The nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were announced this week. “Best Metal Performance” nominees include: Anthrax – “T.N.T.”; Black Sabbath “God Is Dead?”; Dream Theater “The Enemy Inside”; Killswitch Engage “In Due Time”; and Volbeat featuring King Diamond – “Room 24.”
Sabbath’s “God Is Dead?” was also nominated in the “Best Rock Song” category, and its most recent studio album, 13, is up for “Best Rock Album.” Metallica’s Through The Never earned a nom for “Best Recording Package.” The Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on Sunday, January 26, 8pm ET/PT.
Metallica made history on December 8th when it became the first band in the world to ever play all seven continents in a single year. The band played Antarctica on Sunday, saying it “was the most unique show [the band] has ever done. They added, “The band, contest winners, research station scientists [from Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany], and the ship crew, all crammed in this little dome out on the helipad of Carlini Station in Antarctica! The energy in the little dome was amazing! Words cannot describe how happy everyone was.”
The gig was part of a contest sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero in several Latin and South American countries. Check out a recap of the event video below, and you can check out photos on the band’s Facebook page.
As a tribute to their friend and bandmate, Vixen guitarist/founder Jan Kuehnemund, singer Janet Gardner, drummer Roxy Petrucci and bassist Share Ross have announced they will be performing as Vixen in 2014. The band was due to record together again last year, but Jan was diagnosed with cancer just before the announcement. Sadly, she lost her battle in October.
“We’ve been hearing the fans ask for this and while it will never be the same without Jan, we believe in our hearts it’s what she would have wanted,” said Gardner. JSRG (JanetShareRoxyGina) guitarist Gina Stile will handle guitar at various live dates, still to be announced.
Ex-L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns has teamed up with Megan Kinney (who also appears with Tracii in the live Las Vegas show, Raiding The Rock Vault) to record several Christmas classics and they’re all up for a listen right here.
Elsewhere in Vegas…Dee Snider, Alice Cooper, Mötley Crue’s Vince Neil, Kiss and more were on-hand last week to perform at a concert and live auction to raise money for the Brennan Rock & Roll Academy. The performers took to the stage under the name Hairball, and churned out a rockin’ set of ‘80s and ‘90s-era metal. Check out what Dee had to say to Vegas Rocks! magazine right here.
The magazine also caught up with Alice Cooper and asked what his greatest fear was. “Needles,” he said. “I can’t do a blood test. I mean, I can put my head in a guillotine, I can put a 20-foot boa constrictor around [me]…my show is so dangerous it’s ridiculous. Everybody gets stitches in my show. But, a blood test? And I’m like…[swoon/faint]. And it’s nothing to do with the pain. It’s everything to do with a needle going in your arm. To me, that just doesn’t make any sense at all.”
House of Lords is gearing up to release it brand-new studio album, Precious Metal, on February 25, 2014.
Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali was interviewed by Loudwire about the future of the band, which recently announced Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate, L.A. Guns, Adler’s Appetite, Ratt) as lead singer, replacing the late Kevin DuBrow.
Said Frankie of the decision,“Kevin and I had an understanding. I always expected to die before Kevin and we had both agreed that no matter who went first, the other would continue Quiet Riot. That was set in stone years before Kevin died. I just never saw it coming and even knowing that Kevin was fine if I continued Quiet Riot past his lifetime, it still took me three years of mourning to even think about continuing, and here I am six years later still trying to get it right.”
Van Halen guitar great Eddie Van Halen surprised music students at the Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles last week. There were 27 lucky kids in class last Thursday, when Eddie stopped by and encouraged the budding musicians to follow their music dreams by talking about the importance of music in his own life. “I wasn’t born ‘Eddie Van Halen.’ Successful or famous, it took years of dedication and practice, practice, practice,” he said.
Eddie and Fender Instruments donated one of his signature EVH 5150lll amps to the class, and Eddie personally presented each guitar student with a gift bag filled with guitar products. “The gift of music is yours, no one can take that away no matter what,” added Eddie. “It is not a rich/poor thing nor does it discriminate. If you have a love or even a like for music, go after it, pursue it. Music helps lift your self-esteem, it gave me an identity, kept me out of trouble, gave me goals and the desire to improve. It gave me a life.”
Singer Joe Lynn Turner, who has fronted bands including Rainbow, Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force (among others), has launched a new band called Legacy X.
Joining him are drummer Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus), bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Whitesnake) and guitarist Jeff Watson (Night Ranger).
Poison frontman Bret Michaels will be be guest starring on the NBC sci-fi series Revolution sometime next year. He’ll play a post-apocalyptic version of himself and will be performing an acoustic version of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”