Axl Rose Says Next Guns N’ Roses Album Will Arrive “Sooner” than Chinese Democracy
While it took Guns N’ Roses 15 years to release its sixth studio album, Chinese Democracy, frontman Axl Rose is promising that it won’t be that long before we get the band’s next album. Rose says that there were a number of issues he faced while makingChinese Democracy which made it difficult to release the album until 2008.
"I had to deal with so many other things that don't have to do with music but have to do with the industry," Rose tells USA Today. "There wasn't anyone to work with or trust. Someone would come in to help produce and the reality was they just wanted to mix it and get it out the door. [The next album] will come out sooner."
The singer adds that his ex-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour and former GN'R guitaristSlash and bassist Duff McKagan didn’t make things any easier for him to write lyrics for the album. "At the time of the [Use Your Illusion] tours, Slash and Duff said, 'You're an idiot, you're a loser,'" he reveals. “I didn't write for years. I was also trying to figure out what I wanted to say, when it's right to be venting and when you're digging a bigger hole. Lyrics on Chinese took a long time."
Rose noted that the band’s current lineup is hard on work on ideas for their next release. “All the guys are writing, and we recorded a lot of songs over the years,” he explains. “We'll figure out what we feel best about.”
As for reuniting with the band’s former lineup, Rose says that the decision to work together again isn’t up to him. "I feel that ball's not in my court," says the singer. "I'm surviving this war, not the one who created this war."
Guns N’ Roses kicks off a series of shows at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday, where they’ll be paying tribute to the 25th anniversary of the release of their debut album, Appetite for Destruction.
Stone Sour’s House of Gold and Bones Part 1 Debuts at #7 on the Billboard Albums Chart
Stone Sour’s House of Gold and Bones Part 1 debuted at #7 on the Billboard200 albums chart this week. The first part of the double-CD sold 31,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It's a bit of a drop from the band's previous release, 2010's Audio Secrecy, which entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at #6, moving 46,000 copies in its first week out.
Fans will need to wait a while for the second installment, House of Gold & Bones Part 2,which 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.
Jane’s Addiction Cover the Rolling Stones for Songs of Anarchy: Vol. 2
Jane’s Addiction has recorded something special for the upcoming soundtrack for Sons of Anarchy. Producers of the FX series have announced that the guys have contributed a previously unreleased cover of The Rolling Stones classic hit “Sympathy for the Devil” for the second album of music from their TV show, titled Songs of Anarchy: Vol. 2.
“When Jane's Addiction said they were into the idea of doing 'Sympathy for the Devil' for the show, we were completely blown away,” said Sons of Anarchy music composer Bob Thiele. “This was made all the more sweet because theirs was the first and only door we knocked on. Jane’s Addiction is one of the few post 60’s/70’s, iconic bands that resonates with our show’s mythology.”
In addition, guitarist Dave Navarro will show off his acting skills in the last two episodes of the show’s current season. Navarro will play a member of the Latino crime organization known as the Byz-Lats, who are involved with actor Jimmy Smits' character, Nero.
Guitars Signed by Metallica, Aerosmith, Green Day & More Being Sold at Upcoming Auction
More than 80 guitars autographed by Metallica, Aerosmith, Green Day, Anthrax, Slayerand many other stars are among the items that will be up for bid at an upcoming auction in Los Angeles. The Icons & Idols Rock 'n' Roll auction will take place December 1 and 2 at the Beverly Hills gallery of Julien's Auctions, while bids also will be accepted online.
In addition to the guitars, the sale includes instruments that have been either played or autographed by founding Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters, former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, plus U2 and Def Leppard. The auction also features a pair of Converse tennis shoes that U2 guitarist The Edge wore throughout the band’s U2 360 Tour, as well as a number of signed items by Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.
In all, more than 450 items will be up for bids. Proceeds raised by the sale of many of the collectibles will benefit various charities supported by the artists.
You can see the items at the Julien's Auctions gallery from November 19 to November 30. For more information, visit JuliensAuctions.com.
Bass Trashed by Kurt Cobain in “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Video Goes Up for Auction
If you're a die-hard Nirvana fan, here's your opportunity to own a rare piece of band memorabilia. According to the Irish Independent, the bass guitar that late singer Kurt Cobain smashed in the music video for the band's 1991 hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” is going up for auction at Christie's in London on November 29. The broken instrument is expected to bring in between 15,000 and 25,000 pounds -- about $24,000 to $40,000 -- at auction.
The newspaper adds that former bassist Krist Novoselic specifically purchased the instrument from a pawn shop because he knew it was going to be trashed during the video shoot. While it’s unclear who’s selling the smashed instrument, it was originally taken by one of the teenage extras featured in the video.
The Smashing Pumpkins Postpone Dates Due to Hurricane Sandy
The Smashing Pumpkins have been forced to postpone four concert dates in the Northeast due to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
A new date for Wednesday night's scheduled show in Brooklyn, New York, has yet to be announced. The November 2 show in Camden, New Jersey, has been pushed back to December 8; the November 3 show in Fairfax, Virginia, is postponed until December 9; and the Uncasville, Connecticut, show planned for November 4 has yet to be rescheduled.
Tickets for these shows will be honored on the new dates.
Soundgarden Set to Rock Live at Letterman Webcast on November 12
Soundgarden will be the next band to take part in the exclusive CBS Interactive webcast series Live on Letterman. The band’s performance will stream live on November 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.com and VEVO.com. That's the day before their new album, King Animal, is released.
During their set at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, the veteran rockers are expected to play some tunes from King Animal as well as a selection of their classic songs. Following the live event, the concert will be available for viewing on demand at the official Live on Letterman website. Previous artists who have performed on the Live on Letterman series include Foo Fighters, Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Coldplay.
Soundgarden also will appear on Late Show with David Letterman later that same night. The program airs on CBS at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Marilyn Manson Wins "Fright Night" Award
Marilyn Manson's just received a nice treat for Halloween: an award for his unique fashion style.
Manson was one of the nominees for the 2012 Fright Night Awards, which were designed to promote awareness of blood cancer. The virtual awards asked fans to vote for their favorite "frights" in 21 different categories, including music, movies, TV and more. Now, the winners have been revealed. Manson has been named "Favorite Male Celebrity Who Dresses for Halloween Every Day," beating off stiff competition from Ozzy Osbourne, figure skater Johnny Weir, gossip blogger Perez Hilton and LMFAO’sRedfoo.