SERJ TANKIAN On New SYSTEM OF A DOWN Album: 'It's Not Something I Can Do Right Now'
SYSTEM OF A DOWNsingerSerj Tankian spoke to ARTISTdirect about the band's current status, including its continued lack of new music.
"Of course, we have a lot of fans and people interested in getting a record sooner rather than later," Serj said. "Things take time though. Everyone has a life and has to have the right frame of mind to make a record at the same time… I've been touring with SYSTEM, The FCC, and orchestras around the world. I haven't stopped. There hasn't been much time off. I want to make sure I have time for myself and my family."
He continued: "Only the four of us can decide what SYSTEM means. I know the fans agree that's what SYSTEM is, and that's amazing.
"I can't write a forced record. It's like romancing someone at a time you don't want to be romantic. It's not even a choice. We've enjoyed touring a lot. All of the tours have been well received. We play really tightly — probably better than we ever have. It's been cool.
"A new record requires three years. It's not something I can do right now. When I can commit to a three-year album cycle, I'll be down to do it.
'You can't take orders. We're not making pizza. [laughs] You can't do it on anyone else's timeframe.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian last month posted a series of statements at his Facebook page in which he directly blamed Tankianfor the band's lack of new material, saying that the vocalist was holding the group back. Odadjian wrote in a post riddled with spelling errors, "I'll come clean.. It's not us, meaning Daron [Malakian, guitar], John[Dolmayan, drums] or Shavo!! It's Serj, who doesn't want to do a new album . . . now he might hate me for exposing the truth but I had too. Sorry folks!!! We're trying to get a new album out, it's just not passingSerj's RULES!"
Odadjian hinted that he would be happy to work with a new singer, saying, "I'm ready to release (a new album) with someone who wants to be the singer of SYSTEM, not someone we have to beg to be a part ofSYSTEM!! So with that in mind, what do you guys (think we) should do? Just remember, he's been holding us back for 7 years so far — wanna wait another five years? Or shall we release a record without Serj?"
Odadjian added, "No diss to Serj . . . If he wants to be in the band, then he's welcome, but if he's not? What do you expect us 3 to do??"
Odadjian told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he could never envision SYSTEM OF A DOWN going away permanently. "We're brothers, man, we'll take bullets for each other," he said. "So it's like, you kind of miss each other after a while and you, one guy makes the first move, then another starts making phone calls....this is a juggernaut, man. SYSTEM OF A DOWN is my lifeline. It'll never go away. We could not make a record for 10 years — that's not gonna happen, but I'm just saying we could — and we'll come back strong."
SYSTEM OF A DOWN released a statement shortly after Odadjian made his remarks, saying, "Earlier today, Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of SYSTEM OF A DOWN as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone."
The statement added that the full lineup of SYSTEM will be performing its upcoming live dates, which will take place mostly in Europe but include a July 29 gig at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
As for a new album, the statement from the band said, "Although we have not agreed on a timetable for a new album, we all believe that having the four of us do it together is the way to be true to the band and our fans."
Tankian has been the busiest of all four SYSTEM members since the band went on indefinite hiatus in 2006, releasing three solo studio albums and one live set, with a jazz disc and a symphony on the way this summer.
Dolmayan and Malakian started the on-again, off-again SCARS ON BROADWAY, while Odadjian collaborated in a project called ACHOZEN.
NINE INCH NAILS To Release 'Came Back Haunted' Single
NINE INCH NAILS will release a new single this Thursday (June 6) to radio at 11:30 a.m. PDT.
The new song, titled "Came Back Haunted", "harkens back to early NINE INCH NAILS," says Lisa Worden, Music Director for Los Angeles alternative station KROQ.
"I think it's in line with the first two albums," Worden continues. "It's got a great beat, it's not the experimental material [NINE INCH NAILSmainman] Trent's [Reznor] done in the last five years." Worden indicated the song didn't strike her as angry. Rather the beat is what made an impression. "I wouldn't say that it's dance-y, but it does have a great beat, a groove. Trent really brought it with this song. It's going to sound amazing to new fans and old. It's just cool."
