After delaying the start of their new tour by a few days so that band and crew members could recover from an illness, Green Day kicked off the first North American leg of their world tour on Monday night (September 26th) in Columbus, Ohio. According to Diffuser, the band opened its 25-song set with two songs from the new Revolution Radio album, current single "Bang Bang" and the title track.

Only one other cut from the new album made the set list, and that was "Ordinary World," which appeared in the acoustic second encore just before "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)." The rest of the set drew heavily from 1994's Dookie and 2004's American Idiot, with the band playing five and six songs respectively from those two classic records. The trio also reached back to their second album, Kerplunk!, for three numbers while ignoring 2012's Uno!, Dos! and Tre! discs entirely.

  • Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt told us how the band approaches its vast catalog these days when putting together its live set: "We try to keep it fun for ourselves, you know. We'll mix it up if we feel like it's getting too -- you know, we don't want to ever going through the motions ever, either, so you know, we won't do it. We'll stop in the middle of a set and go, 'You know what? We're gonna play Dookie in its entirety.' But you know, we just keep it fun. It definitely is a good problem to have, to have such a big discography." in Sayreville, New Jersey. The band also announced that the shows postponed from last week in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit will now take place at the end of October.
  • Revolution Radio comes out October 7th.
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Tuesday (September 27th) was the 30th anniversary of the death of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed in 1986 at the age of 24 in a bus crash while the band was touring in Sweden. Frontman James Hetfield reflected on the somber date in a new interview posted at the official Metallica website, saying, "I miss Cliff a lot. I think about him quite often. But it also makes me realize that, you know, he’s here in spirit. He’s not here physically, but there are people that are here physically, and let’s have some good times now."

Hetfield admitted that he and his bandmates avoided dealing with their grief for a long time, saying, "We drank a lot. And then when Cliff passed away, it was doubled, you know? Took twice as much to stuff it down. And (I) never, ever really grieved. We just went back out, started touring again, and that was supposedly the remedy to shake it off and to get back on the horse, all the clichés."

  • Hetfield acknowledged that it was his 2001 stint in rehab that finally allowed him to begin processing his grief over not just Burton, but also Hetfield's late mother. The singer/guitarist remarked, "I think just by (opening up to the) memories . . . that’s how grieving is happening for me over a longer period of time."
  • Burton was replaced a month after his death by bassist Jason Newsted, who stayed with the group until 2001. Robert Trujillo took over the bass spot in 2003.
  • All three bass player, including Burton, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Metallica members in 2009. Burton's father attended the ceremony on behalf of his son.
  • At a January 2009 press conference announcing Metallica's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, James Hetfield was asked to speculate on what Burton would have thought of the induction: "I hate playing what-ifs. I love being here right now. You know, the spirit of Cliff lives in us, we take him everywhere we can, so I want to think that he would love this, the fact that Metallica is being recognized as something to reckon with."
  • Burton was not Metallica's first bass player: that honor belonged to Ron McGovney. But Burton caught the eye of Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich when they saw him play in a band called Trauma in his hometown of San Francisco.
  • They asked him to join Metallica and he said he would only do it if the group relocated to the Bay Area, which they did.
  • Burton, who played on Metallica's first three studio albums, was renowned for his ferocious live presence and extended bass solos on songs like "Orion" and "Pulling Teeth."
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Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil spoke with Los Angeles radio host Full Metal Jackie about the state of the band's next studio album, which will follow up 2012's King Animal. Thayil explained, "Right now there are some other projects that are taking up band members' time . . . Over the past year we’ve had a number of songwriting and jam sessions, Soundgarden, getting together to simply exchange ideas and document and record them. So we’ve had some rough demos of a dozen or so songs. We’ll continue to do this as everyone’s schedules open up. Hopefully next year we’ll find ourselves in the studio fleshing out these ideas."

  • Thayil cited drummer Matt Cameron's other job as the drummer for Pearl Jam and Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell's solo tour as two projects that are taking up time, along with the Temple Of The Dog reunion tour that both Cornell and Cameron are part of.
  • Thayil mentioned that, following the recent reissue of several Soundgarden albums on vinyl, other projects are coming up as well. On the schedule are a 25th anniversary edition of 1991's Badmotorfinger and a remixed version of the group's first full-length disc, 1988's Ultramega OK.
  • The guitarist told us that he and producer Jack Endino have been working for a couple of years on the latter project: "Jack and I have spent a lot of time remixing Ultramega OK, which, if you've ever read interviews with the band, nobody in the band was ever really happy with the mix. We always wanted Jack to remix it, and now it sounds bigger and warmer, it's great."
  • Soundgarden reunited in 2010 after a 13-year layoff, touring and then eventually writing new material that became the basis for 2012's King Animal, its first new studio album in 16 years.
  • Temple Of The Dog, the legendary Seattle supergroup featuring members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, begins a five-city trek on November 4th in Philadelphia. The outfit is hitting the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its self-titled 1991 album. A deluxe reissue of the disc arrived on September 30th.
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Robert Plant will join Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and the Milk Carton Kids, among others, for the "Lampedusa: Concerts For Refugees" tour. According to Plant's Facebook page (, "Lampedusa is an 11-stop concert tour intended to raise awareness of the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis. Funds raised by Lampedusa will support educational programs for refugees around the world." Plant will be on board for seven shows between October 12th through 21st when the tour hits Milwaukee, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

Robert Plant posted a statement about joining the tour on his Facebook page:

"I'm taking a break from recording the new Sensational Space Shifters record to be a part of this very important and worthwhile cause. When I watch the news and see people from these places being displaced by hatred and ignorance, I know that these people are just like you and me. All they want is to live in peace and have their children grow up loved, fed and educated. That seems a million miles away for many people at the moment. They are living in refugee camps, in conditions that are far below sustenance levels. When I heard that some of my friends were rallying to do a series of concerts to help raise funds and awareness, to help address the basic needs of food, shelter and medical care, I wanted to help, in whatever way I could. One thing that I want to make clear: as with all the other members of this tour, I will be performing two or three songs a night and no more. I’m not making a political statement. The organization that is receiving these funds is a religious one. This appeal is trying to help on the ground wherever it can. I hope that my voice, along with my friends, helps bend the arc of the universe a little more toward the loving and helps with the work of getting the basic essentials of life to those who are without."

Robert Plant admits that no matter what he does, there will always be a cross-section of fans that rate it against his work with Led Zeppelin: "The Led Zeppelin myth has been extended now by the mission and the cult. And so, everybody goes, 'Oh, but Zeppelin was much better than that.' Maybe it'll happen to me, too, but I've kind of taken the essence of Zeppelin, and I am the singer of Led Zeppelin. And I've taken the essence of the changes of Led Zeppelin and brought it up to date. So, I could never, ever hope to top it. I could never expect to be taken as. . . taken to the hearts of people quite like Led Zeppelin was, because I'm only a part of it." :
October 12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
October 13 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
October 14 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
October 16 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
October 18 - New York, NY - Town Hall
October 19 - Philadelphia, PA - Merriam Theater
October 21 - Washington, DC - Lisner Auditorium    Back to Top