Review: Lamb of God, Anthrax, Deafheaven & Powertrip Bring The Noise At Starland Ballroom

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For the live rock music scene is alive and well as old school thrash meets modern day metal. As one of The Big 4, New York natives, Anthrax and Virginia veterans Lamb of God perform to the metal masses as they embark on a 43 date tour with supporting acts, Deafheaven & Power Trip. The international leg of the tour will feature Iron Maiden on multiple shows and Megadeth performing a one-off April 28th. As WSOU presented Tuesday night’s 1/26 show at AEG’s Starland Ballroom, a packed house of Anthrax and Lamb of God fans proved that heavy metal is alive and well in Sayreville, NJ.

LOG Anthrax FlyerFrom Dallas, Texas, Power Trip kicked off the night with their signature style of hardcore speed metal. Lead vocalist, Riley Gale immediately got the crowd going and it wasn’t long before a full blown mosh pit ensued. As a fan of grunge, hard rock and heavy metal, I must say I was instantly impressed by their live energy as the band proved themselves earning much respect and new fans.

Power TripTaking the night into a darker, more melodic direction, Deafheaven took the stage as frontman George Clarke’s evil scream vocal-style and signature hand motions captivated the well-rounded metal crowd. Drummer Daniel Tracy left a searing impression with his lightning fast tempos, tasteful transitions and brutal blast beats. Off their new record, New Bermuda, an enthusiastic crowd response was witnessed during their performances of “Brought to the Water,” “Luna,” their one-off single “From the Kettle Onto the Coil” and Sunbather’s “Dream House.”

DeafHeavenAppearing at Vintage Vinyl in NJ prior to the show for an exclusive signing of their new custom playing cards in promoting their highly anticipated February 26th release, “For All Kings,” Anthrax proved yet again, the genuine love and respect they share with their fans.

ANTHRAX SIGNINGLights went out as the pre-recorded epic opener “Worship” (Intro) played, off of “Worship Music.” Creating a calm before the storm-like feeling, these furious-5 hit the stage with “Fight Em ‘Til You Can’t.” Proudly displaying their signature pentagram logos on both sides of the stage, Benante, Ian, Belladonna, Bello and newly recruited Shadows Fall shredder, Jon Donais, the band fired on all cylinders as the well-oiled metal machine that they are.

jon_donaisAs part of their set, fans enjoyed classic Anthrax hits, “It’s A Mad House,” “Caught In A Mosh,” and closed with their own “Run To The Hills,” equivalent, “Indians,” The band also performed 3 “Among The Living” classic hits, including “Got The Time” and Trust’s “Antisocial.” In a humble yet epic tribute to the very legacy of Pantera late, great Dimebag Darrell & Ronnie James Dio, fans throughout the venue would witness the on-stage banner images in remembrance of both fallen metal gods.

received_1115395905140328As Anthrax laid down the law with an unrelenting, killer set list, it wasn’t until Lamb of God took the stage, that the gates of hell opened. Despite LOG’s uncertain future back in 2013 due to lead singer Randy Blythe’s “manslaughter” incarceration in Prague, Russia, the band inevitably returned to what they do best, owning their set with an aggressive, unrelenting, groove driven energy and stage presence. One might argue that Randy Blythe is a modern day Phil Enselmo as his signature screaming vocals captivated both Anthrax and LOG fans, alike.

20160126_222714Midway into their set, a humble Blythe acknowledged their roots in foremost praise of Anthrax, carrying them out 12 years ago along with New Jersey’s E-Town Concrete and their brothers in Godforbid. “Ruin” was the song of gratitude to each band that paved the way to their mainstream status. In honoring those that put their lives on the line having served in the U.S. armed services, Blythe paid tribute to many of those fallen before tearing into their signature hit, “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For.”

20160126_22375720160126_230027From speaking with various rock fans to full-blown metalheads, whenever Lamb of God has come up in conversation, I’ve always heard the same statement, “They’re incredible Live!” That declaration couldn’t be any more accurate as the band delivered an impressive and tight performance. From white strobe lights to socio political and religious video imagery, Lamb of God showcased their signature style of aggressive, unrelenting heavy metal to a massive metal crowd.

Anthrax’s Set List
Intro
Fight Em
Caught In A Mosh
Got The Time
Antisocial
Evil Twin
In The End
Indians
Among the Living

Anthrax’s Current Lineup
Jon Donais
Joey Belladonna
Scott Ian
Frankie Bello
Charlie Benante

Lamb of God (Partial Song Setlist)
Intro
Ruin
Overlord
Now You’ve Got Something To Die For

Lamb of God Lineup
Randy Blythe
Mark Morton
Chris Adler
Willie Adler
John Campbell

 

Eddie Vedder Shaves Goatee

PearlJamOnline is reporting that Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has shaved his goatee, and debut his new clean shaven look at Safeco Field in Seattle.

