Dirt - Wednesday, Jul 09

Have you ever seen those “lullaby”  cds   for babies?   Like every band these days seems to have one?  I’ve given them out to friends who have kids and have sent everything from Van Halen to Metallica (knowing which band happens to be a parent fav.)  SO now comes news of this! Five Finger Death Punch‘s heavy rock anthems are getting the lullaby treatment from Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star, the company specializing in making soothing little sleepytime songs out of rock classics. The Five Finger Death Punch collection includes instrumental versions of tunes like “The Bleeding,” “Battle Born,” “Under It And Over It,” “Lift Me Up” and the band’s cover of “Bad Company.”   Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has previously released lullaby versions of music from Metallica, Alice In ChainsKornMarilyn MansonSlipknotSystem of a DownIron Maiden, Pantera and many more. Check out the 5FDP one out here.  So sweet!….  So,   Pulse of Radio is also reporting   Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington is not a fan of outdoor festivals. Speaking with NME, Bennington said that he prefers playing indoors, explaining, “Rock ‘n’ roll is not meant to be played with the sun shining on your face. It can be done, but it’s done begrudgingly because we’re forced to do it. I think the outdoor festival has killed the live experience a little bit.” He added, “The whole idea of seeing a rock band is to be in a dark place and to be part of the show. When you’re sitting on the grass and the sun is shining it doesn’t matter. You’re just up there playing songs. Inside, dark, lights, controlled environment — always better.”  But check the size of this crowd at Rock Am Ring in Germany last month.  Hello!!!!!   Meanwhile,  excited to share this news from Of Mice & Men!  They are direct support for Linkin Park on their European tour which begins Nov 3-23.  They deserve it!   I was encouraging Slipknot‘s mgt to put them on Knotfest back in May at Rock on the Range, and I dunno if my pushing helped, but I can’t wait to see them in front of thousands of maggots!  I said this before and I will say it again:  OF MICE & MEN are the real deal!  See them now on Warped Tour before they get too big!  LOL….The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, is pleased to announce a renowned addition to this year’s list of stellar award recipients. Iconic, GRAMMY-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Slash will be honored as the first recipient of the Guitar Legend Award presented by the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. As one of the first covers for Alternative Press magazine, Slash continues to create and innovate as well as influence multiple generations of musicians on the guitar.  The event will take place Jul 21st in Cleveland at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  APMAs organizers have also confirmed pop-metalcore band Falling In Reverse for a very special, one-time-only performance you’ll have to see to believe! On top of that, special appearances will be made by members of Pierce The Veil, New Found Glory,  Mayday Parade, and also confirmed are members of Attila, Bayside, Beartooth, the Devil Wears Prada, Echosmith, Less Than Jake, letlive., the Maine, Neck Deep, Sleepwave, We Are The In Crowd and the Word Alive.   In its inaugural year, the APMAs will be hosted by six-time AP cover star Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and will feature performances from A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Asking Alexandria, Fall Out Boy, Falling In Reverse, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Machine Gun Kelly, the Misfits, Sleeping With Sirens, twenty one pilots and Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, with more to be announced. In addition, special appearances will be made by Billy Corgan, Laura Jane Grace, Ice-T & Coco and Slash, plus members of Attlia, Bayside, Beartooth, Black Veil Brides, Chiodos, Crown The Empire, the Devil Wears Prada, Echosmith, Emmure, I See Stars, Issues, Korn, Less Than Jake, letlive., the Maine, Mayday Parade, Memphis May Fire, Miss May I, Motionless In White, Neck Deep, New Found Glory, Paramore, Pierce The Veil, Sleepwave, We Are The In Crowd, We Came As Romans, the Word Alive and Yellowcard, with more to be announced. Cleveland’s 115-piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra will be performing throughout the APMAs, both independently and through unique artist collaborations.  Tickets are on sale now for $69.99 which includes a ticket to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame And Museum to be used that same day and can be purchased online at www.altpress.com/apmas. Fans that purchase VIP and Monster Energy Drink ticket packages will be invited to a pre-show boat party on the Goodtimes III, located right behind the Rock Hall. The boat sets sail at 1:30 p.m. and will include performances by Issues, Ghost Town and Marmozets, three bands recently featured in AP’s 100 Bands You Need To Know In 2014 special edition issue….We all need a break.  Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez and singer William DuVall told England’s Metal Hammer magazine that the band is considering coming off the road and taking some time off to start thinking about a new album. The band’s fifth studio effort, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, came out in May 2013. DuVall said, “We’ve been going for over a year and a half, something like that, on this record, so it’s time to take stock.”  Inez added: “(It’s time to) turn into mere mortals for awhile. We always say this . . . if the record companies and management want you to write on the road. Like, OK, when are you supposed to write the f***ing album? Between the catering and soundcheck or between the interviews and catering. I mean, we’re always throwing riffs around and jamming, but the thing is we’d only write songs about tour buses and catering, so we’ve gotta go home, experience life and reconnect with our families.”  Inez added, “I have a wonderful wife. I walk in the door and she hands me a dogs*** shovel and says, ‘The dog yard is over there, rock star. Get to work.’ It’s funny. And, ‘Here’s some light bulbs and get the ladder out. You’ve got work to do.’ She slaps me down pretty good. So (we) just need to get home.”….Royal Blood has a new video for “Figure It Out.”  The band will release their debut self-titled album in the states Aug 26th. Mike Kerr is on the hotLinetoday.  Stay tuned for that soon…..Buckcherry has launched a new Singles Club in which the band will deliver a different cover song each month for six months to fans who subscribe through Pledge Music. The band said in a statement, “We’re doing something pretty special here and just for you . . . Anyone that pledges gets an ‘access pass’ to the Covers Feed and lots of other one-of-a-kind goods and experiences. We’re making this personal and it’s all about new music and more songs we love, coming from the studio right to you.” (Sleazeroxx)…Courtney Love will be the second rocker to land a recurring role on the final season of the FX series Sons Of Anarchy. Love will play Ms. Harrison, the pre-school teacher for the eldest son of the show’s main character Jax, played by Charlie Hunnam. Love will make her first appearance in the season’s fourth episode and will appear in several more. She joins Marilyn Manson on the show, who was previously announced in a recurring role as Ron Tully, described as a “white supremacist prison shot-caller.” ….Celebrating birthdays today:  OJ Simpson-67 in jail;  Jack White-39, Courtney Love-50, Anthrax’ Frankie Bello-49.

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