There’s no avoiding those Spinal Tap moments, no matter how amazing your production may be. At Foo Fighters‘ recent show in Amsterdam, the beginning of the band’s set was halted by a giant curtain which didn’t fall correctly, leaving Dave Grohl and his custom throne completely wrapped up.
Foo Fighters like to switch up their setlist quite a bit, so fans never really know which track will kick off a show. On Nov. 5, the opening track was “Everlong,” but the classic tune had to be halted thanks to a rogue curtain. It was planned to fall at the exact right time, which the curtain did, only the middle section fell about halfway, leaving a giant tent around Dave Grohl at center stage.
Being a consummate professional, Dave Grohl kept playing and singing while completely immersed in darkness, making it almost all the way through the song’s first verse before finally calling for a pause. After a couple of minutes, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome finally just pulled the Foo Fighters’ curtain back up into the rafters, freeing Dave Grohl and his throne.
“Sometimes it’s the f—ed up things that make you remember the show for the rest of your life,” Grohl said before bringing “Everlong” back to its beginning.
It came as a bit of a surprise this weekend when former Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland revealed in an interview that he had heard that current frontman Chester Bennington was no longer with the group. Now the band and Bennington have both issued statements confirming their parting of the ways.
Bennington has been splitting time between Stone Temple Pilots and Linkin Park since 2013, but as it turns out, the balance of time between the two acts just wasn’t working out. Bennington says in his statement:
"The last few years have been an amazing experience. I got to create and perform with one of the greatest rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up. With the amount of time STP deserves, in addition to being in Linkin Park, and with the needs of my family, one of them always seems to fall short. Going in to this, the four of us… Robert, Eric, Dean and myself knew what we were up against. We decided in due fairness to friends, fans and the legacy of STP that it needs more than time was allowing me. And in all fairness to my bandmates in Linkin Park, as well as to myself and to my family, I’m going to focus solely on Linkin Park so I can contribute 100%. It’s been an amazing experience and a dream come true, and I look forward to the future of both STP and Linkin Park."
Meanwhile, the remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots issued their own statement, revealing that they have been testing the relationships with other vocalists over the last couple of months. Their comments can be read below:
"What an amazing and beautiful few years we’ve all had together. It was our honor to play and see all of you recently on tour. We have thoroughly enjoyed our time together with Chester not only professionally, but even more so on a personal level. Sadly, it was evident that scheduling and time was working against us. Within this, there is a new beginning. There is an abundance of new music written, some of which is already recorded. We have had the fortune of playing with some very talented singers over the last few months and will continue to do so until each of us feels and knows when the right person arrives."
Robert, Eric & Dean
Coinciding with Weiland’s revelation on the state of STP was a pair of tweets from Highly Suspect vocalist Johnny Stevens revealing he had been approached by Dean DeLeo about his availability. Stevens passed on the opportunity, but as the statement above suggests, the band has tried out others.
During their time together, the Bennington-fronted Stone Temple Pilots released the High Rise EP, which yielded the chart-topping single “Out of Time” as well as the follow-up radio favorite “Black Heart.”
Stay tuned to see how Stone Temple Pilots proceed moving forward and look for Chester Bennington devoting the majority of his musical time to Linkin Park.
There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Metallica‘s long-awaited new album in recent days, especially with drummer Lars Ulrich offering a look at frontman James Hetfield laying down some new riffs in the studio earlier this week. But does that mean fans will definitely get a new Metallica album in 2016?
According to Kirk Hammett, it is likely the album will arrive next year, but he doesn’t guarantee it, offering early 2017 as a possibility, too. Hammett says, “Well, you know, we’re moving forward. We’re hoping that the album will be released next year. It’s pretty much more along the same lines as Death Magnetic — kind of like that direction. And, you know, we’ll see. We’re into it. I don’t wanna say that we’re a third into it, or two-thirds into it, or an eighth into it, ’cause anything could happen that’ll just change that number. But, eventually, you will see a new Metallica album, and it will most likely be in 2016, and at the very worst, at the beginning of 2017.”
Kirk being asked about the band’s longevity, and he responded by saying he doesn’t see Metallica slowing down anytime soon. “We’re all getting up there, but we still have drive, we still have energy, we’re still inspired, we still have things that we wanna do. You know, mentally, emotionally… I mean, I think that we’re not done yet. And if people like [Rolling Stones legends] Keith Richards and Mick Jagger can do it into their seventies, why can’t we? That’s my attitude. And on a personal level, I’m a musician. I wanna continue to play and perform and do what I do, which is make music. I don’t wanna stop doing this. I don’t wanna stop making music.”
Stay tuned as more info on the new Metallica album surfaces in the coming weeks and months.
It’s the most infamous and celebrated act of public urination in modern history, and Ozzy Osbourne will once again make good for peeing on the Alamo Cenotaph back in 1982.
Along with bat and dove biting, ant snorting and licking up Nikki Sixx‘s piss, the Alamo incident is one of many legendary gross-out moments from metal’s Prince of Darkness. While in town to play a 1982 HemisFair Arena concert in San Antonio, Texas, Osbourne unknowingly urinated on the Alamo Cenotaph while intoxicated and wearing a dress.
Ozzy was banned from playing San Antonio, but the ban was lifted 10 years later after Ozzy donated $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who maintain and manage the Alamo.
Ozzy and son Jack Osbourne have been plotting a program for the History Channel together, and according to MySanAntonio.com, the duo is visiting the Alamo today (Nov. 5) to film Ozzy’s latest penance. “We did get a call,” says District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño. “Certainly, as a city, we feel very, very good about his efforts to come to our great city and apologize for the actions of a not-so-sober person.”
2016 will see Ozzy Osbourne touring with Black Sabbath for the last time during the legendary heavy metal band’s “The End” tour. They’ll being touring the world beginning Jan. 20 in Omaha, Neb. and finishing up Sept. 21 in Phoenix, Ariz.
After James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett recently confirmed that Metallica are working on their first new studio album since 2008’s Death Magnetic, the band has now posted footage of Hetfield recording in the studio.
Last week, the band announced that their fan club is now free to fans, and those who have signed up or plan on signing up can check out a new video hosted by drummer Lars Ulrich. In the clip, Ulrich talks about the band’s newly designed website and then takes the viewer inside the studio, where Hetfield is laying down guitars with producer Greg Fidelman. While it’s only a few seconds of riffs, it’s sure to get any Metallica fan excited for the band’s new album.
In order to check out the footage, click on this link and sign up to join the free Metallica fan club if you haven’t already.
When asked about the album recently, Kirk Hammett told Ultimate Classic Rock, “It’s heavy. We’ve got some heavy stuff going. It delivers on that front for sure. You know, I would say a lot of it is along the lines of Death Magnetic.”