I don’t know if that’s possible; it could be a variation of it. There’s no way KISS is gonna go out with a bang with the lineup they have now. It’s half of a cover band. Ouch..
Motley Crue posted a cryptic message on social media that appears to tease a commercial from the band that may well air during next month’s broadcast of Super Bowl 53.
The band tweeted out a series of three emojis and “02.03.19 #ad”, which syncs up with the February 3rd NFL championship event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. The Super Bowl airs about six weeks ahead of the March 22nd premiere of Motley Crue’s Netflix biopic, “The Dirt”, based on their 2001 memoir of the same name. Speculation says that it’s possible that a commercial will deliver the first preview for the movie during one of the most-watched US broadcasts of the year.
Michael Lang – the co-founder of Woodstock – has announced that the festival will return later this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the original event. The three-day festival will be held at the Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York between August 16-18 this year.
The list of artists that will be on the bill won’t be announced until ticket go on sale next month, but Lang told Rolling Stone that more than 40 artists have already been signed up. Lang said: “It’ll be an eclectic bill. It’ll be hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival.”
Also, if you can’t manage to get to the event itself, the festival will also be streamed online, details to be revealed in due course.
Let’s end this week’s review with some movie news. Metallica front-man James Hetfield is making his film and acting debut in a new film about serial killer Ted Bundy. The movie has Hetfield playing the role of Officer Bob Hayward. The movie is called Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, and will be directed by Joe Berlinger – Joe was also behind the camera for Metallica’s Some Kind Of Monster.
The movie premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, which will be held in Utah between January 24th and February 3th.
As for Hetfield’s other job, you know, the one where he’s the singer/ guitarist for Metallica, anyway, they return to the UK and Europe for the next leg of their WorldWired tour as of May.
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