Members of Korn, System Of A Down, Bring Me The Horizon, Avenged Sevenfold and more have been confirmed to appear at Linkin Park's upcoming Chester Bennington tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, October 27th. Korn's Jonathan Davis, System's Daron Malakian, John Dolmayan and Shavo Odadjian, Oliver Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon, Avenged frontman M. Shadows and guitarist Synyster Gates, all three members of Blink-182 and more are all on board, with many of them tweeting their involvement.
- Additional guests and details are expected to follow shortly. The concert, which is being billed as Linkin Park And Friends Celebrate Life In Honor Of Chester Bennington, was announced earlier this week.
- Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda spoke publicly for the first time about Bennington's death and the band's future in an interview on Monday (September 18th) with Los Angeles radio station KROQ.
- Discussing the tribute concert, Shinoda said, "I know that for some of the guys in the band, getting on stage is more scary than (for) other guys in the band, but I will say that for all of us, it's definitely the thing that we want to do. It feels like the right way to celebrate Chester."
- Proceeds from the show will go to Music For Relief's One More Light Fund in memory of Bennington.
- Bennington was found dead on July 20th after committing suicide at his home in Palo Verdes Estates, California.
Foo Fighters' appearance on Carpool Karaoke can now be seen below. In the episode, host James Corden and the band take a drive through Los Angeles, singing the band's classics before dropping into a music store for a quick drumming session with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins. Carpool Karaoke is a spin-off of Corden's late night talk show and airs on Tuesdays, featuring new celebrities weekly.
- The new Foo Fighters album, Concrete And Gold, is headed for a Number One debut on this weekend's Billboard 200 album chart. The final figures will be released on Sunday night (September 24th).
- The band's ninth studio LP looks likely to move more than 120,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release after arriving in both physical and digital formats last Friday (September 15th).
- The band's fall North American tour kicks off on October 7th in San Bernardino, California with Cal Jam 17.
Gene Simmons was joined onstage by fellow Kiss co-founder Ace Frehley on Wednesday night (September 20th) for a trio of the band's early classics, marking the first time the pair has shared a stage in over 16 years. The Gene Simmons Band headlined the Children Matter Benefit Concert at St. Paul, Minnesota's CHO Field with Frehley, Cheap Trick, and former Eagles guitarist Don Felder. All proceeds went to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Blabbermouth reported that Simmons introduced Frehley by stating: "Before you were born -- there he is -- 1973, in New York City, this guy and I and two other guys put together a band we never saw onstage -- let's hear it for Ace Frehley." Frehley and Simmons shared vocal duties on "Parasite" from the 1974's Hotter Than Hell, "Cold Gin" from the band's self-titled 1974 debut, and "Shock Me" from 1977's Love Gun. The evening ended with all the performers joining forces onstage for a run through of "Rock And Roll All Night." Simmons co-wrote two new songs with Frehley for Frehley's upcoming album.
- Although at the band's 2014 Rock Hall induction, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley refused to perform with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, relations between the original foursome definitely began to thaw. That night, Ace Frehley was the only member to come back and talk to the press after the photo ops: "Well, most of my influences are older than me. I’m one of the older inductees (laughs), y’know? I grew up with the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin. Y’know, those were the guys that influenced me. I influenced a lot of those guys that are getting inducted — guys like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and everybody else. But I’m so happy to be here, y’know, it’s been 15 years (since the first) could’ve inducted us, y’know? But 15 years later they did. I’m just thrilled to be here and I’m in good company." :
September 26 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre At Sugar Land
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AUDIO: ACE FREHLEY ON ENTERING THE ROCK HALL
Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho plans to launch the inaugural Chris Jericho Rock ‘N’ Wrestling Rager At Sea cruise aboard the Norwegian Jade cruise ship next year. The boat is scheduled to set sail from Miami on October 27th, 2018 and will head to Nassau in the Bahamas before returning to port on October 31st.
In addition to Jericho, participants for the cruise so far include wrestlers Jim Ross, Diamond Dallas Page, Mick Foley, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Rey Mysterio, Raven and more, along with musical entertainment from Fozzy, Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons, Kyng and more.
- Jericho explained, "The moment I walked off the Kiss Kruise after playing it with Fozzy in 2015, I called my manager with the idea doing a rock and wrestling cruise. My thoughts were that it would feature everything that Chris Jericho is known for: wrestling, rock n roll, podcasting, comedy, paranormal discussion and most importantly, A GREAT PARTY!"
- In addition to performances from Fozzy, live editions of the "Talk Is Jericho" podcast, and Jericho's own one-man show, the boat will feature a wrestling tournament featuring 12 wrestlers in a pool deck wrestling ring.
- Fans who book the cruise by January 15th will receive a photo with Jericho, while those who book the first 400 cabins will take part in an exclusive Q&A session with him.
- Fozzy is currently on the road to promote its upcoming seventh album, Judas, which is due out October 13th. The title track is currently Number 14 on the rock radio chart.
Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan discussed the importance of community for creative pursuits in the third installment of Revolver's web series, "The Art of Work." Keenan has previously divulged his hopes of building such a community in Jerome, Arizona, where he lives and has opened the Merkin Vineyards Osteria and the Four Eights Wineworks collective, along with a Puscifer-branded general store and barbershop.
Keenan explains in the clip, "We've set up a scenario where people come in, they're just looking for a job. But hopefully by the time they leave, they've made a connection with the Arizona wheat, the Arizona grapes, the Arizona produce, the interaction and the conversation with the barber. There's commerce and communication that spirals out from there and hopefully we can build on that."
- Keenan has been making wine in the region for years and told us the ultimate goal is to create a self-sustaining community: "What we're trying to do is re-educate people in a way to show them, look, if we can somehow as a culture catch up with where we came from, with small communities, with a cornerstone of a vineyard and a winemaking community, it's almost like that's the catalyst. It's just the cornerstone. And then you start to remember how you can grow your own food and you don't have to panic about any of this stuff."
- The singer compares his winemaking to music in the clip, saying, "Rather than making Metallica or Slayer wines, we're making Pink Floyd wines. You're not gonna get 'em in 15 seconds. It's gonna take a whole experience with friends and food -- time, investment, focus, presence."
- Keenan does not discuss his musical ventures in the video. Both A Perfect Circle and Tool toured earlier this year, with both groups also working on new albums. Neither one has set a release date however.
AUDIO: MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN ON VINEYARDS BUILDING COMMUNITIES
Stone Temple Pilots have released a previously unheard song called "Only Dying," a track that the band recorded in demo form early in its career but never officially issued. The band had considered contributing the tune to the soundtrack for the 1994 film The Crow, but decided it would be in poor taste to include it after the film's star, Brandon Lee, was accidentally shot dead on set during filming.
The tune was shelved for more than two decades before STP dusted it off for inclusion on the 25th anniversary edition of the bands debut album, Core, which will come out on September 29th. Bassist Robert DeLeo told Rolling Stone about the track, "That song was a little bit of a different direction for us. It was based more off jazz-type chordings. As a songwriter, I wanted to spark people into different directions."
- DeLeo added, "I remember Scott (Weiland, late vocalist) really wanted to redo the song . . . It's a song where I don't think we reached our full potential as songwriters quite yet. But honestly, it really is a beautiful song."
- The bassist told us not long ago that STP never stuck to one formula when it came to creating new songs: "There's no rules to writing music and that's what I enjoy about it, you know. You've always got ideas stored away somewhere, you know. There's those ideas and there's also ones that hit you at the moment and you realize that this could be something that we could all dig into and bite into, and that's really exciting when it's one of those." joined the band . . . It's cool to hear it now. You can hear all the STP elements in there."
- Instead of "Only Dying," STP recorded "Big Empty" for The Crow soundtrack, with the latter song later becoming the first single from their sophomore effort Purple.
- The Core reissue will be available in multiple formats, ranging from a two-CD version to a Super Deluxe package boasting a vinyl copy of the original album, a DVD and more. All editions will feature the remastered album, along with rare B-sides and other previously unreleased material.
- The Super Deluxe Edition includes nine demos, with four dating between 1987 and 1990 when the band was known as Mighty Joe Young. One of those is "Only Dying."
- Scott Weiland died in December 2015, and his replacement from 2013 to 2015, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, committed suicide in July. STP held open auditions last year for a vocalist and are rumored to have made a selection, but have to officially announce a new singer.
AUDIO: STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' ROBERT DELEO ON WRITING SONGS
Robert Plant spoke to Rolling Stone about the state of his career and the constant callbacks to his past. Plant will release Carry Fire -- his 11th solo album -- on October 13th and has a 14-date tour of the UK and Ireland set for November with his band, Sensational Space Shifters. When pressed about the difference between him and his peers who tend to rest on their back catalogues while on tour, Plant explained, "Anyone who gets tangled up in music and performance wants to keep it going. But by which means do you do it? Cramming the stuff into the suitcase again and playing live? Or is it creativity, another adventure, and trying to impress people who often want to hear how it was rather than how it is? That's what I've been trying to do. After we lost John (Bonham) in 1980, I waited two albums before I went on tour, and when I did, I didn't play any (Led) Zeppelin stuff."
Plant was asked about how it felt in 1983 finally hitting the road as a solo artist in support of his second album, The Principle Of Moments: "Like my world had collapsed. But what happened in the first place when you didn't have a game? You had to go out and make one. So I've shifted around over the years. That way, I keep interested and excited in what I do."
- Plant revealed that he's keeping his attentions far away from Donald Trump and the Presidential scandals: "I got to a point where I could no longer watch. The media makes it such a garish feast. I just decided that there's a process that will sort itself out and rectify itself in due course. Which it will. I keep my head down and dissolve into books."
- With he, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones, spending so much time together during the recent court case regarding the "Stairway To Heaven" copyright, Plant was asked if it felt like "old times" to which he laughingly answered: "Um, well, what was once a steady date becomes a cup of coffee. That's basically how it turned out, a cup of coffee from time to time. But nothing intimate."
- This coming December 10th marks a decade since Led Zeppelin's incredible one-off reunion concert at London's O2 Arena. Plant was asked how he remembers the night: "It was magnificent. We hit a home run that night, which is something that we were really fearful of. There was probably more riding on that than we would care to believe. Our performance was crucial, but we could reproduce sound in a much more reliable way, so we could be kickass, and sound kickass. Some of those horrific gigs way back were lacking in quality."
- As for whether fans can ever expect him to publish his memoirs, Plant said: "Never. What I know between my ears here is priceless. It's magnificent, sometimes tearful, but mostly cheerful. There have been highs and lows and a lot of adventure, and I keep it hid."
- Robert Plant admits that no matter what he does, there will always be a cross-section of fans that rate it against his work with Led Zeppelin: "The Led Zeppelin myth has been extended now by the mission and the cult. And so, everybody goes, 'Oh, but Zeppelin was much better than that.' Maybe it'll happen to me, too, but I've kind of taken the essence of Zeppelin, and I am the singer of Led Zeppelin. And I've taken the essence of the changes of Led Zeppelin and brought it up to date. So, I could never, ever hope to top it. I could never expect to be taken as. . . taken to the hearts of people quite like Led Zeppelin was, because I'm only a part of it."
- Robert Plant & Sensational Space Shifters next perform on November 16th in Plymouth, England.
AUDIO: ROBERT PLANT ON INITIAL SOLO RECORDINGS AND SHOWS
AUDIO: ROBERT PLANT ON COMPETING WITH LED ZEPPELIN