Newsbites: Rob Zombie calls Grammys ‘pathetic’
Rob Zombie believes rock music has been out of fashion in recent years because the industry prefers pop artists who are prepared to mime on stage. He says: “Rock bands can deliver it live, whereas a lot of pop acts – you watch the Grammys and it’s pathetic sometimes. 60-year-old Bruce Springsteen comes out and he rocks. Whatever pop star of the moment comes out and lip-synchs through some pathetic performance, and you’re like, ‘Really? Is this what it’s come down to?’ I feel like hard rock and heavy metal has been pushed back underground for the last couple of years. But it doesn’t seem like that anymore. So that’s why I’m kind of excited to make a record again.” [Pittsburgh Post Gazette]
Juan Croucier has received plaudits from all his bandmates in Ratt after returning to fold for the first time since 1996. The bassist says: “It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since we last played together. I’m personally looking forward to reconnecting with Ratt fans worldwide – and I’m hopeful this will last far into the future.”
The New York State Senate has passed a resolution honouring Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, who died earlier this month. The text notes: “The Beastie Boys exemplified New York through a period in which grassroots creativity and a community of iconoclastic artists helped redefine and rejuvenate a city on the ropes. The music and message of the Beastie Boys evolved over the years, but they can’t, they don’t, they won’t stop changing the face of hip-hop, of music and of our culture.” The resolution also recorded Yauch as “a man of colossal talent and charisma who leaves an indelible legacy of inspiration for all other artists.”
Chickenfoot singer Sammy Hagar teased drummer Chad Smith during his guest appearance with the band in Boston on Wednesday. Smith is currently tied up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kenny Aronoff is standing in, but Smith appeared without warning during Chickenfoot’s encore. After playing a track Hagar said: “Chad, you haven’t had this much fun all year and you know it.”
Virgin Atlantic have installed a music workstation at its Heathrow Airport lounge. The setup includes an Apple iMac with Pro Tools, a mixer and a keyboard. The airline hopes: “Any musician in need of a place to do some last minute editing, or to indulge a creative spark, can use the studio’s industry standard digital editing and mixings system to do so.”
Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer revealed more details of the band’s next album, Monster, during a band expo. Track names will include: Hell Or Hallelujah, The Devil Is Me, ‘Born to be a Sinner, Are You Ready, Out of this World, Wall of Sound, It’s a Long Way Down, Back to the Stone Age’, Shout Mercy, and All For the Love of Rock And Roll.
Def Leppard have recorded brand-new versions of their hits Pour Some Sugar On Me and Rock of Ages to mark the upcoming release of a movie based on their musical. Both tracks will be released on June 4.
My Chemical Romance haven’t yet decided whether to hire drummer Jarrod Alexander, who’s been touring with them since sticksman Mike Pedicone was fired last year for stealing. But guitarist Frankie Iero says: “Jarrod is a rad guy and a fantastic player. It’s been really fun making music with him these past few months. He loves coffee and hitting drums super-hard – and the fact that he’s not a thieving piece of garbage is a breath of fresh air.”