Haters be damned, I love Nickelback. The band has a new track out called "Edge Of A Revolution" and it's the first single from an upcoming - and not yet titled - album due in a few months. The track finds the band singing about the CIA and the NSA which is a little weird since the guys in Nickelback are Canadian, but whatever. I still dig it.
The #ALSIceBucketChallenge is viral now and rockers are getting in on the act. So far I've seen clips of Jon Bon Jovi, Tico Torres, David Bryan, Bret Michaels and Eddie Vedder accepting the challenge. Who else have you seen accept the challenge? If you don't know what I'm talking about, Business Insider explains it well. And remember - the point of the Ice Bucket Challenge is to raise awareness - and money - for worthy charities. If you want to dump a bucket of water over your head, great. But I hope you send $10 bucks to ALS research, too. (I hope the rich guys in the videos below sent more than ten bucks!)
Jesse Kinch does it again on ABC's reality singing competition Rising Star. He's been consistently the best performer on the show - and I mean just heads and shoulders better than the rest of the crop of contestants. He's a real rocker with a husky voice and he always plays guitar while he sings, too. Last night he flipped the script and did an interesting cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean." I honestly can't wait for Jesse's debt album. I'm pretty confident he'll win the show - but if he doesn't, he'll still get a record deal.
Remember a few years ago when The Scorpions wanted to retire? That's 100% off now because the band has just announced plans to release a new album and to tour as well. The new material will apparently come out in 2015 -- just in time to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary.
It's a little mind-blowing to me that the Scorps have been around so long. That longevity is a testament to the quality of their music. Right now there's no real info about the upcoming songs or tour. When that information is released, I'll post it here. I'm thinking the band might as well go all the way around the world - which would be great for all of us!
Aerosmith had to cancel their show in California last night because drummer Joey Kramer is sick. He apparently has "heart complications" and TMZ is reporting he will undergo heart surgery. The band's Washington show on Saturday has also been canceled.
Here's the note from the band's official website:
SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 13, 2014) - Due to illness, Aerosmith has been forced to cancel the LET ROCK RULE tour date on Aug. 13 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA. The band regrets not being able to perform for their fans. Refunds will be available at point of purchase. For further information about the LET ROCK RULE tour, please visit www.aerosmith.com or www.livenation.com.
No official word on the fate of the rest of the tour. I wish Joey and Aerosmith well!