Newsbites: New NIN music tomorrow
Nine Inch Nails will reveal a new track called Came Back Haunted to US radio tomorrow. It’s the first song from the album Trent Reznor recently admitted he’d spent a year on with collaborator Atticus Ross, ahead of announcing a revamped live lineup. Came Back Haunted is described as “in line with the first two albums – not the experimental material Trent’s done in the last five years,” according to KROQ. NIN play the Leeds and Reading festivals in August.
Stone Temple Pilots have the law on their side in sacking Scott Weiland and bringing in Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington as his replacement, says the band’s lawyer. Skip Miller cites a 1996 agreement which allows three members to vote out any fourth member and continue using the outfit’s intellectual property. “The three of them voted him out for a reason,” Miller says. “They don’t want to play with him any more. He was showing up hours late and had crazy, destructive behaviour.” Weiland has launched a countersuit after STP sued him.
John Garcia and Brant Bjork, formerly of Kyuss and Kyuss Lives!, will bring their new band Vista Chino to the UK in October:
Oct 30: Manchester Ritz
Oct 31: Birmingham Institute
Nov 01: Bristol O2 Academy
Nov 02: London Roundhouse
Nov 04: Glasgow Garage
Nov 05: Nottingham Rock City
Nov 06: Newcastle O2 Academy
Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has left Adrenaline Mob citing pressures of time. He says: “It saddens me to announce the four upcoming shows in Latin America supporting Halestorm will be my last. I have scheduling conflicts that prevent me from being fully able to commit to the band’s future activities. I don’t want to hold them back. I’ve very proud of what we started together and the music we made over the past two years.” Portnoy is currently working with classic rock power trio The Winery Dogs, among other projects.
Meanwhile, Dream Theater singer James LaBrie will release latest solo album Impermanent Resonance on July 29. He explains: “The music is, to me, a true telling of songs evolving and taking on a sense of identity – that’s every band’s ultimate goal. It’s powerful, memorable, hook-driven; and above all extremely musical. It shows how the writing and the band itself have matured. I truly feel that this is our quintessential album.”
Sammy Hagar has reacted to serving as honourary grand marshall of his home town’s annual parade. He rode on a float through Fontana, California, and had a street named after him: Hagar Way. He says: “Nothing is as gratifying as being honoured in your home town. It’s right up there with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. It made my family very proud – and I must say me, too.”
Tigertailz have reunited with drummer Matt Blakout and are currently recording a five-track EP to be called Knives. The band came close to collapse after a series of lineup changes in recent months, but guitarist Jay Pepper says they’re back on an even keel now: “I’m absolutely delighted to see Matt back. Not only is he a great solid drummer and true professional, but a lovely guy too. Matt also brings stability to the lineup, which, after three years of grief, is more than welcome.”
Former Jimi Hendrix manager Bob Levine has re-entered the music industry, looking after the affairs of new band The H Bombs. He says: “I haven’t felt this excited since I had Jimi on the road.”
Yes will headline their own festival in New Jersey on August 3. The event has been named Yestival and will also feature Genesis covers band The Musical Box, Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, Rennaissance, Scale The Summit and others to be announced.
Yoko Ono is glad that Paul McCartney recently stated she hadn’t been responsible for the Beatles‘ split in 1970. She explains: “The first thing I said was, ‘Thank you, Paul!’ It was very difficult for me to not have that support for those 40 years. But I also knew it would be very difficult for him to say something like that. There are many people who wish that we’d be always fighting. We understand each other – after 40 years, to think that we don’t know each other? We’re on good terms, and I have a lot of respect for him.” [Rolling Stone]
System Of A Down need three years to make an album, and frontman Serj Tankian says he simply doesn’t have that time available at the moment. Fans have been speculating over new music for several years, exacerbated by bassist Shavo Odadjian’s recent outburst, later calmed by an official statement. Tankian says: “When I can commit to a three-year album cycle, I’ll be down to do it. I can’t write a forced record. It’s like romancing someone at a time you don’t want to be romantic. It’s not even a choice. You can’t take orders – we’re not making pizza!” [Artist Direct]