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The great songs of 2020 were as abundant as the rest of the year was a drag. Think of these 100 jams as a silver linings playlist for the worst year of our collective lives. For more, go to: NPR.org (Source)
“This song is about the experience of an inner-city Christmas — a story beautifully told by these two amazing artists,” singer says For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)
Just in time for Xmas, an all-new Metallica Monopoly edition For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)
THE OFFSPRING has just released the official music video for its Bob Rock-produced cover version of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”, a rock song originally sung by Darlene Love and included on the 1963 seasonal compilation album “A Christmas Gift For You” from Phil Spector. Says THE OFFSPRING frontman Dexter Holland: “It just seemed like the world could use a nice holiday song right now. We’ve always been huge fans of Darlene Love, so when the idea came up to do a Christmas song, we jumped at the chance to record that one…and tried not to wreck it!” This past April, THE OFFSPRING jumped on the “Tiger King” bandwagon by recording a cover version of THE CLINTON JOHNSON BAND‘s “Here Kitty Kitty”, a song made popular by Joe Schreibvogel — better known as Joe Exotic, the “Tiger King” — through the Netflix docuseries. The official music video accompanying the California rockers’ rendition of “Here Kitty Kitty” saw Holland and guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman abiding by social distancing regulations while sporting facial masks. They were accompanied on drums by someone wearing a tiger costume while a couple of “feline” friends keep things light for the band’s fans. THE OFFSPRING recently completed work on its long-awaited tenth album. The follow-up to 2012’s “Days Go By” was once again produced by Rock, who also worked on the band’s last two LPs.
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Julien’s Auctions held their annual Icons & Idols Trilogy: Rock ‘N’ Roll event on December 1st and 2nd. Instruments and other memorablia that were up for auction included items from artists including The Who, Bob Marley, Little Richard, Michel Jackson, Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mack, David Bowie, Eddie Van Halen and more…For more, check out: BraveWords.com (Source)
Hailing from the shores of Santa Cruz, Calirnia, modern heavy metal revivalist James Durbin is on the verge of releasing his boldest, heaviest album to date with the announcement of the debut album from DURBIN, “The Beast Awakens”. Coming February 12, 2021 via Frontiers Music Srl, fans can get their first taste of the album with the release of the official music video for the single “Kings Before You” featuring Chris Jericho (FOZZY) and Phil Demmel (ex-MACHINE HEAD, VIO-LENCE). Durbin is finally releasing the album he has always wanted to over the course of his decade long recording career. Combining his love of all things DIO, IRON MAIDEN and JUDAS PRIEST, Durbin set out to craft his own signature strain of fantasy inspired power metal for his debut DURBIN album, “The Beast Awakens”. “I’ve found a home for my creativity with Frontiers. They really share my vision for the type of metal I wish to create and we’re all excited to see where it will lead,” says Durbin. “Kings Before You”, the first single released from Durbin‘s forthcoming album, features Jericho and Demmel. For each of the solo sections on the remainder of the album tracks, Durbin called upon his own axe-wielding brethren to help out. Jon Yadon Jr., Marc Putnam, Dylan Rose and Nick Gallant all contributed guitar solos for the album. Due to the situation with COVID-19, the album was recorded largely remotely, with only Durbin himself, alongside his producer Ellison, occupying the recording studio. Durbin says: “The fact that the album sounds the way it does, with the way it was recorded, is a testament to the passion of everyone involved. I am very grateful for all the love and care that was given to my songs and I can’t wait to unleash my metal upon the world.” All the songs included on “The Beast Awakens” were written solely by Durbin himself. “2020 has been such a strange year for all of us,” he says. “Coincidentally, our shelter in place order happened just as I had begun writing for the album. It really forced me to write by myself and not rely on others to write the riffs for me. And then to write the lyrics and melodies too.” Once the songs were written and demoed by Durbin, he brought in the rhythm section of virtuoso drummer Mike Vanderhule (Y&T) and master bassist Barry Sparks (TED NUGENT, SCORPIONS, DOKKEN, B’Z). With Durbin handling the album’s rhythm guitars, his core lineup was complete. Durbin is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Many associate his name with his appearance on Season 10 of “American Idol”, where he was unabashedly flying the flag for heavy metal. In fact, on the finale, he appeared with undisputed metal gods JUDAS PRIEST for rousing renditions of “Livin’ After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law”. James has also worked and performed alongside many incredible musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Don Was, Zakk Wylde, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones, Mick Mars of MÖTLEY CRÜE, Bob Babbitt of THE FUNK BROTHERS and STEEL PANTHER, just to name a few. Durbin‘s signature vocal prowess and powerful stage presence have earned him stamps of approval and praise from rock and metal royalty like Steven Tyler, Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford and more. He has four full-length albums to his name, in addition to lending his voice to a handful of various albums. Durbin recorded two studio albums with QUIET RIOT — 2017’s “Road Rage” and 2019’s “Hollywood Cowboys” — during his three-year stint with the group. In September 2019, QUIET RIOT parted ways with Durbin and replaced him with Jizzy Pearl.
