Lajon tells us some of the friends he has in mind include Wolfgang Van Halen and Wolfie's current bandmate Mark Tremonti.
The band's other four members were all involved in side projects before recording the new album. Guitarist Clint Lowery and drummer Morgan Rose's Call Me No One released an album, as did guitarist John Connolly and bassist Vinnie Hornsby's band Projected. Rose tells us what doing those taught them.
The reunited Coal Chamber -- led by Devil Driver frontman Dez Fafara -- join Sevendust's tour with Lacuna Coil and Candlelight Red tonight (Thursday) in Tempe, Arizona and will be along for the rest of the trek.
Rise -- produced by Howard Benson, who did the band's last album, Awake -- will be in stores on June 25th. And the single "Sick of It" will be released on iTunes on April 9th.
Skillet have a series of U.S festival dates in May, with a full headlining tour in the works for later in the summer.
RED: Spring Tour AnnouncedRed will hit the road next month in support of their new album, Release the Panic.
The quartet will kick things off on April 16th in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 18-city tour will make stops at the Welcome to Rockville Festival on April 28th in Jacksonville, Florida and Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio on May 19th.
INCUBUS: Kenney's Solo FunWith Incubus on a break, it's not surprising to see another member do their own project.
Bassist Ben Kenney has a solo EP on the way this summer and he's supporting it with a tour. It starts June 7th in Boston and wraps up June 23rd in Pomona, California.
Kenney's Incubus bandmate, singer Brandon Boyd, will release his second solo album later this summer.
PINK FLOYD: Well, It Could Have Been Better If...Drummer Nick Mason says Pink Floyd could have done things differently with Dark Side of the Moon.
Mason stopped by Abbey Road Studios in London last Friday for a playback of Dark Side, which was released 40 years ago this month. Afterward, he did a Q&A with members of the European press. First, Mason praised the album's engineer, Alan Parsons, saying, "Without him I think it would have ended up not quite as good."
But when asked if they should have done anything differently, he said, "What we should have done was we should have toured Dark Side for much longer, which almost certainly would have left us with a film of it... We have no record of what we did... [Also], it would have been great to play the whole thing beginning to end live a number of times and then recorded it. I think we would have sequenced it differently now, looking back on it."
Dark Side was recorded in Studio 3 at Abbey Road, where last Friday's event was held.
VAN HALEN: Not Anytime SoonThere's no new music on the horizon for Van Halen.
VH started rehearsing this week for their shows next month in Australia, and David Lee Roth says the sessions have been "going superb." But when asked about new music, all he would say is, "New music is always around the corner," before basically telling fans not to expect anything soon.
Van Halen's last album was A Different Kind of Truth, released in January of last year.
ROB ZOMBIE: Guitarist's Home RobbedJohn 5, the longtime guitarist for Rob Zombie, had a bunch of guitars and other items stolen from his Los Angeles home Tuesday night.
He's posted a list of the items on his website in hopes that any guitar dealers or pawn brokers in the area will contact police if they come across the items. Two Fender Telecasters, a black Gibson Les Paul with three gold humbucking pickups, a banjo and his gold record from Zombie's Educated Horses are on the list, along with two computers.
Anyone with info on the robbery can contact John 5 through his Facebook page.
ROLLING STONES: Officially Playing GlastonburyAfter months of rumors, The Rolling Stones have been officially announced as headliners of the Glastonbury Festival in England.
The band will be closing the Saturday night of the festival, which runs June 28th through the 30th. Mick Jagger tweeted after the news was announced, "Can't wait to play Glastonbury. I have my wellies [boots] and my yurt [tent]!" Ron Wood added, "I've been using all my persuasive charm on the boys for a few weeks now. Really pleased to be doing it, can't wait to be getting out on that stage."
The festival appearance is part of what's expected to be a small run of Stones dates this year.
Rush singer-bassist -- and our baseball analyst -- Geddy Lee will throw out the first pitch at the Toronto Blue Jays' home opener on Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians.
Geddy, who lives in Toronto, is a Blue Jays season ticket holder. He tells us he was a big fan as a kid, but then became consumed with music until falling in love with the game again in his late 20s.
Headlines for Wednesday, March 27, 2013