DISTURBED SINGER DOESN'T PAY ATTENTION TO ONLINE COMMENTS ANYMORE
Disturbed singer David Draiman said in a new interview with German outlet Music nStuff that he doesn't pay attention anymore to comments posted online about the band's videos or songs. Draiman explained, "I don't read the comments because the people who comment are the ones who have nothing better to do. The average consumer, the average person, they watch or they don't; they like or they don't. The people who will take the time to actually write something and bitch about it aren't really worth our time."
He continued, "Look, we still all look at the Disturbed Facebook pages and we look at comments . . . But that's not what ends up pushing it. What ends up pushing it is our desire to be able to play this, our desire to be able to set people free, our desire to be able to empower people, to be able to take this music, go out and play it, and just give people a reason to forget about the problems with their lives for an hour and a half or two hours."
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- Once an avid social media user, Draiman quit Twitter last June, saying in an interview, "The Internet, sadly has become a preying ground for trolls and just predators . . . you start wondering whether or not that continued interaction and some of the threats and some of the nonsense are worth it."
- Draiman told us that he thinks people are overwhelmed in general now by all kinds of media: "People are barraged by information these days, and so much of it is utter and total nonsense, and not based in fact, and such fluff and propaganda and we're just barraged by it. It's up to people to seek out the truth where they can find it, in a real way."
- Disturbed landed its fifth Number One album in a row on the Billboard 200 chart on August 30th, when its sixth studio effort, Immortalized, entered the chart in the top spot with first-week sales of 98,000 copies.
- Disturbed is only the third group to score five consecutive chart-topping records, joining an elite club in which Metallica and Dave Matthews Band are the only other members.
JACK WHITE'S THIRD MAN RECORDS OPENING PRESSING PLANT IN DETROIT
Jack White's Third Man Records is expanding its operations into White's hometown of Detroit. The Nashville-based label has announced plans to open a vinyl record pressing plant in the Motor City, saying, "Third Man is thrilled to announce that we will be opening a vinyl record pressing plant, and in it we will run brand new record presses. There’s a bottlenecking in the record pressing industry right now -- so much glorious demand, so few presses. We want to help ease the flow, and we want to bring more real-life manufacturing jobs back to Detroit."
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- The plant -- which will be the first vinyl record pressing plant in Detroit since Archer Record Pressing back in 1965 -- is slated to open around the middle of next year.
- The announcement of the plant comes just in time for the grand opening of Third Man's new retail record store in Detroit this Friday (November 27th). The opening day will feature performances from local acts.
- In addition to the complete Third Man catalog, the store will offer special repressings of vintage titles from the Tamla label, Motown’s early imprint.
- White himself began an indefinite hiatus from live performances earlier this year, although his band The Dead Weather released its third album in September, titled Dodge And Burn.
GUNS N' ROSES SLOT MACHINE COMING IN JANUARY
A Guns N' Roses-themed slot machine is coming on January 21st, 2016 from Swedish casino games developer NetEnt. According to Blabbermouth, you can choose several songs to listen to as you lose your money, including "Welcome To The Jungle," "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Paradise City" and "November Rain," as well as the title track of the band's last album, 2008's Chinese Democracy.
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- Based on a video teaser released for the machine, it only features images of singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan -- the only original members rumored to be taking place in a reunion tour next year.
- Reports have surfaced recently that original members Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler will not be participating.
- Rumors about a reunion of the classic Guns lineup have been heating up ever since the summer, when Slash revealed that he and Axl had repaired their relationship after nearly 20 years of estrangement.
- Slash told us a while back what he's most proud of when it comes to Guns N' Roses: "The most proud I am would have to be just the sense of accomplishment from getting from these sort of nomadic gutter rats that we definitely were, to manage to get from that point and make a record and go out and start touring and doing all that stuff and then to actually succeed, to have that record succeed, it was definitely an accomplishment that I'm very proud of."
- The current lineup of the band has not performed live since last year, although two guitarists recently left the fold.
- Other celebrities and musicians with direct or indirect ties to the Guns camp have also hinted that an announcement is imminent.
METALLICA AND SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS ANNOUNCE FOURTH ANNUAL 'METALLICA NIGHT'
Metallica and the San Francisco Giants have announced the fourth annual "Metallica Night," to be held on Friday, May 6th, 2016 at AT&T Park in San Francisco as the Giants take the field against the Colorado Rockies. Metallica will once again throw out the first pitch and perform a version of America's national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner." The band said, "We'll stick around all night to cheer on the orange and black with all the loyal fans and keep your eyes peeled to spot us participating in some in between inning action."
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- Special-event tickets for this game go on sale as part of Orange and Black Friday (November 27th) at 8:00 a.m. PST. The ticket package includes a ticket to the game and a limited-edition Metallica/Giants goodie, the details of which will be revealed at a later date.
- A portion of the proceeds from every "Metallica Night" special-event ticket will benefit the Surfrider Foundation and Amnesty International.
- There is a pre-sale for Met Club members on Wednesday (November 25th) at 10:00 a.m. PT.
- Metallica has been working recently on its 10th studio album, which could come out in 2016 or possibly early 2017.
DAVID LEE ROTH'S BACKING BAND TO PERFORM 'EAT 'EM AND SMILE'
David Lee Roth's debut solo album, Eat 'Em and Smile, was released in 1986. The singer's band is reuniting for a one night only live performance of the classic, tonight, November 25th, at the Lucky Strike Live Hollywood in Los Angeles. The show will be free but unfortunately David Lee Roth won't be there. Guitarist Steve Vai, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Gregg Bissonette have enlisted Steel Panther vocalist Ralph Saenz to lead the band.
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- Vai explained to the Examiner.com that he didn't expect the band to come together when they first hooked up over thirty years ago. He said, "Dave got the best musicians he could, who he thought was the best. And I thought it was a hell of a band . . . It was one of my favorite times in my whole musical career, because we were rock stars, you know? And touring with somebody like Dave, you can’t even imagine what it was like. It was just glorious, man. And I knew it was fleeting, and I knew it was something that I wasn’t going to be doing my whole life, because my brand of music in my own head is very different."