Day in Rock Report for 06/27/2011
(FMQB) Blink-182 is working on their new album right up until the last possible second. Bassist/singer Mark Hoppus says that the group is committed to deliver the still-untitled, self-produced set to Geffen Records on July 31, with a single due on July 3. However, the trio is still not finished recording all the songs. more
(FMQB) Prince tells The Guardian that he essentially plans to stop releasing music due to Internet piracy. He told the British paper, "The industry changed. We made money [online] before piracy was real crazy. Nobody's making money now except phone companies, Apple and Google. more
(BMN) Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to cancel Saturday evening's (June 25) performance at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium. According to an official statement posted at Osbourne's web site, "Ozzy has severe laryngitis and his doctor has ordered an immediate 72 hours vocal rest before further evaluation." more
Amy Lee tells MTV News that Evanscence's long-in-the-works new album will simply be titled Evanescence. She added, "It's about the band; it's more of a band record. But I started thinking about it, and it's also that this whole record and the lyrical content and a lot of the things that it's about to me is about falling back in love with this thing, with Evanescence" more
(The 1st Five) It seems that there is finally hope for the long-rumored and joked-about TV mini-series adaptation of Nine Inch Nails/Trent Reznor's Year Zero album. According to a short blurb by The Hollywood Reporter, Jim Uhls, who adapted the screen version of Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, has been approached to adapt the story more
(Lambgoat) Polar Bear Club has announced the departure of drummer Emmett Menke, who has amicably left the band. Replacing Menke is drummer Tyler Mahurin, who had the following to say: "I'm so excited to be playing with PBC. I've been waiting to find the right band to play in again and I've definitely found the right one to call my new family. I can't wait to see and meet all of the Polar Bear Club fans soon!" more
The upcoming 2011 edition of the "Never Say Die!" tour will feature Suicide Silence, Emmure, Deez Nuts, The Word Alive, Oceano, The Human Abstract and Vanna. more
(PNO) Banner Pilot announced on their new website that they are working on their next album. The band will be reuniting with Jacques Wait who produced 2009's Collapser. more
(The 1st Five) This Fall New Found Glory will hit the road with Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and This Time Next Year. Of course this tour isn't officially titled The Monsters of Pop Punk, but it damn well should be, including a poster that recreates the classic over the top "Monsters of Rock" posters more
(MU) Blessed By a Broken Heart have announced that it has signed on with Tooth and Nail Records for the release of its forthcoming new album. more
DYS have announced August 9th as the release date for their live release More than Fashion: Live from the Gallery East Reunion on Bridge Nine Records. more
(AA) Better Than Ezra lead singer Kevin Griffin confirmed to Alternative Addiction this week that the band will enter the studio this fall to record a new album they plan to release in 2012. more
(PNO) Get Better Records has released a new benefit compilation for Crucial Fun Fest organizer Anthony Poynter, who was recently diagnosed with a late stage of cancer. The comp features tracks from Less Than Jake, Iron Chic, The Menzingers, more
On this day in 1967, Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of two drugs found in his jacket at a party given by Keith Richards. Jagger (prisoner #7856) was held overnight at Lewes jail in England. He requested books on Tibet and modern art plus two packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes.
On this day in 1991, Carlos Santana was arrested at Houston Airport when officials found cannabis in his luggage.
On this day in 1994, Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a new song for free from the Internet. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here
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(RockAAA) Chickenfoot. Van Halen. Michael Anthony has lived in both worlds, so he's probably more curious than most when it comes to the new VH album – the band's first with David Lee Roth in 27 years, and first with new bassist Wolfgang VH - due later this year.
"Yeah, I'm curious to see what they come out with, but there's no type of competitive type thing," the bassist tells Ultimate Classic Rock. "It's funny, I go online, and see what the fans are saying, you know, 'Oh my God, it's gonna be Van Halen against Chickenfoot this year, both things coming out, and what's going to be better?' and blah blah blah. If they out put out a great album, that's great. I just know that ours is great, and I'm really proud of it."
Anthony was unceremoniously dumped as VH bassist for reasons, he believes, have nothing to do with music. "Some Van Halen fans say I left the band to hook up with Sammy, but I never said, 'I quit'," Michael told Mojo last year. "There was nothing going on in the Van Halen camp, but Eddie kinda backed me up against a wall. . . Eddie felt that I was a traitor. I helped hook Sammy back up with them for the 2004 reunion tour, but Eddie didn't want me to be a part of that originally, so I took a big pay cut. I'm not crying, I didn't need the money. I did that because I wanted to play for the fans. I signed away any legal rights I had with the name, the trademark or whatever. I did it because if that was the last time Van Halen would ever be on stage, I wanted to be part of it." more on this story
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(RockAAA) Alice Cooper rocked the legendary 100 Club in London Sunday night. There was a buzz in the air about a special guest for the show, which was played up all day Sunday by Alice's Facebook team, who posted teasers about who the guest might be.
Turns out the guest was actor Johnny Depp, currently in England filming Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows." Depp strapped on his guitar and joined Cooper and crew for "I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out."
The 200 tickets for this rare, intimate club show sold out immediately. Fans were treated to a 17-song set full of surprises, including covers by many of the UK giants who played the club in their formative years: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Animals, and a Yardbirds classic was thrown in to boot. Check out video here
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(Gibson) 2011 may turn out to be the most memorable year in the four-decade history of Judas Priest. First, Rob Halford and company announced their farewell "Epitaph" tour. Then, just before they embarked on the two-year trek, founding member K.K. Downing abruptly quit the band. The group managed to recruit a new guitarist, Richie Faulkner, to take his place and has since launched the tour. But even so, the tour itself has not been without confusion, with the metal gods backpedalling a bit about its "finality."
Wolverhampton's Express and Star caught up with bassist and founding member Ian Hill to discuss the state of the metal mega-group, including the is-this-or-isn't-this-a-farewell status of the Epitaph tour. Regarding Downing's departure from the band, Hill admitted he was shocked when it happened. Part of the reasoning behind the decision, he reckoned, was due to the guitarist's newly built golf course in Shropshire, England.
"It came as bombshell to all of us," he said. "I think Ken had just had enough. He'd got a lot on his plate with his golf course and I think he couldn't spend the time away. This tour's going to be—by the time it's wrapped up—the best part of two years. It's a long, long time to be away from things and I just think Ken couldn't handle the time away.
"I'll always be a friend of Ken's and I'm sure he'll always be a friend of mine. Still waters run deep and we've been together as colleagues and friends since we were about five years old. We went through school and everything together." more on this story
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Anthrax have a nice gift for fans: a free download of a new song featuring their classic era vocalist Joey Belladonna. Here is what they had to say and the link to grab it.
Anthrax fans are among the most loyal, as they've been waiting a long, long time for new music from their band, and with Joey Belladonna singing with them for the first time since 1990's Persistence of Time, the new music is even more anticipated.
As a way to say thank you to their fans, the band members- Charlie Benante/drums, Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano/guitars, Frank Bello/bass, and vocalist Belladonna - decided to make the new track "Fight'em 'til You Can't" available as a free download, giving everyone a taste of what's to come when Worship Music drops on September 13, the day before the band plays The Big 4 show at Yankee Stadium. Grab it here
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Some big reunions news out of the Riot Fest camp about Danzig: On Friday, October 7, a very special Danzig "Legacy" performance with Glenn Danzig reuniting for Performances with Samhain Members, an onstage Reunion with Doyle from The Misfits as well as a blistering Danzig set will take place at Congress Theater during Riot Fest 2011 (Chicago).
"Everyone in music has a band or a musician that changed them. For me, it is Glenn Danzig. I am in music because of Danzig, Samhain and The Misfits. I remember being a 10-year-old when my friend handed me Danzig, and it blew me away. It was different…it was the first album for me, now looking back, where form matched content. Soon after, I found this entire wealth of music he wrote before 1988 and I became an even bigger fan. Musically, it opened my world to punk, metal and hardcore," said Michael Petryshyn, founder of Riot Fest.
