MEGADETH"s DAVE MUSTAINE 'Clarifies' OBAMA Comments, Says He 'Loves' His Country
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine spoke exclusively with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in an attempt to "clarify" his recent statement that Barack Obama was somehow responsible for recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin.
During an August 7 concert in Singapore, Mustaine told the crowd, "Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he's staging all of these murders, like the Fast And Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple."
He continued: "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."
Fast And Furious was part of a federal sting operation intended to trace the movement of weapons from legal dealers in the United States to the leaders of Mexican drug cartels. The government lost track of some weapons, which were later found at crime scenes in Mexico.
Earlier today, Mustaine addressed the controversy regarding his comments, telling Jones (hear audio below), "To clarify things, no one can deny there were criminal rogues in the administration. CBS News got the memos, Congress has the information and basically, Larry Pratt, the head of Gun Owners Of America, who is a highly respected person, said that if they would stage 'Fast And Furious,' they'd be capable of staging everything. And it was all done to blame the Second Amendment. We'd be fools not to look at this. Our U.S. border patrol agents were killed. And like I said, I was just quoting Larry Pratt. That's it bottom line."
He continued, "In the heat of the moment, when you're onstage and you're talking, sometimes you're not as eloquent as you'd like to be. Like I said, I was just quoting what Larry said. We really need to investigate this and we need to have the Attorney General release the documents and find out who's responsible for this. People died and the democratic process says, 'Let's investigate this. Let's find out what's going on here.'
"I love our country and my whole thing with this is that I think we should just look into it. . . I just think that we deserve to know the truth — that's it.
"I'm a patriot. I've always been controversial. I'm a political songwriter. And this wasn't done to hurt any our my fellow countrymen. I think that it's something that we really, really need to look into."
BARONESS: Update On Condition Of Bandmembers Following U.K. Tour Bus Crash
Savannah, Georgia-based quartet BARONESS was involved in a road accident yesterday morning (Wednesday, August 15) in England when the band's tour bus reportedly plummeted for 30 feet over a viaduct after going through a security barrier during heavy rain. Nine people, including the four members of the group, were sent to the hospital, two of them with serious injuries. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.
All previously scheduled BARONESS shows have been postponed until further notice.
Earlier today, BARONESS's publicist, Monica Seide of Speakeasy PR & Marketing, released the following update regarding the musicians' medical condition:
"The band members of BARONESS and their crew are recovering from injuries sustained after their tour bus crashed outside of Bath, England early on Wednesday morning.
"John Baizley [rhythm guitar, lead vocals] has broken his left arm and left leg. Allen Blickle [drums] and Matt Maggioni [bass] each suffered fractured vertebrae. All three remain in the hospital as of this writing.Pete Adams [lead guitar, vocals] has been treated and released from the hospital.
"Three of the five crew members who were on the bus have also been treated and released. One member is still undergoing testing. The driver of the bus remains in critical condition.
"Please stay tuned for further updates. Thank you for all the support during this extremely difficult time."
A two-minute BBC News video report on yesterday's road accident can be seen below.
BARONESS played at The Fleece in Bristol Tuesday night. They were on their way to Southampton when the accident happened.
The band released its new album, "Yellow & Green", last month via Relapse Records.
ROB ZOMBIE Working On 'Big, Crazy, Live-Sounding' New Album
Nicole Powers of SuicideGirls.com recently spoke to Rob Zombie about the progress of the recording sessions for his new album, tentatively due before the end of the year.
"I'm really into this record right now," Rob said. "We have a long way to go, but it's the most free-sounding record I feel like I've made in a long, long time."
He continued, "As time has gone on, I feel at different moments in my career I've made a record that's significant for that time period. WithWHITE ZOMBIE, 'Astro-Creep' was the significant record at that time for that band. Then the next one was 'Hellbilly Deluxe', my first solo record. You make other records and they're cool and they're good, they have good songs, but you haven't really turned the page to a new thing. I feel like this record is the beginning of the next phase of what I'm doing. It's just a big, crazy, live-sounding record. I just love it. It's hard to describe, but every once in a while a creative vein opens up and you head off in a direction that's just… you don't question it because it doesn't happen that often, let's put it that way.
He added, "One of the things that I think is the reason for this freedom is, once you have success, whether you know it or not, you subconsciously want to achieve more success or maintain the success that you've had. So, obviously, if you write a hit song, you try to write other hit songs. That's sort of the nature of the game. But, with the fact that nobody really buys records anymore, I'm not really sure what constitutes a hit record or a hit song. Those rules don't quite apply anymore, because you're not going to sell millions and millions of records no matter what you do. It just doesn't happen anymore really. So, because of that, you feel like, fuck it, who gives a shit? And because you feel that way, you almost feel like a new band does. You're not chasing the dragon anymore, you're just being creative and coming up with great stuff. And that's usually when you do have hits, strangely enough, because you're just creatively free at that moment."
The new ROB ZOMBIE album is being produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with everyone from BLACK SABBATH and ALICE COOPER to WILSON PHILLIPS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
IN THIS MOMENT's 'Blood' Projected To Sell 20K-25K First Week
"Blood", the fourth album from Southern California's IN THIS MOMENT, is likely to sell between 20,000 and 25,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on August 14 via Century Media Records.
IN THIS MOMENT's previous CD, "A Star-Crossed Wasteland", opened with 10,500 units back in July 2010 to debut at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's sophomore effort, "The Dream", registered a first-week tally of more than 8,000 copies back in October 2008 to land at No. 70.
