Thanksgiving 2011 – What Classic Rock Fans Have to Be Thankful For
As you join your family and count down all the reasons you have to be grateful this Thanksgiving, don't forget the classic rock blessings that have and will come your way, too. Such as what, you ask? How about the fact that Black Sabbath's original line up is back, the Rolling Stones seem to be stirring to life, and you haven't been the target of Foo Fighters' arch enemy Courtney Love, otherwise known as the widow Kurt Cobain.
Just think about Black Sabbath's latest news. Who really thought that we'd ever see Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward rockin' Sabbath again? Well 2012 will bring a tour and the first new studio album from the original band mates since 1978's 'Never Say Die.' As reunions go, this is huge (and a whole lot better than the ones your former high school plans.)
Speaking of reunions, this month will find the Rolling Stones together in a London studio. It's the first time in several years those original bad boys of rock will gather to rehearse. After Keith Richards' explosive autobiography-soon-to-be-a-movie, 'Life,' blew the cover off some of the animosity he feels toward Mick Jagger, we thought it'd be a while before any fence mending was done.
Not so, says Richards, adding "We're just going to play a little together, because we haven't played for three or four years. You don't necessarily want to rehearse or write anything – you just want to touch bases. That's a good start: me, [Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood]. Mick's welcome, and I'm sure he'll turn up, but right now we just want to get our chops down."
Of course we classic rock fans should also celebrate the upcoming tour and album by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, David Lee Roth rejoining Van Halen for a full album, and the Eagles' 40th anniversary celebration.
Most importantly, we always feel blessed when we hear Courtney Love react to Nirvana and Kurt Cobain. Her latest meltdown happened when a fan in South America attended a Hole concert and held up a photo of Cobain.
"I don't need to see a picture of Kurt, a--hole, and I'm going to have you f---ing removed if you keep throwing that up," she said to the audience member, according to Loudwire. "I'm not Kurt – I have to live with his s---, his ghost, his kid every day. Throwing that up is stupid and rude and I'll beat the f--- out of you if you do it again."
Now aren't you thankful that you weren't that audience member?