Rock News: August 6th, 2013
ZAKK WYLDE On Next BLACK LABEL Album, Illegal Music Downloading, ROLLING STONE Controversy
Bob Zerull of Zoiks! Online recently conducted an interview with Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Zoiks! Online: It really hasn't been that long since we've gotten a newBLACK LABEL album, but in BLACK LABEL years, it's been forever. Have you been aching to get back in the studio?
Zakk: Yeah, but it's not like we haven't been working. It's not like we put the last record out and haven't been touring; we toured for over two years on the last album. Then I've been doing those acoustic shows with Nick [Catanese]. It's not like I've been chomping at the bit, because I'm so busy touring and in tour mode and I'm having fun doing that. Like I said, I love doing both; I love touring and I love making the records. The studio is great too; it's a controlled environment. It's where you can paint the canvas and do everything. Live is pretty much a free-for-all.
Zoiks! Online: The music industry is falling apart right now. RADIOHEADrecently pulled their music off of Spotify. Do you think that's the answer?
Zakk: Any of the bands that I like between iTunes and stuff, it's great. I buy records still from all my favorite artist, whether it's Robin Trower orRobert Plant. If I want to buy a new John McLaughlin record or Al Di Meola, I just order it off of iTunes and I got it on my iPod. As long as you can buy it and pay the artists. It's not so much even the artist, you're paying the artist, but it's the guy who engineered the session. My nephew he doesn't understand: "It's only $10." Yeah, but it cost money to make the records. A baby band, they still have to pay a studio fee, they have to pay an engineer and all these people. It's the trickle-down effect. That's the whole thing. As far as it ever being normal again, forget about it. It's extinct, it's exterminated, it's vaporized. If people can download it and get it for free, then why would they pay for it? It is what it is.
Zoiks! Online: Is it affecting the music at all?
Zakk: I think any band that you really love. I think LED ZEPPELIN would still make LED ZEPPELIN records, AC/DC is going to still make AC/DCrecords and that's all they should do anyways. Whatever new bands out there like FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH or AVENGED SEVENFOLD or the younger bands just let them keep making the records they want to make.BLACK VEIL BRIDES, the younger kids coming up. I don't think it'll ever affect…the fact that there's downloading people are still going to make the music they love making. It doesn't affect me at all. It is what it is. You just keep trying to make the best records you can, that's all.
Zoiks! Online: Recently, David Draiman [DISTURBED, DEVICE] has been really vocal about the [recent] Rolling Stone [issue which featured a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev]. What are your thoughts?
Zakk: I know what Rolling Stone is doing. They just want to cover what lead this kid to do this. That's the story. They've put Charles Manson on the cover. Why would this moron do this? I think it's more or less that. I don't think they're glorifying him by putting him on the cover. My buddies say they should put the victims on the cover and put the story on the inside. Either or, nobody is trying to make a fucking hero out of this asshole. You might as well put Bin Laden on the cover. The reason you're putting him on the cover is because of the story behind what caused him to be the head of Al Qaeda. You're not putting him up there because some day kids if you try hard enough and you're this big of a scumbag you can get on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, but I understand why people are upset about it. It is what it is. They're just trying to write the article of why this kid did this shit.
Read the entire interview at Zoiks! Online
PAPA ROACH Frontman 'Having Vocal Issues'; South American Tour Canceled
PAPA ROACH's South American tour, which was scheduled to kick off this week, has been canceled. Guitarist Jerry Horton states: "Jacoby[Shaddix] is having vocal issues, and has been ordered to rest. We will be rescheduling the tour for next year."
A year ago, PAPA ROACH officially dropped off the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival after just one week, with Shaddix needing surgery to remove a nodule on his vocal cord. He stated at the time: "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."
Asked by the Armed Forces Network at the end of last year how his voice was holding up, Shaddix said, "Voice is great. I'm slaying it on the shows so far and I feel really good. I was definitely blessed to go to the right doctor and get my surgery performed by him. It was scary, but I'm good."
The throat problems followed a tough period during which Shaddix split and reconciled with his wife of 15 years and also fell off the wagon.
Cage the Elephant Reveals New Album Title, Talk Difficult Songwriting Process
Middle Class Rut Says “Aunt Betty” Wasn’t Influenced by Jane’s Addiction
Cage the Elephant has revealed the title of their follow-up to 2011's Thank You Happy Birthday. Frontman Matt Shultz tells ConsequenceofSound.com that their third studio album will be titled Melophobia, which he says is “the hatred or fear of music.”
The singer says he chose Melophobia as the title because he felt it reflected how he felt about writing songs for the upcoming release. “The whole process was riddled with adversity and growing pains,” he explains. “I don’t want to make it seem like it wasn’t rewarding, ’cause there were moments of peace and beautiful grace. But there was no part of the process that was easy.”
Shultz adds that the upcoming release was influenced by electronic dance music and 60’s rockers David Bowie and Velvet Underground. “With electronic music, it’s so new and revolutionary that it seems the possibilities are endless,” he notes. “And then on the other end of the spectrum, there’s this purist indie rock and garage…from the ’60s. So what we wanted is to take that playfulness and swagger but have it open-ended like EDM.”
While a release date for Melophobia has yet to be announced, the band is expected to unveil more information about the record in the coming weeks.
In other Cage the Elephant news, the band has signed on to support Muse on a series of dates for their upcoming fall tour. That outing begins on September 3 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. Visit CageTheElephant.com to view the full itinerary.
Source: Abc ePrep
Hear Rise Against’s Cover of "The Ghost of Tom Joad" Featuring Gaslight Anthem, Rage Against the Machine Members
Middle Class Rut may have scored some serious love on the active and alternative charts thanks to “Aunt Betty,” but the track has been drawing comparisons to Jane’s Addiction’s signature sound. Frontman/guitarist Zack Lopez says that he understands that people may make assumptions about the song, however, he declares he wasn’t influenced by anyone while he was writing it.
“We’ll get the Jane’s thing till the end of the day… that’s something that’s just always gonna be around,” he tells ABC News Radio. “They weren’t a direct influence on anything that happened.” Drummer Sean Stockham adds, “It sounded like it was influenced by nothing I’d ever been listening to, at least, nothing I’d ever heard.”
The group is gearing up to hit the road with Jane’s Addiction, Alice in Chains, Coheed and Cambria and Danko Jones with this year’s installment of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, which kicks off Friday at the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. Lopez notes that fans can expect to hear an equal amount of tracks from both of their studio albums at the upcoming gigs, as well as a few surprises.
“Right now, it’s exactly half and half,” he explains. “Fortunately with a song like ‘Aunt Betty,’ people know it so although it’s new it’s still familiar. [But] there’ll probably only be like four songs that no one’s really ever heard before and even some stuff off the EPs before that.”
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Kings of Leon Post Video of Awkward Meeting with Fred Armisen for Unstaged Event
Rise Against’s collection of rare B-sides and covers, Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013, won’t hit stores until September 10, but you can hear a little preview of it now.
The group is offering a preview of a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad," which the band performed in September 2012 with special guests Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello andMC5's Wayne Kramer. The collaborative track is currently streaming atRollingStone.com.
"This whole experience was surreal and serendipitous," Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath tells Rolling Stone about the group’s performance. "We wanted to do something special and we were touring with Brian and Gaslight Anthem so the tricky part was seeing if Wayne Kramer and Tom Morello were available. We [got] to share the stage with Brian Fallon who we love and admire but also not one, but two legends!"
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Halloween Maze Based on Black Sabbath's 13 to Open Next Month
Kings of Leon experience an uncomfortable meeting with former Saturday Night Live starFred Armisen, in a new promotional video for the group’s upcoming episode of the American Express-sponsored concert series Unstaged, which Armisen is directing.
In the humorous four-minute clip, Armisen surprises the band by showing up during one of their rehearsals in Nashville, TN. The comic actor then hosts a meeting with the guys where he asks each of them to play a portion of their current single, “Supersoaker,” individually on their instruments. After hearing each of them play, Armisen gets the band to agree to a contest where each member of the band will compete against one another to determine who is the “best” member of Kings of Leon.
