Rock 101 question and answer: Fri Jan 25 [Foo Fighters]
This is interesting if you’re a Punk fan…
Legendary punk band BLACK FLAG has reformed and will play this year's Hevy Fest, set to take place August 2-4 in Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. The group's only 2013 appearance in the U.K. will mark the first time in 30 years that the band’s played in the country.
BLACK FLAG's lineup for the show will include singer Ron Reyes, who was a member of the band during 1979-1980 (after Keith Morris but before Dez Cadena) and was featured on the "Jealous Again" EP. He will be joined by guitarist and founder Greg Ginn as well as bassist Chuck Dukowski and drummer Roberto "Robo" Valverde.
"They have undoubtedly had the greatest impact on DIY record distribution, underground touring and hardcore music of any band, before or since," Hevy Fest's announcement reads. "There is a whole generation of musicians and fans that would cite BLACK FLAG as being the most important band to have influenced them, without ever even having the chance to see them perform live, until now."
Vocalist Henry Rollins joined BLACK FLAG in 1981 and left five years later. He has since released several music albums and established himself as a spoken-word artist and book author.
I was hoping this was going to happen…
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl wants to do a lot more shows with his Sound City Players, the all-star band made up of musicians who appear in his new Sound City documentary. The Players made their debut on January 18th at the Sundance Film Festival, where the movie premiered, and will also perform on the 31st to celebrate its Los Angeles opening. Grohl told Billboard that they won't stop there, explaining, "We plan to do shows all over the world. When I came up with the idea of taking all these performers to the live stage a few months ago, my idea (was) to have video presentations between each performance. We'll have that at the next shows."
So far, the live lineup of the Players has included Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Rick Springfield and members of Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age and more.
The film, which Grohl directed, tells the story of the famous and now defunct Los Angeles recording studio where many of the musicians made some of their greatest albums.
Grohl purchased the studio's Neve recording board and initially set out to make a short film. But the project soon expanded, with Grohl saying, "I got the shortlist of everyone who made an album there and it's not a short list. I called out to as many people as I could, thinking maybe some of them would want to talk, and all of them wanted to talk."
Sound City will be available in theaters, on VOD and on DVD starting February 1st, with a soundtrack album due out March 12th. Two of the collaborations from that disc, Paul McCartney and the surviving members of Nirvana doing a song called "Cut Me Some Slack," and Grohl and Taylor performing a track titled "From Can To Can't," have already been released.
Rock 101 question: What Foo Fighters tune is this lyric from: “all this time to make amends, what do you do when all your enemies are friends”
Rock 101 answer: Monkey Wrench.
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