Soundgarden recently premiered their first new song in over 15 years — a hooky, not-too-heavy number titled "Live to Rise" — and now they're offering the track as a free download. Head here to get your copy now.
Ever since that one-off show back in January with former vocalist Scott Weiland, things have been dead silent in the Velvet Revolver camp — thanks in large part to Duff's book tour, Slash's new solo album and the impending induction of Guns N' Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Well before it was officially announced, the co-headlining tour — now dubbed Heritage/Hunter — featuring Mastodon and Opeth was already generating tour of the year-level buzz around the rock/metal community. While the three bands are exceedingly different in style, their fan bases have a surprising overlap, save for maybe the most prog-happy of Opeth's fans and the most mainstream of Mastodon's.
Tedeschi Trucks Band will release their first live album, Everybody's Talkin', on May 22. The double CD, which was recorded in October during the band's Revelator World Tour, was produced by Derek Trucks, mixed by Jim Scott and engineered by Bobby Tis. It features a mix of originals and covers of rock, R&B and gospel classics.
In pursuit of becoming a better, more well-rounded musician, I believe the most essential tool for any guitar player to utilize is live performance. While that may sound painfully obvious, I have encountered many talented "bedroom shredders" who find it impossible to translate their woodshed chops to the stage environment.