|IN FLAMES Guitarist: 'We Wanna Create Music That We Think Is Challenging, Fun, Interesting'|
|Kristyn Clark of Pop Culture Madness conducted an interview with guitarist Björn Gelotte of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES at this year's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about IN FLAMES' experimental approach to songwriting and making albums, Björn said: "We get a bit of flak for that, not doing the same album over and over, but it's never been our thing. It's not what we wanna do. We wanna create music that we think is sort of missing out there or that feels challenging, fun, interesting and that we wanna hear ourselves. And it doesn't please everyone, but that's not why we're here. I can't please everyone; I can't make sure everybody in this audience likes what I'm doing. What I can make sure is that the five of us are happy with it. And when we are, it's gonna be an IN FLAMES tune."
IN FLAMES has recruited Bryce Paul — a member of the Southern California pop-rock outfit IVES — to play bass for the band on their current U.S. tour, which includes a number of headlining shows and festival appearances.
Longtime IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers quit the band in November saying that he was leaving IN FLAMES "to pursue other endeavors." His replacement for some of the recent European shows was Håkan Skoger, who had previously played with PASSENGER and GARDENIAN.
"Battles", IN FLAMES' twelfth studio album, was released in November via Nuclear Blast in all territories excluding North America and Scandinavia and Eleven Seven Music Group in the U.S.
|Watch FOZZY Perform New Single 'Judas' At RIVER CITY ROCKFEST|
|Fan-filmed video footage of FOZZY performing its new single, "Judas", on May 27 at the River City Rockfest at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas can be seen below.
"Judas" is the title track of FOZZY's new album, which will be released in September via Century Media. FOZZY frontman Chris Jericho told "The Front Row Report" about what fans can expect from the new disc: "It's definitely the next step. It's an extension. It's more of an evolving FOZZY. We really put a lot of stock in bands like U2 and GUNS N' ROSES and METALLICA, and I think the best example might be David Bowie, where there's always different styles, different eras, and we like that too. And we're not completely changing what we do. But there's different more melodies and this is very much a hookier record. There's not as many guitar solos on the record, but it's still heavy and melodic. It's an evolution from 'Do You Wanna Start A War'  as much as 'Do You Wanna Start A War' was an evolution from 'Sin And Bones' . I think it's a great trilogy of records that shows a lot of growth, but it's still very heavy and very melodic. Like I said, the trilogy of records — from 'Sin And Bones' to 'Judas' — I think they're all very great records that have a little bit different elements to them all, which is a key to longevity for sure."
Jericho also talked about the songwriting process for "Judas", which was composed during late 2015 and most of 2016 while FOZZY took a break from the road.
"We never really sit in a room and write," he said. "In the past, I would write my parts and send them over to [guitarist] Rich [Ward] and Rich would send it back to me. Also, we had Johnny Andrews writing with us for the whole record. He wrote 'Lights Go Out' on the last record, so we wanted him involved. He produced the record, so Rich and him did a lot of sessions [in the studio where they spent many hours] jamming it out… We wanted to give him total control and let him produce the record and make the record that he thought we should make, and we're really happy that we did."
FOZZY recently announced the return of bassist Paul Di Leo. Paul previously played with FOZZY between 2011 and 2014 and appeared on the group's last two studio albums.
After "Do You Wanna Start A War"'s release, Di Leo was replaced on the road by Jeff Rouse and later by Randy Drake.
"Do You Wanna Start A War" sold around 5,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 54 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in July 2014 via Century Media.
|MINISTRY Performs New Song 'Antifa' At 'Blackest Of The Black' Festival (Video)|
|Industrial metal veterans MINISTRY debuted a new song called "Antifa" during their May 27 appearance at this year's edition of the "Blackest Of The Black" festival, which took place May 26-27 at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
"Antifa" is expected to be included on MINISTRY's next studio album, which will tentatively arrive this fall. The disc will feature guest appearances by DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) and Lord Of The Cello.
Fans can pre-order the album now from PledgeMusic, where they can find a number of different pledge options, including opportunities to have their name listed among the album credits, get a copy of a signed lyric sheet, a personalized signed signature Al Jourgensen guitar, a vinyl test pressing, a happy birthday message delivered as an MP3 file, various merch options and more, all at staggered pricing.
In 2016, Jourgensen announced plans to record a new MINISTRY studio album to follow 2013's "From Beer To Eternity", despite previously saying there would be no further MINISTRY records after the death of longtime guitarist Mike Scaccia in 2012.
Jourgensen's side project SURGICAL METH MACHINE released its self-titled debut album in April 2016 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was recorded primarily at Jourgensen's home studio in Burbank, California with his longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso.
|FOREIGNER Musical 'Juke Box Hero' To Premiere In Alberta, Canada|
|FOREIGNER, the band behind these and other classic and iconic songs, is turning forty this year and celebrating with a Canadian tour, fortieth-anniversary album, and new musical, "Juke Box Hero", premiering in Alberta sometime in 2018. FOREIGNER's ten-city Canadian tour is set to launch in Calgary, Alberta on October 11 and trek across Western Canada as the band — Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) — bring FOREIGNER's arsenal of hits to Canada. Tickets go on sale June 2. This tour will feature a companion album, a new career-spanning compilation titled "40" that features forty hits from forty years. Rhino released "40" on May 26 as a double-CD set that includes forty songs recorded between 1977 and 2017. A double-vinyl version that features twenty-three songs will be released on June 2. "40" brings together the best songs from Foreigner's nine studio albums, including all sixteen of its Top 30 hits: "Feels Like The First Time", "Urgent", "Waiting For A Girl Like You" and more. The collection features "Too Late" from the group's 2008 retrospective "No End In Sight" and "The Flame Still Burns", the title track from a vinyl EP released just last year, making its debut on CD in this collection. All prior recordings have been remastered and the album features two new tracks recorded especially for this release, "Give My Life For Love" and a new version of "I Don't Want To Live Without You". Another milestone as part of FOREIGNER's fortieth-anniversary celebration is the announcement of the forthcoming musical, "Juke Box Hero", premiering in Alberta in 2018. Based on the screenplay written by the prolific writing duo Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, responsible for films "The Commitments" and "Across The Universe", and the TV program "The Tracey Ullman Show", "Juke Box Hero" is a coming-of-age saga written to the music of FOREIGNER. "I never could have imagined when I set out to create FOREIGNER forty years ago that we'd still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later," says founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. "I am so proud that these songs will now be reinterpreted for stage, and am honored by the team that is helping bring this music to life. I can't express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years. I had so many great times with FOREIGNER in Canada and I look forward to bringing the band back here for our fortieth-anniversary tour. I'm thrilled that Canada will see the premiere of our brand new musical, 'Juke Box Hero', in 2018." Photo credit: Bill Bernstein|
|DERRICK GREEN 'Knew It Was Gonna Be Difficult' To Replace MAX CAVALERA In SEPULTURA|
|SEPULTURA frontman Derrick Green was interviewed before the band's May 18 concert at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California. You can now listen to the chat below.
Green, who celebrates his twentieth anniversary with SEPULTURA in 2017, stated about his time with the group: "It's been a lot of ups and some downs. It's ups and downs. But I kind of expected that. I knew the mentality. Being a metal fan, a fan of heavy music, you hate to have changes in certain… But coming from [the standpoint of] a musician, it's the most integral, normal part of music — the evolution of it and it changing and growing."
He continued: "There's been so many bands throughout the years where members and people change, but it's much harder when it's a vocalist or the main person of a band. I knew it was gonna be difficult — I wasn't naïve to that fact — but it's something I've always wanted to do in my life, is play music, especially if it's extreme and heavy music, it's even better. So for me, I was ecstatic — I was ecstatic always to be on stage, and having the opportunity to finally do that in a professional way… The band had already been established and we were able to play in front of a lot of people, so every night it was, like, 'This is amazing. This is amazing.' At the same time, there was a negativity that comes with it. But I was already used to that, from the style of music…
"I've always liked punk and hardcore and metal music, and it wasn't very popular in school and high school. You wouldn't hear it that much on the radio unless it was college radio. So there was already… A large majority of the people just don't like that style of music. At the same time, I just was happy I was doing what I wanted to do, and I know a lot of people that don't have that opportunity to do that. So it kind of outweighed all the negativity that went along with being a new singer or certain things. They were just minor things in comparison to the bigger scheme. I was, like, 'Wow! I can be a part of this band, create music, be a part of this new history, a new revolution in the sound and everything.' I knew it would take years to get to really know each other, to go on the road. 'Cause they had been together for a long time before I was in the bad, so they had a connection. So it was re-establishing this connection with different people. It's an experience I would never take back."
He added: "I think it was good to have a mixture of both — the negativity and the positivity. It really levels you, where you don't have such a huge head. Or if you're really feeling down, I had enough people that brought the positive aspects about [it]."
SEPULTURA's latest album, "Machine Messiah", was released on January 13 via Nuclear Blast. The disc was produced by the band and Jens Bogren (SOILWORK, OPETH, KATATONIA, AMON AMARTH) of Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden. The CD's cover artwork was created by Filipino artist Camille Della Rosa.
|DIRK VERBEUREN Reflects On His First Year In MEGADETH: 'It's Been A Lot Of Fun'|
|Dirk Verbeuren spoke to Roppongi Rocks about his first year as the drummer in MEGADETH, which he joined at the recommendation of LAMB OF GOD's Chris Adler. Originally hired as a fill-in for Adler, who played on MEGADETH's latest album, "Dystopia", and took part in some of the early live shows in support of the disc, Dirk was offered a permanent place in the band last July. "It's been a lot of fun," Dirk, who previously played in SOILWORK, told Roppongi Rocks. "It's been, obviously, an unexpected change but a great experience. Like many people who are in this kind of music, I grew up listening to MEGADETH, so now to be a part of MEGADETH is still kind of unreal at times! Sometimes I'm on stage and I am, like, 'This is really happening!' [Laughs]." Asked if he tries to copy the original drumming on the classic MEGADETH songs or add his own style to the songs when he performs, Dirk said: "Well, here's the thing: the goal for me and what the band expects from me is to be as true to the songs as I can. It's a song-by-song case. Sometimes even a section-by-section case where I try to figure out what I can do, maybe what I would do, maybe what I can do differently. In other parts, I am sticking to the original, pure and simple. A lot of the flair comes from the way one person plays compared to the next. And I play the way I play. I can't sound like… even though my groove is kind of similar to Nick Menza's in a way. I grew up listening to a lot of his stuff too, so it probably kind of influenced me in that sense. In the end, I can't sound like him. Only he can sound like him. Same with Gar [Samuelson] and same with all the other guys [Chuck Behler, Jimmy DeGrasso, Shawn Drover and Chris Adler]. I don't focus too much, I don't think too much about that; I just try to honor the songs." Regarding whether he will be involved in the songwriting process for MEGADETH's upcoming follow-up to "Dystopia", Dirk said: "I don't know. Obviously I haven't been in that spot, so I haven't experienced that. We'll see how it goes. I'm definitely open to anything. I've started recording some ideas, you know, just having stuff in my phone. I look forward to spending time with the guys working on ideas. Obviously, a lot of it is centered around Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman]. He's been the main songwriter for the whole time, pretty much. From there, we'll see how it goes. It's good that I have this period of time, unlike Chris [Adler] who came in and it was pretty much straight to recording. I think that's difficult, because you have certain ways of doing things and then all of a sudden there is this band with this whole past. That's quick adaption. That can be tricky. Whereas with me, I'm probably going to spend at least two years, if not more, playing the songs live. That gives me some time to see the different areas of the band, see the different styles. For example, Gar has a very different style than Jimmy, than Nick, than Shawn and Chris and all the different people. And Chuck! Great drummer too. Actually, I met him. He came to one of our shows last year, on the U.S. tour. Super-cool guy. That gives me a chance to take that information in and all these different grooves. Then when it is time to create something, I will definitely tap into that. Because it is a very different way of playing for me than, obviously, SOILWORK or any other stuff I've done." Verbeuren was replaced in SOILWORK by Bastian Thusgaard of THE ARCANE ORDER.|
|IRON MAIDEN Thanks Fans For Successful Tour of U.K. And Ireland (Video)|
|British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have released a three-minute video message thanking fans for a successful run of dates in the U.K. and Ireland as part of the band's "The Book Of Souls" world tour. Check it out below.
IRON MAIDEN's "The Book Of Souls" tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in June and July. Support on the trek will come from GHOST.
IRON MAIDEN bassist and main songwriter Steve Harris tells Express & Star: "We are really looking forward to returning to North America for a full tour. We had always planned to go back there and to the U.K. as last year, due to the global nature of the tour and the period it took, we just didn't have time to cover them properly and we do still like to get to fans in as many places as possible.
"We will, of course, be bringing the full production with us, including all the Eddies and the Maya-themed stage sets. There's been a great reaction from everyone to this tour's theme, people really seem to love it. We're still deciding on the final set list and we'll work that out once we get into rehearsals.
"Most of our North American fans haven't seen the show yet, so as we want to give them the same 'Book Of Souls' live experience that we took around the world, it's unlikely we'll change much. And, of course, we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, so we will continue to do that."
MAIDEN's current European tour consists of a total of sixteen dates, including three shows in Germany, eight in England, two in Scotland and one each in Ireland and Wales. The U.K. leg marks MAIDEN's first full U.K. arena tour in six years.
"The Book Of Souls" is MAIDEN's first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the No. 1 spot in over 40 countries around the world and No. 4 in the U.S.A.
|AEROSMITH Will 'Stay Pretty Active Over The Next Few Years,' Says JOE PERRY|
|Joe Perry has told the Associated Press that AEROSMITH will continue playing until at least its upcoming fiftieth anniversary, which the band will celebrate in 2020. "I thing that we're gonna keep going," the guitarist said (see video below). "The way it looks to me is the band is gonna stay pretty active over the next few years 'cause our fiftieth anniversary is coming up in two years, of when the band got together, and we'd like to see that happen."
Added singer Steve Tyler: "I don't know if it'll continue forever, but as long as the band is playing the way it is right now, it's gonna be for a long time."
Perry previously told The Arizona Republic that he wasn't ready to walk away from the band. He said: "No. It's like, try and picture your last meal. You're only gonna eat so many times in your life. You're gonna sit down at the table 258 million times. There's a finite number of times you're gonna do anything in your life. To picture a final AEROSMITH gig, it's like… I can't do it. There's too much of that 'rock until you drop' ingrained into this band. But we're at the end, so who knows how long it's gonna go?"
AEROSMITH launched its "Aero-Vederci Baby!" tour on May 17 with the band’s first show in Israel in more than 20 years. Roughly fifty thousand fans turned out to see the group perform at Park HaYarkon in Tel Aviv.
Speaking to NME on May 27, Perry explained that the band had had a change of heart over its farewell tour. "We thought it was gonna be a good idea when we first started plotting the European run," he said. "We're gonna do South America and the States for five months and we thought, 'Well, we're getting near the end here.' We don't know when the tour is gonna end, but we know there'll be a last gig of this tour. We all have lives outside of the band. We grew up together, went from being kids in the apartment to a long and storied career, so we thought, 'It's time.' Then we were in South America doing interviews and we couldn't fuckin' say it, that there was gonna be a last gig. We were looking at each other going, 'Really? Are we really gonna say this is the farewell tour?' So we kinda changed our minds. Will the band be together in a year? We'll do everything we can to make sure it is, but God may have other plans. Judging by how he's treated us over the last forty-eight years, I'd like to think he's gonna let us see fifty, but you can't guarantee that."
|Video: VINCE NEIL Plays Free Concert At Las Vegas's Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino|
|MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil performed with his solo band on May 27 at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of Rock The Street, this year's biggest and loudest free concert weekend. Just in time to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of rock's biggest anthem "Girls, Girls, Girls", Neil was the first to take center stage and transform Downtown Las Vegas' 3rd Street with MÖTLEY CRÜE's biggest hits, with opener TODD KERNS & THE ANTI-STARS.
