DAVE GROHL GETS SENTIMENTAL AT CHICAGO SHOW
It was Dave Grohl's turn to cry during Foo Fighters' massive show at Chicago's Wrigley Field over the weekend, as Grohl told the audience what Chicago meant to him musically and shared some of Nirvana's history with the city. Grohl said, "Let me tell you something, tonight is much more than just a Foo Fighters (concert). Don’t get me all choked up, because I will f**kin’ go there if you want me to. No no no, no no no, I don’t want to be the crying guy on YouTube tomorrow morning! But I will say, I’ve been coming to this city for a long f**king time."
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- Waxing nostalgic, Grohl continued, "Some people got to see the Foo Fighters at the Metro, a long time ago. Some people got to see Nirvana at the Aragon Ballroom, you probably saw that s**t. How many people saw Nirvana at the Metro?"
- Although Grohl said he wouldn't cry, he did tear up at one point during the show. This was the second time in a month that a grown man cried onstage at a Foos concert: Grohl recently brought a fan onstage who had just returned home from burying his mother and got emotional during the band's performance of "My Hero."
- Foo Fighters began as a solo project for Grohl, who wrote and played everything on the first album himself. He told us a while back how the end of Nirvana finally pushed him to do it: "I always have played guitar and have always written music on my own and would just make demo tapes and record in my basement studio for fun, and was horribly embarrassed with my voice and never really confident with my playing. After Nirvana was finished I thought, you know, I'm too young to become a studio session drummer, I might as well go try my hand at actually singing and playing guitar. And it worked out."
- Foo Fighters head to the U.K. this weekend for three huge stadium shows before resuming their North American tour on September 11th in Vancouver, Canada.
- The North American trek will conclude on October 17th in Anaheim, California, after which the band will head back to Europe for two more weeks of shows in November.
BLINK-182 DRUMMER PUBLISHING AUTOBIOGRAPHY THIS YEAR; DELONGE SPEAKS OUT
Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker will publish his autobiography later this year, according to Diffuser. Titled Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death & Drums Drums Drums, the book is due out on November 19th. The book will chronicle Barker’s time with Blink, the drummer’s musings on fame and the 2008 plane crash of which he and the late Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein were the sole survivors.
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- The book will come out around the same time as Barker's second solo album, which will follow up 2011's Give The Drummer Some.
- Meanwhile, Mark Hoppus said in a tweet directed at Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz that Blink is in the studio this week, presumably with new singer/guitarist Matt Skiba, who replaced Tom DeLonge earlier this year.
- DeLonge himself told us that he harbors no ill will toward the group for recording with Skiba: "I don't mind anything. I want people to be happy, you know. Myself and those guys, together we were a very specific thing, you know. If they want to go off and play the songs that I wrote, because that's what they want to do and it makes them happy, and it helps them make a living, that's cool. Who am I to -- I don't care." . The disc is a companion piece to Poet Anderson . . . Of Nightmares, the first of a planned trilogy of novels co-written by DeLonge and author Suzanne Young that's due out on October 6th.
GREEN DAY FRONTMAN SLAMS VMAS FOR LACK OF ROCK ACTS
Another annual edition of the MTV Video Music Awards has come and gone, and once again the alleged awards ceremony is being criticized for a distinct lack of rock acts in the lineup alongside the usual pop freakshow. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong took to Twitter to berate the network over this, writing, "Just watched VMAs. seriously @MTV not a single young rock n roll band?"
Armstrong added in a second tweet, "there r great up and coming rock bands headlining festivals AND on social media. what thee hell?"
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- The only representation for rock at the show was Fall Out Boy winning the Best Rock Video award for "Uma Thurman and Twenty One Pilots -- a Modern Rock act with heavy pop elements -- performing live.
- Ratings for last Sunday's (August 30th) event were down by half a million viewers, continuing a slide that started in 2015 and has led to rumors that the 2015 show could be the last.
- Green Day was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year and is reportedly at work on its first new studio album since 2012.
SLIPKNOT BRINGING 'SCREAM PARK' ATTRACTION TO 'AFTERSHOCK' FESTIVAL
Slipknot is bringing its "Scream Park" attraction to the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival's Pre-Party on Friday, October 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at Gibson Ranch in Sacramento, California. Slipknot's Corey Taylor and M. Shawn "Clown" Crahan have partnered with Sacramento-based Scream Park California to produce an event that will feature three haunted houses and live horror entertainment. Scream Park will also have an on-site presence at the festival itself on October 24th and 25th.
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- A limited number of guests can gain admission to the Monster Energy Aftershock Pre-Party by showing proof of purchase of an Aftershock ticket.
- This will allow free access to the Aftershock Pre-Party, which will include live music and food trucks, and a discounted price of $15 go through the Scream Park haunted houses.
- This year's Aftershock festival will feature Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane's Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon and many more across four stages.