Foo Fighters new album artwork revealed?

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Foo Fighters fans have pieced together an image which is thought to be the cover art for the band’s new album.

Following the announcement that the Dave Grohl and co. would reveal some “big news” next Monday 11th August, various sets of co-ordinates were posted online via the Foo Fighters official Twitter account.

At each location a poster could be found which, when pieced together, make a larger image with a figure eight in the centre. The as-yet unnamed album will be Foo Fighters’ eighth album.

The full image contains landmarks from eight US cities: Seattle, Chicago, New York, Hollywood, Washington, D.C., Austin, New Orleans and Nashville. All are cities in which the Foos are known to have recorded when making their new LP.

The new album is due for release in November and will be accompanied by mini series Sonic Highways, which will document the recording progress. Set to air on HBO, Dave Grohl will operate as director for the show following his Sound City documentary of 2013.

You can see the full assembled image below:

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AltFest: bands and fans in disarray as cancellation rumours persist

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All the indications are that this year’s inaugural AltFest, the crowdfunded festival promoting alternative culture, has been cancelled.

Rumours went viral when Simon Hall of UK metal band Beholder spoke of the alleged cancellation: “I got confirmation via text message but also spoke with some of the main stage acts and they’ve also been told.”

“We were open to this whole thing and extremely excited about headlining – but it leaves me hollow to think so many fans, traders and support staff will end up losing out.” Beholder were due to headline the Sophie Lancaster Stage.

Marilyn Manson has changed the status of his Facebook gig listings to show his AltFest appearance as “cancelled”, and members of a number of other bands who were scheduled to play say that they have also been told that the event is off.

Tairrie B Murphy of LA metal band My Ruin took to the band’s Facebook page yesterday saying: “Our agent has been trying to get a confirmation on whether these rumors are true or not from the festival organizers but has had no response.”

“Trust us, we hope this is NOT true because we know so many of you have plans to see My Ruin at this event and we do not want to disappoint our friends and fans… Please rest assured that we will NOT be cancelling the rest of our tour. We are still planning to rock the rest of the dates and OUR SHOWS WILL GO ON AS PLANNED come hell or high water!”

Rob Ferguson, a promoter at Transcend Music who had several of his artists due to play at the festival, tweeted yesterday: “Well, what a surprise. Alt-Fest is no more. I feel extremely sorry for all those who will undoubtedly lose money. Bad times.”

AltFest was due to take place in just over two weeks time between August the 15th – 17th in Kettering, UK, billing itself as “the international celebration of alternative music, art and culture.” The event raised £61,762 via a KickStarter campaign last year, but it is now believed that organisers failed to raise the rest of the funds needed to cover costs.

A number of band reps have been reporting that their expected advances have still not been paid, but so far there has been no official word from the festival team. As late as yesterday, when rumours about the festival’s collapse were in overdrive, AltFest’s Facebook page was still being updated with news about coach travel packages for fans from Wales.

Over 170 artists and traders had been booked for the event. It is not currently known what will happen regarding refunds for fans who have already paid for tickets.

Watch this space.

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Under The Skin: Tommy Lee’s Massive Rig

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I’ll defend hard rock and metal music to anyone who will listen; fighting the Spinal Tap Stone Henge stereotype all the way to the Winter Solstice if needs be. But I’m not sure even Beelzebub can help me now…

Having recently argued that rock and metal does not need to rely on spectacle to make up for the awful music on show, I have been presented with this:

Tommy Lee Cruecifly 2014

And no, your eyes are not deceiving you. That IS rock berk Tommy Lee playing the drums whilst hanging all but upside down on something resembling The Viper ‘coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

In a spectacularly Spinal Tap moment, Lee has been forced to take to Twitter this week to explain why his rig – dubbed The Crüecifly – didn’t make an appearance at a recent show in Milwaukee.

After fans who attended the 4th of July gig left disappointed at the no-show, they kicked up the proverbial stink across the web, prompting Lee to Tweet: “Hi guys! Want you to know certain venues cannot handle The Crüecifly! It’s not our fault their roof cannot hang the rig! It’s massive!”

Indeed, Tommy, indeed.

The Crüecifly forms part of the stage show for Crüe’s current US jaunt, titled “The Final Tour.” Speaking to Music Radar, Lee once explained how the idea of mounting his drum kit on to a roller coaster track came about: “Every tour we do, everybody’s always wondering, ‘What’s Tommy Lee going to do next? What new, wild and crazy thing is he going to come up with?’ And what’s funny is, the thrill-seeker and the amusement park fan in me took over this time. Whenever I go on a roller coaster, I always say the same thing: ‘Man, I have got to find a way to take the cars off this ride and put my drums on the track!’ That’s basically where it all started. One day, I drew a design for the whole thing on a cocktail napkin.”

*sigh*

If only Tommy and his Mötley Crüe bandmates had put as much thought into their last album…

If you’re so inclined, you can watch fan-shot footage of Tommy and his massive rig in action at the Vanandel Arena, Grand Rapids below:

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Pink Floyd to release new album “The Endless River”

Pink Floyd 2005 Promo Shot

If you’ve been paying attention to the music press over this past weekend, you’ve probably noticed that news has leaked that Pink Floyd are to release a new album titled The Endless River.

The news came via the Twitter feed of Polly Samson, partner of David Gilmour. Samson revealed both the album title, and the fact that the music is based on 1994 sessions that included the late Rick Wright. Wright died in 2008, aged 65.

Polly Samson Tweet

Consequence of Sound has reported further details, quoting singer Durga McBroom-Hudson: “The recording did start during The Division Bell sessions (and yes, it was the side project originally titled The Big Spliff that Nick Mason spoke about). Which is why there are Richard Wright tracks on it. But David and Nick have gone in and done a lot more since then. It was originally to be a completely instrumental recording, but I came in last December and sang on a few tracks. David then expanded on my backing vocals and has done a lead on at least one of them.”

UK tabloid The Sun has reported that the album will not feature any music by Roger Waters, who left Pink Floyd following the release of their 1983 album The Final Cut, and that the current Floyd lineup have no plans to tour in support of the release.

Floyd news site, Brain Damage, indicates that a formal announcement is expected today (Monday 7th July.)

Pink Floyd recently released a new box set of their last studio album, 1994’s The Division Bell, to mark its 20th anniversary. The six-disc set includes a remastered double LP edition of the album in a gatefold sleeve; a red 7-inch of single “Take It Back”; a clear 7-inch of “High Hopes”; a 12-inch blue vinyl of “High Hopes” with reverse laser etched design; the 2011 remaster of The Division Bell; a Blu-ray disc including The Division Bell album in HD Audio, and a previously unreleased surround sound audio mix of the album by Andy Jackson. The Blu-ray disc also includes a new video for “Marooned”.

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Rough Trade to open new store in Nottingham

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Rough Trade are to open a new record store in Nottingham, with more to follow.

The label made the announcement via their Twitter feed, saying: “We’re finally opening a new store in the UK, the first of many…” The store is set to open in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter this autumn, with Rough Trade saying it will be “our finest store yet.”

The first Rough Trade store opened in Ladbroke Grove, London in 1976, soon giving rise to the record label. A new store opened in Shoreditch in 2007, leading to the stores being named Rough Trade East (Ladbroke Grove) and Rough Trade West (Shoreditch.)

The label previously had stores in Covent Garden, Paris, Tokyo and San Francisco. Their only current overseas store is in Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn store opened in 2013 in Williamsburg and boasts that it is the biggest music store in New York City.

“We’re going to give it our best to make the city proud,” said Rough Trade of the new Nottingham venture.

rough_trade_logoVisit the Rough Trade Stores website here.

Visit the Rough Trade Records website here.

You can find Rough Trade’s Facebook page here and Twitter feed here.

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