Did you manage to see Nine Inch Nails on their final victory lap before they were retired as a live band (at least in the current form – I’m pretty sure we’ll see them again some day, eventually, and when that day comes everyone will be all like, ‘pfft, what a rip. I paid to see their last tour because it was their last tour, and now they’re touring again? WTF, NIN, WTF? But I digress). Well NIN may be no more but thanks to Trent Reznor’s decision to bail out of the touring game for the time being, there are a hell of a lot of cool NIN-owned/used guitars being sold on eBay at the moment by the band. Check out this ESP Eclipse with artwork from The Fragile.
NIN Access, the highly-anticipated Apple iPhone application, has gone live, although it seems to be crashing my phone so far… not sure what’s going on there. Some other users on Twitter are reporting the same thing but it’s working fine for others.
I Heart Guitar news – sifting through the internets so you don’t have to.
Rare Mike Keneally albums available again
Mike Keneally has made available via download three long out-of-print titles: Sluggo! (probably my personal favourite), The Mistakes (an amazing collaboration between Keneally, Prairie Prince, Andy West and Henry Kaiser that I had to pay fifty bucks for on eBay), and Half Alive In Hollywood, which I’m going to buy the hell out of come payday.
In his most recent email newsletter, Mike says: “It has been our plan to do expanded, remastered special editions of these albums since we started the reissue campaign with hat. and Boil That Dust Speck, but with all of our current operating capital going towards the manufacture of the three upcoming Scambot CDs, we couldn’t wait any longer to make these archive releases available. These downloads feature the albums precisely as they were originally issued, including all artwork lovingly reproduced, and all feature new updated liner notes by moi (which is French for Mike Keneally). Available in both FLAC and mp3 format for the same low price. Will we ever reissue these albums on CD? We don’t know? (Ask us when Scambot:Three is done.) In the meantime, we feed a music-hungry world as best we can.”
To download the albums, go to http://store.moosemart.com
Source: Mike Keneally
Riot! signs Fozzy
Riot! Entertainment, the crew who hooked me up with my Derek Sherinian interview, recently signed wrestler Chris Jericho’s metal band Fozzy (with Stuck Mojo guitarist Chris Ward) to a worldwide deal for their forthcoming album, ‘Chasing The Grail.’ This is a huge move for Riot! and is sure to mean lots of label support and promotion for Fozzy. Chris Jericho said of the partnership, “I’m very excited to know that the new Fozzy record is going to be released by John Howarth and Riot. Riot was by far the biggest supporter of Fozzy’s last album ‘All That Remains” and did everything they could to spread the Fozzpel not only across Australia, but around the world as well. As a result ATR was by far our most successful album to date. To make this partnership even more exciting is the fact that we have written the absolute best album that we have ever done. This album will see Fozzy reaching new heights and breaking down more barriers to show all fans of heavy rock and heavy metal exactly who we are as a band. I guarantee that all of our fans will agree and be blown away and that all of our haters will hide their faces in shock when they realize that they were wrong about this band. I’m so stoked to unleash these tunes upon the world and just as stoked to know that it will be the people at Riot who will be making it possible! 2009 is the year of the Fozz!”
Manny’s in New York closes
Dammit, I always dreamed of going to Manny’s in New York when I was a kid, after reading about it guitar magazines and books and stuff. Now it seems that unless someone throws a bunch of cash at me, I’ve missed my chance. Manny’s is shutting its doors in May.
Source: Premier Guitar
Trent Reznor disses Chris Cornell on Twitter
Are you following Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor on Twitter? www.twitter.com/trent_reznor. He posted this yesterday: “You know that feeling you get when somebody embarrasses themselves so badly YOU feel uncomfortable? Heard Chris Cornell’s record? Jesus.”
Source: Music Radar
Singer search for my band
And finally, in other news, my band is looking for a singer. The music is influenced by Alice In Chains, Extreme, Devin Townsend, Living Colour, Primus, Joe Satriani, Frank Zappa and Mike Keneally, as well as a whole bunch of other things. I’ll post an audio sample over the weekend to give you an idea of the style, but if you know of anyone in the Melbourne, Australia area who has great stage presence and can sing their ass off, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Towards the beginning of my career in NINE INCH NAILS, our biggest break came in the form of an invitation to perform a series of shows with JANE’S ADDICTION. These performances essentially created and defined the term ‘alternative’ rock in the U.S., created an ongoing festival franchise that is still thriving (Lollapalooza), set the stage for NIRVANA to shift popular taste a few months later, and were really fucking FUN to play and attend — truly the best times I’ve had. The shows were epic. So epic, they propelled NIN to the ‘next level’ (whatever that means), but caused JANE’S to implode. The band broke up at the end of that tour.
“Fast forward to the present. Corporate rock STILL sucks. A friend tells me they saw the original JANE’S lineup play a tiny show in L.A. that was unbelievable. I break out my JANE’S records and am amazed by how vital they sound. These guys were the real deal and in this current climate mostly dominated by poseurs and pussies, it was refreshing to hear something that sounded dangerous, volatile, beautiful and SINCERE.
“E-mails were sent, phone calls were made, dinner was arranged, ideas were discussed and the next thing I know we’re in the studio experimenting. We laugh, we get to know each other, we cry, we yell, we almost quit, we record LOTS of guitar solos, we discuss, we actually begin to all communicate, we yell some more, we become FRIENDS, we laugh again and we do some great things. I get to see first-hand why they broke up all those years ago but I also get the chance to see four distinct personalities that become an INCREDIBLE band when they’re in the same room.
“In NIN world, 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of our first releases. I’ve been thinking for some time now it’s time to make NIN disappear for a while. Last year’s ‘Lights in the Sky’ tour was something I’m quite proud of and seems like the culmination of what I could pull off in terms of an elaborate production. It was also quite difficult to pull off technically and physically night after night and left us all a bit dazed. After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year. The approach to these shows is quite different from last year — much more raw, spontaneous and less scripted. Fun for us and a different way for you to see us and wave goodbye. I reached out to JANE’S to see if they’d want to join us across the U.S. and we all felt it could be a great thing. Will it work? Will it resonate in the marketplace? Who knows. Is there big record label marketing dollars to convince you to attend? Nope. Does it feel right to us and does it seem like it will be fun for us and you? Yes it does.
“Look for tour dates soon and I hope to see you out there.”
Wow. So, NIN to take a break after a possible joint tour with Jane’s Addiction? Very interesting. I’ve seen both bands live (and unfortunately I don’t think I’ll get a chance to see NIN when they play in Melbourne next week) but I’d love to see them together. Hopefully they’ll bring the tour to Australia, or hopefully I’ll suddenly get rich and be able to fly to the US to catch it. Hehe.