Following rampant rumors about Prince's liberal use of the painkiller Percocet, officials say prescription painkillers were found in his possession when he died and in his house in Minneapolis, though drugs have not been cited as the official cause of death. An autopsy was conducted, but the medical examiner said it would take weeks before the results would be disclosed.
The DEA's role will be to determine where the medications came from and what prescriptions Prince obtained, officials say. After a law enforcement official told CBS News that prescription drugs were found in Prince's possession at the time of his death, a source revealed that Prince began taking Percocet in 2006 when he first suffered hip pain from years of leaping around onstage. The source added that Prince has also suffered ankle and hip problems for years. The music legend had hip replacement surgery in 2010. Read morehere.
Completing the Saudade lineup are keyboardist John Medeski and Chuck Doom on bass. Doom is also a member of Moreno's other group Crosses, while Jayson also works with Cro-Mags.
Saudade's self-titled track can be heard below and can be downloaded via a BitTorrent Bundle. Dr. Know is recovering from last year's heart attack, after which he was only given a 5% chance of survival. Bad Brains have asked fans to help fund his ongoing treatment. Stream the songhere.
"We would like to continue our Return to Forever tour with James, but we have to realize that his health is priority," says singer Klaus Meine. "We wish James a speedy recovery and he will be back to rock with us very soon! We look forward to seeing all our fans next month."
The 12-date run will begin with an appearance at the Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte on May 6 and include a 5-show residency, "Blacked Out In Vegas", at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where they'll be joined by special guests Queensryche. See the dateshere.
The pop-punk trio recently released Bored To Death, their first single with latest recruit, Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba. He replaced former guitarist and singer Tom DeLonge last year.
Producer John Feldmann said of the album: "Tom and Mark really were a pair of lead singers, but Mark sings a lot of people's favorite songs. "The guys aren't 23 any more - they're dads now, so they're no longer writing songs about poo and that kind of stuff. But there's still got to be a sense of humor to it." See the tour dateshere.
The AC/DC landmark will have its official unveiling this Saturday as part of the 10th annual BonFest, a three-day music festival celebrating the singer's roots.
"It's amazing how many people don't know that Bon Scott came from Kirriemuir," says BonFest chairman John Crawford. "People know about J.M. Barrie and Peter Pan, but they are both famous sons of the town and there is room for them both."
"In 2008, Bon's Australian home town, Fremantle, unveiled a statue of him. At that point we started thinking it might be good to have one here where he started his life," said DD8 Music development worker Graham Galloway. "The unveiling will take place on Saturday, 30th of April, and will be carried out by some very special guests: Mark Evans, bass player on four of the Bon-era albums; Tony Currenti, drummer on AC/DC's first album; and Mary Renshaw, Bon's seamstress and 'soulmate.'
"We are looking at a total attendance of 3,700 and are expecting fans from all over the world to travel. We have confirmed travellers from the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, Norway, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand. All in all, it is shaping up to be an amazing weekend." Read more and see a photo of the statue with McKenna and Evanshere.
The country's Ministry of Culture is well-known for requiring changes to musicians' performances, including the banning of songs that might be seen to criticise the government, or which are regarded as subversive.
That didn't stop Iron Maiden from visiting China for the first time on their The Book Of Souls world tour - but it meant their performances didn't include pyros, smoke effects, Dickinson's flag-waving antics during The Trooper, throwing merchandise into the crowd or using strong language.
A fan video shot in Shanghai earlier this week shows Dickinson joking with the crowd, saying: "They did say 'no cameras.' Do I care? Everybody take out your camera device - take a picture."
He goes on: "It's great to be in China tonight. We ripped it up in Beijing, and we thought, 'That was a bit serious.' They had a few rules, so we kind of stuck by the rules and we didn't do any swearing. There's another thing I can't do - see if you can guess what it is later on."
With each swearword mouthed instead of spoken, he says: "We don't really give a sh*t about all that, because the most important thing is the music. The most important thing is that we're here, and you're here, and we're going to have a great f***ing time."
