Gene Simmons said that artists like Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse shouldn’t be seen as music icons because they only released a few albums.
Gene was speaking about the current state of the music industry and said: “The internet’s a fascinating experiment, but ultimately it’s a very sad state of affairs for the new bands. There won’t be another Beatles or another Prince or another Kiss because there isn’t that support system, there’s no record companies because kids have decided they can download and fileshare and bypass paying the artists what they rightfully should be getting.”
“Let me see – Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who and just on and on. And through the ’70s – Aerosmith, Kiss, Led Zeppelin. Now from 1984 until today, name one superstar that’s bigger than their music, and not just somebody that’s recorded one or two records, but another Queen or another AC/DC? None, you can’t name one.”
“Kurt Cobain – no, that’s one or two records, that’s not enough. Amy Winehouse – that’s one or two records, that’s not enough. What, just ’cause you died that makes you an icon? No, no.”
Rush will be putting out a live DVD and CD on November 19 called “Rush: Clockwork Angels Tour”. The DVD will feature a live performance from last year’s “Clockwork Angels” tour. The DVD will also feature a short tour documentary, behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes and plenty more. Here’s the trailer that was released for the new DVD:
Soundgarden’s very first releases are being reissued on CD, double vinyl and as a digital set. The music will drop on November 26th through Sub Pop Records, the legendary label that was the band’s first home.
The set will include the band’s entire debut EP, “Screaming Life”, as well as bonus tracks from its “Fopp” EP and songs that appeared on the “Sub Pop 200″ compilation. All of the sets originally came out in the late ’80s.
All the tracks have been remastered and the LP versions are the first time the songs have been pressed to vinyl since the original releases.
Just after “Screaming Life” was released, A&M Records offered the band a major label deal.
Korn kicked off their North American tour last week in preparation for their new album “The Paradigm Shift” which will be out on Oct. 8. Here’s a look at some of their rehearsals so far with Brian “Head” Welch back in the band after an 8-year hiatus:
Seether will be putting out a new greatest hits compilation called “Seether 2002-2013″ this month and with it will come three brand new songs. Here’s one of their new ones “Say To Say I’ve Had Enough.”
Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” closed the finale of “Breaking Bad” and that led to the track moving into the Top 25 on iTunes’ top songs list. It’s also set to make a return to the Billboard charts this week.
The song has had an increase in sales of almost 3,000%. It sold almost 5,000 downloads right after the “Breaking Bad” finale signed off. That one-day figure should give the 1972 track earn its largest digital sales week ever. It has never sold more than 1,000 downloads in a single week.
The song was originally a top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit for the band and reached No. 14. The track was featured on the British group’s album “Straight Up,” which was produced by Todd Rundgren and George Harrison. It was released on the Beatles’ record label, Apple.