NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” welcomed back alum Adam Sandler this weekend. He made a comeback 25 years after his reign as a cast member of the comedy sketch show… and while there were a lot of laughs, things got a little emotional.
During his monologue, Sandler joked about losing his virginity “in this very studio,” sang a song about getting fired from the show “between seasons.” And throughout the episode, he and the rest of the cast revived some of his iconic characters like Opera Man, Canteen Boy, and more.
Things got emotional towards the end of the show, when he paid musical tribute to late alum Chris Farley, who tragically died in 1997 of a drug overdose. The bittersweet tune was accompanied by clips of Farley in the background, bringing the audience to laughter and tears.
Halestorm has served up a new track for fans. No, they haven’t announced a follow-up to 2018’s “Vicious” yet. The band is giving fans who missed their Record Store Day release another chance to get their hands on one of the songs. They’ve released “Chemicals,” originally a B-side on the limited vinyl edition of their “Vicious” album.
Halestorm is currently on a North American tour. After a few Canadian dates, they hit the United States on May 5th for a show in Bismarck, North Dakota. Check out the full list of dates HERE.
The Black Keys are making a comeback with a new album. They’ve announced their first new studio release in five years, “Let’s Rock.” Along with the announcement, they’ve dropped another single, “Eagle Birds.”
“When we’re together we are the Black Keys, that’s where that real magic is, and always has been since we were 16,” says one half of the duo, Dan Auerbach. Patrick Carney adds that “the [upcoming] record is like a homage to electric guitar – we took a simple approach and trimmed all the fat like we used to.”
“‘Let’s Rock’” drops June 28th and can be pre-ordered HERE.
System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has served up a special cover of “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult. The cover is featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming sequel “Godzilla: King Of The Monsters.”
Bear McCreary, composer of the soundtrack, enlisted the help of a full orchestra and Dethklok members Brendon Small and Gene Hoglan for the song. “[This is] perhaps the most audacious piece of music I have ever produced, jammed to the breaking point with orchestra, choir, taiko chanting, taiko drumming, heavy metal rhythm section, and Serj’s distinct vocals,” he says. “It is complete musical madness.”
“Godzilla: King Of The Monsters” hits theaters on May 31st. The 26-track score is due for release sometime this spring.
A new video for “A Reason To Fight” (directed by Rafa Alcantara) sees the two-time Grammy nominated band (Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, drummer Mike Wengren, and bassist John Moyer) working to raise awareness and reduce the stigma associated with addiction and mental health.
Fans and critics alike have applauded the band’s efforts and uplifting live shows, which include giant screens that flash phone numbers for the National Addiction Hotline (800-662-4357) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255). Also check out the YOU ARE NOT ALONE Campaign.
“Our world is plagued by an epidemic, by a disease that shows no mercy. The demons known as addiction and depression are very real, and they have claimed far too many of those we love, far sooner than they should have left us. Those still with us are fighting a battle they wage every day of their lives, keeping those demons at bay. It’s up to us to show them that they are not alone. That they have nothing to be ashamed of. That we understand, and that we will fight with them, and for them.” – David Draiman
“I know people who’ve battled addiction and have seen it in their face – the shame they have – feeling they’ve let themselves and others down. We wanted to write a song with a positive message for people in that situation to stay hopeful and not give up the fight, as challenging as it may be. It’s an everyday struggle, but there can also be a light at the end of the tunnel.” – Dan Donegan
Within our own community, there are countless stories dealing w/ addiction and depression. This video tells those stories, and shines a light on the survivors.
“Game Of Thrones” showrunner DB Weiss has enlisted Fender to create custom guitars inspired by the show… and some of your favorite rockers to test them out.
In a new video posted by Fender, Weiss and the show’s composer Ramin Djwadi team up with Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, and Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt for a shred session. With the guitars, each adorned with the sigils of the “houses” from “Game Of Thrones,” the group plays a rockin’ version of the HBO show’s theme song.
If you’re a big fan of music and “Game Of Thrones,” you have the chance to own one of the limited-edition guitars… but it’ll cost you some big bucks. The prices range from $25,000 to $35,000. Check them out for yourself HERE.
In case you missed it, Mastodon took part in this year’s installment of Record Store Day over the weekend by releasing a cover of Led Zeppelin. The band has dedicated their take on Zeppelin’s classic “Stairway To Heaven” to their late manager, Nick John.
As you may recall, John, who also managed Gojira, passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. All the proceeds from Mastodon’s take on “Stairway To Heaven,” which has been retitled “Stairway To Nick John,” benefit the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
“[John] was essentially the band’s dad. From our highest highs to our lowest lows he was always there,” the band writes in a statement. “We were asked to perform ‘Stairway To Heaven’ at his funeral, and figured we should record a studio version and release it as a tribute to Nick… We love you, buddy!”
Five Finger Death Punch has put out a genre-bending new single. They’ve released a cover of Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s 1988 hit “Blue On Black,” featuring Shepherd himself along with country singer Brantley Gilbert and Queen’s Brian May.
FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory calls the collaborative effort a “unification” project. “We feel like it’s a multi-dimensional, multi-level effort unifying the different,” the guitarist says. “So for us, it’s an honor to have this record with these people and have hard rock, classic rock, country all together on a song.”
FFDP originally recorded a rendition of Shepherd’s track for their latest album “And Justice For None,” but then they came up with the idea of teaming up with the original singer for the cover. The proceeds from this new, collaborative version go to the Gary Sinise Foundation, benefiting first responders.
The first official teaser for Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker has dropped. Episode IX [[nine]] will be the final episode of the current “Star Wars” trilogy, following “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.”
Director J.J. Abrams says that the upcoming film is set a year after what happened in “The Last Jedi” – last we heard, Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill) disappeared into thin air after a confrontation with Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver). The clip confirms that the last episode’s heroes – Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Rey (Daily Ridley) – will reunite, and probably face off with Kylo Ren again.
It also seems like Skywalker’s making another comeback, since he says “no one’s ever really gone” at the end of the teaser. If you remember what happened with Princess Leia, that’s not so surprising. “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” hits theaters on December 20th.
ONE MORE THING! Just because it’s the “final” film of the trilogy doesn’t mean “Star Wars” is going away, of course. After “The Rise Of Skywalker,” the franchise is going on hiatus. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says that they’ll take a break “for a couple of years,” to think about the future of the saga. “We’re not just looking at what the next three movies might be,” she notes. “We’re looking at: What is the next decade of storytelling?”