In Other Rock News…(April 19th)

James Hetfield’s funny run-in with Mike Rowe, Jack White’s latest business venture and more make up the April 19th installment of “In Other Rock News…”

Mimosas made Mike Rowe mistake James Hetfield for Lars Ulrich

It’s kind of a long story, so we’ll let this lengthy Facebook post explain everything for you.


Jack White calls his shot...

Jack White, Detroit Tigers' second baseman Ian Kinsler, Warstic founder Ben Jenkins
Jack White, Detroit Tigers' second baseman Ian Kinsler, Warstic founder Ben Jenkins. (Photo from Warstic/Big Hassel PR)

...which is our pseudo-clever way of saying he's investing in a Texas-based sporting goods company.

White, along with Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, are now co-investors in Warstic, which manufactures wood and metal bats as well as "lifestyle apparel for baseball and softball players," whatever than means.

White, of course, is a massive baseball fan (especially of the Detroit Tigers), and says of Warstic, "Most baseball bats and equipment in the sports world do not impress me much, but I think that there is a lot of room to explore aesthetic ideas in just baseball alone that can bring beauty and purpose to the weapons that athletes use to accomplish their goals. This can be accomplished not only through form following function, but also to bring in outsider ideas into the zone of athletics steeped in history and sometimes bogged down by its own weight. Warstic is incredibly inspiring to me in this fashion, and I think we can make beautiful objects for not only professionals, but also young children just beginning to understand how important the tools of the trade are to their passion for competition."



Deftones Gore debuts at No.2 On Billboard 200

The latest release from Deftones tallied 71,000 units in its first week of release, with 69,000 being pure album sales and the remaining accounting for streaming figures, which was enough for a number two debut.  So, who nabbed the coveted number one slot?  The Lumineers with a whopping 125,000 units/108,000 albums sold.



Judas Priest are officially back in the studio

The mighty Priest have begun recording the follow-up to 2014’s Redeemer of Souls and have shared photos from the studio via their Facebook page.


Eddie Trunk suspicious of Brian Johnson’s exit from AC/DC…

…and frankly, so is this writer.

In a recent blog post, the former “That Metal Show” host and noted rock insider states:

“The release from AC/DC made it pretty clear they are done with Brian Johnson. What really happened with Brian is anyone’s guess. But nobody is buying the hearing thing that I know. My sources tell me Brian was slowing down and didn’t want to work as hard as Angus (who is younger) did. I also know that on the latest tour Brian only wanted to do 2-3 shows max a week…It comes with age and guys slowing. I suspect it reached a breaking point and that was that. I can not believe it was a sudden hearing issue. Maybe it played a small role, but no way is it the real story in full. I can’t believe after 36 years AC/DC would say goodbye to their singer and not find a work around. MANY have hearing issues and find a way to make it work in rock…But it still blows me away how so many fans are not demanding a real answer on Brian and are so quick to move on.”


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.