"To have Glenn perform his solo works, to go on stage with Samhain for a set and, lastly, to play Misfits songs with Doyle will always be the one show I remember." more on this story
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Some big news about some big new releases coming from Hank3. Shelton Hank Williams III, aka Hank3 is planning to release four new albums on September 6th via his new label Hank3 Records. The releases will span multiple genres including Country, Doom Rock and Speed Metal. Here is the official word with details:
The unprecedented launch, in a distribution partnership with Megaforce Records (MRI), features a broad range of music that bridges more than one head-thumping genre - a familiar theme that true Hank3 fans have embraced for years. Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown, a double-album set, is a straight-shooting country collection, flavored with Hank3's trademark hellbilly sound, and heavily weighted with Cajun influence (especially on Guttertown) and an ambient, lonesome mood - and a few very special guests.
Two more releases are Attention Deficient Domination and 3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin - intensely metal-driven records on which Hank3 plays all instruments. Attention Deficit Domination is a pressure-dropping, doom rock statement that has been anticipated by his hardcore fans for years, and Cattle Callin explores a new mind-bending "Cattle Core" sound, featuring Hank3's speed metal woven in and around actual cattle auctioneering. more on this story
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(hennemusic) Linkin Park hit Moscow's Red Square Thursday evening for the "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" world premiere. Currently on tour in support of "A Thousand Suns," the band contributed to the film's soundtrack, including the lead single "Iridescent."
"Linkin Park have always been huge 'Transformers' fans," the movie's director Michael Bay told a news conference a few hours before the show. "They do very 'movie-esque' kind of music. We've had a good run - their tracks for the first two movies became number one hits, and their song for this movie fit in perfectly."
In Moscow, in addition to "Iridescent," Linkin Park performed two dozen songs, mostly from their most recent album, 2010's "A Thousand Sins." Bay and "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf, who also showed up in Moscow for the premiere, were seen in the VIP area during the concert, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Check out video here
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(BH) Big Audio Dynamite, formed in 1985 by The Clash's ex-guitarist and singer Mick Jones, have announced U.S. tour dates for this August.
The band was formed by Jones following his departure from The Clash, and released a string of acclaimed albums and toured extensively in the 80s and 90s before eventually disbanding in 1997.
In January of 2011 it was announced that the original line-up had gotten back together, and the band played a rousing set at this year's Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, CA. The Coachella appearance represented the first U.S. show for the band in over 20 years. more on this story
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(Gibson) A new film based on the life of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson will soon be headed to the silver screen, according to Rolling Stone. The movie won't just trace the ups and downs of Wilson's life, but focus on key moments.
"I have no interest in making a biopic," producer Bill Pohlad told the Los Angeles Times. "What's fascinating to me is to look at the different elements in his life, like that super-creative period when he was doing Pet Sounds and the later part when he was redeemed."
Oren Moverman, who co-wrote the unconventional Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, is working on the script for the film. No actors have been cast yet, although with the film taking place over a number of years, many actors might be enlisted to play Wilson. more on this story
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UFO have announced North American tour dates that will be kicking off in Santa Rosa, CA on September 15th.
The band will be touring North America in support of their greatest hits collection "Best of a Decade" which is out now on SPV/Steamhammer.
UFO is also in the process of working on a new studio album which is scheduled for release in early 2012. more on this story
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(Gibson) When Megadeth broke up in 2002, it marked the end of an era. Founded in 1983 by bassist Dave Ellefson and frontman Dave Mustaine, after the latter's expulsion from Metallica, the group pioneered the thrash metal genre. Mustaine would later restart Megadeth, but without his old partner, Ellefson—until last year, when the 46-year-old bassist rejoined the band to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rust in Peace album. Subsequently, the group joined the wildly successful Big Four tour and things have never looked brighter for the heavy metal heroes.
Ellefson recently talked with Lithium Magazine about the reunion. "Yeah, it was a good time to come back," the bassist said. "There were discussions we'd been having for a while on our side, and it all just lined right up for us… 2010 really was a monumental year, not just for Megadeth, but for the entire genre. For us to be able to do the Rust in Peace tour was amazing. We'd never done a themed album tour like that before, so to do one of those and be able to film that for the Rust in Peace live DVD, and, of course, then rolling right into the Big Four shows and live DVD with that, as well. It was really just a real true homecoming on all fronts for all of us."
For the reunion to work, Ellefson said that he had to leave the past behind. "I think on my side of it, I mentally tried to not go back to where the baggage was," Ellefson admitted. "I mean, you can't change anything from the past. All you can do is hopefully learn from it and you move forward. I think that to not have learned from your past is probably the worst mistake you could ever make in your life, because none of us are perfect. And certainly in rock and roll bands, you are all very close to each other because of the creative aspect of making music. Then there is the business side of it. The time you spend in the yellow submarine and the iron lung—the airplanes and tour buses and backstages—it's those close confines where you seem to sacrifice a little bit of your personal space for the betterment of the group. more on this story
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(Gibson) In advance of the fall release of the new Muppets movie (simply titled The Muppets), Disney is releasing an album of Muppets songs, covered by some big names in the rock world.
Among the participants on The Green Album: Weezer, My Morning Jacket, Evanescence's Amy Lee, OK Go, The Fray, Alkaline Trio and Andrew Bird.
Weezer gets the supreme honor of including their version of "Rainbow Connection," a track that also features Paramore's Hayley Williams. It's not the first Muppet-Weezer crossover. Kermit and Co. appeared in the pop rock band's 2002 video for "Keep Fishin'." more on this story
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(Gibson) Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron said he and his pals in Soundgarden are nearly done recording their new album. The percussionist spoke with radio station WAAF, saying that the album is about 80 percent finished.
"We're going to record a couple of more songs in August when we get back from tour and then hopefully we can mix it up and put it out," he said, according to UltimateClassicRock.com.
Cameron is currently bouncing between Soundgarden, who reunited last year, and Pearl Jam, who he's been with since 1998. When it was suggested that the two grunge bands could team up for a future tour, with a possible Temple of the Dog encore, Cameron didn't seem so sure. "I might die if we do that," he said. "If I was 25, I'd say, 'Yeah, let's do this.' But the energy it takes to play a Soundgarden show and a Pearl Jam show on the same night, I think I need to keep those separate for now." more on this story
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(Gibson) We've nearly arrived again at that most American of holidays: the Fourth of July. In celebration of the country's independence, and legacy of amazing bands, Gibson.com is counting down the Top 50 American Rock Bands of All Time. Today they list their picks for no 41-50. Here are a couple highlights:
49. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: Frank Zappa was undeniably a creative genius, and part of this genius was expressed in his ability to surround himself with unique musicians. The original Mothers of Invention encapsulated the dirtier side of the '60s, yet were equally capable of off-key darkness ("Who are the Brain Police") and note-perfect pop ("You Didn't Try to Call Me"). Frank eventually found more musically able Mothers, but the original lineup had an almost naive charm that couldn't be replaced. – Peter Hodgson
42. Cheap Trick: Although they first made it big in Japan, these preeminent purveyors of power pop are a uniquely American force. Fans have been surrendering to Cheap Trick's sizzling brand of super-melodic rock for more than 30 years. Why? Because few songwriters exist that are as strange, clever and enthralling as Rick Nielsen, few groups can claim a "Man of 1,000 Voices" like Robin Zander and no band – ever! – has worked as hard on stage to be so consistently entertaining. – Bryan Wawzenek more on this story
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(Gibson) As a songwriter, Pete Townshend merged great rock and roll with a novelist's sense of narrative on such masterworks as Tommy and Quadrophenia. Similarly, his interviews often read like works of art themselves, filled, as they are, with provocative commentary on everything from the power of the three-minute pop song to brilliant dissections of the guitar styles of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and himself. Next fall, Townshend's much-anticipated memoir, Who He?, will at last see the light of day. In the meantime, we scoured an array of past interviews to uncover some of his most revealing insights.
