Bach says charting higher than Ozzy is career ‘milestone’

Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach has said that his latest album charting higher than Ozzy Osbourne’s new hits collection in its first week of sale is a “milestone” in his career.

Bach’s Give ‘Em Hell was released back in April, debuting at No.72 on the Billboard chart. By contrast Ozzy Osbourne’s hits collection, Memoirs Of A Madman, landed at No.90.

Speaking to the Illinois Entertainer, Bach said: “My ultimate dream in rock ‘n’ roll when I was fired from Skid Row in 1996 was to possibly some day be like Ozzy Osbourne, in that he came up with Sabbath and then had a successful solo career.

Give ‘Em Hell sold more copies the first week out than the new Ozzy Osbourne record. That’s really a milestone for me because that’s what I was trying to do. I think after three, four or five solo releases, I’m establishing myself in that way. This is the most successful solo record I’ve ever had.”

Following the release of Give ‘Em Hell in the Spring Bach had said that he was bewildered by his Facebook followers, asking why of his 800,000 fans only 5000 had bought the new album.

You can watch Bach’s official video for solo track “Temptation” below:

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Trent Reznor: Paying for music is “a relic of an era gone by”

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Nine Inch Nails frontman and film score composer Trent Reznor has said that paying for music is “a relic of an era gone by.”

Reznor, who was also chief creative officer at the Beats Music streaming service and is now working with tech giant Apple following their acquisition of Beats, says he also understands why U2 gave away their new album for free.

Speaking in interview with Billboard, Reznor said: “It’s something I spent a lot of time thinking about. I think paying for music is a relic of an era gone by – and I’m saying that as somebody who hopes you pay for music.”

“I’ve spent my life trying to make this thing that now everybody now thinks should be free. With U2, there was an incentive to get in front of as many eyes as possible. I can see what was appealing to them about that and they’re getting paid for it.”

“There’s the argument, ‘Did that help further devalue music?’ Yes, I think it did. When you put your music on, or allow your music to be on YouTube, is that devaluing music? There’s a whole generation of kids that listen to music on You Tube. They’re not going to pay a dollar for that song – why would you? it’s a complex problem.”

Meanwhile, Nine Inch Nails were recently nominated for induction in to The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, a process that Reznor reveals he feels honoured to be part of:

“I was in Cleveland when they were campaigning to get it built there and I remember doing whatever you needed to do to try and raise public enthusiasm. That’s probably the most attention I had spent on it because I thought it would be nice to have some civic pride in Cleveland.”

“But I find it flattering to be one of the nominees. It would be an honour to be a part of that if it goes that way. And if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. I’ve done the best work I can do.”

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Red Hot Chili Peppers working on new album

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Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed that they have started work on their next album.

Speaking with Billboard, drummer Chad Smith said: “”It’s only been a couple of months, so we’re just starting to write and get in the groove of things. This is my favourite time, being creative, coming up with ideas. You go there at 11 o’clock with something that wasn’t a piece of music, everyone collaborates on something, three hours later you’ve got something that’s a piece of music that wasn’t there before.”

Smith said that it was too early to talk about the sound of the album, but added: “We’re always trying to change and grow and do new stuff. So we don’t make the record that we made three years ago, we’re gonna make something different. And you never know what that is going to be.”

Last month, it was announced that Smith’s bandmate Flea would be releasing an album with his new band Antemasque, which also features Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López of The Mars Volta. Their self-titled debut will be released in July.

Smith and superstar comedian Will Ferrell – who some say is Smith’s doppelganger – are also set to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on the 22nd of May, participating in a drum battle.

“We’re going to have a drum-off to see who the real Chad Smith is,” the real Chad Smith told Rolling Stone. “I’m all for it. But unless Will’s been practicing or is secretly a crazy, wild drummer, I think it’ll be evident right off the bat who the real Chad Smith is. I’m ready to take him down.”

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Tom Morello to release new solo album

morello1Tom Morello has revealed that he is working on a new solo album.

In an interview with Billboard, the Rage Against the Machine axe-slinger confirms that he is creating a big rock record.

“I want to make the craziest guitar record that anyone’s ever heard. The idea is that this is the Hendrix of now” he says.

Morello has most recently been playing live with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and features heavily on Springsteen’s latest album, High Hopes, that was released on Monday. He has also recorded four albums of acoustic folk under the moniker of The Nightwatchman.

He indicates that it is Springsteen’s influence that has led him back to the electric guitar: “The first time I ever sang with an electric guitar in my hands was ‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ (with Springsteen) at the Anaheim Pond in 2008. Until then I’d kept my folk singing career and my electric guitar shredding career completely separate.”

Morello will be filling in for Steve Van Zandt during Springsteen’s upcoming Australian tour dates.