TREMONTI: New Album Sneak Peek TREMONTI, the band led by CREED and ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti, recently finished recording its second album for an early 2015 release. The follow-up to 2012's "All I Was" was helmed by producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who previously worked with ALTER BRIDGE and SLASH.
Video footage from the studio can be seen below.
A listening party and live performance for the second TREMONTI album will be held on January 31, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen joined Tremonti's solo band for touring purposes after ALTER BRIDGE bassist Brian Marshall dropped off the project.
With ALTER BRIDGE and CREED both still active, The Pulse Of Radio asked Tremonti a while back how he knows which songs are right for each project. "I've just gotten this filter, this intuition that tells me what songs go to which band, and with my solo stuff, the rhythm section is so different from the other bands, I think it really stands apart," he said. "I think it's a little more aggressive than both the other bands."Tremonti recorded "All I Was" using ideas rejected by his ALTER BRIDGE bandmates, who felt some of the material was too "speed metal" for their sound. Tremonti revealed, "I tried it with them about 10 times and it would never stick. I didn't want those ideas to go to waste . . . Now it's a living, breathing band so we gotta keep it going."Tremonti's other act, ALTER BRIDGE, released its fourth album, called "Fortress", last year.
Video: COREY TAYLOR Performs ALICE IN CHAINS' 'Them Bones' With ROYAL MACHINES SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor joined ROYAL MACHINES on stage this past Saturday night (December 20) at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California to perform the ALICE IN CHAINS classic "Them Bones". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below.ROYAL MACHINES is the new "all-star covers fun-times band" featuring former CAMP FREDDY members Dave Navarro (JANE'S ADDICTION, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Billy Morrison (ex-THE CULT bassist, current CIRCUS DIABLO vocalist), Donovan Leitch (son of legendary folk singer Donovan), and Chris Chaney (JANE'S ADDICTION, ALANIS MORRISETTE), alongside frequent CAMP FREDDY collaborator, singer Mark McGrath (SUGAR RAY), and acclaimed drummer Josh Freese (THE VANDALS, DEVO, A PERFECT CIRCLE). Freese was unable to make last night's show and was temporarily replaced by Adrian Young of NO DOUBT.
Since its formation ten years ago when they rocked the opening of The Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles at the invitation of Brent Bolthouse, CAMP FREDDY had performed on both coasts of America and on national television shows ("The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", "Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn", "Last Call with Carson Daly").
SLIPKNOT: Official 'The Devil In I' Performance Video From KNOTFEST "The Devil In I", the new performance video from SLIPKNOT, can be seen below. The clip was filmed during the band's Knotfest, which was held October 25-26 in Devore, California."The Devil In I" is taken from SLIPKNOT's new album, ".5: The Gray Chapter", which sold around 132,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 21 via Roadrunner.
A disgruntled former drumtech for SLIPKNOT has revealed the identity of the band's newest members by posting a picture of a backstage call sheet on Instagram.
The sheet, posted by Norm Costa, shows the names Jay Weinberg, their new drummer and Alessandro Venturella, the bassist. While the sheet doesn't point out who is who, Venturella's identity was pretty much revealed on accident in SLIPKNOT's music video for "The Devil In I", where Venturella's hand tattoos were visible.
Singer Corey Taylor admitted he was unhappy when distinctive tattoos on Venturella's hand identified him as SLIPKNOT's new bassist. At the time, Corey said, "I was, like, 'Why didn't we make him wear gloves?' I was so upset. I was, like, we thought of all this stuff. We put the hood on him and then the mask... And then there is his tattoos for everybody [to see]. I was, like, 'Well, we missed the mark on that one.'"SLIPKNOT's first major headlining tour in support of ".5: The Gray Chapter", dubbed "Prepare For Hell", also featured KORN and KING 810.
The trek kicked off on October 29 in El Paso, Texas and wrapped up on December 7 in Boston.
MARTY FRIEDMAN: 'Undertow' Video Released "Undertow", the new video from former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman, can be seen below. The clip features an unsullied look at Japanese culture, says Friedman, who moved to Japan in 2003.
"'Undertow' gives you a look at the Japan not usually seen by the typical Japanese exports, like crazy TV shows, ultra-cute singers and anime," he says. "It shows a day in the life of Japan as the Japanese see it, not the stereotypical Western 'Japanophile' view of it."
