Former PANTERA Bassist On Writing His Memoir: 'I Gave Everyone The F**king Truth'
Adam Lawton of MediaMikes.com recently conducted an interview with former PANTERA and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
MediaMikes.com: What made now the right time to release this book?
Rex Brown: A friend of mine who runs Bass Player magazine in the U.K. mentioned that he was friends with a guy who writes books and that I should get in to it. At the time it was something I was not interested in at all. I figured I wasn't dead yet, so why write a book now? After thinking about it for awhile, I figured it really did make sense to put this out now and then move on down the line. The thing that happened to Dime [latePANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott] really fucked me up. I mean, he was murdered. This was my best friend who was the best man at my wedding. I lived out of a brown bottle for a long time and doing crazy shit not knowing at the very that that's not the way to go. I got in touch with my author and started talking about how we wanted to do this thing. I read all of the rock and roll books that come out, as it's my passion. That's what I want to be doing. One thing just led to another and he started writing things down and then submitting them to me. He really had to develop my slang when he put it to print, as I don't line up in ques. I wanted to tell my side of the story, my experiences, and my truths of what went on and it is all true. My author also brought me the idea of have friends and family write various passages to help fill in some gaps. I have short term memory but my memory of the past is pretty fucking vivid. There's collaboration and corroborating. It's all true and that's what I wanted the book to be about. My author really wanted me to dig and that's what I did.
MediaMikes.com: What was it difficult looking back on some of these stories and hearing perspectives from other people involved?
Rex Brown: When I first read them, yes. When I got to know a little more about what they were trying to say, no. So it's a yes-and-no-type answer. My sister is in this book a lot, so I called her the other day to tell her that when this thing comes out, it's not a cookbook or a kid's book. I told her she probably wouldn't want to put this out to all her friends. She is 17 years older than me and didn't lead the hippy lifestyle like I have. The book is different than most books, but it's real. As real as it is, it's the truth. That was something I had to explain to my 13-year-old twins. I told them they may get a little flack over this, but not to worry about it, because everything is going to be all right. This is just dad's previous life. What I did then is definitely not what I am doing now. I have come full circle and we all grow and mature.
MediaMikes.com: Being that the book is so truthful, are you worried in any way about the backlash it may receive from fans or those mentioned in the book?
Rex Brown: I don't give a fuck! Go write your own fucking book. This is my truth and my experience. This is the best way I knew how to tell things. I wanted to come honest and clean. I am tight with both Philip[Anselmo, former PANTERA singer] and Rita [Haney, Dimebag's longtime girlfriend], but I don't talk to Vinnie [Paul Abbott, formerPANTERA drummer and Dimebag's brother]. You have to read this book as a whole not just take a chapter here or there. You have to go from the very beginning to the very end. The ending tells its own story and there are some really fun parts to this book. I am proud of this book and I wouldn't have put it out if I wasn't. Of course, somewhere in my mind there is maybe 10% of me that is concerned about some dickhead behind a computer that's going to blast on me. I am certainly not worried about it, though. I was put in the middle of so many situations during the band's career and I never said a word to the press about it. I just did what I had to do to keep things going. It's now time for me to tell me story. There is always the good, the bad and the ugly, and this book is not about ribbing one person more than another. It's about making a band work and making it go through what we went through. That's why the book is called"Official Truth". I could have given you some bullshit book, but I didn't. I gave everyone the fucking truth.
Read the entire interview from MediaMikes.com.
DAVE GROHL Considered Playing NIRVANA Songs With P.J. HARVEY Singing
Although Dave Grohl says he's been reluctant to play any music from NIRVANA live in the past, performing recently at SOUND CITY PLAYERSgigs with former NIRVANA members Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear has made it more of a possibility. According to The Pulse Of Radio, Grohlrevealed to NME that the three of them had discussed doing it — and asking British alternative diva P.J. Harvey to sing. Grohl explained, "Every once in a while we talk about it. For the SOUND CITY gig here in London (last month), we were thinking about musicians that we could invite because Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty couldn't make it. Someone came up with the idea of doing a NIRVANA song with P.J. Harvey."
Grohl added, "Kurt (Cobain) loved her and we love her and we thought, 'Yeah, what would we do?' I said, 'God, what if we were to do 'Milk It'from 'In Utero' with Polly (P.J. Harvey) singing?' We all looked at each other like, 'Whoa, that would be amazing,' and then she couldn't do it."
Grohl reiterated his reluctance to play NIRVANA material, saying, "The thing is, it's sacred ground. If we were ever to do something like that it would have be right because you want to pay tribute. There's a reasonFOO FIGHTERS don't do NIRVANA songs, and it's a good reason."
The SOUND CITY PLAYERS, a collection of musicians that Grohlinterviewed for his documentary "Sound City", played what might have been their last show at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas last week.
The Pulse Of Radio asked Grohl about the possibility of taking thePLAYERS on the road. "You know, so many people have said like, 'Oh, you've got to go on tour' and 'You've got to do more shows' and I swear to God, I would give my left arm to do it," he said. "Logistically, you could imagine, it's like taking 'Hollywood Squares' on the road. It's nuts."
