Lynyrd Skynyrd have signed on host and curate the 2012 Simple Man Cruise, a floating rock ‘n’ roll party set for Oct. 27-31 on Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest luxury liner, the Pearl. The cruise, which sets sail from Miami, will feature about a dozen different bands rocking the ship, including Skynyrd, the Doobie Brothers and up-and-coming Southern rockers like Blackberry Smoke and the Dirty Guv’nahs.
Birthday wishes have been pouring in all over the Internet for Paul Stanley today (Jan. 20), on what is the Kiss frontman’s 60th birthday. His bandmates took to KissOnline.com to help celebrate the big day with posts for their fellow Kiss member and friend, who was born in New York on Jan. 20, 1962.
Black Sabbath will indeed go ahead and with their scheduled headlining set at this summer’s Download Festival in England, despite the recent announcement that Tony Iommi is battling lymphoma. The guitarist revealed just two weeks ago that he had been diagnosed with early stages of the cancer and is in the process of working with doctors to determine the best course of treatment.
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon are teaming up with CBS and New York – Presbyterian Hospital on a public service initiative to increase awareness for colon cancer and promote early colonoscopy screenings to help save lives. Sharon, Ozzy and ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ announcer Alan Kalter helped launch the 2012 CBS Cares Colonoscopy Sweepstakes by appearing in a PSA that aired last weekend during CBS’ ’60 Minutes.’
Kiss usually have the market cornered when it comes to selling imaginative rock memorabilia and one-of-a-kind Kiss-branded items, but even Gene Simmons must bow down to Ted Nugent on this one. Right-wing rocker and hunting enthusiast Nugent has signed a licensing deal with Pierce Munitions, LLC, makers of high-quality hunting ammunition, to create a line of Nugent-branded bullets called Ted Nugent Hi-Performance Hunting Ammunition.
Was that an engagement ring on the finger of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler‘s longtime girlfriend, Erin Brady, when the couple was photographed on Christmas day? According to celebrity news site TMZ, it was indeed!
In addition to announcing plans to hit the road in 2012, Van Halen have also seemed to hint at details of their much-anticipated reunion album. The disc could very well hit stores Feb. 7, if the graphic to the left is any indication of what the band has in store for fans.
Could Motley Crue‘s upcoming residency in Las Vegas be Vince Neil‘s last shows with the band? It’s a distinct possibility, as the singer says he’s contemplating leaving the Crue following the Sin City stint, which runs Feb. 3-19 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Far out, man! The Grateful Dead have announced plans for an interactive video game titled ‘The Epic Tour’ that’s based on the real-life experience of following the Dead on the road. The preparatory stage ”Phase One” of the game has just launched, with full-on game play set to begin in April 2012.
Guns N’ Roses fans at last night’s (Dec. 16) concert in Seattle got quite a surprise when former bassist Duff McKagan joined the current incarnation of the band for a run-through of the ‘Use Your Illusion’-era single ‘You Could Be Mine.’ Duff’s band Loaded opened the GN’R show at the Key Arena in Duff’s hometown of Seattle and are scheduled to support another one tonight at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada.
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