Miley Cyrus Recruits Elton John, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Etc. For Her Metallica Covers Album

Back in October 2020, Miley Cyrus revealed that she was working on a Metallica covers album and now she has confirmed that the effort will feature some special guests. She said the following about that during an appearance on “Capital Breakfast With Roman Kemp“:

“I did a Metallica cover of ‘Nothing Else Matters‘ featuring Elton John on piano. I’ve got Yo-Yo Ma, Chad Smith [Red Hot Chili Peppers]—so many all-stars. I’m so excited about this collaboration. Andrew Watt produced it, and I’m really stoked. I mean, having Elton John and Metallica and me—I love it when ingredients don’t quite fit.”

Watch Post Malone Cover Black Sabbath And Alice In Chains With Members Of Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, And Jane’s Addiction

During his performance for the “Bud Light Seltzer Sessions Presents: New Years Eve 2021” livestream event, Post Malone performed covers of Alice in Chains’ “Rooster” and Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” with drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), producer/guitarist Andrew Watt, and bassist Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction). The group were also joined onstage by guitarist Slash (Guns N’ Roses) during “War Pigs.” You can see footage of all that at the 2:11:11 mark in the below video:

Metallica, Foo Fighters, And Red Hot Chili Peppers Members To Be Featured On New Ozzy Osbourne Album

It was previously revealed that Ozzy Osbourne was already working on a follow-up to “Ordinary Man” and now we have some more details on the effort. According to producer Andrew Watt, the album is “about halfway” done and it will feature contributions from Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Watt told Guitar World the following:

“We’re about halfway through. But, you know, it’s been hard with COVID and everything to keep him safe. We all test every day before we work and it’s just me, Ozzy and my engineer. So it’s taken a little longer this time, but it’s cool because the last one was made in this, like, swift love affair of passion, like, ‘Oh my God, this is incredible!’ [laughs]

But this time everyone’s moving a little slower and we’re taking a little more time. And the songs, there’s some songs on there that are like eight or nine minutes long that are these really crazy journeys. I’m really excited about it.”

He also had the following to say about the various guests:

“There’s a bunch of people involved. I can’t say for sure until the end, but I started doing a bunch of basic tracks with Chad and Robert Trujillo, who used to play in Ozzy‘s band. And Taylor Hawkins also came in and played a bunch on the record as well, which adds a different flair – it kind of harkened back to Ozzy‘s ‘80s era, in a great way. And I think it’s so cool for a rock fan to be able to listen to half an album with Chad Smith on drums, and then you flip it over and you get to hear Taylor Hawkins.

And you know, the last album was really special for everyone involved. And so there was no point in Ozzy or me doing this again unless we thought we could bring something new to the table. And I feel like we’re achieving that.”

He also added the following when asked about the sound of the record:

“Well, we’re just halfway through, so it could still change. Some of these songs we have could wind up not even making the album. So I can’t really say yet. But in the end it’s all Ozzy’s decision. When he tells me we’ve got the album, that’s when I’ll stop.”

Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Post Malone, And More Recently Jammed Together

Producer Andrew Watt, who has worked with Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne, etc., recently celebrated his 30th birthday with an all-star jam. The session saw Watt rocking with Post Malone, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), and Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction). A short clip and some photos can be found below:

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Neil Peart (Rush) To Be Honored At Modern Drummer Festival

LiveXLive have partnered with Modern Drummer to stream a virtual tribute concert for the late Neil Peart (Rush) as part of the Modern Drummer Festival. The event will take place on September 12 and it will feature: Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Rick Allen (Def Leppard), Ray Luzier (Korn), Eric Singer (KISS), Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theater), Jason Bittner (Overkill), and more. Tickets can be found HERE with proceeds set to benefit brain tumor research.

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler & Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith To Be Honored At Adopt The Arts’ Eighth Annual Benefit Concert

Adopt The Arts, the organization co-founded by Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.), have announced that their 2020 benefit concert will be held at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA on May 12. The show will launch this year’s “Sound And Vision Awards,” which will honor Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and visual artist Shepard Fairey. In addition to Sorum, the event will also feature performances from Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Dave Kushner (ex-Velvet Revolver), John 5 (Rob Zombie, etc.), Billy Duffy (The Cult), Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), and producer Andrew Watt (Post Malone, Ozzy Osbourne). Sorum said the following:

“Doing these annual events for Adopt the Arts are always rewarding with so many great artists stepping in to help out. I’m very grateful for all of my musician and artist friends who I’ve met throughout my career that believe in this organization. I feel this year might be our best yet with the great Chad Smith and Geezer Butler along with the incredible Shepard Fairey as our honorees. This show is going to Rock!”

Ozzy Osbourne Premieres New Song “Ordinary Man” Feat. Elton John & Slash

Ozzy Osbourne has premiered a new song titled “Ordinary Man.” The song, which features Elton John and Slash (Guns N’ Roses), serves as the title track of Osbourne’s new album, which will be released on February 21. That effort was recorded with producer Andrew Watt on guitar, Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) on bass, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. It also includes guest appearances from Post Malone and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine). Osbourne had the following to say about the title track:

“It all just came together. Slash is a dear friend of mine, as is Elton. When I was writing ‘Ordinary Man,’ it reminded me of an old Elton song and I said to Sharon, ‘I wonder if he would sing on it?’ We asked and lo and behold, he agreed and sings and play piano on the song.”

Ozzy Osbourne To Release New Album “Ordinary Man” In February, Elton John To Be Featured On The Title Track

Ozzy Osbourne will officially release his new album “Ordinary Man” on February 21. That effort was recorded with producer Andrew Watt on guitar, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan on bass, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith on drums. The title track, which features Elton John, will be released tonight at midnight.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Working On New Album With Returning Guitarist John Frusciante

Red Hot Chili Peppers recently reunited with guitarist John Frusciante and now it looks like they are working on a new album as well. Drummer Chad Smith confirmed the news during an interview with Rolling Stone:

“I was given strict orders for this interview: ‘DON’T TALK ABOUT THE BAND.’ But, yes, John is back in the band, and everyone knows that. We’re psyched. The festivals are the only shows booked. For now, we’ll mostly be concentrating on new songs and writing a new record. We’re all real excited to make new music.”

Slash, Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Etc. To Guest On Don Felder’s New Album “American Rock ‘N’ Roll”

Don Felder (ex-Eagles) will be releasing his new album “American Rock ‘N’ Roll” on April 5 and the effort will feature a number of guests including Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Sammy Hagar (Chickenfoot, ex-Van Halen, etc.), Joe Satriani (Chickenfoot, etc.), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot), and Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac). You can check out the title tack from the effort, which features Slash, Fleetwood, and Smith below:

[via Rolling Stone]