*Tina, a 14-year old girl has posted a video of her doing Van Halen's "Eruption," which is Eddie Van Halen's signature solo from the band's self-titled debut album.
*Metallica fans waiting for a new album might have another project to blame for the delay -- the band's 3D movie.
Singer-guitarist James Hetfield says he really wants to work on the new album, but the upcoming Orion Music and More Festival in Detroit and the film Metallica Through the Never have been rather time consuming. Hetfield tellsBillboard, "I want it done yesterday, and [Orion] and this movie is keeping us pretty busy at this point, and it's taking a lot of our time and effort. We've been touring some obscure places; I guess basically what we're trying to do is pay for this movie, so the touring is keeping us from getting in there and finishing the record. Right now, the focus is on the movie."
Metallica Through the Never is slated to hit the big screen on August 9th.
*Keith Richards is an avid reader and is very proud of the library in his Connecticut home -- which is a good thing, because he might not be welcomed at the nearby public library.
The Rolling Stones' guitarist says as a kid he used to hang out in the library in Dartford, England and "still owe(s) fines from about 50 years ago." The Sun calculates that those fines could be worth as much as $30,000 today.
*U2's Bono has joined Matt Damon in not going to the bathroom.
The joking pledge is part of Damon's Toilet Strike campaign for clean water around the world. Bono, actress Olivia Wilde and Virgin Airways founder Richard Branson appear in a new clip to promote the cause at StrikeWithMe.org. In the video, Bono jokes, "I remember when Matt first brought up the idea -- it was a meeting of the Illuminati."
Check out the clip on YouTube.
*David Bowie is paying tribute to Trevor Bolder a day after his former bassist succumbed after a lengthy battle with cancer. Bolder was also a member of Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash.
Together with guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey as the Spiders From Mars, Bolder helped Bowie create a series of classic albums beginning in the early ’70s that included ‘Hunky Dory,’ ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars,’ ‘Aladdin Sane’ and ‘Pin Ups.’ That period included signature early Bowie tracks like ‘Changes,” ‘Ziggy Stardust,’ ‘Suffragette City’ and ‘The Jean Genie.’
“Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with,” Bowie says in an official statement through his web site. “But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man.”
*Rock memoirs are a great source of salacious details about the history of a band or artist, and that’s certainly true in the case of Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy’s new autobiography. As its title suggests, his recently released ‘Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life in Rock’ digs into the excesses of the ’80s when Ratt were at their peak, and offers some insights into how he helped bring a little glam into the hard rock universe.
“The whole scene in ’82, early ’83 was black leather, heavy metal, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest,” Pearcy tells Rock Book Show. “And we just noticed that there was like a lot of guys in the audience. And we were like, ‘This is cool, but you know, we like girls. Let’s try to figure something out here.’ I knew some girls who worked at these uppity stores in LA, and they’d let me rummage through their really expensive, expensive clothes and take them out of there, and I’d dress us all up in them. We got out of that heavy metal look.”
*Deep Purple will release the 40th Anniversary Edition deluxe box set of their 1972 album classic, "Machine Head," on TODAY and a new trailer has gone online to promThe new box set features five discs and will be accompanied with fully illustrated 60 page hardback booklet, housed in a luxury box.