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Device, the new band from Disturbed frontman David Draiman will be releasing their new single 'Vilify' on Feb. 19th. DEVICE, also includes former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo, and as part of the touring lineup. Will Hunt from Evanescence and Dope lead guitarist Virus. Draiman has described DEVICE as an industrial band in the vein of Ministry and early Nine Inch Nails.
Draiman says, “Crazy! Finally able to talk more about this amazing band. The first single off our debut record debuts at radio on Feb. 19 and we have a tentative release date for the record of April 9." Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include 'You Think You Know,' 'Recover,' 'Hunted' and 'War Of Lies.'
DEVICE filmed a video earlier this week (Jan. 11) for 'Vilify' with director P.R. Brown, who has worked with such artists as My Chemical Romance, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, Prince, Audioslave, Motley Crue and SIXX: A.M.
Special guest musicians on the DEVICE album include:
- Terry "Geezer" Butler (Black Sabbath)
- Glenn Hughes (Trapeze, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion)
- Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
- M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold)
- Serj Tankian (System Of A Down)
- Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
The collaboration with Lzzy Hale is reportedly a version of the Lita Ford/Ozzy Osbourne track 'Close My Eyes Forever.' Lzzy told told The Pulse Of Radio how excited she was to be a part of the project. "I'm humbled. My brother (drummer Arejay Hale) was freaking out because my brother and I have been huge DISTURBED fans since (their 2000 debut) 'The Sickness' came out, you know. So this is a huge moment for him and I, like, 'Oh my god, I can't believe this is actually happening.' Got a little fangirl for a second."
Disturbed is currently on hiatus, with Draiman saying at the time that all four members wanted some time to pursue other endeavors. "We've got other things that each of the band members wanted to pursue individually, outside of Disturbed," he said. "There's other businesses we have, there's other interests. We've got futures hopefully to help cultivate for our families and our children, and they can't all revolve specifically around Disturbed." There is no timetable on Disturbed's return, but all four members say they're likely to come back.
Disturbed bassist John Moyer is currently part of Adrenaline Mob, one of drummer Mike Portney's many group projects.
Here's an Artisan News report with Draiman talking about the new project, followed by another praising Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, who will be honored later this month at the 2nd Annual Rock & Roll Roast.
Slipknot News: Corey Taylor passes out onstage, ‘Knotfest’ August 17 & 18 with final live performance of 2012 on PPV, Clown interview at anti-bullying event (video)
Corey Taylor of Slipknot had a scare on July 10 when he passed out near the end of the band’s Mayhem Festival performance in Dallas, Texas. He is OK, and continues on the Mayhem tour with Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, As I Lay Dying, the Devil Wears Prada and more. Check out footage of Corey passing out below.
Slipknot will hold their first-ever Knotfest with two day-long events, one August 17th in their home state of Iowa and the other August 18th in Somerset, on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The shows will find Slipknot joined by the Deftones, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, the Urge, Cannibal Corpse and more.
"It's all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be," Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan told Rolling Stone. "It's time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we're in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around."
"When everyone leaves their senses [will be] overloaded, and I'm talking about smells, sights, hearing, your body, everything is overloaded with stimulation, because that's what Slipknot does," Crahan says.
The festival is offering activities besides the show itself as part of its "dark carnival experience." Circus big-top tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars and graffiti walls are some of the stimuli expected. The two shows will also debut a Slipknot museum.
Knotfest is something the band has always wanted to do, according to Crahan. And the time is right. "Now, after 15 years, things feel right, things feel complete, things feel like we can accomplish anything. And I love challenges," he says.
That came about in large part through adversity. The band suffered a devastating loss in 2010 when bassist Paul Gray was found dead in his Iowa hotel room. Like any group that's suffered the death of a band mate, Slipknot were left to figure out the best way to carry on and honor their brother. They decided to do it live.
"When the tragedy of our life happened, instead of going away we decided, 'No, that's not the right thing to do. Let's go out, let's share the way we feel with the people that feel like we feel,'" Crahan says. "So last summer we embarked on a tour, then we went to South America and opened up for Metallica in Rock In Rio. We just got back from Australia, and now we're gonna embark on another fantastic one-of-a-kind tour, ending this thought process that's been consumed by these feelings about a great loss."
After closing this chapter, the band will move on. "We're going to take our personal time to do what it is we feel we need to do to get ready for the new record that's gonna come out sooner than anybody knows," says Crahan.
Expect Knotfest to be an ongoing tradition, even if Slipknot isn't always on the bill. "It's something that we want to be in control of so much that it can exist without us," Crahan says.
Slipknot's final live performance of 2012 will be broadcast worldwide via pay per view. The "Slipknot Live At Knotfest" event from Somerset, Wisconsin is in partnership with TODOCAST and Event View Live. The official broadcast site is www.EventViewLive.com.
