Archive for September, 2012

Foo Fighters Play Last Show for a Long While at New York’s Global Citizen Festival

Theo Wargo, Getty Images It was a bittersweet moment Saturday night in New York’s Park as the Foo Fighters played an electrifying set at the Global Citizen Festival, but also made the announcement during the show that it will be their last performance for an indefinite period of time. Singer Dave Grohl told the audience, “We’re not making a big deal out of this, but this is it. We don’t have any more shows after this. This is it. We don’t have any ones after this. This is the show where we play as many songs as we can in a short period of time because honestly, I don’t know when we’re gonna do it again, but this is the perfect place to do it right now tonight.” The Foo Fighters did make the most of their set time, rocking through nine songs and keeping the energy high throughout. The performance opened with Grohl alone onstage with his guitar, relying on the audience for backup during the opening verses of ‘Times Like These’ before the rest of his band joined midway through to provide the frantic closing to the song. An impressive display of hard-rocking power followed, with ‘All My Life,’ ‘My Hero,’ and ‘Arlandria’ leading the way. The band did work in a few of their mid-tempo favorites like ‘Learn to Fly,’ ‘These Days,’ and ‘Walk’ before rounding out their performance with ‘Best of You’ and ‘Everlong.’ Grohl admitted being torn during the performance, stating, “I wish we could play all night … but I wanna see Neil Young .” He followed that with his announcement about it being the band’s final show for some time. For those worried about the future, it should be noted that Grohl made a similar statement to fans in the U.K. at the end of their overseas tour and then after commentary on the Internet hit a certain point buzzing that a hiatus was coming, Grohl posted his own response downplaying the hiatus talk . What this likely suggests is that the Foo Fighters have come to the end of their ‘Wasting Light’ touring cycle, and will take however much time is needed to re-energize before approaching their next disc. Grohl would later return to the stage, as he and the Black Keys ‘ Dan Auerbach would join headliners Neil Young for the all-star finale of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World.’ In addition to the two musicians, members of Foo Fighters, Band of Horses , and opening act K’Naan all grabbed every available microphone to provide backing vocals on the track. [button href=”” title=”Next: Foo Fighters: Bizarre Tour Rider Requests” align=”center”] Watch Foo Fighters Perform ‘Everlong’ at the Global Citizen Festival Watch Foo Fighters Perform ‘Times Like These’ at the Global Citizen Festival Foo Fighters’ Global Citizen Festival Set ‘Times Like These’ ‘All My Life’ ‘My Hero’ ‘Learn to Fly’ ‘Arlandria’ ‘These Days’ ‘Walk’ ‘Best of You’ ‘Everlong’

Scars on Broadway Launch Rare Tour at California’s Epicenter Festival

Noel Vasquez, Getty Images Scars on Broadway ‘s live shows have been few and far between since they released their self-titled debut disc in 2008, but singer and lead guitarist Daron Malakian has reconfigured the band’s lineup and is ready to hit the road this fall. The group’s first performance on their current run with Deftones came Saturday (Sept. 29) in Irvine, Calif. as part of the Epicenter Festival. Earlier this year, Scars on Broadway parted ways with their other System of a Down tie – John Dolmayan – but have since replaced him with Jules Pampena on drums and percussion. Also absent from the 2008 lineup is guitarist and occasional lead vocalist Franky Perez. The current band, which also features Danny Shamoun on keyboards and Dominic Cifarelli on bass, got to work out a mixture of older favorites like ‘They Say’ with brand new songs like ‘Dictator,’ ‘Sickening Wars,’ and ‘Guns Are Loaded.’ They’ll be opening dates for Deftones this fall. The band also recently revealed that an EP is in the works, but a release date has not been announced. [button href=”” title=”Next: Scars on Broadway Tease ‘Guns Are Loaded’ Song” align=”center”] Watch Scars on Broadway Perform ‘They Say / F— N Kill’ Watch Scars on Broadway Perform ‘Guns Are Loaded’ ?

