The Black Keys Release Live EP, Tour Rehearsal Tapes
If you're a fan of The Black Keys, now's your chance to add a new live EP to your collection. The band has just released a six-song digital EP titled Tour Rehearsal Tapes, which was recorded live in the studio in December of last year. Tour Rehearsal Tapes features unique versions of four tracks from the Black Keys' latest album, El Camino, and two cuts from 2010’s Brothers. The EP will run you $4.99 and is available now at iTunes.
Here's the track list:
"Dead and Gone"
"Gold on the Ceiling"
"Run Right Back"
Rage Against the Machine to Release 20th Anniversary Editions of Debut Album in November
Twenty years ago, Rage Against the Machine released their self-titled debut album. To celebrate the milestone, the band will release a 20th anniversary edition of the album next month.
Titled XX, the album will be available on CD, digital and vinyl formats. Special and deluxe edition versions of the album will be released as well. The 20th Anniversary Special Edition features the remastered debut album, a CD of demos, and B-sides from the album’s original recording sessions. It will also contain a DVD featuring videos and previously unreleased performances of “Take the Power Back,” “Bombtrack,” and “Wake Up.”
The 20th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set will include everything listed above as well as an additional DVD of previously unreleased concert footage from 1991, 1994, 1996, and 2010. That package also includes a 12" vinyl LP and a two-sided poster. In addition, a vinyl edition of the remastered album will be released.
All versions of XX will be available in stores on November 27.
Jack White to Premiere Video for "I'm Shakin'" on Wednesday
You can expect Jack White to battle himself in the new video for “I’m Shakin’,” the fourth single from his debut solo album, Blunderbuss.
The video, which is set to premiere on White’s website on Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET, will pit two versions of the ex-White Stripes frontman against one another. One version of the singer will be supported by his all-female backing band the Peacocks, while the other will be joining forces with his all-male backing band the Buzzards.
In addition, a 7” vinyl single of “I’m Shakin’,” along with the exclusive non-album B-side “Blues on Two Trees,” will be available at White’s official webstore on October 30. You can pre-order the single beginning October 16.
Voodoo Festival Producer Offers “Full Support” to Green Day Following Band’s Cancellation
On Monday night, Green Day drummer Tre Coolannounced that the band needed to cancel their upcoming appearance at this year’s Voodoo Music + Arts Experience on October 27. Now, the producer of the event has weighed in on the news.
"We, like everyone, were looking forward to having Green Day back at Voodoo,” said Voodoo Music + Arts Experience founder/producer Stephen Rehage in a statement. “Their 2004 performance was one of the festival’s greatest. We are obviously disappointed in the news, but realize the health and well being of [frontman] Billie Joe[Armstrong] is the most important thing right now. We wish him and the entire Green Day family the best and offer them our full support.”
Armstrong is reportedly still in rehab for treatment for substance abuse. A replacement for the band has yet to be announced.
The Voodoo Music Experience runs October 26-28 in New Orleans. To see the complete festival artist roster, head over to TheVoodooExperience.com.
Korn Guitarist Shaffer Says Next Fear and the Nervous System Album Will Be "Deeper, Heavier, and More Meaningful"
Even though it’s only been about a month since Fear and the Nervous System -- the side project of Korn’s James “Munky” Shaffer -- released their self-titled debut album, the guitarist says that he’s already begun working on material for the band’s next release.
“I have some songs written,” Shaffer tells ARTISTDirect.com. “They're ideas, but I think there might be some pieces of music within them. I'll write something and ask, ‘Could I use that for Korn? Is it more alternative-sounding? Should I throw it away and not let anybody hear it?’”
Shaffer added that the band’s forthcoming sophomore album will be “less structured and a little more experimental” and will be more of a collaborative effort. “This record will be more about...writing together as a band,” he explains. “I think it will be a deeper, heavier, and more meaningful record since the vocalist and guy who writes the lyrics is going to be involved in every note written.”
Fear and the Nervous System will be hitting the road later this week for a short tour to promote their debut album. That outing kicks off on Saturday at Brixton in Redondo Beach, CA.
Godsmack Frontman Releases Trailer for Avalon Box Set
Godsmack frontman Sully Erna has posted a three-minute trailer online that lists all of the goodies that will be included in the box set for his upcoming solo live DVD, Avalon Live.
In addition to the DVD -- which was recorded during Erna’s solo concert on December 16, 2011 at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston -- the set will include a limited edition t-shirt, hat, guitar pick, poster, coffee table book, commemorative backstage pass and custom Sully Erna necklace. Plus, each box set you buy will enter you into a “Golden Ticket” contest where you can win an all-expense paid trip with the singer to Las Vegas, New York, Avalon Catalina Island, Napa and Boston. Other prizes include autographed guitars, custom hand drums and handwritten lyrics.
While an official release has not been announced for the box set, it is expected to hit stores in November with only 5,000 copies offered for sale. Visit SullyErnaAvalon.comfor more information.