The frontman of the rock band Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose, has swapped his real band members for animated ones to release his first song in ten years.
Rose appears in an episode of the animated series New Looney Tunes, which airs on the streaming service Boomerang. In a clip from the episode, it seems that the singer is playing himself and is accompanied by Bugs Bunny. According to Pitchfork, the plot of the episode includes Rose singing a song titled Rock the Rock,to prevent an asteroid from colliding with the earth.
Rob Zombie was joined by Marilyn Manson and MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx for a performance of THE BEATLES classic “Helter Skelter” during last night’s (December 31)Ozzfest, which took place at the Forum in Los Angeles, California. Fan-filmed video footage of their appearance can be seen below.
This past July, Manson and Zombie released a studio version of their cover of “Helter Skelter”, which Zombie described to Rolling Stone as “heavier, weirder and more groove-oriented.” MÖTLEY CRÜE covered the song on 1983’s “Shout At The Devil” album, and also released it as a picture disc, the jacket of which pays gruesome homage to the track’s laterCharles Manson murder connections.
Asked how the idea for him and Manson to cover “Helter Skelter” came about, Rob toldRolling Stone: “We had been talking about doing something together for these shows — that he should come onstage during my set and we’d do a song. But we couldn’t think of what song. After we talked, later that night I was home and I just thought the obvious song is ‘Helter Skelter’… It’s so obvious that neither one of us thought of it! And then I figured, ‘Well, rather than us just doing it onstage, why don’t we take it one step further and record it and put a new spin on it?’ That way, rather than just doing some impromptu jam together, now the fans will go, ‘Oh, there’s the song I’ve already heard, and now they’re doing it.”
Regarding how they approached the song in the studio, Rob said: “Well, my thought when it comes to covers is to stick close to the original. Because in my mind, what’s the actual point of doing a cover if no one can recognize it? So with our version, I think it varies as much as it can from the original, but not so much that it becomes a different song.”
In addition to Zombie and Manson, Ozzfest featured performances by headliner Ozzy Osbourne, Jonathan Davis of KORN, and BODY COUNT (featuring Ice-T).
Van Halen In The Studio For 1984 Anniversary
(STORY FROM ANTIMUSIC.COM)
The 35th anniversary of Van Halen’s blockbuster album, “1984”, is celebrated in the latest episode of the syndicated radio show In The Studio With Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands. The show put out the following details:
Says Redbeard: “To truly comprehend just how massively popular this album was, it helps if you actually write it out numerically: 12,000,000 copies of Van Halen’s sixth album, 1984 , were sold in the US alone in the three decades since it was released. Propelled by Van Halen’s very first #1 hit “Jump”, three million of those were sold in America in the first ninety days! Already America’s most popular hard rock band prior to its release, 1984 propelled the Pasadena quartet of innovative guitar whiz Eddie Van Halen, drummer brother Alex, bass player and unmistakable harmony singer Michael Anthony, and showman extraordinaire David Lee Roth into the stratosphere of rock’s elite with additional songs “Panama”, “I’ll Wait”, “Drop Dead Legs”,” Top Jimmy”, and the video which made even MTV blush, “Hot For Teacher”.
“But as any high-flying throttle jockey can attest, the view from the top is exhilarating, but the dizzying height is disorienting and there’s no air up there to breathe. Like water on pavement, celebrity seeks out every crack and crevice in a relationship, and when relations turn chilly, the cracks can quickly expand into chasms. The 1984 album and subsequent sold-out tour closed that chapter on the original band, with the Van Halen story becoming a never-ending soap opera that has been constantly controversial ever since.
“While the facts contained in this interview remain true and accurate over time, the opinions expressed here by Eddie, Alex, and Michael clearly are a snapshot of just one of the many chapters in this saga, at a time before David Lee Roth was invited back into Van Halen, as well as before Michael Anthony was dismissed.” Stream the special here.