Good morning! Sitting on the lanai, waiting on electrician. Certainly a change from the little NYC office in my apartment. They have these lawnmowers you can stand up in and mow. Like a segway with blades. Nifty.
Ok, Corey! Done! Excited to hear what Stone Sour have in store for us! As you can see, Corey Taylor posted to the minions the good news that the first new music from the band’s upcoming album Hydrograd will arrive next month. Taylor did not name which song will be debuting next month. Hydrograd itself, Stone Sour’s 6th studio effort, is coming out in Jun although an exact date has yet to be unveiled (I’m guessing 6/9.) ”Fabuless”! Indeed!
Taylor told us recently about the new material: “It is the best stuff that we’ve ever written. It’s got a lot of different directions, but at its core it’s very hard rock, almost in a modern/classic sense. There are some hints of punk in there. There’s some cool hard rock/heavy metal. There’s just all of these really cool elements that we’ve never maybe allowed ourselves to kind of go to.”
Why Hydrograd? Corey told Lou Brutus that in 2007-2008, while running through a Scandinavian airport trying to find his gate, he noticed an old-fashioned departure board. While running by a gate, he thought it read “Hydrograd.” He stopped dead in his tracks to figure out “where the hell is Hydrograd?” But he didn’t actually see the word “Hydrograd,” he saw “Boston,” and in his haste, read it incorrectly. And remembering this incident, he conjured up the name for the new record. You will hear this interview with Lou very soon on hardDrive and hardDrive XL.
Bassist Johnny Chow recently described the disc as “a straight rock and roll album” in an interview with our Detroit hardDrive affiliate WRIF, adding, “It’s just very groove-oriented, very melodic (with) big choruses. We’ve got some mellower songs on there too, which are equally just as amazing and have a lot of groove to them.” Chow called the record a “bit of a departure” from previous Stone Sour albums.
The band recorded the album live in the studio, cutting a total of 18 songs from which 14 or 15 will make the CD. Stone Sour will play the Rock On The Range Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 18th at Express Live! in Columbus, OH. Can’t wait to be there to see the band! The event will start the Rock On The Range weekend, with Metallica, Soundgarden and Korn headlining this year’s festival.
Stone Sour will also be special guests of Korn on the latter act’s “Serenity Of Summer” trek, which starts on Jun 16th in Salt Lake City and wraps on Aug 2nd in Cleveland.
The Pulse Of Radio reporting Royal Blood is at it again. The British duo has posted another video clip online to tease their upcoming second album, following a clip that the band posted back in Dec right before the holidays. The new video is a 48-second montage of behind-the-scenes footage from the studio where the pair have been working since last year on the follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut.
The duo’s celebrated debut LP became one of the fastest-selling albums in British music history and was a success in the U.S. as well, yielding the hits “Figure It Out” and “Out Of The Black.” It was nominated for the Mercury Prize, one of the most prestigious music awards in the U.K.
Singer/bassist Mike Kerr told me a while back that he was astounded at the success the duo had in such a short time: ”We didn’t anticipate any response really when we started the band, and we had no real agenda at all from the beginning. We were just having a bit of fun. So when I look back and see how far it’s come, it’s pretty amazing really.“
The only new music we’ve heard since the release of the band’s debut disc was a song called “Where Are You Now?” which appeared on the soundtrack for HBO’s now-canceled music series Vinyl. Royal Blood already has a string of live appearances coming up this summer, including the Governor’s Ball in New York City on Jun 2nd through the 4th and the Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee on Jun 11th, as well as a full slate of European festivals.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said in a new interview with Rolling Stone that although he does not shy away from expressing his feelings about Donald Trump, he prefers not to create a negative experience at the band’s concerts. Armstrong explained, “For us, we want to try and keep the energy in the room positive and create a form of unity. First and foremost, I want people to have a really great experience away from the negative press and negative stuff that you see on the news and Facebook.”
When it’s pointed out he shouts out a “f**k you” to Trump every night during the song “American Idiot,” Armstrong said, “People know how I feel. I feel like going negative is just throwing fuel on the fire. I feel like the government is trying to create a culture war between us in a lot of ways . . . I want people to feel unity when they come to a show. At the same time, I’m not going to puss out on saying what I feel about him and his administration.”
Bassist Mike Dirnt added, “I mean, American Idiot wasn’t f**k George Bush . . . And I certainly won’t give Trump the credit of saying this is a Trump record.”
The band’s latest album, Revolution Radio, debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last October and features the hits “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing.” Following its current North American leg of dates, Green Day will take a break before heading overseas and then returning to this continent for another round of shows in August.
BTW: Like many of his contemporaries, Billie Joe Armstrong is not a fan of audience members using mobile phones to film the band’s shows. Armstrong called out a fan in the front row for filming the show with his phone, saying, “If you’re looking at me through a screen, you aren’t looking at me. You stare at that cell phone for 24 hours a day. Not tonight!” (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio.)
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl will join Sammy Hagar, the Grateful Dead‘s Bob Weir, Fleetwood Mac‘s Mick Fleetwood and other artists who will perform at the fourth annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure show, a Bay Area benefit concert held by Hagar and Metallica‘s James Hetfield to raise money for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Grohl will actually replace Hetfield on this year’s lineup, as Metallica’s WorldWired tour will prevent the Metallica frontman from participating for the first time in the event’s history. Other appearing this year include Sarah McLachlan, Steve Vai, former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and Pat Benatar. The show will take place at San Francisco’s Fillmore on May 15th. Tickets for the Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert go on sale Friday (March 31st) at 10:00 a.m. PT via Live Nation.
The show features almost exclusively acoustic performances, such as the one in 2014 during which Hetfield played a surprise cover of the Beatles‘ “In My Life” before being joined by Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong for Bob Seger‘s “Turn The Page.”
The 2015 concert featured Hetfield performing Adele‘s “Crazy For You” alongside his teen daughter Cali. The benefit was created by Hagar and Hetfield, while other artists who have appeared in the past include Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, John Mayer, Joe Satriani, RHCP’s Chad Smith and more.
Our friends Black Stone Cherry just posted their music video for “Cheaper To Drink Alone” off their awesome Kentucky cd. Blabbermouth reporting the clip was filmed on Feb 21 at Spillway Bar And Grill in Bowling Green, KY and directed by Blake Judd.
“This video is the first time we have stepped outside of our comfort zone, only to end up further into our comfort zone,” commented BLACK STONE CHERRY. “It’s funny, it’s light hearted, it’s rock ‘n’ roll. It shows a side of the band that exists on a daily basis, and that is our love for ridiculous humor and not taking ourselves too seriously. We hope y’all enjoy it as much as we did creating it! We are also honored to have appearances of our friends from Number JUAN Tequila, Against The Grain Brewery, and Lzzy and Joe from our longtime buddies Halestorm.”
Lastly today, I posted European dates for Seether in Road Rage. Have a great day!
XL BEARTOOTH “Hated”
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again”
KORN “Take Me”
NICKELBACK “Feed The Machine”
PAPA ROACH “Help”
POP EVIL “If Only For Now
ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)”
ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “God Damn”
INCUBUS “Nimble Bastard”
SEETHER “Let You Down”
SKILLET “Back From The Dead”
A DAY TO REMEMBER “Bullfight”-ADD
ALL THAT REMAINS “Madness”
AVATAR “New Land”
BLACK MAP “Run Rabbit Run”-ADD
CITIZEN ZERO “Lure & Persuade”
DED “Anti-Everything” GODSMACK “Come Together”
HALESTORM “Still Of The Night” MASTODON “Show Yourself”
RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup”
STITCHED UP HEART “Catch When I Fall”
VOLBEAT “Black Rose”
Good morning from sunny Florida! Got up pretty early today to take the bf to the airport. He gets the fun job of driving the car down here. Glad I am not him!
Well, this is interesting. The Pulse Of Radio saw a report over on Blabbermouth about the newest member of Ghost. The new lineup of Ghost gave its first live performance on Friday night (March 24th) as the Sweden-based band kicked off its 2017 “Popestar” European tour in Norwich, England, according to Blabbermouth. As previously reported, rumors have circulated for several months that lead singer and founder Tobias Forge – who performs as Papa Emeritus – fired the entire previous lineup at the end of Ghost’s fall 2016 North American tour.
Meanwhile, the identity of one of the band’s new members — who wear masks and are only known as Nameless Ghouls – may have already been revealed. Former Korn touring keyboardist Zac Baird hinted in a series of tweets that he was in England for his first show with an unnamed act, adding, ”I’ve spent 90% of my life in costume.”
