The trailer for a documentary about Wisconsin’s Smart Studios features some famous faces like Dave Grohl, Billy Corgan, and producer/Garbage founder Butch Vig.
Each of them share stories about how the studio became the birthplace of albums like Nirvana’s “Nevermind”, Smashing Pumpkins’ “Gish” and Fall Out Boy’s “Take This to Your Grave”.
“The Smart Studios Story” is seeking funds on Kickstarter and so far, it has gotten $25,000 in pledges. It has a way to go before it reaches its $120,000 goal by March 30th.
If the funding happens, the documentary will tell the story of how Vig and fellow Garbage-member Steve Marker founded Smart Studios and closed its doors for good in 2010. Artists who sat for interviews in the doc include Shirley Manson, L7′s Donita Sparks, Death Cab For Cutie’s Chris Walla, Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, as well as members of Killdozer, Die Kreuzen, Bongzilla, Young Fresh Fellows and more.
By the way , there are rewards for people who help with the funding. Rewards include dinner with Vig and Marker, autographed posters and various skull caps. If all goes as planned, the doc would be out by October 2015.
Metallica, Motörhead, Corey Taylor and Tenacious D are among the artists set to appear on a Ronnie James Dio tribute album. “This Is Your Life” drops March 31st.
The set features cover versions of songs by the late heavy metal frontman, who passed away from cancer in 2010.
The album will raise money for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund and was produced by his manager and wife Wendy Dio.
Other artists on the album include Scorpions, Anthrax, Rob Halford and Killswitch Engage.
The album closes with Dio himself performing a piano-accompanied version of “This Is Your Life”, which was originally featured on the 1996 album, “Angry Machines”.
FULL TRACK LISTING:
‘Neon Knights’ – Anthrax
‘The Last In Line’ – Tenacious D
‘The Mob Rules’ – Adrenaline Mob
‘Rainbow In The Dark’ – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher
‘Straight Through The Heart’ – Halestorm
‘Starstruck’ – Motörhead with Biff of Saxon
‘Temple Of The King’ – Scorpions
‘Egypt (The Chains Are On)’ – Doro
‘Holy Diver’ – Killswitch Engage
‘Catch the Rainbow’ – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren
‘I’ – Jimmy Bain, Oni Logan, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy
‘Man On The Silver Mountain’ – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren
‘Ronnie Rising Medley’ (featuring ‘A Light in the Black’, ‘Tarot Woman’, ‘Stargazer’, ‘Kill the King’) – Metallica
‘This Is Your Life’ – Dio
Linkin Park are releasing a new album this summer. The band is telling fans to “expect the unexpected”. Judging from this track called “Guilty All The Same” it’s a throwback to their early nu-metal sound. Listen for yourself.
Update – 3/5/14: This is a hoax. But a funny one.
Kurt Cobain’s old roommate is selling his belongings–on Craigslist.
The items for sale include a set of skis ($80) and a telephone ($55) as well as a video game called Kingman ($25).
In the listing, the seller writes that he will be selling more of what he says are Kurt’s possessions in the future.
He wrote: “I also have a lot more stuff of Kurt’s, like magazines and clothes that I will be selling off soon. Thank you for looking.”
Here’s the link to the post:
Guns N’ Roses’ 3D film, “Appetite For Democracy”, will get a release in theatres next month. It will also be made available in other formats.
The movie was filmed during the band’s “Appetite For Democracy” 2012 residency in Las Vegas to celebrate 25 years of “Appetite For Destruction” and four years of “Chinese Democracy.”
The package will be available in four formats: a standard DVD, a 3D Blu-ray DVD, a Deluxe 2CD+DVD set and digital long form. The DVD and Blu-ray both feature the full show, along with band interviews plus a 3D photo gallery, both with 5.1 surround and stereo audio.
This is the first live concert release from Guns N’ Roses since “Use Your Illusion II” in 1992.
Bruce has been throwing down some crazy covers in his live shows recently.
Here he is doing Lorde’s “Royals”. It’s way deeper when The Boss does it.
Rob Zombie will be teaming up with Bret Easton Ellis, author of “American Psycho”, to work on a new horror project about the Manson family slayings in the 1960s. The project is still early in the process, but the plan is to do the project as a “limited release” for Fox.
Rob Zombie told Variety: “I have been obsessed with this insane story since I was a kid, so obviously I jumped at the chance to be involved in this incredible project. After speaking with Bret, I immediately realized that we shared the same vision for this epic madness.”
Alice Cooper is teaming up with Sammy Hagar for a fundraiser.
They will perform with former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bandmates Slash and Matt Sorum in Las Vegas this week as part of the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA benefit.
Money raised at the gig will benefit sufferers of the neurological disorder known as multiple system atrophy.
The all-star gig will also feature Vince Neil and System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan, while actor Bill Murray will serve as host.
Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee has gotten engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Sofia “Sofi” Toufa, also known by her stage name SOFI (acronym for SomeOtherFemaleInterest).
She’s a German singer and dancer now based in Los Angeles, California.
Tommy went on Twitter and wrote: “There comes a time in a mans life when you just know your partner is for LIFE!! Say hello to my fiancé and soon to be wife @SOFIofficial.”
This will be the fourth marriage for 51-year-old Tommy, who was previously been married to model Elaine Starchuk and actresses Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson.
30-year-old Toufa started her musical career at the age of 13 through her group Danacee. The band supported acts like Destiny’s Child and Usher. Toufa also co-choreographed the video for Avril Lavigne’s hit single “Girlfriend” and was hired to co-choreograph, sing and dance on Avril’s “Best Damn World Tour” in 2008. In 2009, she toured the world as a backup singer for Britney Spears on her “Circus 2009 World Tour”. Toufa has also worked with Fall Out Boy, Will.I.Am, Butch Walker and Nelly Furtado.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Superunknown – SOUNDGARDEN is reissuing the album on June 3rd, 2014. The two deluxe reissue editions include rare demos, rehearsal recordings, and more. More here
Listen to never-before-heard audio of Soundgarden rehearsing “The Day I Tried To Live”
Here are Soundgarden’s videos from Superunknown: