Duff McKagan is an interesting character. Having released his first solo album in 1993, a big gap followed till 2019’s Tenderness, with Lighthouse (BFD Records /Orchard/Sony) his third. This of course is but a fraction of McKagan’s musical story. Consistently coming across as the most likeable out of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup (in which he played bass and for his part was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), such a rock pedigree is already more than most mere mortals would ever get a sniff at.
Cleopatra Records have put out an 18 song collection of rarities by rock icon Iggy Pop. The record, Rare Trax, has been treated with full digital remastering, and features little seen photographs, as well as liner notes by music historian Dave Thompson. Keep reading for more information.
Progressive metalcore project ONI, have shared their second track, “Secrets” featuring guest vocals from punk icon Iggy Pop and Lamb of God frontman, Randy Blythe. The single, along with previously released songs, “The Lie” and ‘War Ender’ featuring NYC trap metal squad, City Morgue, are taken from the band’s forthcoming second album, Loathing Light, which is set to land on June 17th, via Ironshore Records. Continue reading →
Bowie At 75 is a unique and beautifully produced celebration of the iconic rock star David Bowie, examining his extraordinary life through the lens of 75 significant career achievements and life events. Covering his entire recorded output in this lovingly expressive and collectible written by the dean of Rock and Heavy Metal journalism, Author Martin Popoff. The book arrives June 14th, 2022, and pre-orders are live now at the link below.
Monster Magnet probably needs no introduction to anyone who has paid any degree of attention to the alternative rock scene over the last 25 years or more. The band has always been unashamedly and unapologetically rockist in their approach. Largely ignoring scenes such as grunge as they have come and gone, Monster Magnet have managed to pump out album after album of classic heavy rock, and they continue to play to huge audiences. Somehow they have always stood out from the crowd of rock revivalists and “stoner” bands. Whilst the music of many of these retro bands so often feels tired and trite when compared to the 60s or 70s bands they try to copy, they always exuded a special kind of conviction, authenticity and raw power that sets them apart. Maybe this has something to do with (singer, guitar player and only original member) Dave Wyndorf having been born in 1956 and so having actually lived through the 60s and 70s. Either way, the music has always felt just as legitimate and classy as records by Motörhead or Deep Purple.
On Wednesday, April 21st, Rock and Punk legend Iggy Pop will turn 73, and celebrate over 50 years as a genre-defining artist. Iggy has teamed up with music discovery & ticketing platform DICE to stream some very special performances. In 2019, Iggy played four sold-out shows in Australia, two of which took place at the prestigious Sydney Opera House. This year, on Iggy’s birthday and for the first time ever, DICE will be streaming one of the Sydney Opera House concerts for fans around the world. Tickets can be purchased at the link below. All tickets also include access to an exclusive event merch store with a link that will be sent via email.
Proto-Punk rock legends Iggy and the Stooges will see an amazing 8 disc boxed set celebrating their final show in 1976, before their reunion 29 years later, Metallic KO and French label Skydog. Now all of the Skydog label’s Iggy releases, remastered, in a clam-shell box set containing seven CDs and a DVD – a fitting tribute to the label’s punk pioneer boss Marc Zermati, who passed away in June. Marc started Skydog in 1973, arguably Europe’s first independent rock label, and in the same year that Metallic KO was released he organized the “First Punk Festival” in Mont de Marsan. He worked closely with The Clash, Johnny Thunders, Wilko Johnson, and Chrissie Hynde, and many others. Watch the trailer now!
For many, the nineties would prove to be the end of heavy metal as we knew it. Bands who rose to greatness in the preceding decade suddenly found themselves either retreading old ground, out of their depth trying to explore new territories, or simply grinding to an unceremonious halt. Within just a couple of years, denim, leather and even the term “heavy metal” itself, were out.Continue reading →
Iggy Pop has shared a new music video for his new single, ‘Loves Missing’, from his recently released new album Free (Loma Vista Recordings). Pop has been on a whirlwind of promotion for Free, appearing to perform ‘James Bond’ on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and then an interview/ conversation with Jim Jarmusch at 92Y. Directed by Simon Taylor, the clip for “Loves Missing” was shot on location at Sweat Records in Miami with a special appearance by Ale Campos from Las Nubes, watch it now! Continue reading →