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Friday, Feb, 16 2018
Happy Friday Radicals! you made it!
The Smashing Pumpkins made it official on Thursday, February 15th, announcing the “Shiny And Oh So Bright Tour.” The semi-reunion trek will mark the first time in nearly 20 years that founding members William Corgan on vocals and guitar, Jimmy Chamberlin on drums and James Iha on guitar will tour together, along with latter-era guitarist Jeff Schroeder. The 36-city tour will kick off in Glendale, Arizona on July 12th and visit North American arenas throughout the summer, wrapping on September 7th in Boise, Idaho.
Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public starting next Friday, February 23rd at 10:00 a.m. local time and be available at SmashingPumpkins.com, LiveNation.com and via the Live Nation app.
Corgan said, “Some 30 years ago, as the Smashing Pumpkins, James Iha and I began a musical journey in the cramped rear bedroom of my father’s house. And so it’s magic to me that we’re able to coalesce once more around the incredible Jimmy Chamberlin, to celebrate those songs we’ve made together.”
Corgan added, “This show and staging will be unlike any we’ve ever done, and will feature a set unlike any we’ve ever played. For if this is a chance at a new beginning, we plan on ushering it in with a real bang.”
The show will feature material exclusively off the first five Pumpkins albums, from their debut Gish to the last LP to feature the original lineup, Machina: The Machines Of God.
Corgan said for years that he did not want the Pumpkins to be a nostalgia act: “To go back under the Smashing Pumpkins name engendered a lot of people expecting us to be nothing more than a reunion band, playing its greatest hits, and with a fan base not particularly keen to listen to the new music. What I try to tell people that get caught up in the reunion kind of concepts — like where are the original members and stuff like this — the band was founded on an idea that it must be progressive and it must always be moving forward.”
Still unknown is who will play bass on the tour, as original bassist D’arcy Wretzky will apparently not participate. Corgan has reportedly hired Jack Bates, son of Joy Division co-founder Peter Hook.
Earlier in the week, the Pumpkins denied claims by Wretzky that an invite for her to join the reunited band was later rescinded. D’arcy alleged in an interview with BlastEcho that Corgan sent her a contract that was agreed upon, only to later say that she would only be allowed to make appearances at select shows.
Muse released a new single on Thursday, February 15th called “Thought Contagion.” The track follows “Dig Down,” which was released last year. Frontman Matt Bellamy said, “The meaning of the song ‘Thought Contagion’ is about how other people’s thoughts, ideas and beliefs can sometimes infect your mind, get into your head and change the way you think yourself.” The song was accompanied by a music video described as an “’80s infectious neon love story.”
Bellamy told Rolling Stone on Thursday that the British trio is “halfway through” the recording of its eighth album, and is releasing songs as they are completed. He explained, “For us, it’s really refreshing to just work on one song at a time and take each song to completion. We’re doing the writing, recording and mixing process and even the video in this occasion before moving onto the next song.”
The band intends to issue two more singles in the coming months, with the full album arriving either in the fall or early 2019. Muse will take a break from the studio to headline a few North American festivals this spring and summer. They’re slated to headline Bonnaroo, BottleRock Napa Valley, Carolina Rebellion, and Mexico’s Pal’Norte Music Festival.
Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor has revealed that guitarist Josh Rand will rejoin the band on April 27th at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Jacksonville, Florida. Rand came off the road late last month and was said to have entered “treatment” for unspecified issues. Taylor told Musik Universe earlier this week that the band talks to Rand “every day” and that he is “doing great.”
Taylor added, “We actually have a two-month break coming up after this tour, so he’s actually been able to work through the things that he’s going through right now. And, yeah, he’ll be ready to go for the next tour, which is . . . I think April 27th is the first show.”
Stone Sour enlisted a temporary replacement for its most recent North American tour, which included dates with Halestorm, In This Moment and Red Sun Rising. Taylor told Canadian radio station 104.9 The Wolf earlier this month that Rand “seems to be doing really, really well, so that’s really good.”
