Dirt - Monday, Jul 03, 2017

Starting today out with a Big Ole Bang!   Foo Fighters’ performed a new song with special guest Allison  Mosshart from the Dead Weather and the Kills onstage during a festival appearance in Poland. Mosshart has played with the band a few times over the past month, but this time, Dave Grohl confirmed that she’ll appear on “La Dee Da” on Concrete And Gold. Grohl has hinted at other guests on the record as well, including a mystery performer he called “the biggest pop star in the world.” 

This is a classic story, taking a page right out of Spinal Tap!  During a Stone Sour show in Pocatello, ID (the one Lou Brutus attended!)  on Jun 26th, Corey Taylor referred to the audience as “Oregon.” In footage posted online, Taylor asks the audience, “Oregon, is that you?! Did you miss Stone Sour in Oregon?” The crowd still cheers, even though you can hear a few people yelling “No!” Taylor later apologizes and corrects himself, saying, “This is the second time I’ve done this. Idaho, is that you?!”  Idaho still loves Stone Sour, Corey!   No worries!


Avenged Sevenfold has released a new cover of the song “Retrovertigo” by cult act Mr. Bungle. The latter was formed by Faith No More singer Mike Patton and the original version of the tune can be found on the 1999 Mr. Bungle album California. Avenged Sevenfold’s take on it follows the group’s recent Spanish-language track “Malagueña Salerosa,” with both of them part of the continuing evolution of Avenged’s 2016 album The Stage.

Singer M. Shadows told us the band recorded six covers while making The Stage and selected some unusual choices: We always want to do covers, but we always found it kind of boring to do covers of bands in our genre, and we always kind of were asked to do those — you know, NME calls and they’re doing a thing for Iron Maiden. We just said, ‘Well, what do we love,’ and everyone picked one song each. And, you know, those are the songs that we felt would really be able to be covered. We just wanted to do stuff we wanted to hear.”

Shadows said about the new track, “We’re massive fans of Mr. Bungle. ‘Retrovertigo’ is one of their softer songs and a particular favorite of ours and we thought it’d be a fun twist to make a heavy version.”

The Stage, Avenged Sevenfold’s seventh studio effort, was released at the end of October with almost no promotion beforehand.  The surprise release, which was announced the night it went on sale, earned the lowest sales of an Avenged album in 11 years, selling 76,000 copies in its first week. Nonetheless, the band revealed plans to make The Stage an “evolving album,” continuously updating the LP with new songs over the course of time.

Avenged Sevenfold is currently a special guest act on Metallica‘s North American stadium tour, which resumes on Wednesday (Jul 5th) in Orlando, FL after a short break.

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Loudwire reporting veteran alternative act Live, which reunited with singer Ed Kowalczyk last year, is readying a special 25th anniversary reissue of its debut album, Mental Jewelry, for release on Aug 11th. The deluxe set comes with new liner notes from Kowalczyk, a remastered version of the original LP plus rare bonus cuts, and a second disc containing a previously unreleased 1992 concert recorded at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Fans can look for the reissue on colored vinyl, standard vinyl, cassette and as a two-CD set.

Lou Brutus with Mike Mushok and Adam Gontier

Saint Asonia‘s self-titled debut album may have come out in 2015 but the band has pulled one more video out of it for the song “Fairytale.” The video is split between black and white footage of the group performing and a full-color fantasy sequence of female warriors engaged in battle. The group, led by ex-Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier and Staind guitarist Mike Mushok, is meanwhile continuing work on its sophomore album, tentatively due out before the end of this year. Meanwhile, Adam will be touring nearly 20 cities in Russia this summer. 

Happy 52 to Connie Nielsen, the ex-Mrs Lars Ulrich and co-star of Wonder Woman.  (She was Diana’s mother in the film.)

Back on Wednesday!    Happy 4th!   Please be safe with fireworks!

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