Dickinson then refers to a TV interview with guitarist Janick Gers, saying: "They've got these great pictures of the show with flames everywhere, dry ice and smoke. I thought, 'That's a f***ing shame, because we can't do that - we got a little bit restricted.'"
He adds: "Next time we'll have a word. Next time we come back to China." Watch videohere.
In a recent interview Lawhon spoke about the bands' road trip together in 2010, telling RockSverige: "All of them, not just Lemmy, all of them, would offer us whisky and coke every day. Whisky and cocaine. Every day we'd tell them no."
That led to a rebuttal on Motorhead's Facebook page, where a post read: "Mikkey has never done drugs. The only coke Lemmy loved went in his Jack Daniels. Sad to see people the band helped lie. An apology would be the decent thing."
Lawhorn later posted: "I am deeply sorry for any harm that I may have caused the Motorhead camp. Let me make it crystal clear that we were never offered any substances by Lemmy, Mikkey, Phil or their stage crew. We were offered substances by now former employees of the band while on tour with them and I should have made that distinction in my interview." Read more
"People were calling me saying I should audition for AC/DC," Snider told the crowd. "I said 'I was too tall.'" Event host and son Jesse Snider joined his father on the AC/DC tune, and Dee took center stage for the Twisted Sister smash "We're Not Gonna Take It."
Launched by Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright more than a year ago, the Ultimate Jam Night recently moved its weekly home from the Lucky Strike to the famed Whisky.
Other guest performers at the April 26 show included former Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, former Megadeth bassist James Lomenzo, Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and Chickenfoot drummer Kenny Aronoff. Check out videohere.
Motley Crue played their last ever gig on New Year's Eve, and the performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles was filmed for an upcoming DVD release.
Sixx tells One On One With Mitch Lafon: "We have a live DVD of our last performance ever that we've just finished mixing. It looks fantastic. It was a great show.
"We have a legacy that needs to be curated. We have vintage merchandise. We plan on obviously staying engaged with our fans. It's not like we're simply going to disappear. The Motley Crue movie will come out. There's going to be Motley in your life for a long time. In one way or another." Read more and listen to the full interviewhere.
Van Halen were legendary for their post-show parties back in the day, as they built their own portable road gear to ensure the fun offstage matched the intensity of the on stage appearance wherever they were.
Roth hired a "Recreational Director" to organize post-show events, and when a specialist wasn't available, the road crew would step up. "Rudy the guitar tech invents 'The Later', kind of a fruity drink loaded with rum or vodka or something," explains Roth. "We called it 'Later' because you'd be later for the dance than you ever thought you'd be.
"We would have these parties, especially if you're playing multiple nights in a city - two, three nights at the local arena - and after the first night we'd have a big party. And then Rudy invented the "Super Laters", because they'd make you later for the dance than even 'the Laters' would make you late.
"This gets complicated. We had to build him a special road case, like six-and-a-half feet tall; it opened up like a closet wityh three big sections containing three industrial strength blenders, circuit breakers, a car stereo, mixing gear, disco lights and an ice bucket. It was called 'Raving Rude's Libation Station.' The biggest road case anyone had ever seen, and we would set up a tent in the open air and have a rompin, stompin' BBQ." Watch the episodehere.
Pop and Homme are on the road together in support of their collaboration album Post Pop Depression, and dropped into the Los Angeles studio to perform the classic 1977 track along with Sunday from the new record.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the book Total Chaos: The Story Of Iggy And The Stooges will be published on October 11 via Third Man Books. Watch the Kimmel performancehere.
The follow-up to 2009's In Search Of Solid Ground sees Anthony Green returning as vocalist for the first time since 2004's Translating The Name EP.
Bassist Chris Sorenson tells Billboard: "This was a song that we knew we had to see through. The demo started off very differently and we were unsure if it would fit into the way the record was shaping.
