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  • Tool Drummer Danny Carey Suggests New Album Will Drop In 2013, Talks About Vespa Crash

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor



    Tool fans were disappointed to say the least when singer Maynard James Keenan announced that there would be no release from the band in 2013. The modern experimental legends have been working on a new album for some time, and drummer Danny Carey says, along with a bunch of other news, that a 2013 release is still planned.

    When it comes to the upcoming Tool album, Carey stated that it is still planned to dropin 2013. “Sometime this year … that’s all I can say,” Carey tells TheRockFM about the record. “The sooner the better for us. We’re working everyday but you can never predict it, honestly. We’re really excited about it so I hope all the fans will be too.” Carey also reports that bassist Justin Chancellor has been the “main driving force” to get the album completed.

    Carey also told the radio station that he plays drums on the soundtrack to the upcoming Superman film ‘Man of Steel.’ In addition, he adds that Tool have a massive amount of live material that may be released on CD or DVD form in the future. “We have tons of stuff recorded,” says Carey. “I hope we do make that happen one of these days. We have lots of video stuff too, we could do a DVD or two whenever we get around to it. We’re kind of trying to focus on the new thing now, so we’ll go back at some point and do it.”

    In a separate interview with David Farrier, Carey spoke about an epic 20-minute piece being constructed for Tool’s next record. “We’re still – believe it or not! – still working on it,” the drummer says about the piece. “[Laughs] It’s like an ever-evolving thing, it’s probably going to turn into a thing that’s like, a big trilogy type of feel to it, sort of like ‘Disposition’ and ‘Intension’ and ‘Triad,’ like on the ‘Lateralus’ record or something. It will probably be over a 20-minute piece when it’s all finished, so it will be a good part of the record. We’re dealing with it in sections, but it’s coming together really well, we’re having lots of fun working on it, that’s for sure.”

    Finally, Danny Carey revealed that he was, in fact, the mystery Tool member that sustained injuries from what was reported as a Vespa accident. “It’s been tough lately because I cracked four ribs,” Carey begins, “broke three of them on a motorcycle the other day, so I am kinda laid up at this point, it’s making it really painful to play. It’s not an easy thing to do. [Laughs] … it was just over in the San Fernando Valley, I was just turning to go on the freeway, and I think I hit some antifreeze or oil or something, and the wheels just slipped right out from under me, and I just hit the pavement really hard. [Laughs] … Yeah, I’m still in one piece anyway, but I don’t know how lucky I was the way I feel right now [Laughs]. It’s pretty painful, but some painkillers and some scotch will get you through it.”

    Tool have also just announced a cluster of tour dates in Australia and New Zealand. Stay tuned for more news on the band’s upcoming record.

    Tool 2013 Australia + New Zealand Tour Dates:

    04/27 – Melbourne, AUS – Rod Laver Arena
    04/30 – Adelaide, AUS – AEC Arena
    05/03 – Sydney, AUS – Allphones Arena
    05/06 – Brisbane, AUS – Entertainment Centre
    05/08 – Auckland, N.Z. – Vector Arena

  • 11 Twitter Accounts That Every Hard Rock Fan Should Follow

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Rock Twitter


    Part of the fun of Twitter is getting to know some of your favorite rockers, as well. As such, we’ve got a some great suggestions for several of the more interesting Twitter accounts that all hard rock and metal fans should follow — in addition to Loudwire, of course!

    You’ll find a number of well-known rockers who are very active on Twitter and ready to share more of themselves than things you would find in your average press release.

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    @RadioParker (Parker)



    David Drainman
    Official Artist Twitter Page
    Disturbed and Device vocalist David Draiman isn't mad at you, but he does have a propensity for tweeting in all CAPS. In addition to the info you'll find on his music projects, Draiman is an avid news junkie, often tweeting about global issues. But it's not all serious, as the vocalist is quick to share inspirational messages and funny online memes, as well.

    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Official Artist Twitter Page
    Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea will definitely share his thoughts on music, whether it’s the band's own plans or his love of other artists. And it's obvious from his tweets that Flea is as versed on the classics as he is modern day acts. But what makes the bassist an interesting tweeter is his very vocal support and critiques of Los Angeles sports teams, including his beloved Lakers.