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Pearl Jam and the band’s manager Kelly Curtis have pledged a donation of $125,000 to The United Way of Genesee County to aid in the support of Flint, Michigan residents during the area’s current water crisis.

A close group of the band’s friends and partners including Glaser Progress Foundation, Live Nation, Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation, Republic Records, Ticketmaster, Universal Music Publishing Group and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment kindly came in with an additional donation of $175,000.

This joint donation kicks off a CrowdRise fundraiser in hopes of making an even larger impact.

Funds will be donated to The United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund, which serves both the immediate and long-term needs of the community.

“This is an incredible gift for the people of Flint, one that will help address our immediate needs in the community and long-term needs that will be addressed by the Flint Child Health and Development Fund,” said Jamie Gaskin, CEO of the United Way of Genesee County.

Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.

One hundred percent of donated funds are used for Flint community projects and no administrative fee is assessed.

HOW TO DONATE

Pearl Jam and friends encourage all fans and supporters to join them in donating what they can online at www.crowdrise.com/pearljam.

Checks can be mailed to:

United Way of Genesee County
111 E Court Street, Suite 3A
Flint, MI 48502
ATTN: Flint Water Fund

Axl Rose Believed Slash’s Soul Died After Drug Overdose

According to Tom Zutaut, who signed Guns N’ Roses, the feud between Axl Rose and Slash began when Slash overdosed on heroin and “died” for eight minutes.

Axl thought a different Slash took over his body following the overdose.

“Axl genuinely believes the soul of Saul Hudson left his body when Slash OD’d,” Tom said on The Most Dangerous Band in The World documentary, via The Daily Mirror.

“That [was] the greatest stumbling block to getting the band back together.”

Guns N’ Roses members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan have released a statement mocking people like Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, and Andrew Dice Clay for taking credit for their reunion.

“Guns N’ Roses would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between. Especially those whom we haven’t spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent role. We, and the fans thank you! #GnFnR.”

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler discussed Guns N’ Roses’ reunion on The Howard Stern show earlier this week. When asked if he was responsible for the reunion, he had the following quotes:

“I’m sure I’m not solely.”

“I ran into Axl [Rose] at a club a year or two ago and told him he’s crazy, we all miss them, and he needs to get the band back together.”

“If they didn’t get back together soon they would have missed their window and no one would have cared in 3 or 4 years.”

“People love Axl with the original band, they love him on his own but they want to see him with the original guys.”

“I said the same things to Axl that everyone said to me when me and Joe Perry were fighting.”

“Guns N Roses music was part of the fabric of all people.”

When asked about the animosity in GNR:

“I get the whole thing, I can’t talk about it. But they’re talking and they got an offer. I hope Axl can see the greater picture and not be mad at Duff and Slash.”

Howard asked if the beef was similar to the riff that tore apart Aerosmith, asked jokingly if one of the band members slept with another ones wife or something?

Steven said it was deeper then that. But the world needs to hear their music and they’re talking to each other again.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis Talks Bernie Sanders: “He’s Old And Cute”

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis discussed his support of Democrat Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Jonesy’s Jukebox earlier this week.

“This cat Bernie Sanders stood out as being honest and likable, and actually human, a human being who cared about other human beings. So right away, we said if we ever get a chance to play a benefit for this guy, we’ll do it. If he’s real, and he makes it that far, we’ll play a show for him. Low and behold, 9 months go by, he needs us to play, so we’re there for him.”

We offered to pay for the rent of the hotel, and Bernie would not accept, he said, ‘No, I can’t take your money. That’s not how I work, I’m not taking those size contributions from any groups or organizations. If I get the nomination, you are able to donate up to $2,700.’ [That is] very unpolitical like of him.

“He’s cute. He’s old and cute.”

“I think in this case I like the dude better. God bless the whole Clinton family. Bill, I like a lot, but I prefer Bernie to Hilary.”

Red Hot Chili Peppers have joined the effort to help elect Bernie Sanders to the presidency. The Los Angeles-based alternative rockers will headline an all-ages show at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Friday, February 5, as part of a FEEL THE BERN political fundraiser. Ticket sales will go toward Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Click here for tickets.

Tickets to see Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Theatre at Ace Hotel will go on sale Friday, February 5, at 10:00 a.m. for $30.00 to $2,700.00 each plus service fees. Also, there is a presale right now for those of you who want to get your tickets early. Passwords: BERNIE and RCHP.

Drummer Chad Smith recently revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded a new song in just 4 hours a few days ago.

