Corey Taylor features in Doctor Who behind-the-scenes video

The Fisher King Doctor Who

The BBC have released a behind-the-scenes clip of Slipknot’s Corey Taylor on the set of Doctor Who.

Taylor was invited by the BBC to record vocals for the Fisher King, a character who appears in the current series of the long-running sci-fi show.

A self-confessed Doctor Who fan, Taylor reveals that being a part of the Who-niverse was a dream come true, also sharing that his favourite Doctor was that played by Tom Baker.

“I’ve been a fan since I can remember. I’ve passed that on to my son. Now we have that in common, so it’s a pretty good feeling,” says the Slipknot vocalist.

“I got to be a total fanboy for a good amount of the day. I got to see the Tardis and all kinds of other stuff behind the scenes. And then being able to flick all the buttons, it was just so rad.

“To be able to see everything that goes on in that ship, the way I’ve always imagined it as a fan is just ridiculous.”

Taylor adds of his vocal performance on the show: “I’ve been doing some vocal stuff for the Fisher King, basically a harsh scream that I incorporate with Slipknot. We’ve been recording different tones and different levels of it to incorporate into the Fisher King’s guttural roar.

“They’ll probably use that and blend it with a few other things to make it completely inhuman and dark. You may think that’s not a compliment, but I kind of love that.”

Slipknot continue to tour in support of their most recent album, 5.The Gray Chapter, and will return to the UK for a series of live shows next February.

You can watch the BBC’s Doctor Who behind-the-scenes clip below:

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Unseen footage of The Clash at the Roxy in ’77 emerges


Previously unseen footage of The Clash performing their infamous New Year concert at London’s Roxy in 1977 has emerged for the first time.

Filmed by Julien Temple, the content makes up part of a new BBC documentary about punk music.

The gig on the 1st of January 1977 helped to cement The Clash’s reputation, along with that of the Roxy. During the show the band debuted new song “I’m So Bored With The USA” and played live with new drummer Rob Harper for the first time.

You can watch the full documentary including the footage of The Clash below:

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Johnson sang new AC/DC LP with “fingers crossed” and “eyes shut”

Brian Johnson - AC/DC

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has talked about his nervous feelings whilst recording new album Rock Or Bust.

In a recent interview just released by the BBC, Johnson says: “I’ve got to stick my hand up and tell the truth – I went to Vancouver with the boys and I hadn’t sung a song in anger in five and a half years.

“I went with my fingers crossed and my eyes shut into the singing booth. I was just so happy that it came out good; the band was swinging and I think we all got carried away.”

Rock Or Bust was released on the 1st of December. It is AC/DC’s first album without founding guitarist Malcolm Young. Young was forced to retire from the band having been confirmed as suffering from dementia. The future in the band of drummer Phil Rudd was then also thrown into question following his arrest in New Zealand.

Malcom Young’s nephew Stevie filled the vacant guitar spot in the studio and will do the same as the band head out on tour in support of the LP. Says Johnson: “Stevie knew the shoes he had to fill. He put his head down. He worked hard.

“We put an arm around him and said, ‘Just join the fun,’ and he did. I think the energy came out in the album – the nervous energy to keep going.”

The Aussie rockers have confirmed a series of shows in Europe between May and July next year, with many more yet to be announced. Tickets for all dates go on sale today.

May 05th: Arnhem Gelredome, Netherlands
May 08th: Nurnberg Zeppelinfeld, Germany
May 10th: Dresden Rinne Dresden, Germany
May 16th: Hockenheimring, Germany
May 19th: München Olympiastadion, Germany
Jun 19th: Köln Jahnwiesen, Germany
Jun 21st: Hannover Messe, Germany
Jun 25th: Berlin Olympiastadoin, Germany
Jun 28th: Glasgow Hampden Park, UK
Jul 01st: Dublin Aviva Stadium, Ireland
Jul 04th: London Wembley Stadium, UK
Jul 12th: Gelsenkirchen Veltins Arena, Germany
Jul 22nd: Hameenlinna Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto, Finland

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Dave Grohl and Brian May help launch BBC Music

Dave Grohl BBC God Only Knows

Anyone listening to or watching a BBC programme over the past couple of days can’t help but have heard about the corporation’s new single, a cover of the Beach Boys’ 1966 song “God Only Knows.”

Initially recorded to celebrate the launch of BBC Music, a group of 27 prominent musicians have come together under the banner of The Impossible Orchestra to record the track, including Foo Fighters mainman Dave Grohl, and legendary guitarist from Queen, Brian May.

Says the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson of the song: “God Only Knows is a very special song, an extremely spiritual song and one of the best I’ve ever written. All the artists did such a beautiful job. I can’t thank them enough.”

The song will be released later in the year as part of the BBC’s annual Children In Need charity telethon event to raise money for the charity.

You can watch the video of the song below:

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BBC 6Music is saved from closure

The BBC Trust has today announced that it has decided to save the digital radio station 6Music from closure.

Chairman of the trust, Sir Michael Lyons, made the announcement in a report that details the first findings of the Trust’s Strategy Review.

The report states that the future of 6Music is assured, but makes clear that if the BBC should change its policy regarding digital radio then 6Music may come under scrutiny again in the future.

“The Trust concludes that, as things stand, the case has not been made for the closure of 6Music. The Executive should draw up an overarching strategy for digital radio,” he writes. “If the Director General wanted to propose a different shape for the BBC’s music radio stations as part of a new strategy, the Trust would consider it.”

Sister BBC digital station The Asian Network hasn’t faired quite so well, however. The report states: “The Trust would consider a formal proposal for the closure of the Asian Network, although this must include a proposition for meeting the needs of the station’s audience in different ways.”

A full and final report is due in the autumn.