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Foo Fighters & Smashing Pumpkins Unite To Honor David Bowie: A Birthday Celebration

The passing of David Bowie, in the succession of the deaths of Scott Weiland and Lemmy, continue to devastate the hearts of millions if not billions of fans. These three figures, who in total have contributed thousands of songs to the human discography, are sorely missed not only on their creative output but they were massive figures bursting with integrity.

David Bowie, who stepped into the world of alternative rock to prop up and support acts who became some of alternative rock’s most popular acts, like Placebo, had an unprecedented influence on the genre’s development. His work in general, with albums like Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs inspired figures like Cobain, Corgan and Farrell, but this all goes without saying. Bowie’s influence bleeds through culture in a blatant and now tragic way.

One thing not always brought up, however, is one of the greatest gatherings of popular musicians, I dare say, of all time. On January 9th, 1997 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, David Bowie hosted a concert for his fiftieth birthday with a surreal lineup. What’s very admirable about Bowie is that he often reached out to people directly influenced by him first, instead of the other way around.

As seen in our featured photo, you can make Bowie surrounded by figures such as Robert Smith of the Cure, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters (as well as Pat Smear), Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal of Placebo and more. To celebrate his birthday, Bowie invited many of his friends and admirers.

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The European alternative rock band Placebo opened for the show. They were touring for their self titled album and were discovered by Bowie and in the late ’90s and became his opening act for several months. He would sing on their sophomore album Without You I’m Nothing on the eponymous track. After opening with some songs from his then recently released album, Earthlings, like “Little Wonder,” he brought out his first guest: Frank Black of the Pixies. Together they performed “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) from the selfsame titled album. They also performed “Fashion” together, from the same album.

In 1997, the Foo Fighters were flying high on the scene after Nirvana’s demise. No doubt, Bowie was aware of Nirvana’s cover of his song “The Man Who Sold the World.” He even performed at this show with his backing band. One would wonder though, if Cobain had lived if he would have been invited to perform with him. However, the Foo Fighters were invited to play “Hallo Spaceboy,” a song from the 1995 Outside album, with Bowie. They offered a thunderous rendition of the song. Bowie (vocals as well as guitar) and Grohl afterwards would perform the electronic tinged “Seven Years in Tibet” together. “Under Pressure” in later years, would become a staple of the Foo Fighters’ live set.

Sonic Youth, the noise rock band which also had a tremendous air within alternative rock circles, were present to perform and celebrate with Bowie, playing his newest single “I’m Afraid of Americans,” which featured production stylings from Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Bowie, never afraid to move forward. Below is also included Nine Inch Nails with David Bowie re-orchestrating “Hurt” in 1995, later covered famously by Johnny Cash.

After these performances, David Bowie delivered his hits “Heroes” and “The Man Who Sold the World” with his backing band. Robert Smith from the Cure, emerged from the darkness of backstage to share two songs with Bowie: “The Last Thing You Should Do” and “Quicksand,” though he wanted to do “Young Americans.”

One of the most prominent figures from Bowie’s past, another one of rock’s figures who favored collaboration with admirers, his friend and creative partner Lou Reed joined him on stage for four songs. The two worked on Reed’s album “Transformer” together, which swept the world in storm. The songs they did together that night were “Queen Bitch”, a Lou Reed song “Dirty Blvd” and two songs from Lou Reed’s first major band, the Velvet Underground: “White Light/White Heat” and “Waiting for the Man.” Those latter two songs were frequently covered by Bowie in his past. “Waiting for the Man” was particularly marvelous, with alternating lead vocals from the two. This performance has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It’s nice to revisit and sad to see these figures leave this world.

In 1997, the following song would already have a sentimental and memorial connotation associated with it, Freddie Mercury having passed away a few years before. The duet is shared with his bassist at the time, American bassist Gail Ann Dorsey.

He closed his set with the Ziggy Stardust track, “Moonage Daydream” and seemingly ended the concert with band introductions. The backing band consisted of Reeves Gabrels on guitar, Mike Garson on keyboards (who also worked with the Pumpkins in later years), Zach Alford on drums and Gail Ann Dorsey on bass.

However, as with most great things there is an encore. After an aptly deserved “Happy Birthday!” from Dorsey, some more music emerged. For the encore, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, a huge Bowie fan, joined Bowie on stage for “The Jean Genie” and Mott the Hopple’s “All the Young Dudes,” written by Bowie in the early ’70s. In introducing Corgan, Bowie uttered his famous quote, “I don’t know where I’m going from here but I promise it won’t be boring.” The encore was ended with “Space Oddity” which would be covered by the Smashing Pumpkins during their Oceania tour.

Bowie’s death is as sudden as it is grave. I found out coming out of the Primus and Tool concert in San Diego on their latest tour. It hit me the next day and it hit me very hard and at once. While listening to “Teenage Wildlife,” I became incredibly upset and my eyes followed suit. I felt an embrace and goodbye. What I wrote on my band’s page is the only thing that I can really manage to say about his passing:

David Bowie has died and reborn for the last time, as he did hundreds of times during his lifetime. From the Thin White Duke to Ziggy Stardust to Blackstar – Bowie has always been reborn and died, we tend to forget. This time, it just hits us a bit harder because his consistently ever-changing body and essence has gone to its biggest rebirth, a union with the universe. As he ever was, Bowie exists in all of us. He exists in our courage and our engendered ability to face ourselves, to be ourselves no matter what people tell us. And people do change. His music encompasses a lot, but one thing that has always stood out to me is the spirit of bravery – encouraging people to experience the most of life to better themselves and to grow. To dance, to wander in space, to live as teenage wildlife, to be heroes and in the indefinite final acts and climaxes: to be reborn as Lazarus when Jesus gave life back to him in Lazarus’ miraculous resurrection, the utmost compassionate act we can accept to give ourselves as life continues to shape and challenge us. In embracing his deep lessons, Bowie will be continue to be reborn thousands and thousands of times more.

Rest in peace, Blackstar

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Interview: Coheed & Cambria’s Travis Stever Talks Chad Smith Motivating Taylor Hawkins, Soundgarden & Blind Melon

Right photo credit: Scott Dudelson of Getty Images

Cleveland Stever? Daddy Deuce? Fire Deuce? If all this toilet talk has got you wondering what’s up, I suggest we point you in the direction of the 5-song debut EP from Fire Deuce, titled ‘Children of the Deuce,’ which was released today. And judging from such ditties as “Deliverance” (an audio clip is below), FD possesses an unmistakable ’80s metal vibe.

Alternative Nation caught up with the band’s leader, Cleveland Stever (aka Daddy Deuce), to chat about the disc, and it just so happens that Coheed and Cambria’s Travis Stever was nearby, and was up for discussing his thoughts/memories of Taylor Hawkins, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Blind Melon.

Alternative Nation: There appears to be a lot of doo-doo talk regarding the Fire Deuce – the band’s name, Cleveland Stever, etc. Was this a happy accident?

Cleveland Stever (aka Daddy Deuce): The name Fire Deuce is very multi-dimensional. You can take the name very literal and it’s the torturous flames you feel after a night of bourbon and numerous hot sauce drenched truck stop burritos. But a thinking man would realize the Fire Deuce means that hot shit on the street that can’t be beat. It’s a stinker or a thinker baby. Your choice.

AN: How heavy is Fire Deuce?

CS: Heavier then the heaviest sperm whale. So heavy we break the scale.

AN: I just checked out Fire Deuce’s Instagram page. How does one obtain a badass “Bud: King of Beers” guitar/instrument?

CS: Budweiser was a Fire Deuce sponsor at one point years ago. But I ran into issues with Tom Budweiser who was heir to the Budweiser throne. I fortunately had sexual relations with his then wife, 6 daughters, mother, grandmother, grandfather, and his pet rabbit. Unfortunately, Tom was not as open minded as I hoped. The events led to Fire Deuce being cut off from the Budweiser sponsorship. But I kept my trusty Bud guitar. And they will have to pry it from my cold dead hands.

AN: Has Fire Deuce played live? If not, will there be forthcoming shows?

