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FOO FIGHTERS have released a brand new EP, "Saint Cecilia", featuring five new tracks recorded recently in Austin, Texas. The EP has been made available via FooFighters.com as well as iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. The FOO FIGHTERS posted a countdown clock on its site earlier this month counting down to midnight on November 22, along with a series of cryptic photos, some of which were taken at the Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas. "Saint Cecilia" EP track listing: 01. Saint Cecilia 02. Sean 03. Savior Breath 04. Iron Rooster 05. The Neverending Sigh In a letter written on November 19, FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl explained that the project has taken on an entirely different tone in light of the heartbreaking tragedies of November 13. He wrote: "The 'Saint Cecilia' EP was put into motion back in October of this year as a celebration of life and music. The concept being that, as our world tour drew to a close this week, we wanted to share our love of both with you in return for everything you have given us. "Now, there is a new, hopeful intention that, even in the smallest way, perhaps these songs can bring a little light into this sometimes dark world. To remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song. That much can never be taken away. "To all who were affected by the atrocities in Paris, loved ones and friends, our hearts go out to you and your families. We will return and celebrate life and love with you once again someday with our music. As it should be done." Grohl's original letter, which was written on November 8, reads as follows: "Hey. "Thanks. "For real. "It was in Austin, Texas March 14th, 2013, at the last show of the 'Sound City Players' when I was given a small, but very relevant and perhaps prophetic gift from my 'Sound City' movie producers Jim Rota and John Ramsay. An empty journal, with a note that said something along the lines of, 'Congratulations on everything 'Sound City'... now get to work on the next project!' It was the most beautiful way to end something that I wanted so badly to last forever: with a new beginning. "The basic concept of the 'Sonic Highways' album and series was born right then and there, in a small backstage room surrounded by mountains of Lone Star beer and Stubbs BBQ. 8 songs, 8 cities, 8 studios, and a musical road trip of a lifetime. Removing the FOO FIGHTERS from our comfort zone and challenging the process from top to bottom, it breathed new life into the band, and set us on a journey that unquestionably exceeded any of our simple expectations. And now it has led us here. To another beautiful ending. "So, where do I begin? "We owe it all to Mexico City. "Unbeknownst to them, the people who attended those two concerts back in December, 2013 at Foro Sol stadium helped fund the filming and recording of the bulk of the 'Sonic Highways' project. They were the fuse that lit this little firecracker, baby. Without those gigs, many may have never heard the incredible and truly inspiring life stories of Buddy Guy, Steve Albini, Ian Mackaye, Tony Joe White, Zac Brown, Dolly Parton, Roky Erickson, Gary Clark Jr., Bruce Pavitt, Fred Drake, Terry Lickona, Joan Jett, Steve Rosenthal, Nora Guthrie... a list too long to share here. But, beyond giving our band the equivalent of a rock and roll university year abroad, they gave the entire world the most priceless gift: Inspiration. So... Gracias a todos, Mexico... we couldn't have done it without you. "Before long, our rag tag crew of ne'er-do-wells was stumbling from city to city, coast to coast, taking in every drop (!) of 100 proof American culture we could squeeze. Dancing in a New Orleans second line parade, laying under the desert stars in Joshua Tree, walking the streets of Chicago in -30 degree weather...it was an American dream come true. Our only responsibility was to share it with you, and the brave people of HBO trusted us with that much. (Very freely, I might add.) Blind faith? Perhaps. But, without Nina Rosenstein, we would not be the people who we are today. Looking back, she gave us something immeasurably generous: some of the greatest memories of our lives. These people and places that we experienced have filled our hearts...and ultimately our songs. So, thank you, Nina. We are yours. But, focused on the moment, we never in our wildest dreams could have imagined the whirlwind 23 months that lay ahead of us. We just put one foot in front of the other, and kept moving.... "I must admit, I never looked at our schedule. I was too scared. I knew that this was it. This was the big one. There was talk of stadiums, and anniversaries, and TV shows. South Africa, Korea, Colombia. Letterman and Glastonbury. It all seemed too good to be true! But, as always, we kept our heads down and tried to appreciate every single moment as it fled. Because, you realize, none of this was ever supposed to happen. Ever. As we approached our twentieth anniversary, it was hard not to look back on all of those years and smile while shaking our heads in wonder and disbelief. From the Mike Watt van tour of 1995, to RFK stadium in Washington DC (my hometown gig) July 4th, 2015...those dots don't necessarily connect in real life, you know? It still boggles the mind. But, the spoils of these blessings are not lost upon us. We count every last one. "Even the disasters. "A lucky break? Yeah, you could call it that. Gothenburg was a swift reminder that life is short, and that we're all here to live it together, no matter what adversity you're faced with. (Music! The perfect remedy!) Sure, weeks and weeks of shuffling around hotel rooms on my butt with a cast on my leg, trying to pack my suitcase alone before lobby call got pretty fucking stale pretty fucking quick. But, as always, I just put one foot in front of......well, the same one for a while there... "And then everything changed. The energy. The atmosphere. THE THRONE. I was no longer afraid to look at the schedule, I was glued to it. The challenge that we faced from there on out became more of a mission, or a dare, if you will. And it showed. Pat's smile got even wider (an infallible barometer of all things), Chris's solos got even faster (thank God someone knows what they're doing up there), Nate's stage moves more daring (I once noticed him just to the left of me) and Taylor's drum set....well....it got pinker. But not without the help of scores of hardworking bad asses that some might call the FOO FIGHTERS road crew (we like refer to them as family, in a very Manson Family kind of way...) They ultimately deserve the lion's share of credit for keeping this old circus tent erect for the past 6 months. So, let's all have a nice, warm diet Coke for them tonight. They're the hardest working motherfuckers in the business. Cheers. "And so we trudged on. Any fatigue was met with an explosion of energy once the curtain went up. Any pain was met with the adrenaline of thousands of voices singing along. Every one of you kept us alive for a while there. One night, at a point where I felt like I was at the end of my rope, it came to me that these few hours we have together every night were something like a heavy blanket to retreat under. I could always rely on our time together to get me to the next stop. Again, and again. From Chicago to Cesena. "That being said....we've always been pretty good at knowing when to call it a day. You just....know. You get that feeling that, if you're not careful, you'll run out of bread crumbs to find your way home and be lost in the woods forever. It hit me a few months back, crept up on me and tapped me on the shoulder as if to say 'Hey...don't spend it all in one place, asshole.' A sobering reminder that all good things must come to an end. Of course...we could keep going. After all, we'd made it this far, right? What's another 20 years? "Around that time we arrived in Austin, Texas for the Austin City Limits festival. A massive gig, two weekends and hundreds of acts, it was to be some of our final American performances for this album. There's a certain bittersweet relief to that. On one hand, you're carrying these monumental experiences under your wing as you anticipate life outside of a tour bus. On the other hand, you fear that the thrill and joy of sharing music with people all over the world will leave you like an empty shell when it's gone. It becomes your everything. And that's terrifying. "The Saint Cecilia Hotel, named after the patroness saint of music, is known as 'A lush retreat from the world.' And, believe me, that it is! 14 rooms and a small bar, it's tucked away in the trees within a bustling, Austin neighborhood. As our van pulled up in the wee hours of September 30th, 2015, I was struck with a rather impulsive idea: to record some songs on our days off to give to the world as a 'thank you' for the last 2 years. Though there's a world class recording studio just on the other side of the fence (Arlyn Studios, look it up.), the hotel manager, Jenny offered that we record in the hotel. A most generous, but unrealistic offer. Though, after rolling it around in my head a few times, it made perfect sense! Returning to the city where the entire 'Sonic Highways' concept was born, loading in one last time to a room that was never designed to be a recording studio a la 'Sonic Highways', and making some music! Fate? Destiny? I was too tired to figure that kind of shit out, so I hit the sack, woke up the next morning and started making some calls... "By 6 p.m. the next day, the office was transformed into a control room and the bar was littered with microphones and cables. Amps were in the kitchen. Drums in front of the fireplace. Instant studio, courtesy of the legendary Kevin Szymanski! (Those fancy computer things are pretty convenient! More on that another time....) Margaritas were made, friends came to visit, the sun went down, and before long we started making enough noise to drive the neighbors to start drinking along with us. Riffs and ideas were thrown around, songs that were lost in the shuffle over the years, songs that were left unfinished. Like a musical retrospective, we were going through decades of songs no one has ever heard, pieces left on the cutting room floor from every album. Our own sonic scrapbook. ('The Neverending Sigh' is 20 years old! Was once called '7 Corners', for all you diehards out there...) Without the usual pressure or expectation of making an 'album,' we sat happy and relaxed as we played. A virtual 'This Is Your Life' of the FOO FIGHTERS. It was so good, but again, bittersweet knowing that it was all soon coming to an end. "By midnight, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band had arrived, and the 'session' turned into a full on party. Guitars were abandoned for horns and the room started swinging (spinning?). People danced between the cables and microphones, dancing behind the bar, strumming acoustic guitars on the patio. Danny Clinch did what Danny Clinch does, capturing the moments in his beautiful pictures between cocktails. Gary Clark Jr. sat on the patio in the candlelight, jamming along with friends from a couch. As the hours passed, the atmosphere had reached exactly what every recording experience should be: A celebration. 