RATM Bassist: ‘ISIS And Moon Landing Aren’t Real!’ [News]

Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford said he doesn’t believe ISIS is real, claiming that “we created” the militant group “so we can go drop bombs.” Also, the Moon landing never happened in his book.

He tells Rolling Stone : “I don’t believe ISIS is real. ISIS has been an inspiration for a lot of the songs that I wrote with [new band] Wakrat .

“I don’t believe that all the different factions in the Middle East have gotten together and said, ‘Okay, we all hate each other and we all hate America, so let’s all put on the ISIS uniform and join forces and just become ISIS.’ That’s a bunch of shit.

“I don’t believe the Jihadi John beheading video. Go look at those videos and study them, and see if you don’t think they’re fake.”

The musician further explained: “They’re not real. They’re high-def. They have a soundtrack. The parts of those videos that you couldn’t fake are edited out. At first, I thought it was edited out by our government so our kids wouldn’t be seeing it on the Internet, but no. That’s the way those videos came.

“The knife starts to cut the neck, and then it fades out. There’s too much stuff that doesn’t look real. They’ve edited out the parts that would be too hard to fake. We created Jihadi John and ISIS so we can go drop bombs.”

Asked about what he thinks happened to people who ISIS killed in the videos, Tim replied: “They were already dead.”

On whether he thinks the US government is behind ISIS: “Oh, I think it goes so much deeper than just the US government. It’s the same people that put presidents in office all over the world.

“It’s a global conspiracy of people whose names we’ll never know, but they’re the ones who really run the show because they’re the ones with the deepest pockets.”

Branding himself a “conspiracy theorist,” Tim soon focused on the Moon landing, saying: “We didn’t go to the moon. We never went there. My dad worked for NASA on the Apollo missions, and I’ve always felt it’s been fake since I was a kid.

“The one thing I always questioned: We put the flag on the moon. Why did we put a metal rod on the top of it? Why wouldn’t we just plant it into the moon’s surface and have the astronaut pull it out and let it go and we can watch it do its dance on the moon? It would’ve been an image we couldn’t have faked and one that we would have never forgotten.”

And he even got to share a few words with Buzz Aldrin about it. He said: “I got into it with Buzz Aldrin five years ago at a John Cusack movie premiere. There were a bunch of people gathered around, and I said, ‘I have a question: You have all these missions to the moon. How come there’s no pictures of the flags on the moon?’

“He said, ‘Well, those are highly degraded by radiation by now.’ I said, ‘You left a lot of stuff on the moon. It seems that somebody with a telescope or satellite would snap a picture of that so we could see it. It’d be on the cover of every newspaper.’

“You could tell he was getting frustrated, and I asked him why he put a metal rod on top of the flag instead of just letting the flag out and do its thing. He gets all frustrated and says, ‘I’m just trying to remember what they told me to say.’

“That’s what he said! Those were his exact words! Then he and his wife – all plastic surgery-ed up and fake as they can be — bolted out, and I watched them walking down the street and he was just yelling at her. It made him so mad. There are so many different facets of the lunar landing that are just bullshit. It was such a powerful propaganda tool at the time.”

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Top 20 Weirdest Voices In Rock And Metal [News]

This week’s traditional Wednesday Question saw the UG community discussing the matter of the most peculiar voice in rock and metal music.

Plenty of votes and suggestions there were, all of which were neatly summed up into a Top 20 rundown below.

20. Jonathan Davis

There’s something odd about every member of Korn , yet the guys made their weirdness work like a charm when combined. So, kicking off the list, we have Mr. Jonathan Davis .


19. Brian Molko (Placebo)

Placebo frontman Brian Molko is up next. The man even said it himself: “My voice is unmistakable. No matter which song you are listen to, you will always know: this is Placebo.”


18. Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys)

That dramatic, shaky vibe of Mr. Jello ‘s voice was more than enough for him to make the list. Biafra is also known for using his voice to compose; he had no formal musical training, leaving him to compose the tunes by singing them to his bandmates.


17. Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction)

Up next is the “awesomely weird” Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction .


16. Claudio Sanchez (Coheed and Cambria)

Did you notice that three UG users have nominated Claudio at the same time (8:42 AM on September 30 to be precise)? That’s amazing!


15. Bob Dylan

Weird voice is one of his staple marks. The man needs no introduction, the one and only Bob Dylan at No. 15.


14. Mike Patton

Faith No More ‘s Mike Patton has a 6-octave vocal range, which once earned him the title of the greatest singer of all time (based exclusively on vocal range), and he sure uses that versatility for all sorts of weirdness.


