Entries tagged with: Duff McKagan
photo: Alice Cooper at Beacon Theatre in 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
We already learned that Lady Gaga is doing a Bowie tribute at the Grammys this year, and the other rock legend who recently passed away, Lemmy, will get one too. This one includes some people who were a little closer to Lemmy than Gaga was to Bowie. It's by Alice Cooper and his band the Hollywood Vampires, which includes Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan, and Johnny Depp, among others. Alice said to Rolling Stone:
"He was always funny," he continues. "I'm a 'healed' alcoholic and I haven't had anything to drink in 35 years. A lot of people that drink always feel a little bit like they owe an explanation to me. A couple weeks before his death, Lemmy came up to me and said, 'Alice, I've quit drinking.' And he's got a glass in his hand. And I go, 'Really?' And he says, 'Yeah, I don't drink whiskey anymore. I drink vodka.'" Cooper laughs. "And I went, 'Lemmy, do you think your liver has any idea what color the alcohol is?' He said, well it's a step down from whiskey.' And I went, 'OK. Any step's a good step.'" He laughs.The Hollywood Vampires will also make the live debut of their song "As Bad As I Am" at the Grammys. It will be released as a bonus track on the deluxe edition of their 2015 debut that comes out three days before the performance.
Other recently-added Grammys performers include Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd, Adele, Rihanna, the cast of Hamilton, and a BB King tribute by Chris Stapleton, Gary Clark Jr and Bonnie Raitt.
Alice Cooper is also touring this spring. Listen to the Hollywood Vampires song "My Dead Drunk Friends" below...
As mentioned, the CBGB Music & Film Festival is back for a third year, going down October 8 - 12 at venues across NYC. The initial lineup for this year was just announced and includes Jane's Addiction, Devo, Billy Idol, Macy Gray, The Muffs, Upset, Duff McKagan, and more.
The film portion of the CBGB Fest includes the world premiere of Hardcore Devo Live!, Carter Family / Johnny Cash documentary The Winding Stream and a 30th Anniversary screening of This Is Spinal Tap (which the New York Film Fest is showing too).
Ticket info and other details are still TBA but you can check out initial lineups for both music and film below....
St. Vincent @ Pitchfork 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
St. Vincent, who recently did a 'Live on Letterman' concert, will continue her talk show conquest by filling in for Fred Armisen next week as the bandleader of Late Night With Seth Meyers' 8G Band. While other musicians have sat in with the band before, Clark will be the first official guest bandleader on the show. She'll be on August 11 & 12.
Some might argue that Late Night with Seth Meyers' house band (featuring members of Girls Against Boys and Les Savy Fav) is more interesting than the bands they get to perform on the show (Rixton and Christina Perri were recent guests). Marnie Stern and Eleanor Friedberger regularly guest with the band, and J Mascis and Bangles singer Susanna Hoffs have played with them too. 8G Band bandleader Fred Armisen hasn't been on the show in over a month, off filming the new season of Portlandia. Clark and Armisen are pals, and she's appeared on the IFC sketch series a few times.
Meanwhile, Fred is playing as part of a supergroup called Dead Men Walking, featuring Captain Sensible of The Damned, Slim Jim Phantom of The Stray Cats and Mike Peters of The Alarm. They play their first show ever at LA's The Troubador on September 14 with Chris Cheney of The Living End and The Wrights, and Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses along for the ride.
by Andrew Sacher
Danzig & Cherie Currie in LA - 8/30/13
Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie has been talking for a few years now about releasing the followup to her only solo album, 1978's Beauty's Only Skin Deep (not including the 1980 collaboration with her sister Marie, Messin' with the Boys or the 1988 Young and Wild compilation), and though a release date still hasn't been announced, we are now one step closer. "Mr. X", the first single from the new album, which you've maybe heard on the radio, is making its online premiere in this post. Listen below.
Like her former bandmate Joan Jett's new album, "Mr. X" is pretty much exactly the kind of catchy hard rock you'd expect from a Runaways member, and to get that in 2013 is not a bad thing at all. And if Cherie's anthemic choruses aren't enough, the song's also got a rippin' guitar solo from Slash, plus his Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver bandmates Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums) are on it too. Matt also produced the record, which also features guest appearances from Billy Corgan and Juliette Lewis.
As discussed, Cherie has also been touring this year. The next leg starts in NYC on November 6 at Gramercy Theatre with MIss Guy (who we recently quoted in a sad post about Codie Ravioli). Tickets for that show are still available. Updated dates, which include other NYC-area shows, are listed below.
Cherie's tour hit LA back in August, where she teamed up with Danzig for one of the dates on his ongoing 25th anniversary tour (Doyle included). The show was one of the last-ever shows at the historic Gibson Ampitheatre, which closed its doors in September. (He also inadvertently played one of the final Roseland Ballroom shows earlier this month in NYC.) Being that it was the final Danzig show at the venue, he "wanted to add someone special," so he had Cherie come out to join him on a cover of the Lee Hazelwood/Nancy Sinatra duet "Some Velvet Morning." That cover was also recorded and may or may not appear on Danzig's upcoming covers album. Back in April, he told Loudwire:
My idea of covers is that you should never cover a song and do it exactly like the artist because everyone's always going to compare it to the way the original artists did it and they're just going to go "Oh I like the original better." I wanted to make it my own and take it in a different direction, maybe a different direction they didn't really think of at the time or would never think of because I have a much different background than they do.So stay tuned for more info on that. Meanwhile, watch a video of Danzig and Cherie doing "Some Velvet Morning" at the LA show and listen to the studio version, below.
