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Swedish Rockers Avatar Unleash ‘Freak Show’ in New York City

Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire On Jan. 30, 2013, history was made for the Swedish hard rock band, Avatar . Filling the basement of New York City’s Webster Hall, known as The Studio, Avatar played their first show on US soil since their inception in 2001. Playing a 10-song set, the guys from Sweden set the bar high for their upcoming tour with Sevendust and Lacuna Coil , which kicks off on Feb. 1 in Greenville, S.C. Being their first show in the States, most in attendance weren’t quite sure what to expect. As lead singer Johannes Eckerström came out onstage in a full-leather outfit, including a leather hood, Avatar tore into ‘Let Us Die’ from their latest album, ‘Black Waltz.’ The bar was set for the rest of the night. Blistering rock pummeled The Studio at Webster Hall as Avatar ripped through song after song, leaving no time for anyone to catch their breath. The highlight of the night came with the final song in the set, ‘Smells Like a Freak Show.’ With the video debuting recently on Loudwire , it was easy to see the band was excited to unveil the tune on U.S. soil. The energy onstage bled through to the crowd as fans were singing along and banging their heads to the infectious rhythm. If Avatar’s debut in America is any sign of what’s to come, don’t miss your chance to see the Swedish rockers opening for Sevendust and Lacuna Coil. You won’t be disappointed. Avatar’s latest album, ‘Black Waltz,’ is currently available at iTunes . Avatar Jan. 30, 2012 New York, N.Y. Set List: ‘Let Us Die’ ‘Dying to See You Die’ ‘Torn Apart’ ‘Let It Burn’ ‘Black Waltz’ ‘Napalm’ ‘Paint Me Red’ ‘Ready For the Ride’ ‘Smells Like a Freak Show’ Photos of Avatar at The Studio at Webster Hall Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire Chuck Armstrong, Loudwire

Avatar, ‘Smells Like a Freakshow’ – Exclusive Video Premiere

Vimeo Get ready to rock as Avatar are unleashing the video for their current single, ‘Smells Like a Freakshow’ and Loudwire is bringing you the exclusive premiere. The Swedish rockers have provided an interesting character study for the video, as each of the band members get to play the role of tormentor and the tormented in the Johan Carlen-directed video. The band tells Loudwire, “The video illustrates inner conflict in an explicit manner, using abuse of unjust power in different contexts. The lyrical themes of downfall, embracing of decadence and failed attempts to escape are pointed out by the fact that ultimately the bad guys win.” Though all of the members go through a rough conflict with themselves in the video, singer Johannes Eckerstrom has perhaps the most compelling battle. One version of himself stands tall and confident, whipping and taunting the other version of himself, which is slumped over and chained to a post before attempting to escape. ‘Smells Like a Freak Show’ is featured on the band’s fourth studio album and first proper American release, ‘Black Waltz.’ Eckerstrom says of their sound, “We’re in this weird field, caught in a triangle between extreme metal, rock ‘n’ roll and what can be described as Avant-garde.” But even with that eclectic nature, the singer says he feels the band has hit their stride. He adds, “We finally came to understand what a good groove is all about and what a great fit it was for our sound.” The ‘Black Waltz’ album is currently available for purchase here . Watch Avatar’s ‘Smells Like a Freakshow’ Video [button href=”http://loudwire.com/avatar-let-it-burn-exclusive-video-premiere/” title=”Next: Watch Avatar’s ‘Let It Burn’ Video” align=”center”]

Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Video Smashed Bass Hits the Auction Block

YouTube Nirvana ’s memorable music video for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ served as the battle cry for a whole new revolution for rock music, and now, a little piece of musical history from the clip is up for grabs. However, you better have deep pockets if you’re hoping to score the rock ‘n’ roll remnant. Most fans will recall the end of the iconic video when Kurt Cobain picks up a guitar and beats the heck out of it, smashing it to rubble. Now, more than two decades later, what’s left of the iconic bass smash is being auctioned off for big bucks. Christie’s of London has it going on the block Nov. 29 and they expect it to sell in the 25-40 thousand dollar range. The history of the bass has come to light as well, with ArtDaily reporting that bassist Krist Novoselic bought the 1960s Japanese Zen-On sunburst finish bass guitar at a pawn shop, while looking for something cheap that he knew would eventually be destroyed in the video shoot. According to musical lore, the remnants of the bass went home with a teenager who signed up to be an extra in the video. That’s not a bad parting gift. The bass joins other musical memorabilia for sale to the highest bidder including a high school yearbook signed by one Bob Dylan when he was a mere 17 years old. Head here for all of the auction item details. Watch Kurt Cobain Smash the Bass to Bits in the ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Video [button href=”http://loudwire.com/unique-smells-like-teen-spirit-covers/” title=”Next: 10 Unique Covers of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’” align=”center”]