"But once vocals were demoed and a few things were moved around we knew that it was something very powerful." Watch the videohere.
Frontman Dustin Kensrue tells NPR: "Lyrically, the song spawned from an image that popped into my head - someone continually swatting at a swarm of bees to get their honey, but somehow not understanding why they would sting back in return."
Thrice will hit the road in June for a run of North American dates. They'll then head to Europe in August for shows, including sets at the Reading and Leeds festivals. See the dates and stream the songhere.
It'll be presented on 3CD and also features a booklet with photos and liner notes penned by David Fricke and Gail Zappa. It'll be released on May 27 via Universal.
On the same day, Road Tapes Venue #1, Road Tapes Venue #2 and Road Tapes Venue #3 will be launched, each on 2CD. Find out more details about that releasehere.
Saxophonist Peter 'JR' Wasilewski said: "The London Astoria was always a special place for us. For a certain time it almost felt like a homecoming every time we played there.
"For us to be able to play multiple nights there on several occasions needed to be documented somehow. We hope our fans enjoy it as much as we did making it." Check out the streamhere.
Guitarist Michael Amott says: "We just completed a three week tour through Europe and it was a very cool experience. Lots of love from our supporters out there and so awesome to see the new songs off our Sunrise To Sundown album go down so well.
"We had videographer Dirk Behlau come out to a couple shows in Germany to hang out, drink beer with us and capture some of the on and off stage action on camera. The result is a new clip for the song Hard Road." Watch the videohere.
They'll make their first appearance with Robinson at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this weekend, with guest appearances from Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Elvin Bishop, Dr John and others.
Tour manager Myron Johnson tells the Clarion Ledger: "When B.B. passed, of course, the band stopped playing. I decided to bring the guys back together because they wanted to continue, so that's what we're doing.
"We needed a bluesman, someone that could carry the torch and do the show in B.B.'s stead. I quite naturally thought of Jesse - it's just a natural fit." Read morehere.
Bach hints at book tour plans, He tells Billboard:: "My stand on that is like, do a storytelling thing with a visual component with old videos and I have all the mastered tapes from the Oh Say Can You Scream Skid Row DVD, Roadkill and all that.
"And I could show video that's never been seen. I'm excited about doing some sort of presentation with songs and stuff like that. That would be cool." Read morehere.
The former Joe Louis Walker vocalist and New York Blues Hall Of Fame inductee's band includes guitarist Innes Sibun, while the record features guest appearances by Walter Trout and others. It's been produced by Mike Vernon.
Schorr says: "It's been a tremendous honour to work with Mike. His passion for producing great music is intractable - he 's a true visionary. I'll be forever grateful to have been given this extraordinary opportunity to record the music I love with artists I so deeply admire." See the dateshere.
They'll join previously announced bands including Creeper, Sikth, Ginger Wildheart, Young Guns, InMe and New Years Day at the June 4 event which runs across a number of venues in Camden, London.
Organiser Chris McCormack said: "It's great to see punters and bands from all genres come together to celebrate the best of live music. The energy across the day is electric and does Camden's rock'n'roll heritage proud." See the lineuphere.
Frontman Ben Ringel explains: "We got to the point where what we were recording and playing had veered from what we were listening to and loving on our turntables, which can lead to discontent."
Bassist David Supica adds: "It was incredible to be able to write a song on the spot and immediately hear what it sounded like. Still, it was absolutely terrifying to sit in the studio watching the clock tick and waiting for a song to come out.
"This record was made out of both necessity and desire. We needed to be fulfilled and surprised by music again, and we also needed to fulfil that love of writing and recording again." See the dateshere.
It's taken from former Orphaned Land guitarist Sassi's third album Roots And Roads, to be released on May 25, and also featuring a guest appearance by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal.
Sassi recently said: "This release hopefully includes more vocally-driven songs than before. Overall it shows a nice evolution from the material I used to compose for Orphaned Land, and my solo work. I think you'll appreciate it." Stream the songhere.
