The nominees for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards have been announced, and the primary rock acts in contention this year are Guns N’ Roses and Linkin Park. Guns N’ Roses have been nominated largely based off their touring, with nods for Top Touring Artist, where they face competition from Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and U2, and Top Rock Tour, where Coldplay and U2 are the competition. Linkin Park has been nominated for Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album for One More Light, and Top Rock Song for “Heavy,” the track they recorded with pop singer Kiiara. In the Top Rock Artist category, they face off against Imagine Dragons, Portugal. The Man, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Twenty One Pilots. The Billboard Music Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20.
Organizers of the 2nd Annual Bourbon & Beyond Festival have revealed the first names that will be appearing at this year’s event. The world’s largest celebration on music, food and bourbon will take place at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on September 22 and 23. Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Lenny Kravitz, Counting Crows, David Byrne, Gov’t Mule, Blackberry Smoke, Don Felder and Sting have all been confirmed. The festival has been produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, along with culinary curator Edward Lee and bourbon expert Fred Minnick, who will showcase 24 bourbons. Attendees will be able to find vintage bourbons dating as far back as the 1930s. Bourbon & Beyond tickets will go on sale Friday (April 20) from 12noon local time at the official festival website here.
World-renowned guitarist Joe Satriani recently released his 16th solo album, What Happens Next. Just a day prior to the album’s release, Satriani is back on the road and reviving his G3 Tour, inviting Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen to join him on the US leg of the tour. For the UK leg, Satriani is again joined by Petrucci and Uli Jon Roth. For more detials and a full list of dates you can go to Satriani’s webiste: www.satriani.com
Billie Joe Armstrong’s new band The Longshot made their debut live appearance over the weekend, after releasing their debut EP last week. While Green Day are currently taking time off since the success of 2016’s Revolution Radio‘ and last year’s greatest hits compilation ‘God’s Favourite Band‘, Armstrong is going back to his punk roots for his new band. The Longshot’s debut performance came on Saturday night at Oakland’s 1-2-3-4 Go! Records, with the group opening with a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’, before performing their new tracks including ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Chasing A Ghost’ and ‘Love Is For Losers’. The mystery about the group’s identity revealed that The Longshot features Green Day touring guitarist Jeff Matika on bass and vocals, alongside Kevin Preston on guitar and David S. Field on drums. You can check out footage of their performance below.
Veteran bands Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Cars and The Moody Blues, as well as the late singer Nina Simone, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on Saturday night. In order to be eligible for this honor, artists must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of induction. The 2018 nominees all released their first official recordings before 1992. Presenters at this weekend’s Public Hall gala included Mary J. Blige, Ann Wilson, Brandon Flowers and Howard Stern. The ceremony will air May 5 on HBO.