ABC/Randy HolmesShinedown's Eric Bass is adding his very fitting name to a bass of his own. The musician, who's last name is pronounced like the fish, has teamed up with Prestige Guitars Ltd. to create the Prestige Eric Bass Signature Bass.
The instrument, which is sadly not just called the Bass Bass, will debut at the 2019 NAMM trade show, which takes place January 24-27 in Anaheim, California. Following its debut there, you'll be able to order your own via PrestigeGuitars.com.
Bass' collaboration with Prestige has been nearly two years in the making: He's been playing prototypes of the Signature Bass while Shinedown has been touring in support of their new album, ATTENTION ATTENTION.
"This bass will be used on stages the world over and needs to stand up to the demands of their intense touring schedule and Eric's intense stage performance!" says Adrian O'Brien, VP of Prestige Guitars.
Shinedown will return to the road with the launch of their U.S. tour February 20 in Estero, Florida. They're also getting up early for a performance on Live with Kelly and Ryan January 23.
ABC/Heidi GutmanGreen Day's iconic 1994 album Dookie celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it looks as though the punk trio might be releasing some special gear to mark the occasion.
On his Instagram, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong shared a photo of a new guitar pedal decorated with the Dookie artwork. In the caption, he wrote, "Anyone going to NAMM?" He was referring to the annual National Association of Music Merchants trade show, which this year takes place January 24-27 in Anaheim, California.
The diamond-certified Dookie, which spawned the singles "Longview," "Basket Case" and "When I Come Around," will officially hit the quarter-century mark on February 1.
Last summer, Green Day revealed that they'd been rehearsing Dookie in full, leading some fans to believe they were planning a 25th anniversary tour. However, no official announcement has been made.
ABC/Randy HolmesDeath Cab for Cutie has announced a summer North American tour in support of the band's new album, Thank You for Today.
The trek begins June 7 in Pittsburgh, and will wrap up August 11 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale to the general public next Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m. local time. Visit DeathCabforCutie.com for all ticket info.
Prior to the summer dates, Death Cab will launch a spring U.S. tour on March 29 in Las Vegas.
Here are Death Cab for Cutie's summer tour dates:
6/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE 6/8 -- Nelsonville, OH, Nelsonville Music Festival 6/11 -- Portland, ME, Thompson's Point 6/12 -- South Burlington, VT, The Green at Shelburne 6/14 -- New Haven, CT, College Street Music Hall 6/15 -- Queens, NY, Forest Hills Stadium 6/18 -- Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Theatre 6/20 -- Toronto, ON, TD Echo Beach 6/21 -- Cooperstown, NY, Brewery Ommegang 6/22 -- Dover, DE, Firefly Music Festival 6/25 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 7/7 -- Louisville, KY, Iroquois Amphitheater 7/8 -- St. Louis, MO, Stifel Theatre 7/9 -- Mankato, MN, Vetter Stone Amphitheater 7/13 -- Edmonton, AB, Edmonton EXPO Centre 8/11 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
Credit: Magdalena WosinskaThe 1975 has added a new batch of dates to their North American tour this spring in support of the band's new album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.
New shows include stops in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, California; Kansas City, Kansas; Milwaukee and Richmond, Virginia. Visit The1975.com for ticket info.
The 1975's North American tour launches in March at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico City, and will travel throughout the U.S. before wrapping June 3 in Toronto.
Along with the tour dates, The 1975 has premiered the lyric video for the Brief Inquiry track "I Like America & America Likes Me." The glitchy video, which has some major Matrix-vibes, is streaming now on YouTube.