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The Anchoress’ second album, The Art Of Losing is out in March For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)
Deftones share Black Stallion track Teenager, remixed by Robert Smith from The Cure For more, check out: TeamRock.com (Source)
Stix Zadinia has revealed the existence of a previously unreleased STEEL PANTHER collaboration with Corey Taylor. The track, “Steel Panther Fucked My Girlfriend”, was originally written by STEEL PANTHER guitarist Satchel and was recorded with guest vocals by the SLIPKNOT frontman before being shelved for reasons that are not clear. A few years ago, the song ended up being covered by Wheeler Walker Jr., the alter ego of comedian Ben Hoffman, who made his version available on YouTube. Stix discussed the track in a new interview with “The Crash Report” podcast, saying that STEEL PANTHER “never played it. Somehow [Wheeler Walker Jr.] got a copy of it. We never released it. And there’s a version out in one of our hard drives with Corey Taylor singing it.” When the interviewer told Stix that STEEL PANTHER should release its version of “Steel Panther Fucked My Girlfriend”, Stix agreed. “We should,” he said. “We fucking should. You know what? I need to talk to Satchel about that. Corey Taylor sings ‘Steel Panther Fucked My Girlfriend’. It’s amazing. It sounds like the fucking EAGLES — the original version.” He continued: “Wheeler Walker did a version of it. The end product, the end result of it, I heard and I was, like, it’s cool and it was nice of him to wanna do, but when you hear our version of it, especially with Corey on it, you’ll be, like, ‘This sounds like the fucking EAGLES.'” Taylor has collabored with STEEL PANTHER several times before, both in the studio and in a live setting. Notably, he was featured on STEEL PANTHER‘s 2009 album “Feel The Steel”, singing “Death To All But Metal” and contributing backup vocals on “Asian Hooker” and “Eyes Of A Panther”. Zadinia told Juice magazine that Taylor attended some of the band’s shows in Hollywood, eventually getting up on stage with them. Stix described STEEL PANTHER as being “bros” with Taylor since then. The drummer added: “Plus, he looks great naked. You can print that.” In a 2014 interview with Revolver magazine, Taylor stated about STEEL PANTHER‘s “All You Can Eat” album: “It’s top to bottom so damn good. I would listen to it on the way to the studio to make the SLIPKNOT album [2014’s ‘5: The Gray Chapter’] every day. There’s nothing like driving through Hollywood listening to STEEL PANTHER. It’s so fulfilling in so many different, weird ways. They write amazing songs and that’s one of the reasons why they have the kind of legs that it takes for what they do keep going. They’re great musicians and they’re funnier than shit. They’re some of the smartest, funniest dudes I’ve ever met.”
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From his ‘Excalibur moment’ with the guitar to The Yardbirds to (re)inventing hard rock with Led Zeppelin and beyond, Jimmy Page’s journey has seen good times, bad times and everything
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