Slipknot brings “Scream Park” to “Aftershck Fest”

Slipknot is bringing its “Scream Park” attraction to the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival’s Pre-Party on Friday, October 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at Gibson Ranch in Sacramento, California. Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and M. Shawn “Clown” Crahan have partnered with Sacramento-based Scream Park California to produce an event that will feature three haunted houses and live horror entertainment. Scream Park will also have an on-site presence at the festival itself on October 24th and 25th.

A limited number of guests can gain admission to the Monster Energy Aftershock Pre-Party by showing proof of purchase of an Aftershock ticket. This will allow free access to the Aftershock Pre-Party, which will include live music and food trucks, and a discounted price of $15 to go through the Scream Park haunted houses.

This year’s Aftershock festival will feature Slipknot, Faith No More, Deftones, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Marilyn Manson, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Bring Me The Horizon and many more across four stages.


MUSIC NEWS: Metallica & A7X members try out for Black Ops 3

Metallica frontman James Hetfield and Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows are among the celebrities who are seen ‘auditioning’ in a new promotional clip to play zombies in the upcoming video game Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3. The clip is part of a contest for players and fans to win a chance to become a zombie in the game, which will be released on November 6th. The contest also has a charitable component, with proceeds helping veterans find work. Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold are no strangers to showing up in video games and Shadows was digitally captured for an appearance in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2.


MUSIC NEWS: Soundgarden working on new music

Soundgarden Chris Cornell

Although he has a new solo album called Higher Truth coming out, Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell told Rolling Stone that plans are in motion for the Seattle band’s seventh full-length studio effort. He explained,

“We’re already working on new material for an album. And then I’ve got several other irons in the fire and things going that I won’t mention now. There’s a lot of things coming in addition to Higher Truth, as well as a new Soundgarden album…. I started working on a couple of songs already and we’re working on new material. We don’t put a clock on anything, ever, because I feel like, you know, that was one of the major things that kind of contributed to us splitting up. We never did well with that, so we don’t do that now. Now we have no clock and everything seems to feel really relaxed and good all the time.”

Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 but reunited in 2010, releasing its sixth studio album, King Animal, in 2012.
Higher Truth, Cornell’s fourth solo studio album, arrives on September 18th. The first single, “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart,” was last week’s most added track at the active rock, mainstream rock and adult alternative radio formats. Cornell will begin a tour in support of Higher Truth on September 18th in San Diego, winding down on November 4th in Phoenix.


MUSIC NEWS: FFDP guitarist has shoulder surgery

Five Finger Death Punch has been in the news a lot lately, both for the upcoming release of a new album and for singer Ivan Moody’s recent domestic problems. But overlooked in all that was the fact that guitarist Jason Hook underwent shoulder surgery last week, no doubt to make sure he was in top shape for the band’s fall tour. Hook told us that the reason for the surgery itself wasn’t especially sexy:

“I had a little bone spur on the belly side of the top bone, and it created a small tear in what is called the labrum. It was just irritating me. It was painful to sleep on that side. Fortunately there’s a very good shoulder and knee institute here in Vegas, and they were like, ‘Yeah, it’s very common, no big deal. We go through a little incision, we clean it up and you’re back on your feet that day, no big deal.”

Hook added that he’s already back in shape and ready for the group’s fall co-headlining tour with Papa Roach, which begins on September 4th in Lexington, Kentucky, winding down on October 9 in Glen Falls, New York. Also on the trek will be In This Moment and From Ashes To New.
The band will be touring in support of its sixth studio album, Got Your Six, which arrives on September 4th and follows up 2013’s double album, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell.


MUSIC NEWS: Ex GnR members join supergroup

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Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist and drummer Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum have signed on as the rhythm section for Hollywood Vampires’ upcoming Hollywood shows. The band — led by Alice Cooper, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, and actor Johnny Depp — is booked for only two U.S. dates, September 16th and 17th at L.A.’s Roxy Theatre. Ultimate Classic Rock reported the Hollywood Vampires’ live band will also feature Tommy Henriksen on guitar and Bruce Witkin on piano and guitar.

The Hollywood Vampires’ album will be released on September 11th. The self-titled set, which was produced by Bob Ezrin, features appearances by Paul McCartney, Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, Zak Starkey, Perry Farrell, Dave Grohl, Slash, Robbie Krieger, and Kip Winger, among others. All artist proceeds will be donated to MusiCares.


