Butch Trucks, a founding member and drummer for the legendary Allman Brothers dead, has passed away at 69. Page Stallings has confirmed his death, the cause of which is currently unknown.
David Bowie and Alan Rickman also passed away around this time last year at the age of 69.
“The Trucks and Allman Brothers Band families request all of Butch’s friends and fans to please respect our privacy at this time of sadness for our loss,” says Stallings. “Butch will play on in our hearts forever.”
“I’m heartbroken,” said Greg Allman. “I’ve lost another brother and it hurts beyond words. Butch and I knew each other since we were teenagers and we were bandmates for over 45 years. He was a great man and a great drummer and I’m going to miss him forever. Rest In Peace Brother Butch.”
“Today we lost a Brother and the music world lost a great, innovative drummer and part of rock history,” Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes said. “I am truly honored to have played music and shared life with Butch for over 25 years. It is a sad day indeed.”
Of all the surviving bands from the initial alternative rock explosion of the 1990’s, perhaps none have experienced a more tumultuous career than the Stone Temple Pilots, who experienced many breakups over the past three decades before finally firing their frontman Scott Weiland in 2013.
After Weiland was replaced by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, the troubled frontman experienced even more of a downward spiral and unfortunately passed away in 2015; since then, the band confirmed that Chester Bennington had also parted with the band on amicable terms and are currently searching for a new frontman.
Though many fans think the band should hang it up and change their name, the surviving members of the group are still adamant on finding a new frontman going forward.
As transcribed by Alternative Nation, guitarist Dean Deleo said, “We had some great success [with Chester Bennington], the last tour we did was a sold out tour, everything was great. It’s a big change, there are some devout fans that were very displeased with the firing of Scott. We didn’t bring that on. This industry is interesting, because I don’t know if any other industry that condones not showing up, and drug use, and it’s glorified. I don’t know any other place of business where I can go do that. It just got to the point where it was just ruining everything, personally, professionally. So when Chester came in, we knew what we were up against, the time constraints, and low and behold it reared its ugly head. We knew awhile back that we weren’t getting all that we wanted.”
Bassist Robert Deleo continued: “Well, we did that [performing under another name with Talk Show], we did that. We did Army of Anyone with Richard Patrick, and Ray Luzier on drums. That’s not what this is, we want this to be Stone Temple Pilots. We want it to be the three members of Stone Temple Pilots with another singer moving forward. That’s what we want to do.”
Supergroup Audioslaved played the Anti Inaugural Ball in Los Angeles this past Friday, reuniting frontman Chris Cornell of Soundgarden with Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford. Check out a video of the highly anticipated/rumored reunion show below!
Once upon a time, the Orange County Fairgrounds held a number of big name concerts; chief among them was a performance by thrash metal legends Metallica in 1994 on their “She Hits the Sheds Tour“.
While an urban legend of a bulldozer crashing the gate of the sold out venue may be unfounded, you can check out the full performance on YouTube below.
Warning: Some strong language follows.
“Breadfan” (originally performed by Budgie)
“Master of Puppets”
“Wherever I May Roam”
“Harvester of Sorrow”
“Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”
“The God That Failed”
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”
“Seek & Destroy”
“Nothing Else Matters”
“Fade to Black”
“Sad but True”
“So What?” (originally performed by Ant-Nowhere League)
Heavy metal legends Metallica are capping off their huge year with a performance at the Grammys, where their song “Hardwired” is nominated for “Best Rock Song”
Per Metallica’s official website: “First, it was a total honor to be nominated, but now this?!!? We’re beyond excited that we have been invited to perform on the 59th annual Grammy Awards telecast … It’s been three years since we were lucky enough to participate in the awards show when we last performed with world-renowned Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang and we’re thrilled to be asked back.”
Metallica will be playing alongside Carrie Underwood and John Legend.
Supergroup Audioslave have finally confirmed heavy rumors of a 2017 reunion yesterday, being confirmed to take part in the ‘Anti-Inaugural Ball’ against the presidency of Donald Trump this Friday in Los Angeles.
Audioslave, composed of vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and the instrumentalists from Rage Against the Machine (including famed guitarist Tom Morello), will perform alongside the other Rage side project, Prophets of Rage, which also contains members of rap groups Public Enemy and Cypress Hills.
Audioslave formed in 2001 after the original breakup of the two source bands, releasing their self-titled debut in 2002. After a much stronger follow up, Out of Exile, and the eclectic third album, Revelations, Audioslave parted ways in 2007. Chris Cornell toured on his own extensively since then, as well as touring with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam supergroup Temple of the Dog. Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, and Tim Commerford have toured with Rage Against the Machine, as well as taking part in various solo projects and spin offs. Brad Wilk drummed for both The Smashing Pumpkins and Black Sabbath for a time.
This is an archival interview republished with permission from Alternative Nation, October 2015. Black Table are one of the biggest metal bands of Orange County. Article originally by Anthony Carioscia.
On band’s sound:
Mers: I’d say experimental metal. We aren’t really black metal… maybe a little blackened, but I feel we don’t have a genre.
Ryan: Since we pull influences from many styles, I don’t think we gravitate towards anything really. We just play what we like and try not to really pigeonhole our sound.
On band’s name:
Mers: We wanted a name that didn’t really have any previous meaning. The goal was to have our music and personality provide its definition. A table is a simple humble structure: it’s common and mundane.
On Shadowwoods Fest:
DJ: I loved sharing the stage with Sangharsa, great guys.
Mers: Slagstorm were really good they opened up the fest and I loved catching Falls of Rauros later.
DJ: Oh yeah those were good too, and Hivelords were ******* heavy.
Ryan: I have to say it’s my favorite show that I’ve ever played. Everyone was really cool! We wish we could stay both days, but we couldn’t since we had a show the next day.
On growing pains:
Mers: It took a while for us to be able to practice again in 2013. I didn’t have a job for a while, so I had no money for gas. Even when we aren’t doing anything I’m always writing songs, lyrics and ideas for the band.
Ryan: We wrote stuff for our new album during our hiatus. Since the writing process too so long we had different opinions on the products and ended up re-writing them. Though we weren’t playing we never stopped working, we wanted to get the stuff done.
How do you guys feel being a young unsigned band, yet have tons of coverage and already play big shows?
Mers: We are always humbled and motivated by the support we get. It feels surreal a lot of the time, to know that people care about this thing you do that is very personal and vulnerable, at least for myself. It’s an honor. Music was my first expression so it carries great meaning for me.
Ryan: I’ve always been humbled that anyone takes the time to give our band even a moment of attention. As for labels, we haven’t really felt the need to look in that direction. We are extremely focused and know exactly what we want to do, so until we see a place where a label can elevate that, we are perfectly fine doing everything ourselves.
DJ: It’s great… While I think labels can still do bands a lot of good, they’re not entirely necessary if you have really have the drive and confidence to do what you want, and do it the way you want to.
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Dead Empires is a three piece instrumental rock band out of Kingston. They released their latest single, “True Believer”, last year, recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks Studio in Boston. If you are just getting into the local rock music scene, Dead Empires are a really unique act to check out… let us know what you think in the comments!