According to The Pulse Of Radio, STONE SOUR/SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor admits in a new chat with Noisecreep that he prefers Las Vegas, where he lives now, to Los Angeles, saying, "I've have a love/hate relationship with L.A. for a long time," he says. "There have been times where I've stayed there where I've had an absolutely great time. But there have been times where I've had to deal with people in the entertainment industry where I'm like, 'Are you real? Or are you just a character in some horrible movie?' Yeah, it gets weird like that there at times. All that said, I have a lot of great friends there and I still love visiting it."
Taylor moved to Vegas a little while back and told The Pulse Of Radiowhy he chose to live in Sin City. "My wife's family all mainly live here, and we were looking for another place and it just made sense, you know," he said. "And it's a beautiful city, the people here are really, really great, and I've been doing more and more work here, so it just kind of made sense, you know."
Taylor will return to Los Angeles this Thursday (May 2), when he andSTONE SOUR perform at the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards. The band is also up for three prizes at the event, in the categories of "Album Of The Year", "Best Vocalist" and "Best Drummer".
Taylor said about the show, "I think the Grammys have spent so much time ignoring heavy metal that we all said, 'screw it,' and started our own awards show."
The Golden Gods Awards will also feature performances and/or appearances from METALLICA, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH,HALESTORM, Gene Simmons, Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper,Marilyn Manson, Jason Newsted, Munky and Brian "Head" Welch ofKORN, David Draiman and more.
STONE SOUR has been on the Road To The Golden Gods tour for this past month with IN THIS MOMENT. Following the awards show, STONE SOUR will play a handful of U.S. dates before heading to Japan for that country's first-ever Ozzfest on May 12, followed by a month-long European festival run in June.
METALLICA Bassist On Next Album: 'I Feel In My Heart That We Are Going To Do Something Special'
AllAfrica.com recently conducted an interview with METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
AllAfrica.com: There are people out there who feel that METALLICA are the greatest band in the world. Do you feel like you play for the greatest band in the world?
Robert: Um, yeah, I feel like that. I don't like to look at things that way much 'cause my whole thing is to keep your feet on the ground and go with the flow, and what our existence is and stay humble. But that is a very, very nice thing for them to think. I understand why they would think that. We're a special band and the reason for that is because we're very involved. I appreciate that, I like that. I get shy about that, I'm kinda like: Aah, God no, it makes me feel uncomfortable. [laughs] Being inMETALLICA is incredible, 'cause they're my heroes, you know. We're a team; we're a family so I feel blessed to be a part of this team.
Can we expect a new album from METALLICA anytime soon?
Well, we are working on new songs. There is a process of elimination and that's when we are going to take all the ideas, and we listen through and some don't make the grade, and most of the stuff you jam on and try a few different ways and revisit them maybe eight months down the line. So there is an extensive process of elimination before you get to actually writing that song. But I can say that the ideas that I have been hearing and have been a part of, to me are very, very exciting and I see us making a great album. I feel in my heart that we are going to do something special. Beyond this, I have no idea what is going to happen 'cause, right now, it feels great and we are gonna do that, but the next album — we'll see.
You have achieved so much as band. What's next? Where do you see yourself years on from now?
The interesting thing is that we have a 3D movie coming out very soon and that in itself has been an experience and a challenge. I believe it's going to be great. I've seen a recent cut and we have a lot of work to do — we're not finished, but we're getting close and I feel that the end result will be special. Now what this will do for us or where this will take us is unknown, you know, but I have a good feeling about it. I also feel that those are the experiences and challenges that make METALLICA great and special and keep people interested. We did our 30-year anniversary shows just over a year ago at the legendary Fillmore Theatre in San Francisco — you know where Janis Joplin played and THE GRATEFUL DEAD and all those special bands. But the thing about that is that we flew in artists from all over the world. So let's bring in MERCYFUL FATE, let's fly in Ozzy Osbourne, let's bring in Rob Halford, lead singer ofJUDAS PRIEST. There was this long list of people to bring in, that's a commitment, to fly them in, rehearse with them, learn their songs and get on stage with them. What band does that? I don't know of any band that does that, but those are the type of things we do — we challenge ourselves. Sometimes it's a glorious experience and sometimes it maybe doesn't work out. But those chances that we take are what make METALLICA a special band.
Read the entire interview from AllAfrica.com.
Phoenix, Rob Zombie Expected to Make Top-10 Debuts onBillboard 200
Phoenix and Rob Zombie are both on track to score big numbers on the Billboard 200 album chart next week.
Phoenix’s Bankrupt! is headed for the #3 spot on the tally, with projected sales putting it somewhere around 50,000 copies. If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s highest-charting album. Phoenix’s Grammy-winning previous release, 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, debuted and peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200.
Rob Zombie is likely to get a spot in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 this week as well. The singer’s fifth solo album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, is expected to take the #7 position on the chart.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.
Beastie Boys Members to Release Memoir in 2015
Surviving Beastie Boys members Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond will release a memoir in 2015, according to The New York Times. The duo recently inked a deal with Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, and will reveal the book's title sometime this week.
Publisher Julie Grau says that the upcoming book will be “loosely structured as an oral history” of the group, and will feature a “strong visual component.” In addition to the Beasties telling their story in their own words, the book will also feature contributions from other writers.
Preview New Tracks from Imagine Dragons, AWOLNATION & More on Iron Man 3-Inspired Album, Heroes Fall
If you can’t wait to check out Heroes Fall, a collection of songs "inspired by" upcoming the superhero sequel Iron Man 3, you’re in luck. One-minute previews of every track from the release are currently available on YouTube. Imagine Dragons has contributed an original song to the album called “Ready Aim Fire,” while AWOLNATION has created a track titled “Some Kind of Joke,” which will be included in the forthcoming flick. Other artists featured on the compilation include Neon Trees, Passion Pit, Capital Cities and a solo track from former Wolfmother frontmanAndrew Stockdale. Heroes Fall is set to be released on Tuesday, while Iron Man 3 will hit theaters on Friday. It tells the continuing story of billionaire industrialist playboy Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. In this chapter, Stark's personal world is destroyed by battle super-villain The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley.
Here’s the track list for Heroes Fall:
"Ready Aim Fire" -- Imagine Dragons
"Some Kind of Joke" -- AWOLNATION
"Some Kind of Monster" -- Neon Trees
"American Blood" -- Passion Pit
"No Time" -- Rogue Wave
"One Minute More" -- Capital Cities
"Back to the Start" -- Mr Little Jeans
"Keep Moving" -- Andrew Stockdale
"Redemption" -- Redlight King
"Big Bad Wolves" -- WALK THE MOON
"BAD GUY" -- 3OH!3
"Let's Go All the Way" -- The Wondergirls featuring Ashley Hamilton and Robbie Williams
Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators to Replace Stone Sour at 2013 Rock Fest
Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will be pinch-hitting for Stone Sour at the upcoming 20th annual Rock Fest, which takes place July 18-21 in Cadott, WI.
Stone Sour revealed they were backing out of the event on Friday, posting a note on their Facebook page that reads, “Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, we will no longer be able to perform at Rock Fest on July 20th, in Cadott, WI. We look forward to seeing you the next time around!”
Rock Fest producers were quick to announce via Facebook that they secured Slash with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators to replace Stone Sour’s performance. Other bands set to perform at this year’s event include Korn, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Three Days Grace,Megadeth, Whitesnake, The Offspring, Seether, Halestorm and Disturbed frontmanDavid Draiman’s side project, Device.
Tickets for Rock Fest are on sale now, with single-day tickets starting at $77.50 and four-day passes at $155. To see the full lineup and purchase tickets, head to Rock-Fest.com.
Beck Announces Solo Acoustic Dates
Beck has added a few acoustic solo dates on the East Coast following his headlining set at the annual Newport Folk Festival, which will be held from July 26-28 at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.
The trek begins on July 30 at the State Theatre in Portland, ME, and will make stops at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston, MA on August 2 and at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, NY on August 4.
Visit Beck.com for more information.