10 Years posted their music video for their current single, “Novacaine.” It’s the first single from the band’s upcoming new album (How To Live) As Ghosts. Lead singer Jesse Hasek came up with the concept for the clip and told us he was surprised to see it actually come out as he envisioned: “This one was 100 percent my treatment, but I didn’t know that I could actually get people on board to do something so ambitious. Because this day and age, to try to do a full-on movie, short film for a rock song is — you’ve got to get pretty inventive with your budget, you know? It’s not like you can shoot a Guns N’ Roses video, you know. But I couldn’t be more pleased.“
Hasek said about the track itself, “The song ‘Novacaine‘ was inspired by how the repetition of life can numb you no matter how high or low the peaks and valleys are if you keep going through life doing the same thing over and over . . . If we never get out of our comfort zone or pop our safety bubble, then we’re not living life to its full potential.”
(How To Live) As Ghosts will be released on October 27th and is 10 Years’ eighth studio LP. The set marks the return of guitarist/drummer Brian Vodinh and guitarist Matt Wantland as full-time members. 10 Years is heading out next month on a lengthy fall tour, which support coming from Red and Otherwise. The trek kicks off on Oct 13th in Knoxville, TN.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield told Virgin Radio the song “Here Comes Revenge” from the band’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct album was inspired by the tragic death of a fan of the band. Hetfield explained, “There’s a couple that showed up at so many shows, and they got into Metallica because their young daughter was a big fan, and she had gotten killed by a drunk driver.”
Hetfield continued, “It just hit me: ‘How can you guys find something positive in the world to connect you to your daughter again’ — which was Metallica, the music she loved — ’instead of just snapping and wanting to just become bitter and attack whoever did this?’ So I’m kinda putting myself in those shoes and how revenge must feel really powerful and great to do, but it doesn’t satisfy that urge.”
Hetfield had told us previously what some of his favorite lyrics from the Hardwired album were: “You know, for me, lyrically some of the favorite, ‘Moth Into Flame,’ I like ‘Am I Savage’ and boy, I really like ‘Dream No More,’ which is also kind of another Cthulhu reference but in a very different sense (laughs).”
Metallica is currently in the midst of a European tour behind Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, its 10th studio album. The band will reissue its classic 1986 third LP, Master Of Puppets, on Nov 10th via Blackened Recordings.
The LP has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality and will be available physically as a Standard LP, Standard CD, three-CD Expanded Edition, and Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set, while the digital options will be a Standard CD, a three-CD Expanded Edition, and a Digital Deluxe Box Set. The Expanded and Deluxe packages will come with tons of bonus content.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong performed the Revolution Radio track “Ordinary World” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last Friday (September 22nd). Originally written for the film of the same name, in which Armstrong played the lead role of an aging musician, the song was repurposed as the closing track of Green Day’s latest LP. He said about the tune, “After all of the chaos that’s on the album — whether it’s pop culture or whatever new apps we’re using — everything gets so complicated. At some point you want something simple. That’s sort of what ‘Ordinary World’ is about.”
Blabbermouthreporting the late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell‘s widow, Vicky Cornell, was overwhelmed with emotion as she accepted the L.A. Chefs For Human Rights Hero Award on behalf of her husband on Monday night (Sep 25). Chris was honored at a fundraising event for Program For Torture Survivors (PTV) at the restaurant Cassia for his humanitarian efforts and his original song and music video ”The Promise.”
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Vicky was fighting back tears as she told the crowd: “My husband loved to help people, especially children. He believed it was up to adults to never turn our backs on the most vulnerable and innocent members of our society.”
Vicky added about Chris: “He helped with children and young people who were homeless or abused, suffered from illness or struggled with addictions, were victims of war and strife. His heart was always so full of love compassion and hope.”
Chris wrote ”The Promise” for the film of the same name, a historical drama about the Armenian genocide that was released last April. The video for “The Promise,” presented after Vicky accepted the award, drew parallels between the Armenian genocide and the migrant crisis occurring in Syria and Africa.
The evening also featured testimonials from torture victims and supporters of efforts to help refugees. The fundraising goal of this year’s L.A. Chef’s For Human Rights event was set at $150,000, with $120,000 already raised by the beginning of the dinner.
Blabbermouth also reporting Dave Grohl spoke to U.K.’s Planet Rock about how Pantera was partly the inspiration for Foo Fighters‘ “open-door policy” while making the latter band’s new album, Concrete And Gold, at Hollywood, California’s EastWest Studios — where they drafted in pop singers Justin Timberlake and Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) to guest on the disc.
“Basically, the way the Foo Fighters work, we get along with everybody,” Dave explained. “For years, we’ve always been that band, when we get backstage at a festival, the first thing I do is I pick up a bottle of whiskey and I just walk around banging on dressing-room doors to see who’s fun, to see who’s cool. It could be Tricky, or it could be Muse or it could be… whatever — I just look for pals.
He continued: “Actually, that’s something I learnt from Pantera. Back in the day, we did a show with Pantera and we became friends and I would go see them on tour all the time. And I realized that you’d be backstage at a Pantera show and there’d be, like, Marilyn Manson is in that corner, and Kato Kaelin is in that corner, and Britney Spears is in [that corner]… Everybody loved to hang with Pantera. So, to me, that was the coolest thing about them — they were the sweetest people and they had this open-door policy.
“But also with our band, we don’t really plan too much when it comes to making music,“ Dave said. “So when you’re at a studio, like the studio where we recorded, every week there was someone else in there. Like, Glenn Hughes from Deep Purple was down the hall with Jason Bonham, and then Joe Bonamassa and then Lady Gaga is over there and then Wolf Alice is over here and Rufus Wainwright is over there. So the three months we were there, we were meeting all these people, we were drinking in the parking lot, we were outside smoking, and you just make friends, and it’s literally that easy.”
Happy 39th today to Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down!