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Water cooler talk on the music tip started off this morning about another round of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees being announced and whether Axl Rose would make nice with Slash at the April ceremony. That quickly fell by the wayside when news broke that THE AFGHAN WHIGS were set to reform next year for two confirmed dates, at both of the 2012 All Tomorrow's Parties' "I'll Be Your Mirror" events; in London, May 27, and Asbury Park, NJ, on September 22.
Last night kicked off the first of four METALLICA shows -- open only to members of the band's fan club selected in a lottery -- at San Francisco's Fillmore to celebrate the Bay Area metal gods' 30th anniversary.
Performing one of the sickest sets of their career, hooking back up with estranged bassist Jason Newsted, welcoming members of Saxon, Diamond Head, and Apocolyptica (and even the tech crew and a fan) to join in on songs showed precisely why the group can do a universally-panned shitfest with Lou Reed and still come out looking cool.