Motley Crue may be on the road to retirement, but Vince Neil has no intentions of stopping the rock. He’ll be back on the road in the new year for a co-headlining tour with Sammy Hagar, and said “I’ll be carrying the torch for Motley Crue when Motley Crue is done.” He denied that the health of guitarist Mick Mars had anything to do with the band’s upcoming retirement, but said the real reason was that “we didn’t want to go out on the bottom.” Neil says he can foresee the band playing the occasional show together, but said “we’re not doing the KISS farewell thing, where they have their fifth farewell tour.”
Soundgarden are going back to 1987 to reissue their first release, the Screaming Life EP. The album comes out next Tuesday but you can stream the entire thing now through the Sub Pop records Soundcloud page [listen here via Spin]. The 6 track EP will be available in digital and double vinyl formats and comes with the band’s 4 song “Fopp” EP and the track Sub Pop Rock City. Producer Jack Endino remembers working on the original record with the Chris Cornell and the guys; he said, on Screaming Life “you can hear Chris experimenting with his singing”; “Nothing to Say” was the song that made us all look at each other and go, holy crap, how did we do this?
Mastodon are the latest band to get their own brand of beer. Black Tongue is a co-creation of the metal band and the UK Signature Brew company, who collaborated with Frank Turner last year. The signature brew website calls Black tongue their biggest and most powerful creation to date. Mastodon set out to make a “palate crusher” and at 8.3 percent alcohol, it sounds like they succeeded.