More rock stars showed their love for AC/DC co-founder/rhythm guitarist/songwriter Malcolm Young, who passed away on Saturday on social media.
Brian Johnson, former lead singer for AC/DC who replaced original singer Bon Scott after his accidental death in 1980, paid tribute to his bandmate Malcolm Young, calling him a “genius” whose “riffs have become legend, as has he.”
In a post on his official web site under the title “For 32 Years We Stood Side By Side On Stage,” Brian wrote: “I am saddened by the passing of my friend Malcolm Young. I can’t believe he’s gone. We had such great times on the road.
“I was always aware that he was a genius on guitar; his riffs have become legend, as has he. I send out my love and sympathy to his wife Linda, his children Kara and Ross, and Angus, who will all be devastated, as we all are. He has left a legacy that I don’t think many can match.
“He never liked the celebrity side of fame; he was too humble for that. He was the man who created AC/DC because he said there was no rock and roll out there.
“I am proud to have known him and call him a friend, and I’m going to miss him so much. I salute you, Malcolm Young.” (Blabbermouth)
Slash tweeted “This is a monumentally sad day in Rock N Roll. Take a moment of silence in his memory…”
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters posted this on the band’s Facebook page:
Thank you for being an integral part of the soundtrack to my life. Your music is the definition of timeless and inspiring.
Zach Myers of Shinedown wrote this: Young is survived by his loving wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, a sister and his brother Angus. Their older brother, George Young died on Oct 23 at the age of 70. George had served as an early producer to AC/DC and guitarist for the band Easybeats.
Via The Pulse Of Radio and a press release we received, the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell could be nominated for and possibly win a posthumous Academy Award for his song “The Promise,” the title track to the film of the same name which came out last spring. The song was the last recording released by Cornell before his death last May and was penned by the singer at the request of his friend Eric Esrailian, who served as one of the film’s producers.
In an interview conducted last April, Cornell told us he had free reign to write “The Promise” in whatever way he chose: “There are people who are really good at sort of made-to-order songwriting, and I’m not sure I’m one of those people. I don’t think I am. I’ve done it a few times, you know, a handful of times I’ve written for other people or sort of written stylistically where somebody said, ‘This is what I would like to hear,’ but it’s not my strong suit, I don’t think.”
If nominated, Cornell’s song could compete with other likely contenders from films like Coco, Beauty And The Beast and The Greatest Showman. Cornell had previously composed songs for movies such as Casino Royale, The Avengers, 12 Years A Slave and Machine Gun Preacher.
The Promise, which starred Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, was set during the time of the Armenian Genocide in the early 1900s, during which more than 1.5 million Armenians were displaced and slaughtered by Turkey’s Ottoman Empire — an atrocity never officially acknowledged by the Turkish government to this day.
Cornell donated any proceeds from downloads of “The Promise” to support present-day refugees and children through the International Rescue Committee. Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch gave its inaugural Promise Award to Cornell for advancing the values of equity and justice through his song. The award was accepted by Cornell’s widow, Vicky, who was accompanied by Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron.
Also via a press release, Green Dayhas released a video for “Back In The USA,” one of two new songs included on the band’s just released greatest hits collection, God’s Favorite Band. The video opens with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong living in a black-and-white ’50s sitcom, until a saleswoman arrives at the door to sell him a pair of glasses. The shades allows him to see colors, and eventually, subliminal messages — in a homage to director John Carpenter‘s 1988 film They Live.
As the clip continues, Armstrong sees his TV set in color, and goes to show his fellow black-and-white pals, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool. They all begin seeing messages in their surroundings as well, with magazines and wall art suddenly saying “Consume” and “Procreate Now,” while the TV says “President to Lie to Nation Tomorrow Night.”
The trio concocts a plan to place the glasses in front of the camera lens for the presidential address. The president, who vaguely resembles Donald Trump, is revealed to be alien as the public, including Armstrong’s family, watch at home in horror. The band members take the stage instead and play the rest of the song as color starts spreading throughout society — also in homage to a film, this time the movie Pleasantville.
God’s Favorite Band came out Friday and contains 20 of Green Day’s biggest hits in addition to the two new songs. The other new track is a different version of “Ordinary World” featuring Miranda Lambert.
This is the band’s second greatest hits compilation, following 2001′s International Superhits! It’s also their fifth compilation album altogether, after 2002′s Shenanigans and the 2014 demo collection, Demolicious. Green Day completed a South American tour on Sunday night (Nov 19th) in support its latest album, last year’s Revolution Radio.
Sad news this morning. Malcolm Young, 64, youngest of the three Young Brothers (George and Angus) passed away this morning from compilations of his early on-set dementia. He was faced with two other massive health scares after the conclusion of the group’s marathon 20-month tour in support of 2008′s “Black Ice” album. First, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which was detected early, enabling surgeons to operate on the guitarist successfully. Then he discovered he had a heart condition.
“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” AC/DC wrote in a statement. ”Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”
Angus Young added, “As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”
The Young brothers lost their older brother George Young, the Easybeats guitarist and AC/DC’s longtime producer, in October at the age of 70.
“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement said. “From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”
Malcolm struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014. Malcolm was replaced in AC/DC by Stevie Young, nephew of guitarist Angus Young, son of George.
Mal, as he was referred to, wrote much of the band’s the material that enabled AC/DC to become one of the biggest heavy rock bands, including “Back In Black”, “Highway to Hell” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.” Malcolm is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.
The group is estimated to have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the US.
Fans and friends of Young have been posting their tributes to the popular musician on social media.
Tom Morello of Prophets of Rage and Rage Against the Machine, tweeted his thanks to the “#1 greatest rhythm guitarist”.
English rock star David Coverdale, a member of the band Whitesnake and former lead singer of Deep Purple, also offered his “thoughts and prayers”.
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth wrote, “I have to go…I am losing it that Malcolm is gone. I hate this…”
Ray Luzier of Korn said “R.I.P. Malcolm.. Thank you for all the decades of amazing music & for rocking so hard for us all… ”
Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour commented “No No no no no no no Damnit!”
