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):

KISS Working On Career-Spanning Book Of Concert Posters

During a Facebook Live chat with Scott Brown, the United States ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Gene Simmons revealed that KISS are working on a new book of concert posters. The coffee table book will feature posters from 1973 to 2020.

Simmons said the following:

“Here’s one of the things I’m really excited about, is to put out a huge — we’re working on the deal now — a huge coffee table book. I mean, as big as we can get it, and it’s posters from 1973 until 2020. And these are original posters — KISS posters from the very beginning.”

“It’s interesting historically. When you go back, some of the bands we took out on their first tours. So you’ll see ‘KISS’ with the faces, and you’ll see little ‘AC/DC’. See ‘KISS’ and little ‘RUSH’; these are all bands we took out on their first tour. BON JOVI, MÖTLEY CRÜE, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, SCORPIONS — you name it — we took ’em on their first tour. Not because it’s about, ‘Hey, we know stuff.’ We’re fans too. When you hear something that’s good, you say, ‘Hey, that’s kind of cool.’ And if you have the power — somebody gave us a chance to get up there — carry it forward; pass it forward; give somebody else a chance to get up there. We weren’t some of those assholes who would pull down the volume when the opening act [is on]. That’s all nonsense. You wanna use all the lights and all the sound? Go for it. Just be as good as you can be, ’cause that makes the whole night better. And if fans love the whole night…? Who wants a stinky band opening the show? C’mon.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

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

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

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

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Overkill:

Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

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Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

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Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):

Metallica, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Mötley Crüe, Etc. Members Featured In “Come On Feel The Noize” Documentary

Cleopatra Entertainment will be releasing the German-produced documentary “Come On Feel The Noize: The Story Of How Rock Became Metal” next month. The film will be available on VOD platforms starting on December 3, before being released on DVD on December 17. The documentary, which was written/produced by Thore Vollert and directed by Jörg Sonntag, features interviews with Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), Gene Simmons (KISS), James Hetfield (Metallica), Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe), and more.

[via Blabbermouth]

Gene Simmons (KISS) To Launch “Titans Of Rock” Classic Rock Festival Series

Gene Simmons (KISS) has teamed up with Chuck Varabioff to launch a classic rock festival series called “Titans Of Rock.” The first event will be held in Grand Forks, British Columbia on August 6-8.

Simmons commented

“I have been working on the Titans Of Rock festival concept for many years. Our goal is to provide classic rock fans with a one-of-a-kind, immersive, three-day experience featuring legendary names in a venue where they can celebrate their love of rock with other fans.”

Varabioff added:

“While our past events have been extremely successful, with Gene’s active involvement, creative influence and business savvy, combined with the event’s evolution to Titans Of Rock, we will offer fans something they can’t find anywhere else.”

Simmons will serve as the host at the Grand Forks show and a percentage of the proceeds will go towards local charities. Habitat for Humanity Kamploops will also auction off a show car to raise money to build lower income housing in the Thompson and Cariboo Chilcotin regions of British Columbia.

[via Blabbermouth]

Gene Simmons Says KISS’ “End Of The Road” Tour Will Last Another Two Years

During a recent interview with “Larry King Now” guest host Dennis Miller, Gene Simmons revealed that KISS’ ongoing “End Of The Road” tour will continue for another two years. He said the following:

“It’s a long one. We’ve got another two years of staying out there. We’ve already done 93 cities around the world, [and we are] coming back again. But the reality is that I’m 70. By the time I’m 72, it’s time to get off the stage. We’ve both seen bands that stayed too long on that stage… You wanna get off the stage before they’re tired of you… Leave them wanting more. Don’t stay on there too long.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Etc. Featured In “The Rainbow” Documentary

Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to the Zak Knutson directed documentary “The Rainbow.” The film, which focuses on the Rainbow Bar & Grill and the Whisky A Go Go, features interviews with a number of rock legends. The documentary will be available on October 29 and a description of it can be found below:

“Since 1972, nestled near the wester end of Hollywood’s famed Sunset Strip sits The Rainbow Bar & Grill. While the world around it has changed dramatically, The Rainbow remains much like it did when it opened its doors. Legendary musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Lita Ford, Gene Simmons, Lemmy Kilmister in one of his final interview, and many more, recount their stories from the iconic venue and we meet the three generation owners, Mario, Mikael, and Mikey Maglieri, who have witnessed and dedicated their lives to preserving rock history.”

Gene Simmons (KISS) Reportedly Recovering After Kidney Stone Surgery

According to TMZ, Gene Simmons (KISS) is recovering after undergoing surgery to remove kidney stones. The non-invasive operation reportedly took place at Cedars-Sinai Hospital early this morning (October 1). This news comes after KISS recently postponed shows in Salt Lake City, Oakland, and Los Angeles.

KISS Postpone Salt Lake City Show As Gene Simmons Prepares For A “Medical Procedure”

KISS postponed their show at USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, UT earlier tonight (September 14) due to Gene Simmons having to undergo a “medical procedure.” This news comes after the band previously postponed their September 16 show at Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA until March 6 and their September 20 show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA until March 4. Simmons commented:

“Apologies to the fans in Salt Lake City. We will come back and do the show at a later date. The truth is, I have to fly to LA to do a medical procedure. Nothing serious. But it must be taken care of now. Thank you for your good wishes. All is well.”

Woman Who Sued Gene Simmons (KISS) For Sexual Battery Files To Have The Case Dismissed

According to The Blast, the dishwasher who accused Gene Simmons (KISS) of inappropriately touching her private parts has filed a request to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. It is unclear if a settlement was reached, but the fact that she filed seems to indicate that some sort of deal was made. Once a judge signs off on the request, the case will be closed. Back in December 2018, the woman, who was working at one of Simmons’ Rock & Brews restaurants in 2016, says the musician was visiting the establishment when his manager told her to get closer to him for a picture, but when she did, he allegedly “reached over and forcefully placed his hand on her vagina completely covering it.” The woman says she tried to stop him and that she showed the photo to her coworkers. The suit went on to say Simmons was acting “sexually charged” with other women that night and that he was touching their hands and telling them to unbutton their shirts. This news comes after Simmons previously settled a separate lawsuit for sexual assault last year.