DUFF MCKAGAN: ‘I Didn’t Have A Sense’ That KURT COBAIN Was Going To Die Two Days After I Saw Him

Former GUNS N’ ROSES bassist Duff McKagan, who shared a Seattle-bound flight with Kurt Cobain just days before the NIRVANA frontman’s suicide, and was one of the last people to speak with Cobain, talked about the encounter during a recent interview with Austria’s Mulatschag TV.

Said McKagan (see video below): “I was really fucked up [when I saw Kurt]. I mean, I wrote about it in my book, It was, like, 87 words. We were both fucked up. It wouldn’t have been a big deal… It was something, like, even at that time… we were just two fucked up guys, but we were both in big bands and we landed at the airport and we kind of talked about… I mean, my pancreas blew up four weeks later. He died two days later. So that’s where we were both at at our lives — at the end of our ropes. I didn’t have a sense that he was gonna die in two days, but again, a lot of my friends and peers were dying, or had died, and I was getting numb to it, getting used to it. And even when I got a call that he died, I didn’t fall out of my chair. It just happened. And I was too fucked up to really take it in. I was, like, ‘Oh, another one fell.’”

Although medical examiners determined that Cobain died on April 5, 1994, his body was discovered by an electrician three days later on April 8 — a little over 20 years ago.

The mystique around Kurt Cobain‘s life and early death has continued to grow in the nearly two decades since he passed away. NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he finds aspects of the fascination with his former bandmate unsettling. “There’s a cult that’s developed around the media perception of the person, Kurt Cobain, which has nothing to do with the person I knew,” he laughed. “You know, it’s a cult of personality, the cult of celebrity. NIRVANA really impacted a lot of people and connected with a lot of people, and when you deal with things on that level, it’s very positive, but there’s some negative aspects of it too, like, you know, just obsession.”

NIRVANA was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on April 10 — five days after the 20th anniversary of Cobain‘s death — alongside KISS and others.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY: ‘Angel Of Mercy’ Video Released

“Angel Of Mercy”, the new video from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, can be seen below. Directed by longtime collaborator Justin Reich of the Antimatter Studio, the clip depicts a stripped down version of the wall of sound that is widely associated with the band.

“Angel Of Mercy” is taken from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s new studio album, “Catacombs Of The Black Vatican”, which sold around 26,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart.

The band’s previous studio CD, “Order Of The Black”, opened with around 33,000 units to enter the chart at No. 4.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s 2006 album, “Shot to Hell”, registered a first-week tally of 32,000 to land at No. 21. This was less than the 45,000 copies shifted by BLS‘s “Mafia” (Artemis) back in March 2005 to debut at No. 15.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s “The Song Remains Not The Same” opened with around 12,000 copies to land at No. 41. Released on May 10, 2011 via Entertainment One Music, the offering featured unplugged versions of material from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY‘s “Order Of The Black” album as well as additional material recorded during the “Order Of The Black” sessions.

“Catacombs Of The Black Vatican” was released in Europe on April 7 via Mascot Label Group and one day later in North America through eOne Music.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY recently amicably parted ways with longtime guitarist Nick Catanese and replaced him with Dario Lorina (LIZZY BORDEN).

ANTHRAX Performs Entire ‘Among The Living’ Album At U.K.’s SONISPHERE: Full-Show Video Available

ANTHRAX has played more Sonisphere festivals around Europe than any other band and was featured at Knebworth for every U.K. edition of the festival. But this summer, they went one better by performing not once, but twice at Knebworth. Not content with already playing on the Apollo stage on Saturday, July 5, they took advantage of a day off on the Friday, July 4 to give those in Bohemia a special treat, by stomping their way through their classic “Among The Living” album in full, in a sweaty, heaving tent.

Prior to taking the stage on Friday, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian told NME about the prospect of performing the entire “Among The Living” album: “We’ve done all the songs in a concert before, but we’ve broken it up. Like, we’done it side A, and then played a bunch of other stuff, and then side B and then do some encores. So we’ve done it in that context. But tonight we’re only playing the nine songs off ‘Among The Living’, so it’s the first time ever.”

Regarding the recording process for “Among The Living”Scott said: “We had just come off the METALLICA tour in the fall of ’86 when [METALLICA bassist] Cliff Burton was killed, and we had come off that tour obviously early because of the tragedy. And that’s when we started recording that record, pretty much right after that. I feel like the energy just really jumps off that record; you fucking hear how pissed off we are playing our instruments on that record. There’s a brutality on that album that you don’t hear on the two records before ‘Among The Living’. It was just the record of its time; it really was.”

