What better way for the members of ANTHRAX to celebrate their sixth Grammy nomination than to toast it with a glass of their own brand of bourbon, "Indians".
ANTHRAX has aligned with Jefferson's Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces special, limited edition "small batch" whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. ANTHRAX's "Indians", a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in.
"We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster," said bassist Frank Bello, "and 'Indians' was perfect."
ANTHRAX's "Indians" bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company. "Indians" will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in.
ANTHRAX — Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian and Joey Belladonna — lifted their "Indians"-filled shot glasses last Friday when they found out that "Neon Knights", the band's cover of the BLACK SABBATH song (from SABBATH's 1980 release "Heaven And Hell") recorded for the "Ronnie James Dio - This Is Your Life" tribute album got the nod in the Grammy Awards "Best Metal Performance" category.
"It's been an honor everytime we've been nominated," said ANTHRAX's Benante, "but this one is particularly special. To have been asked to contribute 'Neon Knights' to Ronnie's tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best."
ANTHRAX has just gone into the studio to begin recording their next album, the follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated "Worship Music".
So the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductees were announced today and many were shocked (myself included) to see GREEN DAY on that list. Are they RNRHOF worthy? Some would argue Yes, while others, clearly from internet postings, say NO! For me, I suppose, the hardest thing to understand is why they would be in their first year nominated. That's probably the most baffling.
Here's the list of others going in next year in Cleveland:
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND
THE "5" ROYALS - an early 50's/60's R&B band inducted as an Early Influence Award Winner
Now here's some who ARE NOT in the Rock Hall of Fame and based upon what's floating around the internet, many feel need consideration. What do you think?
That's a pretty high pedestal he's putting himself on coming on the heels of an album that is just BARELY over 30 mins....total - Westward
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan blasted PEARL JAM and FOO FIGHTERS in a new interview with Howard Stern, saying that neither band matched the early '90s accomplishments of either the PUMPKINS or NIRVANA. About PEARL JAM, Corgan said, "I don't think they have the songs. I think you stack my songs up, [Kurt] Cobain's songs up and that band's songs up, they don't have the songs. They're a great band. Look, they're still an arena act. They've been getting it done for a long time and I have to bow to that."
Corgan said he was friendly with PEARL JAM singer Eddie Vedder at one point, but they haven't been social in years, explaining, "I haven't been in a social frame with the guy in I don't know how long but I think a lot of people are transformed by fame… You can't blame him. He was on the cover of Time magazine, not me, and dealt with a level of fame that I never dealt with, so I can't say what that feels like."
Corgan also had some choice words for FOO FIGHTERS, saying, "Dave [Grohl] is a great musician, a great songwriter and has done the work. To me, my criticism of the FOO FIGHTERS, if I'm being a music critic is that they just haven't evolved and that's sort of the recent rap on them is, you know, making the same music… Listen, he's getting it done so it's like, if you want to be competitive, my philosophy against his, he's winning."
The PUMPKINS founder recently said that he and Kurt Cobain were the top two songwriters of their generation, and that everyone else was a "distant third."
A new SMASHING PUMPKINS album, "Monuments To An Elegy", arrived on Tuesday (December 9).
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It's almost that wonderful time of the year, the f*cking Holidays and with that a few bands kicking out some new & reissue jams! Let us begin, shall we?
SMASHING PUMPKINS (alright who we kidding, Billy Corgan) is kicking out a new album today, "Monuments to an Elegy". As you already know Tommy Lee of MOTLEY CRUE fame drums on the disk while Brad Wilk (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE) is tapped as the touring drummer for the Pumpkins.
ROB ZOMBIE is putting out limited edition picture disc vinyl for his four solo albums, "Hellbilly Deluxe", "The Sinister Urge", "Educated Horses" and "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" allegedly on the Twelfth of this month, though I am hearing they're already out now!
New York Hardcore vets VISION OF DISORDER are droping a limited reissue of their debut EP "Still" via vinyl and for digital download plus they're in the studio working on an album due out in the Spring!
Here's what's coming down the pike, what's missing?!?
ASKING ALEXANDRIA "Live From Brixton & Beyond" December 15th
MARILYN MANSON "The Pale Emperor" January 20th PAPA ROACH "F.E.A.R" January 27th KID ROCK "First Kiss" February 24th COREY TAYLOR "You're Making Me Hate You" Book June 30th (No Dates Yet, In Development) FAITH NO MORE April
THREE DAYS GRACE TBA Late March ALICE COOPER Covers of THE DOORS, HENDRIX, THE WHO, JOHN LENNON + More DANZIG working on ELVIS covers "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" comic book drawn by TROY LITTLE BEASTIE BOYS Memoirs (By both Mike D & Ad Rock) REV THEORY
HALESTORM TBA Completed ROB ZOMBIE D.R.I. SCORPIONS Celebrating 50 years! SMASHING PUMPKINS "Day for Night" FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH P.O.D KORN'S BRIAN "HEAD" WELCH Memoir "With My Eyes Open" CLUTCH STEVEN TYLER SOLO STONE SOUR COVERS ALBUM BIOHAZARD ALL THAT REMAINS THE PRETTY RECKLESS Acoustic P.O.D. Acoustic TREMONTI SOILWORK Live DVD SEVENDUST Live DVD ANTHRAX RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS' FLEA Memoir TOOL Who F*cking Knows
Guess we can put ths story in the "Awwwwwww" file.
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SLAYER's publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald released the following statement to Nuvo.net: "[The night of December 3, SLAYER guitarist] Kerry [King] and some of the crew went to dinner at Kerry's favorite steak house in Indy, St. Elmo's Steak House. Afterwards, the assistant tour manager, Jess [Cortese] saw a homeless man on the street who offered up this little kitten for a dollar. The kitten apparently was freezing so Jess took it, slept with her in her bunk on the bus and went to the venue with her today, hanging out. One of the runners knew someone who wanted a kitten, so the little guy now has a new home where he or she currently is."
The cat's new owner later posted a photo of the cat on the Old National Centre Facebook page, saying, "Here she is! I named her Gypsy! I gave her a bath last night then she slept for 5 hours on the heating pad. She's at the vet this morning being treated for fleas and worms. Thank you SLAYER for your act of kindness and thank you."
SLAYER is currently touring North America with support from SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and EXODUS.
MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson, who designed and developed the ale with Martyn Weeks, the chief brewer at Robinsons, said cans have advantages over bottles.
"Firstly, cans are easier to recycle, require less packaging, get colder quicker and take up less space in your fridge," he said.
"Secondly, cans don't break or smash, meaning they can be taken to venues, sporting events, campgrounds, beaches, and music festivals, where glass is not typically allowed.
"Thirdly, aluminium cans are excellent protection against light and oxygen - beer's biggest enemies, so your drink tastes fresher longer.
"Done right, they're great for our beer."
300,000 Trooper cans will be made available in the U.S. beer market from January 2015.
The Trooper beer was launched in May 2013 and has sold more 5 million pints, with almost half of it brewed for the export market (Trooper is currently distributed in 40 countries).
Dickinson said: "When asked if we wanted to enter into a partnership with the respected Robinsons Brewery to design and brew a real ale for ourselves and our fans, we leapt at the chance.
"What has been particularly encouraging, over and above the international sales success and even over the tremendous reaction from our fans, is how it has been so warmly welcomed by serious beer aficionados outside the IRON MAIDEN community.
"As a dedicated ale drinker myself, I was very aware of the many great beers available and the extremely high level of competition we faced."