On March 17, Holland's FaceCulture conducted an interview with KAMELOT guitarist and founder Thomas Youngblood. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether singer Tommy Karevik felt more comfortable contributing to the songwriting process on this year's "Haven" album compared to how it was when Tommy first join the band, prior to 2012's "Silverthorn": Thomas: "it was kind of that way already, honestly, but I think him touring with us over the last two years, now we know each other better. Maybe he feels more open to suggesting things. It makes it funner for everybody. And at the end, you get a record that everybody that's involved with the writing feels a part of." On whether Tommy's increased involvement in the songwriting process changed the dynamic of the band: Thomas: "I don't know about the dynamic of the band, but I think the vocalsâ¦ He stretched out more on this one, putting a little bit more of his personal stamp on it with some really amazing vocal stuff and unique vocal melodies in some songs, which is really cool. For example, on [the song] 'Here's To The Fall', when I first heardâ¦ We had the music and then we sent it to Tommy to work on melodies and stuff, and when I first heard the demo of it, I was just, like, 'Wow!' When fans hear that song, they're gonna just be, like, floored byâ¦ not just the actual technique, but the emotion that is conveyed in the words and the performance." On whether he welcomes input from other members of KAMELOT: Thomas: "I've always said that I like to surround myself with talentedâ¦ more talented people than me, for the band, because I think it's important for the band to grow. So everybody in the band has massive strengths in their own right when it comes to what they do. It's not just one guy and a singer and everybody else just kind of fills the gap. Everybody has their strengths, and I think that's what makes us a really good team on stage, and why, when we tour a lot, there's never any drama. Everybody on stage is there, and they love it, they love to meet the fans; that kind of thing." On his involvement in the lyric-writing process in KAMELOT: Thomas: "We definitely discuss what the songs are gonna be about, the whole general direction of the album. But, on 'Haven', Tommy pretty much took over when it came to the lyrics, and I think the lyrics are really, really, really great on 'Haven'. [There are] some really deep, emotional lyrics that I think people are gonna get lost in. It's gonna be great." "Haven" will be made available on May 5 in North America and May 8 in the rest of the world (excluding Asia) via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band's Kamelot Music LLC. Produced by Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, "Haven" is a massive album that is sure to please critics and fans alike. Guest musicians on the CD include Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH) and Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN). The breathtaking cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes. "Haven" track listing: 01. Fallen Star 02. Insomnia 03. Citizen Zero 04. Veil Of Elysium 05. Under Grey Skies 06. My Therapy 07. Ecclesia 08. End Of Innocence 09. Beautiful Apocalypse 10. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) 11. Here's To The Fall 12. Revolution 13. Haven Exclusive bonus CD track listing (available only with the limited mediabook and deluxe earbook): 01. End Of Innocence (Piano Version) 02. Veil Of Elysium (Acoustic Version) 03. Fallen Star (Orchestral Version) 04. Here's To The Fall (Orchestral Version) 05. My Therapy (Orchestral Version) 06. Fallen Star (Instrumental) 07. Insomnia (Instrumental) 08. Citizen Zero (Instrumental) 09. Veil Of Elysium (Instrumental) 10. Under Grey Skies (Instrumental) 11. My Therapy (Instrumental) 12. End Of Innocence (Instrumental) 13. Beautiful Apocalypse (Instrumental) 14. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) (Instrumental) 15. Revolution (Instrumental)
"Let There Be Gwar" is a comprehensive behind-the-scenes history of the most outrageous shock rock band of all time. GWAR fans will cherish this oversized hardcover book chock full of fascinating first-hand accounts and rare, never-before-seen photographs. The book follows the band from the mid-1980s, known in GWAR lore as the "Dim Time," when the group came together at a derelict dairy building in Richmond, Virginia, through the 1990s and 2000s, when the band spread across the face of the planet like a plague. This book is a record and testament to all that is GWAR, the band whoredefined the meaning of performance in rock music with their outlandish costumes and intense theatrical performances. A GWAR show is more than a rock concert; it is an immersive experience, featuring hilarious storylines, absurd live gore effects, and hundreds of gallons of blood and other fluids sprayed on an eager audience. "Let There Be Gwar" takes you backstage at these performances, a tour of the GWAR kingdom in photos, band posters, ephemera, production sketches and interviews, that chronicle the band's albums, comics and videos in a blood-stained hardbound tome. Bohabs the world over will delight in the wretched world of GWAR through the pages of this, the most monstrous book since The Necronomicon. The hardcover book is over 350 pages, with a lenticular cover, and features 30 years of GWAR and Slave Pit Inc., the production company behind the band. The book was compiled by Bob Gorman and Roger Gastman. Gorman began working with Slave Pit and GWAR in 1988. Today he serves as secretary, shop foreman, performer and visual artist for Slave Pit. He began GWARchiving GWAR and Slave Pit history in 1997, and this book is the result of that effort. Gastman, the self-proclaimed "curator of culture" was the brains behind infamous While You Were Sleeping and Swindle magazines, has packaged over three dozen books for small publishers, curated gallery shows MoCA, the Corcoran, and countless others and has produced or worked on several documentaries concerning graffiti or subculture in general. For you Ultimate Bohabs, there will be a limited number (150) books hand signed by the members of GWAR. These copies cost $100 and can be pre-ordered here. They are expected to ship late August/early September.
Legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward celebrated his 67th birthday this past weekend by playing some of his favorite SABBATH songs on his radio show, "Rock 50". Regarding the song "Cornucopia", which originally appeared on SABBATH's 1972 album "Vol. 4", Ward said: "It's just really good. A great live track. It rocks, kicks ass. On a personal note, when I was having some problems in the hospital in November and Decemberâ¦ I'd gone through the operations, the first of the operations I had in November and December of 2013. I had my iPod and the one song I played practically every day was 'Cornucopia'. It really helped me along to listen to it. I just wanted toâ¦ I was in pretty bad shape, and I wanted to listen to what I used to be like, at that time. Now I can play it again, though. The bad days have gone; it's passed. But it really helped me when I was in the hospital listening to that song on the iPod." Check out a highlights video below. You can listen to the entire show at this location. "Rock 50" with Bill Ward is a monthly show that features hardcore and classic metal presented by one of the originators of the "heavy metal" sound, originating from the beautiful LA Radio Studio overlooking the L.A. Harbor in the historic Ports 'O Call Village in San Pedro, California. "Rock 50" is co-hosted and produced by former KNAC personality Mike Stark. Ward insisted in a recent interview with Rolling Stone that he is "quite capable" of playing a full concert with BLACK SABBATH, despite the band members themselves saying the opposite. Ward stepped away from the SABBATH reunion in early 2012, while the group hinted that he was not in good enough physical shape to either record or tour. Now after posting an open letter on Facebook in which he demanded that singer Ozzy Osbourne apologize for some of those remarks, Ward was asked by Rolling Stone if he could physically play a complete SABBATH concert right now. Ward replied, "Absolutely, yeah. I have no doubt in my mind. I know that they've suggested that I played half the gig, and I don't want to play half the gig. I'm quite capable of playing a complete fucking BLACK SABBATH set." Ward added, "It's true that I have heart disease, and it's true that I did get sick a couple of years after the fact. But when the health card is being thrown around, the bottom line is that I really tried to take care of myselfâ¦ I'm much harder on me than those guys could ever be." Addressing Ozzy's claim that he was "incredibly overweight," Ward responded, "The truth is that I was overweight for playing onstage, but I wasn't overweight for the studio. I could cut tracks with the weight that I arrived at. All of those guys know that I have a really rigorous exercise regimen." Ward did reveal his terms for a "signable" contract with SABBATH, saying, "I wanted to earn some better money than we had been (paid) in the past for festival gigs. I think it was somewhere like $80,000 for the festivals, which I can hear everybody gasp now, but $80,000 is not a lot of dough when you're playing festivals." The drummer said he also wanted to receive some publishing money from the group as well as a "secure contract" for the use of his name and likeness. Asked if he was still legally a member of SABBATH, Ward said, "I wonder myself actually. I don't know. I'd probably have to ask my legal department. [Laughs] I'm actually not sure." Ozzy responded to Ward's letter last month, saying, "Bill, stop this smokescreen about an 'unsignable contract' and let's be honest. Deep down inside, you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16-month tour."
Los Angeles theatrical rockers BLACK VEIL BRIDES will release their first-ever concert DVD, "Alive And Burning", on July 10. The cover artwork for the set was designed by the band's longtime friend and previous album cover illustrator, Richard Villa, and can be seen below. "Alive And Burning" will feature footage of BLACK VEIL BRIDES' sold-out hometown show in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theater on November 1, 2014. The concert was part of the group's inaugural Halloweekend event as part of "The Black Mass" tour. The DVD was directed by Casey Tebo, known for his work on the acclaimed AEROSMITH documentary "Rock For The Rising Sun". BLACK VEIL BRIDES' latest, self-titled album skyrocketed to No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart, No. 4 on the iTunes overall album chart, and to Top 10 on iTunes in over 20 countries when it was released. It debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200 album chart, giving BLACK VEIL BRIDES their second consecutive Top 10 album. "Black Veil Brides" was helmed by producer Bob Rock, whose resume includes albums by METALLICA, MÃTLEY CRÃE, THE CULT and many others.
Emaji, Inc. has announced that its entertainment division, Emaji Entertainment, has acquired the rights to reboot Dee Snider's "Strangeland", the 1998 horror film written by and starring Snider, the frontman of heavy metal giant TWISTED SISTER. Dee Snider's portrayal of Carlton Hendricks (a.k.a. Captain Howdy) in the original film created a character that has become a cult horror legend. Emaji Entertainment will accompany the singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality and actor back into the dark underground world of ritualistic body modification where victims are lured via an ever pervasive world of social media. The 1998 soundtrack included an incredible array of bands â SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SEVENDUST, SOULFLY, SLIPKNOT, KID ROCK, COAL CHAMBER, TWISTED SISTER, MEGADETH, MARILYN MANSON and PANTERA â handpicked by Snider. "Music was intrinsic to me in the first one," said Snider. "We really tried to create the ultimate heavy soundtrack. Music will be important to me again for this film." The project has the working title "Strangeland: Disciple" and is the second film production announced by the company based on a well established horror property. Emaji Entertainment recently announced a reboot of "The Howling" and plans two further projects as part of its initial branded horror slate. In a February 2009 interview with FlickDirect, Snider stated about "Strangeland: Disciple", the proposed follow-up to "Strangeland", "'Hostel' and 'Saw' are children of 'Strangeland'. Before that, there was no torture genre; everyone was still beating the dead horse being chased and dying of 'Halloween'. The idea of being torn into had not been developed yet. "I did a Fangoria radio show, dedicated to the world of horror; and the makers of 'Hostel' and 'Saw' would talk about how they loved 'Strangeland'. With 'Strangeland: Disciple', I'm going to take my crown back. That calls for a really intense effort on the part of the script. "It is the graphic nature of 'Strangeland: Disciple'. It will be NC-17. We can allow ourselves to focus more on things happening to the subjects. We don't have to cut away so rapidly â so rabidly. 'R' leaves a lot to the imagination. I tend to leave a lot less to the imagination." Regarding his decision to shoot for an NC-17 rating NC-17 from the MPAA's ratings board for "Strangeland: Disciple", Snider said, "I wanted to make the first one NC-17, but the company making the picture said, 'No, you can't. You won't get any screens. When did you last see an NC-17 movie at the multiplex?' "There is a conservative undercurrent in this country that won't allow [this type of movie] to be seen. Their view is that the rating is to protect the public, not educate them. "I know, from experience, that kids are buying tickets to 'Snow White' or whatever and sneaking in to see R-rated films. So we toned down 'Strangeland'. With 'Strangeland: Disciple', we are doing the reverse of what is going on today â which is to release the R-rated movie in the theaters and then do the unrated director's cut on DVD. "When 'The Exorcist' came out, it only showed in New York and L.A. The word spread about this insane movie. The first cut was a lot more intense, with more subliminal cuts and things like the spider-walk that got taken out of the release version. People were passing out in the theater. "We're going to do the initial screenings with NC-17, and then a wider release at 'R.' People will be going, 'You have to see the original.' "I'm not making an intense picture for the purpose of making an intense picture. It's reality-based. The first one was also; when I wrote it, Internet crime didn't exist. In the last movie, Captain Howdy appears to burn to death â he is on fire. When you see how he survives, people will go, 'Oh crap, I get that!' It is reality-based."
