Outspoken Smashing Pumpkins outspoken frontman Billy Corgan went on a rant about how music culture and ethos have been negatively affected by shows like ‘American Idol‘ and ‘X Factor‘ at a SXSW panel on March 13. Despite his distaste for such programs, the frontman said that he would certainly take a gig as a judge on one of those very shows if offered.
We already knew that Slash was working on a song with ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, since he tweeted about the collaboration the other night. Now, full details about Adler’s new project have surfaced. The skins smasher’s new project is simply named Adler and the power trio features the drummer alongside singer Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric) and guitarist Lonny Paul (Adler’s Appetite).
Last weekend, news that former Kyuss members Josh Homme (currently of Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal and Them Crooked Vultures) and Scott Reeder had brought a lawsuit against original Kyuss members John Garcia and Brant Bjork, who have been touring as Kyuss Lives!
Look out Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. Courtney Love is on the warpath. According to TMZ, the latest claim out of Love is that the Muppets “raped” the memory of her husband, the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, with the way the plush puppets handled his signature song ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in the 2011 film. Furthermore, Court claims that the powers-that-be- used the song without her permission.
Deftones frontman Chino Moreno is once again off the market. (Sorry, girls!) Moreno, 38, wed his longtime girlfriend Risa Mora in a ceremony in the thoroughly romantic locale of Hawaii last week. The couple swapped vows on Wednesday, March 7.
The Revolver Golden Gods Awards take place April 11 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater in conjunction with ‘Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal,’ which is a metal exhibit at the adjacent Grammy Museum. The display serves to educate visitors about the genre we all know and love by collecting various items relating to the metal acts. Hellyeah and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul chatted with Revolver TV about the upcoming metallic festivities, as well as Hellyeah’s new album ‘Band of Brothers,’ due this June.
Five Finger Death Punch don’t waste any time. The band, enjoying a surge of success on the back of its third album ‘American Capitalist,’ embarks on tour after tour, leaving little time to record, right? Wrong! FFDP aren’t falling victim to idle time while on the road, instead bringing mobile recording equipment on tour so they can work while traveling from city to city. It effectively ensures that good musical ideas don’t get away from them. Ultimately, the rockers represent a model of efficiency.
Record Store Day is a goldmine for collectors and music geeks, with lots of limited edition material flooding the racks at indie retailers in a concerted effort to entice consumers into the stores. Cradle of Filth are giving headbangers more than enough reason to head to the local mom and pop shop, since the British black metal blasphemers will release ‘Midnight in the Labyrinth’ as a limited edition, two-disc set on April 21, according to a Facebook post.
One-time Kyuss members Joshua Homme (guitars) and Scott Reeder (bass) have filed a federal lawsuit against Kyuss Lives!, featuring singer John Garcia and drummer Brant Bjork. The pair was forced to bring legal action against their former bandmates for perpetrating what they believe is trademark infringement and consumer fraud. They also contend that this was the last thing they wanted to do. However, they were left with no choice but to take it to the courts.
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan doesn’t know what’s going to happen next month at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. While tongues are wagging over whether or not GN’R will take up their instruments to celebrate this major accolade, the musician maintains that he can only speak for himself, saying that he’ll be there with bells on and that he’s not “that guy” who rallies the troops anymore.
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