Since the musicians wear masks and are only identified as Nameless Ghouls, personnel changes in the group over its eight-year existence have gone unannounced. Earlier this month, however, Swedish guitarist Martin Persner released a video message in which he claimed to have played in Ghost for seven years under the name Omega. He also revealed he exited the band last July, although he did not disclose the reasons for his departure.
Forge writes almost all of the group’s music and Ghost will begin recording its fourth full-length album in August, after the band returns home from a North American tour with Iron Maiden. Last interview we had with a Nameless Ghoul stated he would be working on new music, which started in Jan.
Papa Roach have posted the music video for their current single, “Help,” which is from their forthcoming album Crooked Teeth, due May 19th. Singer Jacoby Shaddix told us where “Help” was coming from: “It’s a deep one, man. It’s that old, familiar place I find myself, I guess time and time again, in that dark place and this is for people that struggle, people that have brokenness in their lives, people that struggle with depression, people that struggle with bipolar, people that struggle just with life in general ’cause life keeps on happening, you know, and it’s definitely an anthem for the people walking through the darkness.”
Crooked Teeth was written and recorded in a cramped North Hollywood studio, and produced by first timers Nicholas “RAS” Furlong and Colin Brittain. Papa Roach is set to play at several major rock festivals in late April and May, including Fort Rock and Welcome To Rockville in Florida, Carolina Rebellion in North Carolina and Northern Invasion in Wisconsin.
Seether has released a second new song, titled “Stoke The Fire,” from what is possibly be the band’s heaviest effort yet, Poison The Parish. Frontman Shaun Morgan told us that getting back to the group’s harder-edge roots was exactly what he wanted to do: “The whole point of this album was to go back to where we started and just be a rock band in a garage that doesn’t give a s**t, right, and has nothing to lose and get real dark with the lyrics again and not be influenced by a label where they pushed you in some sort of glisteny, glittery direction. I’m stoked, man. It’s awesome.”
Poison The Parish is Seether’s seventh full-length effort and is due out May 12th. The first single from the set, “Let You Down,” is Number 11 on the rock radio chart and climbing steadily. The album is the band’s first on Shaun Morgan’s new label imprint Canine Riot Records, and the first produced in its entirety by the singer/guitarist. The group’s world tour in support of the record will feature headline shows and major festival appearances throughout the spring and summer of 2017, including the fifth annual Rise Above Fest on Jul 22nd and 23rd in Bangor, ME. Alternative Press reporting Green Day is the subject of a new documentary from Spotify called Green Day: The Early Years, which takes a look back on the origins of one of the biggest punk bands in the world. The first chapter, titled Sweet Children after the name of the earliest incarnation of the group, has been released. It features the members of Green Day and others talking about the legendary East Bay, California punk scene.
Not too long ago, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong reflected on the band’s success: “It’s hard to look back when you’re thinking about the future so much. We’ve done a lot of things. When we started playing punk rock music, it was already a proven fact that you couldn’t be famous or get big or be a millionaire being in a punk rock band, and we’ve definitely broken those rules. It’s crazy. It’s been a pretty strange journey indeed.”
Green Day: The Early Years documents the band’s history from their beginnings through the release of their classic 1994 album Dookie. Green Day is currently on the first North American leg of its Revolution Radio world tour, which brings the trio to Detroit on Monday night (Mar 27th).
After this leg is finished in early April, the band will head overseas before coming back for a new round of North American dates starting Aug 1st. Green Day is supporting its 12th studio album, Revolution Radio, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart last October and features the hits “Bang Bang” and “Still Breathing.”
Also news from The Pulse Of Radio:
System Of a Down singer Serj Tankian made a guest appearance at Thursday night’s (Mar 23rd) “Game Of Thrones: A Live Concert Experience” at the Forum in Los Angeles. Tankian sang “The Rains Of Castamere,” a fictional ballad from Westeros, while scenes from the HBO show played overhead. The concert, which will hit a total of 28 cities, features music from the series performed by an orchestra and choir on seven stages that represent the seven kingdoms of Westeros, accompanied by special effects, projected images and footage from key scenes in the show’s story line. (Blabbermouth)
The official lyric video for the song “Black Rose” from Danish/American rock ‘n’ rollers Volbeat can now be seen online. The track is taken from the band’s sixth full-length album, Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie, which was released last June via Republic Records. (Blabbermouth)
The Offspring has announced it will play its classic 1992 album Ignition in full at a benefit show on Apr 13th in Berkeley, CA to celebrate the 30th anniversary of 924 Gilman. The all-ages, volunteer-run, not-for-profit music and art community space opened in 1986 and has helped launch bands like Green Day, Rancid and, of course, the Offspring. Tickets are on sale now and range from $60 to $200. (Alternative Press)
Celebrating life today: Scott Anderson from Finger 11 is 43 and Johnny April of Staind is 52.
In the news today from The Pulse Of Radio, Tool is in talks to make the band’s music available for the first time ever on streaming services, according to a report at Bloomberg News. The quartet is one of the last remaining holdouts that has not made any of its catalog accessible for streaming, but private negotiations have reportedly taken place between the band and service providers such as Spotify and Apple Music.
The report suggests Tool wants the arrival of its music on streaming services to coincide with the release of its first album in more than a decade, although there is still no word on when fans can expect to hear the follow-up to 2006′s 10,000 Days. Tool, Spotify and Apple Music all declined Bloomberg’s requests for comment.
An update posted at Tool’s official website last month indicated singer Maynard James Keenan had finally begun working on vocals for some of the group’s new songs. The other three members of the band have been working on new material for the better part of the past year, but this is the first time Keenan has actively joined in. I was also privvy to info MJK was also set to do some vocal recording with A Perfect Circle, who are also based in LA, last month.
Meanwhile, Tool will head out on a late spring/early summer tour beginning May 24th in Fairfax, VA. It will include several festival stops in addition to headlining dates, with cities like Edmonton, Calgary and New York City getting their first Tool concerts in over 10 years. A Perfect Circle will also do some touring starting in April 6 at the Pearl in Las Vegas. That run ends on May 7th in LA at the Hollywood Bowl. Looking forward to catching up with Billy Howerdel and Mr Keenan at the stop at Fort Rock in Ft Myers, FL.
Hmmm, something seems to be “alive”…..
The Pulse Of Radio also reporting this morning former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen has posted a photo of his drum set on Twitter, fueling speculation that he will perform with the band at next month’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Krusen, who played on the group’s 1991 debut Ten, is one of two Pearl Jam drummers who will be inducted, the other being current drummer Matt Cameron. The three stickmen who played in between them – Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese and Jack Irons – were all invited to attend but will not enter the Hall with the other members.
Krusen left Pearl Jam shortly after the completion of Ten due to his struggle with alcoholism, but he got sober and managed to continue a career that included stints with Candlebox and many other artists. He told us a while back what he learned from his time with Pearl Jam: “I learned to get my act together, as far as personally, you know? And take care of whatever demons I had that were kind of running my life at the time. And just to be, like, grateful that you get another shot at it. To get one shot is amazing, and to, like, get any other shots at it, you know, you should be glad you’re doing it and make the most of it.”
Asked on Pearl Jam Radio’s Faithfull Forum in January if he thought he would perform with the band at the Hall of Fame ceremony, Krusen replied, “I don’t even know if I’ll be playing with them, but if I do, I probably won’t find out until 10 minutes before.”
Krusen was also asked what his current relationship with the group was like, to which he said, “We don’t really have one, just because it’s been 25 or something years. I haven’t even been in the same room as these guys since 1991, and I believe I was hauled off by security guards at that. I’m just really looking forward to it, I think everything’s fine, I love them, hopefully they don’t hate me, and it’s all good.”
The drummer said he was “seriously shocked” to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, adding, “I obviously feel a little like I’m not so deserving, but I appreciate them going out and doing all of this, and me getting to sneak in at the end.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Apr 7th at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, where Pearl Jam will be inducted alongside Journey, Joan Baez, ELO, Yes and Tupac Shakur.
Whoa! Do NOT piss off Josh! Rolling Stone reporting Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has been sued by an autograph collector who claims Homme assaulted him following an Iggy Pop concert in Detroit last year. According to Rolling Stone, Jason Leckrone, a school teacher who collects autographs as a hobby, filed a lawsuit against Homme on Monday (Mar 20th), alleging that Homme verbally assaulted him and grabbed him “around the shoulder area.”
