In the past few centuries Transylvania has gotten a pretty bad rap for being the land of blood sucking freak vampires. The whole Dracula thing really didn't help(Thanks Bram Stoker!) and of course we root our blame for Twilight upon that. But Transylvanian Artist Sandu Ciorba has been providing his style of Romanian folk and weirdness for many years. As you can tell by this video it's not all Bats in the Belfry Transylvania:
F**ck Yeah that Rocks! I'm guessing you didn't make it through the whole video. I'm also guessing you're disappointed that the hot Romanian chick didn't get naked. But you'll come back... Sandu beckons you...
Shinedown are becoming Kings of the Rock Power Ballad. The kind of song where you find your arm reaching for a lighter once it starts. The kind of song that could be great for a slow dance but kicks in just enough to make it seem a little awkward. Must be their Duval County, Florida roots. Lynyrd Skynyrd are from the same area. One thing is for sure, Brent Smith's voice is for real. No auto-tune there.
This performance was recorded live at Henson Studios, Hollywood CA:
This is a preview clip for the song "I Appear Missing" from the new Queens Of The Stone Age album ..Like Clockwork, out on June 4. It starts with a heavily bandaged and bleeding man waking(or rising) in the middle of one of Josh Homme's favorite subjects, The Desert. He seemingly wills himself to float past several hazards like hungry vermin and prickly cacti to an urban area where he ends up..well, you'll see. It's good to see QOTSA remain as creepy as ever. it's all about the Weirdness.
Metallica were honored by their Hometown team with a "Metallica Night" at AT&T Park in San Francisco. They didn't have Metallica Bobble heads but they did give out sweet Giants/Metallica caps and had Drummer Lars Ulrich throw out the first pitch. The most Rock part of the night was James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet injecting the Metal into the "Star Spangled Banner". I've always been a sucker for the epic twin guitar lead and when applied to our National Anthem, it was double Epic.
By the way, those sweet Caps are already $96.00 on Ebay.
Volbeat's greasy haired leader Michael Poulsen described their sound the best when he asked the crowd at The House Of Blues last night, "Do you want Metal? Do you want Rock-N-Roll? Do you want Country? Do you want Punk?" They delivered all of that with a steely-eyed confidence for 90 minutes. I have indentations in my skull to prove it.
They Hammered the crowd with songs from the new album, Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies like "Perl Hart", "Doc Holiday", and the Maiden-esque "The Hangman's Body Count". But the highlights of the night were older tunes like a pummeling version of "A Warrior's Call" from Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, witch was basically a challenge to every sweaty guy in the place to hurl themselves into the pit. And the Johnny Cash tribute "Sad Man's Tongue" witch started with an acoustic strum before being blasted full on with the railroad beat of Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" ,but on nuclear steroids.
By the end of the last song "Pool Of Booze Booze Booza" The House Of Blues was a steaming sweaty mess of drunken piles of flesh. Not once through the whole show did Poulsen not smile. Grinning while he and his band delivered a steady stream of beatings to the rabid dog crowd. With his black vest and Sheriff's badge he looked like the Doc Holiday from the song, prowling the OK Corral for a kill. He has a lot to be happy about with his band on a rocket trip and an album doing the same on the charts. You were lucky if you were in attendance. This might be the last time Volbeat plays a room this small in Boston.
Yngwie Malmsteen could have been the greatest Trumpet player of all time. Or greatest Drummer of all time. But it was Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar ablaze that inspired the very young Swede to pick up the instrument he is most known for. Since then he has been called the "Greatest Guitar Player In The World" (among many other things) and has released 19 albums worth of mind boggling guitar Gymnastics that has influenced and confounded many.
On his latest album, "Spellbound", you get the purest form of his talent as he plays all the instruments with most of the riffage coming from first take ideas. He's also entering the world of words with a memoir called "Relentless" and is entering the digital realm with his instructional website RelentlessShred.com.
In my opinion, Rush didn't need to be in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They never really needed to belong to any group or club. Much like their fans they did their own thing. They created their own businesses model to survive the cut throat Music Industry. They toured relentlessly to get their music heard. They followed their own formula of song writing regardless of what was "in" at the time.(Well, there was that horrendous rap in the middle of "Roll The Bones".) Their own Musical Ecosystem supported by one of the most loyal legion of geeks and outcasts that have passed on their appreciation to their children to be passed down to their children for over three decades.
It was this army of fanatics that pressured the RRHOF year after year until Jan Wenner finally caved and allowed the outsiders into the Pantheon of Rock Legend. But it was not the Hall that welcomed these Gods of the Great White North..It was the Holy Trio that allowed the Hall to be part of their world. In the end(also a great tune from Fly By Night), Rush accepted the accolades from the Hall and once again let the Geeks know that they have the power.
It can be summed up in the words of Guitar Wizard Alex Lifeson, "Blah blah blah, blah blah blah. Blah, blahh blah blah blah blah blah. Blah Blah Blah." The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony will be aired on HBO on May 18. Check out the rough footage below
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters inducting the band:
Holy Cow! Neil is talking!:
Foo Fighters having the most fun you could possibly have ever:
Early Saturday Morning(April 13) Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng passed away after a battle to recover from a car accident back in 2008. Chi had been in a coma for most of that time but had shown signs of recovery which kept his family, fellow band members, and fans hopeful for a recovery. His struggles were documented by his family at the One Love For Chi site. The news of his death was posted by his mother there:
"Our dearest Family,
This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emergency [sic] room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.
He fought the good fight. You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.
With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)"
The last time I talked to Chi was at the 2006 Family Values Tour at the Comcast Center in Mansfield. At the time Deftones had struggled through recording Saturday Night Wrist with tensions in the band at an all time high. I had interviewed Singer Chino Moreno that day as well as a few other bands on the tour and had run into Chi taking a smoke break in the backstage courtyard. He seemed way more mellow and tired than when I had spoke to him last on the White Pony tour. He said he was a "Ghost" on this tour, trying to keep a low profile and not get into too much trouble. We also talked about his growing interest in Country and Western music. He was digging deep into the real "shit kicking stuff" as he called it like Hank Jr., Waylon Jennings, and other Outlaw artists. I had suggested a few bands I liked to him and we had a great conversation about Roots and Americana music. It was a real conversation with a person who kept it real.
On a good night, the Deftones could move mountains. Chi's bass playing created an elastic bottom that, when coupled with Abe Cunningham's drumming, could alter your heartbeat to conform to their rhythm.
All of us here at WAAF are saddened by Chi's death and send our condolences to his Family and his band mates in Deftones.
"My God Is The Sun" is the first taste of Like Clockwork which will be out on June 4. The Queens first album since 2007's Era Vulgaris. Once again the gigantic drumming of Dave Grohl graces the line up.(Including this song) Other guests include original bassist Nick Oliveri, and Elton John.(Yes, THAT Elton John)
I wish I could be at The House Of Blues tonight for the Black Crowes latest "We're Talking Again" tour. But unfortunately the Red Sox latest collapse has me spiraling into a reclusive malaise. Not to mention I couldn't scam free tickets. Hopefully this PBS special from 2011 will tide you over until they return to the Bank Of America Pavilion in Boston on July 30. Those tickets go on sale tomorrow(4/12) Get the details here.
The new Rob Zombie video for "Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown" has all the essential ingredients for a good time. Hot chicks, break dancing, an astronaut, a dwarf, a Yeti wearing sunglasses, and a giant chicken. I'm speculating that's graffiti artist Banksy in the hoodie standing next to what looks like one of his creations on a brick wall. Also, look for Buckcherry singer Josh Todd at the end. Yep, just another day at the Zombie House.
Pearl Jam hope to have a new album out later this year. Guitarist Mike McCready has said that he would like to finish the sessions they started two years ago and get on the road. Until then, here's their full performance from this past weekend at Lollapalooza Brazil. Kick back for a couple hours and tell the boss you're doing some "research". Great version of "Baba O'riley".
Every now and then when you're watching the Red Sox play in Toronto on TV you catch a shining ray of intense greatness coming from behind home plate at The Rogers Center. That is the great beaked noggin of Rush Bassist/Vocalist Geddy Lee taking in his favorite activity outside of making Godly sonic miracles. The temptation must be great for him to use his super human brain power to alter every pitch to go his hometown team's way. If he did, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig would be forced to dissolve the Blue Jays organization and replace them with a team from The Netherlands.
Despite holding back his ability to propel the team to the World Series with a snap of his mighty fingers, the Jays honored Mr. Lee by letting him throw out the First Pitch to start the season. Watch as Geddy again, holds back his mighty power so as not to obliterate the Jay's Brandon Morrow.
Now watch as Geddy, along with the remainder of the Pantheon traverse many planes of time and space:
I love it when bands jam together like this. P.O.D., who are currently on tour with Three Days Grace and Shinedown, have been bringing back their cover of U2's "Bullet The Blue Sky" during their set. In the video below Zach Myers from Shinedown joins them for a slamming version. The pure joy in Zach and Marcos Curiel's playing is delightful to watch.
My friend Mark Hartless sent this to me and asked me what I made of it. Upon first viewing this is what I surmised:
During the Rebel Alliance action on the Forrest moon of Endor that eventually helped destroy the Second Death Star, a rebel assault force discovered a tribe of beings called Ewoks. These furry and diminutive creatures assisted the Alliance and later partied with the Rebel Fighters in their massive Tree House. That is where Ewok Music was first heard. You can listen to a sample here. During the lively celebrations(which may have included some type of mind altering beverages) Rebel Fighters must have had intimate relations with the Ewoks. Later creating the Human/Ewok hybrid. Over hundreds of years this hybrid species developed the technology to explore space all the while keeping their love of music alive.
During exploration of our Solar System an Ewok Space ship crashed on Earth somewhere in Estonia and the Ewoks were captured by the then suppressive Warsaw Pact Regime. Despite being tortured, used for experiments and as sex slaves, the Ewok/Humans were able to keep their love of music alive. Although by this time it had evolved into a fast paced, more angry form of song.
Once the Estonian Government deemed them useless to their cause they sent them to a work camp in the Latvia. The Ewok/Humans were able to escape and were given shelter by a scout for popular circus show, Cirque du Soleil. They were eventually incorporated into the act and were able to express themselves musically, but not as much as they liked.
After the fall of Communism they returned to the only place they knew as home, Estonia. While there, they were able to develop their unique sounds which had become influenced by artists such as Anthrax and The Muppets. After being suppressed for so long they were able to let loose and show the world the full extent of their art. This culminated on an Estonian "American Idol" type television show.
Well, according to the "FACTS" I was way off. This is actually Winny Puhh(which translates into Winny Pooh..go figure) an Estonian punk band that has been around for some time but hasn't really broken through to the West. Obviously due to some kind of Ewok discrimination. The name of the song they are playing is "Meiecundimees üks Korsakov läks eile Lätti" which, according to Google Translate, means "Meiecundimees one Korsakov just went to Latvia". So, that explains a lot. All I know is, this is the greatest thing since Black Sabbath and I'm going to start a tribute band.
When the venerable Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead turned 50 back in 1995 they had a little party for him at L.A.'s fabled Nightclub Whisky A Go Go. The night featured what is possibly the only performance by "The Lemmy's" who performed a short set of Motorhead classics to please the Rock God on his half Century survival. Can you guess who these guys really are? It's not too hard.
Some might think, the music genre Rap-Rock has been buried and forgotten and the red baseball caps have been replaced by 80's loving, vintage Chess King wearing, ironic fanny pack lovers. But not so fast Mr. Simple Minds T-shirt, Rap-Rock is slowly digging itself out of that shallow grave and returning with one of the vanguards of the scene.
Limp Bizkit has been trying to revive it's career for a few years but now have enlisted the help of Sizzurp lovin' Lil' Wayne on this latest collaboration, "Ready To Go". Behold the jam:
This is not the only evidence of the Rap-Rock Revival. Mr. Edward Van Halen has been working with the man who takes direction from his Mother when it comes to leaving people comatose, LL Cool J:
I think it's fantastic that the Library Of Congress has recognized the Ramones first album as a musical work that is "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". Since the 2000 National Preservation Act, the LOC has been preserving some pretty good stuff in the National Recording Registry. Works by The Beatles, The Stones, The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, and Bruce Springsteen are among many who have been deemed to be important musical achievements. Does that mean they recognize sniffing glue as "culturally significant" because of the huffers anthem, "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue"? Believe me, I'm not complaining at all. This is one of my favorite albums of all time. I think it's great that "53rd And 3rd", a song about a Vietnam Vet with a bad habit who hangs out at an intersection known for male prostitutes and kills to prove he's a man, is now preserved form the life of the Union in it's records.
Sure, there are other drug addicts and deviants preserved in the Nations most prestigious hall of records like The Beach Boys, James Brown, Michael Jackson, and fellow 2012 inductees Pink Floyd(for Dark Side Of The Moon, HUZZAH!) But aside from fellow New Yorkers Sonic Youth, Ramones are the first true Punk band and the first to have a song like "Beat On The Brat" in the LOC.
You could actually look at The Ramones as a microcosm of the U.S.A. You have the extreme right winger Johnny at odds with the extremely liberal Joey and in between Dee Dee and Tommy(drummer for this album) being pushed and pulled back and forth just trying to keep the beat steady. I've also thought "Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World" would make a great National Anthem.
That creepy guy we know that used to hang out at all of our High School parties has returned. In the video for Butch Walker's latest song "Synthesizer", Matthew McConaughey reprises his role as Wooderson from the Richard Linklater classic Dazed And Confused. If you haven't seen it it's one of the greatest Stoner Movies ever and a great look at growing up in the 70's. Even though I was 8 in 1976 I learned plenty from my cousins and friends older siblings. In the words of the man himself, "Alright, alright, alright." Wooderson is my favorite character from the film because we all know that guy that hung out with High School kids despite being 23. He was great to have around when you needed beer. But sometimes it got creepy.
Who is Butch Walker? Here's a list of artists he's produced:
Fall Out Boy
and many many others.
He was in an Atlanta band in the 90's called The Marvelous 3 who had a minor hit WAAF used to play called "Freak Of The Week".
"Synthesizer" is from his album "The Spade" which has a 70's Cheap Trick, Power Pop feel. This song is my anthem right now. It's lyrics are filled with truth and Wooderson hammers the point home. He is who he is and does what he does and despite what you may think about him, you always know you'll get the real deal..even though it might be a little..creepy. Also, speaking of creepy, if you pay attention, you'll see Porn Legend Ron Jeremy partying with a couple of hotties.
Biting Elbows is a Punk band from Moscow and you can check out their music here. It's pretty good. But this isn't about the music, it's about the crazy-ass, first person killer, Tarantino-like videos they made for their two songs "The Stampede" and "Bad Motherf***er". Director Sergey Valyaev has created the ultimate cubicle escape fantasy. WARNING: These videos contain ultra-violence, sexual content, and everything else that makes these kind of things more fun and entertaining.
Nine Inch Nails have posted a documentary of their 1994-96 "Self Destruct Tour", possibly the most debauched period for Trent Reznor and crew. This was previously released on the "Closure" VHS in 1997. The 75 minute video is edited to give you motion sickness and contains scenes featuring tour mates David Bowie(who duets with Reznor on a powerful version of "Hurt") and a hung over Marilyn Manson. There is also much destruction of equipment and sanity. Back then, Nine Inch Nails shows were half Rock Show, half Gladiator Fight. This was the tour where Trent Reznor scared himself and ended up making the quiet and fearful The Fragile before disappearing for a few years.
Reznor has stated that he is bringing Nine Inch Nails back to the world in a reconstructed form and will be touring this year. Although in the video below, you see a man who has no concern for the future. Strap in(or on) and watch:
I haven't seen anyone rock a Keytar like this since... Since... Hmmm.... You'll have to give me a minute on that one. Maybe you can help me out? Remind me who rocked the Keytar the best in the comments section below. But these guys kick ass. They're almost as good as My Dick!
"Cape Of Our Hero" is from Volbeat's upcoming album Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies which will be released in the U.S. on April 9. It's a rather melodic, sentimental song from a band that usually likes to mix their Motorhead with Johnny Cash and Metallica. In some recent interviews, Singer/Guitarist Michael Poulson said a lot of the new songs were written while touring the U.S. with some inspiration from his favorite Spaghetti Westerns he used to watch with his Father.
Don't forget, WAAF Presents Volbeat at The House Of Blues in Boston on May 1. You can get your tickets here.
Record Store Day is happening this year on April 20th(yes, 4/20) and the RSD Ambassador for 2013 is Vinyl Record Champion and Protector Jack White(White Stripes, The Dead Weather, The Racontuers). White has taken the vinyl release to new levels with his Third Man Records label so he is a natural fit to spread the RSD word. In the video below, White takes us on a tour of a Record Plant and explains that there is more involved with supporting Mom and Pop Record Stores.
Here's Jack White's Official Statement for Music Lovers:
Years ago someone told me that 1,200 high school kids were given a survey. A question was posed to them: Have you ever been to a stand-alone record shop? The number of kids that answered "yes" was... zero.
Zero? How could that be possible? Then I got realistic and thought to myself, "Can you blame them?" How can record shops (or any shop for that matter) compete with Netflix, TiVo, video games that take months to complete, cable, texting, the Internet, etc. etc? Getting out of your chair at home to experience something in the real world has started to become a rare occurrence, and to a lot of people, an unnecessary one. Why go to a bookstore and get a real book? You can just download it. Why talk to other human beings, discuss different authors, writing styles and influences? Just click your mouse. Well here's what they'll someday learn if they have a soul; there's no romance in a mouse click. There's no beauty in sitting for hours playing video games (anyone proud of that stop reading now and post your opinion in the nearest forum). The screen of an iPhone is convenient, but it’s no comparison to a 70mm showing of a film in a gorgeous theater. The Internet is two-dimensional…helpful and entertaining, but no replacement for face-to-face interaction with a human being. But we all know all of that, right? Well, do we? Maybe we know all that, but so what?
Let's wake each other up.
The world hasn't stopped moving. Out there, people are still talking to each other face-to-face, exchanging ideas and turning each other on. Art houses are showing films, people are drinking coffee and telling tall tales, women and men are confusing each other and record stores are selling discs full of soul that you haven’t felt yet. So why do we choose to hide in our caves and settle for replication? We know better. We should at least. We need to re-educate ourselves about human interaction and the difference between downloading a track on a computer and talking to other people in person and getting turned onto music that you can hold in your hands and share with others. The size, shape, smell, texture and sound of a vinyl record; how do you explain to that teenager who doesn't know that it's a more beautiful musical experience than a mouse click? You get up off your ass, you grab them by the arm and you take them there. You put the record in their hands. You make them drop the needle on the platter. Then they'll know.
Let's wake each other up.
As Record Store Day Ambassador of 2013 I’m proud to help in any way I can to invigorate whoever will listen with the idea that there is beauty and romance in the act of visiting a record shop and getting turned on to something new that could change the way they look at the world, other people, art, and ultimately, themselves.
Let's wake each other up.
That's pretty moving shit. I just ripped off my shirt and started screaming at my CD collection.(In about 5 years we'll probably be having a CD Store Day) RSD is actually one of the few things I'll get up early and wait in line for. When the doors open it becomes a Geek Battle Royal. A lot of bearded guys with glasses elbowing for position to get that limited release.
As a music enthusiast I still love throwing a record on the turntable. It's more of a listening "Experience" than listening to your iPod. With vinyl you make a bit of a commitment to sitting down(or laying on the floor with headphones) and checking out the packaging and artwork while taking in the music. Plus you only have about 20 until you have to turn the record over. It keeps you engaged. Unless you have one of those old school multi-album holders for your turntable.
Please don't be this guy. I love records, but...
For a list of participating Record stores and releases check here.