As part of the Downtown Grand's commitment to free live music experiences (which also includes the stages at Freedom Beat, the Grand Casino and Citrus Grand Pool Deck), this first-ever Free Memorial Day Weekend concert event showcased 3rd Street as the resort's newest and largest music venue. Set between the two hotel towers, 3rd Street was transformed by stage, lights and sound and Freedom Beat was serving up the burgers while Hogs & Heifers, Triple George and Pizza Rock ensured that no picnics would be missed. Additionally, craft beers and cocktails were served street-side and the Grand Casino hosted a special Blackjack Tournament where ten lucky rock stars got the chance to play one hand against Neil for a chance to win their share of $5,000 in cash.
MÖTLEY CRÜE called it quits in December 2015 following an eighteen-month tour that saw the group performing to packed houses all over the world.
A tour film about CRÜE's final shows, "The End", came out last fall, and a film adaptation of the band's 2001 autobiography "The Dirt" is still said to be in the works.
Speaking to "Trunk Nation", Eddie Trunk's show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Vince acknowledged that he is currently the only member of MÖTLEY CRÜE who is waving the flag for the band's music by performing CRÜE songs as a solo artist.
"It's a cool thing, because I love MÖTLEY CRÜE, I love MÖTLEY CRÜE's music, and I love singing, and I love the fans' reactions when they hear the songs," he said. "Whether we're playing in front of a thousand people or twenty thousand people, I can only see the front row anyway. So I'm happy for me and for the fans to be able to still hear that music after MÖTLEY CRÜE is finished."
Neil reiterated the fact that he doesn't mind performing in much smaller places with his solo band than he was accustomed to playing with MÖTLEY CRÜE. "I always look at it like the best of both worlds," he explained. "You know, we had the big, giant MÖTLEY stuff and everything, and then you've got… I like going out and playing… We do fifteen-hundred, two-thousand, three-thousand seaters and some festival stuff, and it's fun to go out there and just let the music do the talking, as the song goes. And I don't miss it. I like just going out there and just raw."
Even though Neil's solo set consists exclusively of MÖTLEY CRÜE material, he says that he tries to keep things fresh by occasionally throwing in "deeper" album cuts that many fans wouldn't expect to hear in a live situation.
"Like [the] songs 'Red Hot' and 'Piece Of Your Action', we didn't have [them] in the set for a long time, and then I was, like, 'Yeah, let's just go ahead and let's do this,'" he said. "Then we added 'Red Hot' and we stopped doing it for a while, and then we just added it again."
He continued: "The old songs are… MÖTLEY didn't play all these old songs, and I enjoy singing these old songs, so it's fun for me and it's fun for the band and it's fun for the crowd."
Neil's solo band includes Dana Strum and Jeff Blando from SLAUGHTER, along with drummer Zoltan Chaney.
|Video: SKID ROW Performs In Las Vegas|
|Fan-filmed video footage of SKID ROW's May 13 performance at Cannery Hotel and Casino in North Las Vegas, Nevada can be seen below.
SKID ROW recently entered the studio to begin recording the final installment of its "United World Rebellion" trilogy of EPs, to be released later in the year. The follow-up to 2014's "Rise Of The Damnation Army - United World Rebellion: Chapter Two" and 2013's "United World Rebellion: Chapter One" will mark the band's first release with the South African-born, British-based vocalist ZP Theart (DRAGONFORCE, TANK, I AM I), who joined SKID ROW in December 2015.
Despite having played sporadic shows with SKID ROW for a year, Theart wasn't officially announced as the band's new frontman until this past January.
Theart said in a statement: "[SKID ROW's] music was the soundtrack to the largest part of my younger years and many a crazy adventure. Now I get the chance to re-live all of them for a hour and a half every night! I am beyond honored to be given this opportunity. Think I'm a bit jealous of my actual self."
Theart's involvement with SKID ROW was exclusively reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on December 31, 2015. He stepped into the group following the departure of Tony Harnell, the TNT frontman who joined SKID ROW in April 2015 as the replacement for Johnny Solinger, the band's singer for fifteen years.
SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo told News-Press.com that Theart has been doing a great job on the road. "He's come in," the guitarist said, "and he's a really great source of positive energy. He knew all of our songs coming in, and he knew them well. He started singing the crap out of all of them, and we were all very impressed."
|ALICE IN CHAINS' JERRY CANTRELL On CHRIS CORNELL's Death: 'It's Never Going To Make Sense'|
|ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell has told Rolling Stone magazine that Chris Cornell was "the last guy in the world I thought that would happen to," referring to the SOUNDGARDEN frontman's tragic passing in Detroit. "That's not the way that book was supposed to end. And it was not the way that book was going." Cantrell, whose band lost its original singer, Layne Staley, to a drug overdose in 2002, said that Cornell, represented "a strong strain running through [Seattle] — he was always so honest, from the moment I met him. I share a lot of the issues Chris communicated" in his songwriting. "And there's a power in sharing your weakness with the people who need to hear that, so they can consider, 'Fuck, that guy's dealing with it.' You don't feel so alone." Cornell "always had it, the same thing as when I saw Layne for the first time — the commitment to take that ride," Cantrell added. "There was something that I recognized and aspired to — to have your own voice and sound. Nobody else sounds like that guy. Nobody will. "There is a space now and forever empty because of that," Cantrell said of Cornell's death. "It's never going to make sense. It's never going to feel right. And it's always going to hurt." Cornell was found dead in his Detroit hotel room in the early hours of May 18, just a short time after he and SOUNDGARDEN had performed in that city. The cause of death was suicide by hanging, although toxicology results are still pending. Various accounts of his final hours have suggested that he may have been under the influence either the anti-anxiety drug Ativan or other substances, although that all remains conjecture until the test results are officially revealed. Rock and Hollywood royalty turned out for Cornell's funeral, which was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles on Friday (May 26). Attendees included his widow Vicky and two younger children, Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of METALLICA, Dave Grohl of FOO FIGHTERS, NIRVANA's Krist Novoselic, Dave Navarro of JANE'S ADDICTION, Chester Bennington and Brad Delson of LINKIN PARK, Joe Walsh, Courtney Love, BUSH's Gavin Rossdale, ALICE IN CHAINS' Jerry Cantrell, members of SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE and PEARL JAM, Pharrell Williams, James Franco, Brad Pitt, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin and more. Bennington performed Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" for the gathering, with many in attendance brought to tears. Eulogies were given by Matt Cameron and Kim Thayil of SOUNDGARDEN, PEARL JAM's Jeff Ament, AUDIOSLAVE's Tom Morello, Brolin, Bennington and Delson, and Eric Esrailian, producer of the movie "The Promise". The title song to that film, which Cornell wrote and performed, was also played at the service. The TEMPLE OF THE DOG song "All Night Thing" played as mourners walked from the service to the garden where Cornell's remains were interred. Morello said during his eulogy, "Chris was as melodic as THE BEATLES, as rocking as SABBATH and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe." Flowers and several red roses were placed on Cornell's grave marker, which read, "Voice of our generation and an artist for all time." Fans gathered outside the cemetery's gates hours before the start of a public memorial scheduled for 3:00 p.m. PT.|
|EDDIE VEDDER Delivers Emotional Tour Opener In Amsterdam|
|According to The Pulse Of Radio, PEARL JAM frontman Eddie Vedder delivered an emotional performance on Saturday night (May 27) when he opened a solo European tour in Amsterdam. Vedder reportedly never mentioned late SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell directly, but fans in attendance said that the death of one of his best friends was on Vedder's mind during the entire set.
At one point in the show, responding to a fan calling out, "I love you," Vedder told the crowd, "Thank you. I need it — we all need it. I'm thinking of a lot of people tonight. And some in particular and their families. And I just know that healing takes time, if it ever happens. It takes time, and that means you have to start somewhere. So let it be music. Let it be love and togetherness. And let it be Amsterdam."
A fan using the screen name Electro_UK wrote on the PearlJam.com forums, "The show was pretty much entirely about Chris without directly mentioning him. It was clear Eddie couldn't bring himself to talk about it head on. He spoke a little how the healing process can start with music and made numerous references to how sad he was and how much he and his friends were struggling."
Electro_UK added, "Frankly, it is the bravest performance I have ever seen. At times, it seemed like he was a word or two away from breaking into tears… On the outro to 'Sometimes', he cried out 'Where were you, dear God?' It was heartbreaking."
At one point in the show, Vedder covered the FUGAZI song "I'm So Tired", which features lyrics like this: "I'm so tired, sheep are counting me/No more struggle, no more energy/No more patient and you can write that down/It's all too crazy and I'm not sticking round."
A moment of silence was also observed before opening act Glen Hansard's set for the victims of last week's bombing in Manchester, England.
Vedder has not issued a public statement since Cornell's death on May 18, which was ruled a suicide. He was unable to attend Cornell's funeral on Friday (May 26) due to the start of his tour. Fellow PEARL JAM member Jeff Ament gave one of the eulogies at the funeral.
|Watch DANZIG Perform At 'Blackest Of The Black' Festival|
|Fan-filmed video footage of DANZIG's performance at this year's edition of the "Blackest Of The Black" festival, which took place May 26-27 at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, California, can be seen below. The two-day event featured over twenty artists — including MINISTRY, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY — with DANZIG serving as headliner on May 27.
Prior to this year's installment, Danzig had taken the "Blackest Of The Black" tour on the road six times: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2015. Past outings of the several-band package have included a cross-section of supporting acts, both veteran and up-and-coming groups in the metal underground like SUPERJOINT, TOXIC HOLOCAUST, POSSESSED, BEHEMOTH, MORTIIS, WITHERED, SKELETONWITCH and MOONSPELL, to name a few.
Ahead of the 2017 installment of the "Blackest Of The Black", Danzig told Rolling Stone magazine: "It's going to be insane. I don't think anyone's seen anything like it. You've seen the bands on there; it's not your normal festival. For DANZIG, this is the twenty-fifth anniversary of 'How The Gods Kill', so we're going to be pulling out at least five or six songs from that album — 'Dirty Black Summer', 'Godless', 'Left Hand Black', 'Bodies' or 'How The Gods Kill'. It's gonna be cool. We'll maybe play some new ones. Then we'll play just a bunch of stuff everybody wants to hear."
