Dirt - Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017

Happy Belated Christmas!  Hope your’s was awesome!

Papa Roach decided to gift their fans with this music video for the song “Traumatic.”  It’s another track from the band’s latest album, Crooked Teeth. The slightly off-kilter performance video includes images such as frontman Jacoby Shaddix hanging upside-down in a straightjacket and drummer Tony Palermo duct-taped to a wall, along with fire-breathers, farm animals and some more standard concert footage.  Crooked Teeth is Papa Roach’s ninth studio album and was released last May.

Shaddix told us Papa Roach always supports an album for the long haul instead worrying about first-week sales: It’s always about the long game, you know what I mean? It’s like, I’d love to have big, massive record sales the first week and who knows what it would look like, but it’s like, it’s all about the course of the entire record that will speak what this record’s about.”

Shaddix recently told The Rave TV  and our pal Borna Velic of The Hog in Milwaukee (hope it’s not too freezing up there!) Papa Roach will hit the studio in summer 2018 to work on its next studio effort, explaining, “In June and July, we’re gonna step in the studio and continue working on the next record — we’ve already started work on the next record — and pick up where we left of with Crooked Teeth and just keep kicking ass and taking names.”  The band has been playing a new song called “Geronimo” at some of its recent concerts.

Before recording again, Papa Roach will head out on a spring North American tour next year with guests Nothing More and Escape The Fate. The trek kicks off on Apr 5th in Raleigh, NC and will hit 25 cities before wrapping up in Corpus Christi, TX on May 13th. See our Road Rage page for all the dates! (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio.)

 has released a decidedly not-safe-for-work short documentary online called The Devil’s Hands. The film, which has been shown at fan gatherings throughout the past year, focuses on key members of the Swedish band’s road crew at work, including their tour manager, backline techs and wardrobe mistress. The tongue-in-cheek doc also includes a few fleeting glimpses of full frontal male nudity — which is what makes it unsafe for workplace viewing — while the actual members of the band are hardly seen.

The film also points out that the band’s backstage area includes separate dressing rooms for singer Papa Emeritus and the rest of the band, along with a sauna and a “cat petting room.”

A Nameless Ghoul from the band — although it was probably founder and singer Tobias Forge, a.k.a. Papa Emeritus — told us a while back that debuting a new live show can be nerve-wracking: I mean, it’s always a little bit hairy when you’ve not done it like on an every-night-to-night basis. So you never really know during the show if it’s actually going to happen or not. It’s always exciting starting up a new tour with new gadgets and new stuff, but it’s always a little bit more enjoyable when you’re a few dates into it and you’ve done it a couple of times.

Earlier this month, Ghost surprise released the digital edition of a live album called Ceremony And Devotion. The physical version of the LP will be out on Jan 19th.
Ghost has been working on the group’s fourth studio album for a tentative April 2018 release. The new disc will follow up 2015′s Meliora, which featured the Grammy-winning hit “Cirice,” and last year’s Popestar EP, which included the chart-topping “Square Hammer.”

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the Ghost documentary here(Thanks Metal Underground and The Pulse Of Radio.)

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich told Music Week the band could bring back its Orion Music + More festival, which the group staged in Atlantic City, NJ in 2012 and Detroit in June 2013. Ulrich said, “‘Orion’ is our thing. At the right time and right place, we would definitely bring that back.” He added, “We rolled the dice and neither of the set-ups we threw ourselves into was ultimately the right set-up. We gave it two shots in America and neither were right. I think we’ve talked about maybe doing something in Europe.”

Ulrich said in a Canadian interview the band hoped to possibly resurrect Orion Music + More in Europe, Canada or Mexico.

The drummer’s latest comments come two years after Metallica frontman James Hetfield said that the band “lost millions” of dollars by staging Orion, making it unlikely the band would get involved in such a project ever again.  The June 2013 Orion event at Belle Isle in Detroit drew at least 40,000 people over the course of two days to see Metallica, Red Hot Chili PeppersDeftonesSilversun PickupsRise Against and more.

Asked if Metallica would make the festival less diverse and more focused on metal than in the past, Ulrich replied, “The one thing that we talked about doing would maybe be to do something that was a little smaller and do something that was more . . . like a boutique, where it’s more full-on Metallica. Maybe it’s just Metallica and some stuff, like museum stuff, and just maybe making it only Metallica for a whole weekend, but making it smaller.“   (Thanks Music Week and The Pulse Of Radio.)

Blabbermouth and The Pulse Of Radio reporting our pal Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy said in an interview with Eddie Trunk that he hopes there are no existing recordings of his 2008 studio sessions with the instrumental members of Led Zeppelin. Guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham were looking to keep working together after Zeppelin’s one-off December 2007 reunion concert and invited Kennedy to write music and rehearse with them over the course of two sessions.

Kennedy told hardDriveRadio a while back what it was like to play with the members of Led Zep: “It was so surreal, it was just unbelievable. I spent the day there in a studio with those guys. playing songs, and next thing you know, I believe in September that year we got together again and spent what I like to consider probably the greatest week of my life playing with those guys. And any time I’m having a bad day, I think about those days and suddenly everything feels a lot better ’cause I got to experience that.”

Although Kennedy confirmed that the sessions were not filmed, he also told Trunk that he hopes no recordings exist either, explaining, “I actually hope (it) didn’t (get recorded), because I was actually pretty sick. I had come off a tour in Australia, and I remember I got there and I had bronchitis or something, and I remember it took a few days for my voice to come back. So I hope there is nothing that exists.”

Kennedy previously revealed he played the Zeppelin classics “No Quarter,” “The Rain Song,” “Kashmir” and others with the three musicians, calling it “a lot of fun.”  The singer, who also fronts the solo touring band of Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, said on That Metal Show a few years back that the project would never have been called Led Zeppelin if it had gotten off the ground, adding, “They just wanted to play . . . they weren’t sure what it was, but it was never going to be Led Zeppelin with a new singer, I mean, obviously.

Kennedy will release his debut solo album, Year Of The Tiger, on Mar 9th, 2018.

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