Death Magnetic ‘sounds smokin’,’ says Lars Ulrich… New Saxon album due in January… Another death in the Pink Floyd camp…
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has responded to criticism about the sonic quality of the band’s new album Death Magnetic. In an interview with Blender magazine, the diminutive Dane raged: “There’s nothing up with the audio quality. It’s 2008, and that’s how we make records. [Producer] Rick Rubin’s whole thing is to try and get it to sound lively, to get it to sound loud, to get it to sound exciting, to get it to jump out of the speakers. Of course, I’ve heard that there are a few people complaining. But I’ve been listening to it the last couple of days in my car, and it sounds fuckin’ smokin’.” Read more on the Music Radar website here.
Saxon will release Into The Labyrinth, their 18th studio album, on January 12, 2009. Frontman Biff Byford and co have already recorded 13 new tracks which, we hear, ‘form a perfect mix of powerful, in-your-face rock songs and pure heavy metal’. Saxon are currently working on a 14th track. On October 17 Saxon’s new single Live To Rock will be released as a download. Saxon head out on a 15-date UK tour with Motörhead and Danko Jones, kicking off on November 3.
Former Pink Floyd manager Bryan Morrison has died at the age of 66. He had been in a coma for more than two years following a polo accident. Morrison began his career in music by managing bands while he was still an art student at St Martin’s College. The first band of note he worked with was The Pretty Things before moving on to manage Pink Floyd. He subsequently also worked with the likes of T.Rex, Elton John and Wham! Realising early on that there was money to be made from publishing music, he also set up his own company, Lupus Music. In later years, his interest in polo took over, however. In 1985 he founded the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club, and it was there that the accident that ultimately claimed his life took place, when he was thrown from a horse back in July 2006. He is survived by his wife, former model Greta van Rantwyk, and their two children.
Bruce Springsteen is to perform during the half-time show at the US Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida, on February 1, 2009. Other stars in recent years to fill the half-time slot include Paul McCartney, U2, Prince and Tom Petty.
Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice is due to play a short European tour with tribute act Purpendicular in December. The first part of the show will be a drum clinic; the band part of the show will reportedly include a selection of obscure Purple tracks. Dates confirmed so far are: Colus Saal, Aschaffenberg, Germany, December 17; Hafen, Innsbrück, Austria, 18; Orpheum, Graz, Austria, 20.
Guns N’ Roses‘ mega-delayed Chinese Democracy album is apparently coming out exclusively via the US retail chain Best Buy on November 25. According to various online reports, GN’R’s management team announced the release at a Best Buy vendor convention. Guns N’ Roses are now managed by Irving Azoff‘s Front Line Management, and Azoff has a past record of issuing albums through exclusive deals with retailers. For example, Azoff released The Eagles‘ Long Road Out Of Eden via Wal-Mart in 2007.
Eagle Vision will release Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s Sweet Home Alabama: The Rockpalast Collection on DVD on October 28. The complete 14-song concert from June 23, 1996 features the band led by Johnny Van Zant at Rockpalast’s Loreley Festival. As a bonus, three songs from 1974 featuring original Skynyrd singer/songwriter/guitarist, the late Ronnie Van Zant, as well as Bob Burns on drums, from the Hamburg Musikhalle in Germany are included (Working For MCA, Free Bird and Sweet Home Alabama). The 1996 concert and the three bonus songs from 1974 have never before been released on DVD.