Here are The 1975's North American tour dates:
3/16-19 -- Mexico City, MX, Vive Latino 3/20 -- Guadalajara, MX, Auditorio Telmex 4/15 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 4/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint 4/21 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl* 4/22 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Auditorium* 4/25 -- Seattle, WA, Wamu Theater 4/26 -- Vancouver, BC, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre 4/27 -- Portland, OR, Veterans Memorial Coliseum 4/29 -- Orem, UT, Uccu Center 4/30 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre 5/2 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 5/3 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater 5/4 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 5/6 -- Kansas City, KS, Providence Medical Event Amphitheater* 5/7 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Armory 5/8 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 5/10 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Eagles Ballroom* 5/11 -- Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre 5/12 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center 5/14 -- Columbus, OH, Express Live! Outdoor 5/15 -- Nashville, TN, Ascend Amphitheater 5/18 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park 5/19 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 5/21 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem 5/22 -- Richmond, VA, Virginia Credit Union Live!* 5/29 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater 5/30 -- Boston, MA, Agganis Arena 6/3 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
Credit: Greg WilliamsRadiohead frontman Thom Yorke has revealed the details of his first-ever classical piano composition. Titled "Don't Fear the Light," the piece was composed for acclaimed French piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Yorke will be on stage alongside the Labèque sisters for the premiere of the composition at the Philharmonie de Paris on April 7, as well as subsequent performances at the France's Auditorium de Lyon, England's Barbican Centre London and Germany's Elbphilharmonie.
"I'll be there pretending I can read the music on the paper," Yorke says of the performances. "Which I can't."
Yorke previously told Variety that his obligation to the "Don't Fear the Light" concerts won't allow him to attend Radiohead's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which takes place March 29 in Brooklyn, New York.
ABC/Fred WatkinsA long-lost Nirvana demo session recorded in 1992 has surfaced online.
The recording was uploaded by drummer Rey Washam, who played in bands including Ministry, Tad and Scratch Acid -- Kurt Cobain was a fan of the latter group. The session featured Washam on drums, Krist Novoselic on bass and Dave Grohl on guitar.
"Dave was obviously new to guitar, but had some songs he wanted to try out with a band," Washam explains. "I had just quit playing in Tad and Dave asked me to come over and 'jam.'"
Washam uploaded 30 minutes of the two-hour session. At around the 24:35 mark, you can hear a riff that sounds like an early version of the In Utero song "Scentless Apprentice."
You can listen to the recording now streaming on YouTube.
Credit: Brantley GutierrezFoo Fighters are ready for some football. The band has released a five-minute short film celebrating their upcoming DIRECTV Super Saturday Night gig in Atlanta on February 2 -- one night before Super Bowl LIII.
In the funny clip, each of the Foos play a member of the Jackalopes football team -- which is even less organized than Paul Crewe's Mean Machine. For example, Dave Grohl plays team captain Larry Butz, who keeps sneaking swigs from his flask during practice, while Taylor Hawkins plays quarterback Bret Rogers, who's more focused on his endorsements than his play on the field.
The Jackalopes' practice, narrated by Fox NFL Sunday host Curt Menefee and analysts Terry Bradshaw and Michael Strahan, doesn't go to well, and eventually comes to an end due to injuries, hallucinogenic drugs and, in the case of Grohl's Butz, getting arrested.
Not only do the Foos portray the players, they also play the cheerleaders. You can watch it all for yourself now on YouTube.
If you were hoping to attend the Atlanta show, it's sold out, but you can still watch it live from the comfort of your own home via the DIRECTV Twitter page. The stream begins February 2 at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Super Bowl LIII will kick off Sunday, February 3 in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
In other Foo Fighters news, the band will lead a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on February 14. They'll then play the first shows of the new Fillmore New Orleans concert venue on February 15 and 16.
ABC/Paula LoboIf listening to Blink-182's "Adam's Song" doesn't already make you sad, then this newly revealed detail about one of the track's lyrics definitely will.
During a Twitter Q&A session, a fan asked bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus about the "Adam's Song" line that goes "Remember the time that I spilled the cup/Of apple juice in the hall." In response, Hoppus wrote that it came from an incident that happened when he was a kid and his parents were "headed for divorce."