13. Thom Yorke

Quite distinctive, and quite peculiar, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is this week’s lucky 13. He once said: “It annoys me how pretty my voice is … how polite it can sound when perhaps what I’m singing is deeply acidic.”


12. King Diamond

Going as high as one can go, King Diamond is up next. Falsetto is his thing, take it or leave it.


11. Lemmy Kilmister

Longtime UG dude Izzy-Sweet nicely pointed out: “The weirdest thing about Lemmy ‘s voice is how greatly it differed from Hawkwind ‘s ‘S ilver Machine ‘ to Motorhead ‘s first single, what the fuck happened?!”


10. Bon Scott and Brian Johnson

Cracking the Top 10, both AC/DC vocalists, late Bon Scott and the “new guy” Brian Johnson have made the list. Both are peculiar, although you folks did point out that Brian’s high-pitched thing stands out a tad more.


9. Brent Hinds (Mastodon)

The voices of Mastodon dudes are a frequent discussion topic, this is what you boys said about Mr. Brent Hinds :

av0n : “Brent Hinds is cool and stuff, but you can’t shake off the fact he’s sounding a bit…yeah. Like a mix between Ozzy and Zakk with a touch of a tortured cat at times. But I’m cool with that.”

In addition to calling everyone a bunch of cunts, Mr. Aberinkulas added: “He’s like an evil pirate ghost from outer space. And it’s sweet as fuck”


8. Tom Waits

One could say that it’s impossible to get weirder than Tom Waits in terms of singing. And there’s a good chance that one would be right.


7. Billy Corgan

Expect an article about Billy claiming to be the No. 1 weirdest vocalist of the ’90s anytime now…


6. Axl Rose

Hailed as one of the greatest, and one of the weirdest, Axl Rose is bringing us a step closer to the Top 5. You folks also thought that Dan McCafferty of Nazareth deserves a mention as an obvious influence on Rose, so here’s a quality tune .


5. Serj Tankian

Not only did Serj make the list, but SOAD guitarist Daron Malakian also made the honorable mentions section for his occasional odd vocal lines.


4. Les Claypool

Mr. Weirdo himself at No. 4. This is what he said: “I was never the singer – I’m the narrator of Primus . That was always my thing. … It’s not like I’m Pavarotti or anything. But singing through my schnozola and dealing with the vocal chords I’ve been given genetically, I’ve learned to harness them pretty well.”


3. Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy ‘s voice can definitely be a tough pill to swallow. It’s odd that it was his nasal voice that announced the arrival of heavy metal to the world, but he obviously did something right.


2. Dave Mustaine

The silver medal this week goes to Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine . This is what the UG community had to say:

Eissari : “Kind of annoying but still so damn good.”

Khetag Lagkuti : “ When I first heard ‘ Tornado of Souls ,’ I honestly thought that It was a cover version with silly vocals.”

Barricade_28 : “It took me 20 years to go from hating Mustaine’s voice to liking it. That’s quite the acquired taste!”

kashmar88 : “I cringe and enjoy simultaneously. That takes talent. And he’s way more fun to imitate than Metallica haha.”


1. Geddy Lee

At the throne this week, you folks voted for Mr. Geddy Lee of Rush . Compared to “a hamster on helium” by some critics, Geddy’s voice can certainly take some time to get under your skin. This is what you folks said:

Whitesnake777
: “That voice takes some getting used to. Then it’s amazing.”

Iceman10129 : “Geddy’s voice is like that perfect voice casting for an animated film. You could never use another voice for Buzz or Woody . Same goes for Rush. The feeling his voice gives off just completes their sound. Love it!”

ZPinkZeppelinS : “His range is really prevalent at the end of ‘ Cygnus X-1 ‘ with the, ‘spinning, whirling, still descending, like a spiral sea unending.’ It’s like a three-year-old girl screaming in key while being chased by a murderous alien. And it’s absolutely marvelous…”

Maiden95 : “He’s honestly a superb vocalist. Or at least was for a very long time. So much range and character.”

little_boy : “I thought Rush had a female singer until I discovered that the vocalist was not only the bassist but also a guy. Still pretty good voice.”

ANewLevel : “I absolutely hated Rush because of the vocals when I was young, but I’ve since grown to love Rush and accept that Rush wouldn’t be Rush without him. Definitely an acquired taste.”


Lots of honorable mentions too, here goes: David Bowie , Cedric Bixler-Zavala of the Mars Volta , Blink-182 ‘s Tom DeLonge , Lou Reed , Matt Bellamy of Muse , Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation , Captain Beefheart , System of a Down guitarist and occasional vocalist Daron Malakian , Myles Kennedy , James LaBrie of Dream Theater , Benjamin Kowalewicz of Billy Talent , Rammstein ‘s Till Lindemann , Morrissey , Jack White , Neil Young , and Ian Curtis of Joy Division .

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Avenged Sevenfold: ‘We Have A New Drummer’ [News]

Avenged Sevenfold have announced that they already have a new drummer, despite not saying anything for some time now.

As reported, the band parted ways with Arin Ilejay over two months ago after four years of jamming together, but it turned out that even at that point they had a backup musician who will now be added to the roster.

And for some reason, his name remains a secret.

The group decided to post the announcement after seeing many audition clips on the web, one of which was from a US soldier called Chris Hawkins .

The statement reads: “It has been brought to our attention that a lot of videos have been posted online from some pretty amazing drummers who want to try out for Avenged Sevenfold.

“While we appreciate the overwhelming interest and support we thought it would be the right thing to do to let everyone know that we already have someone.

“In fact, we have been working with this person for over a year now to make sure that it was a correct fit before making any sudden changes. When we have more to share we will be sure to do that.”

The boys added about Chris: “As for Mr. Chris Hawkins, you rule brother. We look forward to hearing about any future musical endeavors you may have. We appreciate the video and your service to our country. We will reach out and would love to meet with you when our paths cross next.”

You can check out Hawkins’ video below.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Lamb Of God Performed On A Hurdy Gurdy Sounds Surprisingly Brutal [News]

A Polish girl behind the nickname of Helvetion offered a ripping cover of Lamb of God ‘s “ Grace ” on that peculiar instrument known as the hurdy gurdy.

The musician caught the attention of LoG guitarist Mark Morton , who had this to say about the cover: “Holy crap. Check THIS out!”

The gal branded the rendition “something different,” a “little experiment and exercise for fast melody lines.” We can say that the instrument makes the song sound surprisingly brutal.

About a year ago, you folks voted Arcade Fire ‘s use of hurdy gurdy among Top 15 songs with exotic insturments . The clip awaits below.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

These Are 3 Critical Mistakes You’ve Probably Been Making While Recording Music At Home [News]

Graham Cochrane of The Recording Revolution offered a cool guide on improving your home studio recordings by narrowing down three most frequent mistakes people tend to make, along with tips on how to avoid them.

The three specific things would be: recording tracks too loud, not leveraging cardioid microphones, and skipping the sweetening phase.

Full details in the clip at the bottom, a few quotes in the paragraphs below.

You’re Recording Tracks Too Loud

“If you’ve ever heard the advice that you should record as loud as possible without clipping – there’s a problem with that. That advice comes from recording in the analog domain.

“When you’re recording to tape, you’re playing a whole different ballgame. Recording close to the top without clipping is hitting a sweet spot in the analog.”

Explaining how getting close to clipping in digital realm is an entirely different thing, Graham added: “Now let’s say you don’t clip, let’s say you ‘record hot,’ but nothing’s clipping.

“Problem with that is – you’ve got a million tracks in your session that are all close to the top. That all adds up to your master fader, at which point all that signal is going to overload your master fader, which is gonna overload your converters, and your converters are not gonna sound good overloaded.”

Solution : “Take your audio interface gain knob and turn it down. Not the fader in your DAW, the actual gain knob.”

You’re Not Leveraging Cardioid Microphones

“The best part of a cardioid microphone is not part you sing into or play into – it’s the back. It’s so critical, because the back of a cardioid microphone rejects the most sound.

“You can use the mic’s back to reject the worst sound in your room. So mic placement is two full processes – where the mic is pointing is only one half of the battle. The other half is – where’s the back of the mic pointing.

“What do you need to reject the most? It could be a computer fan, a window outside, a door leaking to the rest of the house, the most reverberant wall on your studio…”

Solution : “Strategically point the microphone to whatever sounds awful in your room – that’s you best chance of minimizing that noise.”

You’re Skipping the Sweetening Phase

“What is sweetening? Here’s what most people do – they record their song – they map it out, they record it – does it sound good – and we’re done, we’ll go mix it.

“The problem is – you’re not done. The recording session doesn’t end when you’ve recorded all the main tracks.

“In the sweetening phase, you go through the entire song – intro to outro – and you listen to each section, and you ask yourself, ‘Is anything missing?'”