Fan-filmed video footage of ANTHRAX‘s July 4 performance of the entire “Among The Living” album at Sonisphere can be seen below.

When ANTHRAX‘s “Among The Living” full-album performance at Sonisphere was first announced in May, Ian said: “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away (1986, New York City) we wrote a record that at the time, we had no idea would become our ‘signature’ record. We had a song about the plight of the American Indian, we had songs about Stephen King characters (Randall Flagg from ‘The Stand’ and Todd Bowden from ‘Apt Pupil’), we had a song dedicated to Cliff Burton and another about John Belushi‘s clichéd death. We had a song about Judge fucking Dredd and we had a song called ‘Caught In A Mosh’. We had SONGS.

“When ‘Among The Living’ punched the world in the face in 1987, it launched ANTHRAX into a high-speed trajectory that we could barely keep up with. Like going from 0-200 kph in 5 seconds flat. Our heads were spinning as fast as they were banging and 27 years later nothing has changed.

“We love to play these songs and people love to hear them so we’re really fucking excited to be doing this special show the day before our main-stage performance at Sonisphere Knebworth playing (for the first time ever) just the ‘Among The Living’ record for you, our U.K. faithful! It’s gonna be sick.”

ANTHRAX was nominated for a “Best Metal Performance” Grammy this year for its cover of AC/DC‘s “T.N.T.” The track was featured on ANTHRAX‘s eight-track EP that pays tribute to the classic songs by some of the band’s favorite acts from the 1970s. The CD was released in North America on March 19, 2013 (MRI/Megaforce), and on March 22, 2013 in Europe (Nuclear Blast).

ANTHRAX‘s next album will mark the recording debut with the band of guitarist Jon Donais (also of SHADOWS FALL), who replaced Rob Caggiano in January 2013.

Regarding whether Donais is now officially an ANTHRAX member, Ian told Metal Insider: “For all intents and purposes, he’s in ANTHRAX. He’s going to be there for everything we do moving forward. As far as how you title it, yeah. As far as I’m concerned, Jon is in ANTHRAX and will be playing leads on the record and will be touring with the band starting at the end of May 2014.”

“Worship Music” has sold more than 110,000 copies in the United States since its September 2011 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

AC/DC Completes Work On New Album, Considers ‘Man Down’ As Possible Title

Legendary Anglo-Australian hard rockers AC/DC have completed work on their new studio album, due later in the year. The group’s lead singer Brian Johnson revealed to TeamRock Radio earlier today that he and his bandmates have toyed with the idea of calling the CD “Man Down” in reference to guitarist Malcolm Young‘s health problems which have forced him to take a break from AC/DC.

AC/DC‘s new effort was laid down over a series of recording sessions with producer Brendan O’Brien in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. “It was brilliant over there,” Johnson said.

“We’re done. I’m very excited and we’ve got some great songs.

“I wanted to call the album ‘Man Down’. But it’s a bit negative and it was probably just straight from the heart. I like that.”

AC/DC in April confirmed widespread reports that Malcolm Young was stepping down due to an undisclosed illness, with some outlets reporting that he suffered a stroke. The group has since enlisted Stevie Young, the nephew of guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young, to take Malcolm‘s place in the band for the recording sessions for their 16th studio album. Stevie Young played with AC/DC once before during a 1988 tour, while Malcolm stepped out to deal with his dependency on alcohol.

“We miss Malcolm, obviously,” Johnson told TeamRock Radio. “He’s a fighter. He’s in hospital, but he’s a fighter. We’ve got our fingers crossed that he’ll get strong again.

StevieMalcolm‘s nephew, was magnificent, but when you’re recording with this thing hanging over you and your work mate isn’t well, it’s difficult. But I’m sure he was rooting for us. He’s such a strong man. He’s a small guy, but he’s very strong. He’s proud and he’s very private, so we can’t say too much. But fingers crossed, he’ll be back.”

Johnson made his comments while he was being recognized at Northumbria University, Newcastle, England. He received an honorary doctorate during Northumbria’s July graduation ceremonies alongside students graduating from Engineering and Environment degree program (see photos below).

Johnson last month said that AC/DC is “very likely” to tour before the end of the year.

The band was at one point expected to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year by playing 40 shows in selected cities around the world, which have not yet been announced.

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Video: FAITH NO MORE Performs Two New Songs At Poland’s OPEN’ER FESTIVAL

Fan-filmed video footage of the reactivated influential alt-metal act FAITH NO MORE performing what are believed to be two brand new songs — tentatively titled “Leader Of Men” and “Motherfucker” — on July 5 at the Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland can be seen below.

FAITH NO MORE recently hinted at the possibility of new music 17 years after the release of the band’s last LP, “Album Of The Year”.

The group, which made a comeback in June 2009 with a headlining performance at the Brixton Academy in London, England and has played sporadic shows for the past few years, launched a new Twitter account and one of the first posts was as follows: “The reunion thing was fun, but now it’s time to get a little creative.”

Speaking to IHeartGuitarBlog.com in November 2012, FAITH NO MORE singer Mike Patton stated about the possibility of the band releasing any live material from its reunion tours: “Right now, we have no plans whatsoever — live, recording or anything. We’ve done what we set out to do with the reunion, and it’s all great, but it’s just, ‘Let’s see what happens next.’ And I think you need to take a pause to actually reflect on something like that, because otherwise we could just keep playing, and we’re very conscious of overdoing it, y’know, milking material that’s so old. You can only do that for so long, and I feel that we’ve done pretty well. The whole band’s naturally came to this conclusion, so now we’re just sitting tight.”

According to Patton, one of the reasons the FAITH NO MORE reunion didn’t happen sooner is the fact that they wanted to avoid making it feel like a nostalgia thing — like “Here’s FAITH NO MORE again.” “We wanted it to feel fresh and still somehow vital,” he said. “It wasn’t an money grab. It’s funny to say, but we all kind of reconnected, and after quite a long time we all kinda looked at each other and were like, ‘Man, we actually spent half of our lives together.’ It’s interesting to see it through that set of glasses as opposed to the ones you wore back then. I suppose, at least personally speaking, I’ve grown up a lot since then, and I think I approach the music differently, and I felt better about the music than I did then.”

Video: MÖTLEY CRÜE Performs New Song ‘All Bad Things Must End’ In Milwaukee

Auger3d has uploaded video footage of MÖTLEY CRÜE performing a brand new song, “All Bad Things Must End”, on July 4 at the Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the band’s “The Final Tour”. Check out the clip below.

The studio version of “All Bad Things Must End” was recently recorded with producer James Michael, who sings for MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx‘s SIXX: A.M. project, but has yet to be released to radio or made available to the public. MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee told Billboard.com about the song: “It’s pretty heavy, but it’s really melodic. It’s definitely about this time right now with the band and what the feeling is and kind of all that wrapped into a song. I hate to say it’s like a goodbye, but it definitely references our time here.”

MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s first new music since 2012′s “Sex” single, “All Bad Things Must End” features the catchy, sing-along chorus “All bad things must end / All bad things must die / Even the Devil’s gotta pay for his crimes / Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah,” along with the lyrics: “It’s been a hell of a ride / it’s been a hell of a night / It’s been a damn good life / This ain’t farewell, it’s goodbye / It’s been a hell of a ride.”

MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s setlist for the Milwaukee concert:

01. Mutherfucker Of The Year
02. Wild Side
03. Primal Scream
04. Same Ol Situation (SOS)
05. Looks That Kill
06. On With The Show 
07. Too Fast For Love
08. All Bad Things
09. Smokin In The Boys Room
10. Without You
11. Saints Of Los Angeles
12. Anarchy In The UK
13. Too Young To Fall In Love
14. Guitar Solo
15. Shout At The Devil
16. Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)
17. Live Wire
18. Dr Feelgood
19. Girls, Girls, Girls
20. Kickstart My Heart


21. Home Sweet Home (second stage)

Sixx in January said that that it’s unlikely that the band will release another full-length album of new material and will instead make select tracks available via special projects in order to maximize their impact. He told the Rapid City, South Dakota radio station 95.1 KSKY: “It’s hard, to be honest with you, to spend six [or] nine months to write eleven songs — all those lyrics… everything… the vocals, the guitars, the bass, the sonics, the mixing, the mastering, the artwork… You put it out and nothing [happens], because now people cherry-pick songs. So we go, ‘Why don’t we write songs and find vehicles to get one, two or four songs to ten million people rather than eleven songs to a hundred thousand people. That’s how we’re thinking. I don’t know if it’s right or wrong, but that’s how we’re thinking.”

Sixx also revealed another reason for why fans may never see a new full-length MÖTLEY CRÜE album ever again. “We’ve written some songs, “he said, “[but] if you’re this kind of band at this stage of your career, you can’t be played on Active Rock; if you’ve been around for more than fifteen years, you’re classic rock, but classic rock radio doesn’t play new music. You just think, ‘Fuck man, this sucks.’”

The four members of MÖTLEY CRÜE held a press conference on January 28 at Hotel Roosevelt in Los Angeles where they announced that the band would launch its “Final Tour” this year, with the group planning to play more than 70 shows in North America in 2014 and more overseas in 2015. Making it official, the four members of the band had their lawyer draw up a formal “cessation of touring” agreement that goes into effect at the end of 2015 and prohibits the members of the group from going on the road again under the MÖTLEY CRÜE banner.

The special guest on the entire North American tour is ALICE COOPER, marking the first time that the legendary shock rocker and the CRÜE have joined forces live.

DAVE GROHL Says Crowdfunded Shows Could Be Future Of Touring

According to The Pulse Of RadioFOO FIGHTERS are playing a crowdfunded and fan-organized show in Richmond, Virginia sometime in the near future and frontman Dave Grohl thinks these kinds of gigs could be how touring is done in years to come. Grohl told a South African radio station, “It could become the way that bands decide where they want to play. It’s a fun thing; it sort of changes the game. For the past 20 years we always decided who we’re going to play with and where we’re going to play. But now, if we hear that people want us to come somewhere, maybe we’ll come there.”

The campaign was launched by Andrew Goldin, a FOO FIGHTERS fan who wanted the band to play their first show there since 1998.

Goldin and several collaborators set a goal of selling 1,400 tickets at $50 each, promising donors they would only be charged if the concert sold out, and that their money would be returned if the band didn’t agree to play.

A couple of local businesses also got involved, donating $5,000 each and giving away all their tickets for free. Word of the campaign eventually got to the FOOs, who agreed to play the show. A date and venue have yet to be announced.

FOO FIGHTERS will release their new album in November, timed to the premiere of a new HBO documentary series called “Sonic Highways”.

The series, directed by Grohl, followed the band as they recorded their new album in eight historic studios around the United States.

Grohl told Rolling Stone in South Africa — where the band will play for the first time in December — that making the series was a “complicated process.” He added that he wanted to record in international studios as well, but that it would have been “financially impossible.”


Ex-FOREIGNER Singer LOU GRAMM Says He Will Get Together With MICK JONES In September To Work On New Music

Co-founding FOREIGNER frontman Lou Gramm says that he will get together with the band’s leader, guitarist Mick Jones, later in the year to write new songs that will be made available on the two musicians’ upcoming solo albums, both of which are expected to surface in 2015.

“Sometime in September, Mick and I are gonna get together and write some music,” Gramm revealed during a June 17 appearance on “The Wease Show” (web site) on 95.1 The Brew, a classic rock station in Rochester, New York. “I’m excited about it and very much looking forward to it. I’m actually helping him with a couple of songs on a solo album that he’s gonna be releasing, and he’s gonna help me with a couple of songs on an album that I’ll be releasing next year.”

Jones and Gramm‘s June 2013 performance of “I Want To Know What Love Is” and “Juke Box Hero” at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame in New York City marked the first time the pair has performed together in a decade after Gramm left FOREIGNER for a second time. According to Gramm, “There’s always the possibility that we’ll perform together again — that’s been mentioned between the two of us, and we kind of said, ‘Yeah, that would be fun’ — but there’s nothing going on between our respective managements about, ‘Oh, let’s make sure we put that together.’”

The singer also commented on the recent interview with Jones in Classic Rock magazine in which the guitarist revealed that the duo, who wrote most of FOREIGNER‘s classic hits together, might be revisiting some of the tunes they were “writing in the ’80s, but never quite finished.” Jones added: “We might take time next year to bring a couple of those out of the vaults. . . It’s a question of wading through them and finding a cassette machine to play them on.”

Said Gramm: “It’s actually the songs we were writing, working on together when we split up in 2003, so those were songs that were done at the end of the ’90s and early 2000s, and they’re really good. I have the demos.”

When asked if a FOREIGNER reunion — which would sideline current lead singer Kelly Hansen — would be unfair, Jones told Classic Rock: “Kelly has dedicated everything to the band. He’s phenomenal. So anything I do will be sensitive to that. If Lou and I do something, it’ll be inclusive. No way will he replace Kelly.”