Michigan-based act POP EVIL has released the second in a series of eight episodes featuring footage from the making of the band's new studio album, due this summer. Helmed by the band's longtime director and collaborator Scott Corl, the series aims to give the fans an inside look at the creation of POP EVIL's new CD, which was recently recorded at Studio Litho and London Bridge Studios with veteran producer Adam Kasper. "We are excited to show our fans an inside look at what it was like for us to live and record in Seattle," says POP EVIL frontman Leigh Kakaty. "[The new CD] took us out of our comfort zone, resulting in what we feel like is our best work yet." Kasper, who has helmed mega-hit records for bands like PEARL JAM, SOUNDGARDEN and FOO FIGHTERS, was the obvious choice to produce POP EVIL's new CD. "It was very important to us to choose a producer that has the credentials," says Kakaty. "We also had a distinct vision on where the band could move forward and take our sound into the future. "With the success of our last record, we wanted to challenge ourselves and explore new and creative ways of musical expression." Adds Kasper: "Individually, these guys are all great players and writers. Collectively, they are a force to be reckoned with. "Musically, this record is intricate, heavy and melodic. "With their charismatic lead singer and a drummer that sounds like John Bohnam and Dave Grohl's love child, I'm more than excited about this one." The yet-to-be-titled effort will be the highly anticipated follow-up to POP EVIL's previous LP, "Onyx", which was released in 2013 and has sold 115,000 copies in the U.S. alone. "Onyx" also produced four Top 10 singles on the Active Rock chart, with three of them reaching Number One: "Trenches", "Deal With The Devil" and "Torn To Pieces". Since "Onyx" was released, POP EVIL has played over 250 shows. Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival alongside GODSMACK, supporting STONE SOUR in the U.S. and FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH in Europe were just some of the highlights from last year. The band also made headlines with their memorable Rock On The Range festival performance in Columbus, Ohio. Not only did they perform "Trenches" with Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, but the band brought 13 marines on stage showcasing the Lima Company Eyes of Freedom Memorial to stand behind them during the performance. By the time 2014 came to a close, the band found their songs atop the year end charts at Billboard magazine. "Torn To Pieces" landed at #7 on the "Top Mainstream Rock Songs" while POP EVIL came in at #4 on the "Mainstream Rock Artists" chart.
During a brand new interview with 100PercentRock.com, John Corabi, former lead singer of MÃTLEY CRÃE, THE SCREAM and UNION, was asked for his thoughts on MÃTLEY CRÃE committing to a "Final Tour". "Well, that'sâ¦ Look, I'm happy for the guys. I get their thinking. They don't want to be a band that overstays their welcome and they don't want to fade off; they want to go out with a bang and they want to go out on a high note. So I'm all for it. You know what I mean? But the cool thing is they're not saying that they're not going to do anything in the future; they're just not going to tour again. So I imagine there will still be MÃTLEY music coming in the future but they're just not going to go out and do these big, huge, extravagant tours and things like that. They'll probably do a few songs a year or an album every couple of years and whatever." He continued: "Look, we're all getting older. We all know â it's common knowledge â Mick [Mars, MÃTLEY CRÃE guitarist] hasn't been in the best of health. I think it would cheapen their value if they were to go get another guitar player. Obviously, I know about the whole 'replacing a member' [deal] of that band. I think it would cheapen their value so I get the fans, I get why they were upset when I was in the band. I understand it. I don't disagree with them. So it's probably best to go, 'Look. Let's knock it on the head now. We'll still write, we'll still record, and still the same musically in the future, but let's not tour anymore.'" Corabi added: "Touring is very tough. Like I said, especially in Mick's condition, it's got to be very difficult for him.â Corabi originally joined CRÃE in 1992 as the replacement for the group's original singer, Vince Neil, who was fired due to personal differences. With Corabi on vocals, MÃTLEY CRÃE released one critically acclaimed full-length CD, which ended up being a commercial failure in the wake of grunge despite a Top-Ten placing on the album chart. When Neil returned to the fold in 1997, Corabi was left on his own and formed the band UNION with ex-KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick. Asked if he still harbors any bitterness toward the members of MÃTLEY CRÃE over how their split was handled, Corabi told 100PercentRock.com: "Look, you know, at the end of the day â and I just want to clear this up. Probably about 90 percent of the things that you read that supposedly came out of my mouth in regards to the MÃTLEY guys, usually most of it is incorrect. At the end of the day, I have no ill will. Honestly, not just the MÃTLEY guys, anybody I've ever played with. I had a great run with those guys. I was in the band for five years. My only regret about that is that I'm not still better friends with them. When I say 'better friends,' it's not that we hate each other or anything like that, it's just the fact that because of our schedules and the fact that I'm not involved with them anymore, I just see never see the guys. It's very rare. Mick, on the other hand, I live in Nashville, Tennessee. Mick lives there too, so I do get to see Mick probably more and talk to him more than the rest of the guys. But I've always been cool and Vince has always been cool with me. Tommy [Lee, drums] and I every now and then will have, like, a little texting session. Nikki [Sixx, bass] on occasion will write to me via e-mail and vice versa. But that's the most unfortunate part of it is not being able to see them and hang with them like we used to." He continued: "But I don't really have any ill will about anything, man. I think that everything you do, everything that you start and everything that you end, it does that for a reason and it's to move forward on to the next thing or the next road or the next path or whatever. So I don't look back. It's all good. Everything is groovy. Everybody that I've ever played with is awesome and I've learned from all of them, so it's all good."
GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal believes that the record industry made a great mistake by forcing Napster, a peer-to-peer music sharing application and network, to shut down in the early 2000s. "It is not that Napster changed anything, it is that the stupid music industry did not see this amazing technology and say, 'My God, we could do so much with this,' and instead they tried to destroy it and they tried to treat people as criminals," he said during his recent clinic in Jakarta, Indonesia. "I mean, the people were making it very obvious what they wanted and you are in the business of giving people what they want. So, why would you try to take that away from them?" Thal added that the music industry could have used the popularity of Napster to its advantage, thereby making it much easier for today's musicians and songwriters to earn a living. "What you can do, money-wise, if a billion people download your songs for free? It could have been the tiniest little subscription, it could have been ads or it could have been sponsors. There are a million ways it could have been done and they [the music industry] had a lot of time to figure it out. Instead, through their lawyers, they said, 'Go sue that 12-year-old kid,' and they screwed up everything," he said. "That is the biggest change in the music industry. The music industry started to see their customers as their enemies and everybody suffered for it. "Congratulations, record industry, you have made a mess and you still don't know how to clean it up." Napster was launched in 1999 as a pioneering, easy-to-use peer-to-peer file sharing service that was used mainly by music fans trading songs and albums in the MP3 format. At its peak, the service had 80 million users and provided the template for later services like Limewire, Grokster, Gnutella and many others. Its success arguably began the end of the "album era" in popular music and sent the music industry into a tailspin from which it has never fully recovered. METALLICA sued Napster after the band discovered that a leaked demo version of its song "I Disappear" was circulating on the service before it was released. Asked whether he regretted the legal battle with the company, which effectively drove Napster out of business, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich said last year that he did not, adding, "I do find it odd how big of a part of our legacy it has become to so many people, because, to me, it's more like a footnote." At the time 14 years ago, Ulrich told The Pulse Of Radio that the Napster battle was not about getting money for the band's music, but about having control over how it was shared. "All we want as an artist is a choice," he said. "There's nothing to argue about that. Nobody has the right to do with our music whatever they want. We do. We're saying as much as the next band want to work with Napster, we have the right not to." His views on the subject today have not changed, with the drummer saying last year: "The whole thing was about one thing and one thing only â control. Not about the Internet, not about money, not about file sharing, not about giving shit away for free or not, but about whose choice it was. If I wanna give my shit away for free, I'll give it away for free. That choice was taken away from me." Bumblefoot joined GUNS N' ROSES in early 2006 as the replacement for Buckethead. He made his live debut with the band at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on May 12, 2006. Bumblefoot released a new solo album, "Little Brother Is Watching", on February 24. The disc was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.
A short teaser for the forthcoming fifth album from Welsh metallers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE can be seen below. Tentatively due this summer, the CD was helmed by producer Colin Richardson (CARCASS, FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD) and producer/engineer Carl Bown. Speaking about the band's mindset going into the songwriting process for the new CD, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE guitarist/vocalist Matt Tuck told U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine: "What we really wanted to capture was the feeling of that excitement, that angst and that anger, that you finally get in that moment to let the world know who you are and what you want to say. Then, as the albums go on, and you get a bit older, that goes away. So we're like, 'Let's recapture that angst of that younger, feisty BULLET that we used to be,' and fucking reignite that fire. And we totally have. We've just been writing stuff, and if it's not cool, we've been filtering it out. We've cut, like, 10 songs. That's a lot of effort and time and shit put into those songs, but it didn't feel right, so we put them in the bin." Asked about the slightly less aggressive musical direction of BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE's fourth album, "Temper Temper", compared to some of the group's earlier efforts, Tuck said: "I think, for me, it was just about letting your fucking hair down a bit. It always felt like we were being channelled towards something like radio and massive shows, and stuff like that â which is great, because that's obviously what we want, but it was like a diluted version of what we were. I don't think it's a bad album at all. I just think our fanbase wanted something a bit more feisty. It basically comes down to that. So this time around, we're fucking giving it to them, tenfold." BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE recently parted ways with bassist Jason James. The band said in a statement, "It is with regret that BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE has to announce that Jay James is no longer a member of the band. Jay has been a part of this band for well over 12 years and part of our lives forever, and we're gonna miss him as much as we know you guys are too. We wanna wish him all the best and success with whatever he chooses to do next and will always be grateful for his contribution and sacrifices he made for this band." The group will announce a replacement for James "when we feel the time is right," adding, "Until then we're gonna be busy and focused recording our next record and making sure its the best album we've ever made." Tuck told The Pulse Of Radio what is important to BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE when they're making a new record. "The big thing that we've learned is, like, you're not gonna please everyone all the time," he said. "As long as you do what you want to do and the band is happy and you feel you haven't given away your integrity, you know, I don't really care if people go, 'Oh, it's not metal enough, it's not heavy enough.' It's like, that's not what we are." The band also wrote online that 2015 is "shaping up to be a massive year for us, with lots of exciting things going on behind the scenes which we'll be announcing as soon as we can." "Temper Temper" came out in March of 2013. The band issued a brand new song called "Raising Hell" in November of that year, although it's not clear if that track will show up on the new album.
HALESTORM invited Premier Guitar to the band's secret rehearsal lair in Nashville, where, surrounded by walls of speakers and drenched in seizure-inspiring lights, Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger took a break to geek out over some spectacular gear. Hale with white-on-white Gibsons and Marshalls, Hottinger covering every sonic combination, the Grammy-winning rockers dished the dirt on their two-guitar assault. Check out the clip below. HALESTORM's third album, "Into The Wild Life", sold around 56,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart. "Into The Wild Life" was released on April 14. The CD follows up 2012's "The Strange Case Ofâ¦" and is already being described as HALESTORM's most diverse and adventurous record yet. In addition to its Grammy win, HALESTORM is the first female-fronted rock band to lodge three consecutive No. 1 tracks at the top of the rock radio chart. HALESTORM began a North American tour with THE PRETTY RECKLESS on April 22 in Nashville.
