Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones hold press conference to promote ‘Celebration Day’

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones hold press conference to promote ‘Celebration Day’

Sep 23, 2012

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, the three living members of Led Zeppelin held a press conference on Friday (Sept. 21) to promote 'Celebration Day,' the upcoming new DVD and Blu-ray release of their 2007 show at London’s O2 Arena. Watch the nearly 35-minute long press conference below, where Plant, Page and Jones talk about the show, the new release and are asked questions about the possibility of a reunion.

A few press conference highlights:
On playing 'Stairway to Heaven' Plant said he’s struggled with the lyrics over the years, answering why he’d previously avoided the song. “Maybe I’m trying to still work out what I was talking about. Every other f**er is.”

Plant talked about playing with the late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's son Jason previously:
“We played with him before, at his wedding. But sadly he decided to go to bed at his wedding reception. Because I was a friend of the family from way back, I was the one who had to go to his room and get him out of bed.”

On the current relationship between band members:
Plant: "We don't see each other too often, but we've just spent about an hour together...and no sooner we start talking, than some little innuendo creeps in. It's just what happens when you've spent a lot of time together."

On why it has taken five years for the concert film to be released:
Jones: "Five years is like five minutes in Zeppelin time. I'm surprised we got it out so quickly."

On the contribution of drummer Jason Bonham at the concert:

Page: "Jason was absolutely monumental in his performance and his playing. From the very first rehearsal right through to the 02. He was incredible. His spirit and his enthusiasm and his knowledge of what made Zeppelin tick musically. It was just really wonderful to be able to work with him in that amount of time, as far as I felt, to do a proper full set, and really communicate musically with him. It was really good. Nobody else could have done it."

Plant: "We'd played with him before, at his wedding. Sadly, he decided to go to bed during the reception, and because I was a friend of the family from way back, I was the one that had to go up to his room and get him to get out of bed. Then he played with us."

"It was peculiar, it was strange at times,” Plant said about the O2 show with Jason Bonham. "But at the same time it was very rewarding for all of us."

There was minimal overdubbing for the audio release of 'Celebration Day,' but Plant admitted he ran out of gas towards the end of 'Kashmir,' so there was some retouching done there.

'Celebration Day' will be released in six different formats:

-Standard edition: one DVD or Blu-ray and two CD set
-Deluxe edition with bonus video from rehearsals and news footage from the BBC.
-Music-only CD set
-Music-only Blu-ray that features high-resolution HD sound but no video.
-3LP vinyl set
-Digital release

The package is available for pre-order now, and all configurations will be released on Nov. 19th. Omniverse Vision has also arranged a screening of the concert in theaters on Oct. 17 on 1,500 movie screens in 40 cities worldwide.

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day to seek treatment for substance abuse

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day to seek treatment for substance abuse

Sep 23, 2012

Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day will seek treatment for substance abuse after his profanity filled meltdown onstage this weekend at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. Armstrong got pissed off after noticing a clock that had counted down to one minute left in their set. After dropping multiple f-bombs on festival officials near the clock, Billie Joe “I wanna play a new song. F**k this s***. Gimme a f**in’ break, one minute left. One minute f**in’ left. You’re gonna give me one minute?! Look at that f**in’ sign right there, one minute! Let me tell you something...I’ve been around since f**in’ 1988 and you’re gonna give me one f**in’ minute?! You’ve gotta be kidding me.”

The singer added, “I’m not Justin f**in’ Bieber you motherf**ers! You’ve gotta be f—in’ joking. It’s a f—in’ joke. I’ve got one minute, one minute left, oh now I’ve got nothing left.”

He then smashed his guitar, flipped off the festival and told the audience that Green Day would return before throwing his microphone in the air. Watch the tirade below.

A Green Day representative released a statement that reads:

"Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong is seeking treatment for substance abuse. Green Day would like everyone to know that their set was not cut short by Clear Channel and to apologize to those they offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. The band regretfully must postpone some of their upcoming promotional appearances."

Armstrong was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness in Italy earlier this month after suffering symptoms of "severe dehydration" according to bassist Mike Dirnt, who along with Tre Cool also said Billie Joe had been vomiting prior to the show cancellation. There is nothing to indicate that that situation had to do with drugs or alcohol. We hope Billie Joe gets the help he needs and is more than ready for a healthy tour. The new Green Day album ¡Uno!, will be in stores this Tuesday.

Deluxe 40th Anniversary edition of Jethro Tull’s ‘Thick as a Brick’ due November 3rd, Ian Anderson kicks off U.S. Tour

Deluxe 40th Anniversary edition of Jethro Tull’s ‘Thick as a Brick’ due November 3rd, Ian Anderson kicks off U.S. Tour

Sep 20, 2012

Jethro Tull frontman Ian Anderson is set to release a deluxe 40th anniversary edition of the 'Thick as a Brick' original record on November 5th, which will include a CD/DVD set that boasts several mixes of the album, including a new stereo mix and a 5.1 surround-sound mix, as well as a high-resolution digital version of the original 1972 mix.

The album was Jethro Tull's first to go to #1 on the Billboard charts and consists of a three-part piece of music featuring lyrics that were credited to a fictional eight-year-old boy named Gerald Bostock, but were actually written by Anderson. Already this past April a sequel to 'Thick as a Brick' was released.

The deluxe Anniversary edition will also include a hardcover book featuring rare photos and recent pics and recollections from Anderson and other Tull members and a 12-by-12-inch newspaper similar to the one packaged with the original LP.

In addition, a two-LP set will be available featuring both 'Thick as a Brick' and 'Thick as a Brick 2' on audiophile 180-gram vinyl and a 72-page 12-by-12-inch book gathered together in a hard slipcase package.

Anderson just kicked off the North American leg of his Thick as a Brick Tour on September 18th in Miami Beach, Florida. The veteran rocker has been performing Thick as a Brick and its sequel in their entirety on the trek.

Anderson told ABC News Radio that the new stage show offers fans something of a multimedia spectacle that helps convey the stories and themes featured in the two albums, which focus on the life of a fictional character named Gerald Bostock.  He also notes that the new concerts are quite a bit more involved than the ones Tull played in support of 'Thick as a Brick' when it first was released.

"The original performance of Thick as a Brick' on the relatively few tours that we did in '72 did feature some slightly surreal, very amateurish little theatrical interludes," the singer says.  "I've expanded upon those using technology and audiovisual, as well as live performance on the stage in terms of theatrical moments."

Going into specifics about what concertgoers will experience at the 2012 'Thick as a Brick' shows, Anderson says, "Sometimes you just focus entirely on the live music being played.  Sometimes you see some close-ups of musicians actually performing bits.  Sometimes you see some corresponding piece of visual, whether it's stills or whether it's video footage, which is in keeping with the lyrics.  Sometimes it's stuff that's much more abstract."

Anderson also says that since the lyrical content of the 'Thick as a Brick' albums "is a little dark," some of the audio-visual interludes are meant to make the audiences laugh.

"I have to try and create light and shade," he points out.  "I have to take people through some emotional experience, and not just have it work on one dimension."

Ian Anderson Tour Dates:
Sep. 21 - St Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Sep. 22 - Orlando, FL - Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
Sep. 23 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sep. 24 - Fort Myers, FL - Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
Sep. 25 - Fort Pierce, FL - Sunrise Theatre
Sep. 27 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
Sep. 28 - Asheville, NC - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Sep. 29 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
Sep. 30 - Richmond, VA - Richmond CenterStage, Carpenter Theatre
Oct. 1 - Newport News, VA - Ferguson Center For the Arts
Oct. 3 - Lynn, MA - Lynn Auditorium
Oct. 4 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
Oct. 5 - New York City, NY - Beacon Theatre
Oct. 6 - Atlantic City, NJ - Caesar's Circus Maximus
Oct. 7 - Newark, NJ - NJ Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall
Oct. 17 - San Diego, CA - Balboa Theatre
Oct. 18 - Santa Ynez, CA - Chumash Casino
Oct. 19 - Rancho Mirage, CA - Agua Caliente Casino, The Show
Oct. 20 - Long Beach, CA - Terrance Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center
Oct. 22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Abravanel Hall
Oct. 23 - Denver, CO - Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
Oct. 25 - Catoosa, OK - Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa, The Joint
Oct. 26 - Grand Praire, TX - Verizon Theatre
Oct. 27 - Houston, TX - Bayou Music Center
Oct. 28 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre
Oct. 30 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Nov. 1 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
Nov. 2 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
Nov. 3 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
Nov. 4 - Akron, OH - Akron Civic Theatre
Nov. 5 - Newark, OH - Midland Theatre

