Archive for June, 2012
Tommy Lee of Motley Crue seems to have taken his rock stardom to a new level of....entitlement? Or is it just being an asshole? Probably the latter. In what has to be one of the stupidest, idiotic postings ever Lee wrote this letter to his fans on the band's Facebook page:
"I fucking LOVE my fans! And you know this!!!... If you asked anyone that knows me really well, they would tell ya the same thing... 'Tommy loves his fans. He lives for this shit... he eats, breathes,shits music 24/7.' They'll also probably tell ya that 'he's a down-to-earth grateful life-lovin dude and a nice guy, too.'
"What I have a problem with is... taking pictures! I hate it! Irritates the fuck out of me when people say... 'You owe it to your fans, they put you where you are, etc. etc.!'
"I certainly don't owe anybody anything!
"When I bought all my LED ZEPPELIN records and concert tickets, I didn't say, 'One day these fuckers are gonna owe me a picture.' It's the least they can do for me!...
"[What the fuck], people? You don't admire something so that it can give back... You just cherish it! And to those who say, 'You should be grateful that people wanna take your picture. Maybe one day they won't want it!' That day can't come soon enough!
"[By the way]… I'm not here to take pictures with you, I'm here to entertain you!
"Nobody put me where I am but ME! They may have helped inspire me with their love for what I do... but I put myself right here where I want to be with a lot of hard work, practice, talent, luck, etc. What I do owe myself and others is being THE BEST I can be! And that's making great music, being a good man, father, lover and human being! We all owe that kinda stuff to ourselves and each other.
"People, do we really need a silly picture?... For what?! Bragging rights? Really?.. Who fucking cares! Someone's not gonna believe you if ya don't have the proof pic? Then fuck 'em! I'd never go up to someone that I admired and bug them for a picture!! Why! I might say a quick hello... maybe a handshake? I dunno... It depends on the 'situation'... Most people never consider the 'situation.' That's really important... Ya wouldn't wanna handshake standing at the pisser in the men's bathroom next to me, would ya? And yes, that's happened to me, too... Or when you're eating a nice, quiet meal with your family, some rude jackass comes up and asks for a picture!
"You can't even imagine what kinda crazy has happened to me. I understand the excitement and all, but just take a second and think... Is this cool right now? It's called consciousness; it's the quality or state of being aware of an external object or something within oneself. Be conscious.
"So like I said… yhe fastest way to get me to leave is whip out a camera! Maybe just say hello and I'll probably take ya home with me! Well, I'd have to ask my girlfriend first! Hah!
"Sincerely yours, The Picture Taker Hater! Tommy Lee"
I can understand if you're eating food, out with your family in certain situations, or taking a pee, but this is purely talking down to your fans in an entirely unacceptable way. When the letter starts out "I fucking LOVE my fans, And you know this!!!, then lead into a...'but,' that just shows no respect for any of your fans. You're coming off like a total asshole. Better to just say no when people ask, instead posting this shit. Everybody is going to ask for a pic now. Maybe it's OK if we shoot a video of him though, huh?
No respect Tommy, no respect. Not like you give a shit or ever did anyway. True colors bro.
You should have said no to this picture.
Earlier this week Geoff Tate made his first comments addressing the split with Queensryche, the lawsuit filed, the altercation that was rumored to involve a knife, his upcoming solo album and more in a Q&A with RollingStone.com. “We're in a lawsuit right now and it's probably gonna get ugly,” he said. “I filed a claim a couple of days ago. So, it's all going to the legal system now to sort out who is what, and who owns what, and that stuff.”
Here's some of the interview that definitively brings Tate's side of the story out:
RS: How did this new thing begin?
GT: I think it really began around February of this year. It mainly started with a disagreement about economics, about moving our merchandising to a third party. We had control over our own merchandising company for years and years and we ran it ourselves. It's a very successful entity, and the other three guys wanted to take it out of our hands and hand it over to somebody else and pay them more money to operate it, which just seemed liked a ridiculous business idea to me. That's really where the disagreement started.
RS: Where did things go from there?
GT: It forced us into trying to talk sense into them, our manager and myself and our business manager, trying to get them to see this was not a good deal. Why were they so adamant about taking money out of our pockets and handing it to somebody else? Our manager found another company that would do it for considerably less and they ultimately went with that.
RS: How about musically? Were you guys seeing eye-to-eye on the sound of the band at this point?
