TOOL Marks 21st Anniversary Of 'Opiate' With Commemorative Limited-Edition Package
TOOL will release a handcrafted, bonus-laden, limited-edition package of its original debut EP, "Opiate", on March 26 to mark the 21st anniversary of the six-song release.
The anniversary edition is limited to 5,000 copies and features art direction by Adam Jones, illustrations by legendary artist Adi Granov and design packaging by Mackie Osborne, who has collaborated with TOOL on many albums, including "10,000 Days", "Lateralus" and "Salival" as well as posters and merchandise.
The 5,000 copies will be broken down as 5 x 1,000 runs with each set featuring a variation of the exterior graphics and included bonus items which include a new stereoscopic image for fans to use with their glasses from the "10,000 Days" packaging.
The packages will only be available via TOOL's web site on March 26 and there will be no pre-orders. A limit of three packages from each of the 5 x 1,000 versions will be in place. More details to be announced soon.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Frontman Talks About Performing 'Core' And 'Purple' Songs On Upcoming Tour
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS/ex-VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weilandrecently spoke to MLive.com about his upcoming tour and and album with his solo bandTHE WILDABOUTS (consisting of multi-instrumentalistDoug Grean, bassist Tommy Black, drummer Dan Thompson and guitarist Jeremy Brown).
"I'm really looking forward to it," Weiland said about the 20-city run of dates which will see him performing songs from the first two STONE TEMPLE PILOTS albums, 1992's "Core" and 1994's "Purple". "It's going to be really exciting — something completely new."
Regarding how the concept for the tour came about, Weiland said: "Well, originally, it was an idea I came up with for STP for the anniversary of'Core' to do the 'Core' album in its entirety. The rest of the guys didn't want to do it. So, it was still something that there was a lot of public interest in. Having that said, the idea was brought up to me through management. I talked to the guys in my solo band, THE WILDABOUTS, and they were totally into it, as were the promoters. It worked out."
He added: "We're still going to do some of our space jams and have them correlate into some of our STP songs and a couple STP songs into a couple of the covers that we've done during our solo band stuff."
As for the upcoming studio CD, Weiland described it as "more of a rock 'n' roll album, as opposed to more of the sort of outside-the-box artistic sonic adventures that we've gone on in the past.
"The record that we're making, hopefully will attract more of the STP and VELVET REVOLVER fans. I think it will also help that we're doing this tour this way."
Weiland and THE WILDABOUTS have not yet secured a label deal for the upcoming album, which they are producing themselves. He says of the process: "[it] isn't hard, unless you have a group of guys like STP where every single person in the band is a producer. It's not as difficult in this situation. We're writing together. It's actually a lot easier. We're allowing everyone to put in their input and it's coming across much more as a rock 'n' roll record, but it's much more organic sounding."
HINDER: Official 'Should Have Known Better' Lyric Video Released
The official lyric video for the song "Should Have Known Better" from Oklahoma hard rockers HINDER can be seen below. The track comes off the band's fourth album, "Welcome To The Freakshow", which was released on December 4, 2012 via Republic Records. The CD was co-produced by HINDER drummer Cody Hanson and Marshall Dutton.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, HINDER frontman Austin Winkler toldBillboard on that a "really dark drug binge" fueled much of his songwriting on "Welcome To The Freakshow". Winkler explained to The Pulse Of Radio what his state of mind was during this tough period. "I was in a very, very, very dark addiction, and you can kind of hear the turmoil in my voice and stuff like that," he said. "And, you know, as soon as we got the record done I went into treatment to get help, and it's interesting to go back and listen to it now."
Winkler told Billboard that he entered rehab as soon as the record was finished. The album follows 2010's "All American Nightmare".
The first single, "Save Me", touches on Winkler's struggle, with him saying, "I had a really nasty attitude in that song, but I had a blast singing and recording it. I think it's our heaviest single yet, and we're getting a pretty good response."
The vocalist called the new disc "really diverse," adding that "it's going to surprise a lot of people."
"Welcome to The Freakshow" track listing:
01. Save Me
02. Ladies Come First
03. Should Have Known Better
05. Talk To Me
06. Get Me Away From You
07. Is It Just Me
08. I Don't Wanna Believe
09. See You In Hell
10. Anyone But You
11. Wanna Be Rich
COREY TAYLOR Says He Never Gave SLIPKNOT Bandmates 'Homework' For Next Album
Although it has been reported on some blogs and web sites that SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor gave the rest of the band"homework" to do for their next studio album, he tells Artisan News that he was misquoted. "I never fucking said that," Corey says. "What I did was is I asked them to jot down their feelings, no matter how good or gnarly they are, about [late SLIPKNOT bassist] Paul [Gray] and about his passing and how it affected them. 'Cause for this album — if and when we make this new SLIPKNOT album, which will probably be a while; it'll probably be a year and a half, two years — for this to work, everyone has to have a voice on this album. And I refuse to let it be anything other than that — whether it's riffs, whether it's lines, whether it's full-blown songs; it doesn't matter. Everyone needs to have a voice on this album or it's just not meant to be. So I've been encouraging the guys to kind of just write stuff down, no matter how trivial they feel it is, just write it down and give it to me, and we'll find some art in it."
