Posted: 21 April, 2015

New Alice Cooper LP Features Everyone

The album of 70s cover has an absolute who's who of rock featuring.

Alice Cooper performs at the Brighton Centre November 13, 2007 in Brighton, England. (Photo: Wire Image)

Well this sounds pretty cool, a brand new Alice Cooper album, that features an absolutely 'who's who' of rock royalty from Dave Grohl to Brian Johnson to Sir Paul McCartney and more.

The 'mostly covers' album of classic 70s tracks will see Cooper and his friends paying tribute to the 'Hollywood Vampires' crowd he ran with during that time, from Hendrix to The Who to The Doors and The Rolling Stones.

"The album's done. It's mixed, ready to go and I'm very, very happy with it... McCartney's on it. Zak (Starkey)'s on it. Dave Grohl is on it, (AC/DC frontman) Brian Johnson -- and in places where you wouldn't expect them to be, that's the cool thing," he told Billboard.

He also wrote an original song which will be on the album called "All My Dead Drunk Friends" that will feature Johnny Depp.

When he was explaining who qualifies as a 'Hollywood Vampire' Cooper explained that, "the performers have to be dead. Or mentally dead. Or should be dead."

He's also appearing on the upcoming Motley Crue 'Final Tour' which is being presented by Triple M, see all the details below.

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Tags: Alice Cooper, Dave Grohl, Brian Johnson, 70s

Posted: 21 April, 2015

Phil Rudd Changes Plea To Guilty

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill and drugs charges.


(Rudd initially pleaded not-guilty during earlier court hearings: Getty Images)

Update

 Phil Rudd was remanded on bail for sentencing on June 26.

 His lawyer Craig Tuck said he would be applying for a discharge without conviction.

Judge Robert Woolff did not enter a conviction after Rudd's guilty pleas.



Earlier on Triple M

Rudd, 60, was due to stand trial on Tuesday at the Tauranga District Court in New Zealand but he changed his plea to guilty before the trial began.

Rudd was arrested in November and charged over an incident on September 26 in which, according to a police summary of facts, Rudd rang a man he knew and threatened to kill both him and his daughter.

He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

The drugs charges were laid after police executed a search warrant at Rudd's home on November 6.

Police say Rudd had 0.71g of methamphetamine and 130g of cannabis in his possession.

He was also charged with attempting to procure a murder when he appeared in court in November, but the charge was dropped the following day.

AC/DC in February announced it had replaced Rudd with former drummer Chris Slade ahead of its world Rock or Bust tour.

Rudd played on recording sessions for the album by the same name, but was unable to promote the album late last year while dealing with the charges.

 

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Posted: 20 April, 2015

Fooies Perform On Record Store Day, Release 2 Unheard Tracks

Listen to some great unheard and unreleased tracks from Record Store Day.

Foo Fighters - Empty Handed (Songs from the Laundry Room EP 2015)

The musical goldmine that is Record Store Day has passed for another year and by all reports it was once again a massive success.

As the official ambassador of RSD, Dave Grohl was involved in a number of projects including a performance at a Ohio record store and the release of some previously unreleased and unheard Fooies music.

The Foo Fighters released the Songs From the Laundry Room 10" EP that included unheard versions of "Alone + Easy Target" and "Big Me" and the unreleased cover of Kim Wilde’s "Kids in America" and an original called "Empty Handed".

"Empty Handed" (above) is a particularly great little punky track reminiscent of the Fooies earlier work - you can also listen to the cover and a bit of their performance below.

Foo Fighters - Kids in America (2015)

 

Fooies Performance On RSD

 

Setlist:

"White Limo"
"Arlandria"
"Congregation"
"The Pretender"
"Learn to Fly"
"My Hero"
"Big Me"
"Alone + Easy Target"
"Kids in America"

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Posted: 20 April, 2015

2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

The event was packed with rock super stars to honour some of the greatest living and passed rockers.

Green Day Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 2015 Full Set & Induction Speech-

It's that time of year again when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honours some of the most esteemed rock stars with the inductees including: Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers and more.

