The members of METALLICA were asked in the latest issue of Q magazine if they were "Beliebers" — a.k.a. fans of pop singer Justin Bieber — after Bieber recently claimed that the METALLICA songs "One" and "Fade To Black" were his "jams." Frontman James Hetfield replied, "Are we Beliebers? Yes." while drummer Lars Ulrich offered: "Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid's really talented and obviously to go through what he's going through at that early age must be a mindfuck. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he's super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes 'One', and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go."
Bassist Robert Trujillo added: "As long as he stays out of trouble, I'll be a Belieber."
A backstage video of Justin Bieber performing an impromptu cover of METALLICA's "Fade To Black" can be seen below. The 15-second clip shows Bieber playing air guitar while he tries to recreate the guitar solo from the classic 1984 METALLICA track with his voice. Bieber is accompanied by his musical director Dan Kanter on guitar.
According to NME.com, Bieber previously revealed that he is a big fan of METALLICA, naming "Fade To Black" and 1988's "One" as two of his favorite METALLICA cuts. "Those are my jams," he told GQ last year. METALLICA's manager Peter Mensch, who has certainly seen more than his share of childish behavior, told the U.K. tabloid The Sun earlier this year that he would "take Bieber to the woodshed and spank him." Mensch was asked to comment on Bieber's recent bizarre behavior, who has reportedly seen the 19-year-old pop singer being caught speeding around his neighborhood and getting into altercations with neighbors.
The 60-year-old Mensch reportedly told The Sun that he has warned Bieber that his antics would ruin his career. "His manager Scooter Braun is scared shitless," said Mensch. "I don't know what Bieber's problem is. His career is over in three years anyway."
KORN: 'Got The Life' Performance From 'Guitar Center Sessions'
Guitar Center, the world's largest retailer of musical instruments and equipment, and DirecTV, one of the world's leading providers of digital television entertainment services, will spotlight KORN in the award-winning music series Guitar Center Sessions on November 1 on DirecTV's Audience Network (Channel 239). Guitar Center Sessions features exclusive performances and intimate, enlightening conversations conducted by revered musical tastemaker Nic Harcourt.
Video footage of the "Got The Life" performance from KORN's Guitar Center Sessions episode can be seen below.
"With 'Guitar Center Sessions', it all begins with the curation process. From legends like Peter Gabriel and Joe Walsh to buzzworthy up-and-comers like Gary Clark Jr. and FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS, this wide variety of musical acts creates a broad and unique musical journey simply unmatched anywhere on television," says Harcourt.
"With millions of viewers tuning in each month, it is clear that there is an audience seeking the type of quality music programming that has otherwise virtually disappeared from television in the past decade," says Dustin Hinz, director of music and entertainment marketing for Guitar Center.
"'Guitar Center Sessions' aims to fill that void while providing musicians with a world-class television platform that exposes their music to the masses, and inspires music enthusiasts and fans across the globe."
"Guitar Center and DirecTV have created a unique venue for these artists whereby the taping of these shows takes place directly on the premises at Guitar Center in Hollywood as they create a personal and intimate experience for our customers," said Christopher Long, senior vice president of original content and production, DirecTV.
"It's like a private concert and discussion that happens in your living room."
As part of its new agreement with AXS TV, encore performances from "Guitar Center Sessions" will begin airing on AXS TV this month, Monday nights at 9 p.m., bringing the series to a wider audience than ever before.
"AXS TV is committed to broadcasting a diverse slate of musical content that showcases today's top artists in some of the coolest settings and with interesting hosts. 'Guitar Center Sessions' with Nic Harcourt is exactly the type of series that will resonate with our audience as our channel brings music back to television," "Guitar Center Sessions" captures exclusive live performances and interviews from noteworthy and influential artists in stunning hi-definition and 5.1 Surround Sound in Guitar Center's iconic location on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. In addition to show-stopping performances, each episode features intimate interviews conducted by renowned journalist Nic Harcourt, offering rare insights into the celebrated careers of these icons and the inspirations behind their music. "Guitar Center Sessions" is but one example of the music retailer's efforts to support artists by creating new avenues to expose their music to large audiences in an ever-changing music industry. "Got The Life" performance:
ROB ZOMBIE: Official 'We're An American Band' Video Released
The official video for Rob Zombie's cover version of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's classic "We're An American Band" can be seen below.