The dude went on to explain how the song’s second verse is where most folks “get stuck” and when many tunes “begin to get boring.” Watch the clip for details.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

BB King has been named Secretary of State of the Blues by authorities in Mississippi.

As Classic Rock reports, the legendary guitarist is the first musician to be elevated to such an office of honor in US history.

Mississippi Blues Commission chairman J Kempf Poole says: “It’s a privilege to honor BB King as our Mississippi Secretary of State of the Blues.

“Mr. King is one of Mississippi’s most influential sons – and with this designation I am proud to say that he has taken his rightful place at the head of the blues table.”

Former governor Haley Barbour adds: “He never forgot Mississippi was home, and he graced us often with his presence. He was warm and delightful, but I will never forget how he gave credit to the people that had helped him throughout his career. He had a big heart as well as big talent.”

Governor Phil Bryant has signed the resolution, as have the four surviving previous governors of the state. The document will be on show in the BB King Museum and Interpretive Center in Indianola, which is where King was buried after his death in May.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Rammstein: ‘We’re Taking Time Off’ [News]

Rammstein guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe gave an update on the band’s current status, confirming time off, but shooting down any chances for calling it quits.

“I think Rammstein [is one of] those things [that] can never be over,” he told Metal Hammer .

“The thing [about] those things is that they develop their own chemistry, their own energy. I think even if we would say it would be over, it would never be over. So if you’re asking me if we’re doing something right now, the answer is, we’re taking time off.”

The guitarist continued (via Blabbermouth ), “We just met a couple of months ago and we were just talking. We always meet once a year to see how everyone is, how people are. And so we decided to not do anything at the moment, so we’ll meet up next year again. But there’s so many things that we have in the pipeline that we’re gonna do…

“We have a live DVD coming out, we have another live DVD coming out, we have another live DVD… We have so many live DVDs right now that we have to work that through. So, I think, at the moment, everyone does his own thing. I think it’s important, because, again, Rammstein was always a band that took their time, that listened to themselves, listened to what they need, how much time they need between [albums] .”

In conclusion, Kruspe added, “One good thing about that the music industry changed is that you don’t have to do a record every year – it’s not necessary – and I think a lot of people that did this put [out] records that weren’t that great. So I like that idea, actually, to take breaks. Again, I think we will come back together. I love touring with Rammstein, and if somebody has a vision for a record, we’ll do another record.”

The group’s latest studio effort, “ ,” saw its release in October 2009 via Universal Records.

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Woman Tries To Force Boyfriend To Stop Listening To ‘Evil’ Metal Music, Andrew W.K. Issues Brilliant Response [News]

In a recent edition of his “ Ask Andrew W.K. ” feature on Village Voice , Andrew W.K. received a question from an anonymous woman under Sick of Negative Vibes alias for advice to get her boyfriend to stop listening to “evil” metal music.

You’re rolling your eyes already, aren’t you? Well wait, ’cause there’s more. Much more. First, the lady’s letter:

“I’m writing today because you’re such a positive person and I need help dealing with negativity. I’ve been with my boyfriend for two years, but recently I’ve been having a harder and harder time hanging out with him at his house. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I have a problem with him personally, I just have a problem with his music. He’s always been into metal and pretty aggressive stuff, but now his musical taste seems to be getting truly evil.

“I can’t even describe how some of this music sounds – it’s just really negative vibes. The album artwork and posters and books he has in his room all confirm this. Lots of blood and guts and devils and just evil-looking stuff. I’m not a Goody Two-shoes or anything, but I was raised in a very loving family who taught me that stuff like this really can be bad for your karma, and I really don’t feel comfortable around it. And even more than that, I really don’t want this stuff corrupting my boyfriend and making him change from the loving, positive person he is.”

Crossing the line quite a bit, she added, “I tried removing some of the albums from his room and he freaked out. I tried telling him I wouldn’t come over with that stuff in his house, but that didn’t work either. I don’t want to make him mad, but I do want this negative stuff out of our lives. So, since you’re so focused on positivity, I’m hoping you can give me some advice. How do I rescue my boyfriend and our relationship from these negative influences?”

