Foo Fighters surprised fans in California with a secret show at the restaurant/club, Rock & Roll Pizza. The band played a 23-song set, some of which was caught by fans and is currently circulating the web. Diners at the California gig were expecting a set from drummer Taylor Hawkins' cover outfit, Chevy Metal.
Actor Ben Whishaw has been tapped to play the leading role in the upcoming biopic of Queen legend Freddie Mercury. Whishaw most famously starred as Q in the most recent James Bond film, Skyfall. Whishaw will step into the void left by Sasha Baron Cohen after the latter exited the project earlier this year.
Nine Inch Nails have hooked up with VEVO to release a new live video from their 2013 Tension tour. The show, currently streaming on VEVO, is titled VEVO Presents: Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013, and features a selection of tracks from the band's most recent release Hesitation Marks, as well as many classic tracks.
Joan Jett is featured on the latest edition of Guitar Center Sessions, a DirecTV series that hosts concerts in addition to live interviews. In the episode, Jett sat down with host Nick Harcourt to discuss her sound and how her songwriting has evolved over the years.
An upcoming documentary on the late Lou Reed, airing on BBC 4, will feature appearances from Reed's former Velvet Underground bandmates, including Mo Tucker and Doug Yule. Lou Reed Remembered airs at 9 PM on Sunday, Dec. 15.
Metallica have released the full slate of their 2014 "Metallica By Request" trek. The run allows fans who purchase tickets to cast votes for songs they wish to hear performed. Each performance will feature the top 17 vote getters, plus one new song chosen by the band.
Damon Albarn, Brian Eno and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released their collab with a group of Malian musicians called Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes. The digital version of the LP is available at the Transgressive label's site, while the physical version is due in 2014.
Mastodon have released the live video of "Curl of the Burl," the third clip from the band's upcoming set, Live at Brixton. The footage was shot in February 2012 at the O2 Academy, during the band's tour for The Hunter. According to Rolling Stone magazine, the set "demonstrates how contemporary hard rock can still be made with imagination, precision . . ."
Brandon Boyd, fronter for Incubus, will hit the road next year with his side act, Sons of the Sea. The eight date trek begins January 27 at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club and wraps February 15 at San Francisco's Fillmore. Speaking with USA Today, Boyd noted that the solo effort may appeal to those who are not fans of Incubus.
Beck has released the track list to his upcoming album, Morning Phase. The 12 song LP is the alt-rocker's first set of new material since 2008's Modern Guilt. Beck's new label, Capitol Records, says the new album "harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of that record, while surging forward with infectious optimism."
Black Sabbath fronter Ozzy Osbourne has posted a Facebook rant against his brother-in-law David Ardin, the brother of his wife Sharon, who he's accused of telling lies about his family. Arden spoke with the Daily Mail, dishing on Sharon's plastic surgery, which he called a "terrible gamble."
The Black Keys, Slash and Mumford & Sons have all donated items to the Grammy Charity Black Friday Online Auction, which started on Black Friday and goes until December 9. The Keys have put up a GF Epiphone electric guitar signed by the duo.
Organizers have announced that the 2014 version of Metallica's Orion Music + More Festival will not take place. A rep for the promoter C3 told the Detroit News that it "may return in 2015," although maybe not in Belle Isle, the Detroit park where it was held in 2013. The first Orion fest in Detroit took place June 8-9 and drew an estimated crowd of 40,000 over two days.
Foghat has released the music video for "I Just Want to Make Love to You," a cut from the band's new concert DVD, Live in St. Pete. The vid features Roger Earl, Craig Macgregor, Bryan Bassett and Charlie Huhn doing what they do best: rocking out live before a fist-pumping audience.
Lydia Criss, the former wife of KISS drummer Peter Criss, has said that parts of his 2012 memoir, Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of KISS, are false. Speaking with Legendary Rock Interviews, Lydia said that Peter is not a trustworthy source. "I know Peter, I was with him for 13 years, I've known him for 40 years," she said.