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BETWEEN THE FRETS ::: 8/22/11

This Is Hot!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ much-anticipated new album, I’m with You, is streaming for free now, via iTunes. The band’s forthcoming album began streaming for free today and will continue to stream until the album is released. To hear the entire album, visit www.itunes.com/rhcp.

Oh Lulu

The album by Metallica and Lou Reed will be called Lulu, and it features songs inspired by a pair of plays by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind. Metallica said Reed originally planned to use the songs in a theatrical production of the plays Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box, which together tell the story of a young, abused dancer’s life and relationships.

“After coming together with the ’Tallica boys for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 all guilty parties knew they wanted to make more music together,” the band said in a statement. “Lou was inspired enough by that performance to recently ask the band to join him in taking his theatrical Lulu piece to the next level and so starting in early May of this year we were all camped out recording at HQ studios in Northern California, bringing us to today and 10 complete songs.”

An official website has been established for the project at www.loureedmetallica.com. The album will be released worldwide on October 31 and in North America on November 1. Song titles revealed so far are “Junior Dad,” “Mistress Dread” and “Pumping Blood.”

My Chemical Romance…Still Recording…

My Chemical Romance revealed at their recent show in Chicago that they will be recording a new album after their current tour. Hip Hip…okay.


Life Goes By In The Blink Of An Eye

"When they say that C word, you can’t believe it." Blink-182 guitarist-vocalist Tom DeLonge recounted the scary day last year at the doctor, after someone noticed a strange-looking spot on his chest. “It was just a little thing,” he told to Noisecreep. “Someone pointed it out and said, ‘You should get that checked out.’ I did, next thing I know it’s ‘By the way, you have cancer.”

DeLonge’s melanoma diagnosis was dealt with quickly, and today he’s confident that they got everything. “They can never tell you completely that it’s perfect but it looks like all is okay. I didn’t have to get any chemotherapy or radiation. I was on the edge of having to do it, but thankfully, no.”

While on the 2011 Honda Civic Tour tour with his band Blink-182, sharing the bill with My Chemical Romance, DeLonge has created an opportunity for fans to get involved battling cancer, a disease which has also touched his immediate family.


Way to go Tom, good things to do!

Writing For A Job, For A Cowboy

Arizona extreme metallers Job For A Cowboy are putting the finishing touches on the pre-production demos for their upcoming studio album. The CD is tentatively due next year via Metal Blade Records.


Soil Staind

Former Staind drummer Jon Wysocki will sit behind the kit for Soil during the Chicago band’s upcoming co-headlining U.K. tour with Puddle of Mudd.



Soil will return to the U.K. in October with a lineup that will include the band’s original lead singer and founding member Ryan McCombs and fellow founding members Tim King and Adam Zadel.

Wysocki discussed the tour: “I’m looking forward to joining my friends in Soil on this tour. I’ve known these guys for a long time and always loved their music. I’m honored to be playing on this tour with the band for the amazing European fans. Looking forward to seeing you at the shows. Don’t miss this one!”


LinkedIn To The Music Business

LinkedIn is for business contacts, right? Exactly, which is why bands may want to consider a LinkedIn profile - on top of everything else.  Not for existing fans, but for the business connections that can bring more fans.

Here’s a rundown of how to approach this network from Kelli Richards of the All Access Group, who just released Taking the Crowd to the Cloud: Social Media for the Music Industry.  It’s available at allaccessgroup.com and at e-book sellers:

"Depending on what you do and how experienced you are around social media, you may or may not see the wisdom in being on the LinkedIn network.  But make no mistake, the industry leaders in your field, and the reviewers, bloggers and print media writers are most definitely there – so this becomes a valuable link in your online chain – and, believe me, that chain reaches all the way from you to your fans.  In fact, there are seventy million users on Linkedin, and 37 percent of those are making more than 6 figures.  So while your listeners and fan base may not be looking for you on LinkedIn, you can find some amazing connections there – and successful collaborations – along with some fully funded fans, followers and even brand advocates and sponsors for your merchandise and events.

Read more here.

Happy Birthday!

