Day in Rock Report for 12/17/2012
Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic says in a new interview that he is more than open to a tour with Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth fronting the group.
hennemusic reports: Nirvana recently reunited for drummer Dave Grohl's new documentary, "Sound City." Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear teamed up with Paul McCartney to record a new song, "Cut Me Some Slack," for the project and its companion soundtrack.
In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Novoselic was asked if he would tour with McCartney as the band leader for a full-scale Nirvana reunion tour. He replied, "Absolutely I would."
Asked if he would tour with Van Halen's David Lee Roth as frontman, Novoselic said, "I love David Lee Roth. I would tour with David Lee Roth because I think he's great.
"And it wouldn't be some oldies review: if we put a band together and we were making music and we felt good about it and there was that passion and that spark I'd do it in a second."
Watch the interview here.
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Shock rocker Marilyn Manson informed fans via Twitter that he had to receive 24 stitches after injuring his ear in some kind of brawl.
Manson didn't provide many details about the brawl; simply that he won but also needed stitches to save his ear after being hit with a glass table.
The brawl reportedly took place in the Swiss city of Basel last Tuesday, when Manson's coheadlining Twins of Evil tour with Rob Zombie hit the city.
Manson posted a brief message on Twitter Tuesday, followed by a photo of his injured ear. We wrote:
"I was hit by a glass table in a dangerous fight. I was however, the victor but had to have 24 stitches to keep my ear from becoming Van Goth." Read the tweet and see the photo
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A member of Guns N' Roses reportedly stormed off stage last week and wouldn't return for an encore, and it wasn't frontman Axl Rose.
The band was playing the final stop on their first tour of India last Wednesday in Gurgaon, just outside New Delhi.
The concert went off well, according to a New York Times review by Kabir Taneja, with Axl Rose taking the stage on time and the band playing a 3 hour set.
But the show apparently didn't end well. Taneja said that after the band returned to the stage for an encore, Rose thanked fans and told them that playing India "has been a longtime dream."
He then dedicated the concert to the memory of sitar legend Ravi Shanker who had died the previous day. The band then took their final bow.
At this point, Axl decided to play another song and called the group back on the stage but Tommy Stinson apparently did not want to. Taneja reports, "he was visible from where I sat nearly throwing his bass backstage, as a roadie tried to stop him."
The band began performing Rose Tattoo's "Nice Boys" without Stinson, when Axl left the stage only to return moments later followed by Stinson.
At this point, Stinson, " threw his bass onto a pile of equipment, flipped the middle finger at some crew members and left. The band finished the last song without a bassist."
You can read the full review of the concert here. more on this story
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The Rolling Stones concert Saturday in Newark that wrapped up their five-date 50 & Counting tour may not be their last show of the year.
hennemusic reports on Friday, an April 12, 2013 Coachella Festival date appeared on the official Stones App, only to be taken down hours later; April 12 is the opening day of the festival's first weekend.
A tease? A test? Either way, fans noticed, sharing screen captures of the image and spreading them around the globe.
The app also listed a December 27th date in Huntington, NY which may be referencing a showing of the documentary "The Rolling Stones: The Ron Wood Years."
You can see a screen capture of the app listing both the Coachella 2013 and the Huntington, NY dates here. more on this story
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Jason Newsted has returned with a new self-titled group and is now using fans to break news about the group's upcoming debut release.
Newsted plans to release the new four-song "Metal" EP on January 8th, according to a graphic of a letter that was posted on Twitter.
On Wednesday Newsted posted the following tweet: "whats up man? new tunes coming soon!! sign up @ http://newstedheavymetal.com to get latest info. Cheers People!! J"
Then Newsted apparently sent a graphic of a handwritten note with details about the new release to several people who in turn posted the graphic on Twitter on Friday and Newsted then retweeted their postings. See the tweeted photo here.
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Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is "disgusted" with some fans in Medford, Oregon and how they treated a moment of silence request for the victims of Friday's mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school.
Following the concert, Blythe shared his displeasure with the following posting on Instagram, according to Lambgoat:
After asking for a minute of silence during their set in honor of the school shooting victims in Connecticut, Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe was thoroughly unhappy with a portion of the audience at a Medford, Oregon venue. Blythe later had the following to say via:
"I have never been more disgusted with an audience in my life. I wish we hadn't played. We, Lamb of God, asked for sixty seconds of silence during our first set break to honor the dead children and teachers in CT. It seemed appropriate- it's a goddamned national TRAGEDY.
"Most of the crowd complied, but several didn't, some cursing and even laughing. I wanted to walk off stage. I am so disgusted right now- if you were one of those who wouldn't shut up for SIXTY LOUSY SECONDS to honor twenty MURDERED CHILDREN- go look in the mirror. You are looking at a piece of sh*t. Your parents are obviously pieces of sh*t too, because they raised you to behave with no dignity.
