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Goodbye Winter, Hello New Music!

I have never been one for the month of February. It's cold, dreary, feels like the entire world is kissing death on the lips & I drink like a goddamn sailor on leave! And as we enter into the final week of the worst month of the year it brings a smile to my face to see such a collection of new music out today, thus signaling the end of winter! Suck on it Punxsutawney Phil! No matter the musical spectrum you find yourself in there is - truly - something for everyone today! 
 
Let's dive in…
 
KID ROCK is back with album number 10, "First Kiss". Some feel KID may have slipped a little as he's aging and is now GRANDPA ROCK (his kid just had a kid) but there's one thing Kid knows how to do and that's pen hits. I suspect he'll continue forward, though might be more in the Top 40/Country charts than Rock. 
 
ALL THAT REMAINS are back with a new jam, "The Order of Things". For those that enjoyed their last album, "A War You Cannot Win", I hate to break it to you but frontman PHIL LABONTE thought is sucked and that it was crap (paraphrasing his words). Phil's promising to do better this time around. 
 
Twas 40 years ago today LED ZEPPELIN put out "Physical Graffiti" so how are they honoring it? By putting out a massive deluxe reissue. And no, this won't mean some sort of one-off reunion tour. 
 
Mr. ROB ZOMBIE - arguably the JAMES BROWN of rock & metal - is putting out a live cd today in "Spookshow International Live". 19 tracks covering Zombie's career, not only solo but from the WHITE ZOMBIE days as well. His new flick 31 is opening its doors again for fan-backing as they had such success the first time around & had many late entries wanting to be part of the "most fucked up film of the year!" Follow the link for more info… http://www.fanbacked.com/c/31-rob-zombie-film/
 
Believe it or not the SCORPIONS are still rolling along & have a new disc out now, "Return to Forever". 
 
One of the biggest characters to ever play the Blues, LEAD BELLY, spent time in jail, sang his way to freedom & notably influenced the likes of KURT COBAIN, JACK WHITE & a slew of other players today. I make mention of this as his Smithsonian Folkways Collection Box Set is available today! 5 discs, over 100 tracks and don't be surprised if you hear tunes that became covered over the years by many of your favorite artists. 
 
And last & certainly not least, an album that I've heard & totally dug! Again, in the Blues vein but with modern players teamed up on it. Most recognizable being BARRETT MARTIN (WALKING PAPERS, SCREAMING TREES, MAD SEASON) & JIMBO MATHUS - who also served as producer- teamed up with CEDELL DAVIS on "Last Man Standing". Davis is damn near 90, full of piss, vinegar & stories as you can only imagine from a man who grew up in the blues & down in the Delta. True music aficionados will want to pick this up & give it multiple spins! 
 
Here's what's expected, coming down the pike:
  • FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS will get the deluxe DVD/Blu-Ray treatment & see a digital release via iTunes on April 7th
  • THE SWORD is heading back into the studio on March 16th to work on their 5th studio album
  • BUCKCHERRY's JOSH TODD says the band is about half the way through their 7th album
  • BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE are back into studio working on their 5th album with a tentative summer release
  • WOLFGANG VAN HALEN is working on his first solo album
  • SOUNDGARDEN is eyeing a 2016 release for their next album
  • FILTER is deep into recording their 7th album & frontman RICHARD PATRICK says the band is exploring a more industrial sound
  • STONE TEMPLE PILOTS with CHESTER BENNINGTON have been in studio putting the final touches on their latest un-titled effort & follow up to 2013's "High Rise". 

AS ALWAYS, WHAT AM I MISSING?!?

HINDER “When the Smoke Clears” March 3rd
MASTODON “Blood Mountain” Vinyl Reissue March 3rd
IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – The Ultimate Tribute March 3rd
LIEUTENANT (Foo’s Nate Mendel) “If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week” March 10th
SOILWORK “Live in the Heart of Helsinki” March 13th
SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS “Blaster” March 31st
THREE DAYS GRACE “Human” March 31st  
VAN HALEN “Tokyo Dome Live In Concert” 2-CD’s / 4 LP’s March 31st
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD “Day of the Dead” March 31st
AGNOSTIC FRONT “The American Dream Died” April 4th
HALESTORM “Into the Wild Life” April 7th
FOO FIGHTERS: SONICE HIGHWAYS DVD/Blu-Ray/iTunes
LOCAL H “Hey Killer” April 14th

