“Know Your Enemy,” the first single from Green Day’s upcoming eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown, is available now. After teasing fans with a snippet of the track, the full version has finally hit iTunes for the world to hear.
21st Century Breakdown, which will be released by Reprise Records worldwide on May 15th, is the best-selling trio’s first studio album since 2004’s two-time Grammy Award-winning punk-rock opera American Idiot, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, and went on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide. In a recent feature, Rolling Stone called 21st Century Breakdown “even more ambitious than American Idiot” and “a record of die-hard punk ideals…tightly scripted, continually ascending classic-rock excitement.”
Get “Know Your Enemy” now on iTunes.
Legendary Bass Master Bill Sheehan has released his much anticipated third solo album entitled “Holy Cow!” on Mascot Records U.S.A. April 14th, 2009. The albums tracks showcase Sheehan’s immense talents as both a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist.
Billy Sheehan’s new release HOLY COW will has three mystery bonus tracks added only for the U.S.A. album version. These three exclusive tracks on the disc cannot be found anywhere else.
Sheehan pulled in top-notch arsenal with guest performances by Billy Gibbons on “A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To Ya Ev’ry Time”, Paul Gilbert (who played with Sheehan in Mr Big) on “Dynamic Exhilarator”, Dug Pinnick (Kings-X) on the song “Turning Point” as well as Ray Luzier on drums and shred master Tony MacAlpine.
Sheehan continues to stretch the boundaries of the bass guitar while showcasing his immense talent as a guitarist (Baritone 12 string and 6 string guitars) and singer. Look for a Billy Sheehan solo tour to promote this album in the very near future.
“Holy Cow” track listing:
01. In A Week Or Two (I’ll Give It Back To You)
02. Dynamic Exhilarator
03. A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To ‘Ya Ev’ry Time
04. A Bloodless Casualty
05. Make It To Another Day (I Keep Rolling On My Way)
06. Another Broken Promise
07. Just Another Humanoid
08. Turning Point
09. Two People Can Keep A Secret (If One Of Them Is Dead)
10. Theme From An Imaginary Science Fiction
11. Cell Towers
HDNet presents the premiere of “Motley Crue: Crue Fest One” on the HDNet Concert Series Sunday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Filmed in Toronto with thousands of screaming fans and a setting filled with pyrotechnics and fireworks, “Crue Fest One” is a fitting spectacle for this electrifying band.
The boys play “Dr. Feelgood,” “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away),” “Kickstart My Heart,” and “Same Ol’ Situation,” from their Dr. Feelgood disc. They also delve into some of their first hits like, “Shout at the Devil,” and “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and also perform music from their new album Saints of Los Angeles.
This concert captures all the decadence, energy, noise and sweat that was “Crue Fest One” – Motley Crue still can rock the house!
Sunday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET on HDNet.
For more information visit http://www.hd.net.
Mower Offer Update from Hedpe Tour
and Reveal New Album Title
Mower “Make It A Double” In Stores July 28th, 2009
San Diego, CA’s Mower are currently tearing up the US and shredding audiences alongside Hedpe on the “New World Orphans” Tour with Dirtball and DGAF. The band has checked in with the following update from the road:
“We’re happy to be back out on the road with our friends in (Hed)pe, they are totally destroying it these days. Every night Mower whips the crowd into pits, they’re screaming, chanting, having a great time and we leave the stage thinking we just saw the place go crazy,” says Mower’s Brian Sheerin. “Then (Hed)pe takes the stage with this catalog of songs everyone loves, great covers and they flip the whole crowd on its head. It’s amazing to see them in action and it ups our game every night. You add DGAF and The Dirtball to the mix and you get a really great value for your ticket money. We’re really happy to be a part of this one as the underground is where it’s at right now.”
Mower have titled their upcoming new album “Make It A Double” and set a July 28th, 2009 release date through Suburban Noize Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, CA with producer Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, 36 Crazyfists) and will include nine new Mower songs along with six songs by Mower’s jazz lounge alter-ego, Slower. Weaving together numerous musical styles from hard rock to jazz, Mower’s “Make It A Double” dives farther into the group’s hardcore roots to unleash their heaviest songs to date while experimenting with slower tempos, creepy riffs and hazy mellow tones on the Slower side of the album.
