The Rock Show
The Loud Hailer
Catch up on the latest releases, gig news and scandal from the turbulent world of rock.
Will they do what you told them?
The reformed Rage Against The Machine have confirmed 40 dates on their reunion tour, including one very close to home this summer.
The shows will kick off in their home country in March and arrive in Europe in late August for performances at this year's Leeds and Reading festivals, before heading to continental Europe for six further shows.
Rage Against The Machine announced they'd got back together late last year with Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford annoucing they were dissolving Prophets Of Rage and were hooking up once again with frontman Zak de la Rocha.
Kiss-story on screen
Kiss are planning to release a biopic before they retire from the music business in 2021.
Their manager Doc McGhee says that the rock legends will follow in the footsteps of Queen, Mötley Crüe and Elton John and release their own movie.
In a new interview Doc said he was hoping to get a film company to back the idea before finishing off the script and getting the filming done ready for a summer 2021 release.
Producer Mark Canton, who worked on the movie 300, is involved in the project. If it goes to schedule, the as-yet-untitled film should hit come out about the same month Kiss are set to play their final show in their hometown of New York City.
The band recently kicked off their US tour with former Van Halen singer David Lee Roth in support and will come to the UK this summer to play just one gig - headlining the Friday night at the Download Festival at Donington Park.
My Chemical return
My Chemical Romance have confirmed they’ll return to the UK later this year for a one-off show.
The band announced the news in a video for instrumental track The Offering, which features hooded figures like those seen on their Twitter feed at the start of the month. The end of the clip reveals that they’ll play at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes on June the 20th.
It’ll be the first time My Chemical Romance have played a show in the country since they headlined the Leeds festival back in 2011.
The hooded figure appeared on My Chemical Romance's social media channels earlier this month and that was then followed by a short cryptic video showing a series of graphics and symbols.
My Chemical Romance returned to the stage for the first time in seven years in December with a 20-song set at a gig in California.
Hall of fame snub sparks criticism
Judas Priest, Motorhead, Thin Lizzy and Soundgarden have all missed out on being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year in favour of other acts including Notorious B.I.G. and Whitney Houston.
That's drawn criticism from Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, who has called the decision 'a total joke.'
Richie said the rockhall held no credibility for him and never has, because Priest were one of the bands who helped shape the heavy metal genre.
Judas Priest, who were also nominated in 2017, will kick off their 50th anniversary celebrations later this yearand complete the first run of shows with a headline set at the Bloodstock festival in August. They'll then head out across the UK and Europe with Ozzy Osbourne on his rescheduled dates.
2020 Foos News
Foo Fighters have kick-started 2020 by sharing a series of cryptic posts strongly hinting at new music.
The band began teasing fans on New Year's Day when they shared a photo of a microphone in a bathtub along with the caption 'Come on in, the water's fine…'
And a few days ago they posted a black and white image of a disassembled drum kit on a staircase alongside a minute of audio featuring a drumbeat.
A third tantalising post features an image of a stack of speakers together with a loop of music.
Although there hasn’t been any official word from the Foo Fighters, it's highly likely they're teasing their as-yet-untitled tenth studio album and the follow-up to 2017's Concrete and Gold.
Back in September, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl told the audience at Brazil's Rock in Rio festival that the band will start work on new material shortly.
New solo project for Paramore singer
Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams is preparing to release some solo material early this year.
She took to Twitter to announce the news and said fans will get to hear it sometime in January.
She didn't elaborate on whether the new music involves a single or a potential album, but it sounds like it won’t be under the Paramore name.
Earlier this year she said she was uncertain of the band's future plans, adding that her and the rest of the band are enjoying being friends without the music.
Paramore changed their style over the last couple of albums, from alternative rock to more syth-based new wave.
Southern fried Skynyrd
Southern rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd will be one of the headliner at next year's Ramblin' Man Fair.
The event, which takes place at Mote Park in Kent from the 17th to the 19th of July.
This will be Skynurds only UK show of 2020 and is part of their Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour.
Also appearing at the festival will be Monster Truck, psychadelic rockers Curved Air, The Quireboys and Clutch, who will play two very different sets.
John returns to Peppers
Guitarist John Frusciante has rejoined Red Hot Chili Peppers again.
The band released a statement confirming that Josh Klinghoffer is leaving after being their guitarist for the last ten years and contributing to two of the band's albums.
This will be his third time in the band, after leaving back in 1992 when he was replaced by Jane's Addiction's Dave Nirvaro, who lasted for just one album.
And he quit again in 2009 while the band were on hiatus following the lengthy Stadium Arcadium tour.
At the time he said he felt his musical interests had led him in a different direction.