Quick Takes: Metallica, Joe Perry & Gary Cherone, Def Leppard
Metallica‘s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett are offering up video courses to teach you how to play just like the band. The first instructional “Riff Lite” is available now, with two more — titled “Rock In Rhythm” and “Take The Lead,” rolling out later this month and in July.
Loudwire reported, “The lessons promise to take you through 10 of the band’s most well-known songs, including ‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘Nothing Else Matters,’ ‘One,’ ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium),’ and as Hetfield promises, the REAL way to play ‘Master Of Puppets.'” To sign up, log on to: https://yousician.com/ (Loudwire)
With Aerosmith on hiatus while Steven Tyler completes his latest round of rehab, Joe Perry has reignited his Joe Perry Project for a small string of shows. Joining Perry on the East Coast gigs will be Extreme frontman Gary Cherone, drummer Joe Pet, Aerosmith, Hollywood Vampires, and Doobie Brothers keyboardist Buck Johnson, and Chris Wise from the Vampires, the Cult, and Ozzy Osbourne on bass. (Blabbermouth)
JUST ANNOUNCED: The Joe Perry Project tour dates (subject to change): July 21 – Hampton, NH – Hampton Beach Casino July 22 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion (with ZZ Top) July 23 – Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Hard Rock Casino
Def Leppard are the latest rockers to get into the booze biz with their new “Def Leppard Rocket Premium Distilled Gin 700ml.” According to the press release: “Inspired by lavender labyrinths in Sheffield (Manor Lodge) this is a premium distilled gin with high intensity of flavors. The grain-based distillate is bold with juniper and herbaceous tones. For a more developed experience of botanical character, additional flavor of lavender and lemon are macerated and blended with the distillate. There are no added sweeteners, ensuring the purest quality of the liquid. The design is created with inspiration from the hit single ‘Rocket’ from the album Hysteria.” (Press release)