According to The Pulse Of Radio, there's been some movement on the TOOL front regarding the band's long-awaited fifth studio album. The person inside the TOOL circle who usually posts news at the band's official web site has published a somewhat lengthy new update, in which he writes, "A couple of weeks ago I visited the TOOL loft to try and get some kind of idea as to how things were progressing with the writing sessions now that the band was back hard at it. Well, I am happy to report that there has indeed been a lot of progress as far as new material goes, especially with the lengthy so-called 'epic' piece that the guys have been arranging for quite some time now."
The post continues that before the band put on their instruments, everyone in the room listened to the demos they had recorded at the previous session. The insider writes, "Judging from the smiles on their faces, it seemed that, for the most part, (the band members) liked very much what they were hearing and that after some finishing touches, the 'epic' tune would be ready for Maynard (James Keenan, vocals) to do his thing."
The writer adds that the "epic" song contains "complex time signatures, interesting harmonic structure and expanding effects processing — similar to what fans of TOOL have come to expect — only now, perhaps not surprisingly, the band has taken it to the next level."
In conclusion, however, the post says, "Please note that I am NOT suggesting in any way that the band is ready to go into the studio any time soon. I honestly have no idea as far as any recording timetables go."
The writer also indicates that he has no idea of how many other songs are near completion musically, or where Keenan stands with his vocals and lyrics. Keenan told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that fans shouldn't believe everything they read online about the record. "We normally don't say anything about anything until it's actually happening, because there's a lot of people online that apparently can't read very well," he said. "I put an April Fool's notice up there for the album release, and it was 2011, I said, 'New TOOL album, such-and-such a date, 2009, and everybody ran around like, 'Oh, really, the new TOOL --?' God, you guys are dumb. I swear to God. You've got to read. Please, read."
Back in September, Keenan teased new TOOL music for 2014 via a post at his Instagram account. TOOL has not released an album since 2006's "10,000 Days".
Drummer Danny Carey told Loudwire in July that Keenan had not yet started working with the rest of the group at that point, saying, "It's still the three of us right now and four of us it will be soon."
ROB ZOMBIE Wants His Haunted House To Freak People Out
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Rob Zombie spoke with Loudwire about his Great American Nightmare horror and music exhibition, which is running through next Saturday (November 2) at FEARPlex in Pomona, California and is billed as one of the most advanced haunted house attractions in the world. Zombie said he's been pleased with the response to the attraction so far, explaining, "I've heard from a lot of people that have been totally freaked out and that was exactly the intention. People that design haunted houses for a living will tell you that many customers try and play it cool when they go through and act like it's not getting to them . . . Knowing that, it made me really want to push things so that even the guys playing it cool would have a least one breakdown going through."
Despite the attraction's success, however, Zombie is doubtful whether something like the Great American Nightmare could stay open all year, saying, "I'm not really sure it could sustain over a year . . . When Halloween comes around, people are really ready to be freaked out. But in the summer time and Christmas time, I'm just not sure a Halloween attraction would be successful." Zombie told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the neighborhood where he lives goes crazy for Halloween every year. "The neighborhood we live in is like trick or treaters central — literally we get thousands, which always sounds like an exaggeration, but it's not," he said. "You know, one year I counted how many trick or treaters we got, 'cause I knew how much candy we had, 'cause I actually counted it. And as I gave it out, I kept track just out of curiosity. And when it went over a thousand kids, I just locked the door and turned the lights off. I couldn't take it anymore. The whole neighborhood shuts down, it's the most insane thing I've ever seen." Zombie may be home for Halloween this year, but he and KORN will kick off their co-headlining "Night Of The Living Dreads" tour a few days later on November 3 in Reno, Nevada. Zombie has been touring in support of his latest album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", which came out last April. Zombie's Great American Nightmare recreates some of the most infamous crime scenes in history and one in particular continues to fascinate the singer and filmmaker. He explained, "For me, anything having to do with what happened with Charles Manson is really compelling . . . When I moved to L.A. in 1991, one of the first places I went to was the house on Cielo Drive, where the Tate murders were committed, before they tore the house down. Anything place I could find in the book 'Helter-Skelter', I would visit. I still have not been out to the site in Death Valley where they were arrested but one day if somebody can take me right there, I would happily go along." Rob Zombie has added a second headlining performance and charity auction to his Great American Nightmare attraction. The newly added date will take place on November 1. Zombie will also be playing the November 2 headlining show, with tickets currently available at the Great American Nightmare web site.
The charity auction, meanwhile, is running from now through November 2 and the prize item is Zombie's custom macabre-style 1967 Ford F-100 truck. All proceeds from the auction will go to The Puppy Rescue Mission.
Lou Reed Dead at 71, Celebrities React
Lou Reed, best known as the leader of the pioneering rock band The Velvet Underground and, later, for the solo hit "Walk on the Wild Side," died on Sunday at age 71.
Reed's publicist confirmed the death to ABC News Radio, though no cause of death was given. The New York Timeslater reported that Reed died of liver disease; he'd had a liver transplant in May, and the operation had forced him to cancel a series of California shows, as well as scheduled appearances at the Coachella festival. Reed said at the time, "I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than ever...I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future."
Lou Reed started his music career as a staff songwriter for Pickwick Records. In the mid-sixties, he and John Cale started the band that would become the Velvet Underground. Artist Andy Warhol took the band under his wing and made them part of his art collective. He designed the cover of their first album,The Velvet Underground and Nico, and was also credited as a producer. While the disc was ignored when it was released in 1967, it now stands as a landmark recording, depicting a seedy underworld of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll that was startling in its frankness and pioneering in its sound The band's subsequent recordings included songs now hailed as classics: "White Light/White Heat," "Rock & Roll," "Sweet Jane," "I'm Waiting for the Man," "Heroin" and others.
Reed's solo career took off with the landmark album Transformer, in 1972. It featured "Walk on the Wild Side," a depiction of the denizens of Warhol's infamous "Factory," and it became a hit despite its references to oral sex. Reed's solo career varied wildly, as he created everything from noise rock, soul music, pop to straight ahead rock, though he continued to write about edgy topics like suicide, sex and drug addiction; he also incorporated social commentary into his work with albums like 1989's New York. In 1991, he re-teamed with John Cale for Songs for Drella, a tribute to Warhol, and later in the nineties, the Velvet Underground reunited for some European shows.
Reed married performance artist Laurie Anderson, who he'd been with since the nineties, in 2008. He continued to release solo albums; in 2011, he unexpectedly collaborated with Metallica on the albumLulu.
In 1996, Reed was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Velvet Underground. He has yet to be inducted as a solo artist.
John Cale, Reed's Velvet Underground bandmate, wrote on Facebook, "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet…I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy.'"
Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker described his relationship with Reed to ABC News Radio in this way: "I always loved Lou. He could be irritable, that's for sure, but he was never, ever irritable to me."(TUCKER, DECURTIS AND VOZICK LEVINSON AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1) Meanwhile, musicians of every genre as well as other celebrities took to Twitter to talk about how Reed's passing had impacted them. Here's a roundup of some of their comments: The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea: I love Lou reed so much. Always Justin Timberlake: #RIPLouReed KISS' Paul Stanley: RIP Lou Reed. A musician, artist and trailblazer who played by his own rules Samuel L. Jackson: R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant! Iggy Pop: Devastating news Nikki Sixx: RIP Lou Reed.Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life.You inspired me from my teenage years right up till today. The Who: R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side. Ricky Gervais: RIP Lou Reed. One of the greatest artists of our time. Miley Cyrus: noooooooooo notttttttttt LOU REED Girls creator Lena Dunaham: We love you Lou. We love you Laurie. Olivia Wilde: Damn. Lou Reed. Damn. Weezer: R.I.P Lou Reed - VU was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him. John Cusack: Lou Reed RIP - always inspired by him - terrible news - only knew him through his art -a great - a singular poet - Josh Groban: A sad day in music. RIP Lou. Russell Simmons: RIP Lou Reed. New York lost one of our greatest gifts today... Elijah Wood: May you forever walk on the wild side, Lou Reed. Terribly sad to hear of your passing. Colin Hanks: Hey kids, although you should have done it earlier, it’s ok to check out Lou Reed. He was essential #RIPLouReed #TheMoreYouKnow
Director Kevin Smith: Mr LOU REED had himself a dream: Velvet the underground & change the music scene. Now he's up & gone away. #RIP Lou Reed, an un-Perfect Day. Julianne Moore: Oh no! RIP Lou Reed. Mia Farrow: Deepest Gratitude Lou Reed. Peace. Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy: "His uniquely stripped down style of guitar playing and poetic lyrics have had a massive influence across many rock genres, including punk and alternative. We have lost a true visionary and creative leader, and his groundbreaking work will forever hold its rightful place in music history. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family, fans and those he inspired."
