Chris Cornell Cancels Appearance at Made In America Festival
Chris Cornell won’t be appearing at this weekend’s Made in America festival in Philadelphia.
On Wednesday, a note surfaced on the Soundgarden frontman’s official website to give fans the news that Cornell won’t be able to perform at the event. It reads: “Unfortunately, due to a scheduling conflict Chris Cornell is unable to perform at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia on September 2 as previously planned. Apologies for any inconvenience or disappointment.”
While the news was a shock to Cornell’s fans, it was also a shock to the singer himself as he claims that he had dropped out of the festival weeks ago. “Woke up to learn some people f**ked up,” wrote Cornell on his Facebook page. “I pulled out of the MIA Festival 2 weeks ago. I apologize to my fans that you were not told and bought tix. I will find a resolution and get back to u.”
Instead of performing at the Made in America festival on Sunday, Cornell will be appearing at a campaign rally for President Obama in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday.
The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket Among Artists Supporting Anti-Fracking Campaign
The Black Keys and My Morning Jacket are among the many stars who are supporting an environmental campaign launched by John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and sonSean. The Artists Against Fracking coalition seeks to put an end to hydraulic fracking, a method of extracting natural gas from deep in the earth that some say can potentially contaminate water supplies and release harmful chemicals into the environment.
The initiative was organized after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced recently that the gas companies may soon start fracking in the state. An online petition asking Cuomo not to allow the mining technique to be used in New York has been posted at the Artists Against Fracking website.
Others artists who are backing the anti-fracking campaign include MGMT, Polyphonic Spree, The Flaming Lips, The Strokes, Wilco, Beastie Boys, Beck and Bon Iver.
"Protecting our drinking water is fundamental to life," notes Sean Lennon in a statement. "And people worldwide know that as a species, we are near a tipping point…We all have a responsibility to preserve the planet's life-support systems for future generations."
Budweiser Made in America Festival to Stream Live on YouTube
Can't make it to the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia this weekend? Not a problem. YouTube has announced that it will webcast select performances from the festival all weekend.
The Budweiser Made in America Festival will feature sets from more than 30 artists including Pearl Jam, The Hives, Passion Pit and Skrillex. You can tune in to YouTube’s Made in America Festival channel starting on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET to catch all the action.
Pearl Jam Bassist Ament Announces Side Project, RNDM
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has teamed up with singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur andFastbacks/Three Fish drummer Richard Stuverud to create a new side project calledRNDM. Ament says he got the idea to partner with Arthur while he was creating his recently-released solo album, While My Heart Beats.
“As I was finishing up my last little group of solo songs, there was one called ‘When the Fire Comes’ that just wasn’t working for me vocally,” Ament said in a statement. “I kept hearing his voice instead of mine. I sent Joe an email gauging his interest, and two days later, I got the track back from him. At that point, I knew there was something there -- some sort of creative connection.”
RNDM will release their debut album, Acts, on October 30. You can check out one of the singles, “Modern Times,” at RollingStone.com.
Shortly after the album arrives in stores, the band will hit the road to support it. That outing kicks off at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on November 2 and will make stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, among other cities.
Here are the tour dates:
11/2 -- Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/3 -- Washington, D.C., The Black Cat
11/4 -- Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
11/7 -- Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
11/8 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
11/9 -- Montreal, QC, Theatre Corona
11/13 – Chicago, IL, Lincoln Hall
11/14 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
11/15 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue
11/16 -- Lawrence, KS, The Bottleneck
11/18 -- Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre
11/21 -- Los Angeles, CA, Troubador
11/23 -- San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
11/25 -- Portland, OR, Doug Fir Lounge
11/26 -- Vancouver, BC, Biltmore Cabaret
11/27 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox at the Market
Linkin Park Uses Your Facebook Photos in Interactive Video for “Lost in the Echo”
Linkin Park has created something special for their fans, offering them the chance to star in the video for “Lost in the Echo,” the second single from the band’s latest album,Living Things.
By visiting LostInTheEcho.com and allowing the website to have access to your Facebook page, the website will incorporate your personal photos into the music video.
The video’s storyline centers around a young man in a post-apocalyptic world who passes around a number of photos -– provided by fans' Facebook pages -– to a gathering crowd before they turn to dust. A trailer for the video can be seen onYouTube.
Linkin Park is currently trekking across North America on their co-headlining Honda Civic Tour with Incubus.
Muse's Matt Bellamy: “We're Not Afraid of Our Eccentricities”
Muse isn’t afraid to take chances with their music. Frontman Matt Bellamy says that their upcoming album, The 2nd Law, will feature some tracks that fans might find a little silly.
"We don't care if people don't necessarily take songs like [“Survival”] 100 percent seriously," the singer tells U.K. magazine Q. "We're not afraid of our eccentricities. We're not frightened of going into almost Monty Python rock, but it's like opera. If you put a piece of opera on, it's ridiculous unless you've listened to the whole thing and really tried to go there with it.”
Shortly after The 2nd Law is released on October 2, Muse will hit the road for a two-month European tour to support it. The band is expected to launch a U.S. tour sometime next year.
Lamb of God Frontman Launches Online Auction for Legal Defense Fund
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has launched an online auction to raise money for his legal bills. From July 27 to August 2, the singer was imprisoned in the Czech Republic in connection with an incident that took place during the band's 2010 concert at Club Abaton in Prague. He was held on manslaughter charges after being accused of roughing up a fan named Daniel N. after the fan leaped onto the stage during the show. Czech Republic authorities allege that Blythe caused injuries that lead to Daniel's death 14 days later.
You can bid on a variety of memorabilia, including signed instruments from former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and Five Finger Death Punch and Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, among others.
It is expected that Blythe will return to Prague in the next few months to stand trial for manslaughter.
Accused Teenager Gunman Was 'Obsessed' With RAMMSTEIN
According to New York's Daily News, the 15-year-old accused of shooting a classmate at a suburban Baltimore high school on the first day of school was "obsessed" with the German industrial metal band RAMMSTEIN.
Bobby Gladden was arrested Monday (August 27) after allegedly opening fire in the lunchroom at Perry Hall High School. Police say he critically injured a fellow student, Daniel Borowy, before guidance counselor Jesse Wasmer tackled Gladden and took the gun away.
Gladden, who listed his nickname as "SuicidalSmile" on his Facebook page, posted the following status update the morning of the shooting: "First day of school, last day of my life. ... fuck the world."
Gladden described himself as a "metalhead" and a fan of MARILYN MANSON and SLIPKNOT, and had picture of RAMMSTEIN frontman Till Lindemann as his Facebook "cover photo."
Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson said at a news conference that Gladden rode to school on the bus with a bag containing a disassembled shotgun, 21 rounds of ammunition and a bottle of vodka.
Last status update on Bobby Gladden's Facebook page:
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Bobby Gladden's self-portrait on his Facebook page:
Muse Added to London’s iTunes Festival Lineup
The lineup of London’s iTunes Festival just keeps getting bigger. According to the festival’s website, Muse is scheduled to perform at London’s Roundhouse on September 30, just two days before the release of their sixth studio album, The 2nd Law.
You’ll be able to check out the band's full performance at the event for free: iTunes will be offering live and on-demand HD video streams via the iTunes Festival App or the iTunes Store. The iTunes Festival App is available for free download on the App Store worldwide at iTunes.com/appstore, and features AirPlay support to stream HD video from your mobile device to your widescreen television with Apple TV.
In addition to Muse, this year’s iTunes Festival will also feature performances by The Killers, Jack White, Mumford & Sons, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Band of Horses and Walk the Moon. For more information on the event, visit iTunesFestival.com.
Brandon Boyd Talks Incubus Hiatus, Assures Fans the Band Is Not Breaking Up
Just because Incubus is going on hiatus after finishing up their co-headlining tour withLinkin Park doesn't mean fans should see it as a sign that the band is splitting up. Frontman Brandon Boyd says he just feels that it’s healthy for the band members to take a break from one another after the end of an album cycle.
“We have no intention of breaking up as far as I know,” Boyd tells ABC News Radio. “It’s like a family -- you step away from it, and you give everybody space and then, usually you wanna come back and communicate in the way you know how. We’re very much like a family and we’re also in a really good place right now inter-personally.”
Boyd added that he will be busy during the break, as he plans to record another solo album. “I’ve just been writing a ton of music and just demoing it, kind of quietly stockpiling them,” explains Boyd. “Whether the music sees the light of day, I have no idea. That’s not necessarily my intention, but I hope it does.”
Foo Fighters Haven't Played Their "Last Show for a Long Time," Despite Grohl Comment
The Foo Fighters aren't quite ready to take a hiatus from live touring, though frontmanDave Grohl had fans thinking otherwise over the weekend. NME reports that Grohl announced to the crowd at the U.K.'s Reading Festival on Sunday, "It's the last show of the tour and it's the last show for a long time."
It was an unusual comment, if for no other reason than because the Foo Fighters have a few U.S. festival dates lined up for September.
If you have tickets to any of those shows, don't worry -- the band's appearances haven't been canceled. Grohl has clarified his comment on the band's Facebook page: "Jeesh! Relax.....I was only talking TO England!! ABOUT England..Stop eavesdropping internets! xoxo Dave."
Coheed and Cambria Gets into the Boxing Ring for “Domino the Destitute”
On Tuesday, Coheed and Cambria premiered the video for “Domino the Destitute,” the first single from their upcoming double album, The Afterman.
The eight-minute long, black-and-white video tells the story of a boxer named Domino, who gets involved with some unsavory characters that manipulate him into becoming a criminal. In addition to checking out the video, fans can purchase the track now on iTunes.
Fans who pre-order the band's box set, The Afterman Limited Deluxe Box Set: Amory Award Edition, will also receive an immediate download of “Domino the Destitute” as well. That package will also include digital downloads of both The Afterman: Ascension and The Afterman: Descension when they are released, a VIP tour laminate that allows early entry at all of the band’s headlining shows, a two-hour documentary of Coheed on the road, an artwork book and more. The Afterman will be released in two parts with the first installment, The Afterman: Ascension, slated to hit stores on October 9. The second album, The Afterman: Descension, is set to be released sometime in February 2013.
Dave Grohl, Lars Ulrich, Chad Smith Among Richest Drummers in the World
Who's richer: former Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Metallicadrummer Lars Ulrich, or Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith? Thanks to CelebrityNetWorth.com, we know the answer.
The website lists Grohl as the richest of the trio, scoring the #3 slot on the list with a net worth of $225 million. Ulrich is just two spots behind Grohl at #5, with a net worth of $175 million, while Smith claims the #10 position with a net worth of $90 million.
Other notables on the list include Blink-182’s Travis Barker at #11 with a net worth of $85 million, Van Halen’s Alex Van Halen at #13 with $75 million, Phish’s Jon Fishman at #17 with $60 million, Green Day’s Tre Cool at $45 million, and Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins at $20 million.
Slash: An Intimate Portrait to Be Released in October
A new book about former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash is headed our way.
The 144-page book, titled Slash: An Intimate Portrait, promises to take readers “beyond the glitz and mystique, to reveal the warmth, charm, and humility of one of popular music's most revered rockers.” The upcoming book will also features over 100 previously unpublished candid photographs of the guitarist onstage, in the studio, and at home. Slash: An Intimate Portrait was written by Richard Bienstock, a senior editor with Guitar World magazine, and includes a foreword by Slash’s close friend, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, as well as a preface from Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry.
While the book doesn’t have an official release date, it's expected to arrive in stores from Insight Editions sometime in October.
Foo Fighters Play 'Last Show For A Long Time,' Closing Reading Festival 2012
Eighteen years ago in Seattle, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl decided to form a new band after the death of singer Kurt Cobain. Today, the Foo Fighters are regarded as one of the greatest (and one of the most seismologically intense) rock bands of the new millennium.
But on Sunday, Grohl told the crowd at the 2012 Reading Festival that the performance marked the Foo Fighters' "last show for a long time."
"Well, well, well. The f--king Reading festival. You guys [realize] we've got a lot of songs to play. It's the last show of the tour and it's the last show for a long time," Grohl said, according to NME. SCROLL FOR VIDEO
He went on to dedicate "These Days" to former Nirvana bandmates, Cobain and Krist Novoselic, telling the audience, "I'd like to dedicate this song to a couple of people who couldn't be here tonight. This one's for Krist and this one's for Kurt.''
The Foo Fighters' frontman might have been in a particularly nostalgic mood, since Sunday marked the 20-year anniversary of Nirvana's headlining performance at the Reading Festival in 1992, according to LoudWire. It was the last show the band ever played in England.
Novoselic wrote a piece for Seattle Weekly back in 2009, before the release of "Nirvana: Live at Reading."
"I think the show was such a success because of the audience," Novoselic wrote about the 1992 performance. "They gave so much that it was easy to swat it back. The best moment is the crowd sing-a-long to 'Lithium.'"
Grohl channeled the crowd's energy on Sunday when he got the audience to sing "Happy Birthday" to his mother, according to NME. "In 1992 when Nirvana played here, the last show we ever played in England, you sang happy birthday to my mom. Here's your chance," he said. The crowd responded.
Despite Grohl saying that Reading marked the Foo Fighters' "last show," the band has some dates lined up next month, CBS News notes. They are set to appear at Rock the Vote in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, as well as at the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta on Sept. 21 and the DeLuna Fest in Pensacola Beach, Fla, on Sept. 22. WATCH: Foo Fighters perform at the Reading Festival.
BARONESS CANCEL REMAINING 2012 TOUR DATES, OFFER UPDATE ON BAND MEMBER INJURIES
Earlier this month, the members of Baroness survived a horrific tour bus crash outside of Bath, England, as they were en route to Southampton for their next show. A majority of the group suffered serious injuries in the crash, which put all promotional activities on hold. Now comes word that the group is calling off the remainder of their touring for the rest of 2012.
The accident itself was pretty scary as the band’s vehicle plummeted 30 feet over a viaduct, with firefighters on the scene eventually having to rescue several of the passengers inside. Singer John Baizley broke his left arm and left leg in the incident, while drummer Allen Blickle and bassist Matt Maggioni each had fractured vertebrae resulting from the impact of the crash.
Pete Adams remained the one member who escaped relatively unscathed, as he was treated and released. Adams was allowed to return home ahead of the rest of the band. Just last week, the band tweeted a photofrom the hospital expressing their thanks for all the support they’ve received from fans.
Now there’s more from the band, who issued a statement on their Facebook page announcing the tour cancellation and updating the statuses of their members. It reads:
John Baizley has been released from hospital. Allen and Matt have arrived back in the United States.
All remaining 2012 tour dates are canceled.
Thank you for all of the continued support.
Our best wishes go out to Baroness through the recovery process and hopes remain for a healthy 2013 and return to music.
IN THIS MOMENT Singer Performs With SHINEDOWN In Holmdel
Maria Brink from IN THIS MOMENTperforming the song "Devour" with SHINEDOWN on August 24 at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey can be seen below.
SHINEDOWN and IN THIS MOMENT are taking part in this summer's edition of the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. The third annual rock extravaganza — which boasts a main stage lineup that also includesGODSMACK, PAPA ROACH and STAIND — got underway on August 17 at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kansas, and continues through September.
SHINEDOWN's new album, "Amaryllis" debuted atop Billboard's "Rock Albums" chart and at #4 overall on The Billboard 200 — SHINEDOWN's biggest chart debut thus far — with over 105,000 units sold its first week out.
IN THIS MOMENT's new album, "Blood", was once again produced byKevin Churko, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE andFIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, among others.
NONPOINT: New Album Details Revealed
NONPOINT will release its new, self-titled album on October 9 via Razor & Tie. The CD was produced/mixed by Grammy-nominated producerJohnny K (DISTURBED, STAIND, MEGADETH) and features additional production and mixing from Brian Virtue (30 SECONDS TO MARS,CHEVELLE).
"Nonpoint" features 12 of the most raw and real songs of their 15-year career with unique, uncompromising, and undeniable hard rock on their self-titled ninth studio album and first for Razor & Tie. Weathering lineup changes, label shifts, and other trials and tribulations, founding membersElias Soriano (vocals) and Robb Rivera (drums) regrouped with fresh blood — Dave Lizzio (guitar), Adam Wolosyzn (bass), and Rasheed Thomas (guitar) — and captured pure fire this time around.
"Nonpoint" pre-order bundles are also available now at Nonpoint.com. The bundles include a variety of t-shirts and jersey designs as well as the full album and digital download.
NONPOINT is currently on the road for a headline tour that will run through November. The band recently wrapped a summer run with CALL ME NO ONE.
Soriano explains the new album, "We wanted this record to be a punch in the face. There was a lot of stuff I wanted to artistically vent about. It's a fresh start for us. We felt like having a self-titled record says it all. We hit the reset button, and there's life again. You can hear it musically. We're not going anywhere."
"This album is the beginning of a brand new chapter in the world ofNONPOINT... rejuvenated and full of positivity," adds Rivera. "Elias has written his most personal lyrics yet that shows the signs of endurance this band has had in our 15-year career."
The band opened up the floodgates to the new album by unleashing one of its heaviest tracks, "I Said It", as a free download on their web site this summer and the fans responded with overwhelming enthusiasm, welcoming the onslaught. The first official single, "Left For You", is for sale now oniTunes and is closing in on the top 25 already at active rock radio.
"Nonpoint" track listing:
01. Lights, Camera, Action
02. The Way I See Things
03. I Said It
04. Left For You
05. International Crisis
06. Another Mistake
07. That Day
08. Pandora's Box
09. Go Time
10. Independence Day
Green Day Premieres “Stay the Night” During “Secret Show” at Reading Festival
Fans who attended the U.K.’s Reading Festival on Saturday got their first listen to another new track from Green Day’s upcoming album trilogy, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!
For weeks before the event, NME reported that rumors were swirling that the band would show up at the festival unannounced and perform their entire 1994 album, Dookie. Less than an hour before the band hit the stage at the event, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong took to his Twitter account to reveal that they would indeed be playing a “secret show” in a tent on the festival grounds. He tweeted, “Green day - READING FESTIVAL CONFIRMED!! On stage in 45 minutes! In the NME / RADIO 1 tent. 11am!! Be there!”
