Foo Fighters Cover Killing Joke on ‘00979725’ EP

Foo Fighters are giving fans an early musical gift to unwrap this holiday season, continuing their EP series with the latest installment 00979725, which finds the band covering Killing Joke among other era-specific gems.

This set appears to have come from 1997, during the period when the band was promoting their The Colour and the Shape album. The highlight of the set is a live cover of Killing Joke’s “Requiem” that was captured during a performance at the BBC in May of 1997.

The set also includes a slow version of “Up in Arms,” an acoustic take on “See You,” the single mix of “Walking After You” and well as the track “Dear Lover,” which initially appeared as a Japanese bonus track for the album. Take a listen in the player below.

Foo Fighters expect to be busy in 2020. They’re finishing out the year in the studio working toward a new album and already have a handful of tour dates booked for the new year. Expect their touring output to grow and stay up to date with all their touring activity here.

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14 Biggest WTF Rock + Metal Stories of 2019

Forget all the music that was released in 2019 — let’s talk about the weirdest things to happen in rock and metal this year. That’s right, it’s time to count down the Biggest WTF Rock + Metal Stories of 2019.

Nickelback got made fun of during a House of Representatives meeting, Aaron Lewis revealed why sometimes the wildest moments of the road are best confined to secrecy, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame actually did something right and still managed to turn it into a total blunder, church-burning made a comeback, a drummer transitioned into softcore porn, public sex at metal shows made a reprisal… and a lot more.

But we don’t want to spoil all the WTF fun for you. All the details behind these curious stories can be read below. Consider that our warning.

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The Beautiful Peephole: Marilyn Manson Gifts Dildo to Machine Gun Kelly

Nothing screams “happy birthday” like a rubber dick with Marilyn Manson’s face on it. This piece of Holy Wood was gifted to rap-rocker Machine Gun Kelly for his birthday directly from the shock rock legend himself. Other than perhaps the recommended use, we’re not really sure where anyone would put this — it’s not exactly a mantle piece (just a man-piece). Regardless, MGK was stoked.

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‘School of Rock’ Actor Arrested for Stealing Guitars Four Times in Five Weeks

Life coming full circle isn’t necessarily a good thing, at least not for Joey Gaydos Jr., best known for playing Zack “Zack Attack” Mooneyham in the Jack Black-led film School of Rock. The actor became a “Florida Man” headline after stealing guitars and other music gear from various stores four times in a five-week span.
Evidently, Miss Dumbum was his teacher after all (we’re assuming you remember that scene) and he was repeatedly busted by the fuzz for his recurring thefts.

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Kanye West Convinces Himself Rap Is Devil’s Music, Nearly Quits

Rap and hip-hop have stolen a lot of rock and metal’s thunder, especially when it comes to living a hedonistic lifestyle. But the devil? Fuck off, the Man Downstrairs is still ours. The supreme Horned One nearly did our bidding, however, as Kanye West convinced himself that rap was the devil’s music as his extravagantly narcissistic living caused him to lose sight of what matters most in life — God.
As a rap artist, he rose to fame and succumbed to the temptations that come with the territory, he blamed it on rap, not his own actions. A pastor reasoned with him (an act which is itself practically a divine miracle), assuring him he could be holy while still rapping. Then came his Jesus Is King album. Good grief…

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Making Fun of Nickelback Is Now Government Work

While the U.S. House of Representatives met in Wisconsin to debate a bill that sought to overhaul voting rights, political finance reform and lobbying, two congressman instead used their time on the floor to engage in a pissing contest about the merits, or lack thereof, of perpetual rock whipping post Nickelback.
Acting as if all matters of actual importance had already been sorted, Democrat Mark Pocan likened a real-world stat to the hyperbolic measure of people who admit Nickelback is their favorite band, which he presumed was a “pretty low” number. Republican Rodney Davis’ rebuttal included a 40-second spiel defending the rockers and a dig at Pocan, who he sarcastically said surely didn’t mean to offend the thousands of Nickelback fans native to Wisconsin. This, congressmen, is how you remind us of what you really are, and it’s not like you say sorry.

