KISS announces final tour; Slash on reconnecting with Axl Rose; and Slipknot thinking about Knotfest tour.
After a 45-year career, KISS announced they will embark on their final word tour, during their appearance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent on Wednesday. The band performed their hit Detroit Rock City to launch AGT‘s season finale episode before announcing the news. “This is going to be our last tour,” they announced onstage. “It will be the most explosive, biggest show we’ve ever done. People who love us, come to see us. If you’ve never seen us, this is the time. This will be the show.”
The band has not yet revealed tour dates, but they said in a statement that their final shows will be part of a multi-year End of the Road world tour and that they’d announce updates on their official website in the coming weeks…. Read more at EddieTrunk.com
GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash spoke to USA Today about reuniting with GUNS singer Axl Rose for the first time in two decades for the “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour. Slash said that it was “nice” to hear from Rose after they hadn’t talked for 19 years following his exit from GUNS N’ ROSES in 1996. “I don’t know if I would have had the wherewithal to call him, just because I’m introverted and it might have been hard for me,” the guitarist said. “Not during that initial phone call, but after that, it was really good to be able to get rid of some of the negative baggage that we’d been carrying around for a long time. It’d been 20 years of not talking and letting this bad blood continue to be perpetuated by the media. It turned into something way bigger than what was really going on, so it was good to get past that.”
Asked if he regrets waiting so long to make amends, Slash said: “Things happen as they happen. I make it a point of not having any regrets.” Earlier this year, Slash said that the first time he and Axl spoke was by phone in 2015, followed by an in-person meeting. He revealed: “It was very cathartic to physically talk. ‘Cause there’s a bond that you have that’s never (broken). And then what happens is the bond makes the negative side of it that much worse, because you’re forced out of it.” Slash also touched upon the issues that kept him and Rose apart for nearly two decades, saying: “I won’t get into all the personal stuff, but even over that period of time, there was a lot of bad feelings from the breakup all throughout that 20 years, whatever it was. But there’s also a part of you that’s like in a marriage, where you love somebody… so there’s always that feeling, but then there’s all this negative stuff.” Read more at Blabbermouth
Corey Taylor served as the latest guest on Jamey Jasta’s Jasta Show podcast and revealed that turning Knotfest into a tour is something that the band has been “thinking about.” Jasta proposed the “20-30 date tour” idea as they were speaking on Ozzy Osbourne passing the torch from Ozzfest to Knotfest. “It’s definitely something we’re thinking about and it’s one of the reasons why we built it the way we have,” Taylor revealed. “For us it was about the foundation of the brand itself. It was making sure that this was something that we could continue to build up. You don’t want to go from zero to a million.” Read more at Loudwire