It is not clear whether Rand is being treated for a medical issue or problems with substance or alcohol abuse. Stone Sour is touring in support of its sixth studio effort, Hydrograd, which came out at the end of June and features the chart-topping rock radio hit “Song #3.” The latest track issued from the disc is “Rose Red Violent Blue.”
Ozzy Osbourne‘s “No More Tours 2″ farewell trek will end sometime in 2020, which also marks the 40th anniversary of Ozzy’s classic solo debut, 1980′s Blizzard Of Ozz. Asked by Rolling Stone whether he’d consider performing the LP in its entirety to mark the occasion, Ozzy replied, “That was the thing for a while, to play the whole album, but I don’t write albums that way, so no.”
Ozzy added, “When I make an album, I specifically record songs that I’ll never do on the stage. Like on Blizzard Of Ozz, there are songs that I wrote never to play live, because the production was too heavy.”
Ozzy told us a while back that performing one of his older albums from front to back would be too difficult: “No. The production and the pitch in my singing was way off the Richter scale. It would be nice, but if I had known then what I know now, I’d would have probably done it differently. But there’s no way I could do that, you know.”
The singer did hint to Rolling Stone that he “could do one” album track that he has not performed live before. Ozzy’s final world tour kicks off this spring with dates in Mexico, South America and Europe, coming to North America in August. It’s slated to last until 2020. He insisted that he is not retiring from music at the end of the tour, but is instead saying goodbye to long global treks in favor of select shows. He also said at a press conference earlier this month that he has “eight or nine” song ideas for a new album, which he may work on once the tour is completed.
In other rock news, French figure skating duo Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres soundtracked their routine at the Winter Olympics in South Korea on Wednesday night with Disturbed’s 2015 hit cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence.” The band, who are in the studio right now working on a new record, have yet to comment on the performance.
“Figure skating transcends pop culture.” A beautiful performance by Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres paired with Disturbed’s chilling cover of “Sound of Silence.” #WinterOlympics https://t.co/KX4CHncv2t pic.twitter.com/8PSZ78XzRD
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 15, 2018
Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday to former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, Body Count’s Ice-T, and Def Leppard’s Pete Willis!
posted by: Lou Brutus
Thursday, Feb, 15 2018
Good morning Radicals! Here’s what’s up in music news today:
Metallica will receive the Polar Music Prize, a musical equivalent to the Nobel Prize, this spring. The award, which recognizes international excellence in music, will bestow the metal legends with a cash prize of one million Swedish kronor, roughly equivalent to $126,000. The band will donate the money to its own All Within My Hands organization, which aids communities in need with workforce education, food-bank donations and other local services.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said, “It puts us in very distinguished company. It’s a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like we’re in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us.” Frontman James Hetfield added, “As myself and as Metallica I’m grateful to have this as part of our legacy, our history.”
A statement on the Polar Music Prize website said, “Not since Wagner‘s emotional turmoil and Tchaikovsky‘s cannons has anyone created music that is so physical and furious, and yet still so accessible. Through virtuoso ensemble playing and its use of extremely accelerated tempos, Metallica has taken rock music to places it had never been before. In Metallica’s world, both a teenage bedroom and a concert hall can be transformed into a Valhalla. The strength of the band’s uncompromising albums has helped millions of listeners to transform their sense of alienation into a superpower.”
Hetfield told us a while back while receiving a different award that being honored for songwriting is always fulfilling to him: “The part of being in a band that’s most satisfying to me is the creative part, and being able to get your insanities and thoughts and inspirations and everything out, in a song, through lyrics and music, is the greatest communicator for me and it always has been growing up.”
Past Polar Music Prize recipients include Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Björk, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Elton Johnand Quincy Jones. The prize was founded in 1989 by former Abba manager Stig Anderson and named after Anderson’s Polar Music label.
Following a sneak peek at a music video shoot earlier this week, Godsmack has released a short teaser for its upcoming album, tentatively due out this spring. The band’s follow-up to 2014′s 1000 Horsepower will be its seventh studio effort and will arrive to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Godsmack’s self-titled debut LP.
Godsmack filmed a video for its new single last Thursday (February 7th) at a studio in Los Angeles, featuring cameos from country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach in addition to TV personality Chris Jacobs from Overhaulin’. The title of the single has not yet been divulged.