"They were arguing in their room behind a closed door and I was in the hallway listening, frightened, to their muffled voices," Hoppus said. "Suddenly the noise stopped, their door opened, and I ran, spilling my apple juice."
A track from 1999's Enema of the State, "Adam's Song" was a marked departure from much of Blink's more lighthearted and crude material, tackling subjects such as loneliness, depression and suicidal thoughts. Originally peaking at #2 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart, it's become one of Blink's most popular and enduring singles.
BMG/Black Box RecordingsThe Glorious Sons have released the video for their single "S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)." Filmed live last fall in Toronto, the clip, streaming now via Billboard.com, finds the Canadian rockers delivering an impassioned performance in front of some 10,000 fans.
"S.O.S" is featured on The Glorious Sons' 2017 album Young Beauties and Fools. It currently sits at number one on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart, and in the top 30 on Alternative Songs.
"I think the reason this song is connecting and resonating with people is because it's about real issues that we all face, it's a sign of the times," vocalist Brett Emmons tells Billboard. "It's time for the genre to get back to its roots, and I'm not talking about the sonics. Rock n Roll should be dangerous, it should be rebellious, and has to start making people think again."
The Glorious Sons will launch a U.S. headlining tour February 12 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Burak Cingi/RedfernsVampire Weekend hasn't released a new album since 2013's Modern Vampires of the City, but that's about to change.
In an Instagram post, frontman Ezra Koenig announces that the band is planning to release an 18-song double album. He wouldn't reveal the full title of the record, but did say it has the initials "FOTB."
The exact release date of the album has yet to be revealed, but Koenig says VW will be releasing "three two-song drops every month until the record is out," suggesting that it will arrive sometime in April or May. By the way, the first drop will happen next week, so be on the lookout for that.
You can also catch Vampire Weekend live this year at the Hangout and Firefly festivals.
ABC/Paula LoboBlink-182 has a new song with The Chainsmokers in the works.
The hit-making DJ duo announced the news in a tweet Wednesday night, writing that they "just did a session with blink182 and wrote an amazing song." "We can die happy now," they added.
Blink bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus then confirmed the collaborating, tweeting, "It's true."
While some fans were supportive, many were crying "say it ain't so."
"Do you accept constructive criticism?" wrote one fan, while many others replied with a series of disapproving GIFs, including Tom DeLonge's famous WTF from the "First Date" video.
Explaining why Blink wanted to collaborate with The Chainsmokers, Hoppus wrote, "We've been friends with them for a few years and have tried to collaborate a bunch of different times, but today our schedules aligned and we were all in the same room at the same time."
If you've heard The Chainsmokers' inescapable 2016 hit "Closer," then you know they're big Blink-182 fans. On the song, featured vocalist Halsey sings, "Stay and play that Blink-182 song/That we beat to death in Tucson."
There's no word yet on when we'll get to hear the Chain-182 song -- perhaps it'll be featured on Blink's next album, the follow-up to 2016's California.
Robert Knight Archive/RedfernsLorna Doom, bassist for the '70s punk band the Germs, has died. The group's drummer Don Bolles confirmed the news in a Facebook post, writing that Doom "left this mortal coil" Wednesday.
Born Teresa Ryan, Doom joined the Germs in 1976 alongside lead singer Jan Paul Beahm, aka Darby Crash, and guitarist Georg Ruthenberg, now known as former Nirvana touring member and current Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear. At one point, the band also included future The Go-Go's frontwoman Belinda Carlile.
Considered a staple of the Los Angeles punk scene and an influence on future punk bands, the Germs released one album, 1979's (GI), which was produced by Joan Jett.
The Germs disbanded in 1980, and Crash died by suicide later that year. The group reformed in 2005 with actor Shane West, who had been cast to play Crash in a biopic titled What We Do Is Secret, on lead vocals. Doom was played by Bijou Phillips in the film.
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Chris Cornell Estate
The "I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" event at The Forum near Los Angeles was a night of music, passion and stars, but mostly -- as many of the performers noted from the stage -- a celebration of the life of the musician, who died by suicide in May of 2017.
