So much seems to happen in the turbulent world of rock & roll, that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the rock star happenings! With this in mind, I decided to introduce a new segment to the news on my blog which will basically be a weekly recap of the most exciting/disturbing/saddening/worthy moments in rock & roll over the past week! \m/
The Foo Fighter That Keeps on Fighting
So let’s kick this weekly recap off with one of the stories that made headlines all over twitter and Facebook just over a week or so go, and that was unfortunate mishap on (or rather off) stage that Dave Grohl faced during a performance with the Foo Fighters in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 13th. During an exciting version of “Monkey Wrench”, Grohl was running along the stage, tripped and fell, guitar and all, right off the stage! The band continued to play a little while longer until they realised he wasn’t getting back up anytime soon. As he was being helped up by paramedics, Grohl grabbed the mic, told his fans that he had broken his leg and would be taken to the hospital, but that he WILL come back and the Foo Fighters will finish their show!
And “The Good Guy of Rock & Roll” kept his word and a couple of hours later returned to the stage with a cast on his leg and finished the rest of the show with the band, while seated in a comfy chair. A slow clap for Mr. Grohl! Unfortunately, the Foo Fighters have had to cancel the rest of their tour until Grohl gets back on his feet.
Check out this video of Grohl falling off the stage:
Maiden Announce New Album!
Heavy metal giants, Iron Maiden have announced the release date of their upcoming studio album, “The Book of Souls” which will be released on September 4th of this year (2015). As you probably know the band’s front man Bruce Dickinson had a short battle with cancer but was recently given the all-clear, so while most of the album was tracked last year, the band decided to postpone the release of the album until Dickinson made a complete recovery.
“We started working on the album in late summer 2014 and recorded it at Guillame Tell Studios in Paris, where we’d done the Brave New World album back in 2000 so the studio holds special memories for all of us.”
– Bruce Dickinson
Song-writing on the album has been divided among band members more so than before and Dickinson himself has written a couple of songs on his own (the first time he has done so since 1984’s “Powerslave”) and one of them is the longest Iron Maiden track to date, “Empire of the Clouds” at just over 18 minutes long. The complete track-list includes 11 songs and the album artwork has also already been revealed.
A review of the album on NoteForNoteBlog will shortly follow the album’s release, so stay tuned!
Kroeger To Go Under the Knife
Frontman for Canadian rockers Nickelback, Chad Kroeger, is set to undergo surgery on his voicebox to remove an operable cycst. The operation, which Kroeger will undergo in a few weeks time will cause the band to cancel the remainder of their North American tour so that the singer may have time to recover properly.
“I am sorry I have to interrupt the party this summer and I am definitely not thrilled with the prospect of being silent for many weeks to come when I could be out there playing for our fans.” – Chad Kroeger
The band may be back on the road for their autumn tour of Europe, beginning in September but will unlikely play again in the US until 2016.
Chamberlain to Smash With the Pumpkins Again?
For the upcoming 2015 tour with Marilyin Manson, The Smashing Pumpkins will be reunited with their former drummer, Jimmy Chamberlain.
The former Pumpkin’s drummer, who in 2009 left the band for the third time in order to focus on his own business, “LiveOne”, was approached by the band’s front-man Billy Corgan after an arrangement with another drummer fell through.
“We suddenly found ourselves in the situation of not having anybody lined up. We knew we could do the acoustic tour with some backing tapes and drum machines, stuff like that, but we’re also looking at the Manson tour in three weeks.” – Billy Corgan
Chamberlain has no plans to continue touring with the band but positively took the opportunity to hang out with his old band mates for while, saying “He (Corgan) asked if there was any way I’d consider coming back for the tour. It’s a great opportunity not only to celebrate the music, but to celebrate the friendship and the legacy.”
Country Sells, But Who’s Buying?
Megadeth have been working hard on their new studio album, their 15th to date and will be the first to feature their new band members, ex-Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and ex-Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro. In addition to this, rumour has it that the new album will include that a track that features country star Steve Wariner.
“Worlds collide. It’s funny. Imagine Megadeth with steel guitar. That’s what I did, and Dave Mustaine is the nicest guy in the world. Isn’t that crazy? It’s out of my world.”
– Stever Wariner
Dave Mustaine, Megadeth’s growling front-man, sang in French once, a long time ago on the band’s track “A Tout le Monde” (from their 1994 album Youthanasia) and that worked out OK for them, so who knows, maybe this whole metal-country things will work out as well. We wait in anticipation.
Vulgar Display of (potential) Power
Amidst another slew of rumours that Pantera will reunite and tour again, the band’s former front-man Phil Anselmo has said it’s probably not going to happen, but if it did, he would be there “in a fucking hard beat”. There have been numerous offers to get the remaining band members (Anselmo on vocals, Vinnie Paul on drums and Rex Brown on bass) together again, but everyone is doing their own thing and moving on in their lives which doesn’t really bode well for a reunion.
Even though Anselmo has said that he would be eager, he is well aware that the other band members, particularly Vinnie Paul (brother of the band’s prolific guitarist Dimebag Darrell who was shot and killed during a performance in 2004) who is focused on his other projects and probably wouldn’t be interested in reforming Pantera without his brother.
“We could talk all in circles all day but the truth of the matter is that if you don’t have the willingness of the remaining living members, then it’s not there. We had plenty of offers. But Vince is doing what he wants to do and all we can do is respect that.” – Phil Anselmo
It’s not like Anselmo doesn’t have enough on his plate to keep him occupied without false hopes of a Pantera reunion. He’s got his singing duties and a new EP with Down, his most prolific band since Pantera, as well as a new album from his other band Superjoint while also working with his solo band The Illegals.