During their set, the band played “Stay the Night,” which will be featured on ¡Uno!Footage of the performance can be seen on YouTube. ¡Uno! is set to arrive in stores on September 25, while ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! are slated for release on November 13, 2012 and January 15, 2013, respectively.
Slash Recalls Finding Mom Naked with David Bowie
Bad enough to walk in on your naked mom when you're a kid, but Slash reveals that when he was eight years old, he discovered his mother naked with David Bowie.
In an interview with Australian radio station Triple M in Adelaide, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist says his mother, Ola Hudson, was a costume designer who worked with Bowie in the mid-70s during the singer’s Thin White Duke period and on the film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Slash recalls, Bowie “was always over -– they were always together. I caught them naked once. They had a lot of stuff going on, but my perspective was limited. Looking back on it, I know exactly what was going on. When I look back on that whole combination of people, I can only imagine how freaky it was.”
Ola Hudson passed away in 2009.
SLASH: 'An Intimate Portrait' Book Due In October
Coming this October is "Slash: An Intimate Portrait", a new 144-page hardcover book by Richard Bienstock, with photography by Robert Knight.
GUNS N' ROSES' 1987 debut, "Appetite For Destruction", is eighteen times platinum, has sold over twenty-eight million copies, and launched the career of modern guitar god Slash. Over the past twenty-five years,Slash's cool stage presence, gloriously unkempt hair, iconic top hat, and soulful guitar virtuosity has been the epitome of contemporary hard rock."Slash: An Intimate Portrait" takes you beyond the glitz and mystique, to reveal the warmth, charm, and humility of one of popular music's most revered rockers.
In addition to his cherished work with GN'R, Slash's journey spans working with Michael Jackson, Fergie, Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz, the supergroupVELVET REVOLVER, and releasing two critically acclaimed solo albums.Robert Knight's photographs in "Slash: An Intimate Portrait" trace significant milestones over twenty years in Slash's career, showing him onstage, in the studio, and at home. Knight's talent for capturing the true essence of his subject is on full display: candid, dramatic, and often funny. These photos take us beyond the big hair, the big hat, and the huge guitar riffs to underscore the larger-than-life personality and genuine enthusiasm that have made Slash one of rock's most recognizable figures for more than three decades. With over one hundred arresting and never-before-published color and black-and-white photos, and warmly candid insights from Slash himself, this fascinating book frames a real and complete perspective of today's most iconic guitarist.
"Slash: An Intimate Portrait" features an entertaining and insightful foreword by close friend and legend in his own right, THE ROLLING STONES guitarist Ronnie Wood, and a witty and thoughtful preface from AEROSMITH's Joe Perry. The book also has revelatory text by noted rock scribe Richard Bienstock.
"Slash: An Intimate Portrait" is a treat for guitar heads, rock buffs, and pop music fans. Plus, it will be released just in time to visually complement an upcoming special edition of Slash's highly regarded sophomore solo record, "Apocalyptic Love".
The Smashing Pumpkins Reveal North American Tour Dates
The Smashing Pumpkins have announced the dates of their upcoming North American tour to further promote their latest album, Oceania. The U.S. trek will begin on October 10 at the Comcast Arena in Seattle and will make stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn, among other cities.
As previously reported, the tour will feature the band performing Oceania in its entirety, along with classics and deep cuts from their catalog. The outing will also include some unique visual effects created by Sean Evans, who worked with ex-Pink Floydbassist/singer Roger Waters on his recent tour of The Wall.
A limited amount of VIP packages are now available which include a Q&A session and three-song backstage performance with the band, an autographed limited edition tour poster, and exclusive merchandise. Head over to SmashingPumpkins.com for more information.
Here are the tour dates:
10/10 -- Seattle, WA, Comcast Arena
10/12 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
10/13 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
10/14 -- Los Angeles, CA, Gibson Ampitheatre
10/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
10/19 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
10/20 -- Minneapolis, MN, Roy Wilkens Auditorium
10/23 -- Detroit, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
10/25 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
10/27 -- Boston, MA, Agganis Arena
10/28 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
10/31 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Arena
11/2 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
11/3 -- Fairfax, VA, Patriot Center
11/4 -- Hartford, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
Former Smashing Pumpkins Guitarist Iha Announces North American Tour Dates
James Iha is ready to hit the road to promote his first solo album in 14 years, Look to the Sky. The former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist has just announced a handful of tour dates, which kick off on October 4 in Boston and make stops in New York, Hoboken, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
After giving fans a taste of Look to the Sky by unveiling the video for “To Who Knows Where” last month, Iha has now posted a stream of another single, “Speed of Love,” at PasteMagazine.com.
“When I first started writing, I felt like a lot of the songs were similar to my previous solo album, and I really wanted the new one to be different and more reflective of my musical tastes,” Iha tells the magazine. “I wanted it to be more electric so I changed the sonic palette.”
Here are the tour dates:
October 4 -- Boston, MA, The Church of Boston
October 5 -- New York, NY, Mercury Lounge
October 6 -- Hoboken, NJ, Maxwell's
October 7 -- Philadelphia, PA, World Café Live
October 8 -- Washington, D.C., U Street
Korn's Munky Shaffer Says Mudvayne’s Martinie “Doing a Great Job” Filling In for Fieldy on Bass
It appears that Korn is enjoying working with Ryan Martinie. For the last few weeks of their European tour, the Mudvayne bassist has been filling in for the band’s founding member and bassist Reginald Arvizu, a.k.a. Fieldy, who is expecting the birth of his second child this month.
“It’s really hard to replace anybody in this band,” guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer tellsTravel in Rock Music. “It was a short list of people that…could do it. There was about four of five people and Ryan was one of them. He’s doing a great job and being a pro and it turned out to be a good situation for everybody.”
Once Korn completes their final European leg, they'll get a break before hitting the high seas with Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D. and Sevendust on the ShipRocked 2012 cruise, which takes place from November 27-December 1.
SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR's COREY TAYLOR Reveals New Book Plans
Harry of the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor atSLIPKNOT's first-ever Knotfest, an extraordinary two-date metal and hard rock festival whch took place on August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18 in Somerset, Wisconsin. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if he is planning to write another book following last year's "Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good", Taylor said, "I'm working on book two right now. It's gonna be really cool. I'm about, I'd say. A quarter of the way through it, which is good, 'cause I don't have to turn it in until November. It's probably gonna stir up some pretty good beef with certain people, but I don't really care. The working title right now is 'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven', and it's basically my experiences with the paranormal, and ghost sightings, and occurences, and I've had a lot, enough that I'm writing a damn book about it. But it's actually… It's about how can I believe in ghosts, and not in God? So it's a very interesting conversation. And that's kind of what I wanted to do with 'Seven Deadly Sins', was start a conversation and get people thinking about it. Because the stuff that interests me is the stuff that nobody talks about. And I have the weirdest ideas pop into my head, and there's nobody there to talk about it with. So this is the perfect way for me to kind of start a conversation with a lot of people. Certain chapters will be specifically about the experiences that I've had in certain houses and whatnot, one of which is the mansion in L.A. where we recorded [SLIPKNOT's] 'Vol. 3'[album], and just kind of my take on the whole religion thing, so that's probably gonna get me in some deep hotwater, but I'm so used to it by now, it's not even funny."
Regarding whether he can envision himself writing a novel one day, Taylorsaid, "I feel like I've got a novel in me somewhere, but that's something… I was just talking to a buddy of mine about it, who's a writer as well, and he's nearly done with his first novel, and it's taken him 11-12 years to do it. And I can totally understand; it's a long process. I mean, you're creating a world, you're creating something from scratch. And it's always been easier for me to talk non-fiction than fiction. I'm kind of broaching it with the new STONE SOUR album, with the short story that accompanies the concept albums. But that was 12,000 words, which is a piece of piss — I mean, you've gotta get in, you do your thing, and there it is. And I had the added bonus of being able to have music tell a lot of the story as well, through the lyrics and whatnot. But yeah, I think some day. But I know me. I would never wanna out out something that I didn't back, that I didn't think was quality, that I didn't think was up to scratch. I have a very, very high yardstick when it comes to putting something out that's really amazinbg. So, for me, maybe down the line sometime, but nothing in the near future."
"Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good" made the New York Times hardcover non-fiction best sellers list after it came out in July 2011, debuting at No. 26.
Taylor promoted the book by doing appearances where he read, performed a few songs and signed copies.
Released in the U.S. via De Capo Press, "Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good" saw Taylorspeaking directly to his fans and sharing his worldview about life as a sinner. While the 256-page hardcover book was Taylor's personal story, it was also described as "a larger discussion of what it means to be seen as either a 'good' person or a 'bad' one."
Papa Roach Drops Out of Uproar Festival, Says The Connection Is Their “Most Fearless Record”
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix isn’t ready to return to the stage. After canceling their recent Uproar Festival performance in Grand Rapids, Michigan due to the singer’s ongoing vocal cord problems, the band has now decided to pull out of the rest of the tour. Shaddix has been diagnosed with a nodule on his left vocal cord and will undergo corrective surgery to prevent further damage.
“It’s no secret that I’ve been having issues with my voice lately,” said Shaddix in a statement. “I was hoping to be able to go out there and kill it on this tour by resting and doing vocal exercises, but my voice has just gone out on me. I hate to let our fans down, but unfortunately surgery is the only way to fix it.”
Rather than add another headliner to the tour, Uproar Festival organizers have announced that all future concerts will feature longer performances from Shinedown,Godsmack, Staind and Adelitas Way on the main stage.
Papa Roach will release their seventh studio album, The Connection, on October 2. Shaddix says that he experienced some serious problems while recording the upcoming release, dealing with bouts of suicidal depression and struggling to keep his marriage of 15 years together.
“[When] I came into the record, I was a f**king mess,” Shaddix tells Rolling Stone. “I didn't want to write about what I was going through but the only way I found some comfort and peace is when I started to write and sing about it. To me, this was the most fearless record as far as my experience because it was tragedy in real time, right there on the microphone.”
The singer added that he overcame all the obstacles while making the album, and has reconciled with his wife. “Lo and behold, towards the end of making the record, my wife wants to work it out,” explains Shaddix. “We just celebrated 15 years married and it's crazy how that s**t works out.”
Coheed and Cambria to Premiere Video for “Domino the Destitute” on Tuesday; Announce More Tour Dates
Coheed and Cambria are ready to give you a taste of their upcoming, double-CD, sixth studio album.
The band has announced that they will post the video for “Domino the Destitute,” the first single from The Afterman, on Tuesday. The eight-minute long, black-and-white video will tell the story of Domino the Destitute, “a boxer who is fast on the rise, but who’s career comes crashing down in dramatic fashion.” The band will also make the track available for purchase on iTunes the same day.
In addition, fans who pre-order the band's box set, The Afterman Limited Deluxe Box Set: Amory Award Edition, will receive an immediate download of the single as well. That package will also include digital downloads of both The Afterman: Ascension and The Afterman: Descension when they are released, a VIP tour laminate that allows early entry at all of the band’s headlining shows, a 2-hour documentary of Coheed on the road, an artwork book and more. The Afterman: Ascension will be available on October 9, while the second album, The Afterman: Descension, is slated for release in February 2013.
In other Coheed and Cambria news, the band has just announced another string of fall tour dates, kicking off October 16 at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. Here are the tour dates:
10/16 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
10/17 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
10/18 -- Fort Wayne, IN, Piere’s
10/20 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre
10/21 -- Sauget, IL, Pops Nightclub
10/23 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
10/26 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
10/27 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
Linkin Park’s 2012 World Tour Deemed “Storm Ready” By National Weather Service
Linkin Park has taken extra steps to safeguard their fans. The band’s 2012 world tour is the first tour to participate in the National Weather Service’s StormReady program, which was created to “enhance an organization's awareness, preparedness, response, recovery, emergency public notification, and public education related to hazardous weather events.” In addition, the plan helps to adjust the tour’s overall emergency management plan.
"It is vital to have an emergency preparedness plan in place when dealing with large venue events," said National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rick Smith in a statement. "Receiving the StormReady designation illustrates the concert tour's proactive approach to weather-related hazards and we have confidence that this accomplishment will establish a trend in the industry as a whole."
Linkin Park is currently trekking across North America on their co-headlining Honda Civic Tour with Incubus.
Frontman Brandon Boyd Says Incubus Won't Play Songs from 1995 Debut Album, Fungus Amongus, on Tour
Fans attending Incubus' current co-headlining tour with Linkin Park shouldn’t expect the band to play any music from their debut album, Fungus Amongus. Frontman Brandon Boyd says the 1995 release doesn’t quite mesh with the band’s current sound.
“A lot of that stuff [on Fungus Amongus] was us learning how to write music together and be a band,” Boyd tells Red Eye Chicago. “I never thought that it would catch any traction or see the light of day. What’s funny is people are still asking for a lot of those songs. We’re very happy that they exist, but we just as soon let them exist in recordings. I don’t even know if we’d know how to play them.”
In other Incubus news, Boyd has said that the band will go on hiatus after they complete their scheduled tour dates.
PAPA ROACH Forced To Withdraw From ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL
PAPA ROACH has been forced to withdraw from the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix has been diagnosed with a nodule on his left vocal cord, and at the advice of his physician he will undergo corrective surgery to remove the nodule and prevent further damage.
"It's no secret that I've been having issues with my voice lately. I was hoping to be able to go out there and kill it on this tour by resting and doing vocal exercises, but my voice has just gone out on me. I hate to let our fans down, but unfortunately surgery is the only way to fix it,"Shaddix said. "The last thing we want to do is give our fans less than 100% every night. We know they'll understand and we'll be back better than ever."
"It was amazing having PAPA ROACH on the road with us for the first fewUproar shows. We're disappointed that they can't continue for the rest of the tour, but Jacoby's health is the priority and we wish him a speedy recovery," says Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival co-producerJohn Oakes.
Beginning Friday, August 24, the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festivalmain stage schedule will be adjusted to allow longer performances fromSHINEDOWN, GODSMACK, STAIND and ADELITAS WAY.
PAPA ROACH's new studio set, "The Connection", is due out on October 2. First single "Still Swingin'" arrived late last month.
WES BORLAND TALKS NEXT LIMP BIZKIT ALBUM, LIFE WITHOUT DJ LETHAL + MORE
In the first part of our chat with Wes Borland, he unveiled all the details on his side project Black Light Burns. With a new album that just hit store shelves and a tour on the horizon with this band, many would think Borland wouldn’t be able to put anything else on his plate.
In part two of the interview, Borland explains that he’s not slowing down and discusses the status of Limp Bizkit‘s next studio record. The guitarist also opens up about DJ Lethal and tells us why you should never mess with Dream Theater.
It’s been nearly six months since Limp Bizkit signed with Cash Money Records. How are things going with your next record, ‘Stampede of the Disco Elephants?’
Well, there are a couple of record titles floating around and a couple of record directions that we thought about going. We’ve had several studio sessions now where we’ve been writing. They’ve been kind of short, three songs here, two songs there, four songs here. We’ve been writing in different ways. As of right now, I can’t say that the beginning of a record has started to form. Whenever I’m making a record – I don’t know if this is true for other musicians – there’s a certain point in the writing process where the record shows its face for the first time and you go, “Ahh, so that’s what it looks like, this is what we’re building off of, this is the focal point.” That might be a couple of songs that work together or three songs that all sound like they belong together with a couple of other ones that seem like they could be a good pivot point to break into different dynamics on the record. There is always a point, and we have not reached that point yet. Right now, we’re kind of just shooting things at the wall to see if they stick.
Do you have an end in sight?
No frickin’ way. [Laughs] There is no release date in sight whatsoever. It might be a year from now, who knows. Whenever we’re doing a Limp Bizkit record, we always say we’ll be done by this time and then no way are we ever done by that time. We’re always way over.
When I mentioned ‘Stampede of the Disco Elephants,’ you said there are actually a couple of record titles floating around.
That’s one record that we have a definite idea about. We released this really, kind of strange EP called ‘The Unquestionable Truth’ in 2005 when we got back together and realized that we were still in the period of hating and not forgiving each other, and then we broke up again. We made that record, it was really different for us, kind of more raw and heavy sounding. We’re actually talking about following up that with another record that is sort of raw and heavy sounding as well. We were hoping to do ‘The Unquestionable Truth Part 2′ and ‘Stampede of the Disco Elephants’ at the same time. That still might happen, I just feel like we’ve got a lot of artillery right now and no structure to put it in. But, we’re going to amass that somehow. Hopefully a lot of the ideas we’ve been working on find their place and fall into one idea or the other, or they might fall into something completely new. As I said, we’re not very far along in the process of making all of this happen.
How are things with drummer John Otto? He was in the thick of it all with DJ Lethal, who’s now out of the band. How is John doing?
He’s good. He’s doing great. We had some personal trouble with John and Lee [Lethal] on the tour and we talked about it when the tour was over. John got it together and made an effort to change some things in his life and behaviors he was having. Now he’s all good. Lee got really irritated about these things and about us thinking that certain things he was doing in his life were problems, and we can’t have the threat of people and the things that he wants to do invade the health of our touring vehicle. Things were getting more and more stressful. We had a tour this year without him and it was no problem. It was fine, it was just the four of us. I’m not saying Lee will never be involved again, but we’ll see.
Have you talked with DJ Lethal lately?
No, not really. He’s been very volatile online as far as the things he’s said, he’s gone on rampages. Before we talk to him again, that stuff needs to come to a close. He needs to take all the things that he’s been saying online and figure out why he’s saying those things. He needs to talk to us in private instead of making it public. Then we might be able to have something to work on and move forward with.
When you left Bizkit several years back, it seemed like there was tension between you and Fred Durst. What’s your current relationship like?
Well, we figured that we’d never be able to function if we didn’t start with a clean slate. If we were holding each other responsible for things we did in our younger years, we would never be able to move forward. What we decided to when we got back together and talked again in 2008, we said “Alright, what we’re going to do is only react to current behavior, not hold onto anything we’ve done in the past.” We changed our actions and reactions to things that happen now, not things that have happened in the past. Now we’ve become friends, which we never were before. It’s been really great. I don’t think people fundamentally change, but I do think they refine themselves and they get a new set of tools to deal with people as they age. They get better at being compromising. Both of us are gigantic babies, and we’d go, “No, I want it my way.” We wouldn’t talk about it, but now we do.
I’m sure that will come across in the new album.
Before I let you go, I’ve got to ask: Do you still hate Dream Theater?
I don’t hate Dream Theater. I’ve always felt that I’m kind of a painter and a songwriter that ended up learning how to play guitar just to get what I wanted to get across, across. Someone on Twitter was saying, “You’re no John Petrucci.” Come on, man. Who cares? What’s so great about Dream Theater? Are they writing amazing songs? I don’t get it. Then it was just an avalanche. So I went, “Oh, goodie,” and kept throwing gas on the fire. I thought it was funny at the time. I couldn’t believe people picked the story up. It was a good learning experience that no matter what you do on Twitter somebody is going to report on it. I actually met [ex-Dream Theater drummer] Mike Portnoy and talked to him about it. He said, “Yeah man, you can’t mess with Dream Theater Fans.” I guess they’ll never let it die. Lesson learned.
STATIC X RIP APART NEW YORK CITY
The foundation of New York City’s Gramercy Theater (Aug. 21) shook as Static X rolled into town for their Noise Revolution Tour with support from Davey Suicide and 9 Electric.
Wayne Static and the rest of the gang kicked off their set with ‘Wisconsin Death Trip,’ and proceed to play fan favorites such as ‘Love Dump,’ ‘Bled For Days,’ ‘I’m With Stupid’ and of course ‘Push It,’ among numerous other tunes.
Not to mention, the band also played ‘Pighammer’ off of Wayne’s solo album of the same name. The very energetic crowd got jumping, moshing and singing to all of the songs on a Tuesday night as if it were the start of the weekend.
California group Davey Suicide put on a solid performance as they donned face and body paint onstage, while fellow L.A band 9 Electric also served as support and gained some East Coast fans as frontman Thunderwood took command of the stage with his vigorous presence.
Static X will be on tour until mid September. For a full list of cities and dates for the Noise Revolution Tour, go here. Check out photos from the NYC show below:
The Smashing Pumpkins to Launch North American Tour in October
The Smashing Pumpkins will kick off a North American tour in October to further promote their latest album, Oceania. The trek will feature the band performing the album in its entirety, along with classics and deep cuts from their catalog. In addition, the outing will include some unique visual effects created by Sean Evans, who worked with ex-Pink Floyd bassist/singer Roger Waters on his recent tour of The Wall.
Pre-sale tickets for the newly-announced dates will be available for CitiCard members on Monday, the details of which can be found at CitiPrivatePass.com. A limited amount of VIP packages will be made available as well, which include a Q&A session and three-song backstage performance with the band, an autographed limited edition tour poster, and exclusive merchandise. Head over to SmashingPumpkins.com for more information.
Here’s a list of cities that The Pumpkins will be visiting on the tour, with dates to be announced soon:
Saint Louis, MO
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA
St Louis, MO
Perry Farrell Says He Wants to Develop TV Show for “Festival Generation”
Perry Farrell has opened up about his idea to create a primetime music-performance TV show. The Jane’s Addiction frontman says that he wants to create a show for what he calls the “festival generation” that would feature professional musicians, rather than another amateur, contest-driven show like American Idol.
“I wanna bring that level of entertainment, like what Lollapalooza does, to television,” Farrell tells ABC News Radio. “I feel that it’s time to break out the pros rather than have these amateur contests all the time. I wanna bring the people that have spent the years and spent the time developing their craft and bring their amazing show to television.”
Farrell added that the show will also feature some in-depth interviews with the artists who are featured on the program. “I’m gonna be hanging with the musicians,” explains the singer. “We’ve been on [CBS’ Late Show with] David Letterman a bunch of times, but they never talk to the musician. They always wait for the musician to go on last. They interview some lame actor or actress who’s slangin’ a movie. I want people to know the musicians. I think that they’re just as valid as any movie star.”
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Says "Rabid" Fans Helped Living Things Score #1 Spot on Billboard 200
Last month, Linkin Park’s Living Things dominated the Billboard 200 chart its first week out with 223,000 units sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan, just barely beating Maroon 5’s Overexposed for the #1 slot. That makes Living Things the fifth chart-topping disc of the band’s career. Multi-instrumentalist Mike Shindoa credits LP’s loyal fan base as the main reason for their narrow victory.
“Maroon 5 was at our heels by only 1,000 records that week before the results came out,” Shinoda tells Southtown Star. “They’re in the tabloids and have everything that could be going for you as far as going through the traditional route of being a popular band. The only thing we had on them was we had been around a little bit longer. We knew our online fan base is really supportive and really rabid. As it turns out, that made the difference.”
In addition, the band also celebrated another milestone recently. Their debut album,Hybrid Theory, has now sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. since its release in 2000, according to Billboard.com.
Linkin Park is currently trekking across North America on their co-headlining Honda Civic Tour with Incubus.
Metallica Invites Vancouver Fans to Be a Part of Their 3D Movie
Metallica wants to give their fans in Vancouver the chance to be in their upcoming 3D feature-film project. The band posted a statement on their website saying that they will be offering $5 tickets for a special concert at Rogers Area in Vancouver, Canada so they can finish filming their movie.
“This Monday, August 27, we will be shooting what we hope will be the final live portion of the movie and have our last chance for quite some time to play on the gigantic, massive over-the-top stage that we rolled out in Mexico City, took to Edmonton and end our film excursion/mini tour with in Vancouver,” wrote the band. “We will be running though the full live show one last time at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, but unlike the Friday and Saturday shows, there will be lots of breaks in it to allow for cameras and lights to be repositioned as the director sees fit.”
You can score pre-sale tickets to Monday’s show at Ticketmaster on Friday at 9 a.m. local time with the password “METFILM.” General ticket sales for the concert will go on sale on Sunday.
Bassist Jared Followill Says Kings of Leon Are "Starting to Get the Ball Rolling" on Next Album
It appears that Kings of Leon will soon be heading back into the studio. During a recent interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, bassist Jared Followill reveals that the band is gearing up to begin working on a follow up to 2010’s Come Around Sundown.
“We've been meeting with producers every day so we're starting to get the ball rolling on album six,” says Followill. “I don't know what I can say, but we're definitely planning on starting the record some point in the near future.”
Followill added that working on Smoke & Jackal, his side project with Mona frontman Nick Brown, helped to inspire him to create new music for Kings of Leon. “Doing the side project got my creative juices flowing again and just doing something completely different, I feel like it can bring more creativity to our band," notes the bassist.
Smoke & Jackal will release their six-song debut EP, simply titled EP1, on October 16.
FAITH NO MORE Singer: No Plans For New Studio Album
Singer Mike Patton of the reactivated influential alt-metal act FAITH NO MORE recently told Australia's News.com.au that he and his bandmates have no plans to work on new material anytime in the near future. "We're pretty happy with just touring," he said. "There was talk, 'Should we write new stuff?' and we all looked at each other and said 'Nahhh, fuck it.' We did work up one new little thing [a song with the working title 'Matador', performance footage of which can be seen below] and that was really energizing."
Patton previously told RollingStone.com about the prospect of recording new music with FAITH NO MORE, "Reunions can be done very distastefully I think, and we were all very worried about that. But I think we were all very surprised with how good it felt. It's a tired old script: band splits up, gets hard up for cash, goes on tour and records a shitty record. We don't want to be part of that kind of history."
FAITH NO MORE made a comeback in June 2009 with a headlining performance at the Brixton Academy in London, England and has played sporadic shows for the past three years.
FAITH NO MORE's last LP, "Album Of The Year", came out in 1997.
IN THIS MOMENT's 'Blood' Cracks U.S. Top 15
"Blood", the fourth album from Southern California's IN THIS MOMENT, sold around 20,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous CD, "A Star-Crossed Wasteland", opened with 10,500 units back in July 2010 to land at position No. 40.
The band's sophomore effort, "The Dream", registered a first-week tally of more than 8,000 copies back in October 2008 to land at No. 70.
Released on August 14 via Century Media Records, "Blood" was once again produced by Kevin Churko, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, among others.
IN THIS MOMENT began work on the new album just a few months following the departures of drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel, who left the band late last year in order to join the backing group of "American Idol" finalist James Durbin. Fabb and Bunzel have since been replaced by Tom Hane (THYATEIRA) and Randy Weitzel(FLATLINE, 3/13, AMERICAN MASSACRE), respectively.
"Blood" track listing:
01. Rise With Me
05. You're Gonna Listen
06. It Is Written
10. From The Ashes
11. Beast Within
13. The Blood Legion
PAPA ROACH Frontman's Vocal Issues Force Grand Rapids Concert Cancelation
PAPA ROACH was forced to cancel its appearance last night (Tuesday, August 21) at the Grand Rapids, Michigan stop of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival tour due to singer Jacoby Shaddix's ongoing vocal issues.
Christian hard rockers P.O.D., who have been headlining the second stage during the Uproar trek, revealed the news in a tweet, explaining that they were asked to step up to the main stage yesterday to make up for PAPA ROACH's absence.
They wrote, "Headed to Grand Rapids. Papa Roach dropped off today's show so we're covering their slot last minute. Prayers 4 Jacoby to heal his vocals."
PAPA ROACH has yet to comment on the Grand Rapids concert cancelation or offer an update on Shaddix's condition.
Shaddix admitted in a recent interview that he has been suffering from throat problems. Speaking backstage at a show in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Shaddix said, "I went to a vocal specialist. I have what's called a node that's forming on my vocal cord, so it's like a callus on my vocal cord, and so it's fucking with my top range of my vocals for the last week, so I've actually been pretty bummed out." He added, "I took some steroids, and that'll help the swelling and hopefully that'll help it go away. But if it doesn't get better, it's one of those things where you have to get surgery and do the whole thing."
Shaddix was hopeful that the problem would be better in time for the band's stint on the Uproar Festival tour, which kicked off on August 17 in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
"I think I'll be all right," he told Loudwire earlier this month. "I've got a speech and vocal therapist at the current time to learn how to sing through this and work through this and take care of myself. Really, it's just a matter of having a little bit more discipline than I'm used to, you know, as far as vocal rest and warm-ups and cool-downs and all that kind of stuff."
The Uproar Festival also features SHINEDOWN, STAIND, REDLIGHT KING, ADELITAS WAY and others.
The vocal scare is the latest in a series of struggles for Shaddix, who has also dealt with marital strife and recurring addiction issues in the past year or so. He told The Pulse Of Radio that all his problems found their way into the new PAPA ROACH album. "I was a mess. I'm a mess," he said. "You know, I was in the process of getting sober again and I just, you know, I'm a wreck. I'm a rock 'n' roll freight train. I'm a VH1 story. It came through on the record, you know, so there's desperation, there's hope, exhilaration, there's empowerment...it's a myriad of emotions. You know, there's songs on this record that I listen to and I'm just — they hit so deep to me, I'm like, 'God, I don't even want to listen to that song right now.'"
The band's new studio set, "The Connection", is due out on October 2. First single "Still Swingin'" arrived late last month.
A kinetic typography lyric video for "Still Swingin'" can be seen below.
Kings of Leon Bassist Announces Side Project, Smoke & Jackal
Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill has teamed up with Mona frontman Nick Brownto create a new side project called Smoke & Jackal. The duo is set to release the band’s six-song debut EP, simply titled EP1, on October 16.
"Coming together just worked," said Followill in a statement. "I think it's because we took such an easy approach to it, we didn't bring any egos to it. We just talked about each other's ideas, neither one of us got our feelings hurt. It just worked."
The band is offering up the first taste of EP1 by posting online a stream of “No Tell,” the first single from the forthcoming release. “No Tell” will be available for purchase at all the usual digital retailers on August 28.
Here’s the track list for EP1:
Amy Lee Wants to Record Extra Songs from Evanescence Sessions
There may be more tracks from Evanescence headed our way. Frontwoman Amy Leesays that while making their 2011 self-titled album, she was developing a number of extra songs that may surface someday.
"I definitely have a lot of songs and ideas and things we haven't shared yet, and I still believe in them," Lee tells Billboard.com. "Whenever we have a song or an idea or anything, I just hope that if it's good I have an opportunity to share it with everybody. So we'll see; you may still get your chance to hear all this stuff."
Lee added that the band’s stint on the Carnival of Madness Tour with Chevelle,Halestorm and New Medicine is helping her develop ideas for the band’s next album. “This has been a lot of going out there and seeing new things and being able to have some new inspiration,” explains the singer. “So the writing will come. I'm not worried about that."
Muse Says “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable” Is “Anti-Dubstep”
Earlier this month, Muse released a video for “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,” a dubstep-flavored track that's featured on their upcoming album, The 2nd Law. Bassist Chris Wolstenholme says that the band didn’t want “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable” to be a traditional dubstep track, but instead wanted to create the song without the help of computers.
"It was almost a sort of anti-dubstep in a way," Wolstenholme tells NME Radio. "We like that kind of music, more so for the sounds really. The sounds that are used in dubstep are so extreme. It's like this sonic assault on your ears."
The bassist added that fans shouldn’t expect the whole album to sound like “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,” as he feels the track is "the most 'out there' thing on the album." The 2nd Law is set to arrive in stores on October 2.
SLASH Helps Launch Bob Irwin Wildlife Conservation Foundation; Video Available
Legendary guitarist Slash helped Steve Irwin's father, Bob Irwin, launch the Bob Irwin Wildlife Conservation Foundation earlier today (Wednesday, August 22) at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia.
Slash, who first met Irwin at the Soundwave music festival in 2010, said, "He brought some animals down to Soundwave so we got to actually meet, so I was really starstruck.
"Ever since I can remember from childhood I've liked snakes and reptiles and animals in general. But snakes in particular," he added.
Irwin said it was an honor to have Slash attend the launch.
"The best thing about this guy is he's right into conservation and I love him," he said.
Slash himself became well-known during his days with GUNS N' ROSES as the owner of numerous snakes, although he told The Pulse Of Radio he had to dial it down when he became a father. "I used to have a plethora of snakes, but we got rid of everything right before my first son was born because you have 80, you know, life-threatening snakes around and a baby, you know, who's going to grow up to be a toddler that's gonna get into everything," he said. "You know, I got sort of cold feet about the whole thing."
Slash was honored last year by the Los Angeles Zoo for his contributions to the wildlife center and is also a trustee on the board.
TREMONTI To Headline Fourth Annual 'HardDrive Live Tour'
United Stations' nationally syndicated radio show "HardDrive" has announced the 2012 "HardDrive Live Tour" featuring TREMONTI andMAN THE MIGHTY. The fourth annual trek will begin in Flint, Michigan on September 20, and is scheduled to hit thirteen cities across North America. TREMONTI with CHARM CITY DEVILS will be doing two warm-up dates, "The Road To HardDrive", on September 11 in West Greenwich, Rhode Island and September 12 at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.
"HardDrive" host Lou Brutus will be on-hand for some of the dates.
A national promotion will be launched on both HardDrive and HardDrive XL in the coming weeks.
Local radio affiliates will be giving away tickets, meet-and-greet passes and chance to win a Mark Tremonti PRS guitar.
The "HardDrive Live Tour" is produced by Mike Childs and Ledge Entertainment in association with "HardDrive".
"The Road To HardDrive":
Sep. 11 - West Greenwich, RI @ Rock Junction (with CHARM CITY DEVILS)
Sep. 12 - New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom (with CHARM CITY DEVILS)
"HardDrive Live Tour":
Sep. 20 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
Sep. 21: Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon Club
Sep. 23 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Sep. 25 - New Britain, CT @ Club INT
Sep. 26 - West Chester, PA @ The Note
Sep. 28 - Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theater
Sep. 29 - Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
Sep. 30 - Birmingham, AL @ Club Zydeco
Oct. 02 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In
Oct. 03 - Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
Oct. 05 - Shreveport, LA @ The Riverside Warehouse
Mark Tremonti's debut solo album, "All I Was", sold more than 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 29 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on July 17 viaFret 12 Records, a company Mark started with his brother, Daniel Tremonti, and Tom Stanley.
With two bands and a solo career, The Pulse Of Radio asked Tremontihow he knows which project the songs he writes are best suited for. "I've just gotten this filter, this intuition that tells me what songs go to which band, and with my solo stuff, the rhythm section is so different from the other bands, I think it really stands apart," he said. "I think it's a little more aggressive than both the other bands, but you just have to hear it, I guess."
His solo band, also billed TREMONTI, features ALTER BRIDGE and CREEDbassist Brian Marshall in the lineup along with guitarist Eric Friedmanand drummer Garrett Whitlock.
Soundgarden Reveal New Album Name, Offer Preview of “Worse Dreams”
Soundgarden has revealed the name of their first new studio album in 15 years. TitledKing Animal, it's expected to arrive in stores on November 13.
In addition, the band has posted online a preview of “Worse Dreams,” one of the tracks from the forthcoming album. The 37-second clip features a snippet of the track, along with behind-the-scenes footage of the guys working in a recording studio, blended with scenes of the band performing live during their recent reunion tour.
Smashing Pumpkins to Perform on The Tonight Show
The Smashing Pumpkins have just announced their first national television appearance since releasing their seventh studio album, Oceania. On Thursday night, The Pumpkins will rock out on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The band will be performing their current single, “The Celestials.”
The Pumpkins are expected to announce their plans for a North American tour to promoteOceania in the coming weeks.
Evanescence's Amy Lee Talks "Traumatic" Struggle with Fame
For Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee, worldwide success as a rock star isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The singer says that she struggled with the band’s meteoric rise to fame after they released their 2003 debut album, Fallen.
“[Fame] happened really quickly, and I was really young,” Lee tells Michigan Live. “One of the traumatic things is, you don’t get any chances to make mistakes. You get crucified for it. I definitely felt like I was under the microscope. I was frustrated, and had always been an anti-fan of fame.”
Lee added that she’s now “more comfortable” with her celebrity status, thanks to the band’s loyal fan base. “When I think I’ve had enough, and want to have a normal life and go home, I end up at a meet and greet, and meet a fan who tells me their life has changed because a song touched them,” explains Lee. “We take a lot of inspiration from our fans. But it did take some time to process the fame. I never wanted to be a rock star or any of that.”
