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Oh, Sleeper’s Shane Blay Says He’s Not Leaving The Band For Wovenwar

Oh, Sleeper guitarist/vocalist Shane Blay has disputed the claims that he is leaving the band for his other new outfit, Wovenwar; which features members of As I Lay Dying. The initial confusion began when an official press release for Wovenwar listed Blay as “previously lead guitar/clean vocals in Oh, Sleeper.” As Blay himself stated today, he will remain a member of both outfits, offering:

“Archers:
Shane here,
To put to rest the rumors that I’m leaving Oh Sleeper I tell you this: Micah and I started this band 8 years ago and have stayed with it through the thick and thin. That is still the case. Its tattoo’d on my chest for crying out loud. As long as Oh Sleeper is a band, I’ll be in it.”

Allegaeon Take Up The Wrath Of Former Planet Pluto On “The Ballad Ov Pluto”

Allegaeon have taken to the cause of ousted planet Pluto in the below new outtake, “The Ballad Ov Pluto“, which was tracked during their new album sessions. Recording for that effort recently wrapped with producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Cephalic Carnage). You can expect a release in the months to come via Metal Blade.
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Earnings & Attendance From Recent Black Sabbath, Tool & Avenged Sevenfold Shows

This weeks Boxscore report features a sampling of the earnings and attendance numbers from recent shows played by:

Black Sabbath
Tool
Avenged Sevenfold

Artist: Black Sabbath & Reignwolf
Venue: Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Date: Apr. 07th, 2014
Gross Sales: $1,109,650
Attendance/Capacity: 12,195 /12,195
Ticket Prices: $117.92, $54.18
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Nirvana Members Discuss How Their ‘Reunion’ Performances Came To Be

Surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic recently gave Rollingstone.com the inside story on their Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame‘ induction shows. Those sets saw the group perform with the likes of Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, Lorde, St. Vincent, J Mascis and more filling in for their departed frontman/guitarist, Kurt Cobain.

Grohl said of their initial rehearsals:

“The first time we played together, it was like seeing a ghost. The second time, it was a little more reserved. And the last time we played it was like that fucking Demi Moore/Patrick Swayze pottery wheel scene from Ghost. We usually got the song by the third take. It started to sound like Nirvana. Our road crew and some friends were in the room when we launched into ‘Scentless Apprentice‘ for the first time. There were jaws on the floor.

I hadn’t played in that band in 20 years. Hearing what it sounded like when we played ‘Scentless Apprentice‘ legitimized it for me. I’d almost forgotten what it was like to be in a room full of Nirvana. That first day back really legitimized it. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s right! We sounded like this, and that’s why people paid attention. Oh, okay! It wasn’t just the book and the movie and the Behind The Music. It was the sound in a room, like this, that makes people go, ‘What the fuck?’ It was pretty fuckin’ great. We began with Krist, [guitarist] Pat [Smear] and I just getting our stuff together, and then Kim came by and then Joan.”

Interestingly, Novoselic revealed that he had forgotten most of his parts and had to pick up a tab book to get back up to snuff:

“I picked up a Nirvana tab book a week before to re-learn my parts, but we weren’t up to speed at first. But then it started to flow and it got better and better. Then it hit me and I got kind of somber. I was like, ‘Oh my God. I’m playing these songs again.’”

Grohl also revealed that having females front the band wasn’t the original plan. He said the band initially reached out to a “handful of A-list male rock stars”:

“That was a matter of finding people that we respected and that shared the Nirvana aesthetic, whether that’s musical or otherwise. Some of them were nervous. I think some of them were maybe apprehensive because of how heavy the whole thing is.”

When asked if the performance was a one-night only affair, Novoselic offered:

“That’s a good question. I mean, there’s Foo Fighters and Dave has some other projects going on. And I have some commitments. But you never say never now. We did it. I sure won’t say no. Maybe we can even do some new music one day.”

Grohl however wasn’t so sure, stating:

“We haven’t even talked about it. We looked at that evening as a night that may never happen again. That’s what made it so powerful and beautiful and meaningful. And it may never happen again, so we made the most of it. And it was fucking great.”

Bleed From Within are letting their fans decide which song they should cover on their forthcoming crowdfunded EP. Songs in contention to be covered include:

Foo Fighters – “The Pretender
The Offspring – “Come Out Swinging
AC/DC – “TNT
Rage Against The Machine – “Guerilla Radio
Biffy Clyro – “Saturday Superhouse

You can cast your vote at this location.

New Mastodon Single “High Road” Lands Online (Updated)

The new Mastodon single “High Road” has leaked online via a radio station. Head below to hear the track, which is the first taste of music to arrive from the bands new album “Once More Round The Sun“. That album is due sometime in June.

Update – April 16th 2:51pm:

Warner Bros. Records‘ legal representatives have requested that the stream, which was publicly posted at Kansas City Rock Station 98.9′s website, 989therock.com, be removed.

Update #2 – April 17th 9:39am:

An official stream can now be found here.