“With ‘Not For You’ our mindset was to write good songs in any style we felt like. Amongst all the punk, metal, industrial and whiskey tracks we did was this trippy jazz/lounge number called ‘L.A. Riot’, which was the genesis of our new alter-ego, Slower,” says Sheerin. “As ‘Make It A Double’ developed we created Slower songs by completely remanufacturing tracks from the first two albums and we were able to experiment with a new vibe. That allowed us to focus on making the new Mower material heavy across the board. “
MOWER ON TOUR WITH HEDPE:
Apr 15 Poplar Grove IL @ Chubby Rain House of Tunes
Apr 16 Madison WI @ The Annex
Apr 17 Milwaukee WI @ The Eagles Club (The Rave)
Apr 18 Neenah WI @ Revolutions Ballroom
Apr 19 Detroit, MI @ Harpos Concert Theatre
Apr 20 Indianapolis, IN @ Birdy’s
Apr 23 Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live
Apr 24 St. Petersburg, FL @ The State Theatre
Apr 25 Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field – WJRR’s Earthday Birthday
Apr 26 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Apr 28 Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s
Apr 29 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Apr 30 Little Rock, AR @ The Village
May 01 Kansas City, MO @ The Beaumont Club
May 02 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
May 04 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
May 05 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
May 06 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
It’s a question that I’ve heard before when listening to podcasts of the Classic Metal Show, but the interview that I listened to today with singer Glenn Hughes struck a chord. Are there any current bands that will stand the test of time, that will reach legendary status like their predecessors Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath? Hughes’ answer was simple: No. According to Hughes, “Metal is a dead animal in America.”
Why? Because there’s nothing really timeless or impressive about today’s rock bands. No one is breaking any boundaries or blowing us away. It’s heartbreaking and sad to watch this genre waste away to become corporate generated, money making, cookie cutter bullshit. As I’ve said a million times over, there is no soul in today’s music. There’s not one current band that has the balls to fill the shoes of its forefathers.
I’m not sure when the decline of rock started, but for me it started in the 90’s with the birth of bands like Limp Bizkit and Puddle of Mud. The 80’s still produced legends like Metallica and Motley Crue, but after grunge came and went, it felt like the driving force of rock left right along with it.
Did Limp Bizkit sound different than any other rock band I’d heard before? Yes. Did I like it? No. Was there any part of me that thought for one second that this band was creating some of the greatest music ever? Not a chance in hell. There weren’t any bands from then or now who I believe are creating one lick of music that will carry on the rock torch.
Chris Akin from the Classic Metal Show brought up a very good point during his interview with http://www.heavymetal.about.com, “When you think about when we grew up, how many bands did you discover simply by seeing them open for a big band? For me, the list is long, and encompasses almost every band that is part of my day to day listening. But now, there’s nothing on the horizon.” I guess I never stopped to think about how many great opening acts I used to see at shows compared to today. I went to see Motley Crue a couple of months ago and wasn’t impressed by any of the opening acts. But when I was in 9th grade, I went to see Skid Row and this kick ass band called Pantera opened. And Pantera may be one of the only bands from the 90’s who I would even consider an exception to the rule; they are legendary.
So what do we do? Where do we go? How do we save rock? I’m not so sure there’s an answer. My suggestion is to open your mind and ears to bands you’ve never heard before, underground bands, local bands and give them a chance and support them. I’m trying to expose myself to as much music as I can and trying to find new channels to find that music. Take a few minutes and listen to that band that’s trying to add you as a friend on myspace. Take a friend’s suggestion and listen to the band he saw the other night at some bar. If they’re worthy, pass the info on.
There’s got to be a band or two out there who has it in them to create some kick ass music that 50 years from now can at least rock at the same level as AC/DC or Aerosmith. I’d hate for future generations to look back on the 1990’s and 2000’s and think that Nookie was one of our greatest contributions to rock.
Am I totally deaf and stupid? Do you know of any bands who you think can carry the rock torch?