Rob Caggiano of Volbeat said “R.I.P. Malcolm Young 1953-2017
New Stone Temple Pilots singer Jeff Gutt told the Oakland Press he is “blessed and very honored” to have been chosen to front the band, which he called “the Led Zeppelin of my generation.” The one-time The X Factor contestant was officially announced as the third frontman in the group’s history on Tuesday evening (Nov 14th) prior to the band giving a special performance at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. A new STP single, titled “Meadow,” has already been released, with a full-length album to follow in the spring.
Gutt, who said joining the band was “surreal,” explained, “I’ve had some time to get used to the idea. I was just sitting on the sidelines watching it all unfurl and knowing what was going to happen before anyone else did. I knew I had a secret I was about to reveal, which was cool . . . I feel like I’m living in a movie.”
Gutt, a runner-up on The X Factor‘s third season, originally auditioned for STP in September 2016 and became an official member of the band in May 2017. He beat out 15,000 other potential vocalists who made submissions to the band and 29 others who actually auditioned.
He has spent the last year secretly writing and recording new material with band members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz. Dean said in a statement, “We wanted someone who would not only do our earlier songs justice, but would also write new songs and carve out a different path forward with us. It took some time, but we found our guy.”
STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Chester Bennington – who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band Linkin Park. Bennington committed suicide last July. Scott Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour.
Gutt said he wants to honor his predecessors’ legacy and bring something new to the band, remarking, “I was studying Scott when I was coming into singing myself, and I learned so much from (listening to) him. It was fun to incorporate all those things in my own way and still sing true to Scott’s stuff and really keep that as true as I could.”
STP recently completed recording their seventh full-length studio album and first since 2010. The as-yet-untitled effort will arrive sometime in early 2018. I don’t know about you, but I think they picked a good one here. Be listening for “Meadow” on both hardDrive and hardDrive XL soon!
In This Moment will headline the Witching Hour Tour early next year with P.O.D., New Years Day and Ded appearing on select dates. The trek kicks off on January 16th in Charleston, South Carolina, weaving its way around North America before coming to a close on February 18th in St. Paul, Minnesota. In This Moment will also play two Canadian shows with Stone Sour along the way.
In This Moment recently released a music video for the song “Roots,” the latest track taken from the band’s recently issued sixth studio album Ritual. “Roots” follows “Oh Lord” as a new single from Ritual, which also includes a cover of Phil Collins‘ “In The Air Tonight” and a duet with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford called “Black Wedding.”
Blabbermouth reporting Gothenburg, Sweden-based metal heavyweights In Flames have surprised fans by releasing a four-track covers EP, Down, Wicked & No Good. (Bummer, I just completed our hardDrive Under Cover special edition! Why didn’t they tell me this was coming? Grrrr!!!!!!)
To debut their cover of Depeche Mode‘s 1997 hit single “It’s No Good”, the members of In Flames are taking over Depeche Mode‘s Facebook page today, releasing exclusive content and a new video for the song.
The panoptic covers collection also includes cover versions of Alice In Chains‘ “Down In A Hole”, Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game”, and a live bonus version of Nine Inch Nails‘ “Hurt”. It sees the Swedish quintet expanding beyond metal to incorporate the group’s varied musical taste and expansive sonic range.
“We’ve been fans of Depeche Mode since we were as young as 10,” says In Flames. “Getting to do our rendition of ’It’s No Good’ showed us a different side of the song — it brought new meanings to us. We relate to the lyrics and power of the song so heavily that it almost feels as if we could have written it ourselves. They’re a band that we’ve always looked up to. Growing up, you either listened to pop, synths or rock and even though we are a metal band, Depeche Mode inspired a lot of the electronic elements we use in our music today.”
Earlier this week, In Flames kicked off a 25-date co-headline arena tour with American heavyweights Five Finger Death Punch and special guests Of Mice & Men in Helsinki.
In Flames‘ twelfth studio album, Battles, was released in November 2016 via Nuclear Blast in all territories excluding North America and Scandinavia and Eleven Seven Music Group in the U.S.
In Flames recruited Bryce Paul — a member of the Southern California pop-rock outfit Ives — to play bass for the band on most of the “Battles” tour.
Longtime In Flames’ bassist Peter Iwers quit the band in November 2016, saying he was leaving ”to pursue other endeavors.” His replacement for some of the European shows was Håkan Skoger, who had previously played with Passenger and Gardenian.
Guns N’ Roses was among the winners at Billboard‘s annual Touring Awards and conference in Los Angeles Tuesday night (Nov 15.)
The band’s “Not In This Lifetime” tour was the winner in the “Top Tour/Top Draw” category, beating U2 and COLDPLAY. The group was also up for the “Top Boxscore” award, which went to U2. For a complete list of winners, visit Billboard.com.
“Not In This Lifetime” has reportedly grossed more than $400 million since its launch a year and a half ago.
About seventy people travel with the show in addition to the truck drivers; that number goes upwards of five hundred, including the local workers, by show date once catering, security, etc. are factored in, according to the tour’s production manager, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth.
Guns kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California’s Coachella festival.
The “Not In This Lifetime” tour features classic lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Axl Rose (vocals) backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Fank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
In a related item, sort of, Slash & The Conspirators’ and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy has decided to put the solo music he has recorded on ice. Myles recently told Lunchbox and Promo Brady of Tulsa radio station 97.5 KMOD‘s DOMKcast podcast, “Late last year, I started chasing down what would be the second solo record — or, I guess, technically the first solo record, [since] the one I recorded years ago probably won’t be released…. There’s something to be said about songs and records having a shelf life to artists, and for me, I kind of felt like that might have expired here.”
Myles heads out on tour with Alter Bridge Nov 24th in Orlando. See Road Rage for the complete list of dates. (Thanks to Blabbermouth for the item.)
