Soundgarden Heading Into the Studio, New Album Slated for 2016

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayill has revealed the band will start work on their seventh album in the coming weeks.

The follow-up to 2012 comeback King Animal is expected next year – although very little detail has been established.

Thayill tells the Sydney Morning Herald:

‘No studio has been chosen and no songs are written yet. We’ll spend a month or more working on it – it’s definitely going to happen.’

He adds that he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if the band reunite with producer Adam Kasper, who worked on King Animal with them.

Discussing their approach to songwriting, Thayill says:

‘Soundgarden has always written its own rules. We aren’t a meta-rock band that write rock songs about rock. We do our own thing – and that’s what works for us.

‘We don’t write radio hits. You can’t dance to our songs. And that’s why we are Soundgarden.’

Soundgarden are taking part in this year’s Soundwave touring festival in Australia. Their last release was rarities collection Echo Of Miles in November.

Jimmy Page Shares a Led Zeppelin Cover by Some Kids

Well, not just any kids: The Louisville Leopard Percussionists have received a huge Facebook endorsement for their xylophone-driven run through a series of Led Zeppelin classics.

Page shared the link out to his 1.6 million followers:


Def Leppard Not Playing New Music For Summer Tour

Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott said the band will absolutely not play new music during their upcoming tour with Styx and Tesla.

Elliott doesn’t want poor quality versions put on YouTube.  He wants fans to hear the songs for the first time when they are completed and not a crappy version from an iPhone.

He also shot down any chance of the three bands performing together.

The 48 city trek begins June 23rd in Tampa, Florida and ends October 4th in Bismarck, North Dakota.


A Little More Noise: Stewart Copeland Jams with Neil Peart, Members of Tool, Vertical Horizon & SOUTH PARK [VIDEO]

Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland is known to host some epic jams at his Super Grove studio, but a recent session might come close to topping them all.

In a video posted Monday, Copeland is joined by Rush drummer Neil Peart, Tooldrummer Danny Carey, South Park co-creator Matt Stone and Vertical Horizonfrontman Matt Scannell, all working together on a jazzy track called “A Little More Noise.”

The clip kicks off with Pert asking his co-conspirators if they’d like to make “a little more noise” and then Pert and Carey launch into the rhythms, eventually filled in by Copeland on guitar, Scannell on bass, Stone on percussion and Pert’s words echoing in the background.

On the video’s YouTube page, Copeland explains that a few days later more musicians came by to fill in horns and eventually the piano came as an afterthought.

Copeland’s Super Grove jams have been going on since 2008, as Rolling Stonereports, when the Police reunion tour ended. He’s played with Ben Harper,Primus‘ Larry LaLonde and Les ClaypoolSystem of a Down‘s Serj TankianTaylor Hawkins of Foo FightersSnoop Dogg as “Snoop Lion” and many more in this time.

Watch the video here:


Jon Bon Jovi a ‘Dozen Songs In’ to New Album

Jon Bon Jovi is working on new music.  The Bon Jovi frontman has revealed that he has about “a dozen” songs in the works for the new project, according to People magazine.

Bon Jovi shared the news during Fashion Week while he was curating a show at the Kenneth Cole clothing store in the Soho section of Manhattan.  He added that he had been in the studio “all day working on the new record.”

“I walked here from the studio,” he said.

The singer added that the new music he’s working on has been inspired by events in the news.  “I just read the paper, it gives you an opportunity to write something,” he explained.  “It’s early but I’m about a dozen songs in.  I feel good.”

Jimmy Page to Host Live Event for ‘Physical Graffiti’ Reissue, Release Box Set of Film Compositions

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page will be on hand on Thursday, February 19, for a special playback event of the group’s seminal album, Physical Graffiti, to be held at Olympic Studios in London, in celebration of the upcoming deluxe reissue of the album.  The site was chosen to host the event because portions of Physical Graffiti were recorded at the studio.

The deluxe edition of the reissue will be played in full, and Page will participate in a special fan Q&A session that will follow the playback.  The whole event, which starts at 2 p.m. ET, will be streamed live online at Yahoo! Live, and also will be viewable via the Yahoo Screen app.  The Physical Graffiti reissue will be released on February 24.

In other news, a compilation collecting material from the film soundtracks Page has composed is set for release.

Sound Tracks by Jimmy Page — a special edition box set — will combine compositions for the films Lucifer Rising andDeath Wish II along with additional archival material and never-before-heard tracks.

“The archive material and work included here serve as an illustration of the ongoing process at the time of these two projects,” Page wrote on his website.

The package also includes a 36-page booklet containing written track-by-track insight from Page. The set, which will be released on March 6, is available for pre-order on his website.


Police, Tool, Rush Drummers Record Jam Session

Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland teamed with Rush’s Neil Peart, Tool’s Danny Carey, South Park co-creator Matt Stone and Vertical Horizon frontman Matt Scannell to create a song “A Little More Noise.”

The song has a jazzy groove and features other musicians on the guitar, piano and horns. The song can be heard on his YouTube channel.

Copeland has been hosting jam sessions since 2008 when the Police reunion tour ended.

He has also worked with Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters, Serj Tankian from System Of A Down and Snoop Dogg.

Jack White Pens Open Letter Over Contract and Tour Rider Leaks

Jack White has published an open letter addressing the recent leaking of his tour rider and the media’s coverage of it. As previously reported, prior to White’s recent show at the University of Oklahoma, the student newspaper published the rocker’s contract with the school, as well as his tour rider. The latter included a few eye-raising items, including a no-banana policy and a step-by-step recipe for guacamole. White addressed the newspaper during the concert, saying,

‘Just because you can type it on your computer doesn’t make it right.’ Later, White’s booking agency WME reportedly told the university that it had been blacklisted from future concerts with WME artists.

In his open letter — titled ‘For god sakes. Are we all this bored?” — White chastised the media for its continued coverage of the story, which he described as nothing more than click-bait. He clarified that the guacamole recipe was his tour manager’s ‘inside joke,’ explaining, ‘It’s just something to break up the boredom, seeing who can make it best. Though i wouldn’t know because I’ve never had it. I can’t even make Kool Aid let alone cook any real food enough to have a ‘recipe.’ sorry, i don’t have that talent. As for the prohibiting of bananas, White attributed it to a food allergy suffered by someone involved in his tour.

White said he respects freedom of the press, ‘but never in my 20 years of playing shows has my contract and tour rider been published in the paper that I recall.’


dear journalists and other people looking for drama or a diva,

even in the age of the short attention span internet article, it’s still hard to believe you are STILL writing about this:

wow. classy.

seems like there’s a new rule number one for up and coming journalists: don’t let the facts get in the way of click bait. at the risk of incurring even more of this hoo haa (and i’ve definitely turned my cheek more than once lately) and even though our management sent out a letter to clarify this, and since this seems to be all anyone can ask me about lately, here’s the real deal, and hopefully it’ll explain this nonsensical scenario and we can move on with our lives. (or what have you).

first off, this is none of your business, but i have no specific demands in my dressing room. i know i could ask for lots of things but i actually don’t ask for ANYTHING. i take with me what i need, and that ain’t much. anything on the rider is for the band and the crew. this “guacamole recipe” is my hilarious tour managers inside joke with the local promoters, it’s his recipe, not mine. it’s just something to break up the boredom, seeing who can make it best. though i wouldn’t know because i’ve never had it. i can’t even make kool aid let alone cook any real food enough to have a “recipe.” sorry, i don’t have that talent.

bananas: did it occur to anyone someone on the tour might have an allergy to them? no? hmmm. one day some fantasy journalist out there will call someone in the biz and actually have a rider explained to them, maybe none of them have ever been on tour. oh well, let’s move on, first amendment issues: i fully believe in the freedom of the press (though the supposed search for truth from the press requires microscopes and a some morton salt), and i also defend anyone’s right to free speech (just look at my lack of respect for grammar in this letter and tell me i’m not for communicating freely) and i defend the right to free information in regards to public funds, but never in my 20 years of playing shows has my contract and tour rider been published in the paper that i recall.

do you know why we don’t do that or want that? a hundred articles about bananas, free speech, and guacamole is why; it’s because people don’t understand what a rider is or what the terms of a contract are. they’re out of their element, and you can’t blame them for it. and people who write about that know this. people WANT a rider to be a list of demands that a diva insists occur lest he or she refuse to play a note of music.

but in reality, it’s just some food and drinks backstage for the hundred workers and guests who have to live in a concrete bunker for 15 hours. some people bring their own living rooms on tour, some people ask for a huge spread. who cares? what you’re looking for is someone throwing a tantrum because they didn’t get their brown m and m’s, sorry to disappoint.

someone printed that i’m never going to oklahoma again? not true. i love oklahoma, that’s why i booked this show instead of playing chicago or atlanta for four times as much money. ask around in tulsa. i’ve been there at least three times on these last two albums. i love it there. our booking agent warned the college that other artists might not book shows there? of course they did, it’s bad business what that school paper did and really rude. of course they are going to tell them to wise up.

