Monday night, at the end of System's only U.S show of the year, at the Hollywood Bowl, Dolmayan went to a mic and told the crowd, "Next time we come back here, we'll have a new album!"
There was some discussion about the group's future back in May, when bassist Shavo Odadjian posted a series of statements on his Facebook page blaming singer Serj Tankian for the lack of new music. The band quickly released a statement saying, "Shavo posted a few statements on his personal Facebook page that do not reflect the sentiments of [us] as a collective band. These were misleading statements that were made during a temporary state of bad judgment on his part alone."
System of Down's last studio album was in 2005.
3 DOORS DOWN: One DUI Trial Set3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell will go on trial for one of his two DUI cases August 22nd in D'Iberville, Mississippi.
This misdemeanor trial involves his July 19th, 2012, arrest where he is accused of driving under the influence of prescription drugs when his Cadillac rear-ended a pickup truck. Harrell was in a Nashville court Tuesday for his other DUI case. Those felony charges allege Harrell was impaired by prescription drugs and hard cider April 26th when his car clipped a pickup truck on Interstate 40 in Nashville. The other driver, Paul Howard Shoulders Junior, 47, died in the crash. A judge found probably cause to send the a grand jury.
Harrell checked into rehab after the April 26th accident.
Source: Gulfport Sun Herald
BLACK SABBATH: Just Show Ward the Money
As far as Bill Ward is concerned, he's still the drummer in Black Sabbath -- provided the money is right.
He says "I was offered a contact and I couldn't sign it. It was one of the toughest decisions that I ever had to make. Because I absolutely and without question wanted to play. I haven't left the band. Everybody thinks I have left the band. I didn't walk out; it wasn't like that at all. I just didn't sign the contact and life took its own course." Ozzy Osbourne tells us he "absolutely" wants to work with Ward again, to which Ward says, "I have a complete open mind to the idea. All the nicety and placations in the world will mean nothing unless I get the right contract."Ward's place on the new Sabbath album, 13, was filled by Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine, and Tommy Clufetos from Ozzy's solo band is handling the drums on the road. Sabbath is in West Palm Beach, Florida tonight (Wednesday) followed by Bristow, Virginia on Friday and Holmdel, New Jersey on Sunday.
PEARL JAM: The Bolt Gives LongerPearl Jam's longtime producer Brendan O'Brien says the band stretches things out on their new album Lightning Bolt.
O'Brien tells Rolling Stone that "there are a few longer, more devoted songs. On Backspacer I really love that all the songs were fairly short. I love that about it. They were all 'get in, get out fast.' This record has a few songs that have a bit more of a...what's the word I'm looking for here? They're longer. I don't know if the word 'depth' is right, but some of the songs kind of take you down a road for a while."
Lightning Bolt is due out on October 15th.
GENE SIMMONS: A North-of-the-Border Movie ReviewGene Simmons is up in Canada on tour with KISS, but he still manages to keep up with the latest movies.
He just went to see The Wolverine and he says he "loved it." He adds that director Mark Mangold "knocked it out of the park" and that if you go see it, make sure to "sit through the credits," although he doesn't say why.
The Canadian leg of their Monster tour ends on Sunday in New Foundland, followed by seven U.S. dates. They head to Japan in October and then back to Florida for the five-day KISS Kruise.
AEROSMITH: Work This Way
Joe Perry has been spending time on his farm in Vermont prior to Aerosmith's tour of Japan in August. In addition to a little down time shooting guns with his kids, he's been doing some landscaping with his wife Billie and has posted a few photos on Twitter. Perry's primary home is in the suburbs of Boston, but he also has a place in Florida and has been looking at property in Los Angeles.
Aerosmith will play four shows in Japan, starting August 8th in Tokyo followed by one in Nagoya and two in Osaka. Then it's onto China for a date in Shanghai and then one in Taiwan.
Aerosmith recently released their new concert DVD, Rock for the Rising Sun, which they filmed on their 2011 tour of Japan.
