As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang just broke the news on twitter this afternoon that the legendary guitarist has passed away at age 65 after a long fight with cancer.
Regarded as one of the most innovative guitarists of the 20th century Eddie Van Halen changed the landscape of rock through a style uniquely his own, popularizing the two handed tapping technique in the late 1970s.
The band that bore his name went on to become kings of stadium rock launching hits the likes of Jump, Panama, Dreams, Why Can’t This Be Love, Love Walks In, When It’s Love (among countless others) into the stratosphere. Eddie further cemented his status as an icon by crossing over into the pop realm lending his skills on the guitar solo for Michael Jackson’s Beat It.
Our thoughts go out to Wolfgang Van Halen, Eddie’s brother Alex and Eddie’s wife Janie. Eddie Van Halen was a one in a million talent who to this very day continues to inspire kids to pick up the guitar.
After re-releasing her 2012 track “Woman in the World,” (the 2020 remake has been aptly titled Woman In The White House) Sheryl Crow debuted a new politically-charged track called “In The End” earlier today. Co-written with Crow’s longtime collaborator Jeff Trott, the song examines an embattled president and a country facing their biggest moral dilemma.
A staple of mid-90s alternative rock radio Candlebox entered the studio last year to start work on their seventh studio album and were lining it up for release in 2020 (as well as hitting the road in support of it) however due to the corona-virus pandemic those plans unfortunately had to be altered to 2021. Thankfully while all of us are isolating/social distancing Kevin and the guys have decided to give fans a taste of what’s to come with the first single – Let Me Down Easy.
No word yet when the single will be available for digital purchase but as soon as those links go live we’ll be sure to update this post. Until then you can stream Let Me Down Easy below via Candlebox’s official Youtube channel.
Sad news to start the weekend on as Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 68.
The following statement has been released from Frankie’s family:
Frankie was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on April 17, 2019 and given six months to live. He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to the end and continued playing live as long as he could. Standard chemotherapy stopped working and a series of strokes made the continuation on a clinical trial impossible. He ultimately lost the fight at 7:18 p.m. on August 20 in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and daughter
Frankie is survived by his devoted wife Regina, loving daughter Ashley, many dear friends, dedicated fans, and a menagerie of rescue animals, all of whom are family. He was a longtime advocate for animal rescue, a spokesperson for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and a sponsor of Children International. Donations in his name are encouraged for Fixnation.org, Aspca.org, Pancan.org, or Children.org. His wish for everyone is that you be your own health advocate for early detection so you may live long and rescue many animals.
Funeral plans will be announced at a later date.
Back when Quiet Riot released their 2006 effort – Rehab (their last with the legendary Kevin DuBrow) – Frankie reached out to both myself and Tony thanking us for our glowing review of the album. During that time we struck up a friendship with Frankie, when Kevin tragically passed away in November of 2007 both Tony and I felt the need to touch base with Frankie sending our condolences and Frankie got back to us right away thanking us for the kind words and thoughts as he was absolutely devastated having lost one of his best friends. With the sad news of Frankie’s passing after a courageous battle with cancer we know that he is now up in the great beyond rocking out with his friend once more as well as so many other legends no longer with us. Rest In Peace Frankie.
The popular Canadian pop/punk act has just debuted the music video for the title track off of their upcoming 4th studio album – Big Vibe, which will be arriving on October 16th, 2020 via Pure Noise Records.
Along with the music video premiere also comes the album artwork and track listing which is featured below.
Big Vibe track listing:
Brain In a Jar
If You Let Me
Big Vibe is available for pre-order in a wide variety of formats (LP, CD, Digital) & bundles (shirts, hoodies, covid masks, water bottles etc.) via Seaway’s official merch store – smarturl.it/SeawayBand
One of Canada’s best kept secrets Harem Scarem are gearing up to release their 15th studio album, Change The World, in early March of 2020. As fans eagerly count the days until they have it in their hands both the album artwork and track-listing have now made their way onto the internet.
Harem Scarem – Change The World
Change The World
Searching For Meaning
The Death Of Me
Mother Of Invention
No Man’s Land
In The Unknown
Riot In My Head
No Me Without You
Fire & Gasoline
Swallowed By The Machine
No Man’s Land (Acoustic Verison) – Japanese Bonus Track
The first single The Death Of Me is set to be released on January 23rd.
Another sad day for the music industry as iconic Roxette front woman Marie Fredriksson has succumbed to cancer after a 17 year battle with the disease.
One of the most dynamic talents to break out of Sweden Marie’s powerhouse vocals took Roxette to the top of charts with numerous hit singles including – The Look, Listen To Your Heart, Dangerous, and Joyride to name a few.
Both myself and Tony send our condolences to Marie’s family, friends, and band mates. While her incredible voice is no longer with us it will continue to live on through an amazing body of work.
While it’s been nearly two decades since ’80s mainstay Huey Lewis & the News released an album’s worth of original material with 2001’s Plan B, Huey and the guys have proven that they still know how to craft catchy pop/rock numbers that stick with you long after the first listen. The band’s previous single Her Love Is Killin’ Me feels like it would be right at home on the seminal masterpiece that launched their careers – Sports.
Now right in time for the holiday season HLN have premiered the next single – While We’re Young over on their official YouTube channel. Featuring a seamless blend of guitars, horns and smooth harmonies if Her Love Is Killin’ Me plays like a long lost Sports outtake While We’re Young would have no problem fitting in on 1988’s vastly underrated Small World.
Weather is set for release on Valentine’s Day – February 14th, 2020.