Dirt - Monday, Mar 28

Peeps or Cadbury Cream Eggs?  What’s your sugar hangover from?

 You Could Be Theirs!  The Pulse Of Radio says Guns N’ Roses will launch a 21-city North American tour, to lengthen the previously announced run of six comeback shows. Details about dates and venues haven’t been released, but the destinations have.

The newly announced cities:

  •  Atlanta
  •  Boston
  •  Chicago
  •  Cincinnati
  •  Dallas
  •  Detroit
  •  Houston
  •  Kansas City
  •  Nashville
  •  New Orleans
  •  New York
  •  Orlando
  •  Philadelphia
  •  Phoenix
  •  Pittsburgh
  •  San Diego
  •  San Francisco
  •  Seattle
  •  St. Louis
  •  Toronto
  •  Washington, D.C.Guns N’ Roses six previously scheduled shows are all happening in April, two at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, two in Las Vegas and two in Mexico City. The band’s lineup hasn’t been confirmed yet, except for lead singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan. Keyboardist Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer are also widely thought to be in.   The last show Axl and Slash played together was on July 17th, 1993 at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires.    Meanwhile, a representative for AC/DC has responded to rumors suggesting Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose will join the group as a guest singer, and the response was, shall we say, interesting. The rep neither denied nor confirmed the story, instead telling NME that there was “nothing official to announce” at this time, adding, “Will update you if that changes.”

And for you nostalgia freaks, remember THIS on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball?  Oh yeah!

 Metallica: Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett

Oh and then there’s this other little band who made some news today. (God, am I having an 80′s flashback?)  The Mighty Metallica has announced their show set for Aug 20th in Minneapolis at the new U.S. Bank Stadium (new home of the Minnesota Vikings) sold out in 10 minutes on Friday.  The show will also include Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat.  And they said Rock Is Dead? Um, no!   Metallica’s show is part of the stadium’s opening weekend of festivities.

Drummer Lars Ulrich said, “We had such an amazing time playing in our hometown stadium the night before the Super Bowl that when asked we couldn’t say ‘no’ to another chance to be part of a very special weekend.”  Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows said, “Opening the new U.S. Bank Stadium would be an honor all on its own but having the opportunity to play with the mighty Metallica makes this a must see event. We’ve been cooped up in the studio for over a year and can’t think of a better way to bust out than with all of you in Minneapolis.”

Meanwhile, Metallica continues to work on its 10th studio album, which may or may not be out by the time the band opens the stadium in Minneapolis.  I will be on the hotLine with Lars Ulrich this week, so stay tuned for everything I can drag out of him!  ;>

And just one of the things we will be talking about will be the fact that Metallica‘s classic 1986 album Master Of Puppets is among the records selected for induction into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Every year 25 recordings are selected by the Librarian, with the help of the Library of Congress’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. The selections for the 2015 registry bring the number of recordings on the registry to 450, only a minuscule portion of the Library’s vast recorded-sound collection of more than three million items.  Pretty freaking awesome!

I love Korn.  And I am happy to say I was one of many people who pushed their former management to please get him back in the band.  When Head (Brian Welch) came to our studios to promote his first book, I got his number and sent it to Korn’s manager and insisted they reach out then.  And, well, our wishes came true, and so did Head’s.  Now he’s on the cusp of releasing his 3rd memoir, With Eyes Wide Open: Miracles and Mistakes on My Way Back to Korn.  Head says the one word he would use to describe his recent path is “restoration,” referring to his relationship with his daughter and his bandmates. In this trailer, Head and his daughter are featured. He told Billboard: “When I think about it, my life was torn to pieces. On the outside, I had everything. I was in Korn, and I was playing the big shows. I got divorced, but I had a healthy daughter. I had a nice house, cars and on the outside, it was great. But I lost who I was, and after I got myself together, I was happy inside, but things on the outside didn’t look so well. I lost my house to foreclosure and went through so much. But I didn’t run back to the drugs and alcohol. I stayed with my faith. I took my hits and kept going and got back to the place where I am now. Seeing that trailer is a tearjerker because I’ve come so far and I’m really proud of where I am now, and it feels great.”

The book is a follow-up to best-seller 2007′s Save Me From Myself, which delved into details behind his decision to leave Korn and embrace Christianity. With My Eyes Wide Open will hit shelves on May 17th. Thomas Nelson is publishing.

In the interview with Billboard, Head also touched on plans for the band’s new album: “Me and James ["Munky" Shaffer] wanted to go heavier on the record, because we’re the guitar players and Korn was a guitar-heavy band. The last record that we did [2013's "The Paradigm Shift"] was me coming back. I saw them at a show, played one song with them, and a few weeks later, was in the studio with them writing new songs. We didn’t have any time to hang out. To live with everyone on the road and to function in the band, with the fans and business together for three years, we really connected and felt comfortable. So after three years, we went into this album, and we’re focusing on guitars and spending a lot of time on them. It sounds really good, and I think it’s going to end up a heavier record.

This is cool!  Smashing Pumpkins fans in Los Angeles got a huge blast from the past Saturday, Mar 26th when guitarist James Iha joined former bandmates frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin onstage for the first time in 16 years.

Rolling Stone reports Corgan told concertgoers at L.A.’s Ace Hotel: “Yes, it’s James Iha.”  Iha was celebrating his 48th birthday Saturday. He performed several songs, including tracks from 1993′s Siamese Dream,   “Mayonnaise,”  ”Soma,” ”Rocket,” “Today,” ”Disarm” and “Spaceboy.” The evening ended with fans singing “Happy Birthday” to Iha.

Iha left Smashing Pumpkins when the original crew broke up in 2000. This is the first time he’s returned. Corgan reformed the group in 2005 with new musicians. Iha has gone on to play with A Perfect Circle and Tinted Windows.

Happening this week!  Visits from Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano, Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell.

Have a great day!

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