Taylor told Loudwire that SLIPKNOT will play five festival shows this year, all overseas, and that other, unnamed members of the band are "getting healthy and trying to stay healthy," although he did not go into detail.
He mentioned a similar timeline in that interview as well, saying that the band would begin demoing material in late 2014.
SLIPKNOT's last U.S. performances were its own Knotfest shows, which took place last August in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Somerset, Wisconsin.
SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray died in May 2010 from an overdose of drugs — a devastating tragedy which brought the other members of the band closer together and helped them reconnect after they grew apart through years of touring and success.
"We had all stretched ourselves into different lives for the most part, and then we lost Paul," Taylor told DesMoinesRegister.com in August. "It was such a shock to us that it made us sit up and look at what we were doing with our lives and how we were toward each other. We were so close in the beginning, then for whatever reason we all drifted apart here and there.
"Losing someone like that, a great friend and an amazing brother — someone who is so important to the band in so many ways — you start to look at what you take for granted."
Gray made his final recorded appearance on SLIPKNOT's 2008 album, "All Hope Is Gone", which was certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) in August 2010 for shipments in excess of one million copes in the United States — the band's fourth consecutive full-length release to achieve the milestone.
Green Day to Perform at SXSW Festival
Green Day has just announced that they’ll be performing at next month’s South by Southwest festival. Shortly after the band screens their two documentaries at the fest,¡Cuatro! and Broadway Idiot, the guys will play a concert at Austin City Limits’ Moody Theatre on March 15.
The show marks the band's debut at the annual festival, and is also their first North American live appearance since frontman Billie Joe Armstrong shocked the world with an angry outburst during a music festival performance in Las Vegas in September 2012.
Green Day will kick off their rescheduled North American tour, which was postponed after Armstrong entered rehab, on March 28 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Visit GreenDay.com for the full itinerary.
Soundgarden Schedules Second Leg of King Animal Tour Dates
Soundgarden isn’t done promoting their first album in over 15 years, King Animal -- the band has just added a second leg of North American tour dates to their calendar. That outing kicks off on May 3 at the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ, and will make stops in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Dallas, among other cities.
Fan club members will get access to a ticket pre-sale for all the newly-announced dates on Tuesday. Visit SoundgardenWorld.com for information.
Here are the tour dates:
5/3 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata
5/4 -- Washington, D.C., RFK Stadium
5/5 -- Charlotte, NC, Carolina Rebellion @ Rockingham Speedway
5/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
5/8 -- Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
5/10 -- Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace
5/11 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
5/12 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE Outdoors
5/14 -- West Long Branch, NJ, The MAC at Monmouth University
5/15 -- Worcester, NA, The Palladium
5/17 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale
5/18 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
5/19 -- Columbus, OH, Rock on the Range Festival @ Columbus Crew Stadium
5/21 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
5/22 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland Theatre
5/24 -- Houston, TX, Bayou Music Center
5/25 -- Austin, TX, Austin Music Hall
5/26 -- Dallas, TX, Palladium Ballroom
5/28 -- Broomfield, CO, 1st Bank Center
Metallica Announces Lineup for 2nd Annual Orion Music + More Festival
Metallica has revealed the lineup for the second edition of their Orion Music + More Festival, which takes place June 8-9 at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, MI.
More than 30 bands will take the stage at the fest, including headlining sets by Metallica,Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones and Bassnectar. Other bands set to perform include Silversun Pickups, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, and Foals.
"Last year's Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar,” said drummer Lars Ulrich in a statement. "The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in '13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train.”
In addition to the performances, the festival will once again offer up attractions curated by members of Metallica. Fans will get the chance to check out frontman James Hetfield's custom car and motorcycle show, watch movies in the Hit the Lights film tent with Ulrich, and experience guitarist Kirk Hammett’s extensive horror memorabilia collection in Kirk’s Crypt. A Metallica museum will also be featured on the festival grounds.
Fan club pre-sales for the festival begin Tuesday at 10 a.m. ET and will run through Thursday, with two-day passes starting at $150. The public will get access to the tickets on Friday at 10 a.m. ET. Visit OrionMusicandMore.com to buy tickets.
3 Doors Down Schedules "Intimate" Acoustic Performance in Nashville
3 Doors Down have announced that they will perform a one-time-only acoustic concert in the group’s adopted hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, at the War Memorial on May 4.
"We all call Nashville home, and we cannot wait to perform for our fans in a more intimate setting at War Memorial,” said frontman Brad Arnold in a statement. “It will also be the first time we have performed a full set acoustically. It’s going to be a great evening."
The band is expected to perform a number of songs from their Greatest Hits album, which was released in November of last year. "These songs translate so well from the electric versions," adds guitarist Chris Henderson. "We go through and strip each one down to figure out what will work best for this type of show. It’s a reimagining of the songs."
Tickets for the special acoustic gig will go on sale on Friday.