GT: Well, this is kind of a weird situation too. In the press release they said there were "creative differences." But to have creative differences, you have to have two entities or more offering up creative ideas. And that just wasn't the case. Queensryche has always been my idea, starting from the first record. Queensryche is about albums. It's about concepts and themes, and those concepts were mine. [Laughs] I started out with The Warning, bringing those ideas in for Rage for Order, Operation: Mindcrime . . . all the albums. I write 81% of the music and the lyrics. Of the 144 songs that Queensryche has released, I've written 116 of those.
I am the creative energy in the band, especially since Chris left. When he was in the band it was more of a shared thing between him and I. But once he left, the burden was on me. I don't consider it necessarily a burden. That's what I do. I'm a creative person. I write everyday and I'm constantly coming up with creative ideas. I present them to the other guys and they go, "Yeah, sure, that sounds good to us."
RS: How did they feel about the last album?
GT: Well, you'd have to ask them about that.
RS: Did they ever tell you they weren't happy with it, or with the direction the band was going?
GT: Nope. No. Nothing.
RS: So in February you started arguing about the merchandise business. How did things go from there? You played some shows after that.
GT: We had quite a few dates on the books. The plan was that we were all going to be doing some side projects and then we were gonna do a handful of Queensryche dates throughout the year. Everybody was going off and doing their own thing this year, and then we were going to regroup in 2013 for a big tour.
RS: I've read lots of accounts about what happened in Brazil in April. The story on the Internet goes that you overheard them plotting to fire you and then you pushed Michael to the floor and pointed a knife at Scott. What actually happened?
GT: Well, you know how the Internet goes . . . The way it went was, we had a gig in Sao Paolo, and before the show we had a meeting in the dressing room. I asked them straight up about the rumors I'd heard about them replacing me. I was definitely concerned about this. What kind of plan was that? Was it serious? What was going on? They said that they weren't planning on replacing me, but they had just fired our manager, our office assistant and one of our guitar techs, who all happened to be my family members.
I asked them, "Why is this happening?" They really couldn't give me a straight answer, or any kind of answer that made any kind of business sense. It seemed like a personal vendetta against me. Anyway, the meeting was short and we went to do the show. I'm getting ready by my station, ready to go on stage, and Scott
RS: There was no knife involved?
GT: No. No knife involved. You can't really get knives into foreign countries.
RS: The guys recently formed a side project called Rising West that was entirely devoted to playing material from the first five Queensryche albums. It seems to imply they didn't like the more recent material. But they never actually said to you that they preferred the sound the band had in the Eighties?
GT: Hmmm . . . I looked at that forming of that band as a side project. I was surprised that all four guys went in the same direction. That didn't make such sense to me. That felt like some kind of calculated move, but I can't even speculate what they were thinking. But if they want to do a side project, I'm all about that. I've very supportive of everybody in the band doing side projects.
RS: But this is a side projects devoted to songs that you wrote
GT: Well, that is a little weird. I would think if they were gonna do a side project, they should probably write some new songs and present them as a group, and then play some Queensryche songs too. If they wanna do that, that's cool. But to do only Queensryche material and only material that I wrote . . . I don't know. It's kind of a slap in the face.
Honestly, I'm not angry over this. I'm more hurt by it all. This has been my life's work. It's been 30 years building this name and this image of the band. All the lyrics and the directions of the albums and the concepts, that is all from me. And to have them do what they're doing and kick me out – God, I didn't realize that these guys were those kind of people. It's shocking to me.
RS: How did they actually tell you that you were fired?
GT: By a legal letter from their attorney to mine.
RS: In your estimation, do they have the legal right to fire you and carry on as Queensryche?
GT: No. They don't.
RS: What's gonna happen now?
GT: Well, we're in a lawsuit right now and it's probably gonna get ugly. I filed a claim a couple of days ago. So it's all going to the legal system now to sort out who is what, and who owns what, and that stuff.
RS: Are they gonna be able to play dates as Queensryche before this is resolved?
GT: Well, they shouldn't. Definitely. It's a situation where, in my opinion, they're doing everything the wrong way. If there was a dispute over who is in the band, or who owns the band name, I think that stuff should all be worked out before they try to book gigs with the name Queensryche.