Celebrating life this weekend! Today, Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses is 51, SNL’ Lorne Michaels is 73 and Martin Scorsese is 75. Saturday, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett is 55, Avenged Sevenfold’s Johnny Christ is 33. Sunday: Tool’s Justin Chancellor is 46, Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses, Camp Freddy) is 57 and Larry King is 84.
Linkin Park will release a concert album titled One More Light Live on Dec 15th. Recorded on the band’s “One More Light” world tour, it features 16 songs, including “Crawling,” “Numb,” “What I’ve Done,” “Heavy” and the title track from the group’s latest studio album, One More Light. The live set will arrive five months after the passing of singer Chester Bennington, who died on July 20th at his Los Angeles area home after committing suicide at the age of 41.
The band said in a statement, “We dedicate this live album to our brother Chester who poured his heart and soul into One More Light. After we finished recording the album, we joked with Chester that — since he had delivered so many stunning performances in the studio — he had set the bar extra high to produce that alchemy on stage each night. Not surprisingly, he welcomed the challenge.” They added, “The shows we played together during the early summer of 2017 were extraordinary. Chester shared with us that he felt this was the best tour we had ever done. The camaraderie and joy we experienced on stage reflected our deep connection with each other, with our fans, and with the music.”
The band concluded, “For those of you who attended this tour in person, we thank you. For those who could not, we hope this live album gives you a glimpse into how magical these shows were for the six of us.”
Bennington himself told us a while back that he always wanted to give fans a different experience when they came to see the group: “There’s one of two ways that bands get perceived when they’re seen live. I think that one way is ‘Wow, that is something like they do on the record.’ And it can be disappointing. And the other is the music is actually a little better or different than I thought it was. And I like it more. And I think that’s the way people view what we do live.”
Linkin Park paid tribute to Bennington on Oct 27th with an emotional three-hour show that featured numerous guests joining the band onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Among the artists who performed with the band were Bush‘s Gavin Rossdale, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Alanis Morissette, the instrumental members of No Doubt, Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon, Blink-182, M. Shadows and Synyster Gates of Avenged Sevenfold and many more.
The track list for One More Light Live is: “Talking To Myself,” “Burn It Down,” “Battle Symphony,” “New Divide,” “Invisible,” “Nobody Can Save Me,” “One More Light,” “Crawling,” “Leave Out All The Rest,” “Good Goodbye (featuring Stormzy),” “What I’ve Done,” “In The End,” “Sharp Edges,” “Numb,” “Heavy” and “Bleed It Out.”
Linkin Park has yet to announce whether the band intends to continue without Bennington.
Billboard and The Pulse Of Radio reporting A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel has addressed the controversy over the band’s strict “no photos or videos” policy at its concerts, which resulted in the ejection of some 60 fans at a recent show in Reading, Pennsylvania. Howerdel told Billboard that the policy has been a longstanding one for singer Maynard James Keenan and explained some of the reasons behind it: “The most important nowadays is just to reconnect. To actually be present is really tough for people nowadays. Everything is so immediate, and I think if you look at that as a mentality in general, it starts coming into the show. First and foremost is it’s just rude to the people around you.”
Howerdel added, “I think at the end of the day it’s time to just disconnect for a second. The videos that you take and for your own benefit, you put online — they look like s**t and they sound like s**t. We’d rather you communicate this orally; let people know what you saw and how you felt. It’s much more powerful than giving a bad representation.”
Keenan has practiced the same policy with his other bands, Tool and Puscifer, recently telling a fan online, “No. Recording. Of. Any. Kind. For. 25. Years. Guided experience. Unplug and enjoy the ride.”
Meanwhile, the band released their music video for “The Doomed” this morning. The video, which was directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn, arrives as the band is in the final two weeks of their North American tour. A Perfect Circle also recently announced their first European tour in fourteen years
Howerdel also told Billboard that APC is making progress on its first new studio LP since 2004, promising it will arrive by spring 2018. He remarked, “We’re well over the midway point and still working . . . we’re about to have a stretch here in about a week when I think it’s going to be time to get a lot done.”
A Perfect Circle next plays in Pittsburgh tomorrow (Nov 17th) and wraps up its current tour on Monday, Dec 4th.
WHOA! This is unexpected AND surprising news! Billboard is reporting the Vans Warped Tour, the last major annual traveling music festival in North America, has announced that 2018 will be its final year, marking the tour’s 24th edition since it first launched in 1995. No lineup has been announced as of yet, but the tour itinerary has been confirmed. The trek will begin on Jun 21st in Pomona, California, coming to a close on Aug 5th in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Tour founder Kevin Lyman told Billboard why he decided to end the tour next year, explaining, “We were doing fine, but we had a pretty big dip last year. It was that younger end of the demo . . . I talked to people after the tour and bands did great on merchandise, they had great crowds — everyone had good crowds in front of the stage. But that casual fan that’s learning how to go to a music festival — they were not there last summer. It was a really great show, sponsors were happy, but our attendance was down.”
Lyman added about the final tour, “I’m looking to bring everyone a great show and have a great summer and connect with a lot of people, you know? For me, the saddest thing is I’ll be seeing sunrises and sunsets for the last time in a lot of those parking lots.”
Lyman did hint at some sort of celebration of the tour’s 25th anniversary in 2019, adding a statement to fans, “I truly look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during this final cross country run, and getting to thank you for your support on this wild adventure.”
Lyman launched the Warped Tour after spending four years working on Lollapalooza, wanting to do a show that mixed punk, hardcore, alternative and action sports. Since then more than 1,700 acts have played in front of more than 11 million people around the world on Warped stages.
Among the acts that played the first Warped Tour were No Doubt and Sublime, while other artists who have appeared on the tour over the years include Pennywise, Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Rancid, The Offspring, Blink-182, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, The Used, Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold, the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Green Day, Paramore, Beartooth and many more.
Lyman hinted that he hopes to have a number of Warped Tour veterans show up for its final summer. (My guess, The Offspring headline?)