WWE’s Triple H Has Given Tool Advice ‘That Has Benefited Our Business’

Tool guitarist Adam Jones attended a WWE NXT wrestling event a couple of nights ago, and Jones wrote about how WWE Champion and COO Triple H has helped Tool’s business on his Instagram.

“Tonight’s #NXT tapping was EPIC. Want to thank EVERYONE involved. I’m totally floating above the ground. And here’s the deal – I can’t begin to tell you how much I admire this guy* Very inspiring friend, leader & entertainer (on stage & behind the scenes). Over the years He has shared advice & wisdom that has benefitted our business & made me a better person.
Another Hero that keeps that fire burning inside me. ~He’s kind of a big muscle’tastic version of #Yoda . bless you #TripleH.”

Scott Weiland’s Family, Friends & Bandmates Discuss His Final Days

Billboard have up a new piece on Scott Weiland’s final days, and months. The article reveals that Scott had hepatitis C, struggled with mental illness and antipsychotic medication, and he found out his parents had cancer this year (leading to him breaking down and crying before a soundcheck in San Diego a few months ago).

It is also mentioned in Billboard’s article that Scott’s children did not attend his funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. What Billboard didn’t mention though is that Scott’s children had their own private memorial for Scott, where they learned about who Scott was growing up from his oldest friends, and sent him off to Heaven in a way that honored his Catholic faith.

In Billboard’s article, Scott’s widow Jamie, mother Sharon, bandmates Tommy Black and Nick Maybury, tour manager Aaron Mohler, and more remember the late Stone Temple Pilots frontman.

“His body had ­suffered an enormous amount of abuse; that’s no secret. But he was not done,” says Jamie. “The notion that we’re not supposed to ‘glamorize him’ [because he did drugs]? F– that. He’s an icon.” He also was human. “He f–ed up. We all f– up. You know?”

Scott’s last text to Jamie was on the morning of December 3rd, “I’m so in love with my beautiful wife.”

“A lot of times I’ve seen Scott do coke so he could drink more,” says tour manager Aaron Mohler. “If I had known he was going to die, I would have taken every bottle away from him and thrown it. Just broke it right there.”

Tommy Black fled to a TGI Friday’s when he learned of Weiland’s death. “I had a bunch of shots,” he admits. He drank so much so quickly, he soon had to be carried out. “I was just bewildered and really upset. I lost my best friend.”

Jamie also discussed the legal battle with Weiland’s ex-wife Mary over his estate.

“I don’t know under what mattress she thinks she’s going to find $2 million, because it sure as shit isn’t here,” says Jamie. Public records show more than $147,000 in state tax liens on Weiland’s property. “He was broke.”

Interview: Europe Vocalist Talks David Bowie, Geico, and New Album

Europe is a rock band hailing from Sweden and famous for their 1986 hit, “The Final Countdown”. Recently, they were featured in a Geico car insurance commercial in which they performed the song. Last year, they released a new album called ‘War of Kings’. I spoke with Joey Tempest about musical influences, the Geico commercial, their most recent tour and album, and of course, that famous thirty-year-old hit song.

What inspired the creation of the band and its name?

After playing in different local bands, me and the guitarist, John Norum, formed a band we called Force. We practiced a hell of a lot and were dreaming hard of becoming a touring band. When it started to get a bit more serious we changed our name to Europe. We listened a lot to Deep Purple in those days and our name came from one of their live albums, “Made in Europe”.

What were your early influences in music?

Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, and UFO.

Being that “The Final Countdown” is your best-known work, what sparked the creation of the song and how does it feel for the song to continue to be successful nearly thirty years after its release?

We were a guitar band, but as a songwriter, I experienced a bit with keyboards and came up with the main theme for The Final Countdown when I was still a teenager. We recorded it some years later for our third album. Lyrically, it was inspired by the first single I ever bought, “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, and the feel and sort of galloping tempo, I guess, came from listening to British rock bands that often used this kind of feel in those days.

How did the commercial for Geico insurance come about?

They approached us quite a while ago and after seeing a similar commercial by Iggy Pop here in the U.K., where I live, we thought we give it a go. We didn’t want to take ourselves too seriously and liked their initial idea of a script. However, we said if we were to do this, we wanted to use a new version of the song and that we were in control of our appearance. Since we’ve been back for eleven years and recorded five new albums, it was just a matter of rolling into the film studio straight from the tour and cutting the thing in a few hours. We had checked out other GEICO commercials and thought they used great directors together with scripts that had a good sense of humour.

2015 saw the release of a new album for you. What were your influences in making ‘War of Kings’?

It’s just an ongoing process and adventure for us. ‘War Of Kings’ is the fifth record since we got together again in 2004. Together with producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons), we wanted to just do an honest record with a nice vibe. It turned out sounding a bit like those warm classic hard rock records we grew up with, and it’s fast becoming one of our favourite Europe albums.