"To the fans who were respectful, I thank you. I am also sorry you have so many goddamned assholes in your community. You should do something about that. This sh*t would not have happened at a Lamb of God show where I live, and that is a FACT. We have more manners.
"I am just disgusted. Thoroughly DIGUSTED. You yelling people give metal a band name-screw that, you give humanity a bad name. Grow up. Your parents should have beaten some manners into you, you savage little beasts. With that I will go to bed, say a prayer for those suffering, and hope for a better day tomorrow, because tonight SUCKED."
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Cro-Mags founder and former bassist Harley Flanagan is no longer facing assault and weapons charges stemming from the backstage fight at the CBGB festival with the current members of the band.
The fight allegedly took place in July and Flanagan has appeared in court three times on "four second degree felony assault charges and weapons possession, each resulting in an adjournment," according to New York Natives who also spoke with Flanagan about the end of the case.
"I didn't see how it could make sense that one person could attack a room full of people," Flanagan told them in a video interview. "It didn't make sense then and it makes no sense now, cause it just didn't happen and that's basically why I'm getting off today is because they had a lot people making statements then saying that I did this and I did that, but it all started falling apart because they were all giving conflicting statements."
Here is a portion of our original report about the arrest: The Cro-Mags were set to perform at Webster Hall in New York as part of the CBGB music festival. Flanagan reportedly went backstage and allegedly cut the band's current bass player Michael "The Gook" Couls in the arm and stomach with a hunting knife and slashed William Berario (whom the New York Post reports is a member of the band) above his eye and bit him on the cheek, according to the Post.
Police shut the event down after the altercation and both members of the band were taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of their wounds. Flanagan, who reportedly suffered a broken leg while be subdued by security, was also treated at the hospital. Watch the interview with Flanagan here.
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(hennemusic) Paul McCartney and the members of Nirvana teamed up to perform on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.
As musical guest on the show, the former Beatle was joined by Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear to play their new song, "Cut Me Some Slack."
The tune is set to be the first track from Grohl's "Sound City" documentary. The same lineup played the new track last Wednesday at the 12-12-12 concert. Watch the SNL performance here.
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(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin were featured on CBS Sunday Morning over the weekend. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones sat down with Anthony Mason to talk about their lives, career, and the new live package, "Celebration Day."
"What we achieved was to change the blueprint of a lot of things," said Page of the band's legacy. "We changed where the horizon was
we moved it on."
"It was just so powerful," he added, describing the combustible energy of the group right from the start. "It just locked together like something that was pretty scary, but had to be."
Plant was asked if he was worried about recapturing the band's magic for the 2007 reunion, when they headlined a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun at London's 02 Arena.
"I knew I couldn't go back there
but I had to be comfortable with where I met it," said the singer. "It was just left of extreme fear
and trepidation. It's a tall order. The thing is everything that's magnificent, whatever it might be a great moment in sport, a great moment in literature can people actually ever go back there and touch that again? You just know that once upon a time you could kick ass together and that's about it."
The inevitable future reunion question was addressed, briefly, at the end of the feature, with the three members refusing to respond together, but Page and Jones did so in one-on-one sessions.
"I've been open to it and I'm just looking at the past history of it," said Page. Read more and watch video of the appearance here.
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(Sub) Hot Water Music have set a January 15 release date for a limited edition 3xLP and 2xCD+DVD entitled Live in Chicago.
Recorded at the Metro in Chicago on February 1-2, 2008, Live in Chicago boasts explosive performances of classics and rarities spanning band's celebrated twenty year career.
The triple LP (with download code) includes 30 songs that clock in at 90 minutes from both nights at the Metro, and will be available on six different colors (Blue, Red, Yellow, Green, Purple and White), all of which are limited to 550 copies each.
The double CD will include the same set of songs, plus an 80 minute, 24 song live DVD of the February 2 show, which features a few alternate versions, plus one song not found on the album. more on this story
The release of Live in Chicago, comes only a day before the band kicks off their North American headlining tour with The Menzingers and La Dispute, which starts in Tampa on January 16 and culminates in Seattle on February 10.
The band is touring in support of their first album in eight years, Exister, which was released in May of 2012 on Rise Records.
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(Sub) Killing Joke will be celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2013 with the release of The Singles Collection 1979-2012 and a world tour.
The Singles Collection 1979-2012, is set for release via Spinefarm/Universal on April 16, 2013. The Singles Collection 1979-2012 will be released in three formats: as a digital download, a limited edition 3-CD set and a super deluxe edition.