Regarding the video's concept, Friedman explains that "the 'Undertow' video attempts to show that when you see a thing of beauty, there is often an undercurrent of true sadness and hardship behind the scenes which creates the motivation to do something extraordinary." Friedman recently spoke to Wondering Sound about his decision to leave MEGADETH in 1999 in order to make the kind of music that he was passionate about: Japanese pop music, or J-Pop, which Friedman calls "embarrassingly happy."
"I found myself touring with MEGADETH, and in my hotel room I'd be blasting this Japanese music all the time. What's wrong with this picture?" he said.
As his interest in J-pop grew, Friedman started enjoying MEGADETH less. "I thought I was doing myself a disservice just playing the same old stuff and not really enjoying it," he told Wondering Sound. "Making money from fans who want to see you play when you're not into it didn't really sit right with me."
According to Marty, he simply outgrew metal, explaining that MEGADETH's music began to bore him, and he singled out the band's popular ballad "A Tout Le Monde" as an example.
"The melody's like duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh. It's kind of the same thing over and over again," he told NPR in a separate interview. "I'd go play the show at night with MEGADETH. And I'd be like, you know, what what I'm listening to is just so much more exciting than what I'm playing as my gig."Friedman told his MEGADETH bandmates that he would leave the group at the conclusion of a 16-month-long tour, but "only stayed three more months." He explained to Wondering Sound: "It was just too much. I'm the kind of guy who can't fake it that well. It wasn't very nice, but I just couldn't go on anymore."
Focusing on the J-Pop genre, Friedman noted that going for the opposite of metal was the whole point.
"There's not a whole lot of happy music going on," he told NPR. "Especially in the heavy metal world, where everybody's just trying to out-lame each other, you know, with darkness and monsters and crap like that."Marty's new solo album, "Inferno", sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 186 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on May 26 via Prosthetic Records (except in Japan, where the album was made available through Universal Music).
CROWBAR's KIRK WINDSTEIN: I Wish KISS Would Quit Making New Records CROWBAR frontman Kirk Windstein believes that bands like KISS should quit making new albums because their latest material doesn't come close to matching the quality of their classic output.Windstein, who credits KISS with inspiring him to play music when he first heard the Paul Stanley- and Gene Simmons-led outfit back in 1975, tells Echo Asylum 's Insanity: "You hate to say it, but some bands, as they get older, they put out a record as an excuse to go on tour."
He continues: "As big a fan as I am of KISS, and, actually, after reading Paul Stanley's book, I have a whole new insight on why they have Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer in KISS, and I do agree with Gene and Paul that at this point they probably do belong in KISS, even though Ace [Frehley] is my favorite character and member. But with a band like KISS, honestly, I wish that they would quit making records, because I haven't liked the last couple of records that they've done. I understand they wanna make new music, but Jesus, the guys are getting close to their mid-60s now, and it's, like, let's be honest… For the most part, the people [buy KISS concert tickets] to see… they wanna hear 'Detroit Rock City', 'Rock And Roll All Nite', 'She', 'God Of Thunder', 'Shout It Out Loud'… I mean, they're not buying the tickets to hear the songs off the new record, and it's kind of like an excuse, like I was saying to just… It's just my opinion, [and] it doesn't mean shit, but, to me, I think they should just continue to do the classic KISS stuff."Windstein adds: "The thing is there are a lot of bands that have been around a long time that are putting out amazing records, like EXODUS and TESTAMENT, a lot of bands that were very popular and kind of died down and are popular [again]… You know why? Because, I mean, it is nostalgia, to a degree, but they're also putting out records that are fucking amazing. So we wanna be one of those bands. We don't wanna live off anything we've done in the past, we want to continue to build our audience with CROWBAR and look forward. We don't have rearview mirrors on our fucking mirror. [We] just look forward and roll."CROWBAR's latest album, "Symmetry In Black", sold around 3,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 68 on The Billboard 200 chart.CROWBAR's previous CD, 2011's "Sever The Wicked Hand", opened with around 3,500 units to land at position No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200."Symmetry In Black" came out in North America on May 27 via Entertainment One Music. The CD, which was made available in Europe on May 26 through Century Media Records, was produced by CROWBAR guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein and Duane Simoneaux and was mixed by Josh Wilbur (LAMB OF GOD, GOJIRA).
