Rock Quick Hits: Killswitch Engage, Kid Rock + More!

Kid Rock Announces Four 2023 Arena Shows

90s BANDMEMBERS JOIN TOGETHER TO FORM THE DEFIANT: The Defiant, the new band featuring Mighty Mighty Bosstones singer Dicky Barrett alongside with Pete Parada (The Offspring) on drums, Greg Camp (Smash Mouth) on guitar, Johnny Rioux (Street Dogs) on bass, and Joey LaRocca (The Briggs) on guitar and keyboards, has released its debut single, “Dead Language”. According to Blabbermouth, “Dead Language” marks Barrett’s first new music since the Bosstones broke up in early 2022, shortly after the release of the band’s last album, “When God Was Great”. The Defiant’s 12-track debut album is due to drop later this year.

TWITTER LASHES OUT AT KID ROCK FOR DRINKING BUD LIGHT: Twitter users are enraged after spotting Kid Rock drinking a Bud Light. According to TMZ, conservative accounts called the act “Treason” and another wrote, “I am STRONGLY against CANCEL CULTURE but I am calling for a boycott of all Kid Rock products until further notice.” The outlet broke the story last week that the rocker was spotted drinking a Bud Light at a concert in Nashville last week. A few months ago, Rock uploaded video himself shooting up a bunch of cases of the beer, exclaiming, “F*** Bud Light and f*** Anheuser Busch” after trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney published an ad-spot with the company.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE GUITARIST TEAMS UP WITH BAND’S FORMER SINGER: Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz confirmed that he is working with the band’s former singer Howard Jones on a collaborative new project. He told TotalRock’s Louder radio show, “Yeah, me and Howard are doing a project together. He just hit me up. He was, like, ‘Why don’t you write some music for me?’ And I was, like, ‘Sure.’ So yeah, we’re working on a record right now.” Dutkiewicz says that they’re close to releasing a single, but a full album will take a while.