CS: We have been opening up for the alternative rock group Coheed and Cambria as of late. They are an atrocious band, but it’s a gig. They give us a 10-minute slot every night. We fucking rule that 10-minute slot.

AN: Is Fire Deuce’s favorite Kiss song “Deuce”?

CS: Nah, our favorite Kiss song is “I Was Made for Loving You.” Disco Kiss all the way, baby!

AN: Was the tune “Deliverance” really inspired by the film starring Ned Beatty?

CS: I don’t know what you’re talking about. The song “Deliverance” is about a real Fire Deuce experience involving white water rafting, red neck pervert rapists, and liquid acid. How does that relate to this movie you speak of?

AN: What are Fire Deuce’s future plans? A full-length, perhaps?

CS: There are already quite a few deuce songs ready. We just need to get up in that stu stu studio baby. If enough people buy the newly remastered ‘Children of the Deuce’ EP, we will be right up in there, making magic.

AN: Daddy Deuce, if you wouldn’t mind handing the laptop over now to Travis, I have some specific questions that my editor at Alternative Nation would like me to ask him, as well.

CS: Ahhh fuck man. I knew there was a catch. Fortunate for you that asshole is letting me crash in his basement. It’s just temporary ’til I get on my feet. Anyway, he is on his way down to chain me up for the night. He’s afraid his wife will get the Ol’ Nancy Budweiser treatment. Hold on here he is.

AN: What are some memories of working with the Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins in 2007?

Travis Stever: He was super enthusiastic and passionate about how he went about playing to the songs. His energy is quite incredible. Watching him play especially to our songs was an amazing experience. And funny enough, a majority of the time Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers was there messing with him and commenting on his playing as he blew through the songs. It was an honor to be in his presence, as well as we were all fans of his work. I think having him there made Taylor really want to play his ass off too. So that benefited Coheed, for sure.

AN: Memories of touring with Soundgarden in 2011?

TS: My top memory is that I got to have all the members sign my ticket from the Soungarden, Blind Melon, and Neil Young with Booker T and the MGs tour I had seen in 1993. I got to be a fan boy.

AN: Memories of touring with Alice in Chains on the Uproar Tour in 2013?

TS: It was an honor to share the stage with them, Jane’s Addiction, and our friends Circa Survive. I loved being able to hear Jerry Cantrell get up there and warm up every day. And Jane’s Addiction had a jam room, so getting to hear them warm up with covers of songs like “Funk 49” by the James Gang and some of their own numbers was quite incredible.

AN: Not many people know – you’re a big-time Blind Melon fan, especially their second album, ‘Soup.’ Care to discuss?

TS: I love all their material, but ‘Soup’ is a very special album for me. Funny enough, that record was just as important to Claudio too. It has these memories of our teenage years in every note and melody. It always comes back up, too. Eventually, it became a van favorite in the early days of Coheed. And it’s still revisited all the time. It’s just so powerful in every way. And it is so underrated. Everyone I know who has ever given it the real listen has fallen in love.

Foo Fighters, U2 & Deftones Cancel European Concerts After Paris Attacks

Foo Fighters, U2, and Deftones have been forced to cancel dates in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.  Foo Fighters were scheduled to perform Monday, November 16th in Paris and have additionally cancelled the remainder of their European tour, Deftones were scheduled to perform November 14th, 15th, and 16th, and U2 were scheduled to perform November 14th and 15th.

Foo Fighters released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can’t continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.”

The Deftones were scheduled to play The Bataclan Concert Hall, the venue where one of the attacks took place, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and reportedly escaped the venue 15 min before the attack.  They have released the following statement on their Facebook page:

“Thank for all your inquiries on our well being. Band/Crew all safe and accounted for at this time. Prayers for those affected in these tragic events.”

U2 also canceled a pair of dates that was scheduled to be broadcast on HBO and released the following statement:

“We watched in disbelief and shock at the unfolding events in Paris and our hearts go out to all the victims and their families across the city tonight.  We are devastated at the loss of life at the Eagles of Death Metal concert and our thoughts and prayers are with the band and their fans. And we hope and pray that all of our fans in Paris are safe.”

127 were confirmed (though the number has varied) executed by ISIS terrorists at attacks on an Eagles Of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan Concert Hall and other locations in Paris, France.  French President Francois Hollande said “faced with war the country must take appropriate action” and has declared three days of mourning in the country.

Hear all the best from The Foo Fighters, U2, and The Deftones at www.rockshowradio.net and www.alternativenation.net/radio.

 

 

Foo Fighters Record New Material

According to Rolling Stone, the Foo Fighters are already planning new music, less than a year removed from their latest studio album “Sonic Highways”.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made the announcement during the band’s Austin City Limits Festival set:

“You know what I did last night … We recorded five fucking new songs in your beautiful city.”

Grohl also told the ACL festival goers that rocker Ben Kweller will be featured on one of those tracks.

In other FF news, at a recent Foo Fighters’ show in Wichita, Kansas, Dave Grohl had some fun with some rich fans sitting in box seats.

“I will get a wave going, you rich motherfuckers in the box seats, I’ll even make you do a fucking wave. Look at you!”

Taylor Hawkins chimed in, “They’ve got the dinner and shit being served to them.”

Grohl added, “I know, they own car dealerships and shit up there, I know who they are. I know who you are, you’ve got fucking carpet cleaning company, I get it. You got tickets from the hockey team or some shit, it’s all good. Just so you know, I’m going to rock your fucking balls just as hard as these motherfuckers. You can sit there eating your trinket fingers, but your ass is mine motherfucker. (Laughs) That’s just how I roll. Hope ya’ll got some fucking ranch with that shit! I get it. Don’t get me started.”

Top 10 Reasons Dave Grohl Should Host SNL

A petition at www.ipetitions.com is gaining quite a bit of momentum for Dave Grohl to host Saturday Night Live (SNL). Grohl, the eccentric frontman for the Foo Fighters, is known for his humor during concerts and has also had many hilarious acting credits and cameos in movies and television, which also includes a stint hosting Chelsea Lately.   And there are also all those hilarious Foo Fighters videos.

Grohl and the Foo Fighters have also released YouTube videos that should add to his resume to host the show. Below, see the Top 10 Reasons Dave Grohl Should Host Saturday Night Live.

1. Foo Fighters’ “Big Me” music video

2. He guest hosted Chelsea Lately

3. When Foo Fighters toured with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it was hyped by an outrageous MTV News special featuring Grohl.

4. The Fresh Pots video

5. Foo Fighters’ 2011 Kansas City Counter Protest

6. Foo Fighters’ 2015 Westboro Baptist Church Counter Protest

7. Foo Fighters’ “Everlong” music video

8. He just knows how to make people laugh.

9. Foo Fighters’ “Learn To Fly” music video

10. Foo Fighters’ “Long Road To Ruin” music video

Many musical guests have hosted the show in the past, including Christina Aguilera, Desi Arnaz, Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Hammer, Deborah Harry, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Britney Spears, Sting, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Lily Tomlin, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Zappa. So an SNL with Dave Grohl as host would not be as far-fetched as some might think.

The Foo Fighters are currently in the middle of a world tour supporting their latest effort Sonic Highways. To hear all the best from Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters tune to www.alternativenation.net/radio and www.rockshowradio.net.

Top 20 Underrated Foo Fighters Songs

One way great artists stand out compared to the ones that are forced to play gigs at the county fair when their popularity dwindles is from the quality of their underrated tracks. “Underrated tracks” as in no video was made, no single was distributed, and these tracks didn’t crack anywhere near the top 40, however, they are fantastic tracks that could be more widely known if they received significant promotion. The Foo Fighters are one of the few bands in recent memory who have the underrated tracks that could possibly stand on their own if they were distributed and promoted.

The following are 20 of the Foo Fighters best underrated tracks, plus an honorable mention:

Track:  “Baker Street”
Album: Medium Rare and My Hero single
The best cover the Foo Fighters recorded. It became a bit of a radio hit in the late 90’s when it was released as the b-side to the “My Hero” single, however to many this track is a virtual unknown. Featuring fantastic guitar tone, The Foos quite possibly nail the transitions better than the original. Dave Grohl’s voice fits in with the aura of the track very nicely. With “Baker Street”, the Foo Fighters recorded one of the best cover songs of the modern rock era.