BRIAN MAY: Sheer Knee SurgeryLast December, Queen guitarist Brian May had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, but apparently that was not enough.
He writes on his website, "My knee is deteriorating in spite of intensive physical therapy. I'm heading for the knee replacement operation. I have great trust in my knee doctor. I am in good hands."
May has been in the studio this week with Queen drummer Roger Taylor working on the Queen-Michael Jackson songs they plan to release in the fall.
Headlines for Wednesday, July 31, 2013
PINK FLOYD: All They are Is Sand on a BeachPink Floyd is the subject of this year's FIESA 2013, the 11th International Sand Sculpture Festival, held in Pêra, Algarve, Portugal. This year's theme is music and one clever artist has done their take on The Wall, complete with a sculpture of David Gilmour. The festival runs through October 25th.
Last year, Neal Schon said if Journey were to ever reunite with Steve Perry, it would be for a farewell tour. And now he writes on Facebook, "I hope we can reach out to each other and connect once again. We had amazing chemistry together. I love him with all the love and admiration you could have. Steve, let’s talk soon.” Perry and Journey went their separate ways in 1998 after Perry was unable to tour due to a hip injury.
Perry has been working on new material while Journey continue to tour with their second Perry sound-alike, Arnel Pineda. They're in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Thursday with special guest Rascal Flatts.
RUSH: Re-Releasing 2002 AlbumIt looks like Rush is going to re-release Vapor Trails after all.
In 2011, reports said they were remixing the 2002 album. It was their first studio release in six years, since they'd taken time off following the loss of drummer Neil Peart's daughter and wife, but they were never pleased with the mix. Peart now writes on his website that the band has "recently been overseeing a remixed version" of the album, but he found it too "upsetting," as it took him "back to a mindset and emotional state that hadn’t been good to live through then, or to relive now." The project is still going forward with an announcement expected soon.
In his latest post, Peart writes extensively about his motorcycle journeys between dates on the last leg of Rush's Clockwork Angels tour. The band is down to the last three dates -- Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Friday in Denver and Sunday in Kansas City, Missouri.
BLACK KEYS, COLDPLAY, IMAGINE DRAGONS: LeBron Likes ThemThe Black Keys, Coldplay and Imagine Dragons are among the acts LeBron James has picked for the soundtrack to NBA 2K14.
LeBron follows in the footsteps of his friend Jay Z as a music curator for the popular video game series. Also featured on the soundtrack are Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" and one of the biggest hits this summer, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”
NBA 2K14 is due out for all game consoles on October 1st.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH: Add More ShowsFive Finger Death Punch have added more dates to their fall headlining tour. The tour now covers 28 cities, starting September 17th in Medford, Oregon and concluding October 27th in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Five Finger Death Punch continue their stint on the Mayhem Festival with Rob Zombie and Mastodon on Wednesday in Tampa.
ROB ZOMBIE: Picks Texas for First Live DVDRob Zombie will shoot his first-ever live DVD this weekend during two Mayhem Festival shows in Texas.
Zombie writes on his website, "Come to the Houston and Dallas shows in your best Zombie gear and we will get you in the movie! Remember, the crazier you are…the more screen time you will get!"
The Mayhem Festival -- which also features Five Finger Death Punch and Mastodon -- hits Houston on Saturday and Dallas on Sunday.
NIRVANA: More Details on In Utero Reissue AnnouncedThe 20th anniversary reissue of Nirvana's In Utero will be released on September 24th.
It will come in multiple versions, from a three-CD-on-one-DVD Super Deluxe Edition to a standard digital/CD remaster of the original album. The reissues will include never-before-heard demos, B-sides, compilation tracks and live material. One of the bonus features, the MTV Live and Loud show from Seattle's Pier 48 on December 13th, 1993, will also be available on September 24th as a stand-alone DVD.
NEWSTED: I'm Back -- To Heck With PneumoniaNewsted are rejoining the Gigantour Tuesday night in Everett, Washington.
The band dropped off two weeks ago when frontman (and ex-Metallica bassist) Jason Newsted was diagnosed with pneumonia. He's posted on his Facebook page, "I'm feeling a bit better. This pneumonia bug can last a few weeks sometimes. I gotta keep pushing. The show must go on!"
Headlines for Tuesday, July 30, 2013
ERIC CLAPTON: The Most Expensive, But Not the Most Famous
In 2004, Eric Clapton auctioned off his red Gibson ES-335 guitar for $847,000 with the proceeds going to his Crossroads rehab center on Antigua -- but that didn't help him top this list. According to Gibson, which introduced the guitar in 1958, Clapton comes in at number-nine on a list of the 10 most influential ES-335 players of all time. Late Ten Years After frontman Alvin Lee is number-one. The complete list is:
1) Alvin Lee
2) Roy Orbison
3) B.B. King
4) Eric Johnson
5) Dave Grohl
6) Warren Haynes
7) Otis Rush
8) Chuck Berry
9) Eric Clapton
10) Larry Carlton
Noticeably absent from the list is Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, who made the Gibson list last year.
QUEEN: Jackson and the LlamaAs we first reported last week, three songs recorded by Queen and Michael Jackson in 1983 will be released in the fall. But there are now more details to pass along. Recorded at Jackson's home in Encino, California, the three songs are "There Must Be More to Life Than This," "State of Shock" and "Victory."
They would have done more, but there were scheduling conflicts -- and the case of Jackson bringing a llama into the studio. Queen manager Jim Beach says, "They got on well except for the fact that I suddenly got a call from Freddie, saying, ‘Jim, dear, can you get on over here… You’ve got to get me out of here. I’m recording with a llama… I’ve had enough and I want to get out."
GODSMACK: The Show Will Go OnA group of Jackson, Michigan residents attempted to get the Jackson County Fair to cancel a Godsmack and Pop Evil show set for August 5th.
Approximately 40 residents attended a fair board meeting on July 23rd to try to get the Godsmack show cancelled. According to pamphlets distributed at St. Mary’s Parish, Godsmack lyrics are "evil, strewn with obscenities and violent." Michigan Live reports that Reverend Timothy Nelson isalso offended by the band’s name, saying, "If you look at the name Godsmack, what does that mean? Do you smack God? The name is irreverent, and when you look at the lyrics, it’s less than edifying."
The group's protest didn't work, as the board allowed the show to go on. And since the protest, ticket sales have picked up.
VAN HALEN: Nice TryVan Halen's "Hot for Teacher" does not make for a good college essay.
A student at Oakland University in Michigan filed a lawsuit against the school after he was suspended for writing an essay about his professor based on the band's song "Hot for Teacher." Joseph Corlett claimed that he and his fellow students were not given any restrictions on the topic and were encouraged to write honestly. But his argument held no weight with U.S. District Judge Patrick Duggan, who threw out the case, saying that "such expressions, while possibly appropriate in some settings, need not be tolerated by university officials."
Corlett was barred from the campus for all of 2012.
BONO: Comments on Jagger Turning 70Mick Jagger turned 70 last Friday -- which caught the notice of U2 frontman Bono.
In a German interview, he says, "There are a lot of things I admire about Mick Jagger. He looks like Baryshnikov, he is like a ballet dancer from another age. And he has a very beautiful face, and it is made more beautiful by all the lines in his face. Why? Because he wears them so well. I love the lines in his face." Bono adds that he also admires Jagger's business savvy. "The combination of the creative and the management part, which is a rare thing among artists, musicians –- not amongst filmmakers or architects though."
No word on what Mick did on the big day, but he did tweet, "I had a great birthday made even better by all your good wishes. Thank you all so much."
LED ZEPPELIN: The Crime Remains the Same
Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's being robbed of $203,000 at the Drake Hotel in New York.
On his website, Jimmy Page writes, "This was the final night of our American tour and here at Madison Square Garden recording and filming the concert [The Song Remains the Same]. I was informed as we were on the side stage just before going on to perform that there had been a robbery at the Drake Hotel where the safety deposit box had been relieved of cash the previous night. Somehow all this manifested in even more passion in that night's performance."
Each of the band members were questioned, but Page tells us it was an inside job. "I don't know whether they arrested someone, but they knew what happened. It was the guy who was on the night shift. Probably saw [our road manager] Richard Cole, you know, with this money 'cause some money came out to buy a guitar that night, that's what happened."
No arrests were ever made and the money was never recovered.
See video HERE!
JACK WHITE: Donates Cash to Preserve MusicJack White has donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
The goal of the group, a charity established by Congress, is to support archives, libraries, cultural institutions and others committed to preserving America's radio, music and recorded sound heritage. White’s donation has established the funding the group needs to start its preservation plan and to give out its first grants. White is on the board of directors for the NRPF, where he’s listed as a musician, producer and label owner.
METALLICA: Film Comes With SoundtrackMetallica will release a soundtrack to accompany their upcoming 3-D film, Metallica: Through the Never.
Metallica: Through the Never (Music From the Motion Picture) will be released as a two-CD set on September 24th. The album features 16 tracks performed in August 2012 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band shot all the performance footage featured in the film.
Metallica: Through the Never will be in IMAX theaters on September 27th and regular theaters starting October 3rd.
Headlines for Monday, July 29, 2013
IN STORES THIS WEEKFive Finger Death Punch's The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume One includes a guest vocal spot by Judas Priest's Rob Halford.
Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett steps out with Chris Shiflett and the Dead Peasants on All Hat and No Cattle.
BLACK SABBATH: 1 Down, 19 to Go on 13 TourBlack Sabbath have started their North American tour.
They kicked off the 20-date trek -- in support of their new album, 13 -- on Thursday night just outside Houston. They turned in a 17-song set featuring three songs off the new release. Ozzy Osbourne tells us that though they haven't thought about playing the new album, or any of their albums, in its entirety, he could sing any of the new tracks in concert.
Up next is Tampa, Florida on Monday. The tour runs through September 3rd in Los Angeles. They'll then hit South and Central America in October, and Europe in November and December.
Black Sabbath's opening night set list:
- War Pigs
- Into the Void
- Under the Sun
- Age of Reason (new song)
- Black Sabbath
- Behind the Wall of Sleep
- End of the Beginning (new song)
- Fairies Wear Boots
- Rat Salad/Drum Solo
- Iron Man
- God Is Dead? (new song)
- Dirty Women
- Children of the Grave
See video HERE!
JIMI & ALICE: Headed to TorontoFilms about Jimi Hendrix and the manager of Alice Cooper will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The long-awaited Jimi Hendrix bio flick, All Is by My Side, stars Andre Benjamin, also known as Andre 3000 of the hip-hop duo OutKast. The film takes a look at Hendrix as his career was taking off in England in 1967 and '68. It was made in the U.K. without the cooperation of the Hendrix estate.
Also set to premiere in Toronto is Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, a documentary about manager of Alice Cooper, Blondie, the late Luther Vandross and Raquel Welch. It was directed by Mike Myers.
The full lineup for the festival will be announced on August 20th. It opens on September 5th and runs through the 15th.
New York will host the CBGB Music and Film Festival from October 9th to the 13th, and it will include the premiere of CBGB: The Movie, the story of the former New York club that gave rise to such acts as Blondie, Patti Smith and Talking Heads.
PUDDLE OF MUDD: And Now Wes SpeaksPuddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin says his arrest for vandalizing his neighbor's property is a misunderstanding.
Scantlin decided to make more public comments about his arrest after reading an interview with his neighbor Sasha Gradiva in the Hollywood Reporter.
Scantlin says that patio he allegedly attacked is technically his, as it was built, he claims, onto part of his property about two years ago. According to Scantlin, the property's previous owner built a patio while he was away on tour with his band. And he says the construction damaged his patio and a large outdoor staircase on the side of his home. He says he's not vandalizing a neighbor's property -- he's simply "repairing and remodeling my property to the way it used to be."
