PAPA ROACH Forced To Withdraw From ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL
PAPA ROACH has been forced to withdraw from the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival. Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix has been diagnosed with a nodule on his left vocal cord, and at the advice of his physician he will undergo corrective surgery to remove the nodule and prevent further damage.
"It's no secret that I've been having issues with my voice lately. I was hoping to be able to go out there and kill it on this tour by resting and doing vocal exercises, but my voice has just gone out on me. I hate to let our fans down, but unfortunately surgery is the only way to fix it,"Shaddix said. "The last thing we want to do is give our fans less than 100% every night. We know they'll understand and we'll be back better than ever."
"It was amazing having PAPA ROACH on the road with us for the first fewUproar shows. We're disappointed that they can't continue for the rest of the tour, but Jacoby's health is the priority and we wish him a speedy recovery," says Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival co-producerJohn Oakes.
Beginning Friday, August 24, the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festivalmain stage schedule will be adjusted to allow longer performances fromSHINEDOWN, GODSMACK, STAIND and ADELITAS WAY.
PAPA ROACH's new studio set, "The Connection", is due out on October 2. First single "Still Swingin'" arrived late last month.
WES BORLAND TALKS NEXT LIMP BIZKIT ALBUM, LIFE WITHOUT DJ LETHAL + MORE
In the first part of our chat with Wes Borland, he unveiled all the details on his side project Black Light Burns. With a new album that just hit store shelves and a tour on the horizon with this band, many would think Borland wouldn’t be able to put anything else on his plate.
In part two of the interview, Borland explains that he’s not slowing down and discusses the status of Limp Bizkit‘s next studio record. The guitarist also opens up about DJ Lethal and tells us why you should never mess with Dream Theater.
It’s been nearly six months since Limp Bizkit signed with Cash Money Records. How are things going with your next record, ‘Stampede of the Disco Elephants?’
Well, there are a couple of record titles floating around and a couple of record directions that we thought about going. We’ve had several studio sessions now where we’ve been writing. They’ve been kind of short, three songs here, two songs there, four songs here. We’ve been writing in different ways. As of right now, I can’t say that the beginning of a record has started to form. Whenever I’m making a record – I don’t know if this is true for other musicians – there’s a certain point in the writing process where the record shows its face for the first time and you go, “Ahh, so that’s what it looks like, this is what we’re building off of, this is the focal point.” That might be a couple of songs that work together or three songs that all sound like they belong together with a couple of other ones that seem like they could be a good pivot point to break into different dynamics on the record. There is always a point, and we have not reached that point yet. Right now, we’re kind of just shooting things at the wall to see if they stick.
Do you have an end in sight?
No frickin’ way. [Laughs] There is no release date in sight whatsoever. It might be a year from now, who knows. Whenever we’re doing a Limp Bizkit record, we always say we’ll be done by this time and then no way are we ever done by that time. We’re always way over.
When I mentioned ‘Stampede of the Disco Elephants,’ you said there are actually a couple of record titles floating around.
That’s one record that we have a definite idea about. We released this really, kind of strange EP called ‘The Unquestionable Truth’ in 2005 when we got back together and realized that we were still in the period of hating and not forgiving each other, and then we broke up again. We made that record, it was really different for us, kind of more raw and heavy sounding. We’re actually talking about following up that with another record that is sort of raw and heavy sounding as well. We were hoping to do ‘The Unquestionable Truth Part 2′ and ‘Stampede of the Disco Elephants’ at the same time. That still might happen, I just feel like we’ve got a lot of artillery right now and no structure to put it in. But, we’re going to amass that somehow. Hopefully a lot of the ideas we’ve been working on find their place and fall into one idea or the other, or they might fall into something completely new. As I said, we’re not very far along in the process of making all of this happen.
How are things with drummer John Otto? He was in the thick of it all with DJ Lethal, who’s now out of the band. How is John doing?
