SLASH Performs At Opening Party For CHARLIE SHEEN's Mexican Bar; Video Available
Legendary guitarist Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) performed at the opening party for actor Charlie Sheen's new bar, El Ganzo (The Goose), on December 28 in the Mexican resort area of Los Cabos. Also appearing at the event were Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and "The Biggest Loser"'s Dr. Robert Huizenga.
Video footage of Slash's performance can be seen below.
During his introduction of Slash, Charlie yelled out, "How we doing? ... Lying bunch of f**got a**holes, HOW WE DOING?"
Charlie later expressed regret saying, "I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one. I apologize if I offended anyone." He then added, "I meant to say maggot but I have a lisp."
Sheen, a neighbor and personal friend of Slash's who called himself a "Rock Star From Mars" when he underwent a public meltdown amid his firing from the CBS show "Two And A Half Men", spoke at Slash'sHollywood Walk Of Fame induction ceremony in July. He said, "It's quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on."
He added, "This star is going to be stepped on more than the coke we did in the '80s."
In an interview with Australia's long-running rock station Triple M during his tour with the Soundwave rock festival in March 2011, Slash spoke about the troubles Sheen was facing at the time.
"I love Charlie," Slash smiled. "Charlie is probably the most rock 'n' roll character in entertainment today. All things considered, he's been having a little bit of a hard time recently with all the bad press and everything. But he's been managing to get away with what he's been doing on that show and get a raise over the last more than ten years. I think that's pretty cool," he laughed.
SEVENDUST's New Single 'Decay' Premieres On Colorado's 94.3 KILO
Colorado Springs, Colorado radio station 94.3 KILO has premiered SEVENDUST's new single, "Decay", ahead of its official release on January 22. A low-quality stream of the broadcast is available in theYouTube clip below.
"Decay" is the first single from SEVENDUST's ninth album, "Black Out The Sun", which will be released on March 26, 2013 via the band's 7Bros. Records label (through Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group). The CD was recorded at Architekt Music studios in Butler, New Jersey with engineer Mike Ferretti.
"The craziest thing about this record is finishing it in about a month," guitarist John Connolly told Revolver magazine. "We haven't done that since our debut album [1997's self-titled effort]. This is one of the fastest records we've ever made, but also one of the strongest — working off instinct mostly."
According to Connolly, SEVENDUST's forthcoming CD finds the band exploring "a darker vibe," but "there's still plenty of melody," he added. "The record fits right in with 'Animosity' , 'Alpha' , and our self-titled album. Lots of heavy stuff and some more mellow, moody songs as well It's a nice balance of what makes for the SEVENDUST sound."
Other songtitles set to appear on the 12-track CD, which was produced by the bandmembers themselves, include "Mountain" and "Murder Bar". The latter was reportedly inspired by a Butler, New Jersey bar across from the hotel where SEVENDUST was staying while recording the new CD. Rumor had it the place was popular with many of New Jersey's murderers.
"It's a basic SEVENDUST record," guitarist Clint Lowery recently told"Source Of The Sound With Wendy Campbell". "There's nothing, like, too completely different than anything we've done before. It's got a darker vibe to it. We've got a good amount of the programming element in there. It's a lot of what we do — it's heavy and it's got its melodic element in it. So if you're a SEVENDUST fan, it's more along the lines of the second and third records we did — it's kind of like that. It's got a couple of throwback vibes to it. 'Animosity' and 'Home' , if I can put those two records together, it would [sound similar to the new CD]."
SEVENDUST and LACUNA COIL will join forces for a U.S. tour in early 2013. The bands will head out on a 17-date run throughout the month of February. The trek kicks off on February 2 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
"Decay" audio stream:
Director Says Kurt Cobain Documentary Features "Treasure Chest" of Late Singer's Artwork
The upcoming documentary about Kurt Cobain will explore the many talents of the lateNirvana frontman. Filmmaker Brett Morgen, who recently directed the Rolling Stonesdocumentary Crossfire Hurricane, says that the movie will showcase Cobain's work as an artist in addition to his vocal prowess.
“[Cobain] was an incredible visual artist and left behind a treasure chest of comic books, paintings, Super8 films, all sorts,” Morgen tells NME. “We're hoping the Cobain film…will be this generation's The Wall -- a mix of animation and live action that'll allow the audience to experience Kurt in a way they never have before. It's very ambitious."