JOE ELLIOTT Says Next DEF LEPPARD Album Will Include A Lot Of 'Musical' And 'Experimental' Stuff
On December 14, DEF LEPPARD and DOWN 'N' OUTZ lead singer Joe Elliott was interviewed by Mick Burgess of Metal Express Radio before DOWN 'N' OUTZ's concert in Newcastle, England. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for DEF LEPPARD's next studio album, Elliott said: "We've got lyrics to write for about four or five [songs], which I should be [getting back to work on], as soon as I get [done with this DOWN 'N' OUTZ tour], I will be straight back in that mode. We've got about fifteen songs going. Seven or eight of 'em are [completely] written. The other seven are musically written that need melodies. I will get straight back [to work on that] in January."
Regarding the musical direction of the new DEF LEPPARD material, Elliott said: "I don't know. It's a good question. It sounds like LEPPARD. It sounds like what LEPPARD should be doing at our age as well. It's a bit more… I don't wanna say 'mature'; that's the worst word you could ever say. But it's certainly not a childish record. I mean, there's a couple of songs on there that absolutely are typical LEPPARD anthemic things. But there's a lot of cool stuff which is a lot more musical, if you like, and a lot more experimental, if you want, without being jazz or anything like that."
Guitarist Vivian Campbell, who once again has successfully battled back against Hodgkin's Lymphoma, told a Canadian radio station that because the band tends to record in stages, one is never really sure what the end result will be. "The way DEF LEPPARD records work, the last guy in the studio gets to have the final word," he said. "So who knows? I'm not gonna be there because I have too much medical stuff going on. I'm kind of done at this stage. There may be a final session in January or February that I'll not be party to, so I have no idea what the final thing's gonna be."
He went on to joke: "All I can tell you is my involvement was with the first part of the record, and it was a hard rock record at that stage, so if it comes out being wussy, I'm not accepting blame. I'm throwing my hands in the air."
Video: Former RATT Singer STEPHEN PEARCY Performs 'Slip Of The Lip' At Whisky A Go Go
Video footage of former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy performing the song "Slip Of The Lip" on December 19 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below.Pearcy told the "Inappropriate Earl" podcast this past summer about his most recent split with RATT: "It's a permanent vacation. I mean, 30 years is enough time to be in something that's so volatile.
"People have a different opinion and impression of what goes on in rock and roll, per se, or anything in the music industry. But time spent, and I just felt it was enough, things weren't proper, and it's okay, it's all good. I have other things to do and business ventures that take up a lot of my time.
"I mean, I'm out doing [select] shows [with my solo band], but I don't wanna go out and do massive tours. I just wanna go out and have a good time. Hence my solo band and why I do what I do…
"I do have a better time [my solo band]. There's less drama and there's less overall business structure; it's more back to basics. And, like I say, I've spent my time in this beast I created. And I'm enjoying what I do. I just like getting out there once in a while. Once in a while."
Pearcy also revealed that, in his view, the dysfunctional relationships between the RATT members took a turn for the worse following tragic passing of guitarist Robbin Crosby, who died of a heroin overdose in 2002 after battling addiction for many years, contracting HIV and eventually full-blown AIDS as a result of his drug use. He said: "The end of the RATT tale, so to speak, is when Robbin passed. I knew it would never be the same. And it didn't matter if we went out there and did what we did, or continued doing it. It's never gonna be the same. No disrespect to Carlos [Cavazo], who's an amazing guitarist and person, or [John] Corabi, or whoever else stepped in. It's just not the same, and it never will be, and I knew it was. And hence all the catastrophe that followed."
Even though Pearcy announced his depature from RATT in April, he once again reiterated during the "Inappropriate Earl" interview that he '[left] the door open" to make another album with the band, which would mark RATT's first studio release since the return of bassist Juan Croucier. "If it's the original four guys, that would be cool," he said. "If it's not, well, then you'll get what you got before — 'Infestation' or the self-titled record. But until then, we'll see."
If it turns out the RATT never releases another album with Pearcy or regroups with the singer for a tour, Stephen claims to be satisfied with what the band has achieved. "I'm happy with my legacy," he said. "I mean, we do very well for ourselves in publishing; we didn't give everything away. So it's all good. I'm content. I can live with it and move on, as I have many times before.