SHAR-RRRRRRONNNNNN!!!!!! Don’t you miss The Osbournes sometimes? Ozzy Osbourne has been named the brand ambassador for Metal Casino, becoming part owner of the online gaming company as well. According to a press release, Metal Casino launched this past August to offer both casino gaming and partnerships with some of hard rock’s biggest names to bring players exclusive concert tickets, backstage access and loads of band merchandise, along with large cash prizes.
Ozzy said, “The guys at Metal Casino told me that their brand was all about being true, relevant and dedicated to the customer and that really resonated with me. To me, that translated as keeping it real, keeping it original, and doing it all for your fans, and that’s all I’ve been trying to do my whole life.”
Metal Casino chief marketing officer Clas Dahlén added, “When we started Metal Casino, we knew it had to be more than just a casino, but a platform for a global community of metal heads and casino lovers to share their passion. With Ozzy’s help, we’re going to make this happen.
In other news, Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has defended a decision to file a lawsuit on behalf of Ozzfest against the organizers of the interactive outdoor festival OZY Fest.
Addressing the issue on her show The Talk, Sharon said, “It’s ridiculous when somebody’s worked so long to make themselves accomplished, to work on their career, and then somebody comes in — and to use word ‘Fest’ as well as ‘OZY’ . . . where do people come up with the nerve?”
It was reported last month that Ozzy’s long-running metal event had sued the OZY Fest team, claiming that the New York City event and its logo were confusing music fans. OZY Fest, billed last year as OZY Fusion Fest, took place in Central Park this past July, featuring performances by Jason Derulo, Issa Rae, RuPaul and Talib Kweli, as well as panels featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Katie Couric and others not associated with the metal genre.
But Ozzfest‘s attorneys noted in a cease-and-desist letter that the OZY Fest marks were “nearly identical in sight, sound, connotation and commercial impression to MLC’s well-known Ozzfest mark.”
Meanwhile, enjoy this!
Oh this IS Classic! Recognize anyone in this clip? Rumors have it the living statue guy is Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails! After several views, I believe it is. He appeared on a recent episode of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. Hilarious!
Dean Deleo, Jeff Gutt, Eric Kretz, Robert Deleo-Stone Temple Pilots 2017
Well, the moment has arrived! Stone Temple Pilots have officially chosen one-time The X Factor contestant Jeff Gutt as the band’s new vocalist. Gutt was announced as the third frontman in the group’s history on Tuesday evening (Nov 14th) prior to the band giving a special performance at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. A new STP single, titled “Meadow,” has already been serviced to radio and will make its online debut later this week.
Gutt, who was a runner-up in the reality TV music competition show’s third season, originally auditioned for STP in September 2016 and became an official member of the band in May 2017. He has spent the last year secretly writing and recording new material with band members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz.
Robert DeLeo said he first found out about Gutt while he was on the road with the Hollywood Vampires. Robert explained, “We were playing . . . up in Detroit, which is where (Jeff is) from. And after the show, there was a musician who said, ‘Hey, man, you should check this guy out.’ And that’s where I kind of heard of him first.”
Gutt recalled how he got to audition for the band, saying, “I can’t remember what song it was, but a Stone Temple Pilots song came on the radio. So I called my buddy in New York who knows everybody in the music industry, and I was like, ‘Hey, did they ever find a singer?’ And he was like, ‘You know what? I’ll send ‘em your stuff right now.’ And three days later, I got a call.”
Gutt added that he felt like he had the job before even trying out, explaining, “You have to be confident . . . I know what I’m doing. I’ve studied my craft. I’ve studied (original STP singer) Scott (Weiland) and the people Scott studied, and other singers of the era. I’ve really put in a lot of time into that, and if you’re not willing to do all of that, you’re not gonna be on the level to even be around these guys.”
Gutt appeared on The X Factor in 2013, where he impressed the judges with his covers of songs like “Creep,” “Dream On” and “Hallelujah.” STP had been without a vocalist since November 2015, when Chester Bennington – who joined the group in early 2013 — departed to spend more time with his main band Linkin Park. Bennington committed suicide last July. Scott Weiland, who reunited with the group in 2010 after an eight-year hiatus but was dismissed in 2013, died in December 2015 of a drug overdose while on a solo tour. (Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio)
Blabbermouth also reporting Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody admitted in a new interview with Metal Hammer magazine he “learned a lot” about himself while spending time in a rehab facility to address his substance abuse issues. Moody sat out a number of shows of the band’s European tour this past summer due to his struggles, along with several North American dates in late 2016. He was temporarily replaced on the former by Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext and on the latter by All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte.
Asked about his time in rehab, Moody answered, “I learned a lot about myself. Things that I had forgotten. I learned what it was like to not battle myself anymore, which is really difficult to admit, because at the end of the day — and I’m sure anyone can agree with this — you’re your own worst enemy.”
He continued, “I just got to a point where I was lying to myself constantly, so I had to face up to that. It was a lot of . . . I don’t want to use the words ‘self sacrifice,’ but that’s what it felt like. It was giving up who I thought I was and starting over from scratch and realizing the man that I am was good enough.”
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory, meanwhile, revealed the band wasn’t able to use pyrotechnics during its live performances when Moody was drinking in case there was an accident. He explained, “Now we go out and the machine is absolutely precise, to the minute. He’s actually where he’s supposed to be, meaning that if we wanted to use pyro, now we can. Before, you couldn’t tell him, ‘Don’t stand there,’ because he will.”
Moody’s turmoil over the past couple of years should make for interesting lyrics on the band’s next album. He told us a while back that a lot of his personal strife works its way into his songs: “On some scales it’s really cool, because I get to wear my life and my emotions and every feeling and thought that I have out on my sleeve. But in the same time, it’s a little overbearing sometimes because you do give so much of yourself to people that don’t know you and you have awkward situations arrive, you know, where somebody walks up to you and they’re like, ‘Oh, dude, I totally get it, you know, you’re the man,’ and you just look at ‘em like, ‘You really don’t know me beyond what you’ve heard on the CD.’”