And then, Mr. Andrew showed how it’s done: “Dear Sick of Negative Vibes,

“You know what the biggest negative vibe is in this situation? You. Trying to make your boyfriend give up the music he enjoys – that is true negativity. I understand how you’re feeling, but rather than censoring someone’s experience, I suggest you strive to develop your own spirit and make it large and strong enough to appreciate and interact with all types of emotional concepts, all types of feelings, all types of people, and all types of beliefs – including those that deal with the ideas of darkness, cruelty, death, destruction, anger, hatred, and evil. Desperately trying to hide – or make other people hide – from certain types of feelings is a losing battle. And it’s likely that we’ll experience more hurt and damage in our efforts to avoid that part of the world than we will by developing a heart and mind capable of engaging with the full spectrum of reality, from light to dark, and beyond.

“It’s interesting how often people confuse ‘evil sounding’ music with true evil. By its very nature, music is benevolent. Music means well. It’s virtually impossible to bend the will of music toward a truly negative intention. Music can be used to achieve all sorts of things, depending on who wants to use it and for what purpose, but the music itself is pure goodness. Music doesn’t waste its time in dealing with human concepts like ‘good and evil.’ Thankfully, music exists in a realm above and beyond the need for logical ideas and theories. Music is where we can find relief from reason and truly experience ‘pure feeling.’ Music is what feelings sound like – feelings before we analyze and deconstruct them into digestible abstractions like “happy feeling” or ‘sad feeling.’ Music is just pure feeling.

“For this reason alone, it’s probably the greatest gift humanity has to work with. And also one of the most mysterious. It would be a total disrespect to lower our conception of music to something as literal as a ‘mood’ or an ’emotion’ or a ‘negative’ or ‘positive’ idea. Music exists outside of all that. And that’s why it feels the way it feels and doesn’t feel like anything else. No amount of reading or movie-watching or eating or even sex can quite equal the inexpressible pleasure of music for music’s sake. We must always remember this, especially when we begin to doubt the value of music or question its intention. Humans may have intentions, but music doesn’t. Music is humanity with all the bulls–t removed. Music is humanity at its best.

“So don’t get too caught up in lyrics, or album covers, or what the people playing the music look like. All of that isn’t music. That’s just human stuff – the icing on the cake – the human bits and pieces we throw in for our own purposes. Music isn’t involved in lyrics and imagery and style. Music is melody and rhythm. Besides, even the most sinister words and images cannot break music’s naturally bountiful spirit. And that’s why it can still feel so good to experience music of any variety. That’s why sometimes the angriest music can make you feel the happiest. Because here is a way to interact with those bad feelings in a totally good-feeling way. It’s cathartic. It’s healing. It’s good for the soul.

“Music is a safe haven where we get to explore the full range of what it is to be alive – a way we can explore feelings and sensations we can’t describe or have access to any other way. No one listens to ‘sad sounding’ music to feel awful. We listen to it because somehow it actually makes us feel good in a way that nothing else does – it’s a good feeling that’s hard to explain or get any other way. It seems mysterious and contradictory, but intense negativity can sometimes have an uplifting effect, especially when it’s experienced through music.

“Besides, songs that try too hard to be ‘nice and sweet’ can come off cloying and ingratiating. We all have our different tastes, and thank goodness we do. After all, if everyone thought the same way and liked the same music, life would be boring. At least almost everyone can agree that we love music in general – and that we actually need music in order to be complete human beings – and with that spirit at heart, we can respect each other’s individual preferences and tastes, and at least relate to the fact that we’re all trying to find good feelings through music one way or another.

“So please don’t give your boyfriend a hard time about the music he loves. Just love him and be glad he has music in his life that brings him joy. You can bring him joy too, or you can be a force that takes his joy away. And what would fill the void left by the absence of his music, anyway? It would probably be filled with his resentment for you, and more anger and disharmony than his ‘evil’ music ever brought into your relationship in the first place. Your intentions may feel noble and justified, but they’re only going to cause harm. Too much damage in this world is caused by people trying to ‘remove’ what they don’t like from existence. I hope you put your energy into adding joy to the world. And please don’t ever again try to take away someone’s music. Your friend, Andrew W.K.”

*starts slow clap*

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Dee Snider To Gene Simmons: ‘Rock Is Alive And Well, Business Model Is Dead’ [News]

Dee Snider to Gene Simmons: 'Rock Is Alive and Well, Business Model Is Dead'
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider issued a lengthy response to Gene Simmons ‘ recent “rock is dead” comments , insisting that only the “business model” of rock is long gone.

As for the rock music and spirit, all is well according to Dee. Check out what the frontman had to say via Facebook below.

“Recently, my esteemed colleague, Gene Simmons of KISS declared that ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll is finally dead.’ Really?

