A brand new lineup of NINE INCH NAILS will will embark on an extensive U.S. tour this summer. Joining the band's mainman Trent Reznor in the group's latest incarnation will be Eric Avery (JANE'S ADDICTION),Adrian Belew (KING CRIMSON), and Josh Eustis (TELEFONTEL AVIV), along with previous NIN collaborators Alessandro Cortiniand Ilan Rubin.
Commented Reznor: "I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what NINE INCH NAILS could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked — which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.
"The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014."
In early 2009, Reznor announced that NINE INCH NAILS was embarking on a 20th-anniversary farewell tour, after which he stayed busy recording with HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS, writing music for "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" and scoring "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" with composer Atticus Ross.
HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS is the project featuring Reznor and his wifeMariqueen Maandig (ex-WEST INDIAN GIRL) along with Ross and NIN's longtime graphic designerRob Sheridan.
HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS' first full-length album, "Welcome Oblivion", arrives March 5 and will be supported with a brief U.S. tour.
Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Says New Album Will Be Released "This Year, for Sure"
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has revealed to Rolling Stone that he expects fans will get their hands on the band’s follow-up to 2009’s Backspacer sometime “this year, for sure.”
“[The band’s] working on demos right now and we're going to be recording soon,” he tells the magazine. "We have seven songs that are relatively completed. But then we have an additional 15 ready to go aside from any that [frontman] Eddie [Vedder] brings in, so we'll weed through those."
McCready adds that the band will be exploring some new creative avenues on the upcoming release. "It's kind of a logical extension of what Backspacer was," he explains. "But I think there's a little bit more experimental stuff going on. There's a Pink Floydvibe to some of it, there's a punk rock edge to other stuff."
Dave Grohl Reveals How He Came Up with Concept for Soundgarden’s “By Crooked Steps” Video
Last month, Soundgarden unveiled the video for their single, “By Crooked Steps,” directed by Dave Grohl. Now, the Foo Fighters frontman has revealed that he got the idea for the video immediately after he first heard the album.
“I was on vacation and they sent me their new record which is awesome,” he tells Fuse in a video interview. “I didn’t know if it was gonna be a single or if they wanted to make a video or what, so…I called my manager and I said, ‘I think I have an idea for a Soundgarden video.’”
Grohl then sent an email to drummer Matt Cameron with the video’s humorous concept, which features the band as a Segway-driving biker gang out for a night on the town. “For Soundgarden to do something like that, they’re not known for their ‘wicked’ sense of humor,” he explains. “Although, they are really f**king funny people…they’re super dry and hilarious. But the idea of them on the Segways I thought, ‘You know, it could work.’”
David Draiman Talks “Amazing” Songwriting Process, Guest Stars for Device’s Debut Album
Disturbed may be on hiatus, but frontman David Draiman has been busy working on tracks for the debut album for Device, his new side project with former Filter guitaristGeno Lenardo, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt and Dope guitarist Virus. The singer says that he enjoyed the creative freedom that he experienced while writing tracks for the self-titled release, which is due on April 9.
“It’s been a wonderful experience,” he tells Austraila's Heavy Magazine. “With as much respect as I’ve had from the people I’ve been working with, with as much great input I’ve had from the people I’ve been working with, it’s really been an amazing new experience and process.”
Device’s debut album includes appearances by Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows, System of a Down singer Serj Tankian, Rage Against the Machine guitaristTom Morello, Halestorm frontwoman Lzzy Hale, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butlerand former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes. Draiman notes that idea to include a number of special guests on the album came together organically.
“They are good friends of mine and we finally found an opportunity to do something together,” he explains. “For a number of these guys, it literally just came up in dinner conversation. We’d been toying with the idea of doing something together for years.”
While Device has yet to announce a proper tour to promote their upcoming debut album, the band will be performing at a number of festivals this summer, including Wisconsin’s Rock Fest, Oklahoma’s Rocklahoma festival, North Carolina’s Carolina Rebellion, and the inaugural Fort Rock Fest in Florida.
Rob Zombie Guitarist John 5 Talks Scoring The Lords of Salem, Upcoming Zombie Album
Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 is a very busy guy. In addition to working with Zombie on his fifth solo album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, the axeman recently scored Zombie’s upcoming film, The Lords of Salem, which hits theaters on April 26.
"This was a huge challenge for me,” said John 5 in a statement. “It was like 10 times the intensity of writing a record. You had to be able to follow the story and create emotions for each scene with the music.”
While the guitarist is excited for fans to check out the horror flick, he’s also looking forward to fans getting their hands on Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, due on April 23. “I can only describe this album as an aggressive, live-sounding and totally unique album,” he explains. “This album has a little bit for everybody. The guitar tones are not traditional. There is also an instrumental track called the ‘Theme for the Rat Regeneration Vendor’ which is played aggressively with an electric sitar.”