Hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen, because we’ve got some shocking news to scramble all your preconceptions of life as we know it. Ready? Billy Corgan, frontman of the Smashing Pumpkins, spoke negatively about another band during an interview! Don’t believe us? We’ve got the quotes to prove it.
It was on Nov. 3, 2011 that beloved GWAR guitarist Cory ‘Flattus Maximus’ Smoot departed our galaxy. Since that day, GWAR have shared the grieving process with their fans, continuing on as a four-piece ever since Smoot’s passing and dedicating every live show to Smoot by placing his guitar onstage under a spotlight. Although there was some question as to whether GWAR would recruit a new guitarist, the band have just announced the addition of intergalactic shredder Pustulus Maximus, knownon Planet Earth as Brent Purgason.
Since the not-so-amicable split between singer Geoff Tate and the rest of Queensryche, the band recently recruited Crimson Glory vocalist Todd La Torre to front the band. Since his debut, La Torre has been accused of using Geoff Tate’s recorded vocals during live performances — an allegation which La Torre has now officially denied.
It was announced earlier this year that former Nirvana bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic would be making sweet music together once again. Although details have remained vague, the nature of the current collaboration is centered around the upcoming documentary on Sound City Studios, where the Nirvana opus ‘Nevermind’ was recorded.
Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer has a distinct and very metal look. When a fan pictures Schaffer, they see a black shirt or tank top, a denim or leather vest, a bandana and an angry metal face. In a hilarious doppleganger moment, Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen joined Iced Earth onstage dressed exactly like Schaffer as the band played their classic namesake track, ‘Iced Earth.’
The fact that the original members of Black Sabbath weren’t able to undertake a full-on world tour in 2012 was devastating to Sabbath fans. Guitarist Tony Iommi‘s cancer diagnosis stuck a knife into the heart of Sabbath fans, and reduced Sabbath to playing only three live shows this year, with their one U.S. date happening on Aug. 3 at Lollapalooza. Add to that drummer Bill Ward ‘s contract dispute, which resulted in his departure from the band, and the reunion that was announced on Nov. 11, 2011, didn’t pan out as originally planned.
Tool are currently in the process of writing one of hard rock’s most anticipated albums. With the band’s last album, ’10,000 Days,’ having been released in 2006, Tool fans have been mentally pacing in circles, awaiting a taste of new materials from their psychedelic heroes. Luckily, drummer Danny Carey has offered an update on where Tool are in their writing process.
Although the news broke yesterday that Metallica were to set to begin work in earnest on a new album in September, drummer Lars Ulrich doesn’t want fans to get too anxious about the upcoming release. The Metallica percussionist is “realistically” expecting the band’s 10th album to hit stores in early 2014.
The saga of Randy Blythe‘s Czech imprisonment has met another road block, as the prosecutor in Blythe’s case once again challenged the vocalist’s bail. The prosecutor, who represents the family of a fan who died of a head injury sustained at a 2010 Lamb of God show, has now challenged Blythe’s bail for the second time and is reportedly seeking to keep Blythe in prison until a possible trial begins.
Nearly 45 years after Deep Purple was assembled, some of rock and metal’s most celebrated acts such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Black Label Society have paid tribute to the legendary act in the upcoming compilation ‘Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head.’
Although the sighting of a music video on MTV has drifted into the realm of Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster or a Courtney Love news story that has to do with her music, that doesn’t mean the art form of songs put to film has been entirely lost. Thanks to the eccentric musicians from Foxy Shazam, the rock world has a video for ‘Holy Touch,’ which consists of bizarre characters, hard liquor and parachute-less sky diving.
The wait is over, people! After nearly two entire months since Slash released his latest solo record, the legendary guitarist is already beginning to work on an even newer album! Though it may seem somewhat premature, Slash attributes his constant writing to the direct product of his enthusiasm and the energy he’s acquired from working with his backing band, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
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