The news of current NBA player Jason Collins coming out and publicly announcing his homosexuality generated a lot of commentary and reaction Monday (April 29) and continues to be a hot topic as he became the first athlete in the four major sports to reveal he was gay while still playing. The conversation wasn't just relegated to sports figures as a number of hard rock and metal acts weighed in with their own thoughts on the subject.
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards just got a little more intriguing with the announcement of a new collaborative pairing. MTV reports that Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker will help rock out a performance that features Grammy host and rap great LL Cool J, Public Enemy leader Chuck D and turntable titan DJ Z-Trip.
Tom Morello may not be rocking with Rage Against the Machine at the moment, but the guitarist has found another tour that will keep him occupied. Morello has agreed to play in Bruce Springsteen's band for their upcoming Australian tour while regular guitarist Steven Van Zandt (above, right) takes a break to shoot episodes of his television series 'Lilyhammer.'
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder and Rage Against the Machine / Nightwatchman guitarist Tom Morello are both scheduled to perform at the 2013 MusiCares benefit gala. The show will be held on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles to honor Bruce Springsteen, who has been named the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year.
The all-star covers band Camp Freddy took to Los Angeles' Roxy just prior to the holidays for three nights of surprise guests and killer covers that left audiences rocked to the core. With a base of singer Donovan Leitch, guitarists Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison, bassist Chris Chaney and drummer Matt Sorum, Camp Freddy puts on a great show as is, but the surprise guests are usually what makes the gigs fun.