Up until today, I was pretty much convinced that Axl Rose was hiding in California or dead. I was half right. Axl’s been pretty much avoiding any chances of doing publicity for Guns N Roses’s “Chinese Democracy” which came out in November until he recently opened up to Billboard. In the interview, Axl bashes Interscope records, critics, fans who want him and Slash to play together again, and the media. It’s a fun read! Check it all out here.
Tickets go onsale this morning for the blockbuster Papa Roach/Buckcherry show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The bands are already playing a bunch of shows throughout the spring but this is the first one that’s coming through the NY/NJ area. On other dates, you can catch Avenged Sevenfold and Saving Abel too. This show will be on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, so there will be a lot of drunk New Jerseyans (be careful out of towners).
You can get tickets to the show today at 9am by clicking HERE. The presale code is: PAPACHERRY (If for any reason that doesn’t work, try 2DRUNK)
Presale tickets have gone onsale today for almost all of the dates on Travis’s spring tour in support of their new album Ode To J. Smith that came out in November here in the US. The first show at the Henry Fonda Theatre seems to be sold out. The Webster Hall show in NY should sell out too so make sure that you get your tickets soon. The presale password should be: JSMITH. You can also get tickets to the NY show if you’re an American Express cardholder. Here’s the rest of the info below:
In what could potentially be one of the biggest ways to screw you out of getting concert tickets to see your favorite acts, Live Nation and Ticketmaster are in talks to merge. You know by now that Live Nation promotes most of the concerts out there and launched their ticketing system this year (and how much it blows. Ask Phish Fans). Apparently, Live Nation has made a lot of risky business moves (U2, Madonna, etc) and needs help. Ticketmaster, which acquired Frontline Management, is still the papa bear in the ticketing industry and would most likely be taking in Live Nation (although no confirmation from either side). For a full analysis on the merger, AEG Live potentially being involved and more (no more 10AM presales, service charges?), check out this Billboard.biz article.
For those of you MCR fans who’ve been aching to hear something new, this is for you. My Chemical Romance has covered the Bob Dylan classic “Desolation Row” for the upcoming soundtrack to the movie Watchmen. Well the video is out for the song and we have it plus a special message from lead singer Gerard Way. You can pick up the soundtrack to Watchmen (Warner Sunset/Reprise Records) on March 3rd. Check out the video and Gerard’s message below:
“Firstly, I’d like to point out that we have never recorded a song for a film. We have allowed a couple of our songs to be used in trailers or end-credits, but since we are usually pretty busy with either recording or touring there has never been time to do something like this before, and even this was kind of tight, as we started it before even finishing our last tour. There have been other offers to do this kind of thing, and usually the timing always made it impossible, but more often than not the project never seemed to fit the band, and we have always passed. But when the chance came to do a cover of one of my favorite artists, Bob Dylan, for a film version of my favorite work of fiction of all time we had to jump at the chance.
Sometimes an interviewer will ask a musician “What’s the one record or musical experience, like a concert, that made you want to make music?”. Usually people will mention some sort of 7 inch record or a show they saw in a basement that really changed their lives, got them into punk rock, and shaped the way they looked at the world. For me it was Watchmen. At 15 years old, just as I was discovering The Misfits “Walk Among Us” I was reading the first chapter of the graphic novel. It is the one thing I can pinpoint that shaped my views and aesthetics, even down to the way I dressed at the time, not that I walked the hallways in a stained brown trench coat, but I definitely chose more antisocial articles of clothing, like an army jacket, picked up after watching Taxi Driver for the twentieth time, a film I was lead to by the comic. So I would definitely say it’s pretty important to me and the band.
The talks started about the same time as Projekt Revolution, and I remember getting on the phone with Zack, who was as excited as I was, somewhere in the middle of the desert as out bus rolled to the next venue. We talked about the comic and he asked what I felt the approach to the song should be, which was to take a cue from Jim Carroll, who is not only the author of The Basketball Diaries but also a musician, and a pretty great one at that. On his album, Catholic Boy, he has a song called “People Who Died”, which I love, as does Frank, as he always includes it in our “Front Of House Mixes” you would hear during set-change during one of our concerts. Zack responded to this approach right away, as he actually used that song to end his remake of “Dawn Of The Dead”, which I had totally forgotten about, even though the whole band saw it on opening night and loved it. So the tone was decided upon and then came the length, which initially Zack wanted to be the full version of Dylan’s.