Asked how they decided to cover "We're An American Band" for Zombie's latest album, "Venomous Rat Generation Vendor", Zombie guitarist John 5 told Live-Metal.net: "We were thinking about covers, and I can picture me and Rob talking about this. I was like, 'Yeah, what if we did this one or this one?' We were going back and forth for a little while, and Rob goes, 'Man, 'We're an American band.' And I was like, 'That's it. We have to do it, we have to do it.' And a cool part of that song is, in the original, there's a lyric that goes, 'Up all night with Freddie King, poker is his thing;' in the Rob Zombie version, it says, 'Up all night with Kerry King.' We kind of snuck that in, so the next time you listen to it, listen for Kerry King's name." Rob Zombie's fifth album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 7 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on April 23 via Zodiac Swan/T-Boy/Ume. The CD was produced by Bob Marlette, who has previously worked with everyone from BLACK SABBATH and ALICE COOPER to WILSON PHILLIPS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD. Rob Zombie will guest on the Halloween (Thursday, October 31) edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Watch as "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" celebrates the spooky holiday in costume with the show's "Half & Half Halloween Pageant", guest Ray Romano and a musical performance from Rob Zombie. Rob and his band will perform two songs on the show's outdoor stage in front of a standing-room-only crowd.
Each year, Jimmy has dressed up as a different character — Donkey Kong, Big Bird, Thor, Count Chocula, an oversized version of himself, a ghost, and he has even hosted the show just as his severed head. Tune in to find out what Jimmy Kimmel will dress up as this year. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m./10:35 p.m. CT on the ABC television network. Zombie will next co-headline the "Night Of The Living Dreads" tour with KORN. The 17-date run begins on November 3 in Reno, Nevada and wraps on November 26 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
His "Great American Nightmare" Halloween music and horror event opened on October 10. The event is being held every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 2 at FEARPlex in Pomona, California with 15 nights of music, culminating with a November 2 headlining performance by Zombie himself.
The centerpiece is one of the most advanced haunted house attractions in the world, with three separate areas each named after a film directed by Zombie.
Slash Says He Enjoys Celebrating Halloween with His Kids
Besides being a scary good musician, Slash enjoys a good scare himself, which is why he launched the Slasher Films production company that specializes in producing fright flicks. Not surprisingly, the ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist also is a fan of Halloween, admitting that he and his family usually fully embrace the spooky holiday.
He tells ABC News Radio that his two kids, who are ages nine and 11, love to dress up for the holiday.
"Every October, we start looking at all the different Halloween outfits and costumes," Slash reveals. "And we traditionally overdecorate the house."
He also says that he usually throws a big Halloween bash, but admits that "there's been so much going on this year that I don't really feel like doing the whole party thing."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says that the rest of his neighborhood also gets into the Halloween spirit.
"Everybody brings their kids over to our community and there's this huge Halloween [trick-or-treat excursion]," says Slash, adding that he accompanies his kids to the local houses and will wait at the curb as they go collect goodies.
As much as his children enjoy the holiday, Slash reveals that one Halloween-related attraction he recently brought them to proved to be a bit too scary.
"I just took my kids to Universal's Halloween [Horror] Nights…and we got to the front gates and they were like, 'Uh-uh. We're not going in there,'" he says with a laugh. "[I] was like, 'Are you kidding me? We came all the way down here. You invited your friends. We're all here.' And they're like, 'Uh-uh. We're not going in.'"
Slash explains that the attraction, which includes a Black Sabbath-themed maze, with its "chainsaws and all the metal music and the volume" proved "too ominous for them."
Incidentally, among the things that have been keeping the rocker busy in 2013 are the promotion of the recently released the debut Slasher Films offering, Nothing Left to Fear, and work on a new album.
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Marilyn Manson Tells Not-So-Spooky Halloween Stories in New "Funny or Die" Video
Marilyn Manson proves that he’s not the greatest Halloween storyteller in a hilarious new "Funny or Die" video. Titled “Are These Tales Spooky to You?,” the 23-minute clip -- which is definitely not safe for viewing at work -- features the singer telling five scary stories so he can join the Inner Circle of the Scary Storytellers Crew, a group a kids who are obsessed with frightening tales.
Manson’s first story is about a group of people who have to deal with the delicate issue of how to dispose of a horde of Jewish zombies, while his second tale profiles a family that makes friends with a pair of ghosts that are haunting their house. The singer then tells a story about a woman who is attempting to give makeup lessons despite her being possessed by an angry demon, and continues with a tale about a man who is forced to realize he’s really a trumpet pretending to be human. Manson finishes things off with a yarn about three high-school boys in a locker room who are being haunted by a demon from hell.
In the end, the singer’s stories don’t seem to impress the kids, so they wind up killing Manson and bonding over a meal of hot dogs.
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Jack White Collaborates with Elton John on Soundtrack for BBC Documentary Miniseries
Elton John has let slip that he recently recorded a song with Jack White for a new documentary miniseries for the BBC. Titled American Epic, the six-episode program profiles blues artists of the 1930s and features contemporary musicians recording on vintage equipment.
While the legendary pop singer didn’t give many details about the track he made with White, he did reveal the history behind the equipment they recorded on. “I got to use the original machine from 1934 that Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong recorded on, and I wrote a special song with Bernie [Taupin], and Jack White played on it,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “So it went straight to analog. That was a lot of fun.”
