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Throughout the years we’ve made no secret of our deep love and admiration for Ronnie James Dio. Whether it was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell or Dio, his powerful voice was instantly recognizable and his music inspired and influenced the four of us tremendously. When we were asked to be a part of a tribute album for Ronnie, of course we immediately said "f*ck yeah!" Choosing a song to record, however, was a MUCH harder decision . . . so we did four! Our contribution to Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life will include the medley we call "Ronnie Rising, " comprised of Rainbow’s "A Light In The Black," "Tarot Woman," "Stargazer," and "Kill The King."
The full album hits the streets and all of your friendly digital outlets on April 1, 2014 and 100% of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (www.diocancerfund.org).
More Record Store Day goodies to come out! RECORD STORE DAY: More Releases Announced
The folks behind Record Store Day have announced more special releases coming out on April 19th
Four Aerosmith albums will be reissued on vinyl -- Rocks, Draw the Line, Night in the Ruts and Rock in a Hard Place. 311's self-titled 1995 album and Evolver are out on vinyl for the first time. Cage the Elephant's "Take It or Leave It" seven-inch single has the previously unreleased song "Jesse James." Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea"/"I Hate Myself and Want to Die" seven-inch single was set to be the final release from In Utero but was canceled after Kurt Cobain's death. Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes' Live at the Greek album is available on vinyl for the first time as a triple-disc set. Cake's Vinyl Box Set includes their eight albums as well as a previously unreleased live album recorded at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace on October 12th and 13th, 2005. Five Finger Death Punch's Purgatory: Tales From the Pit is double-vinyl picture disc of live material.
METALLICA: Debut First New Song in Over Five Years
Metallica kept their promise and debuted a brand-new song at the first of their all-request shows Sunday night in Bogota, Colombia!
The track, called "The Lords of Summer," clocked in at more than eight minutes and featured the band's trademark heavy riffs and fast playing.
Watch a fan-shot video of "The Lords of Summer" below.
What do you think?
Now before we jump too far in to song speculation Lars had this to say…..to Rolling Stone.
But while the song sounds fully crafted, Ulrich says things change. "We did the same thing when we went out and played a bunch of dates in 2006," he says. "We were writing and played two different new songs over the course of that summer, and none of them made the record [Death Magnetic]. One was called 'New Song 1' – going out on a creative limb, here – and the other was called 'New Song 2.' That's how deep we went. There was a couple of pieces in 'New Song 1,' some of the middle bit ended up in 'All Nightmare Long,' and the intro bit ended up in 'The End of the Line.' That's how we work; stuff just gets changed around, moved over and this goes over there and the rest of that gets sacked and that ends up in the intro in song five."
“Hey Mom, can you turn this up? I really identify with the lackadaisical plight of Gen-X boredom to the point of being unable to get off of my couch or stop indulging in everything I shouldn’t… except I’m eight years old.”
You’ll never forget the time you got your dessert taken away for a week because you dropped “the B-word” during a heated game of four square during recess — but you’ll never know your mom was secretly kind of proud you learned it in such a feminist context.
3. Grease - “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee”
Grease - "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee"
Your mom probably got a phone call you still don’t know about when your best friend’s mom figured out you were the self-appointed singing Rizzo of your friend group before 5th grade graduation.
4. Weezer - “Hash Pipe”
Weezer - "Hash Pipe"
I mean you HAD to have known there’s practically only one word that rhymes with “Hash Pipe” when that’s already questionable enough from the mouths of babes.
5. Limp Bizkit - “Break Stuff”
Limp Bizkit - "Break Stuff"
“No, Mom, I’ll send MYSELF to my room tonight.”
6. Marcy Playground - “Sex and Candy”
Marcy Playground - "Sex and Candy"
I fell in love with a stranger through a druggy haze… and now a “sweet” mistaken metaphor has mistakenly made the situation sound cute.
7. Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink - “Lady Marmalade”
Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink - "Lady Marmalade"
All those months spent memorizing lyrics that honored ladies of the night…
8. Suzanne Vega - “Luka”
Suzanne Vega - "Luka"
While you were singing about sweet Luka, you probably failed to realize he REALLY needs your help.
9. Anything by The Bloodhound Gang
Anything by The Bloodhound Gang
It’s a good thing their subjective reign of terror ended with a one-hit-wonder, because anything beyond the already-rowdy “Bad Touch” would have surely gotten our mouths washed out with soap.
10. Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”
Rolling Stones – "Brown Sugar"
It should come as no surprise that Mick is NOT singing about the secret ingredient to your favorite chocolate chip cookies.
I like many of you were unable to attend the Tool show in Portland last Thursday. Lucky for us Matt Koch (who you can hear on the air tonight at midnight) gave us a show review!
Take it away Matt……..
As soon as I saw my friend’s Facebook status saying he had an extra ticket to see Tool in Portland, I knew I had to jump on it. Granted the show was in less than 48 hours and I was scheduled to work that night, but with Tool there’s no second guessing… just make it happen. You will not be disappointed. Having seen them 3 times before, I knew this.
First of all, the crowd at a Tool show is always great people watching. They really bring out an interesting cross-section of society, especially in a city like Portland. The melting pot of metalheads, bros, hippies, hipsters, goths, and even the occasional soccer mom was a spectacle all by itself. Speaking of diversity, there’s always a wide range of chemicals being ingested as well.
When you see a Tool show it’s so much more than just a musical experience, it’s sort of like an entire sensory overload (hence all the chemicals). Whoever their laser guy is definitely deserves a raise. (I believe Adam Jones is responsible for a lot of the visuals on the screen, and he’s probably already getting his fair share.) They do such a great job of controlling the vibe of the room with a “less is more” approach. Those few times Maynard acknowledges the crowd, everyone goes absolutely ballistic. The band is always more than happy to relish the lull between songs, and the tension/anticipation that comes with it. It really is a special kind of anticipation compared with other bands too, because most people in attendance are OBSESSED with Tool, and no two Tool fans will ever agree on what their greatest song is (hell, I can’t even agree with myself on what I think it is). So you have tens of thousands of people all eagerly wanting to hear something different, and there’s no one “big hit”. This was my first time seeing them where I tried to have no expectations or hopes of what they were going to play, so I just sat back, relaxed and let them bring the awesomeness to me.
The setlist was good, especially the second half of it. This was the second time I’ve seen them open with Third Eye, which I think does a great job of setting the mood up front. The intermission after Lateralus caught most of the crowd off guard and threw the guy next to me on mushrooms into a state of utter shock and confusion. (I’m sure Maynard the prankster would’ve gotten a kick out of it.) Coming back with Danny’s drum solo into a King Crimson cover was a real cool way to warm the crowd back up, not that anyone needed it. As usual, no encore. Dig the complete setlist here. http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/tool/2014/moda-center-portland-or-7bc28e2c.html
My only real issue that night was the sound, which I think has to do with it being an arena show. They have so many little nuances going on (looking at you, Mr. Carey) and I just don’t think the acoustics of an arena work as well for a band like that versus, say Avenged Sevenfold, who have literally changed their sound because they play such huge venues now and the complexities tend to get drowned out. I thought this when I saw Tool at Comcast Arena in ‘07 and I thought it Thursday night at the Moda Center. I will say that I did not have the best seats, but that’s kind of the point: at The Gorge in ‘06 and at Nokia Theater in ‘10 (where they played two nights in order to avoid Staples Center, the arena right next door) I didn’t need the best seats to hear everything super clearly because they are both built for concerts, not basketball games. It wasn’t going on for the whole show or even every song, just noticeable in certain parts. But at the same time there’s 80 gazillion Tool fans out there, so they kinda need to play big venues. That’s how it goes and they always make up for it with killer visuals that are awesome no matter where you sit!