"If somebody holds a grudge or they got their feelings hurt because I can do other things, then that's their problem. I don't need to beat a dead rat, so to speak. And we'll end it at that.
"I like moving on. The heyday is over with, you know what I mean?! Some people like to live that heyday 24 hours a day, even at their age. I don't. There's better things to do."
During an April 2014 interview with the "Trunk Nation" show, RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer slammed Pearcy over the singer's latest exit from the group, saying: "Everything [Stephen] says is delusional and complete lies. He's so destructive… Stephen doesn't know how to play ball, he's not a team player. It's Stephen's way or there's no way at all… He walks on everything. He's walked four times. Again, this year, he's walked… He's tortured us. I mean, he's kept us hostage for years. 'I'm quitting. I'm not going.' He's canceled shows, he's canceled tours.
"I think the rest of the band has proven — and you can go to YouTube, that we do — we go out there and we kick ass, and we're concise and we fucking play really good.
"But do I want him in the band? Yes, I do. I want the nice Stephen in the band."
Acoustic THE PRETTY RECKLESS Album Will Give Fans Inside Look At Songs
According to The Pulse Of Radio, THE PRETTY RECKLESS have had an incredible year in 2014 and plan to keep the momentum going in the New Year. One project on the band's agenda is an acoustic record featuring stripped down versions of songs from the group's recent hit album, "Going To Hell". Singer Taylor Momsen told Loudwire, "We're making it very simple, just giving the listener an inside look as to how the song started when I was sitting on my couch… It's something you don't get from an artist very often, how the writer actually wrote the song as opposed to hearing the produced, done version."
Momsen told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that the band's goal for "Going To Hell" was to create a set of songs they would enjoy playing live. "I think we all were subconsciously writing with the idea that we have to play this for the next two years of — hopefully the next 10, 20 but, you know [laughs], at least the next tour cycle for sure. So we want to make it fun for us every night onstage.""Going To Hell", THE PRETTY RECKLESS' sophomore album, was released last March.
The disc has yielded two No. 1 rock radio hits with "Heaven Knows" and "Messed Up World", making THE PRETTY RECKLESS the first female-fronted act to have its first two singles both hit the top spot.
The latest single from the record is "Follow Me Down".THE PRETTY RECKLESS will open for NICKELBACK on a lengthy North American tour that begins February 14 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
BILLY CORGAN Angry At 'Middling' Reviews For New SMASHING PUMPKINS Album
Now that the new SMASHING PUMPKINS album, "Monuments To An Elegy", has been released, mainman Billy Corgan said in a new interview with The Guardian that he's stupefied by the "three-star" reviews the disc is getting. Corgan explained, "I thought for sure I would get really strong reviews for our new album, based on all the feedback I was getting. But I'm getting the same reviews I got back in the day, these kind of middling, muddling reviews that just won't fucking say: 'This is a fuking brilliant album from a brilliant artist.' It's always got to have a qualifier to it."Corgan told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he puts an painstaking amount of effort into every song he records. "I'm more detail-oriented probably than anybody I've worked with," he said. "People commonly call it perfectionism, but I feel a little bit like a painter, because as the person who sort of generates the original idea and writes the song, I have to sort of put it all together. So it's like, if some element is not supporting another element that I'm intrinsically involved in, then there's some part of me getting disappointed."
The SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman told The Guardian that he is not concerned about the bad reviews in the traditional press. He explained: "I'm not bothered by it on that level. What I'm bothered by is … how many years do I have to put in at the company? I don't want a gold watch, I just want what's fucking fair. I started with a group of artists in 1990, and along the years I've had to hear about how many different bands, how many different singers, this is the next big thing, this is the next NIRVANA."Corgan added, "Here we are 25 years later, and how many fucking people are left?... There should come a point where it's like, 'Welcome to the rock 'n' roll club.' If I'd gotten the reward for the work I did during this generation that you love so much — the '90s — then maybe I wouldn't be looking for it now."
