The film itself doesn’t really explain how they earned the right to call themselves “The World’s Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Band”. Directed by Oscar-nominated documentary maker Brett Morgen, it’s a strange mix of archive footage and new interviews with current band members Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, as well as former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor. The new interviews are audio recordings, which Morgen cuts over old video images, and the film doesn’t include anything shot after the late 1970s. As a result, until the final credits, we never see the Stones post-craggification.
Duff McKagan, bassist of Guns N’ Roses, has released an autobiography called It’s So Easy (And Other Lies). Here are some fascinating facts you probably didn’t know.
1. The members in the band would cure their STDs by visiting the local pet store. ″You could get dirt-cheap antibiotics – intended for use in aquariums – at pet stores. Turned out tetracycline wasn’t just good for tail rot and gill disease. It also did great with syphilis″
2. The first proper gig for the band supporting the Fastbacks would see all five members hitchhike over 1,000 miles to get to The Gorilla Garden Venue in Portland.
″With no money left, our only hope now was to straight-up hitch hike on the side of the freeway. From a less determined perspective, it would have seemed a hopeless long shot that anyone would pick up five fucked-up-looking guys with their guitars – if anyone even had enough room space. But we didn’t see it that way at all then. We just had no alternative.″
3. To this day Slash still considers ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ the worst Guns N’ Roses song. Ironically it’s been their biggest selling hit all over the world.
Orange Amplification has announced The Classic Rock Roll of Honour 2012. This annual star-studded awards ceremony celebrates the world’s greatest rock icons, performers, musicians and songwriters. It will be held at The Roundhouse, Camden, London on the 13th November 2012 with rock legend and Orange endorsee Duff McKagan hosting the evening.
Managing Director, Damon Waller, commenting said: “This is our second year as the headline sponsor and our partnership with the awards reflects our long association with supplying amps to the biggest bands in Classic Rock for over forty years.”
The Living Legend Award, which is also sponsored by Orange, is only ever awarded to those artists who have truly cemented their place in the rock hall of fame. Previous winners include Alice Cooper, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and this year it has been awarded to ZZ Top who, with a career spanning over forty years, have sold more than fifty million albums and continue to sell out arena tours around the world. ZZ Top is also nominated for the Band Of The Year award.
Orange Amplification endorsees, Phantom Limb, Tracer and Ghost are nominated for Best New Band. Other Orange endorsees nominated include Mastodon in the Album Of The Year category and rock legends Rush in the Album Of The Year and Band Of The Year categories.
Slipknot has posted a 10-minute tribute video to the band’s late bassist Paul Gray, featuring previously unseen footage. Check it out below.
Private funeral services for Gray were held on Friday (May 28) in Des Moines, Iowa.
Paul was found dead in a hotel room in a Des Moines suburb on Monday (May 24). The cause of Gray‘s death has not been determined, although according to a 911 call, a hypodermic needle and pills were found near the 38-year-old musician’s body.
The eight surviving members of Slipknot held a news conference on May 25 at Wells Fargo Arena in the band’s native stomping grounds of Des Moines, Iowa to address Gray‘s death. Also present at the event was Gray‘s brother Tony and widow Brenna, who spoke briefly at the end of the conference.
“He was everything that was wonderful about this band and about this group of people,” frontman Corey Taylor said. “The only way I can sum up Paul Gray is ‘love.’ Everything he did, he did for everyone around him whether he knew you or not … and that’s what he’s left behind for us: absolute love. I will miss him with every fiber of my heart, as will everybody at this table and everyone who knew him. He was the best of us.”
“It’s very important that everybody on the outside of us understands that Paul Gray was the essence of the band Slipknot. … Paul was there from the very, very beginning, and none of us would be on the path that we’re on now in life or have the sorts of life that we have without him,” percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan added. “Paul loved the fans. He was kind of the person in the band that really wanted everybody in the band to always get along and just concentrate on the band. He was a really great friend and a really great person. He’s going to be sadly missed, and the world is going to be a different place without him.”
“It’s very hard for me right now,” added drummer Joey Jordison. “I just want to say that I love you, Paul, very much. You’ll be sorely missed by the world over.”
Sid Wilson, the band’s Dj, credited Gray with introducing him to the band, which he described as a family.
“To me, that’s the most important thing,” Wilson said. “That in everyone he met there was a change in their life. He was so good at giving everyone a different perspective, and I love him for that.”
Percussionist Chris Fehn said when Gray called “you just felt good,” and he remembered the bass player as giving “the best hugs out of everyone I ever hugged. When he grabbed on to you, you could feel the love he had for you.”
Brenna Gray spoke last, mentioning the couple’s unborn child while discussing her husband.
“Paul was my husband, an amazing person, and I want people to remember him for that,” Brenna said. “And his daughter will remember him for the way he was.”
Paul and his wife were reportedly expecting their first child in September.
AC/DC‘s “Iron Man 2” soundtrack (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) withstands the challenge of the Rolling Stones to start a fifth week atop Billboard’s European Albums chart. Stromae moves into a ninth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles with “Alors On Danse” (Mosaert/Vertigo).
The AC/DC album posts another week at the top of the Swedish and Austrian charts, and races 15-3 in Norway. But it slips 1-3 in the Belgian region of Flanders and is in a slow descent in most other European markets.
Behind it as a “new” entry at No. 2 on European Albums is the Stones’ reissued “Exile on Main St” (Polydor/Universal). The 1972 classic, now augmented with an optional second CD of unreleased and newly-completed material, arrives at No. 1 in the United Kingdom and Norway, No. 2 in Spain and Holland, No. 3 in Germany, No. 5 in Denmark, No. 7 in Austria, No. 8 in Switzerland and Flanders and No. 9 in neighboring Wallony.
According to Syracuse.com, Boston hard rock legends AEROSMITH will open this year’s New York State Fair Mohegan Sun Grandstand lineup at 7:30 PM on August 26.
Tickets, priced at $84, $94 and $104, will go on sale at 10 a.m. May 29 at the fair box office, Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com and by phone charge at 800-745-3000.
Backstageaxxess.com’s Gus Griesinger asked guitarist Brad Whitford about the band’s long-awaited new studio album recently.
“Well, we certainly would like to finish it,” he remarked. “We started it about three times now over the past five or six years and just can’t seem to finish it. Or something happens and it gets disrupted and we stop and we don’t return to it. So we are going to, after this touring is over, we are going to try to do it at that point. I guess we will have to see where everyone is at and if everyone is still into it.”
Guitarist Gus G of Firewind and also the newly recruited guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne is featured in the third issue of the gothic comic book series Eternal Descent, slated for publication in July, 2010.
The issue features a storyline inspired by guitar hero Gus G who helps Eternal Descent characters Lyra nd Sirian race against time to save Apollo and the rest of the band from the dissonant call of the Damned, The comic book will be available at comic book stores worldwide through Diamond Distribution. Llexi Leon, creator of the multi-media concept ETERNAL DESCENT, recruits ESP artists for cameo appearances in the Eternal Descent comic which is inspired by a host of iconic metal musicians.