    Guy Speed
    News for Guys
    There's no doubt that hard rock and metal lean toward a certain testosterone-filled audience, and GuySpeed caters to that particular demographic. Whether it be covering smoking hot women or the latest in video games, films and sports, GuySpeed has got all you dudes out there covered.

    Scott Ian
    Official Artist Twitter Page
    While Anthrax's Twitter site is quite active, it pays to follow guitarist Scott Ian's account as he's the band's most consistent tweeter and often has a lot going on beyond music. In addition to his Anthrax updates, you can find Ian tweeting about his love of comics, poker and horror films. He's also usually pretty good about answering his follower's questions, as well.

    Dave Mustaine
    Official Artist Twitter Page
    Dave Mustaine is one of the most outspoken rockers in the business, so what makes you think he'd be any less so on Twitter? The Megadeth frontman has embraced social media to keep fans up to date on his band perhaps as much as any artist in hard rock and metal. But he's also not one to hold back on the day-to-day activities of his life or his opinions of entertainment and world news.


    Dave Navarro
    Official Artist Twitter Page
    Jane's Addiction and Camp Freddy guitarist Dave Navarro will share his love for music (his own as well as other artists), but you can also look for him to address animal rights issues, his favorite television shows and discussions about his 'Dark Matter' radio show. He's also one of the better artists when it comes to responding to his followers' questions.


    Nikki Sixx
    Official Artist Twitter Page
    Motley Crue and Sixx: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx will dish on both of his bands, but he's just as likely to talk about his love of photography, his music passions and connections garnered through his 'Sixx Sense' radio show. Also, on several occasions, he's used Twitter as a place of catharsis to share personal matters, past and present, with his thousands of followers.


    Official Artist Twitter Page
    Slash has to be one of the most consistent tweeters in the hard rock community. The rocker is always one of the first to comment on major news stories, but he's also great about sharing his day-to-day details whether in the studio or on the road with his band. He's begun sharing nuggets about his film production company, as well.


    Corey Taylor
    Official Artist Twitter Page
    Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor is one of the more entertaining personalities in rock and it shines through on Twitter as well, where he's more than happy to joke around and answer questions from fans, share sports and entertainment picks, and yes, give updates on his projects. It's sometimes his unfiltered random thoughts that prove to be the most entertaining.


    Ultimate Classic Rock
    Classic Rock Music News
    The connection between the hard rock / metal world and that of classic rock is becoming closer and closer as several hard rock acts are considered classic rock icons, as well. Ultimate Classic Rock covers some of the vets like Guns N' Roses, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden + Motley Crue, as well as other iconic acts and major anniversaries in the history of rock.

  • Maynard James Keenan Says Tool Will Not Release New Album in 2013

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor


    Fans who have been patiently waiting for Tool‘s next album will unfortunately have to hang in there a bit longer according to vocalist Maynard James Keenan. In a recent interview with Chile’s Radio Futuro, Keenan apparently stated that Tool will not be releasing a new album in 2013.

    Tom Petty famously sang, “The waiting is the hardest part,” on his single ‘The Waiting’ in 1981, and Tool fans worldwide are currently blasting that classic track on repeat while cradling themselves in the fetal position. There are few groups that harness cult followings like Tool, which is why fans of the band have been rabid for new material since 2006; the year Tool released their most recent album, ’10,000 Days.’

    With Tool’s album drought having lasted seven years, a new Tool disc was expected to drop in 2013, according to various sources. The other members of of the band have recently been working hard to write the album, although a reported Vespa accident recently brought the jam sessions to a brief halt. However, according to Maynard Keenan, there will be no new Tool album this year.

    When asked by Radio Futuro if a new Tool album will be released soon, Keenan simply replied, “No new disc. Not this year … I have not written any songs. So no, there is nothing.”

    Keenan has become infamous for screwing with the media. The singer played an April Fools prank in 2005, having revealed that he “found Jesus” and claiming that Tool were abandoning what would later become ’10,000 Days.’ Keenan has also peddled a book that doesn’t exist and once reported that the members of Tool were in critical condition after a bus accident, so whether or not you believe Keenan is up to your own judgement.

