Pure Rock Report

  • Nickelback Get No Respect Down Under >

    Nickelback can't catch a break from insults even when they go Down Under. The Queensland Police department tweeted a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) notice about the band Wednesday before a show at the Brisbane Entertainment Center in Boondall. The tweet stated, “Men matching this description expected to be committing Read More
  • Ozzy Is A No-Show For Sabbath Award >

    Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath were joined by drummer Bill Ward to pick up an award in London on Thursday. The three members of the band accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novello Awards, which honors songwriting in England. Ozzy Osbourne, who's engaged in a Read More
  • Eddie Van Halen Featured In "Popular Mechanics" >

    Popular Mechanics magazine is probably the last place you would expect to see an interview with Eddie Van Halen, but that's exactly where you'll find his latest chat -- in the June issue. Instead of discussing the upcoming Van Halen tour or if they'll ever record another album, the article focuses Read More
  • Theory Of A Deadman Take A Break And Keep On Working >

    Theory of a Deadman are using their brief time off this month to continue working. They started recording some new material on May 11th and they've made enough progress that Tyler Connolly posted a picture of himself (above) laying down vocals. Connolly captioned the photo, "Vocal time! I just strap Read More
  • Foo Fighters To Perform On Final Late Show Tonight >

    After weeks of rumors, Foo Fighters' appearance on the final Late Show With David Letterman has been confirmed. Rolling Stone confirmed the performance this morning (Wednesday morning). The appearance comes as no surprise to follows of the band -- there's a gap in the group's schedule set for this week since Read More
  • New Soundgarden Book Raises Money For Charity >

    A new book about Soundgarden will raise money for charity. Proceeds from Photofantasm Soundgarden will go to the Canary Foundation, which funds early cancer-detection solutions. Only 1000 copies of the 592-page book will be published when it comes out on June 16th. It contains 1000 photographs, plus concert posters, original Read More
  • Eddie Vedder Says Goodbye To David Letterman >

    It was Eddie Vedder's turn to say farewell to David Letterman last night as the Late Show host counts down the days to his retirement. Backed by Paul Shaffer and the rest of the CBS Orchestra, Vedder performed an emotional rendition of "Better Man."   Read More
  • 5FDP Announce Summer Dates >

    Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach have announced the dates for their fan-demanded tour. The groups teamed up to have fans vote for which cities should get shows, and the trek will kick off on September 4th in Lexington, Kentucky. Along with openers In This Moment and From Ashes Read More
  • James Hetfield Performs With His Daughter - Video >

    Metallica frontman James Hetfield performed the 1976 Blue Oyster Cult classic, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," at the second annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert at The Masonic in San Francisco on May 15 and video from the performance has gone online. Hetfield was joined by Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Red Read More
  • New Supergroup "Saint Asonia" Releases First Single >

    Saint Asonia, the new supergroup fronted by former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier, have released their first song. The track, "Better Place," is streaming through youtube at thelaseronline.com and can be downloaded at iTunes. The lineup of Saint Asonia includes Gontier; Staind guitarist Mike Mushok; Eye Empire and ex-Dark Read More
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Nickelback Get No Respect Down Under

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Nickelback can’t catch a break from insults even when they go Down Under. The Queensland Police department tweeted a BOLO (Be on the Lookout) notice about the band Wednesday before a show at the Brisbane Entertainment Center in Boondall. The tweet stated, “Men matching this description expected to be committing musical crimes in Boondall tonight.” It also featured a crudely drawn version of all four members, saying Chad Kroeger and company were wanted for their “crimes against music.” Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Ozzy Is A No-Show For Sabbath Award

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Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath were joined by drummer Bill Ward to pick up an award in London on Thursday. The three members of the band accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novello Awards, which honors songwriting in England. Ozzy Osbourne, who’s engaged in a public war of words with the drummer over the past few months, was a no-show. Sabbath accepted the award from Brian May of Queen. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Eddie Van Halen Featured In “Popular Mechanics”

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Popular Mechanics magazine is probably the last place you would expect to see an interview with Eddie Van Halen, but that’s exactly where you’ll find his latest chat — in the June issue. Instead of discussing the upcoming Van Halen tour or if they’ll ever record another album, the article focuses on Eddie’s obsession with tinkering on his instruments and equipment. He says, “I’ve always been a tinkerer. It comes from my dad.” He also talks about re-shaping guitars to fit him better, working on frets and pick-ups, giving more juice to his amps and the patents he currently holds: U.S. Patent #388117. Guitar peghead: Placing the tuning pegs on the opposite sides of the headstocks helps the strings hold tension. It also obviates the need for string trees, guides that clamp down on your strings and hinder string replacement. U.S. ­Patent #4656917 ­Musical instrument support: A bracket that swings down from the back of the guitar, supporting it at a 90-degree angle from your body and letting you play the instrument like a lap guitar. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Theory Of A Deadman Take A Break And Keep On Working

