Greetings! I heard the new Five Finger Death Punch single for “Jekyll & Hyde.” You will love it and hear it on Monday night, Jun 22.
Pulse Of Radio reports Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl confirmed in a new interview with NME there will be a second season of the band’s HBO documentary series, Sonic Highways. Grohl revealed, “There is gonna be another Sonic Highways season. It might or might not be international. It might someday be international. It might only be England, or England and other places. Or maybe it’s places in America, and people from other countries that are inspired by these places in America.”
Drummer Taylor Hawkins told me the original idea for Sonic Highways possibly had the band visiting recording studios in other countries: “I mean, at first we talked about doing it at famous studios across the world, so like you know, obviously things like Abbey Road and Strawberry Studios or the Honky Chateau and seeing if any of these places were open and it all sounded like a good, fun trip down classic rock memory lane. That was the first, initial idea.”
The first season of Sonic Highways, which was directed by Grohl and aired last fall, followed the band to eight different iconic recording studios in eight different American cities, with each episode exploring the history of the studio and local scene. The Foos recorded one song in each studio, resulting in the Sonic Highways album.
Grohl told NME the great thing about the Sonic Highways concept is that “it can be anywhere, because any city has some sort of musical history,” citing the U.K. as one especially rich region in rock history. Foo Fighters will kick off a massive North America tour in Washington D.C. on July 4th, the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Foo Fighters album. And for your viewing enjoyment, here is Foo Fighters in concert at last week’s Rock Am Park in Germany.
New albums out today: Tremonti‘s Cauterize. I love this one. Mark and his band, Eric Friedman on guitar, Garrett Whitlock on drums and Wolfgang Van Halen on bass, have made an outstanding piece of work, which is actually the first of two discs. The second, called Dust, will drop later this year. News on a new fall tour of the U.S. is coming. Also out today, Muse Drones. Their 7th studio album! After seeing them live, I am interested in checking this one out. Produced by the legendary Mutt Lange, (AC/DC, Def Leppard) this disc finds the British trio moving away from the electronic and orchestral experiments of its previous two efforts and performing more as a straightforward rock band. Both albums deserve to be in your collection.
Slash and his soon-to-be-ex-wife Perla Ferrar have put their mansion in the Mulholland Estates, a guard-gated community in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles, on the market for $11 million. The 11,000-square-foot, three-story home includes six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a swimming pool with outdoor bar, a skate ramp, and large kitchen with double islands. The house also contains a nightclub with DJ booth, a pole-dancing pole, a professional recording studio, a screening theater and wine cellar. Slash filed for divorce from Perla in December after 13 years of marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences.” (Blabbermouth)
Nine Inch Nailsfrontman Trent Reznor appeared in a video at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC15) yesterday (June 8th) to discuss his plans for Apple Music, Apple’s new music streaming service. Reznor wants to build the first ever “24/7 global radio” station, Apple’s Beats 1, saying it will be “a place where music can be treated less like digital bits but more like the art it is, with a sense of respect and discovery.” He also said Apple Music “supports not just top tier artists, but kids in their bedrooms.” (Alternative Nation)
Whoa. Stop the clock. Not everyone is buying the info given out in Brett Morgen‘s documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck, which uses video footage, interviews, artwork and music from the late Nirvana frontman’s own personal archives to tell his life story. Buzz Osborne, leader of veteran cult Seattle band The Melvins, has dismissed the film as “90 percent bulls**t” and “mostly misguided fiction.”
In a new article posted at The Talkhouse, Osborne wrote, “I went to high school with Kurt and was a big part of all the Nirvana guys’ lives before and after they became famous . . . First off, people need to understand that 90 percent of Montage Of Heck is bulls**t. Total bulls**t. That’s the one thing no one gets about Cobain — he was a master of jerking your chain.”
- As an example, Osborne questioned the accuracy of a story revealed in the movie that Cobain once had sexual intercourse with a mentally disabled girl that led Kurt to attempt suicide.
- Osborne wrote, “The whole ‘I tried to f**k a fat retard’ story is complete bulls**t. Not even an inkling of truth. That’s too good a story to have gone this long without me hearing about it . . . And the trying-to-kill-himself-on-the-train-tracks story is bulls**t as well. It never happened either. There it is, though, told in a recording of Kurt’s own voice so it must be true . . . right? Wrong.“
- Osborne also wrote that Cobain’s well-publicized medical problems — such as his stomach issues — weren’t real either. He explained, “Kurt also told me there was absolutely nothing wrong with his stomach. He made it up for sympathy and so he could use it as an excuse to stay loaded.“
- Finally, Osborne unloaded on Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, saying, “A lot of what she says in this documentary doesn’t exactly jibe with things Kurt told me himself, but I suppose that’s not surprising when you consider history becomes elastic every time Courtney Love opens her mouth.”
- Osborne concluded that the movie was “mostly misguided fiction,” adding, “I find it amusing that the filmmakers never bothered to fact-check simple stuff like this, and just took Kurt and Courtney at their word . . . what matters is what people believe. And when it comes to Cobain, most of what they believe is fabricated nonsense.”
And finally, I had heard from Of Mice & Men‘s camp, who told me Austin Carlile was admitted to the hospital for a routine check up and doctors wanted to keep him a little longer, which resulted in the cancelling of the band’s final 3 shows on this run. We hope Austin is ok. In the meantime, enjoy this from their recent Rock In Rio performance in Las Vegas. (“Never Giving Up,” their current single.)
Happy 37th to Muse frontman/guitarist/keyboards Matt Bellamy. Johnny Depp is celebrating his 52nd.