Jones was asked what shape a Lou Gramm / Kelly Hansen FOREIGNER show might take, and he explained, “Something special where the old members can be involved. That would be cool. But nothing in the immediate future.”

Mick Jones told The Pulse Of Radio that upon forming FOREIGNER in 1976, he knew that Lou Gramm would prove to be invaluable with a signature voice — with the songwriting chops to match. “I knew he had written, he was a writer too, and always felt that, y’know, it was important that the singer in any band had something to do with, [laughs] obviously, creating the songs, ’cause they’re gonna sing them,” he said. “Lou came up with some great titles; I think ‘Head Games’, I think ‘Hot Blooded’, too. And he developed into a really good writer.”

FOREIGNER kicked off its joint tour with STYX and special guest, former EAGLES guitarist Don Felder, on May 14, in Wichita, Kansas at the Intrust Bank Arena.

ALICE COOPER Inducted Into White Castle’s Craver Hall Of Fame

According to The Columbus Dispatch, legendary rocker Alice Cooper was inducted into White Castle‘s Cravers Hall Of Fame — a shrine for lovers of the company’s slider — during a ceremony at the restaurant’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio Monday afternoon (July 7).

White Castle explained in a press release that “Alice Cooper is a legend in the rock ‘n’ roll world because he created an entirely new way to express musical talent and stagecraft — White Castle is legendary in the burger world for our creative approach to selling hot and tasty burgers by the sack. It’s a perfect combo, and we’re thrilled to induct Alice Cooper as our newest member of the Cravers Hall Of Fame.”

The company also said Cooper grew up on White Castle, and just never got over the cravings.

Cooper is supporting MÖTLEY CRÜE on “The Final Tour”, which kicked off on July 2 and runs through late November.

Alice Cooper has completed work on a covers album featuring songs that were originally written and recorded by THE DOORSJimi HendrixJohn Lennon and THE WHO, members of the so-called “Hollywood vampires” of the early and mid-’70s. The disc, which is expected out in early 2015, will also include “four or five new songs,” which the legendary rocker wrote specifically for the new CD.
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GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna recently spoke to Loudwire about why the band needed to take some time off following the tour cycle for 2010′s “The Oracle” before beginning work on its new album, “1000hp” (One Thousand Horsepower). Check out the clip below.

“You know, it was getting rough,” Erna told The Pulse Of Radio about GODSMACK’s decision to take a break. “You know, I’m not gonna lie — the band was getting into a funky place and there was talks about breaking up and, you know, not really staying a band anymore. But you know, I think it was just some time we needed, some time to really reassess the thing and really appreciate what we have as a band. We’ve always been kind of level-headed about things and eventually we just needed to let a little time pass and let the dust settle.”

Erna added that bad blood over the GODSMACK offshoot ANOTHER ANIMAL, as well as his satisfaction with his own solo album “Avalon”, led GODSMACK to the brink before they reconsidered.

“1000hp” will be released on August 5 via Republic Records.

The “1000hp” title track and GODSMACK‘s first all-new single since 2011 arrived at rock radio stations on June 9 and can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. Erna told The Pulse Of Radio that his original title for the song took things to the next level. “Actually, the original title I wanted to put on the song was ’100,000 Horsepower’,” he said. “But unfortunately, rhythmically, it was too many syllables and I couldn’t make it fit the way I wanted to creatively, so I trimmed it back to ’1000 Horsepower’, which is still pretty fuckin’ powerful, by the way.”

The “1000hp” digital single was made available on June 10. Erna told The Pulse Of Radio how the track came together: “It’s one of those songs that surprisingly came out and was written from back to front in, like, an hour. I started putting one thing together with the next, and then Shannon [Larkin, drummer] started jumping in and then we arranged the whole song, and literally within an hour, maybe 90 minutes, this whole song was written and it was one of the last songs that we wrote, and it ended up becoming the first single.”

Erna described the sound of the “1000hp” album to The Pulse Of Radio as “a little bit more raw, a little bit more open. The writing was a little freer. The production is really kind of raw and in your face, and the songs, man — I’m really, really excited about these songs. And I have to tell you honestly, I wasn’t that excited about writing this record at first.”

GODSMACK is among the confirmed bands for the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, set to kick off on August 15 in Clarkston, Michigan and run through September 21.

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