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Church Burning Craze Reignited

In 2019, church burnings, alongside a few bands, made a comeback and, no, this has nothing to do with the Notre Dame cathedral, which caught fire this year, as well. The incidents in Utah and Louisiana instantly recalled the wave of church arson that plagued Norway in the early-to-mid-’90s due to the rebellious intent of a handful of mischievous black metal musicians.
The son of a local deputy torched three churches in Louisiana, meanwhile, roughly a week earlier, a Utah woman set fire to two Mormon churches and scrawled “Satan Lives” on the doors in permanent marker. Some headbangers speculated that the Lords of Chaos film, which chronicles the rise of Norwegian black metal and its corruptible past, was to blame for rekindling the old flame.

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Jeremy Spencer Leaves Five Finger Death Punch, Starts Softcore Porn Series

After leaving a band with a hardcore fanbase, Jeremy Spencer turned his attention toward softcorn porn. The “LadyKiller” TV series spoofs classic horror movies and Spencer, who goes by the alias “Kyle Kalbasa,” stars in every single one of the episodes, which features simulated sex instead of real on-screen penetration.
Some of the titles which got reworked include The ExorcistA Nightmare on Elm StreetFriday the 13th and The Shining. Let’s hope there’s no FFDP parodies — we’re scared of what may happen with The Way of the Fist.

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Aaron Lewis: Poop Didn’t Hinder Hinder’s Tour Pranks

Technically, none of this happened in 2019, but the stories themselves were brand new to all of us. Staind’s Aaron Lewis outed Hinder guitarist Joe “Blower” Garvey for being a scatalogical maniac, reminding us that maybe we don’t want to know what the craziest thing to happen on tour was after all.
In the trio of recollected tales, Lewis explained that Blower once crapped into his sock before a show, put his foot in it and then put his shoe on. We’ve heard of a shitshow, but this act was dubbed “shit-shoe.” The shitshow had to be when Blower used his own feces as war paint. That was another story. And, finally, it’s the “shitty yamaguchi,” folks. This one doesn’t involve Blower, just his roadies, who coiled a steamer in a gang shower, stepped onto the freshly-pinched loaves and skated around on the increasingly sloshy tiles.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Finally Nominates Motorhead, Still Screws It Up

For a bunch of rock history dorks, the lovely people at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seem to be living under the presumption that Motorhead only wrote “Ace of Spades” and the rest of the catalog is moot.
While the Hall finally gave us all a sigh of relief by naming Motorhead among the list of nominees for the 2020 induction, they originally failed to name Phil Campbell, who joined in ‘83, and Mikkey Dee, who joined in ‘92, among the members eligible for the honor. To that, we ask, you’ve heard OrgasmatronBastards1916 and Aftershock, right? Right!?
Fan outrage became overwhelming and the Rock Hall tucked their collective tails and added Campbell and Dee into the induction-worthy lineup. Now if only they’d so readily listen to our other complaints… (induct Judas fuckin’ Priest, come on!)

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Full-Blown Filth at Behemoth Festival Show

Remember when a couple had sex in the front row of a Machine Head show at the tail of 2018? Well, a couple at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark were far less bashful, putting on a show for everyone around them with no barricade to shield them from partial view. During Behemoth’s set, a half-naked woman performed oral sex on a half-naked man, who raised his fists in the air, screaming along to the Polish group’s songs for a few minutes. We can only wonder if something got lost in translation when Nergal introduced “Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel.”

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KISS Play Show for Great White Sharks (But None Showed Up)

Gene Simmons has bellowed he’s the god of thunder AND rock ’n’ roll. KISS have proclaimed they are “Kings of the Night Time World” and have been introduced as “the hottest band in the land.” But, sorry Demon and Starchild, Poseidon is still god of the sea after a KISS show onboard a boat intended to draw an audience of great white sharks failed to do so. Maybe it’s because Paul Stanley was ill and unable to attend and they prefer his co-writes to Gene’s.

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‘Pokemon Go’-Playing KISS Fan Directs Lost + Late Ace Frehley to Nearby Gig

Lost on the way to a gig in Homer, N.Y., Ace Frehley summoned some help from a 55-year-old man on the street, who was out for a walk in the neighborhood as he played the augmented reality game Pokemon-Go. The man, who instantly recognized the iconic former KISS guitarist, was stunned and explained that he couldn’t recall the directions from memory, but knew the route to the venue. Ace told him to jump in the car and to worry about how to get back later as the rocker was already 90 minutes late — it was just a couple miles down the road.
The Spaceman offered the helpful stranger backstage passes, but he declined as his granddaughter at home needed to be put to bed. The man’s wife called him an idiot for turning it down when he got back.