am i pissed at the students at oklahoma university? absolutely not. am i disappointed in young journalists at their school paper? absolutely. but i forgive them, they’re young and have learned their lesson about truth and ethics hopefully. all they have to do is google this to know that it’s not worth it. look for real problems instead next time. look for the truth, not fake drama. i got pissed during my show and berated the crowd? no. sorry, didn’t happen. i made jokes about the paper publishing that info, so which of us is thin skinned? they have freedom of speech but i don’t? at my show? ok. i guess the rules change for different people. the crowd were amazing and we played for 2 and a half hours that night. people were told to delete photos on their camera? i dont know much about that but it must be a miscommunication about what was public property at the college and the contract we had with the university to let us do our work in peace; but i’ll give you an example, if someone working at a theater we played at started taking pictures of all of our workers and our gear they’d probably get fired by their theater or promoter. sorry to the student paper budding press papparazzi on that one, but is this a tmz assignment or can you give us some peace while we try to put on a show for the students? give us a break man.

i know it’s a fun thing for people to try to turn me into a jerk and a diva, but in this case it’s pretty ridiculous and has almost nothing to do with me. my relationship with the fans at that show and how we got to a new place together through music remains intact and i’d love to do it again with them.

i think that’s everything, can i go back to making music now? no? ok. crochet it is.

jack white

Def Leppard Announces Massive US Summer Tour with Styx and Tesla

Def Leppard is set to cause some hysteria across the U.S. this summer. The veteran British rockers have announced dates for an expansive tour with special guests Styx and Tesla. The trek is scheduled to get under way on June 23 in Tampa, Florida, and is mapped out all the way through an October 4 show in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The tour features nearly 50 dates and includes stops in such major cities as Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Birmingham, Alabama; Kansas City, Missouri; Cincinnati; Nashville; Dallas; St. Paul, Minnesota; Louisville, Kentucky; and Denver; and well as in the New York City, Boston, Detroit, San Diego and Chicago areas. The trek also includes one Canadian show, a July 14 gig in Toronto.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott tells he’s looking forward to hitting the road with Styx and Tesla, noting that his group has “toured with both of these bands” in the past.

“Styx is a great bunch of guys and as American as mom’s apple pie all the way through,” he declares. “And we had Tesla on board when we did the Hysteria tour back in ’87; they were out for at least six or seven months with us before they went off to do their own thing. So it’ll be a great time on stage and backstage, I think.”

Tickets for the select shows go on sale to the public beginning Friday, February 20, at 10 a.m. local time via Pre-sale tickets will be available to Citi card members through Citi’s Private Pass program starting Wednesday, February 18, at noon local time. For more information about specific concerts, visit

Prior to the summer outing with Styx and Tesla, Def Leppard will head out on spring solo tours of Canada and Europe.

Here are all of Def Leppard’s forthcoming North American dates with Styx and Tesla:

4/15 — Penticton, Canada, South Okanagan Events Centre*
4/17 — Victoria, Canada, Save on Foods Memorial Centre*
4/18 — Vancouver, Canada, Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena*
4/20 — Dawson Creek, Canada, EnCana Events Centre*
4/22 — Calgary, Canada, Scotiabank Saddledome*
4/23 — Edmonton, Canada, Rexall Place*
4/25 — Lethbridge, Canada, Enmax Centre*
4/26 — Regina, Canada, Brandt Centre*
4/28 — Saskatoon, Canada, SaskTel Centre*
4/29 — Winnipeg, Canada, MTS Centre*
5/2 — Montreal, Canada, Bell Centre*
5/4 — Ottawa, Canada, TD Place Arena*
5/5 — London, Canada, Budweiser Gardens*
6/23 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
6/25 — West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
6/27 — Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
6/28 — Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/30 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/2 — Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/3 — Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/5 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
7/7 — Gilford, MD, Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook
7/9 — Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/11 — Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/12 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/14 — Toronto, ON, Canada, Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/15 — Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre*
7/17 — Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/21 — Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino*
7/23 — Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/24 — Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 — Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/7 — Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Campground*
8/8 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
8/10 — Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena*
8/11 — Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
8/14 — Sedalia, MO, Missouri State Fair
8/15 — Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair
8/17 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/18 — Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/21 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/22 — Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/23 — Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
8/27 — St. Paul, MN, Minnesota State Fair
8/28 — Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
8/30 — Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/1 — Allentown, PA, The Great Allentown Fair
9/3 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
9/4 — Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/5 — Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
9/16 — Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheater
9/17 — Ridgefield, WA, Amphitheater Northwest
9/19 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/22 — Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/23 — Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
9/25 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
9/26 — Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
9/28 — West Valley City, UT, USANA Amphitheater
9/30 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
10/2 — Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
10/4 — Bismarck, ND, Bismarck Civic Center

* = Def Leppard only.