12/20/21 Rock News

(Palm Beach, FL) — Singer Rod Stewart and his son are both pleading guilty to simple battery. The charges stem from a 2019 New Year’s Eve assault at a hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. Police said Stewart punched a security guard after his son got in the guard’s face and shoved him. They entered guilty pleas on Friday but did not appear in court. Rod Stewart’s attorney says the singer decided to enter a plea to avoid the inconvenience and burden a high a profile proceeding would cause.

(London) — Queens Brian May is sharing his COVID recovery and imploring fans to get vaccinated. In an Instagram post, the guitarist says he suspects he got the virus from a rare outing for a group lunch with his wife, where after eight people from the party tested positive. He said he and his wife continued to receive negative test results until four days after the outing. May shares that he experienced “two horrendous days” of what felt like severe flu, but by day seven he felt better. He ended his message crediting his recovery to the vaccine, saying his body’s response to fight the virus was due to his three Pfizer jabs.

(Undated) — Batman directer Matt Reeves is crediting Kurt Cobain for the inspiration behind his version of the iconic Gotham superhero. The first trailer for the Spring reboot features Nirvana’s “Something in the Way” and a more recent trailer includes an orchestral version of the same song. In an interview with Empire, Reeves shares that the music selection was not coincidental. Reeves says while writing the first act of the movie he listened to the song and that it created an image in his head of a fictionalized Kurt Cobain in a decaying manor. Reeves says that’s where the inspiration came from to shift Bruce Wayne from a “playboy” type character to one who’s undergone great tragedy to become a recluse.

(San Francisco, CA) — Metallica is hitting the stage in San Francisco for their 40th anniversary concerts this weekend. The heavy metal band livestreamed the event, which kicked off with “Hit the Lights.” The band then went on to perform a number of staple hits including “Creeping Death,” “One” and “Sad but True.”

(New York, NY) — Rolling Stone is releasing a list of the 20 worst Christmas songs of all time. From ‘butcherings’ of beloved classics to novelty tunes gone wrong, the pop culture authority did not hold back. Not even the biggest names in music, including Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five and Justin Bieber, were spared. Band Aid’s 1984 charity song ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ came in at number three. Maroon 5’s version of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ came in at number two. Rounding out the top three as the ‘worst’ Christmas song of all time is Jessica and Ashlee Simpson’s cover of ‘The Little Drummer Boy.’ Part of Jessica Simpson’s 2004 release ReJoyce: The Christmas Album, their version was affectionately described as ‘musical water boarding.’