Track: “Band On The Run”
Album: Medium Rare
The Foos next best cover and doing Sir Paul proud in the process. Again, when covering this classic the Foos hit the transitions perfectly and add some heavy guitar during the chorus and bridge making it their own.

Track:  “Come Alive”
Album: Echo’s Silence Patience & Grace
One of the most beautiful progressive rock tracks in the Foo Fighters catalog. “Come Alive” begins with a great acoustic guitar line and builds to a loud and heavy rocker. Grohl said this about the track in an interview with Kerrang! “On the last album we split the acoustic side and the electric side into two albums. Here, we’ve split it into one song. This is about reawakening after becoming a father. Anyone who’s a father understands how the world becomes a different place when your child is born. I just feel and see everything differently now.”

Track:  “Enough Space”
Album: The Colour and the Shape
“Enough Space” is a track about one of Grohl’s favorite movies Arizona Dream. With a very unique beginning and with the most profound bass line in the Foo Fighters catalog, “Enough Space” is loud and is an example of the fundamental hard rock the Foo Fighters are known for.

Track:  “Erase/Replace”
Album: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace
Quintessential Foo Fighters style rock with a great chorus that gets stuck in your head. Grohl said this about the track in an interview with Kerrang! “I still listen to (Metallica’s album) Kill ‘Em All once a week and there’s a part of me that will never lose the love of riffs. That’s where a song like this comes in. As a drummer and a guitar player, the rhythmic quality of a decent riff is like a cannon to me. I can write riffs all day long because I look at the guitar like a drum set. So, just as I’ll sit at a drum kit and play beats, I sit with a guitar and try the same thing. That’s what I was doing here. This one rocks.”

Track:  “Exhausted”
Album: Foo Fighters (Self-Titled)
A classic progressive rocker from the early years, with the tone and distortion that gives the listener a different feeling when it kicks into the chorus. Additionally, it has one of the most unique bridges in the history of modern rock music, with some semi-controlled guitar feedback adding to the allure of the track.

Track:  “Floaty”
Album: Foo Fighters (Self-Titled)
A much underrated early Foo Fighters masterpiece. Grohl hits melodic and hard rock points with this track while the music builds to heavy progressive perfection.

Track:  “Free Me”
Album: In Your Honor
Possibly the most underrated original Foo Fighters track in their entire catalog. It is heavy, hard hitting, hard rock… perfection. Grohl screaming “Free Me!” during the chorus is like a jolt of pure adrenaline. Grohl had this to say about “Free Me” in an interview with Metal Hammer, “The tricky thing is that most of the demos are instrumental. I may have an idea of the vocal but I don’t have any lyrics, so even if I come up with a killer instrumental arrangement but the vocals are like diarrhea, then it winds up in the trash. Like after I put vocals on ‘Free Me’ I just knew it was good. At the end of the day, if there’s a song that I whole heartedly just don’t like then it’s not going on the record, even if the other guys are all, ‘Yeah!’ about it.”

Track:  “Good Grief”
Album: Foo Fighters (Self-Titled)
Another heavy rocker with great guitar work, building and succeeding, and again Grohl’s voice fits the tone of the song perfectly.

Track:  “Hell”
Album: In Your Honor
Heavy with excellent guitar work surrounding the core guitar track, and again, Grohl’s voice fits the nature of the track flawlessly.

Track:  “Hey, Johnny Park!”
Album: The Colour And The Shape
One of the first non-single tracks to be considered a fan favorite among Foo Fighters fans and yet another track that probably should have been a single. Another slight late 90’s radio hit, “Hey, Johnny Park!” features melodic verses with a guitar infused chorus that hit like no other Foo Fighters song.

Track:  “I Am A River”
AlbumSonic Highways
One of the Foo Fighters best ballads. With a perfect chorus and beautiful lyrics, “I Am A River” is a staple of the Sonic Highways album. Written as part of the Foo Fighters Sonic Highways documentary, Grohl describes his process in writing the song on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:
“This song is filled with references, (the lyric) I find the secret behind the Soho door is referring to Majic Shop Studio and how it’s just this one tiny door in the street and you would never know it’s a studio. I find a reason that’s a Lou Reed reference, (the lyric) beneath the subway floor that’s talking about Minetta Creek which is a river that run’s under New York City. So this song is mostly about that, this river that runs underground through the city that’s known as Minetta Creek. I thought there was something beautiful in a river running through something as monolithic and futuristic as New York City and maybe we are all connected by something like that.”

Track:  “In Your Honor”
Album: In Your Honor
Another progressive masterpiece that is single worthy. The title track to the Foo Fighters experimental fifth album features perfect transitions and the pause and scream at the end of the track makes this one of the better tracks on the album. In an interview with Kerrang! Grohl said this about what influenced him in the writing of the track, “The song itself was just inspired by going out on the campaign trail and experiencing such a strong sense of devotion and belief. People were getting together to make a difference, for the sake of something honorable. It’s that overwhelming feeling of connection with something. It could be love, it could be football, it could be music, it could be anything. I’m trying to keep it general so people don’t focus on one specific thing. It’s not a political record at all.”

Track: “My Poor Brain”
Album: The Colour And The Shape
A dynamic punk track that has a unique intro. The bridge and its guitar work takes “My Poor Brain” to another level.

Track:  “New Way Home”
Album: The Colour And The Shape
This track rivals “Free Me” as the most underrated track in the entire Foo Fighters catalog. Very melodic and perfectly written as the closer to The Colour And The Shape. The slow repeat of the first verse building to a heavier repeat of the chorus is what sets this track apart from the other underrated tracks in the Foo Fighters catalog. Grohl had this to say about the track in an interview with Vox magazine, “That’s about winding your way through all of these songs, emotions and pitfalls and ups and downs, but at the end of the day, you realize that you’re not scared anymore and you’re gonna make it.”

Track:  “Tired Of You”
Album: One By One
Great lyrics, amazing transitions, and probably the best ballad they have ever written. The track features overdubbed guitar parts from Queen’s Brian May.
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Track:  “Up In Arms”
Album: The Colour And The Shape
A simple, catchy, melodic love song that kicks into a surprising punk ending.

Track:  “Watershed”
Album: Foo Fighters (Self Titled)
One of the Foo Fighters heaviest tracks; with a hard, catchy punk guitar line and flawless vocals. It may just have the best hook in the Foo Fighters catalog.

Track:  “What If I Do”
Album: In Your Honor
Another underrated ballad from Grohl & Co. Part of the acoustic disc of In Your Honor, the track is a slow beautiful tear jerker.

Track:  “Wind Up”
Album: The Colour And The Shape
Dave Grohl’s middle finger to the press. It’s heavy with another extraordinary bridge leading to the final shattering verse.

Track:  “X-Static”
Album: Foo Fighters (Self-Titled)
With a mean guitar fused intro “X-Static” is a Foo Fighters progressive staple.

Feel free to post some of your favorite underrated Foo Fighters tracks in the comments section below.  Hear all these tracks and plus many other great live/rare and acoustic tracks at www.alternativenation.net/radio and www.rockshowradio.net.

Foo Fighters ‘Rick Roll’ Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas City

After hearing that Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) was going to protest the Foo Fighters Friday, August 21st concert at the Kansas City Sprint Center, Dave Grohl and company ‘Rick Rolled’ WBC who were protesting in front of the venue.  The flamboyant counter protest included the band in the back of a truck which was also blasting the Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” while drummer Taylor Hawkins waved a sign that read ‘You Got Rick Roll’d, Again’ and his drum tech sporting nothing but thong underwear below the waist.

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During the Foo Fighters set, Dave Grohl dedicated My Hero to those who “fight for what they believe in” in reference to U.S. soldiers who WBC often protest against.

The WBC Vs Foo Fighters protest/counter protest started in 2011 when WBC declared the Foo Fighters teachers of “fornication, adultery, and idolatry” and also referenced their pro stance on gay rights.  WBC went on to say “people in this nation have sinned away their day of grace and have so enraged their God that you are seeing new outpourings of his wrath continually. We will be there to remind you that the day of your destruction is upon you, even as you vainly seek comfort in the frivolities of this life.”

