Tim Roberts


In a recent discussion with TribLive, Ann Wilson shared some exciting news for Heart fans about a potential new album:

“I think it’s likely. We’ve just started this tour, and the idea was to see how it feels and to get inspired for new songs. The guys from Tripsitter, who are part of our band now, are fantastic songwriters with great musical ideas. Nancy and I are always on the lookout for fresh inspiration, and I believe it’s only a matter of time before we start creating new material.”

Wilson is enthusiastic about working on fresh content.

Heart’s last album, ‘Beautiful Broken,’ was released in 2016. In a Billboard interview last month, Wilson reiterated her desire to craft new music:

“We’re really hoping to write more together. We don’t have concrete plans yet, and we’re not looking too far ahead. Right now, we’re focused on this tour and seeing where it leads us. If a song emerges from this experience, it will be genuine and heartfelt. It’s all about Nancy and me finding the right moment to dive into songwriting.”

In the same Billboard interview, Wilson revealed that Heart has been working on a new song called ‘Roll the Dice,’ co-written with her long-time collaborator Sue Ennis. They’ve even performed it during some shows on their ongoing Royal Flush Tour. Nancy Wilson and Ennis have been exchanging ideas via text and meeting to record demos as part of their songwriting process.

Heart’s tour is currently in the United States and will move to Europe in June. After the European dates, they’ll return to the States at the end of July, with the Royal Flush Tour running until mid-December.

Eric Clapton isn’t a fan of concertgoers using their phones during live performances.

In a recent interview with The Real Music Observer, the legendary guitarist expressed his frustration with audience members who are more focused on their devices than the music:

“I feel like they’re not truly listening. I try to connect with them, to see their eyes, but they’re often too busy looking at their phones. They’re only partially present, more concerned with capturing the moment than experiencing it fully.”

Clapton, who has a clear view of the audience at the Royal Albert Hall, elaborated on the unique environment of the venue:

“The Royal Albert Hall is such a circular space that it almost puts everyone on display. It’s brightly lit, so if someone pulls out their phone, it’s noticeable. The audience there tends to be more self-aware, and I’ve seen instances where someone next to them will nudge them to put it away.”

He went on to explain how this affects his performance:

“There’s a certain level of respect for the artists that I can feel, having been in the industry for so long. I know when people are genuinely engaged with the music. I often want to tell the crowd, ‘We’ll give a better performance if we know you’re really listening. It benefits everyone if you just put your phones away.'”

Clapton isn’t alone in his sentiments. Maynard James Keenan of Tool has also voiced his displeasure with fans using phones at concerts, going as far as to call out individuals during shows and ask them to put their devices away.

In a recent chat with Riffx, Kerry King expressed his disappointment with Iron Maiden’s latest albums.

The Slayer guitarist specifically referenced Iron Maiden’s ‘The Book of Souls’ and ‘Senjutsu,’ and admitted he hasn’t listened to Bruce Dickinson’s new solo effort, ‘The Mandrake Project’:

“I haven’t heard Bruce’s new album, but a friend told me it’s better than Iron Maiden.”

King criticized the length of Iron Maiden’s songs:

“Nothing against Maiden, but their songs have just gotten so long, man. I can’t be bothered with it, and my attention span isn’t that great.”

King appreciates bands that maintain a consistent sound. In a recent interview with Total Guitar, he emphasized the importance of staying true to one’s musical roots, citing AC/DC as an example:

“There are no surprises on this album. I like bands that stick to the sound that works. I’m glad AC/DC has been making the same record for 50 years. That’s why I like them!”

King’s new solo album, ‘From Hell I Rise,’ includes contributions from Mark Osegueda of Death Angel, Paul Bostaph of Slayer, Kyle Sanders of Hellyeah, and former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel. Despite the diverse lineup, King reassured fans that the album retains the essence of Slayer.

Released last week on May 17, ‘From Hell I Rise’ marks King’s debut solo record, and he is currently on tour to promote it. This September, he will also reunite with Slayer for the first time in five years, performing at several US festivals.

Ronnie Radke recently boasted on X about his effortless ability to create hit songs.

The lead vocalist of Falling In Reverse shared in his tweet:

“I literally walk into a studio and write a number 1 hit without effort at this point. This sh*t is crazy. Whole other level.”

After a period of social media silence from Radke and other Falling In Reverse members, speculation about a new album began to swirl. Rock Feed later confirmed these rumors through an industry insider. The host of the YouTube channel explained:

“Whenever Ronnie goes quiet on social media, I start to suspect there’s a lot happening behind the scenes. After reaching out to my sources in rock, I learned that Falling In Reverse is indeed working on their first album in six years.”

The host also hinted at an upcoming tour for the new album:

“I can confirm that Falling In Reverse is preparing to announce a major tour soon, which promises to be one of the biggest rock tours of the year. The lineup is going to be insane.”

On May 7, 2024, the band released a new single titled ‘Ronald,’ featuring Alex Terrible of Slaughter to Prevail and rapper Tech N9ne. They also announced their upcoming album, ‘Popular Monster,’ slated for release on July 26, 2024.

In addition to the album, Falling In Reverse revealed a headlining tour with Tech N9ne, Black Veil Brides, Dance Gavin Dance, Jeris Johnson, and Nathan James. The tour will kick off on August 18 in Nampa, Idaho, and conclude on September 26 in Los Angeles at the Kia Forum.

In a recent interview on The Logan Show, Carmine Appice criticized Nikki Sixx, recounting a previous challenge he issued to the bassist for a ‘jam-off’ to determine who was the better musician. Appice revealed that Sixx never responded to the challenge:

“No, and the whole situation was so blown out of proportion. During an interview about the BBA [Beck, Bogert & Appice] record release, I was asked about Mick Mars’ departure from Mötley Crüe. I simply shared what Mick had told me. He didn’t ask me to keep it private. That’s what sparked this ongoing feud. It was surreal seeing my name in headlines all over the place, reaching audiences I’d never reached before.”

Appice Suggests Nikki Didn’t Instigate the Conflict

Appice noted that he has known Sixx for many years from their touring days. They used to spend time together, but their relationship has cooled since Sixx’s rise to fame. Appice commented on this change:

“When he started calling me a has-been drummer, I was like, ‘You jerk. What have you contributed to this industry? I can list plenty of things I’ve pioneered that are still relevant today. What about you?’ That’s why I issued the challenge, but I never got a response. He dismissed me as a has-been.”

Appice Was Surprised by the Feud with Sixx

The conflict between Sixx and Appice began when the drummer discussed Mick Mars’ departure from Mötley Crüe. Appice mentioned that Mars was unhappy with the use of backing tracks during performances and had issues with the band, leading Sixx to label Appice a ‘washed-up drummer.’ Appice responded by asserting his musical competence. He elaborated on the incident in an interview with Blabbermouth:

“I didn’t see it coming. I was just having a conversation, like this, and was asked why Mick left. I shared what Mick told me without expecting any fallout. But then it escalated, and Nikki called me a ‘washed-up drummer.’ That’s far from the truth! I used to know Nikki well. We were neighbors when Mötley Crüe was working on their early albums. We’d hang out and have breakfast at a ’50s café.”

In a September 2023 interview with Heavy Magazine, Appice expressed surprise over the feud, believing they were still friends.

At the Sonic Temple festival in Columbus, Ohio last weekend, Slipknot performed without their percussionist M. Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan.

Before launching into their fourth song on May 19, lead singer Corey Taylor addressed the audience regarding Clown’s absence, expressing concern for his health:

“First things first, we’re missing one of our brothers. Clown broke a tooth yesterday and had to get it removed. There were complications, so he had to stay home for medical reasons. But he insisted we come here and put on this show for each and every one of you.”

Taylor went on to emphasize Clown’s importance to the band:

“He is missed. He is essential, and on the count of three, I want you to tell him how much he is loved. I want to hear you scream! ONE! TWO! THREE!”

This isn’t the first time Crahan has had to miss a performance. Last June, he was absent from several shows to be with his wife, who was facing health issues. He did, however, rejoin the band for the Download festival and a few other dates before needing to leave again. At the time, he shared on social media:

“Hello to all our fans. Unfortunately, I had to return home to be with my wife due to her medical situation. Thank you for the overwhelming support at the few shows I was able to attend. I’m sorry for missing the rest. I was really looking forward to being there. Your support for our family is deeply appreciated. See you all at our shows in July. Hail Slipknot.”

Sonic Temple marked Slipknot’s fourth show with their new drummer, Eloy Casagrande. Prior to this, the band played in Pioneertown, California on April 25, Las Vegas, Nevada on April 27, and Daytona Beach, Florida on May 12. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Slipknot donned their iconic 1999 red jumpsuits and updated their early masks for these performances.

In a new Instagram post, Lzzy Hale shared her experience performing with Skid Row for the first time.

Alongside a photo with the Skid Row members, she wrote:

“Coming down from the high and basking in the afterglow of the first leg of my mini-tour with the incredible Skid Row boys, my heart is overflowing with joy. This journey started simply as friends helping friends, but it has become a beautiful blend of my roots and the world I’ve created. I first discovered Skid Row in 1996, a year before Halestorm began, thanks to my dad and the rock communities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It was at the start of my own rock and roll journey.”

She reflected on what Skid Row taught her:

“They showed me that it’s possible to have big choruses, singable riffs, epic arrangements, and poignant lyrics, all with a touch of aggression. Their music stuck with me through the grunge era and beyond as I climbed my own Everest. This weekend, sharing the stage with these friends I love and would do anything for, I saw the culmination of all my hard work and passion in rock music.”

Lzzy further reminisced about her first performance with Skid Row:

“While singing these songs, I reconnected with my essence—why I sing, write, and play the way I do. I see the faded map from years ago and, during each performance, I lose myself and just exist as the sum of my parts. Thank you to the die-hard Skid Row fans for their overwhelming support and compliments, it means the world to me. And to my own fans who did their Skid Row homework and came out to support me—thank you.”

