Upcoming John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) Biography To Include Foreword By Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

Hachette Books will be releasing a new John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) biography, titled “Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin,” on September 7. The book was written by music journalist C.M. Kushins and it will include a foreword by Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).

A description of the book was shared on hachettebooks.com:

“‘Beast: John Bonham And The Rise Of Led Zeppelin’ is the first-ever biography of the iconic John Bonham, considered by many to be one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) rock drummer of all time. Bonham first learned to play the drums at the age of five, and despite never taking formal lessons, began drumming for local bands immediately upon graduating from secondary school. By the late 1960s, Bonham was looking for a more solid gig in order to provide his growing family with a more regular income. Meanwhile, following the dissolution of the popular blues rock band The Yardbirds, lead guitarist Jimmy Page sought the company of new bandmates to help him record an album and tour Scandinavia as the New Yardbirds. A few months later, Bonham was recruited to join the band who would eventually become known as Led Zeppelin-and before the year was out, Bonham and his three bandmates would become the richest rock band in the world.

In their first year, Led Zeppelin released two albums and completed four US and four UK concert tours. As their popularity exploded, they moved from ballrooms and smaller clubs to larger auditoriums, and eventually started selling out full arenas. Throughout the 1970s, Led Zeppelin reached new heights of commercial and critical success, making them one of the most influential groups of the era, both in musical style and in their approach towards the workings of the entertainment industry. They added extravagant lasers, light shows, and mirror balls to their performances; wore flamboyant and often glittering outfits; traveled in a private jet airliner and rented out entire sections of hotels; and soon become the subject of frequently repeated stories of debauchery and destruction while on tour. In 1977, the group performed what would be their final live appearance in the US, following months of rising fervor and rioting from their fandom. And in September of 1980, Bonham-plagued by alcoholism, anxiety, and the after-effects of years of excess-was found dead by his bandmates.

To this day, Bonham is posthumously described as one of the most important, well-known, and influential drummers in rock, topping best of lists describing him as an inimitable, all-time great. As Adam Budofsky, managing editor of Modern Drummer, explained, ‘If the king of rock ‘n’ roll was Elvis Presley, then the king of rock drumming was certainly John Bonham.'”

Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Etc. To Perform At “VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World”

Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Jennifer Lopez, J Balvin, and H.E.R. are set to perform as part of Global Citizen’s “VAX LIVE: The Concert To Reunite The World.” The event, which will be held at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA, will be hosted by Selena Gomez and it will air on May 8 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET.

The following was said about the show on the event’s website:

“VAX LIVE: A Concert to Reunite the World is celebrating the hope that COVID-19 vaccines are offering families and communities around the world. We are calling on world leaders to step up to make sure vaccines are accessible for all so we can end the pandemic for everyone, everywhere.”

Hugh Evans, Global Citizen co-founder and CEO, said the following:

“As a global community, we are in a race against time and the key to coming back together is the vaccine. We need to build vaccine confidence in the U.S. and globally, and encourage people to take the vaccine as quickly as possible. There is a light at the end of this tunnel, but getting vaccines to everyone, everywhere regardless of who they are or where they are from, is key to ensuring the end of this pandemic around the world. We must all unite to get back on track to eradicating extreme poverty.”

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, also commented

“The World Health Organization is pleased to be partnering with Global Citizen in the fight against COVID-19. Throughout the response to the pandemic, we have been grateful for the efforts and commitment shown by global citizens, health advocates and changemakers around the world to advocate for vaccine equity to protect the most vulnerable people, everywhere. WHO will continue to work closely with all nations and partners to help manage potential risks and use science and data to drive a targeted global response.”

Gomez added:

“I’m honored to be hosting ‘Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World’. This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) & Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Team Up For New Song “Eazy Sleazy”

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) have joined forces for a new song titled “Eazy Sleazy.” You can find a lyric video for that track below:

Jagger told Rolling Stone the following about the song, which he describes as a “piss-take on conspiracy theories”:

“I wrote the lyrics really quickly: Just the pandemic and hopefully coming out of the pandemic; the-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel chorus. It sounded really good and I thought, ‘You gotta put it out now because it’s not gonna be any good in three or six months.’ I said, ‘I’d love to do it with someone really great and is working from home.’

I knew Dave and [Foo Fighters] just put out an album so I knew he got that out of the way. I phoned Dave up and said, ‘Dave, would you be interested?’ He said [puts on American accent], ‘Yeah, I’m really bored!’ ‘You just put an album out.’ ‘I’m really bored! I want to do it. I want to work!’ I said, ‘Fine, I’ll send you the song.’ It was all done quite quickly. Dave likes it ’cause it rocks hard. I like to rock hard, too, so it feels good in that way.”

He also added:

“I wrote most of the music first with some of the lyrics and then I just went and filled in the blanks. But yeah, it’s a reflection on the last year; the physical and mental strains put on society. The whole year, we’ve been doing this and going through different emotions through it and having false starts and stops and openings and closings.

[Laughs] End of last summer, everything seemed to be going well and people were out and about and great and then, especially in Europe, everything’s shut down again and you haven’t had any kind of social interaction. It’s a long time for people to have to endure that. [Also] the deep psychological ramifications of it on people and children not going to school and not socializing. We don’t know what they’re really going to be [long-term].”

Grohl also commented on working with Jagger:

“It’s hard to put into words what recording this song with Sir Mick Jagger means to me. It’s beyond a dream come true. Just when I thought life couldn’t get any crazier……and it’s the song of the summer, without a doubt!!”

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) Shares Trailer For “What Drives Us” Documentary

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) has shared a new trailer for his upcoming documentary “What Drives Us.” The film, which “explores motivations, recounts personal anecdotes, and explores the physical and psychological toll of touring in vans via interviews with members of van tour veteran bands,” will be released on April 30 through Amazon’s “The Coda Collection.” Grohl commented:

“This film is my love letter to every musician that has ever jumped in an old van with their friends and left it all behind for the simple reward of playing music. What started as a project to pull back the curtain on the DIY logistics of stuffing all of your friends and equipment into a small space for months on end eventually turned into an exploration of “why?” What drives us?”

AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Foo Fighters, Etc. Nominated For 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The ceremony will take place on May 27 at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and the artists nominated in the rock categories can be found below. The full list of nominees is also available HERE.

Rock Song of the Year:

  • The Pretty Reckless – “Death By Rock And Roll”
  • Chris Cornell – “Patience” (Guns N’ Roses cover)
  • Foo Fighters – “Shame Shame”
  • AC/DC – “Shot In The Dark”
  • Ozzy Osbourne – “Under The Graveyard”

Rock Artist of the Year:

  • AC/DC
  • Five Finger Death Punch
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Shinedown
  • The Pretty Reckless

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:

  • AJR – “Bang!”
  • Machine Gun Kelly – “Bloody Valentine”
  • Billie Eilish – “everything i wanted”
  • twenty one pilots – “Level Of Concern”
  • All Time Low – “Monsters” (feat. blackbear)

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:

  • AJR
  • All Time Low
  • Billie Eilish
  • Cage the Elephant
  • twenty one pilots

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:

  • Ashe
  • Dayglow
  • Powfu
  • Royal & The Serpent
  • Wallows

The fan-vote is open HERE.

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) To Release New Book “The Storyteller – Tales Of Life And Music” In October

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) will be releasing a new book titled “The Storyteller – Tales Of Life And Music” on October 5 via Dey Street Books. The effort will feature various stories from the musician’s life and it can be pre-ordered HERE.

Grohl commented:

“There is a common thread that runs throughout everything that I do: storytelling. Whether in song, documentary film or on the page, I have always felt compelled to share moments from my life. This inclination is a huge part of what excites me creatively but also as a human being. In March 2020, realizing that my day job with the Foo Fighters was going to go on hold, I started an Instagram account (@davestruestories) and decided to focus all of my creative energy on writing some of my stories down, something I love doing but I’ve never really had the time for.

I soon found that the reward I felt every time I posted a story was the same as the feeling I get when playing a song to an audience, so I kept on writing. The response from readers was a soul-filling as any applause in an arena. So, I took stock of all the experiences I’ve had in my life-incredible, difficult, funny and emotional-and decided it was time to finally put them into words. Now with the amazing people at Dey Street Books I’m excited and honored to announce ‘The Storyteller‘, a collection of memories of a life lived loud.

From my early days growing up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, to hitting the road at the age of 18, and all the music that followed, I can now share these adventures with the world, as seen and heard from behind the microphone. Turn it up!”

A preview of the book can be found below:

Foo Fighters, Deftones, Primus, Etc. Set For 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. The event will take place at Great Stage Park in Manchester, TN on September 2-5 and it will feature: Foo Fighters, Deftones, Primus, Incubus, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, and more.

Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, Etc. Members Take Part In Auction For Roadie Relief

Members of Foo Fighters, Ghost, Korn, KISS, 311, and more have contributed signed items to a silent auction in an effort to raise money for Roadie Relief. The auction will run through April 14 at 32auctions.com.

Here’s the various items up for auction:

01. Tommy Thayer (KISS) personally signed signature series Epiphone Les Paul.
02. Phil X (Bon Jovi) signed Gibson Les Paul Jr.
03. Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) piano black Gretsch Drum kit he used at Wembley Stadium in 2008 with All Access laminate from the show.
04. Papa Emeritus IV (Ghost) signed Hagstrom Phantom guitar.
05. A 30 min one on one Zoom with PNUT of 311.
06. 5 different Faith No More bundles that have signed poster, guitar pics and after show pass.
07. Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine) signed cymbal (used at last Rage show).
08. 2 – 311 band signed posters.
09. Queen + Adam Lambert signed show poster from their last show plus a pair of Roger Taylor’s drum sticks.
10. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed snare drum (his signature series custom hard shell snare case also signed by him).
11. Metallica bundle including show poster, pair of Lars Ulrich’s used drum Sticks, and one of Lars’s custom snare drum Heads
12. Live performance photographs from shows including: Lemmy (Motörhead), Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Flint (Prodigy), Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses), Cardinal Copia (Ghost), and Tom Petty.
13. 311 signed skate deck.
14. Artist Thomas Estrada donated custom art commission to winning bidder.
15. Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) signed custom guitar pedal + guitar pics.
16. Avenged Sevenfold signed record.
17. Several concert collectors posters: Pearl Jam, Soundgarden (and more to come).
18. Darkglass Electronics 500 v1 bass amp
19. Aric Improta (Fever 333) custom art work drum head signed by him
20. Ray Luzier (Korn) signed drum head and pair of sticks
21. Foo Fighters Bundle – Taylor Hawkins’ sticks, Dave Grohl’s sweat band and guitar pic and 2 all access laminates.
22. Custom hand made guitar used on episodes of Couch Riffs.

Watch Footage Of Foo Fighters Performing “Making A Fire” And A Cover Of Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing” During Virtual “Rock ‘N’ Relief” Festival

During this weekend’s virtual “Rock ‘N’ Relief” festival, Foo Fighters performed their song “Making A Fire” and a cover of Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing.” You can see footage of that at the 5:40:00 mark in the below video: