Twenty-five years ago tomorrow—on Wednesday, May 31, 1989—the Cult opened for Metallica at the Pacific Coliseum.

A month earlier the band had released its fourth album, Sonic Temple, which wasn't no Electric, but did boast one of my fave tunes that year—"Fire Woman".

Twenty-five years ago tomorrow—on Wednesday, May 31, 1989—Metallica played the Pacific Coliseum on a bill with the Cult.

This was just three months after the band had its expected Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance stolen away by Jethro Tull—whose Crest of a Knave album somehow beat out Metallica's mighty ...And Justice for All—and metal fans were still in shock.

News out of the Billy Idol camp is that the platinum-blonde rocker from the '80s will release his autobiography, Dancing With Myself, on October 7.

Idol announced the upcoming memoir on his website with the following message to fans:

 

One of the most enjoyable set visits I did during my 13-year tenure with Fangoria was for Needful Things, the adaptation of Stephen King’s 1991 novel. In December of ’92 I journeyed out to North Vancouver and got the scoop on the movie, with much help from the delightful duo of Canadian comedian-actress Valri Bromfield and New Yorker Amanda Plummer–who would blow me away two years later with her role in Pulp Fiction.

I would also like to thank Max von Sydow, the original Exorcist, for the interview he gave me at the time.

It looks like there’s a bit of a feud brewing between a couple of seventies-rock heavyweights.

While doing interviews to promote the upcoming release of expanded Led Zeppelin reissuesRobert Plant held fast to his opinion that the band should not reunite simply to make a shipload more money.

Word out of the Cannes Film Festival is that Oculus director Mike Flanagan will helm an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1992 novel, Gerald’s Game, about a woman who fights to survive after a bondage game with her husband goes horribly wrong.

On May 23, 1992, Metallica played the Pacific Coliseum. The gig was significant not just because it was F***ING METALLICA!, but because the band was touring behind its self-titled album, aka The Black Album, the one it made with Vancouver's Bob Rock the year before.

That disc has sold 30 million copies worldwide, 16,000,000 in the U.S. alone.

Those Yanks love their metal.

As if the news about Brian Setzer's upcoming rockabilly CD weren't enough to keep guitar freaks satiated today, now comes word from Sony Music that its Legacy Recordings imprint will release Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix Live At The Isle of Wight on Blu-ray on June 17.

In August of 1970 the legendary guitarman performed in front of an estimated crowd of 600,000, 18 days before he chocked on his own vomit and died while intoxicated with barbiturates.

Universal Music Canada has announced that former Stray Cat and current shit-hot guitar slinger Brian Setzer will release a straight-ahead rockabilly album on August 12.

Titled Rockabilly Riot: All Original, the disc will feature 12 Setzer-penned tracks performed in the company of pianist Kevin McKendree, bassist Mark Winchester, and drummer Noah Levy. 

That means there's no big honkin' Brian Setzer Orchestra around to clog things up and get in the way of Setzer's mindboggling guitar solos—like that one he played at the 1:56 mark of "Cross of Love" back in '92.

Those folks down at the Pink Floyd boxed-set factory are at it again.

Two years ago they put together a deluxe Immersion edition of The Wall that was to die for, and now comes news that the band's last studio album, 1994's The Division Bell, will be released June 30 in a 20th anniversary set that includes all kinds of goodies for the Floyd freak in all of us.

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