The filmmaker adds that Cobain was a complex person and that the forthcoming documentary will “reflect his spirit.” "If you think about Kurt, he's a contradiction,” Morgen explains. “He could be sincere and sentimental, and also ironic and sarcastic. He was sweet and sour [and] incredibly funny too.”
Morgen expects that his documentary on Cobain will be released sometime in 2014.
Anthrax Guitarist Rob Caggiano Leaves Band After 12 Years
Anthrax needs a new guitarist. On Thursday, guitarist Rob Caggiano announced that he's decided to leave the band.
"I'm extremely proud of my time in Anthrax,” said Caggiano in a statement. "It's been a wild ride (to say the least) from Day One and I wouldn't change one single thing about the last 12 years. This is an extremely difficult and emotional decision for me to make but my heart is just steering me in a different direction right now."
Caggiano adds that he will now be focusing on his other passion: producing records. "I can't wait to get back in the recording studio again," he reveals. "Over the years, I've been blessed with the privilege of working with a wide range of great bands/artists from Anthrax and Cradle of Filth all the way to Bruce Springsteen, and I look forward to a hopeful continuation of that side of my career while I figure out my next move as an artist."
In response to Caggiano's departure, the remaining members of Anthrax -- Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna -- issued their own jointstatement on Friday.
"Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend," they write. "His contributions to the band have been enormous. While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road."
The rockers add that they currently are "considering several lead guitarist options," and plan to announce who will be replacing Caggiano soon.
Rolling Stones Members Muse About 2013 Tour Plans, Which Could Include a Coachella Festival Appearance
It's apparently only a matter of time before The Rolling Stones reveal plans for a 2013 tour. Speaking with Rolling Stone magazine last month, a couple of days after the group's final 2012 concert, guitarist Keith Richards declared, "Really, all you're going to have to do is wait for an announcement."
The rock legend said the band's series of 50th anniversary shows "went like a dream, at the same speed, man. But we barely got off the starting blocks." He added, "It would be dopey to bring things up to this level and say, 'Well, that's that, 50 years, bye-bye.'"
Singer Mick Jagger, meanwhile, admitted that "quite a few offers" have been presented to The Stones with regard to a 2013 trek, adding, "I'm going to see what's on the table and discuss it with everyone. We'll announce it when we've figured it out."
Richards told Rolling Stone that he and his band mates weren't overly concerned about marking the group's milestone anniversary, suggesting that The Stones were more motivated to start working again because the timing seemed right.
"Nostalgia is not this band's strong point," he pointed out. "It was almost kicking and screaming to get us to this 50-year thing. We eventually realized it was a good time to put things together again."
While nothing has been confirmed yet, one event that might be part of The Stones' touring plans is the 2013 Coachella festival, scheduled to take place April 12-14 and April 19-21 in Indio, California. Last month, an appearance at the fest briefly showed up on a list of tour dates posted on the group's official mobile-phone app. Although Jagger toldRolling Stone that The Stones hadn't even been asked to play the event, Coachella's Facebook page on Thursday posted an image of a round stone in a field -- strongly suggesting that the band may indeed be performing at the annual music extravaganza.
The scope and length of The Stones' 2013 itinerary still might be in the planning stages, but judging from his comments to Rolling Stone, Richards seems to think that, after the 2012 shows, the entire band is looking forward to hitting the road again. "I just get the feeling -- they're itching at the bit now," he maintained. "This thing wasn't enough."
Bullet for My Valentine Unveils Temper Temper Cover Art, Track Listing
With a little more than a month until the February 12 release of Bullet for My Valentine’sTemper Temper album, the band has unveiled the official artwork for the set. The cover art for the release is an attention-grabbing one, featuring what appears to be an outstretched pair of blood-soaked hands.
Bullet for My Valentine also recently revealed the track list for Temper Temper, which features 11 new songs. A deluxe version of the album will be released as well, which contains four additional tracks, including live performances of “Whole Lotta Rosie” and “Scream Aim Fire,” recorded during the band’s appearance on the Live Lounge show on BBC Radio 1.
Fans who pre-order the album on the band’s website will get a free download of the title track, “Temper Temper.” Here's the track list:
“Dirty Little Secret”
“Dead to the World”
“Saints & Sinners”
“Tears Don’t Fall (Part 2)”
“Livin' Life (On the Edge of a Knife)”