Award-winning vocalist and keyboardist Wayne says: "This recording has elements of the great jump blues and boogie-woogie era. You might hear some Louis Jordan, Amos Milburn, Ray Charles, Johnnie Johnson and Fats Domino, all mixed in like a blues stew."
He adds: "This is my second shot at producing my own recording. I've learned a lot by sitting back, watching and listening to experienced producers. I'm very excited to share it." Check out a streamhere.
Explaining that Take Control deals with bullying, drummer Jarad Dawkins says: "I remember when I used to be bullied in school for the music that I love to play, the jeans that I love to wear. I always told myself that everything is going to be alright. You are going to take control of the world one day."
Dawkins and bandmates Malcolm Brickhouse and Alec Atkins were the subject of the film Breaking A Monster, about their dispute with Sony. Read more and watch the videohere.
For our entry in Singled out I want to share the story of how we wrote the song "Dead in the Water" off of our record Poisoned Youth. The song began the same way pretty much all of our songs start off- the riff. The intro riff was one that our guitarist, Jordan, had come up with years ago, and just never used it in a song. One night in the early stages of writing for the record, we were all pretty burnt out after a long practice/writing session. At this point we had two songs completed instrumentally, and were about halfway done with a third but struggling to find where to take the song next. We collectively decided we would call it a night and come back to it with fresh ears and ideas in a few days. So at this point I'm completely ready to go home, and then I hear Jordan playing this riff. I remember hearing and thinking "Holy sh*t, what's that?!" So Mike (Bassist) and I had him show us the riff some more, teach Mike how to play it, and then we got back to writing.
Now normally our writing process takes a bit of time for a song. We all pitch our ideas, butt our heads, and through the process come out with a final product we are all stoked on. That was not the case at all for this song. We finished the instrumentals in under an hour. It was like we were reading eachothers minds while we were just jamming ideas; Mike and I just naturally locking in kicks and cues, pulling back in parts to let Jordan shred some fret Olympics. The ending of the song was completely inspired by a part in a song by The Beautiful Ones that Mike had shown me earlier that week. Just a slow, heavy, straight forward breakdown or sorts. It was an amazing feeling to have been ready to call it a night and then just bang out a whole new song.
The song's lyrics are somewhat a synopsis of a reoccurring theme throughout a good deal of the records songs. It's basically about our generation being plagued, or poisoned if you will, by various vices. War, violence, racism, homophobia, religious prejudice, narcissism, and the list could go on. It's infuriating to me that all these wicked or immoral attributes are so prevalent, despite all the lessons history has taught us. For whatever reason our generation stands divided, fighting eachother and holding ourselves down under the weighted influence of those who came before us. Rather than learning anything from the atrocities of history that have carried us to this point; we keep our heads down and blaze down the same downward spiral.
Lyrically this song came together extremely fast as well. The guys usually put a lot of trust in me to come up with lyrics, while sending me ideas and pieces they have as well. At the time we were writing the record, I was working overnight shifts processing patient samples in a hospital chemistry lab. The hours were garbage, but the downtime between rushes of work was when I accomplished most of the lyric writing for the whole record. Our vocalist Colt helped me a ton with this particular song. I knew what direction I was going content wise, but hit a wall shortly after the first verse and the chorus type part. Colt sent me a bunch of lines and short phrases he'd think of, basically like poetry. There was one he sent me that said "We are chasing shadows in the dark with scissors in our hands, we are the successfully poisoned youth." Reading that was like a giant light bulb turning on, and I knew I had to use all of that in the song. I finished that song on a lunch break at 3am and immediately texted it to the guys. When I woke up the following afternoon I had texts from all the other dudes and they were really stoked on the lyrics. This song was also where we got the idea to title the record "Poisoned Youth". It's for sure one of my favorites off the record, and a blast to play.
Thank you for reading, and please check out Poisoned Youth. May the force be with you, always.
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