There's a ton of other cool covers on there, I did a lot of covers people wouldn't think I would do like 'Biker' soundtrack theme song that I made crazy, there's a Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra cover on there and I had Cherie Currie come down and sing the Nancy Sinatra part.
She's really cool and has a great voice and it was just awesome and I wanted to keep that cool, older, '70s vibe because the Misfits came on the tail end of the '70s and I wanted to keep that vibe. The managers and lots of other people suggested the new alternative girls and I was like, "That's not what I want and here's who I'm thinking of" and they were like "What?" and it's fantastic, she did such a great job.
Updated tour dates are listed, along with the "Mr. X" stream and the Danzig video, below...
see this wall live, in person!
Here's something you can see at CBGB Festival next week that you may not have expected: the inside of the club itself. When the legendary Lower East Side club closed back in 2006, owner Hilly Kristal and club talent booker Louise Staley carefully dismantled the interior and have had it in storage ever since. "Hilly wanted them to live on. He saved them for exactly this type of occasion," said Staley in a press release.
So, the original CBGB walls and the original sound system will be reconstructed - no, not at the Varvatos store, but at Landmark Sunshine Theatre on October 10 for the CBGB Fest keynote address which will be given by MTV President, Van Toffler and Duff McKagan whose band, Duff McKagan's Loaded, played the fest last year in Times Square. You can't make this stuff up.
Other CBGB Fest events: My Morning Jacket and Grizzly Bear are playing for free in Times Square; Judge will be at Saint Vitus, and many BV photographers (and others) have work in a free photo exhibit.
This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:
We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..
Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.
Pandora's principal asset is the music.
Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.
The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.
photos by Chris La Putt; words by Bill Pearis
While it may not have actually hit triple digits on Saturday (7/7), in the easy-bake oven of asphalt, concrete and steel that is Times Square, it felt like 110 -- especially at 1PM when I arrived there for CBGB Festival's all-day free show. The heat kept attendance on the low side (I should add there was also no line at Shake Shack either on Saturday) but everybody seemed to be having a good time, bands included, for what is the very rare occasion to see live bands in such an iconic NYC setting.
The festival had two stages set up on Saturday with one on 51st, and then one on 47th St right below the TKTS booth and bleachers -- which is where Duff McKagan's Loaded were already playing as I got out of the subway. I was never much of a Guns N' Roses fan and had never listened to Loaded band before but always thought of him as the "punk" member of GN'R. Definitely Loaded swing that way and their set was a mix of Foo Fighters-ish originals and choice covers, including The Damned's "New Rose" and The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog," the latter of which featured special guest Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols (who played his own CBGB Fest show at the Living Room with CBGB Fest keynote speaker Krist Novoselic in attendance).They also did GN'R's debut single "It's So Easy" which got some fists pumping.
With no downtime between bands, I hightailed it up Broadway which was closed to traffic and served as a merch area and food truck court. I got there right as Superchunk launched into their first song and new single "This Summer" which continues their hit streak since relaunching the band two years ago. (Not that they ever went away, really.) It was too hot for the crowd to do much beyond nod enthusiastically and sing along to the band's favorites-packed set, but it didn't stop Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance from pogoing through most of the set, and Mac got off a couple of his signature jumps which could be seen from a block away. (Even when a failed launch had him tumble off the drum riser, Mac kept playing. That's how it's done.) As I said, Superchunk loaded their set with classics, including "Hyper Enough," "Driveway to Driveway," and "Slack Motherfucker," the latter of which was a treat to hear loud in Disneyfied Times Square.
I didn't stick around for the later bands which included The Hold Steady and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (who also played a secret show later that night at Cake Shop), nor did our photographer who headed up to Summerstage for Guided by Voices, but there are pictures of openers Upper West and Zulu Wave below along with more pictures of Superchunk (including setlist) and Duff McKagan's Loaded.
Matt Sorum gestures as Duff McKagan, back left, Steven Adler and Slash, back right, watch, after Guns N' Roses was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Saturday, April 14, 2012, in Cleveland.
Guns n' Roses were inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame over the weekend, but as was reported far and wide, not all the original members, most notably Axl, chose to show up. Matt Sorum was there representing though, and now he just wants to clarify a few things. Red his entire statement below...
Mr. Brownstone @ the Bell House in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The wait is over. Drunken Guns n Roses tribute band Mr. Brownstone will return to the stage on Mischief Night, 2010. It's going down at Brooklyn Bowl and tickets are on sale. I may be unique in that I'm now feeling conflicted between this and Antony with an orchestra at Lincoln Center happening the same night.
The real Slash, who is back on the market, will take the NYC stage in less than a week. Tickets are still on sale (Joe Perry's kids' band 'TAB the Band' and Taddy Porter open the not-too-exciting show)
Duff McKagan meanwhile joined and un-joined Jane's Addiction.
Steven Adler wrote a book.