Godsmack frontman Sully Erna told us not long ago that the band’s next studio effort will be an evolution for Godsmack: “I really think the new record is gonna be a reflection of where we’re at in our lives now. I think it’s gonna be a lot more uplifting, a lot more neutral rock music. Not metal, you know, not — it’s not gonna be too classic rock, but it’s certainly not gonna be metal. And I think, you know, I think bands like the Foo Fighters do it great.”
Erna told FaceCulture last September that the band’s new songs “have a lot more of a commercial aspect to ‘em. There’s some stuff in there that definitely will service the core fanbase of Godsmack. But we also felt that it’s time to expand a little bit.” Godsmack is scheduled to perform at several music festivals this spring and summer, including April’s Welcome To Rockville and Fort Rock, May’s Carolina Rebellion and July’s Rock USA.
Three Days Grace singer Matt Walst has weighed in on the debate over whether smartphones and other recording devices have become a nuisance at concerts. Walst told Loudwire, “People want to see it later on, I get it. I also post: ‘I was there, I saw this.’ But after a while, I don’t take a lot of photos . . . I feel the experience at the time and I feel like it’s the moment that’s special. It’s not going to be as special looking as it was from at your pictures in your phone.”
Asked whether Three Days Grace would ever consider banning phones at its shows like A Perfect Circle and Jack White are doing, Walst replied, “I don’t think we’ll ever get to that point.” But he added, “You should experience it in the moment instead of having a little screen in front of your face filming it.”
Drummer Neil Sanderson is our featured artist on hardDrive XL this week, and told us that the new Three Days Grace album, Outsider, tackles the issue of social media: “It’s pretty much impossible to remove yourself from a situation where you’re not being bombarded by information, bombarded by opinions and beliefs and feelings and influences and advertisements and crazy people (laughs). And so I think the record as a whole, there is a common thread that talks about how to navigate your way through modern life without completely going crazy.” Outsider, Three Days Grace’s sixth full-length album, will arrive on March 9th.
Although he’s still on the road with Stone Sour, singer Corey Taylor said that he has already begun working on lyrics for Slipknot‘s next album, adding that the material will see him at his “most autobiographical” that he has “been in years.” Taylor’s latest comments come six months after Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan revealed that the band had “about 27 pieces of work” written for follow-up to 2014′s .5: The Gray Chapter.
Asked by Musik Universe if he has heard any of the music Crahan has been composing with the other instrumental members of Slipknot, Taylor replied, “Yeah, I have. It’s awesome. That’s all I’m gonna say about it. It’s everything I wanted it to be.” As for the lyrics, Taylor explained, “It’s really dark. It’s probably the most autobiographical I’ve been in years. Just for the fact that I’ve been through a lot the last few years and I’ve been sitting on a lot.”
Slipknot’s touring cycle in support of its latest disc ended in November 2016, with Taylor returning to his other band Stone Sour last year. The singer said that the new Slipknot LP will “absolutely” arrive next year. He remarked, “2019, sometime in that year we will definitely be recording it. We’ll finish writing it, record it and be ready to go on the road.”
Taylor and Stone Sour just finished a string of North American dates in support of that band’s sixth studio effort, Hydrograd.
Finally, we’d like to wish a Happy Birthday today to Brandon Boyd of Incubus and Ozzy guitarist Jake E. Lee!
posted by: Lou Brutus
Wednesday, Feb, 14 2018
Happy Valentine’s Day Radicals!
It begins! #disturbedones
Video by Chop Em Down Films pic.twitter.com/ApiBniSJSM
— Disturbed (@Disturbed) February 13, 2018
Looks like we might be getting that acoustic EP after all? Disturbed has posted a short video online featuring footage from the band’s latest sessions at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko. The presence of acoustic guitars and brush-stroke percussion in the clip might be confirmation of the group’s stated plans to record an acoustic EP before moving forward on its seventh full-length studio LP.