MUSIC NEWS: Conflicting reports about FFDP singer “divorce”

A woman claiming to be the wife of Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody has reportedly filed for divorce from the vocalist, accusing him of infidelity and being violent during their relationship. cited divorce documents in which the woman, Holly Smith, claimed she confronted Moody in a Las Vegas hotel room after finding texts on his phone from other women. She alleged that she then fell asleep and awoke with Ivan’s arms around her neck in a jiu-jitsu hold. He then repeatedly punched her and choked her. Moody was reportedly arrested for domestic violence in connection with that incident, but the charges were later dropped.

However, Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory later tweeted the following, “I don’t know which 1 is more offensive insinuating that Ivan knows JiuJitsu or that he has a wife! none of those R true GottaLoveTheInternet.” And sources have told The Pulse of Radio that Smith is “unstable” and that while she and Moody were involved “on and off” for a time, they were never married.

Smith has requested financial support in her “divorce” filing, saying that Moody earns around $66,000 a month with Five Finger Death Punch. Moody himself had not issued any comment on the matter, and a source close to the band told us that he was unlikely to for the moment.


MUSIC NEWS: Chris Cornell new single streaming on iTunes

Soundgarden Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell’s new single, called “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart,” is now streaming on Apple Music. The song is the first to be released from the Soundgarden singer’s new solo album, Higher Truth, which is set for release on September 18th. The song opens with acoustic guitar and is said to be a far cry from the material that Cornell recorded on his last solo album, 2009’s Timbaland-produced Scream.

Cornell will embark on a solo acoustic tour of North America this fall, starting on September 20th in Los Angeles and winding down on November 2nd in Austin, Texas. While he plans to play songs from his entire career, including material from Soundgarden, Temple Of The Dog, Audioslave and his other solo efforts. He said a while back that some tunes don’t work in an acoustic setting:

“There’s certainly many, many songs that just don’t really translate to an acoustic performance at all. One of the funny things is that the initial ‘Spoonman’ demo I did at home with an acoustic guitar, and yet it just doesn’t really work as an acoustic song.”

Meanwhile, the singer’s 1999 debut solo album, Euphoria Morning, will be reissued on Friday (August 14th) under the original title of Euphoria Mourning. The disc has been remastered and will arrive on vinyl for the first time, along with CD and digital editions. Euphoria Morning, as it was originally called, was Cornell’s first set of new recordings after Soundgarden initially disbanded in 1997.

CHECK IT OUT: Listen to Chris Cornell’s new single HERE (you must have iTunes or Apple Music)


ALCOHOL: Breath in the alcohol and get a buzz


Patrons of a pop-up bar in London are able to get a booze buzz without drinking by breathing in the alcohol in the air. Alcoholic Architecture uses a humidifier to pump a gin and tonic vapor into an enclosed space in the bar. People absorb the alcohol by breathing in and from it soaking in through their skin and eyes while wearing plastic ponchos to keep the smell from getting into their hair and clothes. But they can only stay in the so-called “Cloud” for an hour so they don’t get too drunk. Absorbing the alcohol this way is particularly potent, since it avoids going through the liver and instead goes straight to the brain. Medical experts aren’t happy, worried about potentially serious side effects, particularly for young people with still-developing brains.


MUSIC NEWS: Shinedown heading on tour with Breaking Benjamin

Shinedown Brent Smith

Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin will join forces for a co-headlining U.S. tour this fall. The trek kicks off on October 16th in Wichita, Kansas, wrapping up on November 24th in Portland, Maine. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning at 10:00 a.m. local time on Friday (August 14th), while limited pre-sale tickets will be made available to members of both bands’ fan clubs from 10:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday (August 11th) until 10:00 p.m. local time on Thursday (August 13th). Shinedown bassist Eric Bass told us that one thing he’d like to see less of these days is a sea of phones recording the whole show:

“We played a show a couple of nights ago, and we started into third or fourth track of the night, and I looked up and it was just a wall of cameras, a wall of cell phones. And I literally had this thought about, you know, what if we’re not having a great night? This is gonna be up online forever. Would everybody still think that Led Zeppelin was as awesome as they were if everybody recorded every single show?”

Sevendust will be the opening act on all the November dates. Shinedown is touring in support of its new album, Threat To Survival, which is due out on September 18th. The first single, “Cut The Cord,” recently hit Number One on rock radio. Breaking Benjamin continues to promote its recently issued new disc, Dark Before Dawn, which debuted at Number One on the Billboard album chart last month after selling 141,000 copies in its first week of release.


MOVIES: Pez movie in the works


There is an animated movie about Pez candy in the works. Brother in Laws writer, Cameron Fay, has been hired to work on the script for Envision Media Arts. EMA founder Lee Nelson said in a statement, “Pez candy is beloved by children and adults alike. With Cameron Fay we’ve created a world unique to Pez and a story that will touch the hearts of many.” (Movie Pilot)