Evanescence is currently trekking across North America on the third installment of the Carnival of Madness Tour with Chevelle, Halestorm and New Medicine.
Ten years ago, Seether released their major label debut album, Disclaimer. To celebrate the milestone, the band has posted a previously unreleased video online for one of the album’s tracks, "Sympathetic." The video features the band performing the track in an office building, interspersed with scenes of the band walking around Los Angeles.
In other Seether news, they've launched an online auction to raise money for the National Alliance on Mental Illness organization in New Hampshire, which provides support to people of all ages affected by mental illness or serious emotional disorders. You can bid on a variety of memorabilia, including signed guitars from Green Day and Nickelback, an autographed Kings of Leon box set, signed posters by Jane’s Addiction and Kid Rock, plus more.
Marilyn Manson Posts Trippy Video for “Slo-mo-tion”
On Tuesday, Marilyn Manson posted his video online for “Slo-mo-tion,” the next single from his latest album, Born Villain. The video -- which is definitely not suitable for viewing at work -- features some unique visual effects as well as female nudity. In addition to watching the clip, you can get a free download of a remix of the track by the French electro-production team Dirtyphonics at RCRDLBL.com.
You’ll get your chance to hear "Slo-mo-tion" performed live when Manson hits the road with Rob Zombie for their co-headlining Twins of Evil Tour. That outing kicks off on September 28 at the Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ. Kornfrontman Jonathan Davis will support the bands on the tour playing a DJ set as his alter ego, J Devil.
Savannah, Georgia-based quartet BARONESS was involved in a road accident on August 15 in England when the band's tour bus reportedly plummeted for 30 feet over a viaduct after going through a security barrier during heavy rain. Nine people, including the four members of the group, were sent to the hospital, two of them with serious injuries. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.
All previously scheduled BARONESS shows have been postponed until further notice.
John Baizley (rhythm guitar, lead vocals) broke his left arm and left leg.Allen Blickle (drums) and Matt Maggioni (bass) each suffered fractured vertebrae. All three remain in the hospital as of this writing. Pete Adams(lead guitar, vocals) was treated and released from the hospital.
Earlier today, the members of BARONESS released the following statement:
"Thank you to all of you who have been sending the tidal wave of positivity our way. We are uplifted by its sheer magnitude, and power. Every single one of you is making our days and nights easier and our recovery quicker. Thank you all so much, we are truly lucky to have such incredible people on our side. A sincere and heartfelt thank you from each of us to each of you."
A two-minute BBC News video report on the road accident can be seen below.
BARONESS released its new album, "Yellow & Green", last month via Relapse Records.
METALLICA: Quality Video Footage Of Edmonton Stage 'Accident'
Quality fan-filmed video footage of the "accident" that occurred during METALLICA's August 18 concert at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada can be seen below (courtesy of InvertedMag.com).
A member of METALLICA's road crew caught fire during the show, as the the stagehand was seen struggling with a malfunctioning pyro launcher during "Enter Sandman" when he was suddenly engulfed in flame. AsJames Hetfield called for the band to stop playing, other crew members doused the man with fire extinguishers and took him off the stage in stretchers, with the band resuming its show a few minutes later.
A spokesperson for METALLICA's concert promoter previously said the stunt was "all part of the show," and in fact the band has staged this type of "accident" before during its 1997 tour, on which the show ended with the stage seemingly collapsing around the group as one crew member caught fire and another dangled upside down from the fallen lighting rig. The effect was caught on the band's "Cunning Stunts" DVD.
METALLICA's recent show in Mexico City marked the debut of a new 140-foot-by-50-foot stage that features "colossal components and striking visual elements spanning the band's entire 30-year career," meaning that the "accident" stunt could be back for an encore.
At a July 28 press conference before the first show in Mexico City, frontman James Hetfield said that the band was focused on "staying alive" while performing alongside the "dangerous elements" of the new production, with bassist Robert Trujillo adding, "Like James said, it's very dangerous — we've got stuff flying every which way."
METALLICA played the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco earlier in the month and is scheduled to perform two shows in late August in Vancouver, which will be filmed for the band's upcoming 3D movie.
Foo Fighters to Play Intimate Benefit Concert for Rock the Vote
Foo Fighters are doing their part to support voter education. The band has justannounced they'll play an intimate concert at The Fillmore Charlotte in North Carolina on September 5 to benefit Rock the Vote.
The concert, which takes place during the Democratic National Convention, is expected to "celebrate the power of young voters…and support Rock the Vote's ground-breaking efforts to register more than 1.5 million young people, educate and turn them out to vote this November."
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone.
Green Day Featured in Upcoming Episode of Angry Birds Friends
Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds app and video game franchise, has teamed up with Green Day to create a special episode of Angry Birds Friends, which is available exclusively on Facebook.
The episode will feature 10 new levels and includes Green Day's latest single "Oh Love," as well as an exclusive song, "Troublemaker." In addition, the episode will feature new “bad pig” characters inspired by Green Day band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.
"We're all fans of Angry Birds," said Armstrong in a statement. "It's such an addictive game that when we first started playing it we couldn't stop. Go Team Green!"
Green Day’s episode of Angry Birds Friends is expected to be released sometime this fall. Visit GreenDay.AngryBirds.com for more information.
Three Days Grace Announces Fall Headlining Tour
Three Days Grace is hitting the road this fall in support of their upcoming album,Transit of Venus. The band has just announced that they will be kicking off a North American headlining tour shortly after the album is released on October 2.
The month-long trek begins on October 8 at Trees in Dallas and will make stops in Detroit, New York and Philadelphia, among other cities. Tickets for the newly-announced tour dates will go on sale on Friday at Ticketmaster.com.
Here are the tour dates:
October 8 -- Dallas, TX, Trees
October 10 -- St. Louis, MO, The Firebird
October 12 -- Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line Music Café
October 14 -- Detroit, MI, St. Andrew's Hall
October 15 -- Columbus, OH, A&R Bar
October 16 -- Washington, D.C., U Street Music Hall
October 19 -- Allston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
October 22 -- New York, NY, Highline Ballroom
October 23 -- Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of the Living Arts
October 24 -- Baltimore, MD, Baltimore Soundstage
October 26 -- Charlotte, NC, Visulite Theatre
October 28 -- Nashville, TN, Exit/In
Muse Posts Lyric Video for "Madness" Online
Muse is ready for you to experience another track from their upcoming album. After recently posting videos for “Survival” and “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,” the band has now posted the lyric video for “Madness,” the first single from The 2nd Law. In addition to checking out the video, fans can now purchase the song on iTunes.
Shortly after The 2nd Law is released on October 2, Muse will hit the road for a two-month European tour to support it. The band is expected to launch a U.S. tour sometime next year.
The Black Keys Provide More Songs to Rock Band 3
Harmonix, creator of the Rock Band video game franchise, has announced they'll add more playable songs from The Black Keys for Rock Band 3.
The three-song “The Black Keys Pack 02” downloadable content pack features “Tighten Up” and “Howlin' for You” from 2010’s Brothers, as well as “Lonely Boy” from their latest album, El Camino.
“The Black Keys Pack 02” will be available starting Tuesday for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii.
Kid Rock has come to the aid of an injured soldier, helping to set up the disabled veteran in a brand-new custom-designed home, reportsThe Macomb Daily. The singer was in Macomb Township, Michigan, Saturday to help surprise Sgt. Davin Dumar and his wifeDana with a mortgage-free 2,600-square-foot home.
Dumar lost a leg and suffered injuries to both hands in Afghanistan in 2011, and was just released from a military hospital on Friday. Rock joined Dumar's friends and family in surprising the couple. The singer told the stunned couple, “You are going to receive a fully-furnished home, top to bottom. Thank you for your service.”
Kid Rock has donated more than $400,000 to various efforts supporting U.S. troops over the past year. He teamed with Pulte Homes and Operation Finally Home, a non-profit that builds homes for disabled vets, to help Sgt. Dumar and his family. “I wanted to do something close to home,” the Detroit native said, adding, “My philosophy is, help your neighbor first.”
Nickelback's New Video Is a Mini-Sitcom with Dueling Jason Alexanders
Nickelback's known for their over-the-top rock stylings, but in the video for their new ballad "Trying Not to Love You," they're changing things up. First of all, the band doesn't even appear in the clip. Instead, it stars Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander -- who plays dual roles -- and former Baywatch actress Brooke Burns. Second, the whole thing plays out like a very short episode of a sitcom, complete with title credits.
In the clip, Alexander's a schlub named Bud who works at a coffee shop, crafting awesome lattes with cute little pictures in the foam. When his dream girl, Gennifer -- played by Brooke -- walks in, he loses his cool and becomes a bumbling mess. He tries to make her the perfect latte, but all he can do is fantasize about her wearing lingerie and rolling around in coffee beans, or floating in a raft in a giant coffee cup.
Meanwhile, another guy -- also played by Alexander -- shows up in response to a "help wanted" sign on the shop window. He arrives on a motorcycle, and sports a fedora, facial hair and dark glasses, as well as his own coffee-making tools. Kissing Gennifer's hand, he starts to pump out perfect lattes, each one with a painstakingly-detailed picture crafted in the foam, all of which feature him in some sort of heroic role. As a crowd gathers, cheering him on, Bud tries to compete, but he just can't.
Dejected, he creates a single latte for Gennifer -- featuring their initials in two hearts -- and hangs up his apron in disgust. But Gennifer is blown away by the latte, and Bud drives her away on his scooter, leaving Mr. Suave Super Latte Maker surrounded by adoring fans, but without the girl.
According to MTV, the video has confused some fans, who've posted comments like, "That was the actual video?"; "WTF is this?"; "Do Nickelback know that their song is being used for this video?" and "What the hell did I just watch?"
Songs by Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Shinedown Featured in Upcoming Rock Band Blitz Video Game
Harmonix, creator of the Rock Band video game franchise, will be releasing a new game called Rock Band Blitz later this month. Rock Band Blitz features 25 playable songs to start, including “These Days” by Foo Fighters, “Spoonman” by Soundgarden and “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay, Boom-Lay Boom)” by Shinedown. In addition, the game also features playable tunes by Avenged Sevenfold, Blink-182, My Chemical Romance, Red Hot Chili Peppers and fun., and many others.
The gameplay is somewhat similar to Rock Band Unplugged and requires no special instruments.
PlayStation users will be able to purchase Rock Band Blitz on PlayStation Network on August 28, while Xbox users will get their chance to own the game the next day.
Fred Durst Says Limp Bizkit Doesn’t Like to Tour in America
It appears that Fred Durst doesn’t like touring in America. The Limp Bizkit frontman says that the band isn’t fond of playing the U.S. because he feels that their popularity has faded there.
“We’ve boycotted America for many years now,” Durst tells U.K. magazine Kerrang!. “Here’s the deal: say in 2000, there were 35 million people who connected to this band. Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on. We were a moment in time and it’s over.”
Limp Bizkit are currently in the studio working on the band’s first album with their new record label, Cash Money Records.
Baroness Gives Update on UK Bus Crash
More details have been revealed about Baroness’ tour bus crash, which took place on Wednesday in the U.K. The band wrote on their website that “[frontman] John Baizley has broken his left arm and left leg. [Drummer] Allen Blickle and [bassist]Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae.” The band also noted that guitaristPete Adams is doing well after being “treated and released” from the hospital.
As for the other passengers on the bus, three of the five crew members who were on board have been treated and released, while one member is “still undergoing testing.” In addition, the bus driver remains in critical condition.
Baroness has postponed all tour dates until further notice.
MEGADETH"s DAVE MUSTAINE 'Clarifies' OBAMA Comments, Says He 'Loves' His Country
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine spoke exclusively with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in an attempt to "clarify" his recent statement that Barack Obama was somehow responsible for recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin.
During an August 7 concert in Singapore, Mustaine told the crowd, "Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he's staging all of these murders, like the Fast And Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple."
He continued: "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."
Fast And Furious was part of a federal sting operation intended to trace the movement of weapons from legal dealers in the United States to the leaders of Mexican drug cartels. The government lost track of some weapons, which were later found at crime scenes in Mexico.
Earlier today, Mustaine addressed the controversy regarding his comments, telling Jones (hear audio below), "To clarify things, no one can deny there were criminal rogues in the administration. CBS News got the memos, Congress has the information and basically, Larry Pratt, the head of Gun Owners Of America, who is a highly respected person, said that if they would stage 'Fast And Furious,' they'd be capable of staging everything. And it was all done to blame the Second Amendment. We'd be fools not to look at this. Our U.S. border patrol agents were killed. And like I said, I was just quoting Larry Pratt. That's it bottom line."
He continued, "In the heat of the moment, when you're onstage and you're talking, sometimes you're not as eloquent as you'd like to be. Like I said, I was just quoting what Larry said. We really need to investigate this and we need to have the Attorney General release the documents and find out who's responsible for this. People died and the democratic process says, 'Let's investigate this. Let's find out what's going on here.'
"I love our country and my whole thing with this is that I think we should just look into it. . . I just think that we deserve to know the truth — that's it.
"I'm a patriot. I've always been controversial. I'm a political songwriter. And this wasn't done to hurt any our my fellow countrymen. I think that it's something that we really, really need to look into."
BARONESS: Update On Condition Of Bandmembers Following U.K. Tour Bus Crash
Savannah, Georgia-based quartet BARONESS was involved in a road accident yesterday morning (Wednesday, August 15) in England when the band's tour bus reportedly plummeted for 30 feet over a viaduct after going through a security barrier during heavy rain. Nine people, including the four members of the group, were sent to the hospital, two of them with serious injuries. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.
All previously scheduled BARONESS shows have been postponed until further notice.
Earlier today, BARONESS's publicist, Monica Seide of Speakeasy PR & Marketing, released the following update regarding the musicians' medical condition:
"The band members of BARONESS and their crew are recovering from injuries sustained after their tour bus crashed outside of Bath, England early on Wednesday morning.
"John Baizley [rhythm guitar, lead vocals] has broken his left arm and left leg. Allen Blickle [drums] and Matt Maggioni [bass] each suffered fractured vertebrae. All three remain in the hospital as of this writing.Pete Adams [lead guitar, vocals] has been treated and released from the hospital.
"Three of the five crew members who were on the bus have also been treated and released. One member is still undergoing testing. The driver of the bus remains in critical condition.
"Please stay tuned for further updates. Thank you for all the support during this extremely difficult time."
A two-minute BBC News video report on yesterday's road accident can be seen below.
BARONESS played at The Fleece in Bristol Tuesday night. They were on their way to Southampton when the accident happened.
The band released its new album, "Yellow & Green", last month via Relapse Records.
ROB ZOMBIE Working On 'Big, Crazy, Live-Sounding' New Album
Nicole Powers of SuicideGirls.com recently spoke to Rob Zombie about the progress of the recording sessions for his new album, tentatively due before the end of the year.
"I'm really into this record right now," Rob said. "We have a long way to go, but it's the most free-sounding record I feel like I've made in a long, long time."
He continued, "As time has gone on, I feel at different moments in my career I've made a record that's significant for that time period. WithWHITE ZOMBIE, 'Astro-Creep' was the significant record at that time for that band. Then the next one was 'Hellbilly Deluxe', my first solo record. You make other records and they're cool and they're good, they have good songs, but you haven't really turned the page to a new thing. I feel like this record is the beginning of the next phase of what I'm doing. It's just a big, crazy, live-sounding record. I just love it. It's hard to describe, but every once in a while a creative vein opens up and you head off in a direction that's just… you don't question it because it doesn't happen that often, let's put it that way.
He added, "One of the things that I think is the reason for this freedom is, once you have success, whether you know it or not, you subconsciously want to achieve more success or maintain the success that you've had. So, obviously, if you write a hit song, you try to write other hit songs. That's sort of the nature of the game. But, with the fact that nobody really buys records anymore, I'm not really sure what constitutes a hit record or a hit song. Those rules don't quite apply anymore, because you're not going to sell millions and millions of records no matter what you do. It just doesn't happen anymore really. So, because of that, you feel like, fuck it, who gives a shit? And because you feel that way, you almost feel like a new band does. You're not chasing the dragon anymore, you're just being creative and coming up with great stuff. And that's usually when you do have hits, strangely enough, because you're just creatively free at that moment."
The new ROB ZOMBIE album is being produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with everyone from BLACK SABBATH and ALICE COOPER to WILSON PHILLIPS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
IN THIS MOMENT's 'Blood' Projected To Sell 20K-25K First Week
"Blood", the fourth album from Southern California's IN THIS MOMENT, is likely to sell between 20,000 and 25,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on August 14 via Century Media Records.
IN THIS MOMENT's previous CD, "A Star-Crossed Wasteland", opened with 10,500 units back in July 2010 to debut at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's sophomore effort, "The Dream", registered a first-week tally of more than 8,000 copies back in October 2008 to land at No. 70.
"Blood" was once again produced by Kevin Churko, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, among others.
IN THIS MOMENT began work on the new album just a few months following the departures of drummer Jeff Fabb and guitarist Blake Bunzel, who left the band late last year in order to join the backing group of "American Idol" finalist James Durbin. Fabb and Bunzel have since been replaced by Tom Hane (THYATEIRA) and Randy Weitzel(FLATLINE, 3/13, AMERICAN MASSACRE), respectively.
"Blood" track listing:
01. Rise With Me
05. You're Gonna Listen
06. It Is Written
10. From The Ashes
11. Beast Within
13. The Blood Legion
Tom Morello Rages Against Romney VP Pick Paul Ryan
Politics makes strange bedfellows, as the saying goes. The latest unlikely couple: GOP congressman and Mitt Romney VP pick Paul Ryan, who saysRage Against the Machine is one of his favorite bands.
Rage Against the Machine founder and guitarist Tom Morello is making it clear: that love isn't mutual.
"Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades," Morello declares in an op-ed piece for Rolling Stone.
Morello continues, "He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage. ...Don't mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta "rage" in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions."
Morello goes on to assert that RATM's music for some has "changed their minds and their lives" about issues for which the band stands. "Perhaps Paul Ryan was moshing when he should have been listening," Morello muses.
So far, there's been no public reaction from the Ryan regarding Morello's statement.