Scantlin is due back in court on August 14th and says he will provide the judge with the proper paperwork to prove that his own property has been violated.
INCUBUS: Release Date Set for Boyd ProjectSons of the Sea, the new side project of Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, will release a self-titled debut album on September 24th.
Boyd is expected to take the project out on the road in the fall. He'll also publish his third book of paintings, titled So The Echo, in late September in conjunction with the Sons of the Sea release.
NINE INCH NAILS: Debut New Track at First ShowThe first Nine Inch Nails show in more than four years included the debut of two songs from their new album, Hesitation Marks.
The concert at the Fuji Rock Festival on Friday in Japan featured Trent Reznor and company playing "Find My Way" and "Copy of A," as well as the single "Came Back Haunted." The 21-song set also included such hits as "March of the Pigs," "Only," "The Hand That Feeds" and "Hurt."
Check out a video of "Find My Way" on YouTube.
PUDDLE OF MUDD: Wes's Neighbor SpeaksPuddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin isn't the easiest person to live next to -- at least according to his neighbor.
Electro-pop singer Sasha Gradiva tells the Hollywood Reporter that the incident that got Scantlin arrested on Wednesday wasn't the first run-in she's had with him. She says, "This has been going on for a while, a few months. I didn't really want to talk about it. I just focus on my music, but [Wednesday] was just completely ridiculous."
Gradiva says Scantlin has attacked her home at least 10 times, adding, "I called the police multiple times. Every time, he would run into his house and lock the doors, and he wouldn't open them… Police couldn't exactly get him for my call, but [Wednesday] they got him."
Gradiva thinks Scanlin may be jealous of the view from her patio, which sits in line with his roof -- saying he once placed a tent on his roof to block the view. She says she's pursuing a restraining order after the damage to her property -- which Scantlin allegedly did with a buzzsaw and a sledgehammer.
KINGS OF LEON: Portlandia Star to Direct ShowKings of Leon are the latest act to have a show streamed as part of the American Express Unstaged series.
Ex-Saturday Night Live cast member and Portandia star Fred Armisen will direct the live stream of the August 9th concert at London's Shepherd's Bush. It willl be available globally on Vevo and YouTube.
Headlines for Friday, July 26, 2013
MICK JAGGER: 70 Years Young
Mick Jagger was born Michael Philip Jagger 70 years ago today, Friday, July 26th, 1943.
The Rolling Stones' frontman is the father of seven children with four women -- two of whom he was married to -- and a grandfather to four.
He, along with the Stones, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2003. No word on how Mick, the second member of the Stones' current line-up to reach the milestone, plans to spend the big day. Drummer Charlie Watts is 72, Keith Richards will turn 70 in December, and Ronnie Wood will get there in 2017. Former bassist Bill Wyman is 76.
DISTURBED, ROGER WATERS: Draiman Disturbed By Waters' Pig
Disturbed and Device singer David Draiman is tweeting mad over Roger Waters use of Pink Floyd's famed inflatable pig emblazoned with a Jewish star at a July 18th concert in Belgium.
After The Algemeiner posted a story in which Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center called Waters an "open hater of Jews" for his use of the pig with the Star of David, Draiman -- who is Jewish and has family in Israel -- took to Twitter posting a link to the story along with a message. In all caps he tweeted, "I urge all my followers colleagues and friends to condemn Roger Waters’ flagrant display of anti-Semitism,” and he urged his followers to re-tweet his message. He also fired off a subsequent tweet, "Roger Waters…Anti Semite"
Waters is a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and accused the country of "ethnic cleansing" and "international crimes" in 2012 speech at the United Nations.
When the debate continued on Thursday, and one Twitter user tried to tell Draiman that Waters isn't against Jews, only Israeli government, he went off on another all-caps rant, in a series of tweets, "He can go f*** himself. The Star of David is a Jewish symbol. He didn’t put the Israeli flag on there (which would have been just as offensive) he put a Star of David. Hitler used a Star of David to identify Jewish prisoners. There’s no mistaking his intentions.”