MACHINE HEAD Frontman's Hernia Surgery: Video Diary Posted Online
Guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn of San Francisco Bay Area metallers MACHINE HEAD underwent successful surgery earlier today (Wednesday, November 14) at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota to repair his double inguinal hernia.
A five-minute video diary of Flynn's operation can be seen below.
Flynn had planned to go under the knife in January 2013 after completing a North American tour with DETHKLOK, ALL THAT REMAINS and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. He had hoped to continue the trek despite extreme discomfort, but it's become too difficult to carry on.
Flynn will return home to California to recover, rest and recuperate. The band will rejoin the tour in Portland, Oregon on November 24.
MACHINE HEAD has just released a new live album, "Machine Fucking Head Live", via Roadrunner Records. It's the band's second live effort;"Hellalive" was released in 2003.
"Machine Fucking Head Live" was recorded at various tour stops across the globe last year. It features songs from throughout the band's expansive catalog, including crowd favorites like "Imperium","Aesthetics of Hate", "Locust", "Ten Ton Hammer", "This is the End"and "Halo".
AVENGED SEVENFOLD Singer Says New Album Is 'Coming Along Nicely
AVENGED SEVENFOLD returned to the public eye this week with its new song and video "Carry On", which is included in the just-released blockbuster video game "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II". Lead singer M. Shadows told The Pulse Of Radio that ever since recording that song in August, AVENGED has been working steadily on album number six. "I try not to say too much about the album because you know how the Internet world is, so I'll just say this: we have a direction, we're sticking to that direction, and we feel really very happy writing in these terms that we've laid out for ourselves," he said. "The album is coming along very nicely, we're excited to get in the studio, we have about six songs that I'm really happy with right now, and we're continuing to write every single day."
The new disc is expected out in June or July of 2013 and will follow up 2010's "Nightmare". That album was the first No. 1 record of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's career and followed the December 2009 death of drummerJimmy "The Rev" Sullivan.
The new CD will be the first written and recorded by AVENGED SEVENFOLD without any musical contributions from Sullivan, who wrote a large amount of the material for "Nightmare" before his death from drug and alcohol abuse.
Meanwhile, "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II", which features a score by Trent Reznor in addition to the new AVENGED SEVENFOLD song and dozens of others, arrived in stores on Tuesday (November 13) and is anticipated to sell in record-breaking numbers.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD previously had a song called "Not Ready To Die"on the expansion pack for the 2011 game "Call Of Duty: Call Of The Dead".
HINDER Frontman Says 'Dark Drug Binge' Fueled New Album
According to The Pulse Of Radio, HINDER frontman Austin Winkler toldBillboard on Wednesday (November 14) that a "really dark drug binge" fueled much of his songwriting on the band's upcoming fourth album,"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 is due out on December 4 and 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."
HINDER will open for LYNYRD SKYNYRD on November 16 in Durant, Oklahoma and plans to mount a full tour once 2013 rolls around.
Trent Reznor Working on Track for New Queens of the Stone Age Album
Trent Reznor is going to be a part of the new Queens of the Stone Age album.
The Nine Inch Nails frontman revealed during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session on Tuesday that he’ll be lending his talents to a track on the forthcoming release. When Reznor was asked what upcoming projects he’s working on, he replied, “A number of things. Tweaking some things for the HTDA full LP (coming in Spring), helping Josh out on a new QOTSA track, working with [NIN tour producer] Roy [Bennett], starting rehearsals for two bands."
The news comes just one week after QOTSA frontman Josh Homme revealed that Foo Fighters frontman/former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl will once again take his place behind the drum kit for the band’s upcoming album.
A title and release date for the forthcoming album has yet to be announced.
Brandon Flowers, Gavin Rossdale Make People's List of Sexiest Men Alive 2012
People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012 is actor Channing Tatum, but the magazine has also selected a pair of rock musicians to feature in its annual issue rounding up celebrity hotties.
In a feature called "United States of Sexy,"People magazine has chosen 50 swoon-worthy guys to represent their respective home states. For Utah, it’s The Killersfrontman Brandon Flowers. The singer spent the first 16 years of his life living in Payson and Nephi before making the move to the band’s hometown of Las Vegas.
In addition, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale pops up in another People Sexiest Men Alive feature called "Hollywood's Sexiest Family Men," thanks to his relationship with No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani and their two sons, Kingston and Zuma.
You can check out the entire spectrum of hunky guys when People's Sexiest Men Alive issue hits stands this Friday.
AWOLNATION Extends North American Tour, SchedulesLetterman Performance
AWOLNATION isn’t done promoting their debut album, Megalithic Symphony. The band just announced that they will be kicking off a string of North American tour dates next month. The trek begins on December 1 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and will make stops in Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston and Baltimore.
In addition, AWOLNATION will be making a special appearance on CBS' Late Show withDavid Letterman on December 11. The guys will perform “Kill Your Heroes,” the latest single from Megalithic Symphony.
Here are the tour dates:
12/1 -- Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom
12/4 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena
12/6 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint/Hard Rock
12/12 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
12/13 -- Baltimore, MD, Ram’s Head Live
Jack White, Alabama Shakes, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros to Rock Austin City Limits in 2013
The long-running PBS series Austin City Limits has an impressive and diverse lineup of artists on tap for the second half of its 38th season. Jack White, Alabama Shakes, andEdward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will all be featured in upcoming episodes of the show, which begin airing in January. Austin City Limits executive producer Terry Lickona says in a statement, “ACL takes pride in our eclectic mix of musical styles and we truly have something for everyone’s taste in the second half of our new season –- from rock and punk to country, pop, jazz, blues and Latin! Each artist has a unique and original style or sound, which is always our goal.”
Jack White’s episode, which features a one-hour set from the singer, will kick things off on January 5. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ episode can be seen on February 9, and you can catch a performance from Alabama Shakes when their episode airs on February 16. Visit ACLTV.com for more information.
Stone Sour Sings While a Man Fights to Survive in “Absolute Zero” Video
Stone Sour taunts a man who’s being held captive in the new video for “Absolute Zero,” the next single from the first installment of their concept double album, House of Gold & Bones.
The four-minute clip, which is streaming on RollingStone.com, features a man who is desperately trying to escape a graffiti-covered room as his body is being twisted. In addition, the band makes an appearance in the video as well, appearing as shadows on the walls.
"'Absolute Zero' is the anti-hero anthem of House of Gold and Bones Part One," frontmanCorey Taylor tells Rolling Stone. "It essentially lets you know that the hero isn't perfect, but he will do whatever is necessary. The video is loosely based on the fact that in the short story, the hero ends up in a very strange world and he has to figure out what's going on and what he'll do."
The second part of the concept album, House of Gold & Bones Part 2, is expected to be released sometime next year. In addition, a four-issue comic book mini-series based on the album will be available starting April 17, 2013.