It seems that you spent most of 2015 on tour. What were some memorable shows/experiences while on tour?

Well, 2015 was a great year for us. We went around the world with our new record and played loads of great gigs. We received a “Classic Rock” award in London and a “People’s Choice” award in our native Sweden. One of those years that we will stick in our memories for sure.

Do you think there is a difference in popularity for the band between the United States and other parts of the world?

Over the last eleven years we have worked quite a lot over here in the U.K, Scandinavia, and Europe, and we have managed to establish the “new” Europe with our latest five albums. We have just recently started going back to the US and now with an American based management. We have a lot of work to do but we are very excited to reacquaint ourselves with American rock fans and media over the next coming years.

What is your favorite Rock/Metal album of all time?
Too many great ones to chose from, but the “rock bible” for us as young musicians and band members must have been “Live In Japan” with Deep Purple. To us, it’s the essence of great rock’n’roll and musicianship. For our generation that album was the beginning of everything!

David Bowie Turned Down Producing Red Hot Chili Peppers

Anthony Kiedis appeared on Jonesy’s Jukebox earlier this week, and he revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers asked the late David Bowie to produce two of their albums. Alternative Nation transcribed the following quotes:

“Every record we ever made, we had the band discussion.

‘Who should we get to produce this record?’

‘I don’t know, we have to try someone new!’

‘Let’s get David Bowie!’

‘Okay, let’s call him.’

So in the beginning we would call him, and he would say no, respectfully. Then later we would write long e-mails explaining everything, and why it was time for us to really get our ships on, and he always respectfully declined. For 2 minutes I was heartbroken, and then I would hear Chad Smith play drums, and I’d be like, ‘We’re good, we could do something else.'”

“We asked him to produce By the Way, as we were writing By the Way, and then we asked him again for our next record, which was Stadium Arcadium. He said no to us 2 or 3 times, but his mate [Brian] Eno, who we’ve also been asking our entire career to produce a record for us, has said no 8 times.”

David Bowie died from cancer on January 10th, just days after releasing his final album Blackstar. Red Hot Chili Peppers have covered “Suffragette City” in the past.

Find Out How Much Money Tool & Scott Weiland Made At Recent Concerts

Billboard have released box office reports for recent rock concerts, including the late Scott Weiland’s final U.S. concert just two months ago, recent Tool and Puscifer shows, a Marilyn Manson show, and many more.

Artist: Scott Weiland
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: November 29, 2015
Gross Sales: $8,585
Attendance/Capacity: 566 / 1,573
Ticket Prices: $15

Artist: Tool, 3Teeth
Venue: San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Date: January 6-7, 2016
Gross Sales: $1,476,140
Attendance/Capacity: 17,365 / 17,365
Ticket Prices: $90, $85

Artist: Muse, X Ambassadors
Venue: Chicago, IL – United Center
Date: January 13, 2016
Gross Sales: $819,321
Attendance/Capacity: 13,439 / 13,439
Ticket Prices: $69.50, $59.50, $49.50, $39.50

Artist: Judas Priest, Mastodon
Venue: Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Date: November 5-6, 2015
Gross Sales: $299,689
Attendance/Capacity: 3,160 / 3,160
Ticket Prices: $95

Artist: King Crimson
Venue: Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Date: November 19-21, 2015
Gross Sales: $286,697
Attendance/Capacity: 3,107 / 3,107
Ticket Prices: $150.07, $52.15

Artist: Nightwish, Amorphis, Arch Enemy
Venue: Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
Date: November 18, 2015
Gross Sales: $260,923
Attendance/Capacity: 6,409 / 8,378
Ticket Prices: $46.91, $31.99

Artist: Deep Purple
Venue: Hamburg, GER – Barclaycard Arena
Date: November 23, 2015
Gross Sales: $258,484
Attendance/Capacity: 4,359 / 7,555
Ticket Prices: $72.37, $51.09

Artist: Marilyn Manson, Krokodil
Venue: London, UK – Eventim Apollo
Date: November 19, 2015
Gross Sales: $251,391
Attendance/Capacity: 5,085 / 5,098
Ticket Prices: $49.44

Artist: Scorpions
Venue: Antwerp, BEL – Sportpaleis
Date: November 22, 2015
Gross Sales: $247,944
Attendance/Capacity: 4,669 / 8,000
Ticket Prices: $85.14, $40.44

Artist: Puscifer, Luchafer
Venue: Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Date: December 8, 2015
Gross Sales: $115,827
Attendance/Capacity: 1,907 / 1,907
Ticket Prices: $79.50, $59.50