Five Finger Death Punch has confirmed a Dec 1st release date for its greatest hits collection, A Decade Of Destruction, and has released one of two new tracks included on the album, a song called “Trouble.” We understand another is a cover tune. The hits collection and an already completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band’s contract with its label, Prospect Park. The new studio LP will be released in spring 2018.
OMG! This is a match made in Rock Heaven! (also a really old picture of Halestorm!) Stone Sour has announced new North American tour dates for early 2018 that include a co-headlining run with Halestorm plus additional headlining dates featuring support from Red Sun Rising. The Dead Deads will also open most of the shows. The trek, which hits mostly cities in Canada, commences on Jan 27th in Abbotsford, BC, closing out on Feb 18th in Indianapolis. See the dates on the Road Rage page on the home page.
Halestorm will appear on the bill from Jan 27th through Feb 11th, while Red Sun Rising will take over for the last few dates. Before the road trip start, Stone Sour is confirmed to appear on the ShipRocked cruise that hits the water out of Port Canaveral, Florida from Jan 21st through the 25th.
Tickets for all dates go on sale November 17th. Stone Sour is heading out now on a European tour with support from The Pretty Reckless. Stone Sour continues to tour in support of its latest album, Hydrograd, which was released last June.
Halestorm has been in the studio in Nashville with super producer Nick Raskulinecz recording its fourth studio LP, with a spring 2018 arrival planned. Guessing April.
Oh this is magnificent!
Blabbermouth reporting Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl joined the unstoppable Guns N’ Roses on stage in Tulsa, OK at the BOK Arena just last night! Grohl performed the song “Paradise City” with the Guns band. Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.
After one of the first shows on Guns N’ Roses‘ “Not In This Lifetime” tour in April 2016, singer Axl Rose tweeted his gratitude, crammed full of emoji and exclamation points, at Grohl, who lent the then-injured GN’R singer the throne he had used on a Foo Fighters tour one year earlier.
“Not In This Lifetime” is the most popular and highest-grossing global tour of 2017, according to Pollstar. About seventy people travel with the show in addition to the truck drivers; that number goes upwards of five hundred, including the local workers, by show date once catering, security, etc. are factored in, according to the tour’s production manager, Dale “Opie” Skjerseth.
The Prophets Of Rage have released a black-and-white video for the song “Hands Up,” which appears on the band’s self-titled debut LP. The clip centers on the band’s live show and its activities offstage, switching away for a minute from the usual political themes and images of the group’s videos. The clip also showcases the band’s fans as well and their responses to Prophets Of Rage’s music.
Previous videos and singles issued from the Prophets album include “Unf**k The World,” “Living On The 110″ and “Strength In Numbers.” The band, which features members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill, will finish the year with a pair of December radio festivals in San Diego and Los Angeles.
(WARNING: The following video contains explicit material. Your retinas could explode!)
Marilyn Manson’s crazy bizarre music video for “Kill4Me” from his new album, Heaven Upside Down, was sent around via email yesterday by Manson and his label, Loma Vista. In the clip, Manson has teamed for a second straight video shoot with his best friend Johnny Depp. The absolutely not-safe-for-work clip features Depp tangled up in some kind of mystery with a variety of different women, eventually joining Depp in an orgy while a cross shines with red light above. Depp also showed up last month in Manson’s equally shocking “SAY10″ video. Both songs are taken from the singer’s recently released 10th studio album, Heaven Upside Down.
Manson returned to the road earlier this month after a falling stage prop broke his leg in two places in late September, forcing him off the road for several weeks.
with STONE SOUR and THE DEAD DEADS JAN
21 – 25: Port Canaveral, FL @ ShipRocked (cruise: Stone Sour and Halestorm)
27: Abbotsford, BC @ Abbotsford Ctre
29: Dawson Creek, BC @ Encana Events Ctre FEB
01: Lethbridge, AB @ Enmax Ctre
02: Calgary, AB @ Grey Eagle Casino
04: Saskatoon, SK @ Sasktel Ctr
05: Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
07: Bemidji, MN @ Sanford Ctr
08: Brookings, SD @ Swiftel Ctr
10: Ypsilanti, MI @ Convocation Ctr
11: Rochester, NY @ Armory APR
28: Jacksonville, FL @ Welcome To Rockville (see Welcome To Rockville page for complete line up) www.halestormrocks.com
I love this story this morning about LeBron James taking the subway in NYC. We all know the subway in NYC is the fastest route with your buds! Classic!
Also classic news on these guys! It was just over a month ago that Foo Fighters hosted their inaugural CalJam festival in San Bernardino, CA, a tribute to the California Jam events of the 1970s. The lineup included Queens Of The Stone Age, Cage The Elephant, Liam Gallagher, Royal Blood, The Struts, The Kills and a dozen more acts. Now the Foos have announced that CalJam will return next year, expanding to two days and taking place on Oct 5th and 6th at the same location, Glen “Hell” Helen Regional Park & Festival Grounds.
The Foos’ headlining set at last month’s event included guest appearances from Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, Gallagher, Rick Astley, sax legend Dave Koz and the Kills’ Alison Mosshart. Grohl also made an appearance during Liam Gallagher’s set earlier in the day.
Cal Jam 2017 also featured camping, a water park, carnival rides, a recording studio, a giant skate ramp and a Foo Fighters museum. Parked outside was the white limo from the “White Limo” music video and Grohl’s stage throne from 2015, when he toured with a broken leg. The festival kicked of the Foos’ world tour in support of its ninth studio album, Concrete And Gold. There is no word yet on which acts will be appearing at CalJam 18.
Bummer news out of the Word Alive camp! This news coming from Alternative Press:
At last night’s show in Los Angeles, the Word Alive’s vocalist Telle Smith suffered a compound fracture during the band’s last song. He has six weeks recovery ahead of him, and in an effort not to miss any shows, he’s planning to perform while sitting down for the remainder of the band’s tour with I Prevail, We Came As Romans and Escape The Fate. (Major props for that, right?)