'Always record! Always record!' said Jack Black in that infamous TENACIOUS D episode from years ago. Truer words have never been spoken. Because you just might miss something that you'll never get back again. Moments that happen once in a lifetime. By the time that weekend was over, we had recorded 5 songs in that tiny room. "Weekend two was spent recording vocals and guitars in my bedroom, room 4. More friends, more margaritas, a fire in the fire pit. The most fabulous Cambria Harkey floated in, slinging her camera to insure that this wasn't all just a dream. The porch was buzzing with activity as I did vocals in my bathroom, stepping in and out to listen to the previous takes. The coffee table became a pile of guitar pedals and scribbled lyrics, beer bottles and ashtrays. At one point, a familiar face walked in and said, 'Dave.....it's Ben Kweller.....' It had been years! Such a talented young man. We hugged, hit play to listen to the last vocal take, and he instinctively started singing the perfect harmony to my line. Without hesitation, I immediately said, 'Get your ass in there and sing it right now.' So he picked up the coffee stained piece of hotel stationary with my lyrics penciled on it and banged out his part in two glorious takes. Always record, ladies and gentlemen. Always record. The night faded, friends and family scattered, and I fell asleep with my still glowing amp at the foot of my bed. "It was heartbreaking to leave that place, to say the least. I honestly feel like we left a piece of our band there as we were being torn away from it. The perfect unity of life, and love, and music is something that only comes around so often and in certain circumstances. When you feel it coming on, you have to take hold of it. That place and those people made it possible for our band to take one, big final breath before the curtain closes. Thankfully, we have evidence of this in these songs that we're giving to you today. Thank you, Saint Cecilia. You made us feel right at home. "And, the music? Maybe these songs are the breadcrumbs that will help us find our way back when it's time. We could use a nice wander through the woods right about now. Another empty journal, another tap on the shoulder...those things are never far behind. It's what lies ahead in those woods that excites me now.... "So tonight, as I sit in my Berlin hotel room on our final tour for this album, counting down the days until we return home, I can't help but wonder when we will see each other again. Who knows? But, with everything FOO FIGHTERS related, it will only be when it feels right. And that's a feeling that's easy to feel. "To each and every one of you that made the past few years the best our band has ever had, thank you. You have all given us so much, and we are eternally grateful. "For real. "One foot in front of the other..."
BEHEMOTH guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski former fiancée Dorota Rabczewska — better known as the 31-year-old Polish pop singer Doda — joined Slash on stage on November 20 at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland to perform the GUNS N' ROSES classic "Sweet Child O' Mine". Video footage of her appearance can be seen below. Doda, who performs "Sweet Child O' Mine" during her solo concerts, tweeted Friday night that singing with Slash was "a dream come true." Doda is notable for her innovative and controversial performances and music videos. She first became known as a member of the Polish rock band VIRGIN. After the group disbanded in 2007, she continued with a solo career. In 2011, Polish magazine Viva! named her one of the ten most influential women in Poland. TheNews.pl reported in March 2011 that Nergal dumped Doda over the phone, ending of the two-year romance between Poland's most unlikely showbiz couple.
Slash was joined on stage tonight in Poland by special guest Polish singer, Doda Queen! - Raj - pic.twitter.com/h0rYHH6zL8— Slash Army UK (@SlashArmyUK) November 20, 2015
Country-pop star Carrie Underwood has told E! in a new interview with she really wants to sing with GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose at some point in her life. She said: "I've covered enough GUNS N' ROSES stuff, and it was people like him who taught me how to sing." "I look at people like him and Freddie Mercury, those people who were doing all these crazy runs. It was so different," Underwood added. In 2013, Underwood delivered a faithful cover of GUNS N' ROSES' "Paradise City" at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Check out video footage of the performance below. Underwood said in a 2014 interview that late QUEEN frontman Freddie Mercury was high on her list of first loves. "I've always been a huge fan and lover of Freddie Mercury," she said. "I would listen to him when I was a kid. He could do so many amazing things with his voice. People like that — who had incredible voices — I was always drawn to. I would want to try to do what they do. They were my teachers." She also said that if you scrolled through her iPod, you’d find some really hard rock music, like MUDVAYNE. "When I work out, I like to listen to things that are really angry," she said. "I couldn't do it on a daily basis or driving in my car. I think that would be kind of weird."
