This past Sunday night at London's O2 Arena, The Rolling Stones performed the first of five 50th-anniversary shows, which are scheduled through December 15. Several guest stars joined the band that night, including Jeff Beck (who was offered a chance to be in the Stones at one point) and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, who brought along a Bigsby-equipped, vintage Les Paul.
On January 29, Sony Legacy will release a deluxe, 30th-anniversary edition of Texas Flood, the debut album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. The selling point of the new, two-CD edition is the bonus disc, which features an October 20, 1983, show recorded at Ripley’s Music Hall in Philadelphia.
Last night, Soundgarden hit the stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ripping through two cuts from their latest opus, King Animal. You can watch footage of the band performing "By Crooked Steps" and "Been Away Too Long" below.
The Dillinger Escape Plan are in the studio right now working on the follow-up to 2010's Option Paralysis. The band have just posted a mysterious new teaser, which bears only the title, "time is always right behind us.. like the lamb under the gun." Check out the clip below.
Given a ravenous bootlegging community that dates back nearly half a century, it's hard to imagine there's much in the vaults of Led Zeppelin that fans haven't heard before in one form or another. But with a slew of remasters on their way beginning next year, Jimmy Page wants to assure fans that the bonus material slated to be included with each album is nothing to overlook.
Swedish metal band Therion are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, and not in the way most bands do, with a best-of collection or a nostalgia-laden tour. Therion mastermind Christofer Johnsson has decided that now is the right time for the band to release a long-in-the-works art project of an album named for and inspired by the poetry of Charles Baudelaire.
Legendary Bay Area thrashers Testament have just announced their first run of headlining dates in support of their most recent studio album, The Dark Roots of Earth. As if thrash fans needed any more enticement, the band will be joined by fellow legends of the genre, Overkill and Flotsam and Jetsam. Additional support will be provided by Australia's 4ARM.
Closing out their first-ever Las Vegas residency with a bang, the current incarnation of Guns N' Roses was joined by original member Izzy Stradlin on both Friday and Saturday night for a rendition of the Use Your Illusion classic, "14 Years." Check out the fan-filmed video below.