DAVE GROHL And COREY TAYLOR Share Memories Of SOUND CITY
According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohland STONE SOUR/SLIPKNOT vocalist Corey Taylor spoke with CBS Localabout Sound City studios, the now-closed recording facility that is the subject of Grohl's debut as a feature documentary director, "Sound City: Real To Reel". Grohl was inspired to make the film after the studio closed and he bought its famous Neve analog recording board for his own home studio. SLIPKNOT recorded its 2001 "Iowa" album on that board, withTaylor saying, "The thing about that Neve board is that it has such a personality. No two albums sound the same coming out of that board because of the different love that you put into it, the different variables."
Grohl, who was with NIRVANA for the recording of its 1991 milestone"Nevermind" at Sound City, recalled, "Had we recorded that record in a different way, the music wouldn't have sounded the same. And if it didn't sound the same, it might not have had the same impact."
Grohl told The Pulse Of Radio a while back why he preferred recording in analog instead of using more modern digital equipment. "Definitely recording with analog 24-track equipment, you get a lot more personality and imperfection. Digital recording, you have the option to make things perfect and you can manipulate them and sometimes you just suck the human element out of it. But with tape, once you hit 'record,' it really is what it is."
Sound City was also known for the superb acoustics of its recording room as well as the sheer number of classic albums created there, including discs from Tom Petty, Neil Young, FLEETWOOD MAC, NINE INCH NAILS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, METALLICA and many others.
Grohl interviewed more than 40 musicians for his film, which premiered this past Friday (January 18) at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The event also featured the debut of the SOUND CITY PLAYERS, an ensemble featuring a number of the musicians from the film. Grohlorchestrated a series of collaborations on new songs that appear on the movie's soundtrack.
Two of those songs have already been unveiled: "Cut Me Some Slack", featuring the surviving members of NIRVANA and Paul McCartney, and"From Can To Can't", which features Grohl, Taylor and CHEAP TRICKguitarist Rick Nielsen.
The SOUND CITY PLAYERS will perform at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on January 31, the same night that the movie premieres at that city's Cinerama Dome and in 44 other cities around the U.S. Like theSundance gig, the L.A. show will feature Grohl, members of NIRVANAand FOO FIGHTERS, Taylor, Nielsen, Stevie Nicks, Rick Springfield and more.
A review of "Sound City" from its premiere screening on Friday, published at Billboard.com, said that the movie was a "must-see film for anyone who cares about recording techniques, equipment and studios. Dave Grohl's ode to a shabby studio in the San Fernando Valley is detailed and loving in its exposition and final chapter of resolution."
KORN Meets With Sick Fan Through Make-A-Wish Foundation
According to The Pulse Of Radio, KORN made a sick fan's dream come true when the members of the band met with him last October, and now the fan has posted a video journal of that experience online (see below).KORN agreed to meet with a fan named Tyler Sims after receiving a request from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sims suffers from lupus, an auto-immune disease that leads to excruciating arthritic pain and other physical ailments.
Sims, who says he's always wanted to meet the group, traveled to Phoenix with his family to connect with them at a concert there. In his video, he describes being picked up in a limo and driven to the venue, where he got to watch from the side of the stage as the band went through their soundcheck. Sims then meets each band member, finally sitting down with singer Jonathan Davis to share stories about themselves.
Davis told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that ever since the group's earliest days, KORN's first and foremost priority has always been its fans. "We've always been a band about our fans, even when we first started out, when we playing clubs," he said. "I miss it so much. We'd play a gig, and we'd go out there and we'd hang out with the fans. We used to go to their houses, have barbecues, have parties, do all that stuff. Once the band got bigger, we weren't able to do that, so we're just continually trying to have that relationship with the fans."
Sims says in his video that Davis "really connected with me kind of deep. It felt good that they actually cared." He adds, "I've been a KORN fan since I was 10 years old. As I got older, I really connected with all the lyrics and I mean every song means something to me. It says something to me and it really gets me through a lot of the rough times I go through."
