KISS, NIRVANA, DEEP PURPLE Nominated For ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Induction
KISS, DEEP PURPLE, YES, and NIRVANA are among the nominees for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014.
For the second time in as many as years, a fan vote will be conducted and counted among the 600 ballots to be cast by members of the Rock Hall.
Fans can cast their votes beginning October 16 on the Rock Hall's web site, RollingStone.com and USAtoday.com. The top 5 vote getters will make up the fans ballot.
The artists who get the most votes will be announced around December and will be inducted at a New York City ceremony next April. Highlights from the event will be shown on HBO in May.
During an interview with The Huffington Post, KISS frontman Paul Stanley took time to salute the band's fans while taking a swipe at chairman of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation, Jann Wenner, when asked if he ever sees a day when KISS will be inducted into the Rock Hall. "Well, it depends on who lives longer, us or Jann Wenner," Stanley said.
"Look, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is marketing," he continued. "You've got a bunch of faceless people in a back room who trademark a name that sounds very official. Well, if you had thought of it first, you would have been the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I am one of the biggest Laura Nyro fans. I still listen to that stuff incessantly. Laura Nyro does not belong in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Songwriter Hall Of Fame? Absolutely."
He went on to plead his case, saying: "It's absurd for anybody to look around and hear the acts and artists who cite us as an inspiration, and then tell me that we're not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. I would certainly accept on their (the fans) behalf because it seems to be a major sore spot for them, but I don't need the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame." KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons told Rolling Stone last year about being shut out of the Rock Hall: "It's become a joke. We've been thinking about it and the answer is simply, 'We'll just buy it and fire everybody.' In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is such an insult to MADONNA, BLONDIE. . . Who the fuck knows what other disco act is in there? It's an insult to them because they don't get to be in the 'Dance Hall Of Fame', because that's what they do. They're legitimate dance, disco artists. They don't belong in rock and roll." Stanley added: "The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has reached a point where they're really scrounging and scratching to find someone left that they consider viable. With all due respect, when you get to Patti Smith, you're about two steps away from Pete Seeger." Gene Simmons told The Pulse Of Radio that awards hold little allure for him, since it's the fans that ultimately decide who stays around and who doesn't: "Our awards are under the 'K' section in record stores. Every time somebody goes out and plunks down their hard-earned money — either for a KISS ticket or for an album — that's the award, and reward."
KORN's 'The Paradigm Shift' Cracks U.S. Top 10
KORN's 11th studio album, "The Paradigm Shift", sold 46,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 8 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 8 via Prospect Park. KORN's previous LP, 2011's "The Path Of Totality", opened with 55,000 units to debut at No. 10.
The group's 2010 effort, "Korn III - Remember Who You Are", registered a first-week tally of 63,000 copies to enter the chart at No. 2. KORN's untitled album premiered with 123,000 copies back in August 2007 to enter the chart at No. 2. That number was slightly more than half of the 221,000 first-week tally achieved by its predecessor, "See You On The Other Side", which debuted at No. 3 back in December 2005. "The Paradigm Shift" is the first KORN disc to feature original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch since 2003's "Take A Look In The Mirror" and follows up 2011's dubstep experiment, "The Path Of Totality". Frontman Jonathan Davis told The Pulse Of Radio that Welch's return on guitar was a good balance to Davis' own continued fascination with electronic music. "We wanted to make a record that everybody was happy with, and Head coming back, I think, was great, 'cause me and him butted heads. 'Cause he really is on the rock side and I was on the electronic side, and it was good having the compromise on both sides. It was just good for the creative process, I think." Welch recently told Rolling Stone that the new album has "the old KORN vibe, but with a new twist . . . The end product is a really good mix of old KORN mixed with some new elements. It's got a fresh new KORN 2013 sound." Welch left KORN in 2005 after he converted to Christianity and got off drugs. He rejoined them for a handful of live performances last year before officially becoming part of the lineup again in early 2013. Davis recently revealed that he was dealing with personal issues during the early stages of the new disc, including his son being diagnosed with diabetes and his own struggle to kick an addiction to anti-depression medication. KORN and ROB ZOMBIE will co-headline the "Night Of The Living Dreads" tour this fall. The 17-date run begins on November 3 in Reno, Nevada and wraps on November 26 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
ALTER BRIDGE's 'Fortress' Lands In U.S. Top 15
ALTER BRIDGE's fourth album, "Fortress", sold 30,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 12 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 8 via EMI Label Services. "Fortress" track listing:
01. Cry Of Achilles
02. Addicted To Pain
03. Bleed It Dry
05. The Uninvited
06. Peace Is Broken
07. Calm The Fire
08. Waters Rising
09. Farther Than The Sun
10. Cry A River
11. All Ends Well
12. Fortress "Fortress" follows up ALTER BRIDGE's last release, 2010's "AB III". During the break, singer Myles Kennedy toured as part of Slash's solo band and also performed all the vocals on the ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist's second solo effort, last year's "Apocalyptic Love". The Pulse Of Radio asked Kennedy how singing for ALTER BRIDGE is different from working with Slash. "Vocally, each band brings a different approach out," he said. "The feel of the music will dictate that. With Slash, there's definitely more of a bluesy, soulful vibe that just naturally happens. With ALTER BRIDGE, because it's got more of a metal undercurrent, I think there's something that just happens there as well. But the nice thing is is that it allows you to stretch in two different directions."
Guitarist Mark Tremonti recently told Music Radar that the quartet did everything they could to make the new disc as unpredictable as possible, explaining, "We messed with time signatures, tones, key changes. Everything we could throw at these songs, we did. They have you never knowing what you're getting next."
The first single from the new album is called "Addicted To Pain". ALTER BRIDGE next jets off to Europe for a month of shows starting on October 16, ending in mid-November. Full North American tour plans are still to be announced.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: 'High Rise' First-Week Sales Revealed
"High Rise", the new EP from STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, sold 12,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 24 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD arrived in stores on October 8 via Play Pen/ADA. "High Rise" is STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' first new disc with lead singer Chester Bennington, who replaced original frontman Scott Weiland earlier this year. Although the EP contains just five songs, Bennington told The Pulse Of Radio that coming up with music together was not a problem. "After our very first initial kind of let's sit down, you know, officially kind of shake hands and say we're doing this, I think by the time we got home, we were already like coming up with ideas," he said. "Within a couple of days we had nine or 10 demos that we were kicking around and I knew the second that I got the memo from Robert [DeLeo, bass], he was playing 'Out Of Time', the main riff, and it was like, I mean melodies just started coming." "Out Of Time" was released over the summer and vaulted to the top of the Active Rock radio chart.
Other tracks on the new disc include "Black Heart", "Cry, Cry" and "Tomorrow". STP fired Weiland in February, claiming that his own solo activities and erratic behavior were detrimental to the band.
The group later sued Weiland, with the singer firing off a countersuit and claiming that they could not use the band name without his involvement. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS just completed its first North American tour with Bennington on the mic and has yet to announce new live dates. In the meantime, Bennington has returned to the studio with his main act, LINKIN PARK.
ZAKK WYLDE 'Moderne Of Doom' Guitar Unveiled
Gibson has unveiled the limited-edition Zakk Wylde Moderne Of Doom guitar based on the legendary-yet-never-released third member of the Modernist Series of the late 1950s — the Gibson Moderne. Intended to complement the revolutionary Explorer and Flying V, the Moderne never saw the light of day, though rumors of existing examples persist to this day. In the hands of Gibson USA, the radical Moderne style taken from factory design sketches of 1958 unfolds as an unrelenting, flamethrowing modern-rock tone machine.
With a body constructed from a solid Grade-A mahogany with Grade-A maple top, the Zakk Wylde Moderne Of Doom launches its attack with time-tested tonewoods. But it quickly takes the look to another planet with the ultra-radical Moderne body style and a natural nitrocellulose finish with Zakk-certified black pinstripe top graphic. A glued-in Grade-A maple neck is carved to Zakk's preferred profile for full-on shred, and topped with a beautiful dark Grade-A Richlite fingerboard. A pair of Zakk's beloved EMG active humbuckers — an EMG 85 in the neck position and an EMG 81 in the bridge — provides unequalled power and sustain for everything from crunch-of-doom rhythm licks to hellfire leads. And to take the guitar's versatility to the next level, there's a Floyd Rose vibrato with locking nut ready to scream out your wildest dive-bombing action.
With matte-black pickup covers, black hardware, and a trio of black speed knobs, the Zakk Wylde Moderne Of Doom has the wild looks to match Wylde's tone. Feel the heat now at your authorized Gibson USA dealer — production is limited to 250 guitars, so secure yours before it's too late.
For more information, visit Gibson.com.
Nirvana, Peter Gabriel Among Nominees for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Nirvana is a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time.
The museum on Wednesday morning announced 16 nominees for its class of 2014. Joining Nirvana as first-time nominees are PeterGabriel, YES, Hall & Oates, TheReplacements, TheZombies, guitarist Link Wray, and pop vocalist Linda Ronstadt.
Artists who are returning to the ballot include KISS, DeepPurple, Cat Stevens, Chic, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, TheMeters, and rap acts LL Cool J and N.W.A.
You can support your favorites by logging on to RockHall.com and voting in a fan poll. The top five artists in the poll will make up a "fans' ballot" that will be counted with the other ballots to determine the inductees.
The class of 2014 will be announced in December. The induction ceremony will be held in New York next April.
This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in Los Angeles and honored Heart,Rush, late disco queen Donna Summer, singer/songwriter Randy Newman, influential rap act Public Enemy and blues great Albert King.
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Muse Unveils Trailer, Release Date for Ultra-High-Definition Concert Film
Muse is hitting the silver screen next month. The band has just released a trailer for their first-ever concert film shot in 4K ultra-high-definition, Muse -- Live at Rome Olympic Stadium. As the title reveals, the movie documents the band’s performance at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on July 6.
The one-minute clip features snippets of Muse performing three of their popular tracks: “Supremacy,” “Uprising,” and “Starlight.” According to Setlist.fm, the July 6 concert also featured performances of almost every song from Muse’s latest release, The 2nd Law, as well as a cover of “Feeling Good” by Leslie Bricusse& Anthony Newley.
While advance screenings of Muse -- Live at Rome Olympic Stadium will be held in 20 cities on November 5, the film will arrive in theaters worldwide on November 6. Visit Film.Muse.mu to find a screening at a theater near you.
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Alice Cooper's 2013 Christmas Pudding Benefit to feature KISS, Vince Neil and Rob Zombie
Alice Cooper has revealed the initial lineup for his 13th annual Christmas Pudding music and comedy benefit gala, which is scheduled to take place December 7 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. This year's event will feature performances by all four members of KISS -- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer -- as well as Motley Crue frontman Vince Neill and horror rocker Rob Zombie.
Serving as host for the fundraiser will be John O'Hurley of Seinfeld and Family Feud fame, while comedianBill Engvall will deliver a standup set. Additional entertainers will be announced in the coming weeks.
Proceeds raised by the Christmas Pudding will go toward Cooper's Solid Rock Teen Center -- a Christian-based nonprofit recreational facility that provides art and music programs for at-risk young people.
"Although I have played more than 100 shows this year, Pudding is the one I look forward to most," says Cooper in a statement. "We love bringing people together for Christmas, for the sake of music and dance and the mission of Solid Rock."
In conjunction with Cooper's Christmas Pudding, the semifinals of the Proof Is in the Pudding talent search are being held this week at the Alice Cooperstown bar and restaurant in Phoenix to choose emerging musicians who will get to play at the benefit. The finals also will take place at Alice Cooperstown, on November 6 and 7.
Christmas Pudding tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time and can be purchased via Ticketmaster, at the Comerica Theatre box office or by calling (602) 379-2888. Prices range from $38 to $253.
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Black Sabbath Drummer Bill Ward Undergoes Intestinal Surgery; Postpones Art Gallery Event
While his estranged Black Sabbath band mates are touring Latin America, founding Sabbath drummerBill Ward is recovering from a serious medical procedure. A post on the 65-year-old rocker's website reports that Ward recently had an operation in California after suffering an intestinal condition called a "perforated diverticulitis."
According to the message, the surgery was a success, and Bill "is expected to make a full recovery over the next several weeks."
The illness has forced Ward to postpone an October 26 appearance at the Annapolis Collection Gallery in Maryland, where the debut exhibition of his artwork first went on display. Ward was slated to discuss the pieces he created for the exhibit, titled "Absence of Corners: A Collection of Rhythm on Canvas."
"I am truly sorry that I have to postpone the Absence of Corners gallery reception," he says in a statement. "The feedback I have received from everyone about this project has been astounding, and I was so looking forward to this event. I want to thank the Annapolis Collection Gallery for everything they are doing. I am honored that they are exhibiting my art."
A rescheduled date for the event will be announced when Ward recovers from his surgery.