Anne Erickson holds bylines in several Gannett publications as well as Ultimate Classic Rock, Gibson Guitar, Premier Guitar, Guitar Edge and beyond. She's also a radio DJ and is currently working on-air on Townsquare Media rock station Banana 101.5-FM and is the programmer and managing editor of Audio Ink Radio. She holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University. Interview highlights: Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins, Ozzy Osbourne, Maynard James Keenan from Tool and A Perfect Circle, Alice Cooper, Skillet, RED, As I Lay Dying, Cake.
Duff McKagan Joins Phil Anselmo, Down On Stage in Brussels
It was a convergence of metal stars last weekend in Brussels, Belgium, when former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s band Loaded shared the stage with ex-Pantera singer Phil Anselmo’s current outfit, the mighty Down, to perform the latter's modern classic ‘Bury Me In Smoke.’
Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil: New Songs Are ‘Definitely Very Heavy’
Guitarist Kim Thayil has announced that Soundgarden are about 14 songs into the recording of their new album. The band shocked fans when they got back together in early 2010, over a decade after an unfriendly split. (That’s a euphemism, right?)
Deep Purple’s ‘Phoenix Rising’ DVD Exposes Band’s ‘Trials and Tribulations’
Attention, Deep Purple fans: It’s almost time. On June 28, the British metal band will release their much awaited ‘Phoenix Rising’ documentary -- a two-hour opus packed with 30 minutes of previously unreleased onstage footage from Japan. The documentary will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and in a two-disc DVD/CD package.
Gene Simmons of Kiss Offers His Key to Success
Gene Simmons of Kiss may not be the most squeaky-clean kid on the block. But, when he looks back on his rock star life, he knows the most important thing is that he’s always surrounded himself with high achievers.
Metallica Monopoly Game Details Revealed
By now, Metallica die-hards know a customized version of Monopoly featuring James Hetfield and company is on the way. Now, more information has surfaced regarding the ‘Enter Sandman’- inspired board game, which will be released tomorrow (June 17).
Ozzy Osbourne ‘Has Become a New Man Who I Respect,’ Says Son Jack
Jack Osbourne recently spoke with BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat about his father’s documentary, ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne,’ which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City April 24. Jack, who co-produced the film, said his father has “changed so much, and has become a new man who I respect.”
Bad Company ‘Live at Wembley’ DVD and Blu-Ray Coming in June
Who’s ready for some reunited Bad Company rock ‘n’ roll, right in the comfort of your home? The legendary blues-rockers are set to release ‘Live at Wembley’ on DVD, Blu-ray and CD through Eagle Rock Entertainment on June 28.
Rob Zombie Cancels European Tour, Keeps U.S. Dates With Slayer
Rob Zombie, in an ambiguous statement, has canceled his remaining European tour dates. He assured U.S. fans, however, that his July shows “are not canceled. Everything after June is fine.”
Deep Purple’s Steve Morse: 2011 Symphonic Tour ‘Isn’t Going to be Orchestra-based’
As Deep Purple continues their symphonic trek across the country, guitarist Steve Morse is speaking up about the group’s over-sized touring caravan. While Deep Purple usually tours as a five-piece, this time around, they’re taking along 41 more musicians.
Red Hot Chili Peppers Unveil Track Listing for New LP ‘I’m With You’
It’s no secret the Red Hot Chili Peppers are keeping their new album a bit mysterious and close to the body. But the California-based funk-rockers have finally unveiled the track listing for their album, ‘I’m With You,’ which drops August 30 in the U.S. via Warner Bros. Records.