White's love of blues music recently drove him to put together a massive box set which includes around 100 sides from the now-defunct label Paramount Records, best known for its recordings of African-American jazz and blues in the 1920s and early 1930s. Titled The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927), the package will be available starting November 19 at Third Man Records. A second volume of releases from Paramount Records will be released sometime next year.
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Lou Reed's Music Sales Soar After His Death
Lou Reed influenced and inspired countless of popular musicians over the years, although he had relatively little commercial success during his lifetime. However, the edgy singer/songwriter's death on Sunday at the age of 71, has resulted in a major increase in sales of his back catalog. Billboard reports that, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Reed sold a total of 3,000 albums during the sales week ending this past Sunday, marking a 607-percent spike from the previous week. In addition, Lou's old band The Velvet Underground also sold about 3,000 albums last week -- a 236-percent increase from the week before.
The individual Reed-associated albums that sold the best last week were 1972's Transformer and The Velvets' 1967 debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico, which each moved about 1,000 copies.
As for digital song sales, Lou and The Velvet Underground notched 17,000 and 5,000 downloads, respectively, seeing gains of 590 percent and 410 percent from the previous week.
The most downloaded single Reed track was, not surprisingly, 1972's "Walk on the Wild Side," which was Lou's only single ever to enter the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. With 6,000 downloads, the track's sales improved by 729 percent from the week before. The song lands at No. 38 on Billboard's Rock Digital Songs tally.
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Courtney Love Reveals Inspiration Behind “Wedding Day” Single; Talks Upcoming Memoir
For months now, Courtney Love has been promising she’ll be delivering a new single, “Wedding Day,” in December. Now, the singer has revealed that the upcoming cut was inspired by a recent breakup she experienced.
“I was really mad when I wrote that,” she tells Canadian magazine FASHION. “I got dumped, and [the lyric] ‘Break my neck on my wedding day’ just came out of me. I wondered about getting married. I’ve been asked twice before and said no. I just haven’t made that Jackie [Kennedy Onassis] move yet.”
Love addresses her troubled love life in her upcoming memoir, Courtney Love: My Story, noting she found a way to talk about her relationships without naming her past lovers. “I keep wanting to write this one chapter about a man that I was very much in love with but I just don’t want to name him,” she explains. “I used pseudonyms like Mr. Cat -- this guy who was a billionaire and our relationship ended weird.”
While Love’s memoir will be available for your Kindle device starting December 15, you shouldn’t expect the singer to bring her life’s story to the silver screen any time soon. “There will be no biopic on me,” she says. “I won’t let that happen. I still get hit on by guys because they want to be cast in that [late Nirvanafrontman] Kurt Cobain biopic that’s been in production for years. I could give you some [actors’] names that would blow your mind, but I am so not sleeping with someone under 38.”
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Motörhead Postpones European Tour Until February 2014
Motörhead has suffered another setback: the band has postponed their upcoming European tour dates so frontman Lemmy Kilmister can recuperate from his recent health problems.
“We have made the decision [to postpone the tour] because I am not quite ready to hit the road yet, and am working my way back to full fitness and rude health,” the singer explains in a post on the band’s website. “Don't worry -- I'm not about to start promoting veganism and alcohol-free beverages, but it is fair to say that I personally have been reconfiguring areas of my life to make sure I can come back fitter and stronger than ever.”
Kilmister adds he expects to be back on the road with the band by February of 2014. “When people come to see a Motörhead tour, they expect a Motörhead show, and that is exactly what you will get as soon as I am fit and ready to rumble,” he writes. “Your patience and understanding is appreciated...and know that I'm getting stronger and stronger every day, so watch out next spring Europe and we will see you then.”
You may remember Motörhead canceled a number of their summer tour dates back in July because Kilmister was rumored to be suffering from a hematoma, which is an abnormal collection of blood localized around blood vessels, much like an internal bruise. News of the frontman’s alleged ailment came in the form of an announcement from Barley Arts Promotion, shortly after the band canceled their June 25 concert in Milan, Italy due to what the promoter said was “a severe hematoma which makes it impossible at the moment [for Kilmister to perform] on stage.”
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Dropkick Murphys to Play at World Series Game 6 Tonight
Boston's Dropkick Murphys will be performing for their hometown fans before Game 6 of the World Series in Boston's Fenway Park tonight. The band with perform both the national anthem and their own local anthem, "I'm Shipping up to Boston," before the game between the hometown Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.
The band has long had a relationship with Bosox. Their rendition of the turn-of-the-century Red Sox rally song “Tessie” became the theme song for the team's 2004 World Series win, and the band has made numerous appearances at Red Sox games. In fact, they played earlier this month at the clinching game of the American League Championship Series.
One might even say that Dropkick Murphys are something of a good-luck charm for the Red Sox, who have a perfect record in games when the band has appeared. The Red Sox are one win away from a championship.