Archive for July, 2012
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and his wife had an altercation last Friday night which led to their subsequent arrests, and now the following statement has been released from Charlie Benante's lawyer, Charlie William L. Hotopp:
"Last Friday night, Charlie Benante, drummer for the rock band Anthrax, was assaulted several times during an altercation that sent him to the emergency room with a gash at the back of his head that required several staples to close.
Mr. Benante and his six-year old daughter Mia had traveled to Elkart, IN to meet Mrs. Benante and her 17-year old son who was participating in a weekend baseball series. At some point, words were exchanged between Mr. Benante, Mrs. Benante and her male companion that led to a scuffle. Mrs. Benante hit Mr. Benante in the face, he pushed her away, and as he turned around to leave with Mia, Mrs. Benante assaulted him from behind, hitting him multiple times on the back of his head with a cell phone. Police were called, and both Mr. Benante and Mrs. Benante were detained for domestic battery in front of a child.
Mr. Benante is understandably distraught by this incident and that his daughter, who he dotes on, witnessed it. Mr. Benante will appear in Elkhart County court this Friday, August 3rd, and we expect complete vindication."
Even though Scott Ian recently stated that the band aren't going to be releasing a covers album, but the band will apparently be releasing a cover E.P. at some point. At least according to Frank Bello and Joey Belladonna. Carla Harvey of the Butcher Babies and Revolver TV recently interviewed Belladonna at a recent stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
Frank Bello recently said about the covers E.P.: "Actually, what we are planning on doing is doing some covers. We’re doing some cover versions of songs and re-releasing the record in the fall with some special cover songs such as a Rush track and a Boston song. It’s gonna be great. Some really cool stuff which I think people are really going to dig. And we also have a lot more touring to do; we’re going out with Motörhead in Europe in November and then we’re on the road with Testament and Death Angel."
The following cover songs have been recorded by Anthrax for possible release:
AC/DC - T.N.T.
Boston - Smokin'
Journey - Keep On Runnin'
Rush - Anthem
Anthrax have also recorded a cover version of Black Sabbath's 'Neon Knights' to be included on the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album which is being assembled by the singer's widow and longtime manager Wendy Dio.
Frank Bello will also be making his feature film debut, playing the New York punk rock legend Richard Hell in the biopic 'Greetings From Tim Buckley.' Frank Wood ('Changeling' 'The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3') plays songwriter and Jeff Buckley collaborator Gary Lucas, while Penn Badgley ('Gossip Girl') has been cast as Tim Buckley's son Jeff. Dan Algrant ("People I Know", "Naked in New York") is directing from a script he co-wrote with Emma Sheanshang and David Brendel. Bello previously had small roles in a few TV and movie projects mostly as a member of Anthrax, and he also played a rocker in an episode of 'Law & Order.'
Watch this Artisan News Report to find out more:
The busy Bello has also putting on bass clinics at various Sam Ash Music stores around the county coinciding with where Anthrax is making stops on tour. Check out this webisode featuring Bello at the Sam Ash in Cinncinnati with Jeff & Don:
Crosby, Stills and Nash to complete another album despite negative experience with producer Rick Rubin
Despite recent claims by Stephen Stills stating the Crosby, Stills & Nash won't be completing a new album after time spent in the studio with producer Rick Rubin, Graham Nash says it is going to happen. The experience with Rick Rubin was a negative, and according to Nash, Rubin is responsible for Crosby, Stills and Nash abandoning their last album.
Nash describes working with Rubin as "not a great experience," but he insists there will be a new album, despite bandmate Stephen Stills’ claims that they won’t.
Nash told Music Radar: 'Two things are happening. One, Stephen doesn’t know the big picture. Two, Stephen is very deaf. He may have misheard or he may have been answering the question he thought you asked. Crosby, Stills and Nash will do another record. We’re right in the middle of one, 'Songs We Wish We’d Written.'"
Nash says his band have recorded versions of 'Close Your Eyes,' 'Behind Blue Eyes' and 'Ruby Tuesday,' along with a few others, but doesn't know when the album will be completed. "We're on tour until October. It’s hard to get three people into the studio if they’re doing different things and have different schedules. So it comes off that Stephen thinks there’ll be no new recordings – which couldn’t be further from the truth."
Rubin was initially hired to work with the band on the project, but the band soon abandoned the idea and started again without him. Nash said: “After almost 50 years of making records, we think we know what we’re doing, so it’s very hard to tell Crosby, Stills and Nash what to do. You can suggest anything you want, but you can’t tell us what to do. First of all, he pissed off David Crosby. David said we wanted to do Blackbird and another Beatles song. Rick said, ‘There will only be one Beatles song.’ Crosby said, ‘There will only be one Beatles song if we decide there will only be one Beatles song.’ You know, like, ‘Who the fuck are you to tell me?’
