Brett Buchanan

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Bio: Brett hosted the BWR podcast from 2004 to 2009, and then opened GrungeReport.net in May 2009. The site changed its name to AlternativeNation.net in June 2013. Brett also owns Concertfy.com. Reach out to Brett at; brett (at) alternativenation.net

Marilyn Manson discussed his feud with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan coming to an end recently in an interview with Esquire.

“It was funny, because I ran into Billy [Corgan], and a lot of people think there was some kind of falling out. It was mostly that he wrote a strongly worded letter about how Rose McGowan would ruin my life and ruin my career if I stayed with her, which was good advice, and he wrote it as a letter, which is very polite. There is sort of a guy code that I abide by where he totally offered his advice, and he was genuinely just looking out for my best interests. I hadn’t seen him in 15 years. I had forgotten how close we were, having not seen him in so long. He’s the one who taught me how to play guitar, so if it sucks or it’s good, it’s his fault.”

In a recent interview with Noisey, Marilyn Manson made claim to have had coined the term grunge during a review he wrote for Nirvana’s debut studio album Bleach:

“I hated rock n’ roll when I started. It was on the cusp of grunge and a lot of bands that I used to call “commonist rock” because everyone wanted to be like the common man with the flannel shirts and Pearl Jam and their fight against Ticketmaster and all this horse shit.”

Manson continued:

“Nirvana was different. That was one of the bands I covered first as a journalist and I’m just going to go ahead and say I coined the term ‘grunge’ in a review of Bleach. You’re welcome.”

The Cribs’ Gary Jarman revealed in a new interview with NME that Dave Grohl surprised his band in the studio while they were recording For All My Sisters last year.

“We left to go get pizza and withing three minutes we returned with Dave Grohl,” the bass player said. “We played with him in Ireland and he was like, ‘The Cribs? I love you guys!’ We thought it was a really good omen for the first day of the record – it was just like a rabbit’s foot or something.”

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Foo Fighters recently released Sonic Highways the album and TV series, and in a recent interview with Q Magazine, Dave Grohl responded to U2’s own unique releases strategy of Songs of Innocence through Apple’s iTunes with a diplomatic shrug.

“Weeell, I wouldn’t want to judge,” he smiles. “I just saw that as, ‘Oh, of course…’ I don’t think you have to do something like the TV show to make a record. There’s still great records made by people in their living rooms. But I think it’s important to consider moving outside of that and doing more.”

Grohl mentioned that he visited Apple’s headquarters in September, and talked to Jony Ive, a revolutionary designer for the company. Grohl asked Ive how much he sleeps. Ive responded, “I’m much better now. Maybe five or six hours a night…” Grohl responded, “Wow, lucky bastard…!”

TMZ reports that Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested for getting in a bar fight on Tuesday. Butler was at a bar at the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley, and a brawl broke out. Butler was charged with battery, vandalism, and disorderly conduct. Butler ended up spending the night in jail.

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In September 2014, Ozzy Osbourne announced some big Black Sabbath news. The frontman plans to head back into the studio with Black Sabbath this year for one more album before embarking on one final tour. In early 2014, it was originally understood that Black Sabbath’s last gig would be their July 4th gig at London’s Hyde Park.

In an interview with Metal Hammer, Ozzy stated, “The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. We all made friends, we didn’t fuck around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.” Ozzy also revealed, “I believe [producer] Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.”

Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell appeared at NAMM 2015 in Anaheim, CA, and played “Rain When I Die” in front of only a few lucky people. Watch the video below!

Jerry Cantrell discussed his late friends Dimebag Darrell and Layne Staley in an interview with Billboard last month.

On meeting Dimebag Darrell before Pantera’s big success, and how he knew Dimebag and Layne Staley would have success: “That’s why I went up to talk to him. I remember talking to [Pantera bassist] Rex [Brown] and [Dimebag’s older brother] Vinnie [Paul] that night, too. There are certain guys that you run into and you just know — you just know that guy’s going someplace. And he should be going someplace, because he damn well deserves it. [Alice in Chains frontman] Layne [Staley] was one of those guys for me as well.”

On Dimebag Darrell as a person: “[Dimebag] wasn’t any different in the center of the room with you or the center of an arena with thousands of people. He was a really genuine person. He was fun to be around. I had so many good times with him. And I had some bad times, too, where it would be about picking each other up. I’d get to see him really regularly out on the road. The arcs of our careers were fairly similar: Cowboys from Hell came out in ’90, Facelift came out in ‘90; Vulgar was ‘92, Dirt was ‘92.”

On the loss of Dimebag Darrell and Layne Staley: “I don’t remember that exact moment, but I know I got on a plane immediately. All of us, [Alice in Chains drummer] Sean [Kinney], [Alice in Chains bassist] Mike [Inez] and me went straight to Dallas to be with Vinnie and support him. We’d been through losing somebody — losing Layne — two years earlier, so we had kinda been there. It was one of the most godawful things you’ve ever heard of happening to somebody who was one of the nicest people you ever knew in your life and your friend. It’s still unbelievable.”

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck director Brett Morgen discussed the film and Courtney Love in a new Fox News piece.

“In 2007 got a call from Courtney [Love, his wife] who wanted a film that went beyond the music. The journey started there. But I made this for Frances [Bean Cobain, the couple’s daughter]. She gave me the keys to go and make the film,” director Brett Morgen told FOX411. “If you come to the movie thinking that you are going to see the story of Nirvana, you are only going to be sorely disappointed. This is the Kurt Cobain story.”

At one point in the film, according to Fox’s piece, Love admits that she used heroin while pregnant.

“I used it once then stopped,” Love said. “I knew she would be fine.”

Cobain also discussed being a father in the film, “My father and I are very different people, I am capable of a lot more affection than he is,” Cobain states in archival footage. “I don’t want her to be screwed up.”

“This is a psychological portrait of Kurt. I didn’t sugarcoat anything, he was a junkie,” Morgen said. “This is a difficult film for his family. Of course I could have been more sensitive, but I always thought the person I had to be most sensitive to was Kurt. I had to put him first.”

Foo Fighters covered Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” on January 25th in Rio de Janeiro. Watch video below.

Setlist:
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
Breakout
Arlandria
My Hero
Big Me
Congregation
Walk
Cold Day in the Sun
In the Clear
This Is a Call
Monkey Wrench

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Skin and Bones
Wheels
B-Stage
Times Like These
Detroit Rock City (KISS cover)
Tom Sawyer (Rush cover) (First time since 2000-06-08, second time ever.)
Stay With Me (The Faces cover) (Taylor on vocals. With solos from each member.)
Under Pressure (Queen and David Bowie cover) (Taylor And Dave on vocals)
All My Life
Best of You
Everlong

TMZ is reporting that Slash has moved in with his new girlfriend Meegan Hodges and her two teenage daughters. Slash dated Hodges during his early Guns N’ Roses days, and recently reconnected with her after separating from his wife Perla, who he recently filed for divorce from.

Slash and Meegan also got matching tattooes of GPS coordinates.

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TMZ recently reported that Slash’s wife Perla Ferrar wants 50% of the money he’s earned since their 2001 marriage, as there was no prenup. She believes he’s made 10’s of millions of dollars since they got married, but she cannot touch Slash’s Guns N’ Roses money he earned in the 80’s and 90’s. Her lawyer is currently looking at album sales and other property to figure out how much money she can get. Perla believes Slash has moved on, and that there isn’t much hope for a reconciliation.

It was also recently reported that Slash filed for divorce from his wife Perla, citing irreconcilable differences. He claims the couple separated on June 15th and is seeking joint custody of is kids. The couple has been married for over 13 years.

We also reported last week (via GNRTruth) that Slash was photographed with his ex-girlfriend Meegan Hodges, who used to be Erin Everly’s roomate. Everly was married to Axl Rose, and Slash dated Hodges. Hodges wrote, “I love this man! My heart. My person. My best friend.”

Dave Grohl was learning to walk again after a brief fall on stage at Foo Fighters’ show in Sao Paulo on January 23rd. See video of Grohl’s fall below!

