Alice In Chains are streaming a video tribute to their late singer, Layne Staley, on what would have been his 50th birthday yesterday (August 22nd). The clip also includes comments from Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin – both of whom were layne’s bandmates in the Seattle supergroup Mad Season.
Members of the U2 fan club received an envelope in the mail containing a mysterious, mostly redacted letter prominently featuring the word “Blackout.” A pert of it reads, “Blackout … It’s clear who you are will appear … U2.com,” the words cut out from the figures of a man and a woman. At the bottom of the letter: “U2 will announce [blank] on [blank].” Is this the announcement of a new album or tour from U2? We’ll have to wait and see… keep an eye on your mailbox.
We finally know the full cast who will play Queen in the new Freddie Mercury movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Members of the band have previously mentioned that Rami Malek will play the role of Freddie. Gwilym Lee (The Tourist, The Last Witness) will play the guitarist Brian May, Joe Mazzello (Jurassic Park, The Social Network) will play bassist John Deacon and Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse) will take the role of drummer Roger Taylor. Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled for release on December 25, 2018.
Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan will release a new solo album this fall: Ogilala is set for an October 14 release, coinciding with a North American Tour. The album was produced by recording Rick Rubin and Billy is releasing the record under his full legal name, William Patrick Corgan. He’ll play the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto October 20th.