Dirt - Friday, Aug 25, 2017

Sorry I missed you yesterday.  Woke up with a wicked migraine and then news of the passing of a good friend, so I was in another world for the past 24 hours.  But I’m back and here’s what’s happening:

Foo Fighters have posted their music video for “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” and they also have posted a way for you to see the constellations in the sky where you live!
Please visit this website from your iPhone or Android to explore the sky in your neighborhood with Foo Fighters and make sure to check out our new video, The Sky is a Neighborhood.

Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell‘s widow Vicky is asking fans of the fallen musician to submit their messages for her late husband to his official website so they may be shared. Vicky wrote on Twitter, “Since my husband’s tragic passing, fans from all over the world have come together to share their feelings about what Chris and his music meant to them, leaving thousands of messages of love while visiting him at Hollywood Forever and online. You have opened your hearts to me and our children and we are grateful to you for your sympathy, love and support in bringing us solace and helping us heal.”

Vicky added, “You have given us hope and strength to endure the pain of these very dark days. I want to thank all of you and I hope you will leave your tributes, personal stories and messages for our family, to be shared on Chris’ site for everyone to read.”

The messages will be posted on Chris Cornell’s official website, where several heartfelt posts from Vicky, along with his daughters Lily and Toni, can be read now.

Fans may submit their own tributes, memories and personal stories along with photos via the website’s submission form.

Sadly, Chris Cornell committed suicide in a Detroit hotel room on May 18th after playing a concert with Soundgarden earlier that night in the Motor City. He was 52 years old. He was buried in the Hollywood Forever cemetery in Los Angeles on May 26th, although his family has announced plans for a memorial statue in his hometown of Seattle. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio)

Green Day performed last night for the first time at Wrigley Field in Chicago.  The show was live streamed (sorry to have missed that),  and on Wednesday, the band did a cool interview session with  a local radio station Q101.  You can watch that above.

Meanwhile, The Pulse Of Radio reports the band has also announced plans to reissue the punk trip’s fifth studio album, Nimrod, on vinyl to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Originally released on Oct 14th, 1997, Nimrod will now re-emerge in a limited edition on Friday, Oct 13th, 2017. The reissue will be available in two configurations, with both including double 140-gram bright yellow vinyl.

Nimrod was produced by longtime Green Day collaborator Rob Cavallo and spawned the massive hit single “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life),” along with other Green Day classics like “Hitchin’ A Ride” and “Redundant.”

The acoustic-based “Good Riddance” was a surprise to many fans of the group’s original punk sound, but bassist Mike Dirnt told us a while back that acoustic guitars were always integral to the band:  “When people think of us, they think of, you know, maybe our heavy guitars and the sounds that we’ve had on the records, but we’ve written most of our songs on acoustic guitars for years and years. When we wake up in the middle of the night to write a song, Billie doesn’t run to his amp and plug in his guitar, you know? He picks up an acoustic guitar and starts, you know, jamming on it. You can play an acoustic guitar like an electric guitar, you know, i.e. Pete Townshend, and it can rock.”

The critically acclaimed album debuted at Number 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart and has since sold over two million copies in the U.S. alone. Green Day is currently on the second U.S. leg of its Revolution Radio world tour.


Ghost have premiered a new music video for “He Is,”  off the band’s 2015 album Meliora. The clip follows frontman Papa Emeritus around a church, seemingly the leader of a cult, and then introduces a congregation of beautiful young women who are enthralled to be in the demonic singer’s presence. The dreamlike images also feature Papa and his minions collecting money from their followers before the whole thing ends with a blasphemous and provocative baptism ceremony.

“He Is” is likely to be the last single and video released from Meliora, the Swedish band’s breakout third album which also contained the Top 10 singles “Cirice” and “From The Pinnacle To The Pit.”

Papa Emeritus recently revealed that his real name is Tobias Forge, while also publishing the first official photo of him without his makeup. Although his identity had not really been a secret for a while, Forge confirmed it on a Swedish radio program in which he also spoke about his early life and formative experiences, including the death of his older brother.

Ghost recently wrapped a North American tour with Iron Maiden and has just entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to Meliora, with a tentative April release planned. (The Pulse Of Radio)

This just in from Avenged Sevenfold, via a press release:    First came their rendition of Mexican folk song “Malagueña Salerosa,” followed by a reimagining of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo,” original track “Dose” and a cover of Del Shannon’s 1961 No. 1 hit, “Runaway,” featuring a guest appearance by Vandals’ guitarist Warren Fitzgerald and lead vocals by Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance. Now Avenged Sevenfold continue their expansion of new album THE STAGE with their version of The Beach Boys’ 1966 hit, “God Only Knows” – click HERE to listen.

Of all these new songs we’ve recorded, this one was the most difficult in terms of figuring out an arrangement,” says vocalist M. Shadows. “Figuring out the middle vocal melodies was also challenging. We wanted to make the song a little darker by adding a flanger and some haunting vocal nuances. The Beach Boys have always been an influence, so it was fun to tackle this one from arguably the best album of all time, ‘Pet Sounds.’”

THE STAGE is the band’s 7th studio album and first for Capitol Records. Co-produced by A7X and Joe Barresi, THE STAGE is a work of immense scope and ambition, featuring 11 panoramic tracks tied together by an Artificial Intelligence theme. Inspired by the writings of Carl Sagan and Elon Musk, the album is the band’s first thematic release. Its epic 15-minute-plus closing track, “Exist,” features a guest appearance by award-winning astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson giving a spoken word performance he penned specifically for the album. Guitar World, who spotlighted Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance with a cover story, lauded the disc for being “the most surprising and ambitious album of their career.” The Guardian  and NME each gave it four stars, with the latter calling the album “their best yet,” adding that “they’ve truly arrived.” Q called it the group’s  “boldest album yet” and Classic Rock called it “a metal masterpiece.”

Avenged Sevenfold recently released a video for a second album track, “God Damn,” which already has 5.7 million views. The album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Hard Rock and Alternative Albums charts, No. 4 on the Top 200 and debuted Top 5 on iTunes in over 35 countries.  Its title track hit Top 5 at rock radio and its companion video has amassed over 19 million YouTube views to date.

The band recently announced that they’re transforming the album into an evolving body of work by adding a series of new tracks over the course of the coming months.

Avenged Sevenfold (vocalist M. Shadows, guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, bassist Johnny Christ and drummer Brooks Wackerman) just wrapped a stadium summer run with Metallica as well as on their own series of special headline shows. Next up is their headlining slot at the Houston Open Air festival on Sep 15th.

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