However, he will be facing some major hospital costs, as he’s not covered by health insurance, and there are a few ways you can help. Smith shared a few photos from his hospital visit, along with the caption:
Last night in Los Angeles I suffered a compound fracture during our last song. Casted up for 6 weeks with physical therapy on the horizon, but I don’t plan on missing any shows. I’m going to try to perform while sitting down, so if you’re coming out to the remaining dates please go twice as hard for me. Unfortunately I don’t have health insurance as well, so if you want to help just grab something from my clothing line (resistandrebel.com) my jewelry line (nevertakeitoff.com) or click the link in my bio! Thank you to all my family and friends who have reached out or who were there for me last night. I’m thankful it wasn’t worse! I’ll be back and stronger than ever in 2018.
And when we reached out to Smith, he shared a message of thanks to all the fans who have sent well wishes and shown their support. “I know the last couple of years the music community has come together so much to help me and my family, and I appreciate anyone who has sent well wishes and reached out,” Smith told AltPress.
“At this point, I do not have a total cost of my hospital bill, so if you like something from one of the links below and want to help, all of the proceeds from my clothing line, Never Take It Off jewelry line, and book cameo requests will go towards my hospital bills and physical therapy. Thank you all, see you back and better than ever in 2018!”
If you want to help Telle on his road to recovery, check out his clothing line, Resist & Rebel, here. Or, pick up a piece from his jewelry line, Never Take It Off, here.
hardDriveRadio wishes Telle the best of luck in his recovery! Check out the band’s remaining tour dates below.
NOV 13 - Regency – San Francisco, CA
NOV 15 - Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
NOV 16 - SOMA – San Diego, CA
NOV 17 - Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
NOV 19 - The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
NOV 21 - The Truman – Kansas City, MO
NOV 24 - The Masonic Cathedral – Detroit, MI
NOV 26 - The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
NOV 28 - Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
NOV 29 - Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
DEC 1 - Cotillion – Wichita, KS
DEC 2 – 7 Flags – Des Moines, IA
Although Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan recently said there were as many as 30 new pieces of music written for the band’s next album, singer Corey Taylor — currently out touring with his other group Stone Sour — says he’s heard about as many of them as you have. Taylor explained to Loudwire, “I haven’t even heard any of this stuff. In true Slipknot fashion, I’m being told through the press that this is all going on. So it is what it is. I can guarantee you that it’s very creative, I can guarantee you that it’s dark. I can guarantee you that it’s going to be unlike anything I’ve ever heard before.”
Now before you raise an eyebrow, this is not uncommon. When Clown says 30 pieces of music, that’s what he means. Full songs may not be done yet, and normally, that is when the singer writing the lyrics usually is in the loop. So this is no biggie, so don’t read anything into it! (Editor’s note)
Taylor has said Stone Sour will be touring for another 18 months behind its sixth album, Hydrograd, which came out last June and features the chart-topping single “Song #3.”
Crahan said a while back there’s always been room for outside projects within the world of Slipknot: “I feel the ‘Knot has always preached personal freedom. You know, ‘Don’t ever judge me.’ That’s what we do, man. We do what we want, we do as much as we want. We’ll go shed light to what we are individually out onto the world and then we’ll come together like we always do.”
Asked about switching from one act to the other, Taylor replied, “It’s not as difficult as you’d think. By the time that I’m done with one I’m kind of starting to get into the mindset of the other . . . I think that’s one of the reasons why I’m so glad that Stone Sour started to go in that hard rock direction, so it really becomes even easier to differentiate between the two.“ Stone Sour performed two weekends ago at Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, which took place in San Bernardino, CA and also featured sets from Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and others. Stone Sour starts a European tour this Wednesday (Nov 15th) in Copenhagen, Dk. (Thanks Loudwire & The Pulse Of Radio)
Pop Evil has unveiled the details of its 2018 Music Over Words Tour, which will support the band’s self-titled fifth studio LP. The trek will kick off on Feb 14th in Sault Saint Marie, MI at the Kewadin Casino, wrapping things up at the Fillmore in Detroit on Apr 6th. More dates will be announced in a few weeks. Palaye Royale and Black Map will serve as support on all dates. See Road Rage for all the details!
Singer Leigh Kakaty said, “It’s with great excitement to announce our US headline tour. We can’t wait to play our new material and see all our amazing fans across the states. It’s all about the music, it’s Music Over Words.”
Kakaty told us not long ago that he’s on a mission with every tour to win over more fans: “We’re just excited to just keep pushing and focus on that live show and hopefully expose our music to a whole set of new ears out there that maybe haven’t seen us live. So, you know, we’re really excited about focusing on building the fan base.“
Pop Evil will release its self-titled fifth album on Feb 16th. The first single is called “Waking Lions.” The set was produced by Kato Khandwala (The Pretty Reckless) in Nashville and Los Angeles, while the initial writing sessions were done in a rented lake house in Union, MI.
The band has been working on the new disc since April, with bassist Matt DiRito telling Detroit’s WRIF that the sessions were the band’s “longest time in the studio ever.” I’ve heard a few tunes, and they are by far some of the best work Pop Evil has done. The entire band is extremely excited about the new music!
Blabbermouth is reporting Nickelback‘s music video for the song “The Betrayal (Act III)” can be seen below. The track is taken from the band’s ninth album, Feed The Machine, which was released in June via BMG.
Nickelback leader Chad Kroeger told Music Choice about Feed The Machine: “This album is definitely heavier, as a whole, than a lot of our previous records. We’ve gone back to some pretty crunchy roots, and we’re happy about that. I mean, we’re always stretching off in different directions and trying different things, but we definitely went with more of an aggressive sound on this record.”
Kroeger called ”The Betrayal (Act III)” ”probably one of the hardest and heaviest songs we’ve ever put out… It is quite heavy; there’s a lot of screaming that goes on in that chorus,” he said. “I think we’ve all tasted a little betrayal in our days and it is not a flavor that I think any of us liked to swallow.”