    In the same Chilean interview, Keenan also batted down the possibility of a new A Perfect Circle album, citing his focus on Puscifer and APC guitarist Billy Howerdel’s dedication to Ashes Divide as to why an album is currently off the table. Puscifer’s upcoming EP ‘Donkey Punch the Night’ is set for a Feb. 19 release.

    Puscifer - Balls to the Wall (Accept Cover) Live In Bonnaroo 2012

    Two versions of this song will be on the upcoming EP: Donkey Punch the Night

    A Perfect Circle - Outsider (Director's Cut)

    And a special treat for you...

    TOOL - nightmare before aenima


  • Halestom Brings The Rock To "Jimmy Kimmel Live" with "Love Bites" and "Freak Like Me"

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor



    Halestorm got in a little late night action Tuesday (Jan. 29), performing on ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ and sharing two of their favorite tracks for the studio audience. ‘Love Bites (So Do I)’ aired on the national television broadcast, while the band also performed their current single, ‘Freak Like Me,’ as a Web-only bonus. Both performances can be seen below.

    Lzzy Hale, with her long hair pulled up for the evening, delivered her usual amount of energy and vitality on ‘Love Bites (So Do I).’ The track began with the combination of drummer Arejay Hale’s arms and hair flying during the hard-hitting intro, while Lzzy and guitarist Joe Hottinger traded some wicked licks.

    As for the Web-only bonus performance, ‘Freak Like Me,’ Lzzy Hale and bassist Josh Smith brought a perfect vocal blend during the chorus and Arejay Hale got a little bit of camera time to show off some of his stick handling on the song. Lzzy also unleashed a fairly powerful blood-curdling scream during the track.

    Halestorm are currently enjoying a respite from the road, but will head to Europe in March for a tour before returning to the States in April to play the ‘HardDrive Live‘ tour with headliners Bullet for My Valentine.

    Watch Halestorm’s ‘Love Bites (So Do I)’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

    Watch Halestorm’s ‘Freak Like Me’ on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

  • Watch The Full Rolling Stones "Sympathy For The Devil" Super Bowl Commercial

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    We’re used to advertisers going all out in their Super Bowl ads, and this year’s Mercedes spot doesn’t disappoint, offering up cameos from Willem Dafoe, Kate Upton, and Usher, all set to the soundtrack of the Rolling Stones‘ ‘Sympathy for the Devil.’

    The Stones are no strangers to football’s biggest game — we listed them in our top five Super Bowl halftime show performances, and we’d wager that plenty of fans would rather see them returning for this year’s halftime too. This commercial is as close as we’ll come, but hey, look at the bright side — at least we don’t have to wait until Feb. 3 to see it.



  • Soundgarden Unveil "By Crooked Steps" Video Directed By Dave Grohl

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor



    Nothing says badass like a “gang,” but director Dave Grohl takes a little bit of a sting out of those troublemaking lads from Soundgarden by having them cruise the streets on Segways in the band’s latest video for ‘By Crooked Steps.’

    Grohl, whose own band the Foo Fighters have had their fair share of offbeat and funny clips, puts his stamp on the clip with his own sense of humor. The musician-director has the Soundgarden bad boys park their Segways, stroll into a club and immediately confront the laptop DJ whose spinning tunes for those in attendance. The frightened DJ scurries away before Soundgarden take the stage and truly rock the audience with their plugged in instruments. But the DJ won’t be defeated as of yet, calling the cops on the Segway-riding toughs.

    The band eventually eludes the cops and escapes the venue, but they’re not totally off the hook as a slow-speed police chase follows before they finally give up. It pays, however, to watch to the very end of the clip for a special guest cameo from a certain EDM superstar posing as the arresting officer.

    Soundgarden are currently in the midst of their first North American tour of 2013, promoting the ‘King Animal’ album. They’ve also signed on to play the Rock on the Range festival in May.

    Watch Soundgarden’s ‘By Crooked Steps’ Video

  • 2013 Must-See Concerts Coming To Michigan...So Far

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

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    The year 2013 is shaping up to be a mammoth one for rock and metal concerts. Already, there is an incredible list of talented bands set to deliver blistering sets of hard-rocking music this year. To prepare you for the pits, we’ve put together comprehensive lists of 2013 Must-See Rock + Metal Concerts.