KORN spent much of 2012 on tour behind its 10th studio album, "The Path Of Totality", but plans to begin work on a new set of material early this year.
The group will reunite with founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch for several festival shows next summer, with Welch playing full shows with the band for the first time since 2004.
KORN To Perform With Guitarist HEAD At ROCK ON THE RANGE
America's premier destination rock festival Rock On The Range — which has expanded to three days this year — will hit hard with performances from some of rock's biggest names. The 2013 lineup features:
ALICE IN CHAINS
THREE DAYS GRACE
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
LAMB OF GOD
A DAY TO REMEMBER
ALL THAT REMAINS
IN THIS MOMENT
BLACK VEIL BRIDES
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
MIDDLE CLASS RUT
RED LINE CHEMISTRY
THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH
BEWARE OF DARKNESS
LOVE AND DEATH
"We're really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer ALICE tunes to play for everyone!" says Jerry Cantrell, ALICE IN CHAINS.
"Head is back!!," says KORN's Jonathan Davis. "Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!"
"BUSH are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands," says BUSH's Gavin Rosdale. "We look forward to seeing you all out there."
"This massive lineup has scratched our seven-year itch!" says Gary Spivack, co-executive producer of the event for Right Arm Entertainment. "Getting SOUNDGARDEN for their first Ohio play in two decades and having seminal acts ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN, VOLBEATand PAPA ROACH return along with bands new to Rock On The Rangethat include SMASHING PUMPKINS and BUSH, and everything in between — the spectrum of rock n roll is covered…three days of constant energy.Rock On The Range is truly where rock lives."
Now in its seventh year, Rock On The Range will again take place at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, May 17, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2013. With the addition of a full slate of artists performing on Friday, festival organizers are also adding a series of additional enhancements for Rock On The Range 2013, including the newRock On The Range Comedy Tent.
"Our goal with Rock On The Range is to constantly create new and interesting ways to expand the event and give even more value to our fans," comments Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the event for AEG Live. "In 2013, we've added a comedy tent within the site that will be curated by The Funny Bone comedy club. Having a slate of incredible, up-and-coming comedians to riff on the rock experience will be a great change of pace for the weekend. The site layout is also changing dramatically in 2013 to create better event flow, to add more interactive fan activity to the festival, and to allow even more people to experience the higher caliber of talent on the second stage this year."
As a special limited offer, pre-sale weekend tickets startat a low price of $89.50 (plus fees), for Stadium GA tickets only, from Wednesday, January 30 through Thursday, January 31 at 10 p.m. EST. Additionally, a limited number of Stadium GA "4-ticket packs" are also available for $299 — a savings of nearly 25% — beginning on Wednesday, January 30, while supplies last.
Pre-sale tickets are available at RockOnTheRange.com. Tickets go on-sale to the general public Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m. ET. Rock On The Range is again offering premiere VIP Packages, Hotel and Ticket Bundles and Camping packages.
"Rock On The Range strives to deliver an outstanding lineup for an affordable price and this year is no different," said Ryan Smith, General Manager of Crew Stadium, co-executive producer of Rock On The Range. "With the creation of the special $89 pre-sale ticket and 4-pack bundle, rock fans can see over 40 of their favorite bands for an unprecedented value."
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium,Rock On The Range is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent lineup of bands on three stages and is proud to be sponsored byMonster Energy, Jägermeister, f.y.e. and U.S. Army. The nationally renowned festival, centrally located in the heart of the country, has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of 70,000 since its inception in 2007.
Don Henley, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins Among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Presenters & Performers
We've got our first info on performers and presenters for this spring's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and it's a roster as impressive as the inductees.
The Rock Hall announced Wednesday morning that Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, and John Mayer will induct blues guitar legend Albert King, with Mayer andGary Clark Jr. also performing in King's honor. Topping it off, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters will induct Rush.