She concluded her message by expressing gratitude to Skid Row:

“Thank you, Rachel, Snake, Scotti, and Rob, for welcoming me into your gang and trusting me with this experience. It’s a gift I didn’t know I needed. The second half of the tour is next—May 30 in Reno and June 1 in Sacramento! See you all there!”

Lzzy’s first gig with Skid Row was on May 17 at Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort in Carterville, Illinois. Fans responded positively, seeing her as a perfect fit after Erik Grönwall, and are eager for more dates. Her next shows are on May 31 at Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, and June 1 at Hard Rock Live Sacramento in Wheatland, California.

Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack recently chatted with Jesea Lee and delved into his long-standing friendship with Falling In Reverse’s Ronnie Radke. Biersack compared Radke’s charisma and success to that of Van Halen’s iconic David Lee Roth, saying:

“I’ve known Ronnie for years, and we’ve always had a good relationship. He’s incredibly successful, and rightfully so. I’ve often thought of him as a David Lee Roth of our era, whether he likes the comparison or not.”

Biersack elaborated on the similarities between Radke and Roth:

“Ronnie is extraordinarily entertaining. He says things to grab attention, mess with people, and he’s very funny and charismatic. It’s like watching David Lee Roth in an interview where people are often shocked by what he says. That’s how Ronnie often is.”

Biersack Thinks Radke Is a Successful Musician

Biersack’s admiration for Radke extends beyond his personality to his musical success. In another interview with Nik Nocturnal, Biersack discussed Radke’s achievements in the rock and metal scene:

“We exist in a unique space where some of the bigger bands have managed to sustain and grow their careers without mainstream fame. Take Ronnie, for example. He’s incredibly successful in terms of drawing crowds and everything else. Yet, he’s never been on the VMAs or anything like that.”

Through these comments, Biersack highlighted Radke’s ability to thrive and build a substantial fanbase outside the mainstream spotlight, akin to Roth’s larger-than-life presence and impact.

The Effect unveiled their rendition of Journey’s classic ‘It Could Have Been You,’ featuring the iconic Steve Perry.

Comprising a lineup that boasts the musical legacies of renowned artists, The Effect showcases the talents of Trev Lukather on guitar, Nic Collins on drums, Steve Maggiora on keys, and Emmett Stang on vocals. Their collaboration on this cover was fueled by a deep connection to the music and a shared admiration for Perry.

Reflecting on the genesis of the project, Trev Lukather shared a glimpse into his longstanding relationship with Perry, describing him as both a mentor and a source of inspiration. Lukather’s enthusiasm for the song ‘It Could Have Been You’ during a conversation with Perry sparked the idea to breathe new life into it with The Effect’s unique touch.

Embracing the opportunity to collaborate with Perry, Lukather expressed his delight at the prospect of working alongside his esteemed colleague once again. Despite having completed their album, Lukather recognized the inherent brilliance of the idea and couldn’t resist the chance to merge their talents.

With Perry on board, Lukather, Collins, Stang, and Maggiora united their musical prowess to reimagine the track. Perry’s involvement injected a fresh energy into the song, revitalizing its essence and giving it a contemporary edge.

Commenting on The Effect’s contribution to the rock music landscape, Nic Collins emphasized their commitment to infusing the genre with infectious melodies and dynamic compositions. Their blend of catchy hooks and heavy riffs offers a refreshing antidote to the perceived staleness of contemporary rock music.

Having already teased audiences with tracks like ‘Unwanted,’ ‘Something Wrong,’ and ‘Toxic Envy,’ The Effect is gearing up for the release of their debut album, promising a compelling showcase of their collective talent and innovative sound.

Kerry King had been eager to create a new Slayer album, but comments from Tom Araya dampened his enthusiasm.

In a recent interview with Revolver, King recounted how his solo career began:

“I was all set to work on another Slayer record until I heard Tom [Araya] in an interview, saying he needed to talk to me before starting on a new album. That conversation revealed that he had no intention of making another record.”

King Decided To Move On

King described his reaction to Araya’s revelation:

“I was hurt initially. Then, I realized I had a lot of work ahead of me. I focused on delivering my best performance every night during the final tour and started preparing to move on. Those songs I’d written for Slayer? They became mine.”

What Did Araya Say About a New Slayer Album?

In a 2017 interview with Futuro, Araya expressed uncertainty about another album, saying:

“I don’t know. When we recorded the last album, we had a lot of material. Once we finish our current commitments, we’ll need to discuss and decide. Kerry and I are still dealing with the business side of things, especially after Jeff’s passing. We’ll see how things go and if a new album happens.”

King Was Eager to Work on a New Record

King had shown optimism about a new record in previous interviews. Discussing a follow-up to ‘Repentless,’ he said:

“We’ve got plenty of leftover material from the last album, as we wrote and recorded a lot. If the lyrics don’t alter the music, those songs are ready. Plus, I’ve been working on new stuff during my downtime. I’ll warm up, come up with a riff, and record it.”

King used this material for his debut solo album, ‘From Hell I Rise.’ In February, King revealed that he hadn’t spoken to Araya since Slayer’s final show in 2019. Nearly five years later, Slayer will reunite for three festival appearances this fall, but there are no plans for a full return.