Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde, on tour with his heavy metal band Black Label Society, performs at the Apollo Theater AC, in Belvidere, Illinois on May 5, 2022.
Live music is back on track in 2022, with rock, heavy metal and country artists returning to the stage, and fans couldn’t be happier.
Photographs by CBS News photojournalist Jake Barlow and Ed Spinelli.
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and bluegrass star Alison Krauss began collaborating with their 2007 album “Raising Sand”, which won a Grammy for album of the year. They are currently on tour in support of their latest album, “Raise the Roof”. Here they perform at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago on June 7, 2022.
Alison Krauss performs at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago on June 7, 2022.
Robert Plant performs at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago on June 7, 2022.
Plant and Alison Krauss’ setlist included songs from their new album (including “Rich Woman,” “Please Read the Letter” and “Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson”), Everly Brothers covers (“Gone Gone Gone” , “Stick With Me Baby”), and Zeppelin (“The Battle of Evermore”).
While some bands are on hold, members of the bands have resumed solo shows on the road. Guitarist John 5 (who performed with Rob Zombie) is now touring with his band, John 5 and the Creatures, while Zombie is making a movie. John 5 appeared at Apollo Theater AC, in Belvidere, Illinois on May 4.
A fan of both heavy metal and country (as a child he was a fan of “Hee Haw”), John 5 performed “Six Hundred and Sixty Six Pickers in Hell, CA”, “Land of Misfit Toys”, “Season of the Witch”. “, “Hi” and “The Black Grass Plague”.
The Haxansfeaturing Rob Zombie bassist Matt Montgomery opened for John 5 in Belvidere, Illinois on May 4, 2022. Here, Montgomery performs without stage makeup.
Wylde and Black Label Society opening in May was lead guitarist Nita Strauss. A descendant of classical composer Johann Strauss, she toured with Alice Cooper, performed at soccer games and wrestling events, and was featured in “Hired Gun,” a documentary about touring and sessioning musicians. .
Her setlist included “Mariana Trench”, “The Quest”, “Our Most Desperate Hour” and her #1 hit of 2021, “Dead Inside”.
Jared James Nichols
Also performing at the Apollo in Belvidere on May 5 was the blues-rock guitarist Jared James Nichols. He performed “Shadow Dancer” (from his new EP), “Threw Me to the Wolves”, “Skin ‘n Bone” and “Bad Roots”.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
The Massacre of Brian Jonestownpioneers of alternative and psych rock, are on their first national tour since 2018. (Their latest music was released in March.) Here they perform at the Vic Theater in Chicago, April 8, 2022. Touring with Anton Newcombe, Hallberg Daði Hallbergsson on bass, Hakon Adalsteinsson and Enrique Maymi on guitar, Uri Rennert on drums, Joel Gion on tambourine and Ryan Carlson on keyboards.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
In April, while on tour in Portland, the bus used by the band was broken into and their equipment stolen. Newcombe tweeted: “To the mother f*****s who stole my shit I feed my family with: this will be my hand that will greet you when you die. [fire emoji].”
Less than two weeks later, most of the guitars and other gear were recovered by police from a homeless encampment.
Danish rock band Volbeat – whose music is a mix of rock, rockabilly and heavy metal – appeared at the Allstate Arena in Chicago on February 8, 2022, as the opening act for Ghost.
The setlist of the Swedish rock band Phantom included “Square Hammer”, “Rats”, “Hunter’s Moon”, Dance Macabre” and “From the Pinnacle to the Pit”. They also covered Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”.
On March 10, 2022, the Los Angeles rock band Tool played at the United Center in Chicago. The performers were vocalist Maynard James Keenan, guitarist Adam Jones, drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor. “They technically strive for perfection on their show and go above and beyond,” Barlow noted.
Their tour supports Tool’s 2019 album “Fear Inoculum”, their first album in 13 years. “Fear Inoculum” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart and featured the hits “Invincible,” “Descending,” “Culling Voices” and “Chocolate Chip Trip,” all of which made it onto the setlist.
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