HIM Cancel North American Tour

Finnish rockets HIM have been forced to cancel their North Americans due to health issues. They promise to be back this summer. Here’s their brief statement: HIM’s North American tour (which was due to kick off in Los Angeles on… Continue Reading

R.I.P. Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman

Founding Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died today of liver failure. His contribution to thrash metal dating back to the ’80s is immense. A moment of silence for this legend, please. His publicist issued the following statement. “Slayer is devastated to… Continue Reading

R.I.P. Folk Icon Richie Havens

We’ve just earned that folk musician Richie Havens has died. Known for his soulful style and rhythmic acoustic guitar playing, his career dated back to the early ’60s. His long list of career achievements including opening Woodstock in 1969, recording… Continue Reading

R.I.P. Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who has been in a semi-conscious state since a 2008 car accident, died early Saturday morning. His family announced the musician’s passing at the age of 42 via One Love For Chi, a website setup to… Continue Reading

R.I.P. Robert Zildjian, Founder of Sabian Cymbals

Robert Zildjian, founder of Sabian Cymbals, has died. Zildjian beloned to the Zildjian family, one of the most famous names in the cymbals industry. Sabian has issued the following statement: It is with deep, deep sorrow that we announce the… Continue Reading

Korean Musician Luna Lee Covers Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” on a Gayageum

It’s commonplace nowadays for guitarists to post videos of themselves covering their favorite song. In fact, some who exude exceptional skills have become Internet stars. In a rather unusual and amazing twist on this form of hero worship, Korean musician… Continue Reading

Slash Joins DJ Chuckie, Betatraxx at Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival is known for showcasing the best DJs in the world. But yesterday that tradition was broken when DJ Chuckie invited former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash on stage to perform a collaborative track produced with Betatraxx. Slash… Continue Reading

The Romance is Over: My Chemical Romance Call It A Day

After 12 years and four albums, My Chemical Romance have announced that they are disbanding. A moment of silence, please. The band issued the following statement: “Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing.… Continue Reading

R.I.P. Alvin Lee

Pioneering British blues guitarist Alvin Lee has died. According to a message on alvinlee.com, “With great sadness, we have to announce that Alvin unexpectedly passed away early this morning after unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure,. We have lost… Continue Reading

Metallica Join Forces With Vans to Release Not-So-Amazing Sneaker Line

After announcing the launch of their Blackened label in December, metal gods Metallica are in the news again. Today the band made public that they’ve aligned with Vans for a collection of shoes. Each Metallica member — James Hetfield, Lars… Continue Reading