Watch Queen’s Brian May And Roger Taylor Perform With Sarah Brightman And X Japan’s Yoshiki On Japanese TV

Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor recently celebrated New Year’s Eve with Sarah Brightman and X Japan’s Yoshiki on the Japanese TV show “Kohaku Uta Gassen.” Together the group performed Yoshiki’s “Endless Rain” from different locations.

May commented:

“This is such a beautiful project. I’m proud and honoured to be a part of it. Respect to Yoshiki!!! And wishing you all a great New Year.”

Taylor continued:

“Have a beautiful New Year to all our fans in Japan.”

Yoshiki added:

“I feel honored and grateful to be performing with Queen and Sarah Brightman and all those Japanese superstars. I hope that through the music, we can give everyone courage.”

Rock/Metal Musicians React To Joe Biden Winning The Presidency

Joe Biden has won the 2020 election and will now become the 46th president of the United States. A number of rock/metal musicians have taken to social media to react to the good news and you can find some of their various posts below:

Amy Lee (Evanescence):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Otep:

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Machine Head:

Chris Motionless (Motionless In White):

Spider One (Powerman 5000):

Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Telle Smith (The Word Alive):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones):

Sacred Reich:

Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Jake Bowen (Periphery):

Chad I Ginsburg (CKY):

Ben Koller (Converge):

Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns):

Lzzy Hale (Halestorm):

Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God):

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“Empathy” 11.07.2020, Richmond, VA. CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, CBS… all the major news networks have just called the 2020 Presidential election for Joe Biden & Kamala Harris. Although these are just projections by media outlets (nothing is official until the members of the Electoral College cast their votes on Dec. 14th, 2020, then announced by a joint session of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021), & although there will be a lot of lawsuits brought forth by Donald Trump who will not concede anytime soon (or ever?), it’s obvious that it’s OVER- Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. At this time, I would like to encourage everyone, no matter who you voted for, to behave with some class; to speak & act with some empathy. This country has been consumed by a toxic polarity- it is time for that toxicity to end, because it is not sustainable & it does not accomplish anything. We are all tired. We all have strong feelings. It is time to act like adults with correctly calibrated moral compasses. My feelings about President Trump (& politicians in general, for that matter) are well known, but I have zero reason to gloat. That is childish, & it accomplishes nothing. Instead I will choose to act with empathy, & hope that some level of civility will return to American discourse across the board. I just came back from a “Stop the Steal” rally near the VA State Capitol, where I shot these photos. No one was rude to me, & they announced from the beginning that it would be a peaceful protest- that is their right, & although I disagree with them, I support their right- they are my countrymen & women. These people are going to be very upset today- I will show people like this empathy in the hope that we can find common ground somehow, & that this terrible atmosphere that has hung over America for the last 4 years will begin to lift. It HAS to, or we all are screwed. Please- let’s all start talking to each other again. I hope you all have a good day- now, I’m going surfing. Peace. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaM10P #LeicaM10Ptyp3656 #🔴📷 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #MadeInWetzlar #drandallblythe #RatsEyesPhotography #honetheaesthetic

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Nergal (Behemoth):

Brian May (Queen):

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Congratulations to President Elect Joe Biden and trailblazer Kamala Harris !!! It’s been hard for me to stay silent over the last few days, weeks, months, but I felt it would be wrong to interfere in even the smallest way in the politics of another country. But there is a part of me that will always be rooted in the USA – I love America and have felt profound pain watching its freedoms and decency being eroded. I can now finally speak up. I feel massive joy – I see this is a victory for the people by the people – and hopefully just in time to make it possible to start to heal the terrible damage that has been done to the American Nation and its standing in the World in recent times. I’m thrilled for my dear American friends, that they have taken this step to reclaim compassion, justice, truth, accountability, and dignity. I’m well aware that America is split as to whether Trump as a president was a Champ or a Chump. But what you guys will discover over the next few weeks is that the rest of the world was NOT split. The whole world, like me, is rejoicing with you at this moment – feeling that we are getting our best friend back – our friend America. Yes – I will pray for unity and decent debate, with some great Rebublicans sharing the work load in the new regime. And – Yes – at last – the United States of America can again be Champions of the World !!! Bri

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#dems #gop #republican #democracy #democrats

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Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Eddie Van Halen

As previously reported, Van Halen’s Eddie Van Halen has sadly passed away following a battle with cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary guitarist and some of the various posts can be found below:

David Lee Roth (Van Halen):

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What a Long Great Trip It’s Been..

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Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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No words…Heartbroken, my love to the family💔

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Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen, etc.):

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Heartbroken and speechless. My love to the family.