Earlier this week, Silversun Pickupssent a cease-and-desist letter to the Romney-Ryan campaign, demanding they stop using the band's 2009 hit "Panic Switch" at campaign rallies. The campaign responded that, although they had a license to use the song, it was "inadvertently played" at a campaign event and wouldn't be played again.
You can read all of Morello's statement at RollingStone.com.
Soundgarden to Release New Album in November
Soundgarden fans won’t have to wait too much longer to get their hands on the band’s first new studio album in 15 years. In the August 30th issue of Rolling Stone, guitaristKim Thayil reveals that the as-yet-untitled album is expected to be released on November 13.
"[The new album] re-establishes that we still rock, we're still heavy, and we're still a little weird," Thayil tells Rolling Stone. In addition, the guitarist also listed off a number of song titles that are expected to be a part of the upcoming album’s track list, including “Blood on the Valley Floor” and “A Thousand Days Before.” Thayil added that “A Thousand Days Before” is "a little Indian thing” which features “some chicken-pickin'.”
Muse to Release New 2nd Law Single, “Madness,” on Monday
New music from Muse is on the way. The band has just revealed that “Madness,” the first single from The 2nd Law, will hit radio and arrive in stores on Monday. The 2nd Lawwill arrive in stores on October 2.
Shortly after the album is released, Muse will hit the road for a two-month European tour to support it. The band is expected to launch a U.S. tour sometime next year.
Guitarist Mike Mushok Says Staind Felt "At Home" Recording Live from Mohegan Sun DVD at Casino
Earlier this week, Staind released their Live from Mohegan Sun DVD, which documents the band’s performance at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, CT, on November 25, 2011. Guitarist Mike Mushok says that the band chose to record their concert at the casino because of their history with the venue.
“The Mohegan Sun has really become our local, at-home type of gig,” Mushok tells ABC News Radio. “It’s just a really great venue for us and we’ve had some really great shows there and, you know, we always seem to go back there.”
The DVD features 16 songs that span the band’s entire career and features a number of tracks from the band’s 2011 self-titled album, including “Not Again,” “Paper Wings,” “Something to Remind You,” “Not Again,” “Eyes Wide Open” and “Falling,” among others.
“I think my favorite part [of that 2011 show was] just being able to play some of those new songs,” notes Mushok. “I really enjoy how the new record came out and I think that those songs translate really well live and being able to play those in that setting was a lot of fun.”
You’ll get your chance to experience Staind live when they hit the road with Papa Roach,Shinedown, Godsmack and P.O.D. for the third annual Rockstar Uproar Festival. That outing kicks off on Friday at Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone in Kansas City, MO.
Stone Sour Reveals Release Date, Track List for House of Gold & Bones Part 1
New details have been released about Stone Sour’s concept double album, House of Gold & Bones. The band has revealed that the first installment, House of Gold & Bones Part 1, will hit all the usual outlets on October 23. House of Gold & Bones Part 1 will feature 11 new tracks, including “Gone Sovereign” and “Absolute Zero,” which are currently streaming online at HouseOfGoldAndBones.com.
"House of Gold & Bones takes everything that's great about this band and amplifies it,” said guitarist Josh Rand in a statement. “There's also heavy stuff that's like nothing we've ever done before. It's dark as hell and a complete experience from the first track to the last." House of Gold & Bones Part 2 is expected to be released sometime next year.
Here is the track list for House of Gold & Bones Part 1:
“A Rumor of Skin”
“The Travelers, Pt. 1”
“My Name is Allen”
“Influence of a Drowsy God”
“The Travelers, Pt. 2”
“Last of the Real”
Nickelback's New Video Stars Seinfeld's Jason Alexander
The video for Nickelback’s single "Trying Not to Love You" will premiere this morning at 9 a.m., but in advance of that the band has posted online a teaser clip to tide fans over. The 35-second clip features Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander as a barista in a coffee shop who fantasizes about a customer, played by Baywatch actress Brooke Burns.
You can check out the whole video on the band’s YouTube channel or Facebook pagewhen it's unveiled on Friday at 9 a.m. ET.
LAMB OF GOD Guitarist Sends His 'Love And Prayers' To BARONESS
LAMB OF GOD guitarist Willie Adler has posted the following message on his Facebook page:
"I want to send all my love and prayers to our brothers in BARONESS. What they have endured is one of my greatest fears of touring. To be in that situation has to be extremely harrowing. I can only hope that their recovery is speedy and their trauma is shortlived. Again, all my thoughts and prayers are with BARONESS, their crew and their families. I feel that I can speak on behalf of all of the LAMB family when I say we love you, and are all praying for you. We can't wait to be back out on the road with you guys doing what we do best."
BARONESS was involved in a road accident this morning (Wednesday, August 15) in England when the band's tour bus reportedly plummeted for 30 feet over a viaduct after going through a security barrier during heavy rain. Nine people, including the four members of the group, were sent to the hospital, two of them with serious injuries. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.
All previously scheduled BARONESS shows have been postponed until further notice.
BARONESS Tour Bus Crash: BBC NEWS Video Report Available
A two-minute BBC News video report on the road accident that resulted in BARONESS's tour bus plunging more than 30 feet down an embankment near Bath, England can be seen below.
According to Mirror.co.uk, the accident occurred when the 52-seater bus smashed through a fence near a viaduct in heavy rain and careered down a densely wooded bank onto a road below.
Two of the nine passengers on board — who were trapped and had to be rescued by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment — suffered fractures and seven others were hospitalized for minor injuries, officials said.
A mechanic who works nearby told Mirror.co.uk, "It looks like the coach has gone through the traffic lights, skidded through a fence and fallen onto the road below.
"It's a sheer drop. The coach managed to land on its wheels — but it was a mess.
"The front of it was completely caved in and there was a lot of damage to the back too.
"There were paramedics on the scene treating people."
Inspector Steve Mildren said: "We know that there were nine passengers on the coach.
"They have all been accounted for and there are some injuries and they are receiving medical treatment at hospital.
"At this time we don't believe that any of those injuries are life-threatening.
"It had been raining really heavily, as it has been for much of the day."
The band played at The Fleece in Bristol last night. They were on their way to Southampton when the accident happened.
BARONESS released its new album, "Yellow & Green", last month via Relapse Records.
DROWNING POOL: First Studio Recording With New Singer Available For Streaming
A new DROWNING POOL song called "In Memory Of…" can be streamed below. The track was released yesterday to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the passing of the band's original singer, Dave Williams.
Said DROWNING POOL: "This song is dedicated to anyone and everyone who has lost a friend or family member. This one is from us to you, Dave."
Williams died on tour in 2002 after singing on the band's debut, "Sinner". He was replaced by Jason "Gong" Jones, who also contributed to one record, "Desensitized", before being shown the door in 2004.
"In Memory Of…" is the first studio recording to be made available withDROWNING POOL's fourth singer, Jasen Moreno, who replaced Ryan McCombs.
McCombs exited the group at the end of 2011 after a six-year stint in the lineup. He sang on two studio efforts by DROWNING POOL, 2007's "Full Circle" and 2010's self-titled fourth album.
Moreno, who previously sang in fellow Texas band THE SUICIDE HOOK, made his live debut as a member of DROWNING POOL on July 8 at a club in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
In a posting on the band's official Facebook page, DROWNING POOLguitarist C.J. Pierce wrote, "It's been a real pleasure for all of us working with Jasen Moreno. He jumped right in and stepped up to the plate. He's everything we hoped for in a singer."
He continued, "Jasen came in and got straight to work on new music for our next CD. Out of respect to all past singers, and most importantly theDROWNING POOL fans, he learned every song from every CD we've made in the past as well.
"Jasen has brought us not only a new voice but a new fire to theDROWNING POOL sound. We all can't wait to get the new music out to there to everyone with the live show.
"We just did a two-week run, and I have to say I haven't had this much fun in over ten years. It's really great playing a lot of old songs and jamming some of the new tunes as well. I think some of my favorite moments on this run is when fans come up and request songs and we can play any song from any CD for them.
"Looking forward to the rest of our career with Jasen. The singer switch is finally over!"
In an exclusive interview in the September 2012 issue of Guitar Worldmagazine, Moreno said, "I am extremely happy and very grateful to be a part of the DROWNING POOL family. Everyone's been so welcoming, especially the fans. I can't praise them enough. They've made me feel right at home. This first run of live shows couldn't have gone any better!"
DROWNING POOL's fifth album and their first with Moreno is due out early 2013. The band teamed up with producer Kato Khandwalla at House of Loud Studios in New Jersey earlier this year, and will be finishing the album in Dallas.
DROWNING POOL is:
C.J. Pierce - Guitar, Vocals Stevie Benton - Bass, Vocals Mike Luce - Drums, Vocals Jasen Moreno - Vocals
SOUNDGARDEN's New Album Due In November
According to Rolling Stone, reunited grunge legends SOUNDGARDENhave set a November 13 release date for their as-yet-untitled new album. "It re-establishes that we still rock, we're still heavy, and we're still a little weird," SOUNDGARDEN guitarist Kim Thayil tells the magazine. The CD will feature tracks like "Blood On The Valley Floor" and "A Thousand Days Before", the latter of which "has a little Indian thing and some chicken-pickin'," Thayil says. "We call it 'country and eastern.'"
After reuniting in 2010, SOUNDGARDEN completed recording earlier this year on its first set of all-new material since 1996's "Down On The Upside".
The group's new song "Live To Rise" recently topped the Active Rock radio chart. The tune was taken from "Avengers Assemble", the companion soundtrack to the blockbuster movie"The Avengers".
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornellrecently revealed in an interview with the New York Times that there are some 15 songs from the band's earliest days that have yet to be released in any form. Cornell explained, "It was the first 15 we wrote. It was on a cassette that Kim [Thayil, guitarist] always referred to as 'The First 15.'" He added, "We were a band for a couple of years before we really did much (recording) . . . when we would go in to record, we tended to record the newest things we had written, because it was what we were most excited about."
Cornell continued that as a result, some of that earlier material fell by the wayside. He said, "We just got together in our room and started writing songs and did it very quickly. And then we would sit around and discuss what that sounds like, and then over time, I think we would maybe be critical about some of the things we were writing and playing and excited about some of the new stuff we were bringing into the band."
Drummer Matt Cameron told The Pulse Of Radio that the band's approach to making music hasn't changed that dramatically since its early days. "We started out very humbly here in the Northwest and I don't think we've ever really gone too far from those sort of ideals, which were, you know, real do-it-yourself, kind of '80s underground ideals," he said. "And it just feels good to lock up in a room together and write music together and play together that is uniquely our own thing."
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE Frontman On Upcoming Album: 'We've Definitely Nailed It On This Record'
South Africa's Voice Of Rock Radio conducted an interview with vocalist/guitarist Matt Tuck of Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE when the band played the One Night In Cape Town indoor festival on August 9.
Asked about BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's longevity and musical progression over the years, Tuck said, "I definitely think we've got longevity, 'cause we are longevity. We've been doing this eight years now and we're still at the top of the game of… we're still at the top of our tree of our style of music. I mean, no one's really kind of tried to take us over. So we have kind of taken the foot off the gas already a little bit with [2010's] 'Fever', and the album we just recorded, we've actually backed off a little bit again — not because we don't think people don't wanna hear heavy music, we've actually made it heavier by slowing down and less is more. Like METALLICA's 'black album,' you wouldn't necessarily call it a heavy album, but the sound of it is fucking heavy and it's big and it sounds timeless because of that. It's not a million miles an hour — it's big and heavy and loud. We're not trying to make a 'black' album, we're just trying to kind of take that theory of slowing down, putting less technical bits in and concentrating on the vocals and the meat and bones of the song."
According to Tuck, the recording sessions for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's new album went more smoothly than those for the band's previous CDs, due in part to the experience of working with acclaimed rock producer Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, GOOD CHARLOTTE) on the group's last LP, the aforementioned "Fever". "We worked with Don Gilmore again on this new record we just finished, Matt said. "For me, it's a huge compliment that he really didn't have much input, 'cause on the last record he did, and it kind of opened my eyes to write differently and to think about, not slowing things down, but kind of… there's no restraint on screaming and restraint on a million miles an hour. It's not necessary, really. We've kind of done that [already]. So on this record, [he kind of] sat back and let me do it without having much input, which to me, knowing Don, is a huge compliment, 'cause it means I've kind of done it right by my own. So, yeah, we've definitely fucking nailed it on this record. I know it's a long way before coming out and anyone's gonna hear anything, but I've lived with [it] and I know what it is, and trust me, it's good."
"Fever" sold 71,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Fever" also landed in the Top Five in Australia, the U.K., Japan, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Dave Mustaine Claims Obama Staged Aurora Massacre, Sikh Temple Shootings
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, who has already questioned whether or not President Barack Obama was born in the U.S., paused during a concert in Singapore last week to accuse the president of staging the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, and the shootings at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
There's YouTube video of Mustaine's onstage remarks on Wednesday, in which the guitarist says the president staged the shootings to further a gun control agenda. The remarks came at an August 7 show.
In the video, Mustaine can be heard saying, "My president is trying to pass a gun ban so he's staging all of these murders like the Fast and Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple." He continues, "I was talking to JD our promoter here tonight...I was saying, 'I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America.'"
Green Day Debuts "Lustful" Video for "Oh Love"
On Wednesday evening, MTV debuted the video for "Oh Love," the single from Green Day's upcoming album ¡Uno!, which hits stores on September 25.
The video features the band playing as models vamp for a photographer's camera and each other, and lounge about seductively as Green Day does its thing on a makeshift stage.
In an interview with MTV personality Sway, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong described the song as "a tension ballad." He explained, "Instead of like pulling out your heart strings, it's kinda like...a noose pulling out your heart a little bit, and trying to keep your emotions intact." Armstrong says of the song, "It's very lustful, which is kind of a subject that we haven't gotten into in a long time."
Bassist Mike Dirnt agreed, saying, "It's about, you know, tension between your heart and other parts of your body, you know, and figuring out -- or maybe not figuring out what those do to you."
Another Green Day single, "Kill the DJ," is technically the band's next, but it's already leaked on the radio: that's part of a new strategy, Armstrong explained, saying, "Everything's gonna be coming from different directions. We really wanna go viral with a lot of [the music]."
Following the release of ¡Uno!, the second album in the band's trilogy, ¡Dos!, will be out on November 13, followed by Tre! on January 15, 2013.
Muse’s Matt Bellamy Says The 2nd Law Will Feature “Electro-Pop Sounds,” “Classic Rock” and “Orchestral Things”
Muse fans can expect some serious musical experimentation from the band on their upcoming album, The 2nd Law. Frontman Matt Bellamy has revealed that the release will feature a variety of musical genres and styles.
"We are defined by the fact that we can't be defined by anybody," Bellamy tells Rolling Stone. "There are electro-pop sounds and songs [on The 2nd Law] that are obviously classic rock, then there are the orchestral things."
Bellamy added that the title for the album was inspired by a TV show he saw where a panel of economists discussed the second law of thermoÂdynamics. "He said, 'The laws of physics say that an economy based on endless growth is unsustainable,'" explains Bellamy. "Everyone is obsessed with constant, unchecked growth, and no one is pointing out that we might be maxing out.” The 2nd Law will hit stores on September 18.
Green Day to Perform at 2012 MTV Video Music Awards
Green Day has joined the lineup of performers at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which will air September 6 with comedian Kevin Hart as the host. Their upcoming performance marks the fifth time that the band has appeared on the show.
According to MTV.com, the band is expected to perform new songs from their upcoming trilogy of albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! on the telecast. ¡Uno! will arrive in stores on September 25, while ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! are slated for release on November 13, 2012 and January 15, 2013, respectively.
Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Says Soundgarden Reunion Is “Only to Make Money”
The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has slammed the members ofSoundgarden for heading into the studio to work on their first new album in over 15 years, claiming that their decision to reunite was motivated solely by money.
“When Soundgarden came back and they just played their old songs, great,” Corgan tellsphilSTAR.com. “I was a fan of Soundgarden, but call it for what it is. They’re just out there to have one more round at the till; same with Pavement and these other [90's] bands.”
Back in June, The Pumpkins released their eighth studio album, Oceania, which is part of their ongoing 44-song concept album, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.
Guitarist Mike McCready Says New Pearl Jam Album Is in a “Holding Pattern”
It appears that Pearl Jam fans will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the band’s next album. In an interview with SPIN, guitarist Mike McCready says the band is currently in a “holding pattern” while frontman Eddie Vedder gears up for his solo tour and drummer Matt Cameron works on a new album with Soundgarden.
“We're just kind of sitting around, writing songs,” reveals McCready. “We have about seven ideas so far that we did last year and we're just kind of sitting on those right now."
The guitarist added that he’s developing his own side project to work on as well. McCready is forming a new band with former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan andScreaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin. "It's all in its infantile stages right now, but we hope to have somebody sing over it some day," says McCready.
Pearl Jam’s next scheduled appearance will be at the inaugural Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on September 2, curated by rapper Jay-Z.
RANDY BLYTHE: 'It'll Be Hard For Them To Convict Me On The Charge They Have Leveled Against Me'
LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe was released from a prison in Prague, the Czech Republic, on August 2, more than a month after he was arrested and incarcerated on charges of alleged manslaughter. Blythe was facing the possibility of conviction and a long-term jail sentence after a 2010 incident in which a fan attending a LAMB OF GOD show died almost a month later, allegedly from injuries sustained when he was thrown off the stage. Blythe's predicament galvanized the heavy rock community, with artists across the hard rock genre pledging their support.
A few days after his return to Richmond, Virginia, Blythe spoke to Linda Leseman of LA Weekly about his feelings, his plans to stand trial, and losing his own daughter to a heart defect. An excerpt from the chat follows below.
LA Weekly: You've said you'll stand trial in Prague if you have to because you can understand how the young man's family must feel, as you lost a child yourself.
Randy: My first wife and I... we had a daughter together who had a heart defect. We knew that when the baby was in utero. And the doctors told us it's going to be no big deal, when [she comes] out, we'll operate on her...At about seven and a half, eight months or so, the baby went into distress in utero. So there was a Caesarean section. She came out. She was alive. But, due to the fact that she was slightly premature, she was too small for them to go ahead and operate on. So, she was alive for a while, and then they were like, "This isn't working out." So, I said, "Well, let her go." It's something I really can't describe in words and nobody could understand unless they had to live through this. I know that this family [in Prague] is just going through the worst possible hell, and they have questions. So, despite the fact that I maintain my innocence, I feel ethically and morally obliged to do my best to provide them with some answers, if it goes to trial, to help them go down this road, where their pain can lessen a little bit.
