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A Rock N' Roll THANK YOU goes out to all Armed Forces personnel on this Memorial Day, and those that made the ultimate sacrifice. We wouldn't be able to rock without you. Here's a collection of rock to remember!
Gary Cherone and Nuno Bettencourt performed the National Anthem at their hometown Boston Red Sox game on May 26th.
KISS and Gene Simmons rock for the troops!
Here's an AC/DC tribute to the troops
Kid Rock always shows his support!
Queensryche show their support
3 Doors Down
Various rockers twweted their support today:
A great big THANK YOU to all the men and women who made Memorial Day possible. Enjoy the beautiful day with friends and family. 28 May 12
Slash talks about the evening of Guns N’ Roses Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction and everything surrounding it, watch in studio performance of ‘You’re A Lie’ and pre-order ‘Apolocalyptic Love’
Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt chatted with Slash, who was on a train between Holland and France to share his feelings about the night of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction of Guns N' Roses.
RS: Did you ever consider just not going to the induction ceremony?
Slash: My whole thing was that I really, in my heart of hearts, wanted to have the whole original band get together and actually perform, which I sort of knew was wishful thinking. When the whole thing first came up, that’s basically what I wanted to do. It became apparent that that wasn’t going to happen. I was like, "Oh fuck," and I was sort of disillusioned with the whole thing, but there was that commitment that was sort of made that I was going to go, and I thought Axl was still going to go, and it wasn’t until the last minute that I heard that he wasn’t coming, and that’s when we all decided we were just going to go ahead and play anyway. Early on, when it was probably more confusing than necessary, I have to admit, I was like, "Oh fuck, I don’t really want to go to this if we’re not going to play," though I never said, "No, I’m not going to go." But it was sort of a black cloud for a few months there. Before that I thought we were just going to show up and not play, which is what I was resigned to.
RS: At what point did you decide to play?
Slash: It was literally two days before the actual ceremony. The day that the press release came out and Axl said he wasn’t coming, we had the Golden Gods awards, and it was in the dressing room there that Duff and I talked. We said, "OK, we’re just going to fucking get together and play," and Duff goes, "We should get Myles." I was talking to Duff about who was going to sing, I thought Duff would sing, him and Gilby, but Duff said, "What about Myles?" It hadn’t occurred to me, really. I talked to Myles about it, he was apprehensive about getting put in that position, so at first, he turned it down, but finally he said, "OK, I’ll do it." We got it all together and we put together a little rehearsal the night before and did our thing.
RS: What was it like rehearsing? Watching it, it’s not that different from Velvet Revolver, but it felt super different.
Slash: I hadn’t played with Gilby in a long time, and I hadn’t played Guns N’ Roses songs with Steven in fucking 18 years or something like that. It was all sort of a little bit foreign at first, the first five, 10 minutes of whatever the first songs were we were playing, it took a second, and after a couple of minutes, it started to fall into place. It was fun, I had a really fucking good time.
RS: This had been weighing on Steven for a long time, and he said he feels like the chapter is closed and he can move on.
Slash: Yeah, I think it did that for all of us. I didn’t have any illusions or delusions of GNR getting back together for anything. I maybe tried to see it happen for this one particular event, I didn’t have high hopes for that, I didn’t feel confident it was going to happen, but having done this one gig, and for the event itself, when it was all said and done, it really felt like closing the book on the whole thing.
RS: The other way of looking at is that with Myles, you sound good doing those songs. That could be a thing.
Slash: No, I don’t think it went that way. It’s way too complicated an idea at this point, but it was fun doing it. It was definitely a special moment for everybody involved, going up there and jamming those songs. I wasn’t totally sure, you’ve probably heard this a million times, the sort of whole concept of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction prior to doing it, it was like there’s so much bad blood that’s gone on over the last 25 years, it was hard to appreciate it. So it was hard to get excited about it, but once we were actually there, it was a really, really cool event, and there was a sense of accomplishment at that point, doing the actual acceptance and going out and playing.
RS: Some people could say you played so well because it was a fuck you to someone who wasn’t there, but it sounds like it came from a more positive place.
Slash: Yeah, it had nothing to do with that. It might have come together because basically we felt a sense of loyalty to the enthusiasm from the fans. We’re proud of this moment, and I’m talking about legions of Guns fans who are really excited about the prospects of something happening so we can accept this fucking acknowledgement or whatever. I think that was really the glue that held us all together to get past whatever the differences were and just go up and be there. So it was a really good feeling for all the right reasons. It wasn’t because we were trying to wag our finger at anybody or try to be vengeful in any way. It was an homage to the fans, and then standing there and individually accepting the honor, you really felt we’d arrived at a certain place, the band as a whole, the records that we’ve made and all that stuff.
RS: It’s what you were setting out to do from the beginning, you were aiming for that brass ring, you wanted to be one of the all time great bands. You weren’t trying to be a big hair metal band.
