Rock News: October 11th, 2013
METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Is 'Proud' Of 'Lulu', Says Album 'Will Age Well'
In a brand new interview with U.K.'s Kerrang! magazine, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that he still stands proudly behind "Lulu", the band's controversial collaborative album with former THE VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman Lou Reed.
"Somehow I heard 'The View' about a month ago in my car; I don't know if one of my kids was playing it, or how it came on, but I thought it sounded fucking insane. It sounded really, really strong," he said. "I couldn't quite figure out what all the fuss was about. I don't know what people expected a collaboration between METALLICA and Lou Reed to sound like, but I'm proud of it. I'm sure that record will age well within the catalogue and within the history."
Lars cited U.S. talk show host "Howard Stern" as a particularly high-profile example of someone who mocked "Lulu" on release, but later ate his words.
"[He was] one of the many cynics that came around three months later and spent days on the broadcast apologizing, and so there's a whole group of people who keep coming back and saying, 'I was wrong about 'Lulu'!'" Lars said. "It's like, 'Listen, no worries; it's fine, you can think what you want.' We're happy and proud, and Lou Reed is obviously a legend. Who wouldn't want to work with him? If Lou Reed called you up and said, 'Listen, I love your writing for Kerrang! Do you want to do a project together where we could write some poetry?', are you telling me you're going to say 'no?'"
Speaking to The Verge last month, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett was asked if fan reactions ever factor in when METALLICA is deciding what to do next. Kirk said: "No, because we're doing it for ourselves, man. 'Lulu' is a really good example. I think that 'Lulu' is some of the best stuff we've done. I mean, the song 'Junior Dad' moves me to tears, and working with Lou Reed was such a cool, unique, and special thing for us. Maybe it's not for everyone. Maybe it's a challenge for our fans, but for us — Lars, James [Hetfield, guitar/vocals], Rob [Trujillo, bass], and myself — we loved doing it and it was such a great experience. We look back at it very positively."
In an interview with SPIN magazine, Ulrich was asked if he was surprised by the overwhelmingly negative reaction to "Lulu". "It was more spiteful than anyone was prepared for," Lars replied. "Especially against Lou. He is such a sweet man. But when METALLICA do impulsive riffing and Lou Reed is reciting abstract poetry about German bohemians from 150 years ago, it can be difficult to embrace."
Lars also said that he never had second thoughts when sweet Lou came in with lyrics like "I swallow your sharpest cutter / Like a colored man's dick". "I understand that to some 13-year-old in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, it can all seem a little cringe-worthy, but to someone raised in an art community in Copenhagen in the late '60s, that was expected," he said.
Ulrich told Brazil's Wikimetal in September 2011 that he felt good about recording "Lulu", which came out to poor sales and disastrous reviews in November 2011. Ulrich said, "It's definitely very unique, and whether it's unique in a good way or unique in a not-so-good way, I have no idea yet. The people whose opinions I trust say it's very good. It feels very good; it's a lot of fun to do. But whether it's making a new sound, or paving a new way, I have no idea."
"Lulu" polarized fans around the world and earned METALLICA some of the most scathing reviews of its career. The effort features the former THE VELVET UNDERGROUND frontman's spoken-word poetry and lyrics combined with METALLICA's musical assault for a jarring experience that doesn't sound like anything METALLICA has ever attempted before. A concept album based on two early 20th century plays by German author Frank Wedekind, the CD was co-produced by Reed, METALLICA, Hal Willner — who has produced albums for Reed, Marianne Faithfull, and Laurie Anderson, among others — and Greg Fidelman. Fidelman also mixed the record.
The collaboration between METALLICA and Reed was sparked by their performance together of Reed's "Sweet Jane" and "White Light/White Heat" at the 25th anniversary of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009.
The songs were all written by Reed with extensive arrangement contributions by METALLICA.
Only two songs on the album are under five minutes in length, while two are more than 11 minutes long and the closing cut, "Junior Dad", clocks in at 19 minutes.
Green Day’s Mike Dirnt, Jason Newsted Join List of Bass Player Live! Concert & Awards Show Presenters & Performers
New Albums by Panic! at the Disco, Korn, Alter Bridge Expected to Score Top-10 Spots on Billboard 200
Green Day’s Mike Dirnt and former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted are among the artists who've been added to the list of performers and presenters for the 2013 edition of the Bass Player Live! Concert & Awards Show, which will be held November 9 at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Dirnt will be a presenter at the upcoming musical extravaganza, while Newsted will be performing withBlack Sabbath's Geezer Butler, who is set to receive a special honor at the event. “Terry ‘Geezer’ Butler is my number one influence and greatest teacher of electric bass in Heavy Metal Music,” says Newsted in a statement. “All true metal bassists look up to Geezer as a pioneer and Godfather of our chosen instrument. The best, ever.”
Among the other respected musicians who will hit the stage with Geezer include Slipknot/Stone Sourfrontman Corey Taylor. Megadeth's David Ellefson, Anthrax's Frank Bello and Slayer's Kerry King.
The concert and awards show is held in conjunction with the annual Bass Player Live! conference, a two-day gathering of musicians, equipment manufacturers and fans that takes place November 9 and 10 at S.I.R. Studios in Hollywood. Among the activities offered at the event are bass clinics, book signings and gear exhibitions.
Visit BassPlayer.com/Live to check out the event's entire activity schedule.
Source: Abc ePrep
Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age Announce 2014 Co-Headlining Tour of Australia, New Zealand
Panic! at the Disco, Korn and Alter Bridge are all expected to make big debuts on the Billboard 200 album chart next week.
According to the industry website Hits Daily Double, Panic! at the Disco’s fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, is headed for the #2 spot on the tally, with projected sales putting it somewhere around 90,000 to 100,000 copies. If the predictions are true, the album’s first-week sales will best the debut of Panic's previous release, 2011’s Vices & Virtues, which debuted at #7 on the chart and sold 56,000 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Korn’s The Paradigm Shift is looking to snag the #5 spot on Billboard 200, with projections putting its sales somewhere around 40,000 to 45,000 copies. The Paradigm Shift is the band’s first release to feature co-founding guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003’s Take a Look in the Mirror.
Alter Bridge’s Fortress will likely grab the #6 spot on the list, with projected sales putting it around 30,000 to 35,000 copies. If the predictions are true, Fortress will mark Alter Bridge’s second-highest debut on the tally since their first album, 2004's One Day Remains, which took the #5 slot on the chart its first week out.
Other bands expected to claim top spots on the Billboard 200 include Cage the Elephant and Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington. Cage the Elephant’s Melophobia will likely come in at #9 with 17,000 to 20,000 copies sold, while Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington’s debut EP, High Rise, is looking to secure the #11 slot, selling 13,000 to 15,000 copies.
The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released on Wednesday.
Source: Abc ePrep
Nine Inch Nails has teamed up with Queens of the Stone Age for a co-headlining tour in 2014 Down Under.
The bands have just scheduled a string of eight dates in Australia and New Zealand, which kick off on March 6 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. If you’re wondering who’ll take the stage first, it will be left up to chance: the groups say they’ll flip a coin each night to decide which of them will get to perform first.
Pre-sale tickets for the upcoming shows will go on sale on Wednesday at 2 p.m. local venue time. Remaining tickets will be available on October 24. Visit Tour.NIN.com or QOTSA.com for the full itinerary.
Source: Abc ePrep
Tags : Topics : Entertainment_CultureSocial : Entertainment_CultureLocations : California, Cape Girardeau, Copenhagen, Hollywood, MissouriPeople : Chester Bennington, Corey Taylor, David Ellefson, Frank Bello, Frank Wedekind, Geezer Butler, Greg Fidelman, Hal Willner, Jason Newsted, Kerry King, Kirk Hammett, LARS ULRICH, Laurie Anderson, Live, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Mike Dirnt