Queens Of The Stone Age Perform With Ex-Bassist Nick Oliveri In Portland, OR

While the below footage isn’t the greatest, you can watch former Queens Of The Stone Age bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri join the band onstage for “You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire” (aka “Millionaire“) in Portland, Oregon last night, April 15th.
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Soulfly, etc. frontman Max Cavalera has been doing the press rounds to promote the English release of his autobiography, “My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura to Soulfly and Beyond: The Autobiography“, which was co-written by Joel McIver. That effort saw a US release yesterday, April 15th, and Cavalera recently told the Phoenix New Times of some of the crazier moments featured in it:

I pissed off a lot of people. I called [brother Igor Cavalera's ex-wife] a whore. Paulo Jr. [Sepultura bassist] didn’t play on a lot of records. It was the truth. A lot of people didn’t know that. I didn’t want to hold nothing back. I was truthful. Even my shit with drugs and alcohol. I abused the shit out of it. I don’t know how I survived it. I was taking, like, 25 Vicodin a day and drinking two bottles of wine on top of it. People need to know this shit.

I’ve been clean, like, eight years now.

Early days of Sepultura . . . me hopping around like a Tasmanian devil on stage and that was usually after, like, six shots of vodka and some painkillers, but I wasn’t fucked up. It was fuel for the show.

I am human, you know, and vulnerable like anybody else. I fight demons like everybody else. It was hard to let things go. I like drinking. I like getting fucked up. I would never have puked on Eddie Vedder, but I did because I was fucked up. Same with Lemmy. I would never have thrown wine on his head, but I was fucked up. I would never have done it now — not in this state of mind — but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I wanted Sepultura to play “Orgasmatron,” but Lemmy wouldn’t let us, so I got pissed off and the last night of [that] tour we all went on stage during Motorhead‘s last song naked [laughs] with socks on our cocks and ruined their night. Lemmy got super-pissed and yelled at Gloria. He told her that we were never going to make it in rock ‘n’ roll and that we were unprofessional and all that shit. We’ve laughed about it since then, and I think we gained their respect, in a way.”

Cavalera also spoke of the audiences reactions to his sons outfits, Lody Kong and Incite, whom he has frequently toured with in recent years:

“They don’t really like it [Lody Kong opening for Soulfly]. I told the boys that I opened for a lot of people whose audience didn’t like Sepultura, but you have to use the reaction as a weapon.

They had a couple shows where the crowd didn’t like it, but some did. They have a Sonic Youth influence. My crowd doesn’t listen to Sonic Youth. I do, but a lot of my friends don’t. I noticed that the more they play, the better they got.

We had the Maximum Cavalera tour and it was Lody Kong, Incite, and Soulfly. They were [Cavalera demonstrates a reaction by sitting back and crosses his arms] for Lody Kong. They were okay for Incite, though, maybe because they are a lot more my style. Richie [Cavalera] has really become a good front man. He has a lot of energy and reminds me a lot of the lead singer for Lamb of God [Randy Blythe]. He really gets the crowd going.

It was funny because we had to hide the beer from them. Put it in a trunk or hide it the bus and make sure they didn’t steal it. I would have stolen it back when I was their age. They are a lot more well behaved than I was, which is good for them.”

Korn Members Comment On The Passing Of Their Former Touring Guitarist Shane Gibson

Korn guitarists James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch has released the following statements regarding the untimely passing of their former touring guitarist Shane Gibson earlier this week. Gibson passed away yesterday morning as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder. He was 35 years old.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shane Gibson‘s friends, fans and family following the passing of our dear friend. Shane Gibson was Korn‘s touring guitarist from 2007 to 2010 and a member of Jonathan Davis‘ solo band, The SFA’s. He will be greatly missed.

“I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Shane, but I’m honored he was able to fill my spot after I left Korn. He was an amazing guitarist. Hopefully we can jam together in the next life. RIP brother.” – Brian “Head” Welch

Shane Gibson, you were an amazing guitar player and an amazing person. Your kindness and talent will be missed. I’m very fortunate to have known you.” – James “Munky” Shaffer

Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Chevelle and more have signed on for the ‘Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival‘. That event will take place near Alix, Alberta from June 27th-29th and also showcase a variety of EDM outfits and motorsports. Some of the other bands scheduled to play the event include:

Theory Of A Deadman
Killswitch Engage
Filter
Pop Evil
The Pretty Reckless
Nonpoint
Rev Theory

Machine Head Add More Dates To July US Tour

Machine Head continue to take the road less traveled with the addition of Toledo, OH & Minot, ND stops to their July ‘Killers & Kings Tour‘. That trek finds the band hitting various B & C markets and will now run as follows:

05/11 Boone, IA – Central Iowa Expo (‘LazerFest‘)
05/17 Pomona, CA – Fox Theater (‘Scion Rock Fest‘)

Killers & Kings Tour‘:

07/08 Fresno, CA – Strummers
07/10 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
07/11 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
07/13 Billings, MT – The Carlin
07/15 Minot, ND – The Original
07/15 Fargo, ND – The Venue
07/17 Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
07/18 Toledo, OH – Mainstreet
07/19 Oshkosh, WI – Ford Festival Park (‘Rock USA Fest‘)
07/21 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
07/23 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
07/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
07/25 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom

This weekend will see the band release the demo version of their new track “Killers & Kings” as a special ‘Record Store Day‘ (April 19th) release on 10″ vinyl. A digital single will follow on April 29th. A new album from the band is being readied for a release later in the year. Currently you can hear a preview of “Killers & Kingshere.