The confrontation took place outside the Museum of Contemporary Art, where an afterparty was being held following Homme and Pop’s concert in support of their album, Post Pop Depression. Leckrone claims he went to the museum to get Iggy Pop’s autograph but was not successful. When Homme arrived, he began taking pictures with fans but refused to sign autographs, which led Leckrone to make a remark to the guitarist.
Leckone alleges that Homme started to swear at him even as he finished taking pictures, then allegedly got in Leckrone’s face and screamed profanities at him. Homme then went to the party, but allegedly returned a short time later and confronted Leckrone again. The suit says that Homme was “screaming at (Leckrone) and pointing his finger inches from (Leckrone’s) face” and then “intentionally and physically grabbed (Leckrone) around the shoulder area.”
In a partial video of the incident taken by TMZ, Homme can be seen placing an arm over Leckrone’s shoulders after asking the teacher if he’d “come teach at my house for free?” Homme goes on to call Leckrone a “f**king loser.”
Homme has gotten into physical altercations in the past, although he told us a while back he prefers not to: “I don’t claim to be a tough guy or anything. I don’t start fights, but I do, I have finished a couple.” Hey, he’s a redhead! Don’t mess with the gingers! Along with Homme, Leckrone is suing TMZ for posting the footage, as well as the Museum and the foundation that runs it. He is believed to be seeking around $150,000. Frivolous? You be the judge!
Blabbermouth reporting Papa Roach will release their new album, Crooked Teeth, on May 19 via Eleven Seven Music. The disc will include ten songs on the standard release and thirteen on the deluxe version (which also comes with sixteen live tracks).
Frontman Jacoby Shaddix revealed in an interview with Albany, NY radio station Q103 that Crooked Teeth will feature guest appearances by rapper Machine Gun Kelly and American singer and songwriter Skylar Grey. The follow-up to 2015′s “F.E.A.R.” was recorded with Nicholas “Ras” Furlong and Colin “Doc” Brittain at Steakhouse studio in North Hollywood, CA. The band has already released two songs from the upcoming disc, “Crooked Teeth” and the single, “Help.”
Shaddix described the new disc as “very dynamic,” adding, “It ranges from heavy and in your face with songs like ’Crooked Teeth’ and then it also is kind of a bit more of a pop sensibility in it… It’s all over the place.” He also revealed the band has done some early work on its next album, saying: “We went back in the studio and started creating some music again for a new, new record. We have such a good creative flow that we’re, like, ‘You know what, man?’ Let’s just jump in the studio.’”
Finally today, our friends, festival promoters Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP), who are behind the rock fest branding platform called “The World’s Loudest Month,” have posted an exclusive video interview with Korn singer Jonathan Davis and guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer in which they explain what drives them. You can watch the clip here. (Dudes! Music’s too loud, too repetitive! Argh!!! Let me reedit that thing!)
Said Munky: “In the beginning of our career, we were driven, and I was driven, just by inspiration. And that inspiration came from a lot of early artists, bands like Faith No More, Rage Against The Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers. A big influence and a band that really created a lot of drive for us was the band Mr. Bungle, who a lot of people still don’t know. But that was in the beginning of the inception of the band Korn, really. And that sort of inspiration from al those bands, like Sepultura and other bands that I mentioned, that really drove us to wanna become something unique like those bands and find something that really connected, ’cause those bands connected with us.”
He continued: “When you talk about KORN, I think even if people have never… if they’ve heard of the band, I don’t think they really get it until they see us live, and I think when they see the crowd and the energy, people… Our fans have been so dedicated for so many years and we’re so grateful for that. There’s no fans like KORN fans. We really appreciate that they have stood behind us for so many years, and we’ve had our ups and downs. When you fall down, you get back up and you dust yourself off and you look forward and you look for that drive inside yourself. And a lot of that drive comes from those moments on stage when you are connecting with the fans and you have that adrenaline and they see it and you’re in the moment and time doesn’t exist. And for us, I think mainly that’s what drives this band KORN.”
Added Jonathan: “The thing that drives me the most is watching the crowd expel their demons and have a good time. I’m going out, I’m going a full hundred and ten percent up there trying to get out and perform and do my thing, and the more the crowd’s feeling it, the more it’s gonna push me along. So I’ve always liked that interaction with the fans and the band. For me up there, it’s just a big old cathartic… I’m having a therapy session up there, basically. I can get out what I need to get out. I never get tired of it. It never gets boring. It’s euphoria, man — it just feels amazing. The lights, the crowd, the heat, feeling the music, all those things come together and make this amazing feeling that’s like no other; there’s no other feeling like that on the planet.”
He went on to say: “Just seeing how much [the fans] are into us and love what we’re doing and we mean something to them that helps them in a positive way, I mean, you can’t ask for any more than that.”
You can see KORN during “The World’s Loudest Month” on May 6 at Carolina Rebellion and on May 20 at Rock On The Range. They will also perform on July 15 at the Chicago Open Air. I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!
BTW: the box set: Celebrating life on Sunday, former Smashing Pumpkins and current A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha turns 49.
Hello from sunny Florida! Yours truly is now based in the Sunshine State and lovin’ it! Although oddly enough, I do miss the hussle and bustle of NYC. Sigh.
Anyhow, in the news today, THIS! Lollapalooza 2017…a whopping 4 day event that even has it’s on Kidzapalooza day for the offspring of the concert goers! Wow, how things have changed, eh? Does this mean we could someday see a kids’ stage at a hard rock festival? Hmmm. Doubtful! LOL
Happy to report our friends Beartooth have been invited to be on the stage at this summer’s Van’s Warped Tour! They are also releasing the Deluxe Edition of Aggressive, complete with six bonus tracks as well as documentary footage and a full 14-song-set from their recent hometown show in Columbus, OH. Bonus tracks include acoustic versions of ‘Sick of Me’ and ‘Hated,’ which is currently Top 5 at Active Rock Radio. Aggressive debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Rock Chart upon release. The deluxe CD/DVD will be available for purchase on May 26th (and will be made available digitally, both as a bundle as well as a stand-alone documentary, Beartooth: Live in Columbus, on all digital retailers and streaming services) and in the meantime fans can pre-order here.
Beartooth are currently on the road with Bring Me The Horizon and Underoath on The American Nightmare Tour, which keeps them on the road in the states until April 8th. After a short break and trip across the pond as well as down-under, Beartooth head off on the Warped Tour! All dates can be found in Road Rage!
Jason Newsted….offers you peace and love
The Pulse Of Radio is reporting former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has offered his opinion on the band’s latest album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, in a new interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com. Newsted said that the album “is a bit different than the other efforts that led up to it. Robert (Trujillo)’s a great f**kin’ bass player and he’s always been a great bass player. I’ve known him for 25 years at least . . . That guy has always got my respect. He got in there and he can hang with those guys and make it sound like it does? Peace, peace, power to you.“
Newsted added about the disc, “I feel they’ve kinda come back into stride and there’s something of substance here.” Newsted left Metallica back in 2001 but was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009, along with drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett and Trujillo. Newsted became Metallica’s third bassist in 1986, following Ron McGovney and the late Cliff Burton. Robert Trujillo took over in 2003 after Newsted’s exit. Jason’s current endeavor is a pair of acoustic groups, including the Chophouse Band, which played several shows last Sep.
Speaking of Robert Trujillo, he talked with Live Nation about the stage setup for Metallica’s “WorldWired” tour, which will officially kick off on May 10th in Baltimore. Trujillo explained, “We’re in the round. It feels a little smaller and tighter. One of the things, when we played the clubs, we felt that we should have hopefully more interaction with each other. ‘Cause sometimes on the bigger stages, you don’t hang out that much with each other . . . And that’s one of the things that we missed that we did get out of the club shows with each other.”
Incubus has released a new lyric video for “Glitterbomb,” the second song to be issued from the band’s upcoming new album 8. Singer Brandon Boyd told Lou Brutus co-producer Dave Sardy made him and guitarist Mike Einziger approach their songwriting in a whole different way: “He wanted to shake up our process. He didn’t want us to write the way we’d ever written before. So he humbly requested that Michael and I find a neutral space — neither his house nor my house — and get together with very, very basic instruments like a simple piano, acoustic guitar, and just write for like six months. So that’s what we did. We rented this cool little, like, 1910 shack in Venice Beach and we just met five days a week.“
8 is the eighth studio effort from Incubus and is due out on April 21st. The first song issued from the set was “Nimble Bastard,” currently Number 13 on rock radio. The album was co-produced by Sardy and Skrillex, with Skrillex taking on the mixing duties as well and guesting on the track “Familiar Faces.”