As he gears up for the May 12 release of his much-buzzed-about new book, "How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)" (Da Capo Press), former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan will issue a three-song companion EP, "How To Be A Man". Due on the same day as the book, the disc features former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Izzy Stradlin, ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, STONE SOUR drummer Roy Mayorga and drummer Taz Bentley. The "How To Be A Man" title track, which features Stradlin, Cantrell and Mayorga, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of RollingStone.com). "How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)" is the follow-up to Duff's critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, "It's So Easy (And Other Lies)". In "How To Be A Man", McKagan shares the wisdom he gained on the path to superstardom â from his time with GUNS N' ROSES and VELVET REVOLVER to getting sober after a life of hard living to achieving his personal American Dream of marrying a supermodel, raising a family and experiencing what it's like to be winked at by Prince. Among the book's many highlights: * McKagan discusses the need for communication in your relationships, especially when you want to see the BUZZCOCKS in Manchester and your lady has her sights set on DURAN DURAN in the tropics. * Together with DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE's Ben Gibbard, he solves one of life's most staggering math problems: if you've seen a million faces, is it truly possible to rock them ALL? * He spills the beans on some of his fellow rock stars ("Gene Simmons is a kick-ass dancer," "Perry Farrell is an NFL historian and aficionado"). * Travelers will benefit from his plethora of globe-trotting tips, including what shots to get for malaria, how to pack lightly ("hair conditioner makes for good shaving cream, so no need to bring both") and, of course, "don't smoke crack on a leased private jet â the smell gets into everything." * McKagan, who still uses a Blackberry ("because loyalty is important"), stresses the importance of not being a dick (and don't be a pussy, either). Oh, and get a dog. * He recalls the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony and reuniting with GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose for a handful of South American dates. * He runs down the list of albums that every man should listen to (from ABBA's "Gold" to ZZ TOP's "Tres Hombres"), the books they should read (Stephen Ambrose's "Undaunted Courage" and Dexter Filkins' "The Forever War" are particular favorites) and what they should tell the first dude who shows up at the door to date daddy's little girl ("you pull him aside and tell him, 'everything that you do or try with my daughter tonight, I will do to you when you get back to my home'"). * Of course, no advice book would be complete without tackling the age-old question: when given the choice of taking a private jet to a yacht to hang out with Steven Tyler for a trip to San Juan Islands or going home to stain your deck, what do you do? (Remember, "those boards in the backyard are not going to stain themselves"). Speaking to TotalRock Radio last year about the upcoming book, McKagan said: "I had a column for the Seattle Weekly for five years, and there was one column that was called 'How To Be A Man', and it was kind of tongue in cheek; it was really tongue in cheek. And I got a book deal from that column. It's a how-to guide of things I've learned about life â being a dad, being a husband and being in a rock band. And it's, like, a city guide in it, but a very tongue-in-cheek city guide; like, how I see cities. It's got all kinds of stuff. And other stories. And hopefully it's gonna be a funny book." McKagan's wisdom has been sought out on everything from financial planning and relationships to surviving the summer festival circuit and escaping a military coup. Expanding on his popular weekly columns in Seattle Weekly, Playboy.com and ESPN.com, McKagan equips readers with the knowledge they need to rock fatherhood, manage their money, and remain a good dude in spite of it all. Fans can meet Duff during the following book-signing events: May 11 - Ridgewood, NJ - Bookends May 12 - New York City - The Strand Bookstore May 13 - Long Island - Book Revue May 15 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Casino May 16 - Ledyard, CT - Foxwoods May 17 - Seattle - Neptune May 22 - Los Angeles - Book Soup
Former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland was harshly criticized following several performances on his current tour with his new band THE WILDABOUTS, with one review calling his performance "sluggish" and another stating flat-out that the vocalist "appears to have crashed and burned. Badly." Not helping matters was a fan-filmed video of THE WILDABOUTS performing the STP classic "Vasoline" in Corpus Christi, Texas on April 28, with Weiland introducing it as a "new song" before launching into a painfully out of tune and apathetic vocal performance as the band plays quite solidly behind him. Prior to his May 3 appearance at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Weiland was asked by the WXMX-FM 98.1 The Max radio station if there was anything he wanted to say regarding the Corpus Christi concert. "Well, basically, I guess the only thing I want people to know is that that show in Corpus Christi that got put up on TMZ, I didn't have in-ears that were working, so my in-ear monitors were completely out, so I had no way of hearing himself," he responded (hear audio below). "So that was the reason why it wasn't a good show for me; my equipment wasn't working." Weiland added: "The crew is very important, and there's a lot of pieces of equipment that can have problems from time to time, and it was my turn to experience that at that show." A Houston Press review of the band's April 29 gig there stated, "Trouble has definitely become a vortex for Weiland, and he appears to have crashed and burned. Badly. To be fair, as sluggish as Weiland appears now onstage, he does appear to be trying, at least in part." Asked recently about whether a reunion with Weiland was ever possible, STP guitarist Dean DeLeo said, "Why the fuck would we want that? That fucking mess?" The band's current singer is LINKIN PARK's Chester Bennington. STP dismissed Weiland in February 2013, claiming that his erratic behavior held back the band's career. The two parties exchanged lawsuits which have since been settled. STP recruited Bennington that spring and have so far cut one EP, "High Rise", with him. A new album is due out later this year. Weiland and THE WILDABOUTS are on the road promoting his new album, "Blaster", which came out on March 31.
Swedish singer Mats LevÃ©n (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, CANDLEMASS, TREAT, THERION, KRUX) is collaborating with the Slovakian alternative metal band TRISTANA. The new project, calling itself TRISTANA FEAT. MATS LEVÃN, will make festival appearances this summer. LevÃ©n began his career in 1986 in the bands SWEDISH EROTICA and TREAT. In 1997 came his first worldwide success as Mats teamed up with guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, recording the album "Facing The Animal" and doing a promotional tour. In 2002, he joined the doom metal project KRUX and German power metallers AT VANCE. Around the end of 2003, symphonic metal band THERION asked LevÃ©n to join them for the recording of their albums "Lemuria" and "Sirius B". In 2007, THERION released "Gothic Kabbalah" and recorded backing vocals for APOCALYPTICA's album "Worlds Collide". Currently, Mats is the lead singer of CANDLEMASS and collaborates with OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. Mats sang most of the songs on Gus's "I Am The Fire" album and has toured with Gus in Europe. TRISTANA's third album, "Virtual Crime", is described in a press release as a mixture of "modern alternative metal," "atmospheric hard 'n' heavy' passages" and "groovy death metal growls and electronic keyboards. Their debut CD, "Back To The Future", was released in 2003. Said TRISTANA vocalist Peter Wilsen: "Mats is a great singer. I saw him first time on Malmsteen's live DVD 'Double Live!' from 1998. I was a teenager and I started to sing in the first band. I cant believed how powerful he sang high tones and how easy managed it. His voice is very characteristic and this is very important for good singers." TRISTANA FEAT. MATS LEVÃN will play songs from "Virtual Crime". Mats will take over clean singing parts and Peter Wilsen will do the growls. Later this year, TRISTANA will record a new song and music video with Mats.
"Beneath Broken Earth", the new video from British gothic metal pioneers PARADISE LOST, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Ash Pears of AshTV Music Video. Comments PARADISE LOST guitarist Greg Mackintosh: "I fucking hate metal band performance videos, so when I got told that we needed to do one, I was obviously annoyed but then came the idea to do a performance video of utter misery. The slowest song we have ever recorded. "'Beneath Broken Earth' is utter, old-school PARADISE LOST doom/death song and doing a performance video with our miserable, old faces barely moving in a crappy, old basement was too much to resist. "The director Ash has done a great job of capturing the sombre mood and has managed to make a performance video we can actually be proud of." "Beneath Broken Earth" is taken from PARADISE LOST's new album, "The Plague Within", which will be released on June 2 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media. The CD was recorded at Orgone Studios (GHOST, ULVER, CATHEDRAL, ANGEL WITCH) in London with producer Jaime Gomez Arellano. The official lyric video for the PARADISE LOST track "No Hope In Sight", taken from "The Plague Within", can be seen below. The band comments: "'No Hope In Sight' was one of the first tracks we wrote and it reflects a blend of styles. From death metal to gothic to classic rock. It's like all eras of PARADISE LOST wrapped up into one track. We hope you all like it!" Regarding the musical direction of "The Plague Within", Mackintosh told U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine: "It could be a bit of a Marmite album. Sometimes it's nice to do albums that are expected, in a way, but for a career like ours, it's important to do certain records and songs where you try something else. "A certain track, like 'Flesh From Bone', is probably the fastest song we've done tempo-wise," he revealed, "while 'Beneath Broken Earth' is quite possibly the slowest. "We weren't shying away from any period," he continued. "But it also had to be cohesive." Greg added: "As it came together, the death metal elements became more prevalent, so the album ended up with more of those elements than we'd first anticipated. But it's got a good ebb and flow to it. "We deliberately went down a different route, where we want it to sound like no one else in metal. Whether we've achieved that, I have no idea until everyone hears it." The cover for "The Plague Within" was created by Polish artist, illustrator and architect Zbigniew M. Bielak, best known in the musical realm for his record cover illustrations, which, among others, include meticulously handcrafted artworks of WATAIN, GHOST and ENTOMBED A.D. albums.
Twenty four years is a long time in anyone's book, but that is how long it's been since the "Kings Of Apple Core," ACID REIGN, have been missing from the U.K. thrash scene. Calling ACID REIGN's return more of a reboot than a reformation, sole original member Howard "H" Smith comments: "I tried to put the old lineup back together, [but] the guys were unable to do it for differing reasons. Then, in the summer of 2014, I started toying with the idea of a new lineup and it came together quite quickly." He continued: "We're taking it slowly, learning the old stuff and playing with new ideas too. "It's not a reformation it's a reboot. Even if it was the old lineup, it would be different; it's been 24 years! "The main thing is that the goodwill toward ACID REIGN has never been stronger. Everywhere I go, people are saying we should come back, and eventually I actually fucking listened!" A band considered ahead of its time by many, ACID REIGN was one of the leading lights of the U.K. trash attack and spent time on the road with the likes of EXODUS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, DARK ANGEL, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, DEATH ANGEL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and CANDLEMASS. Signed to Music For Nations subsidiary Under One Flag, the band would release two albums (including the seminal "The Fear"), two EPs and "The Worst Of" compilation before calling time on the band in 1991, their final appearance being at the world-famous Marquee club in London. ACID REIGN first started to show signs of life once again in 2011, when Lost & Found Records released remastered versions of their albums and EPs. The reaction to the reissues â which were remastered by legendary producer Bill Metoyer (SLAYER, D.R.I., FLOTSAM AND JETSAM) â was so good that the band started to receive a stream of requests about when ACID REIGN might take the stage again. Despite the interest, though, all remained quiet on the ACID REIGN front until the Candlelight release of the extensive box set "The Apple Core Archives". The set was a three-CD-only collection of every song ACID REIGN had ever put out, with new sleeve notes, unseen pics, demos and housed in an Apple Core-themed box. Since this release, Smith has been actively working on the all-new ACID REIGN reboot and looking forward to bringing the band back where they belong â on stage! Says Smith: "Finally, the rebooted lineup is complete. It's taken nearly two years, but I can honestly say it's been worth the wait. "Typically, we're doing things differently to everyone else, as where they reformed (and believe me, we tried), we are now rebooting. "Everyone in the band has ACID REIGN in their DNA. Some of the guys knew the band back in the day and some didn't, but everyone is on the same page and we can't wait to get out there and show the world how much it has been missing us." ACID REIGN 2015 is: * Howard "H" Smith (vocals): Since ACID REIGN called it a day in 1991, "H" hasn't let the grass grow under his feet. He's been based in London and performing as a standup comedian since 1994 as himself and also as his alter ego "Keith Platt Professional Yorkshireman." Musically, he has recorded a song, "A Mother's Love", with Italian thrash band SATANIKA, based on ACID REIGN original "Motherly Love", featured on SATANIKA's "The Plague Of Thrash" album in 2010. In 2014 he also recorded a guest spot on two songs on SUICIDE WATCH's new mini album, "Alienation Zone". There has also been many guest live appearances with RE-ANIMATOR and old mates LAWNMOWER DETH. In August 2014, Howard oversaw the release of "The Apple Core Archives" on Candlelight Records, a triple-CD box set of the band's