John Lee Hooker

Roland Orzabal

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BETWEEN THE FRETS ::: 8/15/11

Juggalos #Winning

Charlie Sheen's winning record is definitely in question after his appearance at Gathering of the Juggalos, a three-day music festival held in Detroit. Sheen was both booed and cheered, and at one point pelted with objects, check out videos here.

 

Ghostbusting

Check out this rare pro-shot footage of the mysterious, yet addicting Swedish band Ghost here.

 

Adam Jones, We Salute You

Tool guitarist Adam Jones played the National Anthem at WWE Summerslam 2001! Check this out!

Every Time I Release A New Album Interview

Every Time I Die and The Damned Things frontman Keith Buckley recently talked about ETID’s upcoming album, Warped Tours’ line-up, and his experience in The Damned Things this year, check out the interview clips here and here (part 2).

 

Prada Has A Brand New Bag

Full Metal Jackie played a new The Devil Wears Prada song the other day, hear the audio here.

 

Stephen Carpenter’s Part Time Job

Deftones' guitarist Stephen Carpenter has his famous hands in another project dubbed Sol Invicto, which released their debut EP ‘Initium’ for free this week. It’s not lost on us that Carpenter’s Deftones bandmate Chino Moreno released an EP by his Crosses ††† side project for free on Facebook recently, as well. Check it out here.

Queens of the Prison Shower

As TMZ reports, former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri has been charged with four felonies and could spend 15 years in prison.

The charges stem from an incident last month, when Oliveri — who’s most recently performed with Kyuss Lives! — surrendered to police in Los Angeles after a four-hour standoff with the SWAT team. Oliveri was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, and a subsequent search of his Hollywood home turned up cocaine, methamphetamines and a loaded rifle, according to TMZ.

Oliveri’s girlfriend accused the singer of hitting her repeatedly on July 11, the day before an argument overhead by neighbors ultimately led police to the couple’s door. The troubled rocker reportedly has a history of domestic violence, and in 2004, Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme admitted that similar allegations had led to Oliver’s firing.



When Oliveri returns to court next month, he’ll face two counts each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, as well as one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a police officer.

Sugarland Tragedy

FRET12 would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who lost their lives while attending the most recent Sugarland concert Saturday when the stage collapsed.

New Chimaira, New Album

A new Chimaira album is now streaming! Check it out here!


Maylene and The Leaking Tracks

Maylene and The Sons Of Disaster recently released two new tracks from their upcoming album, IV, due out September 27th. Check them out here and here.

 

Quiet Killer Career

Guitarist singer/Songwriter Mat Kearney has accomplished what most cannot…achieving major success with little to no radio attention. Though you probably have heard of him at some point be sure to check out his latest album Young Love, which debuted #4 on the Billboard 200 selling over 44,000 copies.

Island Def Jam Layoffs

Island Def Jam Music Group initiated another round of layoffs on Friday, according to multiple sources to Digital Music News. This time, the sources are coming from New York, and that’s where most of the cuts appear to be happening.

Read more here.

How Much Money?!

Some investors won’t spend more than a few hundred thousand on a promising startup - especially now. Yet major labels are still pouring millions to push releases and develop artists (like this $1.1 million cost for one song).           

In fact, the IFPI estimates that a newly-signed pop act requires $1 million in capital to break.  Similarly, an already-established, superstar artist breaks the bank with roughly $4.65 million invested around an album and related assets.  Here’s the estimate from a recently-released, investment-focused IFPI report. 

Happy Birthday!

David Crosby (belated)

Adam Willard

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BETWEEN THE FRETS ::: 8/10/11

Metallica-Megadeth Supergroup?!

Dave Mustaine has commented that since rekindling his friendship with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich he has had many ideas, one is a supergroup, here is what he said, “I’ve talked to Lars and James about me and David [Ellefson, Megadeth bassist] doing a supergroup record with Lars and James. Well, James said ‘no,’ but it’s still kind of out there in the air. I’m gonna keep hammering on him. It’s on my bucket list.” Listen to the interview here.

Chili Pepper Addiction

Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers are once again on the top of the rock charts with both their new singles. It is a blast from the past, but, check out the new singles here and here to prove to yourself these bands deserve it.