    Rock concerts act as the brightest highlights of any year for any music fan. We’ll be attending our fair share of shows throughout 2013, and as every one of these must-see tours are announced, we will add them to our rock and metal lists to keep you up-to-date with the latest and greatest happenings in concert news.

    Check out all of these upcoming rock and metal concerts by clicking the buttons below. See you in the pit!


    Jo Hale

    Who: Bullet for My Valentine, Halestorm, Young Guns + Stars in Stereo

    What: HardDrive Live Tour

    When: April 12 – May 22, 2013 (see dates below)

    Why: Bullet for My Valentine make their first trip to the U.S. supporting their new ‘Temper Temper’ album. They’re joined by Halestorm, one of rock’s top touring acts of the past year, as well as U.K. breakthrough rockers Young Guns. Rounding out the bill are up-and-comers Stars in Stereo, making this a stellar four-band package that definitely is a “must-see.”

    Bullet for My Valentine / Halestorm ‘HardDrive Live’ 2013 Tour Dates:
    5/11 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Orbit Room

    Alice In Chains

    Who: Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Lamb of God + More

    What: The 2013 Rock on the Range Festival in Columbus, Ohio

    When: May 17-19, 2013

    Why: Rock on the Range is always one of the premiere events for hard rock acts and this year’s lineup, with reunited ’90s favorites Soundgarden and Alice in Chains leading the way, promises not to disappoint. Add in Stone Sour, Papa Roach, Volbeat, Bullet for My Valentine and one of the first dates for David Draiman‘s Device project and this is definitely a “must-see.”


    Who: Sevendust, Coal Chamber + Lacuna Coil

    What: 2013 North American Tour

    When: March 28 – April 28, 2013 (see dates below)

    Why: Following a winter tour featuring Sevendust and Lacuna Coil, the reunited Coal Chamber will unite with both bands to join the fun. All three bands are veteran acts with a loyal following, so this trek will definitely be a thrill. Adding to the run will be up-and-comers Candlelight Red and Stolen Babies.

    Sevendust / Coal Chamber / Lacuna Coil 2013 North American Tour:

    4/12 — Detroit, Mich. — Harpo’s


    What: 2013 ‘Earth Rocker’ North American Tour

    When: March 8 – April 20

    Why: Clutch have been one of the more solidly consistent rock bands of the last decade and there’s plenty of anticipation for their upcoming ‘Earth Rocker’ album. Add in the fact that the group has lined up a pretty interesting support bill with Orange Goblin, Lionize and Kyng joining in, and this definitely has the makings of a “must-see” tour.

    Clutch / Orange Goblin / Lionize / Kyng 2013 North American Tour:

    4/13 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Orbit Room


    Kid Rock & Buckcherry

    Who: Kid Rock, Buckcherry + Hellbound Glory

    What: Rebel Soul Tour

    When: Feb. 2 – April 6, 2013 (see dates below)

    Why: Kid Rock may have found the perfect pairing with Buckcherry. When it comes to straight-ahead rock and roll, both acts have a knack for it. Sensing a good thing, the two acts just announced a second leg of dates as well. Joining them on the tour will be upstart rockers Hellbound Glory.
    Kid Rock / Buckcherry / Hellbound Glory 2013 North American Tour:

    4/3 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Van Andel Arena
    4/5 — Saginaw, Mich. — Dow Event Center
    4/6 — Saginaw, Mich. — Dow Event Center


    Who: Shinedown, Three Days Grace + P.O.D.

    What: 2013 North American Tour

    When: Feb. 1 – March 30, 2013 (see dates below)

    Why: This will easily be one of the most compelling tours of early 2013 as Three Days Grace are touring with My Darkest Days‘ Matt Walst fronting the band after Adam Gontier‘s sudden departure. With Shinedown and Three Days Grace co-headlining two legs of dates with special guests P.O.D., this was already expected to be a hot ticket. But with fans not knowing whether this is the end or a new beginning for Three Days Grace, the ticket becomes all that more intriguing.

    Shinedown / Three Days Grace / P.O.D. 2013 North American Tour:

    2/12 – Saginaw, MI – DOW Events Center
    2/13 – Battle Creek, MI – Kellogg Arena


    flyleaf dorwning pool

    Who: Flyleaf, Drowning Pool + Stars in Stereo

    What: 2013 North American Tour

    When: Feb. 21 – March 24, 2013 (see dates below)

    Why: There’s going to be an adjustment period for fans of two bands and it looks as though they’ll get to do it together. Both Flyleaf and Drowning Pool have new vocalists fronting the group, and this North American trek will be one of the first opportunities to check out the new lineups. Stars in Stereo will serve as support.

