Monday, May 7, 2012

This day in Rock News , May 7th...

Jack Sherman slams his ex-bandmates...

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Jack Sherman has slammed his ex-bandmates for freezing him out of their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction...or freezing him out of their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction...

He insists the decision not to invite him and Jane’s Addiction axeman Dave Navarro was taken by the band rather than event organisers.
Sherman appeared on the Chilis’ first album and contributed material to their second. Navarro later spent five years in the band and recorded One Hot Minute with them.

But it seems that wasn't enough to have them inducted into the Hall of Fame – only late founding guitarist Hillel Slovak, veteran John Frusciante and current six-stringer Josh Klinghoffer were included.
Sherman says organisers told him induction was only open to current members or those who had played on more than one album.
But he tells Billboard: “It’s a politically correct way of omitting Dave Navarro and I for whatever reasons they have – that are probably the band’s and not the Hall’s.
“It’s really painful to see all this celebrating going on, and be excluded.”
He admits his time in the lineup from 1983 to 1985 was difficult for all concerned, but says he “soldiered on under arduous conditions to try to make the thing work – that’s what you do in a job.
“I’m being dishonoured. And it sucks.”
The Chilis’ lawyer, Eric Greenspan, says: “It’s not a decision made by the band. It’s made by the Hall of Fame. They determine which of the members, through their career, get inducted.”
Frontman Anthony Kiedis wrote in his 2004 autobiography: “Our relationship with Jack wasn’t meant to be. He did keep the band afloat for a year, and if he hadn’t, the years to follow probably wouldn’t have.”

Slash says he found it relatively easy to give up drinking and drugs once he’d made the decision to do so in 2008. “I slated a date for when I was going to put myself into rehab,” he explains. “Two months from that time I was at a friend’s house and I’d done the last of my smack. On that day, I got up, left his house and went to rehab. That was that.”

New video from The Cult...
With new album Choice Of Weapon (not Weapon Of Choice, that’d be far too easy) out later this month, and with a big new interview in the current issue of Classic Rock, rock overlords Astbury and Duffy have returned in style.

Here’s their new video. The thing we like best about it – apart from the song, which is awesome – is the top comment on YouTube: “Am I mistaken, or are most of the characters wearing leather, and fur? Huh? What about the animals?”
What indeed.

Big name tributes to Beastie Boy Adam Yauch...

Leading names in rock and metal have paid tribute to Beastie Boys bassist Adam Yauch, who died yesterday at the age of 47 following a three-year battle with cancer.

He’d spent time during his illness exploring alternative therapies and in 2010 reported he was making good progress. He later appeared in public to counter suggestions the cancer in his salivary glands was in remission, but said: “I hope to be cancer-free soon.”
Beastie Boys replaced their website’s homepage with a detailed statement, saying: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys and also of the Milarepa Foundation that produced the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits, and film production and distribution company Oscilloscope Laboratories, passed away in his native New York City this morning.”

“With fellow members Michael ‘Mike D’ Diamond and Adam ‘Adrock’ Horovitz, Beastie Boys would sell over 40 million records, release four number one albums, win three Grammys, and the MTV Video Vanguard Lifetime Achievement award. Last month Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, with Diamond and Horovitz reading an acceptance speech on behalf of Yauch, who was unable to attend.

“Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.”

Slash: ”Sad day. MCA was fucking awesome. We’ll miss you very much.”
Perry Farrell: “As sobering news as you’ll ever receive. This part of life (death) is resolute – causes one to consider their own life, and the way they’re living it. Today is a grey day. It feels as if there is no escape. Adam was a guy who brought happiness and energy to many.”
Styx: “Another great one has passed. Truly one of the best at what he did.”
Jeff Scott Soto: “You showed us how to fight for the right – long live the Beasties.”
Lenny Kravitz: “Rest in peace. You are a legend. No sleep ’till Brooklyn.”
Fred Durst: “A very sad day indeed.”
Anthrax: “RIP MCA. Cancer, you’re an asshole.”
Krist Novoselic: “Thank you for the Sabotage bass riff and many other great grooves. Adam also worked for justice and peace consciousness.”
Billy Corgan: “A man of dignity and spiritual conviction. I always had great respect for him in times we meet and talked.”
Sheryl Crow: “Adam was a remarkable human being. My boys and I will miss his gentle spirit and his love of life.”
Randy Blythe: “Beastie Boys broke a lot of rules and a lot of ground. Bummer I never saw ‘em. MCA has gone on to his final egg raid on mojo. Peace, bro.”
Other tributes came from New York Senator Chuck Schumer, Moby, Duran Duran, cyclist Lance Armstrong and actor Ben Stiller.