"Sound City: Real To Reel", the soundtrack album companion to the movie, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard album chart on Wednesday (March 20), selling 37,000 copies in its first week of release. The set includes new songs featuring Grohl, Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor,Corey Taylor, Stevie Nicks and others.
SCOTT WEILAND Doesn't Feel Like Playing 'Greatest Hits' Set With STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
In a brand new interview with Cleveland, Ohio's Scene magazine, singer Scott Weiland maintains that he is still a member of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and can't legally be fired from the group, despite his bandmates' claim to the contrary. "I think it was a reaction to the fact that [my current solo] tour had sold out within a week," he says with regard to the rest of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' statement that Weiland was "terminated" from the band. "It was probably not the smartest thing for them to do since I founded the band and there are certain legal terms within the contract which don't make sense as to that decision, or that threat."
Weiland and his solo band THE WILDABOUTS recently kicked off the 20-city trek, dubbed the "Purple At The Core Tour", where they are performing songs from the first two STONE TEMPLE PILOTS albums, 1992's "Core" and 1994's "Purple".
The singer, who is currently working on a new solo album, tells Scene that the last few tours with STP haven't been particularly inspiring.
"My philosophy is that I don't feel like going on the road and playing a greatest-hits set that we've been playing for five years," he says. "We've been doing that and in the midst of doing that, we made an album that took us a year and a half. That's not the way STP makes records. We make records in two weeks. If we're going to do something, we need to get back in the studio with [producer] Brendan O'Brien who has a track record with us and get re-inspired artistically again. We need to do it that way and get out there on the road and get out there with some excitement and not just turn our legacy into what JOURNEY orFOREIGNER is. That's not what we're about. That's not why we got into this. That's not at all what I'm about."
He continues: "More than anything, we've been a great live band. The reason why critics didn't like us because they thought we were one thing that we weren't. They thought we sounded like a Seattle band. We proved those critics wrong over our career and changed from album to album. We didn't sound like THE BEATLES, but we took that blueprint and the idea of being a band. Sure, there are some bands that have one sound and do it really well. But we looked at the idea of THE BEATLES and thought to really do it right, we had to evolve. We had to go into a cocoon every once in a while and come out as a butterfly and not an ugly moth."
ROB ZOMBIE Guitarist JOHN 5 Talks 'Rock Against MS' Benefit Concert, 'Rockstar Energy Mayhem'
Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon, who currently resides in Hollywood, California, conducted an interview with guitarist John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON) this past Monday (March 18) following a press conference at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California to announce the sixth-year lineup for Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can watch the chat below.
John 5's latest full-length solo CD/DVD, "God Told Me To", was released on May 8, 2012 via Rocket Science Ventures. The effort was recorded and produced by John 5, Chris Baseford (ROB ZOMBIE, TOMMY LEE) and Bob Marlette (SEBASTIAN BACH, BLACK SABBATH) in 2011. The cover art for the album was illustrated by none other than Rob Zombie, who also tapped John 5 to score the entirety of his upcoming film, "The Lords Of Salem".
ROB ZOMBIE's new album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", will be released on April 23 on Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Ume. The CD was produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with everyone from BLACK SABBATH and ALICE COOPER to WILSON PHILLIPS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN Drummer: 'We Are Going To Make A New Album At A Certain Point'
During a brand new interview with the Los Angeles radio station KROQ,SYSTEM OF A DOWN's John Dolmayan (drums) and Shavo Odadjian(bass) were asked about the possibility of the band releasing a new studio album in the not-too-distant future.
"We are going to make a new album at a certain point, it's just a matter of when the four of us decide it's the right time to make it," said Dolmayan. "We don't want anyone to go in there and do it because the rest of us want to do it. We all want to do it because it's the right thing to do for everybody. I wouldn't want to go in and make an album that doesn't represent the best that we have to offer. If you force someone in the studio ahead of when they're ready for it, then you're probably going to make something mediocre."
SYSTEM OF A DOWN last released new music in 2005 on the"Mezmerize" and "Hypnotize" albums, going on hiatus the following year.
The band reunited in 2011 for touring purposes and will spend the summer on a European festival circuit, while performing only one North American show in 2013 at California's famed Hollywood Bowl.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian told Loudwire that the band's recent tours have been a "blast," adding, "I think we've played better because of it. There was new excitement in playing together and all of the shows have been really great. Everyone's told us that we sound better than we did in 2006 when we left off, so I think it's great."
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ALICE IN CHAINS: 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here' Cover Artwork, Release Date Revealed
ALICE IN CHAINS has set a May 14 release date for its new album, which is officially titled "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here". The group's fifth studio effort is its second with William DuVall on vocals and follows up 2009's"Black Gives Way To Blue", the group's first all-new collection of material in 14 years and first since the 2002 death of original singer Layne Staley.
