Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Slams ‘Stupid Music Industry’
(Classic Rock) Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal has called the music industry “stupid” and says they treated fans like criminals when peer-to-peer file sharing emerged at the turn of the century. And he says rather than embracing the technology, record executives “made a mess” that they still don’t know how to clean up. He tells the Jakarta Informer: “It’s not that Napster changed anything – it’s that the stupid music industry didn’t see this amazing technology and say, ‘My God, we could do so much with this,’ and instead tried to destroy it and tried to treat people as criminals. “What can you do money-wise if a billion people download your songs for free? It could have been the tiniest little subscription – it could have been ads or sponsors. There are a million ways it could have been done and the music industry had a lot of time to figure it out.” He continues: “Instead, through their lawyers, they said, ‘Go sue that 12-year-old kid,’ and they screwed up everything.”
AC/DC Tour Kick Off Videos Go Online
(hennemusic) AC/DC launched the European leg of their Rock Or Bust world tour at the Gelredome in Arnhem, Netherlands on Tuesday and several fan-filmed videos from show have been posted online. The event marked the group’s third live date of 2015, following back to back weekend appearances at Coachella on April 10 and April 17. AC/DC’s 20-song set was similar to their Coachella shows, with some changes in the running order – this time opening with the title track to their latest album, “Rock Or Bust.” The tour marks the return of guitarist Stevie Young and drummer Chris Slade to the lineup following the retirement of founder Malcolm Young and a series of legal issues faced by longtime member Phil Rudd. AC/DC will begin a fall stadium tour of North America August 22 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Former Motley Crue Singer Thinks Band Won’t Fully Retire
(Classic Rock) Former Motley Crue singer John Corabi thinks Crue will still record together after their farewell show and he also says he understands why fans never warmed to him when he replaced Vince Neil in the 90s. He tells 100percentrock: “I’m happy for the guys. I get their thinking. They don’t want to be a band that overstays their welcome and they don’t want to fade off. They want to go out with a bang and they want to go out on a high note. So I’m all for it. “But the cool thing is they’re not saying that they’re not going to do anything in the future. They’re just not going to tour again. So I imagine there will still be Motley music coming in the future but they’re just not going to go out and do these big, huge, extravagant tours.”
Rolling Stones Stream Alt Version Of ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’
(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones have released a stream of a unreleased version of “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” as a preview to the upcoming reissue of their classic 1971 album, “Sticky Fingers.” The tune is one of several previously unreleased and alternative takes of a selection of album tracks featured on the project, including an alternative version of “Brown Sugar” featuring Eric Clapton; unreleased versions of “Bitch” and “Dead Flowers”; an acoustic take on “Wild Horses”, and five tracks recorded live at The Roundhouse in 1971 including “Honky Tonk Women” and “Midnight Rambler” – all featured on the Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions. Due June 8 (June 9 in North America), the remastered album will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download. The Super Deluxe edition also includes “Get Yer Leeds Lungs Out!”, a 13-track audio recording of the Stones March 1971 show in Leeds, shortly before they began their self-imposed UK ‘exile’ period in France over tax issues. A DVD includes two tracks from the band’s Marquee Club show in London on March 26, 1971. The “Sticky Fingers” reissue will be available two weeks after the band launch a 15-date stadium tour of North America in San Diego on May 24.
KISS Releasing New Pinball Machine
(Radio.com) The world of rock and roll pinball machines can get a little pricy, with some going for as high as $25,000 on the secondary market. And one of the reasons is that acts like Metallica and Black Sabbath aren’t rolling out the themed games like they did in the ’70s and ’80s. But leave it to the always-savvy KISS to see an opening in the market and take it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will release a new KISS pinball machine in association with Stern Pinball that will feature artwork from Kevin O’Connor, who contributed the hand-drawn art for the KISS console originally released in 1978, Ultimate Classic Rock reports. The cabinet game, and while the exact price and release date are not available for the game, we do know that it will feature 10 KISS songs in the soundtrack, including “Detroit Rock City,” “Rock and Roll All Night” and “Love Gun.”