LA Weekly: It almost sounds like you're trusting that you're not going to be convicted.
Randy: I think we have a good case. I think it'll be hard for them to convict me on the charge that they have leveled against me because it's ludicrous. From what I understand, it's a crime of intent, and I certainly never intended to hurt anyone at any point in time during that show. But, life shows up and happens. Right? It shows up and happens. And if it shows up, and they give me ten years, I will have to deal with it as such. It's frightening for me to think about. The fact of the matter that I don't want to go to prison for ten years in a foreign country or in America or in any country has nothing to do with the fact that I need to do the right thing. That's the whole thing, you know? I have to do the right thing. Otherwise, I wouldn't be able to face myself.
Maryland rockers CLUTCH have commenced work on their new studio album. The band is currently in pre-production and is shooting to have the album out in early 2013.
Due to overwhelming demand, CLUTCH has added two shows to its short run this November. With both the Flint, Michiganand Detroit, Michigan shows sold out, the band has added an additional show to each city. The new show in Flint at the Machine Shop is scheduled for October 31 and the new show in Detroit at St. Andrews Hall is scheduled for November 4. Tickets for both shows will go on sale this Friday, August 17. MONSTROwill be opening all of the dates with LIONIZE providing direct support.
CLUTCH recently released a limited-edition picture disc single of the track "Pigtown Blues" via Weathermaker Music. The single is also available digitally. The A-side is "Pigtown Blues" and the B-side is an acoustic version of the track "Motherless Child". The disc can be found at your favorite record store as well as online at ClutchMerch.com. This is the first new studio material from CLUTCH since 2009's "Strange Cousins From The West", and the first simultaneous worldwide release for Weathermaker Music.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Singer Open To Issuing 'Greatest Hits' CD With Previously Unreleased Tracks
Musik Universe conducted an interview with singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet and political activist Serj Tankian (SYSTEM OF A DOWN) on August 11 at this year's edition of the Heavy MTL festival at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. You can now watch the chat below.
Tankian and his SYSTEM bandmates have made it clear in recent interviews that no plans have yet been made for the group to begin work on a new studio album. However, the singer says that he would be receptive to the idea of issuing a "best-of"-style collection with several previously unreleased songs from the SYSTEM archives.
"I think we have about four or five unreleased tracks that we finished before," Serj said. "We need to talk about what to do with them, etc. But I would be very open to releasing, like, a greatest-hits record with a few [previously] unreleased tracks. However, we haven't really discussed it, so I don't wanna make a promise."
Tankian is spending much of his time this year promoting his third solo album, "Harakiri", which debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard album chart last month, selling 12,000 copies in its first week of release.
Asked if he misses writing music in a band-type situation while he is working on his solo material, Tankian said, "It's an interesting dynamic, I think, writing by yourself and writing with people. When you have a very focused idea, a very concrete kind of understanding of what you wanna present and have the skills and the ability to completely present it the exact way that you want to, it's much more conducive to do it yourself. If you have ideas that require other people's input to kind of make it something else than what you have, then a collaboration — whether it's with SYSTEM or anyone else for that matter — would be much smarter."
SYSTEM OF A DOWN last released new music in 2005 on the"Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize" albums, going on hiatus the following year.
The band reunited in 2011 for touring purposes and launched a new run with DEFTONES on August 2 in Philadelphia.
Tankian told Loudwire that SYSTEM's recent tours have been a "blast," adding, "I think we've played better because of it. There was new excitement in playing together and all of the shows have been really great. Everyone's told us that we sound better than we did in 2006 when we left off, so I think it's great."
Stone Sour Streaming “Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero”
Stone Sour is giving us a taste of their upcoming double album, House of Gold and Bones. The band is currently streaming their single “Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero,” which will be featured on Part One of the release.
Frontman Corey Taylor says that the band will be doing some musical experimentation on the forthcoming concept album.
"Each song tells a different part of the story, but it's so unique unto itself," Taylor tellsRolling Stone. "That was one of the things we really wanted to go for; we didn't want to do a batch of tunes that all sound alike. We wanted to make sure each song had its own soul, basically."
Taylor also revealed new details about a comic book series that he is developing based on the album. “It's looking like we're gonna release the comics in…a four-issue miniseries," explains the singer. "The first two issues will be part one and then the last two issues will be part two. We want to really try and keep it on a timeline where they come out, right around the time that Part Two comes out.” House of Gold and BonesPart One is set to arrive in stores in October, while Part Two is expected to be released sometime next year.
Guitarist Wes Borland Says DJ Lethal’s Dismissal from Limp Bizkit Was a “Personal Thing”
Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland has opened up about the departure of original band member DJ Lethal, who was asked to leave the band earlier this year. Borland says that Lethal’s unprofessional behavior was the main cause for his dismissal.
"It's a personal thing for us," Borland tells Billboard.com. "He was kind of a pain in the a** on tour and not really willing to change a lot of things...like just showing up on time and stuff like that, and we had just had enough of it.”
Borland added that the guys are open to having him back, provided that he loses his bad habits and stops lashing out at the band on his Twitter account. “Every time he wants to fix [our relationship with him] and we say 'not yet,' he blows up on Twitter and says all these crazy things, and we go, 'OK, so it hasn't changed,'” explains the guitarist. “I'm waiting for him to come around and sort of have his actions speak instead of him just trying to reach out to us through words."
In addition, Borland reveals that Limp Bizkit is in the process of working on the band’s first album with their new record label, Cash Money Records. “Right now we're recording songs, and it's been all over the place as far as what it is we're doing,” reveals Borland. “They don't make sense together yet."
Jack White, M83, Alabama Shakes to Perform at Virgin Mobile FreeFest in October
Stars including Jack White, M83 and Alabama Shakes will be performing at this year’s Virgin Mobile FreeFest, which will be held at Merriweather Post Pavilion on October 6 in Columbia, MD. Other artists appearing at the event include Ben Folds Five, ZZ Top andPortugal. The Man, plus more.
A ticket pre-sale for the event begins on August 23. Tickets will be available to the general public the next day at 12 p.m. ET. To see the full artist lineup, visit VirginMobileLive.com.
Kid Rock Among Artists Doing NFL Anthems for Home Teams
Kid Rock is just one of the artists teaming with Pepsi to get into the football spirit this season. The artists have recorded original anthems for their home teams, which will be available for free download at PepsiAnthems.com.
Kid Rock got in on the campaign with his song for the Detroit Lions. The track is coming soon, and will be available for download using the redemption codes on specially-marked packs of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi MAX.
The other artists participating include Kelly Clarkson, who kicked off the campaign with her song for the Dallas Cowboys. Ice Cube recorded an anthem for the Oakland Raiders and Travie McCoy has done a song for the New York Giants. A remixed version of Wiz Khalifa's #1 hit "Black and Yellow," for the Pittsburgh Steelers, completes the campaign.
All these songs will be debuted weekly on PepsiAnthems.com and will be available for free through the end of February.
Five Finger Death Punch Scores 10th Straight Top-10 Active Rock Single with “Coming Down”
Five Finger Death Punch has achieved a major milestone. The band’s single, “Coming Down,” from their latest album, American Capitalist, hit #1 on the Active Rock Chart this week. “Coming Down” marks the band’s tenth consecutive top-10 single on the Active Rock Chart, following recent previous #1 singles, "Under and Over It" and "Remember Everything."
"Radio stations across the U.S., and basically the whole world, have been very supportive of the band,” said frontman Ivan Moody in a statement. “With 'Coming Down,' there is obviously a deep message of hope this song lyrically offers. To have success on the radio with a track that is so meaningful to me personally, and many others, is an amazing feeling."
FFDP are currently trekking across the country on their Trespass America Festival, which includes performances by Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Pop Evil, Emmure, God Forbid and Battlecross.
Watch Metallica Perform “One,” Celebrate Frontman Hetfield’s Birthday with Silly String in Video Recap of Mexican Concert
Metallica is sharing more footage of their six-night residency in Mexico City. After posting videos of themselves performing “Ride the Lightning” and “Cyanide,” the guys have now unveiled a new clip from their August 3 concert at Sports Palace in Mexico City, Mexico.
The 18-minute video features footage from Metallica’s headlining set, including a full performance of “One” from their 1988 album, ...And Justice for All. In addition, the end of the video features a rather unique birthday celebration for frontman James Hetfield, who turned 49 on August 3. As the singer was leaving the stage at the end of the concert, his band members and road crew covered Hetfield with Silly String and pies as a birthday tribute.
Papa Roach Frontman Says The Connection Is “Dynamic, Diverse and Vulnerable”
In less than two months, Papa Roach will release their seventh studio album, The Connection. Frontman Jacoby Shaddix says that he feels the upcoming album is the band’s best work to date.
“We topped ourselves on this one -- it encompasses all things about this band and we went back in the vault and listened and listened to all of our styles and themes to figure out where we were headed and we nailed it,” Shaddix tells Noisecreep. “It's adventurous as hell, we laid all these grooves down that are sick, dirty, slinky -- there's some hip-hop, more keyboards than before, sound loops, textures -- it's dynamic, diverse and vulnerable. We have never sounded better.”
While The Connection won’t arrive in stores until October 2, you’ll get your chance to hear songs from the album performed live when Papa Roach hits the road with Shinedown,Godsmack, Staind and P.O.D. for the third annual Rockstar Uproar Festival. That outing kicks off on Friday at Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone in Kansas City, MO.
LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst says that his band hasn't done any extensive touring in U.S. for a number of years because he has become disillusioned by the ever-changing taste of the American audiences.
"We don't play back home," he tells U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine. "We've boycotted America for many years now. I don't know, I just don't wanna go out like that. We did a few radio shows in 2010 for a friend and that was it. We haven't properly toured America since 2006. The reason? We just don't know what's going on in America. It's all about the new catchy thing and that's always changing."
He continues, "America is driven by record sales. It's the home of corporations. We're just LIMP BIZKIT, so we don't know how to do anything but LIMP BIZKIT.
"But here's the deal: say in 2000, there were 35 million people who connected to this band. Twelve years later, lots of those people have moved on. We were a moment in time and it's over."
LIMP BIZKIT last year parted ways with Interscope, the label that released all of the band's records thus far through its subsidiaries Flip,Geffen and Suretone Records.
2011's "Gold Cobra" was LIMP BIZKIT's first CD to feature the original lineup of Fred Durst (vocals), Wes Borland (guitar), Sam Rivers (bass),John Otto (drums), and DJ Lethal since 2000's "Chocolate Starfish And Hot Dog Flavored Water".
Earlier this year, LIMP BIZKIT signed a new deal with Cash Money, Lil Wayne's longtime record company.
STONE SOUR: Two New Songs Available For Streaming
Two brand new songs from STONE SOUR, "Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero", from the band's upcoming fourth album, "House of Gold & Bones - Part 1", can be streamed below.
"House Of Gold And Bones" is a two-part concept effort that was recorded at Sound Farm Studios outside the band's home base in Iowa with producer Dave Bottrill. Part One is due on October 23 viaRoadrunner Records and Part Two will be released around May, according to singer Corey Taylor. He tells RollingStone.com, "It all comes down to how much time the record label wants to give between albums, basically."
He said, "Even with the time constraints we had, we basically recorded two albums in the time it takes to record one. So we were doing double-duty every day. I was tracking two songs vocally a day just to keep us on a deadline and it really pushed us to strive for excellence."
According to Taylor, STONE SOUR's goal for the new record was to capture an organic vibe. "We wanted to really try and go for [a] natural vibe on this without using a ton of samples and really try to differentiate us from everybody else out there. A lot of bands fall into that pitfall of [going to] all the work of getting these great sounds and whatnot, then they hand it over to somebody who then starts filling in the blanks with all these samples," he said. "It just makes them sound like everybody else out there and we wanted to really capture a unique sound."
Taylor previously described the musical direction of "House of Gold & Bones" by saying, "Picture [PINK FLOYD's] 'The Wall' crossed withALICE IN CHAINS' 'Dirt' with some good heavy blasts in there." He added, "The heaviest song is a total ass-kicker that sounds as if SLAYERand ANTHRAX had a baby. Then, there's a darker bluesy dirge that has the vibe of LED ZEPPELIN's 'In My Time Of Dying'. There's even a little industrial vibe. It's definitely going to blow people's fucking minds.
Taylor added that he came up with a very ambitious concept for the disc.
"The album is a morality play about a man who's standing at the crossroads of his life trying to figure out what to do next," he said. "He's going, 'Do I move foward and evolve? Do I become more responsible or do I run backwards and pilfer the basket of youth?' Sometimes it's romantic to live in the mistakes that you made when you were 20, and condemn yourself to perpetual adolescence."
As previously reported, SKID ROW's Rachel Bolan laid down the bass tracks for the new STONE SOUR CD. He has described the material on the record as "fucking fierce."
"House of Gold & Bones - Part 1" track listing:
01. Gone Sovereign
02. Absolute Zero
03. A Rumor Of Skin
04. The Travellers Part 1
07. My Name Is Allen
09. Influence Of A Drowsy God
10. The Travellers Part 2
11. Last Of The Real
ALL THAT REMAINS: New Song Available For Streaming
"Down Through The Ages", a brand new song from Massachusetts metallers ALL THAT REMAINS, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The track comes off the band's new album, "A War You Can Not Win", which is due in September via Razor & Tie/Prosthetic. The CD sees the band reunited with longtime producer Adam Dutkiewicz (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, AS I LAY DYING, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE). The record is the culmination of an intense writing period for the group that began shortly after their 18-month tour in support of "For We Are Many".
Commented ALL THAT REMAINS singer Phil Labonte: "We really busted our asses and tried to do some new stuff (like we always do) and we're really happy about what came out of it. Some of it is pretty different and is REALLY gonna blow you guys away. Some of it is gonna sound just like what you expect from ALL THAT REMAINS. And I'm sure all of it is gonna make the Internet have a conniption fit!"
Dutkiewicz previously helmed ALL THAT REMAINS' last album, 2010's"For We Are Many", as well as 2004's "This Darkened Heart" and 2006's "The Fall of Ideals".
"For We Are Many" sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The band's previous CD, "Overcome", opened with just under 29,000 units in September 2008 to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 16.
Marilyn Manson Scrawls "F*** You" on His Face Before Going Through Airport Security
Many of us have probably muttered obscenities to ourselves when we pass through airport security, but Marilyn Manson went one step further: by scrawling them on his face.
According to TheHollywood Reporter, Manson went through security at LAX on Friday, with the words "F**k You" written in big black letters on the lower half of his face. The expletive wasn't directed at the security people, though -- Manson was, he says, simply trying to avoid the paparazzi. That's according to someone who was on line next to the rocker and posted their conversation on the social networking site Reddit.
"As we each removed our boots in the security line, he kindly explained that it was not directed at me or anyone else in the airport, but rather at the paparazzi, so that they couldn't sell any photos of him that they took," wrote the witness, adding, "He was really apologetic about it, and covered his mouth around young children while apologizing to their parents for exposing their child to profanity."
Before his trip to the airport, Manson recorded his handiwork for posterity, posting a picof his defaced face on his Facebook page. Say that five times fast.
New Three Days Grace Single "Chalk Outline" Hits iTunes Tuesday
"Chalk Outline," a brand-new single from Three Days Grace, hits digital providers Tuesday, August 14. A lyric video for the song is already available on YouTube. Also on Tuesday, fans can pre-order the band's fourth studio album, Transit of Venus, which will arrive October 2.
In a statement regarding the sound of Transit of Venus, Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson says, "We went for a tighter, more articulated sound on this record. The music we were writing was a little more intricate than in the past, and we've been experimenting with new instruments."
Sanderson added, "We wanted to present these new ideas concisely without going over-the-top in ambience and overall production.”
The Canadian rockers' last album, Life Starts Now, spun off three #1 rock singles: "Break," "The Good Life" and "World So Cold."
New Green Day Song Leaks Online
Last week, Green Day premiered several songs from the upcoming trilogy, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!and ¡Tré! at a "secret" show in Los Angeles. Now the studio version of one of those songs has leaked online after its U.K. radio debut.
"Kill the DJ," with its 1970s-style disco beat, is not a protest against dance music. In June, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone, "[Bass player]Mike [Dirnt] asked me to write a song with a four-on-the-floor rhythm. I'd never done it before. It's kind of like Sandinista!, Ian Dury's "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" and theTom Tom Club song, 'Genius of Love.' We were trying to figure out how to make dance music without turning into a dance band."
When asked who the DJ was he wanted to kill, Armstrong responded: "Static and noise."
The End of the Road for Blur? Maybe, Maybe Not, Albarn Says
Was Blur's show on Sunday in London's Hyde Park -- at a concert commemorating the end of the London Olympics -- the end of the road for the band?
If it was, frontman Damon Albarn isn't ready to say so just yet. "Will Blur do another album? It's very much on my mind. I feel very...torn between a lot of different emotions. I'm undecided about how I feel," he tells the U.K. magazine Q for a cover story this week. "There's a part of me that would love to be able to bring it into our 40s and our sort of family world. But does it belong in that world? Do any of us need that?"
Albarn does say that if Blur decides to continue, it won't be just as an oldies act, touring and playing classic material. "I don't want to just do gigs," he says. "I want to do something that has genuine resonance and helps explains to me why I am there. Something that explains to everyone who is the field why they're there. I do believe in the spirit. It's what drives me."
Meanwhile, as previously reported, Blur is planning a massive string of releases surrounding the Hyde Park show. A digital download of the performance was set for release on Monday. A three-CD collection including additional live material is due next week, and a five-disc collection -- expanded to include a DVD of the Hyde Park show and a CD of a live show the band played recently at the famous 100 Club in London -- is due in November.
Maybe the releases are a way of defraying the costs of performing the Hyde Park show. According to published reports, Albarn told U.K. tabloid The Sun that Blur was paid 300 pounds, or around $470, for the show, which was put on by the city of London. He says after expenses that worked out to about one pound for each band member.
