Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Among Special Guests Who Joined Dolly Parton For “Jolene” Performance At Rock And Roll Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Last night (November 5), Dolly Parton was joined by numerous guests for a special performance during the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA. You can see footage of the country singer playing her classic track “Jolene” with Rob Halford (Judas Preist), P!nk, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Pat Benatar, and more below. Official footage of the entire ceremony will air on November 19 via HBO.

Five Finger Death Punch & Brantley Gilbert Announce Fall U.S. Tour

Five Finger Death Punch and Brantley Gilbert have announced a fall U.S. tour. Corey Marks will open.

Tour Dates:

11/09 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
11/10 Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
11/12 Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
11/14 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
11/16 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
11/17 Knoxville, TN – Thompson-Boling Arena
11/19 Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center
11/20 Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
11/22 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
11/25 Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at The BJCC
11/26 Little Rock, AR – Simmons Bank Arena
11/29 Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
11/30 Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center Omaha
12/02 Madison, WI – Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
12/03 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
12/05 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center Wed
12/07 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
12/09 Grand Forks, ND – Alerus Center
12/10 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
12/13 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
12/15 Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena Sat
12/17 Las Vegas, NV – Michelob ULTRA Arena

Staind’s Aaron Lewis Goes On Nonsensical Rant About “Tyrannical People” In The Government During Roanoke, VA Show

Staind’s Aaron Lewis recently went on another nonsensical rant during a July 23 solo show in Roanoke, VA. The spiel found the frontman rambling about “tyrannical people” in the U.S. government and more.

Lewis said the following:

“We have all lost our connection with the Constitution. Because if we knew the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights, we would know that it clearly states that it’s our responsibility as we the people to take back a country governed by tyrannical people. They have proven that they have business whatsoever as the representatives of us. All those people that sit in Washington, D.C., in the grand scheme of things not all that fucking far from here. I can almost smell them in the air. It smells like fucking treason, is what it smells like. It smells like they’re blaming us for an insurrection that they committed.

We the people. It’s a very strong statement right there. No other country’s documents that create that country starts with ‘we the people’. It doesn’t.

Here’s another thing: is it just me or have you noticed that we’re the only country in the world that has a fentanyl problem? No, it’s like for real. Have you noticed that? There isn’t another country on the face of the earth that is losing thousands of people a week to fentanyl. It seems like a war is going on without us even knowing it, doesn’t it? Go look. Go look.

There isn’t another country on the face of the earth with a fentanyl problem. Do you know where fentanyl comes from? The only place on the face of the earth that it comes from? China. That’s where they make it. It’s the only place on the face of the earth that they can make it. So all the fentanyl that’s coming into this country, and only this country — it might be oozing over into Canada, but I can promise you Mexico, where it’s all coming from, doesn’t have a fentanyl problem.

Start paying very close attention to what the fuck is going on .’Cause, unfortunately, the reason why I get myself in trouble every time I step out on this stage if because I know what the fuck is going on. And I’m not gonna shut the fuck up until everybody else knows what the fuck is going on too. Because here’s the difference: I sit up here right now and I run my mouth for everybody.

Even the fucking idiots that choose to spout all their anti-America, anti-family, anti-everything bullshit. Because you know what? As much as I don’t wanna hear it, they’re free to say it. But I’ll tell you what right now — freedom goes in all directions. Which means that you’re free to be an asshole. You’re free to be completely deranged and off in your own fucking universe.

You’re free to be a man and slice your fucking penis in half and fucking scrape all the seeds out like a cucumber and fold it all back up inside you. You know what? You’re still a man that’s just fucking self-mutilated himself. You can do all that, and I will stand up for you, because I believe in your freedom to be able to do that even though I don’t agree with you at all.

That’s the difference. They wanna shut us up and shut us down. And I wanna fight for the same fucking freedoms that they love. The ability to be able to say shit like that and not have the government show up at your door the next fucking day.

This is our country — not the government’s. We have every right to remove them.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Judas Priest Among 2022 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Judas Priest are set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this year. The ceremony will be held on November 5 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, CA and the other inductees include: Pat Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Harry Belafonte, Elizabeth Cotten, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Allen Grubman, Jimmy Iovine, and Sylvia Robinson.

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford told Billboard the following:

“The other day I was just noodling on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame site … and when you look at the list of talent in there, it’s absolutely extraordinary. It’s a very, very important institution for recognizing various people that have been in music since music began, right from the beginning of rock ‘n’ roll. To be part of that is, like, wow… And glory hallelujah, there’s another metal band in now. That’s the blessing we’ve all been waiting for.”

He also added the following about being inducted as part of the “Musical Excellence Award”:

“That’s totally unexpected. That’s just a very extra thrill to have that. They really look at you beyond the simple band that you are. They really dig deep as to this album and that album this song and that song. I think that really supports what we’ve always tried to do. I think it validates the real musical adventure that Judas Priest has been on since Rocka Rolla (in 1974).

We’re a band that has taken you through many, many different, many dimensions, of metal. We’ve always called ourselves a classic metal band, but we’re a hard band to pin down. One minute we can be your Turbo Lover and then we can be your Painkiller, and how amazing it is for a band to really search for those opportunities within the genre of heavy metal. So I think the acknowledgement of Musical Excellence is a really sweet addition.”

Halford also confirmed that several former members of the band will be included in the induction including K.K. Downing, Les Binks, and Dave Holland:

“They have every right to be a part of the event. I’m very pleased for everybody. There’s no bitterness. There’s no angst. There’s not that kind of stuff that’s lingering. If there is you have to push all that away. You have to push it to the side and just understand and accept and respect this wonderful opportunity and what it represents in terms of recognition and a celebration.”

Staind’s Aaron Lewis Goes On Nonsensical Rant During Portsmouth, OH Show, Says People “Should Listen To What Vladimir Putin Is Saying”

Staind’s Aaron Lewis recently went on another nonsensical rant during his March 17 solo show at the Vern Riffe Center in Portsmouth, OH. The frontman spouted out a bunch of right-wing conspiracy theories and even said people “should listen to what Vladimir Putin is saying,” despite all of the death and destruction the dictator is causing in Ukraine.

Lewis told the crowd the following:

“So, I’m not gonna go into some big get-myself-in-trouble dissertation. All I’m gonna say is this: question everything. Everything that they’re telling you right now is a lie. Everything. We need to come to grips with something, people. This is our country. We own the most corrupt country in the world.

So my question is, what are we gonna do about it? Because we put these people where they sit, to become corrupt and to sell us out all for their gain and not for ours. They’re supposed to represent us, not themselves. And they’re all guilty of it — 90 percent of ’em.

I don’t know who’s worse — the Democrats that are trying to destroy this country or the Republicans that sit idly by while they do so. They all need to be removed. We need to start voting for people that aren’t lifetime politicians because those are the most lecherous, snake-in-the-grass pieces of shit that you can ever possibly put into power.

The next governor needs to be you. The next senator needs to be you. We need to pick from our peers, people — people that have good ideas that we can stand behind; not these fucking snake oil salesmen that tell us everything we wanna hear. And until we wake up, this country is going off the cliff, people.

We have no order. We have no president. Every single day that goes by, we lose standing in the world. Everyone’s laughing at us. Everyone is positioning themselves against us. And it’s not us — it’s the government that we put in power. These are the people that are making us look bad throughout the entire world — the same people that have you convinced that we all need to support Ukraine even though all of their money laundering systems, all of their everything, the way that they get all their kickbacks and they wash everything is all through the Ukraine.”

He continued after a fan shouted “Fuck Joe Biden“:

“Listen, it’s bigger than ‘Fuck Joe Biden.’ It is. It is. It’s the media. It’s the Internet and the people that control it. Everything is against us in this room — everything. Because when we lose, they win. Look what happened over shutdown. Look how many small businesses got bankrupt and closed forever. And look how the big corporations made billions and billions of dollars. They just took all that wealth out of our hands and they put it in theirs.

They took your jobs. They made you believe lies. They made you believe that a vaccine was gonna keep you safe. They made you think that a fucking mask was gonna keep you safe. They made you think that avoiding your friends and your family and staying locked up in your house was gonna somehow keep you safe. But guess what — didn’t we all get COVID? Didn’t every single of us in this fucking room get COVID and live to tell the tale? We’re okay. I survived. I didn’t stick that poison in my fucking body. I did just fine. I had it twice. I’m not fucking dead.

Don’t believe a word they fucking tell you — not one word.”

Lewis also added the following about Ukraine:

“You know, as fucked up as it sounds, maybe we should listen to what Vladimir Putin is saying. Maybe, just maybe, when Klaus Schwab and George Soros and every other dirty fucking earth-destroying motherfucker all jumps on the same bandwagon, maybe, just maybe we should fucking take a good look at that. Why are they trying to protect Ukraine so much? What do they all have to lose?

It’s all bullshit. It’s all bullshit. Have you seen the pictures with wooden guns and all the bodies in body bags laying in the background, and all of a sudden one of the bodies starts moving and fucking sits up and fixes its fucking body bag while the reporter is reporting? People, if you haven’t seen that, you’d better start fucking looking elsewhere. If you haven’t seen Vladimir Putin actually say that he’s fighting the ‘Deep State’ right now, which is the same people we’re fighting, which is the same people everywhere on the face of this earth that people are fighting for freedom.