“You can’t tell us what to do. Rick is a brilliant man – but we rubbed each other the wrong way. Where’s the heart? It wasn’t there. I mean, who the fuck is Rick Rubin? I know he’s sold millions of records, but who the fuck is he to tell Crosby, Stills and Nash what to do? Guide us, yes. Make suggestions, fantastic. ‘Try it this way,’ no problem. But don’t tell us what to do. You can’t.”
Other artists have had negative comments in regards to working with Rubuin, with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons recently suggesting Rubin was responsible for delays to the release of their long-awaited next album, prompted the band to release a 4 song e.p. Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor last year stated he’d never work with the producer again in his life. Muse once thanked him for "teaching us how not to produce." Rubin currently is working with Black Sabbath, and will follow that to work with Metallica once again on their next album.
Crosby, Stills, & Nash recently released their their first live performance video in over 2 decades on Blu-Ray, DVD/2CD Set, Audio Download or Video Download. 'CSN 2012' was filmed during their 2012 tour in San Luis Obispo, CA. and includes many of the trio's classic hits, some new and unreleased songs, and a rare performance of 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.' The disc also includes 'A Conversation with David, Stephen and Graham,' plus interviews with their band and crew. A must-have for any CSN fan. To order and get more details click here: www.crosbystillsnash.com
Rock Picks of the Week: Black Stone Cherry, Redlight King, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Papa Roach, Heart, Soulicit
Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry have released another great single from the 'Beyond The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea.' 'Like I Roll' is the fourth single from the album, following 'White Trash Millionaire,' 'Blame It on the Boom Boom,' and 'In My Blood.' The road warriors recently wrapped up a successful tour with Chickenfoot in the U.S. and more dates in Europe, and are back on the road this summer starting July 28th in Dubuque, Iowa. Chris Robertson (vocals/guitar), Ben Wells (rhythm guitar), Jon Lawhon (bass) and John Fred Young (drums) will be starting work on their next album this fall, and by all indications, considering all the amazing groundwork the band has behind them, it promises to be their most successful yet. Until then, enjoy the great new video for 'Like I Roll,' which documents the band's time on the road. Go and see a great american ROCK band in concert if you get a chance, Black Stone Cherry!
Black Stone Cherry tour dates:
Jul. 28 - Dubuque County Fair - Dubuque, IA
Aug. 8 - Mojoes - Joliet, IL
Aug. 9 - District - Rockford, IL
Aug. 10 - Tyson IBP Events Center - Sioux City, IA
Aug. 11 - Will Rock Fest - Twin Lakes, WI (w/Saving Abel, Fear Factory, Shadows Fall, Deuce, Static X, Janus, Seven Day Sonnet, Red Line Chemistry and more)
Aug. 13 - Headliner's - Toledo, OH
Aug. 14 - The Intersection - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 16 - Madison Theatre - Covington, KY
Aug. 17 - Busters Billiards and Backroom - Lexington, KY
Aug. 18 - Rally On The River - Ironton, OH (w/My Darkest Days)
Aug. 25 - Rock Jam - Grand Junction, CO (w/3 Doors Down, Theory of a Deadman, Quiet Riot, Jackyl & Slaughter)
Aug. 26 - Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 27 - Martini Ranch - Scottsdale, AZ
Aug. 29 - The Beaumont - Kansas City, MO
Aug. 30 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO
Sep. 1 - Hersheypark Stadium - Hershey, PA - Rock Allegiance (w/Stone Temple Pilots, Seether, Three Days Grace, Buckcherry, Daughtry, Puddle of Mudd, Redlight King, Fuel, Charm City Angels, Foxy Shazam, Otherwise & more)
Sep. 2 - Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf - Buffalo, NY
Sep. 3 - Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion - Gilford, NH
Sep. 28 - Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair - Fort Smith, AR
Nov. 27 - Shiprocked - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (w/Godsmack, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, P.O.D., Sevendust, Filter, Fuel, Pop Evil, Lit, Helmet, In This Moment, Geoff Tate, Gilby Clarke, Dead Sara & more)
Redlight King and singer/songwriter Mark Kasprzyk are up next with the track 'Comeback.' Kasprzyk used to be known as Kazzer. That was about a decade ago. Although he got some traction with the song 'Pedal to the Medal,' Kazzer was only a brief flash in the pan in mainstream music. Now years later, Mark Kasprzyk is no longer Kazzer. He’s just Kaz and he’s front and center in a new project he started called Redlight King.
'Comeback' conveys a message of hope, a message of not giving up no matter how far down you are. You can make a 'Comeback' with this inspirational track. It delivers a message of hope in these troubled times. The song is featured on the 'Avengers Assembled' soundtrack as well as the band's album 'Something For the Pain.' The band has had success with the Neil Young cover 'Old Man' and the previous rock pick of the week 'Bullet In My Hand.'
Redlight King is on the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival along with Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, In This Moment and Fozzy. The tour kicks off on August 17th in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Before that the band will be part of the K-Rockathon in Syracuse, NY on July 29th with The Offspring, Korn, Public Enemy, AWOLNATION, P.O.D., The Gaslight Anthem, Eve 6, Civil Twilight, Walk the Moon, Evans Blue and Kill The Noise.
Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour dates:
Aug. 17 - Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone - Bonner Springs, KS
Aug. 18 - Arkansas State Fair Complex - Little Rock, AR
Aug. 19 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Maryland Heights, MO
Aug. 21 - Rock the Rapids at Festival Village - Grand Rapids, MI
Aug. 24 - PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 26 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
Aug. 28 - Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain - Scranton, PA
Aug. 29 - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center - Darien Center, NY
Aug. 31 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
Sep. 1 - Hersheypark Stadium - Hershey, PA
Sep. 2 - Jiffy Lube Live - Bristow, VA
Sep. 5 - Charter Amphitheatre at Heritage Park - Simpsonville, SC
Sep. 7 - DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI
Sep. 8 - Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville, IN
Sep. 9 - Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sep. 11 - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Raleigh, NC
Sep. 12 - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood - Atlanta, GA
Sep. 13 - 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre At the Florida State Fairgrounds - Tampa, FL
Sep. 15 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - The Woodlands, TX
Sep. 16 - Gexa Energy Pavilion - Dallas, TX
Sep. 18 - Comfort Dental Amphitheatre - Englewood, CO
Sep. 19 - USANA Amphitheatre - West Valley City, UT
Sep. 21 - Greyhound Park and Event Center - Post Falls, ID
Sep. 22 - White River Amphitheatre - Auburn, WA
Sep. 23 - Sleep Country Amphitheater - Ridgefield, WA
Sep. 25 - The Idaho Center - Nampa, ID
Sep. 28 - Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino - Las Vegas, NV
Sep. 29 - Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
Sep. 30 - Hard Rock Pavilion - Albuquerque, NM
Red Hot Chili Peppers have released the latest track and video from the 'I'm With You' album. 'Brendan's Death Song,' is a ballad the band wrote in honor of Brendan Mullen, founder of late Seventies Hollywood punk club the Masque. After it was shut down in 1978, Mullen booked shows on the Sunset Strip's Club Lingerie. One day in 1983, Anthony Kiedis and Flea showed up at the club with a boom box and asked Mullen to listen to their demo. He did, and offered them an opening gig for Bad Brains.
"It was a huge step for us to get that gig," Flea said in an interview in 2009. "But in a much more important way, I felt profoundly validated to be accepted and acknowledged by Brendan Mullen, who was a crucial part – a hub – of a scene that for me had mythological status." Mullen suffered a massive stroke and died on the first day that the Chili Peppers were to rehearse with their new guitarist, Josh Klinghoffer.
"When I got to rehearsal I delivered the news to my band that we just lost this beautiful person," said Kiedis, "and then we started playing without really talking. The second thing that came out of that jam was the basis for 'Brendan’s Death Song.'" Keidis also revealed that Mullen was working on a coffee-table book about the band, called 'The Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History,' when he died.
Check out the jazz funeral-themed video for "Brendan's Death Song," which was shot in one day in New Orleans and directed by Marc Klasfeld.
Papa Roach are back with the new single 'Still Swingin' from the upcoming album 'The Connection.' The band recorded in their home studio in Sacramento and also worked in Tommy Lee's Atrium Studio.
Bassist Tobin Esperance said the band basically lived out of the recording area 24/7 while completing the disc. He laughed about how the band laid down 20 tracks, cut it down to 12, and then decided to write five more.
Some of the album tracks include 'Before I Die,' with electronic-programmed verses and a big rock chorus, 'Where Did the Angels Go,' 'Wish You Never Met Me,' produced by Sixx: A.M.‘s James Michael; 'Not That Beautiful' featuring guest vocalist Shanaz; and 'Leader of the Broken Hearts,' a track Shaddix says was initially influenced by their past favorite, 'Forever.'
Shaddix says that he got sober during the making of the record and also dealt with his wife leaving him, stating: “We wanted to make a dynamic and explosive record that captures the raw emotions of life. We also wanted to incorporate the biological sounds of rock with a digital edge to have a fresh sound. This is our own version of what we think the radio should sound like. This is the soundtrack to my life and once again I went through some dark shit and came through thanks to the music."
Here's a three-and-a-half-minute video clip capturing the creative process that went into the making of the cover artwork for 'The Connection':
Ann and Nancy Wilson will release the new Heart album 'Fanatic' on October 2nd. 'Fanatic' was recorded in hotel rooms and studios up and down the West Coast, with Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink back at the helm with the Wilson sisters drawing from their own lives and personal experiences as inspiration for their music. "Rock Deep (Vancouver)" harkens back to the city where Dreamboat Annie was written; and "Walkin' Good" (a duet with Vancouver resident Sarah McLachlan) captures the joy of finding new life in a new love.
