Van Halen is working on new music and a new album is about a year and a half away.
David Lee Roth said: “I was up at Edward’s house and we’re starting to put music together. We start way, way, way in advance, ’cause we are eminently art-centric, which is a really fancy way of saying we really do generate all the artwork, the graphics, etc. Same thing with the merchandise: If you buy a t-shirt, that was designed, literally, in my living room.”
“We’re writing. I write lyrics routinely. It’s a perishable skill. And the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week. They’re up at Ed’s place, routinely.”
Roth said the band practices together about 3 times per week. The lineup includes Roth, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen.
More details will be announced soon.
Metallica’s Orion Music + More festival will take a year off in 2014 while the group spends its late spring and early summer in Europe.
A spokeswoman confirmed that the group’s overseas run will scratch the third Orion. Whether or not a third Orion will take place in 2015 is still up in the air.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield had said that the group was very happy with the second Orion, but , decisions about Orion’s future were “kind of up to the promoters at this point.”
He said: “It’s the money part, man, at the end of the day. We know that festivals don’t make money right away, for sure. It’s not that we’re out to make money; we’re at least out to break even, and it certainly has not broken even yet. It’s an expensive barbecue at this point.”
For Maynard James Keenan’s 50th birthday, which is coming up in May, he will spending it playing one show, fronting two bands. A Perfect Circle and Puscifer will share the stage that night at The Greek Theater in LA. What better way for Maynard to spend hitting the half-century mark than celebrating his life as one of the most successful rockers today.
Stone Sour put an update on their Facebook page explaining that Jim Root would not be touring with Stone Sour later this year to focus on writing for the new Slipknot album. Read the message from the band:
“With an impending Slipknot album on the horizon, Jim will not be touring with Stone Sour this winter. Everyone involved is okay with the decision and our mutual friend Christian Martucci will be filling in on guitar. It was a difficult decision, but as the fans have wanted another Stone Sour tour and Jim had responsibilities to the writing process with Slipknot, we feel this is the best decision where everyone wins.”
In their first onstage reunion in seven years, all three members of Sleater-Kinney joined Pearl Jam in Portland, Oregon last Friday for a rendition of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Since the band split in 2006, musicians Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss have all been busy with various projects. Check out video of the reunion here!
Lita Ford and Cherie Currie are nest known as two members of the ’70s all-female rock group The Runaways. They have reunited for a Christmas single and the two say they’ve got more in the works.
Ford and Currie recorded “Rock This Christmas Down.” It’s the first time the two have recorded together since Currie left The Runaways in 1977. The track is available for digital download today.
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Currie was the lead singer and Ford the lead guitarist for The Runaways, which recorded four albums between 1976 and 1978. The group’s best-known songs included “Cherry Bomb” and “Queens of Noise.” The band’s story was also the subject of a film starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.
Ford admitted that she and Currie weren’t close during the Runaways years.
She said: “I was close with the other girls in the band, and Cherie was close with Joan Jett. We never really bonded. Now we’re both moms. We’ve both gone through years of trials and tribulations of rock ‘n’ roll. We’ve been married and divorced. We have a lot in common.”
The two have continued working together since recording the Christmas single. They’d even like their collaborations to lead to a reunion of The Runaways. That decision is really in Joan Jett’s hands and she has said she’s not interested. Regardless, Ford and Currie plan to continue working together.
Ford said: “There’s an energy that I got from being back with Cherie, being next to her. It feels good, it feels right, and it’s definitely hot.”
A new batch of Freddie Mercury’s lost songs could soon be released and one track includes a duet with Michael Jackson!
Brian May and Roger Taylor confirmed that undiscovered tracks recorded by the Mercury, include 1983 collaborations with MJ and are being finished by the band.
May said: “There’s more in there than we thought, in the Queen source archive. I’m a little nervous of saying there’s an album there, but there’s certainly a few tracks. We’ve found some Freddie vocals, some demos.”
“We thought we’d exhausted everything that was around and could be worked on. But since then a number of things have come to light from various sources that we’d just plain forgotten about, including the stuff with Freddie and Michael Jackson.”
Roger Taylor said: “They’ve been hanging around for years and years and Michael’s estate haven’t really been able to make their mind up about what to do with them. So we suggested we finish them and see. They’re pretty good, one of them is great.”
Mercury and MJ worked together 30 years ago but never released anything after they couldn’t find the time to record.
More details will be announced soon.
Zac Brown bumped into Dave Grohl while picking up some altered clothes for the Grammy Awards and they instantly bonded over their love of analog recording gear. The new led to Zac Brown Band’s newest release: “The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.”
The four-song EP drops December 10th on iTunes. It’s the first of two planned releases produced by Grohl. The second volume will come next year, along with physical releases, including vinyl and a documentary.
Grohl traveled to Nashville this month after a begging session from Brown. They recorded four songs together in a week at the band’s analog studio. They performed one of those cuts, “Day for the Dead,” on the Country Music Association Awards. The EP will include two other original songs and a cover of The Wood Brothers’ “The Muse.”
Brown said Grohl wasn’t familiar with the band when they met.
He said: “I don’t know how I tricked him into working with us, but it’s really cool. Listeners just know we’ve had some songs on country radio. And while we’ve got a great foothold in country music, that doesn’t encompass everything we do. Dave Grohl’s street credit and the energy that was brought into these recording sessions, it’s a big deal for us. I feel like it’s kind of the tipping point.”
This might be the coolest thing you’ll see today.
It’s a mash-up with Slayer’s “South of Heaven” and Marvin Gaye’s “Heard It Through The Grapevine”.
The dudes from Wax Audio know how to do it up! Watch:
Dave Grohl shared some details on the new Fighters record.
He said: “It’s badass. We’re doing something that nobody knows about, it’s rad. We begin recording soon, but we’re doing it in a way that no one’s done before and we’re writing the album in a way that I don’t think has been done before.”
More details will be announced later.