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Metallica:

AC/DC:

Gene Simmons (KISS):

Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler:

Pantera:

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #EddieVanHalen

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Brian May (Queen):

Scott Ian (Anthrax):

John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper, etc.):

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

Nickelback:

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Vernon Reid (Living Colour):

Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed):

Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Gary Holt (Exodus, etc.):

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I am CRUSHED. Loss of words. RIP. One of my hero’s. FUCK 2020

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Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Phil Demmel (ex-Machine Head, etc.):

Bret Michaels (Poison):

Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers):

Watch Queen’s Brian May Perform “Bohemian Rhapsody” With Nuno Bettencourt, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, & Tosin Abasi

During AXS TV’s “At Home And Social With Nuno Bettencourt & Friends” special, Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Bettencourt, Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Tosin Abasi, were joined by Queen’s Brian May for a cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Footage of that has since surfaced online and can be seen below. The aforementioned special aired on August 3 and it benefited the Music Forward Foundation’s Crew Nation initiative.

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Queen’s Brian May Says He Suffered A “Small Heart Attack”

Queen’s Brian May has revealed that he recently suffered a “small heart attack.” The guitarist said the incident left him “very near death,” but he underwent an “incredible operation” that left him feeling “as if nothing happened.”

May previously injured his buttocks while gardening and thought the pain was related to that. He then got an MRI and found out he had a compressed sciatic nerve from “50 years of running around with a guitar strap over [his] left shoulder holding a heavy guitar.” May went on to say that the nerve was “quite severely compressed and that’s why [he] had this feeling that someone was putting a screwdriver in [his] back.” He continued:

“In the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside, I had a small heart attack. I say small — it’s not something that did me any harm. It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness. It’s that feeling in the arms and sweating. And you kind of know — you’ve heard things and you think, ‘This is a heart attack.’ To cut a long story short, my wonderful doctor drove me to the hospital himself and I had an angiogram.”

He added:

“I actually turned out to have three arteries which were congested and in danger of blocking the supply of blood to my heart.”

He also had the following to say about the operation and his current health:

“I couldn’t feel that they’ve been in here, I couldn’t feel anything… I walked out with a heart that’s very strong now. So I think I’m in good shape for some time to come.”

“I’m incredibly grateful that I know have a life to lead again. I was actually very near death because of this, but the pain that I had was from something completely different, it’s funny how things work…. I’m good, I’m here and I’m ready to rock.”

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Watch Queen And Sons Of Apollo Members Perform “We Are The Champions” While In Quarantine

Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor recently teamed up with Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo) and Kuky Sanchez for a quarantine performance of “We Are The Champions.” You can see footage of that below:

Queen Guitarist Brian May Recovering From Leg Surgery

Queen’s Brian May has revealed that he is currently recovering after undergoing leg surgery on December 2. You can see what the guitarist had to say about that in the below Instagram posts:

Five Finger Death Punch Share “Outlaws Remix” Of Their “Blue On Black” Cover

Five Finger Death Punch have shared an “Outlaws Remix” of their cover of Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s “Blue On Black.” This is a remix of the previously released revised version of the track, which features Shepherd himself, as well as Brian May (Queen) and Brantley Gilbert.

Five Finger Death Punch Join Forces With Brian May (Queen), Brantley Gilbert, & Kenny Wayne Shepherd For New “Blue On Black” Cover

Five Finger Death Punch have joined forces with Brian May (Queen), Brantley Gilbert, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to record a new cover of Shepherd’s “Blue On Black.” An official video for the track can be found below. All proceeds from this version will go towards the Gary Sinise Foundation.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory said the following:

“To raise awareness for and support First Responders is a cause that’s always been close to our hearts. These brave men and women leave their homes every morning not knowing if they’ll ever see their families again. Yet they make a conscious choice to do so for the greater good. What better way to make a difference than to join forces with some of our friends in country, blues and classic rock who happen to be some of the biggest names in those genres and together celebrate these heroes.”

Gilbert continued:

“‘Blue On Black‘ is a song my band and I have covered off and on for years… songs are certified timeless when you can come back to them. It’s always a staple each night and one of my favorite songs to perform. When the opportunity came up to sing on Five Finger’s version, with both Kenny Wayne and Brian May of Queen, I jumped at the chance… Who wouldn’t?! It incorporates so many different musical perspectives, but our collaboration just works brilliantly.”

Shepherd added:

“When Five Finger Death Punch approached me about teaming up with them to do a special version of ‘Blue On Black‘, I was thrilled to do it. When they told me Brantley Gilbert and Brian May were also going to be part of it, I was honored. This is a powerful collaboration of rock, country and blues artists and a true testament to the commonalities these musical styles share, and I think the fans will appreciate and enjoy it as much as we do.”

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor & Queen’s Brian May Among Those Set To Induct The 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Class

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Queen’s Brian May are among the artists chosen to induct the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame class. Reznor will induct The Cure, while May will induct Def Leppard. Other presenters include: David Byrne, who will induct Radiohead, Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon and John Taylor, who will induct Roxy Music, The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, who will induct The Zombies, Janelle Monaé, who will induct Janet Jackson, and Harry Styles, who will induct Stevie Nicks. The ceremony will be held on March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.