The Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Experience app for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch is available now -- for free -- at the App Store. The app, created by Sony Music Entertainment and Experience Hendrix LLC, comes just in time for Hendrix's 69th birthday on November 27.
A lot of Judas Priest fans are still reeling over the departure of long-time guitarist K.K. Downing, who stepped down from the band before they began their recent Epitaph World Tour. Downing had been a part of Judas Priest for over 40 years at the time of his departure, having been a founding member of the band in 1970.
There are a lot of people who don't want to hear any sounds emanating from my mouth," says Steve Vai. That makes the news about Fire Garden, the guitar virtuoso's latest album, extremely shocking: Steve Vai sings.
While Seattle has certainly enjoyed its 15 minutes of fame as “the capital of grunge,” the city has also paid a heavy price for its rock and roll notoriety. A recent newspaper headline proclaimed it “Drug Town, U.S.A,” while a noted music critic estimated that “one in four Seattle musicians is involved with heroin.” Rolling Stone even went so far as to wryly note that heroin was “back on the charts,” and that Seattle, along with New York and Hollywood, was a hot spot for the drug.
Hollywood Undead’s latest release, American Tragedy, debuted at No. 4 and sold 70,000 copies during its first week of release in April. Impressive numbers for a second album, but not entirely surprising. As a new band, Hollywood Undead built an online presence via MySpace several years ago, setting up the foundation for their first album, Swan Songs A&M/Octone), which was released in 2008 and surprised both band and label with its chart longevity.
This past Saturday night, Michael J. Fox strapped on a red Gibson ES-335 and performed Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" -- just as he (as Marty McFly) did in the 1985 comedy Back to the Future. Except he wasn't actually playing the guitar in the movie, of course; he was just going through the motions, as actors tend to do.
RIP, Doyle Bramhall Sr., who passed away at his Texas home over the weekend at age 62. Doyle was a great drummer, singer and songwriter. He was also a dear friend, regular collaborator and huge influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan, as can be very clearly heard; it seems to me that when SRV started singing, he did his best to sound like his drumming buddy Doyle. Here’s a nice, short obit.
Whether or not Disturbed decide to get together in the coming months or years to work on a new record depends on how much the band members miss being away from each other. But one thing’s for sure: If they ever do decide to get back together, their record label will be waiting for them.