The band have announced the initial dates for their upcoming world tour will dates released for the UK, Europe and North America.
The original line-up of Killing Joke, Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul continuing to hold firm, have signed a brand new deal with Spinefarm and will soon set about recording a third studio album for the label. The release date of this new studio album is likely to be late 2013. more on this story
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I See Stars will be kicking off their The Filthy February Tour Pt. 1 headline tour on February 1, 2013.
The North American trek will feature support from For All Those Sleeping, Ged Scared, At The Skylines and Upon This Dawning.
The tour kicks off in Springfield, VA and will stop in cities in Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and conclude in Toledo, Oh on February 12th.
Devin Oliver states: "We are so stoked for this tour and feel this is an extremely impressive line-up offering a lot to the fans for a low price. We are going to break out one of our longest sets yet and there could even be a few surprises. We can't wait to see you all in Feb and be sure to come party with us. It's going to be a rager for sure." more on this story
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(hennemusic) Following the phenomenal success of the book release last year, "40 Years Of Queen" is being released as a enhanced ebook.
This is Queen's and Carlton Digital's first ebook, and the most advanced music ebook on the market.
"Now, technology is causing us to rethink once again and rediscover what a book really is and what it has the potential to be," says guitarist Brian May. "I think this is a great advert for what ebooks may be like in the future. It looks great, reads well and you can play with it for hours...We hope you enjoy the ebook as much as we do."
"I've got to say I'm incredibly impressed with the transition of the book from hard copy to ebook; a whole new world and a lot more portable!," adds drummer Roger Taylor. "To be honest, I've found myself quite immersed in it, with all its interactive content it does add a whole new dimension to the book experience. All in all, a great way to explore the fabulous and wonderful world that is Queen!"
Using the latest technology, Goodman Books bring you the ultimate Queen book in electronic form. This fully interactive enhanced ebook takes you as close to the band as you can get without leaving your chair. Dynamic photo galleries, multi-touch control, Queen's music and reproductions of memorabilia make this project incredibly unique. more on this story
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Kings of Leon will be making their first performance in Norway in a decade when they headline next summer's Hove festival.
Hove Festival 2013 will take place from 2nd of July 5th of July, in on the island of Tromψya, situated on the south coast of Norway.
After a two year hiatus, Kings of Leon will make their long awaited return to Europe next summer and will headline the opening day of the festival.
Other artists confirmed so far are among others Crystal Castles, Bullet for My Valentine, Stone Sour, Asking Alexandria, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Enter Shikari.
Says Toffen Gunnufsen, head booker at Hove: We are very pleased to finally being able to bring back Kings of Leon to Norway and Hove. The band ranks on top of our audience's wish lists and we know they have a big and devoted following in Norway. This has been one of our goals since we started up the festival seven years ago, and we are of course very pleased that Kings of Leon could fit us into their tour schedule. The Festivals' website
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(Gibson) The Killers have a new single out called "Miss Atomic Bomb," and Brandon Flowers and company have just released the new music video for the track, which appears on the band's latest release, Battle Born.
The video depicts an older singer looking back on his life and a relationship he had with a beautiful young woman.
Things are going well, until Flowers' love is stolen away by another suitor. As the video winds down, viewers see Flowers still brokenhearted over the loss. more on this story
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Atomic Cries have set a January 11th, 2013 release date for their new 7", Suspended Between the Mouth of God and the Fist of Man.
The release contains two new tracks, both of which are available for streaming at the band's Bandcamp, and is a precursor to Atomic Cries' forthcoming debut album.
The band had this to say: "We are Atomic Cries, and since 2010 we have played Primitive Doom Metal exclusively.
"No flares, no bongs, no irony, no pseudo-occult nonsense. We worship at the altar of Armando Acosta. We love Saint Vitus, Trouble, and Black Sabbath, but we sound like none of them.
"This 7" contains two tracks of uncompromising, slow downer-rock that refuses to be easily categorised. We are Saϊl Do Caixγo (lead/rhythm electric/acoustic guitars & vocals) and Andy Lippoldt (drums/organ/bass/backing vocals). Jeder fόr sich und Gott gegen alle." Listen to the songs here.
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Today John Michael Parker from Great Caesar tells us about the song "McGill" from their recently released new EP "Scattered Air". Here is the story:
"McGill" is a song about dreaming. That's how it began, and that's what it makes me do every time I sing it. And I hope that's what it does for the folks who listen to it, too.
