BUCKCHERRY Frontman: 'You've Just Got To Be The Real Deal In Whatever You're Doing'
BUCKCHERRY vocalist Josh Todd recently spoke to Music Radar about what it takes to be the "perfect" frontman.
"I think you've just got to be the real deal in whatever you're doing," he said. "I've got to believe it. The frontmen that I like are guys that had enough of an edge to them so guys would like them and they had enough flair so girls would like them. That, to me, is the perfect package for a frontman."
He continued: "I love Jim Morrison [of THE DOORS], and I also think Prince is amazing, and Stevie Wonder. I think Jim was really great with managing the mystery. He was great at pulling people in and then exploding on stage. He was the master of that. From what I've read about him, he would read books on crowd control. If you watch him perform he could be very subtle and then he'd just erupt. I like that. He was cool and sexual at times, but very masculine. He was just a great frontman and he wrote amazing lyrics.
"When I got more into rock music I was really into [late AC/DCsinger]Bon Scott. Bon had a very distinctive voice. He had a voice when you heard it you knew it was Bon Scott. Nobody could sing like him. He had a lot of soul too. He was a pretty humble guy and he didn't give a shit about flash or flair, he just came out in ripped up jeans and laid it down. I love [current AC/DC singer] Brian Johnson, too. We got to do five shows with them [in 2000] and it was our rock 'n' roll dreams come true for all of us. It was amazing. We got to hang out with all those guys in one room, and they were the most humble, nicest people. It pays off when you meet your heroes and they're super cool."
LZZY HALE Talks About Dueting With DAVID DRAIMAN On DEVICE's LITA FORD Cover
HALESTORMsingerLzzy Hale is one of many guests appearing on the self-titled debut album from DEVICE, the new industrial rock act led byDISTURBED frontman David Draiman. Hale, who duets with Draiman on a cover of the Ozzy Osbourne/Lita Fordsong"Close My Eyes Forever", told Artisan News (see video report below): "David Draiman has been such an amazing mentor over the years. I've always felt like a little sister in heavy metal to him. And we had talked about doing that song for years, and we just never had any time to do it. And so I kind of thought that he had forgotten all about it. And then I got a call one day and he was, like, 'I know you're on tour, but can we make this happen?' So I literally flew to New York and got into this tiny, little studio and we did it."
She added: "[David is] an amazing man. Talk about a hard-working band. DISTURBED has been around for so long and really got us into new metal."
Draiman previously stated about his collaboration with Hale on "Close My Eyes Forever": "For years I'd wanted to re-do 'Close My Eyes Forever' by Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne. I always thought it was a fantastic idea and needed the right combination of elements and events and needed to have the right woman to play the role of Lita in this song, and Lzzy Hale, in my opinion, is the strongest, most distinctive voice, female voice in rock today. I think that she's just as good as it gets."
In addition to Hale, the lineup of guests on the DEVICE disc includesAVENGED SEVENFOLD singer M. Shadows, SYSTEM OF A DOWNvocalist Serj Tankian, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello, BLACK SABBATH bassist Geezer Butler and ex-DEEP PURPLE bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes.
The set is due out on April 9, with a first single called "Vilify" arrived at radio stations last month.
Lenardo will not be part of the DEVICE touring band due to previous commitments.
Other members of the live lineup include EVANESCENCE drummer Will Hunt and DOPE guitarist Virus.
In a recent video interview with Artisan News Service, Draiman spoke about how DEVICE came together. "I was first approached by Geno Lenardo, who was working on a number of tracks for the 'Underworld'soundtrack for the last 'Underworld' film that came out… and he asked me if I would be interested in being a part of one of the tracks and I asked him to send me the music that he had in mind and I was able to make a really compelling and powerful song," he said. "[I] found that working with him as a songwriting partner was very easy and fluid. He's a very strong songwriter in his own right."
Dave Grohl’s Sound City Players to Perform Exclusive Concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Dave Grohl has scheduled another performance for his Sound City Players, a band comprised of some of the artists who appear in his recently-released Sound Citydocumentary. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! announced that the band will be playing an exclusive concert for the talk show on March 5 on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Accompanying Grohl for the concert will be all the members of the Foo Fighters, formerNirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Queens of the Stone Age multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, Fear frontman Lee Ving, John Fogerty,Rick Springfield, The Wallflowers keyboardist Rami Jaffee, and violinist Jessy Greene.
Over 10,000 people are expected to attend the concert. Free tickets for the show are available now at 1iota.com.
Green Day’s Mike Dirnt on Singer Armstrong’s Vegas Meltdown: “I Know That's Not Billie”
Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt has opened up about frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's meltdown at a Las Vegas music festival last September, which prompted Armstrong to enter rehab for substance abuse treatment. Dirnt says that while he agreed with what Armstrong said during the outburst, he knew that the singer wasn’t in a healthy state of mind.
“I know that's not Billie,” he tells Rolling Stone. “But I was watching my friend and going, ‘You're out of your f**king mind.’ And we were dealing with a s**tshow.”
The bassist notes that while the band had turned a “blind eye” to Armstrong’s substance abuse, after the incident, Dirnt confronted the singer about his behavior. “For me, it started off as concern for my friend,” he reveals. “Then it turned to anger. Sometimes you have a friend or loved one that needs you to shake them. They don't see a path out.”
Green Day will perform a set at the South by Southwest festival on March 15 before kicking off their rescheduled North American tour, which was postponed after Armstrong entered rehab, on March 28 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Now that Armstrong is clean and sober, Dirnt adds that the band will be making some changes as to what will be offered up backstage at each stop on the tour.
“The backstage doesn't need to be a bar…and that's OK with me,” he explains. “My thing is, good, bad or ugly, I gotta support my boy. I'm gonna back him up, and then I'm going to take it the next step further with him. And we're gonna do it offstage, too.”
Members of Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses & Screaming Trees to Form New Band
Ex-Screaming Trees/Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin has revealed that he’s part of a new band which includes Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan. Martin says that the idea to form a new group surfaced after he collaborated with McCready on tracks for the 2012 self-titled debut album of his side project with McKagan, Walking Papers.
“I had a whole bunch of song ideas and Mike had a whole bunch of song ideas and Duff had a whole bunch of song ideas that were not making it into Walking Papers,” he tellsBillboard. “We decided that we would go into the studio and record them.”
McCready adds that he’s still working on new material for the group’s debut album, as well as actively recruiting a number of singers to appear on the release. “We wrote some new stuff and we took some of those old Mad Season demos from that [unreleased] second Disinformation record, so we are trying to find something to do with those," he explains. "We're talking to Jaz [Coleman] from Killing Joke and I've been trying to find some singers to work on some of that stuff."
A release date for the band’s debut album has yet to be announced.
Stone Sour Gives Fans a Taste of Animated "Do Me a Favor" Video
Stone Sour wants to remind us that they’ve got a new video headed our way. The band recently posted an online trailer for “Do Me a Favor,” the first single from the upcoming, second installment of their House of Gold & Bones concept album. The 45-second animated clip features a few quick scenes of a cloaked figure that appears to be running from a group of zombies.
Frontman Corey Taylor recently told ABC News Radio that the upcoming video will include some unique special effects and will be “very much like a mini-movie.” While a firm release date for the video has yet to be announced, it's expected to be released in the coming weeks. House of Gold & Bones Part 2 is set to arrive in stores on April 9. You’ll be able to get your hands on the first issue of a comic book mini-series based on the double album starting April 17.
Members of Motörhead, Filter, Chickenfoot Among Stars Set to Perform at Upcoming L.A. Benefit Concert
A bevy of hard-rocking musicians will team up to play at a benefit concert for ailing music publicist Nancy Sayle that's scheduled to take place March 27 at the famous Whisky a Go Go club in Los Angeles. Blabbermouth.net reports that the Rock Against MS show will feature Motörheadfrontman Lemmy Kilmister, Filter bassist Phil Buckman, Chickenfoot touring drummerKenny Aronoff, founding Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, former Ramonesdrummer Marky Ramone, Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, and drummer Ginger Fish and guitarist John 5 from Rob Zombie's band. Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens helped spearhead the event after Sayle informed him that she had been diagnosed with a pituitary gland tumor and was in need of financial help to pay her medical bills. The music industry veteran also has been battling multiple sclerosis since 2009.
According to the Whisky a Go Go's official Facebook page, a guitar signed by all the performers will be raffled off at the concert. Tickets are priced from $35 to $150 and are available for purchase now at TicketFly.com.