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Theory of a Deadman are using their brief time off this month to continue working. They started recording some new material on May 11th and they’ve made enough progress that Tyler Connolly posted a picture of himself (above) laying down vocals. Connolly captioned the photo, “Vocal time! I just strap this [mic] to my face like a feed bag.” Theory of a Deadman will wrap up their down time when they return to the road June 6th in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Foo Fighters To Perform On Final Late Show Tonight

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After weeks of rumors, Foo Fighters’ appearance on the final Late Show With David Letterman has been confirmed. Rolling Stone confirmed the performance this morning (Wednesday morning). The appearance comes as no surprise to follows of the band — there’s a gap in the group’s schedule set for this week since touring plans were announced earlier this year. Letterman and the Foos have had a strong connection over the past 15 years — they performed what the host called his favorite song, “Everlong,” on his first show back after heart surgery in 2000. And during their weeklong run on the show to plug Sonic Highways last fall, Letterman told a story about how their song “Miracle” was the soundtrack to one of his favorite moments with his son Harry. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

New Soundgarden Book Raises Money For Charity

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A new book about Soundgarden will raise money for charity. Proceeds from Photofantasm Soundgarden will go to the Canary Foundation, which funds early cancer-detection solutions. Only 1000 copies of the 592-page book will be published when it comes out on June 16th. It contains 1000 photographs, plus concert posters, original artwork and interviews with Duff McKagan, Korn, William DuVall of Alice in Chains, Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, Stephen Carpenter of Deftones, Serj Tankian from System of a Down andMyles Kennedy of Alter Bridge and Slash and the Conspirators. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

5FDP Announce Summer Dates

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Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach have announced the dates for their fan-demanded tour. The groups teamed up to have fans vote for which cities should get shows, and the trek will kick off on September 4th in Lexington, Kentucky. Along with openers In This Moment and From Ashes to New, they’ll hit 21 cities before it wraps up on October 9th in Glens Falls, New York. Each band will have pre-sales on Wednesday, with most shows going on sale to the public on Friday. 9/4 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena 9/5 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena 9/8 – Mankato, MN – Verizon Wireless Center 9/11 – Missoula, MT – Adams Event Center 9/12 – Everett, WA – Xfinity Arena 9/13 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena 9/15 – Eugene, OR – Matthew Knight Arena 9/16 – Reno, NV – Lawlor Event Center 9/18 – Ontario, CA – Citizens Business Bank Arena 9/19 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint 9/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center 9/22 – Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena 9/25 – La Crosse, WI – La Crosse Center 9/29 – St. Charles, MO – Family Arena 9/30 – Indianapolis, IN – Indiana Farmers Coliseum 10/2 – Cedar Rapids, IA – US Cellular Center 10/3 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center 10/4 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion 10/6 – Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center 10/8 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena 10/9 – Glens Falls, NY – Glens Falls Civic Center Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

James Hetfield Performs With His Daughter – Video

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Metallica frontman James Hetfield performed the 1976 Blue Oyster Cult classic, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” at the second annual “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” benefit concert at The Masonic in San Francisco on May 15 and video from the performance has gone online. Hetfield was joined by Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and a pedal steel guitarist for the song; the lineup also performed the Metallica track “Mama Said” from 1996’s “Load.” The Metallica guitarist and lead singer also delivered an acoustic version of Adele’s “Crazy For You” – from 2008’s “19” – with his 16 year-old daughter Cali on vocals. Hetfield and Sammy Hagar co-hosted the event, which also included performances by Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan from Train, Adam Sandler and Linda Perry. All proceeds from “Acoustic-4-A-Cure” will be donated to fund children’s brain tumor research at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, one of the nation’s leading children’s medical facilities.   Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

New Supergroup “Saint Asonia” Releases First Single

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Saint Asonia, the new supergroup fronted by former Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier, have released their first song. The track, “Better Place,” is streaming through youtube at thelaseronline.com and can be downloaded at iTunes. The lineup of Saint Asonia includes Gontier; Staind guitarist Mike Mushok; Eye Empire and ex-Dark New Day, Switched and Stereomud bassist Corey Lowery; and ex-Finger Eleven drummer Rich Beddoe, who was a member of Gontier’s 2013 Solo Live Tour band.   Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

A Message To Grads From Kid President

Adam Sandler’s Ode To David Letterman

Son Gets Father’s Squad Given To Him