It's a story about a boy, "McGill", and a girl, Marie, who fall in love but seem to come at life from two very different perspectives. Marie is the do-er who runs all over the world, exploring its every crack and hidden spot. Her words are, "Pack up your bags and fly, you've got some living before you die, I've got this feeling, don't ask me why". "McGill", on the other hand, is thedreamer who sits at the window and looks out into the world, imaging - all in his mind - the great wonder it holds. His words are "Lay down and close your eyes, you've got some dreaming before you die, I've got this feeling, don't ask me why". By the end of the song, the two points of view have merged into one, as it is only through Marie's example that "McGill" "sees the light". In the last line of the narrative, they take hands and jump out into a great storm, together. We don't know what happens. And if we've listened to anything they've said, we don't even need to ask.
Dreaming, to me, is not just something you do at night when no one's listening. Dreaming is something you do every single day when you imagine the world you want to live in and the world you could create. But the truth is, there's no power in it unless you take action. Unless you jump.
There's a hint of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom in it; as always, there's a hint of The Beatles; and there is a very real sense of theater to it, especially in the ending when everyone in the band has taken on role in the story but then abruptly begins to speak for themselves. And I realized after playing it one night that there is also a bit -- or much more than a bit -- of Marina Keegan in it. Marina was a brilliant and inspiring young woman who passed away tragically in May, and who I had grown close to earlier this year. In the end, and despite (or maybe because of) it's many influences, "McGill", to me, is Great Caesar because it brings people together through music and story to make their hearts beat a little faster and their souls stir.
I hope you enjoy it. And I hope you dream. And do.
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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(hennemusic) New Jersey was represented in full force at the 12-12-12 concert in New York last Wednesday.
Native sons Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi rocked the early hours of the show with sets full of hits and personal recollections of the state.
The two also hooked up for duets in each other's sets: Jon joining Bruce's event-opening appearance for "Born To Run."
The Boss returned the favor on "Who Says You Can't Go Home" during Bon Jovi's performance. Watch video here.
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In 1990, Don Was was one of the hottest producers in music, if not the hottest... And then he got what he thought would be the job of a lifetime: producing Bob Dylan's Under The Red Sky album.
"That was the gig I wanted all my life!" he told CBS Local. "From the time I was 14, all I wanted to do was play bass for Bob Dylan! And when I became a producer, I thought, 'If I could produce Bob Dylan, that'd be incredible!' And then it actually happened. The odds of that happening, man, are like, absurd! But the universe came together, and there I was, with Bob Dylan!"
Unlike the other artists he'd worked with, Dylan didn't need a "comeback" album; 1988′s Oh Mercy (produced by Daniel Lanois) was seen as a strong return to form. But Was assembled an all-star band of session musicians (including future American Idol judge Randy Jackson and John Mellencamp's drummer Kenny Aronoff), and invited in an A-list of guest artists (Slash, Elton John, and Stevie Ray Vaughan among them). But still, Under The Red Sky was judged harshly by critics and fans.
Although Was had worked with Iggy Pop and Bonnie Raitt, he says he wasn't really prepared to work with Bob. "I was maybe a little out of my league, experience-wise, when I did Under The Red Sky. I was really just getting started as a producer. There were mistakes that I made
Watch Was talk about his experiences with Under The Red Sky here.
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Ryan Adams was on Conan's TBS show last week to perform the song "Shining Through The Dark."
The song comes from the soundtrack to the new movie, This Is 40, which was released on December 11th. Watch his performance here.
As we previously reported, the soundtrack album features original songs by Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Graham Parker, and Lindsey Buckingham all produced by Jon Brion, as well as new tracks from Wilco and Ryan Adams created specifically for the film. Punch Brothers appear as the backing band on several tracks.
In addition, the album also features Paul Simon, Loudon Wainwright, Yoko Ono, and The Avett Brothers. The soundtrack album was produced by Judd Apatow and Jonathan Karp and features songs produced by the film's composer Jon Brion. more on this story
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Counterparts have released a new music video, via an online stream, for their song "The Disconnect".
The song comes from the group's latest release The Current Will Carry Us, and the video was produced by Vinnie Leonetti on their recent Canadian tour with Stray From The Path, Obey The Brave, Backtrack and Northlane.
Vocalist Brendan Murphy comments, "The video for 'The Disconnect' is a perfect representation of us as a band. When we go on tour, we aren't there to impress anyone, we aren't going to 'work', and we are going to have fun. Since day one, this band has been about having fun and making ourselves happy.
"This video gives people an insight into who we are when we aren't on stage and how we spend our time. Whether it is skateboarding, trust-falling off our trailer, dancing, getting drunk, playing UNO in crappy hotel rooms or just straight up being children; you can be sure that we're having the time of our lives. That's what motivates us to get in the van time after time."
Counterparts will also be kicking off a UK tour with Your Demise and Fact on February 7th . They will then head over to Europe with Last Witness. Watch the new video here
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