Incubus will head out on a six-week summer headlining tour with Jimmy Eat World and Judah And The Lion to support the new CD, beginning on July 6th in West Palm Beach, FL.
Blabbermouth is reporting Rage Against The Machine and Prophets Of Rage guitarist Tom Morello makes a guest appearance on Chuck, the final studio album recorded by rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry before his death last weekend at the age of 90. Morello contributes to a song called “Big Boys” which has just been posted online. The album, due Jun 16th, is Berry’s first new collection of studio material since 1979 and features 10 tracks, eight of them written by Berry himself.
Chuck was recorded between 1991 and 2014, and in addition to new material features two callbacks to the past: “‘Lady B. Goode” is a sequel to “Johnny B. Goode,” and “Jamaica Moon” is a rewrite of “Havana Moon.” The disc was recorded and produced by Berry — who learned how to use Pro Tools to make it — in various studios around St. Louis. It features his longtime hometown backing group, which includes his children Charles Berry Jr. on guitar and Ingrid Berry on vocals and harmonica.
Chuck Berry’s passing on Mar 18th led to an outpouring of support and condolences from fans, fellow musicians, and world leaders, including members of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, along with former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.
Morello is currently in the studio working on new music with Prophets Of Rage, the rap/rock supergroup consisting of the instrumental members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy MC Chuck D and Cypress Hill MC B-Real. There have also been rumors about another Audioslave project in the future.
Blabbermouth also reporting on my friends Lacuna Coil. After returning from a triumphant tour of South America and right before hitting the road with their Century Media labelmates Arch Enemy and The Haunted, the Italian heavy rockers have released a new video for one of their crowd favorites, “Blood, Tears, Dust.” The clip was directed and edited by Cosimo Alemà and produced by the production company Borotalco.
Commented co-singer Cristina Scabbia: “Right now I can’t tell you everything about ’Blood, Tears, Dust,’ as this video is part of something bigger… This is the core of who we are as a band: the sweat, the dirt, the raw energy. It’s our insanity and all of us feeling comfortable with it.
“I love how by Cosimo Alemà filmed this. The photography, the colors and the hints in the story are perfectly placed and it is the first time we are really ‘acting’. This video is only a part of a much bigger plan… stay tuned. Hope you enjoy this video as much as I do!”
“Blood, Tears, Dust” is taken from Lacuna Coil‘s latest album, Delirium, which was released last May. The CD was recorded at BRX Studio in Milan between Dec 2015 and Feb 2016. The effort was produced by LACUNA COIL bassist and main songwriter Marco “Maki” Coti-Zelati, with engineering by Marco Barusso and additional assistance from Dario Valentini. Coti-Zelati also created the artwork for Delirium, which is based on an atmospheric session captured by Italian photographer Alessandro Olgiati.
Lacuna has recruited Diego Cavallotti as a fill-in guitarist for the band following the departure of Marco “Maus” Biazzi. Biazzi left the band in January 2016, explaining in a statement: “I felt I couldn’t add more in this project any longer so I decided to leave my second family, Lacuna Coil, to take a different path for a new challenge in my life.”
In Feb 2014, the band parted ways with guitarist Cris “Pizza” Migliore and drummer Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati under mutual agreement. Both members wanted to spend more time with families and find new outlets.
Also from Blabbermouth, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, commemorates the tenth anniversary of Record Store Day with an electrifying lineup of exclusive new and collectible 7″ and 12″ vinyl releases. Among these is Alice In Chains‘ ”Get Born Again”/”What The Hell Have I,” two 7″ black vinyl singles in gatefold sleeve.
This special Alice In Chains’ 45 RPM double 7″ single collects four hard-hitting tracks remastered and available on vinyl for the first time. ”What The Hell Have I” and ”A Little Bitter,” released on the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger film “Last Action Hero” in 1993, were the first to feature new bassist Mike Inez, who’d played with Ozzy Osbourne for five years. ”Get Born Again” and ”Died,” released on the box set Music Bank in 1999, were the band’s final recordings with original vocalist Layne Staley.
Now in its tenth year, Record Store Day is an annual day-long celebration of record store culture held on the third Saturday in April. Record Store Day has named St. Vincent as Record Store Day‘s Madame Ambassador 2017. Record Store Day 2017 will be celebrated at independent record stores worldwide on Saturday, Apr 22.
Finally today, my boy Brian Welch, aka Head from Korn was interviewed by Brazil’s Wikimetal podcast in arecent episode (as transcribed by Blabbermouth.) Here are some excerpts:
On whether Korn‘s latest album, 2016′s The Serenity Of Suffering, is a return to the band’s roots:
Brian: “I think in a lot of ways, it does feel like that. But, obviously, with the new technology and [producer] Nick Raskulinecz and then some of the extra people that we’ve brought in just for some ambient sounds and stuff makes it have a modern feel too. What it has is intensity, like the old records. It’s got real intensity, and so that is what Korn is, I think. It’s always been like that. There’s been albums where Korn has experimented with other sounds, and that’s good too — I love experimenting — but the best songs live always come from the intense songs, and they’re the funnest to play. Those are the ones that you can play year after year, decade after decade, because they just come across so energetic and fun live.”
On whether Korn‘s innovative musical style on the band’s debut album was created intentionally or if it came about naturally:
Brian: “I think it just happened natural, but I think it’s a little of both. Because we were just fans of that type of music. We listened to anything from N.W.A and Cypress Hill and hip-hop and stuff to Nine Inch Nails and that type of industrial stuff to Soundgarden and Faith No More and Metallica. We wanted to see people hop up and down and mosh. When we wrote the songs, we would think about that. And then Jonathan [Davis, vocals], he loved being weird and not sounding like your average singer. So he was just always a freak. I think album one he sounded like a freak, but at the same time, he was very real and honest and raw, and his emotions were… he would open his soul and just say, ‘Come and look inside.’ So I think all of that stuff mixed together. Sometimes it was intentional and other times it just happened, because all those sounds were just poured into us over the years, being fans of different kinds of music.”
Korn and Stone Sour will join forces for a summer tour, set to get underway June 16 at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and then continue through early August. Presented by Live Nation, The Serenity Of Summer tour will be rounded out by support from Japan’s female-fronted Babymetal, southern rapper Yelawolf and Islander (Jun 16-25), followed by a second leg (Jul 19 – Aug 02) which will see Korn joined by Skillet, Yelawolf and DED, creating a versatile bill reminiscent of Korn‘s famedFamily Values tours in the past.
BTW: Korn’s new Serenity of Suffering deluxe box set is off the freakin’ hook awesome!
