Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/ex-Audioslave) paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston by performing a cover version of her massive hit "I Will Always Love You" during his appearance on February 16 at a fund raising benefit show in San Francisco for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.
Cornell's set included "Redemption Song" (Bob Marley), "Ground Zero", "Wide Awake" (Audioslave), "Imagine" (John Lennon) and "Peace, Love, and Understanding" (Nick Lowe).
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell stopped by Howard Stern's Sirius/XM radio studios (Nov. 16) to promote his new album, "Songbook," and he topped things off with heartfelt in-studio performances of John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine’ and Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Thank You.’
‘Imagine’ is one of 16 tracks that appear on ‘Songbook,’ a live acoustic album of new songs and some of the best of the Cornell catalog (Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog). Recorded during Cornell’s 2011 spring solo tour, it’s his first live album.
Mastodon performed live for "Last call With Carson Daly" from the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Check out "Black Tongue" and "Curl of the Burl"
Tom Morello and his good friend Ben Harper stopped by 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' to perform "Save The Hammer For The Man" from Tom's latest album "World Wide Rebel Songs" (Nov. 18). (38:00 of full episode)
Chickenfoot top the rock picks this week with the second release from the "Chickenfoot III" album. "Three And A Half Letters (I Need A Job)", speaks on the state of America's economy and it's impact on everyday people. People from all walks of life are facing hunger. Hagar reads heartbreaking letters from those downtrodden by the economy in the song, speaking softly and impacting with each word. At the end of the video, the link to www.feedingamerica.org is on-screen. Please help people in need if you can.
The band will play dates in the U.S. and Europe, with the dates in the U.S. kicking off on November 1st, and dates in the U.K., Denmark, Netherlands and France on January 12th. Here's the upcoming U.S. dates:
ROAD TEST TOUR 2011
November 1 - Warfield Theatre (San Francisco, CA)
November 2 - Avalon Hollywood (Los Angeles, CA)
November 4 - The Pageant (St. Louis, MO)
November 5 - Metro (Chicago, IL)
November 8 - Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Here's the story behind the track:
Sunset Strip legends Steel Panther will release their sophomore album 'Balls Out' November 1st on Universal Republic Records. The latest album features 14 soon to be classics such as "Just Like Tiger Woods," "Gold Digging Whore" and "Weenie Ride." The album also features cameos by Dane Cook on the album opener "In The Future" and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt show up on "It Won't Suck Itself." 'Balls Out' was produced by Grammy nominated producer/mixer Jay Ruston who also produced the band's 'Feel The Steel' debut and has worked with Anthrax, Meatloaf, The Donnas and Morrissey.
Lyrically Steel Panther are solid on this track, being the wordsmiths they are. Lyrics like "I banged 17 girls in a grocery store and never lost my erection", bring the deep truth and growth on this first track follow-up to "Feel The Steel."
Steel Panther continue their regular gigs at House Of Blues in Hollywood and Green Valley Ranch in Las Vegas. Steel Panther has been joined on stage by such rock and roll icons as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Paul Stanley of KISS, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Green Day just to name a few. Across the Atlantic, the band has shared arena stages with ZZ Top and rocked an audience of 30,000 at the UK's Download festival. In Germany, 'Feel The Steel' was proclaimed 'Best Debut Album' at the Metal Hammer awards. The band will be heading out on a UK tour with Def Leppard and Motley Crue in December before coming back to start a nationwide tour of the US in 2012. Steel Panther's new single "17 Girls In A Row" is now available for download at iTunes and Amazon.com. After downloading, feel free to play it 17 times in a row because you fucking can!
Steel Panther is Michael Starr (vocals), Satchel (guitar), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums).
'Balls Out' Track listing:
1. In The Future
2. Supersonic Sex Machine
3. Just Like Tiger Woods
4. 17 Girls In A Row
5. If You Really Really Love Me
6. It Won't Suck Itself
7. Tomorrow Night
8. Why Can't You Trust Me
9. That's What Girls Are For
10. Gold Digging Whore
11. I Like Drugs
13. Let Me Come In
14. Weenie Ride
Metal Masters Mastodon released their highly anticipated album "The Hunter" on Sept. 27. The album is available in a variety of formats, from single CD, to Deluxe Limited Edition Package. The first single "Curl Of The Burl" is doing really well for the Atlanta, Georgia band. I would label Mastodon as a modern Black Sabbath, although "Curl Of The Burl" has the sound of an Trouble track from back in the day. The video was directed by Robert Schober with the concept by Brann Dailor. The guy in the video is seriously trippin'. This is one big acid trip:
The official tracklisting for The Hunter is as follows:
'Curl Of The Burl'
'Octopus Has No Friends'
'All The Heavy Lifting'
'Dry Bone Valley'
'The Ruiner' (with limited edition)
'Deathbound' (with limited edition)
Here's a video clip available on the CD/DVD and Limited Edition versions of the making of the album:
Mastodon will kick off a North American tour next week with Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang. Check for a date near you:
Oct. 25 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
27 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
Nov. 1 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
2 - Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
3 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
5 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
6 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SODO
7 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
8 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
9 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
11 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
12 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave Ballroom
13 - Sauget, IL - Pop’s
14 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont
16 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit
17 - Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
19 - New York City, NY - Terminal 5
20 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
21 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
23 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
25 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
26 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
27 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
28 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
29 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Dec. 1 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
Soundgarden/ex-Audioslave singer Chris Cornell "The Keeper" is the lead single from the soundtrack to the upcoming movie "Machine Gun Preacher". The movie, which stars Gerard Butler as a former drug dealer who becomes a crusader for hundreds of refugee children in war-torn Sudan, opened on September 23. Apparently the song may be the best part of the movie, because reviews weren't glowing to say the least, and the movie looks to have a short run in theaters, despite it's postive message. You can purchase the "The Keeper" here. A portion of all sales will go directly towards Sam Childer's Angels of East Africa charity.
"Machine Gun Preacher" is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children. Gerard Butler (300) delivers a searing performance as Childers, the impassioned founder of the Angels of East Africa rescue organization in Golden Globe-nominated director Marc Forster’s (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland) moving story of violence and redemption.
Here's a great performance of the song on a recent "Late Show With David Letterman"
Cornell will release an album of live "Songbook" tour performances on November 21 via Universal Music Enterprises. It will feature Cornell's own songs as well as a few covers, and all fans who purchase their "Songbook" tour tickets online will receive a digital copy of the album with each order. Chris Cornell is also looking for a fan in each of 21 cities to photograph his upcoming US 'Songbook tour'. Submit your best photo and win a photo pass, tickets, and more! Do it by November 3rd here.
"Songbook" track listing:
1. As Hope And Promise Fade
2. Scar On The Sky
3. Call Me A Dog
4. Ground Zero
5. Can't Change Me
6. I Am The Highway
7. Thank You (Led Zeppelin cover)
8. Cleaning My Gun
9. Wide Awake
10. Fell On Black Days
11. All Night Thing
12. Doesn't Remind Me
13. Like A Stone
14. Black Hole Sun
15. Imagine (John Lennon cover)
16. The Keeper
Black Tide's rocking track "That Fire" is up next. "Post Mortem", is the Miami, Florida band’s second album for DGC/Interscope. The band consists of Gabriel Garcia (Guitar, Vocals), Steven Spence (Drums), Austin Diaz (Guitar), and Zakk Sandler (Bass). Black Tide's sophomore offering has been in the making since October 2009. The band did the demo work at a studio in Kansas with producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God), then hit a New York studio with Wilbur and Garth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Mudvayne) in May 2010. The resulting album shows continued growth by the band in not only the song writing, but the performance on the tracks. Austin Diaz joined the band in 2008, but Post Mortem marks his first time writing with the band. He is classically trained with years of music school under his belt. According to the band, he has made a huge difference in their wrting and performing style now.
The band just wrapped up this years edition of the 2011 Rock Star Energy Drink Uproar Festival and will be announcing more tour dates soon.
Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction talks to Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello about new solo album
Tom Morello's third full length album as The Nightwatchman, World Wide Rebel Songs, hit stores on August 29. Recently the legendary guitarist sat down for an interview with Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell for FMQB's latest radio special, Inside Tom Morello's The Nightwatchman.
For his third full length album as The Nightwatchman (and the fourteenth album of his influential career), guitar superhero Tom Morello switched up his style. Since 2007, he has used the moniker for his alter ego as a solo folk balladeer, delivering uncompromising protest songs in the tradition of Woody Guthrie and the young Bob Dylan. That identity was recently heard on Morello’s Union Town EP, eight songs benefiting the America Votes Labor Unity Fund, recorded in response to the anti-union bill put forward by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. But on World Wide Rebel Songs, he has assumed the role of front man for a band, The Freedom Fighter Orchestra, and picked up his electric guitar to convey his messages of resistance.
Tom Morello knows a few things about being in bands: As a member of Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave, as well as half of the hip-hop agit-prop duo Street Sweeper Social Club, he has won Grammy awards and been part of 30 million albums sold worldwide. But when he went into his home studio in the fall of 2011 to begin work on this project, he didn't have a pre-determined sound in his mind – the musicians expanded his palette, but he wasn't certain where things would go. "I wanted the songs to lead me," he says. "Some wanted to be spooky and atmospheric, some called for more house-rocking arrangements."
Yet in the transformation from one-man acoustic performer to a full-bore, full-band experience, Morello maintains that the foundation of The Nightwatchman remains intact. "What this record has in common with the previous work," he says, "is that its core is about exploring the possibility of finding personal redemption through fighting for justice." In an era of chaos and turmoil around the globe, the voice of The Nighwatchman is needed now more than ever. With so many artists all too willing to abdicate any position of protest and challenge, Tom Morello, and the international concerns of his World Wide Rebel Songs, offer essential tools for the social justice struggles of today.
Inside Tom Morello’s The Nightwatchman: World Wide Rebel Songs by FMQB Productions
VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" will be back for season number eight on Saturday, August 20 at 11 p.m. ET/PT.A full slate of metal and hard rock icons will be a part of the upcoming season once again.
Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson host the only TV show about all things hard rock and heavy metal. Metal musicians and rock royalty, including Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell), Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) and Sammy Hagar (Montrose, Van Halen, HSAS, Chickenfoot), will be part of the discussions this season.
-Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
-Brad Gillis (Night Ranger, Ozzy Osbourne)
-Jack Blades (Night Ranger, Damn Yankees)
-Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
-Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples)
-Jani Lane (Warrant)
-Michael Sweet (Stryper)
-Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat)
-Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell)
-Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave)
-Doug Pinnick (King's X)
-Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob)
-John Sykes (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder)
-Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
-Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Chickenfoot)
-Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)
-Dave "Snake" Sabo (Skid Row)
-Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
-Graham Bonnett (Alcatrazz, MSG, Rainbow)
-Vinnie Moore (UFO)
-Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
-Alex Skolnick (Testament, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra)