DAVE GROHL WILL GET HIS OWN HBO SHOW

Dave Grohl is set to host a new documentary style show on HBO where he will tour and showcase notable studios around the country. The show is designed to expand on the feel of Dave Grohl’s 2013 documentary Sound City. So far, studios featured in the documentary include Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago, Inner Ear Studios in Washington D.C., Rancho De La Luna in California and many more.

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Geezer Butler Offers $1,000 Reward in Cat Killings

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler has donated $1,000 toward the reward fund to find the suspect wanted in the recent killing of 25 cats in Yonkers, New York.

He said, “It is so tragic that we have human beings among us that are capable of committing such a heinous and heartless crime. Surely there is someone out there that knows who has done this. Please do the right thing and come forward to get this coward off the streets.”

Butler’s contribution increases the reward to $25,000.

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WATCH: MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN BIRTHDAY BASH PERFORMANCES

Maynard James Keenan turned 50 last month and celebrated his big birthday bash in LA over the weekend of May 10 & 11. A Perfect Circle and Puscifer both took the stage to perform for the bash, and Maynard and the bands also threw in some Tool for the crowd by playing “Sober.” Check out a couple highlights from the bash below.

“Sober”- Tool

“Counting Bodies Like Sheep To The Rhythm of the War Drums”- A Perfect Circle

TOMMY LEE WILL DRUM ON NEW SMASHING PUMPKINS ALBUM

The Smashing Pumpkins have confirmed on their website that Tommy Lee will play drums for all nine songs on their 2015 release Monument To An Elegy.

Smashing Pumpkins will release two new albums in 2015. Read more on the story here.

Full statement from the Smashing Pumpkins’ website:

“The notion to reach out to T Lee came from The Shredder, who in hearing me say ‘we really need to get someone like Tommy to play on this song’ said, “well, why don’t we reach out to him?” And let me tell you something: I’ve had the fortune of being in the room with some of the all-time greats, and when you’re that close to someone who is the best at what they do you gain insight into the way they are able to communicate to so many. Let’s call it a universal language (which music is, obviously), and in applying it with heart/soul they present intangibles that give dimension and depth to a composition which otherwise would not be as kaleidoscopic.

So on flying out a few weeks ago I presented T Lee with the idea, played him all the songs that I’d worked hard to finish, and discussed the way we’d be most comfortable finding common ground in the studio. Which explains the rush to prepare the arrangements for him to drum on, and also our keeping the work under wraps; so that nothing and nobody could influence the process.

I’m also happy to report that not only did we have a blast, but the 9 ‘MONUMENTS’ songs sound epic in a way that is indescribable. I guess I could toss off hyperbole after pronoun, but it would sell short what I like to call ‘Supersonic Pumpkins’; which is a descriptor in itself. Tommy hits the drums in a crushing manner, but as many fans know this is not without nuance or reaction; as he has a fantastic ear for music and plays with the songs in a means that only enhances excitement. The only other place I’ve heard this phenomena is with John Bonham of Led Zeppelin: where heavy drums can sound soft and expressive. Good company indeed!

As for the connection, I first met Tommy way back in 1991 when he came to one of our shows, and through the years we’ve run into each other many times at various places. So the coupling is not as odd as some might assume, as he, like I, has pushed into embracing new technologies, electronics, etc where it pertains to making new sounds. He is a wonderful, warm person to be around, and I wouldn’t have come to him with this proposition if I didn’t trust that this was something we’d both be proud of. So we expect to finish up the drums in a few weeks, seeing as we’re in a rush to get this stuff out and oh yeah, Tommy’s got this mega-Crue tour to do.

Let me also add on a personal and public level that I’m truly excited, for there’s an excitement in the music that is vital and necessary; especially when you consider what’s dying on the vine out there. I believe this is soul music we’re making, and I’m proud of who I’m stuck in the foxhole with. Attack, attack, attack…

W.P.C.”

SOUNDGARDEN DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS, WILL FOCUS ON 90′;s

An official Soundgarden documentary, directed by Canadian indie director Reg Harkema alongside Banger Films’ Scott McFayden and Sam Dunn, is in the works to recount the band’s history, with the main focus on the 90s era. Shooting will begin this summer on the Soundgarden/Nine Inch Nails co-headlining tour.

The same group worked on the Alice Cooper documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper.

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Nikki Sixx Twitter Slams Godsmack’s Sully Erna Again

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx had some harsh words for Godsmack on his Twitter page after he claims the band “begged” to come on his radio show, “The Sixx Sense” to promote their new album.

Sixx tweeted, “So @godsmack begged to be on @Sixxsense to promote their s— new album. Good luck touring phonebooths. Whos crying like a bitch now?”

 

Sixx and Godsmack singer Sully Erna have feuded for several years after the two butted heads during the Crue Fest 2 tour in 2009. There are rumors Godsmack’s song, “Cryin’ Like A Bitch” which came out the following year was about Sixx because of the clash during the tour.

Scorpions Drummer In Jail For Insulting Islam

Scorpions drummer James Kottak will serve a month in a Dubai jail after he was convicted of insulting Islam.

Kottak had consumed 5 glasses of wine on a flight from Moscow to Dubai. After getting off the flight he began swearing and talking about non-educated Muslims. He flipped off several passengers and then showed his buttocks.

Kottak was fined $545 and denies the allegations but admitted he did drink on the flight. He has been in jail since April 3rd.