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Rock Picks of the Week: Beastie Boys, 30 Seconds To Mars, Journey, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, The Smithereens

by on Apr.24, 2011, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Beastie Boys, 30 Seconds To Mars, Journey, Duff McKagan’s Loaded, The Smithereens

You've seen the teaser videos, now here it is...the full 30 minute mini-movie from The Beastie Boys. The Brooklyn-bred rap group finally revisits their first mega-hit, "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)" in this star-filled, action-packed short set in the wild mid-80's period that saw their star skyrocket. A semi-autobiographical bit with plenty of foul language and casual destruction, Danny McBride, Elijah Wood and Seth Rogen star as the Beasties, with Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly mirroring them as their older selves. Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon play annoyed adults who just had their house smashed in by a party.

The list of bit players is even more impressive: Rashida Jones, Will Arnett, Adam Scott, Rainn Wilson, Ted Danson, Roman Coppola, Steve Buscemi, Amy Poehler, Jason Schwartzmann, Alicia Silverstone, Laura Dern, Kirsten Dunst, Chloe Sevigny, Maya Rudolph, David Cross, and Martin Starr.

Set to coincide with the release of their long-anticipated new album, "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two," the film also features cameos from the real Beasties Adam Yauch (who directed), Adam Horovitz and Mike D. Of course, they feature as cops.

Within the video is also the first single from "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two," "Make Some Noise". Check it out!

30 Seconds To Mars "This Is War", the title track to their album of the same name. The band has released multiple videos from "This is War", and the visual aspects and message of this match what the band is doing musically.

30 Seconds To Mars are touring the U.S, into June, then they will hit Croatia, Austria, Netherlands, Paris, Switzerland, Italy, Estonia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Lebanon, Germany, and finally the U.K. The tour will wrap up with the Leeds Festival on August 27th.


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Duff McKagan's Loaded "Dead Skin". The song comes off the group's new album, "The Taking", which was just released on April 19 via Eagle Rock Entertainment. The CD was recorded at a Seattle-area studio with veteran rock producer Terry Date (Soundgaden, Pantera, Deftones). The new video for "Dead Skin" was filmed at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, and features Duff’s beautiful wife Susan Holmes McKagan taking her clothes off. Check it out.


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Journey are back with a great sounding track that fits right in with some of the bands bigger arena anthems. "City Of Hope" comes from the dynamic new album "Eclipse".

Journey recently toured Latin America in front of packed audiences. Following shows in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lima and Caracas, Journey also played dates in Guatemala, Panama and Mexico. "Eclipse" will be released in the U.S. and Canada on May 24th exclusively at Walmart. The 12 tracks were written over the past 18 months by the core team of guitarist Neal Schon and keyboard player Jonathan Cain, with collaboration from singer Arnel Pineda.

To follow the release of "Eclipse", Journey will launch the "Eclipse Tour" with Foreigner, and special guest Nightranger, beginning July 21 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fans can expect to hear new songs from "Eclipse" as well as classics such as "Don't Stop Believin'", "Any Way You Want It", "Faithfully", "Lights", "Separate Ways", "Wheel In The Sky", and many more.


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Good to have The Smithereens back!
Pat DiNizio (Vocals, rhythm guitar), Jim Babjak (Lead guitar, vocals), Severo "The Thrilla" Jornacion (Bass guitar, vocals)
and Dennis Diken (Drums, percussion) have just released a new album "Smithereens 2011" on April 5th, and the first single is called "Sorry". The sound is all Smithereens, and it's all good--check it out.


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