2018 is days away and for me there is one cover that typifies New Years Eve more than any other. And that is Jimi Hendrix, live at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1969, doing a killer version of Auld Lang Syne. I say let the confetti fall, pop the champagne, kiss the one you love, and krank the fuck out of this song on Sunday night!
I’m just rolling back into the studio after 5 days off for Christmas, and I missed a couple of videos over the last few days, maybe you did too! So here is the latest from Five Finger Death Punch, a very heavy video for their cover of the Offspring’s Gone Away. Then there is a sillier, lighthearted video from Papa Roach for the track Traumatic, which thankfully isn’t actually traumatizing.
The holidays are upon us and that usually puts people under a lot of stress with big crowds, family gatherings, gift expectations etc. So this week let’s chill out and have a little laugh at the guys from Psychostick who cover Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone. It’s Danger Zone, the tune from Top Gun, meets the silliness from Psychostick, what more can you ask for! Take a listen!
Since I forgot to post a cover last week I am throwing in three little bonus Psychostick covers this week. These aren’t full songs, just some TV show intros and a short cover tune from Invader Zim, enjoy!
Everything’s coming up Grammy for Avenged Sevenfold! It was recently announced that the band received a Grammy nomination for the tune The Stage and the band is releasing a digital only album next week called Live At The GRAMMY Museum. The 11 track album was recorded earlier this year and features the band strictly playing acoustic instruments and also features a small backing orchestra. As a teaser the band released a video for the Roman Sky, off their album The Stage, played for the first time live ever according to M. Shadows at the start of the video. Take a listen!
Today we got a sneak preview of one of the tracks off of the upcoming One More Light Live album from Linkin Park which comes out December 15th. This version of Crawling was recorded on their last tour before Chester Bennington took his own life. With just Chester’s vocals, a piano, and the audience backing him up the video gave me the chills. Linkin Park have created some outstanding tributes to Chester but it doesn’t make it any easier to remember that he won’t be creating new memories, like this, for his fans in the years to come.
I’m a fan of EP’s. Whether it’s a band releasing a few songs that they’ve recorded but don’t fit any future albums, or just a way to drop a few cover tunes that they are having fun with, I am all for the EP. In Flames seems to agree as they just released a new EP called Down, Wicked and No Good. It contains four covers ranging all the way from Nine Inch Nails to Chris Isaak and Depeche Mode. The band also covered Alice In Chain’s Down In A Hole. The tune sounds completely different vocally and instrumentally. But I think In Flames does a great job putting their own twist to it and making it there own. Take a listen!
The rock world was shocked Saturday to learn AC/DC founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young had passed away. Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses played with AC/DC on a long tour run last year, filling in for vocalist Brian Johnson, so it was no surprise over the weekend when he paid tribute to Malcolm at a stop in Sacramento. The band covered AC/DC’s Whole Lotta Rosie, take a look.
Both Green Day and Machine Head dropped new rock on our ears today. Green Day released the track Back In The USA from a new greatest hits album called God’s Favorite Band which also came out today. Take a look.
We also got the first new tune off of the upcoming album Catharsis from Machine Head, it’s called Beyond The Pale. The album drops in January and you can catch the band at the Summit Music Hall in February.
Recently we announced that Jane’s Addiction will be in Denver playing the Ogden just a few days before New Years Eve. I went looking and found this great cover of Sympathy For The Devil off of Jane’s self-titled live album which came out in 1987. The tune was originally a Rolling Stones hit and the cover was used some years later for an episode of Sons Of Anarchy on FX. G’N’R also covered the track for the film Interview With A Vampire. It’s a great tune, no matter who is singing it. Stop wasting time and hit play.