The band took the stage at the music festival on Sunday night (June 4th) which marked their first New York performance in a decade and Keenan called out what he believes is the real enemy in today's toxic political environment.
He told the crowd (according to Radio.com, "I've got some good news and I've got some bad news. I'm just gonna tell you both of them at the same time.
"Fox News, Huffington Post, the left, the right, Trump, Breitbart, Facebook - none of these things are your enemy. Your enemy is ignorance. That's the fight. If you disagree with that, this next song's for you." The band then performed the title track to their 1992 debut EP 'Opiate'."
The compilation originally debuted on the Billboard 200 chart back in April of 2004. At first, the album lived for 138 consecutive weeks on the tally. Then, the set went back on the chart in December of 2009, following a decision by Billboard to let back-catalog albums appear on the Top 200 chart. Since then, the album has appeared on the chart different weeks.
With that showing, Guns N' Roses have one of just seven albums that have enjoyed that long a reign on the list. The other records are Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon with 927 weeks, Johnny Mathis' Johnny's Greatest Hits at 490, the original cast recording of My Fair Lady at 480 weeks, Bob Marley & The Wailers' Legend compilation at 471 weeks, Journey's Greatest Hits with 462 and Metallica's self-titled album ("The Black Album") at 432. Read morehere.
The new clip was in filmed in a home video style and the band took that concept to heart as they explained in the intro to the video on YouTube. They wrote, "The video for 'Home is Such a Lonely Place' was probably the easiest we've ever filmed.
"All we had to do was be ourselves at home with our family and friends, as we prepared to leave for tour. Consequently, it's also our most personal and honest videos, and one of my favorites." Watch the videohere.
Blackmore spoke with The Guardian and was asked why Rainbow has gone through over two dozen members and he responded, "I've been told it's because I don't pay anybody. I don't see why that should make a difference. If you're into music, you should do it for nothing. In fact, that's the way the music business is going, isn't it? I thought artists were expected to play for nothing."
When the writer then said that "That really doesn't make being a globe-straddling, internationally successful band sound like much fun," Blackmore revealed "I try not to have fun. I work very hard at not having fun."
He then explained, "I don't think the world is a fun place. I'm very content in my own mind, in a way, but fun, I'm not too sure about. I don't quite know what fun is. I don't know why I should walk around with a perpetual grin on my face, saying everything's wonderful.
"I just don't fit into the 'fun' area," he continues. "A lot of musicians go: 'Oh, that was fun.' Well, I like to think that music is very serious, and it's not fun. I'm not one of these guys that likes jamming with people and having fun; music is too serious, and I don't feel like I can relate if I'm having fun. It's hard work and it's really gratifying to do, but fun? Fun is something where someone tells a joke and they laugh for 10 seconds. Music's much deeper than that."
"Dave was integral at the part when we were starting to take off, and we were playing at Lollapalooza and we were opening for the Chili Peppers and Soundgarden and all that stuff," McCready said. "And we had to have a drummer because things were blowing up really quickly and he was there right when that was happening."
Though he was invited to the ceremony, Abbruzzese was not included in the Pearl Jam roster when the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group was inducted with original drummer Dave Krusen and current drummer Matt Cameron. Abbruzzese expressed his dismay at the situation in a lengthy online post, referring to the treatment as a "slap in the face." Listen to the full interviewhere.
The new video finds the band performing amidst a shallow pool of blackened water with mannequins not far from view. A faceless woman walks among the mannequins and eventually finds her face among the lifeless.
"'Black Is The Soul' is a song about being pulled away from the right path and the video reflects that experience of trying to navigate those conflicting emotions," Jonathan Davis told Noisey of the powerful track. Watch the videohere.
The project was recorded over the course of a few rare acoustic shows in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Knoxville and Nashville and will feature 18 tracks including some songs including a string quartet and choir accompaniment.
"We connected with the songs in a way we hadn't before," guitarist Brad Shultz said. "It was really all about the balance of the intimacy and the delicacy of how we approach playing these songs live acoustically and with strings as we hadn't done before." Read morehere.
The annual New Orleans music event will be taking place at City Part ahead of this year's Halloween weekend (October 27th through 29th) with tickets going on sale this Friday (June 9th) at 10AM local time.
The festival will feature performances from over 70 acts including Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Cold War Kids, The Afghan WhigsDillon Francis, Kehlani, Marian Hill, and more. See the full lineup detailshere.
The album included two Top 10 hits, "Take It Easy" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling", plus the Top 20 "Witchy Woman". By 1972 America's musical continental drift had shifted dramatically westward, in part a reaction to the psychedelic sounds of the "Summer of Love" five years earlier. Bob Dylan had put Upstate New York's Woodstock into his rear view mirror headed for Nashville's skyline, while The Band likewise bailed for Malibu California a continent away. David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash had left their respective internationally established bands to convene in Los Angeles' Topanga Canyon where The Byrds already had flocked around newcomer Gram Parsons. It was into this musical migration westward that rode, independently of one another, unheralded young musicians Don Henley from Northeast Texas and Glenn Frey from Detroit Michigan, who would meet at country rock's nexus in Southern California, then recruit country rock pioneers Bernie Leadon from the Flying Burrito Brothers and Randy Meisner of Poco.
The late Glenn Frey shared with show producer/ host Redbeard how singer Linda Ronstadt helped build the nest for the fledgling Eagles. "Linda (Ronstadt) understood completely and actually helped us get Randy Meisner from Poco and Bernie Leadon from the Burrito Brothers to come and sit in with Linda and her backup band, which had Henley and I in it, so that we could talk to these guys about starting the band."