Tuesday, the 1st (no superstition)

Megadeth has confirmed its new album, TH1RT3EN, will be released November 1st of this year. Looking forward to this one and look out for FRET12’s latest interview with Chris Broderick!


Tom Morello Surprisingly Talks Rioting

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello recently commented on the London riots, he said:

"I have been following matters in the U.K. rather closely and I think it’s no accident that over the course of the last year we’ve seen this kind of social unrest around the globe from the Arab Spring, to the riots in Spain and Greece caused by the austerity measures and the 100,000 people seen on the streets of Wisconsin as working-class people stood up for their union rights…”

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Stalker Alert!

John Frusciante, former guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, claims that he is being stalked by a female fan, and both parties are due in court later this month, reports TMZ.

The 32-year-old woman, August Elizabeth Thomas, approached Frusciante in 2010, asking to write a screenplay about his life, according to claims filed by the musician in L.A. last week. 

"I am worried that she is unstable and that she could snap at any moment," Frusciante said. "I feel like I’m being stalked."


Soundwave Festival Cancelled

According to Australia’s long-running rock station Triple M, Aerosmith was the second headliner the organizers of the Soundwave Revolution festival were chasing before the entire event was ultimately called off due to “poor ticket sales.”

“The organizers were saying they were waiting for a No. 2 headliner, but the fact of the matter was ticket sales were lagging,” Triple M's Nui Te Koha said.

Read more about the cancellation here.


Coheed and Indicted

According to The Sun Chronicle, former Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd has been indicted by a Bristol County grand jury for allegedly robbing narcotics from a local pharmacy hours before a concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

Todd, 30, faces charges of armed robbery and possession of narcotic painkillers related to the holdup a Walgreens in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

He faces arraignment Sept. 8 in Fall River Superior Court, Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, said Tuesday.


Another Animal Out Of The Hiatus Zoo

Another Animal, featuring members of Godsmack, will be releasing a new single very soon. Drummer Shannon Larkin said this about the band’s new song, "Fall Of Rome:" “[Its] a heavy, charged track about the recent overthrowing of lame leaders and governments by the ones with the real power: the people. Egypt, Tunisia and now Libya are repeating history before the eyes of the world stage, and this song is like an oppressed person talking directly to an unjust dictator saying ‘enough!’” He added, “If the song does well enough at radio, we will tour in the fall and make a new record as well.”


Heavy Metal Albums Are Selling

Check out Metalsucks.net report about this last weeks album sales for metal bands here.


Portnoy’s New Dream

Mike Portnoy’s new band, Adrenaline Mob, is actually awesome! Check out the band’s first EP here, and be sure to pick it up!


Mike McCready Rehearsing Alone

Want to see Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready rehearsing for the band’s upcoming tour? Click here.


Foo Fighters Stream

Watch Foo Fighters full set from Lollapalooza here, might have to fast forward a little but you’ll find it around 18 minutes.


Walmart Closes Stores

And today’s lesson? It looks like price isn’t the most important thing when it comes to music downloads.  Once upon a time, Walmart was an ‘iTunes-killer’ with deeply-discounted, 88-cent MP3s.  But discounts meant little compared to integrated iPod and iPhone integration, a superior iTunes user interface, and the tether created by stored credit cards (which Apple does well).

And just like that, Walmart is now closing its MP3 download store, thanks partly to weak consumer demand and price insensitivity.  The following certified letter was recently sent to distribution and licensing partners, and shared exclusively with Digital Music News:

"After eight years in business, the Walmart Music Downloads Store located at mp3.walmart.com will close on August 28, 2011.  All content in the Store will be disabled and no longer available for download from the store.

"The sale of physical record music products on Walmart.com as well as in Walmart US retail stores will remain unaffected. Walmart Soundcheck (soundcheck.walmart.com) will remain operational as a live streaming site without any download options."

Read more here…  


Happy Birthday!

Aaron Kamin


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BETWEEN THE FRETS ::: 8/8/11

Lollapalooza 2011

Check out these photos from this weekend’s Lollapalooza festival courtesy of Billboard.