entire career. Howard also hosts the world's only comedy metal podcast for web site All About The Rock, "Talking Bollocks". * Cooky (guitar): Came highly recommended to the band by ex-ACID REIGN guitarist Kevin "Kev" Papworth, who told "H", "He's a great guy, a good laugh and daft as a brush." * Marc Jackson (drums): Influenced by musicians such as Bill Ward, John Bonham and Cozy Powell, Marc has been a drummer since the age of thirteen, playing across the world with a host of bands, including M:PIRE OF EVIL, BEYOND THE GRAVE, SABBATICA (BLACK SABBATH tribute), METALIZER and MINNIKIN. * Pete Dee (bass): Pete has worked on both sides of the glass as both a producer and a musician. He's a member of the highly rated KREMATED as well as hardcore outfit BUN DEM OUT and has enjoyed stints in ROGUE MALE, REACTOR and VIRAL TECHNOLOGY. A chance phone call in early 2015 led to him joining ACID REIGN. He recalls: "Some bloke calling himself 'H' phoned me up in February 2015 and asked me to audition for ACID REIGN, which was very cool, as KREMATED were planning on doing a cover of 'Goddess'. Now I get to play it in the real thing!" * Paul Chanter (guitar): Paul did actually play with ACID REIGN in 1990 on "The Joke's On Us" tour when he was dragged onstage by H from the audience at the Marquee to rip through "Motherly Love". Paul was the band's first choice to replace Adam when he quit in 1990, although it's taken until 2015 for Paul to actually get offered the role! As a member of acclaimed metal act DIED SMILING, Paul toured with STUCK MOJO and appeared at the U.K.'s best metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air. Photo credit: www.kayleighvictoriaphotography.com
While he doesn't mention him by name, GUNS N' ROSES member Duff McKagan writes of seeing Philip Seymour Hoffman the night he died of a drug overdose. In his latest book "How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)", excerpted in this week's Village Voice, McKagan recalls he and friend Jerry Cantrell (of ALICE IN CHAINS), now both sober, wondering if they should intervene, because Hoffman looked like he might have been trying to score. "Should we offer our friendship and a safe place?" they wondered. The duo, from Seattle and in the city for the Super Bowl, saw Hoffman a few times over the course of the weekend, as they were staying in a friend's apartment near his in the West Village. Duff recalls: "The place we were staying at in the West Village was on a tiny street with very little car traffic. The din of the big city seemed miles away. On Saturday, we had plans to go to Times Square to see Super Bowl Lane. We were going to go see the FOO FIGHTERS later that night and maybe get some Super Bowl T-shirts for friends and family back home. Exiting the apartment, we ran smack-dab into a very famous actor. Being as this was an almost private street, we simply nodded to him and kept on our way, not wanting to intrude on his private life. Ed commented that the actor had been clean for something like 23 years, but he'd heard that he'd recently started using again. Should we turn around and offer to take the guy for a coffee? As I said, keeping sober is a group effort. We trudged on through the cold, discussing the matter. "Later that afternoon when we came back, we saw the actor in the street again and could tell that he was waiting to score. Should we offer our friendship and a safe place? This is sometimes the dilemma for sober guys â as we all know, you can't force a guy to get sober. He has to come around to it himself. We went back into the apartment. "After the show, we were visibly giddy about the game, which was only a few hours away. We took a cab back down to the apartment and got dropped off in front of the place at about 1:30 a.m. We ran smack-dab into the actor again. On the street. Waiting. Again. Shit, man. We thought that maybe he was on a last run before getting clean. Surely if we saw him again in the morning, we'd have to say something. "Bro, c'mon. We've been there. Come on out of the cold. We understand. We've been there. Really. We've been there. "The next morning â Sunday, February 2, 2014, the morning of the Super Bowl â I heard a ruckus outside our front door. I went out to take a look. There was an ambulance and police, and a whole crowd of press people and fans. The actor had OD'd and died sometime after we saw him at 1:30 a.m. the night before. (Out of respect for his children and our joint association with a 'fraternity,' I don't feel comfortable calling him out by name.)" The full excerpt can be found at VillageVoice.com.
VOLBEAT was forced to cancel its Sunday night (May 3) show in Calgary, Canada, after a building engineer determined the Calgary Stampede Corral's infrastructure was not strong enough to support the bands' production requirements. VOLBEAT wrote at its Facebook page, "In order to ensure the safety of the fans and band, it was decided by the building not to proceed with the show in this building at this time. VOLBEAT are disappointed that the show can not go on as scheduled and expect to return at a future date." However, according to Kurt Kadatz, director of community engagement and communication for the Stampede, the venue "did not make the decision to cancel the concert.' He told the Calgary Herald: "We were ready to host a safe a successful concert [Sunday] night with an equipment load that was safe and approved, and the decision was made outside of the Stampede not to go ahead with the concert." Kadatz added: "The rigging submission was approved by the venue and the structural engineer and the equipment was installed and inspected on Sunday and approved to proceed with the event. So we were surprised when, about 90 minutes before the concert, the promoter let us know that a decision had been made not to go ahead." Refunds for tickets already purchased were starting to be issued on Monday morning (May 4). VOLBEAT is currently on tour with ANTHRAX and CROBOT and is next scheduled to play in Regina, Saskatchewan on Wednesday (May 6). The trek wraps up on June 2 in New York City. The Danish-American act is still touring behind 2013's "Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies", which has sold almost 300,000 copies in the U.S. The album featured the No. 1 singles "The Hangman's Body Count" and "Lola Montez", as well as the Top 10 tracks "Dead But Rising" and "Doc Holliday".