27: Birmingham, UK @ The NEC
28: Leeds, UK @ City Centre
29: Hertfordshire, UK @ The Forum
30: Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo
31: Hannover, DE @ Musikzentrum JUN
01 Savigny Le Temple, FR @ Empreinte
02-03: Nurburg, DE @ Rock Am Ring
17: Adelaide, AU @ Thebarton Theatre
18: Melbourne, AU @ Festival Hall
22: Moore Park, AU @ Hordern Pavillion
24: Brisbane, AU @ Riverstage
28: New Orleans, LA @Port Of New Orleans ^
29: Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre @Lakewood ^
30: Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field ^ JUL
01: St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park ^
02: West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphi^
04: Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion ^
06: Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion ^
07: Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion ^
08: Wantagh, NY @ Nikon @ Jones Beach Amphi ^
09: Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theatre ^
10: Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain ^
11: Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphi ^
12: Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center ^
13: Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC ^
14: Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion ^
15: Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center ^
16: Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion ^
18: Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center ^
19: Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center ^
20: Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center ^
21: Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills ^
22: Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphi ^
23: Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park ^
24: Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphi ^
26: St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino ^
27: Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphi^
28: Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion^
29: San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center ^
30: Houston, TX @ University of Houston Lot ^ AUG
01: Las Cruces, NM @ New Mexico State University ^
04: San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre ^
05: San Diego, CA @ Qualcom/San Diego Sports Arena ^
also see: The American Nightmare Tour w/ Bring Me The Horizon & Underoath
^ Van’s Warped Tour www.beartoothband.com
hardDrive Double Dose: METALLICA
“Moth Into Flame” & “Atlas, Rise!” Plugged In: MOTIONLESS IN WHITE “Loud”
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again”
KORN “Take Me” Guest: AVATAR “New Land”
THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God”
THROUGH FIRE “Breathe”
DEVOUR THE DAY “The Bottom”
ALL THAT REMAINS “Madness” ASK LZZY
HALESTORM “Still of the Night”
INCUBUS “Nimble Bastard” DIRT
SHINEDOWN “How Did You Love” Guest: CHEVELLE “Door to Door Cannibals”
SKILLET “Back From The Dead”
VOLBEAT ftg DANKO JONES “Black Rose” Guest: ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion”
PAPA ROACH “Help”
BEARTOOTH “Hated” Guest: AVENGED SEVENFOLD “God Damn” What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player? ISLANDER “Better Day”
XL BEARTOOTH “Hated”
BREAKING BENJAMIN “Never Again”
KORN “Take Me”
NICKELBACK “Feed The Machine”
POP EVIL “If Only For Now
THE PRETTY RECKLESS “Oh My God”
ADELITAS WAY “Ready For War (Pray For Peace)”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “God Damn”
ALTER BRIDGE “My Champion”
PAPA ROACH “Help”
SKILLET “Back From The Dead”
THROUGH FIRE “Breathe”
ALL THAT REMAINS “Madness”
AVATAR “New Land”
CITIZEN ZERO “Lure & Persuade”
DED “Anti-Everything” GODSMACK “Come Together”
HALESTORM “Still Of The Night” INCUBUS “Nimble Bastard” MASTODON “Show Yourself”
RADKEY “Dark Black Makeup”
SEETHER “Let You Down”
STITCHED UP HEART “Catch Me When I Fall”-ADD
VOLBEAT “Black Rose”
Good morning! Alternative Press reporting an unreleased Green Day instrumental from the band’s 2013 documentary Cuatro! has surfaced. Unofficially titled “That Just Happened,” the instrumental seems to be recorded live in the studio — but never mixed. It was apparently included in a bonus chapter of the documentary, which was released in Sep 2013.
Blabbermouth reports rhe official lyric video for the song “Changed Man” from Art Of Anarchy, the band featuring Creed singer Scott Stapp alongside Disturbed bassist John Moyer and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, can now be seen online. The track is taken from Art Of Anarchy’s sophomore album, The Madness, which will be released this Friday (Mar 24th.)
Eddie Vedder reunited with former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons on Friday night (March 17th) in Seattle, where Irons was opening for another one of his former bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers, at the Key Arena. Vedder surprised fans by joining Irons for a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.” (Consequence Of Sound)
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, the band featuring Alice In Chains singer William DuVall alongside guitarist Brent Hinds of Mastodon, drummer Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta, bassist Peter Griffin (no, not the guy from Family Guy) of Dethklok and Zappa Plays Zappa and lead guitarist Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, made its U.S. live debut Friday night (Mar 17th) at the Sunset Room in Austin, TX during this year’s South By Southwest festival. Giraffe Tongue Orchestra’s debut album, Broken Lines, was released last September. ( Go to Blabbermouthfor more videos) Head over to the hardDrive DL podcast to listen to my interview with William DuVall. Find it over in iTunes, Stitcher and Blog Talk Radio.
Oh I so wish I was at this show! Blabbermouth reporting Sevendust celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of its self-titled debut album by performing the record in its entirety at a special hometown show this past Friday, Mar 17 at the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA.
Originally released in 1997 via TVT Records, Sevendust was recorded in Atlanta during the tragic terrorist bombing of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The widespread panic in Atlanta at the time fueled the band to create one of the fiercest albums to date.
Sevendust was made available as a deluxe reissue in 2010. Produced by Jay Jay French and Mark Mendoza of Twisted Sister, and managed by French in the early days, the original has sold more than 700,000 copies and was certified gold in 1999. The digitally remastered reissue provided some extra muscle to all of the original hits (including ”Black” and ”Bitch”) and tacked on five bonus tracks and a DVD, which featured the nationally aired TV special “Live And Loud”, recorded at The Metro in Chicago, and additional never-before-seen live and behind the scenes footage of the band. The bonus tracks were culled from various releases, making the definitive edition a must-have for any fan. ”Breathe” was previously only available on the ”Strangeland“ film soundtrack, ”Terminator (Breathe Remix)” on the MTV “Celebrity Death Match” soundtrack, and live renditions of ”Bitch” and ”Prayer” were only released on the Japanese edition of the record. Sevendust (Definitive Edition) also included a cover of Alice Cooper‘s legendary summer anthem “School’s Out.”
Originally known as Crawlspace, the Sevendust lineup is made up of singer/frontman Lajon Witherspoon, bassist Vince Hornsby, guitarists John Connolly and Clint Lowery, and drummer Morgan Rose.
In related news, Clint Lowery will be on stage with Seether on their next tour as their new touring guitarist. As I said to Shaun Morgan, this is give Seether’s show a new dimension having Clint also available for vocal harmonies. Can’t wait to see them on the road starting next month! See Road Rage!
Shaun Morgan’s ex, Amy Lee of Evanescence, has released a song that appears on the soundtrack to the new film Voice In The Stone, starring Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones.
“Speak To Me” will be the end title theme to the upcoming supernatural thriller Voice From The Stone. Clarke stars in the film as a nurse who is asked to aid a young boy who has fallen silent after the sudden passing of his mother.
Lee said about the track, “There are many reasons why I felt inspired to work on this project,” adding, “As a new mother myself, the film resonated very deeply with me . . . It is a rare phenomenon to really share a creative vision so completely, and that made for a very powerful experience, and an end result that I am very proud of.”
The singer told us a while back that film has always been an inspiration for her music: “The biggest thing that’s inspired our music, honestly, is film, and that’s kind of what gives it that epic feel and that’s just, it’s very much movie-inspired. You’re inspired by the drama. You know, it’s like life isn’t dramatic enough to completely fulfill the sound of my lyrics, I guess.“
Lee recorded the song at the legendary Skywalker Ranch in northern California, and worked with the film’s director, Eric Howell, on the music video. She said about the clip, “We conceived the video as a parallel and backstory to the film, which explores the strong bond of love between Malvina and her son, and the belief that love is stronger than death.”
Voice From The Stone is due for release on July 24th. The trailer arrived last week. “Speak To Me” is available for download and streaming on all the usual services. Lee is currently in the studio with Evanescence working on new music, to be released later this year. Watch the trailer….looks good!
The Pulse Of Radio reporting Van Halen bassist Wolfgang Van Halen is reportedly “doing it all” on his upcoming solo album. According to the Van Halen News Desk, Eddie Van Halen‘s son is playing all the drums, bass, guitars and keyboards himself, in addition to handling all the vocal tracks. The website spoke directly with a pair of people who had heard portions of the record, saying they “totally loved it.” He is in Orlando working with Michael “Elvis” Baskette.
Wolfie told us a while back that his ability to play different instruments gave him the freedom to do what he wanted on a solo project: “I mean, I feel like it’s just kind of open-ended. I feel like since I can play drums, bass, guitar and kind of sing, I guess, I can kind of just decide whatever I want to do. I mean, I’ve always loved the whole Dave Grohl story of how he started Foo Fighters — just did a whole demo album by himself.“
His father described the project in 2015 as sounding like “AC/DC meets Van Halen meets aggressive pop,” adding, “It’s a little of everything and sounds like a freight train coming at you. I’ve never heard anything quite like it. It’s so powerful that I’m jealous.”
There’s still no official indication as to when or how the album might see release. Wolfgang first performed live with Van Halen on the band’s 2007-2008 world tour, which also marked the return of original singer David Lee Roth. He made his recording debut on the band’s 2012 album A Different Kind Of Truth. Wolfgang has also toured as a member of Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti’s solo band and played bass on Tremonti’s second album.
Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash reunited with Steven Adler at Friday night’s (Mar 17th) John 5 & The Creatures concert at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. Also in attendance was John 5′s bandmate Rob Zombie, who apparently didn’t know to look at the camera! (Thanks to Slash’s instagram.)
And finally today, we mourn the passing of the man who literally invented rock and roll, Chuck Berry.
Chuck Berry, the beloved “Father of rock n’ roll” died on Saturday (Mar 18th) at the age of 90. Vintage Vinyl News reported St. Charles, MO police said “they responded to a call on Buckner Road in St. Louis around 12:40 PM where they found an unresponsive man (who was Berry). They attempted to revive him but he was declared dead at 1:26 PM.” No cause of death has been announced. He is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Themetta, and their four children, Darlin Ingrid Berry-Clay, Aloha Berry, Charles Berry Jr., and Melody Exes Berry-Eskridge.
