On New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles, Mötley Crüe played what was billed as their final show ever — and it included an awkward moment for drummer Tommy Lee. As midnight approached, a roller coaster built to carry Lee and his drum kit high above the crowd got stuck, leaving Lee suspended upside down. The surprised drummer eventually climbed down the roller coaster and his drums were brought back to the stage so he could finish the show — though the mishap did delay the champagne toast for a few minutes. (Billboard) Below, watch the whole number leading up to the incident, which occurs at about the 4:45 mark. Heads up: after getting stuck, Lee uses precisely the kind of NSFW language you’d expect.
Queen Elizabeth II has made Damon Albarn an OBE: an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The honor, bestowed as part of the Queen’s annual New Year Honours, recognizes Albarn’s contributions to music in Blur, Gorillaz, and other projects. He had a bit of company: 1,195 other people were also on this year’s list, which also included drum-and-bass pioneer Goldie and celebrities like actor Idris Elba. (Billboard)
Guns N’ Roses are widely reported to be reuniting for Coachella this year, but Axl Rose is still being coy about the expected reunion announcement. He’s a scheduled guest on Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where he’s expected to confirm the reunion. (Consequence of Sound)
The only thing I know "confirmed" is my LOVE of Taco Bell! Mmmmm…. Taco Bell!! Happy New Years!!???
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) January 1, 2016
Meanwhile, on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, GnR’s supposedly returning guitarist Slash paid tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister by covering Motörhead‘s “Ace of Spades” along with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. (Rolling Stone)
Kanye West, who likes to release new music around new year’s, dropped a new track — “Facts” — on Dec. 31. Among the track’s notable lyrics are criticisms of Nike and Bill Cosby, as well as the quip, “I stick to my roots like Jimmy Fallon.” (Rolling Stone)
Kendrick Lamar has released a dramatic new video called “God Is Gangsta,” which includes his songs “u” and “For Sale.” Watch the NSFW clip at Billboard.
Billboard reports that a second class-action lawsuit is about to be filed against Spotify, making similar claims as the suit filed last week on behalf of David Lowery: that the streaming service is not making complete royalty payments. Spotify says it is working with the National Music Publishers’ Association to build a system to ensure that all rights-holders are properly compensated.
Guitarist, bassist, and engineer Lester “Rusty” G. Paul has died, after a struggle with diabetes, at age 74. The son of guitar pioneer Les Paul, “Rusty” Paul worked to extend his father’s legacy — and performed with his own Rusty Paul Band. (Billboard)
— billboard (@billboard) January 3, 2016