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  • New Papa Roach Video "Before I Die."

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Papa Roach


    Papa Roach are ending 2012 with a little video extravaganza. Earlier this month, fans got the ‘Where Did the Angels Go‘ clip and now, getting in just under the 2012 deadline, there’s a new video for ‘Before I Die.’
    The promo itself finds a grieving Jacoby Shaddix haunted by visions of lost love, often to his own detriment. Playing it close to the lyrical concept of the song, the video shows Shaddix expressing his heartbreak by chasing his visions into dangerous situations in an attempt to hold onto the past.

    Earlier this year, Shaddix told Loudwire about ‘Before I Die,’ “I was going through a separation with my wife during the process of making the record. Fast forward to the present and we’re working it out now, but in the process of making this record we were separated. I was at the end of my rope; I was in a lot of pain. This music is where I found my sanctuary, where I could express myself and just take myself out it for a second and not feel the pain and just be creative. During the process of making this song, ‘Before I Die’ I felt like everything was taken from me and I was just left out there raw and broken, it made everything clear to me, what really mattered to me.”

    ‘Before I Die’ is a key song for Shaddix as the vocalist says it spurred a change in his life. He explains, “At the end of the day it’s the people that I love in my life that are the most important to me and sometimes when you treat the people that you love the most the worst, that’s the wrong path. I had to take a long hard look at myself and realize how I was living my life and make those changes. Just being out there on my own and having those realizations, that’s where the song came from.”

    ‘Before I Die’ appears on ‘The Connection‘ album and likely will be part of the band’s performances when they begin their 2013 North American touring with Stone Sour.

    Watch Papa Roach’s ‘Before I Die’ Video

  • Queens Of The Stone Age Get Their Spinal Tap On In "Secrets Of The Sound"Mockumentary

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Queens Of The Stone Age
    By Loudwire

    Queens of the Stone Age are in the process of finishing up their next album, but took time out of their schedule to give fans a little insight (or perhaps none at all) on exactly how the disc is coming along in a new mockumentary short inspired, in part, by ‘This Is Spinal Tap.’

    The band, taking a jab at how many “behind the scenes” features there are concerning acts and the music making process, filmed the humorous 9-minute clip with hosts Matt Berry and Steve Agee.

    Berry and Agee venture to the band’s studio to film their ‘Secrets of the Sound’ segment, but find the group a little less than cooperative. Bassist Mike Shuman can’t be bothered to remove his headphones to answer a question. Troy Van Leeuwen seems more concerned with preening in front of a bathroom mirror before giving a straight answer. And multi-instrumentalist Dean Fertita simply sprays Agee with lilac-scented spray before storming off after one question.

    The bulk of the info comes from frontman Josh Homme, who admits that he’s not sure about all of the instruments in their studio, reveals that a fan sent in a human ear at their request so they could test out the way things sound, and he also reveals that he’s the Encino Chapter head of the Patrick Swayze fan club.

    So there you have it — everything you never thought you wanted to know about Queens of the Stone Age and their forthcoming album. Meanwhile, we can tell you that the band has Dave Grohl playing drums on the new disc, with contributions from Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor, former QOTSA member Nick Oliveri and Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears.

    Watch Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘Secrets of the Sound’ Mockumentary

  • Black Crows Announce New Live Album & More Details of 2013 Tour

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    Chris Robinson

    By Ultimate Classic Rock

    Just one day after announcing that they will reunite for a 26-date world tour in 2013, the Black Crowes have released more details about the hotly-anticipated trek, as well as news of an upcoming live album.

    The band, consisting of Chris Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Rich Robinson (guitar, vocals), Steve Gorman (drums), Sven Pipien (bass) and Adam MacDougall (keyboards), announced the addition of “our good friend Jackie Greene” on guitar and vocals in a press release Wednesday (Dec. 26). They are scheduled to kick off the first leg of their tour on March 24 in Manchester, England. The reunion trek is scheduled to run through May 4, when it wraps up in New Orleans.

    The Crowes will also release a new live album titled ‘Wiser for the Time’ on March 19 via Silver Arrow/Megaforce Records. Recorded at their five-night, sold-out New York City performances in the fall of 2010, the project will be available as a double album digital download as well as a four-album vinyl collection. The set consists of 26 songs –15 of which feature acoustic arrangements, while the other 11 are full-blown electric versions.

    As a Christmas gift to their fans, the band is also currently offering a free mobile web app via their website. It includes a free download of the acoustic version of ‘Under a Mountain’ from the 2012 NYC live shows. The track is exclusive and will not be included on ‘Wiser for the Time.’

    2013 The Black Crowes Tour Dates:

    4/14 — Detroit, MI: The Fillmore Detroit



  • Foo Fighters, Kid Rock & Lenny Kravits and Heart perform Led Zeppelin at Kennedy Center Honors

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor
    Kid Rock, Dave Grohl, Lenny Kravitz

    Kid Rock, the Foo Fighters and Lenny Kravitz took turns tearing through short versions of Led Zeppelin classics during the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to the band, which aired last night (Dec. 26) on CBS.

    On our televisions at least, the Foo Fighters’ two-song set from the live event on Dec. 1 was cut in half — yeah, cause who would want to watch Dave Grohl drum on ‘Black Dog’ anyway, right television guys? At least we got to see him bash through ‘Rock and Roll’ as the band’s usual drummer, Taylor Hawkins, took over lead singer duties and did his best Robert Plant impression.

    Kid Rock was up next, with another special guest drummer, Kenny Aronoff, for a somewhat screechy and over-abbreviated take on ‘Ramble On,’ from 1969′s ‘Led Zeppelin II.’ In his defense, there are very few Zep tracks this side of ‘Immigrant Song’ where the mood and dynamics can be delivered properly in the two minutes each artist was apparently allowed.

    Kravitz — again joined by Aronoff — fared better on his sprint through ‘Whole Lotta Love’ from that same album, thanks in no small part to his “oh yeah, we forgot how good that guy is” lead guitarist, Craig Ross. President Obama could be seen singing along in the crowd for this song, a sight that probably gave Ted Nugent a seizure.

    Thankfully, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart were given more time for the climax of this musical tribute, a performance of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ that you can see below.

    Watch Foo Fighters, Kid Rock and Lenny Kravitz’s Kennedy Center Performances


    Anne Wilson

    By Ultimate Classic Rock

    In a performance that had Robert Plant on the verge of tears, Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart sang ‘Stairway to Heaven’ as the finale of a star-studded musical tribute to Led Zeppelin during the Kennedy Center Honors, which were broadcast last night (Dec. 26) on CBS.

    It seems like about 3,000 people were on stage during this performance, with the Wilson sisters joined by late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son Jason on drums, as well as a gigantic house band featuring string and horn sections and what appeared to be two different vocal choirs.

    As anyone who’s seen their frequent live performances of ‘Rock and Roll‘ or ‘The Battle of Evermore‘ can tell you, the Wilson sisters know how to play Led Zeppelin live. From the moment they began, all eyes and ears were focused on Ann Wilson, and she knocked this one out of the park, leaving John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and a clearly misty Plant with big smiles on their faces as they watched from the balcony.

    Watch the Wilson Sisters Perform ‘Stairway to Heaven’

  • New Buckcherry Album

    Posted by Jennifer Taylor

    The new Buckcherry album Confessions is due out in February of 2013. Here is their first single and new video for "Gluttony." What do you think?