"Blood" was once again produced by Kevin Churko, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, among others.
IN THIS MOMENT began work on the new album just a few months following the departures of drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel, who left the band late last year in order to join the backing group of "American Idol" finalist James Durbin. Fabb and Bunzel have since been replaced by Tom Hane (THYATEIRA) and Randy Weitzel(FLATLINE, 3/13, AMERICAN MASSACRE), respectively.
"Blood" track listing:
01. Rise With Me
05. You're Gonna Listen
06. It Is Written
10. From The Ashes
11. Beast Within
13. The Blood Legion
Tom Morello Rages Against Romney VP Pick Paul Ryan
Politics makes strange bedfellows, as the saying goes. The latest unlikely couple: GOP congressman and Mitt Romney VP pick Paul Ryan, who saysRage Against the Machine is one of his favorite bands.
Rage Against the Machine founder and guitarist Tom Morello is making it clear: that love isn't mutual.
"Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades," Morello declares in an op-ed piece for Rolling Stone.
Morello continues, "He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage. ...Don't mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta "rage" in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions."
Morello goes on to assert that RATM's music for some has "changed their minds and their lives" about issues for which the band stands. "Perhaps Paul Ryan was moshing when he should have been listening," Morello muses.
So far, there's been no public reaction from the Ryan regarding Morello's statement.
Earlier this week, Silversun Pickupssent a cease-and-desist letter to the Romney-Ryan campaign, demanding they stop using the band's 2009 hit "Panic Switch" at campaign rallies. The campaign responded that, although they had a license to use the song, it was "inadvertently played" at a campaign event and wouldn't be played again.
You can read all of Morello's statement at RollingStone.com.
Soundgarden to Release New Album in November
Soundgarden fans won’t have to wait too much longer to get their hands on the band’s first new studio album in 15 years. In the August 30th issue of Rolling Stone, guitaristKim Thayil reveals that the as-yet-untitled album is expected to be released on November 13.
"[The new album] re-establishes that we still rock, we're still heavy, and we're still a little weird," Thayil tells Rolling Stone. In addition, the guitarist also listed off a number of song titles that are expected to be a part of the upcoming album’s track list, including “Blood on the Valley Floor” and “A Thousand Days Before.” Thayil added that “A Thousand Days Before” is "a little Indian thing” which features “some chicken-pickin'.”
Muse to Release New 2nd Law Single, “Madness,” on Monday
New music from Muse is on the way. The band has just revealed that “Madness,” the first single from The 2nd Law, will hit radio and arrive in stores on Monday. The 2nd Lawwill arrive in stores on October 2.
Shortly after the album is released, Muse will hit the road for a two-month European tour to support it. The band is expected to launch a U.S. tour sometime next year.
Guitarist Mike Mushok Says Staind Felt "At Home" Recording Live from Mohegan Sun DVD at Casino
Earlier this week, Staind released their Live from Mohegan Sun DVD, which documents the band’s performance at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, CT, on November 25, 2011. Guitarist Mike Mushok says that the band chose to record their concert at the casino because of their history with the venue.
“The Mohegan Sun has really become our local, at-home type of gig,” Mushok tells ABC News Radio. “It’s just a really great venue for us and we’ve had some really great shows there and, you know, we always seem to go back there.”
The DVD features 16 songs that span the band’s entire career and features a number of tracks from the band’s 2011 self-titled album, including “Not Again,” “Paper Wings,” “Something to Remind You,” “Not Again,” “Eyes Wide Open” and “Falling,” among others.
“I think my favorite part [of that 2011 show was] just being able to play some of those new songs,” notes Mushok. “I really enjoy how the new record came out and I think that those songs translate really well live and being able to play those in that setting was a lot of fun.”
You’ll get your chance to experience Staind live when they hit the road with Papa Roach,Shinedown, Godsmack and P.O.D. for the third annual Rockstar Uproar Festival. That outing kicks off on Friday at Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone in Kansas City, MO.
Stone Sour Reveals Release Date, Track List for House of Gold & Bones Part 1
New details have been released about Stone Sour’s concept double album, House of Gold & Bones. The band has revealed that the first installment, House of Gold & Bones Part 1, will hit all the usual outlets on October 23. House of Gold & Bones Part 1 will feature 11 new tracks, including “Gone Sovereign” and “Absolute Zero,” which are currently streaming online at HouseOfGoldAndBones.com.
"House of Gold & Bones takes everything that's great about this band and amplifies it,” said guitarist Josh Rand in a statement. “There's also heavy stuff that's like nothing we've ever done before. It's dark as hell and a complete experience from the first track to the last." House of Gold & Bones Part 2 is expected to be released sometime next year.
Here is the track list for House of Gold & Bones Part 1:
“A Rumor of Skin”
“The Travelers, Pt. 1”
“My Name is Allen”
“Influence of a Drowsy God”
“The Travelers, Pt. 2”
“Last of the Real”
Nickelback's New Video Stars Seinfeld's Jason Alexander
The video for Nickelback’s single "Trying Not to Love You" will premiere this morning at 9 a.m., but in advance of that the band has posted online a teaser clip to tide fans over. The 35-second clip features Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander as a barista in a coffee shop who fantasizes about a customer, played by Baywatch actress Brooke Burns.
You can check out the whole video on the band’s YouTube channel or Facebook pagewhen it's unveiled on Friday at 9 a.m. ET.