NEW ALBUMS ARRIVE FROM KORN, THE PRETTY RECKLESS
Two albums, one from a veteran heavy rock act and the latest from one of rock's most promising newer outfits, arrive in stores on Friday (October 21st). First up is Korn's The Serenity Of Suffering, which is the 12th studio album from the veteran California act and first since 2013's The Paradigm Shift. The album marks a shift back toward the heavier sound of the band's early records, with Rolling Stone calling it "possibly their heaviest album ever" but adding that it's hampered by songwriting that is "Korn-by-numbers." Consequence Of Sound gave the disc a C-minus, saying it will "likely have little to say to anyone outside the church of their faithful." The PRP offered that the CD "certainly features a number of ‘heavy’ moments. But . . . doesn’t possess the same visceral nature that defined their glory days." The Serenity Of Suffering features a guest appearance by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor on the song "A Different World." Other songs on The Serenity Of Suffering include the first single and video, "Rotting In Vain," along with "Black Is The Soul," "The Hating," "Take Me," "Everything Falls Apart," "Die Yet Another Night," "When You're Not There," "Next In Line" and "Please Come For Me."
Meanwhile, The Pretty Reckless issue their third studio album, Who You Selling For, on Friday as well. The new disc will follow up 2014's breakthrough Going To Hell, which yielded three Number One rock hits in "Heaven Knows," "Follow Me Down" and "Messed Up World." The first single from Who You Selling For, called "Take Me Down," arrived in August and vaulted to Number One on the rock radio chart. The band became the first female-fronted act to have four chart-toppers in a row. Singer Taylor Momsen said in a recent interview that the new disc was "very eclectic" and "very diverse," adding, "It takes lots of turns in many different directions." Musical Melting Pot called the new disc the band's best album, noting a vast change in style that nevertheless stays "firmly rooted in rock," while Alternative Nation labeled it their "most daring, progressive album yet." The band is supporting the new record with a North American tour that stops on Saturday (October 22nd) at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California. Back to top
AVENGED SEVENFOLD LIVESTREAMING SPECIAL EVENT ON OCTOBER 27TH
Avenged Sevenfold has confirmed that it will livestream a special event on Thursday, October 27th, at which the band will perform "on a very grand stage for the entire world to enjoy." The concert will begin streaming at the group's Facebook page at precisely 8:30 p.m. PT. Fans will also be able to watch in 3D and Virtual Reality on AvengedSevenfold.com.
Guitarist Zacky Vengeance told us a while back that Avenged Sevenfold is always thinking of ways to make its live show bigger and better for their fans: "You constantly have to go out there and put on a ridiculous show. People are paying a lot of money to see this. They're staying out late on a work night, they worked hard to save up the money, they're driving, they're paying for parking, they're paying for gas to get to the concert -- you've got to give them something they're gonna remember for the next two years until you're able to play for them again, and when you do play for them again, it has to be better than this time."
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- The October 27th event has been promoted since last week, when Avenged Sevenfold launched a new "Deathbot" website that was set up to answer fan questions. Most queries about new music were met with a suggestion to return on the 27th for more information.
- Avenged Sevenfold did debut a new song online last week called "The Stage" and played live for the first time on October 15th at Knotfest Mexico.
- The track is expected to be included on the California band's seventh studio album, which is rumored to be called Voltaic Oceans. The disc has no official release date, although it's speculated to arrive in early December.
- The band launched its campaign for the new album with projections or pictures of the band's mascot, the Deathbat, in cities around the world.
BLACK KEYS DRUMMER BEEFS WITH LADY GAGA
Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney's tendency to shoot off at the mouth has landed him in hot water again -- this time with Lady Gaga. While taping "Patrick Carney's High Music Standards Center," a new segment he's doing on the HBO series Vice News Tonight, Carney went off on the new Gaga single, "Perfect Illusion," slamming the guitar sound and saying it sounded like "Hulk Hogan is playing the f**king guitar."
Although Carney later admitted in the same segment that the song was growing on him, Gaga got wind of his remarks and, noting that Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Josh Homme played on the song, Gaga said that Carney was "not as snarky as I would be watching him in a guitar death-match w/Kevin Parker and Josh F**king Homme."
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- Gaga producer Mark Ronson weighed in as well, tweeting that Carney once allegedly told Ronson that his massive single "Uptown Funk" would never be a hit.
- Carney responded to both, tweeting a video of Hogan playing music and saying that Ronson and Gaga needed to "lighten up and listen up."
- The Black Keys drummer has previously feuded publicly with Jack White, classic rocker Steve Miller and an army of Justin Bieber fans.
- The Keys are currently on hiatus, but should probably either get back to work or find a side project for Carney to play in before he gets himself in trouble again.
BLINK-182 RECREATES CLASSIC VIDEO WITH A TWIST
Blink-182 has released a music video for its new single, "She's Out Of Her Mind," that pays tribute to the trio's classic 1999 clip for "What's My Age Again?" In that famous video, the three members of the group ran naked down the street, crossing paths at one point with the nurse from the cover of their Enema Of The State album, played by porn star Janine Lindemulder.
The new video, however, finds three girls scampering nude down the street and meeting up with actor Adam DeVine, who is dressed like the nurse. The clip also integrates live footage of Blink-182 performing "She’s Out of Her Mind" in between shots of the naked women running through the streets.
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- The clip is part of a new Spotify series called Flash Frame, which will focus on artists’ biggest career moments.
- The women are played by social media personalities Lele Pons, Hannah Stocking and Vale Genta.