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Imagine Dragons, Kings of Leon and More Perform at Vegas Festival
Downtown Las Vegas, the recently-established hipster hangout area that is located far from The Strip, was blocked off to the public Saturday and Sunday to host a combination music/food/art festival called Life Is Beautiful. Kanye West reportedly toured the festival grounds with Zappos.com billionaire Tony Hseih on the opening night.
Vegas hometown heroes Imagine Dragons were joined on stage by members of Cirque du Soleil. The band also joined celebrity chef Jet Tila in a cooking demo.
Saturday headliner Kings of Leon closed out the festival’s first night with a performance that included a three-song encore.
According to photographer Eric Kabik, Living Colour was the first band to pay tribute to the late Lou Reed by briefly playing a riff from “Sweet Jane” Sunday at the beginning of their set.
Other performers included Beck, Vampire Weekend, Purity Ring, Todd Rundgren, Empire Of The Sun,Childish Gambino, Passion Pit and Jurassic 5. Another local band, The Killers, headlined the final evening.
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Korn’s Fieldy Unveils Plans to Release Instrumental Solo Album, Basically
Korn bassist Reginald Arvizu, a.k.a. Fieldy, has revealed he’s been working on a new solo project. The upcoming release will be an album of instrumentals, which will feature the bassist experimenting with a variety of styles and genres.
“I did, like, 20 songs for a bass solo album, the title is called Basically,” he tells ABC News Radio. “I played stand-up basses, fretless basses, I got a 15-string bass. And we did some cool things, like, because we wanna be different. I did from jazz fusion, funk, Latin, blues, you know, lead basses, layering basses and it just takes you on this musical journey.”
While most of Basically will feature Fieldy being backed up by a drum machine, the record will include guest appearances by Korn drummer Ray Luzier on a few of the cuts. The drummer notes he found some inventive ways to create drum tracks for the upcoming album.
“I did some made-up percussion stuff, like we’d literally have a cup full of, like, change and seashells and I’d shake it,” Luzier tells ABC News Radio. “And then…backstage [at a Korn show] we recorded a drum track, I pulled a floor tom off my kit and a snare and a hi-hat and it's come out way better than…we thought.”
While a release date for Basically has yet to be announced, Fieldy notes that all the tracks have been recorded and he hopes to release the album soon.
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Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington to Offer Free Webcast of Biloxi Concert Next Month
Here's your chance to check out Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington live -- and you don't even need to buy a ticket. The group has teamed up with EVNTLIVE to offer a free webcast of their upcoming concert at the Hard Rock Live in Biloxi, Mississippi on November 1.
The show will feature the guys performing cuts from their recently released debut EP, High Rise, as well as a collection of STP’s biggest hits.
You can join the audience online for the concert by reserving your free online ticket at EVNTLIVE.com. The show begins at 8:00 p.m. CT. Following the live event, the show will be available for viewing the next day at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. CT.
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Foo Fighters to Stage First-Ever Concert in Mexico in December
Foo Fighters are giving their Mexican fans an early Christmas present. The band has revealed that they’ll be staging their first-ever concert in Mexico on December 13 at Foro Sol in Mexico City.
The Foos announced the good news on their Facebook page on Friday, putting up a poster for the eventalong with a video on the group’s Facebook page, in which frontman Dave Grohl says, “Hey Mexico, are you ready? Cause the Foo Fighters are coming soon for the first time and I can’t f**king wait.” The National will support the band at the upcoming concert.
Tickets for the event will go on sale on October 30 at 11 a.m. local venue time.
Foo Fighters are currently in the studio working on their follow-up to 2011’s Grammy-winning album,Wasting Light.
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Watch Dave Grohl, Jack Black & Val Kilmer Jam as Sweetriver and the Huckleberry Dogs in Ghost Ghirls
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Tenacious D’s Jack Black and actor Val Kilmer team up to portray the ghosts of a fictional popular 1970s Southern country rock band, Sweetriver and the Huckleberry Dogs, in a new episode of Yahoo’s popular comedy web series, Ghost Ghirls.
Titled “Spirits of ’76,” the episode focuses on the Ghost Ghirls investigating a haunting at a recording studio, where they discover the angry spirits of Sweetriver and the Huckleberry Dogs. In order for the band to cross over into the great beyond, the Ghost Ghirls use their skills to help the band finish recording their last song, “Back to the Beginning.”
The episode is broken into two parts, which you can watch at Screen.Yahoo.com. If you dig Sweetriver and the Huckleberry Dogs’ music featured in the episode, you can buy their tracks “Back to the Beginning” and “Georgia Peach” on iTunes.