Here is the footage from the 2011 protest/counter protest.

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The Foo Fighters are currently on a massive world tour in support of their latest effort Sonic Highways.  A portion of European dates had to be postponed or cancelled due to Dave Grohl falling off the stage and fracturing his leg in Sweeden in June.

Foo Fighters, Metallica, Black Keys Rumored To Play New Festival

Watch out Firefly, the Northeast festival scene is about to get even busier.

According to Vanyaland, Evil Vixen Promotions, a Las Vegas based promotions company is slated to introduce a two-day music festival in Quonset area of New England. The festival, called “America Rocks,” will be “The largest music festival of its kind in the entire Northeast and New England region.”

The final lineup is set to be announced in January, however, well-known groups such as Metallica, Foo Fighters and The Black Keys have been tied to potentially performing at the festival, among other headliners.

While the above acts cannot be confirmed at this time, founder of Evil Vixen has said that negotations are ongoing. The festival will also include other special attractions such as a food truck festival, car and motorcycle exhibits, as well as a Mardi Gras themed bar and vendor village.

“America Rocks” is scheduled for June 25th and 26th in 2016.

Dave Grohl & Frances Bean Cobain Nominated For Emmys

Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of music icon and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, has earned her first nomination as executive producer on Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. She’s up for outstanding documentary of nonfiction special, for the Nirvana doc that debuted on HBO. In total, the documentary has seven nominations, including outstanding writing for nonfiction programming and in the documentary or nonfiction special category.

Montage of Heck is set to return to theaters for a limited run beginning in August. As for Foo Fighters, the band confirmed in June that they will make a sequel to Sonic Highways, and it will likely be set in England.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is up for two Emmy awards this year thanks to his work on Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways. The Foo Fighters frontman was nominated for Directing For Nonfiction Programming. Like Montage of Heck, Sonic Highways is also up for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming. The Sonic Highways documentary, itself earned four Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Informational Series or Special.

The 67th Annual Emmys will air September 20th on Fox.

Foo Fighters, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac Are Heavy Favorites To Headline Major 2016 Festival

Glastonbury 2015 has come and gone, however with every great music festival there is much speculation on who will be headlining for next year. Gigwise is reporting that Foo Fighters along with Muse, Fleetwood Mac and Oasis are heavy favorites to headline the popular British music festival in 2016.

Foo Fighters were slated to perform at this year’s edition of Glastonbury but had to pull out because of Dave Grohl’s broken leg. The band was ultimately replaced by Florence + The Machine.

William Hill, one of the largest bookmakers in the United Kingdom currently has revealed their betting odds for next year’s headliners, with Foo Fighters, unsurprisingly, the 3/1 favorites for one of the three headline slots. Muse come in second place, at 10/1, while Fleetwood Mac and Oasis hold the joint third spot at 12/1.

You can view the full list of betting odds for Glastonbury’s 2016 headliners below.

3/1 Foo Fighters
10/1 Muse
12/1 Fleetwood Mac
12/1 Oasis
16/1 AC/DC
16/1 Bloc Party
16/1 Daft Punk
16/1 Radiohead
16/1 The Rolling Stones
16/1 The Stone Roses
20/1 Blur
20/1 Ed Sheeran
20/1 Green Day
20/1 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
25/1 Coldplay
25/1 Eminem
25/1 Kasabian
25/1 Prince
25/1 The Prodigy
33/1 Alice Cooper
33/1 Arctic Monkeys
33/1 Iron Maiden
33/1 John Legend
33/1 Kate Bush
33/1 Kings of Leon
33/1 REM
33/1 Snoop Dogg
33/1 The Killers
33/1 The Vaccines
33/1 U2
40/1 Mumford and Sons
40/1 The Beach Boys
40/1 The Happy Mondays
50/1 Pink Floyd
50/1 Red Hot Chili Peppers
50/1 Taylor Swift
66/1 Adele
66/1 Beyonce
66/1 David Bowie
66/1 Depeche Mode
66/1 Florence + the Machine
66/1 Led Zeppelin
66/1 Madonna
66/1 Pet Shop Boys
100/1 One Direction
100/1 Def Leppard
100/1 Dr Dre
100/1 Elton John
100/1 Human League
100/1 Kylie
100/1 LMFAO
100/1 Madness
100/1 Mariah Carey
100/1 Meghan Trainor
100/1 Nicki Minaj
100/1 Paul Simon
100/1 Pharrell Williams
100/1 Sam Smith
100/1 Simply Red
100/1 Spandau Ballet
100/1 UB40

Dave Grohl Confirms New Season Of Sonic Highways

Speaking to NME, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has now officially confirmed that the Foos will be hitting the road again in a new season of the hit HBO miniseries Sonic Highways.

“There is gonna be another Sonic Highways season,” Grohl proclaimed. “It might or might not be international. It might someday be international. It might only be England, or England and other places. Or maybe it’s places in America, and people from other countries that are inspired by these places in America.”

Grohl went on to explain that the “great thing about the idea… is that it can be anywhere, because any city has some sort of musical history,” but tabbed the U.K. in particular as being “like shooting fish in a barrel, there’s just so f—king much here.

In a recent Q&A with Rolling Stone, Grohl ripped critics of the Foo Fighters latest studio album Sonic Highways:

Look, that was one of the first conversations that we had when we started this project. I would explain the idea and someone would say, “Oh, cool. So, are you going to play a blues song? Are you going to make a country song in Nashville? Are you going to do jazz in New Orleans?” And I thought, “Can you fucking imagine how much of a train wreck that would be?” I said, “You have to remember that not everybody has HBO and is going to see the series.”

So, first and foremost, we have to make a Foo Fighters record. That’s it. And I really fought to retain that. At one point in Nashville, I walked in the control room and everyone was wearing fucking cowboy hats. I was like, “Guys! Don’t! Stop! Wait! We are still the Foo Fighters. Don’t forget that.” I think maybe people misunderstood the concept and thought that we were going to incorporate all of the different flavors or genres from each city, and, to me, it didn’t make any sense because the last thing I want to do is chase something that’s not real.

Grohl also said:

“You’re like, Hey, I’ve done this thing! Fuck, I can’t wait for people to hear this! I’m so proud of it. It was such a blast to do.” You get excited and then you realize that people didn’t really understand it in the first place. So you’re like, “Aw, fuck it.” It’s one of those things that after 20 years, nothing is going to keep us from doing what we do. And there’s not much to discourage us from the path that we’ve been on for this long. Look, if some dude with a blog says the band blew it because we didn’t fucking put a lap steel [guitar] on our song in Nashville, then that same day you sell out Wembley Stadium in a day, it’s like, “OK, well, I guess we’re doing something right.”

Foo Fighters To Play With Nickelback

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Festival d’été de Québec (The Quebec City Summer Festival) have revealed their complete lineup for their 2015 event. The Rolling Stones, along with Foo Fighters will be headlining this year’s edition of the festival. Controversial cock-rockers Nickelback are slated to perform. This should also mark the first time in music history that Nickelback and the Foo Fighters have performed together. The event runs 11 days between July 9th and 19th throughout venues in downtown Québec City.

Other notable acts include The Doobie Brothers, Deep Purple, Boston and Royal Blood. You can view the full lineup above.

In other Foo Fighters news, “There might be a season two [of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways],” Dave Grohl said in a recent interview with Billboard. “There are a lot of studios.” What might be included in this next run? Grohl suggested drummer Taylor Hawkins is the person to answer that. “Taylor is one to ask about the U.K. studios, he’s been to them all, even if they’re kabob shops now. He’ll show up and be like, ‘You guys know that they fucking recorded Queen’s The Game in here, right?’”

“If we went to somewhere like Abbey Road it’d be fun to interview someone like Paul McCartney or George Martin, that’d be kind of cool,” Grohl said. “Or go to say, Berlin, and interview someone like David Bowie or Iggy [Pop].”

“Perhaps we could go to Melbourne wherever they made all those AC/DC records and interview George Young,” Shiflett suggested. “Or you could go to Manchester and interview the Happy Mondays, guys,” Grohl added.