Setlist:
Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
Breakout
Arlandria
My Hero
Congregation
Walk
Cold Day in the Sun (With ‘Tom Sawyer’ (Rush song)… more )
I’ll Stick Around
Monkey Wrench
Skin and Bones
Wheels (Soloed by Dave Grohl)

B-Stage:
Times Like These (Half with Dave, half with full band)
Detroit Rock City (KISS cover)
Stay With Me (The Faces cover) (First time ever)
Tie Your Mother Down (Queen cover) (Dave on drums and Taylor on vocals)
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover) (Taylor And Dave on vocals)
All My Life
These Days
Outside
Best of You
Everlong

In a recent interview with the Red Bulletin, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl spoke his mind about the current state of music, claiming rock fans rely too much on the internet.

“People have forgotten what it’s like to really rock out because they spend all day in front of a freakin’ computer, which they hail as the new God.”

Grohl then continued:

“They seriously think technology can make them rich, if they stumble on something new. But I’m telling you: technology might make you rich, yet it will never make you happy.”

In a new Q&A with Rolling Stone, Grohl ripped critics of the Foo Fighters latest studio album Sonic Highways:

Look, that was one of the first conversations that we had when we started this project. I would explain the idea and someone would say, “Oh, cool. So, are you going to play a blues song? Are you going to make a country song in Nashville? Are you going to do jazz in New Orleans?” And I thought, “Can you fucking imagine how much of a train wreck that would be?” I said, “You have to remember that not everybody has HBO and is going to see the series.”

So, first and foremost, we have to make a Foo Fighters record. That’s it. And I really fought to retain that. At one point in Nashville, I walked in the control room and everyone was wearing fucking cowboy hats. I was like, “Guys! Don’t! Stop! Wait! We are still the Foo Fighters. Don’t forget that.” I think maybe people misunderstood the concept and thought that we were going to incorporate all of the different flavors or genres from each city, and, to me, it didn’t make any sense because the last thing I want to do is chase something that’s not real.

Grohl also said:

“You’re like, Hey, I’ve done this thing! Fuck, I can’t wait for people to hear this! I’m so proud of it. It was such a blast to do.” You get excited and then you realize that people didn’t really understand it in the first place. So you’re like, “Aw, fuck it.” It’s one of those things that after 20 years, nothing is going to keep us from doing what we do. And there’s not much to discourage us from the path that we’ve been on for this long. Look, if some dude with a blog says the band blew it because we didn’t fucking put a lap steel [guitar] on our song in Nashville, then that same day you sell out Wembley Stadium in a day, it’s like, “OK, well, I guess we’re doing something right.”

L7 have announced their reunion on their Facebook page:

ATTENTION: YOU DID IT!!!

Your support, prayers, pleads, demands, and harassment here on this page have worked! The Original Line-up of L7 ARE REUNITING! (and it feels so good). WOO HOO!

More shows to be announced tomorrow and in the upcoming weeks so don’t worry, but for now we can announce L7’s appearance at:

Azkena Rock Festival ARF 6/19 Spain
Hellfest Open Air Festival 6/20 France

Also, a Kickstarter Campaign has just gone LIVE for the upcoming documentary “L7: Pretend We’re Dead”. https://www.kickstarter.com/…/975436123/l7-pretend-were-dead

Check it out now. This will hit media outlets in one hour. We want to make sure that you all get early dibs on some pretty cool tiers.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT WITH EVERYTHING! XOXOX L7

According to Collider‘s review of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, Kurt Cobain’s stomach problems went undiagnosed for most of his life, and Cobain ‘self-medicated’ with marijuana and later heroin. Cobain stated in journal entries that his stomach pain was so severe that he would rather die than live through the pain. Despite this, Cobain expressed doubt about whether he’d be as creatively inclined if his stomach issues were to be cured, fearing the pain was what fueled his artistic drive.

