20 years ago this week, The Offspring released its breakout album “Smash” and made history. To celebrate, the band will begin playing the set in its entirety on tour in Europe this May, June and early July before finishing out the summer with soon-to-be-announced U.S. “Smash” dates.
In August, Epitaph will commemorate the anniversary with a special 20th-anniversary edition of “Smash”.
The “Smash” 20th-Anniversary Edition will include the following:
–LP version containing the original 14 album tracks newly remastered on 180-gram vinyl
–CD version containing the original 14 album tracks from the most recent remastering
–Restyled album package artwork
–Large-format 24-page booklet featuring never-before-seen archive photos by Lisa Johnson
–Firsthand recollections and quotes from the band and others telling the story of that historic time
The band is also offering a “collector’s box” combo as a companion piece to the “Smash” 20th-anniversary edition. The box will feature both the CD/vinyl package and a curated collection of commemorative items including a custom wood box, art print, photo prints, pin, patch, replica pass and guitar pick. Pre-orders are available now at Offspring.com.
“Smash” has sold over six million copies in the United States alone and 11 million worldwide.
PBS animated a 1996 Johnny Cash interview where he spoke candidly about rock musicians, God, drugs, dressing in black and Elvis Presley. It’s part of their Blank on Blank series.
When talking about his addiction to painkillers, Cash said: “It’s like an alcoholic. He can’t drink, and I can’t take painkillers. I’m not very brave. For five years I didn’t try to take them. I fought it. I have a total of 34 surgical procedures on my left jaw. Every doctor I’ve been to knows what to do next and to relieve me of pain. I don’t believe any of them. I’m handling it. It’s my pain. I’m not being brave either. I’m not brave at all. After what I’ve been through, I just know how to handle it.”
Bassist Duff McKagan played his first gig back with Guns N’ Roses and they covered tracks by The Misfits, Led Zeppelin and The Who.
McKagan signed up to cover full-time bassist Tommy Stinson for five gigs in South America. He made his return in Buenos Aires and joined frontman Axl Rose and his band for a set of material filled with old and new music.
What happens when Josh Homme takes a group of businessmen out on the town.
Never before seen footage from 1970s Van Halen concerts has been released on the Internet.
A series of clips from the band’s 1978 and 1979 performances in Fresno, California appeared on YouTube. The footage was remastered frame-by-frame from the original Fuji single-8 films.
The footage shows the band just as they were starting to get big.
FULL STORY HERE AT THE VAN HALEN NEWS DESK
This college kid was asked to do a project over atrial fibrillation and stroke caused by blood clots, so here’s what he came up with. It’s pretty A+ worthy.
This week, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show is celebrating the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions with appearances from Kiss, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens), Hall and Oates’ John Oates and Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place Thursday in New York.
The Tonight Show will kick off tonight with an appearance by John Oates sitting in with the Roots.
Tomorrow will feature a performance by Islam, while Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will appear on Wednesday. No word on if the two Nirvana members will be performing together, since the night also includes Stevie Nicks as musical guest.
She’ll be performing at the induction ceremony in a tribute to honoree Linda Ronstadt, who is no longer able to sing.
The week will finish up on Friday with Kiss.
Halestorm is currently working on their third studio album and decided to give fans in the UK a taste of their new material over the weekend.
Tool has put a new message on their website giving us some insight on what’s next now that their short tour is over. Although it’s vague (typical), it seems work is progressing on a new album, and there also seems to be some other project in the works too. Read part of the statement below, and the full thing here.
“With the latest mini-tour now a thing of the past, members of the band will continue working on material for their next record after taking a short break in order to unpack and sort through their mail. I say “continue” because – contrary to those who thought that the tour would only further delay the writing process -with all four band members together during sound checks, catering, etc., I’m fairly certain that they spent a considerable portion of that time experimenting with new tunes. In which case, the tour might have actually sped things up a bit. But then again, this snifter of cognac is half full…
Besides writing and arranging new songs, there is one other Tool project that was in the works prior to the tour that I will update you on should I hear anything (Yep, the so-called “curve ball.”) Likewise with another item of interest to both Tool fans and drummers in general that I will post in the news section once I receive more details.”
Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s custom car won Goodguys’ 2014 Mother’s Custom Of The Year award during the Goodguys 32nd annual All American Get-Together in California. The car is a scratch-built vehicle that originally started as a 1948 Jaguar.
The car is called “Black Pearl.” It’s sculpted, handmade aluminum body is inspired by European and American cars of the 1930s.
Under the hood is a 375-horsepower 302 cubic inch Ford V8, but this car isn’t about power, it’s about style.
The Black Pearl also recently won the Sam Barris award as well as the Custom d’Elegance at the Sacramento AutoRama.