- "What's My Age Again?" was the first Blink single to feature drummer Travis Barker, who joined the band on the Enema Of The State disc.
- That record was the punk act's commercial breakthrough, selling 15 million copies worldwide and spawning the hits "Adam's Song," "All The Small Things" and, of course, "What's My Age Again?"
- Blink-182 issued its latest album, California, this past July. It debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart.
METALLICA'S LARS ULRICH DEFENDS CONTROVERSIAL 'LULU' ALBUM FIVE YEARS LATER
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said in an interview with The Eddie Trunk Podcast that there is "nothing" he would change about the band's experimental concept with the late Lou Reed that was released nearly five years ago, on October 31st, 2011. Ulrich explained, "There's nothing I would change. I mean, the only thing I'd change is I wish Lou was still around. It's weird being in New York and not being able to see him. I miss him . . . We were very close for a year, and then, as he got sicker, we were less close."
Ulrich continued, "No matter how many people sit there and find fault with (Lulu), we wouldn't change any of it. And I still would dare most people, or at least most musicians, or most creative types, to sit there and go . . . If Lou Reed called you up and asked you to play music with him, you wouldn't say 'no' to that. And if you were gonna say 'no' to that, I would ask you to question yourself as an artist."
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- Lulu, which featured Reed's poetry set to Metallica's music, polarized fans around the world and earned Metallica some of the most scathing reviews of its career. To date the album has only sold around 35,000 copies in the United States.
- Ulrich admitted in a 2012 interview with Spin that the band was caught off guard by the vehement reaction to the CD.
- But frontman James Hetfield told us a while back that the process of creating Lulu may have influenced the way Metallica made its new album: "This Lulu project really opened our eyes to how differently we can record -- you know, more off the cuff. You know, the idea of Lou coming in with the lyrics already finished -- we basically wrote music to his poetry. So maybe trying that approach as well, along with our other multiple different ways that we have of recording."
- Ulrich echoed Hetfield's remarks on the Trunk podcast, saying, "I think that it definitely just gave us a new way to interpret a creative process . . . that one can be that impulsive and one can also be happy with sort of recognizing that what happened in that minute has a beautiful element to it that's just part of that minute."
- The new Metallica album, Hardwired...To Self-Destruct -- which does not sound anything like Lulu, so don't worry -- arrives on November 18th.
TRENT REZNOR CONFIRMS NEW NINE INCH NAILS IS ON THE WAY
Nine Inch Nails main man Trent Reznor confirmed in a new interview with Beats 1 on Thursday (October 20th) that he and writing partner Atticus Ross have been working on new NIN music, although when it will arrive is yet to be determined. But Reznor sounded upbeat about its progress, saying, "I’m feeling really good, I’m feeling creatively excited and I’ve reminded myself . . . that the act of writing and self examination that comes from making music really helps me understand who I am again. Things are going good and when we have something that we think is excellent, we will unleash it upon the world." Reznor told us a while back that music has always been the best way for him to express his emotions: "In my early 20s, when I first started to write music, it was because I found a way to take this anger or pain or resentment or sadness and express it in a way other than punching a wall, that had some beauty to it. And then later found out, if I put it to music, there's real power here and there's kind of a truthful honesty or something that people that have heard it seem to relate to." and features a new song Reznor/Ross song called "A Minute To Breathe." The film itself also opens on Friday for a limited theatrical run before debuting on the National Geographic Channel on October 30th. The last Nine Inch Nails album was 2013's Hesitation Marks. Back to top
ALICE COOPER SHEDS LIGHT ON JOE PERRY'S SUMMER STAGE COLLAPSE
Alice Cooper revealed the back-story to bandmate Joe Perry collapsing last July 10th during Hollywood Vampires' Brooklyn gig. Cooper leads the all star covers band with the Aerosmith guitarist, actor Johnny Depp and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, and former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum, among others. Cooper recalled to CBS News that he was unaware that Perry was perhaps not geared up for such a rigorous schedule: "I didn’t realize Aerosmith only did two shows a week. Honestly, I just figured everybody was like me. I do five shows a week, and very physical shows. We were on our eighth show in 10 days. It was pretty brutal. I think (Joe) was dehydrated and basically exhausted. I talked to him before the show and he said, 'I don’t think I’ve eaten anything in three days.' I went, 'Well, that’s not smart.'"
Cooper went on to squash the rumors that Perry had collapsed due to a coronary, explaining, "It wasn’t his heart, though, and it wasn’t anything vital, because four or five days later he was on stage with us and I’d never seen him look so good."
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- He revealed that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was particularly worried for Perry: "Steven called me and said, 'Hey, don’t put him back on stage -- I’m afraid.' I went, 'Look, I’m going to talk to him and see how he is.' I went up to his room. He looked unbelievable, sounded great, got up and played the whole show. I never heard him play that good, so he’s back"
- Alice Cooper went on to say that treating yourself right on the road is key to surviving a long tour: "It’s like doing a two-hour aerobic every night. I don’t drink and I don’t smoke, anything like that, so by end of the tour I’m in great shape."
- Alice Cooper told us that opposed to his infamous image back in the 1970's -- he hasn't been considered dangerous or outside the mainstream for years: "I'll be walking down the street -- 'Hey, Coop! How's it going, man? How's the game? How's your swing? Hey, love the album!' I used to be the outer fringe. I think 'Alice' now is woven in as much as Simon & Garfunkel, as much as Tom Petty, as much as anybody that's in the fabric of American music. I'm Americana." in Pernaumbuco, Brazil