Rumours are rife that The Replacements are planning a new studio album.
It would be their first since 1990’s All Shook Down and, according to Rolling Stone, the Minneapolis legends already have several songs written.
Frontman Paul Westerberg has apparently revealed two new song titles, including “Are You In It For The Money?” and “Dead Guitar Player”, perhaps a reference to the group’s original lead guitarist, Bob Stinson, who died in 1995.
Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson last year teamed up with drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Dave Minehan for a set of North American dates, including a headline slot at April’s Coachella and RiotFest.
Foo Fighters have today revealed that their new album will be titled Sonic Highways.
The LP is slated for released on the 10th of November, with the 180-gram vinyl edition featuring nine covers, including one for each of the eight cities the band recorded in for the record.
Frontman Dave Grohl has revealed that the album will feature guest appearances by a number of notable musicians, including Chuck D, Carrie Underwood, Gary Clark, Jr., Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes and Joe Walsh. He has also revealed that the album will be the Foos’ longest. “When you get Joe Walsh with you out in the desert, it’s not going to be a three-minute pop single.”
The complete tracklist for Sonic Highways is as follows:
1. “Something From Nothing”
2. “The Feast and the Famine”
4. “What Did I Do?/God as My Witness”
6. “In the Clear”
8. “I Am a River”
Grohl has said in conversation with Rolling Stone that the album had originally been planned to be even bigger, taking in recording locations the world over. However, as soon as it became apparent that the plan would not be financially viable, the band instead decided to focus on their homeland: “We’re an American band,” he said. “We wouldn’t be the band we are if it wasn’t for the cities here and their music.”
Check out a new video clip, featuring some of the music from the album, below!
Tool have spoken out in interview with Rolling Stone saying they know fans are “pissed” that they haven’t released new material.
The band’s last album, 10,000 Days, was released in 2006, and many have been clamoring for new music ever since.
But now drummer Danny Carey and guitarist Adam Jones have revealed a complex set of legal proceedings, blaming them for the lack of a new album. The litigation has all stemmed from events that happened in 2007, when a friend of the band claimed that he had created artwork for Tool and wanted credit for doing so.
This led to an insurance firm that the band felt would defend them in the resulting case turning around and suing them too.
Said Jones: “The fans are pissed at us. And while part of me is selfish and goes, ‘I’m not necessarily doing it for them,’ it’s time that they understand what’s going on.”
“And it’s costing millions and millions and millions of dollars to defend us. And the fans are all going, ‘We want a new Tool album. What the fuck?’ And you don’t want to pull people into your problems, because they don’t understand.”
“But the point is, we’re fighting the good fight. We’re going to trial and we want to crush them. But every time we’ve gotten close to going to trial, it gets postponed and we’ve wasted money and time and it has just drained our creative energy. We bought an insurance policy for peace of mind, but instead we would have been better off if we never had it and just dealt with the original lawsuit.”
The band have been writing and recording, added Carey, saying that they have completed at least one song. He described it as around 10 minutes long and more “metal” sounding than their previous work.
“I’m hoping that we have something really solid recorded by the end of the year. But we’ll see how it goes,” said the drummer. “I thought that last year, too. But we’re making great progress. We’ve really knocked out a lot of good things, especially over the last month. We’re all excited about it.”
The court case is due to be heard in January 2015.
You can watch the video for song “Vicarious” from Tool’s album 10,000 Days below:
Bruce Springsteen has released his directorial debut – a short film to accompany his song, “Hunter Of Invisible Game.”
Co-directed by long-term Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, the film sees Springsteen portray a lonely, haunted survivor of an unspecified apocalyptic tragedy, wandering in woodland searching for his humanity, and remembering his friends and family in times gone by.
Rather than what may sound like a sci-fi spectacle, the film is beautifully shot, impressionistic, downbeat and entirely in keeping with the tone and texture of the song.
“For a long part of the year, Thom Zimny and I have been talking about shooting a short film for ‘Hunter Of Invisible Game,'” Springsteen said via his website. “We’ve finally got the job done, and we think it’s one of our best. Thanks Thom for the hard work and brotherly collaboration. You and your crew bring it all. And to all of you out there in E St. Nation, we hope you enjoy! See ya up the road.”
Speaking in interview with Rolling Stone, Springsteen revealed that the song had started as just a title, and only later developed into a full song after he was inspired by some apocalyptic literature.
“The idea of these travellers in the wasteland, and what’s the guy trying to do? He’s trying to hold onto their humanness, their humanity in all of this ruin. That was the idea. That’s who this guy is, the guy who is hunting out remnants of what makes the spirit. It was one of those songs that came together a certain way and I didn’t think much about it when I wrote it. I put it away. Now it’s probably one of my favorite things on the record.”
“Hunter Of Invisible Game” is lifted from High Hopes, Springsteen’s eighteenth studio album released in January of this year. The album debuted at No.1 in charts across the world. Four tracks that didn’t make the album were released separately on the American Beauty EP, which Springsteen released to celebrate Record Store Day in April 2014.
Woodstock founder Michael Lang has said that he is considering organising a 50th anniversary festival for 2019.
Speaking to Rolling Stone and denying that there will be a 45th anniversary event his year, Lang said: “I think we’re certainly done until the 50th. We’re starting to think about it now.” He also revealed that several sites are currently being considered in North America.
The original festival took place in Bethel, New York in 1969, and featured career defining sets from the likes of The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Several anniversary events have been held since, most recently in 1994 and then 1999. The 1999 festival became infamous as a result of rioting during sets from Limp Bizkit and then Red Hot Chili Peppers, with New York State Troopers having to be called in to quell the violence.
Lang has previously said that he doesn’t think the organisational failures of previous anniversary events will affect any new festival: “When people think [of Woodstock] they don’t think ’99 or ’94. They think [of] the ’69 event. I think  has its ramifications, but I don’t think it did any real damage in that sense.”
The 1994 event saw the site turned into a mudbath due to adverse weather conditions. During Green Day’s set the band famously started a mud fight with the crowd leading to a stage invasion which saw security mistaking the band’s Mike Dirnt for a fan and tackling him onstage, leading him to seek emergency dental treatment.