Deftones Shake Up Lollapalooza

In other Lollapalooza news, Deftones’ performance from the festival has been posted. Check out the videos here!

 

Surfing The Waves

Trivium has been busy touring and supporting their soon to be released album, In Waves. Singer/guitarist Matt Heafy sat down with Alternative Press and describe the album track for track. Check out the interview here.

 

Overkill Alert:  Want To Hear Another New Staind Song?

Check out the latest leaked track entitled “Paper Wings.”

Cypress Channels Slash

Slash played with Cypress Hill Saturday night, check out the videos here.

 

KISSing Aces

Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley recently sat down for an interview and opened up about his time in the band and his current relationship with Kiss, Gene Simmons, and Paul Stanley. Read it here.

 

The Blink 182 Craze Continues

Blink 182 kicked off their summer tour, playing two brand new, never before heard songs! Check them out here and here.

 

Studio Update

The Devil Wears Prada has released another studio update from their highly anticipated new album Dead Throne, out September 13th.

 

Chino Is Busy

Chino Moreno’s new side project Crosses has released a FREE EP. No excuses, its free, pick it up!

Only Major Labels Can DIY

Can you realistically be a full-time musician and a full-time businessman at the same time? Do you even want to do both, and can you honestly afford a team that goes beyond spirited volunteers? In a recent interview with attorney Steve Gordon, Alligator Records founder Bruce Iglauer strongly argues in favor of partnering with an ‘aggressive, committed, independent label’ primarily for the connections and marketing knowledge the relationship offers.  The alternative, as unromantic as it sounds, could be great music that remains buried in obscurity - forever.  The interview appears in the just-published The Future of the Music Business, Third Edition.

Read more here

Happy Birthday!

The Edge

Congratulations!

John Howard has been chosen as the winner of the FRET12 Tremonti-Pack Giveaway!

Los Lonely Boys Interview

FRET12 will be sitting down with Los Lonley Boys' Henry Garza this Wednesday, be sure to get your questions in soon!

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BETWEEN THE FRETS ::: 8/3/11

Broken Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin's longtime lineup is done after lead singer Benjamin Burnley reportedly fired guitarist Aaron Fincke and bassist Mark Klepaski over an unauthorized remix of the band’s song “Blow Me Away.”

According to The Citizens’ Voice of the band’s hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Burnley fired Fincke and Klepaski over e-mail last May after the pair allegedly gave permission for a remixed version of “Blow Me Away” to appear on the group’s upcoming greatest hits album, “Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin.” Burnley claims that Fincke and Klepaski were offered $100,000 by the band’s label to approve the revised version of the song, and that the pair did not inform him or the band’s management of the remix. 

Attorneys for Fincke and Klepaski reportedly “dispute and strictly deny” Burnley’s claims in a court filing last month. According to the Associated Press, Burnley’s attorney, Brian Caplan, says that the singer is seeking $250,000 and exclusive hold of the Breaking Benjamin moniker.

“The relationship between Mr. Burnley and the two other members of the band has ended,” Caplan says. “Mr. Burnley intends on moving forward using the name Breaking Benjamin and the band will continue. It just won’t continue in its prior configuration. He’s not retiring.”

Rage For Los Angeles

Read this review of Rage Against the Machine's L.A. Rising Festival here.

Falling In Reverse…Who?

This band sold 18k copies of their debut album this week. Who are they!?

Mike Mushok Opens Up

Staind guitarist Mike Mushok sat down with AOL’s Noisecreep and spoke about the band’s new album as well as the tough time the band went through to create it. Read the interview here.

Saliva Filtered Clean

Saliva and Filter, two bands whose glory days are behind them…still their co-headlining tour is getting rave reviews. Read one here! Be sure to check this tour out if you are looking to hear those old CD player songs!


48 Hours More Of The Same Festival Line-up

Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack, and the laundry list of radio-rock bands at the 48 Hours Festival…but it is in Las Vegas! Sold!


This Is A Band Logo

Can you name who this band is?

Thin Lizzy Rig Tour

Check out this video of Thin Lizzy's guitar tech giving a tour of the band's guitar rig.


