Josh Homme offered some interesting insight into what it takes to front a band like Queens of the Stone Age in a recent interview with GQ magazine. "I think people believe I'm some kind of evil dictator sometimes," Homme began. "But I don't much care about that. I'm not politically correct, I never said I was. I made a lot of hard decisions in my life."
Talks are happening this week between High Voltage Productions Pty. and "one of the world's leading production and entertainment companies" to get the AC/DC movie off the ground, according to Classic Rock magazine. Actor Rob Liotti has long boasted of writing the script for the Bon Scott biopic and now he says that he's in talks to start realizing his vision.
Caleb and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon will host their hometown Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirit Festival this September. The inaugural fest aims to bring together acclaimed national chefs and stars of the local culinary scene. "We love food as much as music and believe that Nashville can be a foodie," began Nathan in a presser.
The post-Scott Weiland era for the Stone Temple Pilots has begun, as the band has officially announced Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington as their new lead singer. Bennington debuted with the band at the KROQ Weenie Roast in Los Angeles this past weekend. "Every band has it's own kind of vibe," Bennington told KROQ.
Queen guitarist Brian May is sounding off against NBC's reality singing competition The Voice. In a post to his official website, May says he detests the show and considers it an "insult to music and performers." "Sorry, hate to be negative but The Voice is the dullest, dumbest, most depressing show on TV," writes May.
While launching a 2013 world tour in Romania this week, Megadeth debuted "Super Collider," the title track from the band's forthcoming release. Fan-shot footage of the performance is available through various streaming outlets, while the studio version of the song is available through iTunes. Megadeth launched its latest tour on Wednesday in Bucharest, Romania.
Metallica fronter James Hetfield, in an interview with Billboard, says the band has enough raw material for an new album: "We got out into the room and jammed and we've come up with enough material for a record, for sure. We've gone through maybe one-tenth of the material that's on our riffs CDs."
Slash thinks that Linkin Park's Chester Bennington fits perfectly as Stone Temple Pilots' new frontman. The former Velvet Revolver guitarist, a band that featured original STP frontman Scott Weiland, expressed his support for the re-vamped group via Twitter earlier this week.
Black Sabbath debuted "The End of the Beginning," the latest single from their forthcoming album, 13, on the season finale of the CBS forensic drama, CSI. The band played the show attended by actors Ted Danson and Marc Vann. "So nice to see Black Sabbath again," said Vann. "Saw them in '78 at the Spectrum in Philly."
Robin Finck, on-again/off-again guitarist for Nine Inch Nails, has rejoined the band, according to a statement issued by the band's fronter, Trent Reznor. "The addition of Robin to the mix of players I've assembled makes this band incredibly powerful and versatile," Reznor said.
Beck has announced that he will perform his most recent album, Song Reader, for the first time live at London's Barbican on July 4. The new material was released as sheet music only, so it'll be the first time the public hears the album as Beck conceived it. Beck previously announced a short summer tour, which will hit five dates.
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day was one of many rockers to pay tribute to Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for the Doors, who died on Monday at the age of 74 in Rosenheim, Germany where he was being treated for bile duct cancer. BJ hit Instagram to post a 1960s-era black-and-white photograph of the legendary organist, adding, "#thankyouraymanzarek #thedoors"
Bullet For My Valentine frontman Matt Tuck was recently interviewed on The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show, where he discussed everything from growing up to BFMV to his side-project Axewound. Tuck said that his greatest achievement was getting a record deal with Bullet: "Getting a record deal with the band. I think that was always goal number one . . ."
System of a Down have released an official statement regarding bassist Shavo Odadjian's public diss of frontman Serj Tankian. Shavo said Serj is holding the band back, but now the group is backpedaling on his remarks. "Earlier today, Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of System of a Down . . ."
Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for the Doors, died on Monday at the age of 74 in Rosenheim, Germany where he was being treated for bile duct cancer. "I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate," said the band's guitarist Robby Krieger in a statement. "Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him."