Decaydance/Island RecordsCourtney Love has a featured role in the new video from Fall Out Boy. The footage was filmed as part 9 of 11 of the band's online video series Save Rock and Roll: The Youngblood Chronicles, and features Love playing a not-very-benevolent dictator, rapping and barking orders over the band's song, "Rat a Tat." Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz tells Rolling Stone, "Courtney has still got it. When she walked into the room she commanded it. Turns out the bullhorn [she used in the video] was not necessary."Save Rock and Roll: The Youngblood Chronicles is streaming on Fall Out Boy's VEVO channel on YouTube.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
courtesy Pearl DrumsJeremy Spencer of Five Finger Death Punch started playing drums as a child, on a $79 drum set his grandmother bought him at Sears, but now he's set to receive as many drums as he can pound on -- for free. Spencer has just been signed to the Pearl Drums artist roster, and part of that privilege is receiving custom drums built to his hard-hitting specifications. Says Mike Farriss, Director of Artist Relations for Pearl, tells ABC News Radio, "Jeremy is an exceptional drummer and has won Drummer of the Year in Loud Wire’s 2013 poll. Jeremy fits in well with our family -- Pearl has the most prestigious artist roster in the drumming community."In an interview with Drum Magazine, Spencer confesses that as a kid he was a member of the KISS Army and would put on Peter Criss cat makeup and challenge neighborhood kids to drum battles. He says, "I was into it. As far as I was concerned, I was a member of Kiss." In the '70s, KISS albums all noted on the back, "KISS uses Gibson guitars and Pearl Drums because they want the best," inspiring legions of fans to try to emulate their heroes' sound. "It was important to me to be as authentic as possible," says Spencer.One of those drum battles ended with Spencer tossing his drumsticks out into the crowd, hitting his grandmother on the head. Spencer admits it "[wasn't] exactly a cool thing to do to the person who bought you your first drum kit, [but] she’s still alive, so it didn’t affect her that much."Five Finger Death Punch begins a string of European dates on March 18 in Germany, and returns to the States for a handful of rock festivals at the end of April.
PowerTheWorld.orgJust days after announcing a co-headlining tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars, Linkin Parkannounced a new musical bonus for fans. Anyone who Shazams a Linkin Park song today will see a special link to the band's new song "Guilty All the Same" featuring legendary rapper Rakim, and will then be able to buy it beginning Friday, March 7.Earlier this week, anyone who had Shazamed a Linkin Park song received a notification directing them to the "Guilty All the Same" premiere.On March 4, Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds to Mars announced a co-headlining tour, set to kick off on August 8 in West Palm Beach, FL. Ticket sales begin Friday, March 7.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
ABC News RadioLamb of God's newly-released film documentary, As the Palaces Burn, features profiles of a number of fans from around the world, including India and Colombia, who talk about how the band helps them survive their difficult lives. That means a lot to singer Randy Blythe. "Our fans are really important to us. We [don't] play pop music, and [our] fans are not going to like the next band in a month that's on the charts," Blythe tells ABC News Radio. "It's much more of a lifestyle thing. We kind of wanted to repay the favor and give them some of the attention."Of course, midway through making the film, this homage to fans was dumped on its head when Blythe was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with manslaughter for the death of a fan who stage-dived during a Lamb of God show two years before. Blythe, who ultimately was acquitted, says director Don Argott -- who had become a friend of the band members during the time spent filming -- "Was like, 'Hey, is there a movie going on here or not? I need to know,' and my band allowed him to film some stuff. I had no say in the matter because I was in prison, but once I got out...I have trust in him [and] it's real life [material]."The about-face in the film makes for a pretty riveting viewer experience, but Blythe tells ABC News Radio, "I wish the movie had never been made, I wish we had made a happy little story, but it's what happened. I think Don did a great job of portraying that reality, capturing that truth, and hopefully people can look at this and it'll make them think."As the Palaces Burn is available on DVD, and is also screening in select theaters now. Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
Roadrunner RecordsPerhaps to tide fans over until there's brand-new material to offer, the members of Stone Sour have released a new version of the song "Tired." The version is a stripped-down acoustic take, and its release coincides with Corey Taylor halting his Stone Sour activities to enter the studio with Slipknot to work on their top-secret new album.Though Taylor's keeping tight-lipped about the new Slipknot material, he does reveal that he's letting producers and engineers take care of the technical end of things. He tells ABC News Radio, "I'm not computer dexterous or savvy, to be honest, [and] I've definitely had my fair share of weirdness in the past where I hit something and it's like, gone, and I'm like, "NO!," and I've had to start all over again. That's why I leave it to other people." The new Slipknot album will be the band's first since the death of bassist Paul Gray and the departure of drummer Joey Jordison. Concerning the latter, Taylor had no news concerning a replacement.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio