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Metallica Rig Rundown from the “WorldWired” Tour

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Metallica released a nineteen minute video with guitar techs Chad Zaemisch and Justin Crew doing a walk through of not only James Hetfield’s and Kirk Hammett’s guitar rigs but also some of the hurdles and solutions for providing wireless on huge tours.

The rigs prominently feature the Fractal Audio Axe FX II XL’s  as well as Matrix amplification.  Check it below.

 

 

 

Check Out Stone Temple Pilots Unreleased Song ‘Only Dying” From The Crow

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

 

 

 

From Blabbermouth:

A previously unreleased STONE TEMPLE PILOTS song called “Only Dying”, taken from the upcoming 25th-anniversary expanded reissue of the band’s debut album, “Core”, can be heard using the SoundCloud widget below. The track was demoed early in STP‘s career and the band had planned to re-record in 1994 for “The Crow” soundtrack. The idea was later scrapped after the star of the film, Brandon Lee, was killed during production.

“That song was a little bit of a different direction for us,” bassist Robert DeLeo tells Rolling Stone. “It was based more off jazz-type chordings. As a songwriter, I wanted to spark people into different directions.”

“I remember Scott [Weiland, vocals] really wanted to redo the song and quite honestly, the guitar tone we chose on that … I don’t know what I was thinking,” guitarist Dean DeLeo says. “Maybe I was listening to too much Robert Smith or something. It’s a song where I don’t think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song.”

“We wrote it maybe nine months after Dean joined the band, and we recorded it in a studio in north Hollywood before we got signed,” drummer Eric Kretz says. “It’s cool to hear it now. You can hear all the STP elements in there. You could tell it needed to be reworked a little bit, but you can really hear Scott‘s voice taking on its character and the band delving into the sound of the guitar, the special effects and everything. It’s a great early indicator of where the band was heading. It was trying to dig into our emotions.”

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS roared on to the scene 25 years ago with “Core”. A breakout success, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts, dominated radio waves with hits like “Sex Type Thing” and “Wicked Garden”, and has been certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. The band also took home the 1994 Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for their smash single “Plush”.

To mark the legendary album’s silver anniversary, Rhino will release two versions on September 29, which is 25 years to the day of the album’s original debut. The first is the “Core: Super Deluxe Edition” ($79.98), which includes four CDs featuring a newly remastered version of the original album, plus more than two hours of unreleased demos and live performances, including the band’s performance on “MTV Unplugged”. Also included is the original album on vinyl and a DVD that contains a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of the album along with videos for the album’s four singles. The set, limited to 15,000 copies worldwide, comes packaged in a richly detailed hardcover book (12 x 12) with rare and unseen photographs. The music from the Super Deluxe version will also be available via digital download and streaming services.

Fans can pre-order a limited edition bundle of the “Core: Super Deluxe Editon” at www.stonetemplepilots.com which includes a bonus replica 7-inch vinyl single of “Plush” that was originally released in the U.K. in 1993. This exclusive bundle is limited to 1,000 copies.

Also available on the same day is a 2-CD “Core: Deluxe Version” ($19.98) containing a newly remastered version of the original album expanded with rare b-sides and previously unreleased demos. A single disc remaster of the original album will be available as well.

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS (guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Eric Kretz, and vocalist Scott Weiland) debuted with “Core” in the fall of 1992 and by the following summer were one of the biggest rock bands on the scene, powered by exhilarating live shows and a string of now-classic songs from the album, remastered here for the very first time.

Nearly all of the music on the second disc of both versions is making its commercial debut. Of the nine demos included, four were recorded between 1987 and 1990 when the band was known as MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. The disc also includes five unreleased demos from their original Atlantic sessions and concludes with four b-sides, including the jazzy “Swing Type Version” of “Sex Type Thing”, as well as two acoustic versions of “Plush” — the “Acoustic Type Version” recorded with the full band and the rarely heard “first take” that was recorded by Weiland and Dean DeLeo for MTV‘s “Headbanger’s Ball” in 1993.

The third disc contains two fiery live recordings from the summer of 1993, the first an unreleased performance at Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater near Los Angeles and the second from the Reading Festival, making its U.S. debut here. These high-energy shows feature performances of all but two songs from “Core” as well as an early live version of “Lounge Fly”, a song the band has just written a month earlier that would appear the following year on the band’s second album, “Purple”.

The band’s iconic appearance on “MTV Unplugged”, recorded in November 1993, gets its first official release on the final CD in the set. This would be their last performance in support of “Core” and includes reworked, acoustic versions of “Wicked Garden” and “Sex Type Thing”, the debut performance of “Big Empty”, which would later appear on “Purple”, and a cover of David Bowie‘s “Andy Warhol”.

“Core: Super Deluxe Edition” also features the original album pressed on vinyl, and a DVD that presents a 5.1 Surround Sound Mix of “Core” together will all four of the videos made for the album: “Sex Type Thing”“Plush”“Wicked Garden” and “Creep”.

“Core: Super Deluxe Edition” track listing:

Disc One: Original Album Remastered

01. Dead & Bloated
02. Sex Type Thing
03. Wicked Garden
04. No Memory
05. Sin
06. Naked Sunday
07. Creep
08. Piece Of Pie
09. Plush
10. Wet My Bed
11. Crackerman
12. Where The River Goes

Disc Two: Demos And B-sides

01. Only Dying – Demo *
02. Wicked Garden – Demo *
03. Naked Sunday – Demo *
04. Where The River Goes – Demo *
05. Dead & Bloated – Demo *
06. Sex Type Thing – Demo *
07. Sin – Demo *
08. Creep – Demo *
09. Plush – Demo *
10. Sex Type Thing – Swing Type Version
11. Plush – Acoustic Type Version
12. Creep – New Album Version
13. Plush – Acoustic from MTV Headbanger’s Ball (Take 1)

Disc Three: Live 1993

Live At Castaic Lake Natural Amphitheater (July 2, 1993)

01. Crackerman *
02. Wicked Garden *
03. No Memory *
04. Sin *
05. Plush *
06. Where The River Goes *
07. Sex Type Thing *
08. Wet My Bed *
09. Naked Sunday *

Live At The Reading Festival (August 27, 1993)

10. Wicked Garden
11. No Memory *
12. Sin
13. Lounge Fly *
14. Dead & Bloated
15. Sex Type Thing
16. Naked Sunday*

Disc Four: MTV Unplugged (November 17, 1993)

01. Crackerman
02. Creep *
03. Andy Warhol
04. Plush *
05. Big Empty *
06. Wicked Garden *
07. Sex Type Thing *

Disc Five: (DVD) Original Album 5.1 Mix, 24/96 Stereo Audio, And Music Videos

* Previously Unreleased

Bonus “Plush” 7-inch Included with www.stonetemplepilots.com preorder, limited edition of 1,000 units

Side 1

01. Plush (Edit)

Side 2

01. Sin

 

Frank Zappa Hologram Tour Coming Next Year

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Sooo… A few months ago a Ronnie James Dio hologram tour was announce from a company called Eyellusion.  Eyellusion has now announced a new partnership with the Zappa Family Trust to develop Frank Zappa hologram shows.

From Zappa.com,

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – Eyellusion, live music’s premier hologram production company, today announced that it will work closely with the Zappa Family Trust to produce hologram performances of Frank Zappa, giving fans an opportunity to experience the prolific, eclectic and critically acclaimed music legend live in concert again. Production for the Zappa shows will kick off in late 2017, with performances announced later in 2018.

“I’m thrilled that Frank Zappa will finally be going back out on tour playing his most well-known music as well as some rare and unheard material,” said Ahmet Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “We can’t wait to bring his creative work back to the stage with the musicians he loved to play with, such as Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Adrian Belew, Arthur Barrow, Vinnie Colaiuta, Scott Thunes, Mike Keneally, Denny Walley, Warren Cuccurullo and Napoleon Murphy Brock among others who are committed to being part of this epic endeavor. When I spoke with them, they were excited at the prospect of performing alongside Frank once again and can’t wait to give fans an unforgettable experience.”

He continued, “Also, how radical would it be to have Moon singing ‘Valley Girl’ onstage with Frank? Or to see Dweezil side by side with our father playing dueling guitar solos? That would be my greatest wish and I look forward to bringing this special celebration of Frank’s legacy to a town near you. But if that wasn’t enough Zappa coolness, we’re also planning on staging Joe’s Garage The Musical with none other than Frank Zappa himself starring as the Central Scrutinizer.”

“Frank was an innovator and his art transcended so many different mediums,” said Diva Zappa, co-Trustee of the Zappa Family Trust. “He left behind such an extensive body of work and we want to celebrate his music with really creative and unique live hologram productions that will introduce his music to a new generation of fans and let so many that enjoyed his music when he was alive experience it again. We have had this idea for many years and after meeting with the team at Eyellusion, we knew that they were the right partner to make it a reality.”

“We work closely with the Zappa family on their various projects, and look forward to sharing new Frank Zappa performances with his longtime fans, as well as expanding his audience to give new fans the opportunity to share in that experience” adds Bruce Resnikoff, President and CEO, Universal Music Enterprises.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a monumental and important artist to our lineup of planned live music hologram productions,” said Jeff Pezzuti, CEO, Eyellusion. “Frank Zappa was an incredible musician, unmatched in his output, tackled so many different genres and influenced a generation of artists that would go on to help further shape rock and pop for decades to come. We are music lovers first and can’t wait to get to work on yet another show that lets fans experience such timeless and important music in a live concert setting.”

Stay tuned to Zappa.com for tour dates and further lineup announcements.

 

So what are you thoughts?  I never saw Zappa so part of me would like to see this for the entertainment factor of going especially with all the big name musicians that are going to be involved.  But the other part of me isn’t sure if I want my first Zappa live experience to be a hologram.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d probably buy a ticket.  But having all these hologram concerts featuring artists of the past does raise the question.  Do you want to see these guys?  Want to go see Jimi Hendrix, or Stevie Ray Vaughn?  When you start to go down the list of the greats, it does sound like it would be some cool shows!  On a personal note!!!  Bring on Thing-Fish!!!

 

GearZombie

Musicians Don’t Get It As “Cash Me Outside” Girl Danielle Bregoli Signs With Atlantic Records

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

 

I don’t normally write articles like this or many at all as my blog is mostly about gear reviews.  But my social media feeds have been rabid about Danielle Bregoli, the “Cash Me Outside” Dr. Phil girl, signing a record deal with Atlantic Records a few days ago.  The posts really give me the giggles.  Things being said like, “She’s not an artist”, “Listen to the Autotune”, “She has no talent”…… Here’s the problem, you’re all absolutely correct.  But what everyone throwing a fit can’t get their head around is none of that matters.  I’m going to try to decode this in a few paragraphs.

Music is in a total state of disarray it’s an absolute mess.  It’s so bad guitar sales are down something like 50% even from last year and have been declining for a while (don’t absolutely quote me on those numbers, I read them in another article I’m choosing not to quote) but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist or even an avid musician to see how screwed the art form we love really is.  You also have no business crying about it in my opinion when we are not only part of the problem, but also largely failed to adapt to the current climate.

Here’s the thing, all the musicians and bands that are upset they’re not getting the attention from labels that “Bhad Bhabie” is as she’s penned herself just look at the freaking stats.  Dr. Phil blew her up because her and her mother are a collective mess, however as far as ratings are concerned she was a gold mine for Dr. Phil.  Pair that disaster with a repeat visit to Phil, toss an arrest in there, some probation all of which is keeping her relevant in the 24 hour American gossip news network and what you end up with is a recipe for stardom.  I’m not certain who the architect of her latest rise is but that person is a damn genius and I wish they could manage my band.  Stay with me here.

 

Her video “These Heaux” which is… you know… pronounced “ho’s”…  Has been on YouTube for approximately 3 weeks at the time of writing this. In that time, she’s pulled 27,330,859 views.  575,616 likes and 339,531 dislikes.   Like it or not, those are freaking stellar numbers.  But the planning on this is what built the perfect storm.  Not that I would encourage you to watch the video but if you do you’re going to notice a few things.

First being the audio production.  The music is good, no 2 ways around it.  They obviously had someone that knew what they’re doing put together the beat for this song.  The beat itself is catchy and well put together.

Second, it has a hook.  Again, someone that knew what they were doing was smart enough to make a catchy hook stick in your head.  This drives the replay value which generates revenue.

Third, Video Production Is Spot On.  There is actually a making of with this video.  Which I tried to watch but she talks a lot in it making it mostly not worth the watch.  But the take away from it is this…. The video is very well done.  They claim it’s a single take video.  They had to run it multiple times but it’s start to finish done with what appears to be a DJI Inspire or something similar.

This was well orchestrated, well produced and planned.  And when someone can gather 27 million hits on a video in 3 weeks you can be absolutely certain a major label is going to take notice.  Whoever her team is gambled their resources, rolled the dice and scored.  Now this is all piggy backing on her ability to stay current.  We know she’s not a rapper she’s being coached along.  She clearly can’t sing otherwise we would hear at least a small section without pitch correction. But not only is she breaking her ground but she could also be seen as someone who’s filling a void left by the sudden collapse of Iggy Azalea’s career with Danielle being the new fake accent girl in hip hop.


 

Here is my bigger problem with the music community’s response and it’s the lack of understanding.  People still think they should be heard because they’re an artist, or they’re good at their craft.  And logic would tell you that should be the case but 30 seconds looking into the big picture can show you that none of it matters.  Nobody cares about artistry anymore, they generally don’t care about music much anymore.  Have you tried to play a live show lately?  You better be a cover band, and you better have a unique spin on it or you’re playing for the opening bands and that’s it.  The music industry has one thing it’s concerned about and that’s profit.  And like it or not, 27 million YouTube hits in 3 weeks = Profit.

Hip Hop is losing ground as a genre.  It took it longer than Rock and Country but it happened and now what’s left of the industry is looking for something to keep the lights on for a bit longer.  But artists need to work harder than ever in order to make it in the music world.  If there really is a “make it” anymore.  And the bigger question is do you want to “Make It”  I wasn’t able to find any specifics on her deal but if I had to guess it’s a 360 deal, small advance and she has zero control.  This will blow up soon enough but until then they will get the spotlight.

Atlantic was the best spot for her to land.  They have a heavy stable of hip hop and pop artists they can pair her with.  So it will be interesting to see which artists are going to sell themselves to the devil in order to try and boost sales.  But remember, this girl needs to turn a profit what’s it going to be like when she tours?  We’re not exactly looking at artists that worked their way up.  Paid their dues and are now reaping the rewards of their effort.  Americans love a couple different types of stories they like coming from the ground up stories, and they love watching train-wrecks.  And Danielle Bregoli has found a way to tell both stories simultaneously.

 

GearZombie

 

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