Marketing Piracy

One is all about control, stamping things out, and shutting things down. The other thrives on organic growth, emotional connections, and word-of-mouth.  Yet Big Machine Records puts anti-piracy on the same level as marketing in its releases, as evidenced by a recent campaign for Taylor Swift’s Speak Now

The anti-piracy policing starts pre-release. “Stopping pre-release leaks is as crucial as anything else we do to help make a new album a success, which is why we were so pleased with the way the leaks of Speak Now were contained,” Big Machine international director of marketing Brad Turcotte said, part of a recently-distributed IFPI report.  Turcotte is referring to Swift’s highly-successful, 2010 release, whose anti-piracy response looked like this (graph supplied by the IFPI):

Read more here.   

Happy Birthday!

James Hetfield

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BETWEEN THE FRETS ::: 8/1/11

Kingdom Lost

Caleb Followill, the frontman of Kings of Leon, had a concert to remember Friday night in Dallas. The singer seemed intoxicated and acted quite odd eventually walking off stage to “vomit.” The other members of the band were forced to cancel the rest of the concert. Watch a video of the events here!


Yep, That’s His Foot In His Mouth

David Draiman is kicking himself, or just loves attention. Probably both, but speculation aside, the Disturbed frontman’s words about the band’s hiatus set off a fire storm of media and fan reaction that have left the band having to answer question after question about the possibility of the band calling it quits. FRET12 will be sitting down with guitarist Dan Donegan Friday at the Mayhem Festival. If you would like a question answered by Dan, click here to submit.


Maylene’s New Gig

Maylene and the Sons of Disaster have a new album coming out. IV, the follow-up to III, will be released September 27th. If you have not checked out this band, now is the time!


Mayhem Loses In Flames

Swedish metal band In Flames was forced to pull out of this summer’s Mayhem Festival because of a serious family illness. No other detail were given, our thoughts and prayers go out to the band.

Bob Rock Still Hoping For Metallica To Call…

Producer Bob Rock, who produced many of Metallica’s album including the Black Album, recently had an interview with MusicRadar.com where he talked about the album’s recording. Check out the interview here.


Another Child Prodigy To Make You Feel Terrible

Check out this video of a seven year old kid playing drums at a Taking Back Sunday soundcheck. This kid rules!


Tom Delonge and Airwaves (182)

Even with Blink 182 getting ready to tour, Tom Delonge is still working with Angels and Airwaves on the side. Check out this trailer for the band’s movie “Love,” and a live performance of their song “Epic Holiday.”

Sex, Drugs, and Electronica

Funny the things that happen after a movie premiere riot. Perhaps predictably, the ‘Electric Daisy Carnival Experience’ theater tour has been cancelled by AMC and Regal theaters, thanks to the mobbed, chaotic meltdown outside the Hollywood premiere last week.  Meanwhile, police are still sifting through the aftermath of a situation that required the shutdown of several city blocks, mass arrests, and attacks on police and equipment. Read more about this story here!

Christmas in July!

Investors splashed another $14.5 million at music startups in July, bringing the year-to-date total to nearly $413 million. July beneficiaries included Turntable.fm, CHNL, Scratch Music Group, and Dubset.  Here’s July…    

And, here’s 2011 year-to-date…

Happy Birthday!

Jerry Garcia (RIP)

Dan Donegan

Robert Cray

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BETWEEN THE FRETS ::: 7/29/11

Linkin Park Is Not Sitting Around

Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns was released in September of last year, but the band is already working on a follow-up. “We’re in the studio and we’re well on our way to making our next record,” frontman Chester Bennington told Rolling Stone. “I can tell you that we have a lot of good music, a lot of quality songs.” The album is once again being produced by Rick Rubin.

HELLYEAH Heavy!

Hellyeah, one of hard rocks more successful supergroups featuring members of Pantera and Mudvayne are hard at work on their third album. Like every other metal band before them…this is their heaviest album yet!


30 Years of Metallica

Metallica turn the ripe age of 30 this year, and the band thinks “it’s cause for a major celebration.”

