Rolling Stones Play Surprise Club Show
(hennemusic) The Rolling Stones played a rare club show at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles Wednesday night as a warm-up to their upcoming Zip Code Tour of North America.
The band performed what they are billing as a “one-time only set” featuring the original “Sticky Fingers” album in its entirety with additional Stones hits.
The group are releasing a remastered version of the project on June 8 (June 9 in North America), and it will be available on CD, 2CD, LP, 2LP, a Deluxe Edition Boxet, Super Deluxe Edition Boxset and via digital download.
Tickets for the rare club appearance at the 1,200 capacity venue sold out within minutes of going on sale at noon on Wednesday.
Foo Fighters Rock David Letterman’s Final Show
(hennemusic) The Foo Fighters gave David Letterman a musical send-off on his final broadcast on Wednesday night after more than three decades in late night television.
Dressed in tuxedos but not seen again once the first notes of the song rang out, the group performed one of The Late Show host’s favorite songs, “Everlong”, while a montage of clips from the program’s history streamed by.
Letterman explained the song – from the band’s 1997 album, “The Colour And The Shape” – held special meaning for him as he recovered from quintuple bypass surgery in January of 2000.
When producers planned the host’s return after a 6-week period of recovery, Letterman requested they try to arrange for the Foo Fighters to appear; the band agreed and cancelled shows in South America to return to New York for the host and the program.
An outspoken fan of the Foo Fighters throughout the years, Letterman went on to develop personal and professional relationship with the band, including using his company – Worldwide Pants – to assist in the production of the group’s “Sonic Highways” TV series last year as they worked on their 8th album.
Guns N’ Roses Reunion Plot Shot Down By McKagan
(Classic Rock) Duff McKagan has dismissed Guns N’ Roses biographer Marc Canter’s claims that he could reunite Slash and Axl Rose. Canter previously said he could get the estranged duo back on talking terms simply by having them meet in the LA rehearsal room where the band first honed their sound.
And the reunion rumours grew even louder when Slash recently said he’d “never say never” to a potential classic era lineup return. But former GNR bassist McKagan doesn’t think it’ll be as simple as that.
He tells Billboard: “That came out of left field for me. My manager sent me the link and I looked at it like, ‘What the hell?’ Little weird. But Marc is a good guy. He’s been around forever, and if that’s what he thinks, it’s his thing.”
While discussing his latest book, How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions), the 51-year-old says his body is more susceptible to sickness after years of drug and alcohol abuse and that he has to be smarter about his workload as he gets older.
Metallica Star Found Kurt Cobain Movie ‘Challenging To Watch‘
(Classic Rock) Lars Ulrich has described the Kurt Cobain documentary as “challenging” to watch and says some of the scenes were “too much.” Ulrich’s own band Metallica were the subject of 2004 documentary Some Kind Of Monster which gave viewers a close and personal look behind the scenes as they dealt with the most turbulent period of their career following the departure of bassist Jason Newsted.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield recently said Some Kind Of Monster was still difficult for him to watch. Speaking about Cobain: Montage Of Heck, Ulrich tells Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx: “I thought it was unique. Never quite seen a film like that. I loved being that close to Kurt, but I also had issues being that close to him, because it took a little bit of the mystique away.
“I was kind of sitting there going, ‘Do I really need to see Kurt Cobain in a bathtub?’ As a fan of Cobain, and as a fan of Nirvana, it was almost too much, it was almost too close. Because next time I hear Come As You Are or one of those songs, I’ll still sit there and think of him in a bathtub of him shaving, or that scene at the end where he’s holding Frances, and some of that stuff, which was challenging to watch.”
Lynyrd Skynyrd Announce Release Of All-Star Tribute Concert
(hennemusic) On July 24, Lynyrd Skynyrd will release “One More For The Fans”, a 2CD/DVD set featuring highlights from an all-star tribute concert held at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta last November.
The event featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as music legends and young talent, including Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant.
“Hearing all of these incredible musicians sing our songs was unforgettable,” says guitarist Gary Rossington. “It was a really special night and I’m so happy our fans will now get to enjoy the show at home.”
As part of the campaign to save the Fox Theatre from demolition, Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded their 1976 live album, “One More From The Road”, at the landmark theatre; the title of the tribute concert and release was inspired by that legendary album’s title.
AXS TV will premiere “Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More For The Fans” on Sunday, July 19 at 8:00pm EST / 5:00pm PST.
Original Foreigner Singer Lou Gramm Expands North American Tour
(hennemusic) Original Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm has announced new dates for a summer tour of North America. The trek starts May 21 in Washington state, with shows scheduled into mid-September and more dates to be added.
The singer will be joined by his touring band, which includes brother Ben Grammatico on drums, Michael Staertow on guitar, AD Zimmer on bass and Andy Knoll on keyboards.
Gramm led Foreigner through its launch and most successful commercial era, from 1977’s self-titled debut through to 1987’s “Inside Information.” The singer left Foreigner in 1990 to continue building a solo career; he was replaced for a short time by Johnny Edwards but returned in 1992.
In 1997, Gramm was diagnosed with an egg-sized brain tumor. After being given a death sentence by several physicians, he learned of a then-revolutionary laser surgery being done by a doctor in Boston. The singer underwent a life-saving operation to remove the tumor and then faced radiation treatments and several years of rehab before reaching a full recovery.
Gramm left the group for a second time 2003 and was replaced in 2005 by former Hurricane vocalist – and Gramm sound-alike – Kelly Hansen, who has remained in the lineup ever since.
Twisted Sister, Skid Row and Great White Going Vegas For Movie
(Classic Rock) Extreme, Twisted Sister, Skid Row and Great White are set to share a bill in Las Vegas at the end of the month for a show that will be filmed for a future cinema release.