Frontman David Draiman told us a while back that Disturbed has never been concerned about sticking with one musical style: “Call us hard rock, call us whatever, call us anything. At the end of the day, we’re gonna be Disturbed, and we’re gonna write the music that we write. And certain people are gonna like it, and certain people aren’t gonna like it, and that’s life.”
Draiman revealed a year ago that Disturbed was planning to record an acoustic EP, explaining, “That’s something we’ve wanted to do for years that we just never had the time or the opportunity to.” An acoustic EP now could capitalize on the success Disturbed has had with its cover of Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence,” a massive hit that introduced the band to new audiences.
Both “The Sound Of Silence” and the album it was included on, 2015′s Immortalized, were certified platinum for sales of over one million copies. Immortalized ended a four-year hiatus for the quartet and was its fifth album to enter the Billboard 200 chart at Number One.
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has shared footage of a recording session he did late last year with five young men who lived in foster care. The session took place at Pearl Jam’s private studio and the goal was to write and record a brand new song — which is what they did, creating a tune called “Try So Hard.” McCready explained to Rolling Stone, “This was a bunch of guys that had never met each other, so you never know how that’s going to go.”
McCready met the musicians, aged between 15 and 20, through a non-profit organization called Treehouse, which helps foster kids in Washington State graduate high school and prepare for adulthood. He was impressed by what he saw when he volunteered a few years back for the organization, saying, “They help foster kids that are in dire need of finishing their education, providing funding for summer camps and lessons, even new clothes — all the things a lot of us take for granted.”
McCready continued to help raise funds and participate in events for Treehouse, eventually putting together the idea of a recording session. The session lasted four hours, with 20-year-old Franky Price providing most of the vocal lines on the song and 17-year-old Rickardo Mendiola laying down guitar. McCready said about the results, “The song just organically happened. We were sitting around, and it was amazing that it came together the way it did . . . They created a song, and I got to play along with it.”
Pearl Jam has been writing its 11th studio LP and is heading out on European and North American tour dates this spring and summer.
Former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky has given her first full interview in nearly 20 years with Alternative Nation, in which she slams Pumpkins frontman William Corgan for saying that she turned down offers to play with the band again. Although Corgan claimed within the past week that Wretzky had repeatedly skipped opportunities to get together, Wretzky said the opposite was true and that she was never given any real chance to rejoin the group.
Wretzky said, “(Corgan) says that he’s invited me to come out and play for all of these things, which is a complete lie. He’s never invited me to anything . . . They hired Jack Bates for this tour. I made Billy spell it out, because he was doing his nonsense double talk crap bulls**t.”
Wretzky also claimed that Corgan offered to have her come out and do sporadic appearances on the upcoming reunion tour, with Wretzky saying, “It was just unbelievable, really just disgusting. The f**king nerve, and then for him to come back and say, ‘Well, we haven’t seen you in this long, and you haven’t done this, and you couldn’t even make it to this. Everyone has shown up, and you didn’t?’ How could I, I didn’t even know you were there?”
Wretzky also addressed her long-rumored drug use, saying, “You know how they’re always telling you in school drugs will do this to you; they’ll do that to you, drinking kills your brain cells? At the time I was like good, maybe I can kill off all these horrible memories . . . I wouldn’t recommend it, it didn’t work. I count myself lucky to be alive.”
She saved her most pointed responses for Corgan, however, saying, “Billy loved to humiliate people and shame people in front of other people. It was incredibly abusive, and I was the only one who would fight back.”
Wretzky also released an exchange of text messages between her and Corgan that seem to back up the idea that she was not going to be the full-time bass player on the reunion tour or any future recordings, but more or less appear as a “special guest.”
The Pumpkins are expected to announce this Thursday, February 15th, a tour involving the other three original members as well as some new music.
posted by: Lou Brutus
Monday, Feb, 12 2018
with TRIVIUM and TOOTHGRINDER
01: Knoxville, TN @ The International
02: Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
06: Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
08: Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
10: Portland, ME @ Aura
11: Hampton, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
12: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
16: Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theatre
17: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza (no Trivium)
18: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
posted by: Lou Brutus
Monday, Feb, 12 2018
Good morning rock music aficionados! Here’s what’s going on today:
— Godsmack (@Godsmack_Music) February 9, 2018
Godsmack filmed a video for its new single last Thursday, February 7th, at a studio in Los Angeles, featuring cameos from country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach in addition to TV personality Chris Jacobs from Overhaulin’. The title of the single has not yet been divulged.