Artist: Godsmack, Red Sun Rising
Venue: Fresno, CA – William Saroyan Theatre
Date: November 8, 2015
Gross Sales: $65,686
Attendance/Capacity: 1,360 / 2,319
Ticket Prices: $69.50, $29.50

Artist: Ghost, Purson
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
Date: October 26, 2015
Gross Sales: $40,321
Attendance/Capacity: 1,325 / 1,325
Ticket Prices: $30.60, $28

Artist: Falling in Reverse, Attila, Metro Station, Assuming We Survive
Venue: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Date: December 4, 2015
Gross Sales: $30,597
Attendance/Capacity: 1,315 / 2,300
Ticket Prices: $25, $23

Artist: Bring Me the Horizon, Issues, PVRIS
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Date: October 23, 2015
Gross Sales: $28,527
Attendance/Capacity: 771 / 771
Ticket Prices: $37

Artist: King Diamond, Electric Citizen
Venue: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Date: November 23, 2015
Gross Sales: $23,502
Attendance/Capacity: 859 / 2,300
Ticket Prices: $30, $27

Artist: Symphony X, Overkill
Venue: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Date: September 26, 2015
Gross Sales: $17,685
Attendance/Capacity: 594 / 640
Ticket Prices: $100, $32, $25, $12.50

Artist: Between the Buried and Me, Enslaved, Intronaut, Native Construct
Venue: Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
Date: November 29, 2015
Gross Sales: $16,553
Attendance/Capacity: 601 / 1,300
Ticket Prices: $28, $27.50

Artist: Machine Head
Venue: St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
Date: December 4, 2015
Gross Sales: $14,193
Attendance/Capacity: 613 / 705
Ticket Prices: $30, $25

Artist: Tremonti, Trivium
Venue: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Date: September 30, 2015
Gross Sales: $10,555
Attendance/Capacity: 509 / 1,186
Ticket Prices: $25, $20

Artist: Eluveitie, The Agonist
Venue: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Date: September 16, 2015
Gross Sales: $9,615
Attendance/Capacity: 476 / 721
Ticket Prices: $20, $12.50

Guns N’ Roses Mock Steven Tyler For Taking Credit For Reunion

Guns N’ Roses members Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan have released a statement mocking people like Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, and Andrew Dice Clay for taking credit for their reunion.

“Guns N’ Roses would like to respectfully thank the many people taking credit for our upcoming shows and everything in between. Especially those whom we haven’t spoken to in numerous years who, through the power of media, have somehow served a pivotal, even if non-existent role. We, and the fans thank you! #GnFnR.”

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler discussed Guns N’ Roses’ reunion on The Howard Stern show earlier this week. When asked if he was responsible for the reunion, he had the following quotes:

“I’m sure I’m not solely.”

“I ran into Axl [Rose] at a club a year or two ago and told him he’s crazy, we all miss them, and he needs to get the band back together.”

“If they didn’t get back together soon they would have missed their window and no one would have cared in 3 or 4 years.”

“People love Axl with the original band, they love him on his own but they want to see him with the original guys.”

“I said the same things to Axl that everyone said to me when me and Joe Perry were fighting.”

“Guns N Roses music was part of the fabric of all people.”

When asked about the animosity in GNR:

“I get the whole thing, I can’t talk about it. But they’re talking and they got an offer. I hope Axl can see the greater picture and not be mad at Duff and Slash.”

Howard asked if the beef was similar to the riff that tore apart Aerosmith, asked jokingly if one of the band members slept with another ones wife or something?

Steven said it was deeper then that. But the world needs to hear their music and they’re talking to each other again.

Frances Bean Cobain Talks Favorite Singers & Desire To Have 20 Tattoos

Frances Bean Cobain revealed her favorite female singers in a recent tweet.

She added on Fiona Apple:

She also discussed her tattoos:

Tool Planning Two New Music Videos

NSYK posted an exchange from Tool guitarist Adam Jones’ recent VIP Q&A on the band’s Reddit a couple of days ago.

“Adam talked a lot about the process they were going through on the new album. No one asked about the progress, so I can’t tell you what the status of that was.

What I did find very telling, however, was him talking about the progress they’ve made on producing the two music videos. It came out of him talking about using CGI vs stop motion work in Hollywood and his time as a visual effects artist. This made me believe they are very far along in their work on the album.”

He added, “He said two music videos that they were on the hook from the record company for, complained they only get an advance on the video and would likely lose money as it would be all over Youtube and Vimeo and not get traditional revenue, and talked about different options for making money back.”

Tool also recently released a newsletter that hints at future projects, though does not offer an update on their new album.

