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.

[via Blabbermouth]

Godsmack’s Sully Erna Recruits Shinedown, Papa Roach, Staind, Etc. Members For “Live From The Living Room” Charity Fundraiser

Sully Erna (Godsmack) has announced a “Live From The Living Room” fundraiser for The Scars Foundation. The event will stream on the frontman’s YouTube channel and the Foundation’s Facebook page on August 6 at 5:00 p.m PT / 8:00 p.m. ET and it will feature Godsmack, Erna solo (feat. Chris Lester and Máiréad Nesbitt), Staind’s Aaron Lewis, Shinedown’s Brent Smith and Zach Myers, Papa Roach, Saint Asonia’s Mike Mushok and Adam Gontier, Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt, and Sevendust’s Clint Lowery.

Erna commented:

“I had always looked for ways to give back and help others in some way after reaching certain levels of success in my life. But I could never really figure out where to dedicate my time and attention and what was important to me, or where I even had experience to offer. One day, I started thinking about my own life and being a survivor of such an extremely rough inner city and that’s where all my experience was. It was all the battle wounds and scars I’ve carried that made me stronger and made me the man I am today. Instead of being ashamed of my imperfections, or hiding from them, I learned how to embrace them and grow from those experiences. I want to share that with people and lend my stories, my experiences, and my theories on how you can overcome challenging times rather than letting them ruin your life.

And that’s why The Scars Foundation is so important to me. It’s personal. It’s my life. And it’s important that people who struggle with these mental health issues and ‘imperfections,’ or ‘scars,’ as we call them, learn how to embrace them, and show them to the world loudly and proudly!

I hope the work we do with The Scars Foundation inspires people to come forward and share their stories so that those stories inspire more people to come forward and break the silence and internal struggles.

Just remember: you’re not alone. And we’re all imperfectly perfect. Just the way we’re supposed to be!”

In addition to the livestream, fans can also participate in a charity auction HERE.

Watch Sully Erna (Godsmack) & Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) Cover Alice In Chains & The Doobie Brothers

During a recent “Soundcheck Live” event at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, CA, Sully Erna (Godsmack) took the stage to perform covers of Alice In Chains’ “Man In The Box” and The Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running” with Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Glen Sobel, Derek Frank, and Steve Fekete. You can see footage of that in the below video at about the 46:25 mark.

Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Blink-182, White Zombie, Limp Bizkit, Etc. Master Recordings Reportedly Lost In 2008 UMG Fire

The New York Times recently shared a report on the 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood that reportedly exposed the fact that numerous master recordings were destroyed. Now, the publication has followed up with a much larger list of affected artists. They include: Aerosmith, Audioslave, Nuno Bettencourt, Blink-182, Boston, Coverdale/Page, The Damned, Eagles, Extreme, Peter Frampton, Guns N’ Roses, Hole, Iron Butterfly, Jawbreaker, Jimmy Eat World, Kansas, Krokus, Limp Bizkit, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Duff McKagan, Meat Loaf, Nazareth, Night Ranger, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, No Doubt, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Iggy Pop, Primus, Puddle Of Mudd, R.E.M., Soundgarden, Steppenwolf, Styx, Sublime, Temple Of The Dog, Tesla, Voivod, Whitesnake, Weezer, White Zombie, Y&T, Rob Zombie, and tons more. Many artists were unaware about their masters being lost and a number of them have filed a suit against UMG for breach of contract since the recordings weren’t properly secured and preserved. They are seeking damages in excess of $100 million. You can read more HERE.

Generation Axe Share “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” Album Sampler

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), have shared a sampler featuring previews of all the tracks on their new live album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China.” That effort features the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and it will be released on June 28.

Generation Axe Stream Cover Of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” From “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China”

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), are streaming their cover of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” off their new live album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China.” That effort features the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and it will be released on June 28.

Generation Axe Stream “Sideways” From “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China”

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), are streaming their cover of Citizen Cope’s “Sideways” off their new live album “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China.” That effort features the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and it will be released on June 28. The latest track was performed by Wylde and Bettencourt.

Generation Axe (Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Etc.) To Release “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” In June

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), have announced that they will be releasing a new live album titled “The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” on June 28. The effort was recorded during the band’s April 2017 show in Beijing, China and a cover of Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” from the set can be streamed below:

“The Guitars That Destroyed The World: Live In China” Track Listing:

01. Generation Axe – “Foreplay” (Boston cover)
02. Abasi – “Tempting Time” (Animals As Leaders cover)
03. Abasi/Bettencourt – “Physical Education” (Animals As Leaders cover)
04. Bettencourt – “A Side Of Mash” (medley of Extreme solos)
05. Bettencourt/Wylde – “Sideways” (Citizen Cope cover)
06. Wylde – “Whipping Post” (The Allman Brothers Band cover)
07. Vai – “Bad Horsie”
08. Malmsteen – “Valhalla” / “Baroque n Roll” / “Overture” / “From A Thousand Cuts” / “Arpeggios From Hell” / “Far Beyond The Sun”
09. Malmsteen/Vai – “Black Star”
10. Vai/Wylde/Bettencourt/Abasi – “Frankenstein” (Edgar Winter cover)
11. Generation Axe – “Highway Star” (Deep Purple cover)

Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) & Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) Cover The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar”

Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) have recorded a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” for the “Muscle Shoals… Small Town, Big Sound” compilation album, which is set to be released September 28. That effort was put together by Rodney Hall, who wanted to pay tribute to his late father Rick Hall and his studio FAME.

[via Blabbermouth]

Generation Axe (Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Etc.) To Release “The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live in Asia)” In October

Generation Axe, the touring group featuring Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), have announced that they will be releasing a new live album titled “The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live in Asia)” On October 5. The effort, which was recorded on their Asian tour, can be pre-ordered via PledgeMusic. As previously reported, Generation Axe will kick off their 2018 North American tour in November.

[via The PRP]