Thursday, February 21, 2013

Quick News

Pearl Jam has just become the 22nd band in the history of Billboard Soundscan to sell over 10 million albums. The band's landmark debut, Ten, reached the 10 million mark this week after being released 21 years ago.

Speaking at the Brit Awards, Dave Grohl said he and the Foo Fighters will begin work on their new album this week.

Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan spoke to Entertainment Weekly and dropped major news that his bandmate Martin Gore worked with Frank Ocean for his new album. Gahan said, "Suddenly in the doorway, I sensed this presence, and I realised there was this guy standing there just watching," said Gahan. "An assistant came up to me in between songs and said, 'Do you mind? Frank Ocean is here working in another studio and really wants to meet you guys.' I wouldn't have thought he would have even known who we are, but it turns out he's a big fan. Martin and Christoffer Berg ended up doing a track with him, which I think is going to be part of his new record. Martin did some electronics and some modular synthesizer stuff he really wanted."

A documentary about the iconic Wax Trax! records is in the work. The film will chronicle the rise and fall of Wax Trax! The label was home to KMFDM, Ministry, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Revolting Cocks, Front Line Assembly and more. The documentary will feature artist and employee interviews, home video clips and never-before-seen footage, the film is being assembled by the late co-founder of the label, Jim Nash's daughter Julia.

Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich spoke to the Associated Press and said she "no regrets of the performance." She then spoke about the bands now iconic performance at a Russian cathedral that landed them in jail a year ago, she said, ""Many people who did not know about the problem became aware of it: the problem in our society, in the Russian Church."

Taking to Facebook, Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo issued a statement saying he will not participate in the bands forthcoming Australian tour. You can read that lengthy post HERE. Now, Slayer have issued a statement in response to Lombardo's claims:

Slayer confirms that Jon Dette will drum for the band on its Australian tour that starts this Saturday, February 23 in Brisbane. As regards Dave Lombardo‘s Facebook post, Slayer does not agree with Mr. Lombardo‘s substance or the timeline of the events, except to acknowledge that Mr. Lombardo came to the band less than a week before their scheduled departure for Australia to present an entirely new set of terms for his engagement that were contrary to those that had been previously agreed upon. The band was unable to reach an agreement on these new demands in the short amount of time available prior to leaving for Australia. There is more to the account than what Mr. Lombardo has offered, but out of respect to him, Slayer will not be commenting further. Slayer is grateful to its Australian fans for their understanding of this unfortunate last-minute change, and very much looks forward to seeing them at these shows.