Former PANTERA Bassist Discusses 'Official Truth' Memoir On 'Fook Music Mornings'
"Fook Music Mornings", which airs on Rock 92 KFMA in Tucson, Arizona, recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown. The chat is now available for streaming in the YouTube clip below.
Brown will sign copies of his memoir, "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera", on Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at Bookendsin Ridgewood, New Jersey.
"Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera" will be released on March 12 via Da Capo Press. The 320-page book is described as a "starkly honest and revealing" book about Rex's time in one of the most influential and enduringly popular bands in heavy metal history, offeringBrown's shocking personal insight into a band that had swapped the grimy clubs of Texas for arenas around the world but whose story would ultimately be touched by tragedy.
A one-and-a-half-minute video trailer for "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera" can be seen below.
In a 2012 interview with SkullsNBones.com, Brown stated about his upcoming memoir: "It's basically my tale of the PANTERA years from my point of view. I was always the silent guy in the band. I never did interviews, so I was approached with this idea and I was down for it. I didn't realize how much work would be involved. [laughs] But it's going to be cool, man. It's just my inside story of what was going on. It leads up to the breakup, Dime's [former PANTERA guitarist 'Dimebag' Darrell Abbott] death, and to now. There is only four people in that band that knew what was going on, so this will just be my interpretation oo those years. I'll say this, it probably won't be my last book either. It's a lot of work, though. We went through a thousand photos, stories, memories — everything, dude — so it's an insightful view that most fans would never know of if it weren't for the book. I think it's got a lot of things that people don't know and should know, and I hope the people enjoy it. It's a good read, for sure."
World rights for "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera"were acquired by executive editor Ben Schafer at Da Capo Press fromMatthew Elblonk at DeFiore & Company with Matthew Hamilton atAitken Alexander.
"Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story Of Pantera" co-authorMark Eglinton is an author, journalist and film-producer currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His first book entitled "James Hetfield: The Wolf At Metallica's Door" was published in April 2010 to considerable critical acclaim, fueled by regular radio appearances across the U.S and Europe to promote it. He also writes regularly for Outburn magazine and various music web sites and has co-produced a series of rock interview documentaries entitled "The Greatest Music Ever Created, And How It Ruined Our Lives", which is co-hosted in conjunction with Metal Hammer magazine. Eglinton's role in Brown's life has become one of friend and confidant, mostly during time spent on the road with DOWN in Europe.
Da Capo is the publisher of BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi's book "Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven And Hell With Black Sabbath" and SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor's New York Times best seller "Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good".
Former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo in early 2010 announced plans to write his own autobiography, to be co-authored by BloodyDisgusting.com writer Corey Mitchell.
Billie Joe Armstrong Writing Music for Yale Theatrical Show
Following the success of the Broadway musical American Idiot, Billie Joe Armstrong is writing music for another theatrical production.
The Green Day frontman is writing songs for a production of These Paper Bullets, a rock spin on Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing, according to The New York Times. The production will premiere at Yale Repertory Theater at Yale University in Connecticut next March.
The story will revolve around a Liverpool band dealing with romance and the music industry in London. American Idiot, featuring music from Green Day's album of the same name, ran on Broadway in 2010 and 2011 and won a couple of Tony Awards. Armstrong himself occasionally performed in the musical.
Green Day will kick off their rescheduled North American tour later this month. It was postponed last year after Armstrong entered rehab for substance abuse treatment.
Dave Grohl Says Next Foo Fighters Album “Won’t Be a Conventional Record”
Dave Grohl has revealed that he has something special in mind for the Foo Fighters’ eighth studio album. "[I’ve got] a crazy idea of what I want to do with the next record and how we record it,” he tells Billboard. “It's not conventional. It won't be a conventional record.”
The singer adds that while the writing process has begun for the upcoming release, fans shouldn’t expect to get their hands on it anytime soon. "When we start working on a record, what I've found is we work best at our own pace, and sometimes it happens quickly and sometimes it takes awhile," he explains.
Dave Grohl Pays Tribute to Musical Heroes During SXSW Festival Keynote Speech
During Dave Grohl’s keynote speech at the South by Southwest festival on Thursday, which is currently streaming at RollingStone.com, the singer spoke at length about some of the artists that shaped his love of music. The Foo Fightersfrontman says that while a number of bands have inspired him over the years, it was one track in particular that put him on the path to devoting his life to music.
“I have to thank Edgar Winter for allowing K-tel Records to include his legendary instrumental 'Frankenstein' on their 1975 blockbuster compilation,” he told the crowd. “It was this record that changed my life.”
The singer also spoke with particular passion about his early heroes: The Misfits, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys and Black Flag. He explains that it was their inspiration than pushed him to pursue a career in music. “It became my religion,” he notes. “The record store my church, the rock stars my saints, and their songs, my hymns.”
Among the other highlights of the speech was when Grohl explained how he rediscovered his love of music -- which led to the creation of the Foo Fighters -- following the death of his Nirvana band mate Kurt Cobain in 1994.
“When Kurt died, I was lost,” he reveals. “The music that I devoted my life to had now betrayed me. I put away my drums. But eventually, the same feeling that made me feel possessed and empowered and inspired and enraged and so in love with music that it had the power to incite a riot or start a revolution, I felt it again.”
In addition, Grohl shared some sage advice with aspiring songwriters, saying, "There is no right or wrong -- there is only your voice. Cherish it. Respect it. Nurture it. Challenge it. Stretch it and scream until it's f**king gone. And who knows how long it will last? It's there if you want it."
After completing his speaking engagement, Grohl joined forces with the Sound City Players, a band comprised of some of the artists who appear in his recently-releasedSound City documentary, for a special concert at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas.
30 Second to Mars Frontman Jared Leto Dropped “About 30 Pounds” for Movie Role
30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto looks good now, but he recently shed a large amount of weight to play a 1980s transsexual with AIDS for his first film in five years, The Dallas Buyers Club.
“It was a powerful experience,” he tells EOnline.com in a video interview. “I lost about 30 pounds…I got down to 116 or something. I just basically didn't eat." Leto says that he dropped the weight so he could feel “very fragile and delicate and unsafe,” which is what he felt the role demanded.
The singer adds that while he was filming the role, his friends and family weren’t thrilled to see him looking so unhealthy. "If you run into people or see family who don't know what you're doing, they think that you're sick," he explains.
In other 30 Seconds to Mars news, the band will premiere their new single, "Up in the Air," on Monday. The guys will play the track -- the first copy of which recently made the trip up to the International Space Station -- and do a live online interview with astronautTom Marshburn, who’s aboard the space station. Look for more information about the chat soon on the band’s website, ThirtySecondsToMars.com.
The digital release of “Up in the Air” is set for Tuesday.
Megadeth Finishes Recording Super Collider
Frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed that Megadeth has finished the recording process for their 14th studio album, Super Collider. The singer took to his Twitter account on Wednesday to give fans the good news and point out how the number 13 keeps popping up during the album’s production.
He tweeted, “More 13 weirdness…we finished the record on 31313. 13 of 14 songs used; song 13 left off. It was 13 years since we tracked [instrumental track] Silent Scorn [from 2001’s The World Needs a Hero].”
While Super Collider doesn’t yet have an official release date, it is expected to arrive in stores sometime in June. The album will be the first release on Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, through Universal Music Enterprises.