The "Slipknot Live At Knotfest" event can be accessed from any Internet device at $14.95 for early bird fans now through August 11. The week before the event, the price will rise to $19.95. Fans who purchase early will receive full access to "Slipknot Saturdays" which begin Saturday, July 14 (and continue each Saturday until the event) and feature exclusive SLIPKNOT performances and video footage documenting the road to Knotfest.
The "Slipknot Live At Knotfest" event will include all the insanity that goes on backstage. Fans can pause it. Rewind it. Re-watch it. Day-of-show footage includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the festival grounds, pre-show interviews with Knotfest artists and Mistress Juliya, the stunning high definition main-stage performance of Slipknot as well as exclusive post-show interviews with the band. The entire "Slipknot Live At Knotfest" event package is available to purchasers for on-demand viewing for 30 days following the event.
On June 5, M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan talked to the Des Moines Register at Dayton Oaks campground in support of anti-bullying activist Kirk Smalley of Stand For The Silent. At the event Crahan spoke about the upcoming Knotfest and shared his views on bullying.
A new Funny or Die video parodies the glut of music reality shows with a new take in 'U B Da Judge.' The video has celebrities vying for their chance to sit in the judging chair on this new reality competition, as the judges are the stars of the show, not the contestants. That's the way it is already, right? Perry Farrell of Jane's Addistion, Serj Tankian of System of a Down and Meatloaf are some of the competitors, along with rapper Warren G, YouTube sensation Rebecca Black and ’80s pop star Debbie Gibson.
Perry Farrell’s says during his audition: “You always need the rocker. I don’t see why I couldn’t do what Steven Tyler‘s doing.” He then breaks into a little scat impression before shouting 'I like it!” Meat Loaf gets the dramatic chair turn down for his audition ala 'The Voice,' and Serj Tankian pontificates on the judging process in general, dropping liberal profanity in the bonus.
One of the judges judging is British magistrate the Honorable Heathcliff Rogerwaters. I guess he is the Simon Cowell of the panel. "John Secada?..more like John Suckada." Judge Dredd even fills the Ryan Seacrest hosting slot. Check out the hilarious video.
After the debut of a holographic image of late rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot and killed in 1996, "performing" along side Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at the Coachella Festival in California last month, the company many have other dead artists being prepared for appearances. While technology has been beneficial in many aspects of the making and presentation of music and how we consume it these days, I have already come out against this bullshit and I view it as another in the continued desecration of 'live' music presentation.
Sanj Surati of Musion Technology, the company that created the Shakur hologram, told NME: "Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, oh, and Michael Jackson would be the ultimate one. Maybe even Whitney Houston. Elvis on stage with Justin Bieber would be a cool thing." Sorry Surati, but Bieber with Elvis would be a fucking joke. Surati called the hologram technology "a historic and exciting initiative."
Dr. Dre has said that the effect was strictly for Coachella and would not be taken on tour, but its inclusion in the show has launched a discussion about the future of live performance. A handful of artists in Japan have already used holograms in this manner.
System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian told The Pulse Of Radio recently that he thought holograms could be used to beam living artists into any festival in the world from wherever they were: "If the technology is available and we can get away with it, that would be awesome. Then you'd have, like, The Police from one part of the world, you have, you know, U2 from another part or you have African bands and all these people playing from different parts of the world on the same stage without being there." At least we know from recent comments from Roger Taylor of Queen that he wouldn't ever do any Queen performance with a Freddie Mercury hologram, but the girl group TLC will be doing some upcoming shows with a hologram of the late Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes. Hopefully this isn't a trend that will get out of control. I want live music, with live instruments, live singing, and above all live people.
Look up Jem and the Holograms...man did they suck!
Dimebash 2011, this year’s tribute to the late Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott took place on Wedneday night (Dec. 14) at the Key Club in Hollywood and brought out a who's who of iconic rockers to celebrate and commemorate. Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains, Scott Ian of Anthrax, Sebastian Bach, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, former Guns N’ Roses member Duff McKagan, Tom Morello, Ritchie Kotzen, Glenn Hughes, Robin McCauley, Oni Logan, David Draiman of Disturbed, Dug Pinnick of King's X, John 5, Warren DeMartini, Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies and many more all showed to play and pay their respects to not only Dimebag, but Ronnie James Dio.
The concert benefitted the Ronnie James Dio 'Stand Up & Shout Cancer Fund' charity started by Dio’s wife Wendy.
“This is amazing,” System of a Down’s Serj Tankian enthused. “I’ve never seen so many rockers in one place.” The event was hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson of 'That Metal Show.'
Get more info, contribute and find out other upcoming events on the charity here: www.diocancerfund.com
Here's an Artisan News report asking the question- Where is Vinnie Paul and Phil Anselmo?
Here's another documenting what went down at the tribute show:
Here's some fan-filmed footage of the show: