As 1969 dawned, Jimi Hendrix had just come through three of the most incredible years of his life. In 1966, after years of struggling on the black entertainment chitlin circuit, he had been plucked from a New York nightclub by Chas Chandler, former bassist with British hit makers the Animals, and whisked off to London, England, home of the Beatles, Stones, Who, Cream and all things groovy in rock.
Kirk Hammett is wired and tired. It’s evening in Los Angeles, and in approximately one hour, Metallica will hit the stage of the Wiltern Theater to raise money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit music school for low-income students. While Hammett is psyched to be playing for this great cause, there is no denying that, at the moment, he’s draggin’ ass.
With his black work shirt, black jeans and big, black motorcycle boots, James Hetfield looks a little like a garage mechanic working the graveyard shift at a funeral home. His thoughts, like his outfit, are dark.
Canadian heavy metal quartet Bison B.C. released their fourth studio album, Lovelessness, October 22 via Metal Blade Records. Musically as well as lyrically, the six-track effort is more intense than the band's previous efforts and presents yet another facet of their creativity.
The creators of a new film dedicated to the electric guitar — and all the magic and mayhem that comes with it — need tens of thousands of dollars to buy music clearances for the clips in the film. And they've turned to a crowd-funding website, indiegogo.com, for help.
In the early 1980s, a few years before Russ Freeman gathered a bunch of his L.A. musician friends together to create the groundbreaking Rippingtons' debut Moonlighting, the multi-talented guitarist and composer spent time on TV sound stages listening to orchestras play.
Within hours of releasing the self-titled debut album from his new project, Bloody Hammers, singer Anders Manga was offered a record deal. As a career independent artist, Manga was well established and successful on his own terms but decided to take the plunge with SoulSeller, determining that they were the right company at the right time.
Among this morning's new releases are a pair of live products from Peter Frampton, both issued by Eagle Rock Entertainment. FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton came out on 2DVD/Blu-ray, and The Best Of FCA! 35 Tour was released as a 3CD set.