Rock News: October 8th, 2013
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Bassist: 'We're Excited And We're Enjoying Ourselves'
The new version of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, with Chester Bennington on lead vocals, will release a new EP titled "High Rise" on Tuesday (October 8).
STP fired singer Scott Weiland in February after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the vocalist's struggles with drugs and alcohol.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS bassist Robert DeLeo told TheStreet about the current state of the band: "It's a new chapter for STONE TEMPLE PILOTS. We're excited and we're enjoying ourselves."
He added: "I look at it this way — there are a lot of people in this world who work hard and don't enjoy it. Playing music, it's work but I feel really blessed to say I make music in my life. What's more enjoyable than to have the gift of doing that?"
Asked if he was aware of Chester's vocal versatility all along, Robert said: "We were aware of it. It's like any artist, actor or entertainer — I always use Jim Carrey as an example. He made all these great, funny movies, and then when he did a serious role, people were like, 'What is he doing?' People get used to seeing you one way, and they have certain expectations."
He continued: "LINKIN PARK has made a huge imprint, and people are obviously going to associate him with their sound. But when someone steps out and gets into another environment, you see another side of that person. I think that's healthy for everyone."
Weiland and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS have sued each other, with Weiland claiming that the other members cannot use the STP name and the group alleging that Weiland damaged their careers.
METALLICA's 'Through The Never' Has Earned Less Than $3 Million So Far
According to Box Office Mojo, METALLICA's new movie, "Metallica Through The Never", expanded to 589 locations on October 4, but in the process lost most of its IMAX screens to "Gravity", the outer-space thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. As a result, it plummeted 56 percent to $697,763. So far, the hybrid concert movie, which was written and directed by Nimród Antal ("Kontroll", "Predators"), has earned just $2.7 million.
"Metallica Through The Never" officially opened on September 27 for an exclusive week-long run on IMAX screens. The film's surreal narrative winds its way through the concert footage, in which a roadie played by Dane DeHaan finds himself in an increasingly hostile urban environment while on a mission for the band.
Financed by the METALLICA members themselves at a budget of $18 million, "Metallica Through The Never" is the first new release via Picturehouse, the full-service independent film marketing and distribution company started in 2005, which reopened its doors with founder Bob Berney at the helm.
Asked if making the movie was worth the financial risk, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich told The Quietus: "That remains to be seen. Ask me when I come back and talk about the new record two years from now. I have no idea. I do know that we rarely consider other options, so compromise is not METALLICA's major strength. And I think that the fans hopefully appreciate that if its got the word 'METALLICA' written somewhere on or near it, that it comes from us."
He continued: "Creative experiences aren't really ones we share with anyone other than the closest few that we sort of purposefully let in. So, to sit there and take a bunch of money from a bunch of people to then have them [be] involved in editing and controlling the movie and so on just seemed wrong. That, of course, was before the project ran amok, but they always run amok, so it's nothing new.
"In METALLICA, we don't look at things as… there's a word called 'cross-collaterizing.' You sort of put everything against everything else so it's not [a case of], 'How is the movie going to do, as itself?' It's not like an isolated entity…
"I think nowadays in media it's very much, 'What did it cost? What did they get back? Was it a success? Was it a failure?' It's slightly more complicated than that, and that kind of breaking it down to absolutes really doesn't interest me.
"This is another chapter in METALLICA's existence, and I'm sure that if we don't make all the money back, then, I don't know, [we will in] t-shirt sales seven years down the line. Something good will come in the wake of these projects. It's just sort of how we roll."
The soundtrack, which features a number of METALLICA classics performed live in the movie, was released on September 24. The two-disc CD came out on METALLICA's own label, Blackened Recordings, also in digital and vinyl formats.
ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist: 'Some Camps Like To Rewrite Our History As If We Didn't Exist'
Dan Weiss of Noisey recently conducted an interview with ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Noisey: The new [ALICE IN CHAINS] album ["The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here"], in a weird way, seems like the most positive, optimistic album you've ever made.
Cantrell: It's funny, I've heard people take it both ways. There's a camp that sees it as a very dark record, and there's a camp that sees it as a very "up" record. I guess sonically it reaches a little further back to classic rock and there's some pop elements, and metal as well. All those elements reach a little further back in time. Lyrically… [laughs] it's as harsh as any record we've done. Lyrically, it's pretty dark. Sonically, it could be taken to be a more "up" record. But I think that's always been the trick with this band, even if the music is kind of soothing or sparse, the lyrics always bring things back to reality. I've said this a few times about our music, but it's like saying something horrible in the most beautiful way.
Noisey: Do you think you'll ever do another EP like "Sap" or "Jar Of Flies" again that's a departure from the harder-rocking albums?
Cantrell: It's something that we've done in the past, and of course, who knows what we're gonna do in the future? Over the last couple years I think we've all come to the conclusion that the best recipe is in the moment and to deal with what you're dealing with now. I'd never say we'd never do one but I think the last two records we've put out have elements of both those EPs, with acoustic guitar kind of blended in with the heavier elements. Maybe this one more than the last one, but there's some really nice moments on "Black Gives Way To Blue"… "When the Sun Rose Again", "Your Decision", on the last record. This record has maybe a couple more songs geared toward that vibe of the band. This one's pretty much an equal mix toward that side of the band, the EPs and the "Unplugged", but also the heavier stuff.
Noisey: What aspect of the band do you think doesn't get enough credit?
Cantrell: I don't know! As time goes by, the story seems to kind of change a little bit. We've been around for a long time, and we were part of a very significant moment in music, not just in our hometown, but around the world in the late '80s and '90s when music took a turn. And it meant a lot to us even just to do it. As for where we didn't get credit, I mean, we get a lot of credit. Some camps like to rewrite our history as if we didn't exist, or that we didn't come from the town that we came from somehow. I've seen a few things happen that way, that somehow we get bumped out of the story. At the end of the day, we're not doing this for someone else's interpretation of what our life was. I know how it went, I'm still living it, I'm still doing it, and I'm still adding to it. I'll think about that shit when I'm sitting on the porch unable to do anything else. Maybe I'll have had a little time to look back at it then. But like I was saying earlier, it's good to stay in the moment, think about the next few steps in front of you. I've been doing it more or less with my friends for the last 26 years and we're still on the journey, still in the process.
Read the entire interview from Noisey.
Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Rules Out Co-Headlining Tour with STP
Stream Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt Album Now
Now that Chester Bennington is the frontman for Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington, it’s only natural that members of both groups have thought about launching a tour together. LP multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda says while he’d love to hit the road with STP, he’s not sure it would be healthy for Bennington’s voice.
“I personally don't know if I want to put Chester through that,” he tells Billboard. “It's like asking a pro athlete to play a doubleheader. I don't care how good [NBA stars] Kobe Bryant or LeBron James are; if you have them play doubleheaders every day, they're gonna look pretty worn out by the end of it."
Bennington adds while he’s happy to be in both bands, his main priority will always be his duties in Linkin Park. "We've treated this much like if you're doing business with somebody and want to go off and do business with somebody else," he explains. “In no way, shape or form do I want anything I do with Stone Temple Pilots to interfere with what we have to do as a band."
Both groups have new releases headed our way this month: Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington will drop their debut EP, High Rise, on Tuesday, while Linkin Park will release Recharged, an album that features new interpretations of songs from 2012's Living Things, on October 29.
Source: Abc ePrep
Before Pearl Jam releases Lightning Bolt, their first album in four years, you'll get a chance to sample it free. The group is currently streaming every song from the release on iTunes.
Lightning Bolt features 12 new tracks, and will arrive at all the usual outlets on October 15. You’ll get your chance to hear the new material performed live when the band heads out on a North American tour this fall. That trek begins on Friday at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. To see the full list of dates, visit PearlJam.com.
Here is the track list for Lightning Bolt:
"Mind Your Manners"
"My Father's Son"
"Let the Records Play"
"Sleeping by Myself"
Source: Abc ePrep