Courtney Love Reportedly Trying to Bring Nirvana Musical to Broadway or Big Screen

Jemal Countess, Getty Images Courtney Love is reportedly developing a Nirvana -based musical for Broadway or the big screen. The widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is apparently teaming up with music industry manager Sam Lutfi, who is currently in a legal battle with former client Britney Spears. According to the New York Daily News , Lutfi spoke about working with Love to create the Nirvana musical during his testimony in the current Britney Spears trial. “[Courtney Love and I] are currently working on a possible motion picture or Broadway musical based on the Nirvana catalog, based on her life and Kurt Cobain’s,’ said Lufti during the trial. He claims to be co-managing Love, whom he calls “an accomplished actress.” “She’s been talking about doing a movie or play about her life with Kurt for a long time,” claims an insider to the New York Daily News. “So far, nothing has materialized from it… It’s been her dream to get her side of the story out.” Courtney Love was recently forced to hand over rights to use Kurt Cobain’s name, likeness and image to daughter Frances Bean Cobain , due to the terms of a $2.75 million loan that Love took against Frances Bean’s personal trust fund in 2010. Nirvana seem to be a hot topic in the entertainment world lately, as a writer from ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is reportedly creating a sitcom for CBS called ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ [button href=”http://loudwire.com/nirvana-you-know-youre-right-top-21st-century-hard-rock-songs/” title=”Nirvana – Top 21st Century Hard Rock Songs” align=”center”]

Jay-Z: Kurt Cobain ‘Stopped Hip-Hop for a Second’

Jason Kempin / Frank Micelotta, Getty Images The grunge scene of the early ’90s has been credited for flipping the music world on its ear and effectively shoving the hair metal dominance of the late ’80s to the side. However, grunge’s takeover didn’t just affect hair metal, and rapper Jay-Z says in a new interview that even the growing popularity of hip-hop stalled out a little bit when Nirvana came to prominence. In the new coffee-table book ‘Pharrell: The Places and Spaces,’ (excerpted by Spin ) singer-producer Pharrell Williams interviewed rap icon and music mogul Jay-Z, who recalls in particular what an important record Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was in the history of music. Jay-Z says, “First we’ve got to go back to before grunge and why grunge happened. Hair bands dominated the airwaves and rock became more about looks than about actual substance and what it stood for – the rebellious spirit of youth … That’s why ‘Teen Spirit’ rang so loud because it was right on point with how everyone felt, you know what I’m saying?” The rapper adds, “It was weird because hip-hop was becoming this force, then grunge music stopped it for one second, ya know? Those hair bands were too easy for us to take out. When Kurt Cobain came with that statement, it was like, ‘We’ve got to wait awhile.’” Jay-Z says that while keeping an eye on the big picture, he’s always been fascinated by the acts that emerge as a powerful force, regardless of the genre. He adds, “When those forces come on the scene, they are inescapable – can’t take your eyes off them, can’t stop listening to them. [Cobain] was one of those figures. I knew we had to wait for a second before we became that dominate force in music.” The ‘Pharrell: The Places and Spaces I’ve Been’ book is due Oct. 16. [button href=”http://loudwire.com/best-grunge-bands/” title=”Next: 10 Best Grunge Bands of All-Time” align=”center”]

Fear Factory Vocalist Explains His Appearance in Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Video

‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is an iconic video, with Nirvana playing a pep rally that turns into chaos. The song ended up being Nirvana’s biggest hit and propelled the album ‘Nevermind’ to the top of the charts. One thing you may not know, however, is that one of the kids in the video was Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell. In an audio interview with MusicFrenzy.net, Bell recalled how his

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