AVENGED SEVENFOLD SINGER SAYS LINKIN PARK HAS EVERY RIGHT TO CONTINUE
Although Linkin Park has not revealed whether the band intends to carry on without late lead singer Chester Bennington, one close friend thinks they should. Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows says that Linkin Park has "every right to move forward" following Bennington's passing. He told podcaster Eddie Trunk that while he didn't know Bennington well, he was good friends with co-vocalist Mike Shinoda and bassist Dave Farrell, explaining, "They're human beings and they have a long life to live. And I think if they love music this much, they have every right to move forward. Knowing Mike as well as I do, he's always been, in my opinion, the leader of that band -- the guy who gets things going, the guy who gets demos going, the guy who obsesses over every detail of that band."
Shadows added, "It's gonna be hard to lose Chester; he easily was one of the best vocalists of our time. From when I was growing up, just watching them live, he just was flawless for what he did. And it's gonna be tough, but at the same time, Mike is such a hard worker and he's so dedicated to that band and put so much time in that I can't just see him just being done with it."
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- Avenged Sevenfold weathered its own tragedy eight years ago when drummer Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan died from substance abuse in December 2009. Guitarist Synyster Gates told us at the time that the band came very close to splitting up but that it was their fans and Sullivan's family that pulled them together: "For the first two weeks after he passed, we were done as a band. We were just done. And because of the fans and Jimmy's parents and relatives and stuff like that, they just demanded that we continue on and spread the legacy that is, you know, the crazy James 'The Rev' Sullivan. And we feel so good doing that and they completely expedited that process. They really got our ass in gear to get out and finish the record and bring it to life, you know."
- Chester Bennington died on July 20th at his Los Angeles area home after committing suicide at the age of 41.
- Linkin Park paid tribute to Bennington on October 27th with an emotional three-hour show that featured numerous guests joining the band onstage in Los Angeles. Shadows was one of the guests at the event.
- Linkin Park will release a concert album titled One More Light Live on December 15th. The band's future plans remain unclear at this time.
PORTUGAL. THE MAN TIED FOR LONGEST STAY AT NUMBER ONE ON ALTERNATIVE CHART
Portugal. The Man spent its 19th week at Number One on the Billboard alternative airplay chart with "Feel It Still," the breakthrough single from the band's eighth studio LP, Woodstock. It is the first song ever by the band to reach Number One on any commercial radio airplay chart. It's currently tied with "Madness" by British act Muse for the longest stay at the top of the survey, and will move into sole possession of the first place record next week.
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- Artists such as Foo Fighters, Green Day and Staind have all been passed by Portugal. The Man on the chart.
- If "Feel It Still" makes it to a 20th straight week at the top of the chart, it must withstand a challenge from Thirty Seconds to Mars' "Walk On Water."
- "Feel It Still" has also reached Number One on Billboard's Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs and Dance Airplay charts.
- The only other song to top all these charts at one time in recent memory was Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," back in 2012.
- Portugal. The Man will next play a series of festivals in early December, starting on the 2nd in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE FRONTMAN RECALLS INFLUENCE OF MALCOLM YOUNG
Queens Of The Stone Age singer/guitarist Josh Homme has spoken out about how late AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young -- who died earlier this week -- inspired him when he was first getting the Queens off the ground. Homme explained to Mojo that after leaving his previous band, Kyuss, he spent some time with Screaming Trees where he tried to emulate Malcolm's style of playing.
Homme recalled, "I wanted to see what it was like when you just played one thing until you got lost in a trance. One note is so much more difficult than 50. That’s what I learned in (Screaming Trees), because I was playing rhythm, I was trying to play like Malcolm Young, trying to play a riff like a robot."
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- Homme added that he ditched the "robotic" sound after his sound man introduced him to German bands like Can and British post-punk acts such as Wire.
- He said, "I had the first Queens record written, this robotic trance stuff, and then my friend Hutch, our sound man who has turned me on to so much music . . . plays me Can, Neu!, Wire . . . I was like, 'What?' Really disheartened."
- Malcolm passed away last weekend at the age of 64, after battling dementia and other health issues for several years. His death led to a wave of tributes from artists including Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, Fozzy's Chris Jericho, Eddie Van Halen, Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Paul Stanley, Lars Ulrich, Shinedown and many, many others.
- Queens Of The Stone Age are touring in support of their seventh studio album, Villains.
SYSTEM OF A DOWN VOCALIST RELEASES TWO NEW FILM SCORES
System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian has two new film scores under his belt. The first, for a film called Intent To Destroy, was released digitally via iTunes and Apple on November 17th, while the second, for a movie titled Furious: The Legend Of Kolovrat, will arrive digitally on December 8th.
Intent To Destroy, from Oscar-nominated director Joe Berlinger, is a documentary that examines genocide denialism. The film outlines the century-old denial campaign of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government and brings it into the current age of disinformation and scare tactics. The film was released in theatres on November 10th.
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- Tankian called Intent To Destroy "one of the most powerful films I've ever seen let alone been a part of."
- Meanwhile, Furious: The Legend Of Kolovrat is a Russian historical fantasy film about a 13th century knight named Evpaty Kolovrat, who led a 17-man squad against thousands of Mongol warrior hordes.
- Tankian said about this project, "I'm a huge fan of historical action films, so I welcomed the opportunity to create my first epic score for Furious.'"
- Tankian's other film work includes scores or musical pieces for 1915, The Inhabitant, The Promise and others. He also has composed for TV and video games.
- Tankian said a while back that some fans might not enjoy his other kinds of music: "You know, it's all about opinions. It's music, it's based on taste and, you know, everyone likes a certain thing and there are certain people that will gravitate toward a certain type of music and others that will gravitate to another. And there's no telling what people may or may not like, to be honest. You make the record that you believe in, the expression that you want to say, and whoever feels that way will gravitate toward it. It's really that simple."
- His other solo work includes three rock albums, a live set, a classical symphony and a jazz recording. Tankian has toured with System Of A Down over the past few years but the band has not released new music since 2006.
GENE SIMMONS ISSUES APOLOGY TO 'FOX NEWS'
Last week it was reported that KISS' Gene Simmons had received a lifetime ban from Fox News after crashing a staff meeting and allegedly indulging in some bizarre behavior. Now the musician has issued a statement of apology for his actions.
According to the Daily Beast, his statement read: "I have appeared frequently over the years on various Fox News and Fox Business programs and have a tremendous amount of respect for the talented women and men who work there. While I believe that what is being reported is highly exaggerated and misleading, I am sincerely sorry that I unintentionally offended members of the Fox team during my visit."
Simmons was there for an appearance on the Fox & Friends show, to promote his new book. During his interview, he was asked about Harvey Weinstein and the rash of sexual harassment claims in Hollywood. He later reportedly burst into a staff meeting and is alleged to have shouted "Hey chicks, sue me" while baring his chest, told some pedophilia jokes and bopped two employees in the meeting on the head with his book.
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PAUL STANLEY CALLS MARILYN MANSON 'PATHETIC' FOR USING CHARLES MANSON'S DEATH TO PROMOTE MUSIC
Kiss's Paul Stanley has lashed out at Marilyn Manson for his reaction to Charles Manson’s death. When notorious cult leader Charles Manson died on Sunday, Manson shared an image of the killer with a link to one of his own tracks.
In response, Stanley tweeted: "It’s pathetic when somebody whose career never really took off is desperate enough to try for publicity by connecting himself to the news of a murdering scumbag’s death."
For some time now, there has been an ongoing feud between he and Manson. In the past, Stanley said that Manson's career "never took off" and Manson described the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members as "four gay dudes in Halloween costumes." Back to Top