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Man Arrested in Meth-Fueled ‘Death Party’

Love will make you do crazy things. So will meth. But what happens when you combine the two? You get the meth-fueled “death party” thrown by Duane Johnson (not The Rock — that’s Dwayne Johnson), who fulfilled his wife’s dying wishes. Refusing to be admitted to a nursing home, Debra Johnson insisted she die at home rather than the nursing home she was previously residing in.
The two cranked Quiet Riot’s “Metal Health,” took methamphetamine and indulged in carnal desires before Debra left this Earth. Duane then called the police to notify them of his wife’s death, and they arrested him after he was found naked in his home, which also contained several stolen guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

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Wall of Death While Village People Played ‘Y.M.C.A.’ Really Happened

Esteemed punk rock festival Riot Fest always takes delight in booking some unexpected groups and, in 2019, the most off-key band was certainly authors of “Y.M.C.A.” and “Macho Man,” The Village People. It was a roaring good time that got even more uproarious when the crowd elected to attempt the all-time mosh pit favorite: the wall of death. Like the song says, “no man does it all by himself.”
Oh, and later the festival crowd started a circle pit during “Macho Man.”

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Kid Rock Continues to Be an Enigma

When it comes to “Bawitdaba” singer Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock, you’ve got to take da-good-wit-da-bad, which is exactly how the year played out for the enigmatic Michigan native.
In January, he sought approval for a sign outside his bar, which was fashioned like a guitar, only the body of the guitar was shaped to resemble a woman’s curvaceous hind quarters. The city approved it.
A couple months later, Kid Rock enjoyed a round of golf with President Trump (decked out in star-spangled slacks, no less). A month later it was back to erecting questionable signs, this time one of a massive middle finger outside his Nashville home.
Throughout the rest of the spring and all summer, it was quiet on the Kid Rock homefront — too quiet. Then he got tanked at his own restaurant, Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse and went on a drunken rant, blurting out “Fuck Oprah Winfrey,” adding “she can suck dick sideways,” whatever that means. Just another emblematic year for the guy who wrote “You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me.” Points for honesty?

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There’s something overwhelmingly endearing about Ringo Starr’s fist-pumping anthem to himself

There’s something overwhelmingly endearing about Ringo Starr’s fist-pumping anthem to himself


There’s something overwhelmingly endearing about Ringo Starr’s “What’s My Name?” — the title track off of his 20th studio album, which dropped in October. Perhaps it’s because, despite being all about Ringo, it was written by long-time All-Starr Band member Colin Hay. Or maybe it’s the fact that the chorus comes from a refrain Ringo often throws out at live shows. Or maybe it’s simply because the song is fun — my husband and I often throw up the peace sign while dancing to it in the car.

“Well I’ve seen it all from the mountains of Napal to Reno, Nevada,” Ringo boasts, “I’ve taken all the falls, I was climbing up the walls and now it doesn’t matter/Nothing stays the same, but I’m still in the game/What’s my name? Ringo!”

What’s My Name?, on the whole, doesn’t take itself seriously in almost delirious fashion. It’s the sound of a klatch of seasoned performers letting loose. Joe Walsh ambles in on the stomping “Gotta Get Up to Get Down” to deliver a sprightly, absurd rap: “Everybody’s on the Internet, what’s up with that/Your body just waitin’ for your brain to come back.” Even Macca makes an appearance, teaming up with Ringo for a rendition of John Lennon’s “Grow Old With Me,” one of the last songs Lennon wrote before his death. It eventually appeared on his posthumous 1984 album with Yoko Ono, Milk and Honey.

“I sang it the best that I could,” Starr said of the recording in a statement. “I do well up when I think of John this deeply. And I’ve done my best. We’ve done our best. The other good thing is that I really wanted Paul to play on it, and he said yes. Paul came over and he played bass and sings a little bit on this with me. So John’s on it in a way. I’m on it and Paul’s on it. It’s not a publicity stunt. This is just what I wanted. And the strings that Jack arranged for this track, if you really listen, they do one line from [George Harrison’s] ‘Here Comes The Sun.’ So in a way, it’s the four of us.”

Coming up with the Beatles, Ringo is usually known as a drummer first, songwriter second — at least compared to Lennon and McCartney.