On writing for The Who, as told to Performing Songwriter in 2002: "I always wrote toward the strengths of the band. On 'My Generation,' I made the demo with a six-string bass and played a solo because I knew that would suit John. I put in a stutter because Roger and I were both huge fans of John Lee Hooker and Johnny Cash, and both of them occasionally stuttered. When I started to employ drums on my demos, I tried not to overplay, but I certainly would have played like Keith sometimes if I could."
On his initial impression of Hendrix, as told in the documentary, The History of Rock and Roll, in 1995: "He did things which were magical. I don't think he knew he was doing them or that he could do them, but he'd do things with his body that were very, very beautiful to look at, yet accompanied by these incredibly wild noises. It was some kind of strange alchemy. He demonstrated that there was actually such a thing as physical poetry in rock, something that was very close to ballet." more on this story
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(Sub) The two-disc Elvis: The Great Performances is being released August 2, 2011 and brings together classic performances spanning more than 20 years, from his first televised appearance that shocked a nation to a concert a few weeks before his death on August 16, 1977.
Footage mined from TV shows and specials, films and home movies, capture Elvis' mesmerizing stage presence and irresistible charisma as well as provide a revealing look into his private life and the realities of his unprecedented fame.
Of particular interest to Elvis fans are the previously un-released bonus interviews, conducted by producer-director Andrew Solt in the early and mid-'90s. Included are rock icons Lewis and Perkins, Sun Records head Sam Phillips, drummer D.J. Fontana, guitarist Scotty Moore, Jordanaires member and backing singer Gordon Stoker, and television host Milton Berle, on whose show Elvis appeared twice in 1956. The bonus material adds more than 30 minutes to the original two-hour production. Also, Jerry Schilling, long-time childhood friend of Elvis, was instrumental in producing and overseeing the set. more on this story
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(Gibson) Former Police man Sting will make a cameo appearance in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's new HBO/BBC2 comedy show, Life's Too Short.
The faux documentary series is centered around dwarf actor Warwick Davis (Willow, Harry Potter, Star Wars) as a down-on-his-luck little person trying to hustle his way back into the showbiz spotlight. The series will feature British actors Keith Chegwin and Les Dennis as well as American TV star Steve Carell from the U.S. version of The Office and Hollywood superstar and Keith Richards pal, Johnny Depp.
U.K. Newspaper Metro quoted a Depp insider as as saying, "Johnny is a huge fan of Ricky's and has a great sense of humor. He has wanted to work with Ricky for ages and this is it." more on this story
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(Gibson) Roger Daltrey is promising that his performances of Tommy will be more faithful to the rock opera's original conception than any live show The Who ever did. Speaking to Rolling Stone, the veteran Who frontman said, "It's more like The Who were on record than we ever were on stage. It's interesting to hear it in its pure form with all the backing vocals and other instruments. There are also quite a few songs from the album that The Who never even played. I'm doing the whole thing."
Daltrey went on to say he's approaching the material from a new perspective. "My perspective of Tommy has always been from inside it – not from outside," he said. "I think that the secret of the success of those albums in those days was the fact that the listener was getting their own subjective view of what it was about. With this show, I'm trying to take you on a spiritual journey."
The 45-date Tommy world tour kicks off on July 3 in Wolverhampton, England. The show, which also will feature other Who hits following the performance of Tommy, wraps up in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 2. more on this story
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(hennemusic) American Idol finalist James Durbin has released footage of some casual covers of a couple of Skid Row classics….songs he wasn't allowed to perform on American Idol.
Durbin recently hung out with Sebastian Bach in Los Angeles, and he filled the former Skid Row vocalist in on a few things.