Sebastian Bach Picks Jeff George to Fill Vacant Guitarist Spot

Mary Ouellette, Sebastian Bach is moving on after coming to a contractual dispute with guitarist Nick Sterling. The singer has named Jeff George as his new guitarist, and the musician stepped in Friday night in Halifax, Nova Scotia for his first performance with the group. George had previously played with Asking Alexandria singer Danny Worsnop, and is based out of Los Angeles. He joins the band after Bach and Sterling had a falling out last month over a live television broadcast. In the interim, the singer has been utilizing special guests to help fill the voice, with Black Veil Brides ‘ Jinx and Wildside’s Brent Woods among those joining Bach onstage. Leading up to the first performance, Bach tweeted , “My new guitar player ROCKS!! We are gonna destroy Halifax tonight! Welcome to the band.” After the first show was over, Bach posted a photo of George on his Facebook page , with the caption: “My new guitar player Jeff George KICKS ASS! We are going to start on new music immediately!” He also posted a photo he took of the new guitarist (which is at the bottom of this story). Footage from the band’s Halifax show with George on guitar can be seen below. At present, Bach has some spacing in his itinerary to begin recording if he wants. The singer will take part in the Las Vegas-based Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp Oct. 13, and there’s a Loudpark Festival stop in Japan at the end of October. There are also three November stops toward the end of the month, with two of them in New York and a third in Wales. Facebook: Sebastian Bach Watch Jeff George Joining Sebastian Bach for ’18 and Life’ Watch Jeff George Joining Sebastian Bach for ‘Youth Gone Wild’ [button href=”” title=”Next: Sebastian Bach Explains Guitarist Nick Sterling’s Absence” align=”center”]

Slash to Release Limited-Edition Deluxe Four-Disc Box Set

Eagle Rock Slash fans in the U.K. and Europe are in for a special treat this winter when a limited run of a new deluxe packaged Slash CD/DVD box sets will hit the market on Dec. 3. The special set includes the ‘Made In Stoke 24/07/11’ DVD where Slash rocks out some of his best solo tunes combined with songs from the Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver catalog in addition to a single CD edit of the concert. The set also includes Slash’s latest studio release ‘Apocalyptic Love,’ and his previously unreleased DVD, ‘Live From New York.’ The four-disc set will come packaged with a 60-page hardcover book sporting many previously unreleased photos of the top-hatted one. Fans in the U.S. hoping to score a copy of the box set will have a small window of opportunity as well. SlashOnline will have a handful of imports but supplies will be limited. Slash is currently winding down his North American touring, with a show in Springfield, Mo. tonight, and performances in Oakland and Los Angeles Tuesday and Wednesday before jetting off to Europe and South America for a majority of the remainder of the year. [button href=”” title=”Next: Slash Reveals Animated ‘Bad Rain’ Video” align=”center”] View the full track listing for all four discs below: Disc One: ‘Made in Stoke 24/07/11’ DVD 1. ‘Been There Lately’ 2. ‘Nightrain’ 3. ‘Ghost’ 4. ‘Mean Bone’ 5. ‘Back From Cali’ 6. ‘Rocket Queen’ 7. ‘Civil War’ 8. ‘Nothing to Say’ 9. ‘Starlight’ 10. ‘Promise’ 11. ‘Doctor Alibi’ 12. Speed Parade 13. ‘Watch This’ 14. ‘Beggars & Hangers On’ 15. ‘Patience’ 16. ‘Godfather Solo’ 17. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ 18. ‘Slither’ 19. ‘By the Sword’ 20. ‘Mr. Brownstone’ 21. ‘Paradise City’ Bonus Features: Interviews with Slash, Myles Kennedy and Uncle Ian Disc Two: ‘Made in Stoke 24/07/11′ CD 1. ‘Been There Lately’ 2. ‘Ghost’ 3. ‘Mean Bone’ 4. ‘Back From Cali’ 5. ‘Starlight’ 6. ‘Promise’ 7. ‘Doctor Alibi’ 8. ‘Speed Parade’ 9. ‘Watch This’ 10. ‘Patience’ 11. ‘Sweet Child O’Mine’ 12. ‘Slither’ 13.’By the Sword’ 14. ‘Paradise City’ Disc Three: ‘Apocalyptic Love’ CD 1. ‘Apocalyptic Love’ 2. ‘One Last Thrill’ 3. ‘Standing in the Sun’ 4. ‘You’re a Lie’ 5. ‘No More Heroes’ 6. ‘Halo’ 7. ‘We Will Roam’ 8. ‘Anastasia’ 9. ‘Not for Me’ 10. ‘Bad Rain’ 11. ‘Hard & Fast’ 12. ‘Far and Away’ 13. ‘Shots Fired’ Disc Four: ‘Live From New York’ DVD 1. ‘Mean Bone’ 2. ‘Dirty Little Thing’ 3. ‘Nightrain’ 4. ‘One Last Thrill’ 5. ‘Back From Cali’ 6. ‘Ghost’ 7. ‘Standing in the Sun’ 8. ‘Rocket Queen’ 9. ‘Doctor Alibi’ 10. ‘Speed Parade’ 11. ‘Apocalyptic Love’ 12. ‘Watch This’ 13. ‘Starlight’ 14. ‘Just Like Anything’ 15. ‘Halo’ 16.’ You’re a Lie’ 17. ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ 18. ‘Slither’ 19. ‘By the Sword’ 20. ‘Paradise City’

