Wednesday, Oct 22 - by roxy

Young Guns dropped by yesterday for a studio visit to talk about their upcoming album and their current tour with You Me At Six (who happen to be dropping by today!)  Always so cool seeing them, as I feel like they are my adoptive British sons!  LOL  Last night, they did an acoustic performance at Moscot eyewear’s NYC offices and it was really cool to see them doing the stripped down version of “I Want Out,” “Bones” and they threw in a new song called “Gravity”  from their forthcoming album (set for Feb.)  Young Guns will return to the states in January.  Be looking out for the video interview with singer Gus Wood and drummer Ben Jolliffe soon!…Oh, look!  More Foo Fighters info!  A teaser for the next HBO Sonic Highways show set for Friday night at 11 PM/10 PM CT.  This week, it’s set in Washington, DC!  And Friday night, the band will perform at the Black Cat in DC. Tickets are only available at the Black Cat box office, but you can rest assured it’s already sold out!  The band will be doing secret shows in every city spotlighted in the Sonic Highways series. The remaining cities are Nashville, Austin, Seattle, New York, LA and New Orleans.  So keep your eyes and ears peeled.   In my interview last week with drummer Taylor Hawkins, he said  part of the message of the Sonic Highways series is that a music scene can spring up anywhere: You can have a scene anywhere you want, period. Des Moines, Iowa, maybe they have a bitchin’ punk rock scene that we don’t even know about because there’s a couple of kids there who are turning all their friends onto something, and next thing you know, they’re taking over the rec center every Saturday. And that’s how it started with Nate (Mendel, Foo Fighters bassist) and how it started with all the other guys in the band.” Meanwhile, the band has set August 29th for a concert at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Tix on sale Monday at 11 AM CT. Perfect,  since they played the Cubby Bear across the street on Friday night after eastern time zone broadcast of the first Sonic Highways aired.  I watched some of the concert online (it will stream I guess on HBO’s Facebook each time I THINK.)  But after about 30 minutes, I lost connection and could never get back on. Damn!  Poor Dave Grohl, he sounded like he was losing his voice.  No wonder.  He only did about 9000 interviews last week and  performed on the Letterman show every night. Anyhow, the series is great and if you haven’t had a chance to watch it, I encourage it…..Pulse Of Radio reports Linkin Park have posted a new song they wrote for the soundtrack to the Joe Hahn-directed film “Mall.”  The tune is called “White Noise.”  Check it out…..Pulse also said  Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea told Rolling Stone the band has nearly completed writing the songs for their next effort and will be ready to hit the studio soon. Flea explained, “We’ve been writing and rehearsing, rolling up our sleeves, getting in the studio and doing it. We’re nearly finished writing. We’ll go in the studio sometime in the next couple of months.” The group has come up with more than 30 tracks from which to choose the final selection for the album. Flea said about the sound this time around, “It’s cool. It’s super danceable, funky s*** and some real introspective, pretty stuff. It feels good, man, and it’s fun to play.”…I knew JD’s boys would expect to go on the road every time with their dad like they did over the summer on Korn’s Mayhem run.  Korn is gearing up to hit the road next week with Slipknot on a major North American tour that will kick off on October 29th in El Paso, Texas. But while singer Jonathan Davis told Alternative Press he is looking forward to doing a full tour with Slipknot, he admitted leaving his kids at home is a drawback. Davis explained, “Oh, it’s f***ing horrible. They make me feel like s***! ‘Dad, you’ve got to go? You need to stay here and have a job here.’ They do all kinds of s*** and I say, ‘Boys, I’ve got to go on the road. When you don’t have school, you get to come out during the summer.’ So that’s our special time . . . But yeah, it’s hard when I have to leave.”  Davis added, “I tell everyone that gets into this business: It’s a lot of sacrifice. I tell every musician that wants to be a big rock star to be careful what you wish for. When you’re young, it’s amazing and fun, but once you have kids and a family it’s tough.”  Also: Korn is releasing a limited-edition 300-page hardcover book including photos from the archives paired with brand new notes and commentary from the members. From the stage to the dressing room to the recording studio, you’ll have unlimited access to everything that went into the band’s career so far.   Pre-order it first along with lots more on Pledge Music…..Pearl Jam performed its entire fifth album, 1998′s Yield, in concert on Monday night (Oct 20th) in Milwaukee. According to Rolling Stone, the band began the performance about five songs into their set, following a cover of the Who‘s “Baba O’Riley” that featured a guest appearance from Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. As the band ran through Yield, singer Eddie Vedder shared stories related to the songs, including one about stealing his friend’s dad’s Old Milwaukee beer.  During “Baba O’Riley,” bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Mike McCready played instruments that featured Nielsen’s trademark checkerboard pattern, matching his own guitar…..Blabbermouth posted a killer “audio-biographical” video of  tracing the history of Slipknot in interviews with the band members.  Check it out here. Warning: graphic language….Metallica are performing at a gaming convention BlizzCon on Nov. 8.  You don’t have to be there to see it!  Tickets to the convention are sold out, but viewers at home can join the excitement by ordering the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket ($39.99 USD), which offers comprehensive live online coverage of both days of the event — including the community contests hosted by Chris Hardwick on Friday evening and Metallica‘s performance on Saturday night.  In addition to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, DirecTV customers in the United States have the option to watch the show from home by ordering the BlizzCon 2014 Pay Per View event, priced at $39.99 USD (includes access to the Virtual Ticket online stream). Visit www.directv.com/blizzcon for more details….The 2015 Shiprocked line up has been announced. The cruise leaves Miami for Great Stirrup Bay in Bahamas. Feb 02-06, 2015.  Limp Bizkit, Chevelle, Metal Allegiance (Phil Anselmo, Dave Ellefson, Chris Broderick, Frank Bello, Gary Holt, Scott Ian, Charlie Benante), Black Label Society,  Zack Myers of Shinedown, P.O.D., Sevendust, Lacuna Coil, Buckcherry, Tremonti, Andrew WK, Licing Colour, Filter, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Crobot, Thousand Foot Krutch, Wilson, Cilver, Letters From The Fire, DJ Lippy Rage.  Hit the official site…..Happy 52nd today to Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul and Mr Show’s Bob Odenkirk!