Six years after his NINE INCH NAILS contract with Interscope Recordsexpired and he became an independent artist, Reznor has signed a new deal for NINE INCH NAILS with Columbia Records, marking NIN's return to the major label industry. Reznor's other act, HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS, made a deal with Columbia last year, so extending the partnership to NINE INCH NAILS doesn't seem like much of a stretch. A new NINE INCH NAILS album will arrive later this year.
Reznor said, "For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop withAtticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length NINE INCH NAILSrecord, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great. This is the real impetus and motivation behind the decision to assemble a new band and tour again. My forays into film, HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS and other projects really stimulated me creatively and I decided to focus that energy on taking NINE INCH NAILS to a new place."
Reznor officially resurrected NINE INCH NAILS a few months ago after a four-year break for an extended tour that will kick off this summer.
The band is performing at a number of festivals, including Lollapalooza,Outside Lands, Leeds, Reading, Made In America and the Voodoo Festival.
The new band lineup will debut on July 26 at the Fuji Rock festival in Japan. The show will mark NINE INCH NAILS' first live performance in nearly four years.
Reznor officially put NINE INCH NAILS on hiatus after the final shows by the last version of the group in September 2009.
Since then, Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross have scored two films, including "The Social Network", for which they won a Golden Globe and an Academy Award in 2010.
Along with Reznor's wife, singer Mariqueen Maandig, Reznor and Rossalso launched HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS, whose debut disc, "Welcome Oblivion", came out in March.
DAVE MUSTAINE: Some People Want Me To Keep Recording 'Black Friday' For The Rest Of My Life
MusicRadar.com recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On lineup changes in MEGADETH:
Mustaine: "It would be predictable to say this is the best line up. If you go down the list, it was great to play with James Lomenzo and James MacDonough to remember how good I had it and to see different playing styles.
"They were both really good players but Dave [Ellefson] is the right bass player for MEGADETH. Shawn [Drover, drums] has been in MEGADETHlonger than Nick Menza was and I think on this new record he's played better than he ever has in his life.
"It sounds like he's a certain metal drummer with a lot of Dave from theFOO FIGHTERS. He was pretty flattered. I didn't want to say, 'Hey, you sound like Dave Grohl' and he be like, ‘I hate alternative!' You never know with drummers, they're unpredictable creatures.
"Then you've got Chris Broderick. We had other guitar player come in after Chris Poland and there always was resistance in that shotgun position. They had to play other people's guitar solos and a lot of the time they would complain and want to improvise it. There is no improvising inMEGADETH. These fans love these guitar parts.
“What would you think if someone went up to do 'Comfortably Numb'and did 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'? I remember when Ozzy had come out after Randy Rhoads died. A couple of guys filled in for him and they were good players but they wouldn't play Randy's solos and I thought, 'Shame on you, guys. You can do these solos, respect his legend by learning his stuff.' Chris plays all the solos note for note."
On MEGADETH's new album, "Super Collider":
Mustaine: "We have a two-album thing that we do with people. We try to keep things fresh. Sometimes when you have an artistic relationship, it can be chemical in nature and it can become predictable and lose its artistic merit.
"Some people don't want music, they want me to record 'Black Friday' 12 times on a record for the rest of my life. I get it, that's a ferocious song, but there's some great stuff on ['Super Collider'], like 'Built For War'. I love that. I don't know how I’m going to sing it live, but I love it!"
On writing process for "Super Collider":
Mustaine: "When I write, I'll try to figure out how to capture it. Sometimes it'll be my phone or a recording device. I'll transfer it to somewhere until I can sit back and listen to it again.
