2014 has held it’s share of interesting rock music moments, from tragedies to triumphant returns and everything in between. We’ve laid to rest some talented musicians, learned that it’s the end of the road for some of metal’s most iconic bands, seen the rise and reunions of bands we thought may never return, and of course had many of those “what just happened” moments. A lot has happened in the past 364 days; here are 10 moments form the past year that were in some way, noteworthy.
Atreyu announces reunion
After a three year hiatus and working on other projects, SoCal metal group Atreyu broke the news that they were planning a reunion show to celebrate the anniversary of The Curse album. Thankfully, that lead to more shows and soon the band had put out a new song. So nothing could have been better when the band told fans that they were planning a new album, which will come out in 2015.
The Year of the Grohl
Dave Grohl should definitely get an overachiever of the year award. Not only did he make a remarkable new Foo Fighters album call Sonic Highway but put out a hit HBO series about the albums’ recording process and is recording new music in the supergroup Teenage Time Killer, which features musicians like Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour and Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God.
Splitting from sour roots
Earlier this year we learned rather abruptly that Jim Root was no longer in Stone Sour, something that he “was not happy about” and “didn’t have a choice” in. The news first broke via the guitarist’s Instagram page and Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor followed up quickly with a confirming statement. Root later revealed that there were a few reasons for the split, and cited money as one. Taylor went on record to say that there is no bad blood or weirdness between him and Root, who both play in Slipknot.
Kiss and more inducted into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame
2014’s Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees included metal icons Kiss, the grunge legends Nirvana, the E Street Band and more. Nominees that were not chosen for induction this year included punk rock royalty Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, NWA and Sting.
The Scott Stapp Crisis
The drama with Creed vocalist Scott Stapp first began in late 2014 when the singer posted the first of several videos on the internet, claiming to be homeless and broke. He also went on to say that the government was trying to take his money and ruin his life. His wife Jaclyn filed for divorce and custody of their children and also tried to have Stapp placed in a psychiatric facility, saying he was abusing drugs, had become paranoid and schizophrenic and needed an major intervention. Stapp in the meantime has accused her of trying to damage his image and career. He is reportedly working on mew material.
Slipknot comes back with a scorching new record
After the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010, no one was sure if Slipknot would ever make another record. Things got even more unsettled when drummer Joey Jordison announced his departure from the group in 2013. Despite the loss of two original member and 6 years of waiting, the nine finally returned with .5: The Gray Chapter, which has been named album of the year by readers of Metal Hammer and could be the best record to date. Slipknot is currently circling the world on a massive tour.
The ones we lost
There have been many deaths in the rock world this year, and sadly two of them were highly influential and well respected metal artists. Dave Brockie, who was better known as Oderus Urungus and vocalist of the band GWAR passed away earlier this year. During the annual GWAR-B-Q festival, fans and bands alike gathered around the lake for a heartfelt memorial and proper send off for Brockie, where they laid his costume in a viking shop and set it on fire.
Farewell tours for Sabbath and Crue
It sounds too crazy to be true. but unfortunately it is. Both Motely Crue and Black Sabbath announced plans for final farewell tours this year. Crue even signed a contract saying that they cannot play together again. Sabbath said they will released one more album before calling it quits.
AS I lay plotting
In a shocking story this year, As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis was charged and convicted of murder-for-hire, trying to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife. Although everything actually went down in 2013, 2014 saw it all play out in court. Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison and despite an appeal was denied a sentence reduction. The remaining members of As I Lay Dying eventually re-emerged under the name Wovenwar with vocalist Shane Blay of Oh, Sleeper.
iTunes becomes uTunes
Many people opened their iTunes accounts one day and were shocked to see a download of U2’s newest album Songs of Innocence in their libraries. Not too many were happy about it and felt that the band’s move was “really rude”. U2 explained that they had partnered with iTunes to give away their record to users because they thought it was a nice idea. “We got carried away” singer Bono explained in an apology to those who were offended by the free music.