The Metal Meltdown event is being held at the city’s Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on May 30. The show is being filmed and recorded for a 3D theatrical release as well as DVD, Blu-ray, CD and vinyl formats.
Extreme will play their seminal album Pornograffitti in its entirety as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations. Mike Portnoy will be behind the kit for Twisted Sister after AJ Pero passed away earlier this year.
Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson To Mix Things Up On Tour
(Classic Rock) Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson won’t be playing purely greatest hits sets when they embark on their The End Of Times tour across the US this summer.
Smashing Pumpkins’ mainman Billy Corgan said at a Q&A session to promote the tour: “These days, people come expecting a greatest hits concert whether you want to give it to them or not.
“So you can either play that concert and a lot of people leave happy, or you can decide not to play the concert and your fans that sit on the internet every day are happy. Then the other 97% of the people are angry and lobbing firebombs at you on Twitter because they didn’t get their teenage memory handed back to them.”
He adds: “I think the key is to find a balance between the material you probably should play and then the new stuff that fits in well with that. If you do it right, it’s a great case as to why the new music is just as strong as the old music.” Read Billy’s opinion of hipsters here.
Dave Edmunds Announces New Album, Streams Beach Boys Cover
(Classic Rock) Dave Edmunds is to release an all-instrumental album of cover versions. The Welsh guitar icon issues Rags & Classics on June 9 via MVD Entertainment Group. He’s also made his version of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” available to stream.
Edmunds says: “I recorded this, off and on, at home, over a period of four months. But I guess the idea of making a guitar album had been lurking subconsciously since I was 17.
“That’s when I discovered the fascinating guitar styles of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed, along with other truly innovative guitarists of the 50s and 60s music revolution.”
As well as his solo career and efforts with the band Rockpile, Edmunds has worked with Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynn, Elvis Costello, Carl Perkins, Stray Cats, Status Quo and many others.
Joe Satriani Streaming New Song ‘On Peregrine Wings’
(hennemusic) Joe Satriani is debuting “On Peregrine Wings”, the lead track from his forthcoming album, “Shockwave Supernova.” Satriani named “Shockwave Supernova” after his alter ago, one that he steps into for live performances.
Due July 24, the guitarist co-produced his 15th album with John Cuniberti and recorded the project late last year at Skywalker Sound in Lucas Valley, CA, with keyboardist and guitarist Mike Keneally, drummer Marco Minnemann and bassist Bryan Beller. “I couldn’t have asked for a better band to help bring these songs to life,” says Satriani.
The guitarist is joined by a second rhythm section for four tracks: drummer Vinnie Colaiuta – who has worked with Frank Zappa, Sting and Paul Simon, among others – and Jane’s Addiction bassist Chris Chaney.
He will launch The Shockwave Tour in Nantes, France on September 17.
King Crimson Announce First Canadian Tour In Over 12 Years
(Prog) King Crimson have added a run of Canadian dates to their 2015 touring schedule. They’ll perform 10 shows in November, marking their first visit to the country since 2003.
Mainman Robert Fripp is joined in the eighth incarnation of the band by drummers Gavin Harrison, Bill Rieflin and Pat Mastelotto plus guitarist Jakko Jakszyk, flautist Mel Collins and bassist Tony Levin.
An official statement quotes Fripp saying: “When music appears which only King Crimson can play, then, sooner or later, King Crimson appears to play the music.”
Faith No More’s Mike Bordin Talks Band’s First New Album In 18 Years
(Radio.com) When the news came earlier this year that Faith No More would release a new album, fans reacted with not just excitement but genuine shock. It has, after all, been 18 years since the band’s previous release, 1997’s Album of the Year.
On Tuesday (May 19) that news became reality. Sol Invictus, the group’s seventh studio album, is finally out and available. That shocked reaction to this new album is also the same fans had to the band’s 2009 reunion tour. Faith No More, and especially their frontman Mike Patton, have always been unsentimental. But while the tour appeared to be a one-off, the recording of an album seems a more definitive statement that the group has returned to active duty.
As drummer Mike Bordin told us in a recent interview, Patton was, in fact, a holdout until he heard the music that his bandmates had been working on. Earnest and super-polite, Bordin remembers details of shows from decades ago (“You were at the Ritz show in 1989? I remember that guy hanging from the ceiling at that show!”) and is almost disarmingly friendly. During our interview, he actually said this sentence: “Generally, most of the people who I meet, I find I like!” How many people in any walk of life, much less rock music, would say that?
As the planned 20-minute interview extended to an hour, we discussed not only Faith No More but also Bordin’s stint in Ozzy Osbourne’s band (which included a daunting tour as the drummer for Black Sabbath) and that time he filled in for Korn’s drummer. It’s interesting to note, too, that while many of his peers from the late ’80s/early ’90s alt-rock scene are dismissive of the nu-metal that followed, Bordin speaks of it with no judgement (though did point out that he’d never heard Korn’s music before being invited to play for them).
Radio.com: I have to say, I was shocked when I heard you guys were going to do a new album. I didn’t think that that would ever happen, even after the reunion tour.
Mike Bordin: I didn’t, either. I agree with you. When we decided to do some shows, we wanted to see how it felt, to just be around each other and play music together, and we had no idea if we would even like doing that. I’m not coloring this in any way, I’m just answering honestly. We had no expectation, we didn’t know what it was going to be like. After about 50 shows we felt like, it feels great, but we don’t want to do this for too long if we’re not going to create something new, or have something new to say. So we just kind of started quietly playing together.
People would always ask, ‘When are you going to do Faith No More again?” I would say, “Dude, it will never happen, forget it.” But when we got back together and started playing, it felt good and it was exciting. It’s been 2-1/2 years of work on this new music, and I really like it and I’m excited for people to hear it.