According to KCBD.com, a fan of Danish/American metal rock 'n' rollers VOLBEAT died in an accident during the band's concert in Lubbock, Texas this past Monday night (March 11).
After 39-year-old Jubal Colvin, 39, was denied entry to the show at the Lonestar Event Center, he allegedly jumped a fence and entered the premises. Security personnel attempted to remove him, but he fled on foot into a restricted area that was fenced off. He then fell approximately 20 feet from the hillside and struck his head on the concrete covered ground, according to police
First responders gave Colvin CPR on the scene, and he was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Wes Nessman of FMX, which promoted the concert, wrote on the Lubbock radio station's web site that Colvin "appeared to be drunk or had been drinking and was stopped at security for having a knife. At some point he got agitated and threw the knife at security and started running. He was told to stop several times by security and police. He ran past several fences and barricades before either running off the roof or attempting to jump roof to roof."
Nessman added: "This was on a side of the property that is NEVER used and hasn't been used in about six years. This man was running from officials in a clearly off limits area."
'Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge In Europe, 1989' Coming This Fall In Deluxe Hardcover
Bazillion Points Books has announced the October trade hardcover release of "Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge In Europe, 1989". This intimate photo journal and wild grunge rock micro-history was shot and written by Bruce Pavitt, co-founder of Sub Pop Records, the legendary Seattle label that signed NIRVANA in 1988. The book features over 200 picturesque and candid full-color photos shot by Pavitt over a tumultuous one-week period on tour from Rome to London with NIRVANA, TAD andMUDHONEY.
On November 27, 1989, Bruce Pavitt and his Sub Pop partner Jon Poneman arrived in Rome to meet NIRVANA, as the band was nearing the finish of a grueling six-week tour of Europe. While determined to promote their grungy, riff-heavy debut album, "Bleach", NIRVANA's travels with fellow Sub Pop act TAD had left them exhausted. Pavitt andPoneman did their best to revive the spirits of frustrated and downcastNIRVANA bandleader Kurt Cobain. While he nearly leapt from a 14-foot speaker tower one night, and then had his passport stolen, Cobainmanaged to continue to London, where NIRVANA played the most important show of its young career.
The band's breakthrough performance at the 2,000-capacity Astoria Theatre, London, was meant to be a warm-up for sets by labelmates and hometown Seattle heroes TAD and MUDHONEY. Openers NIRVANA won over the crowd and changed the band's fate, as the then-powerful London music press proclaimed NIRVANA: "Sub Pop's answer to THE BEATLES." Afterward, world attention increased dramatically, setting the stage for the 1990s, when NIRVANA became the most important band of the decade. Incredibly, Bruce Pavitt was there, photographing the events onstage and off, and documenting the details in the hours before fame came calling.
Nearly twenty-five years later, Bruce Pavitt has opened this treasure trove to the public. Says Pavitt: "I put a lot of heart into this grunge rock 'microhistory'. I'm honored to be collaborating with Bazillion Points on a hardcover edition of this project."
Bazillion Points books are available at all good bookstores, music stores, and online retailers, distributed to the book trade viaPGW/Perseus in North America, and Turnaround in Europe, or directly from the publisher.
ZAKK WYLDE To Celebrate 'Bringing Metal' Paperback Release With West Coast Acoustic Tour
Guitar legend Zakk Wylde, the man who turned heavy metal touring into a journey of fantastical excess with his band BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and as lead guitarist for OZZY OSBOURNE for over 20 years, shares what really goes on behind bus windows and stage doors in the paperback edition of his book, "Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide To World Tour Domination". The book, set to be released on April 9 through William Morrow, was co-written by New York Times bestselling author Eric Hendrikx.
Beginning with Wylde's "True Rocker Test," "Bringing Metal To The Children" goes on to tell stories of wild nights on the road with some of the biggest names in metal like Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Slash and"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, coaches metal lovers about tour hygiene on the road, and covers both pre-show and post-show etiquette. The book also features Wylde's tales from the record business, a look at his recording studio, and world tour survival techniques.
In support of the release, Wylde has announced a string of West Coast acoustic performances beginning April 21 in San Francisco, and ending May 1 in San Juan Capistrano, California. Tickets go on sale this weekend.
Zakk Wylde acoustic dates:
April 21 - San Francisco, CA - Independent
April 22 - Chico, CA - El Rey Theater
April 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
April 25 - Reno, NV - El Dorado
April 26 - Modesto, CA - Fat Cat
April 27 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Hotel
April 28 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock
April 30 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up
May 01 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach House
TOOL Guitarist And Visual Guru ADAM JONES Talks 'Opiate' Reissue
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.
Speaking to Revolver magazine, TOOL guitarist Adam Jones stated about the five different versions of the "Opiate" artwork: "I'd call them variations. That defines it a little better. There's hand-pressed printing, there's old machine printing. [Designer] Mackie Osborne is kind of celebrating the intimacy and originality of this thing. If we had the budget, we'd take everything as far as possible.
"I've always lived my life in terms of what I want out of something, and what I want is to go to the store and buy something and go, 'Goddamn, I got more than my money's worth.' I want something where you can tell a lot of time went into it. That's what I love about painting. I appreciate stuff that people do in one day, but I appreciate seeing the layers of paint and the brushstrokes more — seeing that this person really ripped their guts out trying to capture something.
"There will be five variations in color, and a thousand copies of each. So five thousand copies total. And I know they're putting extra stuff in it, like some stickers, and I did a 3-D separation of some of the artwork so you can view it through the stereoscopic goggles from the '10,000 Days'album. I think there's a golden ticket, too, that's supposed to be in one of every thousand. I'm not sure what you get if you get the golden ticket — maybe tickets to one of our shows or something — I don't think we've decided yet. We're still putting it together. It's actually being printed right now."
Asked what exactly is happening with the artwork, Adam said: "When we did the original art for 'Opiate', I had a lot of people helping me and a lot of outside influence. I was doing makeup effects and sculpting in Hollywood. So for the art, we picked the song 'Opiate' and tried to design artwork around it. For the reissue, it was really nice to readdress that, especially my priest, because I wanted to get something a little more mystical and three-dimensional going on. Obviously, sculpting is three-dimensional, but I'm talking about ideas and thinking. So I asked Adi Granov to come and work with us. He's this amazing comic bookillustrator, and he's designed a lot of the 'Iron Man' suits for the 'Iron Man' movies. He hit me up on Facebook a while ago, and we became friends. So when it came time to do this 'Opiate' packaging, I totally thought of him. I sent him some sketches and ideas, he sent some sketches back, and he just nailed it, man. So we turned it all over toMackie — she's worked on a lot of our stuff, and she's [MELVINS singer-guitarist] Buzz Osborne's wife — and she's found this thick paper to print everything on that's gonna make this thing really special and collectible."
Read the entire interview from Revolver magazine.
TOOL Guitarist: 'Getting Together Is Very Hard'
According to The Pulse Of Radio, TOOL guitarist Adam Jones has given a new interview to Revolvermagazine about the upcoming 21st anniversary re-release of the band's debut EP, "Opiate", but naturally the conversation turned to the band's long-delayed new album. When questioned about its status, Jones replied candidly, "It's unfortunate that we haven't put anything out in a while, but you know, we've changed as a band. It's just like a marriage — you grow older, people change, and you've gotta adapt or move on. We've become even more eclectic and distant, so getting things done and getting together is very hard."
Jones insisted, however, that this was "not a bad thing," adding, "We live kind of cushy lives now, so we get together when we want. It makes everything go slow, which is unfortunate — we all would have liked to have been done with a new record a long time ago — but when it's done, it's gonna be good . . . We also had two really bad things happen, things that I'm not gonna get into, that set us back emotionally and mentally. But we're past them now, everybody's recovered, and that process has kind of actually added to us focusing on being creative."
Jones also spoke about the deluxe reissue of "Opiate", which will come in a limited edition of 5,000 copies with five different covers, new artwork and other bonus material. He said, "What I want is to go to the store and buy something and go, 'Damn, I got more than my money's worth.' I want something where you can tell a lot of time went into it."
Jones has always been deeply involved in TOOL's artwork and visuals, telling The Pulse Of Radio a while back that his interest started long before the band. "I've always been into art and drawing and sculpting, and I did makeup effects for a long time, and it's always been a big part of my life," he said. "And Maynard too, and, you know, the other band members — you know, when I met those guys, they were all doing something kind of creative, and I think that's why it clicks."
As for revisiting the music on "Opiate", Jones said, "It's kind of like a time machine. It takes you back to that time and what you were thinking. Creatively speaking, there's always room for improvement . . . but overall I like it. It's something I'm very proud of."
The 21st-anniversary edition of "Opiate" comes out on March 26.
POP EVIL Singer Talks New Album In Audio Interview
On March 9, Rustyn Rose of Metalholic.com conducted an interview with vocalist Leigh Kakaty of Grand Rapids, Michigan hard rockers POP EVIL. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
POP EVIL's new full-length album, "Onyx", is due out on May 14. The CD's first single, "Trenches", is available for streaming on the band's Facebook page.
The message of "Trenches" applies to the world of art as well as the world of sports, the military, or anyone struggling with the economic downturn, like POP EVIL's home state of Michigan.
"It's about our battles," Kakaty says. "Not focusing on the things we can't control, if we really want to be a band that stands the test of time we have to write the music that connects. We have to dig our way out of the trenches."
During a slump in the music industry, POP EVIL is living proof that you can still make a living following your dreams. "It's a matter of time before rock and roll is in the forefront again and we want to be part of that,"Kakaty says.