Kings of Leon’s Unstaged performance will be streamed live online on Friday from Shepherd's Bush in London at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT at AmexUnstaged.com.
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Ozzy Says Drummer Bill Ward Is Too Overweight to Tour with Sabbath
A scary new attraction inspired by Black Sabbath's ominous, bone-crunching new album, 13, will make its debut next month as part of the 2013 edition of Universal Studios Hollywood's annual Halloween Horror Nights event. Black Sabbath: 13 3D is a three-dimensional maze that will transport the theme park's visitors to a dreary, apocalyptic world featuring battlefields, insane asylums and graveyards.
"We were all really excited when Universal Studios Hollywood approached us about doing a 3D 'Halloween Horror Nights' maze based on our music," says Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne in a statement. "I can't wait to walk through it on opening night in September."
The Black Sabbath: 13 3D maze will boast a variety of fright-filled creatures and images based on the dark lyrics to the songs from 13 as well as from some of the heavy-metal legends' classic tunes. As Sabbath music blasts throughout the attraction, guests will encounter such chilling sights as Lucifer and his wife, bloody corpses and pools filled with radioactive water.
Halloween Horror Nights 2013 kicks off September 20 at Universal Studios Hollywood, which is located in Universal City, California. The event will feature a variety of other scary attractions, including rides inspired by the AMC television show The Walking Deadand the recent fright film and Evil Dead: Book of the Dead. For more information, visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood.
Source: Abc ePrep
Courtney Love Auditioning for Film, TV Projects
In a recent interview with GuitarInternational.com, founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward lamented that he isn't currently playing with the band, while insisting that reports claiming that he isn't physically able to handle touring with the group aren't true. However, Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne maintains that he doesn't think the 65-year-old beat keeper "could have done the gig."
Speaking last week to the New York Daily News, Osbourne said, "He's incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He's already had two heart attacks. I don't want to be responsible for his life."
Even so, Osbourne told the paper that he'd be happy to have Ward back in the band, saying "the door is always open" for him to return, while admitting that Black Sabbath is "not the same" without him. For his part, Ward told GuitarInternational.com that he'd consider rejoining Sabbath if he can reach an agreement on an acceptable contract. As initially reported, Ward said his decision not to participate in the recording of the group's new album, 13, and the tour in support of it came down to being offered an unfair contract.
Meanwhile, Osbourne said he couldn't be happier about how well 13 turned out and is being received by critics.
With regard to the record debuting at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, he told the newspaper -- with his trademark flair for language -- that he remembered thinking, "What the f*** is this? Who the f*** gets their first number-one album 45 years into their f***ing careers?"
As for his initial reaction to hearing 13, Ozzy noted, "I'm a terrible critic of myself. I rip my own albums apart. But when I heard this finished, I said to my wife, 'I don't know what they did.' It hit me like a sledgehammer."
Black Sabbath's current North American tour leg is mapped out through a September 3 show in Los Angeles.
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Courtney Love has revealed she’s looking to get back into acting. The singer, who scored lead roles in 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flint and 1999’s Man on the Moon, says she’s been going to a number of auditions for both film and TV roles.
“I’m…trying out for a film and an HBO show, and I have a meeting for a Showtime show,” she tells Entertainment Weekly. While she didn’t give away any details about which parts she’s up for, she hints that they aren’t serious dramatic roles. “I’m not Liev Shreiber, and I’m not going to play Macbeth at the Public [Theater], you know?”
Love adds that she’s hard at work on two other projects at the moment: a follow-up to her 2004 debut solo album, America’s Sweetheart, and a memoir about her life. “It’s 250 pages, and we have to turn in [50 more],” she explains. “It needs a big edit, but it’ll be out at Christmas.”
The singer recently told Billboard that she has "eight recorded songs right now" for her upcoming album, tentatively titled Died Blonde, which she hopes to release sometime next year.
Source: Abc ePrep