Metallica are offering up what can be considered a sonic Christmas gift for fans. A studio version of the previously unheard song ‘Hate Train’ from the ‘Death Magnetic’ sessions has popped up online, at the same time the band played it at the first of their recent 30th anniversary shows.
Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith wasn’t able to head out with the band for its fall “Road Test” tour due to his commitments to his “other” band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so Kenny Aronoff manned the kit in his absence. The ‘Foot did test runs of material from the recently released album ‘III’ and Smith was there in spirit. He kept in touch with his mates the entire time and may have even watched some footage from the shows on YouTube.
If you’ve read (and believe) the now-legendary stories in the book ‘Hammer of the Gods,’ then you’d think that life as Led Zeppelin‘s roadie would have been a decadent, hedonistic existence. However, the band’s former roadie Henry “The Horse” Smith recently recalled his early days as the band’s road manager to Backpage, but chose to adopt the “what happens on the road, stays on the road” philosophy when discussing those times.
Scientists working at Boston’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with the funding help of hometown hero and Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, are working on a special, almost magical gel that replicates the activity of a human vocal cord. It will be able to help the damaged voices of singers and, more importantly, cancer patients! The Who vocalist Roger Daltrey is also partly funding the endeavor.
Jeff Beck and Robert Plant have reportedly discussed working together on a musical project of unknown shape and size. It would certainly be a case of legend partnering with legend, if it does indeed happen.
James Gang drummer and founder Jimmy Fox recently recalled how he first linked up with guitarist Joe Walsh in an on-air interview with WCNX. Fox gave the guitarist his start in the power trio, so he effectively discovered Walsh in terms of a national audience.
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