Nonpoint and Taproot Bring ‘Everlasting’ Energy to New York Crowd

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Earlier this week Nonpoint and Taproot rocked an intimate show at New York City’s Gramercy Theater and brought some serious force with two powerful sets. Headliners Nonpoint are touring in support of their upcoming self-titled album due out Oct. 9. They rocked out a couple new tracks from the forthcoming disc, such as their single ‘Left for You’ and ‘I Said It.’ They also delivered such fan favorites as ‘Mind Trip,’ ‘Broken Bones,’ ‘Miracle,’ ‘What a Day,’ and ‘Bullet With a Name’ among numerous others, bringing the passion and sweat onstage throughout. Frontman Elias Soriano definitely had a captivated audience, as the crowd was moving throughout. Taproot also gave a vigorous performance and for someone who has had a rough year filled with health issues , frontman Stephen Richards sounded impeccable and was on top of his game. With his charismatic facial expressions and jumping rope with the microphone chord, his stage presence and the band’s overall energy resonated throughout the venue. Not to mention the “Let’s Go Rangers” chant Richards started also really got fans going and kept them in their corner for the rest of the night. The band performed new tracks such as their singles ‘No Surrender’ and ‘The Everlasting’ from their latest disc ‘The Episodes’ which dropped earlier this year. They also worked in older staples like ‘Smile,’ ‘Myself,’ ‘Path Less Taken,’ ‘Calling’ and of course ‘Poem’ just to name a few. To catch the remaining dates where you can see Nonpoint with Taproot, go here . [button href=”” title=”Next: Nonpoint Reveal Self-Titled Album Track Listing + Cover Art” align=”center”] Nonpoint: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Taproot: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