DANZIG's first album of all-new material since 2010's widely acclaimed "Deth Red Sabaoth", "Black Laden Crown", was released on May 26 via Evilive Records/Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
|LINKIN PARK Scores Sixth No. 1 Album With 'One More Light'|
|According to The Pulse Of Radio, LINKIN PARK landed the sixth No. 1 album of its career on Sunday night (May 28) when the band's seventh full-length studio effort, "One More Light", debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart. The disc sold 111,000 total copies, of which 100,000 were traditional physical CDs and the rest digital, giving the band its first chart-topper since 2012's "Living Things". The group's last outing, 2014's "The Hunting Party", arrived at No. 3, ending a streak of four straight No. 1s for the Los Angeles act. With their sixth No. 1 album, LINKIN PARK ties BON JOVI, DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, METALLICA and the EAGLES with half a dozen apiece. The only acts to have more are THE BEATLES with 19, THE ROLLING STONES with nine and, tied at seven each, LED ZEPPELIN and U2. "One More Light" arrived in stores on May 19 and featured a sound that veered much more heavily in the direction of pop than previous LINKIN PARK releases. Fan and radio response has ranged from indifference to disbelief. LINKIN PARK recently announced a North American tour in support of "One More Light", kicking off on July 27 in Boston and ending on October 22 in Los Angeles.|
|M. SHADOWS Says 'It Would Be Awesome' For AVENGED SEVENFOLD To Be Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME|
|AVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows recently spoke to the 102.7 WEBN radio station about the possibility of his band one day getting inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. "The thing with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is it's a lot of bands that are… they have a lot of success but also a lot of critical acclaim, and I don't think AVENGED SEVENFOLD has really had much of its due in terms of that [from] the people that vote for it or bring these bands up," M. Shadows said (hear audio below). "But I think with [the latest AVENGED SEVENFOLD album] 'The Stage', we've seen that kind of change a little bit. There's actually major publications that are respecting us now, where they didn't really respect us or the genre for a long time. So who knows, at some point? And it would be awesome, because fans love that kind of thing."
There haven't been that many metal or hard rock acts inducted into the Rock Hall: BLACK SABBATH, METALLICA, AC/DC, DEEP PURPLE, GUNS N' ROSES, VAN HALEN and LED ZEPPELIN, to name a few.
Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible 25 years after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other "criteria include the influence and significance of the artists' contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock 'n' roll," which is, of course, open to interpretation.
Despite being eligible for induction since 1999 — 25 years after the release of its first disc — KISS didn't get its first nomination until 2009, and was finally inducted in 2014.
DEEP PURPLE was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn't get inducted until last year.
|LZZY HALE Talks New HALESTORM Music, Pays Tribute To CHRIS CORNELL (Audio)|
|HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale was recently interviewed by Wes Styles of the 97.7 WQLZ radio station. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for HALESTORM's follow-up to 2015's "Into The Wild Life" album:
Lzzy: "We've been just basically going down this creative rabbit hole, and it's been awesome, actually. I keep calling it the long road to the beginning, because we literally have been cracking the same jokes that were making in, like, 2006, and it feels like we're in our parents' basement again. It's pretty sweet. Yeah, we're just gearing up to do it all over again, and [we have] really exciting tunes. So I'm stoked to actually get this to the ending result here."
On whether HALESTORM has begun recording the new album yet or if it is still in the "pre-production" phase:
Lzzy: "We're about halfway. We have a lot of tracks. We've been kind of doing both [recording and working on pre-production]. We've been writing in my personal studio, at my house, and then we've been going into an actual studio with a producer and doing kind of pre-pro as we go along, which we've never really done. 'Cause usually, it's, like, 'Okay, we have all the songs together, and then we'll go in the studio.' And this time we have like half-songs and then we go in the studio and we finish them. We have some keeper song takes and there's maybe some vocal or guitar takes that we won't redo later, but, yeah, it's everything all at once at the same time, so we're multitasking."
On whether there is a timetable for the release of the next HALESTORM album:
Lzzy: "We don't have a timetable right now, which is really scary. This is literally something that we discussed with our label. Our A&R guy, who is the best guy ever and is also very organized and keeps a schedule, he came over to my house and he was, like, 'So my agenda is I don't have an agenda and I just want you to go do your thing. You've never really had the time to do that. So go and just be creative.' And I'm, like, 'Are you sick? What's happening?' [Laughs] So it's been interesting to have that type of freedom. At the same time, we're making our own kind of schedule so that we keep everything on point, because we'll lose our minds otherwise."
On the recent passing of SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell:
Lzzy: "Honestly, SOUNDGARDEN was a huge building block with my bandmates, 'cause that band… that kind of knocked me out of my '80s obsession. That was the band that brought me into the '90s and the magic of that. I remember… I think it was a couple of days after I met Joe, he ended up giving me — back when you used to burn CDs — he gave me this kind of mixed tape of… there was 'Down On The Upside' and there was some stuff from 'Superunknown', and it blew my freaking mind, because I hadn't really dug into that band yet. And it literally… I think it helped shape our HALESTORM sound. This was in 2003 when we started kind of really getting it together.
"Nobody approached the microphone like he did. There was just this effortless… and all these different characters that he developed over records, which is something I always kind of go to. We're actually doing that in the studio now — we're, like, 'This about all the characters that Chris Cornell had and how he used them in every song.' There were a couple of different voices. And we discussed that even before he passed, we discussed this over the years.
"It's just so sad to lose another one. He's such a great talent, and it's so incredibly heartbreaking that he's gone now."
HALESTORM's last album, 2015's "Into The Wild Life", was criticized by some fans for veering too far into pop music territory.
HALESTORM's third covers EP, "ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP", was released on January 6 via Atlantic. The effort was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (FOO FIGHTERS, ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN).
"ReAniMate 3.0: The CoVeRs eP" follows HALESTORM's previous covers EPs, 2011's "ReAniMate" and 2013's "ReAniMate 2.0".
|COREY TAYLOR: 'I've Been Wanting To Make A Real True Hard Rock, Rock And Roll Album For A Very Long Time'|
|SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor was interviewed on the May 19-21 edition of Full Metal Jackie's nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the Podbean widget below. A few excerpts follow.
