The Dish - 08/27/13
8/27/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Avenged Sevenfold Frontman Talks Influences On New Album
Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows says the band's latest album has a "twist" thanks to new drummer Arin Ilejay. Arin is about seven years younger than the rest of the band, which brought some new influences into the group when it came time to record their first full album with the newcomer behind the kit. But Shadows tells "Billboard" they're not trying to reinvent the wheel with the new set, explaining that they just want to "put a different flavor on the music." He says they're all "big believers in metal with a foot in the blues," adding that many people would probably be surprised to hear that they consider Elton John and the Beatles among their influences. Fans can hear Avenged Sevenfold's unique mix on their sixth studio effort, "Hail to the King," which arrives in stores today.
--Thirty Seconds To Mars Unveil New Video
Thirty Seconds to Mars have become known for elaborate music videos, but their latest release keeps things simple. The band has unveiled a clip for their single "City of Angels," which features nothing but a silhouetted Jared Leto singing against a backdrop of a Los Angeles sunset as the song's lyrics flash across the screen. But the lyric video is only intended to be a precursor to the official "City of Angels" video. And Leto -- who is set to return to the director's chair for the project -- promises a short film in the vein the band's award-winning "Up in the Air." The video for the lead single from their album "Love, Lust, Faith, and Dreams" earned a trophy for Best Rock Video at this past Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.
There's no word as to when the follow-up video will premiere, but in the meantime, fans can look forward to the band's upcoming tour. The trek starts September 27th in Atlanta.
--Dave Mustaine Working On New Megadeth Songs
Dave Mustaine says he's cooking up something good for the next Megadeth album. The metal vets just put out their latest studio effort, "Super Collider," in June, but the frontman sent out a tweet Monday explaining that he's already started working on new lyrics. Mustaine says he's been studying a lot of world history and "crazy science" stuff in preparation for the new album, adding that "this world is so fascinating." Earlier this year, Mustaine said he's always found science interesting, which is part of the reason he decided to use an image of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland on the cover of "Super Collider."
While Megadeth's next album probably won't be hitting stores anytime soon, the band is set to hit the road next month. They'll kick off a North American trek on September 3rd in Raleigh, North Carolina.
--White Stripes "Elephant" Reissue Gets Wide Release
The White Stripes' "Elephant" is making its way back into record stores. The tenth anniversary edition of the duo's hit 2003 album is getting a wider release today via Third Man Records. The remastered double vinyl LP was originally released in April as a Record Store Day exclusive. Third Man says the anniversary edition was mastered directly from the original analog source taken from the White Stripes' recording session at London's Toe Rag Studios back in 2002. And they add that the band's major label debut is "still as poignant today as it was when it was originally released."
--Roger Daltrey To Headline Queen Aids Benefit
Roger Daltrey has another charity concert on his schedule. The Who frontman is on board for the Queen AIDS Benefit. The special show is set for London's One Mayfair on September 5th -- which would have been the late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury's 67th birthday. Daltrey is part of a lineup that also features Spice Girl Melanie C., tenor Alfie Boe, and comedian Al Murray. The event will also feature an auction to bring in additional funds. Items include an Alice Cooper autographed drawing of Freddie, a signed photo of Katy Perry in her "Freddie For A Day" outfit, Billy Joel concert tickets and meet-and-greet passes, and a framed sheet of Freddie Mercury stamps. Money raised through the Queen AIDS Benefit will go to THe Mercury Phoenix Trust.
For Daltrey, the Queen AIDS Benefit will be his second charity concert in a four-week span. Earlier this month he played a fundraiser at Orange County, California's OC Fair in support of The Who's recently established Teen Cancer America.
Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is 60.
Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock is 57.
No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal is 43.
Eve 6 guitarist Jon Siebels is 34.
Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld is 34.
--Today In History
Beatles manager Brian Epstein was found dead at his apartment in London from an overdose of sleeping pills. He was 32. Meanwhile, Britain's "Sunday Express" reported that former Beatles drummer Pete Best was now working at a bakery in Liverpool.
Aerosmith released the album "Rock in a Hard Place."
Stevie Ray Vaughan and three members of Eric Clapton's band were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin. Vaughan and Clapton were touring together. Clapton was not on the helicopter.
Pearl Jam released its debut album, "Ten."
Pearl Jam backed up Neil Young for a performance at the Redding Festival.
Rage Against the Machine, Moby, Silversun Pickups, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Cold War Kids, and Nada Surf were among the performers at various events in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
The man accused of leaking nine tracks from Guns N' Roses upcoming album "Chinese Democracy" appeared in court following his arrest. His bail was set at ten-thousand-dollars.
Metallica played a special show in Vancouver, British Columbia to complete the filming on their 3-D concert film, "Metallica Through The Never." Because the performance was going to include a lot of interruptions, the band only charged five dollars for tickets, and donated that money to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.