Jack White Says Parents Should Show Kids How to Work a Turntable
Jack White is one of the music industry's biggest boosters of vinyl records, so it's not so surprising that in an appearance at L.A.'s Grammy Museum on Friday, he suggested that learning how to play a vinyl record on a turntable is a valuable skill that parents should pass on to their kids.
According to Billboard, White told the audience, "[It's] a good thing for parents to show their kids. It involves you immediately in the music. Your involvement in the media, romantically, can't be touched."
He added, "If you said 'Play a track,' and pushed a button on an iPod, there's absolutely nothing romantic about that. Pull out a record and are you not immediately more engaged? I relish the idea of showing a kid how to put a needle on a record."
White also talked about his life and his songwriting process, and explained why he keeps himself so busy with a variety of bands, as well as with his solo career.
"I feel that I'm always playing catch-up to an idea I had the other day," he said, noting that, when he returns to his home in Nashville in a week, "I'm going to play catch-up with an idea I had three weeks ago. That's much better than standing there and wondering, 'What should I do?'"
Meanwhile, White has added dates to his debut solo tour. Besides previously-announced additions of shows at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on September 29 and 30, White has added five dates in the Northeast and Canada.
The newly-added tour dates are:
9/28 -- Boston, MA, Agganis Arena
10/2 -- Montreal, QC, L’Olympia
10/3 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
10/4 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
10/6 -- Columbia, MD, Virgin Mobile FreeFest at Merriweather Post Pavilion
Tickets go on sale to the public August 17 at 11 a.m. ET for all shows other than the Virgin Mobile FreeFest. Tickets for that show will be available starting on August 24 at 12 pm ET.
Slipknot's Corey Taylor Talks Knotfest, New Music
When Slipknot plays Pacific Junction, Iowa on Friday, as part of their own two-day mini-festival, Knotfest, it will be a homecoming for the band. They originally hail from Des Moines, but haven't played Iowa in more than three years.
Frontman Corey Taylor tells the Des Moines Register that while Knotfest is small this year -- with a second show scheduled for Saturday night in Somerset, WI -- he imagines it growing into something larger, with or without Slipknot on the bill.
“We wanted to make it something that’s very much us, but at the same time we’re practical enough to know we couldn’t come right out of the gate with a 30-show tour,” Taylor tells the paper. “We’ll see what happens and maybe next year we send it out with different bands as something we don’t need to be a part of." He adds, "We think this has potential for the future, but we wanted to make sure we did it smart so that we can keep things going.”
Meanwhile, Taylor tells the Register that Slipknot is working on new music: the band's first since the 2010 death of bass player Paul Gray. Taylor tells the paper that he and drummer Joey Jordison have written new material that's being passed around among the band members, but he warns not to expect a new Slipknot album quickly.
“Our goal for the next album is that when it happens, we want to make sure everyone in the band gets to say something. It’s too important not to,” Taylor said. “It’s obviously going to be in the spirit of Paul, and I think everyone in the band needs to say something for him.”
Taylor says that Gray's death forced band members to re-examine their commitment to one another. “It was such a shock to us that it made us sit up and look at what we were doing with our lives and how we were toward each other," he said. “Losing someone like that, a great friend and an amazing brother —- someone who is so important to the band in so many ways -— you start to look at what you take for granted.”
Dropkick Murphys Extend Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Tour
Dropkick Murphys have announced a new string of tour dates for this fall, extending the band's Halfway to St. Patrick's Day tour, which begins September 14. The added shows run from an October 29 performance in Grand Rapids, MI to a November 16 date in Urbana, IL.
Pre-sale for these shows will begin on August 14 on the band's website, with most shows going on sale to the general public on August 17.
Dropkick Murphys are currently at work on a new album. The as-yet-untitled set is due out sometime next year.
Here are the band's upcoming tour dates:
9/14 -- Buffalo, NY, Outer Harbor
9/15 -- Chicago, IL, Riot Fest
9/16 -- Dayton, OH, WXEG XFest 2012
9/18 -- Detroit, MI, Fillmore
9/19 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
9/20 -- Utica, NY, Saranac Brewery
9/21 -- Boston, MA, Bank of America Pavilion
10/29 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Orbit Room
10/31 -- St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
11/1 -- Omaha, NE, Sokol Auditorium
11/2 -- Des Moines, IA, Val Air Ballroom
11/3 -- Fargo, ND, The Venue
11/5 -- Billings, MT, Shrine Auditorium
11/6 -- Missoula, MT, The Wilma
11/7 -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory Concert House
11/9 -- Eugene, OR, McDonald Theatre
11/11 -- Chico, CA, Theater
11/12 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory
11/13 -- Flagstaff, AZ, The Orpheum Theater
11/15 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theatre
11/16 -- Urbana, IL, Canopy Club
Perry Farrell Pitching New Music Performance TV Show
Jane's Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell may have another project in the works. Entertainment Weekly reports that Farrell is pitching a primetime music-performance TV show to broadcast executives.
According to EW, the show wouldn't be another amateur, contest-driven show likeAmerican Idol. Instead, the series would feature top acts doing what they do best: playing music.
Back in the days before MTV, live music performance was a television staple -- from variety shows like Ed Sullivan's to 1970s late-night classics like Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. But these days, a regular, primetime series featuring musical performers is a somewhat novel idea. EW reports that the high ratings of primetime awards shows driven by musical performances -- like the Grammys and the CMAs -- may have television executives intrigued.
Blur Releasing Download of Hyde Park Show; Deluxe Editions to Follow
When Blur played London's Hyde Park Sunday, at a special concert celebrating the close of the London Olympics, thousands of people were in attendance. But many more will get a chance to hear the performance this week because the whole show will be released today on iTunes.
While many have speculated that the Hyde Park show will be Blur's last-ever concert, the Hyde Park download definitely won't be the band's last commercially-available live recording. That's because Parklive, a three-CD collection containing the Hyde Park show, plus a CD of material from the band's mini-tour of warm-up gigs, will be released a week later.
Finally, in November, Blur will release a five-disc version of Parklive, which will contain all the material from the three-CD set plus a DVD of the Hyde Park gig and Blur Live at the 100 Club, a CD capturing a live set recorded this month at that famous London venue. The five-disc set will also come with a 60-page, hardbound book of photographs from the Hyde Park and 100 Club concerts.
Lamb of God Frontman Recalls Time in Czech Prison, Says He Will Return to Stand Trial
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe says he's worried about facing trial for manslaughter in the Czech Republic, but the singer tells Rolling Stone that if he must, he's prepared to return to Prague to do just that.
The singer was charged in July over an onstage incident dating back two years, in which a fan who'd rushed the stage died after a fall.
Blythe, who was held at Pankrác Prison in Prague from July 27 to August 2, told Rolling Stone he spent his days in the Czech prison reading, trying his best to speak with his two Mongolian cellmates, and writing.
"I wrote a song for my friend Hank Williams III –- I've been wanting to write a song for him for years, and what better place to do it than prison?" Blythe said. "I started the outline of a novel set in Pankrác, and a journal, because I'm sure there's going to be some sort of book out of this experience."
He recounts to the magazine how he was met at the airport by "four or five large men with masks, machine guns, knives -– the full-on SWAT team. They looked like they were there to apprehend a terrorist."
Although Blythe tells Rolling Stone that there's a chance the matter will be settled without trial, he says it's unlikely. "From what I understand, it could get settled out of court, but I doubt it will, especially with the kind of intensity that the prosecuting attorney pursued my continual incarceration with," he said.
Blythe wouldn't talk about any memories he may have had of the original incident, saying only, "There were a lot of people on stage. There's a lot of questions as to what happened with this young man." But he did say that he feels that it is his obligation to stand trial, even though he could face up to 10 years in prison.
"It's the right thing for me to do and stand trial if called -– if only from the ethical viewpoint that this young man's family is sitting there with a lot of questions still," said Blythe.
Green Day's Video for "Oh Love" to Debut on MTV Wednesday
If you're a Green Day fan, make sure you're watching MTV next Wednesday night at 7:49 p.m. ET. That's when the band will premiere the video for their new single, "Oh Love." That'll be followed by a 30-minute interview over on MTV.com, where frontman Billie JoeArmstrong and the guys will answer fans' questions and talk about their upcoming album trilogy, ¡Uno!¡Dos! and ¡Tre!
The video for "Oh Love" was directed by Samuel Bayer, who was also behind the camera for their award-winning clip "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."
Billie Joe tells MTV that "Oh Love" and its video are a real departure from some of Green Day's more politically-charged tunes. "'Oh Love' is kind of like leading with your heart and not necessarily with your brain as much," he explains. "And [also] kind of maybe losing your mind, and shooting a little bit more from the crotch area."
Muse Releases Video for "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable"
Muse has now posted online a video for their dubstep-flavored track "The 2nd Law: Unsustainable." The video had previously only been available to fans who pre-ordered the band's forthcoming albumk The 2nd Law.
The band, which performed at Sunday's Olympics closing ceremony, has said that the song was inspired by a Skrillex concert they attended.
The 2nd Law, which had been set for a September release, is now scheduled for release on October 2. It's the follow-up to Muse' 2009 album, The Resistance.
Beck Plays San Francisco Club Gig in Front of Outside Land's Appearance
Beck's been pretty quiet lately, at least in public, while he's been working on his upcoming album, Beck Hansen’s Song Reader. San Francisco fans, though, enjoyed a rare treat Thursday night when the musician performed a 90-minute set at Bimbo's 365 Club.
According to various online reports, including details posted on YouTube, tickets for the gig went on sale just four hours ahead of time, and were being scalped for up to $125 minutes before the show began. Beck treated the crowd to a solid assortment of his hits, plus two covers -- Bob Dylan's "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" and Neil Young's "Barstool Blues."
Beck was in town for his Friday appearance at the Outside Lands music fest, which wrapped up Sunday at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
By the way, about that new album: look for Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, his first release in four years, in stores this December. It'll be released in the form of a 108-page book featuring sheet music for twenty new songs, including two instrumentals, along with original artwork from more than a dozen different artists.
Here's the reported setlist from Thursday night's club show:
"Soul of a Man"
"Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat"
"Think I'm In Love"
"The Golden Age"
"Pay No Mind"
"Where It's At"
Hoobastank Launches Web Video Series Ahead of Album Release
Fans of Hoobastank have had a long wait for the band's latest album, Fight or Flight. It's been three years since the band's last studio record, and the release date for Fight or Flight has been pushed back twice.
Now, however, the album is set for release on September 11, and the group has launched a series of webisodes in preparation. The first Hoobastank on Tour webisode was recently posted on YouTube. To the accompaniment of the band's latest single, "This Is Gonna Hurt," Hoobastank is seen in performance, during soundchecks and backstage, all ahead of next month's album launch.
In other Hoobastank news, the band will begin shooting a video for "This Is Gonna Hurt" in Los Angeles this week.
New Songs by AWOLNATION, Karen O, Mark Foster & More Featured on Tim Burton's Frankenweenie Unleashed! Album
AWOLNATION, Foster the People's Mark Foster, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahsand Imagine Dragons are among the artists contributing new songs to Frankenweenie Unleashed!, a collection of songs inspired by Tim Burton's upcoming animated filmFrankenweenie.
All the songs on the album were written specifically about the film, except for two newly-recorded covers: the standard "Witchcraft," sung by Robert Smith of The Cure, andThe Ramones' "Pet Sematary," performed by Plain White T's. The latter song, which The Ramones recorded for the movie version of the Stephen King novel about dead pets who are resurrected, is appropriate, since the movie is about a boy who brings his dog back to life, Frankenstein-style. Winona Ryder, a Tim Burton staple who also appeared in Edward Scissorhands andBeetlejuice, voices a character in the film, and she's also on the soundtrack, with a tune called "Praise Be New Holland," sung by her character. Karen O's song, "Strange Love," will play over the movie's closing credits. Frankenweenie Unleashed! is due September 25. The movie hits theaters October 5.
Here's the complete Frankenweenie Unleashed! track listing:
“Strange Love,” Karen O
“Electric Heart (Stay Forever),” Neon Trees
“Polartropic (You Don’t Understand Me),” Mark Foster
“Almost There,” Passion Pit
“Pet Sematary,” Plain White T’s
“With My Hands," Kimbra
“Everybody’s Got a Secret,” AWOLNATION
“My Mechanical Friend,” Grace Potter featuring The Flaming Lips
“Lost Cause,” Imagine Dragons
“Building a Monster,” Skylar Grey
“Witchcraft,” Robert Smith
“Praise Be New Holland,” Winona Ryder
Papa Roach Frontman Talks Uproar Festival, New Album
The opening of the Rockstar Uproar Festival is less than a week away, and one of the headliners says being part of the tour is the perfect opportunity to bring their new music to the fans.
Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix tells Loudwire, "We’ve got a record coming out in October and so it’s a great way to get in front of s*** tons of people and promote our new single and our new recording coming out."
The new record, The Connection, is due October 2 and the album's first single, "Still Swinging" is climbing the charts. Shaddix says recording the new album was different from the way the band cut previous discs.
"We went home, we own our own recording studio and we took some money from the budget and outfitted it with all the proper gear and equipment and that was, within itself, just totally inspiring," he says. "We did it our way on our terms in our studio and really just rediscovered the basic elements of who Papa Roach is again."
Fans will be able to hear the rejuvenated band on the road as part of the Uproar Festival starting Friday, August 17, and Shaddix says he's looking forward to hitting the road with so many old friends.
"I’ve got nothing but love and respect. I mean the guys in Staind are good friends of mine, Shannon Larkin from Godsmack is one of my favorite rock drummers," he says, "....and my dudes in Shinedown, those are my homies. Plus P.O.D.'s representing out on the second stage, headlining that s***. So I’m definitely gonna be hanging out with those guys."
As for the vocal problems that plagued him last month, Shaddix says, “I think I’ll be alright. I’ve got a speech and vocal therapist at the current time to learn how to sing through this and work through this and take care of myself.” He adds, “Really, it’s just a matter of having a little bit more discipline than I’m used to...as far as vocal rest and warm ups and cool downs and all that kind of stuff."
Former Kottonmouth Kings Member Pakelika Dies
Former Kottonmouth Kings member Patrick "Pakelika" Cochrun, who went by the name the "Visual Assassin," died on Saturday evening due to health complications, according to the band’s official website, KottonmouthKings.com. His age was not released.
A post by the band on their website reads in part: "We were blindsided, shocked and saddened by the terrible news about former member & friend, Pakelika's sudden death. Nothing prepares you for such news. It is another example of how precious life really is. It has been a couple years since Big Pak performed with the Kings, but his presence and impact will be felt and live forever."
The Kottonmouth Kings had posted on their Facebook page early Saturday evening, announcing their former bandmate was in the hospital suffering from "serious heath issues," and about an hour later they confirmed his passing, writing, "It is with saddened hearts we have heard that Pakelika has passed away. May his soul rest in peace. Thanks for all the years & all the memories, respect Kmk."
Pakelika wore a white face mask during the psychedelic hip-hop punk rock band’s performances, and he never spoke while on stage.
Kottonmouth Kings are currently out on the Mile High tour preparing for the Tuesday release of their latest album, Mile High.
Jack White gave some lucky fans in Denver a special treat on Wednesday afternoon. A few hours before his sold-out concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, White and his band performed a "secret" show at a service station. White’s label Third Man Records took to its Twitter account to announce the spontaneous concert, tweeting, “Jack White. B show. B there. B square. Isdajo Automotive. 3411 W. Colfax Ave. Denver. 3:30 PM.”
According to the Denver Post, White played a four-song set that included the White Stripes songs “Black Math” and “Ball and Biscuit” from 2003’s Elephant.
A fan-filmed clip of the performance has been posted on YouTube.
Muse to Perform During London Olympics Closing Ceremony
Muse has confirmed that they’ll perform at the 2012 London Olympics' closing ceremony on Sunday, NME is reporting. Drummer Dom Howard says that the band will play “Survival” at the event, which is the official song of the London 2012 Olympics.
"I'm happy with [‘Survival’], Howard tells NME. "It's not something we just did for the Olympics. They sowed a seed by asking us to do some music but then five months went by. We showed them a few songs when they asked us about [playing the] closing ceremony and they loved it. It represented the enormous competition of what the Olympics is."
Later that night, the festivities will continue with performances by Blur, New Order and The Specials at the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert in London's Hyde Park.
Chili Peppers Drummer Says Extra Tracks from I’m With You Recording Sessions Are “For the Fans”
This week, fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will get their hands on two of 18 previously-unreleased songs on seven-inch vinyl from the recording sessions from their latest album, I’m With You. Drummer Chad Smith says he felt it was important for the band to release the extra tracks now, before they get forgotten about in their archives.
“Lots of times you record more music that goes on the record and then those songs never see the light of day and they’re in some archive somewhere collecting dust,” Smith tells ABC News Radio. “But we want people to hear these songs and so we’re gonna just put them out and it’s really for the fans.”
Smith added that the band decided not to release a double-album -- including the extra tracks from the I’m With You sessions -- because all the songs didn’t fit in with the overall theme of the album. “We just felt that those thirteen songs went together very well as a piece of art, a piece of music and sometimes you can overload people with too much musical information,” explains the drummer. “Our last record [Stadium Arcadium] was a double-record, it was 28 songs, and so we just wanted to be more concise this time around.”
The first release from the I'm With You sessions, set to hit stores on Friday, features new tracks "Strange Man" and "Long Progression." The second pair of songs for release will be “Magpies” and “Victorian Machinery” on September 11. The third installment, scheduled to hit stores on October 2, will feature "Never Is a Long Time" and "Love of Your Life." The rest of the tracks, which will be selected in the coming weeks, will be released in November, December and in early 2013.
In addition to being released on vinyl, digital versions of the new tracks will also be available at the usual online providers.
Beastie Boys’ Adam "MCA" Yauch’s Will Says His Image, Music Can't Be Used for Advertising
Late Beastie Boys rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch refuses to be a corporate shill in the afterlife.
According to DNAinfo.com, the rapper left instructions in his will, which was filed Tuesday in Manhattan Surrogate Court, that “his image, music and any art he created could not be used for advertising.”
