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This August marks the 25th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s fourth studio album “No Code” and they are celebrating with a very special vinyl release.
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers announced they are reissuing the album on limited edition, 150-gram clear vinyl. It features recreations of the album’s original packaging, including the set of nine random replica Polaroids/lyric cards.
The special release was only available through the band’s website, and fans snapped them up quickly and they are already sold out. They are expected to ship August 13th.
“No Code,” released August 27th, 1995, was the band’s third consecutive number one album, and featured the hit “Who Are You.”
There are plenty of bands who still aren’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Dennis DeYoung thinks Styx is one of them.
In a new podcast interview, the Styx co-founder said that being in the Hall of Fame would be something he would like to accomplish in his career.
After mentioning the inclusion of pop and rap stars, DeYoung said, “Am I gonna say I don’t like Whitney Houston? No. I don’t care what they put it. Put us in. We qualify on any possible measure.”
“Now, does this sound desperate from an old guy? I hope it doesn’t,” added DeYoung. “It’s just there are too many of our peers — and I mean peers — many who didn’t do as well as we did. And it’s time to put us in, that’s all. And will they? I have no idea.”
Do you think Styx deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Who else should be inducted?
Vince Neil’s upcoming June 18 concert in New York has been canceled.
The Motley Crue singer recently was hit with criticism after having to stop a show due to a shot voice.
VINCE NEIL’S SECOND CONCERT OF 2021 CANCELEDhttps://t.co/ZBRIlWUDgp
— Mitch Lafon (@mitchlafon) June 16, 2021
Only the second show on his tour, Neil’s slot at the New York venue has been filled by Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner. Previously bought tickets will be honored for the new show or can be refunded.
Meanwhile, Vince has some time to get ready for Motley Crue’s tour with Def Leppard in 2022.
Do you think Vince Neil will be able to get his voice back? Will you be checking out Motley Crue and Def Leppard on tour?
Eric Clapton is ready to hit the road again, and will head stateside in the fall for an 8-date U.S. tour.
The tour kicks off Sept. 13th with three shows in Texas – Fort Worth, Austin, and Houston, followed by stops in New Orleans, Nashville, Atlanta, Tampa, and Hollywood, Florida.
Eric Clapton will return to the road for a new set of US dates in September 🎸 https://t.co/AElfLHh3mp
— uDiscover Music (@uDiscoverMusic) June 15, 2021
Fellow blues guitar great Jimmie Vaughan will join Clapton on tour. Tickets for all dates go on tour this Friday, June 8th.
What summer or fall show are you most excited to see?
A drum kit played by Alex Van Halen on the band’s 1980 Invasion tour has sold for more than $230,000.
ALEX VAN HALEN’s Stage-Played 1980 Drum Kit Sells For $230,000 At Auction https://t.co/woNw1QizML
— Panama Rock Radio (@panamarhradio) June 14, 2021
The custom-designed Ludwig drum kit also spent five years on display at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame before it was auctioned off over the weekend.
The drum kit wasn’t the only bit of Van Halen memorabilia from that Julien’s auction – a set of five guitarist belonging to Eddie Van Halen sold for $210,000.
If you could own any piece of rock history, what would it be?
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson just shared two new solo songs – his first new music in nearly a decade.
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson releases first new music since 2012. https://t.co/1hWOeXFAoX
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) June 15, 2021
Lifeson released two instrumental tracks, “Kabul Blues” and “Spy House” to his website on Tuesday.
Lifeson is also promoting a new signature Epiphone guitar and released a video promoting his 50-year relationship with the guitar maker.
Who are some other guitarists who made great solo music apart from their bands?
A ‘self-portrait’ drawing by the legendary Kurt Cobain just sold for more than $280,000 at auction.
Kurt Cobain Self-Portrait Outsells Estimate by Stunning Amount – Loudwire https://t.co/8SX5QAXVj2
— Fortunate Fall (@fortunatefall03) June 14, 2021
The drawing, which is barely more than a stick figure, was scrawled onto a piece of stationery from TNT Music Centre in Singapore.
The final bid of $281,250 was more than 28 times what it was expected to go for.
If you could own any piece of rock memorabilia, what would it be?
Do you like to drink whiskey and listen to heavy metal? Has Metallica got an offer for you.
The latest batch of the band’s Blackened brand whiskey has been ‘sonically enhanced’ by their classic 1991 self-titled album – using a special process that vibrates whiskey barrels in tune with Metallica’s music.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Black album, so Metallica likely has a lot more in store to celebrate.
Have you tried any ‘rock band’ liquors? Which ones are good and which ones are worth skipping?
The KISS ‘End Of The Road’ farewell tour has turned into quite the long goodbye.
The tour – which began nearly three years ago and has been on hiatus for the last 15 months – will finally resume in August with a 30-date U.S. tour.
— Classic Metal Radio (@ClassicMetalRad) June 14, 2021
The list includes several new shows – with tickets going on sale this Friday, June 18th. Tickets for the rest of the rescheduled dates are on sale now.
The ‘End Of The Road’ tour was originally scheduled to end in July, but now will extend into 2022 at least.
Will this really be the final KISS tour?
Foo Fighters are full of surprises and have just announced a last-minute show for vaccinated fans only.
The L.A. show will be taking place this coming Tuesday at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, which holds about 610 fans at once.
— NME (@NME) June 13, 2021
Tickets went on sale over the weekend and will be available at the show at will-call.
Ticket holders will be able to get into the show with proof of being fully vaccinated.
Do you think it’s fair to only allow vaccinated people into the show? Were you lucky enough to get tickets to see Foo Fighters this summer?