After three Top 5 songs at rock radio, a fourth in the Top 10, a half million digital singles sold and over 1,000 shows a few short years into their impressive career, POP EVIL's return with "Onyx" is a swaggering, fistpumping, ballbusting ride through American rock. The grandiose melody of the '70s, the danger of the '80s, the emotion of the '90s and the loudest of modern riffs all have a home in POP EVIL, who fashion a fresh sound that looks to the future through the prism of rock's past.
The Smashing Pumpkins to Play Free Show at SXSW
The Smashing Pumpkins have been added to the lineup for this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.
Red Bull has revealed via Twitter that the band will perform a free show for their Sound Select: 120 Hours showcase in downtown Austin on Saturday. The time and exact location of the concert will be revealed Saturday morning on Sound Select's Twitter account, @RBSoundSelect.
Incubus' Brandon Boyd Says Upcoming Solo Album Will Evoke Images of "Sailors Riding Unicorns"
Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd is a busy guy. The singer says he’s been working on a number of new projects while Incubus is on hiatus, including a new solo album.
"It's awesome,” he tells Billboard. “When you hear it, you'll probably be reminded of sailors riding unicorns and unicorns farting beautiful gift-making elves and things like that…rainbows, pots of gold…stuff like that." Boyd notes that while he’s ready for the album to be released, there’s a bunch of “logistical stuff” that needs to be figured out first.
In addition to a new solo album, Boyd is working on a new book which will compliment the upcoming release. "It's an art book and it looks like the music sounds," he explains.
While Boyd has been busy with his own projects, the singer says his Incubus bandmates have been working on a number of side projects as well. "Chris Kilmore has been doing a lot of DJ gigs and has been making a name for himself doing so. [Guitarist] Mike Einziger just scored an independent film that's coming out this week I think. [Bassist]Ben Kenney is making another solo record on the East Coast.”
Black Keys Manager Accused of Trying to Influence Opponent of Anti-Scalping Bill
The manager of The Black Keys has been accused of offering free tickets for one of the band's concerts in order to influence an opponent of an anti-scalping bill in Tennessee backed by Ticketmaster.
According to WTVF-TV in Nashville, an attorney named John Ray Clemmons sent a letter to the state Senate Commerce Committee chairman, alleging that Black Keys manager Fielding Logan offered him "what he described as really good tickets to the upcoming Black Keys concert" prior to Clemmons' scheduled testimony before the committee in an alleged attempt to "keep me from opposing the bill."
Clemmons opposes the bill because he believes it would hurt charities that raise money by buying and then auctioning off tickets.
Logan confirms to both WTVF in a phone interview and to the committee chairman in a letter that he made the offer for the band's May 3 concert in Nashville, but he says he wasn't trying to influence Clemmons. He says in the letter that the offer was made "to demonstrate that paperless tickets can be transferred for the purpose of helping charities."
Logan is also the manager for country musician Eric Church.
Win a Guitar Signed by Slash
Slash has partnered with Guitar World to launch the Ultimate Cover Contest, which aims to find an aspiring musician to re-record the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist’s new single, “Anastasia.”
Interested participants will need to make a YouTube video of themselves performing the track, and then send an email to SlashSignedGuitar@gmail.com with a link to the clip in order to qualify to win an Epiphone/Gibson guitar autographed by Slash.
Submissions for the contest are open from now until March 20. After that, Guitar Worldeditors will whittle down the list to the top five contestants, and a winner will be selected by Slash himself. The winner will be contacted through a direct YouTube message and the signed guitar will be delivered by April 30.
Find out the particulars at GuitarWorld.com.
Nine Inch Nails to Play Two New Songs on Upcoming Tour
Don't expect the set list for the upcoming Nine Inch Nails tour dates to be nothing but old material. Fans will get to hear some new music from the band as well.
Frontman Trent Reznor tells NME that the group plans to perform “a couple of tracks” during their live dates that were “intended to go on a greatest hits record.” Reznor adds that he wrote the tracks with King Crimson multi-instrumentalist Adrian Belew, who is now part of the group’s new lineup.
In addition to experiencing some new music from the band, Reznor says that their upcoming concerts will feature a fair amount of musical experimentation. "The intention is to reconstruct songs based on this new instrumentation and only play songs we as a band feel good about,” he reveals. “With Nine Inch Nails last time, I felt that I'd explored that kind of bludgeoning rock thing in a lot of different ways, like I'd done everything I could do with that format."
So far, NIN is set to appear at a number of festivals overseas, including Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival, South Korea’s Ansan Valley Festival and Germany’s Rock’n’Heim Festival. While the band is expected to announce more tour dates soon, Billboard quotes sources saying that NIN will be performing at this year’s Lollapalooza festival, which takes place August 2-4 in Chicago, IL.