MONTAGE OF HECK Kurt Cobain Doc on HBO April + Book
DUFF McKAGAN “How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)” Book May
QUIET RIOT Documentary “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” May 19th
FAITH NO MORE “Sol Invictus” May 19th 
MASTODON “Crack the Skye” Vinyl Reissue June 2nd 
COREY TAYLOR “You’re Making Me Hate You” Book June 30th
MASTODON “The Hunter” Vinyl Reissue August 4th
MASTODON “Once More ‘Round the Sun” Vinyl Reissue October 5th
“CLOCKWORK LIVES” Rush’s Neil Peart + Kevin J. Anderson Book September 15th
VINNIE PAUL “Drumming Up an Appetite with Vinnie Paul” Book around Christmas
UGLY KID JOE “Uglier Than They Used Ta Be” TBA crowdsourcing
RICHARDS/CRANE “World Stands Still” Whit Crane UKJ + LEE RICHARDS (Godsmack/Another Animal)

 
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One time, in '85 the Beastie Boys opened for Madonna

The internet is a wild thing, isn't it!?!
I love finding these little lost gems (RIP MCA) showcasing bands when they're supper young!
Like this one, where the Beastie's talk about a now famous run in with the police while they opened for Madonna!
Enjoy!

 
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Here's to New & Old Music!

It's another Tuesday here in Kansas City, where we've been enjoying some unseasonably warm days! 
There's quite a few new jams coming down the pike, not much for today other than; 

BLACKBERRY SMOKE with "Holding all the Roses". Catch these guys next Friday, the 20th, at the Uptown

RAMONES, "Live at German Television Musikladen Recordings" 1978 LP/DVD

And we finally have a date - May 19th - for new FAITH NO MORE & a title "Sol Invictus";

Word on the street is SEVENDUST will be heading back into the studio, very, very soon;

It was also announced today that HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD will drop "Day of the Dead" on March 31st! 

And I'd be remissed if I didn't mention this interesting project featuring DANNY CAREYTOOL drummer, with BRENT HINDS of MASTODON with OFF!'s DIMITRI COATS; LEGEND OF THE SEAGULLMEN. Check their sound out by following this LINK!

#ICYMI - as mentioned on the last couple of Weekly Rock Wind Up's! 
  • SLASH has 4 new film projects in the works
  • UGLY KID JOE are working on a new album via crowd source funding! Follow link --> HERE!
  • Speaking of UKJ; Frontman WHIT CRANE has teamed up with LEE RICHARDS (GODSMACK/ANOTHER ANIMAL) to form RICHARDS/CRANE & they plan on putting out a debut album, "World Stands Still", later this year. 
Here's the first single/video from that project, with ALTER BRIDGE front-dude MYLES KENNEDY

  • HELLYEAH drummer VINNIE PAUL is promising he's putting out his long-awaited cookbook, "Drumming Up An Appetite with Vinnie Paul" by the Holiday's!
  • The New York Hardcore Chronicles Film will be recorded this year with a 2016 expected release date!
  • VAN HALEN will release it's first live album with DAVID LEE ROTH on March 31st; "Tokyo Dome Live In Concert"!
  • Fresh off their Grammy nominated attendance, and subsequent ejection, MASTODON will re-release all their REPRISE titles on wax! Starting with "Blood Mountain" on March 3rd. 
  • A definitive BEHEMOTH biography is expected out on the 24th of this month!
  • And finally, this one's for you A-Hole Bob, NEIL PEART from RUSH is working on a follow up to his best-selling "Clockwork Angels", with author KEVIN J. ANDERSON, "Clockwork Lives". Be on the look out for it on September 15th!
Know of anything I'm missing?!? 
SCORPIONS “Return to Forever” February 20th
KID ROCK “First Kiss” February 24th
ALL THAT REMAINS “The Order of Things” February 24th
ROB ZOMBIE “Spookshow International Live” Feb. 24th
LED ZEPPELIN “Physical Graffiti” Reissue Feb. 24th
HINDER “When the Smoke Clears” March 3rd
IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – The Ultimate Tribute March 3rd
SOILWORK “Live in the Heart of Helsinki” March 13th
SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS “Blaster” March 31st
THREE DAYS GRACE “Human” March 31st  
AGNOSTIC FRONT “The American Dream Died” April 4th
MONTAGE OF HECK Kurt Cobain Doc on HBO April + Book
HALESTORM “Into the Wild Life” April 7th
LIEUTENANT (Foo’s Nate Mendel) “If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week” March 10th
LOCAL H “Hey Killer” Spring
FAITH NO MORE “TBA” May
DUFF McKAGAN “How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)” Book May
QUIET RIOT Documentary “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” May 19th
COREY TAYLOR “You’re Making Me Hate You” Book June 30th
 
IN DEVELOPMENT
 
ALICE COOPER Covers of  THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More
ANTHRAX
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
BIOHAZARD
BREAKING BENJAMIN
BLACK SABBATH
CHRIS CORNELL Solo
CLUTCH
D.R.I.
DANZIG working on ELVIS covers
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
FEAR FACTORY
FLEA RHCP Memoir
GOJIRA
IRON MAIDEN
KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH Memoir “With My Eyes Open
MESHUGGAH
MEGADETH
METALLICA
P.O.D
PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic
REV THEORY
RED LINE CHEMISTRY “Chemical High & a Hand Grenade” Reissue
ROB ZOMBIE
SMASHING PUMPKINS  “Day for Night”
STEVEN TYLER SOLO
STONE SOUR COVERS ALBUM
SEVENDUST Live DVD
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
TESTAMENT
TREMONTI (Creed/Alter Bridge Axman Solo)
TOOL Who F*cking Knows
VOLBEAT
VISION OF DISORDER
 
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Metal Bruce Almighty!