Songtiltes set to appear on the CD:
* Low Ceiling
* The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
* Lab Monkey
* Hung On A Hook
* Pretty Done
* Breath On A Window
* Phantom Limb
The album's cover artwork can be seen below.
"We made a unique record that's completely different from anything we ever did," ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell tells RollingStone.com. "It encapsulates a period of time, like all records do. You see growth and that the band is moving ahead in new territory that we haven't been to before, but we haven't lost our identity."
He added: "There's some real filth in there. That's intentional, and that's also just how we sound together. We're trying to make a record that we dig and we're trying to keep the bar high for ourselves and see if we can get past it, and I think that we did again. And of course you want people to dig it too and to respond to it, and to have that start happening is satisfying."
ALICE IN CHAINS released a first single called "Hollow" earlier this year from the new disc, along with an accompanying video.
"The initial response to 'Hollow' has been fucking incredible, totally not what we intended, and that's fucking awesome," Cantrell tellsRollingStone.com. "We just put that song out there for the fans and then it ended up turning into a number one single, a six-minute sludgy metal tune. That's always fun, to see something like that happen."
ALICE IN CHAINS began working on new material in 2011, but the sessions for the album were delayed when Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.
The band has announced a spring trek that starts on April 25 in Miami Beach and will include headlining slots at the Rocklahoma, Carolina Rebellion, Welcome To Rockville and Rock On The Range festivals.
Dave Grohl Wanted PJ Harvey to Sing Nirvana Tracks with Sound City Players
Dave Grohl isn’t a big fan of covering Nirvana during his Sound City Players shows, but he says that he did try to arrange for English singer/songwriter PJ Harvey to sing a few Nirvana cuts at the band’s recent concert in London.
"Someone came up with the idea of doing a Nirvana song with PJ Harvey,” he tells NME. “[Late Nirvana frontman] Kurt [Cobain] loved her and we love her and...I said: 'God, what if we were to do 'Milk It' from 'In Utero' with Polly singing?' We all looked at each other like, 'Woah, that would be amazing…' and then she couldn't do it!"
Grohl adds that he deems his work with Nirvana as “sacred ground” and that fans who attend upcoming shows with Sound City Players or Foo Fighters shouldn’t expect to hear any covers of Nirvana tracks. “If we were ever to do something like that it would have to be right because you want to pay tribute,” he explains. “There's a reason Foo Fighters don't do Nirvana songs, and it's a good reason."
Incubus’ Mike Einziger Working with Pearl Jam on Upcoming Album
Mike Einziger is keeping busy while Incubus in on hiatus. The guitarist has revealed that he’s working with Pearl Jam on their forthcoming album.
On Tuesday night, Einziger tweeted a picture of himself standing next to PJ frontmanEddie Vedder, with the caption, “In the studio with my girl and Eddie Vedder, recording strings for Pearl Jam's new album."
But that isn’t the only project that Einziger has on his plate at the moment. The guitarist also recently tweeted that he’s helping out Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer with the score for the upcoming movie The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer.
While Pearl Jam's new album has yet to get a release date, you’ll be able to check outThe Lone Ranger in theaters on July 3.
Courtney Love Featured on New Fall Out Boy Album
Courtney Love took some time out from working on her new solo material to collaborate with Fall Out Boy on their upcoming album, Save Rock and Roll.
On Thursday morning, Fall Out Boy tweeted out a link to video on YouTube, along with the message “It's @Courtney, bitch #SaveRockAndRoll.” The five-second clip features a song snippet with Love saying, “It’s Courtney bitch,” against a fast-paced montage of a variety of photos of Love by herself, with her band Hole, and a few pics of the singer with her husband, late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
You’ll be able to check out Love’s collaboration with Fall Out Boy when Save Rock and Rollarrives in stores on April 16.
Alter Bridge to Drop Career-Spanning Box Set in May
Alter Bridge is getting ready to release a new box set. The band has just launched a new website, AlterBridgeBoxSet.com, which features a clock counting down to to set’s May 14 release date.
While the details of the upcoming package haven’t been yet released, a 19-second video teaser hints that it will include the band’s three studio albums -- 2004’s One Day Remains, 2007’s Blackbird and 2010’s AB III -- as well as their Live at Wembley CD/DVD. The teaser flashes the street dates for all four releases along with the phrase, “What’s in the box?”
Alter Bridge is currently in the studio working on their fourth studio album, which is expected to be released later this year.
Rob Zombie Posts Lyric Video for New Single, “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”
Rob Zombie has posted a lyric video for “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown,” the first single from his upcoming fifth solo album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. In the three-minute clip, the song's lyrics flash across the screen while a pair of rats scurry back and forth along the bottom of it. Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor will feature 11 new tracks and a cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band.” It will hit all the usual outlets on April 23. Here’s the track list:
“Teenage Nosferatu P***y”
“Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”
“Theme for the Rat Vendor”
“Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga”
“Rock and Roll (In a Black Hole)”
“Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures”
“White Trash Freaks”
“We're an American Band” (Grand Funk Railroad cover)
“The Girl Who Loved the Monsters”
“Trade In Your Guns for a Coffin”