1st – Guns N’ Roses sue an online gun store called Texas Guns and Roses for unspecified damages alleging, in L.A. federal court, that the seller attempted to con consumers into believing that the website is associated with the band by using “selected and adopted defendant’s marks for the purpose of confusing consumers into believing that it was connected or associated with, or licensed by, GN’R.” The suit seeks unspecified damages and a court order prohibiting the use of the website name. 2022
2nd – A re-formed Pantera plays its first live performance in over 20 years at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest. The band consists of surviving members Rex Brown (bass) and Philip Anselmo (vocals) along with guitarist Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) and drummer Charlie Benante (Anthrax). 2022
7th – The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili PeppersandDef Leppard/Mötley Crüeare, according to Billboard, the top-grossing touring Rock artists during the previous 12-month period. The Stones took in a combined gross of $179 million. Red Hot Chili Peppers found their way to $176 million. Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe’s “The Stadium Tour” grossed $173 million.
8th – DevilDriver announces they have parted ways with drummer Austin D’amond. In the same post the band says Davier Pérez is their new drummer. 2022
12th – After missing the Knotfest Chile concert in Santiago the day before Pantera bassist Rex Brown confirms that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Pantera’s upcoming performances. He is replaced by Derek Engemann who also works with Pantera singer Philip Anselmo on other projects. 2022
13th – Kim Simmonds, guitarist and co-founder of Savoy Brown, passes away peacefully at the age of 75. 2022
17th – “Lux Æterna,” the lead track from Metallica’s “72 Seasons” album (pictured above), is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart. 2022
20th – Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” surpasses 2 billion streams on Spotify. The band’s signature six-minute opus originally appeared on their 1975 album “A Night At The Opera.” Not only was “Bohemian Rhapsody” a major hit when it was initially released it was also featured in the films “Wayne’s World” and Queen’s bio-pic of the same name. 2022