Over the weekend, countless tributes hit the Internet from rock’s upper echelon showing their love and heaping praise on Berry, who along with the “Mt. Rushmore” of rock – Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Everly Brothers – created the form that all popular music followed from the mid-1950′s through today. Bob Dylan famously called Chuck Berry the Shakespeare of rock n’ roll.” Rockers across the globe were dedicating songs to Berry’s life and work — including Bon Jovi and Gene Simmons, at their respective shows.
Berry, who pioneered the rock genre with his unique storytelling and clever use of poetics, will undoubtedly be remembered for his signature two-note, guitar-bending lick, variations of which opened up his classic ’50s hits “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Little Queenie,” “Carol,” and many more. Berry’s music bridged the gap between rockabilly and blues on songs like “Maybellene,” and broke the color barrier on classics such as “You Never Can Tell” and “School Days,” which had more to do with the problems of white American teens than those of segregated blacks living in the South.
In later years, he was renowned for putting very little care into his live act over the years, often driving from gig to gig in his Cadillac, with his signature Gibson 335 guitar — and a handgun to ensure he received his brown paper bag cash payment. Berry infuriated both audiences and the pickup bands that were employed to back him at various concerts for the complete lack of rehearsal, a pre-arranged setlist — or even the key that each song would be played it.
Chuck Berry was born on October 18th, 1926 to a middle class family in St. Louis. Despite his upbringing, he was jailed at the age of 14 for armed robbery and was sentenced to a juvenile reformatory from 1944 to 1947. In 1955, he signed with the soon-to-be legendary Chess Records in Chicago.
Last October 18th — on his 90th birthday — Chuck Berry blew more than few minds by announcing his first album in 37 years. Berry’s upcoming release, titled, Chuck, will mark his first new studio set since 1979′s Rock It. Berry, who wrote and produced the new collection due out later this year, tipped his signature captain’s hat to his wife Themetta, by declaring in the press release: “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy. My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that on the album, Berry was backed by his regular local live backing band, featuring son Charles Berry Jr. on guitar, daughter Ingrid Berry on vocals and harmonica, along with Keith Robinson on drums, Robert Lohr on piano, and Jimmy Marsala on bass. Marsala recalled that the new album has literally been in the planning stages since the release of Rock It – way back in 1979: “He was constantly working on stuff all the time, on airplanes, writing lyrics down, always coming up with new ideas — Let’s try this, lets try that.’ He still has a lot to say.”
When The Pulse Of Radio last caught up to Chuck Berry, they asked him what fans can expect from his next studio album: “There will be two of. . . at least two, maybe three of the hits as known, as well-known as ‘Johnny B. Goode’ and ‘Maybellene,’ from which I’m sure that’ll be what it is. The rest will be new songs that I have not done before.“
Starting in 1996, Chuck Berry performed an ongoing club residency at the Duck Room at St. Louis’ Blueberry Hill, and logged in more than 200 shows at the venue. His final show was during his 88th birthday celebration.
Along with the cheering crowds, legal issues plagued Chuck Berry throughout his life. In December 1959, following accusations that he had slept with a 14-year-old Apache waitress and violated the Mann Act by transporting her across state lines, Berry was convicted, slapped with a $5,000 fine, and sentenced to five years in prison. Berry appealed the decision declaring that the judge’s alleged prejudiced comments towards Berry had unfairly swayed the jury. Berry was granted a second trial, lost, and went on to serve 18 months in prison.
In 1979, Berry served four months in prison after pleading guilty of tax evasion and was slapped with a further 1,000 hours of mandatory community service performing benefit concerts following his release. In 1990 Berry was sued by several women, who claimed that he had installed secret video cameras in the ladies room of his Wentzville, Missouri restaurant, The Southern Air. According to reports, videotapes confiscated in Berry’s home showed numerous women using the facilities — including, allegedly, one minor. The raid also included marijuana, hashish and three weapons. Riverfronttimes.com posted “Berry was eventually charged with possession of marijuana and three counts of child abuse. Ultimately, the child abuse charges were dropped and Berry agreed to two years unsupervised probation for the misdemeanor marijuana charge. He also agreed to pay $5,000 to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.” All told Berry was said to have paid out over $1 million in legal fees for the entire suit.
In 2000, original pianist Johnnie Johnson sued Berry claiming co-ownership of a number of songs from the Berry catalogue, but the judge threw the case out citing the statute of limitations.
The Rolling Stones‘ Keith Richards – perhaps Berry’s most ardent admirer — continues to inject Berry’s style and energy into the band’s work even through today: “Chuck Berry — I always felt that I owed the man, y’know, an incredible debt for his music and for the fact of turning me on (laughs). And at the same time, I just thought Chuck was the epitome of what archetypal rock n’ roll should be. Great songs. Incredible beat. Lyrics — they always got a little joke, or two, in them. Nothing’s too serious. And also, that magical, sort of roll. I guess I gotta say that beautiful bounce and fly on the beat that was very jazz-like. It seemed to be a continuity between. . . I mean other people sort of thinking rock n’ roll was new, I knew it was (as) old as the hills.”
George Thorogood has been a lifelong fan of Chuck Berry’s and says that as far as rock artists go, Berry is a complete and unbeatable package: ”With Chuck Berry, you’ve got the all-time four-star player. He’s a great performer, a great writer, a great singer, and a great player. Not many people have that, all four things combined. Some can sing great, but they don’t write. Some write, but they don’t sing. Chuck Berry was the first of that. There’s only a handful of them. John Fogerty — one, the Beatles. . . There’s very few that have all that covered. And I’m talking about great writing and great performing. I’m not just talking about, ‘Oh, he plays guitar pretty good or he writes pretty good.’ (He’s) up there on the top with all four things. . . Arguably, probably the greatest rock n’ roll star ever.”
Chuck Berry paved the way for the major songwriters of the ’60s, such as Bob Dylan, JohnLennon and Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Brian Wilson and Mike Love, and Pete Townshend, who were inspired by Berry and his peers Little Richard and Buddy Holly to compose and perform their own material. Chuck Berry’s resurgence in the mid-’60s was due largely to his influence on the British invasion.
Devoted fan John Mellencamp said he’s still amazed at the way Chuck Berry’s music consistently was able to blur the racial lines in the late 1950′s: “I think the most interesting guy to ever talk about this topic was Chuck Berry. And how calculated he was about his songwriting and his approach to rock n’ roll. He used to, like, work in people’s yards, and he would hear the music that they would be listening to — and how could a black man bring black music to white people? So he kinda disguised it a little bit and made ‘em think that, y’know, it was white music — but in reality, it was black. I thought it was real interesting the way he explained what he perceived he had done for rock n’ roll. Y’know, he sang black songs about white people, almost.”
Dave Davies of the Kinks told said his band probably never would’ve existed if not for Berry’s legendary ’50s tunes: “Ray and I were big fans of Chuck Berry, and we used to get together and play Chuck Berry riffs. Maybe we would never have formed the band without people like Chuck Berry.”
Shorty before his death his 2005 death, Chuck Berry’s longtime pianist Johnnie Johnson revealed what his favorite Chuck Berry song was: “‘Brown Eyed Handsome Man.’ I liked ‘Memphis,’ and ‘Wee Wee Hours’ was really my first one — on the other side of ‘Maybellene’ — and that was my first one ’cause that’s what I was used to playing, was the blues, and this w as a blues tune. At that time they had A and B-sides, and I thought ‘Wee Wee Hours’ would have been the A-side and ‘Maybellene’ be the B-side, but it was just the opposite (laughs).”
Although the Beatles only released two Berry covers on their official albums (“Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock And Roll Music”), their recent collections — 1994′s Live At The BBC and 2013′s On Air – Live At The BBC Volume 2 – included seven additional Berry covers that were often performed in their nightclub repertoire: “Too Much Monkey Business,” “I Got To Find My Baby,” “Carol,” “Johnny B. Goode,” “I’m Talking About You,” “Memphis, Tennessee,” and “Sweet Little Sixteen.” The group’s “I Saw Her Standing There” actually borrowed the bassline from Berry’s “Little Queenie.”
