It’s the end of the year and what craziness 2012 has been for the rock world. Here’s a list of some of the top stories of the year from the WQLZ Music Minute: Runner up is The Black Keys running their mouth and their lawyers. They’ve talked smack about Nickelback, receiving praise from most of us, and they also sued Home Depot and Pizza Hut for copyright infringement.
At No. 5, the inaugural Orion Music + More Festival—Metallica saw a void where Ozzfest was and decided to make their own. The festival in 2013 is scheduled early June in Detroit.
In at No. 4, the deaths of music icons including Beastie Boys founder Adam Yauch and Jim Marshall from Marshall amps. That’s not to belittle the others that died this year, including Dick Clark and legendary voice Donna Summers, just to name a few.
At no. 3 … two words … stage collapses. On the heels of last year’s stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair which killed a dozen people, there were two collapses at concerts that proved fatal. One of Radiohead’s roadies died when a stage collapsed in Toronto this past June. That happened as the stage was being set up. The band canceled their show. Another collapse wasn’t a stage, it was an advertising scaffolding. That killed one concert goer at a Linkin Park show in South Africa. They did not cancel their concert.
At No. 2, Green Day’s publicity leads to rehab for Billie Joe Armstrong. The band had a ton of publicity leading up to the release of the first album of their trilogy. That also led to Armstrong to lose his s**t and landing in rehab for alcohol abuse.
And, at No. 1, Lamb of God front man Randy Blythe being held for weeks in Prague, eventually being charged in the death of a fan who was thrown off stage several times during a concert. The fan died days after being thrown off stage. Blythe proclaims his innocence.
Here's to another year.
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