"Interesting. Hanging with James Durbin from American Idol," posted Bach on Facebook. "He tells me he wanted to sing [the Skid Row song] "18 And Life" on American Idol but was told he's not allowed to, it's 'not cleared.' Who makes these decisions and why? How? He was told he could do a Bon Jovi song but not Skid Row. Very interesting. And s**tty." more on this story
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(Freeman) Scarlet Records will be releasing Tesla's new album 'Twisted Wires & The Acoustic Sessions...' on July 25th in Europe.
The album will feature 6 tracks that were recorded back in 2005 at bassist Brian Wheat's J Street Recorders studio (which are the last recordings with original member Tommy Skeoch) and 6 newly recorded tracks which include acoustic remakes of songs from their entire catalog and two brand new songs called '2nd Street' and 'Better Off Without You'.
'Twisted Wires & The Acoustic Sessions...' is the follow up to 2008's 'Forever More'. and 2011 also marks the 25th anniversary of the band more on this story
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Blues Rocker Lance Lopez's new album "Handmade Music," is expected to be released later this Fall on MIG Music.
The sessions took place in late June at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Lance worked with famed producer Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, George Thorogood and the Destroyers), engineer Pete Matthews (ZZ Top, Evanesence) and assistant engineer Adam Hill (The White Stripes, Raconteurs) on the recordings.
Lance spoke at length about the recording process of "Handmade Music": "Working with Jim Gaines again and also working at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee again has been amazing! Ardent is a very special place where ZZ TOP recorded about 5 records and Jimmy Page mixed Led Zeppelin 3. As a matter of fact we recorded in the same room ZZ Top recorded "Sharp Dressed Man", "Cheap Sunglasses" and most of their biggest hits. George Thorogood also recorded "Bad to the Bone" in there! more on this story
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(CM) Aborted have begun work on their brand new album that will be released later this year via Century Media Records.
Now joined by Ken Bedene (Abigail Williams) on drums, Aborted is excited to unveil the new effort, which has been titled 'Global Flatline'.
Vocalist Sven De Caluwe checked in with this update: 'We got to Ribe at Hansen studios this last Monday and Ken Bedene nailed down 15 tracks in no more than 4 days in the most meticulous precision. Everything is sounding massive so far and we can't wait to unveil more of Global Flatline as the process continues. Guitars and Bass are up next, and I can guarantee you, this is going to be the most intense and crushing record the band has released. more on this story
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(MVD) Robert Plant's Blue Note, in-depth documentary detailing Plant's musical journey, featuring live performances and rare footage, will be released on DVD on August 23rd.
Robert Plant's journey through the territories that have most acutely informed and inspired his music is perhaps one of the most multi-faceted of any artist from his generation. In a remarkable career that has spanned five decades,
Plant has travelled from gold-maned god of hard rock to balladeering country troubadour, a process of reinvention guided by an ever-expanding musical palette and tireless searches through global song. His fantastic voyage has essayed the plantations of Mississippi, the deserts and townships of Africa and the settlements of the Appalachians. more on this story
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(Gibson) Sixties icon Marianne Faithfull is releasing a new album at the end of the month and has been talking music with Vanity Fair magazine. She's quick to state that she does not want to be constantly associated with her Rolling Stones years (she and Jagger dated in the mid-'60s).
She told the magazine: "I'm sick of talking about it. It would be great if people could see me as I see myself, which is as a working musician with an incredible arc of work. I've got such a body of work behind me. It's much more important than my mythical life. And my life is mythical. Most of it is a lie, the tabloid version of me. You know that. If you know my work, you must know that."
Her song "Eternity" samples a track that Rolling Stone Brian Jones produced, by the Master Musicians of Jakouka, and she says: "Brian's presence is perfect. You know, after years and years, all that [expletive] gets washed away. I just remember Brian the musician now." more on this story
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(TMZ) Rock legend Peter Frampton has filed for divorce from his wife of 15 years, Christina Elfers ... TMZ has learned.
Frampton filed the divorce papers in L.A. County Superior Court citing irreconcilable differences.