Well Not really. None of the people mentioned in the title of this blog wanted to deliver the mail. But they are in this great promo video for the 10th Anniversary Re-issue of The Postal Service's album Give Up. If you're not familiar with The Postal Service you can check out their fluttery electronic vibe here.
Yeah..it's pretty ..electronic. But I guess they strike a chord with a lot of people because their Coachella appearance and upcoming tour are driving the beard growing, ironic t-shirt and vest wearing, hipsters crazy. Not quite my cup of whiskey though.
The video is hilarious! Featuring "try outs" by Duff McKagan(GnR), Nate Mendel(Foo Fighters), Tom DeLonge(Blink 182), Boston's own Aimee Mann, Page Hamilton(Helmet), and Comedian Marc Maron. The best effort award goes to Moby(whom I usually despise), and the incomparable Weird Al Yankovic.
Last night, Dave Grohl and his Sound City Players closed down Hollywood Boulevard thanks to Jimmy Kimmel and ripped through the Creedence classic "Fortunate Son" with John Fogerty himself sharing the vocals with Grohl.
Get more details on the Sound City Documentary here.
No, not one of those Lullaby Albums that spin your favorite Rock into sweetness so you can at least enjoy it a little while you're rocking(the motion) you critter back to sleep(hopefully) at 3am. It's also not actual babies playing Metal. But it's close.
Baby Metal is a Trio of very young Japanese Girls fronting a sick metal band dressed in skeleton body suits. They forge a mix of what sounds like European style Power Metal and Thrash with J-Pop Vocals into an alloy dubbed "Kawaii Metal". Yes, it's a gimmick, but it also weird's me out. That's a quality I look for in music. I see this spreading to the Western Nations and being marketed as "Cute-Core". Demonic Hello Kitty-esque. Satanic My Little Pony. If Jessie from the Disney Channel did a project with Dimmu Borgir. Let the video impale you with sweetness.
Tool have announced a new release! Well..not a "new" music release. They will be releasing a 21st Anniversary Edition of their 1992 EP Opiate on March 26. Here's the official word from the band:
“The anniversary edition is limited to 5,000 copies and features art direction by Adam Jones, illustrations by legendary artist Adi Granov and design packaging by Mackie Osborne, who has collaborated with TOOL on many albums including 10,000 Days, Lateralus and Salival as well as posters and merchandise.
The 5,000 copies will be broken down as 5 x 1,000 runs with each set featuring a variation of the exterior graphics and included bonus items which include a new stereoscopic image for fans to use with their glasses from the 10,000 Days packaging.
The packages will only be available via TOOL‘s website (www.toolband.com) on Mar. 26 and there will be no pre-orders. A limit of three packages from each of the 5 x 1,000 versions will be in place. More details to be announced soon.”
Much like anything Tool does, it's surrounded in mystery. Will it be vinyl, CD, surround sound DVD, or maybe Tool will revive the 8 track? At least we can use those Stereoscopic glasses that came with 10,000 Days. That was brilliant packaging. I hope there are more extras included as far as music and video are concerned. I would like to see or hear more live performance. I would also like to see a "Song Remains The Same" type of montage interpreting each band members personality. That could either be hilarious or disturbing.
I'm excited about this but: 1. I already have Opiate. 2. How about that new music they were talking about a few weeks ago?
Here's your first video taste of Device, the new project featuring Dave Draiman from Disturbed. The self-titled album will be out on April 9. The band also features former Filter member Geno Lenardo. Get more details at Mistress Carrie's Music Director's Blog.
Black Sabbath have released some footage of the band working on their upcoming new album 13, which is due in June. Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler are shown working with Rage Against The Machine Drummer Brad Wilk. Last month in an interview Butler said Wilk would not be joining them on tour because of his commitments to Rage. This, of course led to speculation that there would be a new Rage Against The Machine album or tour as well. Still really can't consider this a reunion without Bill Ward behind the drums but still Looking forward to it.
Anthrax will be releasing an EP of covers on March 19 called Anthems, a tribute to some of the classic rock tunes beloved by the band. It includes a cover of "Anthem" by the Greatest Band In North America, RUSH, which you can hear below. Guitarist Scott Ian said in Billboard Magazine it was fun because, " a lot of those [songs] aren't, I guess, normal for us or like so much of our repertoire — although they are because they're songs we all knew."
I think they did a great job. It takes huge balls to cover Rush, but we all know Anthrax has those. Can't wait to hear their version of Thin Lizzy's "Jailbreak"! What do you think?
Ian said the song choice is from songs the band has jammed on for fun for years, "Because you really don't wanna have to work too hard on these things, although the RUSH song is a bit of a bitch; I can't say that's an easy one. But it's a song we all know and we're all familiar with, so then, of course, you take on the challenge of just really trying to nail it and do it justice."
In other Anthrax news local guy Jon Donais from Shadows Fall will play guitar for Anthrax on their upcoming tour filling in for departed guitarist Rob Caggiano who has joined Volbeat.
Device is the new project by Disturbed singer David Draiman. Mistress Carrie covered the details in her Music Director's Blog here. Their self-titled album will be out on April 9th. Check out the teaser trailer below:
The Man Of A Million Projects, Dave Grohl has been guest hosting Chelsea Lately this week and Sir Elton John made an appearance this week. After the initial love fest Sir Elton talked about working on the new Queens Of The Stone Age and Alice In Chains albums. He joins an impressive lists of guests on the Queens Of The Stone Age project like Trent Reznor, Mark Lanegan(who is a floating member), Brode Dalle, as well as Grohl. But that's been the Queen's MO since Rated R. Josh Homme brings in who he needs for the song or just for the hell of it to see what happens. Can't wait to hear it!
Here's another release from the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "I'm With You Sessions". It's an 8 minute space jam called "In Love Dying". I believe the Red Hot Chili Peppers are slowly floating into the stratosphere one molecule at a time with the help of their long time Alien benefactors. Just Sayin'. Load the bong for this one.
Joy Division were one of those bands that didn't have huge success while they were around but influenced many to start bands and take the path of making music with emotional intensity and dark atmospheres. U2, Radiohead, The Cure and many others readily give credit to Joy Division for inspiration.
After lead singer Ian Curtis took his own life in 1980 the band and their music were elevated to a mythic level. Their last album Closer, recorded shortly before Curtis' death, is basically a suicide note. The remaining members continued on under the name New Order with great success through the 80's and 90's. But Joy Division's dark and tragic past was always hovering over them.
Despite the brooding anthems and the dire conclusion of the band, bassist Peter Hook has written an account that somehow injects a little humor to the legend and brings the mythos down to earth. In Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division, Hook presents a first hand account of young Punks banging it out in crappy empty clubs and freezing vans like any other struggling band. Stories of boyish pranks and chaotic live performances show that these Gothic Lords were more than just a pantheon to doom and gloom. The book also touches on the mazing story of the Factory record label and their mission to keep it very real.