Godsmack’s follow-up to 2014′s 1000 Horsepower album is tentatively due out this spring. The group’s seventh studio disc will arrive to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Godsmack’s debut album.
Frontman Sully Erna told FaceCulture in September that the band’s new songs “have a lot more of a commercial aspect to ‘em. There’s some stuff in there that definitely will service the core fanbase of Godsmack. But we also felt that it’s time to expand a little bit.”
Erna added that the band is “gonna try to reinvent a little bit more of our sound, our look, our stage show, and come out with a brand new Godsmack.”
The singer said last July in an interview with Los Angeles radio station KLOS, “I’m a lot older now, I have a daughter of my own, I’m in a good place in my life. I don’t have a whole lot to really be stressed out about or mad. And so the music has to evolve with that.”
Godsmack is scheduled to perform at several music festivals this spring and summer, including April’s Welcome To Rockville and Fort Rock, May’s Carolina Rebellion and July’s Rock USA.
In This Moment has shared a live video for the song “River Of Fire,” the latest track taken from the band’s current album, Ritual. Guitarist Chris Howorth told BandsInTown about the group’s live show, “Maria (Brink, singer) is usually at the center of this hurricane directing and planning the whole thing. It starts right when the songs are being written and continues right up to the first show . . . We always try to utilize the stage setup to make every song special in its own way. Maria uses the stage design and props to enhance each song and bring the message or story to life for the crowd.”
Maria Brink told us a while back that the stage show has become an integral part of what In This Moment does: “The visual show to me has become so important. The music is the heartbeat of everything and I like the visuals to be just as large and just as big, and we’re really trying to create this show that nobody is bringing — all kinds of cool, really exciting stuff.”
Halestorm is getting into the homestretch with the recording of its new album, and singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale told us that the band is looking to add the final touches to the record: “We have about two or three weeks left recording just to put like the cherries on top and see what the 11th hour songs have to say, which that’s the big thing in the world of Halestorm. We’ll be writing, writing, writing and then we like think we’ve got the record figured out and then all of a sudden, last minute at the 11th hour, like, there’s one or two songs that kind of come out because you’re already like relieved that you have the record done, and those are the songs that are like, ‘OK, we have to put them on the record somehow.’”
Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife and manager Sharon has claimed that Ozzy is being “blackmailed” by concert agency AEG Live, according to Billboard. Sharon has alleged that AEG is using a practice called “block-booking” to force her husband to perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against his wishes.
Ozzy had tentatively agreed to perform at London’s O2 Arena on February 11th, 2019 as part of his “No More Tours 2″ farewell run, but Sharon claims that AEG attempted to add a provision stating that if Ozzy played an indoor arena within 25 miles of Los Angeles that was promoted by competitor Live Nation during the tour, he would have to play the AEG-owned Staples Center as well.
More than a year after 3 Doors Down performed at a pre-inauguration concert for Donald Trump in Washington D.C., frontman Brad Arnold told us he and the band have no regrets about appearing at the event: “That was a great experience. We had a great time doing that. I mean, we were incredibly honored to do it. Honestly, as big of a thrill as it was to do it, I enjoyed it a lot more knowing that we’d done it, ’cause I was so stinkin’ nervous. When it was done, I was like, ‘Okay, this is cool, you know, I’m glad we’ve done that.’ (laughs) You know, we caught a little flack for that for 10 seconds, and after that have heard nothing but positive things.”
Guitarist Chris Henderson told Detroit radio station WRIF that the band was “really proud” to have played at the event, saying, “We stepped up when everyone else was complaining and crying about it. And we took a lot of heat for it, but we still did it, stood up for what we believed in.”
Henderson insisted that 3 Doors Down would have “absolutely” played if it had been Hillary Clinton’s inauguration instead and they were invited.