If you were a fan of rock music and lived in Seventies-era Mumbai (or Bombay, as it was then known), you'll have recounted the story of Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's impromptu gig at a local watering hole many times. The story, seared in the collective memories of pretty much every Mumbai rock fan that happened to be alive during the era, has many versions.
The basic plot points are this: Page and Plant happened to be passing through the city and had a night off. They walked out of their hotel and found their way to a nearby dive called Slip Disc. There they sat down for a quiet drink in the relative anonymity that an unfamiliar city afforded them. Eventually however, they were recognized and asked to go up on stage to play a few songs. They cheerfully obliged, rolling through a quick set that included 'Whole Lotto Love'. Eventually they left and though fans lined up outside the pub the next night, they never returned.
While this tale is pretty much the main focus of their Mumbai visits, it tends to distract from the fact that the duo did more with their time in India than an impulsive gig. Page and Plant's goal travelled to India at least four times over the course of the year, with the intention of collaborating and recording with Indian musicians.
Page's friend, the famed sitar player Ravi Shankar, introduced him to an Indian flautist named Vijay Raghu Rao. In Mumbai, Rao put together an ensemble of Indian classical musicians that also included the world-renowned sarong player us tad Sultan Khan. The sessions yielded reworked Indian-iced versions of Zeppelin songs 'Friends' and 'Four Sticks' as well as a number of other tracks. Read morehere.
Taylor tells Spotify Metal Talks (via Blabbermouth): "I got sober about halfway through the recording process of ["Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" in 2004]. Well, I quit drinking. I didn't go in a program or anything like that; I just kind of stopped cold turkey. It was about three months into the recording process. And it was hard; like, it was really, really hard. But I knew I had to do it.
"The last night I drank [in November 2003], I basically found myself hanging off the balcony of the hotel room at the old Hyatt house on Sunset [Boulevard in West Hollywood, California]. I was standing on the balcony, I was just about to fall, and a friend of mine actually grabbed me and pulled me back in. If he hadn't grabbed me, I'd be dead.
"So the next day, I woke up, on the floor, covered in God knows what - just sick, sweaty, gross… I mean, just miserable. And I just said, 'I can't do this… I can't do this anymore. What the hell is going on with me?' And that's when I really kind of started to take those first faltering steps away from everything. And it was difficult; it was very difficult.
"First of all, my health was garbage. I gained a lot of weight. My vocals were so shot… I had to basically start over on everything that I had done at the beginning of it. And that's one of the reasons why that album is really hard for me to listen to, because I was trying something different. Because I was, like, 'I'm doing everything else different. I wanna try something different vocally.' And I'm not sure if it worked, to be honest. I mean, it worked for some of the songs, but not for all of 'em. 'Welcome' is one of the songs, I think, it worked kind of well."
He goes on to discuss the difficult adjustment to sobriety, "It was a long time before I could feel comfortable with myself, because all I knew was who I was when I was wasted. I didn't know who I was as a sober person. I knew who I wanted to be, but I knew that was, kind of, a long time coming. It was about, basically, repairing bridges and dedicating yourself to being a better person. You can't be a better person until you just start being a better person. And it takes time for people to get used to that, it takes time for people to treat you that way. It took ten years. And, lucklily now, I'm kind of starting to feel the good part of that. But I'd done a lot of damage to a lot of people, and I'm still trying to make up for it. But it started with that album."
Motley Crue recently launched a fan vote to decide which European cities they will play on the tour as the group winds down its 34-year career this year.
The band are playing three European festivals this month; they performed at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 5 and will appear at Austria's Nova Rock on June 12 and UK's Download on June 14.
A North American summer run starts July 22 in Eugene, OR, and a recently-announced final leg kicks off October 5 in Hidalgo, TX. Read more including the dates and watch the new tour leg promo videohere.
Meanwhile, bassist Chris Wolstenholme has said the band are interested in making a West End musical version of the album, which explores the concept of losing identity in the face of technological and political pressure.