Faith No More Streaming Concert Online
(Classic Rock) Faith No More will stream their May 8 show at The Fillmore in Detroit via Yahoo Live. The event is one of the first dates of the band’s spring tour of North America, which opened in Vancouver on April 15. Faith No More are on the road in support of their first album in 18 years, Sol Invictus, which will be issued on May 18. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum says the band needed to push themselves and their fans with new material for the concert stage. Bottum says: “We got really bored with what we were doing. We felt like there are a whole lot of people out there who look to us to be inspired by what we do artistically. So to be doing old songs on a big stage, over and over, felt kind of cheap and easy – and a little too safe a place to be. “That’s not who we are. We’ve always pushed buttons, we’ve always rubbed against the grain, and we’ve always challenged things.”
Lenny Kravitz Releases ‘Sex’ Video
(hennemusic) Lenny Kravitz has released the video for “Sex”, the latest track from his 2014 album, “Strut.” Directed by Dikayl Rimmasch, the song follows “The Chamber” and “New York City” as the third video single issued from the project. “I love the Fellini-esque vibe of the video,” says Kravitz. “When I heard the concept, I knew that Dikayl was out of his mind; and that was the attraction.” “I couldn’t think of anything more surreal,” adds Rimmasch. “It made me laugh. Lenny went for it. The shoot was chaotic. The day after I walked to the beach with a hangover, laid in the sand, and thought -“what have I done?”‘ Kravitz returns to live action with a show at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on May 15, following which he’ll begin an extensive summer tour through Europe in Hamburg, Germany on June 22. “Strut” is the rocker’s tenth studio album and first since 2011’s “Black And White America.”
Foo Fighters Headlining Austin City Limits
(Gibson) Austin City Limits is known for booking high-profile talent, and this year is no exception. Foo Fighters, the Strokes and Florence + the Machine are set to headline the 2015 edition of the Austin City Limits festival. Foo Fighters are onboard for both weekends of the event. Meanwhile, the Strokes will perform only the first weekend, and Florence + the Machine will play the second. Other acts confirmed to play Austin City Limits are Modest Mouse, Alt-J, Hozier, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters & Men, Royal Blood, Walk the Moon, Tame Impala, TV on the Radio, Twenty One Pilots, Vance Joy, Echosmith, Boots, Brandon Flowers, the Decemberists and Nate Ruess, among others. Per usual, the festival is heavy on alternative-minded artists.
Doors Fan Wants To Preserve Jim Morrison’s Albuquerque Home
(Radio.com) Fans of The Doors want to preserve lead singer Jim Morrison’s childhood home in Albuquerque, N.M. But there is a problem. Someone already lives there. Morrison died at 27 after a short but illustrious career. He spent a few teenage years in a house in northeast Albuquerque, close to the airforce base where his father worked. Today, that house belongs to a woman name Thelma Lue. According to an interview she gave to KOAT. Morrison’s presence is still there. Her granddaughter told her that late one night she heard an organ playing in a bedroom. A fan and historian named Anthony Gomez said he would like to convert the house into a historical site. ‘Living in Albuquerque for a while, I think he should have a spot here,” Gomez said.
Tony Banks Releasing Box Set
(Prog) Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks will release a four-disc box set featuring the best of his solo career this summer, it’s been confirmed. A Chord Too Far will launch on July 6 via Esoteric Recordings and will feature 49 tracks selected by Banks from his back catalogue, including several remixes. The tracklist has been chosen to represent his work outside of Genesis and takes material from A Curious Feeling (1979), The Fugitive (1983), The Wicked Lady (1983), Soundtracks (1986), Bankstatement (1989), Still (1991), Strictly Inc (1995), and his orchestral albums Seven: A Suite for Orchestra (2004) and Six Pieces for Orchestra (2012). Also included in the package are four previously unreleased pieces, including three demos from his orchestral suites along with a track originally written for Still.
Bill Bruford To Appear On New Prog Rock Radio Show Premiere
(Classic Rock) Former Yes, King Crimson and Genesis drummer Bill Bruford will appear in the first episode of Prog Rock With Charles Hazlewood, which is broadcast on Radio 2 in the UK on Monday, May 11 at 10pm. The four-part series sees orchestra conductor Hazlewood explore the progressive rock music of the 1970s. In the opening episode, he’ll focus on drums and percussion – kicking off by tracing prog’s origins in the popular music of the 1950s and 1960s. The BBC says: “Expect to hear tracks by the likes of Pink Floyd, Emerson, Lake And Palmer, Jethro Tull, The Toys, B Bumble And The Stingers and Perry Como.”