2017’s Record Store Day, basically Christmas, falls on April 22nd this year. Today a list of all of the releases were posted to the Record Store Day website! Some of the bands you can see exclusives from include Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Jane’s Addiction, Motorhead, The Offspring, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Thrice among others.
Of the different releases mentioned one of the biggest will be the Motorhead two LP Clean Your Clock picture disc which contains one of the last performances of Motorhead before Lemmy passed away. The show was recorded in Germany at the end of 2015 and will go fast with only 1,500 copies available nationwide! I don’t know about you but I’m tempted to get in line now!
Let’s say you’re in the Hard Rock Cafe in Helsinki, Finland and 4 dudes get on stage and start kranking out the tune Nightmare from Avenged Sevenfold. Would you; A) get up and leave, B) run to the front of the stage and start rocking out, or C) turn off the instruments? Turns out, if you’re from Helsinki the answer is A and C, even if the guys playing the Avenged Sevenfold song were Avenged Sevenfold! The band was in Helsinki recently and captured the impromptu jam session which resulted in the locals leaving and the staff killing the song. In the town’s defense the band hadn’t warmed up nor sound checked so they weren’t at the top of their game with the borrowed instruments. But still, it’s AVENGED SEVENFOLD!
Linkin Park is not a band known for doing cover songs. So when they do cover a song it should be good. They prove that with their cover of Nine Inch Nail’s Wish. Originally released in 1992 on the Nail’s EP Broken. The video that I found with Linkin Park covering it comes from the German Rock Am Ring festival from 2004. Check out the size of the crowd! Rock Am Ring is one of the premier festivals in Europe and Linkin Park gets the entire place going, you definitely need to see it!
Metallica is currently on their gigantic 18-month world tour, which takes a stop in Denver on June 7th, and last Sunday at their stop in Mexico City they decided to premiere their new tune Dream No More for the first time live! The track is off the new album Hardwired… To Self Destruct. Check out the pro-shot footage which was posted to the Metallica YouTube channel last night.
I was reminded of this cover when DevilDriver came through Denver recently and it struck me that for some reason I have never featured it even though it was extremely popular just a few years ago. The original version of Sail was a smash hit for the band AWOLNation (another band that combines two words into one band name). The DevilDriver version takes the heavily electronic original and throws some mean, loud licks into instead. Let me apologize for getting the song stuck in your head for the rest of the night, this one is catchy.
Today Avatar dropped a space themed video for their latest tune, New Land, off their most recent album, Feathers & Flesh. Even though the video takes place in space it isn’t a slick and futuristic video, in fact it kind of reminds me of The Smashing Pumpkins video for Tonight, Tonight, which took a space approach but with an old fashioned feel. Check out the video for the catchy tune!
Red Hot Chili Peppers + Black Sabbath, it’s like Oz’s wet dream. There’s not much to say about this instrumental cover of War Pigs, except that the Chili Peppers put their signature funky spin on the metal god’s tune. Check it out!
If you didn’t know Tantric bassist Scott Wilson calls Colorado Springs home and you can often catch him between Tantric shows at Sunshine Studios Live where he produces music for both local and national acts. So I was excited when I saw that he is hitting the road again with Tantric lead singer Hugo Ferreira, drummer Mike Smith, and new guitar player Brian Bonds. I don’t know a lot about Brian, but he has a mohawk so he has to be an awesome guy! The band is hitting the road with Puddle of Mudd this Spring and although there aren’t any Colorado dates on the tour itinerary yet I have to cross my fingers and hope we get a Tantric show here soon. Maybe you remember the killer show with them and Trapt last summer? There are rumors going around that the band will be opening up for a yet to be named band on a big arena tour this summer. So we’ll have to wait and see, in the meantime you might even catch Scott hopping on stage at shows in town if he has the itch to jump on stage and slam some bass at our ears.