"Part of the first process is locating everything. I'll be laying in bed and call my voicemail and I'll go, 'na na na, na na na, na na,' with my hand over the phone so I don't wake my wife up. Several times she'd wake up and say, 'Who are you calling?!' So locating the riffs is first and then playing them and translating them to guitar. Then it's piecing it together. It's pretty fun.
"Lyrics are usually the last thing that gets done. I'm a stickler for lyrics. I don't want to sound arrogant, but guitar is fun for me, so it comes natural. The lyric part is where I challenge myself because there's a lot of people that respect how I write."
Read the entire interview from MusicRadar.com.
JANE'S ADDICTION Guitarist Paints Mother's Portrait With Own Blood
According to The Pulse Of Radio, JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro recently participated in an art ritual in the California desert.Navarro took part in a bloodletting ceremony, with his blood used to paint a portrait of his late mother, Constance Navarro. Dave was bled through a cut on his forehead, with the blood collected in a wine glass to use in the painting. Navarro is no stranger to bizarre practices: he has undergone flesh hook suspension through his back, which he still practices, and also recently went through some scarification.
Constance Navarro was murdered by boyfriend John Riccardi in March 1983. Dave was only 15 years old at the time of his mother's death.Riccardi was arrested in 1991, thanks to a viewer tip after Navarroappeared on the television series "America's Most Wanted".
JANE'S ADDICTION will release a concert document called "Live In NYC"on June 25. The set will be issued on DVD/CD, Blu-ray and double LP vinyl, as well as standalone DVD and CD. The show was filmed and recorded at New York City's Terminal 5 on July 25, 2011, while the band was touring in support of its first studio album in eight years, "The Great Escape Artist".
The group and ALICE IN CHAINS will co-headline the fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, which kicks off on August 9 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Photos below courtesy of the Instagram profile of The Spread Groupand the Tumblr page of Samppa Von Cyborg.
KORN's FIELDY And HEAD Talk About Rocking Out For Fans And For 'The Lord'
KORN bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu and guitarist Brian "Head" Welch were interviewed by the St. Louis Christian radio station The Rockabout the good and bad things about being in and out of the "Christian bubble."
Fieldy's 2009 memoir, "Got The Life: My Journey Of Addiction, Faith, Recovery And Korn", details his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction during KORN's early years and how he became a born-again Christian to help get his life together and get sober.
Welch abruptly quit KORN in early 2005 and announced that he had been saved by Jesus Christ. His announcement in front of 10,000 people in Bakersfield, California set off a media frenzy, as people from around the world sought to understand what led this rock star into the "light."
KORN played its first full concert since 2005 with Welch in the lineup on May 15 in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, where the group kicked off a string of spring North American dates. Welch joined the group onstage for one song last year at the Carolina Rebellionfestival, sparking rumors that more shows together and even a full reunion were in the pipeline. The band has also just finished recording its first studio set with Welch since 2003's "Take A Look In The Mirror".
ALICE IN CHAINS' 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here' Lands At No. 2 On BILLBOARD Chart
ALICE IN CHAINS' fifth studio album, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here", sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc follows up 2009's"Black Gives Way To Blue", which was the group's first all-new collection of material in 14 years. That CD opened with 126,000 units back in October 2009 to debut at No. 5.
ALICE IN CHAINS was last in the Top Two with its self-titled 1995 set, which debuted at No. 1 on that year's November 25 chart, according toBillboard.com. It would be their final studio release with singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002.
Although "Black Gives Way To Blue" was a huge comeback success for the band, guitarist/singer Jerry Cantrell told The Pulse Of Radio that they wiped the slate clean when it was time to make something new. "You should start from a zero every time, and we started from a zero with this record just like we've done with every record we've made," he said. "You've got a blank canvas, and you and your band are in the room and there's the canvas and there's no other pictures of the old albums hanging up. You know, those are put away in a closet somewhere, so you're not thinking about them or drawing from them or trying to repeat them or whatever. It's impossible to do that. That is what it was, now what do we do?"
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" is ALICE IN CHAINS' second album withWilliam DuVall on vocals.
DuVall began touring with the group in 2006, four years after the death ofLayne Staley from a drug overdose.
ALICE IN CHAINS began working on the new disc in 2011, but the sessions for the album were delayed when Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" features the singles "Stone" and the chart-topping "Hollow".
ALICE IN CHAINS heads to Europe this month and Canada in July before co-headlining the fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival with JANE'S ADDICTION, kicking off on August 9 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Queens of the Stone Age to Rock Live at Letterman Webcast on Wednesday
Queens of the Stone Age will be the next band to take part in the exclusive CBS Interactive webcast series Live on Letterman. The band’s performance will stream live on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.com and VEVO.com.
During their set at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, the group is expected to play some tunes from their newly-released album …Like Clockwork, as well as a selection of their classic songs. Following the live event, the concert will be available for viewing on demand at the official Live on Letterman website. Previous artists who have performed on the Live on Letterman series include Soundgarden, Depeche Mode, My Morning Jacket and Coldplay.
QOTSA will also be the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman for two nights in a row on June 5 and 6. The program airs on CBS at 11:35 p.m. ET/10:35 p.m. CT.
Jack White Donates $142,000 to Save Detroit's Masonic Temple; Gets Venue Named After Him
Jack White has been revealed to be the anonymous donor who paid the $142,000 in taxes to save Detroit's Masonic Temple from foreclosure, the Detroit Free Press is reporting. In honor of his generosity, the Temple's Cathedral Theater will now be renamed the Jack White Theater.
"Jack's donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it," says Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran. "Jack's magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words."
White, a native of Detroit, has a long history with the 1,586-seat theater: he performed at venue several times and his mother had previously worked there as a usher.
Filter’s Richard Patrick Says The Sun Comes Out Tonight Was Inspired by Past Drug Use
Filter released their sixth studio album on Tuesday, The Sun Comes Out Tonight. Frontman Richard Patrick says that the unique title was inspired by his former drug use.
“In my lifetime, the sun definitely came out at night,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I’m a recovering drug addict and a recovering alcoholic, but when I was taking drugs, there were a few nights where my blood turned into golden, beautiful sunshine. It was all chemical-based, and I knew it was a lie, but it was completely overwhelming, and it was like the sun had come out at night.”
Patrick adds that the newly released album deals with some heavy themes, which mirror issues that he’s dealing with in his personal life. “Right now I’m in a dark place,” he explains. “I personally have been going through some really intense stuff and it’s easy to just sit there and write about betrayal and no one listening, you know, so there’s a lot of that on the record.”
Filter is currently out on tour promoting The Sun Comes Out Tonight.
Items Signed by Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers & Others Available in Grammy Charity Auction
Some goodies autographed by Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, My Morning Jacketand other artists are up for grabs in an online auction benefiting the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares.
The Get Ready to Rock auction includes framed magazines signed by Linkin Park and Red Hot Chili Peppers; guitars signed by My Morning Jacket, fun. and Soundgarden; and autographed vinyl copies of Jack White’s Blunderbuss and The Lumineers’ self-titled album.
Also up on the block are VIP packages, where the lucky bidder gets a pair of tickets and meet-and-greet experiences at concerts for 311, Fall Out Boy and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Bidding runs through June 10 on eBay.com/Grammy.
Black Sabbath to Perform on Late Night with Jimmy FallonThis Monday
Black Sabbath will be on hand to rock NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, the evening before the heavy-metal legends unleash 13, their first full studio album to feature original singer Ozzy Osbourne in 34 years. No word yet on what the band will perform on the show. Late Night airs at 12:35 a.m. ET/11:35 p.m. CT.
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath has revealed that the official video for 13's lead single, "God Is Dead?," will premiere June 17 on the group's official Facebook page. As previously reported, fans can listen to 13 in its entirety at iTunes until the album's June 11 release.