Wolstenholme tells Music Feeds: "It would be great to be able to do that at some point. In the immediate future, it's still an album that the fans haven't heard, so all we can really think about at this point in time is getting the album out and going on tour.
"But it would be great to have it incorporated into some sort of musical or something. It would be very exciting to be a part of it." Watch the new videohere.
"Sunday morning I woke up with a flu that's developed into laryngitis," says Plant. "I'm really disappointed as I've only missed 1 gig in 15 years and now here's two in a row. It's heartbreaking. I'm furious, frustrated and silent."
Refunds are available at point of purchase until June 19 in the event ticket holders are unable to make the new date, which will not include The Pixies as openers; a new support act will be announced.
The Detroit concert is the second in a row affected by Plant's illness: he postponed a June 7 concert in Toronto when the health issue first flared up on Sunday. Read morehere.
Allman has been touring quite a bit as of late with his solo band, which now includes longtime Allmans percussionist Marc Quinones. Back to Macon, GA sees his current ensemble revisiting some of his Allmans classics as well as some of the highlights from his solo catalog, including his 1987 hit "I'm No Angel."
When we spoke to Gregg last year, he told us to expect more solo releases. He's planning to work with producer T-Bone Burnett on a follow up to 2011's GRAMMY-nominated Low Country Blues. Additionally, he said, "I also have one to cut in Muscle Shoals with Don Was, and that's a record I've long been pre-meditating, maybe thirty years, and the title will be All Compositions By' my name." Read more and watch the "I'm No Angel" performancehere.
No further details were provided regarding which band member(s) are affected with a health issue at this time. The group's next scheduled show is at the Manchester Arena on June 12.
The On With The Show Tour sees the return of keyboardist Christine McVie, creating a reunion of the group's hugely successful mid-1970s lineup, which cranked out hit albums like 1975's self-titled release, 1977's "Rumours" and 1979's "Tusk." Read morehere.
The band's video highlight package also includes bassist Rob Trujillo and drummer Lars Ulrich in the meet and greet, and the group warming up in the Tuning Room before the show.
"Fight Fire With Fire" was the opening song on Metallica's second album, "Ride The Lightning." Metallica are also sharing audio of "The Frayed Ends Of Sanity" from the concert; the tune originally appeared on 1998's "…And Justice For All."
The Rockavaria appearance was one of four European festival dates Metallica delivered earlier this month. Check out the videohere.
Slash is currently playing a mixture of headline and festival show across Europe in support of his latest album, "World On Fire." On June 15, Slash will release "Live At The Roxy 25.9.14", a package that captures the guitarist and his band in concert at the famed Los Angeles venue as part of the Guitar Center's 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Roxy event was one of three shows Slash played in Hollywood's most legendary clubs to launch the record; he also rocked The Troubadour and The Whisky in the same week.
"Live At The Roxy 25.9.14" will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray, 2CD and as a 3LP set. Watch the festival performancehere.
Corgan appeared to take exception to a Rolling Stone interviewer's questions about his upcoming tour with Manson being seen as "a nostalgia tour." He shot back, "Anybody who calls us a nostalgia show does not know what the f*** they are talking about.
"Seriously. I mean, [Manson] has just released one of the best albums of his career, and my last two albums were super highly reviewed and well received, so they don't know what the f*** they are talking about."
Corgan added, in response to the similarly themed follow-up question, "It's very simple: You've got two great artists, two great histories, still making great music. We are going to go out and kick ass as good or better than somebody in their twenties or thirties or whatever. Either believe it or don't - but if you don't, then you will miss something that you rarely see, which in this case will be three hours of really powerful music. I mean, there is a point where you can't apologize for that, or you can't really explain it to someone who's got their head up their a** with a selfie stick."
He also shot down reports that he plans to end the Smashing Pumpkins and shared his vision for the future of the band, "I think the new album we're making is very exciting. It's very futuristic. I've basically said that Smashing Pumpkins dies when I die, and maybe not even then. Maybe my niece will take over the franchise when I'm dead. Kiss is already talking about continuing past Gene and Paul, so why not the Smashing Pumpkins beyond William Patrick Corgan?
"We live in an era when everything is alive and everything is dead at the same time. If you are a fan of a particular band that's older, you can go on YouTube and relive their past as much as you want to. You don't have to go see them live. You don't have to listen to their new music. And then you have fans that are really not connected to, in my case, the Nineties. They know the Nineties music, sort of, but it's not their music. We are dealing with a conflux of so many different audiences coming from so many different directions now." Read the full interviewhere.
Anthrax wrote, "The entire Anthrax camp is just devastated by the sudden loss of our tour manager/soundman Aaron Dilks who passed away last night. He was a wonderful man, we all cared greatly about him, and he made the band sound like a monster. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family."
Fear Factory posted, "On behalf of Fear Factory, we are deeply saddened by the loss of our good friend and comrade in arms, Aaron Dilkes. He was our soundman and tour manager during the U.S./European/Australian tours of Demanufacture and Digimortal. He was a superb human being, and enjoyed every minute of his life, and we enjoyed experiencing the ride with him.
He will be sorely missed."
Hellyeah wrote, "We received sad news today. Our friend and former tour manager Aaron Dilks passed away this morning. He was a great man and a legend amongst men and will be greatly missed. Our sympathy and condolences go out to his family and friends. R.I.P AA!! You are loved and will be greatly missed!!"
After nearly 30 years, Glendale Harley Davidson will hold its final Love Ride Festival on Oct. 18. According to a release, the ride is the "largest and longest-running one day motorcycle charitable fundraising event in the world."
Riders will depart Glendale Harley Davidson just northeast of Los Angeles, in a procession up the 5 Freeway about 45 miles, ending at Castaic Lake State Recreation Area.
The 32nd festival will include two concerts, appearances by a host of celebrity guests, custom bike and stunt shows, gourmet food trucks, a vendor exhibition fair and drawings for motorcycle items and prizes. Read morehere.
Already announced for Wakemanfest are Mike Livesley's version of Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry At Rawlinson End, The English Rock Ensemble, the Strawbs, the Cadbury Sisters and others. Q&A sessions will take place throughout the weekend.
Wakeman says: "I wanted to create a festival I would want to go to myself. We chose the Gliderdrome because of its amazing history - I remember playing there many times over the years, especially with Yes. It all starts on the Friday, with a full day Saturday and a very special charity day on the Sunday, which finishes around 5pm so everybody can head off home." Read morehere.
Singer Sonny Sandoval says: "The Awakening is meant to be listened to in its entirety. Every song ultimately explores a character dealing with life, making mistakes, fighting, trying. But we also live in a singles-type world, and it works on that level, too."
Bass player Traa Daniels adds: "The Awakening is definitely an evolution from where we've come from. It's this amazing piece of art that we've been able to put together as four guys who are like brothers. This is really special." Read more including the track detailshere.
It's set to begin in Glasgow on April 27 next year and end in Bari, Italy on June 2, with stops in between including Sheffield City Hall on May 3 and AB Hall, Brussells on May 14. The full run of dates will be revealed soon.
Guitarist Steve Howe had this to say: "This is the first time we'll be performing Drama in its entirety. Most of the songs haven't been performed in some 30 years."
Drummer Alan White, adds: "We think the fans will love hearing Fragile and Drama in their entirety, and we certainly look forward to performing them." Read morehere.
The 6-week run opens at The Fillmore in Washington, DC on September 22 and wraps at the Monster Mash festival in Phoenix, AZ on November 1. Tickets for select dates will include digital redemption codes of "Meliora" before the official release.
Due August 21, "Meliora" follows the band's second album and major label debut, 2013's "Infestissumam", which debuted at number one in Sweden and won the Swedish Grammis Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album.
Produced by Klas Ĺhlund and mixed by Andy Wallace (Slayer, Nirvana, Guns N' Roses, Linkin Park), the project sees the debut of new vocalist Papa Emeritus III alongside the Nameless Ghouls following the resignation of his three-month older brother Papa Emeritus II.
This week, Ghost premiered the video for "Cirice", the lead single from the record. Check out the video and the new tour dateshere.
