It’s been quite a while since I did a full Rock And Metal News post so I figured I would let you in on some stuff that has happened in the rock and metal world. We are going to start with some concert news because the summer is almost here and it’s gathering to be a good one this year. Tomorrow (April 17) tickets to the 2015 Rockstar Mayhem Festival with Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, and so many more go on sale to the general public at 10AM Eastern Time. The Deftones just announced that they are heading out on a summer trek with Incubus as co-headliners with special guests Death From Above 1979 and The Bots. Tickets for that tour will begin selling on April 25TH with select dates selling on other days. Check out the tour dates below:

7/22 — Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre*
7/23 — Tinley Park, Ill. — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre***
7/25 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center
8/4 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center
8/5 — Wantagh, N.Y. — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/7 — Mansfield, Mass. — Xfinity Center*
8/8 — Camden, N.J. — Susquehanna Bank Center
8/9 — Charlotte, N.C. — PNC Music Pavilion
8/12 — Atlanta, Ga. — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/13 — Tampa, Fla. — MIDFLORDIA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/14 — West Palm Beach, Fla. — Coral Sky Amphitheatre
8/16 — New Orleans, La. — Bold Sphere Music at Champion’s Square +
8/17 — Austin, Texas — Austin360 Amphitheater
8/19 — Houston, Texas — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion pres. by Huntsman**
8/20 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion**
8/24 — Morrison, Colo. — Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
8/26 — Mountain View, Calif. — Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/30 — San Diego, Calif. — Sleep Train Amphitheatre

(* on sale April 25, ** on sale May 1, + on sale May 8, *** Death From Above not on this show)

temple-of-the-dog-4fdd4c5327bf2On this day in rock/metal history: On April 16, 1991, a supergroup by today’s standards (not at the time) released an album on this day that was simply amazing. Temple Of The Dog which featured Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard (Mother Love Bone), Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), and Matt Cameron (Soundgarden) all came together to pay tribute to fallen Mother Love Bone vocalist Andrew Wood who passed away on March 19, 1990 from a heroin overdose. Chris talked about the origins of the project and the songs he wrote with Seattle station KISW-FM, “I figured it would be this great thing, because I would be away from home and I wouldn’t have to look at places where I saw him or see things that would remind me of him and I thought it would be really great but it was awful because I couldn’t talk to anybody. So I started writing songs. That was the only thing I could really think of to do. The songs I wrote weren’t really stylistically like something my band Soundgarden would be used to playing or be natural for us to do, but it was material that Andy really would have liked, so I didn’t really want to just throw it out the window or put it away in a box.” After that he reached out to the members of Mother Love Bone, “I was getting to be friends with these guys before he died, actually, and it just seemed like maybe it was a good idea,” said Cornell. “So anyway, these guys had material that they had worked on before and since he died. It sort of at first was this requiem thing but it ended up just sort of being, ‘Let’s make a record,’ this cool collaboration and that’s what it sort of turned out to be, really.” The rest is history and the albums lead singer Hunger Strike was a huge hit and Cornell talks about bringing Vedder into the track, “[Eddie] was at one of our rehearsals for Temple of the Dog because he had flown up here. It was the week he was trying out for [Pearl Jam] I guess, and he told me afterwards that he really liked that song and the thing about that song among a couple of others that were stylistically the vocals really weren’t anything that I had done before, on a record anyway. It wasn’t really the way I was used to singing, and I thought his voice suited that song really well and I thought it would be a great duet … He sang half that song not even knowing that I’d wanted that part to be there and he sang it exactly the way I was thinking about doing it, just instinctively.”

Slipknot-Corey-Taylor-Premium-630x420How can an artist ever rank their own record? That’s like telling people who your favorite kid is all the way to your least favorite one, it’s a difficult task to do especially when almost every single record you put out is a successful one. Well, that is what Slipknot singer Corey Taylor recently did when he spoke to Noisey about his least favorite to favorite record out of all the five albums they have put out. How did he pick? Well, let’s just say that he picked the self title debut as the number one record saying, “We went into that album so young and green and just ecstatic to make our first album, after we recorded it was like, ‘Well now what?’ We had to wait six months just to see what happened. We got added to Ozzfest ’99 at the last second. True story. We’re out in Malibu on top of a mountain. Nine a–holes from Iowa, no idea what the f–k we’re doing. [Laughs] With this mad scientist, Ross Robinson, helping us create this crazy f–king album. Really it was a blank check, metaphorically we were playing with house money. Nobody knew what would happen.” To see the rest of Taylor’s thoughts on why he ranked them the way he did and various other tales, just click here. Otherwise check out the ranking below:

Corey’s Top 5

5. All Hope Is Gone (2008)
4. Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses (2004)
3. Iowa (2001)
2. .5: The Gray Chapter (2014)
1. Slipknot (1999)

Manson As Pope

Manson As Pope

Marilyn Manson has been making quite the name for himself lately as an actor after a successful run on the last season of Sons Of Anarchy when he played Ron Tully. Now the shock rocker is going to be playing a hitman named Pope in the independent crime drama Let Me Make You A Martyr. The film is being shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma and it also stars Mark Boone Jr. and Niko Nicotera who also starred in Sons Of Anarchy while the film is being directed by John Swab and Corey Asraf. The film apparently is a revenge thriller about two adopted siblings that want and plan to kill their abusive dad. The films Facebook page (which you can view here) describes the film as, “A story chronicling the consequences of abuse and betrayal while exploring the choices human beings make as a result of fear, love, lust, and hatred.” I’m not 100% positive about when the film is going to be released, but as soon as I find out that information, I will be sure to share it with everyone as I want to see it myself. Speaking of summer tours, Manson will be out on the road with The Smashing Pumpkins this summer and you can check out those dates below:

7/7 — Concord, Calif. — Concord Pavilion
7/9 — Irvine, Calif. — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/10 — Las Vegas, Nev. — The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
7/11 — Phoenix, Ariz. — Comerica Theatre
7/13 — Morrison, Colo. — Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/15 — Dallas, Texas — Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/16 — Houston, Texas — NRG Arena
7/18 — San Antonio, Texas — Freeman Coliseum
7/19 — Austin, Texas — Austin City Limits Live
7/20 — New Orleans, La. — Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
7/22 — Miami, Fla. — Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
7/24 — Tampa, Fla. — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/25 — Atlanta, Ga. — Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/26 — Raleigh, N.C. — Red Hat Amphitheater
7/28 — Boston, Mass. — Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/29 — Holmdel, N.J. — PNC Bank Arts Center
7/31 — Wantagh, N.Y. — Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/1 — Mashantucket, Ct. — Foxwoods Resort Casino
8/2 — Camden, N.J. — Susquehanna Bank Center
8/4 — Toronto, Ontario — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/5 — Clarkston, Mich. — DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/7 — Chicago, Ill. — FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
8/8 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Riverbend Music Center


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