Honouring the life of one of rock's most unique talents, Patti Smith gave a great speech to posthumously induct Lou Reed - his wife accepted the award.

Also on the night Fall Out Boy inducted Green Day and Miley Cyrus inducted Joan Jett & the Blackhearts who performed The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb" with Dave Grohl.

The Beatles beat man Ringo Starr also received an Award of Excellence which was presented to him by Sir Paul McCartney and also performed some Beatles classics, solo tracks and then an all in jam of Lou Reed's "I Wanna Be Your Man".

The Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney onstage together at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction


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Tags: 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett

Posted: 20 April, 2015

Mark Knopfler Plays 'The Last Post' In Memory Of Fallen Soldiers

A touching tribute to past war heroes.

Mark Knopfler's World War 1 guitar tribute for The Last Post project

'The Last Post' is an iconic and haunting tune that conjures thoughts of the massive sacrificies our servicemen and women have given.

With Anzac Day coming up a new project in the UK called 'The Last Post' Project is seeing everyday people uphold the tradition of playing the tune in as a way to create their own personal tribute.

Many people are getting involved including English guitarist, singer and songwriter of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler has decided to honour the fallen with his own touching electric guitar version of the tune.

"The First World War left its mark on families throughout the UK, and throughout the world. I'm playing the Last Post for 17,000 young men of the Northumberland Fusiliers who lost their lives. You too can remember through music with The Last Post project," said Knopfler.

Visit the website of 'The Last Post' Project here.

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Tags: Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, The Last Post Project

Posted: 17 April, 2015

Garbage Supply 'The Chemicals'

Watch the mind-melting clip for Garbage's new single 'The Chemicals'

(Photo by Brett Schewitz/Triple M)

Is it possible for a band that you’ve been listening to for the past 11 years to still give you chills with a new track?

F****** oath it is!

And Garbage’s new Record Store Day celebratory release ‘The Chemicals’ is an utter testament to that fact.

This track is a bloody riot of sexy-filthy guitars, bone-shattering beats, and Shirley’s distinctively bad-b**** vocals - and the clip is just as hard out grunge-core as the band has ever been.

Regular participants in the international music holy day that is Record Store Day (April 18th), Garbage are set to release ‘The Chemicals’ as a collectable 10-inch vinyl, but have dropped the video a day early to tempt our tastebuds with some chemical love.

Ride the Record Store Day glory train with Garbage.

Watch the video for ‘The Chemicals’ below:

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Posted: 17 April, 2015

New Nirvana Clip!

Watch Nirvana play a gig for two of the luckiest blokes alive

(Photo from Getty Images)

Once upon a time, two of the luckiest sons of a gun alive were privy to a private concert from Nirvana in some mum’s living room back in their baby-days. And we get to live vicariously through them with this fresh clip from the Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck documentary. 

The video opens with baby-Nirvana rocking out in the lounge room for these two lucky bastards, with a voice over simply stating: “If two people stopped by, we considered that a gig.”

Then we get to hear from Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who explains his first time meeting Cobain. “He was working at the time as a janitor,” says Novoselic. “But he’d always have to do some kind of art – usually defacing something. He never had, like, idle hands.”

Rough as guts and punk to the core, the clip is a prime demonstration of Nirvana’s raw musical roots.

And a bloody good reminder that sheer brilliance can be born from the smallest of starts.

Check out the clip below:

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck trailer:

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Posted: 17 April, 2015

Watch Lars Ulrich Destroying The Skins With Royal Blood

Ulrich joins Royal Blood on stage for an impromptu jam and it's f*cking great!

Lars Ulrich Joins Royal Blood Onstage (Live) - San Francisco, Slim's - April 15, 2015


Young guns Royal Blood have been one of our favourite new groups in the past year. 

Their brash, raw and loud sound harks back to the bad old days of rock and that's exactly why they're fucking great.

Something that gives us great joy is seeing young up and comers jamming with their idols, and who's bigger than none other than Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich!

The Danish drumming demi-god joined the boys on stage for their final track, "Out of the Black" at a San Fransisco concert.