Performers from the Foo Fighters, Metallica and Audioslave to Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine were joined by other special guests, including Brad Pitt introducing a special performance of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" by Chris Cornell's daughter Toni Cornell and Ziggy Marley.
In addition to Pitt, other non-musical guests included Josh Brolin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, TomHanks, Courteney Cox, Cameron Crowe, Kaley Cuoco, David Spade and more.
Jimmy Kimmel served as host for the evening. In his opening remarks, he said, "This is an emotional night for a lot of you and it’s a meaningful night for me as well...There are so many great artists here to remember Chris...I think you're going to remember this night for the rest of your life."
Despite pouring rain and traffic in the area, The Forum was packed, and even four hours into the show, the crowd stayed put, sang along and cheered, especially near the end, when Cornell's former bandmates from Temple of the Dog and Soundgarden -- along with special guests like Fiona Apple, Peter Frampton and Taylor Momsen -- played the fan favorites everyone had been waiting to hear.
In addition to the live performances, breaks between sets included videos and photos and clips of some of Chris Cornell's performances, showcasing his talent and especially his legendary vocal range.
A video at the beginning of the night featured celebrities from Jennifer Lopez to George Clooney talking about Cornell's commitment to human rights, adding, "Keep the Promise for Chris Cornell" and highlighting the hashtag #KeepThePromise.
There were emotional elements throughout the night as well as Cornell's bandmates, friends and collaborators shared their memories of Chris, expressing their wish that he could be there. But at the top of the show, his former bandmates insisted, "Chris is here with us tonight. He has the best seat in the house."
In the middle of the Foo Fighters' performance, Dave Grohl said, "I woke up a little sad this morning because I realized that with all this love, the one person who would have appreciated it the most can't be here tonight."
But Pearl Jam and Temple of the Dogguitarist Stone Gossard said, "I think we're all here for the same reason. I think it's to share and it's to grieve but mainly it's to celebrate...Chris' artistry and to hear his incredible music."
He added, "Here we are now with this loss, this pain, this anger. Families needing healing, fans needing healing, friendships and relationships shattered. And all of our lives still tumbling along without our leader: a sensitive and gifted Irish boy from North Seattle who changed us all."
Chris Cornell's widow Vicky expressed her gratitude, saying, "This event showcases [Chris'] contributions to music history across genres and generations."
And in addition to his daughter Toni's performance, Chris' other daughter, Lily, spoke, saying her Dad had a beautiful gift and made music because he loved it.
For fans unable to make it to the show but who still want to support Cornell's legacy and his Foundation, Kimmel announced that a pair of Chris Cornell limited-edition Gibson guitars, made to honor the late singer, had been signed by many of the evening's artists, and will be up for sale on eBay, with money going to EBMRF.