New song from The Offspring...
Cali punks go mainstream rock with Foo Fighters-esque offering.

The Offspring have returned with a brand new track called , which also happens to be the title of their upcoming album, out on June 25.

Singer and guitarist Dexter Holland says of the Days Go By album: “I don’t know why but I felt sort of serious writing this record and when I finished I felt I needed to have a few playful songs too. Kind of both sides of The Offspring. Either way I think these songs are all going to be a lot of fun to play live.”

The Offspring are due to play two UK shows at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th June.

New single from Cory Branan.,,
Hotly tipped solo artist channels “Paul Westerberg and the boys jamming along to E Street Band demo tapes” vibe on new track.

For his third full-length album and Bloodshot Records debut, singer/songwriter Cory Branan seems to channel his inner Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits. On the lead single, “Bad Man,” his gravelly voice helps drive a dark narrative of love, or at least something like it.

Mutt, set for a May 22 release, is Branan’s follow-up to 2002’s The Hell You Say and 2006’s 12 Songs. After recording the album at San Francisco’s Closer Studios and working with engineer/mixer Tim Mooney (American Music Club’s drummer), Branan produced the album himself. Guests on the record include Ralph Carney, Tom Waits’ horn player, as well as Luther Dickinson.
Branan is set to tour Europe and North America this spring and summer in support of Mutt
Vivian Campbell reboots original Dio...

Former Dio guitarist Vivian Campbell has revealed plans to reboot the original lineup of Dio with new singer Andy Freeman, who he vows will “do justice” to the fallen frontman’s legacy.

The Def Leppard and Thin Lizzy axeman had a rocky relationship with the former Black Sabbath front-man, who passed away in 2010.  Even though they have had there fare share of animosity in the past the guitarist has always insisted he was proud of the work he did on the first three Dio albums.

Now he’s confirmed a reunion with drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain and keyboardist Claude Schnell, two months after they jammed together. That was brought about when Campbell jammed Rainbow in the Dark with Steel Panther in January.

He says: “I met up with the original Dio band guys again. Now that I’ve brushed up on how to play those solos again, we’re planning to jam some more and plan to do some gigs too.

Campbell describes Freeman, a past member of Hurricane and Bulletboys, as “a great singer who can really do justice to Ronnie’s parts.”

Bain says: “We’ve had a couple of rehearsals and it sounds great. Listening to Vivian playing those songs again has been amazing. He’s just so into doing this and his enthusiasm has rubbed off on the rest of us.

“Andy isn’t Ronnie. How could he be? But what he does bring is his own twist on the vocals.

“Our aim is to do some shows around November, concentrating on the first two albums.  It’s gonna be great getting back onstage with these guys for the first time in so long.”

Last year Campbell revealed he’d been “numb” to the iconic singer’s death, saying: “We never had a very strong relationship beyond music. That was what brought us together. I found it difficult to communicate with him and he found it difficult to communicate with me. I didn't have any reason to contact him after he fired me.”

Vinny Appice recently came close to ruling himself out of replacing Bill Ward in the Black Sabbath reunion lineup if he was asked, saying: “It’s hard not to. But right now I’m concentrating on Kill Devil Hill.”

An official tribute band, Dio Disciples, has been touring since last year, featuring Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, Toby Jepson and James LoMenzo along with Craig Goldy, Simon Wright and Scott Warren – all of whom were in the band when Dio died.
New Soundgarden video...
Marvel continues to use super-rock to soundtrack superhero movies.
Released on April 17 and downloaded over 350,000 times during its first week on iTunes after the band made it available free, Soundgarden’s Live To Rise now has a superheroic video to go with its anthemic chorus.
Avengers Assemble is the latest in a long line of rock tracks used by Marvel in their movies – Thorfeatured the Foo Fighters’ WalkSpider-Man featured Aerosmith, Stone Sour, The Hives and more, Iron Man used the Sabbath song of the same name, and the Iron Man 2 soundtrack was essentially AC/DC’s greatest hits – proof is any were needed that rock music is still the most exciting music on the planet.

The new single from Skam...
First release from no-nonsense Leicester newbies.

Leicester-based Skam got their first, proper taste of life “on the road” on recent dates with The Answer and The Union – and they are still buzzing from the experience. They have over 300 shows to their name, all over the UK, to date – which they see as the first building blocks in not only honing their live skills but also bringing a live feel to the studio.
Debut album It’s Come To This mixes up their influences; GN’R, Maiden and AC/DC, through to Therapy? and Sabbath.
The band are: Matt Gilmore, bass; Steve Hill, vocals/guitar; Ray Perevill, drums.

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