20 Years Ago Today: Alice in Chains Release ‘Dirt’

Columbia It was Sept. 29, 1992 when Alice in Chains released their sophomore set, ‘Dirt,’ a brooding masterpiece that would stand as one of the ’90s best works. Having made inroads with their debut full-length ‘Facelift’ and its pre-grunge explosion single ‘Man in the Box,’ many felt the group was primed for something big now that their music scene was finally taking off nationwide. They didn’t disappoint, and got an early boost when the song ‘ Would? ‘ from the forthcoming album would turn up on the ‘Singles’ soundtrack. The melancholy track was penned by guitarist Jerry Cantrell as a reaction to the death of his late friend, Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone, who died from a heroin overdose a few years prior. Cantrell would state on the ‘Music Bank’ liner notes, “I was thinking a lot about Andrew Wood at the time. We always had a great time when we did hang out, much like Chris Cornell and I do. There was never really a serious moment or conversation, it was all fun. Andy was a hilarious guy, full of life and it was really sad to lose him. But I always hate people who judge the decisions others make. So it was also directed towards people who pass judgments.” The feelings brought about by addiction issues would play a large role in the recording of ‘Dirt.’ ‘ Them Bones ‘ would be the second single from the disc (first if you consider ‘Would?’ initially coming from a soundtrack prior to the album’s release). From a vocal standpoint, there’s not much more powerful than the primal scream that Layne Staley delivers at the beginning of the song. On the lyrical side, Cantrell would state that the track was his take on the mortality that faces us all. The guitarist also took great pride in the track’s 7/8 time signature, telling Guitar World , “Off-time stuff is just more exciting. It takes people by surprise when you shift gears like that before they even know what the hell hit ‘em … A lot of Alice stuff is written that way. ‘Them Bones’ is a great off-time song.” The other major songwriter in Alice in Chains, Layne Staley, stepped up with the band’s third single, ‘ Angry Chair .’ The singer even strapped on the guitar to add a little something extra to the track. ‘Angry Chair’ is also a notable song in the band’s history as it was one of the final moments where bassist Mike Starr got to shine. Starr would eventually exit the band, leaving Mike Inez to finish out the disc and eventually take over as a full-time touring and recording member. But before he left, Starr and drummer Sean Kinney laid down the killer low end on this classic cut. The group hit on something big with their fourth single, ‘Rooster.’ The haunting opening melody of Staley and Cantrell is spine tingling, and the way Staley moves between the moody intro into the full-on belting of “ I ain’t gonna die ” later in the track shows his range. Cantrell wrote the song about his Vietnam War-vet father, who was nicknamed “The Rooster,” and the track shares some of the horrors of war that his father finally opened up about. It would go on to become the biggest song on the disc, topping out at No. 7 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. Finishing out the singles was ‘ Down in a Hole ,’ a rare love song from Alice in Chains. Cantrell said in the ‘Music Bank’ liner notes, “It’s to my long-time love. It’s the reality of my life, the path I’ve chosen, and in a weird way it kind of foretold where we are right now. It’s hard for both of us to understand … that this life is not conducive to much success with long-term relationships.” In addition to the singles, the album is filled with heavy goodness, as the chugging rocker ‘ God Smack ,’ the darkly wailing ‘ Rain When I Die ,’ and the hard-hitting ‘ Sick Man ‘ are among the standouts that never got commercial airplay. By the time the album cycle was complete, Alice in Chains had gone from potential buzz band to having their rock ‘n’ roll legacy cemented. ‘Dirt’ was the right album at the right time, and took full advantage of being released at the height of the grunge era. [button href=”” title=”Next: 10 Best Grunge Bands of All-Time” align=”center”] Watch Alice in Chains ‘Rooster’

Josh Homme Single ‘Nobody to Love’ Rolls Over ‘End of Watch’ Credits

Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images Those waiting for a new Queens of the Stone Age album will have to settle for the Josh Homme solo single titled ‘Nobody to Love’ for the time being. The track made a rather low-key debut late last week as it appeared over the closing credits of Jake Gyllenhaal-Michael Pena cop movie, ‘End of Watch.’ Antiquiet reported that Homme was breaking from the band’s current sessions back in July long enough to record the song for the film. The track was co-written with and also features producer Dave Sardy, who turns up with music throughout the soundtrack. Unfortunately, it does not feature on the commercial release of the  film’s soundtrack , but fans can still get it on the iTunes version . The track itself begins with the sound of piano keys, but eventually morphs into a more Homme-sounding cut with fuzzed-out bass and the singer’s dream-like delivery of the lyrics. The sorrowful track hits home with the chorus, “ There’s nobody to love / No pill’s gonna cure my ill .” Homme has been rather busy of late, also recording an unnamed  track with Queens for Amnesty International that will be part of a forthcoming release. In the process of revealing their involvement, Queens of the Stone Age also directed fans to read about the execution of Troy Davis and to join Amnesty International’s efforts dealing with human rights cases. Queens of the Stone Age scrapped their initial attempt at a record earlier in the year, but Homme and company returned to the studio in mid-August , posting a photo to let fans know that work had begun. Listen to Dave Sardy and Josh Homme’s ‘End of Watch’ Song, ‘Nobody to Love’ [button href=”” title=”Next: Queens of the Stone Age: Top 21st Century Hard Rock Songs” align=”center”]

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