I spoke to bassist Peter Hook by phone and despite his reputation and self confessed pleasure for making interviews awkward and difficult he was very pleasant. Check out the interview below:
Here's Joy Division's first full length album Unknown Pleasures:
This is a 1979 Television performance:
I also reccomend the movies 24 Hour Party People which is very entertaining(even if you're not a Joy Division fan) and the beautifully filmed Control.
For the "By Crooked Steps" video Soundgarden went with Director/Rock Star Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters who has made pretty great videos with his own band. Soundgarden make dark, brooding, heavy music and Grohl manages to inject a little humor into the mix with the use of one of the most ridiculed vehicles of all time: The Segway. Despite Soundgarden riding these Bad Motor Geek Machines..they still remain nerdy. Great video guys!
Here's a recently released track called "From Can To Can't" featuring Corey Taylor(Stone Sour, Slipknot), Rick Nielsen, Bassist Scott Reeder(Kyuss, The Obsessed), and Grohl.
Here's the Tracklist for Sound City Real To Reel which comes out March 12:
01. Robert Levon Been, Dave Grohl, Peter Hayes – "Heaven And All"
02. Chris Goss, Tim Commerford, Dave Grohl, Brad Wilk – "Time Slowing Down"
03. Stevie Nicks, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee – "You Can't Fix This"
04. Rick Springfield, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear – "The Man That Never Was"
04. Lee Ving, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Alain Johannes, Pat Smear – "Your Wife Is Calling"
06. Corey Taylor, Dave Grohl, Rick Nielsen, Scott Reeder – "From Can To Can't"
07. Joshua Homme, Chris Goss, Dave Grohl, Alain Johannes – "Centipede"
08. Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme – "A Trick With No Sleeve"
09. Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Pat Smear – "Cut Me Some Slack"
10. Dave Grohl, Jessy Greene, Rami Jaffee, Jim Keltner – "If I Were Me"
11. Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme, Trent Reznor – "Mantra"
My Dick is a Boston duo comprised of members Cool Hand and Hand Solo. While some may label them as a cover band, they have way more girth than the average function band. My Dick "Dick-ifys" legendary Pop hits. They pound the song raw making it full of My Dick's unmistakable character. Check out My Dick's "Double Full Length Release" below. Just lay back and enjoy it.
Clutch has been laying down the heavy groove for over 20 years now. At times bubbling up over the underground but mostly doing the old fashioned way by taking it to the people. Like thay say in the song below, "If you're going to do it, do it live on stage or don't do it at all.." Their tenth album "Earth Rocker" will be out on March 19 through their own Weathermaker label. Their last few albums have been explorations in Galactic Blues but the just released title track seems to get back to the ROCK. Check it out here:
This might cause some concern to the paranoid like myself that Technology and Robots are taking over too much of our lives. But know this: Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead will outlive these machines. Like Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards, Lemmy is a miracle of nature. After these machines break down and Justin Bieber collects his first Social Security Check, Lemmy will still be guzzling Jack and Cokes and eating groupies alive.
Just for reference, here's Motorhead showing everyone how it's done. Suck it you bloated bucket of bolts!
Zakk Wylde and members of Sevendust and Candlebox have recorded a song called "The Pride," to benefit the The Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund, a Staten Island-based, non-profit organization which helps with Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts.
The recording features Zakk Wylde, Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John "JD" Deservio (Black Label Society, Cycle of Pain) and The Infinite Staircase.
The song was recorded at Architeckt Music in New Jersey and both the studio and the recording engineer, Mike Ferretti, graciously donated their services to the project.
Since Zakk is a New Jersey native I'm sure he feels strongly about the project and the recovery efforts. The song will be available on iTunes later this month.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been releasing a series of vinyl singles consisting of tracks that didn't make it on the I'm With You album. The latest offering, in my opinion, is their best. A couple of spacey songs with strings, one appropriately titled "Pink As Floyd".
For those who want the Chilis to get back to the days when they ripped it up a la Blood Sugar Sex Magic, don't hold your breath. That was a completely different band on a different planet altogether. I've loved the Chili Peppers ever since i saw them play on the back of a flatbed truck in a muddy field at UMASS Amherst back in 1987. They were out of control, exploding and imploding at the same time. The ride for them up to this point has been like dodging falling concrete panels in the Sumner Tunnel. But they have persevered, stayed true to themselves, and continue to make amazing and surprising music.
In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal gave some advice to up and coming musicians and it went like this:
"1. Be on time. By “on time” I mean “be early.” Make sure you’re there for when you need to be — wait in your car, communicate, let them know 10 minutes early that you’ll be there in 5 minutes, and walk in 5 minutes later. 2. Be prepared. By “prepared” I mean “overly prepared.” Know more than you need to. If you’re gonna lay guitar parts, know the drum grooves and where all the accents and up-beats and fills and breaks are, know the bass lines… When the bassist doesn’t show and they freak out and you say, “I know the bass part. I can lay it down,” you’ll be the MVP 3. Be cool. And by that I mean, be a calm, relaxed, easy-going, soothing presence in the room. When everyone is contagiously breaking into panic and stress mode, you’ll be their voice of reason without even trying. Players can be replaced — people are chosen by who others want to spend their time with.”
Excellent advice! All three points could be applied to any Job. Especially if a lot of people are depending on you. Not just staff but customers or clients. Also, I'd like to add, WHAT THE F**K?! Are you serious? You are still with Guns N Roses right? With all due respect, maybe you should mention these points to your exceptionally skilled Tardy Master, Walkin' off the stage, deciding to not go on 10 minutes before the show boss?
I don't know, maybe he's venting through the press. But that would be breaking rule 3. Maybe "Bumblefoot's" watch is fast. Seriously, when you guys were 3 hours late at The DCU Center a few years ago you could've applied point #1 and call and let us know.
Maybe he's joking? That's got to be it. Then this is hilarious! Damn, I'm such a stick in the mud. My New Year Resolution is to have more of a sense of humor.
On the other hand, no one knows more about being late than the Guns N Roses Crew. So I guess this is expert advice. For Free!
There was much hype surrounding Sir Paul McCartney's performance at the 121212 Concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy last night at Madison Square Garden. Once it was leaked the day before that the surviving members of Nirvana were going to back the former Beatle, the internet exploded with Music Geek fervor. Was this going to be an actual Nirvana reunion? What Nirvana songs would Sir Paul attempt. The word "replace" was used in some stories. Really? Do you really think Paul McCartney could replace Kurt Cobain? Maybe Dave Grohl could replace George Harrison in the Beatles Reunion? I was expecting mostly Beatles and maybe one Nirvana song. I was hoping for a McCartney crooned "About A Girl" or "In Bloom". Seriously, I can hear that.
But what actually happened could be considered to be under whelming to the hypers and the doubters. After a sweet mix of Beatles, Wings, and solo material with his ace backing band, Sir Paul invited Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear to join him for a new original called "Cut Me Some Slack" written by him and Grohl that might be on the soundtrack to Grohl's upcoming documentary "Sound City". It was a heavy slab of groove rock reminiscent of the Beatles rocker "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" and Led Zeppelin. Check out the video here:
And that was it. No Beatles, No Nirvana. I actually liked it. I wanted to hear more. No, seriously. I hope they make more music like this! Some were very disappointed. Some on the intetrnets felt duped and some said that both McCartney and the Nirvana guys compromised their reputations by being on the same stage together. To those I say..Relax. They didn't butcher the sacred songs from either of their respective former bands. There was no bludgeoning of "A Day In The Life". Paul didn't cute up "Territorial Pissings". Relax. It was a group of guys having fun for a good cause. Anyone that has followed the careers of any of those involved know they long ago moved on from the Legendary Music that made them famous and have continued to evolve as musicians. McCartney's catalog speaks for itself and Grohl and Novoselic have respectfully preserved Nirvana's musical legacy.(Granted they had legal problems preventing them from trying. But they've been a little more classy about it than Courtney Love.)
Plus, it was great hearing Sir Paul McCartney say "Pat Smear!" Do you think Smear ever thought, back when he was in the Germs dodging snot and bottles in shit hole clubs, that he would ever share a stage at Madison Square Garden with a Beatle? No wonder he had that disbelieving look on his face the whole time. I wonder what the Germs, "Lexicon Devil" would sound like with Sir Paul on vocals?
At a press conference today at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist and 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Flea announced the list of performer inductees and Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients for induction. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2013 are:
· Albert King
· Randy Newman
· Public Enemy
· Donna Summer
Ahmet Ertegun (non performer) Award:
· Lou Adler
· Quincy Jones
Scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013, the 28th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. This marks the first time since 1993 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on the West Coast. The ceremony will again be open to the public, as it was in 2009 and 2012 in Cleveland.
Joel Peresman, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, said, “We are thrilled to announce this year’s class of inductees, which again represents the broad, compelling and significant definition of rock and roll.”
The induction ceremony will broadcast on HBO on Saturday, May 18 at 9pm ET/PT. Said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming, "We are excited to team up once again with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for what is sure to be an incredible evening of one-of-a-kind performances.”
Ticket Purchase Information
Tickets to the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony go on sale to the public on Friday, January 25th. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Members will have the opportunity to purchase advance sale tickets to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2013 Inductions. Memberships must be active as of January 1st, 2013. Some restrictions apply. Click here or reference the Rock Hall Membership e-newsletter for details.
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performer inductees were chosen by more than 500 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. The 2013 Nominees had to release their first recording no later than 1987.
For the first time in its history, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame offered fans the opportunity to officially participate in the induction selection process. The public was able to visit rockhall.com, hbo.com, CNN.com and rollingstone.com to cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a “fans’ ballot” that was tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2013 inductees.
All inductees are ultimately represented in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form; and through its library and archives, as well as its educational activities.
Jack White brought his all female band, The Peacocks, for his appearance on Conan last night. He toured with this band and an all male band. You can see both in action here. By the way, drummer Carla Azar kicks serious ass. No offense Meg. I also think it's great he's doing a song about being floored by a hot chick surrounded by women. #Rockstarproblems
This is the first track from the upcoming EP "Dogs Eating Dogs'(out on 12/18/12) Tom Delonge has described the new music they're making as very different and progressive. He also used the word "Organic". Blink 182 are now on their own and doing it themselves without the help of a record label. You can pre-order "Dogs Eating Dogs" in various forms here.
The video is for the track "Mein Herz Brennt"(Piano Version). It will be included on an EP of the same name to be released next Tuesday(12/10). I needed to power wash my body after watching it. If anyone has a knowledge of German do me a favor and don't let me know what this is about. I feel if I did know, I wouldn't be able to sleep for the rest of my life. I hear Till Lindeman is also available for Kids parties and Babysitting.
Metallica have released another clip from the upcoming Double DVD "Quebec Magnetic".(out on December 10th) The clip of "The Four Horsemen" comes from a two night stand the band did in October of 2009. The DVD was directed by Wayne Isham who also directed their videos for "Enter Sandman", "Sad But True", "Fuel" among many others. Check out the clip and the full track list from "Quebec Magnetic" below:
Track List for "Quebec Magnetic":
01. That Was Just Your Life
02. The End Of The Line
03. The Four Horsemen
04. The Shortest Straw
06. Broken, Beat & Scarred
07. My Apocalypse
08. Sad But True
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. The Judas Kiss
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Master Of Puppets
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman
16. Killing Time
18. Seek & Destroy
19. For Whom The Bell Tolls
20. Holier Than Thou
22. Turn The Page
23. All Nightmare Long
24. Damage, Inc.
26. Phantom Lord
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night after receiving the Kennedy Center Honor from President Obama on Sunday.(Awarded for the substantial contribution to culture and the arts in the United States. They must have also included hearing loss and sexually transmitted diseases with that) I think they've already established the fact that they will never play reunite for an tour or record new material together so what could we learn from a Letterman appearance?
1. David Letterman seemed uncharacteristically intimidated by them.
The Gaslight Anthem have released a video for "National Anthem" which comes from their excellent album Handwritten. The video is a montage of images from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sand in their home state of New Jersey. They are also selling two specially designed t-shirts via PunkCares.org to benefit organizations helping to aid in the recovery. The band's upcoming concert at Terminal 5 in New York City will air on AXS TV and the channel will make a donation to the recovery effort that matches the amount of money raised by sales of the t-shirts, according to Rolling Stone.
This is the new release from Trent Reznor's post Nine Inch Nails band How To Destroy Angels. The band also includes Reznor's wife, Mariqueen Mandig, on vocals, and long time collaborators Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan. While there are many similarities to the quiet side of NIN, The Omen ep has more of an ambient and at times tribal groove. It still has some of that maddening tension building that Reznor is adept at but overall the edges are smoother. Headphone(not earbud) listening is highly recommended.
The boys in Blink-182 is expected to release a new EP in time for Christmas, according to tweets and instagrams from the members of the band. Mark Hoppus wrote last week, "We're releasing some new blink-182 songs in a few weeks. Watch this space." Tom DeLonge added, "New Blink EP for x mas..." Not sure if it will be a Christmas themed EP. Of course I'd love to hear them change "Deck The Halls" to "Deck The Balls".