The Beatles opened their first U.S. concert on Feb 11th, 1964 at the Washington Coliseum with “Roll Over Beethoven” as a salute to Berry. John Lennon covered Berry’s “You Can’t Catch Me” on his 1975 Rock N’ Roll collection, and McCartney paid tribute to Berry by recording “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” on his 1999 album, Run Devil Run. John Lennon often called Chuck Berry rock’s first “poet.” Berry said his secret was always to keep his lyrics simple and make them rhyme: “‘Mary had a little lamb, her fleece was white as snow, a da-da-da-da-da-da-da-o.’ That’s the way it rhymes. Rhyming to me is creating the vowels on the end of each line that is supposed to be, so it’s a mathematical thing, y’know? Two and two makes four, and as you go on down the line, all those numbers are equal not odds. Isn’t that something? Isn’t that a way to explain something? Anyway, I liked it, so I kept it up.”
The Rolling Stones’ debut single was a cover of Berry’s “Come On.” They went on to cover eight other Berry classics, including “Carol,” “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “You Can’t Catch Me,” “Bye Bye Johnny,” “Little Queenie,” “Talkin’ About You,” “Around And Around,” and “Let It Rock.”
In 2006, Berry’s 1987 concert documentary, Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, was released in both two- and four-DVD expanded editions. The movie chronicled the concert and rehearsals around Berry’s 60th birthday concert in St. Louis, and featured performances by the show’s bandleader Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Julian Lennon, Robert Cray, Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, and others.
Bassist Garry Tallent remains a hardcore admirer of Chuck Berry. Tallent recalled the thrilling — but difficult — 1995 teamup between the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen, and their collective idol — Chuck Berry: ”He doesn’t tell you anything. But, as he says, ‘If you can’t play Chuck Berry songs, then you don’t belong on the stage anyway.’ You hear all the horror stories about Jerry Lee (Lewis) and Chuck Berry. . . I guess they can be. . . pretty gruff sometimes. But, I’ll tell you, I love ’em both, and they’ve always just been wonderful to me and to the band.”
Chuck Berry admitted that while looking back on his career, he ultimately has very few complaints: “The good life outweighs. . . now, I don’t say bad, I say the indifferent lives that I’ve had. It just makes me happy to know that nobody’s gonna live a perfect life — nobody ever has.So I’m thankful that I’ve come this far, this long, this good.”
Out now is what will probably be the most exhaustive and definitive Chuck Berry collection ever assembled, the mammoth Rock And Roll Music – Any Old Way You Choose It – The Complete Studio Recordings. . . Plus! The set, which boasts a whopping 396 tracks spread over 16-CDs, features the nearly every studio recording Berry ever laid down. The label Bear Family Records, which specializes in sets of this magnitude, has culled all the recordings Berry recorded and/or produced on the Chess, Mercury, and Atco imprints.
Highlights on the collection include such rarities as the demos for “Rock And Roll Music” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” a clutch of live tracks recorded between 1956 and 1972, along with “every surviving alternate take and even a rare pre-Chess single with Joe Alexander that was recorded in 1954.”
FRIENDS AND FANS REMEMBER CHUCK BERRY
Former President Barack Obama: ”Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him — and turned up everyone who came after. We’ll miss you, Chuck. Be good.”
Mick Jagger: “I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others and threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck, you were amazing, and your music is engraved inside us forever.”
Keith Richards: “One of my big lights has gone out!”
Ron Wood: “So sad with the passing of Chuck Berry comes the end of an era. He was one of the best and my inspiration, a true character indeed.”
Paul Simon: ”I would say no songwriter influenced my generation to a greater degree than Chuck Berry. . . For me, it was like a magical place to hear about this description of rural America. It’s like Zora Neale Hurston territory — an amazing bit of writing for the ’50s and something that left a powerful impression with me, who was just beginning to play guitar.”
Ringo Starr: “Just let me hear some of that rock ‘n’ roll music any old way you use it I am playing I’m talking about you. God bless. . . R I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock ‘n’ roll music.”
Julian Lennon: ”So sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. . . The Father of Rock & Roll. I was fortunate enough to have met him a few times, and to hang/play with him on stage & behind the scenes, during the filming of Hail! Hail! Rock & Roll. An unforgettable experience. . . And as Dad once said ‘If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.’ Thank You for All that You gave us.”
Sean Lennon: “Chuck Berry R.I.P.”
Rod Stewart: ”It started with Chuck Berry. The 1st album I ever bought was Chuck’s ‘Live at the Tivoli’ and I was never the same. He was more than a legend, he was a founding father. You can hear his influence in every rock & roll band from my generation on. I’ve been performing his ‘Sweet Little Rock & Roller’ since 1974 and tonight, when my band and I perform it at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum, it’ll be for Chuck Berry — your sound lives on.”
Bruce Springsteen: Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived. This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages.”
Steven Van Zandt: ”Chuck Berry was the King of Rock and Roll. Period. Richard brought the Passion, Elvis the Heartbreak, Bo the Beat, Jerry Lee the Abandon, Buddy let the Everyman in, Chuck brought the Storytelling. The words that Bob Dylan would evolve into an Artform. He led the teenage takeover of Pop Music that the Beatles and Stones would complete. He invented Rock guitar and made it look like fun. He gave the previously ignored age group between adolescence and adulthood an identity, a mythology, a chance to see themselves. He gave them Respect. And those teenagers would return that respect to Rock and Roll for the next 60 years and counting.”
Elton John: ”The greatest rock & roll songwriter of all time. Thanks for all those wonderful records that will define rock music forever.”
John Fogerty: “Great songwriter, great guitar player, great singer. One of a kind. Thank you Mr. Chuck Berry for teaching me how it’s done. Hail, hail Rock and Roll! RIP my friend.”
Bob Seger: ”A true pioneer, a brilliant writer, great guitar player, one of the Rock n Roll creators. How many people have played his riffs? His Johnny B Goode is on the Voyager spacecrafts heading for the stars — how many rockers can say that! Chuck had tremendous influence on my work and could not have been a nicer guy. One of the all time greats. RIP #ChuckBerry.”
Brian Wilson: ”I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing – a big inspiration! He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock ‘n Roll. (To RollingStone.com). I was shocked by (his death) and it kind of scared me. I don’t know why it scared me, but it was just a shock. (It’s) pretty rough. He taught me how to write rock & roll melodies, the way the vocals should go. His lyrics were very, very good. They were unusually good lyrics. I liked ‘Johnny B. Goode,’ all about a young, little kid who played his guitar. He inspired me as a lyricist. He made me want to write about cars and surfing. I liked the lyrics to ‘Roll Over Beethoven.’ It felt like what he was doing was new.”
Mike Love: ”No one was more inspirational or influential to us when we started The Beach Boys as Chuck Berry and he was an enormous influence on our songs. We weren’t the only ones who were similarly effected, as the world of Rock & Roll was forever shaped by the incredibly creative ‘Brown Eyed Handsome Man.’ As much an icon in the sports world as Muhammad Ali, Chuck Berry was one to the world of music. We once shared a plane ride and I remember fondly his telling me he ‘liked what you did with Sixteen’ that’s because ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ was absolutely the inspiration for ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’ — one of our biggest hits! ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ and ‘Be True To Your School’ were also born as a result of my ‘going to school’ at Chuck Berry University. We were all given such a wonderful gift from this creative genius, and though we mourn his passing we will celebrate his lasting legacy and the brilliance embodied in his ‘Rock & Roll Music.’ Peace And Love Chuck Berry – you will always be the leader of a big ole band. We love you Chuck!”
Al Jardine: “Deeply saddened to just hear of the passing of one of The Beach Boys’ biggest influences EVER. RIP Chuck Berry. . . B Goode in rock ‘n’ roll heaven, Chuck, we sure will miss you!”
Dave Davies: ”Today’s the day music died — probably the most important musical influence in my life. . . Chuck Berry was a true rock n Roll poet before Dylan he was incredible lyrical influence on so many musicians. It wasn’t just his great style and tone and personality. He had everything. He was cheeky and funny – he was an entertainer as well as a rock guitar player . I met him at the airport once briefly in the early-’80s. He seemed really grumpy but I was in awe of him anyway. My favorite cover we did of his were ‘Beautiful Delilah’ and ‘Too Much Monkey Business.’ The lyrics are amazing.”
Dion DiMucci: “Chuck Berry and I became friends back in the 50s at the Brooklyn Fox Theater, I always admired Chuck he was our elder statesman — loved his music and style — We had great respect for each other. Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest Innovator guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived. I found it easy to be around him, to enjoy his company, I will miss him big time, Great Guy. . . Artists and fans around the world loved Chuck Berry. He was a Great Innovator to ALL who love Rock ‘n’ Roll. My Dear Friend, May you know eternal rest.”
