Rock 101 question and answer: Tue Jan 8 [Slash / The Black Keys / Metallica]
Watch for the Scott Weiland retirement party invite in the mail…
Slash has said in a new interview with Classic Rock magazine that he would never work with former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland again, adding that he is fed up with Weiland's recent comments about a Velvet Revolver reunion possibly becoming a reality. Slash told the magazine, "I think at this point Scott just got fired from (Stone Temple Pilots) and I think he's trying to pull off that trick of trying to get something else going on, and we're not buying it. The door's shut on this side and it's probably shut on that side too, so he's on his own. And he deserves it too."
Regarding Weiland's Velvet Revolver remarks, Slash said, "Scott is completely speaking out of his ass. Nobody at this end has had any conversations with Scott on this subject . . . all things considered, we don't have a good professional relationship with Scott."
Slash added, "It also pisses me off because he's put STP through so much s*** over the years, and put us through s*** too when we were working with him . . . Even if I didn't have my solo thing going on, I still wouldn't work with him."
Slash has been touring for most of the past year behind his second solo effort, Apocalyptic Love.
Expect new Black Keys this year…
The Black Keys are preparing to start making their eighth studio album sometime later this week, while also announcing that they will play four shows with alternative rock cult favorites The Flaming Lips later this spring. Singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach told Mojo about the duo's plans, "We're going to start making the new album in the second week of January and we're hoping to have it done by some time in March. Then we have a couple of weeks of touring, then we're going to take the summer off, which we haven't done for a while. The record isn't written yet, we'll do it when we get into the studio. This is when we both work best, when we're dying to make an album."
The new Keys disc will follow up 2011's El Camino, which has sold 1.1 million copies since its release in December of that year, according to Billboard.
And new Metallica in 2014…
METALLICA last year tapped award-winning director Nimród Antal to helm the band's 3D movie. Charlotte Huggins ("Journey To The Center Of The Earth", "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island") is producing the film, which will be a marriage of narrative and concert and will star the "five" members of METALLICA — James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, and the fans. It will be released in the summer.
"There are similarities [to LED ZEPPELIN's 1976 film 'The Song Remains The Same', a companion to the live album of the same name]," Ulrich reveals in the latest issue of Classic Rock magazine. "There are four members in LED ZEPPELIN, four members in METALLICA, it's a full-length movie, and there's a lot in this film that does not take place onstage. The major difference is that the stuff that takes place offstage in the METALLICA movie does not feature any members of METALLICA. It's two separate worlds — a METALLICA show and a story that unfolds in a parallel universe — and at some point they intertwine."
METALLICA recently commenced work on material for the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic" for a tentative 2014 release. The new songs are said to pick up where the last album left off.
"'Death Magnetic' is one motherfucker of a record," Ulrich told Classic Rock. "There aren't many METALLICA records that sound as good as 'Death Magnetic' four years after they were made. With a lot of the other records, there were questions: 'Why did we do that?' or 'What was going on there?' or 'Why didn't somebody say to turn the snare on?' I don't feel like that with 'Death Magnetic'. What we're doing now certainly sounds like a continuation."
However, Lars would not confirm that METALICA's next album will once again be helmed by producer Rick Rubin, who worked on "Death Magnetic", telling Classic Rock: "I love Rick. We all love Rick. We're in touch with Rick constantly. We'll see where it goes."
He added: "It would stun me if the record came out in 2013. We've got to finish this 3D movie, which is what we're doing right now."
Rock 101 question: What was the FIRST song Metallica recorded for their ’96 release “Load”?
Rock 101 answer: Hero of the Day.
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