Courtney Love also states in the film that Cobain told her that he wanted to earn $3 million dollars and then become a junkie full time. The film also states that Cobain first used heroin in 1987. Love also sheds light on the reasons behind Cobain’s March 1994 suicide attempt in Rome, claiming that she was contemplating an affair at the time. She said that despite this, she never cheated on Cobain.

Rolling Stone reports that director Brett Morgen recalled a conversation he had with Frances Bean Cobain at the Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premiere this past weekend at Sundance about her father Kurt Cobain’s legacy. “Frances told me that, ‘People act like my dad was Santa Claus,'” Morgen said after the screening. “‘And he wasn’t Santa Claus.’ I think she realized that after seeing the movie.”

Cobain was hesitant to attend the premiere, but did due to her executive producer role. Cobain’s fiancee, Isaiah Silva, did not attend the premiere.

Mad Season have been rehearsing at Benaroya Hall and Pearl Jam headquarters for their reunion performance at Sonic Evolution on January 30th. Barrett Martin has shared several photos on Facebook, including one with Matt Cameron. Martin said, “Two Seattle dudes who play drums. Matt Cameron and I did a similar thing exactly 20 years ago in 1995 when the Seattle Symphony did a selection of classic Seattle rock songs. We played double drum sets – and traded solos! Matt is one of the best drummers in the world and also one of the most gracious. The two qualities go hand in hand. It’s an honor to play with him again.”

Martin also announced new special guests for Mad Season’s upcoming performance, “Mad Season is pleased to announce that Jeff Angell from Walking Papers, singer Kim Virant, guitarist Tim DiJulio, and saxophonist Skerik will also be joining us on stage as they add their own unique contributions to the Mad Season songs. We are honored to have such talented people playing with us. The rehearsal with the Seattle Symphony was really quite amazing. It sounds just gorgeous the way they have orchestrated the songs. What incredible players they are. Here’s a few photos that I snapped in the little time I had. My favorite is ‘Maestro McCready’!”

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Below is a photo from @PearlJamOnline, taken by Tadd Sackville-West, of Mad Season rehearsing at Pearl Jam headquarters.

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SeattleSymphony.org has more information on the show:

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Mike McCready, special guest
Chris Cornell, vocalist
Duff McKagan, bass
Barrett Martin, drums
Matt Cameron, drums
Members of Vocalpoint! Seattle
Seattle Symphony

Yann Robin: Ashes (World Premiere)
Angelique Poteat: Beyond Much Difference (World Premiere)
Mike McCready /arr. Scott Teske: Waking the Horizon (World Premiere)
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “River of Deceit”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “I Don’t Know Anything”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “Long Gone Day”
Solo selections by Mad Season

******SOLD OUT******

Sonic Evolution celebrates the past, present and future of music with brand-new symphonic compositions inspired by musical icons Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more. PLUS! Mad Season’s Mike McCready and Barrett Martin team up with Chris Cornell, Duff McKagan and other guests for a special performance.

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FAITH NO MORE ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

DATES MARK BAND’S FIRST NORTH AMERICAN SHOWS SINCE 2010; NEW SONG, “SUPERHERO,” AVAILABLE MARCH 17

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 26, 2015 – Faith No More confirm their first North American shows since 2010 with a spring outing kicking off April 15 in Vancouver.

The announcement comes as the Bay Area band wraps up work on their follow-up to 1997’s Album of the Year. The as-of-yet untitled album is due this May via the band’s newly formed imprint, Reclamation Recordings, which is distributed by Ipecac Recordings. Faith No More founder and bass player, Bill Gould is overseeing production.

“Here we go,” said Gould. “First North American tour dates, some in cities we haven’t played in over 17 years. We are armed with the new material and ready for whatever comes our way.”

Preceding the tour is the release of a second single from the forthcoming album, “Superhero,” which will be available as a limited edition 7-inch single on March 17 followed by a digital release on March 31. Faith No More released the single, “Motherf****r,” as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. To mark the release of their first new music since the late ‘90s, the band played a surprise set at Amoeba San Francisco.

