Rock News of the Day
Guns N’ Roses ‘Confirm’ Reunion Band Lineup
After much speculation and rumors Guns N’ Roses officially confirmed that original members Slash, Axl Rose, and Duff McKagan are reuniting and will headline this year’s Coachella festival on April 16 and April 23. These two shows will be the first time that Slash and Axl have played together since 1993.
The reunion is not a complete return to the classic Appetite For Destruction lineup, with drummer Steven Adler, and guitarist Izzy Stradlin being absent from the bill… at least for now. The band confirmed only Axl, Slash and Duff as taking part.
As for who else will be part of the lineup, it has been suggested that current GN’R drummer Frank Ferrer will be participating in the reunion shows. Guitarist Richard Fortus and Duff’s Velvet Revolver bandmate Dave Kushner are also said to be included in the new GN’R lineup. There also may be a stadium tour coming.
Motorhead To Stream Lemmy’s Memorial Service Online
Motorhead have announced plans to stream a private memorial service that is planned for late frontman Lemmy Kilmister following his passing from cancer on December 28.
“This Saturday, January 9, family and close friends will observe a service at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Hollywood, commencing at 3pm PST and ending at 4.30pm,” says the band. “With such limited space available on-site, we respectfully ask that you don’t attend the cemetery… but we want you ALL to be a part of this, so we are setting up a live feed of the service via the internet on Motörhead’s official You Tube channel.”
Foo Fighters Covered By 1000 Musicians From Around The World
Super groups may include a few more members than your average band, but 1,000? That’s the number behind Rockin’ 1000, the band in Cesena, Italy responsible for collectively playing Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly” last year. The cover came about as a plea asking Foo Fighters to perform in their city.
Rockin’ 1000 followed up their massive debut with another video on Monday. This time, the band covered Foo Fighters’ “Saint Cecilia,” off the band’s most recent EP by the same name. Rather than perform together, as they did with their last cover, Rockin’ 1000 gathered musicians the world over to contribute. Check it out:
Linkin Park Recording New Album
Linkin Park have hinted at new music, “we’re just getting started in the studio on a new album” reads a message on their homepage, and now we have visual confirmation.
The band took to Instagram to share a photo of Chester Bennington singing into a microphone with the caption “back to work this week.” The band is working on the follow up to their 2014 album The Hunting Party.
This November Bennington had resigned from his temporary role as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots with the stated intention of focusing on Linkin Park.
Chuck’s Viral Video of the Day
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Surprises Street Musician And Sings Along
While a street musician was performing the Aerosmith classic I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, lead singer Steven Tyler wandered out of the crowd, walked up to the microphone, and started singing along. It seems the street musician might not even realize the stranger is actually Steven!
On This Day in Rock
1958—The Gibson Guitar Corporation patented its Flying V guitar.
1975—Pink Floyd entered Abbey Road Studios in London to begin work on Wish You Were Here.
1975—Approximately 1,000 Led Zeppelin fans rioted & caused $30,000 worth of damage to Boston Garden while waiting for Led Zeppelin tickets to go on sale for an upcoming concert, which would be cancelled by Boston’s mayor due to the riot.
1976—Peter Frampton released his breakthrough double live album Frampton Comes Alive! The album would be certified Gold less than eight weeks after its release & go on to sell six million copies in the U.S.
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Helpful Hints From Hell -- Finding Your Bag at the Airport
Chuck’s Dumbass of the Day
Some Pizza Hut staffers rang in 2016 with — what else — bong hits at Pizza Hut
Everyone celebrates the New Year differently. Some people go out for drinks while others spend a quiet evening home with board games.
However, a group of Pizza Hut employees in Cypress, California, celebrate by taking enormous bong rips at work — and then filming it, of course.
Guess My Gitch
Today on Guess My Gitch at 1:20pm we’ll be playing for tickets to the Toronto International Boat Show! Keep in mind that I never wear the same colour two days in a row, so be sure to not guess YELLOW!
More Watercooler Chat
Humans Failed to do THIS for the first time in 41 years
For the first time in 41 years, not a single person stood on the summit of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest peak at 29,029 feet, during an entire calendar year.
After a record 358 permits were issued to individual climbers at the start of the year, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in April, claiming 8,000-plus lives across the country and a record 18 on the mountain.
Meet the American Kennel Club’s 2 Newest Breeds
A hairless terrier and an ancient North African hound are ready to run with the pack of dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club. The organization announced Tuesday that the American hairless terrier and the sloughi have joined 187 other recognized breeds. The newcomers can now compete in most AKC shows and competitions, though not at the prominent Westminster Kennel Club show until next year.
Sources: Twitter Plans to Change Its Signature Character Limit
Is Twitter about to change its very essence? Sources say that the company plans to allow users to tweet things that are up to 10,000 characters, rather than just 140, though you won’t see all 10,000 characters on your feed. Rather, the typical 140 characters would be displayed, followed by a “call to action” signaling that you can click on the tweet to expand it and reveal the rest of the content.
One source says that adding more content has, in the past, caused user engagement to go down, so Twitter doesn’t want to make a huge change to what users see when they scroll.
Reportedly, Twitter is currently testing that version of the product, referred to inside Twitter as “Beyond 140,” and the company wants to launch it by the end of the first quarter.