In some related Breaking Blink 182 news. Mark Hoppus accomplishes major life milestone:
Soundgarden made an appearance on the BBC's "Later With Jules Holland" doing "Been Away Too Long" from the upcoming new album King Animal(out November 13) and the classic "Rusty Cage" from Badmotorfinger. Chris Cornell can still wail like a banshee despite wearing his Grandma's sweater.
The Rolling Stones played a surprise club gig last night at La Trabendo in Paris to about 600 lucky people. The Stones have always warmed up with an intimate club show before they go out on tour. Usually close to their current rehearsal space. You might(or might not) remember their infamous show at Sir Morgan's Cove on Green St. in Worcester? Although I wouldn't call the four gigs they have planned a "Tour", but Keith Richards says they, "Ain't doing all this for four gigs."
Here's the setlist from the show:
"It's Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)"
"When the Whip Comes Down"
"Champagne and Reefer"
"Doom and Gloom"
"Start Me Up"
"Jumpin' Jack Flash"
Rush has been making great music for the last 44 years but last night they focused mostly on their last 30. Most likely because Bass player Geddy Lee can’t quite hit those notes from the epic 70’s material. These guys are getting to retirement age and have no problem making fun of themselves. Before the meet and greet with Geddy and guitarist Alex Lifeson even their security guys giving the briefing made sure we didn't’t “knock Geddy’s cane out from under him” and “ we have to go back to wake them up because it’s their nap time”. But their playing was still sharp and concise as it was when I first saw them on the “Signals” tour back in 1982 at the Worcester Centrum(now DCU Center).
In fact it was kind of a flashback as they opened with “Subdivisions” from that album complete with clips from the video of high school kids from the early 80’s. And that’s where they stayed for the first set: The 80’s. Occasionally plucking a few songs from the early 90’s like “Dreamline” and the instrumental “Where’s My Thing” from 1991’s “Roll The Bones”. The 1985 “Power Windows” album had the majority of the first set with the powerful “Big Money”, as well as “Middletown Dreams”, “Grand Designs”, and the epic “Territories”. “Power Windows” is an album full 80’s fears like nuclear war, out of control banks, and corporate greed. Stuff we’re still dealing with in the 21st century. They also pulled out the “Signals” nugget “Analog Kid” with Uber-Baseball fan Geddy Lee throwing in a Red Sox reference. I thought my head was going to explode. The only diversion from the 80’s/early nineties was the set closer “Far Cry” from the 2007’s “Snakes And Arrows”. But that was it for their post Y2K/pre- “Clockwork Angels” stuff.
After a short break and a long ass bathroom line (The Men’s Room at Rush Shows are always miles long while the very few ladies breeze in and out of their respective rest room. They should just open up the Ladies room to the guys since the ratio is probably 8-1) they concentrated on the excellent new effort, “Clockwork Angels” with the first guest musicians they have ever brought on tour. The Clockwork Angels String Ensemble’s six violins and two cellos added a sweet underlying melody to the new material that never overpowered the songs. It also added to the cinematic tone of the new material. The two high points for me in the second set were “The Wreckers” which was accompanied by one of the best stage productions I’ve ever seen. The backdrop was cut out animation of a ship pressing on through raging seas and storms, at one point, the relentless rain on the screen was mimicked by tiny white lights on stage giving the effect of rain in that entire end of the arena. It was amazing. Also, “The Garden” was definitely the centerpiece of the second set with the band clearly enjoying playing the fresh material.
The guys came back after a quick break to play the classics with “Tom Sawyer” into the “2112 Overture/Temples Of Syrinx” and then a surprise addition of the “2112 Finale”. Geddy’s voice struggled a bit but the intensity was still there as well as the smiles. Even after four decades they still look like they’re having a blast on stage. You can get the full setlist here.
The drum solos were served up in much smaller chunks this time as opposed to the one long epic stretch. There were three mini-solos that lasted only a few minutes each. Drummer Neil Peart as always dazzled behind the kit while looking very Zen. Geddy’s bass work was astounding as usual especially during “YYZ” and Alex’s shining moments were mostly during the new songs which give him a lot of space to stretch out and make those faces like he just ripped off a toe nail. Great musicians always make it look so easy. Overall another Nerdariffic performance that I’m sure set the chat rooms ablaze.
Were you at the show? What did you think? Leave a comment in the section below.
By the way, Geddy told me he was rooting for the Tigers.
Elvis did it. So did Elton John and Celine Dion. The Las Vegas residency is a plum gig for any entertainer and Guns N’ Roses have finally made it. They’ll be right up there with Frank and Dean-O and Siegfried and Roy. From Halloween through Thanksgiving you’ll be able to see the spectacle at The Joint at The Hard Rock Hotel while sipping a few specially made cocktails mixed up for the occasion.
- Patience Punch – This tasty treat consists of Ketel One, Triple Sec, pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine. Knock one back for $10.
- November Rain – The tart concoction consists of Belvedere Lemon Tea and fresh lemonade. It costs $10.
- Liquid Dream Shot – This fruity libation features a mix of Absolut Raspberry, Absolut Vanilla, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and grenadine. Drink one down for $9.
- Paradise City Limits – Consists of Cruzan Rum, Watermelon Pucker, pineapple juice and grenadine. It costs $8.
- Welcome to the Jungle – Just like the song, this one packs a punch. The drink includes Jim Beam, Triple Sec, Midori, Blue Curacao, pineapple juice and sweet and sour. It costs $8.
- The Axl Rose – Bound to be a favorite, this drink comes with Champagne, cranberry juice and belvedere vodka. It costs $10. It also comes to your table three hours late so if you’re a hardcore fan you’ll wait. It will also walk off your table if the sound isn’t right. Yeah, I made up that last part.
After looking the ingredients for these they should call the show “Welcome To Diabetes”! This is an impressive list of Girl Drinks for sure. According to his book, While GnR were in Chicago writing for the “Use Your Illusion” albums, he and Duff McKagen would pack a red roadie cup full of crushed ice and fill it with vodka to keep by their beds so they could have a cold one when they woke up. I don’t see that on the list. Then again, Slash isn’t with the band anymore, so any Jack Daniels drinks are probably forbidden.
I’ve thought up a couple more:
-The Rocket Queen – Jagermeister, ginger brandy, and rubbing alcohol poured down your throat through a funnel by a skanky groupie. Comes with a flaming shot of Bacardi 151 on the side so you can light your vomit on fire.
- The Estranged- Red Wine, Peppermint Schnapps, and Orange Soda with a splash of Cocaine. Garnished with a supermodel girlfriend you can viciously beat and lock in a closet for 12 hours.
-The Nightrain – Bottle of Nightrain in a paper bag.
-The Mr. Brownstone- 2 parts shitty vodka and 1 part heroin with a splash of human blood. After two of these you’ll lock yourself in a van right before show time while the rest of your band tries to coax you out. Then you will fire the drummer for being a junky.
If you have any ideas for Guns N Roses cocktails leave them in the comment section below and I’ll forward them to the Hard Rock Casino.
The latest news from the Green Day camp is Billy Joe Armstrong might not leave rehab until after Christmas according to Warner Brothers CEO Rob Cavallo. Drummer Tre Cool says, "I know that my friend's life is in danger and that's all I care about, We're brothers-in-arms waiting for Billie to return healthy, but we're not going to force anything. Tré and I will be standing here for Billie."
Plans to release the remaining albums in their trilogy "Uno", "Dos", and "Tre" will continue as scheduled. Meanwhile they released some live footage for fans to chew on. the video is of their 6 encore songs from their September 17 show at Irving Plaza in NYC. Check it out below. They have always been able to kill it live. Hopefully that will continue in the future.
The folks at Dogfish Head have always been Daredevils when it comes to thinking up new brews. They've traveled the earth to find obscure and questionable ingredients to use for their fine Ales. Now they are exploring the Cosmic Arena of legendary mind expanders, The Grateful Dead, with a new beer lovingly named after one of there finest albums, "American Beauty".
The new brew is described by the brewers as a Pale Ale with All American ingredients. Dogfish Head are getting ready to start the brewing process but need help from you. They are asking Dead Heads for a final ingredient that will make this ale sweeter than that version of "Dark Star" from Columbus, 1971. Hmmmm...what would one of the Disciples Of Jerry want mixed in with their beer? I'm may be going out on a limb here, but I think the number one suggestion would be some sweet, sticky, sparkling, blueberry cornbread toastie smelling Kind Bud. Or maybe some kind of fungus that induces visions of Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzman playing huge fluffy kegs of ale. I hope they release the list of suggestions because it will most likely be hilarious. They hope to have it ready to go by October, 2013.
There have been quite a few attempts at hemp beers and the few I've tried were less that flavorful or produced the desired effect. Reliable sources have told me many brewers have experimented with using high grade marijuana with mixed results. I'm sure the folks at Dogfish Head have one ready to go once they finally legalize the Weed. Aside from all that, what would be your choice for the magic ingredient? Post it in the comment section below or submit it here.
Jeff Ament has had a few side projects from Pearl Jam including Three Fish, Tres Mts, some solo releases. Now he gets RNDM(pronounced Random). This collaboration is with singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur and long time drum partner Richard Stuverud(Fastbacks, Three Fish). The three got together for four days at Ament's home state of Montana to record the album "Acts"(out 10/30/12) and will embark on a short tour that will hit The Paradise in Boston on November 7. In the interview below Jeff talks about the the feeling of the recording sessions, stepping outside of his musical comfort zone, and his love of the Power Trio formation. And yes PJ fans, he also gives an update on a new album.
Three days of bad weather during this past Summer's Bolton Fair has put organizers in debt and next year's fair in jeopardy. Bolton Fair President Rose Darden said in a press statement, "We may be forced to sell the fairgrounds which will mean an end to a 130 year old tradition. We really need the communities’ help." You can check out the story here. Tomorrow, you'll be able to keep a Massachusetts tradition alive and support The Bolton Fair by going to the Rock And Blues BBQ Festival at The Lancaster Fairgrounds with live music from some of the areas finest bands and delicious BBQ from Firefly's. It's rain or shine, BYOB, you can bring blankets, lawn chairs, and coolers to make yourself comfortable. You can get more info, band schedule, and purchase tickets or donate here.
The Bolton Fair started out in 1874 and has evolved into a showcase for local agriculture community. If this tradition stops, part of that area's identity will disappear and The Fairgrounds will have to be sold. Please try to stop by the festival or donate here.
The Rolling Stones release “Doom And Gloom” today, their first studio recording in more than seven years for yet another redundant Greatest Hits package. There will also be one other new song called “One More Shot” both produced by longtime funeral director Don Was. The rest is all the same hits that have been regurgitated on all of their 16 other greatest hits releases. You used to have to buy an entire album of songs you already bought(maybe twice) just to get the new song. But in the download age you can thankfully just pluck the new material and let the rest of the carcass fossilize.
But despite the agenda and the spotty quality of recent Stones releases, this is a pretty good song. The first NEW Stones song I’ve liked in a while. It’s got a chugging groove that has a great start/stop in the chorus and Was is able to rough up his usual slickness and keep it a little dirty. It even comes with the patented Keith Richards Funky String Accents that hearken back to some of their 70’s high points from It’s Only Rock-N-Roll and Goat’s Head Soup.
Snaking it’s way through it all is Mick Jagger’s shitty sneer. A quality he’s been able to bring back at times through the latter part of his run. Although I find it difficult to take his whole “The News is making me paranoid” angle in the lyrics. The Rolling Stones have always portrayed themselves as the thugs who snuck into the ball, but that’s a tough sell when you’re hopping the private jet to Paris. I can’t quite take seriously his fears of being forced out into the street when it all caves in. But the Bratty, Smug attitude keeps the song mean. Not bad for someone entering his seventies. Give it a listen here:
The latest Rolling Stones collection, "Grrr" comes out 11/3. This song is available now for download.
The AV Club has been doing their AV: Undercover project for a few years now with some really great results. You can see most of them here. Basically they invite bands to the Little Round Room in their office and have them choose from a list of songs to cover. Thankfully Gwar chose the Kansas classic "Carry On My Wayward Son" and tore it a new asshole. You can check out the video below. Amazingly they were able to fit all of the Antarcticans into that small space(including the giant penises)
Yes Oderus, I agree. "Sheer Brilliance!" You can see Gwar as part of Rock And Shock at The Palladium and DCU Center in Worcester. MA this weekend. If you do see Gwar watch out for the flying fluids and goo. Get a full listing of guests and events here.
While playing at the Global Citizen Festival this past Saturday head Foo Dave Grohl announced, "Without making a big deal out of it, we don't have any shows after this. This is it, man. This is the show where we come out and we play as many songs as we can in a short period of time, because, honestly, I don't know when we're gonna do it again and this is the perfect place to do it, right now, tonight.". You can also see it in the video for "Learning To Fly" below.
Grohl has been working on a documentary on the legendary Sound City Studios where his former band, Nirvana, recorded Nevermind. The film will also be accompanied by a soundtrack with a varied roster of guests including Tom Petty, members of Ratt and REO Speedwagon, and Trent Reznor. He has also been working on music with former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. There also have been rumors of a project with Jimmy Page and Sammy Hagar. Again, those are RUMORS.