Newsbites: Trujillo tributes jazz great
Metallica‘s Robert Trujillo is bankrolling a movie about Jaco Pastorius, the respected jazz bassist who inspired him to play. Trujillo says: “Jaco was my hero growing up. Hearing him was like hearing Eddie Van Halen doing Eruption for the first time – you thought, ‘What instrument is that?’ I loved jazz fusion and branched out from there. But Jaco had an edge that far exceeded his jazz persona: he was funk, rock and soul, and his whole attitude was punk.” Pastorius died in 1987 after a bar brawl as a result of severe mental health issues, which had robbed him of his career.
Diehard Red Hot Chili Peppers fan Mark Haskell Smith has identified the brigde Anthony Kiedis wrote about in the 1992 track Under the Bridge. The song tells the story of the singer’s drug addiction issues, and Smith used clues in the lyrics and Kiedis’ autobiography to locate a pedestrian viaduct on MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. He explains: “It links Sixth and Union, the intersection Kiedis claims he was walking toward, with the drug dealers at Seventh and Hoover. It provides a discreet location for private time with personal demons.” [NME]
Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron says it’s easier for him to juggle the bands’ schedules than it is for him to think about doing it. “Both bands will be pretty active in the next couple of years. Sometimes my family gets a little upset that I’m gone so much, and I certainly don’t want to be gone that much. But the opportunities are really fantastic right now – I’m enjoying it.” [Rockol]
Earl Slick, known for his guitar work with David Bowie and John Lennon, escaped unharmed after his car burst into flames in New Jersey. There were no injuries. It’s thought the engine overheated.
Phil Anselmo thinks that, with hindsight, he’d have been better not saying some of the things he said in interviews over the years. The ex Pantera and Down frontman explains: “I knew I said ridiculous things. I felt like a trapped animal. I lashed out at a lot of different things, said incoherent things, and mumbled my way through interviews. You say to yourself, ‘This is not me – it’s embarrassing, and it’s ugly.’” [Out of the Blue]
The history of music goes much further back in time than was previously thought: researchers in Germany have discovered bird bones fashioned into woodwind-like instruments dated to more than 40,000 years ago.