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Big Rig's ROCK Report 12.12.24

Dave Grohl Feeds People Down Under

Dave Grohl is using his days off from the Foo Fighters to help others. On Friday, the singer worked with Melbourne based charity, The Big Umbrella Foundation, to serve 430 meals to the homeless. The organization took to Instagram to share that Grohl worked with two Australian chefs for 18 hours to prepare over 260 pounds of pork ribs and beef brisket. They added that no words can fully capture the impact of this positive experience. Back in February, Grohl put meals together for the Los Angeles based organization Hope of the Valley and Feed the Streets L.A.

Pearl Jam, Bring Me The Horizon Among Headliners For 2024 Mad Cool

· Spain’s Mad Cool festival is the newest event to reveal the impressive line-up for their 2024 installation

· Pearl Jam, Bring Me The Horizon, Sum 41 and pop star Dua Lipa have been confirmed to head-line the four-day fest

· Rock will be a well-represented genre in 2024, as Smashing Pumpkins, Tom Morello, Garbage, and Greta Van Fleet have also joined the roster

Former Van Halen Bassists Reunite After 20 Years:

It’s never too late to re-start a friendship. At least that’s what two bassist of Van Halen, who’s seen its fair share of feuding of the years, have to say. Michael Anthony, OG bassist and backup singer of Van Halen until 2006, recently showed he and his replacement, Wolfgang Van Halen, are doing just fine. The Mammoth WVH frontman shared a photo of the two on social media, with the caption “Ran into an old friend.” In the comments, the younger rocker confirmed it has been “20 years” since the two had seen each other.

Mick Mars on Eddie Van Halen

In a new interview, Mick Mars talked about other guitarists in the Sunset Strip scene when he was still cutting his teeth.= Mars said, “Randy [Rhoads] and I didn't know each other, but I went to see him a few times at Starwood when he was with Quiet Riot — right before Ozzy [Osbourne] stole Rudy [Sarzo] and Randy. And I saw him a couple of times, and I went, 'That kid's really, really a good player.' So I went to see him a couple of times. And I wasn't surprised that he got there with Ozzy, but it was cool to see that.” He continued, “But Eddie Van Halen was running around at that time too. And Ed and I go way, way back, when he was, like, 19 years old. Ed and I were, like, not close pals or anything, but we knew each other. We'd goof around and tell jokes, and that kind of stuff, and that was a blast. So, yeah, [they were] a few of the guys that I fully respect during that time.”

Surprise! Duff McKagan is a Big Fan of Slash

Duff McKagan and Slash have been in two bands together: Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver. Understandably, the bassist and guitarist are close. In a new interview, McKagan called Slash “the most amazing guitar player on the planet.” He added, “ … I think it's a great relationship. We've been through… Imagine the things we've seen together and what we've been through. And there is a kind of a survivors brotherhood in there too, I think. We looked down to the darkest pits together and went there. We didn't just look at it; we went and explored.” McKagan noted, “I still marvel like nightly playing with him because never plays a song or a solo the same every night, any night, any given night … I really respect him. And I learned a lot as a guitar player myself, just watching him, watching chord choices.”

Pete Townshend Calls The Who's Tour The End Of An Era

Pete Townshend is admitting that he doesn't know what's next for The Who. In a conversation with Record Collector, the musician said that it's time for him and his bandmate Roger Daltrey to talk about the next move. He added that their recent run of performances in the summer feel like the end of an era. Despite not knowing whats next for The Who, Townshend is currently busy with his own projects like a new rock opera based on his 2019 novel "The Age of Anxiety."

Ann Wilson, Bill Gibbons And More To Play Benefit Concert With Jim Irsay Band

Heart's Ann Wilson, ZZ Top's Bill Gibbons and Buddy Guy are joining the Jim Irsay Band for an upcoming benefit concert. The concert is going down in Los Angeles on January 11th at the Shrine Auditorium. The

event is free but fans can register in advance at [[ Jim-Irsay-dot-com ]], and donate to Kicking the Stigma, an initiative to raise awareness about mental health. REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin and J. Geils Band's Peter Wold are also set to perform.

Nancy Wilson, Sammy Hagar Cover Pink Floyd

Alice Cooper's annual Christmas Pudding Fundraiser took place in Phoenix over the weekend and footage of Sammy Hagar and Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson covering Pink Floyd is circulating. The pair did “Comfortably Numb,” after which Hagar took to socials to write, “Last night was the first time i’ve ever played that solo on one of my favorite songs of all time. Nancy Wilson thank you for letting me sit in with you and for bringing those sweet harmonies." The show raises money to support Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Centers in Phoenix and Mesa. This year's lineup also included Cooper himself, Quiet Riot, and Boston singer Tommy DeCarlo.

Geddy Lee Talks Mixing

Geddy Lee is talking about making albums. In a new interview, the Rush frontman was asked to explain the term "post-production blues.” Geddy said, "Well, the comparable I make is when [director/actor] Woody Allen is talking, I think, in 'Annie Hall' and he says, 'Marriage is the death of hope.' And I always took that expression and applied it to music where I always felt mixing is the death of hope.” He went on to say, “Because when you're making a record, it's full of possibility. I mean, it really is a wondrous process; it's like magic. And so when you come to the mixing part, which is the final, you have to review everything that's on the tracks and make some very hard decisions about how they need to be placed. And some of the things, maybe the nuances you've fallen in love with, maybe there's no room for them anymore. And I find that very painful process."

Tesla Announces "Takeover" Of Las Vegas Next Spring

· Veteran rock band Tesla shows no signs of slowing, as they’ve announced a new Las Vegas residency

· “Tesla: The Las Vegas Takeover” is set for a five-day engagement at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas

· The run kicks off April 5th, with shows on the 6th, 10th, 12th and 13th, with tickets dropping this Friday · Source: Blabbermouth

“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” Tops ‘Billboard’ Hot 100 for Second Week

Brenda Lee’s holiday classic “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” is, once again, the biggest song in the United States. The track has topped the ‘Billboard’ Hot 100 for the second week in a row. Last week marked the first time “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” ever topped the big singles chart since it was released in 1958.

Jeffrey Foskett, Singer-Guitarist for the Beach Boys & Brian Wilson, Dies at 67

Jeffrey Foskett, who spent years singing and playing guitar for the Beach Boys and in Brian Wilson’s backing band, has died at age 67. Foskett’s death was the result of a long battle with anaplastic thyroid cancer. Wilson said in a statement on Foskett’s death, “Jeff was always there for me when we toured, and we couldn’t have done it without him. Jeff was one of the most talented guys I ever knew.” He added, “He was a great musical leader and guitarist, and he could sing like an angel. I first met Jeff in 1976 when he knocked on my door in Bel Air and I invited him in, and we were friends ever since. I don’t know what else to say. Love and Mercy to Jeff’s family and friends, we will remember him forever.”

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