North American tour dates:
April 15 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
April 16 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
April 17 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
April 19 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 20 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 25 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

May 7 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
May 9 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

Tickets for all shows are on-sale this Friday, Jan. 30, at 10 am local time. A fan club pre-sale will be made available on Wednesday, Jan. 28 with more details to be found on FNM.com and via the band’s social media pages (facebook.com/officialfnm and twitter.com/faithnomore).

Full Faith No More routing:
February 17 Tokyo, Japan Studio Coast
February 18 Tokyo, Japan Studio Coast
February 21 Adelaide, Australia Soundwave Festival
February 22 Melbourne, Australia Soundwave Festival
February 28 Sydney, Australia Soundwave Festival

March 1 Brisbane, Australia Soundwave Festival
March 3 Auckland, New Zealand WestFest

April 15 Vancouver, BC PNE Forum
April 16 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
April 17 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
April 19 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 20 San Francisco, CA Warfield
April 23 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 24 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 25 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

May 7 Chicago, IL Concord Music Hall
May 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
May 9 Toronto, ON Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 11 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
May 13 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 14 New York, NY Webster Hall
May 15 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
May 29 Nurburgring, Germany Grune Holle Festival
May 31 Munich, Germany Rockavaria Festival

June 2 Milan, Italy Sonisphere
June 4 Vienna, Austria Vienna Rocks Festival
June 5 Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic Rock For People Festival
June 12 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
June 13 Donington, UK Download Festival
June 20 Clisson, France Hellfest
June 21 Dessel, Belgium Graspop Festival

Aug. 7 – 9 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament playfully discussed the upcoming Superbowl, pitting the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks, in a new Fox Sports piece.

“Richard Sherman is the second coming of Muhammad Ali and Marshawn Lynch the model of anti-establishment that Boston hasn’t known since Paul Revere.

“Pete Carroll has Tom Cable, Darrell Bevell, Dan Quinn and the mighty Ken Norton Jr., while Bill Belichick has deflated footballs and Spygate.

“Seattle has Jimi Hendrix and Boston has, well, Boston. Seattle has the 12th man, and Boston tore down the only place it had with a real advantage: Boston Garden.

“Oh, yeah, and the Patriots don’t even have Boston as they reside in Foxboro which is actually closer to Providence, R.I., than Boston.

“The organization so didn’t believe in Boston they renamed themselves the New England Patriots and moved out of town.

“Go ‘Hawks!”

The new documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck premiere last night at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain attended the premiere, and shared a long embrace in front of cameras. Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic also attended the premiere, and The Meat Puppets performed at an aftershow.

“It was kind of a domino thing. First Courtney came along and then Frances,” director Brett Morgen said of making the film in an interview with PEOPLE. “Frances and I shared the same exact vision for what this film should be. She was really the glue. She is why we are all here.”

Morgen says Cobain’s family members are all “on the same page” about the film, as was evident when Love and her daughter shared a long embrace while taking photos on the red carpet at its premiere during Sundance on Saturday.

“Everyone involved with the film and Nirvana wanted to do this for Frances,” Morgen said. “This movie is for her.”

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will premiere on HBO on May 4th.

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3 surprise guests will join Mad Season at their reunion show on January 30th in Seattle for Sonic Evolution. Mad Season’s lineup will consist of Mike McCready (guitar), Barrett Martin (drums), Chris Cornell (vocals), and Duff McKagan (bass). Matt Cameron will also perform at the show. Original members Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders passed away in 2002 and 1999 respectively.

SeattleSymphony.org has more information on the show:

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Mike McCready, special guest
Chris Cornell, vocalist
Duff McKagan, bass
Barrett Martin, drums
Matt Cameron, drums
Members of Vocalpoint! Seattle
Seattle Symphony

Yann Robin: Ashes (World Premiere)
Angelique Poteat: Beyond Much Difference (World Premiere)
Mike McCready /arr. Scott Teske: Waking the Horizon (World Premiere)
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “River of Deceit”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “I Don’t Know Anything”
Mad Season /arr. Scott Teske: “Long Gone Day”
Solo selections by Mad Season

******SOLD OUT******

Sonic Evolution celebrates the past, present and future of music with brand-new symphonic compositions inspired by musical icons Pearl Jam, Nirvana and more. PLUS! Mad Season’s Mike McCready and Barrett Martin team up with Chris Cornell, Duff McKagan and other guests for a special performance.