Adam’s entire estate -- worth $6.4 million -- is now in a trust for his wife, Dechen Yauch, and their 13-year-old daughter, Losel. The will also stipulates that Dechen now has the rights to sell and manage Adam's artistic property.
In related news, the Beastie Boys have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Monster Energy Corp., claiming it used the group's name and music in an online campaign earlier this year without permission, according to Variety.
The complaint states that Adam's name was also used by the Monster promos and further alleges that the company linked to an MP3 of a 23-minute medley of Beastie Boys music.
The Beastie Boys seek a preliminary and permanent injunction, plus statutory damages of 150 thousand dollars for each alleged infringement.
Adam died on May 4 after a three-year battle with salivary cancer.
Watch Metallica Perform “Cyanide” in Video Recap of Mexican Concert
Metallica is sharing more footage of their six-night residency in Mexico City. After recently posting a video of themselves performing “Ride the Lightning” from their July 28 concert, the guys have now unveiled a new clip from their August 1 concert at Sports Palace in Mexico City, Mexico.
The 13-minute video features a full performance of “Cyanide” from 2008’s Death Magnetic, and includes some footage of the band rehearsing “Of Wolf and Man” from 1991’s Metallica, a.k.a. the Black Album.
Hatebreed Slams CNN for “White Power" Music Label
Hatebreed is fuming after being lumped into a group of bands that author Lonnie Nasatir, director of the Anti-Defamation League's Upper Midwest Region, calls “white power" music.
In an article posted on CNN.com on Wednesday, Nasatir discusses the musical background of Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page, who recently killed six people in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. In addition to listing the white supremacist bands in which Page played, End Apathy and Definite Hate, Nasatir also provides a list of other bands that he said "defiantly express feelings of hate or violence,” a list that included Hatebreed.
The band quickly took to Twitter to respond to the accusation, tweeting, “Our music brings people of all races together all over the world. @CNN@cnnopinion &@chicagoADL need to get their facts straight.” In a series of tweets that followed, the band wrote that CNN slandered them and that they “demand a retraction & an apology.”
Thirty minutes later, Hatebreed’s name was removed from the article, along with a note at the bottom that read: "A previous version of this commentary incorrectly included the band Hatebreed in a list of white power bands. Hatebreed is a self-described 'hardcore metal' band. CNN regrets the error."
Guitarist Graham Coxon Says “There Aren’t Any More” New Blur Songs
Bad news for Blur fans: it appears that the band has no plans to record new music anytime soon. After releasing two new songs earlier this month -- “Under the Westway” and “The Puritan” -- guitarist Graham Coxon says that Blur doesn’t have any other new material to share.
“That’s it, really,” Coxon tells ShortList.com. “Sorry, but there just aren’t any more. I don’t think we like having things penciled in too much or feeling pressured into anything. We record when we want to see each other and try something. There’s no point in forcing it if it doesn’t feel good."
Coxon added that while the band’s future remains uncertain, they remain close friends. "Blur are like my extended family, we have ups and downs, much like brothers do, but it’s great that we have that connection and we’re always there for each other,” explains the guitarist. “Our relationship seems to be more relaxed these days. The less pressure we’re under to do anything, the better we are."
SLIPKNOT co-founder/conceptualist/percussionist Shawn M. Crahan(a.k.a. Clown) recently spoke to Artisan News about the band's first-ever digital app, which was released last month across Mac iOS and Android platforms. You can watch the chat below.
Appropriately entitled "Slipknot: Wear The Mask", the app is as much about the fans as it is the band. The point is for fans to learn something about themselves through SLIPKNOT's unique perspective and lens."Wear The Mask" has social, gameplay, and photography aspects, but it is not any one of those things exclusively.
Clown notes: "Welcome to what we are. Welcome to what you are, and what we together have always been. SLIPKNOT is not a band. We are a culture and you are our blood. We play for blood. Enjoy your new face. It has always been there with you. Strap it on and let's infect the entire world together as one. It's time to Wear The Mask. Stay (sic) and enjoy it."
Typical band apps are often either an abbreviated web site with tour dates and ticket links or a simple game that fans play once before growing bored. With "Wear The Mask", SLIPKNOT and their partner agency,Saatchi & Saatchi – New York, they aimed to do more. Together they wanted to create an experience for fans that allowed them to completely immerse themselves in the culture of SLIPKNOT.
Saatchi & Saatchi New York's Chief Creative Officer Con Williamsonadds: "SLIPKNOT's Facebook presence alone is over 12 million fans, so we wanted to create a way to give each one of those people an individual experience with the band. 'Wear the Mask' is an engaging, layered and multi faceted way to do that. Fans will discover an app that's complicated, disturbing, challenging and fresh, and really true to their core. This will allow them to keep finding new ways to get even more lost in the awesome world of SLIPKNOT."
10 YEARS Members Talks About Making Of 'Minus The Machine'
10 YEARS has released its sixth studio album, "Minus The Machine", which arrived in stores Tuesday (August 7) on the band's own label,Palehorse Records. The disc follows up the band's last effort for a major label, 2010's "Feeding The Wolves", and bassist Lewis Cosby told The Pulse Of Radio that becoming independent again gave the band a new jolt of energy. "This time around, it felt like we were an unsigned artist again and we were able to do whatever the hell we wanted to do," he said. "Complete freedom, complete control — there's not a track on this record that we're not just super-proud of. It was such a pleasant experience this time, we really had fun."
A three-minute video report from Artisan News in which 10 YEARS vocalist Jesse Hasek and drummer/guitarist Brian Vodinh talk about the making of "Minus The Machine" can be seen below.
The first single and video from "Minus The Machine", called "Backlash", is currently No. 24 on the Active Rock radio chart.
"Feeding The Wolves" featured the hit singles "Shoot It Out" and "Fix Me". The band's previous hits include "Beautiful" and the chart-topping "Wasteland".
10 YEARS will next perform on September 16 at a radio festival in Dayton, Ohio.
Jack White Says He Took Two Bands on BlunderbussTour to Avoid "Nostalgia Trip"
On every stop of his current tour promoting his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, Jack White has been taking two bands on the road with him. Both bands are complete opposites, with one made up of all female players and the other made up of all male players. White says that he chose to take a diverse group of musicians on tour with him so that his concerts wouldn’t turn into “a nostalgia trip.”
“If it's a White Stripes song, for example, that people are hearing, I don't want to recreate something that a two-piece band did with six people in some really regular, perfunctory way, or a nostalgic way,” White tells former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan in an interview for his Seattle Weekly blog. “So it's a way for me to shake things up for myself so it stays really alive onstage, not just trying to recreate some moment from 10 years ago.”
White added that each musician he shares the stage with each night played an important part in creating Blunderbuss. “The new songs of mine were done with these new musicians, so that was the lucky part,” notes the singer. “I could take all of them with me on the road. It's very expensive, but I'm getting a lot out of it.”
Metallica to Headline 2013 Soundwave Festival in Australia
The producers of Australia’s Soundwave Festival have announced the lineup for next year’s installment, and Metallica has been confirmed to headline the event.
This year, the musical extravaganza -- which tours all over the country -- begins in Brisbane on February 23 and makes stops in Sydney on February 24, Melbourne on March 1, Adelaide on March 2 and Perth on March 4.
Other artists appearing at the festival include Linkin Park, Blink-182, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Paramore, Garbage and Stone Sour, plus more. To see the complete festival artist roster and to buy tickets for the event, head over to SoundwaveFestival.com.
Puddle of Mudd Frontman Issued Bench Warrant After Missing Court Date
Wes Scantlin is back in trouble again. A Los Angeles judge has issued a bench warrant for the Puddle of Mudd frontman after he failed to appear at a scheduled court date on Wednesday, E! News is reporting. Scantlin was scheduled to appear to show proof of his enrollment in a drug counseling program. The singer must now appear in court on August 17 in order to have the bench warrant lifted.
As previously reported, Scantlin was arrested on January 12 and charged with two misdemeanors, driving without a license and being under the influence of a controlled substance, as well as felony drug possession. In exchange for the singer pleading guilty to felony cocaine possession last month, the two misdemeanor charges were dropped and Scantlin was told that he could avoid jail time by enrolling in a drug counseling program.
Scantlin is under 18 months' deferred judgment and could get the charges dropped if he completes the drug counseling program.
GODSMACK Drummer Says Singer's Voice Is 'Back To Normal'
According to The Pulse Of Radio, GODSMACK drummer Shannon Larkingave Loudwire an update on the condition of frontman Sully Erna, whose strained vocal cords forced the band to cancel most of its European tour earlier this summer. Asked how Erna's voice was doing, Larkin replied, "He's doing fine and he only needed two weeks until they said that his voice would be completely back to normal and that was three weeks ago. We did a couple fly-in shows last week, just two shows, and he sang great, and everyone was really excited and ready for this tour."
Explaining what happened on the European trek, Larkin continued, "The problem was, at this point we're not spring chickens anymore. The problem was he would have tried to sing the rest of the tour. We were afraid, and he was afraid that it could permanently damage his vocal cords to where his voice would change or he wouldn't be able to hit notes that he hit before. That was probably the biggest bummer of the decade I've been in this band for all four of us to have to come home from a tour."
GODSMACK will hit the road later this month as part of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival. They will share the bill with SHINEDOWN,STAIND, PAPA ROACH and others. The jaunt gets underway on August 17 in Kansas.
GODSMACK will also be one of the headliners on the ShipRocked 2012 cruise this year, taking off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida in late November for five days. Larkin said that GODSMACK will perform two completely different shows on the cruise, but has not decided what each one will be.
The drummer added that Erna needed some convincing to do the cruise, explaining, "Yeah, he kept saying, 'I'm not a boat guy.' I said, 'I'm not a boat guy either' . . . We convinced him basically by saying look man, we had a fantastic time, we've already been there and done that, and there wasn't any kind of weirdness on the seas. On those boats it doesn't even feel like you're moving, it's like you're on land, so there's no seasickness or anything like that."
DISTURBED Frontman Working On Autobiography
DISTURBED frontman David Draiman has revealed via Twitter that he has written the first three chapters of his forthcoming autobiography. According to the singer, the book's release will coincide with the arrival of the debut album from DEVICE, his new industrial-style collaboration with former FILTER guitarist Geno Lenardo.
In January 2011, Draiman gave a lengthy interview to the Jerusalem Post in which he spoke in detail about his Jewish upbringing, spending part of his childhood and teen years in Israel, and how he confronts anti-Semitism among rock fans. Draiman recalled, "I came (to Israel) many times as a kid with my family. I think the first time I was six. I used to come here for summer camp a couple times in my childhood, and I spent the year after high school here studying at Neve Zion yeshiva."
Draiman told The Pulse Of Radio that during his year of religious study, his life could have taken a very different course. "The level of study that I was at, I was probably only about two or three years away from being ordained as a rabbi, so I really needed to figure out in my head where I wanted to go with things," he said. "And I just couldn't do it habitually anymore. I grew a very strong dislike for the organized aspect of religion over the course of time."
Draiman also told the Jerusalem Post that he attended five different Jewish day schools as a teenager, including the Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study in Milwaukee — where he was asked to leave after the first year.
The singer admitted that the strict religious code at the school led him to rebel, revealing, "I'd set my friends up on dates with girls that I knew, in defiance of the school . . . Or I'd smoke a little bit of weed here and there, I'd get my buddies high, so I was the drug dealer on campus even though that's not what I was doing."
Asked by the Post about running into heavy metal fans who are anti-Semitic or sometimes even neo-Nazis, Draiman replied, "I'm incredibly defiant against neo-Nazis and skinheads," adding that he convinced one fan who used to come to the band's early shows in Chicago to get a swastika tattoo removed from his head after he learned that Draiman was Jewish.
A song called "Never Again" on DISTURBED's latest album, "Asylum", deals with the Holocaust and calls out people who deny it.
DISTURBED went on an open-ended hiatus last fall, with Draiman saying at the time that all four members wanted some time to pursue other endeavors. "We've got other things that each of the band members wanted to pursue individually, outside of DISTURBED," he said. "There's other businesses we have, there's other interests. We've got futures hopefully to help cultivate for our families and our children, and they can't all revolve specifically around DISTURBED."
DISTURBED has not indicated when it plans to return, although all four members say they're likely to come back.
Aside from Draiman, DISTURBED bassist John Moyer has branched out recently by joining ADRENALINE MOB, a new group also featuring ex-DREAM THEATER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD drummer Mike Portnoy.
STAIND: 'Live From Mohegan Sun' DVD Preview Clip
The first official live CD from STAIND, "Live From Mohegan Sun", was made available by Eagle Rock Entertainment on July 10, and will be followed by the DVD and Blu-ray release on August 14. This concert was recorded and filmed in high definition at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Montville, Connecticut on November 25, 2011.
Raw, uncompromising, loud, and totally, energetically exciting, STAINDpulls out all the stops in this sixteen-song set. Singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok and bassist Johnny April pummel through a career-spanning set that includes "It's Been Awhile", "Not Again", "Eyes Wide Open", "Right Here" and "So Far Away". DrummerSal Giancarelli gives a swift kick and a solid boost (replacing original drummer Jon Wysocki who left the band in May 2011).
"Live From Mohegan Sun" track listing:
01. Eyes Wide Open
03. Right Here
04. Throw It All Away
08. So Far Away
10. For You
11. Paper Wings
13. Not Again
14. It's Been Awhile
16. Something To Remind You
The "Something To Remind You" performance from "Live From Mohegan Sun" can be seen below.
STAIND plans to go on hiatus after completing the touring cycle for its self-titled seventh album, according to Billboard.com. But Lewis says that the band is not breaking up, telling The Pulse Of Radio that it's just time for a breather. "We've got this next tour and we might do something next year and then, you know, we're going to take a little break for a second," he said. "We're not breaking up. We're not gonna stop making music. We're just going to take a little hiatus that really hasn't ever been taken in our career."
STAIND will co-headline this summer's Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival tour, which begins on August 17 in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
Foo Fighters, Black Keys & Band of Horses to Perform at Global Festival in NYC’s Central Park
Foo Fighters, The Black Keys and Band of Horses are a few of the artists donating their time to perform at the Global Festival, a concert event to raise money and awareness about global poverty. The performance will take place in Central Park in New York City on September 29. The event is scheduled to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly Meeting, where international leaders will discuss policies to reduce worldwide poverty by 2015.
"We are very proud to be lending a hand to such a creative, important event and are looking forward to adding to the noise in the big park and helping the effort toward reducing the global shame of deep poverty," said the Foo Fighters in a joint statement.
Fifty-four thousand tickets will be given away by lottery, but you’ll have to perform a number of charitable deeds or donate money to enter the drawing for your ticket. Visit GlobalFestival.com for more information.
Green Day Previews New Songs at "Secret Show" in Los Angeles
Fans who attended Green Day’s “secret show” at the Echoplex in Echo Park, CA, on Monday night got their first listen to new music from the band’s upcoming trilogy, ¡Uno!,¡Dos! and ¡Tré!
During their set, the band performed several new tracks including “Nuclear Family,” “Kill the DJ” and “Wild One.” Fan-filmed footage of some of the performances can be seen on YouTube.
While ¡Uno!, is set to arrive in stores on September 25, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré! are slated for release on November 13, 2012 and January 15, 2013, respectively.
Serj Tankian Talks System of a Down Tour, Says Band Is “Tighter Than Ever”
Last week, System of a Down kicked off their two-week string of North American dates with Deftones. Frontman Serj Tankian says that touring with SOAD is a welcome break from working on his many solo projects.
“I call it summer vacation because there’s so much going on with my other work and then you come to the System camp and it’s like relaxing,” Tankian tells ABC News Radio. “We just have shows to play, hang out, make jokes. We barely do soundchecks and we just go in and play awesome and we’re tighter than ever and the audience is happy and so it’s been really fun.”
Tankian added that fans need to see the band now while they can because he’s unsure if they will be scheduling any tour dates next year. “As far as touring, we get offers here and there,” explains the singer. “We haven’t really looked at next year as of now; so I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen with System of a Down next year, but if we get offers we’ll look at them.”
The singer also noted that at the moment, he has no plans to record a new album with SOAD anytime soon. “We haven’t really talked about doing anything new with System, we’ve just been enjoying the no pressure, have fun kind of touring that we’ve been doing together and everyone’s working on their stuff,” reveals Tankian. “I know [guitarist]Daron [Malakian]’s got another [Scars on Broadway] record that he’s gonna put out and so in time I think we’ll get to [a new SOAD album] but for now I think we’re just doing our own thing.”
Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez Says The Afterman Is “The Origin and Tale of Cyrus Amory”
Coheed and Cambria fans will get their hands on the next chapter of The Amory Warsstory when the band releases their double-CD sixth studio album, The Afterman, in October. Frontman Claudio Sanchez says that upcoming release will tell an important part of their continuing sci-fi saga.
"It's still in the Amory Wars mythos,” Sanchez tells Rolling Stone. “Basically, as a broad stroke, it's the origin and tale of Cyrus Amory, the namesake of the mythology."
Sanchez added that the album’s first single will be “Domino: The Destitute." "'Domino' is a scene in the story where the Afterman explores the energy source, the Keywork," reveals the singer. "In the Keywork, he finds out it's not comprised of these kinds of elements -- it's actually almost an afterlife. And your energy in life echoes in death. So, if you're a horrible human being in life, your energy as part of the Keywork is horrible."
The album’s first installment, titled The Afterman: Ascension, will be available on October 9, while the second album, The Afterman: Descension, is slated for release in February 2013.
Five Finger Death Punch Hopes to Start Recording New Album in January
Five Finger Death Punch has been steadily working on new material for their fourth studio album. Guitarist Jason Hook says that he hopes that the band will start recording the forthcoming release in about five months.
“[We’re] probably going to be working on new material all the way up until the new year, and then we'll start tracking in mid-January," Hook tells Billboard.com.
While Hook reveals that the band has about “six to eight songs worked up” for the new album, he notes that the band usually likes to write a lot of material before they head into the studio. “If you come in unprepared you get what you get, but if you do a decent amount of preparation, then at least you have options," explains Hook. "If we need 10 killer songs, I'd rather have 30 songs to pick from than have eight and need two desperately at the end. I don't want to make records in a panic."