Slash: All things considered, yeah, we did sort of set out to be fucking the shit. We knew above all and any other bands around of our peers at the time that we were the baddest fucking rock & roll band around. I don’t know if we aspired to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that was years later. One of the big issues about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and something that sort of gave me personally mixed feelings was how come Guns N’ Roses gets nominated and consequently inducted when a whole slew of other bands haven’t? That was always a really big issue, I think that was the only personal bias I had, was how we could beat out a band like Deep Purple? What is the criteria for getting inducted?
There was something about the event itself where the thing that stuck out to me the most was when they had the Blue Caps and Crickets and the Fabulous Flames and Comets and all those guys get up there and get inducted. That was a heavy moment for me. I was like, "Wow," all these guys in their 80s and 90s, some in their wheelchairs, some not even there because they’re dead, all lined up getting this honor, this recognition. That really pulled at my heartstrings. That sort of erased for me all the questions that I have. I was like, "I guess everybody gets it in due time."
RS: Between that and the fact that Rod Stewart and your guy wasn’t there, it felt like rock was bigger than lead singers that night.
Slash: All things considered, most of the groups that were there were incomplete, from the Beastie Boys to the Chili Peppers to the Faces, and for us, as well, so it’s very interesting, that this whole thing goes on regardless. That was one of the things that came to me. We’re inducted already, it’s happening regardless of whether we show up or don’t show up or who shows up. It’s bigger than all of us.
RS: Myles is in your band, could he also be in Velvet Revolver, or is that too complicated?
Slash: Initially, Myles came up in Velvet Revolver a couple of times. Once in 2002 and another time in 2008. The first time around, we sent him a demo and we never heard from him again, and in 2008, he was in Alter Bridge, and it would just be sort of a betrayal of his band to entertain the idea of performing with Velvet Revolver, which is actually the first thing, even though I’d never met him before. I didn’t know him, but the thing I admired about him then was his loyalty. Working with me, it’s a little bit more flexible, we juggled the whole Alter Bridge thing, but with Velvet Revolver, it would have been one or the other.
RS: Seeing you play those songs so well, there’s a sense that you’re reclaiming your rights to these songs, reminding people that you have as much right to these songs as the singer does.
Slash: Yeah, it was never a question in my mind, because I know how much I had to do with those songs, so I just do them. It was really gratifying to meet Myles when I did, when I was starting to put a band together to support my first solo record, the last record I put out, then he came out at the very tail end and I thought, "This guy’s amazing," we recorded a couple of songs on that record, then I asked him to do the tour, because I had a gut feeling he could handle the diversity of all the material I was going to do on the road, and that turned into a really successful tour, which turned was what prompted the record that we just completed that’s coming out next month.
Pre-order the new album from Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators 'Apocalyptic Love' (out May 22) here www.amazon.com and watch a kick ass version of the band rocking 'You're A Lie'.
Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti previews three new tracks from upcoming solo album ‘All I Was’
One of the hardest working guitarists in rock, Mark Tremonti, has posted three samples of tracks from his upcoming album due this June called 'All I Was.'
Tremonti, who is currently on tour with Creed, was joined by bassist/guitarist Eric Friedman and drummer Garret Whitlock for the recording during a break from his other band Alter Bridge and rehearsals with Creed. Tremonti handles lead vocals on the hard rocking album. Check out samples of 'You Waste Your Time,' 'So You're Afraid' and 'The Things I've Seen':
After a tumultuous few weeks that saw both Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin and then Rod Stewart (from strep throat) bail from attending Guns N’ Roses and Faces/Small Faces inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, the band members who showed up to accept the honors did it with style.
The show kicked off with Green Day, who did a version of the 'American Idiot' track 'Letterbomb.' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame co-founder Jann Wenner followed shortly after addressing the crowd, saying: "I believe in the magic of rock and roll. That magic can set you free. Ladies and gentlemen, tonight you've entered a place where magic happens."
Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill of ZZ Top inducted the first honoree of the evening, the late blues guitarist Freddie King. King's daughter, Wanda, spoke warmly and shared stories about her father. "He inspired so many young blues artists," she said. "I remember going to a show when I was 14 and meeting Stevie Ray Vaughan for the first time. He said to my dad, 'How can I play the blues like you?' My dad said, 'If you don't feel the blues, you'll never play the blues.'" Joe Bonamassa, Billy Gibbons and Derek Trucks followed, jamming on the King songs 'Hideaway' and 'Going Down.'John Mellencamp inducted Donovan next, saying, "He was my inspiration. I wouldn't just listen to Donovan. I would live Donovan, which means I was stealing all my shit from Donovan. Other artists – and you know who you guys are – called that being inspired." Donovan accepted his induction, reading a short poem, then played "Catch the Wind" and "Sunshine Superman" before duetting with Mellencamp on "Season of the Witch."
Bette Midler then inducted Laura Nyro, with Sara Bareilles honoring Nyro with 'Stoney End' on the piano. In the non-performer catagories Carole King inducted Don Kirshner, who in her early days was her boss and mentor during her days as a Brill Building songwriter in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Darlene Love perfomed 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,' with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra, who she had a familiarity with due to her many performances on 'Late Show With David Letterman.' Robbie Robertson also presented the Award For Musical Excellence to Cosimo Matassa, Glyn Jones and Tom Dowd later in the evening. Mid-show Smokey Robinson inducted the Blue Caps (who backed Gene Vincent), the Comets (Bill Haley), the Crickets (Buddy Holly), the Famous Flames (James Brown), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard) and the Miracles, who backed Robinson for the first two decades of his career. The surviving members of all six groups took the stage together, giving credit to these deserving legends for their huge role in rock history.