Eagle bassist Randy Meisner recalls a conversation he had with Glenn Frey about the earliest days of life in the Eagles. "Glen said, ' You know Randy, I don't think we even knew how great it was.' And I thought about that and I said, 'You're exactly right.' We were too young to even know how good it was. You know, just inexperienced. It just all happened." Stream the full episidehere.
The project sees The Who guitarist create a new orchestral version of the band's 1973 concept album based around lead character Jimmy's search for an identity amongst the mods and rockers in mid-60s Brighton.
The short tour will open at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA on September 2 before playing two nights at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York and wrapping up at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA on September 16.
The Boston Pops Orchestra will join the lineup for opening night in Massachusetts, while Robert Ziegler will conduct the New York and Los Angeles performances.
"I'm thrilled to be bringing Classic Quadrophenia stateside through the month of September," says Townshend. "Melding the contrasting sounds of Quadrophenia with a symphony has been a really unique and powerful way to reach a wide audience of classical and pop music lovers alike. I couldn't be more excited to see it continue in the U.S." Read morehere.
Currently playing North American stadiums and set to hit Europe next month, U2 have added seven US shows to the run starting September 3 in Detroit, MI and wrapping up in San Diego, CA on September 22.
The dates include stops in Buffalo, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis in between. In October the tour will head to Mexico City followed by concerts in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Santiago and Sao Paulo. Read morehere.
Frontman Eugene Hutz had this to say about the song, "This song is about the full commitment to the moment and putting the end to this self-sabotage... and going on a rampage with it.
"Our lives are royally sabotaged by our thinking being stuck in our past or future. Girls in French mock-flirt the famous crap f*** shot philosophy 'I think therefore I am' of Descartes, while the band is clearly offering the alternative 'I feel, perceive and experience, therefore I motherf***ing rock'." Watch the lyric videohere.
According to Billboard, the project sold 75,000 units with 71,000 in traditional album sales to enter the Billboard 200 at No. 3, marking the original record's highest US chart ranking in 50 years.
The set was only outsold this past week by projects from Bryson Tiller ("True To Self") at No 1 and Kendrick Lamar ("Damn") at No. 2. "Sgt. Pepper's" originally topped the Billboard charts for 15 weeks in 1967 - the most weeks at No. 1 for any of The Beatles' 19 US chart-topping albums. Read morehere.
Monuments will feature two CDs that will include some new material, rarities and tracks from their 25 year career. The DVD disc will feature an entire 2004 concert from their Hellfire Club tour and all of their video clips. Watch the "Ravenblack" lyric video here
Frontman Tobias Sammet had this to say, "Whilst collecting all of this picture material together we were once again made aware of how proud we are of what we have created. There are probably not many musicians who are lucky enough to be able to look back on a 25-year-old band history at the end of their thirties. And especially without any line-up changes in the last 20 years! This is even more incredible considering that we're not from Birmingham, New York or a German metropolis but from a small town called Fulda, a place where you normally only know about the insights of the music business by hearsay. I mean, as kids we started to play Edguy shows even before we had visited concerts as fans ourselves! " Read morehere.
In his post, Wentz wrote, "Our next song will be out towards the end of the month. but i really started to think that this one really reminds me of this moment in 'the never-ending story'. It always stuck out to me as a kid- first they're like 'wait you're just a kid lol we need a warrior' then they're like 'ok you'll do i guess you'll do' and then 'no one can help you and if you don't do this our entire world dies, so no pressure'. (Shout out to the face Atreyu makes after the guy is like 'our whole world will be destroyed').
"No one believes but at the same time we all need to believe in you. end of the month can't come soon enough this one is for the kid warriors out there hunting the purple buffalo…" Read morehere.
The 29-track career-spanning collection delivers material from Monroe's solo career, which he launched in 1987 after the demise of Hanoi Rocks due to the death of drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley in a 1984 car crash with a drunken Vince Neil of Motley Crue behind the wheel.
Monroe's 1987 debut, "Nights Are So Long", was followed by a series of studio releases up to, and including his latest, 2015's "Blackout States."
"This album is a great representation of my 30-year solo career," Monroe explains, "including four songs from the Little Steven-produced 'Demolition 23' album - which has been unavailable for over 20 years - plus some special rarities and previously unreleased bonus tracks.
"There's a couple of extra special tracks like 'It's A Lie,' sung as a duet with Stiv Bators (Dead Boys, Lords Of The New Church) back in 1985," he adds, "and a never-before-released second version of the Steppenwolf cover 'Magic Carpet Ride,' featuring Slash, left over from the Coneheads soundtrack project that Slash did with me in 1993.
"And since Slash has the biggest heart of gold in rock 'n' roll, he was kind enough to allow me to use it on this album. God bless him!" Read more and see the full tracklistinghere.
"Do Or Die" is about finding love when you've given up on it. While being in an altered, depressed and broken state, you anxiously ask yourself questions about this new partner the whole time. You don't know if you can trust the person, you hold on to many things you're too afraid to say, and you know it could end up with heartbreak like last time. But through the song you notice certain things about this person in the way they genuinely act and treat you. And it's these things that give you the confidence and trust in yourself, and this new partner, to fully give your whole self to this relationship and continue on as happy and as healthy as can be.
As for the recording process, "Do Or Die" was the third song recorded for the album. I brought the song to the boys with the structure, lyrics, and melodies already written and arranged. Just like every song I write, I always want to come to the band with the most polished version of the song I can, so the direction of the song is clear, and every individual part is the best we can make it. Since the song was already written, and well rehearsed, recording was a piece of cake. Mark Williams of Sucker Punch Recording Co in Bethesda, MD, did such a great job producing and mixing this one. Working with Mark was so great, he works just as hard as you do, pushes you as an artist, and he listens to the artists input about every detail no matter how small.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!