11/22/21 Rock News

— The Beach Boys are mourning the death of long time collaborator Billy Hinsche. Hinsche died at 70 just weeks after being diagnosed with giant cell carcinoma. Hinsche came on with the Beach Boys as a touring multi-instrumentalist from 1971 to 1977 and then again from 1982 to 1996. Beach Boys member Mike Love tweeted of Hinsche’s passing, saying, “We lost a great friend, family member, and forever member of The Beach Boys band on Saturday. We’ll miss him greatly, especially his family members will feel his loss most deeply.”

— Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell is speaking on his new solo album “Brighten.” Talking to ultimate-classic-rock-dot-com, Cantrell says, “Demoing and collecting ideas is like money in the bank.” He shares that all sorts of great ideas never got used or attended to, but the cool thing to him is they’re still there. Cantrell enlisted an all-star cast of musicians to create his first solo record since 2002, including Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Paul McCartney drummer Abe Laboriel Junior, and Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist Greg Puciato.

— Robert Plant says working as a musician is a “lifetime’s job.” The 73-year-old former Led Zeppelin singer says he can’t imagine retiring, adding he still doesn’t know enough to stop in any respect. He goes on to say he loves that “there’s always something new to learn, and somewhere new to take it.” Out of all former Led Zeppelin members, Plant has released the most solo albums and just released a second album, “Raise the Roof,” with bluegrass star Alison Krauss. The duo is set to go on tour next year.

— Sting is describing himself as a “heavy metal singer.” While speaking to Rick Beato, he explained why it was essential for him to deliver the Police’s songs in a high register, saying “To get above the noise of the band you need that register. You can’t be a baritone with a rock band, really.” He goes on to describe his approach as being similar to how a sergeant major screams on the parade ground to get over the artillery in battle, adding, “They needed to be heard. Singers have the same need.”

— New notes reveal Kiss’ “Destroyer” was almost named “Dynasty.” In the new 45th-anniversary Super Deluxe edition of “Destroyer,” singer and bassist Gene Simmons explains the alternative name choice. Simmons states when they were trying to think of a name for the album, Mark St. John’s son was the one who threw out “Destroyer” after hearing a conversation between bandmates. Simmons says they all immediately agreed on the name, however, he remembered wanting to call it “Dynasty,” which was used later on in the groups seventh studio album.