Foo Fighters are set to release Songs From The Laundry Room on Record Store Day as a 10 inch vinyl. Side A will feature Dave Grohl’s early demos of “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me.” A cover of “Kids In America” and the previously unheard “Empty Handed” will appear on Side B.

Side A
01. “Alone + Easy Target” (demo version)
02. “Big Me” (demo version)

Side B
01. “Kids In America”
02. “Empty Handed”

See the cover (via FooFightersLive.com and FooArchive.com) below, along with with a clip of “Kids In America” from HBO’s Sonic Highways, and a clip of Dave’s early 90’s version of “Alone + Easy Target” (though the version on this EP may be different).

Watch Foo Fighters Full ‘Austin City Limits’ Show Set

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYfPH13oggU

Foo Fighters performed a nine-song set to help close out the 40th anniversary of PBS’ Austin City Limits show which aired February 7th. The band’s set includes hits like “Times Like These” and “Rope” as well as songs from their latest 2014 Sonic Highways album including “What Did I Do?/God as My Witness” which was recorded at ACL’s original home KLRU-TV’s Studio 6A with Austin guitarist Gary Clarke Jr. Clarke plays lead guitar on the song for both the HBO ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ Austin episode as well as the ACL show. Guitarist Jimmie Vaughn and Clarke join Foo Fighters for a rousing rendition of The Fabulous Thunderbirds 1986 blues-rock classic “Tuff Enuff”.

The Foo Fighters’ Austin City Limits show was recorded November 20th, 2014 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, the 2,700 capacity venue that has been the show’s home since moving from the smaller Studio 6A in 2011. Dave Grohl expressed admiration for the Austin City Limits show telling Rolling Stone in a November 2014 interview, “Here was a show that you could watch an entire live performance of a band – not just one song after Johnny Carson walks off the couch – in front of an intimate audience. Those experiences translate. When I was young, I was like, ‘Wow, that’s music! That’s how it’s done! Now it’s in my living room and it makes me want to do that too.’ You watch these brilliant musicians ripping on that stage week after week and it could only inspire young musicians. Maybe that’s what it was for.”

Austin City Limits Setlist:

Times Like These
The Feast and the Famine
Rope
Congregation
What Did I Do?/God As My Witness (with Gary Clarke Jr.)
Tuff Enuff (The Fabulous Thunderbirds cover with Jimmie Vaughn and Clarke)
I’ll Stick Around
Walk
Best of You

Paul McCartney And The Killers Allegedly To Headline 2015 Firefly Music Festival

Paul McCartney has been reportedly named as one of the headliners for this year’s Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE. The rumor comes from Infinitypass, well known Inforoo insider who has been 100% accurate in festival leaks over the years. The same source has called the Bonnaroo and Gov Ball headliners for this year before they dropped. The source has also reported that The Killers and Kings of Leon will be the other main headlining acts and that the Firefly lineup will feature St. Vincent.

We reached out to The Killers’ publicist who would neither confirm nor deny the allegation. We also reached out to McCartney’s publicist as well as Kings of Leon’s, however, neither returned our calls and e-mails.

In other Macca news, McCartney discussed working with Dave Grohl and if he would be open to doing his own UK version of Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways concept in an interview with XFM back in November. “I like what Dave does…his enthusiasm comes over.

“He told me the idea months ago, before he started on the series and I thought it was quite a brave idea because of the end of the week he’s got to come up with a song.”

“But it’s good to have a deadline if you’re a brave soul – which he is!”

Sir Paul was hesitant though when asked if he’d do a UK version of Sonic Highways.

“I wish I had the time. There’s so much history in something like Abbey Road – forget it! It goes right back, way back before us.

“I’m doing a lot of stuff and I love it – but I’ve also got a life beyond work, so I probably wouldn’t have time. But it’s a good idea!”

McCartney fronted Nirvana in 2012 for select live performances of their Grammy winning collaboration “Cut Me Some Slack,” which was part of the Sound City soundtrack.

“It was magic for me playing with these guys,” McCartney told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “I knew who Dave was because I’d met him, and he said ‘I have a couple of friends coming along.’ And during the session I hear them talking: ‘Wow, we haven’t played since Nirvana.’ So I found myself in the middle of a Nirvana reunion.”

He added that they could collaborate again “You never know. They really are great to play with. They were a great band with Kurt. That’s what I experienced – just playing with a really good band, which is a very special thing. I should know.”

Foo Fighters To Headline Hangout Music Fest 2015

Foo Fighters are set to headline the 2015 Hangout Music Fest in May in Gulf Shores, AL.  Beck, Zac Brown Band and My Morning Jacket are also set to perform. You can view the full lineup below:

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In other Foo Fighter news, you can read our review of Foo Fighters’ secret show in Los Angeles, CA from Saturday below:

Foo Fighters played their first show of 2015 last night on a rainy night in Los Angeles at the Forum. The show was hyped as being a celebration of Dave Grohl’s birthday, but not much was known going in regarding what setlist might be going in, or if any special guests might show up. Foo Fighters kicked off the show and Dave Grohl immediately said that it would be a long night with tons of guests. The band were also using a new round stage setup in the middle of the arena that rotated throughout the show. Grohl would use the stage to rile up fans to cheer for the stage to rotate in their direction, and joked that he was getting nauseous at one point.

When it came to the set, KISS’ Paul Stanley was the first guest. Stanley performed “Detroit Rock City” and “Do You Love Me.” After Stanley left, the band performed “All My Life,” “Rope,” and “The Pretender.” The show mostly continued with this type of rotation, with a couple of songs with a guest performer followed by a few hits. Tenacious D and Slash were the next guests, performing Queen’s “Tie Your Mother Down” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.” Jack Black led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Dave Grohl, with balloons dropping from the ceiling.

Alice Cooper performed his two biggest hits: “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen.” Former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri came out to perform Roky Erickson’s “Two Headed Dog.” Grohl introduced Oliveri by mentioning ‘the band I used to drum for,’ which led to many fans immediately thinking that Krist Novoselic would come out.

Zakk Wylde was arguably the best guest performer. When he came out, Dave Grohl took over on bass and he, Wylde, and Taylor Hawkins performed as a ‘power trio,’ according to Grohl. Wylde absolutely ripped and immediately won over the crowd, despite being less famous than some of the other guests. Wylde, Grohl, and Hawkins covered Black Sabbath, and it was definitely the heaviest portion of the set. Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell was the next guest for “Mountain Song” and “Miss You.” Farrell was another highlight, with great stage energy despite being in his mid 50’s. Farrell missed some lyrics of “Miss You” and had some light hearted banter with Taylor Hawkins regarding it.

Trombone Shorty came out during “This Is A Call” like he did at a recent festival performance, throwing some variety into the show instrumentally. Grohl then discussed the guest from the night largely being friends that he called, but he said he wanted to play with someone that he never had, and that ended up being the next guest: Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. Roth was a huge surprise, as he is not a part of Grohl’s usual cast of characters in his all star projects. Roth was on top form, telling a joke in a middle of a song about mixing up the word ketchup with ‘you’re a fucking bitch.’ “Panama” was one of the highlights of the night.

The show ended up Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Slash, and Zakk Wylde coming out for “Let It Rock,” which was definitely the loudest performance of the night with 6 guitarists on stage. The show ended at 32 songs clocking in at well over 3 hours, it was definitely a special night that you can only really get in Los Angeles.

2014 In Rock & Metal: Timeline Of 200 Albums

The year of 2014 had many amazing alternative rock and metal releases. Below, you can find Alternative Nation’s 200 most notable LPs and EPs that came out during this past year in a timeline format. Each release is paired with its US release date. You can also check out reviews of the albums or interviews corresponding to a member of the band. Note that the list below is in chronological order and the position on the list does not indicate the quality of the album. Which albums did we miss? Which were your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

1. Foster the People – Supermodel – 1/14 (Columbia Records)

2. Sleeper Agent – About Last Night – 1/14 (RCA Records)
Click here for our interview with guitarist/vocalist Tony Smith

3. Supersuckers – Get the Hell – 1/14 (Acetate Music)
Click here for our review of the album

4. Alcest – Shelter – 1/17 (Prophecy Productions)

5. Warpaint – Warpaint – 1/17 (Rough Trade Records)

6. Young the Giant – Mind Over Matter – 1/17 (Fueled by Ramen)

7. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light on Everything – 1/20 (Constellation Records)

8. Against Me! – Transgender Dysphoria Blues – 1/21 (Total Treble Music, Xtra Mile Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album

9. Indian – From All Purity – 1/21 (Relapse Records)

10. Mogwai – Rave Tapes – 1/21 (Sub Pop, Rock Action Records)

11. Of Mice & Men – Restoring Force – 1/24 (Rise Records)

12. Sleepy Sun – Maui Tears – 1/28 (Dine Alone Records)

13. Behemoth – The Satanist – 2/3 (Nuclear Blast, Metal Blade Records, and more)

14. Duo de Twang – Four Foot Shack – 2/4 (ATO Records, Prawn Song Records)

15. ††† (Crosses) – ††† (Crosses) – 2/11 (Sumerian Records)
Click here for our review of the album

16. Helms Alee – Sleepwalking Sailors – 2/11 (Sargent House)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 13

17. Temples – Sun Structures – 2/11 (Heavenly Records)

18. Cynic – Kindly Bent to Free Us – 2/14 (Season of Mist)

19. The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams – 2/18 (Washington Square/Razor & Tie)

20. Nowadays – Cut Out – 2/20 (self-released)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 26

21. Beck – Morning Phase – 2/21 (Capitol Records)
Click here for our review of the album

22. Truckfighters – Universe – 2/21 (Fuzzorama Records)

23. St. Vincent – St. Vincent – 2/24 (Loma Vista Recordings, Republic Records)

24. Carnifex – Die Without Hope – 3/4 (Nuclear Blast)

25. 311 – Stereolithic – 3/11 (311 Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Nick Hexum

26. Kyng – Burn the Serum – 3/11 (Razor & Tie)

27. The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell – 3/12 (Razor & Tie)

28. Black Lips – Underneath the Rainbow – 3/17 (Vice Records)

29. Gus G – I Am The Fire – 3/18 (Century Media Records)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Gus G

30. Ringworm – Hammer of the Witch – 3/18 (Relapse Records)

31. The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream – 3/18 (Secretly Canadian)

32. Animals as Leaders – The Joy of Motion – 3/24 (Sumerian Records)

33. Wolfmother – New Crown – 3/24 (self-released)

34. Bigelf – Into the Maelstrom – 4/1 (InsideOut Records)

35. Chevelle – La Gárgola – 4/1 (Epic Records)

36. Lesser Key – Lesser Key – 4/1 (Sumerian Records)
Click here for our review of the album

37. Mac DeMarco – Salad Days – 4/1 (Captured Tracks)
Click here for this artist’s Band Spotlight

38. Foxy Shazam – Gonzo – 4/2 (self-released)
Click here for our review of the album

39. OFF! – Wasted Years – 4/7 (Vice Records)
Click here for our interview with vocalist Keith Morris

40. Black Label Society – Catacombs of the Black Vatican – 4/8 (Entertainment One, Mascot Records)

41. John Frusciante – Enclosure – 4/8 (Record Collection)
Click here for our review of the album

42. The Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast – 4/15 (Sub Pop Records)

43. Triptykon – Melana Chasmata – 4/15 (Prowling Death Records, Century Media Records)

44. Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden – 4/19 (Profound Lore Records)

45. Pixies – Indie Cindy – 4/19 (Pixiesmusic, PIAS Recordings)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Joey Santiago
Click here for our interview with former bassist Kim Shattuck
Click here for our interview with drummer David Lovering

46. Prong – Ruining Lives – 4/23 (Steamhammer/SPV)

47. Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots – 4/25 (Parlophone, Warner Bros. Records, XL Recordings)

48. The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger – Midnight Sun – 4/27 (Chimera Music)

49. Framing Hanley – The Sum of Who We Are – 4/29 (Imagen Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Kenneth Nixon

50. Fu Manchu – Gigantoid – 4/29 (At the Dojo Records)

51. Insomnium – Shadows of the Dying Sun – 4/29 (Century Media Records)

52. Miss May I – Rise of the Lion – 4/29 (Rise Records)
Click here for our interview with bassist Ryan Neff

53. Whitechapel – Our Endless War – 4/29 (Metal Blade Records)

54. Ben & Ellen Harper – Childhood Home – 5/6 (Prestige Folklore)

55. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed – 5/9 (Nuclear Blast)

56. Soda Pants – Soda Pants – 5/9 (self-released)

57. The Black Keys – Turn Blue – 5/12 (Nonesuch Records)

58. Agalloch – The Serpent & the Sphere – 5/13 (Profound Lore Records)

59. Avatar – Hail the Apocalypse – 5/13 (Entertainment One)
Click here for our interview with frontman Johannes Eckerström

60. Down – Down IV, Part II – 5/13 (Down Records, Independent Label Group)

61. Mushroomhead – The Righteous & the Butterfly – 5/13 (Megaforce Records)
Click here for our interview with vocalist J-Mann

62. Nothing More – Nothing More – 5/13 (Eleven Seven Music)

63. Swans – To Be Kind – 5/13 (Young God Records, Mute Records)

64. Casualties of Cool – Casualties of Cool – 5/16 (HevyDevy Records)

65. The Burning of Rome – Year of the Ox – 5/19 (Surfdog Records)
Click here for our review of the album

66. Charming Liars – We Won’t Give Up – 5/19 (Chart Maker Inc.)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here here for our interview with frontman Charlie Cosser

67. Crowbar – Symmetry in Black – 5/26 (Century Media Records, Entertainment One)
Click here for our interview with frontman Kirk Windstein

68. Eyehategod – Eyehategod – 5/26 (Housecore Records, Century Media Records)

69. Wolf Alice – Creature Songs – 5/26 (Dirty Hit Records)

70. Misery Index – The Killing Gods – 5/27 (Season of Mist)

71. The Everyday Losers – Revel in the Chaos – 5/28 (self-released)

72. Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin – 6/3 (Merge Records)
Click here for our review of the album

73. King Buzzo – This Machine Kills Artists – 6/3 (Ipecac Recordings)
Click here for our interview with Buzz Osbourne

74. Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie – 6/6 (Earache Records)

75. Allegaeon – Elements of the Infinite – 6/10 (Metal Blade Records)

76. Anathema – Distant Satellites – 6/10 (Kscope)

77. Arch Enemy – War Eternal – 6/10 (Century Media Records)

78. The Atlas Moth – The Old Believer – 6/10 (Profound Lore Records)

79. Bleachers – Strange Desire – 6/10 (RCA Records)

80. Body Count – Manslaughter – 6/10 (Sumerian Records)

81. Hellyeah – Blood for Blood – 6/10 (Eleven Seven Music)

82. Jack White – Lazaretto – 6/10 (Third Man Records, XL Recordings, Columbia Records)
Click here for our review of the album

83. Mayhem – Esoteric Warfare – 6/10 (Season of Mist)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Teloch

84. Say Anything – Hebrews – 6/10 (Equal Vision Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Max Bemis

85. Tombs – Savage Gold – 6/10 (Relapse Records)

86. Vader – Tibi Et Igni – 6/10 (Nuclear Blast)

87. Wretched – Cannibal – 6/10 (Victory Records)

88. Linkin Park – The Hunting Party – 6/13 (Warner Bros. Records, Machine Shop Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album

89. Nape – Read My Mind – 6/13 (Setalight Records)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 17

90. A Bad Think – Sleep – 6/17 (Windmark Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Michael Marquart

91. Septicflesh – Titan – 6/23 (Season of Mist, Prosthetic Records, Ward Records)

92. Mastodon – Once More ‘Round the Sun – 6/24 (Reprise Records)

93. Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown – 6/27 (Epitaph Records)

94. Seether – Isolate and Medicate – 7/1 (The Bicycle Music Company, Concord Music Group)
Click here for our interview with frontman Shaun Morgan

95. Those Mockingbirds – Penny the Dreadful – 7/1 (self-released)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 4

96. Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless – 7/8 (Metal Blade Records)

97. Islander – Violence & Destruction – 7/8 (Victory Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Mikey Carvajal

98. Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls – 7/8 (Epic Records, Columbia Records)

99. Marco Minnemann – EEPS – 7/9 (Lazy Bones Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview with Marco Minnemann

100. Rise Against – The Black Market – 7/15 (Interscope Records, DGC Records)

101. Weird Al – Mandatory Fun – 7/15 (RCA Records)

102. Dog Fashion Disco – Sweet Nothings – 7/22 (Rotten Records)

103. Fallujah – The Flesh Prevails – 7/22 (Unique Leader Records)

104. Overkill – White Devil Armory – 7/22 (Entertainment One, Nuclear Blast)

105. Theory of a Deadman – Savages – 7/25 (Roadrunner Records, 604 Records)

106. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye – 7/25 (Reprise Records)

107. Mark Lanegan – No Bells on Sunday – 7/29 (Flooded Soil Records, Vagrant Records)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview with Mark Lanegan

108. Wovenwar – Wovenwar – 8/1 (Metal Blade Records)

109. Godsmack – 1000hp – 8/5 (Universal Records, Republic Records, Spinefarm Records)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview with drummer Shannon Larkin

110. John Garcia – John Garcia – 8/5 (Napalm Records)

111. Spoon – They Want My Soul – 8/5 (Loma Vista Recordings)

112. Tuatara – Underworld8/5 (Sunyata Records)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview with Barrett Martin

113. Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World – 8/9 (Last Gang Records, Warner Bros. Records)

114. The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt – 8/12 (Island Records)

115. Nonpoint – The Return – 8/12 (Razor & Tie, Metal Blade Records)

116. Upon a Burning Body – The World Is My Enemy Now – 8/12 (Sumerian Records)

117. He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit – 8/15 (Tragic Hero Records)

118. Accept – Blind Rage – 8/19 (Nuclear Blast)

119. King 810 – Memoirs of a Murderer – 8/19 (Roadrunner Records)

120. Arctic Sleep – Passage of Gaia – 8/21 (self-released)
Click here to view this band on Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 23

121. Royal Blood – Royal Blood – 8/22 (Warner Bros. Records)

122. Opeth – Pale Communion – 8/25 (Roadrunner Records)

123. Ty Segall – Manipulator – 8/25 (Drag City)
Click here for our review of the album

124. Wand – Ganglion Reef – 8/26 (Drag City)
Click here for our review of the album

125. Infinika – Echoes and Traces – 9/1 (TogethermenT)
Click here for our interview with the group

126. Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland – 9/2 (Capitol Records)

127. Earth – Primitive and Deadly – 9/2 (Southern Lord Records)

128. Incite – Up in Hell – 9/2 (Minus Head Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Richie Cavalera

129. YOB – Clearing the Path to Ascend – 9/2 (Neurot Recordings)

130. Robert Plant – Lullaby and The Ceaseleass Roar – 9/5 (Nonesuch Records, Warner Bros. Records)

131. Interpol – El Pintor – 9/9 (Matador Records, Soft Limit)

132. Tony Levin – Levin Brothers – 9/9 (Lazy Bones Recordings)
Click here to view our interview with Tony Levin

133. U2 – Songs of Innocence – 9/9 (Island Records, Interscope Records)

134. Nick Olivieri – Leave Me Alone – 9/12 (Schnitzel Records)

135. Philm – Fire From the Evening Sun – 9/12 (UDR Music)

136. Cannibal Corpse – A Skeletal Domain – 9/16 (Metal Blade Records, Howling Bull)

137. The Contortionist – Language – 9/16 (Entertainment One, Good Fight Music)

138. Flyleaf – Between the Stars – 9/16 (Loud & Proud Records)
Click here for our interview with bassist Pat Seals

139. Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will – 9/16 (Relapse Records)

140. Shellac – Dude Incredible – 9/16 (Touch and Go Records)

141. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators- World on Fire – 9/16 (Dik Hayd International)

142. Trapt – The Acoustic Collection – 9/19 (Crash Collide Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Chris Taylor Brown

143. alt-J – This Is All Yours – 9/22 (Infectious Records)

144. Decapitated – Blood Mantra – 9/22 (Nuclear Blast, Mystic Production)

145. Charm City Devils – Battles – 9/23 (The End Records)
Click here to view this artist on Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 20

146. The Growlers – Chinese Fountain – 9/23 (Everloving Records)

147. Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Tyranny – 9/23 (Cult Records)

148. Yumi and the System – Wonders of Origin – 9/23 (self-released)
Click here to view this artist in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 24

149. 1349 – Massive Cauldron of Chaos – 9/30 (Season of Mist)

150. Black Crown Initiate – The Wreckage of Stars – 9/30 (Entertainment One)

151. Davenport Cabinet – Damned Renegades – 9/30 (Equal Vision Records)

152. Electric Wizard – Time to Die – 9/30 (Spinefarm Records)

153. Sick of it All – The Last Act of Defiance – 9/30 (Century Media Records)

154. Scar Symmetry – The Singularity, Phase 1: Neohumanity – 10/3 (Nuclear Blast)

155. Godflesh – A World Lit Only by Fire – 10/7 (Avalanche Recordings)

156. The Picturebooks – Imaginary Horse – 10/7 (RidingEasy Records)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 22

157. Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End – 10/7 (Republic Records)
Click here for our review of the album

158. Exodus – Blood In, Blood Out – 10/14 (Nuclear Blast)

159. Grinder Blues – Grinder Blues – 10/14 (Megaforce Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman dUg Pinnick

160. KMFDM – Our Time Will Come – 10/14 (Metropolis Records)

161. Melvins – Hold It In – 10/14 (Ipecac Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview with frontman Buzz Osbourne

162. Revocation – Deathless – 10/14 (Metal Blade Records)

163. Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died – 10/14 (Century Media Records)

164. Justin Symbol –  V Ω I D H E A D – 10/15 (self-released)
Click here for our interview with frontman Justin Symbol

165. Polanski – Between This and Hate – 10/15 (self-released)
Click here to view this band in Modern Artists Showcase, Volume 24

166. Slipknot – .5: The Gray Chapter – 10/17 (Roadrunner Records)
Click here for our review of the album

167. Sunn O))) and Scott Walker – Soused – 10/20 (4AD)

168. Thurston Moore – The Best Day – 10/20 (Matador Records)

169. Bush – Man on the Run – 10/21 (Zuma Rock Records)

170. Mark Lanegan – Phantom Radio – 10/21 (Vagrant Records)
Click here for our interview with Mark Lanegan

171. Pitch Black Forecast – As the World Burns – 10/21 (Ferocious Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Jason Popson

172. Primus – Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble – 10/21 (ATO Records, Prawn Song Records)

173. Anaal Nathrakh – Desideratum – 10/24 (Metal Blade Records)

174. Pianos Become the Teeth – Keep You – 10/24 (Epitaph Records)

175. At the Gates – At War with Reality – 10/27 (Century Media Records)

176. Black Map – And We Explode… – 10/27 (Minus Head Records)
Click here for our review of the album

177. Crobot – Something Supernatural – 10/27 (Wind-up Records)
Click here for our interview with frontman Brandon Yeagley

178. Devin Townsend Project – 10/27 (HevyDevy Records)
Click here for our review of the album

179. Unearth – Watchers of Rule – 10/27 (Entertainment One, Century Media Records, and more)

180. Live – The Turn – 10/28 (Think Loud Recordings)
Click here for our review of the album

181. Obituary – Inked in Blood – 10/28 (Gibtown Music, Relapse Records)

182. Machine Head – Bloodstone & Diamonds – 11/7 (Nuclear Blast)

183. Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways – 11/10 (Roswell Records, RCA Records)
Click here for our review of the album

184. Haken – Restoration – 11/10 – (Inside Out Music)

185. Ne Obliviscaris – Citadel – 11/10 (Season of Mist)

186. Pink Floyd – The Endless River – 11/10 (Parlophone, Columbia Records)

187. Job for a Cowboy – Sun Eater – 11/11 (Metal Blade Records)

188. Emigrate – Silent So Long – 11/14 (Vertigo Records)

189. Alain Johannes – Fragments and Wholes, Vol. 1 – 11/17 (self-released)

190. Bloodbath – Grand Morbid Funeral – 11/17 (Peaceville Records)

191. In This Moment – Black Widow – 11/17 (Atlantic Records)

192. TV on the Radio – Seeds – 11/17 (Harvest Records)

193. Crash Midnight – Lost in the City – 11/18 (Bronx Bridge Entertainment Inc.)
Click here for our interview with vocalist Shaun Soho