As previously reported, Nickelback will return to Sin City in February 2018 for an impressive five-night run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Monster Truck will open all five shows. The limited run is made even more special with the announcement that these shows will be Nickelback‘s only North American dates scheduled in 2018.
The Las Vegas shows are scheduled for Feb 23, 24, 27 and Mar 2 and 3, 2018. Following its Vegas run, the band will embark on the international leg of the “Feed The Machine” tour throughout the remainder of 2018.
Finally today, news was revealed original Faith No More singer Chuck Mosley passed away last week as a result of a heroin overdose. Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has paid tribute to Chuck Mosley, saying that the ex-Faith No More singer and his former bandmates “were a huge part” of Korn‘s “everyday lives” in the early 1990s.
Mosley died last week at the age of 57. He sang on FAITH NO MORE‘s first two albums, 1985′s We Care A Lot and 1987′s Introduce Yourself. He was fired from the band and replaced by Mike Patton, who remains the group’s singer to this day.
In an Instagram post (Monday, Nov 13), Welch wrote: “I remember living in a tiny apartment in Burbank, California, living with most of the guys who would later form Korn. They were in their funk rock band called L.A.P.D. I was just hanging out drinking beer trying to figure out life. They were so into the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Faith No More, and I wanted nothing to do with those bands. Little did I know that Faith No More would grow on me so much that it changed my whole outlook of what metal could sound like. I remember Fieldy waking the whole house up every single day singing the background vocals for the song ’We Care A Lot’ by Faith No More. Every morning he would scream, ‘whoa whoa uh oh!’ Drove us all crazy, but looking back now, it’s a funny memory. Faith No More with Chuck Mosley were a huge part of our everyday lives back then. Guys, we need to learn from all this. We are losing too many people to the disease of addiction. It’s a plague that’s sending the angel of death to wipe so many of our people out and it’s got to stop! Please, get help with whatever you’re struggling with. Initiate conversations with the Lord every day. Religious people make prayer out to be some holier than thou thing, but all it is, is talking to God like a friend. Face to face. Heart to heart. RIP Chuck Mosley, I’m so grateful that you and your family came to see us a couple months ago at our show.”
Celebrating life today: Papa Roach’s Tobin Esperance is 38. Blink 182′s Travis Barker is 42, Type O Negative’s Josh Silver is 55 and Prince Charles is 69!
hardDrive Double Dose: KORN
“Black Is The Soul” & “Blind” Plugged In: POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
MARILYN MANSON “Kill4Me”
STARSET “Satellite” Guest: TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate” THREE SONG SWEEP
SKILLET “The Resistance”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red, Violent Blue” ASK LZZY
THEORY OF A DEADMAN “Rx”
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” DIRT
10 YEARS “Novacaine” Guest: I PREVAIL “Lifelines”
NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Into The Fire”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You” Guest: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Trouble”
GRETA VAN FLEET “Safari SOng”
A PERFECT CIRCLE “The Doomed” Guest: AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Wish You Were Here” What’s In Lou’s MP3 Player? PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”
FOO FIGHTERS “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”
KORN “Black Is The Soul”
MARILYN MANSON “KILL4ME”
NOTHING MORE “Go To War”
SEETHER “Betray And Degrade”
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS “Walk On Water”
10 YEARS “Novacaine”
A PERFECT CIRCLE “The Doomed”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “Trouble”
GRETA VAN FLEET “Safari Song”
ROYAL BLOOD “I Only Lie When I Love You”
STONE SOUR “Rose Red Violent Blue”
A DAY TO REMEMBER “We Got This”
ALL THAT REMAINS “The Thunder Rolls”
ASKING ALEXANDRIA “Into The Fire”
AVENGED SEVENFOLD “Wish You Were Here”
DED “Remember The Enemy”
FALLING IN REVERSE “Superhero”
I PREVAIL “Lifelines”
METALLICA “Spit Out The Bone”-ADD
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE ftg JONATHAN DAVIS “Necessary Evil”-ADD
PAPA ROACH “Born For Greatness”-ADD
POP EVIL “Waking Lions”
SKILLET “The Resistance”
TRIVIUM “The Heart From Your Hate”
IMHO: Radio stations who start playing all holiday music after Halloween should be spanked! Just sayin’!
It’s rare when Bloomberg.com is talking about a hard rock band, right, but that’s exactly what happened the other day! The Pulse Of Radio and Blabbermouth are reporting lyrics from the Five Finger Death Punch song “Wash It All Away” have been used to criticize the United States in an op-ed essay written by a top aide to Russian president Vladimir Putin. In the piece, penned by Putin adviser Vladislav Surkov for the state-run news channel RT, Surkov writes, “The line ‘Done with all your hypocrisy’ sounds like a prophecy, a verdict, and as the motto of a new era.”
According to The Moscow Times, Surkov linked the 2016 presidential election that led to U.S. president Donald Trump‘s victory and an ongoing sexual harassment scandal in the U.S. with a widespread desire among Americans to “wash it all away.” He quoted the song a second time, writing that a “strong hand” will lead the confused crowds from “all of the chaos and all of the lies.”
Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory responded to news reports of his group’s lyrics being used in Surkov’s editorial by first noting that the band happens to be touring Russia at the moment, then speaking fondly of the group’s Russian fans. He added, “I can tell you, between the people there is NO hate, there is NO cold war here. So let’s NOT make one.” He continued, “I grew up on this side of the Iron Curtain in communism . . . so I have ACTUAL memories of the cold war. Even back then, though we were told by the communist media that America was the ‘enemy,’ nobody, and I mean nobody sane, actually believed that.”
Bathory, who came to the U.S. from Hungary, told us not long ago that he’s a strong proponent of the capitalist system: “I came to this country without speaking English and I didn’t have anything, and here I’m sitting with you, doing this interview today. So I have the right to say, like, hey, you know, doesn’t matter what circumstance you were born in, you have a shot in this system. The capitalist system will give you a fair shot.”
Five Finger Death Punch has confirmed a Dec 1st release date for its greatest hits collection, A Decade Of Destruction, and has released one of two new tracks included on the album, a song called “Trouble.” The hits collection and an already completed new studio album are part of a deal to settle a legal dispute and close out the band’s contract with its label, Prospect Park. The new studio LP will be released in spring 2018.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has said in a new interview that he is not opposed to one day touring the world as a hologram. Speaking at the 92Y cultural center in Manhattan on Nov 5th, Ulrich defended the idea of using technology to put any artist who ever lived back onstage years or decades from now. Ulrich explained, “If the primary objective of a concert is to bring people together and share an experience, why do you need Lars Ulrich or James Hetfield there? Or Kirk Hammett or Robert Trujillo? If you’ve got the music, you’ve got the equipment, you’ve got the lights, you’ve got the video, there’s gotta be some version . . . where artificial intelligence plays into all this.“ Asked point blank if he would like a hologram of himself to still be touring a century from now, Ulrich replied, “If it can be done in some way where it’s cool and it’s not just some f**king weird cash-in or whatever, but if it there was a way to do it in a meaningful way . . . I believe the basic human need is to connect to other human beings — that’s what we all strive for in any way possible. So if there’s a way that that could be, 100 years from now, 50 years from now, and I’m a hologram, fine with me. It’s fine with me.“
Ulrich has told us before that, Metallica’s main objective is doing the best it can to entertain its fans: “The main thing really is just the fans. How do you communicate with your fans, how do you get the music to the fans, how do you offer your fans the best Metallica experience that you can?” Ulrich lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, the technology heart of the United States, where he said the conversation is “primarily about, when people look into the future, it’s about artificial intelligence, and it’s about how you adapt AI into everything that we know on a daily basis.”
A Tupac Shakur hologram performed with Snoop Dogg at Coachella in 2012, while Cirque Du Soleil brought a holographic version of Michael Jackson to the stage. More recently, it was announced that a hologram of late heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio would embark on a world tour in December, backed by members of his old band.
Metallica just completed a run of European dates last week and will pick up again after a break next Feb 1st in Lisbon, Portugal. And check out the video above of Metallica last week as part of the Band Together For The Bay Area! (Thanks Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio.)
Aw bummer. Original Faith No More frontman Chuck Mosley has died at the age of 57, according to multiple media reports. A statement issued by his family said, “After a long period of sobriety, Charles Henry Mosley III lost his life, on November 9th, 2017, due to the disease of addiction. We’re sharing the manner in which he passed, in the hopes that it might serve as a warning or wake up call or beacon to anyone else struggling to fight for sobriety. He is survived by long-term partner Pip Logan, two daughters, Erica and Sophie and his grandson Wolfgang Logan Mosley. The family will be accepting donations for funeral expenses. Details to follow when arranged.”
Mosley sang on Faith No More’s first two albums, 1985’s We Care a Lot and 1987’s Introduce Yourself. He was fired from the band and replaced by Mike Patton, who remains the group’s singer to this day.
Mosley subsequently sued his former bandmates over ownership rights and they eventually settled out of court. Years later, he reconciled with Faith No More, reuniting with them onstage in 2010 and making further live appearances with the group in 2015 and 2016. Following his initial departure from Faith No More, Mosley briefly fronted Bad Brains and launched a series of solo projects, including the funk metal band Cement.
Faith No More issued a statement on Mosley in which the band members said the following:
“It’s with a heavy, heavy heart we acknowledge the passing of our friend and bandmate, Chuck Mosley. He was a reckless and caterwauling force of energy who delivered with conviction and helped set us on a track of uniqueness and originality that would not have developed the way it had had he not been a part.
“How fortunate we are to have been able to perform with him last year in a reunion style when we re-released our very first record. His enthusiasm, his sense of humor, his style and his bravado will be missed by so many. We were a family, an odd and dysfunctional family, and we’ll be forever grateful for the time we shared with Chuck.” (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio and Consequence Of Sound.)
Pearl Jam is contributing a new song called “Obey The Law Of The Heart” to the soundtrack of an upcoming film called Basmati Blues. Written by guitarist Stone Gossard, and performed by Pearl Jam with Sain Zahoor and Priya Darshini, it’s the band’s first new song since the release of its 2013 LP Lightning Bolt. Basmati Bluesis an independent musical romantic comedy film starring Academy Award winner Brie Larson, Scott Bakula and Donald Sutherland.
The band has posted a preview of the track online. The film just opened in Sweden but currently does not have a North American release date. Although there have been rumors that the band is working on a new album, Pearl Jam has not indicated when or if it will return to the studio.
Guitarist Stone Gossard told us a while back that the band never sets out with a predetermined goal for a new LP: “It’s very difficult to set out to do something and achieve it, as opposed to just each song, try to make it as good as you can. We set out more like, we’re gonna make a record and we know we’re gonna — everyone’s gonna write some songs, and we’re gonna try to do the best for each of those songs and then we’re gonna see what we’ve got at the end and figure out how to put ‘em together, you know. It’s much less planned than you would imagine.”
The group took most of 2017 off, getting together only to perform at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April. A documentary chronicling the group’s two-night August 2016 stand at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, titled Let’s Play Two, came out in late September. (Alternative Nation and The Pulse Of Radio.)
Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has paid tribute to legendary string arranger Paul Buckmaster, who died on Nov 7th at age 71. Buckmaster, who worked on orchestral arrangements for G N’R's 2008 studio album Chinese Democracy, was renowned for working with Elton John, the Rolling Stone, David Bowie and many others. Rose wrote on Twitter, “Very sorry to hear of Mr. Paul Buckmaster’s passing. I feel very fortunate to have met him n’ have his involvement in GNR. My deepest condolences to his friends, fans n’ loved ones.” In other news, Guns N’ Roses welcomed ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons to the stage on Friday (Nov 10th) in Houston for a run through “Patience.” (Blabbermouth)