Dirt - Friday, Feb 27

TGIF! TGIF! TGIF!….Well, it’s official.  The global music industry has decreed the new release date for anything: singles, dvds, albums, will be on a Friday beginning in July.  No more Mondays in Europe and Tuesdays in the U.S.  It’s FRIDAYS!   Get used to it, people!…..Pulse Of Radio says Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has posted an update on the band’s new album at its Facebook page, writing, “I’ve been making regular trips to L.A. to check on the writing progress of my Tool brethren. Things are progressing nicely. Slowly, but definitely progressing. Nothing is recorded yet, but the guys are confident that the pieces are coming together swimmingly and will be ready for me to begin writing melodies and content ‘soon.‘”  Keenan added, “I’m as anxious to get this album completed as everyone else. But as history will show, you can’t rush these gents. Patience is Gold in this Sound Mine. In the meantime, as always, other things are simultaneously occurring. Life is too short not to create something with every breath we draw.”  It’s been nine years since Tool released its last album, 2006′s 10,000 Days. The band has toured a number of times since its release but has apparently gotten serious about making a new record in the past year.  Guitarist Adam Jones revealed last July lawsuits involving a former friend of the band and an insurance company had been putting a drag on the group both creatively and financially since 2007.  The ex-friend claimed he was owed money for artwork he had given the group, while the insurance firm — which was supposed to protect the band against such claims — sued the band for “technicalities” regarding the case. OK, so let’s put all that behind us and get crackin’!….Good ole Kid Rock. You can love him or hate him, but he’s always colorful, even when he’s slammin’ on folks I happen to like.   The “American Bad Ass” went hunting, talked guns and took digs at Korn, President Obama and Beyonce in a new interview with Rolling Stone, while praising U.S. troops and Axl Rose. The magazine’s reporter spent a day with Rock, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, at his 500-acre Alabama estate, where Rock shot three wild boar and showed off his gun collection, including a semi-automatic with a silencer. He explained, “Guys with the president carry this. You have to get these pre-1985 with a silencer. I bought it when ‘Obummer’ came into office, because I’m thinking, ‘What if he f**kin’ bans guns?’”  Rock revealed in the interview that being a single dad at 22 and needing to make a living is what inspired him to switch early in his career from doing pure hip-hop to rap-rock, saying, “He was pretty much dropped off at my door at six months old: ‘You raise this f**king kid.’ I was like, ‘This has gotta work.’ So what’s popular? Korn. I knew I can do that s**t in my sleep. But let me throw in “Only God Knows Why” and “Cowboy” so I can have a career.”  Rock told us he’s instilled the value of hard rock into his now-grown son, who has a daughter of his own: I tell my son, I’m like, you know, ‘Make no mistake, you know, I’ve made a lot of money and I know your friends all tell you I’m rich — and I am. You’re not. If I cut you a check right now that’d be doing you a disservice. You’ve got to go out and take hold of this world and go through some of the hardships and try and find your way and, you know, pay your own bills, your cellphone, your car, get an apartment and, you know, get yourself started, and I’m your biggest fan.’”   Also in the interview, Rock discussed Beyonce, saying, “Beyonce, to me, doesn’t have a f**king ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on Earth. How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock And Roll’? People are like, ‘Beyonce’s hot. Got a nice f**king ass.’ I’m like, ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t*ts.’ Doesn’t really f**king do much for me.”   As for Axl Rose, Rock said about the eccentric Guns N’ Roses frontman, “On Axl Rose: I was like, ‘Why’s everyone think this guy’s a d**k? He’s the nicest guy on Earth!’”  Rock unveiled his 10th studio album on Tuesday (Feb 24th), titled First Kiss.   Rock is bringing back his popular “Best Night Ever” tour for a second year. All tickets on his upcoming U.S. trek from the second row to the lawn will be priced at $20, with reduced parking and service fees keeping the total cost below $30. The jaunt kicks off on June 24th in Hartford, CT  and will continue into early Sep. (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)…And finally today, original  Korn  drummer David Silveria is suing his former bandmates, according to TMZ.com. Silveria claims his 2006 exit from the group was merely a hiatus and that he was rebuffed when he tried to return to the band in 2013. Silveria says he still has ownership interest in Korn and is asking a judge to force the band to reveal how much money they’ve made since he left so that he can get his rightful share.  (Editor’s note:  I had heard that when David left Korn, he SOLD his drums and used the cases as furniture in his restaurant in Huntington Beach at the time.  Does that sound like a guy who was taking “hiatus”?)  Silveria is said to be especially upset over the fact Korn welcomed back guitarist Brian “Head” Welch two years ago but wouldn’t do the same for him. Welch left the group in 2005 and continued as a solo artist before rejoining in 2013.  (David, sorry dude, but Ray is such an amazing drummer and all around PERSON, that his addition to the band was a perfect fit.  And if you ask the rest of the band, they will all agree with that statement.)  Silveria told Rolling Stone magazine in December he felt it was “wrong” for Korn to play its self-titled debut album without him on its current tour, saying that he had “just as much of a creative input as any of (the other) guys while writing and making (the) record.”  Korn has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first CD by performing the record in its entirety at select gigs.  After his departure from Korn, Silveria retired to Huntington Beach, California and opened a restaurant.  Korn singer Jonathan Davis told us he believed Silveria had lost his passion for playing music, saying, “The first two albums, I think, he really enjoyed playing drums and then after that he just lost his love for playing drums. It happens.” Silveria told fans in 2013 that Korn was not the same since he left, saying, “Until they have the real ‘funky drummer’ it’s just not gonna groove the way it could. I’ve made it clear that I would come back and restore the groove.”  I think all this is just a bunch of sour grapes….On Sunday, Ryan Peake of Nickleback turns 42 and Roger Daltrey of The Who is 71!  I know what I am up to this weekend:  Let the “Orphan Black” binge watching begin!  Or maybe “House of Cards”?  Anyhow, see ya Monday!


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