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.
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.
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.”
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?”
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.”
“Yauch is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin Losel, as well as his parents Frances and Noel Yauch.”
Cali punks go mainstream rock with Foo Fighters-esque offering.
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.
Vivian Campbell reboots original Dio...
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.
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.