Read about all the details going on within the world of rock music!

  • Peter Gabriel released an alternate version of “Shock the Monkey,” and Michael Stipe and Brian Eno collaborated on a new track called “Future, If Future” to raise money for EarthPercent and its work supporting organizations that tackle climate emergency issues. Both tracks can be downloaded at Bandcamp.

 

  • Eric Clapton has canceled his June 4th show in Vienna, Austria, saying it’s “no longer feasible in terms of tour logistics.” He also moved his show on June 17th in Helsinki, Finland to Tampere, Finland. Slowhand starts his European tour on May 7th with the first of two shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

 

  • Randy Rhoads, the guitarist in Ozzy Osbourne’s band who was killed 40 years ago in a plane crash, is the subject of a new documentary. Randy Rhoads: Reflections of a Guitar Icon features interviews with his mother Delores and brother Kelle, Ozzy, Eddie Van HalenQuiet Riot members Rudy Sarzo and Frankie Banali, former KISS guitarist Bruce KulickGary Moore, Dweezil Zappa and many others. Narrated by L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns, it will be available on Video On Demand starting Friday, May 6th.

 

  • While Elton John is touring the U.S. on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, his husband and manager David Furnish has been visiting Walmart and Sam’s Club stores to meet with those involved with the Elton John Eyewear collection at each optical center.

 

  • Brian May has released a video for “On My Way Up” for this past Friday’s reissue of his second album, 1998’s Another World.

 

  • Former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch is joining Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and his band, The Dirty Knobs, by filling in for Matt Laug through June 26th in Aspen, Colorado, Campbell says, “We’ve had the best time reconnecting and we can’t wait to get out there and play music together again.” Lynch, an original Heartbreaker, left in 1994.