July 25, 2024

1/3 Rage Against The Machine’s Brad Wilk says the band will not tour or perform live again, likely being the third time the group has broken up.  The drummer says there won’t be any new tour dates after the band canceled the remainder of their ’22 North American tour due to frontman Zack de la Rocha’s torn Achilles tendon. 

1/5 The Smashing Pumpkins announce on Instagram that they are conducting an open audition for a new guitarist following the departure of Jeff Schroeder, after sixteen years with the Pumpkins. Applicants submit a tape and resume.

1/5 Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) cancels his North American solo tour. “For the past several months my mental and physical health have been breaking down, and I reached a place that was unhealthy for my family and I,” Taylor writes in a post.

1/6  Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan earns his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. 

1/8  On what would have been David Bowie’s 77th birthday, the city of Paris names a street after the music icon, “Rue David Bowie” is in the capital’s 13th district on the left bank. 

1/9 Kingdom Come/Scorpions drummer James Kottak dies at the age of 61. 

1/10 Paramore shares their first new post on their official Instagram account since wiping their social media accounts completely clean the previous December after fulfilling their recording contract obligations with Atlantic Records. The post promotes the band’s contribution to a multi-artist tribute album commemorating “Stop Making Sense,” the Talking Head’s landmark concert film.

1/10 Jelly Roll (Jason DeFord) appears before a Senate Committee urging the passage of legislation to combat the supply and distribution of fentanyl. A one-time drug dealer who served time in prison, the “Need A Favor” singer calls on lawmakers to get the FEND Off Fentanyl Act bill through Congress.

1/12 Code Orange cancel tour dates due to guitarist Dom Landolina’s unspecified health challenges. He’s been “dealing with serious health issues over the past year that have led to his inability to play, perform and live comfortably,” posts the band on social media. 

1/13  Saving Abel’s founding members, singer Jared Weeks (pictured center) and rhythm guitarist Jason Null, issue contradictory statements. Via the band’s Facebook, Null states that their time with Weeks has come to an end. Weeks takes to X to say he has no plans to leave the band.

1/14 “Paradise City” becomes the third Guns N’ Roses song to join Spotify’s “Billions Club.”  The first two were “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” Spotify recognizes all songs that have garnered over a billion streams on the platform. 

1/15 Singer/television personality Kelly Clarkson honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (on MLK Day) on her self-titled talk show by performing a cover of U2‘s “Pride (In the Name of Love),” a song U2’s Bono wrote in part about the civil rights leader. 

1/16 Former Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars scores a victory in his ongoing legal battle with the band when a Los Angeles judge agrees that Mötley Crüe had unjustly “refused” to reveal wide-ranging business dealings as they sought to oust Mars from the band.  As a result, the judge rules that Mars is now entitled to have the band cover his legal bill.

1/16 Smashing Pumpkins announce they have received over 10,000 submissions in an open audition to replace guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

1/19  Green Day (pictured above) unfurls their 14th studio album, “Saviors.” The set includes “The American Dream Is Killing Me,” which had a length stay at #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart… the band’s eighth #1 on the survey.

1/19  Sleater-Kinney issues “Little Rope,” their eleventh studio album. It’s the band’s first album since the departure of longtime member Janet Weiss (vocals, drums, and harmonica) in ‘19.

1/19 “The Greatest Night In Pop,” a documentary that chronicles the all-star recording session for the ‘85 charity single, “We Are the World,” premieres at the Sundance Film Festival before going to Netflix. It’s estimated the song helped raise over $63 million (in ’85 dollars) for humanitarian aid in Africa. 

1/19 Comings and goings. Mercyful Fate adds bassist Becky Baldwin replacing Joey Vera. Meanwhile, Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce (lead guitar/backing vocals/keyboards) steps away from the band to focus on his family. 

1/20 More goings. Sabaton part ways with their longtime guitarist Tommy Johansson. “After 7 amazing years, our guitarist, Tommy, has decided to leave Sabaton to pursue his own path,” reads a band post.

1/21 Johnny Ramone’s estate files a lawsuit in a Manhattan court over actor Pete Davidson’s planned Ramones movie. Linda Ramone, Johnny’s widow, claims that Joey Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh “covertly developed an unapproved and unauthorized Ramones-based biopic.” Ramone and Leigh share ownership of the Ramones intellectual property with Linda claiming that a movie can’t move forward without her approval. 

1/23 Johnny Marr, former guitarist for The Smiths, demands presidential candidate Donald Trump stop playing “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” without permission at his rallies. “Consider this shit shut right down right now,” Marr writes on X.

1/24 Evanescence’s ’03 hit “Bring Me To Life” surpasses one-billion streams on Spotify. The song is on the band’s debut album “Fallen.”

1/24 Slipknot frontman and solo artist Corey Taylor shares a video message addressing concerns over his well-bring after he cancels a North American tour. He decides to take a break and focus on his mental and physical health and spend time with his family.

1/26 Alkaline Trio’s tenth album, “Blood, Hair, And Eyeballs,” arrives. It is their final album with drummer Derek Grant following his departure in ’23.

1/28 The trailer for “Despicable Me 4,” featuring Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” airs during the AFC Championship (football) game.

1/28 San Francisco’s Journey performs “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” “Be Good to Yourself,” “Any Way You Want It” and “Don’t Stop Believin’” (changing a lyric to reference S.F. rather than Detroit) during halftime at the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. 

1/29 Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows quits X, the social media platform once known as Twitter, because “it just simply doesn’t interest me at this point.”

1/29 Marilyn Manson is ordered to pay Evan Rachel Wood’s legal fees — a sum of $326,956 — after a judge dismisses a large portion of Manson’s defamation lawsuit against his former fiancée. Manson (Brian Warner) filed the defamation suit against Wood following her accusation of sexual abuse by the performer. 

1/30 Rob Zombie’s bassist Matt Montgomery (a.k.a. Piggy D.) announces his departure from the band. “It was an honor to entertain you for the last 18 years,” Montgomery posts on Instagram.

1/30 Bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson rejoins Rob Zombie just hours after Montgomery announces that he is exiting the band. Blasko was a member of Zombie’s band from ’97 through ’06.

1/31 AC/DC’s “Back In Black” video officially tops a billion views on YouTube. The title track from the band’s seventh studio album was released ’80 and was the first album to feature Brian Johnson as lead singer, following the death of previous vocalist, Bon Scott.

1/31 Arch Enemy’s video for “The Eagles Flies Alone,” originally released in 2017, surpasses 100-million views on YouTube. 

1/31 Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and his wife, Courtney, are awarded legal fees in an ongoing case involving a woman who allegedly has been stalking them and their four-year-old daughter. The amount of the award is not revealed.

1/31 Mark Knopfler, frontman for Dire Straits, puts his guitars and amps on the block at Christie’s in London. The auction of 120 instruments nets more than £8.8 million ($11 million) – with a portion going to charity. A 1959 Vintage Gibson Les Paul Standard goes for £693,000 ($884,000).

1/31 Pearl Jam and Ozzy Osbourne accept honorary trophies at the Clio Music Awards in Hollywood. Pearl Jam is recognized for their “impactful philanthropic work through the Vitalogy Foundation” while Ozzy gets a Lifetime Achievement award for his “creative output and larger-than-life persona.” Clio Music celebrates creativity in music marketing and the use of music in advertising. 

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