All things considered this was my second favorite Tool show I’ve seen, behind The Gorge in ‘06. Really, I think the fact I have 3 prior shows to compare it to is a sign that I’ve got my life on the right track (although I’m a greedy bastard and still wish I was there at The Paramount!) If you ever have the chance to see them: DO IT!
It’s been confirmed they are working on a new album, that is all I or anyone else around here knows. I’ll close with this optimistic SPECULATION that I came up with at Union Jack’s after the show: I think/hope that work on the new album is going well and the band was like, “Hey let’s do a few dates to have some fun, get back in the groove, maybe get inspired a little bit.” Then hopefully once this mini-tour wraps up, they go back in the studio fresh, finish up the album and put it out in time for a summer tour that involves a show at The Gorge that all you beautiful people reading this get to experience with me. I’m gonna keep hoping for that til someone tells me it’s not happening. See you there!
Earlier today I had a fun chat with Chester Bennington of Linkin Park! We had lots to discuss including the RAWKING new song “Guilty All The Same”!!! Chester told some great stories including a very phallic show & tour pranks with the Deftones!
Davey Havok of AFI joined us as well. Good dude! Don’t forget we got tickets for you to see the Carnivores tour stop September 13th at The Gorge.
A clip from the upcoming Jimi Hendrix bio-pic All Is By My Side has hitYouTube.
The clip features Hendrix, played by OutKast rapper Andre Benjamin, flirting withImogen Poots's Linda Keith, the onetime girlfriend of Keith Richards who inspired songs by both men. The film, which debuted last fall at the Toronto Film Festival, will have its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas on Wednesday. It was written and directed by 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley.
This mammoth of a Northwest album turns 20 on Saturday! We’ve got some cool things planned for Friday between Ryan Castle and myself. There is a colossal reissue planned for June! The press release is below for all the details on that.
1. "Let Me Drown"
2. "My Wave"
3. "Fell on Black Days"
6. "Head Down"
7. "Black Hole Sun"
9. "Limo Wreck"
10. "The Day I Tried to Live"
12. "Fresh Tendrils"
13. "4th of July"
14. "Half" Shepherd
15. "Like Suicide"
Check out this CNN news report on the “New” Soundgarden album from 1994!
SOUNDGARDEN to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Superunknown LP
Superunknown Reissue Package out June 3, 2014 via A&M Records/UME
Two Deluxe Editions including Rare Demos and Rehearsal Recordings and More
Limited Edition Five 10-inch Vinyl Set of Superunknown: The Singles Available on Record Store Day- April 19
Superunknown Reissue Cover Art
“The best albums define their time, then transcend it. Superunknown is an honest monument to its era and birthplace – the extreme glories of the Seattle boom,
after the success of Nirvana's 1991 supernova, Nevermind, and the rapid, tragic fallout. Superunknown is also a heavy masterpiece of vision and backbone, a classic of American, progressive hard rock made by a band that, from the start, always aimed higher and farther than its scene, peers and competition.”
-- David Fricke
New York, NY – February 24, 2014 – On March 8, 1994, Seattle rock band Soundgarden released their critically acclaimed fourth album, Superunknown, on A&M Records. An immediate No. 1 in the U.S., it earned the band two Grammy® Awards, sold millions of records worldwide, and introduced Soundgarden to a mass TV audience via the influential video for its most iconic track, “Black Hole Sun.” It helped redefine alternative rock and influenced the course of music history.
