Bon Jovi Reunites With Richie Sambora & Alec John Such At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

During the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, OH last night (April 14), Bon Jovi reunited with guitarist Richie Sambora, who hasn’t performed with the band since 2013, and bassist Alec John Such, who hasn’t performed with the band since a one-off show in 2001. Together they played “Livin’ On A Prayer,” ”You Give Love A Bad Name,” and “It’s My Life.”


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Vomitory Announce Their Return

Vomitory have officially announced their return. The band said the following:

“For 24 years, Swedish death metal legends Vomitory laid waste to stages all over the world and released eight successful albums before laying down their arms in 2013. In 2017, they reunited for one show to honor an old friend. The band had such a good time playing again that the thought of future battles together started to grow like a seed in blood-drenched soil. 2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of Vomitory’s supreme death metal and prove to be the perfect year to celebrate by wreaking havok to stages all over the planet again. Death metal supremacy!”

Limp Bizkit Reunite With DJ Lethal Onstage In New Zealand

During Limp Bizkit’s set at the Storm The Gates festival in Auckland, New Zealand today (March 17), the band were rejoined by former member DJ Lethal. Lethal previously exited the group in 2012 following a public war of words, though him and the band seemed to have resolved their issues in 2017.

D’Arcy Wretzky Says Billy Corgan Is Manipulative

The drama surrounding the upcoming Smashing Pumpkins “original” lineup reunion has heated up once again. It has already been confirmed that orginal bassist D’arcy Wretzy won’t be joining frontman Billy Corgan, original guitarist James Iha, founding drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and modern era guitarist Jeff Schroeder on the road or in the studio, but now she has offered more of her side of the story via Blast Echo and Facebook.

Wretzky said that when Corgan first posted studio photos, he reassured her that Iha “isn’t here either” and that it was just him “and Jimmy working and Jeff.” There was apparently a plan for the original four to record one new song with Rick Rubin and then go on tour, but obviously that didn’t happen. Wretzky says she was offered a contract for studio work, but Corgan ended up rescinding it and saying it “wasn’t a real offer.” After pictures leaked from a recent photo shoot, she found out at the same time fans did, and Corgan sent her the following text (which she shared on Facebook):

“as far as you not being involved, there was never any decision to shut you out, or make you not welcome. It’s more about getting on the same page with [the] tour first and then the necessity of the song came up… so focus on [the] tour and I think we can find the right way to have you involved. I know speaking with Jimmy, he wants you involved so that the tour is the best thing we can all give the fans and build for the future.”

She received another text that Iha and Chamberlin were “with him” on the decision to reunite without her. She responded by saying she was “totally disgusted with James” and that “he should be ashamed of himself.”

Corgan also sent another text saying “there will always be a crowd but without real backing in an unbelievably tough environment to win in I will walk away so it doesn’t matter that there will always be a club full of people wanting to hear old songs,” basically implying he doesn’t care if fans want the original four.

She told fans on Facebook that “she wishes there weren’t any sides” and that she “think(s) people might be getting sick and tired of being manipulated by Billy.”

The band’s spokesperson has since responded with the following::

“In reuniting the Smashing Pumpkins, the band’s dedication remains to its fans and its music. To that, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, and William Corgan haven’t played a show with D’arcy Wretzky for over 18 years. But it’s not for a lack of trying. For despite reports, Ms. Wretzky has repeatedly been invited out to play with the group, participate in demo sessions, or at the very least, meet face-to-face, and in each and every instance she always deferred. We wish her all the best, and look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon.”

All this comes after Corgan previously seemed to downplay Wretzky’s role in the group.

[via Loudwire/Alternative Press]

Cedric Bixler-Zavala On The Mars Volta: “We Will Be Back Soon”

It seems The Mars Volta will be reuniting at some point. While responding to a fan on Twitter, Cedric Bixler-Zavala said the band “will be back soon.”

[via The PRP]

Billy Corgan Addresses New Smashing Pumpkins Bassist Rumors

As previously reported, a recent Smashing Pumpkins photo shoot seems to suggest that frontman Billy Corgan, original guitarist James Iha, founding drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and modern era guitarist Jeff Schroeder will be releasing new music and heading out on tour together. However, it is still unclear who will be handling bass duties for the group. Corgan has now taken to Instagram to address the rumors, and apparently throw some shade towards original bassist D’Arcy Wretzky, who confirmed that she won’t be taking part in the reunion.

Here’s Corgan’s full statement:

“What a weekend! Saturday, I was high in the hills of Topanga, overlooking the ocean on a beautiful sunny day, and according to some reports (based on photos taken or leaked) I am now a bassist. I mean, yes, I have played bass on many of your fave songs but I’m not sure I can play bass AND sing at the same time? But perhaps I can try *someday*. Other reports have @jjjschroeder (who just celebrated a birthday) as a budding bassist. Which is interesting, because though Jeff doesn’t mind plucking at 4 strings if needed I know he would much prefer the dulcet tones of 6 (but I have heard him confess that 7 strings is just ‘too much’) @jamesihaofficial on the other hand, well, I haven’t seen him pick up a bass since Machina (which he played a fair share on, despite reports claiming a certain ‘flaxen Saxxon’ did; and as you know with much that is written is patently f-a-l-s-e). Which brings me back to my time in the hills of Topanga, dressed in a long coat, staring out into the ocean dreaming of a future not yet realized. Wisdom here dictates that I share something I have said many times as of late, which is: be here now, live in the present. There truly is no past (but that which lives in your mind), and the future too is but a dream. So kindly, truly, embrace the life you are living TODAY Which reminds me of a song that I also played bass on… #WPC #becarefulwhatyouwishfor”

Smashing Pumpkins Photo Shoot Appears To Reveal “Reunion” Lineup

According to Blabbermouth, a new Smashing Pumpkins photo shoot in Los Angeles all but confirms that three-quarters of the group’s classic lineup have officially reunited. Those involved in the shoot include: frontman Billy Corgan, original guitarist James Iha, and founding drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, along with modern era guitarist Jeff Schroeder. This news comes after bassist D’Arcy Wretzky confirmed she won’t be part of the reunion. It is unknown if Schroeder will take over bass duties for the band or if he will stay on as third guitarist, while they recruit a new bassist. On another note, Corgan has also revealed that he has “26 songs currently in various states of completion.”