I can recall the very first time I saw this scene. I had just moved back to Kansas City, was living in my mom's basement, and was losing my sh!t - laughing my ass off! My Ma thought I was choking and yelled downstairs at me to make sure I was alright! 

This is a nice addition to a great movie clip!

 
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Another round of new jams!!

It's TUESDAY and you know what that means... NEW MUSIC! 

PAPA ROACH kicks out "F.E.A.R" and if you caught JACOBY SHADDIX on JDMS you know these guys went into the studio with nothing but a desire to work together and put out a new disc. 

Lots of kids out there are diggin on the band PERIPHERY & their double disc that drops today, "Juggernaut: Alpha / Juggernaut: Omega". 

Grindcore icons NAPALM DEATH have new work out today in "Apex Predator - Easy Meat". 

If you're a fan of THREE DAYS GRACE, just got word their forthcoming album (due out 3/31) will be titled "Human". 
FAITH NO MORE is moving the release date, now, to May for their as-yet-titled album. 
 

Here's what's coming down the pike. 
What am I missing?
SCORPIONS "Return to Forever" February 20th 
KID ROCK "First Kiss" February 24th 
ALL THAT REMAINS “The Order of Things” February 24th

LED ZEPPELIN "Physical Graffiti" Reissue February 24th 
ROB ZOMBIE "Spookshow International Live" February 24th 
HINDER “When the Smoke Clears” March 3rd

IMMORTAL RANDY RHOADS – The Ultimate Tribute March 3rd
SOILWORK "Live in the Heart of Helsinki" March 13th 
SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS “Blaster” March 31st

THREE DAYS GRACE “Human” March 31st
AGNOSTIC FRONT “The American Dream Died” April 4th
MONTAGE OF HECK Kurt Cobain Doc on HBO April + Book
HALESTORM “Into the Wild Life” April 7th
LIEUTENANT (Foo’s Nate Mendel) “If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week” March 10th
LOCAL H “Hey Killer” Spring
FAITH NO MORE “TBA” May
DUFF McKAGAN “How To Be A Man (And Other Illusions)” Book May
QUIET RIOT Documentary “Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back” May 19th
COREY TAYLOR “You’re Making Me Hate You” Book June 30th
 
IN DEVELOPMENT
 
ALICE COOPER Covers of  THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More
ANTHRAX
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
BIOHAZARD
BREAKING BENJAMIN
BLACK SABBATH
CHRIS CORNELL Solo
CLUTCH
D.R.I.
DANZIG working on ELVIS covers
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
FEAR FACTORY
FLEA RHCP Memoir
GOJIRA
IRON MAIDEN
KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH Memoir “With My Eyes Open
MESHUGGAH
MEGADETH
P.O.D
PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic
REV THEORY
RED LINE CHEMISTRY “Chemical High & a Hand Grenade” Reissue
ROB ZOMBIE
SMASHING PUMPKINS  “Day for Night”
STEVEN TYLER SOLO
STONE SOUR COVERS ALBUM
SEVENDUST Live DVD
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
TESTAMENT
TREMONTI (Creed/Alter Bridge Axman Solo)
TOOL Who F*cking Knows
VOLBEAT
VISION OF DISORDER
 
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A Battle of Covers!!

Sometimes cover songs are better than their predecessors. 
Sometimes they fall short!
I suppose art is in the ear of the beholder as below are two covers for you to chew on. 
Let me know in the comments what you thought on these two!

First one is by Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Vinny Appice & Rudy Sarzo
Ozzy's "Crazy Train" on the Randy Rhoads tribute album! Follow the link to hear!

https://soundcloud.com/udrmusic/randy-rhoads-crazy-train/s-kPKv2

Next up, in the video below, is Daniel Johns from Silverchair doing his take on Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".  

 
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New Manson & More Out Today!

For whatever reason "Born Villain" dropped by MANSON back in 2012 received So-So reviews and accolades and though "The Pale Emperor" is in the same vein many a folks are saying this is brings us back MARILYN MANSON. Whatever the f*ck that means! I've been giving a few tracks a listen for about a month now and like most of his work I dig it! No word on when a tour will make it's way back to KC but as soon as we know, you'll know! 

Looks like the folks in MOTORHEAD'S camp are keeping things alive with a new Blu-Ray, "Stage Fright". 