You know, we need to reassess and think about who it is, who these people are, what makes them worthy of us putting all of our faith and all of our trust in these fucking snake oil salesmen.”

He then concluded with the following:

“That should be good tomorrow. And you know what, though — fuck ’em if they can’t handle the truth. It seems like nobody wants to hear the truth these days. They just wanna put their masks on and walk around like fucking zombies.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) Writing New Material With Country Singer Jimmie Allen

During a recent interview with RadioactiveMike Z of 96.7 KCAL-FM, Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon offered an update on his upcoming solo album. Notably, the frontman also mentioned that he has been writing material for the effort with country singer Jimmie Allen

Witherspoon said the following:

“I’ve still been doing some work. And I actually got to work with my buddy, a country artist, Jimmie Allen, and we did some writing. And I’m just real excited. I’ve got a couple of more writing projects that I’m gonna take my time to do.

After the Sevendust run, I’ll go back in the studio again and finish up some stuff. But, yeah, there’s some good stuff there. Actually, somebody sent out an e-mail today talking about me signing to a label. So I’m just taking my time. I like to court ’em for a while before I do something. [Laughs]”

He also added the following about release plans:

“Probably this year, I would think.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rage Against The Machine, Judas Priest, Eminem, Etc. Nominated For 2022 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction

The nominees have been revealed for the 2022 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. They include the following: Rage Against The Machine, Judas Priest, Eminem, MC5, Pat Benatar, Devo, Eurythmics, Fela Kuti, Beck, Carly Simon, Dionne Warwick, New York Dolls, A Tribe Called Quest, Dolly Parton, Kate Bush, Lionel Richie, and Duran Duran. The inductees will be revealed in May and you can participate in the fan vote HERE.

Foo Fighters, Five Finger Death Punch, Chevelle, Volbeat, Etc. Nominated For 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The ceremony will take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA on March 22 and the categories featuring rock artists can be found below. The full list of nominees is also available HERE.

Rock Song Of The Year:

  • The Pretty Reckless – “And So It Went”
  • Five Finger Death Punch – “Living The Dream”
  • Rise Against – “Nowhere Generation”
  • Volbeat – “Wait A Minute My Girl”
  • Foo Fighters – “Waiting On A War”

Rock Artist Of The Year:

  • Chevelle
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Foo Fighters
  • Mammoth WVH
  • The Pretty Reckless

Best New Rock Artist:

  • All Good Things
  • Architects
  • Ayron Jones
  • Mammoth WVH
  • Zero 9:36

Alternative Song Of The Year:

  • Weezer featuring AJR – “All My Favorite Songs”
  • Imagine Dragons – “Follow You”
  • All Time Low featuring Blackbear – “Monsters”
  • Machine Gun Kelly & Blackbear – “My Ex’s Best Friend”
  • Twenty One Pilots – “Shy Away”

Alternative Artist of the Year:

  • All Time Low
  • Billie Eilish
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Machine Gun Kelly
  • Twenty One Pilots

Best New Alternative Artist:

  • Cannons
  • Clairo
  • Girl In Red
  • Måneskin
  • WILLOW

Best Comeback Album (Socially Voted Category):

  • Adele – “30”
  • Drake – “Certified Lover Boy”
  • Foo Fighters – “Medicine At Midnight”
  • Lorde – “Solar Power”
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Star-Crossed”
  • Bleachers – “Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night”
  • ABBA – “Voyage”

Best Cover Song (Socially Voted Category):

  • Kacey Musgraves – “Fix You” (Coldplay)
  • Camila Cabello – “Good 4 U” (Olivia Rodrigo)
  • Shawn Mendes – “Happier Than Ever” (Billie Eilish)
  • Tate McRae – “Heather” (Conan Gray)
  • Demi Lovato – “I’m Still Standing” (Elton John)
  • Lil Nas X – “Jolene” (Dolly Parton)
  • Miley Cyrus – “Nothing Else Matters” (Metallica)

Best New Pop Artist:

  • Giveon
  • Måneskin
  • Olivia Rodrigo
  • Tate McRae
  • The Kid LAROI

Staind’s Aaron Lewis Cancels Solo Shows After Undergoing Appendectomy

Staind’s Aaron Lewis has revealed that he recently underwent an appendectomy. As a result, his solo shows in Davenport, IA, Inman, KS, and Springfield, MO have been cancelled. The frontman commented:

“No more appendix, and no shows this weekend but AFL is out of surgery, and doing just fine. 🇺🇸 💪🏼”

[via Blabbermouth]

Metallica Among Headliners For 2022 Bottlerock Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2022 Bottlerock festival. The event will take place in Napa Valley, CA on May 27-29 and it will feature: Metallica, P!nk, Twenty One Pilots, Luke Combs, The Black Crowes, Greta Van Fleet, and more.