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  • NICKELBACK To Release Cover Of THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND's 'The Devil Went Down To Georgia'
    NICKELBACK has collaborated with Canadian fusion guitarist Dave Martone on a cover of THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND classic "The Devil Went Down To Georgia". The track will be released digitally on Friday, August 14. A short preview is available below. Last month, KORN released its own cover of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia", featuring a guest appearance by rapper YelaWolf. As previously reported, NICKELBACK's "All The Right Reasons: 15th Anniversary Expanded Edition" will be released as a two-CD set on October 2 and will also be available digitally on all streaming platforms. The collection features a newly remastered version of the original 2005 album, a selection of B-sides and a 2006 live concert recording. NICKELBACK's third consecutive No. 1 album, "All The Right Reasons" topped the charts in the band's native Canada, the U.S., U.K., Germany, Australia and New Zealand. To date, it has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide and has been certified diamond by the RIAA. The record produced seven singles, including five Top 20 hits: "Photograph", "Savin' Me", "Far Away", "Rockstar" and "If Everyone Cared". Frontman Chad Kroeger told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he doesn't know the formula for NICKELBACK's success. "I used to think I knew how to help another band achieve success, and I don't think I know how to do that anymore," he said. "I mean, that's what every record company is looking for, aren't they? How do we get a band to be as successful as we possibly can. There's just something there about four guys that get together, make music, and they get onstage and they play their hearts out for their fans... sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."

    FRIDAY 8/14

    — Nickelback (@Nickelback) August 12, 2020
  • COREY TAYLOR Admits There Has Been 'Contention' Within STONE SOUR, But Insists He Is Still 'Friends' With All Other Members
    Corey Taylor says that he is open to doing more recording and touring with STONE SOUR in the future. One week after announcing in an interview that STONE SOUR had "run its course," the SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman elaborated on the latter band's current status, insisting that he hasn't completed closed the door on future STONE SOUR activity. Taylor, who will release his debut solo album in October, addressed his recent STONE SOUR comments during an appearance on Wednesday (August 12) on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation Virtual Invasion". Asked if there is "a future" for STONE SOUR or if it's "kind of up in the air," Corey replied: "It's kind of up in the air. I'm certainly not mad at STONE SOUR. [My solo album] is just something that has my attention; this is what I wanna do for a while. "There's been some contention here and there, in the past — nothing that I'm gonna get into too much detail about — but it was just time for me to step away and do this for a while," he continued. "It was time for me to kind of do something different, and do it in a way that doesn't have the connotations of either band, to be honest. "I'm still friends with everybody in STONE SOUR. Everybody in STONE SOUR is doing their own thing, and if the opportunity arose, I would absolutely do something with STONE SOUR. But for right now, this is really where my energy's at; this is where my focus is. "I'll never say never, because, obviously, the best way to make God laugh is to announce your plans out loud," he added. "But this is what my focus is right now." Corey's latest comments echo those he made in June, when he told SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk": "Yeah, [STONE SOUR is] kind of [on] the backburner right now. We all kind of felt that we did exactly what we wanted to do on [2017's] 'Hydrograd' [album] and we're just giving it a minute. I talked to the guys in the band about the solo thing and what I wanted to do, and they were all totally onboard with it. Everybody else has kind of got things going on, so they're all cool. Josh [Rand, guitar] is actually working on a solo thing of his own, which is great. So, yeah, I think STONE SOUR is kind of on hiatus right now, which is fine. If someday we wanna get back together and do some stuff, it'll be bigger than it was. But for right now, we're all kind of focused on kind of doing our own thing. But you never say never in this business." Rand recently said that he has "no idea" when STONE SOUR will release a new studio album. Asked in an interview with Guitar World if the band has started working yet on a follow-up to "Hydrograd", Rand replied: "To be honest, the band is on hiatus right now with no timetable on a return. It's a mixture of needing a break, plus Corey wants to do a solo album, so I don't know when there will be new STONE SOUR music." Rand confirmed to the "Behind The Vinyl" podcast that he is working on a new solo project. Rand explained, "As of right now, I have 12 songs musically done. Right now I'm looking at vocalists — different vocalists." Regarding the musical direction of his new solo material, Rand said, "It definitely is different than what I think most people would expect. I decided if I was gonna do anything that I wanted it not to sound like STONE SOUR 'cause it's going to, to some degree." Rand added that much of the music is "piano-based." STONE SOUR has been off the road and out of sight since completing the touring cycle for "Hydrograd". Taylor has been working with SLIPKNOT since then, recording and touring behind that group's sixth effort, "We Are Not Your Kind", although all plans are on hold right now due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rand has been promoting STONE SOUR's new live album, "Hello, You Bastards: Live In Reno", which came out in December. Taylor's recorded his solo album, "CMFT", with his solo band consisting of Jason Christopher on bass, Dustin Schoenhofer on drums, and Zach Throne and Christian Martucci (STONE SOUR) on guitar.
  • BULLETBOYS' MARQ TORIEN Confirms He Auditioned For MÖTLEY CRÜE: 'I Didn't Wanna Leave My Band'
    In a new interview with "The Chuck Shute Podcast", BULLETBOYS vocalist Marq Torien confirmed that he auditioned for the singer position in MÖTLEY CRÜE following the departure of original frontman Vince Neil in 1992. He said: "I'm very close with MÖTLEY, and I love them to death still. We don't get to see each other very often, but I love them with all my heart. I still text Tommy [Lee, drums] all the time, talking back and forth every once in a while. "But, yeah, there was a time where they were having trouble with Vince," he continued. "I have mad respect for VinceVince is a friend of mine and I love him dearly. Nikki [Sixx, bass] called me in to talk about singing in the band. We worked together a little bit. We wrote a couple pieces, a couple of ballady type of things. "It was just hard," he added. "I really wanted to help my friends, but I didn't wanna leave my band. And we [BULLETBOYS] were coming up to the apex of our popularity, and Nikki was just, like, 'You know, Marq. We're so close, I don't think this is gonna work. We've known each other for so long… We're gonna find somebody… But can you do me a favor? Can you hook me up with with the singer from THE SCREAM? The guys that you had opening up for you on the 'Freakshow' tour. 'Oh, yeah. Johnny. 'Yeah, I love that guy; he's great. He's a great singer.'" Marq went on to say that he had a hand in getting John Corabi into MÖTLEY CRÜE. "I just gotta be honest with you, and John will probably I tell the same story, I discovered John Corabi at Gazzarri's when he was playing in a band called ROXANNE," he said. "And I stumbled out of a limo, a limousine, completely drunk and high, and walked in and heard this guy, I saw this guy sing, and I couldn't bloody believe it. He was just amazing. My friends of mine from THE SCREAM, Bruce Bouillet and Johnny, John Alderete, were looking for a singer. So I found this guy, we became friends. I was just, like, 'Hey, listen, I think I have a band for you to play in, but you're gonna have to leave this band…' I love Johnny to death. So I was able to talk to them get John and [John Alderete] on the phone, and they hit it off and he joined THE SCREAM." Regarding how Corabi ended up in MÖTLEY CRÜE, Torien said: "Nikki loved THE SCREAM record and loved Johnny's voice and his writing. And that eventually put him into MÖTLEY. That [self-titled MÖTLEY CRÜE] record is incredible with him. I know it's a different path for MÖTLEY, but they worked so hard on it. I was privileged to hear some of the roughs in the beginning — John was playing it for me — and it was just incredible. We were just sitting in the car. We were grabbing each other's legs, you know? 'Can you fucking believe it? Oh, my God! Dude, this is incredible!' "When something's magical, as a musician, as a writer… you get to that point where the excitement is, like, 'Yeah!' I'm still like that. So, at that time, I was just so proud of him. "I could never join MÖTLEY, because there's only one singer for MÖTLEY CRÜE, in my opinion, which is Vince Neil," Marq explained. "Vince Neil is the voice of MÖTLEY CRÜE. He's a legend, a star and my brother, so it wasn't something that I thought that I could really go and [do]. Nikki was already ahead of the game. He was, like, 'Man, we tried it. I love you, but kick ass in the band.' "But, yeah, that's pretty much it as far as [what] my recollection of the whole situation was." With Corabi on vocals, MÖTLEY CRÜE released one critically acclaimed full-length CD, which ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top 10 placing on the album chart. When Neil returned to the fold in 1997, Corabi was left on his own and formed the band UNION with ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick. The original BULLETBOYS lineup made its live return last December with a sold-out performance at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Aside from one show in 2011, BULLETBOYS — featuring Torien, Jimmy D'Anda (drums), Mick Sweda (guitar) and Lonnie Vencent (bass) — had not performed together since 1993.
  • LINKIN PARK Announces 'Hybrid Theory' 20th-Anniversary Reissue
    A 20th-anniverary reissue of LINKIN PARK's debut album, "Hybrid Theory", will be made available on October 9 via Warner Records. The set comes in multiple physical and digital formats, including a super deluxe box set, super deluxe vinyl box set and deluxe CD that all come with the original "Hybrid Theory" as well as the "B-Side Rarities" with 12 previously released tracks from the album era. "It's incredible to think it's been 20 years since 'Hybrid Theory' was released," says the band. "All gratitude to our fans who made this epic journey we started 20 years ago possible. We dedicate our music to you. We rededicate our 'Hybrid Theory' to you." The limited-edition super deluxe box set will consist of five CDs, three DVDs, three vinyl records, an 80-page illustrated book featuring previously unseen photos, a replica tour laminate and a poster of late frontman Chester Bennington, and three lithographs of new art by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn and "Hybrid Theory" art director and reissue art director Frank Maddocks. The vinyl box set will feature "Hybrid Theory", "Reanimation" and "B-side Rarities" on vinyl. One of the never-before-heard demos, "She Couldn't", can be streamed below. Super deluxe box set: 5 CDs 01. Hybrid Theory 02. Reanimation 03. B-Side Rarities 04. LPU Rarities 05. Forgotten Demos 3 DVDs 01. Frat Party At The Pankake Festival 02. Live Projekt Revolution 2002 (never-before-released) 03. Live At The Fillmore 2001 // Live At Rock Am Ring 2001 3 LPs 01. Hybrid Theory 02. Reanimation 03. Hybrid Theory EP Extras: * 80-page book featuring contributions from the band and previously unseen photos * Cassette reproduction of original 2-track street team sampler * 18x24 Poster of Chester Bennington * 3 Lithographs featuring new art by Mike Shinoda, Joe Hahn, and Frank Maddocks * Replica tour laminate Super deluxe vinyl set: 3 LPs 01. Hybrid Theory 02. Reanimation 03. B-Side Rarities Side A 01. One Step Closer (Rock Mix) 02. It's Goin' Down 03. Papercut (Live from the BBC) 04. In The End (Live BBC Radio One) 05. Points Of Authority (Live BBC Radio One) 06. High Voltage Side B 07. Step Up (1999 Demo) 08. My December 09. A Place For My Head (Live at Docklands Arena, London) 10. Points Of Authority (Live at Docklands Arena, London) 11. Papercut (Live at Docklands Arena, London) 12. Buy Myself Remix (Marilyn Manson) Deluxe CD: 2 CDS 01. Hybrid Theory 02. B-Side Rarities Digital: All audio tracks on the album will be available to stream or download. "Hybrid Theory" — the band's original name before it was changed to LINKIN PARK for legal reasons — was issued in October 2000 and was a breakout success for the group, which had formed in 1996 and had played the Los Angeles club scene for several years. The album yielded four massive hit singles — "One Step Closer", "Crawling", "Papercut" and "In The End" — while going on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone. LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington and Shinoda spoke to The Pulse Of Radio a while back about some of the challenges of making their debut album. "We walked into every song with a fresh, you know, outlook on it and we focused equal amounts of energy on every song," Bennington said. "And that at times was quite interesting, and also difficult at the same time. So we really learned how to push ourselves to new levels, and that was an accomplishment." "Our biggest obstacle was putting something together that we felt was strong from beginning to end and doing our best to give each song its proper attention," Shinoda added. Bennington was found dead in his Los Angeles-area home on July 20, 2017 after hanging himself. LINKIN PARK headlined an all-star tribute concert for Bennington in October 2017 in Los Angeles but has not announced any future plans for recording or touring.
  • MR. BUNGLE To Release 'The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo' In October
    MR. BUNGLE will release "The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo" on October 30 via Ipecac Recordings. As was the case with MR. BUNGLE's live performances this past February, original MR. BUNGLE members Trevor Dunn, Mike Patton and Trey Spruance are joined by Scott Ian (ANTHRAX, S.O.D.) and Dave Lombardo (DEAD CROSS, SLAYER, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES). The 11-song release features tracks written by the Eureka, California-born band for their 1986 cassette only demo as well as a reimagined cover of the S.O.D. classic "Hypocrites / Habla Español O Muere" (a.k.a. "Speak English Or Die") and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's "Loss For Words". A video for "Raping Your Mind" is available below. The album was produced by MR. BUNGLE, recorded by Husky Höskulds at Studio 606, and mixed by Jay Ruston. Rhea Perlman narrates "Anarchy Up Your Anus". "Recording this music with these guys was an enormous head-rush of virtuosity and surprises every day in the studio," explains Patton. "Trey's video game-esque solos, Scott's bionic right hand and cyborg-like precision, Dave's caveman-meets-Bobby Brady-like drum fills, Trevor's solid foundation and laser-focus to detail. There is nothing sweeter than getting your ass kicked by true comrades…where everyone has a singular drive and mission." Dunn adds: "Recording this record felt like we were finally utilizing our Ph.Ds in thrash metal. All we had to do was go back to our original professors for some additional guidance and talk them into joining us. Turns out we were A+ students. We even went for extra credit by revisiting some tunes that we'd given up on back in the day. It was less like a trip of nostalgia and more like the refining of an original, worthy document. We were haunted for 35 years by the fact that this music wasn't given it's due respect. Now we can die." "The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo" track listing: 01. Grizzly Adams 02. Anarchy Up Your Anus 03. Raping Your Mind 04. Hypocrites / Habla Español O Muere 05. Bungle Grind 06. Methematics 07. Eracist 08. Spreading The Thighs Of Death 09. Loss For Words 10. Glutton For Punishment 11. Sudden Death MR. BUNGLE was formed in an impoverished lumber and fishing town by a trio of curious, volatile teenagers. Trey Spruance, Mike Patton and Trevor Dunn beget the amorphous "band" in 1985 up in Humboldt County, California, sifting through a variety of members until around 1989 when they settled on a lineup that managed to get signed to Warner Bros. Records. No one really knows how this happened and it remains a complete mystery that even the algorithms of the internet can't decode. Up until 2000, they released three albums ("Mr. Bungle" in 1991, "Disco Volante" in 1995 and "California" in 1999), toured a good portion of the Western hemisphere and avoided any sort of critical acclaim. Some argue that the band subsequently broke up but there is also no proof of this. What is true is that they took 20 years off from performing under said moniker while they pursued various other musics that, in contrast, paid the rent. Photo credit: Eric Larsen