He’s good. He’s doing great. We had some personal trouble with John and Lee [Lethal] on the tour and we talked about it when the tour was over. John got it together and made an effort to change some things in his life and behaviors he was having. Now he’s all good. Lee got really irritated about these things and about us thinking that certain things he was doing in his life were problems, and we can’t have the threat of people and the things that he wants to do invade the health of our touring vehicle. Things were getting more and more stressful. We had a tour this year without him and it was no problem. It was fine, it was just the four of us. I’m not saying Lee will never be involved again, but we’ll see.
Have you talked with DJ Lethal lately?
No, not really. He’s been very volatile online as far as the things he’s said, he’s gone on rampages. Before we talk to him again, that stuff needs to come to a close. He needs to take all the things that he’s been saying online and figure out why he’s saying those things. He needs to talk to us in private instead of making it public. Then we might be able to have something to work on and move forward with.
When you left Bizkit several years back, it seemed like there was tension between you and Fred Durst. What’s your current relationship like?
Well, we figured that we’d never be able to function if we didn’t start with a clean slate. If we were holding each other responsible for things we did in our younger years, we would never be able to move forward. What we decided to when we got back together and talked again in 2008, we said “Alright, what we’re going to do is only react to current behavior, not hold onto anything we’ve done in the past.” We changed our actions and reactions to things that happen now, not things that have happened in the past. Now we’ve become friends, which we never were before. It’s been really great. I don’t think people fundamentally change, but I do think they refine themselves and they get a new set of tools to deal with people as they age. They get better at being compromising. Both of us are gigantic babies, and we’d go, “No, I want it my way.” We wouldn’t talk about it, but now we do.
I’m sure that will come across in the new album.
Before I let you go, I’ve got to ask: Do you still hate Dream Theater?
I don’t hate Dream Theater. I’ve always felt that I’m kind of a painter and a songwriter that ended up learning how to play guitar just to get what I wanted to get across, across. Someone on Twitter was saying, “You’re no John Petrucci.” Come on, man. Who cares? What’s so great about Dream Theater? Are they writing amazing songs? I don’t get it. Then it was just an avalanche. So I went, “Oh, goodie,” and kept throwing gas on the fire. I thought it was funny at the time. I couldn’t believe people picked the story up. It was a good learning experience that no matter what you do on Twitter somebody is going to report on it. I actually met [ex-Dream Theater drummer] Mike Portnoy and talked to him about it. He said, “Yeah man, you can’t mess with Dream Theater Fans.” I guess they’ll never let it die. Lesson learned.
STATIC X RIP APART NEW YORK CITY
The foundation of New York City’s Gramercy Theater (Aug. 21) shook as Static X rolled into town for their Noise Revolution Tour with support from Davey Suicide and 9 Electric.
Wayne Static and the rest of the gang kicked off their set with ‘Wisconsin Death Trip,’ and proceed to play fan favorites such as ‘Love Dump,’ ‘Bled For Days,’ ‘I’m With Stupid’ and of course ‘Push It,’ among numerous other tunes.
Not to mention, the band also played ‘Pighammer’ off of Wayne’s solo album of the same name. The very energetic crowd got jumping, moshing and singing to all of the songs on a Tuesday night as if it were the start of the weekend.
California group Davey Suicide put on a solid performance as they donned face and body paint onstage, while fellow L.A band 9 Electric also served as support and gained some East Coast fans as frontman Thunderwood took command of the stage with his vigorous presence.
Static X will be on tour until mid September. For a full list of cities and dates for the Noise Revolution Tour, go here. Check out photos from the NYC show below:
The Smashing Pumpkins to Launch North American Tour in October
The Smashing Pumpkins will kick off a North American tour in October to further promote their latest album, Oceania. The trek will feature the band performing the album in its entirety, along with classics and deep cuts from their catalog. In addition, the outing will include some unique visual effects created by Sean Evans, who worked with ex-Pink Floyd bassist/singer Roger Waters on his recent tour of The Wall.
Pre-sale tickets for the newly-announced dates will be available for CitiCard members on Monday, the details of which can be found at CitiPrivatePass.com. A limited amount of VIP packages will be made available as well, which include a Q&A session and three-song backstage performance with the band, an autographed limited edition tour poster, and exclusive merchandise. Head over to SmashingPumpkins.com for more information.
