Good morning America and beyond! I think I am going to miss watching the “Final Five”, the USA women’s gymnastic team. I mean, come on, who can jump that high, spin in the air several times and land on your feet besides a cat? Good on ya, ladies!
Anthony Kiedis and unidentified gal pal as seen in Malibu, CA this month
Poor dude! I can relate to the knee problems! The Pulse Of Radio reporting Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis admitted in a new interview with Journal De Montreal he has been having problems with his knee and will have doctors address the issue this month. Kiedis brought the subject up when asked about the stomach ailment that sidelined him earlier this year and forced the Peppers to cancel two shows. The singer said, “Everything is fine. My stomach stopped working for a while . . . I also broke my kneecap in two places, I jumped on stage and fell on my knee. I haven’t been able to kneel down since. It have a three-week break in August and the doctors will take the opportunity to fix this.”
Asked if the knee injury has affected his live performances, Kiedis replied, “A little, but not too serious. It does not bother me to play injured. This is necessary if you want to win championships. It’s part of the job.”
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has published several photos of Kiedis in Malibu, with the same mystery brunette he was spotted with in New York last month. The most recent “serious” romance in Kiedis’ life was with 22-year-old supermodel Helena Vestergaard. Kiedis began seeing Vestergaard in early 2013, when she was 19 years old, and the relationship ended in late 2014. The 53-year-old Kiedis recently revealed that he prefers to date women in the 19 – 23 age range. (Hmmmm, a little mid-life crisis, perhaps?)
Oh look, it’s Disturbed again! That’s Dan Donegan, second from left.
Donegan added, “The key to our success is we just don’t second-guess it. We write from the gut. We write about things that mean something to us. This isn’t just words taking up space and creating a melody. This is stuff that comes from the heart or life experiences and things that we’re passionate about, and I think that resonates with the fans, because they find their own connection with it.”
Donegan told us a while back he thinks Disturbed’s success has had a positive impact for other heavy rock bands: “Not to pat ourselves on the back but, you know, whether you love us or hate us, I think we’ve kind of helped kick down the door a bit for other rock bands to have that opportunity. I’m not trying to give ourselves all the credit for it, but we’ve helped kick down those doors to allow, you know, a little bit more of these hard rock or even more metal bands to be acknowledged a little bit more.“
Disturbed is currently on a co-headlining tour with Breaking Benjamin that comes to a close this week, with two dates left in Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday (Aug 17th) and Concord, CA on Friday (Aug 19th).
This is pretty cool. Pulse also reporting Metallica is the subject of a four-part series on Spotify called Landmark — Metallica: The Early Years. The documentary is the first of its kind for the streaming service and will debut tomorrow, Thursday (Aug 18th), with all four parts premiering at the same time. Each will feature exclusive interviews with frontman James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich, plus rare archival footage, interviews with musical peers, animation and a companion playlist.
Hetfield told us a while back Ulrich is the band’s chief historian: “He cannot forget things, where I’m pretty much the opposite, I remember hardly anything about what’s going on (laughs). But Lars is a great historian on Metallica and we joke about him being the biggest Metallica fan on the planet, and that he is. You know, he’ll be the guy that has the museum or all of that Metalli-memorabilia. He’s Encyclopedia Metallica.”
The four segments are titled ”Metal Militia,” “Metal Up Your Ass,” “Sophistication And Brutality” and “Armageddon’s Here.” Part one is devoted to Hetfield and Ulrich’s first encounter. Part two brings Hammett into the band and covers the making of their debut album. Part three is devoted to late bassist Cliff Burton, while chapter four follows the group’s early rise to success. The new Metallica album, its first since 2008, is tentatively due out later this year.
I got an email last night from my friend Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace. I wondered what he’d been up to, actually. He surprised the hell out of me with this news! He has a new side project, King City, with Lukas Rossi (The Halo Method, Rockstar: Supernova.) Check out their video for “Neurotic” and order it on iTunes! I’ll be on the hotLine with Neil next week.
This could be interesting!
Smashing Pumpkins frontman and founder Billy Corgan has confirmed in a new video posted on Facebook he has repaired his friendship with original bassist D’arcy Wretzky, after not speaking for nearly two decades. With drummer Jimmy Chamberlin back in the band since last year and guitarist James Iha joining them onstage at two gigs last spring, this latest development is only fueling speculation that a reunion of the group’s original lineup is in the works.
Corgan said in his post, “First off, we’re back in contact again, the band. I’ve been in communication with D’arcy for the first time in 16 or 17 years, it’s awesome to have my friend back. So we’re all in communication, which as I said not too long ago, my primary interest in the old band was us having good relationships again.”
Earlier this year, Wretzky said she’d “consider” playing bass for the alt rock outfit again after being out of the limelight since her exit in 1999. As for the possibility of a reunion, Corgan addressed this head-on in his video, saying, “We’re not at that point, and I think that’s a good thing. We’re not rushing to something, we have to repair some things between us, and see what’s out there for us, if those opportunities are even there.”
Corgan added, “We’re not interested, nor have we ever been interested, in just going out to play because there’s a big stack of money there.” The frontman admitted there is “excitement” about the idea of the original Pumpkins performing together again, but warned, “Until you hear it coming from my mouth that the band is getting back together and we will play dates, my primary concern is the family relationships of the band that are ultimately so much more important.”
From what I understand, there were a few promoters trying to see if the original band would be interested in headlining a few US and european festivals next year. It was also pointed out that D’Arcy hasn’t picked up a bass in 19 years. So this could be very interesting. Practice, practice, practice!
Whoa! Check this out! The earliest live footage of Tool performing live, filmed only a year after the band formed, has surfaced online. The clips are taken from a gig at Hollywood venue Club With No Name on Oct 7th, 1991. The footage shows them playing “Hush” off their 1992 major label debut EP, Opiate, as well as “Sober,” which would later appear on their 1993 album, Undertow. (Consequence Of Sound)
Faith No More will celebrate the reissue of its landmark debut, We Care A Lot, by reuniting with its former singer, Chuck Mosley, for two special performances this week. The first will take place at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Thursday (August 18th), while the second will happen at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Friday (August 19th). We Care A Lot, which was initially released in 1985 and has been out of print for 20 years, will be reissued on Friday as well.
Buckcherry: Stevie D, Keith Nelson, Josh Todd, Kelly LeMieux, Xavier Muriel
Veteran Los Angeles rock band Buckcherry are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their platinum selling record 15, and have announced a headlining North American tour where they’ll be performing the record in its entirety, with support from Candelbox and Sons of Texas on select dates.
The band will be releasing 15 on vinyl for the first time ever. The vinyl will be released in October, but fans can pre-order them now on the band’s PledgeMusic campaign page. The leading direct-to-fan platform, PledgeMusic allows the band to get more personal with their fans, and offer them behind-the-scenes updates and items not available anywhere else, including 2 new songs the band recorded acoustically – “Brooklyn” and “On Set”- which will be released during the PledgeMusic campaign.
The band commented, ”This year marks the ten-year anniversary of our platinum selling album 15! This record was a very special moment in time for our band and there were so many obstacles that got in the way of making this record – we didn’t have a record deal, we didn’t have money, we only had each other and the songs. And that’s exactly what we captured.”
Buckcherry’s groundbreaking record, 15 – the band’s third record - was released in Apr 2006 and included breakout radio anthems “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry”. The album was a turning point for the band following a breakup after the second release, Time Bomb, (Mar 2001) and featured a reinvigorated lineup with 3 new members. Titled 15 because the record was recorded in 15 days, the first single “Crazy Bitch” exploded onto charts becoming the rock anthem of the summer. It was also nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. Following “Crazy Bitch”, their second single, “Sorry,” peaked at #2 on Hit AC radio charts and #8 on the Top 40 radio charts. To date, 15 has sold over 1 million copies, becoming the band’s first platinum record.
Fans who pre-order the record will get the AccessPass which will give them exclusive updates and content from the band. Pledgers will also be able to own some very special merchandise being offered on the campaign page such as: The 15 bundle, which includes a T-shirt with an exclusive design only available to pledgers, the new record on CD and vinyl, the new record on CD and vinyl, signed by the band, handwritten lyrics from 15 or a song of your choice, a 2016 15 Tour T-shirt, a 3-minute Skype guitar lesson with Stevie D., a drum lesson with Xavier before a Buckcherry show (does not include tickets to the show), an in person guitar lesson with Stevie D. and Keith before a Buckcherry show (does not include tickets to the show), a signed camera with photos taken by Stevie D. while on the road, a deluxe VIP package that includes VIP and tickets to an upcoming show, signed merchandise and more. Fans can also have dinner with the band before the show – which comes with 2 tickets to a Buckcherry show. (And maybe Josh will show you his Chaos tattoo. )
Robert DeNiro is 73 today. You talkin’ to me?