Here's who sang what last night:
The Melvins (Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, Steven Shane McDonald, Jeff Pinkus) “Kicking Machine” “With Your Heart Not Your Hands” “Leech” “Heart of Honey” “Spoonman”
Rita Wilson “The Promise”
Nikka Costa and Alain Johannes “Disappearing One”
Chris Stapleton “The Keeper”
Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Pat Smear, Chris Shiflett, Rami Jaffee) “No Attention” “Earache My Eye” “Girl You Want” “Everlong (Acoustic)”
Josh Homme “Rusty Cage”
Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael and Stone Gossard “Seasons”
Miley Cyrus “Two Drink Minimum”
Audioslave (Tom Morello and Brad Wilk) “Cochise” (with Geezer Butler and Perry Farrell) “Be Yourself” (with Geezer Butler and Juliette Lewis) “Set It Off” (with Chris Chaney, Sam Harris and Tim Mcllrath) “Like a Stone” (with Chris Chaney and Brandi Carlile) “Show Me How to Live”(with Robert Trujillo and Dave Grohl)
Toni Cornell and Ziggy Marley “Redemption Song”
Metallica “All Your Lies” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” “Master of Puppets” “Head Injury”
Ryan Adams (Daphne Chen, Richard Dodd, Eric Gorfain, Leah Katz and Don Was) “Dead Wishes” “Fell on Black Days”
Temple of the Dog “Preaching the End of the World” (Nikka Costa, Alain Johannes, Stone Gossard, Brendan O’Brien and Josh Taylor) “Can’t Change Me” (Nikka Costa, Alain Johannes, Stone Gossard, Eric Avery and Josh Freese) “Hunted Down” (William DuVall, Jerry Cantrell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Josh Freese) “All Night Thing” (Fiona Apple, Brendan O’Brien, David Garza, Jeff Ament and Matt Chamberlain) “Reach Down” (Miguel, Nikka Costa, Stone Gossard, Brendan O’Brien, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron) “Say Hello 2 Heaven” (Miley Cyrus, Brendan O’Brien, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Josh Freese) “Hunger Strike” (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Stone Gossard, Brendan O’Brien, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron)
Soundgarden (Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron) “Rusty Cage” (with Taylor Momsen) “Flower” (with Marcus Durant) “Outshined” (with Marcus Durant and Stone Gossard) “Drawing Flies” (with Taylor Momsen, Buzz Osbourne, Matt Demeritt and Tracy Wanamae) “Loud Love” (with Taylor Momsen, Tom Morello and Wayne Kramer) “I Awake” (with Taylor Hawkins and Buzz Osbourne) “The Day I Tried To Live” (with Taylor Hawkins and Buzz Osbourne) “Black Hole Sun” (with Brandi Carlile, Peter Frampton, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)
Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagicOne of the most influential producers in rock music will be the subject of a new docu-series on Showtime.
Shangri-La will tell the story of Rick Rubin, the enigmatic, Grammy-winning guru who co-founded Def Jam Records in the early 1980s and famously helped guide the careers and music of acts as diverse as Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and Eminem to Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Adele, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath.
A "work-in-progress" version of Shangri-La will screen at SXSW in Austin, Texas this March.
"With Rubin’s infamous studio in Malibu as the backdrop, Shangri-La pulls back the veil on Rubin and his work with musicians across every genre," reads the statement announcing the series, calling it "an all-access pass into Rubin’s creative process, giving viewers a taste of what it’s like to be produced by the music world’s most singular voice."
Shangri-La will debut on Showtime later this year.
News of the collaboration broke in April 2017, three months before Bennington's death. The song was finally released this past week.
"Cross Off" will appear on Morton's upcoming solo album Anesthetic, which also features Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix, Alter Bridge frontman and Slash collaborator Myles Kennedy, Mark Lanegan, and Morton's Lamb of God bandmate, Randy Blythe. It'll arrive in full on March 1.
ABC/Randy HolmesTom Morello will lend his shredding chops to End of Suffering, a new album from English punk band Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes.
The Rage Against the Machine and Prophets of Rage guitarist guests on a song magnificently titled "Tyrant Lizard King." You'll get to hear it when End of Suffering is released on May 3.
Carter and Morello previously linked up during the Resurrection Festival in Spain last summer, when Carter joined Prophets of Rage onstage for a performance of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name."
Morello, meanwhile, will play a number of festival dates this spring in support of his new solo album The Atlas Underground, which he released last fall.
ABC/Randy HolmesDepeche Mode will be really enjoying the silence with their contribution to STUMM433, a box set collecting over 50 artists' interpretation of the famous John Cage composition 4'33".
If you're unfamiliar, 4'33" is a composition the instructs performers not to play their instruments, resulting in four minutes and 33 seconds of only background noise. Or, barring that, complete silence.
Other artists contributing to the project, which was put together by the aptly named British record label Mute, include New Order, Moby, The Afghan Whigs and Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo.
As for what a collection of artists performing a song with no instruments will actually sound like, we'll find out when STUMM433 is released in May.