Music News March 31st
Scott Weiland’s Guitarist Jeremy Brown has passed away.
Weiland made a statement on his Facebook page saying he received a call from Brown’s family after the guitarist did not show up at a rehearsal on March 30. The band was scheduled to perform a record release show March 30 in Hollywood for their debut album Blaster, which comes out today (March 31).
“I am in shock right now, everyone that knows him is devastated,” Weiland wrote. “It is a terrible loss that goes beyond words. He is one of my best friends, a truest friend and one of the most gifted guitar players that I’ve ever known. A true genius. It’s impossible to explain how much he will be missed and what a hole this will leave in our hearts. A post on Facebook feels so trite and small compared to the love that I have for him and for the talent that has passed on but I felt it was necessary to at least start here. Please keep his family in your thoughts.”
Weiland met Brown in 2008 during the recording of Happy in Galoshes and they have worked together ever since. Brown was key in writing riffs for many of the Wildabouts songs and his guitar playing was a powerful voice in the band’s sound.
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Led Zeppelin get Interactive with Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin‘s interactive new video for “Brandy & Coke” – the rough mix of “Trampled Under Foot” that appeared on last month’s deluxe Physical Graffiti reissue – allows users to peer into windows in the building on the original cover. When the record originally came out, it showed two conjoined buildings from Manhattan’s East Village with die-cut windows, so the inner sleeves could either show the band’s name and album title or clip-art-style vignettes. The new clip takes it one step further.
After pressing play, a user can click on a window and use their keyboard arrows to peer into different windows on the album cover as the song plays. Some feature people singing along; others show scenes like a woman taking a shower in her underwear, a movie theater playing the song’s lyrics and a little boy rocking out in his messy bedroom. One room shows video of the band performing “Trampled Under Foot” at Earl’s Court in the mid-Seventies.
“All of us knew that it was a monumental piece of work, just because of the various paths that we’d trodden along to get to this,” guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, who remastered the record, told Rolling Stone about Physical Graffiti in February. “It was like a voyage of discovery, a topographical adventure.”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/see-led-zeppelins-voyeuristic-interactive-trampled-under-foot-video-20150331#ixzz3VygECXbZ
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The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson will hit the Road this Summer ‘The End Times’
Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson will be spreading Nineties angst and nostalgia across the United States this summer when they embark on their co-headlining tour dubbed, The End Times.
The 23-date trek kicks off July 7th at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California and concludes August 8th at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tickets will go on sale April 3rd, while more information will be made available on the Pumpkins‘ and Manson’s respective websites. A full list of tour dates is below by clicking the link.
The Gin Blossoms have been Named “The MOST 90’s Band of All Time”
After two weeks and six rounds of voting, the GIN BLOSSOMS came out on top. They beat out the SPICE GIRLS in the finals by taking 58% of the vote. Just like in the NCAA tournament, they started with a field of 64.
Joining the Gin Blossoms and the Spice Girls in the “Elite Eight” were: The Smashing Pumpkins, Hootie and the Blowfish, Stone Temple Pilots, Boyz II Men, TLC, and ‘N Sync.
Boyz II Men beat out TLC to get into the Final Four . . . Hootie took out STP . . . ‘N Sync ran into the Spice Girls . . . and the Gin Blossoms took out the Pumpkins.
The seeding was a little rough, because some deserving groups couldn’t even get out of the first round. Those included: Live, Bush, and Soul Asylum. For what it’s worth, the Gin Blossoms had a #1 seed.
Music News March 30th
The Guy Who Did “Spirit in the Sky” Was Critically Injured in a Car Crash
72-year-old Norman Greenbaum wrote and recorded “Spirit in the Sky“ in 1969, and on Saturday afternoon, he was badly injured in a car accident.
It happened in Northern California . . . Norman was the passenger in a car that turned left in front of a motorcycle, and the guy on the bike was killed. His passenger was critically injured too.
The guy driving Norman’s car wasn’t hurt. It’s unclear who was at fault, but the investigation is on going.
Listen to a Song from Ben Stiller’s ’80s Garage Band
Back in the early ’80s, BEN STILLER played drums in a garage band called CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. They self-released one album called “Roadkill” in 1982, and it was quickly forgotten. Until now.
It’s being re-released next fall by a label called Captured Tracks. There’s no word on an official release date. But they put a song called “Confusion“ on YouTube. It’s a little weird. Ben says they were listening to a lot of BRIAN ENO at the time.
Top Five Rock Songs about Imaginary Creatures
Loudwire.com has a list of the best songs about imaginary creatures, and not surprisingly JUDAS PRIEST is #1.
They gave it to “The Sentinel” . . . but since pretty much ALL of Judas Priest’s songs are about imaginary creatures, they also mentioned “Nightcrawler”, “Jugulator”, “Green Manalishi”, “Sinner”, “Exciter”, “Painkiller”, “Lochness”, “Invader”, “Grinder”, “Starbreaker”, “Demonizer”, and “Hellrider”.
Here’s the Top Five:
1. “The Sentinel”, Judas Priest
2. “Iron Man”, Black Sabbath
3. “Orgasmatron”, Motorhead
4. “The Thing That Should Not Be”, Metallica
5. “Godzilla”, Blue Oyster Cult
(The list is actually a Top 10, but it gets a little more obscure after these. Check out the whole thing, with brief write-ups on each, here.)
Today in Rock History and Celeb Birthdays!
Norah Jones is 36
Celine Dion is 47
Tracy Chapman is 51
MC Hammer is 53
Eric Clapton is 70 Only person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame THREE times . . . once solo, once with the Yardbirds, and once with Cream.
Graeme Edge is 74. Drummer for the Moody Blues
Not music but famous artist Vincent Van Gogh was born today in 1853 and passed in 1890.