Rock Music

Anthrax – Anthems (2013)

After hearing Joey Belladonna’s cringe-inducing vocals on Anthrax’s version of Rush’s “Anthem,” I didn’t have much hope for this EP of covers from the thrashers, especially considering the rest of the lineup

Something Else! sneak peek: Rod Stewart – Time (2013)

Something Else! sneak peek: Rod Stewart – Time (2013)

Rod Stewart’s first original studio release in two decades, due on May 7, 2013, via Capitol Records, is aptly titled: Time. Sparked in part by Stewart’s work on a memoir, it’s the sound of someone looking determinedly backward.

‘Communicating in the most positive way': Deep Purple’s David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore patch things up

‘Communicating in the most positive way': Deep Purple’s David Coverdale, Ritchie Blackmore patch things up

After a season of loss for David Coverdale, the Deep Purple and Whitesnake frontman says he’s reaching out to former band mates like Ritchie Blackmore — saying life is simply too short to nurse bad feelings.

‘My goal is to make something really great': Rick Rubin is pushing Black Sabbath to new creative places

‘My goal is to make something really great': Rick Rubin is pushing Black Sabbath to new creative places

Rick Rubin took on the Black Sabbath reunion record with a mission statement: “I think he’s looking for a raw Sabbath,” longtime guitarist Tony Iommi says, “and I think we’re looking for that, as well.”

Almost Hits: R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It [and I Feel Fine]” (1987)

Almost Hits: R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It [and I Feel Fine]” (1987)

“It’s the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)” is one of the longer song titles in rock ‘n roll and one of the more oddball releases from R.E.M. (probably only superseded by “Leave” from New Adventures In Hi-Fi).

Forgotten series: The Status Quo – Messages from the Status Quo (1968)

Hailing from London, England, the Status Quo went on to acquire massive fame in the United Kingdom where their abdominal success persists today.

One Track Mind: John Oates, “Stand Strong” from Good Road to Follow (2013)

One Track Mind: John Oates, “Stand Strong” from Good Road to Follow (2013)

With John Oates of Hall and Oates fame, the worry might have been that his on-going Nashville residency would lead to a turn toward the soft commercialism of modern-day country music.

‘The fans have been great': Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks’ remains finally set to be released

‘The fans have been great': Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks’ remains finally set to be released

The long-time manager of Peter Banks says his body is finally being released, and he hopes arrangements can move forward for cremation by Friday — more than two weeks after the original Yes guitarist suddenly passed.

‘That was an escape vehicle for us': Al Jardine remembers throwaway fun of Beach Boys’ Party!

Al Jardine fondly remembers one of the Beach Boys more notable filler albums, Beach Boys’ Party!, a 1965 studio effort with dubbed in festive sounds over a string of cover songs.

‘It reminded me how much I love the song': Styx’s Tommy Shaw joins ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder for new video

Styx’s Tommy Shaw has just completed a video shoot with former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. “Wash Away,” which they co-wrote together, is the new single from Felder’s current solo effort Road to Forever.