Asked what he'd done differently on The Pale Emperor compared to earlier records, Manson tells Loudwire: "Maybe partially learning the whole point of the blues on the record. One part being about the story of the creation of the blues with Mephistopheles and Faust, and making a deal with the devil to become a rock star.
"The record has me singing in a blues range, which I've never done before. The blues to me came way late in the game and it was more about you telling your story - but you're telling your story in a way that everyone who hears it is sharing the story with you so they're going to hear the story differently.
"The blues is the same story, but it's told by different people in the way you say it, the timbre of your voice or your good or bad deal you've made with the devil."
Meanwhile, footage of Manson's performance at the Rock Am Ring festival in Germany last weekend has been released and can be viewedhere.
Vennart tells Rock Sound: "Retaliate is a big, dumb stomper rock tune. I wrote it for just bass and drums, then I asked Richard 'Gambler' Ingram to play the really perverted keyboard lines, then flung on the ridiculous and impossible guitar solo at the end.
"That solo is a real career highlight for me." The Demon Joke features Vennart, his ex Oceansize bandmates Ingram and Steve Durose, and Ginger Wildheart drummer Denzel. Read more and watch the lyric videohere.
Wilson recently had this to say: "Her story, for me, became symbolic of something about what it means to be living in the heart of the city in the 21st century.
"There's almost a sense of fear and paranoia about who might be on the other side of your front door. That leads to people wrapping themselves in a cocoon and communicating with the world through technology instead of face-to-face interaction." Read morehere.
Singer Kobra Paige says: "Kobra And The Lotus is a riff-loving, vocal-whaling, storm-bringing band. We couldn't do what we do without paying homage to the true roots that were laid down before us.
"Words Of The Prophets is a tribute to those great Canadian classic rock influences that have set the foundation for music magic since we first heard these songs playing on the radio as little kids. They carry a ton of nostalgia, inspire ambitious journeys, and we hope to rub some of that off on you." Read more including the track detailshere.
Against The Current say: "This is one of our favourite songs off the Gravity EP. We were so stoked to finally put together an official video for it. We're really happy with how it came out."
Chrissy Costanza, Dan Gow and Will Ferri will head out on a European tour starting in September with a run of US shows to follow in October. See the dates and watch the new videohere.
It's on sale now and features new tracks Control, River River, Science and Oceana. It also includes four reworked versions and four live versions of tracks that appeared on the debut.
Lonely The Brave Say: "For us, it's the definitive version of The Day's War." They add of Control: "It wasn't until we got down the instrumental track for this release that the lyrics and melody came into their own.
"There were several different sets of lyrics originally. That chorus must have changed a good few times." Watch the new videohere.
The track will be released as a download on June 15 via Spinefarm Records and is taken from Hotei's as-yet-untitled 16th album which is expected to be released in the autumn.
The Japanese musician, who recorded Battle Without Honor Or Humanity for Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill, has previously played with artists including David Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Chicago, Hugh Cornwell and INXS.
A 3CD anthology of Pop's post-Stooges material titled Psychophonic Medicine will be released on June 23 and he'll support Foo Fighters at their two London Wembley gigs on June 19 and 20.
View the lyric video for "That's How The Cookie Crumbles"here.
But don't worry, the company assures in a press release, they are maintaining that punk integrity. "Three options are available, including an eye-catching vertical design, with new technology allowing all customer personalisation (name, card number, expiry date) to be moved to the back of the card preserving the integrity of the Sex Pistols artwork and allowing it to be reproduced in full," the release reads.
The people of Twitter are not entirely on board with the concept and are calling the monolith brand out for either killing or not understanding punk. Read morehere.
Bridge, bassist Alex Milovic, drummer Nic Pettersen and guitarists Jonathon Deiley and Josh Smith will play Download on June 13 and have also released a promo of album track Obelisk. Hear it below.
Node is described as being "fuelled by passion and anger" with a statement adding: "Everything from the title and the lyrics to the way the band came together to produce their best record yet stands as a hymn to the simple power of human connection." Read morehere.