Full Metal Jackie: Let's talk about the STONE SOUR album that's gonna be coming out this summer, which is called "Hydrograd". I've seen you talk about it a lot, and there seems to be a lot of excitement around this release.
Corey: "People are really stoked, yeah. Every once in awhile, you get that perfect kind of collision of your own excitement matching the excitement of the people who hear the material, and right now we're kind of feeling that kind of mutual excitement going on. We didn't realize just how excited people were gonna be until we really started playing it, really, for people and they were just blown away by it. And we only really played half the album. So it's a good problem to have, as I am prone to say when the spirit takes me. And it's just made us so pumped for people to hear the final product."
Full Metal Jackie: [STONE SOUR bassist] Johny Chow has said the new album was recorded live and not pieced together with Pro Tools. Why does that make such a difference, especially with this album?
Corey: "For anyone who's not used to hearing albums recorded a different way, it really, right out of the gate, gives you a whole different perspective of how albums can be made. It's the difference between listening to a drum machine and listening to a real drummer — like a drummer who can really play. It's the difference between listening to a Casio keyboard try to be a piano and listening to someone actually play a real piano. The difference can be slight, but it can be overwhelmingly massive in the long run in retrospect. And the cool thing is that this band is so talented that we were, like, 'You know what? Let's go back to the old way of doing things.' Because a lot of people don't realize that's how albums were made, that's how albums were recorded. You get everybody in a room, you bang it out, you go back in, you layer some stuff, but you keep that energy and that's what we did. So we really wanted to set a precedent with everything with this album — making it so different from everything else that's out there and keeping that 'alive' spirit, that spirit of rock and roll that we've been chasing."
Full Metal Jackie: Corey, you've already been a part of some really great albums. Why are you even more enthusiastic talking about "Hydrograd"?
Corey: "You know, the cool thing about this album and why I'm so stoked about it is that I've been wanting to make a real true hard rock, rock and roll album for a very long time. And it's nothing against any of the albums that I've made before — I've been very fortunate to have made some really successful albums, I've been very fortunate to have the latitude to be able to pursue all these creative musical creations. And with this one, the reason I'm so stoked about it is because it is such a… I don't wanna say 'a departure,' but it is so reflective of that type of album that I've wanted to make for a very long time. It really feels like a greatest-hits rock and roll playlist when you put it on and you listen to it from top to bottom. It just has so many different musical spirits, so many different types of good hard rock, metal, punk, rock and roll. There's even some bluesy California country on it, which is really really cool. I mean, we went all out on this album and it paid off in so many dividends that it is going to blow people away, and that's why we're so… that's why I'm so excited about it. I'm still listening to it. That's how good it is."
Full Metal Jackie: Corey, the last two STONE SOUR albums were a two-part concept album. How did doing something as involved as concept albums affect what you wanted to do next or not do with "Hydrograd"?
Corey: "Doing the 'House Of Gold & Bones' albums, it really showed me that our audience, our fanbase, was so ready to hear something so… they were ready to hear something that was more versatile and more kind of… not sporadic, but just more… just more all over the place, basically, Like, more about experimenting, more trying out different things and seeing what stuck. And that really proved to us that our audience was ready to listen to whatever we had. With the success of those two albums, it really paved the way for being able to make 'Hydrograd', because we took all of those ideas and styles and concepts and musical directions and we honed them down to fifteen killer songs and really put a lot of energy, a lot of effort into making sure that it was exactly what we wanted. And, yeah, it kind of set the stage for everything that we wanted to do with 'Hydrograd'. That's why it was so important for us to do the 'House of Gold & Bones' albums."
Full Metal Jackie: STONE SOUR is very different from your other band, SLIPKNOT, of course. How conscious are you about using different creative methods and performing techniques, depending on which band you're working with?
Corey: "I'm conscious, but I'm also unconscious because it comes very easily. It's the whole reason why I love doing both in the first place, because I'm allowed to be able to do different stuff. If it was just a lighter version of the same music, then it would be different. With STONE SOUR, there's such a specifically different sound going on that it makes it very easy for me to just kind of let go and try different artistic approaches, different approaches live, building different shows and different sets. And, really, between the two bands, it allows me to be kind of an all-purpose versatile frontman, singer. It really lets me evolve and try different things and strengthen ideas that work. It's just the best of both worlds for me. I'm very fortunate to be able to do both of them. So when I get to work on one or the other, the differences, especially creatively, they come really easily."
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|GENE SIMMONS Says KISS Will Continue 'For A Few More Years' Before Calling It Quits|
|Gene Simmons says that KISS has "a few more years" left before it calls it quits. He told Glasgow Live ahead of the band's sold-out May 27 concert at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland (see video below): "We're the hardest-working band in show business. I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff.
"If Bono or [Mick] Jagger, who we all love, had to dress up and do what I do, they couldn't last an hour — they just couldn't."
He continued: "In hindsight, it would have been smarter to be a U2 or THE [ROLLING] STONES, to wear some sneakers and a t-shirt and you're comfortable. No, we had to do it the hard way.
"So we're not gonna be able to do it into our 70s, and I'm 67 now. We'll do it for a few more years, and then when we think it's time to go, we'll go, and we'll do it the right way, with a big party. I'd like to think that we would do something that rocks the planet — something big and worldwide and maybe free."
KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has repeatedly said that the band could one day continue without him and Gene, explaining in an interview: "Once the original [KISS lineup] was no more, it just became clear to us that, in some ways, we're much more a sports team. We don't fall into the limitations of other bands, because we're not other bands. So, yeah, at some point, I'd love to see somebody in the band in my place, and it's because I love the band."
It was back in 2005 that KISS manager Doc McGhee first told the New York Times that the group had "been toying with the idea of recruiting an entire band to don the band's famous makeup." McGhee said, "KISS is more like Doritos or Pepsi, as far as a brand name is concerned. They're more characters than the individual person. I think [new members] have a legitimate chance to carry the franchise."
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley said last year that the idea that the band could continue without any original members was "the most ridiculous statement I've ever heard [Stanley and Simmons] make." He added: "I think the only reason they make those statements at this juncture is to try to validate the fact that they have two other guys in the band that aren't the original members. So they're trying to rationalize to the fans, 'Well, you know, we replaced Peter [Criss, original KISS drummer] and we replaced Ace, and eventually we're gonna replace ourselves. That's like Mick Jagger saying, 'Yeah, after me and Keith [Richards, THE ROLLINGS STONES guitarist] die, THE STONES will continue on with two other guys.' I mean, it's a joke."
|DEATHSTARS Parts Ways With Drummer OSCAR 'VICE' LEANDER|
|Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS has announced the departure of drummer Oscar "Vice" Leander. Leander, who started in DEATHSTARS as session drummer almost ten years ago became a full member in 2011, will play final last shows with the band in Mexico in July. "After almost a decade of blood, sweat and darkness with DEATHSTARS, our journey has now come to an end," Leander said in a statement. "My aspiration to explore and to use my instrument in new areas has driven me to this decision. "I wanna take the opportunity to say thank you to Andreas, Emil, Skinny and Eric for everything, and last but not least an even bigger salute to our crew and all our devoted fans around the planet. You all made this to a ride I will never forget." Oscar has now joined TRIBULATION and will start playing live shows with them in June. "We are still the best of friends, and we are pleased to see that Oscar joins our very good friends in TRIBULATION," said DEATHSTARS vocalist Andreas "Whiplasher Bernadotte" Bergh. "We will continue to hang out on a daily basis so on a personal level there isn't much of a change." DEATHSTARS would like to emphasize that Oscar has been a very important part of the band during a long time and that the band has all the respect for his decision. "We wish him the best, and we'll continue our journey," said DEATHSTARS bassist Jonas "Skinny Disco" Kangur and guitarist Emil "Nightmare Industries" Nödtveidt. "Right now we're focused on writing new material and start up a new chapter in the book of DEATHSTARS." DEATHSTARS' fourth studio album, "The Perfect Cult", was released in June 2014 via Nuclear Blast.|
|GUNS N' ROSES Performs Cover Of SOUNDGARDEN's 'Black Hole Sun' For CHRIS CORNELL In Ireland (Video)|
|GUNS N' ROSES paid tribute to Chris Cornell earlier tonight by performing a cover version of SOUNDGARDEN's "Black Hole Sun" at the opening concert of GN'R's European tour at Slane Castle in Meath, Ireland. Fan-filmed video footage of the rendition can be seen below.
"This one's to you, Chris. 'Black Hole Sun' live from Slane Castle," GN'R wrote in a Twitter message shortly after the performance of the "Superunknown" classic.
Over four hundred gardai (Irish police) were reportedly on duty at sold-out show, which was attended by eighty-three thousand fans. There was also an additional one thousand and two hundred private security personnel in attendance, as well as a full medical team of doctors, an on-site hospital and five first aid posts.
According to the Irish Times, "Fans arrived to bag and body searches, followed by ticket checks, more bag searches, more body pat downs, instructions to empty your pockets into clear plastic bags and metal-detector checks. There were also sniffer dogs and a garda presence as well as the civil defence lining the bridge towards the site and water craft patrolling the river."
GUNS N' ROSES beefed up security in the wake of the terrorist attack at pop singer Ariana Grande's show on Monday (May 22) in Manchester, England.
For his first solo album, which came out in 2010, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash invited many great musicians as guest vocalists, including Cornell, who can be heard on a song called "Promise". Slash later told Music Radar about the track: "Chris was great. 'Promise' was probably the most unorthodox piece of music that I'd written, it was very different. It was one of those things, I don't know why I thought of him for that song more than any of the others, but I sent it to him and within 48 hours he sent me this great lyric and we were off and running. It was as simple as that. Everybody seems to like this one."
Cornell told Classic Rock magazine about Slash: "I met Slash in 1992 when GUNS N' ROSES took SOUNDGARDEN on tour. He was extremely gracious and always very supportive. Often when you tour with a band that are that successful, they treat you like shit. Slash was always a very consistent and amiable person and he is now. And I will say this — and I don't mean this as a slight to him, it's actually a compliment — Slash is the most drunk guitarist I have ever seen play well on stage. I was never able to be that trashed and that good at the same time. That's a part of his consistency: he doesn't drink now and he's still great. That dedication to music is what drives his character."
The SOUNDGARDEN frontman was pronounced dead on May 18 after being found unresponsive in his Detroit hotel room the previous night. The band had played a concert at the Fox Theatre earlier that evening.
A full autopsy and results of toxicology tests are pending, although Cornell's wife has said he may have taken more of an anti-anxiety drug than he was prescribed. His family issued a statement questioning whether his death by hanging was intentional and if "substances contributed to his demise."