Former Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver frontman, and possible Art of Anarchy frontman Scott Weiland is now stating that he was never a member of Art of Anarchy.

“I was never in the band,” Weiland told Billboard in a new interview. “It was something I did when I wasn’t doing anything. I was asked to write some lyrics and sing some melodies on this project, but it’s not a band I’m in. This is my band.”

Below was the initial Art of Anarchy press release:

Poised to become one of the biggest new bands of 2015, Art of Anarchy is redefining the rock supergroup. Meet the “mega group” – band members are rock legends in their own right with over 150 million in sales. Promising over-the-top songs that break rock music boundaries with an all-or-nothing attitude, star power and bring-down-the-house performances, this mega band promises to transform a new generation into rock enthusiasts and die-hard “Anarchists”.

Art Of Anarchy members are some of rock’s heaviest hitters and most versatile musicians. Iconic front man, Scott Weiland with his instantly identifiable voice needs no introduction. He is known as one of rock’s most adroit and ever-evolving vocalists. Lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal from Guns N’ Roses, bassist John Moyer of Disturbed and twin brothers Jon Votta on lead guitar and Vince Votta on drums promise extreme, uncompromising musicianship that rings in a new era for rock music.

The band started out of an 18-year friendship between Bumblefoot and the Votta brothers, dating back to the local New York music scene. Jon Votta approached Bumblefoot with the idea of putting together a unique new rock band that would have people talking. They knew Weiland would be the ideal singer to handle the band’s musical diversity. Once Weiland was on-board, the band was completed by the aggressive, precise, melodic bass of career-rocker John Moyer.

Art of Anarchy has emerged as a band willing to eradicate musical borders in pursuit of something brilliant. For these legendary members, it’s all about songwriting and musicianship, which the band proudly displays on its self-titled debut album. The band also sees Weiland returning to his hard rock roots with a harder-edged sound than any of his previous efforts.

Bumblefoot shines not only as the band’s co-guitarist, but also as the producer and engineer on the album. His world-class guitar playing ranks him as one of rock’s most innovative guitarists.

John Moyer, self-proclaimed hitman from Texas, brings a punchy bottom end that rounds out the sound of AOA. His in the pocket style can be heard throughout the whole album.

Jon Votta, the grand architect behind Art of Anarchy, co-wrote the soon-to-be-released album and shares lead responsibilities with Bumblefoot. According to Votta, “This is the record I always dreamed of making since I started playing guitar”. Vince Votta came up with the band name based upon these principles: it had to be extreme, uncompromising, and make a bold statement- much like his drum playing.

2015 will be a big year for Art of Anarchy. Rock was never dead– just dormant– and Art of Anarchy is planning to wake it up. They’ll break all the rules and leave you wanting more Anarchy!

Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha will perform as a DJ tonight at Beauty Bar in Denver. Iha told Westword, “I like to play dance music and what makes a club or a party excited. I have never really done much dance music before, so [doing DJ gigs has been] a good introduction to what is happening on an indie level. Not top ten dance music but, for lack of a better term, indie club dance stuff and rock.”

Iha’s former bandmate Billy Corgan also DJ’s, under the name The Ivory Tower. Iha discussed his memories of The Smashing Pumpkins and Billy Corgan in a 2014 interview with Alternative Nation, “Every couple of years people will ask me stuff about the Pumpkins, honestly I don’t really want to bring out the negative. I’d just like to highlight the positive things with the band, the good things that happened with him. All of the private stuff is private, to me it is. I don’t really feel the need to talk about that stuff in the press. I don’t know what good it does, honestly. That’s all I can say about relations and stuff. I just want to keep people’s memories about the good things in the band when I was in the band. As far as the reissues, I haven’t had much input on it. I was sent some bonus tracks that I wrote just to check out, to see if they were okay for my approval, but that’s about it.”