Now, I would consider myself a pretty big Dylan fan, especially after having worked with Scott Allie on my comic, as he really got me into him even more than I was before. And while I didn’t want to alter the song at all, I found that I had to, due to the new approach and the aggressive nature of the cover. There was simply no way I felt you could make it feel like a trashy punk song and play it for ten minutes…I think it’s impossible to keep that kind of energy up without either burning out or boring yourself, as anyone will note that most Ramones songs don’t exceed three minutes, and there’s a reason for that. Down-strummed til your wrist breaks! Fast and fucking hard!
So back at a hotel in Arizona I sat in a hotel and did a rough arrangement, which clocked in at around 2:40, and I paid careful attention to the lyrics, while losing some of my favorite verses I managed to keep the ones I felt were represented by Alan Moore in the comic. We then started playing the song at sound check, and had so much fun doing it that we decided to play it live, to get warmed up for the recording.
We did some initial tracking in Nashville and then just lived with it for a while. When crunch time came, and after seeing some of the film, I became increasingly unhappy with my vocal performance, and we felt we could get more out of the guitars. So we asked our friend Rich Costey to help us finish the track and get some new sounds, which he did, in NYC at Electric Ladyland, with the addition of some sweet old Marshall Plexi’s, to get a kind of Sex Pistols tone, and we had a blast.
And thats pretty much the story of the song. We’re really proud of it, and really excited you finally get to hear it.
PS- Special thanks to Bob Dylan for letting us cover the song and for not getting really mad at us for hacking out some of the best lyrics ever written.”
Bruce Springsteen just played one of the MOST ENERGETIC Super Bowl half time shows ever. Bruce and the E Street Band performed “10th Avenue Freeze Out”, “Born To Run”, “Working On A Dream” which flowed into “Glory Days”. “The Boss” seemed to be having a blast and even did the “Power Slide”. Tomorrow tickets go onsale for all of his spring US shows. Videos are below the tour information:
Wed, 04/01/09 HP Pavilion At San Jose San Jose, CA BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Fri, 04/03/09 JOBING.COM ARENA Glendale, AZ BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Sun, 4/5/2009 Frank Erwin Center Austin TX BUY TIX
Tue, 4/7/2009 BOK Center Tulsa OK BUY TIX
Wed, 4/8/2009 Toyota Center Houston TX BUY TIX
Fri, 04/10/09 Pepsi Center Denver, CO BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Wed, 04/15/09 Los Angeles Sports Arena Los Angeles, CA BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Tue, 04/21/09 TD Banknorth Garden Boston, MA BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Wed, 04/22/09 TD Banknorth Garden Boston, MA BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Fri, 04/24/09 XL CENTER Hartford, CT BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Sun, 04/26/09 Philips Arena Atlanta, GA BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Tue, 4/28/09 Wachovia Spectrum Philadelphia PA BUY TIX
Wed, 4/29/09 Wachovia Spectrum Philadelphia PA BUY TIX
Mon, 05/04/09 Nassau Coliseum Long Island, NY BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 09:00 AM)
Tue, 05/05/09 John Paul Jones Arena Charlottesville, VA BUY TIX
Fri, 05/08/09 Bryce Jordan Center University Park, PA BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Mon, 05/11/09 Xcel Energy Center Saint Paul, MN BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Tue, 05/12/09 United Center Chicago, IL BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Thu, 05/14/09 Times Union Center Albany, NY BUY TIX
Fri, 5/15/09 Hersheypark Stadium & Star Pavilion Hershey PA BUY TIX
Mon, 05/18/09 Verizon CenterWashington, DC BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Tue, 05/19/09 Mellon Arena Pittsburgh, PA BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 10:00 AM)
Thu, 05/21/09 IZOD Center East Rutherford, NJ BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 09:00 AM)
Sat, 05/23/09 IZOD Center East Rutherford, NJ BUY TIX (on sale:Mon, 02/02/09 09:00 AM)