Chuck D of Public Enemy and LL Cool J both inducted the Beastie Boys. "They still are one of the greatest live acts in music. They challenged the conventions in the music business and made up their own rules about what it means to be world class hip-hop cats...They always insisted (on) maturing as musicians and human beings," said Chuck D. LL Cool J said that he owes his entire career to the Beasties. "I wouldn't be here today without them. The Beastie Boys actually played my demo for Rick Rubin in his NYU dorm room. A lot of people don't know that."
Adam Horowitz read the audience a letter from Yauch. "I'd like to dedicate this to my brothers Adam and Mike," he wrote. "They walked the globe with me. It's also for anyone who has ever been touched by our band. This induction is as much ours as it is yours."
The lengthy introduction of Guns N' Roses from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong did include a reference to Rose, and although he didn’t actually say his name, the inference made the crowd boo. “No, shut the f–k up, shut up, shut up!” Armstrong chided the 7,000 people in attendance. “This man’s a bad ass f–king singer. He’s one of the best frontmen to ever touch a microphone … Hey, most singers are crazy — I can vouch for that.” Slash said, “The fans are the ones who made it possible for us to get together tonight with all the adversity and everything that was going on."
Slash admitted that all the drama almost caused him to stay home as well. He then thanked his wife for talking him into attending, saying, “I was like f-k it, but she said ‘Go and do it with the guys,’ and I said ‘You’re right.’” McKagan declared himself “overwhelmed” at the honor of the induction and added, “I don’t know if it matters who’s here tonight because it’s about the music that band created.” Sorum, who gently teased Adler for somehow managing to get fired from GnR for a drug addiction, said, “I want to thank the other bandmates that aren’t here tonight [and tell them] that I love and respect them and I’m honored to have been on stage playing music with them.” And Adler’s very brief speech quoted a key line from Queen‘s ‘We Are the Champions’: “You brought me fame and fortune and everything that goes with it, and I thank you all.”
Singer Myles Kennedy (Slash/Alter Bridge) took the mic for the three-song Guns N' Roses set with Slash, Gilby Clarke and drummers Matt Sorum and Steven Adler. They jammed on the Guns classics ‘Mr. Brownstone,’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ and ‘Paradise City.’
Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, who has performed with a reunited Faces on tour, joined the band on 'Ooh La La' and 'Stay With Me.' Ron Wood rocked like he is ready for a Rolling Stones tour right now and was joined by keyboardist Ian McLagan and drummer Kenny Jones.
The Roots, along with Kid Rock and Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes performed a medley of Beastie classics, including 'Sabotage' and 'So What'cha Want.' Rock, Black Thought and McCoy all wore matching green Adidas track suits.
Comedian Chris Rock took the stage at 12:30 a.m. to induct the last act of the night, Red Hot Chili Peppers and he couldn’t resist poking fun at Rose’s notorious habit of tardiness. “A lot of people are upset that Axl didn’t come tonight,” Rock said. “But let’s face it. Even if he was coming tonight, he wouldn’t be here by now.” He went on to explain that he first saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers when he tried to see Grandmaster Flash in Philadelphia, but walked into the wrong club. "My friends and I were like, 'What the fuck is this shit? There's a lot of white people in here,'" Rock said. "They came out and I couldn't understand a fucking word they said, and they had socks on their dicks! I had never been to a white show before, so I thought all white groups put socks on their dicks. Years later, they're one of the biggest groups in the world and getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They have black ties on their dicks tonight."
Former drummers Jack Irons and Cliff Martinez were part of the induction, and 1:00 a.m., the group (with three drummers) did a three-song set of 'By the Way,' 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie' and 'Give It Away.' "I haven't played with Cliff in 25 years!" Flea said to the crowd. "He's a beautiful man."
At the end of 'Give It Away,' Anthony Kiedis invited everyone back to the stage. Slash, Ron Wood, Billie Joe Armstrong, Kenny Jones and even audience member George Clinton packed the stage for Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground.' The five-and-a-half hour show wrapped up at 1:30 a.m. A condensed two and a half hour broadcast of the show will air on HBO on Saturday, May 5th.
Steel Panther has landed...in an airport in Australia for the Soundwave Festival. It makes sense for Soundwave TV to conduct the first interview after Michael Starr's arrival. Starr talks about his Ph.d?, plans for travel to the Moon, his down under love and more.
Soundwave 2012 includes: Slipknot, System Of A Down, Alter Bridge, Marilyn Manson, Staind, Black Label Society, Limp Bizkit, Bush, Machine Head, Bad Religion, Trivium, Mastodon, Lamb Of God, Black Veil Brides, A Day To Remember and many more.
Feb. 25 - Brisbane
Feb. 26 - Sydney
Mar. 2 - Melbourne
Mar. 3 - Adelaide
Mar. 5 - Perth