With Lars taking over the drums it left Royal Blood drummer Ben Thatcher some time out to crowd surf while one of his idols destroys the skins.

RB will be out in Australia in the middle of the year playing the Splendour In The Grass festival.

Royal Blood - Out Of The Black (Official Video)

 

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Posted: 17 April, 2015

Barnesy Is Back!

Jimmy Barnes is back on the road with a national tour

(Photo by Triple M)

Barnsey is back!

Packing his bags and hitting the road once again, Jimmy Barnes has just announced his national Flesh and Wood Acoustic Tour 2015.

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Posted: 17 April, 2015

Black Sabbath Feud

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward demands a public apology from Ozzy

(Photo from ultimateclassicrock.com)

In a feud to rival the fury that is the Carlton Blues vs. the Collingwood Magpies, founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been hard at it with front man Ozzy Osborne since 2012, and refuses to budge without a public apology from his former friend.

“With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved,” wrote Ward on his Facebook page.

The feud has been fuelled even more so since the Black Sabbath 2012 group reunion, which Ward opted out of for “unsignable contractual reasons”.

But now, with rumours flying around online of another album and tour in the works, it seems the feud has flared once again.

Ward doesn’t let us in on exactly what Ozzy said to tick him off so, but there has been a hoard of insults thrown Ward’s way from Ozzy over the years.

Arguably, one of the most offensive public statements Ozzy made was when he called Ward “incredibly overweight”.

“I don’t think he could have done the gig, to be honest. He’s incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He’s already had two heart attacks. I don’t want to be responsible for his life,” he jabbed in a 2013 interview with the New York Daily News.

Ward made sure to explain that he has “neither severed nor discontinued” his involvement with the band for good, but reiterates, “Because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassable dilemma being addressed.”

“I didn’t know Bill was having these issues when we got together – he never mentioned it to us,” said Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi in a Rolling Stone interview in 2012. “It was quite confusing. We wanted him involved, but it was just getting too hard.”

But Ward’s absence has never held Sabbath back, and probably never will. The band decided to continue working on their last record ‘13’ with Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk, and brought Ozzy’s solo drummer Tommy Clufetos with them on tour.

Still, is Sabbath really Sabbath without him? 

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Posted: 17 April, 2015

Rare Neil Finn 'Mini Tour'

Neil Finn to play rare Melbourne and Sydney solo sets

(Photo from Getty Images)

Song writing treasure Neil Finn has just announced that he’ll be sorting us out with a pair of rare, cosy performances in Melbourne and Sydney in May this year.

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Posted: 16 April, 2015

The Wombats 'Glitterbug'

The boys are back with the chart smashing album 'Glitterbug'

(Photo from The Wombats Facebook)

They were just announced as a headliner act for the mega Splendour In The Grass 2015 festival, and now the English rockers from The Wombats are going hard with all bets on that they’ll take out the number 1 spot on this week’s ARIA Album Charts with new release ‘Glitterbug’.

Triple M Melbourne’s Dangerous Dave chucked the record on the player to give us the lowdown on what’s turning out to quickly be one of the album’s of the year.

“English lads The Wombats are back in Australia for Splendour in July.  They have released their 3rd album ‘Glitterbug’ with some songs you may have heard before.  

“‘Your Body Is A Weapon’ was released 2 years ago for fans free on iTunes. The opening track ‘Emoticons’ is the perfect start if you dig the pop synth sounds from the 80’s.  Greek Tragedy – was hailed as ‘Hottest single of the Week’ by BBC Radio One.  

“Wombats drummer Dan Haggis says the best thing about that song was the amount of people who got in touch afterwards and said they could relate to it. It’s a synthy, dramatic love song. 

“’Glitterbug’ has already debuted strongly in Australia, number 3 on the iTunes album charts and number 1 in the UK.  Fans will be hoping for more shows outside the Splendour gig in July.”

- Dangerous Dave, Triple M Melbourne

Hit the jump below to grab your copy of 'Glitterbug' now!

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