Being in the school band just got a whole lot cooler for some of the kids in the Los Angeles area: Eddie Van Halen has teamed up with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation to donate 75 guitars from his personal collection to schools that don’t have enough funding to pay for instruments. For Van Halen, it was a simple case of giving back — as he put it simply, “Music education and families are dealing with the economic times, and I wanted to help them.”
What can you do when you’ve sold more than 20 million records and the drummer for a blogger-friendly indie-rock duo tees off on you during an interview with Rolling Stone? Nickelback had to find the answer to the question recently, when Patrick Carney of the Black Keys said “Rock ‘n’ roll is dying because people became OK with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world” — and to Nickelback’s credit, they were able to find the humor in the situation.
This month will be a big one for Van Halen fans, as the band is expected to debut the leadoff single from its long-awaited new album and start selling tickets for its 2012 world tour. But for a few lucky spectators at New York’s Cafe Wha?, the fun will begin this Thursday (Jan. 5), when the band takes the small club’s stage for what’s rumored to be a 45-minute, invitation-only warm-up set.
Limp Bizkit‘s Fred Durst promised fans that he’d have “huge news” about the band this month, and just in the nick of time, he’s lived up to his word: According to an announcement released today, he and his bandmates will be entering 2012 ready to continue their “true rock and roll journey” without a record label.
The end of the year tends to be a reflective time for most people — a time of looking back at where we’ve been, assessing what we’ve learned, and looking toward the future. And even though he might have a cooler hat collection (not to mention more guitar-playing ability) than most of us, Slash is no different — as evidenced by his recent column for Esquire, titled ‘What I’ve Learned.’
It wouldn’t be a normal month in the news if we didn’t hear at least one off-the-wall story about Courtney Love — and just in time for Christmas, she’s given us a doozy, getting evicted from her New York townhouse for outlandish and destructive (read: totally Courtney) behavior.
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