194. Primordial – Where Greater Men Have Fallen – 11/21 (Metal Blade Records)

195. Soundgarden – Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path – 11/24 (A&M Records)

197. The Amsterdam Red Light District – Gone For A While – 11/26 (Red Light Records)
Click here for our interview with guitarist Maxine Comby

198. AC/DC – Rock or Bust – 11/28 (Columbia Records)

199. Angels & Airwaves – The Dream Walker – 12/9 (To the Stars Records)

200. Smashing Pumpkins – Monuments to an Elegy – 12/9 (Martha’s Music)
Click here for our review of the album
Click here for our interview of frontman Billy Corgan

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Dave Grohl: “People Have Forgotten What It’s Like To Rock Out”

In a new interview with the Red Bulletin, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl spoke his mind about the current state of music, claiming rock fans rely too much on the internet.

“People have forgotten what it’s like to really rock out because they spend all day in front of a freakin’ computer, which they hail as the new God.”

Grohl then continued:

“They seriously think technology can make them rich, if they stumble on something new. But I’m telling you: technology might make you rich, yet it will never make you happy.”

In a new Q&A with Rolling Stone, Grohl ripped critics of the Foo Fighters latest studio album Sonic Highways:

Look, that was one of the first conversations that we had when we started this project. I would explain the idea and someone would say, “Oh, cool. So, are you going to play a blues song? Are you going to make a country song in Nashville? Are you going to do jazz in New Orleans?” And I thought, “Can you fucking imagine how much of a train wreck that would be?” I said, “You have to remember that not everybody has HBO and is going to see the series.”

So, first and foremost, we have to make a Foo Fighters record. That’s it. And I really fought to retain that. At one point in Nashville, I walked in the control room and everyone was wearing fucking cowboy hats. I was like, “Guys! Don’t! Stop! Wait! We are still the Foo Fighters. Don’t forget that.” I think maybe people misunderstood the concept and thought that we were going to incorporate all of the different flavors or genres from each city, and, to me, it didn’t make any sense because the last thing I want to do is chase something that’s not real.

Grohl also said:

“You’re like, Hey, I’ve done this thing! Fuck, I can’t wait for people to hear this! I’m so proud of it. It was such a blast to do.” You get excited and then you realize that people didn’t really understand it in the first place. So you’re like, “Aw, fuck it.” It’s one of those things that after 20 years, nothing is going to keep us from doing what we do. And there’s not much to discourage us from the path that we’ve been on for this long. Look, if some dude with a blog says the band blew it because we didn’t fucking put a lap steel [guitar] on our song in Nashville, then that same day you sell out Wembley Stadium in a day, it’s like, “OK, well, I guess we’re doing something right.”

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Foo Fighters Postpone Concert

The Foo Fighters have decided to reschedule the last tour date on their Australian leg, citing “unforeseen scheduling conflicts”. Festival promoters Frontier Touring have confirmed that the Foos’ performance at Perth’s nib Stadium originally scheduled for Saturday, 7th March, will now happen on Sunday, 8th March.

Fans who have already purchased tickets for the cancelled Saturday performance can use their tickets on the new date; however, those who are not able to attend can obtain a full refund. The rest of the tour remains unaffected.


In other Foo Fighters news, in a new Q&A with Rolling Stone, frontman Dave Grohl ripped critics of the Foo Fighters latest studio album Sonic Highways:

Look, that was one of the first conversations that we had when we started this project. I would explain the idea and someone would say, “Oh, cool. So, are you going to play a blues song? Are you going to make a country song in Nashville? Are you going to do jazz in New Orleans?” And I thought, “Can you fucking imagine how much of a train wreck that would be?” I said, “You have to remember that not everybody has HBO and is going to see the series.”

So, first and foremost, we have to make a Foo Fighters record. That’s it. And I really fought to retain that. At one point in Nashville, I walked in the control room and everyone was wearing fucking cowboy hats. I was like, “Guys! Don’t! Stop! Wait! We are still the Foo Fighters. Don’t forget that.” I think maybe people misunderstood the concept and thought that we were going to incorporate all of the different flavors or genres from each city, and, to me, it didn’t make any sense because the last thing I want to do is chase something that’s not real.

 

Billy Corgan Rips Pearl Jam And Foo Fighters

Billy Corgan had some choice words for the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam today during a new interview on the Howard Stern show. Corgan first compared the work of Pearl Jam to both the Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana:

“No. Not even close. I think they were derivative and the work speaks for itself. If you listen to the band’s work, and I know they have a tremendous fanbase and they should, they’re a great band but you know, I’m a Beatles guy, a Stones guy and a Kinks guy but if you go to a lot of those other bands they just don’t have the work. I just don’t think Pearl Jam have the songs. If you stack my songs up, Cobain’s songs up and that band’s songs up, they don’t have the songs. They’re a great band, still an arena act, they’ve been getting it done for a long time and I have to bow to that but it’s a mystery to me on how they have because I just don’t get it. They don’t have the songs. People will take that the wrong way but speaking competitively, they are my competitors and I have to say who am I competing against & why.”

Corgan also said the following when asked about potentially collaborating with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder:

“I would have to understand his motivation, we were friends at one point so it’s not like there is a relationship train-track there. I haven’t been in a social frame with the guy in I don’t know how long but I think a lot of people are transformed by fame. I knew one person and then there was another person. I’m another person so maybe he felt the same way about me. You can’t blame the guy though, he was on the cover of TIME magazine, not me and dealt with a level of fame that I never dealt with.”

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman was also critical of Foo Fighters’ recent output, saying the band needs to “evolve”:

“I’m not particularly thrilled with the Foo Fighters. Dave is a great musician, a great songwriter and has done the work but to me, my criticism of the Foo Fighters, if I’m being a music critic is that they just haven’t evolved and that’s sort of the recent wrap on them is, you know, making the same music. Ovbiously, I’ve put my whole life on the line for making different types music as I’ve gone along. We’ve talked last time I was here about playing old songs, evolving and it’s just my mentality. I know it’s not for everybody. Listen, he’s getting it done so it’s like, if you want to be competitive, my philosophy against his, he’s the one winning.”

You can view the full interview below:

Dave Grohl Bashes ‘Sonic Highways’ Critics

In a new Q&A with Rolling Stone, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl ripped critics of the Foo Fighters latest studio album Sonic Highways:

Look, that was one of the first conversations that we had when we started this project. I would explain the idea and someone would say, “Oh, cool. So, are you going to play a blues song? Are you going to make a country song in Nashville? Are you going to do jazz in New Orleans?” And I thought, “Can you fucking imagine how much of a train wreck that would be?” I said, “You have to remember that not everybody has HBO and is going to see the series.”

So, first and foremost, we have to make a Foo Fighters record. That’s it. And I really fought to retain that. At one point in Nashville, I walked in the control room and everyone was wearing fucking cowboy hats. I was like, “Guys! Don’t! Stop! Wait! We are still the Foo Fighters. Don’t forget that.” I think maybe people misunderstood the concept and thought that we were going to incorporate all of the different flavors or genres from each city, and, to me, it didn’t make any sense because the last thing I want to do is chase something that’s not real.

Grohl also said:

“You’re like, Hey, I’ve done this thing! Fuck, I can’t wait for people to hear this! I’m so proud of it. It was such a blast to do.” You get excited and then you realize that people didn’t really understand it in the first place. So you’re like, “Aw, fuck it.” It’s one of those things that after 20 years, nothing is going to keep us from doing what we do. And there’s not much to discourage us from the path that we’ve been on for this long. Look, if some dude with a blog says the band blew it because we didn’t fucking put a lap steel [guitar] on our song in Nashville, then that same day you sell out Wembley Stadium in a day, it’s like, “OK, well, I guess we’re doing something right.”