This weekend's edition of legendary BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward's radio show "Rock 50" included his tribute to the Paris attack survivors and a few words about late MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, who died on November 11 at the age of 61. Speaking about terrorist attacks in France that left 130 people dead, Ward read the following statement during his radio show: "This is from 'Rock 50' and my family. We send our deepest condolences to the families of those whose lives, on Friday, November the 13th, were horribly cut short. Our respect and sincere wishes go to all those who are surviving and recovering from their physical injuries. Our hearts are sad and we are moved by the courage of the survivors of the Paris attacks. Their outlook and resilience is a stark contrast to the world's shock, fear and outrage. Leading with a healing response, the survivors have shown an extraordinary example of love and tolerance. We can learn from them. They are to be admired and commended for such selfless enlightenment in the face and shadow of a self-defeating tyrannical sickness." He continued: "I am thankful that my eldest son, musicians I admire and a longtime old friend were not in the concert hall at that life-betraying moment when the shots were fired. "In all that is honesty and life, music and love will prevail — it will prevail above all wretched consequences. It is light and comfort and solace for millions. "Have hope in the spirit of music. "May peace reside in the hearts of the suffering forever." After reading the statement, Ward went on to say: "I hate reading statements like that, but at the same time, I feel that statements like that have to be made. And I'm not a politician, I'm a rock musician, but I've been saying things for a number of years now about stuff when it sticks out, and it was time to make a statement as well. And my hat is definitely off to the survivors. I was so moved by watching them on TV and the reports. I'm just glad that they're alive to tell their story. They are angels on the earth, that's for sure." The original lineup of SABBATH reunited in late 2011 for a new album called "13" and a world tour. Although Ward was on board at first, he dropped out over what he called contractual issues. Ward will apparently not be part of the band's 2016 farewell tour either.
MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy was interviewed this past week by "ZDF Aspekte" (Aspects), a popular German cultural show for the younger generation. You can now watch the chat at ZDF.de. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the Paris terrorist attacks of November 13: Lemmy: "We were looking at the TV as it happened and they were filming it. You could still hear gunshots. It's so dumb. Those people are so dumb. What for? Do you think it's gonna be a heroic thing to kill innocent people? Assholes. Cowards." On whether the thought crossed his mind that this could have happened at a MOTÖRHEAD show: Lemmy: "Yeah, sure, of course. I mean, we played the Bataclan many times — about ten times. It was a regular show for us in Paris. But, thankfully, [nothing happened to us] that night." On whether it was clear to him that MOTÖRHEAD wouldn't be able to play in France immediately after the Paris terrorist attacks, like the band was scheduled to: Lemmy: "Well, I didn't think they'd let us play. I mean, it was the day after." On whether the terrorist attack at the EAGLES OF DEATH METAL concert changed anything for him in terms of the way he approaches performing: Lemmy: "No. I would have gone on the day after. If they [the terrorists] stop you, then they win. And they're not gonna beat me. I mean, I do what I'm supposed to do. If the police cancel [the show for us], I can't do [anything] about that. But we didn't cancel it." On whether he thinks people are more vulnerable now because of what happened in Paris: Lemmy: "We've always been vulnerable. Every day you go out the house, you're vulnerable. You're inches from diving under a bus or somebody hitting you over the head for your money. Nothing is safe. Everybody seems to be obsessed with safety. Well, nothing is safe, okay? Nothing! Make the most of it while you're safe now. You won't be tomorrow, maybe." On how the Paris attacks caused the French president to declare his nation at war with Islamic State extremists: Lemmy: "Well, you've gotta see his point. I mean, he just had Pearl Harbor in his capital city. I mean, they declared war on him, not him on them." On whether he would characterize the current situation as "war": Lemmy: "Well, it's difficult to think of another description. A bunch of guys running around in the capital city with automatic weapons. They killed 137 people. What do you call it?" On the recent passing of former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, who died on November 11 at the age of 61: Lemmy: "Yeah, he's the second [ex-MOTÖRHEAD member to die]. First Würzel [ex-MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Michael Burston] and now Phil. I've known Phil, it feels like, all my life. He was a real character, he was a real nutcase, and I do admire that in a person. But I think he lost his will to live, 'cause he was doing a lot of the wrong drugs and living with the wrong people, and it finally caught up." On whether he would say he (Lemmy) always used the "right" drugs: Lemmy: "No. But it was too much for his constitution. So far I've survived it." On whether he is sometimes surprised that he is still able to perform considering the amount of drugs and alcohol he consumed in his life: Lemmy: "No, I'm just lucky. I don't really recommend the lifestyle, 'cause most people die of it. I mean, a lot of my friends are dead who shouldn't be, who had a lot more music in them. But that's the way life is: the luck of the draw. You can't plan your life; it doesn't work. If you're confronted by a situation that you didn't plan for, and then you're lost… baffled. So you might as well be ready for everything. And to do that, you have to take all the drugs you possibly can."