Jimmy Fallon was joined by TENACIOUS D frontman Jack Black on Monday's (May 4) "The Tonight Show" for an impressively accurate shot-for-shot recreation of EXTREME's "More Than Words" music video. According to The Wall Street Journal, Black donned a wig that matched Gary Cherone's long, wavy locks â done up in a half-ponytail, just like in the original â and unbuttoned white pirate shirt, while Fallon brought Nuno Bettencourt's early-nineties look back to life with his smooth, stick-straight hair and buttoned-up-to-the-collar patterned shirt. The original black-and-white video for "More Than Words" became an MTV staple and received one of pop's highest honors â being parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic. In June 1991, it hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. "We were trying to push ['More Than Words'] to the record company," Bettencourt told RollingStone.com. "We were on tour trying to call them and tell them, 'Listen, whenever we go to sing this song, we get drowned out by the audience. We're not telling you it's something special; they're telling us.' This was pre-'Unplugged'. And they were like, 'Where are we going to put this? Rock stations aren't going to play it, and it's too adult-contemporary. You guys aren't that.' And we just said, 'You've got to do it.' And we pushed and we went to the president of the label, and basically â I think I was in his office one day and I threatened to quit the band if he didn't at least give it a shot as a single. Later we got a call saying, 'All right, we're going in. We'll test it in a market.' They tested it in Denver, I believe. We're like, 'Great, it's never going to happen. They're just doing this to appease us so I don't quit the band.' Because I had a bit of a fit. So then our manager calls and goes, 'What the fuck you doing reaching out to the president of the label? You crazy?' And we got into a fight with him, so they at least did what they said what they were going to do. They tested it. And we're like, 'All right, we're going back to the studio.' It ends up being like No. 8 [on the station's call-in show] the first day. On a rock station, getting phones. So then the next day it's climbing; by the end of the week, it was No. 1 by Saturday. So they call us â the manager calls us â 'Don't get your hopes up. They still want to test it in one more place.' They still wouldn't believe it. So we were excited because I remember we went to MTV and we performed. They wanted us to perform on MTV with an audience, just about 30 or 40 people. And because of 'More Than Words', we said, 'We're a rock band. We don't want to just sit there and play the ballad,' because we asked them, 'Can we play some of the rock stuff acoustically?' Coincidentally. Not to say that we invented 'Unplugged', the show, but something happened format-wise because months later, almost a year later, the show popped up. Ironically enough, we were never asked back to play the actual show. Which was bizarre for us, because we actually had some unplugged stuff, purposely." Regarding the original video, Cherone said: "We shot the video in the middle of a tour, I think. What we did musically, [directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris] got visually â black and white, no bells and whistles. The other guys were basically just hanging â we shut off the amps. So they got it. That was all them, to their credit. Turn off the noise. And the lighter was cute, and the dog. But I thought the visual did not take away from the music, and I think that's one of the reasons the video does not get old."
Rock icons WHITESNAKE are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. "The Purple Album" will be released in Europe on May 15 and in North America on May 19 via Frontiers Music SRL. "The Purple Album" is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale's time as the lead singer for DEEP PURPLE's Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums. The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon: a standard edition, a deluxe edition featuring two bonus tracks, four music videos and a behind-the-scenes featurette on the recording of the album and in a double LP vinyl format. Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise. The official video for the song "Soldier Of Fortune" from "The Purple Album" can be seen below. "Everyone did their homework, and every performance is done respectfully in honor of [DEEP PURPLE's] musicians," Coverdale told Billboard.com. "Though I focused on the twin-guitar attack of WHITESNAKE, we had a guest keyboard player because a huge part of the DEEP PURPLE sound was Jon Lord playing that amazing Hammond organ." He continued: "There were respectful nods to the original musicians throughout the album, and it has come out delightfully. It's a tribute to Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Ritchie Blackmore, who gave me my break in the first place. I'd never even made a record when I joined DEEP PURPLE, and my first record went double gold, which was early platinum. They didn't even have platinum records back in those days!" Coverdale added: "When we were working on it, each one of my musicians said these songs sounded as if they were written yesterday, and none of them were born when I first recorded them! It's a testament to the songs that they stand up. We've Whitesnaked them up and given them a fresh coat of paint, but it's still the same House of Purple." From the opening notes of the classic track "Burn" to album closer "Stormbringer", WHITESNAKE are back and better than ever. Songs like "Lady Double Dealer", "Soldier Of Fortune" and "Sail Away" are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current WHITESNAKE lineup, featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums. "The Purple Album" track listing: 01. Burn 02. You Fool No One (interpolating Itchy Fingers) 03. Love Child 04. Sail Away 05. The Gypsy 06. Lady Double Dealer 07. Mistreated 08. Holy Man 09. Might Just Take Your Life 10. You Keep On Moving 11. Soldier Of Fortune 12. Lay Down, Stay Down 13. Stormbringer Deluxe edition bonus tracks: 14. Lady Luck 15. Comin' Home DVD content: * "Lady Double Dealer" - Music Video * "Sail Away" - Mix Music Video * "Stormbringer" - Music Video * "Soldier Of Fortune" - Music Video * "The Purple Album" Behind The Scenes * "The Purple Album" EPK
Monday night (May 4) saw the HBO premiere of "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck", the new documentary about the late NIRVANA frontman compiled largely from Cobain's archive of home movies, artwork and audio tapes. Even though the film doesn't delve into the details of Cobain's April 1994 suicide, director Brett Morgen told The Pulse Of Radio he's already heard from the conspiracy theorists who continue to believe that Cobain was murdered. "Prior to anyone seeing this film, the 'Holocaust deniers,' as I like to refer to them, started writing conspiracy theories about my movie," he said. "Now this is before anyone's seen a frame. These are people who supposedly like Kurt, I would think, and here's a movie I'm making in which we're gonna share with the world all this material about Kurt, and in fact we're not even going into the last month of his life. And so why would they then start writing conspiracy theories about my movie? And that tells you everything you need to know." A small group of people have been pushing for 20 years the baseless and completely discredited theory that Cobain was murdered, possibly at the behest of his wife, Courtney Love. Cobain's body was found on April 8, 1994, three days after he gave himself a massive dose of heroin and killed himself with a shotgun in a room above his garage. The police have never found any evidence to suggest that Cobain's death was anything but a suicide. "Montage Of Heck", which has been in limited theatrical release since last month, is constructed like a collage of previously unseen home movies, interviews, animation, photographs, music and other artifacts. Brett Morgen revealed earlier this week that an album collecting previously unheard music from Cobain's personal tapes will be released this summer.