Frampton and Elfers have one minor daughter together. Frampton is asking for joint legal custody ... but he wants primary physical custody to be awarded to Christina.
This is Frampton's third divorce ... the guitar hero broke off his marriage to Mary Lovett in 1973 and split from Barbara Gold in 1993. more on this story
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Diamond Plate have finished recording their debut album, Generation Why?, with producer Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nevermore, Deicide, 3 Inches Of Blood) at RaxTrax Studios in the band's hometown.
Diamond Plate documented their time in the studio and have posted a video showing the first part of "The Making of Generation Why?" on their brand new website.
Watch the recording process and hear a sneak preview of the new material now at the following location
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(Shorefire) Ninth Street Opus has set an October 11 release date for Forrest Day's debut, self-titled album.
His name also represents a powerful tight-knit 5-piece band, and their new CD is from start to finish a gripping, tragicomic journey into the American mind. more on this story
The precision Day uses to examine the cultural zeitgeist with his lyrics is found in the music itself as well. Trained as a jazz saxophone player, Day pulls from many styles resulting in a truly genre-defying collection of songs on Forrest Day.
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(Submitted) For many nights they had the wish to go back to the country of thousand lakes, which is famous for it's vodka but also for its many great Heavy Metal bands!
Time to announce two very special performances of one of Finland's finest on board 70000tons Of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival... a band that has sold millions of records and collected over 60 Gold and Platinum awards world-wide. Sailors... please welcome Nightwish!
Will this be 70000TONS OF METAL's last visit to Finland this year? Time will tell... For now, they set sail in the Gulf of Finland with their course set West... more on this story
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Today Lord Kalidon from Army of the Universe tells us about the title track from their brand new "LoveDead" EP. Here is the story:
Last year I was strumming my guitar, with the desire to write some lyrics about something new in my perspective. In fact many of my songs are really introspective, still personal, most of the times. It's like I'm used to put myself as the center of my dreams during the creative process.
Egoticism? Maybe so. But I never totally escape from my reality.
This time I wanted a different approach. I wanted to create a weird character. I needed to talk about something disturbing, still with some ironic reference with my perspective.
That's the genesis of LoveDead, our first single from the self named LoveDead EP. Of course I didn't sit and thought about "Ok-this-will-be-the-single". At least at first time. It was some kind of alchemy between me and Trebla, The first of many we usually have.
I remember He was in Japan, so I called him not caring about the time zone. I'm sorry I was in "fury-mode" so I really don't cared.
So it's like "Trebla please give me some stuff, I'm putting down a thing about a monster, please NOW!"
And he was like "Ok Lord give me five minutes, I'll do something for you."
"Ok thanks..." He had already turned off the phone.
Next things I've done in the next five minutes:
Took a coffee.
Watched some porno.
Eat my fingers.
Ok, incoming mail signal. Lets see!
It was a single loop. The one you can hear in the beginning of the song.
It was a blast to me. I was totally amazed. I had this twisted vision of a serial killer perspective speaking in first person.
Kinda fifteen minutes after the lyrics and the melody of LoveDead were born.
The verses are mainly about the imagery of the man-monster while the chorus is a come back to my personal experience and a more ironic point of view.
I can't be completely serious about myself, imagine if talking about a serial killer!
Then Chris Vrenna (former NIN, and keyboards player / drummer for Manson) was involved into Army of the Universe and one of the first things he said when he first listened to this song was that he immediately felt in love with it and he didn't heard anything like this since Nine Inch Nails. Which made us really proud!
That's why Chris wanted to join us not only co-producing the whole album, but also playing drums at live shows, starting with the last European performances.
We'll always be thankful to his brilliant cleverness and friendship.
Many asked me what's in my mind when I say "I drink too much to cover my RED". I think there are different ways to interpret this. It can be in a Baudelairian point of view, or in a more sarcastic and less poetic, but still dramatic and "Futuristic" intent.
I think the most ironic thing of it all it's that I wanted to talk about someone else from me, but I finished to put a little bit of me as always. I'm reckless!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!
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