I assume it’s easy to look back at the aughts and be dismissive of the entire decade particularly from the perspective of metal or punk fan. Nu-Metal was slowly being phased out as any goodwill from the previous decade had eroded and acts like Simple Plan and Good Charlotte made everyone realize that maybe the idea of Pop-Punk was a mistake. But those who kept their ear close to the ground knew better than to become jaded. Hard rock was alive and well and young bands were doing very exciting things. Young bands like Between the Buried and Me with their seminal Alaska (Victory Records 2005/Craft Recordings 2020).
Stoner Rock legends Fu Manchu have shared their cover of Rush’s early classic “Working Man”, as a tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart, who died in January 2020, after a long battle with brain cancer. All sales proceeds from the track, which was recorded in January, will be donated to brain tumor research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Peart’s memory.
The Annual Metal Hall of Fame Gala – “the most important night in metal” – can now be seen exclusively on Amazon Prime Television. The program features an overview with features of the 2020 Metal Hall of Fame including inductions, tributes, and all-star jams. Watch heavy metal legends Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Geoff Tate, Don Dokken, Chris Poland, Stephen Pearcy, Graham Bonnet, Metal Church, legendary music promoter Jack Orbin and Prong as they are inducted into the Hall and amazing performances including Chris Poland, Riot Act (featuring members of Riot), and an epic jam featuring Steve Vai, Geoff Tate, Joe Satriani, Bjorn Englen, Chris Poland, and Pat Gesualdo. Modern Drummer magazine also joined forces with the Metal Hall of Fame to present the only official tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart, who had passed away just a week before the event. Continue reading
Danny Carey (TOOL), Les Claypool (Primus), Claudio Sanchez (Coheed And Cambria), Bill Kelliher (Mastodon), Stephen Brodsky (Mutoid Man, Cave In) and Jordan Olds (a.k.a. Gwarsenio Hall) have teamed up to record a quarantine cover version of RUSH’s “Anthem” as part of “Two Minutes To Late Night’s cover series. The video, which was edited by Drew Kaufman, can be seen below. RUSH drummer Neil Peart died at age 67 on January 7th after a three-year battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Progressive Music legend Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, Dream Theater) has teamed up with bassist Stu Hamm, guitarist Paulie Z and keyboardist Walter Ino to record a cover version of the RUSH classic “YYZ”, filmed while they were in quarantine. The clip was premiered this past Tuesday (July 14) as part of the David Z Foundation’s third annual fundraising campaign livestream. This past January, Portnoy shot down rumors that he will tour with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson as the replacement for late RUSH drummer Neil Peart. Peart died on January 10th. Watch the clip here. Continue reading
Rolling Stones fans who love Jigsaw puzzles can get their fix as puzzles with their iconic albums have been released. Coming from Zee Productions, the iconic album covers as jigsaws are available for order “Exile On Main St.”, “Emotional Rescue”, “It’s Only Rock Rock ‘N Roll” and “Some Girls” will be made available on September 4, 2020 as 500-piece puzzles, plus there will be a 1000-piece version of “It’s Only Rock Rock ‘N Roll” out on September 18, 2020. via its Rock Saws imprint. All puzzles come in a vinyl-box-set-sized box, perfect to fit alongside a vinyl record collection. Back in April 2019, Zee Productions launched its new range of rock and metal jigsaw puzzles, Rock Saws. Other puzzles from the line include Nirvana, Metallica, Rush, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Judas Priest and Slayer. Order at the link below: Continue reading
Nirvana fans who love Jigsaw puzzles will be sated later this summer when puzzles for the “Nevermind” and “In Utero’ albums are released. Coming from Zee Productions, the iconic album covers as jigsaws are coming via its Rock Saws imprint. “Nevermind” and “In Utero” will be made available on September 4, 2020 as 500-piece puzzles, plus there will be a 1000-piece version of “Nevermind” out on September 18, 2020. All puzzles come in a vinyl-box-set-sized box, perfect to fit alongside a vinyl record collection. Back in April 2019, Zee Productions launched its new range of rock and metal jigsaw puzzles, Rock Saws. Other puzzles from the line include Metallica, Rush, Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Judas Priest and Slayer. Order at the link below: Continue reading
The music world lost a giant on January 7th when Neil Peart of Rush lost his battle with cancer. On hte new podcast we examine the correlation between the death of a beloved musical icon and record sales and streaming plays. Dumb and Dumbest Podcast #313 is streaming now and it’s all about Neil Peart, Rush, and Record Sales! Dumb and Dumbest is hosted by Matt Bacon (Dropout Media, Ripple Music, Prophecy Productions) and Publicist Curtis Dewar (Dewar PR), in addition to the podcast, Matt and Curtis host The Music Marketing Challenge, a low-cost, super high-value private training to bands and artists. The new challenge is about Mastering The Art of Pitching Your Band to Labels and Journalists! Get hands-on practical experience to market your band like a pro today! DM Matt or Curtis at the links below for details Continue reading
As the news gripped the world the other night that Rush’s Neil Peart had died, Tool was kickiing off their new leg of the Fear Inoculum tour in San Diego. The band paid tribute to Peart and Rush, several times during the night: During Danny Carey’s drum solo, later performing a partial cover of ‘A Passage to Bangkok’ and their “walk out music at the end of the night, 2112. Watch fan filmed video! Continue reading
I’m writing this letter and Permanent Waves is playing in the background. You don’t know me and, with your passing on the 7th January 2020, I guess we will have to make our acquaintance in the next life. Continue reading