Charlie reaches out to Marilyn, from one Manson to another

Charlie reaches out to Marilyn, from one Manson to another

Sep 19, 2012

To get his stage name, it's no secret that Brian Warner combined the names of one iconic (Marilyn Monroe) and another infamous figure (Charles Manson) to come up with Marilyn Manson. What Mr. Warner probably never expected was to get some real correspondence from one of the two he named himself after.

Charles Manson has sent a rambling, handwritten letter to the other Manson that mentions his 'ATWA' philosophy (among other things), which is his ecological mandate that stands for 'Air, Trees, Water, Animals' and/or 'All The Way Alive.' Marilyn Manson, who has covered one of Charlie's songs in the past, hasn't issued any response as of yet, but I'm wondering if even the creepiest of rockers is creeped out!

Here's the letter:

“To Marilyn Manson –

It’s taken me a long time to get there from where I could touch M. Manson. Now I got a card to play – you may look into my non-profit, ATWA, and give Manson what you think he’s got coming for Air, Trees, Water, and you. Or I will pay Manson what you think Manson got coming – the music has make Manson into Abraxas Devil, and I’m SURE you would want some of what I got from what I got. It’s a far out balance. Beyond good and bad, right, wrong. What you don’t do is what I will do – what you did a sing-along, and let it roll and said how you saved me a lot of steps – I don’t need, it’s not a need or a want. Couped – coup. Ghost dancers slay together and you’re just in my grave Sunstroker Corona-coronas-coronae – you seen me from under with it all standing on me. That’s 2 dump trucks – doing the same as CMF 000007

Charles Manson"


Soundgarden release new album promo trailer for upcoming release ‘King Animal’

Soundgarden release new album promo trailer for upcoming release ‘King Animal’

Sep 19, 2012

Soundgarden will release their first all-new album in 16 years, 'King Animal' on November 13th. The first single, 'Been Away Too Long,' will be available on September 27th. The band have released a new promo trailer for the album which you can view below.

According to a press release, the writing and recording of the album was a true collaborative effort. Riotous album opener and first single 'Been Away Too Long' finds Soundgarden back at it with a double-edged blast of homecoming celebration and urban angst. King Animal can be explosive, as in 'Blood On The Valley Floor', nightmarish ('Worse Dreams') or wistful ('Halfway There'), leading us through changing sonic landscapes that can embrace both the jazz inflections of 'Black Saturday' and the feral rocker 'Attrition', with compelling lyrics by bassist Ben Shepherd. The subject matter is broad - Kim Thayil’s lyrics for 'Non-State Actor' are a sharp and cynical take on the powers behind political thrones, while Cornell’s bruised and introspective 'Bones of Birds' explores the terrors and vulnerabilities of parenthood.
Soundgarden remain a truly ‘alternative’ band as they embark on the next chapter of their journey, steadfast in their roots with 15 years of growth behind them. King Animal follows the musical evolution of one of the world’s most ground breaking bands. This is a long awaited return for both the band and fans alike.

'King Animal' Track Listing:

1. Been Away Too Long
2. Non-State Actor
3. By Crooked Steps
4. A Thousand Days Before
5. Blood On The Valley Floor
6. Bones of Birds
7. Taree
8. Attrition
9. Black Saturday
10. Halfway There
11. Worse Dreams
12. Eyelid's Mouth
13. Rowing