“As I’m sure some of you are aware, it’s now 2016 era vulgaris (or, if your pseudo-Latin is a bit rusty, 2016 in the common era), and as such, it’s a fair bet that at least a few Tool enthusiasts are wondering what might be in store for the band in the new calendar year. Well, the Criswell in me predicts that 2016 e.v. will be an exciting year (of course, Criswell once predicted that a beam from outer space would turn all the metal in Denver into carbon nanotube rubber!). However, before anyone reads too much into this (again), I have no time tables for anything, and that’s with a sequined tuxedo. As Tool finishes up the current mini-tour in those states where McDonalds first offered sweet tea, what I do have is e-mail traffic that suggests (nay, confirms) that the band is making preparations for things to come besides a new record.”

Steven Tyler Says ‘Nobody Would Have Cared’ About Guns N’ Roses Reunion In A Few Years

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler discussed Guns N’ Roses’ reunion on The Howard Stern show yesterday. When asked if he was responsible for the reunion, he had the following quotes:

“I’m sure I’m not solely.”

“I ran into Axl [Rose] at a club a year or two ago and told him he’s crazy, we all miss them, and he needs to get the band back together.”

“If they didn’t get back together soon they would have missed their window and no one would have cared in 3 or 4 years.”

“People love Axl with the original band, they love him on his own but they want to see him with the original guys.”

“I said the same things to Axl that everyone said to me when me and Joe Perry were fighting.”

“Guns N Roses music was part of the fabric of all people.”

When asked about the animosity in GNR:

“I get the whole thing, I can’t talk about it. But they’re talking and they got an offer. I hope Axl can see the greater picture and not be mad at Duff and Slash.”

Howard asked if the beef was similar to the riff that tore apart Aerosmith, asked jokingly if one of the band members slept with another ones wife or something?

Steven said it was deeper then that. But the world needs to hear their music and they’re talking to each other again.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Announce Concert For Bernie Sanders, Give Big Update On New Album

Red Hot Chili Peppers have joined the effort to help elect Bernie Sanders to the presidency. The Los Angeles-based alternative rockers will headline an all-ages show at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Friday, February 5, as part of a FEEL THE BERN political fundraiser. Ticket sales will go toward Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Click here for tickets.

Tickets to see Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Theatre at Ace Hotel will go on sale Friday, February 5, at 10:00 a.m. for $30.00 to $2,700.00 each plus service fees. Also, there is a presale right now for those of you who want to get your tickets early. Passwords: BERNIE and RCHP.

Drummer Chad Smith recently revealed that Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded a new song in just 4 hours a few days ago.

Production Issues Delayed New Deftones Album

An interview with Deftones frontman Chino Moreno that was conducted back in October by IVN Studios has just been released. When asked why the band weren’t releasing the album in November 2015 like they had planned, Moreno joked that he lied. “Yes we were, I lied.”

He also discussed the reason the album’s release was delayed (it will now be released on April 8th), “The guy who recorded the record with us had mixed us, but at the time, we finished the record, then we started doing some shows, so we weren’t around while it was being mixed. So we got off tour and we listened to it, we were like, ‘Let’s trying something else.’ We tried someone else who was great, but didn’t record the record, so there were a lot of the nuances and things during the recording that were missing. So we ended up going back with Matt Hyde, who initially recorded the record.”

Live Are Working On A New Album

Guitarist Chad Taylor of Live has recently revealed on his Facebook page the band were snowed in their studio during Winter Storm Jonus in York, Pennsylvania, which gave them an opportunity to write and record new music.  However, currently there have been no plans revealed for a new release.

Live’s last album was 2014’s very underrated eighth studio album The Turn, which many fans considered their best effort since 1997’s Secret Samhadi. The Turn is also the band’s first album featuring Chris Shinn on vocals, replacing founding member Ed Kowalczyk who left the band in November 2009 in a seemingly bitter departure.  Shinn was previously the lead vocalist of Unified Theory which also featured former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen and Blind Melon members Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith.

Hear all the best from Live, Pearl Jam, Unified Theory, and Blind Melon at www.rockshowradio.net and www.alternativenation.net/radio.

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These 15 Alternative Rock Artists Deserve Your Attention Right Now!

On New Year’s Day Alternative Nation posted an article Make Listening to These Ten Up and Coming Bands Your New Year’s Resolution, and now that we have given you some time to fall in love with those ten bands, here are fifteen more. So before you start raving out (do the kids still do that?) to that new Skrillex record, try listening to these ten bands that may just save rock and roll and make people realize that EDM is pretty much just disco.

Dear Stalker
Lisa Murphwell – Vocals/Guitar
Adam Learner – Bass/Backing Vocals
Alan Murphwell – Drums
A three piece band from Melbourne, Australia which features a talented front woman with a stellar and bold voice accompanied by one of the best rhythm sections in modern rock, Dear Stalker have the pieces in place to break at any moment.

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Echo Collider
Members:  Bryan, Matt, Derek, RJ and Matt
Echo Collider is a five piece progressive hard rock band hailing from Kansas City, MO. Dynamically mixing heavy guitars along with moments where the listener can get whisked up in the exploratory song progression, Echo Collider have the music to take you on a trip.

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Dear Adamus
Raytheon Dunn: Vocals/Guitar
Chris Wilkins: Bass/ Vocals
Severin Di Croce: Drums
With multiple vocalists that are as smooth and flawless as they come and a sound that rivals some of the best singer/songwriter acts of today, Dear Adamas is just getting started with their latest single “Somber Face”.

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Helms Alee
Ben Verellen:  Guitar/Vocals
Dana James:  Bass/Vocals
Hozoji Margullis:  Drums/Vocals

A three piece band out of Seattle, WA, Helms Alee are masters of progressive melodies and vocal harmonies; its modern rock that builds and explodes. If you like Tool they are a must listen, though Helms Alee are by no means imitators and often branch out finding unexplored musical territory. And on a side note, their album artwork is breathtaking.


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Home Address
Frankie Mattero:  Vocals
Brandon DeAtley:  Drums
Albert Deel:  Bass/Vocals
Christian Deel:  Guitar
Brandon Deel:  Guitar
Home Address is a five piece band from Fredericksburg, Virginia that radiates nothing but feel good alternative rock. It’s one of those rare perfect musical marriages where all the components mesh together to form a unique and refreshing sound all its own, as evident in the track “Supposedly“.

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Inner Temple
Dustin Schumacher: Guitar/Vocals
Keeyan Zimmerman: Drums
Dan Dent: Bass
A three piece band from Bloomsburg, PA, Inner Temple quench the thirst for fans of early 90s alternative rock that crave that type of new music from a modern band.  Inner Temple are carrying the torch passed on by Nirvana and The Screaming Trees but with a modern twist.
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Messenger Birds
Parker: Vocals/Guitar
Chris: Drums
A two piece band from Detriot, MI, Messenger Birds are a bit grungy and a bit solo Jack White, but their use of space allows them to stand apart from their peers.
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Outta The Furnace
Minnesota John: Guitar/vocals
Stevie Steve: Bass Guitar
Matt Albright: Drums
Outta The Furnace are a three piece bluesy modern rock band from Virginia Beach, VA. White Stripes meets Buddy Guy; Outta The Furnace has formed a sound all their own.

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Sabrosa Purr
Will Love: Vocals/Guitar
Sabrosa Purr is an experimental alternative rock band from Los Angeles, CA. They have taken a wide range of influences while superbly taking advantage of time in their songwriting and created something truly extraordinary.

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Tim Branom
Alternative Nation’s very own multi-talented reporter Tim Branom is a rock music veteran from Los Angeles, California. Branom has worked with the likes of Layne Staley and Days of the New. A guru in the studio and a great songwriter, Branom’s music is tailored to perfection. Throw in some great hooks, perfect transitions, and voice that can rattle the soul, Branom’s music is a must listen.  Branom just released a raucous new single entitled “Blind” last month, download it on iTunes.


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Ultra Major (Formally Concreatures)
Ty Jontz
Nick Tardif
Eric Pearson
From Brooklyn, NY, Ultra Major create nothing but great and heavy melodic tracks. Their sound is a throw back to the 90’s with smooth vocals and loud guitars.; a hint of Screaming Trees mixed with their own brand of alternative rock.

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The Vidos
Brett Hornall: Lead Vocals/Bass
Kirk Musfelt: Guitar / Backup Vocals
Nolan Nielsen: Drums / Backup Vocals
The Vidos are a three piece punk band from Vancouver, BC, Canada and fun is the only way to describe them. Their music isn’t overplayed pop/punk nonsense, but is actually reminiscent of the early punk days by perfecting the habitual short punk track with excellent musicianship.

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Ribs
Keith Freund: Vocals/Guitar/Bass
Chris Oquist: Drums
Ribs are a duo from Boston, MA. With heavy guitars layered with a vocalist that has the aura of The Cure’s Robert Smith, Ribs have conjured up a sound like no other. They have opened for the likes of bands like Queens of the Stone Age and in 2016 a much anticipated new album is set to be released.

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If you have completely given up on rock or just came back from that much anticipated trip to mars, or any other random place completely void of all things regarding rock music in pop culture, and haven’t heard these two bands that have recently garnered significant fan bases, you should check them out!

Torche

Dead Sara

What are some of your favorite up and coming artists?  Feel free to share in the comments section below.

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Trent Reznor Remembers How David Bowie Helped Him Get Clean

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor has written an essay for Rolling Stone about the late David Bowie.  Below are some excerpts:

“For me, every Bowie album has its own set of memories. Back in the heyday of records, I’d go over to my friends house and listen to his collection of records in his basement. Scary Monsters was the first one I related to. Then I went backwards and discovered the Berlin trilogy, which was full-impact. By the early Nineties, as I found myself onstage with an audience, I was in full-obsession mode with Bowie. I read into all the breadcrumbs he’d put out — the clues in his lyrics that reveal themselves over time, the cryptic photographs, the magazine articles — and I projected and created what he was to me. His music really helped me relate to myself and figure out who I was. He was a tremendous inspiration in terms of what was possible, what the role of an entertainer could be, that there are no rules.”

“At one of our first meetings, in rehearsals, we were talking about how the tour was going to go. I was faced with a strange predicament: At that moment in time, we’d sold more tickets than he did in North America. And there’s no way on earth David Bowie is going to open for me. And on top of that, he said, ‘You know, I’m not going to play what anybody wants me to play. I just finished a strange new album. And we’re going to play some select cuts from a lot of Berlin trilogy–type things, and the new album. That’s not what people are going to want to see, but that’s what I need to do. And you guys are going to blow us away every night.’ I remember thinking, ‘Wow. I’m witnessing firsthand the fearlessness that I’ve read about.’

“We found out a way to do the show that made sense, where it all felt like one experience. We’d play stripped down, then David would come out and he’d do ‘Subterraneans’ with us, and then his band would come out and we’d play together, then my band would leave. One of the greatest moments of my life was standing onstage next to David Bowie while he sang ‘Hurt’ with me. I was outside of myself, thinking, ‘I’m standing onstage next to the most important influence I’ve ever had, and he’s singing a song I wrote in my bedroom.’ It was just an awesome moment.”

“There were a number of times where the two of us were alone, and he said some things that weren’t scolding, but pieces of wisdom that stuck with me: ‘You know, there is a better way here, and it doesn’t have to end in despair or in death, in the bottom.’

“A full year later, I hit bottom. Once I got clean, I felt a tremendous amount of shame, of my actions and missed opportunities and the damage that I’ve caused in the past. And I thought back to the time when we were together a lot, and I wonder what that could have been like if I was at 100 percent. The ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ falls into that category of me at my worst — out of my mind and ashamed of who I was at that time. So when I see that, I have mixed feelings — grateful to be involved, and flattered to be a part of it, but disgusted at myself, at who I was at that time, and wishing I had been 100 percent me. And it nagged me.

“A few years later, Bowie came through L.A. I’d been sober for a fair amount of time. I wanted to thank him in the way that he helped me. And I reluctantly went backstage, feeling weird and ashamed, like, ‘Hey, I’m the guy that puked on the rug.’ And again, I was met with warmth, and grace, and love. And I started to say, ‘Hey listen, I’ve been clean for …’ I don’t even think I finished the sentence; I got a big hug. And he said, ‘I knew. I knew you’d do that. I knew you’d come out of that.’ I have goosebumps right now just thinking about it. It was another very important moment in my life.”

Matt Sorum Talks GNR Tour Almost Killing Band, Caviar & Vodka Inspiring “November Rain”

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum discussed the Use Your Illusion records in a Spitfire interview.

“We just stayed out on the road forever, which eventually, practically killed us all (laughs), but it had a lot of legs as they say in the music business.”

He also remembered coming up with the drum parts for “November Rain” with Axl Rose. “Me and Axl were over there on the floor, we ordered some Russian caviar, we had a bottle of vodka. We sat here, me and Axl late at night, and we listened to Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me by Elton John. He was a big Elton fan, he loves Elton. We’re eating the caviar, and drinking shots of vodka, and this big epic tom fill comes by. Axl goes, ‘I want you to do that, something like that, on November Rain.'” Axl told Sorum he wanted him to use it again in “Don’t Cry” and “Estranged” as part of the ‘trilogy.’

Tool Celebrate The X-Files’ Return

Tool gave a shoutout to The X-Files at their show last night in Atlanta, GA. During intermission, a classic phrase and tagline from the series was displayed: ‘I want to believe.’ The X-Files returned to television on FOX Sunday after 14 years off the air. The show originally ran from 1993 to 2002 for 9 seasons, with feature films released in 1998 and 2008.

On another interesting note, Maynard James Keenan told fans that the band would be seeing Tool again soon, which is a promising sign for future tours and the next album. There was also a fan dressed as a banana, who Maynard referenced during “Opiate.” There was a fan dressed as a penguin next to the banana.

Setlist:
No Quarter
The Grudge
Parabola
Schism
Opiate
Ænima
Descending
Jambi
46&2
Drum Solo
Vicarious
Stinkfist