The PUMPKINS founder and sole remaining original member sounded a similar note in an interview with Billboard, saying, "Let's say you start with punk, '77 to now, I'm up there with the top writers. But I've still got to beg and stoop and be slavish to these great gods who are presiding over what? What are they presiding over? That's my big criticism.""Monuments To An Elegy" is the ninth SMASHING PUMPKINS studio effort and follows up 2012's "Oceania".
The disc features Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder— the only other current "permanent" member of the PUMPKINS— and MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee, who played on all nine of the set's songs.Corgan recently assembled a touring lineup of the PUMPKINS that includes RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE drummer Brad Wilk and KILLERS bassist Mark Stoermer in addition to him and Schroeder.
A second album, titled "Day For Night", is slated for release sometime next year.
NIGHTWISH To Release 'Endless Forms Most Beautiful' Album In March
Finnish / Dutch / British symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH will release their new album, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful", on March 27 in Europe and March 31 in the U.S. via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the CD was created by the band's longtime collaborator Toxic Angel."Endless Forms Most Beautiful" features eleven new songs and will be released in different formats:
* Standard CD
* Digibook (including instrumental CD)
* 2LP (vinyl in gatefold) in different colors
* Earbook (including instrumental and orchestral CD)
* Earbook (deluxe version including bonus vinyl)
Pre-order your copy here.
The "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" title came from Charles Darwin's "The Origin Of Species" book, where he wrote: "There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, while this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved."
Commented NIGHTWISH keyboardist and main songwriter Tuomas Holopainen: "This classic quote is where it all began. We set sail for the ultimate journey in March 2015. Join us!"
A single called "Élan" will precede the full-length CD on February 13. The four-track single features the album version of the title cut, a radio edit and an alternate version of "Élan", as well as the non-album bonus track "Sagan".
Regarding "Élan", Holopainen said: "'Oh, while I live to be the ruler of life, Not a slave. To meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.' This beautiful quote from my hero Uncle Walt [Walt Whitman] was the starting point for writing 'Élan'.
"The underlying theme of the song is nothing less than the meaning of life, which can be something different for all of us.
"It's important to surrender yourself to the occasional 'free fall' and not to fear the path less travelled by.
"Élan" track listing:
01. Élan (album version)
02. Élan (radio edit)
03. Élan (alternate version)
04. Sagan (non-album bonus track)
01. Élan (album version)
02. Élan (radio edit)
01. Élan (alternate version)
02. Sagan (non-album bonus track)
Pre-order your copy of "Élan"here.
As previously reported, longtime NIGHTWISH drummer Jukka Nevalainen sat out the recording sessions for the group's new CD due to health issues; Kai Hahto (WINTERSUN, SWALLOW THE SUN, TREES OF ETERNITY) has replaced him.NIGHTWISH recently revealed the famed evolutionary biologist and atheist writer/leader Richard Dawkins will appear as a guest on the band's eighth studio album.
Singer Floor Jansen, who officially joined the band last year, made her live debut as the frontwoman of NIGHTWISH on October 1, 2012 at Showbox Sodo in Seattle, Washington.
In surveying the year at the movies, the topography is rich. From the dusty, dying towns of "Nebraska" to the rooftop Roman parties in "The Great Beauty" to the sleek future Los Angeles of "Her," 2013 has been a trip. But has it been a great year? Negativity reached a fever pitch in the summer when Steven Spielberg lamented Hollywood's risk-adverse, finance-driven blockbusterism. The grim, humorless "Man of Steel" and its careless backdrop of mass destruction was a low point: the epitome of everything bad about movies today. Yet ambitious films gathered in number as the year went on, and many began calling 2013 a historically excellent year for film, after all. Here are one critic's top picks of the year, all of them reasons why 2013 was a good year for the big screen:
The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.
Globe nominations for musical or comedy film
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best musical or comedy film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Golden Globe nominations for TV comedy series
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best television comedy series have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Golden Globe nominations for animated film
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations for best animated film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
North Korea's Internet has gone dark amid rumors of US retaliation over its alleged hacking of a Hollywood studio, just as the pariah state came under attack at the UN over its rights record. It was not clear who or what had shut down Pyongyang's web connections, but cyber experts said the eccentric dictatorship's already limited connections had gone completely offline. North Korea has just four networks on the global Internet, compared to 150,000 in the United States. All of North Korea's routing is done through China Netcom, which is now part of China Unicom, Zmijewski said.