Carole King: “RIP Chuck Berry.”
Joan Jett: Hail hail rock n roll. I’m glad I had a chance to know, love, and work w Chuck Berry during my life and career. Original Pure Rock n Roll.”
George Thorogood & The Destroyers: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of the great Chuck Berry. Chuck was the Father of Rock-N-Roll and a huge influence on us.”
Peter Frampton: “He had a gtr style that influenced so many generations of players. Oh yes and how to write a great RnR song. Rest in peace dear Chuck.”
Brian May: “I was shocked to hear he’d gone. And then you get that haunting feeling that you didn’t think of him for ages, even though he was a massive influence on your life. I never met Chuck Berry, sadly, but in a way maybe it’s better I remained the fan at a distance that I always was, from the very beginnings of my own love affair with the guitar.”
John Densmore: “All of us rockers stand on the shoulders of the man who invented the ‘duck walk.’ Hail, hail Chuck Berry.”
Former President Bill Clinton: “Hillary and I loved Chuck Berry for as long as we can remember. The man was inseparable from his music — both were utterly original and distinctly American. He made our feet move and our hearts more joyful. And along the way he changed our country and the history of popular music. Chuck played at both my inaugurations and at the White House for my 25th Georgetown reunion, and he never slowed down, which is why his legend grew every time he stepped on stage. His life was a treasure and a triumph, and he’ll never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to his family and his countless friends and fans.”
AC/DC: “Chuck Berry IS rock and roll! It’s sad day for rock and roll, but his music will live on forever. Hail, hail rock and roll!!!!!”
The Grateful Dead: “For Chuck Berry who ‘never stopped rocking till the moon went down. . .’ We are forever Grateful.”
Rush: “Rest in Peace Chuck Berry. . . one of the original rock and roll guitar legends. . . thank you for the music!”
Paul Stanley: ”RIP CHUCK BERRY. Truly a cornerstone of all that is, was and will be Rock and Roll. An icon like few others.”
Gene Simmons: “My profound respect and admiration to one of the founding fathers of rock and roll, who sadly passed today — the late, great CHUCK BERRY.”
Ace Frehley: “My sympathy goes out to Chuck’s family. . . I was lucky enough to jam with him in ’69 and met him a couple of times after that. . . God Bless Chuck Berry! He was one of the Kings of Rock&Roll!!!”
Sammy Hagar: Rock n roll would not be what it is today without the influence of Chuck Berry! Thank God for his Rock and roll presence on this planet!”
The Doobie Brothers: ”Chuck Berry was the father of Rock n’ Roll. He was an influence to us all. He will forever be remembered. #RIPChuckBerry”
Michael McDonald: ”RIP Chuck Berry. Your gift gave all humanity a spiritual shift.”
Alice Cooper: “RIP #ChuckBerry, the genesis behind the great sound of rock n roll. All of us in rock have now lost our father.”
Ted Nugent: ”Chuck Berry, thank you.”
Slash: ”Heart broken to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was undisputedly the king.”
Duff McKagan: “RIP Chuck Berry. One of my early concerts as a teen was seeing you. I was awed then and that feeling has never waned.”
Lenny Kravitz: “Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother!”
Gregg Allman: “The first, the best, a friend. Rest In Peace Chuck Berry.”
Billy Idol: “Rest in Peace Chuck Berry. More than just a guitarist, he was the FIRST rock-n-roll poet. Magic!”
Rick Springfield: “Oh no! THE Godfather of rock and roll. May he now find the peace he never seemed to have in this f***ed up world!! Hail Hail Chuck Berry!”
Tom Jones: ”Game changer, rock n roll poet, guitar master: RIP Chuck Berry.”
John Oates: “Chuck Berry was my hero…I wanted to play guitar like him and wanted to write songs like him even though I knew nothing I could come up with would ever come close to his originality, crisp, perfectly crafted lyrics and without knowing I even found myself a great piano player in Daryl Hall just like Chuck found Johnnie Johnson…it wasn’t planned but it happened. Every rock and roller in the world owes a debt to Chuck Berry. His songs will never die. . . ‘Hail Hail Rock and Roll.’”
Warren Haynes: ”RIP Chuck Berry – What can I say? His influence is among the greatest in musical history which is noted worldwide. Sadly enough, more elsewhere than in his own back yard of America. Chuck Berry is one of the architects of one of the greatest gifts to mankind – Rock and Roll. As a guitar player Chuck brought us something ‘new and different’ that is now so much a part of the fabric of Rock and Roll that we often forget where it came from and how original it was at the time. I remember Dickey Betts telling me, a long time ago, how people my age and younger didn’t really get the impact of Chuck Berry and that, if you were a guitar player from his generation, Chuck Berry had the same impact on you that Jimi Hendrix had on guitar players of my generation. To quote Bob Seger, ‘All Chuck’s children are out there playing his licks.’”
Neil Giraldo: “Chuck Berry . . . the 6 string inspirational songwriter father king of Rock N Roll. . . has left us and taken the journey home. . . I can’t imagine what RnR would have been without Chuck Berry. R.I.P. . . peace.”
Scorpions: “Your Music inspired us to follow our dreams …. RIP Chuck Berry.”
Garbage: “RIP Chuck Berry. A true original. A pioneer. A true great.”
Dave Mustaine: ”One of the first solos I ever learned was Chuck Berry’s. I’m truly saddened this morning, as we’ve lost another legend. RIP Mr. Berry!”
The Moody Blues’ John Lodge: ”To us musicians who played on stage with #chuckberry to stand in his shadow was an honour and privilege.”
Tommy James: ”I knew Chuck Berry and worked with him several times over the years. He was my first guitar teacher. Like so many other young players, I learned off his records. We always had great talks about music, and I told him how much his music meant to me. I’ll never forget when we worked together with Bob Hope at the tri-centennial celebration of Rhode Island. We had a lot of laughs together. Chuck was a friend of mine and I’ll really, really miss him. There will never be another like him.”
Neil Sedaka: ”We lost maybe the greatest Rock ‘N’ Roller of all time. His marriage of words and music is unparalleled. His records will remain timeless. Thank you Chuck Berry for the endless joy you’ve given us all.”
William “Bootsy” Collins: ”Dang another one not funkin’ with us. Our Rock & Roll legend Mr. Chuck Berry has changed frequencies today. Join us while we Send up love vibes & prayers to his family & friends. Thanks for all the gifts u shared with us. R.I.P. now, good brother”
Leo Sayer: “Thanks Chuck! RIP – and don’t ever worry, you were the King Of Rock ‘N Roll and always will be. . .”
Living Colour’s Vernon Reed: Guitar playing. Songwriting. Stagecraft. ALL OF IT. Chuck Berry. To have stood on stage with Mr. Chuck Berry at the Apollo Theater is one of the great honors of my life. He gave us EVERYTHING.”
The Guess Who’s Burton Cummings: “Truly one of the inventor/fathers of rock and roll. Chuck’s lyrics were decades before rap and hip hop, but he created countless rhythms that artists would continue using and still do to this day. Chuck influenced just about everybody. When he first burst on to the scene, the world had never heard anything like him. His records will live forever. Chuck Berry was TRULY one of a kind.”
Keith Urban: ”RIP Chuck Berry !!!! Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency! GO JOHNNY GO.”
The Jacksons: “Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock’n’roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. ‘Thank You Chuck.’”
Huey Lewis: ”Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever.”
Marie Osmond: ”It was an honor to know you, Chuck Berry! A legend, a pioneer, and one of the greatest rock & rollers of all time.”
Billy Bragg: ”Whenever I’m asked to put together a top ten of political songs, this number (‘Roll Over Beethoven’) is always first on the list. A black man with an electric guitar loudly proclaiming to white America that the music that will dominate youth culture in the coming decades will be African-American. Who was making such revolutionary pop music in 1956? RIP Chuck.”
Questlove: “Thou Shall Have No Other Rock Gods Before Him”
The St. Louis Cardinals baseball team: “You’ll always be the Father of Rock & Roll to us, Chuck. Our thoughts are with the Berry family.”
Author Stephen King: ”Chuck Berry died. This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain’t bad for rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode forever.”
Astronaut Scott Kelly: ”Your music rocketed on Earth. Then it went interstellar aboard @NASAVoyager#JohnnyBGoode #RIP, Chuck Berry.”