A new tribute album to late shredder RANDY RHODES, "Randy Rhodes Remembered: Vol. 1", is available for pre-order by heading here --> http://www.californiamusicfest.com/

Now here's a look at some of the band's working on new stuff!
  • According to their official Instagram account METALLICA are "Rocking along" on new stuff. 
  • SOILWORK will roll out their 1st live DVD/Blu Ray on March 13th "Live in the Heart of Helsinki"
  • HALESTORM'S new jam, "Into the Wild Life" will be out April 7th. 
  • LED ZEPPELIN'S "Physical Graffiti" gets the deluxe reissue treatment 40 years to the date of it's original release, February 23rd. 
  • FEAR FACTORY inches closer to completing it's next album, which is slated to drop within the coming months. According to their people drums, guitar & bass are completed. 
  • ROB ZOMBIE'S live CD "Spookshow International" will drop in February on the 24th.
  • STONE TEMPLE PILOTS with CHESTER BENNINGTON are at work on their follow up to 2013's, "High
  • Rise". 
Here's what's left, and as always, What am I missing?
PAPA ROACH “F.E.A.R” January 27th
KID ROCK “First Kiss” February 24th
ALL THAT REMAINS “The Order of Things” February 24th
HINDER “When the Smoke Clears” March 3rd
SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS “Blaster” March 31st
THREE DAYS GRACE March
FAITH NO MORE April
LOCAL H “Hey Killer” Spring
COREY TAYLOR “You’re Making Me Hate You” Book June 30th
 
(No Dates Yet, In Development)
 
ALICE COOPER Covers of  THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More
ANTHRAX
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
BIOHAZARD
BREAKING BENJAMIN
BLACK SABBATH
CLUTCH
D.R.I.
DANZIG working on ELVIS covers
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
FLEA RHCP Memoir
GOJIRA
IRON MAIDEN
KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH Memoir “With My Eyes Open
MESHUGGAH
MEGADETH
P.O.D
PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic
REV THEORY
RED LINE CHEMISTRY “Chemical High & a Hand Grenade” Reissue
ROB ZOMBIE
SCORPIONS Celebrating 50 years!
SMASHING PUMPKINS  “Day for Night”
STEVEN TYLER SOLO
STONE SOUR COVERS ALBUM
SOILWORK Live DVD
SEVENDUST Live DVD
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
TESTAMENT
TREMONTI (Creed/Alter Bridge Axman Solo)
TOOL Who F*cking Knows
VOLBEAT
VISION OF DISORDER
ROB ZOMBIE “Spookshow International Live” 
 
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Let's Nerd Out On New Avengers Trailer

Put up yesterday and as of this blog viewed by 8+ million people! 
DAMN!
So, what's your thoughts?
Is this gonna kick ass or suck!?!

 
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Nirvana 25 Years Ago, Today!

The following is allegedly from a Nirvana show, in Portland, at the Satyricon on this date, January 12th, 1990. 
It's pre-Dave Grohl on drums, featuring Dale Crover of the Melvins. 

Enjoy! 

 
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Who's Ready For New Jams?!?

As always, what am I missing?!?

HALESTORM “III” January 13th
MARILYN MANSON “The Pale Emperor” January 20th
PAPA ROACH “F.E.A.R” January 27th
KID ROCK “First Kiss” February 24th
ALL THAT REMAINS “The Order of Things” February 24th
HINDER “When the Smoke Clears” March 3rd
SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS “Blaster” March 31st
THREE DAYS GRACE March
FAITH NO MORE April
LOCAL H “Hey Killer” Spring
COREY TAYLOR “You’re Making Me Hate You” Book June 30th
 
(No Dates Yet, In Development)
 
ALICE COOPER Covers of  THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More
ANTHRAX
BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock)
BIOHAZARD
BREAKING BENJAMIN
BLACK SABBATH
CLUTCH
D.R.I.
DANZIG working on ELVIS covers
“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
FLEA RHCP Memoir
GOJIRA
IRON MAIDEN
KORN’S BRIAN “HEAD” WELCH Memoir “With My Eyes Open
MESHUGGAH
MEGADETH
P.O.D
PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic
REV THEORY
RED LINE CHEMISTRY "Chemical High & a Hand Grenade" Reissue
ROB ZOMBIE

SCORPIONS Celebrating 50 years!
SMASHING PUMPKINS  “Day for Night”
STEVEN TYLER SOLO
STONE SOUR COVERS ALBUM
SOILWORK Live DVD
SEVENDUST Live DVD
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
TESTAMENT
TREMONTI (Creed/Alter Bridge Axman Solo)
TOOL Who F*cking Knows
VOLBEAT
VISION OF DISORDER
ROB ZOMBIE "Spookshow International Live" 

 
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