Sleeper wins are a funny thing. Take for instance The Karate Kid, 1984's surprise smash of the summer. Or who would have thought Rainn Wilson would outshine Steve Carrell and become The Office's breakout star?
It's no Grammy, but Yngwie Malmsteen seemed pretty pleased to receive a personalized set of Sharpie markers created in his honor. Malmsteen was honored by the company for -- well, they never really said why -- but it probably has something to do with the fact that company president Ben J. Gadbois is a huge fan.
It was early 2001 when Chuck Schuldiner’s headaches returned. Over the past year, he had begun to feel like his old self again—remarkable, considering that, just one year before, the death metal guitarist had nearly died. In early January 2000, doctors in New York City had managed to remove more than half of a cancerous tumor dangerously nestled at the base of his brain. Months of physical therapy followed while he recovered at home, in Altamonte Springs, Florida.
As the lights go down in New York City's Roxy music theater, a sinister, disembodied voice repeats hypnotically, over and over, a digital sample locked into an endless loop: "The whole thing I think is sick/The whole thing I think is sick/The whole thing I think is sick... "
What's not to like about Dave Grohl? The head Foo -- widely known as "the nicest man in rock" -- recently posted a heartfelt "thank you" to fans via the band's official Facebook page. The message reads as follow:
In a move that will only add fire to the speculation around Guns N' Roses upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it has been announced that Duff McKagan's Loaded will be opening for GNR on two upcoming U.S. tour dates.
For the last week, we've done our best to bring you clips of the four previously unreleased songs Metallica has debuted over the course of their 30th anniversary celebration. While Metallica fan club members already have downloads of all four tracks from the Death Magnetic sessions, Metallica has decided to release all four songs as a digital EP titled Beyond Magnetic.
Speaking with the legendary Texas guitarist as he prepares for his upcoming tour, Eric Johnson reveals much on his recording process, the musicians he works with and how he embraces music's ever-changing digital frontier.
I can't speak for anyone else, but I'd certainly feel pretty good if Jimmy Page went out of his way to shoot a video message to me on my 30th birthday. And that's exactly what the legendary guitarist did for Metallica, along with an impressive list of fellow musicians, including Slash, Aerosmith, Rush, Tom Morello, Slash, Green Day, Sammy Hagar, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kerry King and more.
So as most of you know by now, all the hype around Tool being in the recording studio was just that, and the recording sessions referred to in Tool's November newsletter were for drummer Danny Carey's side project, Volto.