2012 Isle of Wight Festival recap: Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Black Stone Cherry (video)
The Isle of Wight festival last weekend promised to be one of the concert events of 2012, and despite the rain and mud, it delivered. Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, along with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band delivered memorable headlining sets, and Black Stone Cherry returned for another rocking appearance. Check out the footage below.
In case you don't know, The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest island in England, located in the English Channel, on average about 2–5 miles off the south coast of the county of Hampshire, separated from the mainland by a strait called the Solent. The Isle of Wight Festival is an legendary concert experience, originating in 1968.
Here's one of my fav's Black Stone Cherry, with the only footage I've found posted of their set. VH1 Classic in the U.S. aired some of the SkyArts footage last Sunday night, but I didn't tune in early enough to see and BSC. They did show Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Pearl Jam, and much of that footage in available below as well.
Pearl Jam had an incredible set, which included many of their most well known tracks. At one point in the set, Eddie Vedder stopped down to speak about his admiration for the late Clash singer Joe Strummer and how he was on their minds as they played the festival. Vedder explained, "He would have loved this place. We were thinking about it on the way here, and sad to say, it’ll be almost 10 years in December he’s not been with us." The band then kicked into 'Arms Aloft' from Strummer’s late-in-life group the Mescaleros. The group has trotted out the cover at several stops over the past year.
Pearl Jam also performed a cover of the Beatles 'Rain' as a bit of commentary on the situation, and included the Ramones 'Blitzkrieg Bop,' the English Beat's 'Save It for Later,' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing' were infused into 'Daughter,' 'Better Man,' and 'Yellow Ledbetter.'
Pearl Jam’s Isle of Wight Festival Set List
1. Unthought Known
2. Last Exit
3. Hail Hail
4. The Fixer
6. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
8. Given to Fly
11. Even Flow
12. Setting Forth
14. Arms Aloft
16. Why Go
17. Got Some
18. Daughter/Blitzkrieg Bop
19. Just Breathe
20. Better Man/Save It for Later
24. Yellow Ledbetter/Little Wing
Tom Petty played his first ever U.K. festival headlining gig at the Isle of Wight Festival on Friday (June 22). It was part of his first U.K. trek in 20 year. The show opened with the 1978 classic track 'Listen to Her Heart' followed by 'You Wreck Me,' and hits like 'Don’t Come Around Here No More,' 'Free Fallin',' and 'Learning to Fly.'
Petty and the Heartbreakers then busted out some surprises, including the well-know Traveling Wilburys track 'Handle with Care' and Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well,' before wrapping up the set with 'Mary Jane’s Last Dance' and 'American Girl.'
Petty will complete his current European run with dates in the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy.
Tom Petty’s Isle of Wight Set:
1. Listen to Her Heart
2. You Wreck Me
3. I Won’t Back Down
4. Here Comes My Girl
5. Handle with Care
6. Good Enough
7. Oh Well
8. Something Big
9. Don’t Come Around Here No More
10. Free Fallin'
11. It’s Good to be King
12. Something Good Coming
13. Learning to Fly
14. Yer So Bad
15. I Shoulda Known It
17. Runnin’ Down a Dream
18. Mary Jane’s Last Dance
19. American Girl
Bruce Springsteen and the E Steet Band wrapped up the festival with an epic three-hour set, closing on June 24th with a cover of "Twist and Shout," the 1962 Phil Medley and Bert Russell song made famous by the Isley Brothers and the Beatles. Though rain and mud overtook the island, the enthusiastic crowd kept the energy level high from beginning to end. Springsteen lets loose with some dance moves and extended jam time for his bandmates. "I've got a fuckin' boat to catch!" he jokes halfway through the song. "I gotta get on a fuckin' boat!"
Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" tour is currently in Europe through July 31st, before continuing in North America on August 14th.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band setlist:
2. No Surrender
3. We Take Care Of Our Own
4. Wrecking Ball
5. Death to My Hometown
6. My City of Ruins
7. Spirit in the Night
8. Lonesome Day
9. Jack of All Trades
10. Atlantic City
11. Because the Night
12. Working on the Highway
13. Shackled and Drawn
14. Waitin' on a Sunny Day
15. The River
16. The Rising
17. Out in the Street
18. Land of Hope and Dreams
19. We Are Alive
20. Born in the U.S.A.
21. Born to Run
22. Glory Days
23. Dancing in the Dark
24. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
25. Twist and Shout
Green Day are getting ready to rock in a big way. After back to back punk opera albums ('21st Century Breakdown' & American Idiot'). The band will be releasing three separate albums, Uno!, Dos! and Tré!, to be issued by Warner Bros. two months apart this fall and winter. Uno! will be released on Sept. 25th, but it is available for pre-order starting today.
