Archive for the ‘Music News’ Category

Prince Reported Dead At 57 More To Come

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

TMZ is reporting that Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park studio in Minnesota earlier today. His plane was recently diverted to a Davenport Iowa hospital with what was reported as flu complications. Most other media is simply reporting this as a fatality and have not released the victim name as of yet.

Foo Fighters On Indefinite Hiatus says Taylor Hawkins

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

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Rumors have been spinning around the old interwebs all day about a Foo Fighters break up due to a New York Post Page Six report. A representative for FF said the story was “utterly ridiculous”. Normally when a rep comes out and says things like that…. It’s totally true. Artisan News published a video with Taylor Hawkins that was short on January 16th saying that they’re taking a hiatus.

According to the page 6 article “The band is billing it as a ‘break,’ but it’s totally Dave going solo, and Taylor is pissed about it,” Grohl’s Oscar performance on Sunday night was his big entrance into his solo career.

But another source close to the group insisted to us that buzz of bad blood over a split is “completely untrue.”

Check the video below. The hiatus discussion starts at about the 5:10 mark

Hellyeah Performs Ace of Spades in Lemmy Tribute

Monday, January 4th, 2016

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It totally sucks when an icon passes. But what doesn’t suck is the amount of bands that pay tribute with kick ass covers of their songs. Here is a killer version of Ace of Spades done by Hellyeah. I can dig it!!

John 5 “Black Grass Plague” Video is awesome

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

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John 5 has a new solo track out titled Black Grass Plague. “The video was produced and directed by Jonny Coffin of Coffin Cases,” says 5, who also plays lead guitar for Rob Zombie.

“We filmed it in a warehouse right next to Jonny’s place. It was swelteringly hot in there that day, but we got through it, and if anything, the heat contributed to the energy in the video. “The star-shaped stage with all the neon lights is actually Elton John’s piano riser,” continues 5. “It turns out you can rent it. Who knew? Thank you, Elton!”

The promo is dedicated to the memory of camera operator Khalil Tiner, who was killed by a drink-driver soon after filming was completed. Colleagues George Maria, Tyki Sato and Ryder Page say: “He was an amazing filmmaker and one of those rare people who could brighten any day with his smile. Khalil you are missed, and we are honoured to have called you friend.

It’s a kick ass video to watch unless you don’t like to watch kick ass musicians doing kick ass musician stuff. In which case may I direct you to the nearest cat video. John will be headlining the 2016 Namm Jam hosted by Delve Texas January 22 at the Grove of Anaheim.

Lemmy Kilmister and MOTÖRHEAD What Metal Is Made Of

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

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Whether or not you’re into MOTÖRHEAD you know who they are. And even if you can’t name a single tune you probably know who Lemmy is. While one of the planets most iconic voices in metal was silenced Monday December 28th 2015 the legend will live on and god willing his example will as well. Admittedly I am not the biggest MOTÖRHEAD fan. I am however a massive fan of who they are and what they do.

While it’s very well know that Lemmy fueled most of his life with a buffet of various chemicals, that (believe it or not) is not the mark I am hoping he left on the music scene. In my eyes MOTÖRHEAD was about Rock N’ Roll at its very core. They were the working mans group. Never really had commercial success but still managed to become a household name, you sure didn’t see many pop tours headlined by MOTÖRHEAD. Yet they were always there, always going to be in your area in the near future. And I think that is going to be the toughest part, them not being there. While they didn’t really have commercial success, they still managed to obtain iconic status and in my opinion that could only be attributed to their hard-core work ethic.

This was a group of guys that played Rock N’ Roll because that was simply what they were put on this planet to do. Not to get chicks, or make money. They wanted to play in a band, embrace the excesses that came with it, push themselves to the edge and tell the world to fuck off. That’s really what Rock N’ Roll was rooted in anyway telling everyone to fuck off. Think back to the Beatles, or Elvis they were protested and perceived as dirty. MOTÖRHEAD to me is that kind of iconic, they were the pillar of heavy metal and godfathers that kids of today will hopefully look up to. They type of band your parents didn’t want you listening to but unknowingly could teach a lot of musicians a lesson. The lesson of just grabbing your buddies, playing unapologetically loud, and unapologetically saying uncomfortable things, touring until you’ve out run your transportation, equipment, and eventually your body. That’s the lesson that I hope some kid somewhere can see and capitalize on. It’s worth noting that while they were the bad guys of rock, you almost never heard a negative word about them. And with the passing of Lemmy musicians came out of the wood work to express their sorrow. Lemmy was God.

Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD were honest at least in the spirit of music. You didn’t see them change their image, sound attitude, habits. They just did what they did. And you can’t say that for really much of anyone anymore. Everyone has an agenda be it financial or for fame. You didn’t see MOTÖRHEAD doing press tours, product placement. In part I’m certain because while that sort of thing didn’t fit their personality it also didn’t fit in much of mainstream society. But there is a certain type of beauty in that type of honesty. They always seemed to look like they played music because that’s what was hard-coded in their DNA. I love that.

Lemmy, whose health had been rapidly deteriorating had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer a couple of days before his passing. Lemmy sought treatment after his birthday party at the Whisky a GO GO in Los Angeles on December 13th. He was initially released from the hospital with a clear bill of health but they decided to continue testing due to irregular speech patterns. Having thought he had suffered a minor stroke they found “an extremely aggressive cancer” in his brain and neck which lead to the terminal diagnosis.

Todd Singerman tells Sky News.

“Nobody had any idea,” Singerman adds. “We just learned Saturday, two days ago (sic), that he even had cancer and the doctor told him he had between two to six months to live. He goes (dies) today as I was making calls to (band mates) Phil and Mikkey telling them to come on out so they could have a last goodbye while he was still upbeat and everything. He was feeling mighty low… He wasn’t expected to die like that … That (cancer) was the last thing we thought he would ever have. When you think about it he has been to every doctor and hospital around the world and nobody caught that… That comes as a massive shock.”

“He took it (the news) better than all of us,” Singerman tells Rolling Stone. “His only comment was, ‘Oh, only two months, huh?’ The doctor goes, ‘Yeah, Lem, I don’t want to bullshit you. It’s bad, and there’s nothing anyone can do. I would be lying to you if I told you there was a chance.’” Lemmy was also in favor of telling fans what was going on, even though the news was obviously sad. Unfortunately, Lemmy passed before that press release could be sent.

Memorial services for iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister will be held on Saturday, January 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood, California.

RIP Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD.

Stone Temple Pilots On Possible Reunion with Scott Weiland. “That F**king Mess?”

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

If you’ve ever dealt with a singer that was a problem you know how debilitating it can be for a band. If you’ve never had the experience it’s difficult to explain. It can kinda go like this. One person thinks they’re so valuable that the band can’t go on without them. It can be any band member really, but where a band will more willingly can another member, the vocalist is always the last to go. Especially in a well known band with a distinct sound like STP. But eventually once you’ve had your fill and pull the trigger to move on, if you’re lucky enough to land someone that is talented and level headed the thought of moving back is impossible. In a story viewed on blabbermouth.net STP guitarist Dean DeLeo was asked about reuniting with Weiland.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS guitarist Dean DeLeo was asked in a new interview with Yahoo! Music to compare current vocalist Chester Bennington with former frontman Scott Weiland. DeLeo replied, “There’s no comparison. It’s like talking about the strength of a two-year-old baby compared to a professional body builder. I’ll tell you this man, Robert [DeLeo, bass], Eric [Kretz, drums] and I are really fortunate. We’re having the time of our lives right now. We really feel like this has been a rebirth.”

As for a possible reunion with Weiland somewhere down the road, DeLeo said, “Why the fuck would we want that? That fucking mess? I just told you earlier we’re on a rebirth now. We’re with a guy that pushes us. We’re with a guy that is 1000% present. I’ve waited almost my entire career for this.”

STP dismissed Weiland in February 2013, claiming that his erratic behavior held back the band’s career. The two parties exchanged lawsuits which have since been settled.

“[Robert, Eric and I] never had trouble,” DeLeo said. “Our trouble was Scott. Scott’s troubles were our troubles.”

STP recruited Bennington that spring and have so far cut one EP, “High Rise”, with the LINKIN PARK singer. A new album is due out later this year.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS are just wrapping a tour now but have announced new fall dates, starting on September 15 in Cleveland.