“Thirty years of Metallica… can you believe it?” the guys state on their official website. So, how is the world’s biggest metal band celebrating their 30th? With a concert, of course. Actually, four of them. The veteran band announced they’ll commemorate their glorious past with four special, fan-only shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9 and 10.

To sweeten up the celebration, the group is offering ’80s pricing at just $6 per ticket or $19.81 for all four concerts (Get it – 1981?). These tickets are for fan club members only. Additional details will drop on the band’s website, and Metallica are “taking reservations” through August 8.

“These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica… fun for the entire family!” the site states.

“Come to the Bay Area and spend the week with us to not only close out 2011 out with a bang, but to celebrate over three decades worth of craziness… Hope to see you for a week of madness in December!”

This is actually pretty cool.

That’s The “Metal” Thing To Do

Reverend Bradlee Dean is a so-called “heavy metal preacher” and has decided the most metal thing to do is to sue MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow for $50 million, read here to find out why.


Velvet Revolver Reunion?

Former Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland recently said this about this former band, “We patched things up and we get along. I see them every now and again, we text each other,” Weiland said. “And you know, we can never say never. Who knows, maybe we’ll do some shows some time.”

Here goes the rumor mill!


Can’t Get The Beach Out Of The Boys

The Beach Boys are definitely planning on celebrating their 50th anniversary with a new album. According to Billboard, the singer says the album should happen in 2012.

“Where we’re at right now is Brian’s [Wilson] written some songs, I’ve written some songs [and] we’re talking very seriously about getting together and co-writing and doing some new music together,” Love said. “He’s been doing his own touring, we’ve been doing ours and so we haven’t really been able to lock into that, but it looks like this fall we will. It just makes a lot of sense with a milestone such as 50 years to get together and do something.”

As for a possible live performance featuring Love, Wilson, Bruce Johnston and Al Jardine, he said: “I think that there’s definitely more than a possibility that will happen, but to what degree I don’t know. It’s a little early to say, but I definitely think it would be more than worthwhile. It would be really special to commemorate that milestone with some personal appearances.”

No Faith For An Album

The reformed Faith No More are touring through November, but vocalist Mike Patton says there are no plans for the band to record together again.

Metal Hammer reports Patton as saying: “We’re just taking it slow as it comes. Reunions can be done very distastefully I think, and we were all very worried about that.”

Agreed with Mr. Patton, hopefully one day these guys record some new material.

Noel Gallagher’s Oasis

Former Oasis guitarist/vocalist Noel Gallagher has finished recording his first solo album following the band’s breakup. Speaking about High Flying Birds, due in October, Noel Gallagher says he hasn’t tried to write songs any differently. “I never think about how a song compares to other stuff, as long as I’m getting across what I’m trying to. Singers think about what they’re singing. I’m not a singer. Guitarists think about what they’re playing. I’m not a guitarist… I’m a songwriter. That’s actually the biggest change. I don’t have to tell someone what the song’s about. In that sense, it’s easier.”

Looking forward to this one.

7-Eleven Records, Inc.

This year, more than 300 million CDs will be sold - give or take - in the US alone. So, what if there are fans that want to buy your CD, and hand you the bundled markups that come with it?      

Welcome to the perfectly disruptive riddle. On one hand, the world is rapidly moving towards digital formats, and the outlets for buying CDs are shrinking just as quickly.  But for the right artist, there’s money to be made, which means, you can put food on your table right now.  

This isn’t lost on a number of entrepreneurs, including Thump Records CEO Bill Walker.  In a partnership with LA-based Mall Jamz, Walker decided to start stocking 7-Elevens with CDs, of all things.  So, instead of driving by boarded-up record stores, music fans still have an impulse, bundled buying opportunity. “It catches people off-guard,” Walker relayed, while noting that all discs are under $10.  ”CDs at 7-Eleven? Really? It never occurs to them that they could find their favorite CDs on sale at 7-Eleven … until they see them. And bingo - an impulse buy!” 

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BETWEEN THE FRETS ::: 7/22/11

Disturbing Comments

Disturbed frontman David Draiman has been telling many press sources that the band does not plan on being active in 2012, touring or recording. Draiman told an Idaho radio station on July 13 that the band will not headline a sixth Music As A Weapon tour in 2012 — and is not sure what its plans for the future are. “We don’t know what we’re doing … This is gonna be the last tour that the American people get to see us in for awhile, if not indefinitely. We have some things going on internally, we have some personal things going on. So I don’t know. It’s hard to tell … But you’re not gonna see a Disturbed tour for awhile.” Draiman did not elaborate on what “personal” or “internal” issues the band was dealing with. Could this be the quiet end to a power house, arena rock band?

Tom Morello:  Comic Book Hero

Tom Morello has been crusading against social injustice for years as the Nightwatchman and as a member of both Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, but in October, the guitarist will take the fight to the comic book page. Dark Horse Comics, the publisher of comics based on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer as well as My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way's series The Umbrella Academy, will release the first issue of Orchid, a new comic penned by Morello, on October 12th.

Led Zeppelin:  Guitar Zero

Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick told Forbes magazine earlier this month that he desperately tried to get the members of Led Zeppelin to sign away their rights to a Guitar Hero game without success.

Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page previously made it clear he that he had no time for games that don’t teach players anything “significant” about music. He said in 2009, “You think of the drum part that John Bonham did on Led Zeppelin’s first track on the first album, 'Good Times Bad Times'. How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?” He later softened his tone, stating, “It’s always a possibility that someone who’s playing those games may well want to actually take the step on their own. Or maybe they’re already playing guitar and they play that rock game. Y’know, it’s a fun thing to do, you get an understanding of the timing of music, with that you can have fun with on it. I think the most important thing is that with an instrument, you should just really have fun with it and enjoy it.”

Alice in Recording

Its official Alice in Chains is back in the studio! Awesome!

Once, Twice, Thrice

Thrice has returned from the studio with their latest album Major/Minor. The band has released a free download of a new song for fans via SoundCloud, which can be found here, enjoy!

Go To A Concert!

"2010… was the single largest year-over-year decline in the history of the live event business, straight up, in the 35 year history of Ticketmaster and I think anywhere else,” said Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard in a weekend interview with Topspin head Ian Rogers.  ”You have to take a step back and say, ‘why? what is the fan telling us that isn’t right about the business?’”    

Is this becoming a broken model?  Indeed, a look at Live Nation's financials shows the dramatic plunge, with 2008 also offering a catastrophic free-fall.

FRET12 Sale

FRET12 announced a one day only sale of the Men’s Coiled T-shirt! Hurry over the FRET12 on Facebook for more details!

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Between The FRETS: 6/17/11

Guns N’ Reunion

Duff McKagan might be kicking himself. In a recent interview at the Download Festival, former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassists, now Loaded frontman, said this:

"It would be, it will be, really fun to go to South America and the U.K. with Loaded and Izzy [Stradlin] to do a tour together…he and I talked about it and it’d be great.”

McKagan’s comments sparked another internet craze over a possible GNR reunion; a department in which McKagan’s been making waves having played with each member of the original line-up over the last year, including a concert with the current Guns N’ Roses line-up in October 2010. Maybe, just maybe, it will happen…


Tremonti Van Halen


Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti sat down with Mulatschag TV and talked about listening to the entire new Van Halen album after being invited to do so by the band’s bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. How about an Eddie Van Halen vs. Mark Tremonti guitar battle?


Zombie Cleaning Up

Metal legend and film director Rob Zombie has turned in a new direction. The shock rocker just directed a commercial for the laundry detergent, Woolite. Check out the commercial here.


Metallica’s New Album

Legendary musician Lou Reed and the metal gods of Metallica have written a new album together. The collaborators had locked themselves away in Metallica’s home studio in San Francisco, successfully keeping the project under wraps until now… Read Rolling Stone’s article for more on the newly-released information. 

A Brand New Announcement

New York rock band Brand New has announced five shows on the West Coast in September. The band has been quiet since the headlining tour for their highly successful album Daisy. The release of the album fulfilled the band’s contract requirements with Interscope Records, providing them the opportunity to freely navigate - sans label restrictions. In early 2010, drummer Brian Lane hinted at purely digital future releases or possible free music for fans. Either way, we’re jealous of all you on the West Coast! 

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