Relapse Records will release the first-ever fully authorized DEATH tab book, featuring 21 classic songs tabbed out for guitar from the band's entire discography. The book, which includes traditional notation as well as tablature, also comes with a digital download of all tracks. It will be emade available this Christmas. Pre-orders are available here. Featured tracks: 01. Zombie Ritual (from the album "Scream Bloody Gore") 02. Denial Of Life (from the album "Scream Bloody Gore") 03. Mutilation (from the album "Scream Bloody Gore") 04. Pull The Plug (from the album "Leprosy") 05. Leprosy (from the album "Leprosy") 06. Left To Die (from the album "Leprosy") 07. Spiritual Healing (from the album "Spiritual Healing") 08. Living Monstrosity (from the album "Spiritual Healing") 09. Within The Mind (from the album "Human") 10. Lack Of Comprehension (from the album "Human") 11. Suicide Machine (from the album "Human") 12. Together As One (from the album "Human") 13. The Philosopher (from the album "Individual Thought Patterns") 14. Overactive Imagination (from the album "Individual Thought Patterns") 15. In Human Form (from the album "Individual Thought Patterns") 16. Perennial Quest (from the album "Symbolic") 17. Zero Tolerance (from the album "Symbolic") 18. Crystal Mountain (from the album "Symbolic") 19. Spirit Crusher (from the album "The Sound of Perseverance") 20. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow (from the album "The Sound of Perseverance") 21. Story To Tell (from the album "The Sound of Perseverance") It was 1993 when DEATH cemented its reputation as one of the most creative and innovative progressive metal bands of our time by releasing its fifth studio album, "Individual Thought Patterns". The album was their most technical and progressive material to date while displaying the full talents of DEATH mastermind Chuck Schuldiner. In 2016, this legendary album will be brought back to life in the live setting. With its upcoming 2016 tour, "European Thought Patterns", DEATH DTA will pay tribute to the masterpiece along with classic cuts from all of the DEATH albums. The DEATH DTA lineup will consist of Steve DiGiorgio (DEATH, TESTAMENT, SADUS), Gene Hoglan (DEATH, TESTAMENT, DARK ANGEL), Bobby Koelble (DEATH) and Max Phelps (EXIST), who have joined forces to resurrect those iconic songs, along with many more milestones from DEATH's legendary history. The "European Thought Patterns" tour is the latest endeavor in a series of tours that have seen DEATH DTA performing at dozens of festivals and countries across the globe, alongside such renowned artists as OBITUARY, CARCASS, KREATOR, and many more. DEATH's storied catalog has undergone a meticulous reissue campaign via Relapse Records. Chuck died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.
Fan-filmed video footage of EXODUS's November 13 performance at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, Texas as part of this year's Housecore Horror Film Festival can be seen below. EXODUS is currently touring North America as the support act for KING DIAMOND. EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt is unable to take part in the trek due to his commitments with SLAYER. Filling in for him once again is HEATHEN guitarist Kragen Lum. EXODUS's latest album, "Blood In Blood Out", sold around 8,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 38 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on October 14, 2014 via Nuclear Blast, the CD art was illustrated by Swedish artist Pär Olofsson, known worldwide for his incredible renderings that have graced the covers of countless heavy metal albums, including EXODUS' "Let There Be Blood". "Blood In Blood Out" is EXODUS' first album since the departure of the band's lead singer of nine years, Rob Dukes, and the return of Steve "Zetro" Souza, who previously fronted EXODUS from 1986 to 1993 and from 2002 to 2004.