Rock Rundown

Bad Wolves' Kyle Konkiel has opened up about the criticism that the band has faced in their career, especially for doing cover tunes. During an appearance on BREWtally Speaking Podcast, Konkiel said, "Well, first of all, the one thing that I take away from listening to Joe Rogan for as long as I have is: don't read the comments, because when I do, I do get upset and I have responded to people." He continued, "That they might not understand, and maybe they're attacking us, like with the covers, I get people are upset because we haven't made them available publicly."

He added, "And regardless if you appreciate the way that we do our business. Unfortunately we can't… There's a lot of red tape when you release covers, and honestly, with with releasing them publicly like that, it wouldn't bring in the amount of income for the band itself. That's not even like for us individually as band members, like we got to a certain point to where the machine needs to stay well oiled."

Tom Petty's 70th Birthday Bash happens this Friday (Oct. 23rd), and Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Killers, and the Raconteurs are just a few of the rockers lineup up to take part inthe virtual event. The festival will be livestreamed from Petty's official website at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. Performances from a different set of artists will air on Sirius XM's Tom Petty Radio channel beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Stevie Nicks, Chris Stapleton, Post Malone, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, and Jason Isbell will also be included in the hours of performances, testimonials and tributes to Petty from friends and fans.

Petty's actual birthday fell on Tuesday (Oct. 20th).

Sammy Hagar revealed that it was none other than comedian George Lopez that reunited him with Eddie Van Halen in the months before his death. Hagar appeared on L.A.'s KSLX and shed light on how the estranged partners reconnected.

Metalheadzone reported Hagar as saying, "A mutual friend of ours, George Lopez, who's a comedian, called me and said, 'Sam, you've gotta call Ed. He's not doing good. And he loves you. You guys have to do something.' George was looking to try to put the band back together and all that. So I said, ‘Oh, man. Are you kidding me? I went through his brother. I tried to go through everybody. Tell Eddie I hope he's doing well. I'd love to speak with him, come and see him, whatever.'"

He went on to say, "So all of a sudden, George says, 'Here's his phone number. Call him.' I picked up the phone, and we were texting and talking almost weekly -- I would say, honestly, weekly since the beginning of the year. And it was nothing but a love fest. He was talking about how great Wolfie is doing with his new record. He sent me some music long before it came out."

Although Hagar is still admittedly dealing with the grief of losing his dear friend, repairing the tear in the relationship with Van Halen meant the world to him: "If that wouldn't have happened, I would be devastated much worse than I already am. It was horrible news. There's never a good time to hear news like that when a loved one passes. It was tough to deal with, but, honestly, the music is what pulled me through."

An acoustic version of Corey Taylor's hit single, "Black Eyes Blue," is now available for streaming. The track is featured on his debut solo album, CMFT, which was released earlier this month and debuted at the top of the Hard Rock Albums chart.

Of the album, Taylor recently told Kerrang! magazine, "I love what I've done in the past, I love the projects that I've been attached to, but this, honestly, was probably the most enjoyable album that I've done since the first Slipknot album . . ."