Newsbites: Hellyeah are role model for drunks
Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah claims the trappings of fame can be challenging. The ex Pantera drummer says: “Being a rock star ain’t easy. It’s a job. You’ve got to work at it. We’re the ultimate roll models for drunks. You don’t want to get into this business unless you’re a complete alcoholic like us.” Confirming there won’t be a Pantera reunion he comments: “The spirit of that band carries on with us. We keep rocking like a motherfucker. Hellyeah is here to stay.” Their third album, Band of Brothers, is out in July.
Slipknot‘s Sid Wilson vows the band are set to finally start work on their first album since the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010. They’ll commence studio duties after frontman Corey Taylor completes his upcoming Stone Sour tour. Wilson reports: “Before Stone Sour finish touring we’ll be in the studio preparing for Corey’s return, keeping the irons hot. It’ll be tough – Slipknot’s the biggest thing in all of our lives. We’re always going to come back to it. I’m excited and I’m ready to do it.” [NME]
Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins says it’s important for the current rising generation of musicians to ignore labels and management who insist they should focus on a single track in order to cement their career. “You’ve got to say to a young kid, ‘You can’t be about that one song,” he states. “If all you’re about is the one song you’re basically putting a shelf-life on yourself – and you’re done. Don’t buy this argument where it’s like, ‘Well, let’s just get you on the radio then you’ll build a career after that.’ That’s very rare.” And he warns music fans: “If they don’t support artists in total it’s actually a vote for the other side.” [Mashable]
Rush yesterday attended proceedings in Canada’s House of Commons to receive the nation’s highest artistic honour, the Governor General’s Award. The three-piece were the subject of several puns from politicos on the Commons floor during the daily question period, including: “Another rush to excuses,” and “That’s a fly by night question.” Frontman Geddy Lee said: “It was really interesting – I don’t know how anything gets decided.”
Kiss mainman Paul Stanley has become a partner in a social media company called Ortsbo, which aims to specialise in real-time communication between fans at concerts around the world. They describe themselves as “the world’s learning experiential communications company” and say they’re working to build “a live and global platform creating a social global village at live entertainment events.” Boss David Lucatch says: “Paul’s entrepreneurial and artistic visions have continued to garner successes. We welcome the opportunity to work with him to extend Ortsbo’s brand and reach into global live venue socialisation.”
Skatalites founding basist Lloyd Brevett has died following a series of strokes at the age of 80. His health deteriorated after his son was shot dead near the family home in St Andrew, Jamaica, in February.
The Darkness have confirmed their comeback album will be called Hot Cakes and it’s set for release on August 21. Justin and Dan Hawkins worked with Nick Brine and Bob Ezrin on production and mixing and the band promise fans that their seven-year wait will result in an experience loaded with “epic rock anthems and infectious pop choruses.” Edward Vetri, boss of US label Wind Up, says: “When we first heard a new Darkness track and after seeing them play live in New York City, we knew they were back.”
Motorhead are set to release the second part of their twin live DVD set to coincide with their annual UK winter tour in November. The World is Ours Vol 2 complements January’s part-one, subtitled Everywhere Further than Everyplace Else.
Supergroup Tinted Windows may gather to record a second album in the near future. The band – Cheap Trick’s Bun E Carlos, Hanson’s Taylor Hanson, A Perfect Circle’s James Iha and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger – released their first record in 2009, and only scheduling issues have stopped them taking the project further. Schlesinger says: “I think everybody would like to do it again. Taylor’s the hardest one to pin down because the Hanson guys work pretty much non-stop. If we can get everyone to commit to a week or two somewhere maybe we can get another record made.” [Billboard]
Stone Temple Pilots are set to perform their debut album Core in full during their upcoming US tour. Scott Weiland says: “I think it’ll be fun. I got tired of playing the same basic set list every night, like, ‘the hits’. This way it’s something different.” [Rolling Stone]
The Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon says their new single, 45, was written in a matter of minutes: “That was the one where we said, ‘Okay, we’ve got something here.’ I was in love with that song from the first moment. The lyrics just flew out.” [Music Radar]
A new world record has been set for the largest guitar ensemble after 7273 players were verified taking part in a mass jam of Jimi Hendrix’s Hey Joe in Poland. The annual Thanks Jimi Festival held the same record previously with 6346 participants in 2009.
Slayer axeman Kerry King has discussed the popular image of the band as people who work together but aren’t close friends. Speaking on the set of the Jagermeister advert titled A Stronger Bond in which he appears, King says the moment they come off tour they “scatter like cockroaches” – but explains: “It’s not because I don’t like them, it’s just because I’ve had so much of them. When you have that nucleus of four men in their teens that are not 40-something, it’s like you grew up with three brothers. You have fights. This guy’s not your best friend for a couple of months. But we’re all working to be the greatest thrash band we can be, and what we did at that time is what makes us strong today.”