“I used to write songs and I’d present it to the boys, and they would be rolling on the floor laughing, because I’d just rewritten another song and hadn’t noticed it!” he recently told Dave Grohl in Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians issue.

Still, he’s always had a knack for making lighthearted music that somehow keeps you coming back — “Octopus’ Garden” is a prime example. It’s not “Strawberry Fields Forever,” but it sure is Ringo!

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The album is called Back in Black, but maybe it should be Back in Platinum. AC/DC keep racking up the chart honors, with four songs off of their classic 1980 album Back in Black earning new sales certifications.

Both the title track and “You Shook Me All Night Long” were certified as triple platinum by the RIAA on December 12, while two other tracks from the album — “Shoot to Thrill” and “Hell’s Bells” — achieved platinum status for the first time.

The news comes on the heels of another recent sales feat, with the Back in Black album being certified for shipments of 25 million copies by the RIAA.

Where songs are concerned, the RIAA counts one equivalent song unit as being equal to a single digital song sale or 150 on-demand audio or video streams.

Look for interest in AC/DC to increase in 2020, as reports have suggested that a new AC/DC album is on the way, with both singer Brian Johnson and drummer Phil Rudd returning to the band. The album is also expected to include parts recorded by late guitarist Malcolm Young while he was still living.

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Rob Halford: 2019 A Strong Display of All Things Metal

There’s truly no better compliment to the contemporary metal community than a nod from one of its innovators. Judas Priest‘s Rob Halford took a look back on 2019 with Revolver, and concluded that this year was a definitely a strong one for metal.

“I’m at the point in my life now where, if you don’t put a list in front of me, it’s kind of hard to look back,” the frontman joked. “I’m going crazy for the new Tool record,” he praised of the progressive band’s fifth album Fear Inoculum, calling it “something really fun.”

“All I’ll say is that 2019 has been another strong display of all things metal and all things hard rock, indie rock, alternative rock — however you want to call it,” Halford added, acknowledging the amount of heavy releases that came out over the last year. “As a metalhead who’s gone through decades of when it was invented to now, it makes me feel good. It makes my metal heart strong. It’s what inspires and invigorates us in Priest to look to see where might be in the future.”

While Priest are set to begin writing their next record in 2020, Halford admits it’s not likely we’ll get a release from the group within the year, so you’ll just have to stick to seeing them live for now — see their 2020 dates here.

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Watch Ozzy Osbourne’s Dark Period Portrayed in ‘Under the Graveyard’ Video

Ozzy Osbourne‘s late-’70s dark period filled with drink and drugs is vividly captured on-screen in the Jonas Åkerlund-directed clip for “Under the Graveyard.” The music video, starring actor Jack Kilmer as Ozzy amid a picturesque West Hollywood, California, emerged Thursday (Dec. 19).

Notably, however, the story features a happy ending, as Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, makes her presence known throughout the clip. Jessica Barden portrays her, and the tale driven by the real-life pair’s commitment is the ultimate message of the visual component to the singer’s first new song in nine years.

“For ‘Under the Graveyard’ Jonas developed the story into a ‘mini-movie,'” Ozzy offered. Those words came in a press release issued alongside the clip. The video’s available to watch down toward the bottom of this post.

The musician continued, “But, to be quite honest, it’s hard for me to watch because it takes me back to some of the darkest times in my life. Thankfully Sharon was there to pick me up and believe in me. It was the first time she was there to fully support me and build me back up, but it certainly wasn’t the last.”

Last week, “Under the Graveyard” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, making it Ozzy’s first such chart-topper in a decade. The tune was followed by the Slash-aided rocker “Straight to Hell.”

Åkerlund, the visionary behind last year’s Lord of Chaos retelling of the early-’90s Norwegian black metal scene, previously helmed Ozzy’s clips for “Let Me Hear You Scream” and “Gets Me Through.” He’s also worked with Beyonce and many other major music stars.

Ozzy’s twelfth solo studio album Ordinary Man is due out early next year. The anticipated effort features “Under the Graveyard” producer and co-writer Andrew Watt on guitars, Guns N’ Roses‘ Duff McKagan on bass and Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Chad Smith on drums.

Ozzy Osbourne, “Under the Graveyard” (Official Music Video)

Ozzy Osbourne – Under the Graveyard (Official Music Video)

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