“While I have nothing but respect for Gene, he couldn’t be further off the mark. Yes, the rock ‘n’ roll ‘business model’ that helped KISS (and my band for that matter) achieve fame and fortune is most certainly long dead and buried, but rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well and thriving on social media, in the streets, and in clubs and concert halls all over the world. And the bands playing it are more genuine and heartfelt than ever because they are in it for one reason: the love of rock ‘n’ roll.

“Spend some time seeing and listening to these incredible young bands and their rabid fans and you will know that rock ‘n’ roll couldn’t be more alive. Yes, it’s not the same as it was for the first 50 years of rock’s existence, but the fire definitely still burns.”

Explaining what actually killed rock in his opinion, Snider added, “And it wasn’t some 15 year old kid in Saint Paul, Minnesota (to paraphrase Mr. Simmons) who killed the rock ‘n’ roll goose that laid the platinum egg… it was greedy, big city, record company moguls who made their own velvet noose to hang themselves with. It was they who took advantage of the consumer (and the artist for that matter) and drove them to use an alternative source of music presented to them.

“For example, take the bill of goods the record industry sold the mainstream public when introducing the CD format. ‘We have to charge more for it, because it’s a new technology and there’s a cost to setting up the infrastructure to produce them.’ The consumer believed them – it made sense – so they paid a $18.98 list price for a product they had been paying $7.99 list for previously. After all ‘you can’t break a CD with a hammer!’ (Remember that?)

“But when the infrastructure was in place and paid for in full, and the cost of producing a CD dropped to less than a dollar, did the record companies roll back the list price in kind? Not on your life. They weren’t about to do the right thing and cut their increased revenue stream. Those fat cats were enjoying their ill-gotten gains way too much.

“So when the general public finally realized they were being had, and the opportunity arose for them to stick it to the man, what did they do? The same thing their Woodstock Nation, baby boomer parents had done when they had their chance… they stuck it and they stuck it good. Does anyone remember Abbey Hoffman ‘s ‘ Steal This Book ,’ the massive selling, early ’70s hippy guide ‘focused on ways to fight the government, and against corporations in any way possible.’ Multiply that by a googolplex.

“Is it hard to make it rock ‘n’ roll? You bet. Always was, always will be. Will rockers make as much money as they did ‘back in the day?’ Probably not. But that won’t stop them, and they’ll be motivated by a much more genuine love of the art, and great rock will continue to be produced, played and embraced by rock fans.

“So in conclusion: Record company executives killed the old rock ‘n’ roll business model… and Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Dead!”

While we’re on the subject, Gene issued a brief Facebook statement on the matter, saying that his words were misinterpreted by the media, but that the point remains the same.

“Rock is dead – that was the headline in a recent interview I did, of course, taken out of context. That’s okay. It’s still true,” the bassist said, just to get back to the same line once again.

“Name a rock band in the last 30 years that has risen to iconic level. Nirvana ? Anyone else?

“Name iconic rock acts in the first 30 years – from 1958 through 1988 – Elvis , the Beatles , the Stones , Led Zeppelin , Pink Floyd , Springsteen , AC/DC , Metallica and Motown, and countless more.

“Yesterday KISS headlined a terrific event called ‘ Fashion Rocks .’ It was on CBS.

“There were some terrific acts on the bill. Jennifer Lopez , Nicki Minaj , sure, band called Perry , and many more. Including hosting by Justin Bieber and various models.

“Honestly, even though the event is called ‘Fashion Rocks,’ and even though KISS closed the show and headlined… THIS WAS THE ONE AND ONLY ROCK BAND ON THE ENTIRE BILL.

“Defense rests, your Honor.”

Source: Ultimate Guitar

Queensryche are working on material for their second album with frontman Todd La Torre , with a view to releasing it early next year, Classic Rock reports.

And drummer Scott Rockenfield says they want to be the band fans “know and love” on their 15th studio outing.

He tells Billboard : “We have a bunch of new material we’ve been working on for the last two years since we rolled in with Todd – stuff we’ve been digging deep and working on longer than just the last few months. There’s even stuff that’s been in our brains for as long as we’ve been musicians.”

He hasn’t put a timeframe on the project but adds: “It will be some time in the next few months. We’ll have a record out some time in early 2015.”

Rockenfield and co took over the rights to use the Queensryche name in April after a two-year dispute with fired frontman Geoff Tate . He later confirmed plans to continue under the name Operation: Mindcrime . He symbolically removed the TriRyche logo at his final show under the band banner, and he’ll begin work on his own album later this month.

Source: Ultimate Guitar