Live From Los Angeles – Tairrie B. Photography: Chevy Metal, Conejo Valley Days, 14th of May, 2016

CM100CVD_TB2016When My Ruin frontwoman and wicked witch of the west coast Tairrie B. Murphy is not on stage or in the studio she’s busy conjuring rock magick behind the camera, shooting some of her favorite bands & musicians live in and around the city of angels. Check out her work in the gallery below.

Band: Chevy Metal
Venue: Conejo Valley Days, CA.
Date: 14th of May, 2016
All photos: © Tairrie B. Photography

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Listen as Dave Grohl streams early Foo Fighters demos

Dave Grohl

As well as being the Official Ambassador for this year’s Record Store Day, Dave Grohl had a limited edition release of his own to talk about as part of the global event.

The former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters mastermind released his own EP, Songs From The Laundry Room, which collected together 4 early demos, some of which would later become staples of the Foos canon.

The tracks are lo-fi early versions of “Alone + Easy Target” from 1992, “Big Me” from 1994, a cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” from 1991 and the previously unreleased “Empty Handed”, also from ’92.

The songs were recorded in the home studio of Barrett Jones who would go on to produce the Foo Fighters debut album. Jones shared some of the recordings with Grohl during the filming of Foos documentary series Sonic Highways.

“He was putting on songs that I’d recorded, fuck, I don’t know, 25, 26 years ago?” Grohl tells Rolling Stone. “I had songs I had no recollection of, which is weird. It’s almost like seeing a snapshot of yourself, passed-out drunk at a party. You’re listening to a song like, ‘Oh, my God, what was I thinking?'”

Find out what Grohl was thinking by taking a listen to the tracks via the stream below. Grohl estimates that he has another 15 to 20 unreleased songs that may surface in the future.

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Foo Fighters play charity bash with all-star guests

Foo Fighters Band Shot

In case you missed it this weekend, Foo Fighters were joined onstage by a host of prominent rockers on Saturday night as part of their “An Evening With Foo Fighters in the Round” show.

The gig was laid on to raise money for three music-related charities and doubled up as a 46th birthday bash for Foos mainman Dave Grohl.

The Rock School Scholarship Fund, MusiCares and Sweet Relief will all benefit from the proceeds of the show.

Guest musicians on the night included Alice Cooper, David Lee Roth, Trombone Shorty, Joe Walsh, Perry Farrell, Zakk Wylde, Nick Oliveri, Slash, Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D, and Paul Stanley.

You can watch footage of Foo Fighters and Alice Cooper performing his classic hits “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen” below:

Foo Fighters are set to return to the UK this summer as part of their Sonic Highways tour. They’ve confirmed five stadium shows in May and June:

May 25th: Sunderland, Stadium Of Light
May 27th: Manchester, Emirates Old Trafford
Jun 19th: London, Wembley Stadium
Jun 20th: London, Wembley Stadium
Jun 23rd: Edinburgh, BT Murrayfield Stadium

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Springsteen criticised for cover of “Fortunate Son”

Springsteen 2014

Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Zac Brown have been criticised by conservative media outlets in the US after performing a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s song “Fortunate Son” at the recent Concert For Valor.

Writing in The Weekly Standard, Ethan Epstein questioned why the trio chose to perform “an anti-war anthem” at an event “largely organised to honour those who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq”.

The Washington Post also picked up on the negative buzz, citing responses to the song from social media platforms:

MK @megtkel “Will never understand why Fortunate Son is played during ‘patriotic’ scenarios. Not really getting this. #TheConcertForValor”

Colette Moran @ColetteMoran “Ummm… Why are they playing an anti-patriotic song “Fortunate Son” at the Concert for Valor? And why are they cheering?”

The Post did at least report more supportive comments, too:

Eric Boehlert @EricBoehlert
“FIXED: 40+ yrs after “Fortunate Son” was written, culturally clueless (chickenhawk) conservatives are still clueless abt message. #ZacBrown”

The Concert For Valor was a free event that took place at The National Mall in Washington D.C. on Veteran’s Day. Rihanna, The Black Keys and Metallica also performed at the HBO sponsored show. The concert was organised to “raise awareness of veterans’ support groups, raise funds for veterans’ charities and salute American troops.”

Springsteen also performed his own war veteran themed song, “Born In The USA.”

You can watch fan-shot footage of Springsteen, Grohl and Brown performing “Fortunate Son” below:

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Dave Grohl takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to a new level

Grohl ALS Ice Bucket Crop

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has taken the ALS Ice Bucket challenge to a whole new level.

With the help of fellow Foos Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Pat Smear, Grohl spectacularly recreates the infamous “bucket of blood” scene from horror film Carrie, including being dressed head-to-toe in full prom dress. Hawkins portrays Grohl’s prom date.

Grohl calls out Jack Black and Carrie star John Travolta to make their own ice bucket challenge videos, and also nominates Stephen King, author of the original book of Carrie.

You can watch Grohl’s typically flamboyant video below:

Celebrities the world over have been taking part in the challenge, filming themselves having a bucket of ice cold water thrown over them in various different and dramatic ways. ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – is a terminal illness which causes muscles to weaken and stiffen.

If you’d like to donate to the cause, you can do so via the ALS Associate website.

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