Here’s a list of cities that The Pumpkins will be visiting on the tour, with dates to be announced soon:
Saint Louis, MO
San Francisco, CA
San Diego, CA
Los Angeles, CA
St Louis, MO
Perry Farrell Says He Wants to Develop TV Show for “Festival Generation”
Perry Farrell has opened up about his idea to create a primetime music-performance TV show. The Jane’s Addiction frontman says that he wants to create a show for what he calls the “festival generation” that would feature professional musicians, rather than another amateur, contest-driven show like American Idol.
“I wanna bring that level of entertainment, like what Lollapalooza does, to television,” Farrell tells ABC News Radio. “I feel that it’s time to break out the pros rather than have these amateur contests all the time. I wanna bring the people that have spent the years and spent the time developing their craft and bring their amazing show to television.”
Farrell added that the show will also feature some in-depth interviews with the artists who are featured on the program. “I’m gonna be hanging with the musicians,” explains the singer. “We’ve been on [CBS’ Late Show with] David Letterman a bunch of times, but they never talk to the musician. They always wait for the musician to go on last. They interview some lame actor or actress who’s slangin’ a movie. I want people to know the musicians. I think that they’re just as valid as any movie star.”
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Says "Rabid" Fans Helped Living Things Score #1 Spot on Billboard 200
Last month, Linkin Park’s Living Things dominated the Billboard 200 chart its first week out with 223,000 units sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan, just barely beating Maroon 5’s Overexposed for the #1 slot. That makes Living Things the fifth chart-topping disc of the band’s career. Multi-instrumentalist Mike Shindoa credits LP’s loyal fan base as the main reason for their narrow victory.
“Maroon 5 was at our heels by only 1,000 records that week before the results came out,” Shinoda tells Southtown Star. “They’re in the tabloids and have everything that could be going for you as far as going through the traditional route of being a popular band. The only thing we had on them was we had been around a little bit longer. We knew our online fan base is really supportive and really rabid. As it turns out, that made the difference.”
In addition, the band also celebrated another milestone recently. Their debut album,Hybrid Theory, has now sold over 10 million copies in the U.S. since its release in 2000, according to Billboard.com.
Linkin Park is currently trekking across North America on their co-headlining Honda Civic Tour with Incubus.
Metallica Invites Vancouver Fans to Be a Part of Their 3D Movie
Metallica wants to give their fans in Vancouver the chance to be in their upcoming 3D feature-film project. The band posted a statement on their website saying that they will be offering $5 tickets for a special concert at Rogers Area in Vancouver, Canada so they can finish filming their movie.
“This Monday, August 27, we will be shooting what we hope will be the final live portion of the movie and have our last chance for quite some time to play on the gigantic, massive over-the-top stage that we rolled out in Mexico City, took to Edmonton and end our film excursion/mini tour with in Vancouver,” wrote the band. “We will be running though the full live show one last time at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, but unlike the Friday and Saturday shows, there will be lots of breaks in it to allow for cameras and lights to be repositioned as the director sees fit.”
You can score pre-sale tickets to Monday’s show at Ticketmaster on Friday at 9 a.m. local time with the password “METFILM.” General ticket sales for the concert will go on sale on Sunday.
Bassist Jared Followill Says Kings of Leon Are "Starting to Get the Ball Rolling" on Next Album
It appears that Kings of Leon will soon be heading back into the studio. During a recent interview with BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, bassist Jared Followill reveals that the band is gearing up to begin working on a follow up to 2010’s Come Around Sundown.
“We've been meeting with producers every day so we're starting to get the ball rolling on album six,” says Followill. “I don't know what I can say, but we're definitely planning on starting the record some point in the near future.”
Followill added that working on Smoke & Jackal, his side project with Mona frontman Nick Brown, helped to inspire him to create new music for Kings of Leon. “Doing the side project got my creative juices flowing again and just doing something completely different, I feel like it can bring more creativity to our band," notes the bassist.
Smoke & Jackal will release their six-song debut EP, simply titled EP1, on October 16.