Dirt - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017

So shocked about the unraveling news this morning about congressman shot and others killed & injured.  SMH.  We must end the hate. Oddly enough, today is Donald Trump’s 71st birthday………sad.

Dave Grohl in his natural habitat (photo: Alternative Nation)

On a much better note, in an interview posted by AlternativeNation.net, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl made comments, which seem to indicate the next album will be recorded traditionally, with no concepts like Sonic Highways. He says that album, which was recorded in 8 different cities, was “Deeper conceptually than just going into the studio and making a record.”

He said, “We were like…‘God, if we were to record again, how are we going switch it up?’ For us to switch it up right now would be to go into the studio and make a record like a normal band. That kind of became the focus, it was like alright, now that we can sort of shed that other stuff and just write songs and record them in a studio as you do.”

Grohl also discussed producers  Foo Fighters have worked with in the past: “We’ve worked with Butch Vig a lot, we’ve worked with Gil Norton, we’ve worked with Adam Kasper. But, I remember once ages ago; I think for our third record, we were trying to figure out who should produce our record. We sent some stuff to this one big producer, and he basically came back and said, ‘The Foo Fighters aren’t producible.’ We were like, ‘What’s that supposed to mean?’ They’re like, ‘You guys know what you’re doing, and you do your own thing. So no one is really going to step in and change it.’”

Dave also commented on arranging songs, “Arrangements are like jokes, so to every joke there’s got to be a punchline, there’s got to be a lead up. So when you’re writing songs, they kind of have to have that structure, like you’re telling a joke.

I’m working on trying to get Dave on for an interview, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, Dave’s good friends, Queens of the Stone Age have a new album coming out. The band debuted a new website yesterday, featuring a graphic of a vintage television set that shows phrases appearing, which seem to be song titles such as “13,” “Tutti Frutti,” “Reclaim Everything,” and “It’s a ‘Beautiful’ Day in the U.S.A.”

The band’s frontman Josh Homme has compared the new album to “A panther in the trees leaping out of the darkness.” It’s expected to be released within the next couple of weeks.

Homme’s commented earlier in the year that the band had “just finished” recording their new album. The frontman also recently revealed that it wouldn’t feature any special guests.

The band recently announced being a part of the line-up for Chicago’s Riot Fest 2017, which takes place in Sep. That gig is only the third North American live date they have confirmed so far. They’ll also play at Amnesia Rockfest in Canada (Jun 22-25) and San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival in Aug. (Thanks The Pulse Of Radio and NME)

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GHOST's TOBIAS FORGE To Publicly Unmask Himself For First Time During Swedish Radio Show Appearance

Blabbermouth reporting Ghost lead singer and founder Tobias Forge — who performs as Papa Emeritus — will publicly unmask himself for the first time since the band’s formation for an upcoming appearance on “Sommar i P1″, Swedish radio channel P1‘s daily one-man show which has aired every summer since 1959.

Each ninety-minute episode of “Sommar i P1″ features a well-known Swede talking without interruption about whatever he or she likes, as well as choosing all the music for the program.

Forge stated about his August 17 appearance on “Sommar i P1″:  “I’m going to talk about my background and about how things never quite turn out the way you think they will.”

Forge recently officially revealed his identity while responding to a lawsuit filed by four former members of Ghost, who accused him of cheating them out of their rightful share of the profits from the group’s album releases and world tours.

In his court documents, Forge — who had previously played in several other rock bands, including RepugnantCrashdietSubvisionMagna Carta Cartel and Superior — took credit for developing Ghost‘s image and stage show and blamed his ex-bandmates for “destroying the mystery” surrounding the group by lifting the lid on Ghost‘s business dealings.

Ghost is known for its eccentric performances and is composed of six members easily recognized for their satanic attires. Five men who call themselves as Nameless Ghouls play the instruments while the lead vocalist is known as Papa Emeritus. The Nameless Ghouls who are wearing identical devil masks and costumes represent the five instrumentalities or elements (fire, water, air, earth and aether or quintessence) while their leader Papa Emeritus represents the group’s anti-pope symbol.

Forge admitted in a 2016 interview with Big Smash Radio that the mystery surrounding Ghost has helped make the band more successful. “I think it definitely plays a part,” he said. “The thing everybody keeps ranting about is the anonymity, which I have a comment on on the side, but I also think that you don’t have to be anonymous or masked in order to have somewhat of a clandestine image. I mean, there are many artists that I know exactly where they are born and what their names are and where they live, which are still very, sort of, hidden. Even Nick Cave, who has a film about himself nowadays, is still someone who I would claim to be utterly enigmatic.”

He continued: “Even if people would know who we are, or you could click on a Wikipedia page saying my date of birth, it does not necessarily mean that I have to go out on social media and tell you where I’m eating. So, yeah, I think even in the future, when it might not be as hidden, or as secret, I think that you can still uphold some sort of… level of fog around you.”

This is heavy.  Guns N’ Roses apparently have been including Soundgarden‘s “Black Hole Sun” in their sets of late in honor of the tragic death of frontman Chris Cornell. I found this YouTube video from their show in Italy on Saturday.

METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Becomes Danish Knight

According to Blabbermouth and Ekstra BladetMetallica drummer Lars Ulrich has been awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Dannebrog. Ulrich received the honor on May 26.

The Order of Dannebrog is an Order of Denmark, instituted by Christian V in 1671. In the beginning, only noblemen could be decorated, but in 1808 Frederik VI changed the requirements so non-nobles could be rewarded for “true merit.”

Today the Order is given to Danish citizens who have merited the special decoration. The Order of Dannebrog is a white enameled silver cross, edged in red, with a crown and the monogram of the reigning monarch. It carries an inscription “God and King.”

In a 2016 interview, Lars spoke about how his Danish upbringing relates to Metallica‘s need to always challenge itself creatively. “Being Danish, I’ve always had, I think, a fairly easy relationship with being contrary,” he explained. “I think a lot of Danish people are quite contrarian and like to challenge things and like to… If somebody says, ‘Let’s go left,’ then Danish people will pull off and just go, ‘Let’s go right.’ I certainly have a bit of a contrarian kind of attitude in me that, I think, comes certainly significantly from being Danish, and I think Metallica has always enjoyed floating around in our own little bubble, being outsiders, living in our own world, being contrary and a little bit opposite of what everybody else embraces. We’ve never been a big part of a movement, of a fad, of a wave. We never particularly felt like we fit into anything, and Metallica has always, I think, enjoyed an element of contrary energy.”

Lars recalled in a 1995 interview that he “grew up in as open an upbringing as you can imagine… I was very independent. I had nothing tying me down. At the same time, anything I wanted I had to get it myself.

He added: “Even though tennis was his main source of income, my dad was also writing about jazz in the papers in Copenhagen. Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman were always playing in the stereo around the house. Later it was The Doors and Jimi Hendrix.”

Have a great day.

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