The title song is a celebration of the Wilson's life spirit: Ann and Nancy are fanatics about love, art, truth, and the belief that they can do anything together they set their minds to.
Heart will be touring throughout the summer and fall (June 29-November 17). Alejandro Escovedo and Shawn Colvin will be supporting in October and November. This fall, Ann and Nancy Wilson will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (followed by a live concert webcast).
The hardcover edition of 'Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll,' will be released by HarperCollins on Sept. 18th. The memoir was penned by Ann & Nancy Wilson with noted Seattle-based author Charles R. Cross ("Room Full of Mirrors - A Biography of Jimi Hendrix"; "Heavier Than Heaven" - a biography of Kurt Cobain).
Here's a podcast on the release of the Heart 'Strange Euphoria,' box set with the title track from 'Fanatic'
Soulicit is comprised of lead vocalist Darick Parson, guitarist Roll, bassist Kevin Parrow & drummer Trent Boehner. The band delivers a straight ahead, energetic, classic hard rocking sound with a sense of humor to boot. Check out the band's hilarious video below and you'll see what I'm talking about.
In September of 2011 Soulicit inked a deal with Thermal Entertainment based out of Greenville, SC. The work began immediately as the band wrapped up recording their ﬁrst full length label release titled 'Parking Lot Rockstar' which is now being distributed by Megaforce. Check out entire album on the band's official website: www.soulicitrock.com
A new exhibition marking what would have been the 70th birthday of Jimi Hendrix will join previous exhibitions in London that marked anniversaries for the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd at The Hospital Club starting tomorrow (July 27). 'Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London' focuses on the nine months between September 1966 and June 1967 when he went from relative unknown to a superstar of the U.K. music scene.
Original blues records, fan letters, clothing and rarely seen photographs of Jimi will comprise a collection of over 100 different items. The Hospital Club will host the exhibition from from July 27th until August 31st. There will also be a video exhibition featuring Jeff Beck, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Iggy Pop, Al Hendrix, Charles Shaar Murray, Ravi Shankar and Joey Ramone to discussing the legend of Hendrix. Get more details at: www.thehospitalclub.com and see some photos from the exhibition here: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk
A 304-page hardcover book featuring photos and the handwritten lyrics from Jimi Hendrix will be released on November 13th by Backbeat Books.
The book was compiled by Hendrix’s sister Janie L. Hendrix, who is the CEO of the family-run company. Janie stated, “When I was a child, I was always fascinated by my brother Jimi’s handwriting. I remember the feeling of being captivated the first time I saw his handwritten lyrics, thinking how beautiful, how complicated both the writing and the words were on paper. Even now they offer such an insight into who my brother was and is.”
Much material is handwritten on items like hotel stationary, and has never been seen publicly. The book is expected to sell for about $40.
Bob Dylan‘s influence on Hendrix will be documented in the book, and in addition to well-known songs penned by Hendrix, one will find unpublished songs from the posthumous release ‘Valley of Neptune’ and other sources.
Looks like the Meat is finally hitting the fan, as the original Meat Loaf is suing an impersonator for squatting on the domain name MeatLoaf.org. Dean Torkington, the frontman of ‘To Hell and Back: A Tribute to Meat Loaf’ since 1996, recently told the U.K.'s Daily Mail that the bad blood with Meat Loaf goes all the way back to 2003. I thought impersonation was the ultimate form of flattery.
After a Meat Loaf show that year, Torkington was personally invited backstage by the star, where he was "ordered" by Meat Loaf to remove the artwork from his custom-painted van that features the 'Bat Out of Hell’' album artwork on it.
"I got a tap on my shoulder and this guy tells me Meat Loaf wanted to see me after the show," Torkington explained. "I went backstage and I had him and his manager having a go at me. He said he wanted all the pictures off the side of my van, and also he wanted my web address, meatloaf.org. Earlier this month I received a copy of the lawsuit posted to my home and emailed. I have every intention of defending this to protect my good name and will not be bullied in this way." He continued, "I really don’t see what his gripe is or legally where he is coming from, I am not guilty of cyber squatting or passing myself off as him."
After originally being a Elton John tribute act, Torkington said his transformation into Meat Loaf came after gaining weight. But after all of this controversy, Torkington has decided to go back to Elton, stating, "I’ve gone back to doing Elton John tribute acts more now as a result of all this. It’s less hassle than being a Meat Loaf tribute act any day.”
After recently losing a lot of weight, Torkington has recently lost a bunch of weight and has broadened his show into a 'Legends of Rock' production that includes tributes to not only Elton John but Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.