Van Halen’s David Lee Roth: “I’m Only In The Middle Of My First Retirement”

It looks like David Lee Roth (Van Halen) is rethinking his retirement plans. The frontman told Fox News the following when asked if he will be returning to the road:

“There’s always a tomorrow for a singer, not so much for a trombone player these days. How many times did Rocky retire? Seven. I think No. 3 was my favorite? How many times did Rambo have to come out of retirement in order to make the sequel?”

He also added the following when asked about the previous reports of a Van Halen tribute tour:

“Ya, I wrote the songs … I was the one who named the band. I’m only in the middle of my first retirement.”

Bad Wolves Officially Welcome Guitarist Max Karon To The Band As A Permanent Member

Bad Wolves have officially welcomed Max Karon to the band as their new guitarist. He will be replacing Chris Cain.

The band commented:

“It’s with great excitement that we announce our new permanent guitar player: Max Karon. The funny thing is that Max isn’t new to us, he started the band with founder John Boecklin in 2014 and was a major writer/player on all three Bad Wolves albums. Being a key ingredient to the Bad Wolves sound, this was a no-brainer decision. There is no other person on this earth that would be a better fit for Bad Wolves than Max.”

Karon added:

“Words can hardly express how thrilled and grateful I am for this opportunity, and how right it feels to be here. Having been part of Bad Wolves since the very beginning, I’m so proud to be joining in full. It’s amazing how far this band has come, and I’m so excited and driven to see how far we can go. I’m looking forward to everything about this new chapter. I’ll see you out there!- Max”

Arif Suhaimi Exits Wormrot

Arif Suhaimi has announced his departure from Wormrot. The vocalist’s wife Azean, who previously worked as the group’s manager, also parted ways with the band.

Arif and Azean commented:

“It is with a heavy heart to announce that I, Arif, and Azean have parted ways with Wormrot.

We’ve thought about it for some time before coming to a final decision. We’ve been going through a lot of personal hardships and it’s taken a toll on our mental health and well-being. This is for the best.

There are many other factors that are just too personal to share. Certain issues have become priorities that we just can’t avoid. It’s going to take us some time to recover. It was a difficult decision but our family is our priority and we do not wish to hold the band back.

Also, I have to stop pretending that I am still interested being in the band. It feels wrong and disrespectful to Rasyid and Vijesh whom I regard as part of my family. The best people I have ever worked musically with.

Thank you for your amazing love and support for the past 15 years. Thank you for believing in me. Past members, friends near and far, and promoters who’ve hosted us. Azean and I have been in the band since Day 1 in 2007 and these memories are embedded in us until the end of time.

We wish nothing but the best to Wormrot and their future endeavours. HISS is my final album.

Good times.

– Arif and Azean”

The band added:

“We thank Arif for devoting 15 years of his life to Wormrot. We also thank Azean for being the reliable mother of the band throughout the years. It must have been a difficult decision to make, but one we wholeheartedly respect. Thank you Arif and Azean for the unforgettable memories. We wish happiness to your family.

Lastly, we apologise to everyone for taking our time releasing this news. As much as we try to find the right time not to affect or interfere with the promotion and release of our upcoming album, there really is no right time. We seek your understanding and patience as we handle this to our best ability, and most importantly respect for the decision made by Arif and Azean.

As of 1st June 2022, Wormrot will continue without Arif.

Thank you.

– Rasyid and Vijesh“

Watch Brass Against Cover Tool’s “Stinkfist” With Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, & Danny Carey

While Brass Against were opening for Tool in Budapest, Hungary, Tool’s Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor, and Danny Carey joined the band onstage for a performance of “Stinkfist.” You can see footage of that below:

Watch Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Flub The Intro To “Nothing Else Matters” During Boston Calling Festival

During Metallica‘s May 29 set at the Boston Calling festival in Boston, MA, guitarist Kirk Hammett accidently messed up the intro to “Nothing Else Matters.” You can see footage of that below. Hammett told the crowd the following:

“Sorry, guys. You’re so kickass. I got distracted by how kickass you are.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Amon Amarth Tease New Song

Amon Amarth will be releasing a new song on June 2. You can find a teaser for the track below. This news follows rumors that seem to suggest that the band will be releasing a new album, titled “The Great Heathen Army,” on August 5.

Candy Announce July North American Tour

Candy have announced a July North American tour with LustSickPuppy and Restraining Order. Here’s the dates:

07/20 Atlanta, GA – 529 Club
07/21 Nashville, TN – DRKMTTR
07/22 Cleveland, OH – Mahall’s
07/23 Indianapolis, IN – Black Circle Brewing
07/24 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
07/25 Montreal, QC – Foufs Cabaret
07/26 Boston, MA – Middle East (Upstairs)
07/27 New York, NY – The Meadows
07/28 Baltimore, MD – Frijoles
07/29 Los Angeles, CA – 1720 (feat. Ingrown, Ekulu, etc.)

3rd Secret (Soundgarden, Nirvana, Etc.) Premiere “Rhythm Of The Ride” Video

3rd Secret, the project featuring Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Matt Camreon (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam), Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Jon “Bubba” Dupree (Void), Jillian Raye (Giants In The Trees), and Jennifer Johnson, have premiered a new video for their song “Rhythm Of The Ride.” That track appears on the band’s self-titled debut album, which was released last month.

In This Moment, Ice Nine Kills, Etc. Set For “107.9 KBPI Birthday Bash”

The lineup has been revealed for this year’s “107.9 KBPI Birthday Bash.” The event will take place at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on August 30 and it will feature: In This Moment, Ice Nine Kills, Motionless In White, Black Veil Brides, and Cherry Bombs.

Thoughtcrimes Premiere “Panopticon” Music Video

Thoughtcrimes, the band featuring ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Billy Rymer, have premiered a new video for their new song “Panopticon.“ Rymer commented:

“Initially, we set out to release an additional EP until we built a studio and committed to writing a full-length album. This was the first body of work completed during those sessions.”

Vocalist Rick Pepa added:

“Lyrically, it outlines the attempt to wake up from dreams of a highly medicated, futuristic, dystopian setting.”