Rock Rundown

Linkin Park is currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Hybrid Theory album -- and a part of that celebration is a website redesign. When you visit, you will notice a retro desktop look with several old school styled icons. When you click on the "mail client" icon, you will find a couple of emails from the band members. Mike Shinoda wrote, "Hey guys, I'm starting to go through old gear to see what I can dig up for the secret project we spoke about. Hoping I can find some good stuff in there. Still working on getting the old band computer figured out also. I'm copying the email on the computer so whoever is in there helping can stay up to date. More soon." Drummer Rob Bourdon added, "Great. My mom has boxes of stuff as well. I'm going to start sorting through that." In a A third "email," bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell is in a hot tub with a rubber ducky with the message "Squeak Squeak."

In the trash bin, you will find some artwork dating back to their Hybrid Theory days and the Sasquatch Browser will take you through some early images of the band. You will also find a music player, web meetings, a social share and opportunitiesr to join their newsletter, shop in their webstore or investigate their Linkin Park Underground fan club.

Several clips have made their way onto social media of Metallica rehearsing in lockdown. The band was filmed last Thursday (August 6th) running through their 1984 Ride The Lightening classic "Creeping Death," with the band heavily hinting across its social media platforms they were prepping for an upcoming appearance on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show.

Drummer Lars Ulrich told us a while back that despite all the road traveled with his bandmates, it isn't hard to stay inspired: "I don't use the word 'career,' 'hunger,' I use more words like 'fun.' As long as we keep it fun for ourselves and keep it kind of manageable, the days of the word 'career' and the business and, I don't know, it just seems kind of part of the past. Now it's just about, like, having fun and wanting to do it. Y'know, as long as it doesn't turn into too much work, it's not hard to be inspired."


Rather than postpone its 25th anniversary tour for a second time, the Foo Fighters have officially scrapped its planned 11-date arena tour.

A message was posted on the band's social media, which read:

Foo Fighters have cancelled the Van Tour 2020. All shows listed below will be automatically refunded. . . we look forward to seeing you all as soon as it is safe for everyone to do so."

CANCELLED: Foo Fighters tour dates:

October 1 - Hamilton, ON - FirstOntario Centre
October 3 - Cleveland, OH - Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
October 5 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
October 7 - Grand Rapids, MI - Van Andel Arena
October 9 - Knoxville, TN - Thompson-Boling Arena
October 13 - Cincinnati, OH - Heritage Bank Center
October 15 - Green Bay, WI - Resch Center
October 17 - Wichita, KS - INTRUST Bank Arena
December 1 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
December 3 - Albuquerque, NM - Santa Ana Center
December 5 - Phoenix, AZ - Talking Stick Resort Arena

Leader Dave Grohl admitted to us a while back that he finds the Foos' continuing success after a quarter century mystifying: "I don't know what it is, but it just keeps on getting better, y'know? And as it all sort of grows and changes, we look at each other every time something happens, like a Grammy nomination or a big show selling out, we look at each other and we're like, 'Can you believe that? Isn't that nuts?' 'Cause we don't feel any different, y'know?"


Sully Erna has revealed that Godsmack is set to release two albums next year. During an interview with the Appetite for Distortion podcast, Erna said, "We're starting to get ready to write some more music now for the Godsmack record. We're gonna try to maybe even do two albums next year, so there's an acoustic EP and a full-length rock record."

He continued, "And I might even work with the solo band and do some solo stuff. So I've got a lot going on. It's better to stay busy, I believe, than stay bored. Bored gets you in trouble."

Erna said that he hopes to complete his solo album by the end of the year.

BLINK-182 DROPS 'QUARANTINE' SINGLE: Blink-182 dropped the brand new track, "Quarantine" on Friday (August 7th). To accompany the song, the band released a music video made from raw footage the group shot on iPhones. Mark Hoppus said in a press release, "This song is about the sadness, confusion, anger and frustration we are all experiencing right now. I hope that everybody is safe and that we can get through this very soon. Can't wait to see you all on the other side."

JERICHO DEFENDS FOZZY GIGS: Fozzy played a handful of live shows for the first time in seven months this week, but faced backlash after a fan posted a photo from Saturday (August 8th) night's concert in Minot, South Dakota. The image showed that fans were not social distancing. Lead singer Chris Jericho defended their decision to play, citing low COVID cases in both North and South Dakota. He said on his Saturday Night Special live stream, "The venues are kind of either outside or they're half capacity. We're sold out tonight in Minot with, I think, 50 percent capacity. Last night, we were sold out in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with, I think it was 35 percent capacity. We hand out masks at the door, there are temperature checks — all that sort of stuff. " (Blabbermouth)

RANDY BLYTHE SAYS 'SOCIALLY DISTANT' CONCERTS WON'T WORK FOR LAMB OF GOD: Randy Blythe recently spoke to Rapture Radio about why socially distant gigs won't work for Lamb of God. He said, "It's not gonna work for a band like Lamb of God. It's not gonna work for a band like Hatebreed. It's not gonna work for any band in our sort of world that, when we play, immediately people smash the crap out of each other. That's just not gonna happen." He made clear that all of their tours are postponed and that those shows will happen, but not until concerts can be held in the way that they used to. (Blabbermouth)