In addition to King, Newman and Rush, other inductees include Heart, Public Enemy andDonna Summer, and legendary record producers Lou Adler and Quincy Jones, who will receive this year's Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the near future.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction takes place Thursday, April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Tickets go on sale for American Express card members on Thursday, January 24. On January 28, preferred seating presales begin for members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, as well as members of the official Heart and Rush fan clubs. Ticket sales to the general public begin Friday, February 1. Check Ticketmaster.com for more information.
The induction ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
AWOLNATION's Aaron Bruno Says Scrapped "Knight of Shame" Video Was "Too Real and Too Negative"
Back in April of last year, AWOLNATIONposted a trailer for the video for their 12-minute song, “Knights of Shame,” which featured scenes of a group of young people in a dangerous, apocalyptic world. Frontman Aaron Bruno says he has decided not to release the video because the short film’s message isn’t exactly what the singer had in mind.
“The concept to me, originally, was supposed to go down one path and it ended up going down a slightly different path than I had anticipated and it ended up being just too real and too negative for me to want to release it,” he tells ABC News Radio. “So, unfortunately, it’s never gonna be seen.”
Bruno adds that the final cut of the video turned out to be much darker than he expected it would be. “Most people would have probably released it but I’m very, very protective of what goes out,” he explains. “I just didn’t want to mislead anyone to my opinions or feed anyone too much reality, I guess, because music to me is supposed to help you escape the reality of today and how crazy it can be.”
AWOLNATION is currently on tour overseas, but they’ll return to kick off a North American tour on March 8 at Wild West in Lubbock, TX. Blondfire and Mother Mother will support the band on select dates.
Chris Cornell Says There’s “Nothing Stopping” Soundgarden from Making More Albums
Frontman Chris Cornell says that Soundgarden is enjoying their reunion and that the band may continue on after they’re done supporting their first album in 16 years, King Animal.
"I think the overall attitude about keeping it going and the way we want to treat it to keep it going is really good,” he tells Billboard.com. “There's nothing stopping us from continuing to make records and continuing to play shows, that's for sure."
While Cornell adds that “every time we're in a room we're coming up with something new,” fans shouldn't expect to get a new album from the band anytime soon.
"We had a good experience making [King Animal], and since we've come back together everything has been kind of that way,” Cornell explains. “Our attitude is that we're doing this because we love it and because it matters to us and not for any other reason, and everything else kind of takes care of itself."
Green Day Releases Trailer for ¡Quatro!, Schedules Screening with Q&A Session at X Games
Green Day has unveiled the trailer for their documentary, ¡Quatro!, which offers an inside look at what the band went through while making their album trilogy, ¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! The three-minute clip features behind-the-scenes footage of the band in the studio as well as a number of the band’s live performances.
The band has recently announced that the film will we be screened on Saturday at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado and that the guys will be on hand for a Q&A session immediately after. Fans are encouraged to leave questions for the band on their website.
Bassist Mike Dirnt says that the film reveals a side of the band that fans have never seen before. “We've been a closed book for a long time,” he tells XGames.com. “A lot of our fans, even as much as they know us, they don't really know us. But we always needed a certain ‘church and state’ [separation] as far as our private lives go.”
After canceling a batch of 2012 tour dates and postponing dates in January and February, Green Day will head out on tour in March to promote their recently-release album trilogy, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! That outing kicks off on March 28 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Visit GreenDay.com to view the full itinerary.
Kings of Leon, Young the Giant, The Lumineers to Perform at 2013 Governors Ball Music Festival
The producers of the Governors Ball Music Festival have assembled an impressive lineup of artists for their third installment. Kings of Leon, Young the Giant and The Lumineerswill perform at the event, which will be held June 7-9 on New York City's Randall’s Island.
Other artists appearing at the fest include Grizzly Bear, The xx, Animal Collective,Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Feist and Beach House, plus more. To see the complete festival artist roster, head over to GovernorsBallMusicFestival.com.
Tickets for the event go on sale starting Friday at 12 p.m. ET on the festival’s website.