Billie Joe Armstrong talked with David Fricke of Rolling Stone about the anticipation for the new releases: "It's exciting and nerve-wracking. But it's more exciting," he quickly noted with a grin, "than anything else."
RS: What did you think Green Day needed to do next, after American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown? You couldn't do a third punk opera in a row.
BJA: People ask me all the time. Even my son asked me, "Dad, would you ever go back to playing songs like from [1994's] Dookie and [1992's] Kerplunk?" I love those records. I love the punk stuff I grew up on. But there are so many bands who make the mistake – "We're going back, old-school." Well, that's all you're doing. You already did it. So we're changing the guitar sound. We're not going with the big Marshall-amp thing. We wanted something punchier, more power pop – somewhere between AC/DC and the early Beatles.
RS: When did you realize you had three albums' worth of solid new songs instead of just one?
BJA: The songs just kept coming, kept coming. I'd go, "Maybe a double album? No, that's too much nowadays." Then more songs kept coming. And one day, I sprung it on the others: "Instead of Van Halen I, II and III, what if it's Green Day I, II and III and we all have our faces on each cover?"
RS: There is a song on Uno! – "Kill the DJ" – that is the closest thing you've done to a straight-up dance song, with power-drill guitars. It's a mix of thump and noise that recalls the Clash's work with early hip-hop beats on [1980's] Sandinista!
BJA: Mike asked me to write a song with a four-on-the-floor rhythm. I'd never done it before. It's kind of like Sandinista!, Ian Dury's "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll" and the Tom Tom Club song, "Genius of Love." We were trying to figure out how to make dance music without turning into a dance band.
RS: Who's the DJ you want to kill?
BJA: It's about static and noise.
RS: People on TV and radio, talking endlessly about themselves?
BJA: Yeah – and all of the things inbetween. Like this government cannot, will not, agree with itself. They refuse to make it work. Right, left – it doesn't matter. It blows your mind and pisses you off. It's a song about being drunk, going through this chaos, feeling fucked up and all you want to do is get more drunk: "I don't even want to know about it anymore."
Read the entire interview here: www.rollingstone.com
Pre-order ¡Uno! - coming September 25 Pre-order Price Guarantee at Amazon.com http://amzn.com/B008C1O8CA now. Order now and if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you'll receive the lowest price. The first single from ¡Uno! will be "Oh Love" and will hit the airwaves on July 16th.
1. Nuclear Family
2. Stay The Night
3. Carpe Diem
4. Let Yourself Go
5. Kill The DJ
6. Fell For You
7. Loss Of Control
9. Angel Blue
10. Sweet 16
11. Rusty James
12. Oh Love
Last week Green Day were forced to cancel a massive free show planned in Burbank, CA. Arrangements for the "secret" show were already under way, when permits needed for the show were denied by the city due to crowd control issues. Thousands of perople were expected, and after monitoring the situation, fears escalted that the crowd could pose serious concern for safety of concert-goers once the location was made public.
Despite the lack of a U.S. show before the first album release, the band will kick off summer tour dates in Japan at the Summer Sonic Festival 2012 in Toyko on Aug. 18th and Osaka on Aug. 19th. That will be followed by stops at the Rock en Seine 2012 in Paris on Aug. 26th, Hockey Park in Munchengladbach, Germany on Aug. 29th, Wuhlheide in Berlin on Aug. 30th, Rock am See 2012 in Konstanz on Sept. 1st, and the I-Day Festival in Bologna, Italy on Sept. 2nd.
6/25 - Blues Traveler - Live With Kelly
6/25 - the Offspring - Jimmy Kimmel Live
6/25 - Melvins - Last Call With Carson Daly (R-5/21/12)
6/28 - Tenacious D - The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
6/27 & 6/28 - Linkin Park - Jimmy Kimmel Live
7/2 - Cake - Conan (R-2/16/12)
7/3 - John Mayer - Late Show With David Letterman (R-5/17/12)
7/4 - the Offspring - Jimmy Kimmel Live (R-6/25/12)
7/6 - Tenacious D - Late Show With David Letterman (R-5/14/12)
7/6 - Linkin Park - Jimmy Kimmel Live (R-6/28/12)