    Flyleaf / Drowning Pool 2013 North American Tour:

    3/8 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Intersection
    3/9 — Detroit, Mich. — St. Andrews Hall

    Chris Cornel

    Who: Soundgarden

    What: 2013 North American Tour

    When: Jan. 16 – Feb. 16, 2013 (see dates below)

    Why: Soundgarden’s reunion tour was great, but after a couple of years of touring without any new music, the band is more than happy to work in tracks from their late 2012 release, ‘King Animal.’ This tour will also give fans the chance to see how their new material stands up against their best work from the ’90s.

    Soundgarden 2013 North American Tour:

    1/27 — Detroit, Mich. — The Fillmore


    Who: Anthrax, Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste + Holy Grail

    What: 2013 Metal Alliance Tour

    When: March 23 – April 20, 2013

    Why: Why even ask?!? Anthrax will be performing their ‘Among the Living’ album in its entirety, Exodus will punch your face off with pure thrash, High on Fire will melt your bones with stoned sludge, Municipal Waste are gonna … well, you know the rest, and Holy Grail round the tour off with some good ol’ heavy metal.

    2013 Metal Alliance Tour Dates:

    4/06 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, Mich.



    Who: Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, The Contortionist

    What: U.S. Tour

    When: Jan. 26 – Feb. 17, 2013

    Why: Now this is a diverse tour! The Contortionist scramble your brains with technicality, Dying Fetus crush your skull with brutal death metal, Shadows Fall punch you in the naughty bits with melodic metalcore and Hatebreed finish the job with purely aggressive East Coast hardcore.

    Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus and the Contortionist Tour Dates:

    1/26/13 – Flint, Mich. – Machine Shop

  • 2013 Rock On The Range To Feature Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Korn, Lamb Of God and More

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    2013 Rock On The Range

    2013 Rock on the Range Festival by


    The 2013 Rock on the Range lineup has been unveiled and it’s packed with must-see bands. Rock on the Range will celebrate its seventh year of festival madness with perhaps its best lineup to date. The three-day event will feature Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Stone Sour, Lamb of God and many more.

    The 2013 installment of the Rock on the Range festival will take place May 17-19 in Columbus, Ohio, at the Columbus Crew Stadium.

    Korn will be welcoming former guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch to join them onstage. The band has already booked some dates with Head in Europe, but this is their first U.S. show of the year so far that will feature the axeman. “Head is back!!,” says Korn’s Jonathan Davis. “Rock on the Range is going to start it all off!!  Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”

    Another band to pay close attention to for Rock on the Range is Lamb of God. Although LoG are confirmed for the festival, vocalist Randy Blythe is scheduled to appear in Czech court on Feb. 4 for his controversial manslaughter case. Depending on the outcome, there is a question of whether Lamb of God will indeed be able to remain on the bill.

    Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains is excited about the band’s slot in this year’s Rock on the Range, saying, “We’re really looking forward to returning to Rock on the Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!” Additionally, Bush singer Gavin Rossdale offers, “Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock on the Range with such great bands. We look forward to seeing you all out there.”

    Check out the full festival lineup below, and find out all the ticket pre-sale and onsale information at the official Rock on the Range website.


    Rock on the Range 2013 Lineup:

    Alice In Chains
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Stone Sour
    Three Days Grace
    Papa Roach
    Cheap Trick
    Bullet For My Valentine
    Lamb Of God
    A Day To Remember
    Hollywood Undead
    All That Remains
    Device (with David Draiman)
    Steel Panther
    Sick Puppies
    Asking Alexandria
    Pop Evil
    In Flames
    In This Moment
    Black Veil Brides
    The Sword
    Motionless In White
    Middle Class Rut
    Big Wreck
    Red Line Chemistry
    Young Guns
    Thousand Foot Krutch
    Mindset Evolution
    Beware of Darkness
    Heaven’s Basement
    American Fangs
    Love And Death
    Gemini Syndrome