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/stone-temple-pilots-guitarist-on-possible-reunion-with-scott-weiland-why-the-fk-would-we-want-that/#IYbXdjB1m7KCUFr8.99

Wayne Static Tribute at Crypticrock.com

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Wayne Static was part of my life’s soundtrack for what seems like as long as I can remember.  Growing up in the midwest, playing in bands, always loving heavy music and with some electronic elements.  When I first got a taste of Static-X I was in love with that sound.  I had the same love affair with Powerman 5000.  A combination of heavy, angry powerful music but music that had a drive and an audible bounce.  People had fun at those shows.  In retrospect it was the beginning of the end for music as I knew it.

 

These bands were popular when there were still rockstars, well before the homogenized version of music we get today.  It’s unfortunate that music that is fun has all but disappeared.  But that’s for an entirely different rant.  Maybe later tonight.

 

For now, here is a great post from over at crypticrock.com   Called When The Pighammer Falls.  Click the link and check it out.  It’s worth the read!

 

http://crypticrock.com/when-the-pighammer-falls-a-tribute-to-wayne-static/

Unreleased Dimebag Track Whiskey Road

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Guitar World Magazine is preparing their tribute issue to Dimebag for their Feb 2015 release. With that, they have released a solo track of Dime’s titled Whiskey Road. According to GW this was recorded by Dime in 2001 during the last leg of the Reinventing the Steel U.S Tour and features Dime on all instruments including vocals.

The upcoming issue appears to be loaded with coolness including a private tour of Dime’s home and a segment on his most cherished guitars. It looks to be a great issue so pick it up!! But until then check out the tune!!

Hal Leonard Publishes The Fender Archives

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

I got a cool email today from Hal Leonard about a new book they’re releasing titled The Fender Archives: A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information.  If you’re a fan of Fender products this looks like something that would be a great edition to your collection!!!

Hal Leonard Publishes The Fender Archives

A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information

Montclair, NJ (November 11, 2014) -Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published The Fender Archives: A Scrapbook of Artifacts, Treasures, and Inside Information. Written by Tom Wheeler with foreword by legendary guitarist James Burton, The Fender Archives is part history, part archive, part scrapbook, and part treasure chest, telling the story of an American icon through it’s rich past.

 

In The Fender Archives, Wheeler takes

the reader on a research expedition, a sort of archeological dig through several sites: file folders in Fender’s offices; the family archives of Don Randall; author/curator Richard Smith’s collections; the photo galleries of John Peden and Fretted Americana; jammed metal cabinets in a sweltering warehouse near the Corona factory; and the home of the late Bob Perine in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, just blocks from the beach where he and Ned Jacoby took now-iconic photos of high school kids, surfboards, palm trees, and chrome-clad rocket-ship guitars in Shoreline Gold and Daphne Blue and Candy Apple Red.

 

“Tom has compiled a captivating collection of artifacts that is guaranteed to satisfy the most passionate Fender fanatic,” said Richard McDonald, executive vice president of the Fender brand.

 


The Fender Archives
looks at the company from the inside; handwritten letters, production totals, personal logbooks, in-house memos, Leo Fender’s drawing-board sketches, financial reports-such documents are freed here from long confinement in cardboard boxes and filing cabinets, dusted off, and promoted from background to spotlight.

 

The Fender Archives sheds new light on the inspirations for revolutionary instruments and amplifiers, their sometimes-difficult births and growing pains, the environment into which they were unleashed upon the world, and the motivations and personalities of key players. Featured are rare and previously unseen photographs and documents from Fender’s decades-long rich history as well as reproduced historical documents, posters, and other items housed in several folders bound within the book.

About the Author:
Tom Wheeler is a writer, educator, and musician. After freelancing for Rolling Stone, Wheeler held the post of editor in chief of Guitar Player Magazine and became the founding editorial director for Bass Player. He has authored several books, including The Guitar Book, American Guitars, The Stratocaster Chronicles, The Soul of Tone, and The Dream Factory. Wheeler currently serves as a professor at the University of Oregon’s School of journalism. He lives in Eugene, Oregon. 

The Fender Archives
$45.00 (US)
Inventory #HL 00103138
ISBN: 9781476817477
Width: 12.0″
Length: 9.0″
96 pages

 

For more information, please visit http://www.halleonardbooks.com – Hal Leonard Books – An Imprint of Hal Leonard.

Jason Newsted Gives More Detail Into Leaving Metallica

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Here’s a killer hour long interview from Scuzz with Jason Newsted. At about the 30 minute mark he gives a lot more detail on the moment he knew it was time to leave Metallica.

If you want to skip to that its around the 30 minute mark. Enjoy!!