This year, the band celebrates the 20th anniversary of this groundbreaking album with a special reissue in two deluxe versions outlined below and available on June 3, 2014 via A&M Records/UME. The Deluxe Edition is a 2-CD package featuring the remastered album along with disc two consisting of demos, rehearsals, B-sides and more. The Super Deluxe Edition is a 5-CD package featuring the remastered album, additional demos, rehearsals and B-sides and the fifth disc is the album remastered in Blu-ray ™ Audio 5.1 Mix. The Super Deluxe Edition is incredibly packaged in a hardbound book with a lenticular cover, liner notes by David Fricke and newly reimagined album artwork. A 2-LP gatefold of the original 16 tracks remastered on 200-gram vinyl in a gatefold jacket will also be made available. In addition, Superunknown will be reissued on Record Store Day, April 19, as a set of five, limited edition vinyl albums featuring the singles and B-sides, and as a 2-LP gatefold set with the original 16 tracks on 200-gram vinyl.
Last night, the band - Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron - made available a never-before-heard rehearsal version of album track “The Day I Tried To Live.” PRESS HERE to listen.
The album yielded such singles as “Black Hole Sun,” "Spoonman," “The Day I Tried to Live,” “My Wave” and “Fell on Black Days.” The first two tracks won Grammy® Awards in 1995, when the album was also nominated for Best Rock Album. The album has also been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States and has sold around 9 million copies worldwide, making it the band’s most commercially successful album. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked the album as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties. Superunknown debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide.
The band released their first studio album in 16 years, King Animal, in November of 2012 to widespread critical acclaim and it debuted as the No. 1 Rock Album in the U.S. Co-produced by the band and Adam Kasper at Studio X in Seattle, it was released on via Loma Vista/Republic. The first single, “Been Away Too Long,” reached No. 1 on both Active and Rock format charts. PRESS HERE to watch the video for the band's second single from the album, “By Crooked Steps,” directed by friend and fan Dave Grohl. This year, the band announced that they will be headlining the Sasquatch Festival in the U.S.'s Pacific Northwest over July 4th weekend.
Stay tuned for more news and announcements surrounding Superunknown 20. It’s going to be a very loud year.
What the critics said about Superuknown in `94:
"Demonstrates far greater range than many bands manage in an entire career. At its best, Superunknown offers a more harrowing depiction of alienation and despair than anything on In Utero." (5 Stars)- Rolling Stone ( J.D. Considine)
"Soundgarden dealt in unreconstructed heavy rock: a heavy guitar sound, depth-charge drumming” (5 stars)- Q Magazine
"stands as Soundgarden’s masterpiece." -Blender (Ann Powers)
"Superunknown actually tries to broaden its audience by breaking heavy-metal genre barriers that Soundgarden used to accept. Soundgarden...want[s] something different from standard heavy metal.”
- The New York Times (Jon Pareles)
"hard-rock milestone-a boiling vat of volcanic power, record-making smarts, and '90s anomie and anxiety that sets a new standard for anything called metal." (A)- Entertainment Weekly (David Browne)
"It's obvious that Superunknown was consciously styled as a masterwork, and it fulfills every ambition." (5 stars) - Allmusic ( Steve Huey)
SUPERUNKNOWN – DELUXE EDITION 2CD TRACK LISTING:
CD ONE – REMASTERED ALBUM
1. Let Me Drown
2. My Wave
3. Fell on Black Days
6. Head Down
7. Black Hole Sun
9. Limo Wreck
10. The Day I Tried to Live
12. Fresh Tendrils
13. 4th of July
15. Like Suicide
16. She Likes Surprises
CD TWO – Demos, Rehearsals, B-Sides & More
1. Let Me Drown (Demo)^
2. Black Hole Sun (Demo)^
3. Half (Demo)^
4. Head Down (Rehearsal)^
In celebration of their 40th anniversary, Rush will reissue he original Moon Records vinyl release of their self-titled debut album.
It will come packaged in a sturdy, custom box with a lift-off top, and is pressed on 200g, audiophile grade vinyl, from the original 1974 analog stereo masters. It also features the original Moon Records jacket art, a reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, three lithographs of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and original drummer John Rutsey, a digital download card for a free digital copy and other goodies.
The re-issued package comes out on April 15th.