AKERFELDT: OPETH’S LACK OF GENRE MAKES US PROG

Mainman discusses band’s move away from death metal roots in new web series

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BILLY CORGAN WON’T REUNITE ORIGINAL PUMPKINS LINEUP

Frontman says reunions rarely give band members what they expect

Billy Corgan says it would be an “inorganic” move to reunite with the original members of the Smashing Pumpkins.

 

The Pumpkins’ current lineup put out Monuments To An Elegy in December 2014, with Day For Night slated for release this year.

But the 48-year-old says he wouldn’t reunite with bassist D’arcy Wretzky, drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James Iha again, having previously described the trio as “two drug addicts and one major pain in the ass.”

Corgan tells Jennifer Weigal (via Loudwire): “I have no interest in doing anything that’s inorganic. I have people in my band now that I talk to – and they don’t want to talk to me and I don’t want to talk to them. If they were lying on the side of the road, I would stop my car and bring them to the hospital, but we don’t send Christmas cards to each other. There’s no relationship.

“When you’re talking about the natural human instinct to find forgiveness and heal a relationship, I think that never ends. That’s a human thing, it has nothing to do with the band or people creating memories. The business of it all, I find quite gross.

“I think people rarely get out of original reunions what they think they’re gonna get. Because when a relationship breaks there are times it’s not gonna get any better. It’s what it was for what it was, underneath a particular set of circumstances.

“There’s no temptation there for me for a reunion.”

Corgan last year took on a role with wrestling organisation TNA.

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Ann Wilson Photo by Getty HEART PLAN ALBUM FOR SUMMER 2016 RELEASE

Ann Wilson says 4 tracks already written with more in the works

Heart are working on a new album that they hope to release in the summer.

Vocalist Ann Wilson says the band have already penned four tracks and are working on a handful of others.She tells ABC News Radio: “We’re definitely working on new stuff. We have about four new songs now and we only need a few more, and we’ll have enough for a new full-length record, which should be ready by June. We have to make sure it’s truly great, which we’re in the process of doing.”

Wilson adds that the follow-up to 2012’s Fanatic will have “more contours” than its predecessor.

She says: “Fanatic was our heaviest album we ever did in terms of banging and crashing, big guitars and all that kind of stuff. This one will have more contours.

Wilson describes one of the tracks, written by sister Nancy, as “very sweet and just tugs at your heart.”

Heart have a number of North American tour dates coming up, starting in California this month. They play four UK shows in June and July.

HEART 2016 TOUR DATES

Jan 29: Indio Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, CA
Jan 31: Santa Clara Mission College, CA
Mar 07: Abbotsford Entertainment And Sports Centre, BC
Mar 08: Vancouver Orpheum Theatre, BC
Mar 10: Prince George CN Centre, BC
Mar 11: Dawson Creek Encana Events Centre, BC
Mar 13: Edmonton Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, AB
Mar 14: Calgary Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, AB
Mar 16: Saskatoon Sasktel Centre, SK
Mar 17: Winnipeg MTS Centre, MB
Mar 20: Toronto Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, ON
Mar 21: Montreal Bell Centre, QC
Apr 16: San Tan Valley Good Life Festival, AZ
Jun 11: Chattanooga Riverbend Festival, TN
Jun 29: London Royal Albert Hall, UK
Jun 30: Manchester O2 Apollo Theatre, UK
Jul 02: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, UK
Jul 03: Birmingham Symphony Hall, UK

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BOWIE LAUNCHES LAZARUS VIDEO

View promo for track from Blackstar, released tomorrow

David Bowie has released a video for his track Lazarus.

It’s taken from 25th album ★ (Blackstar)

Producer Tony Visconti recently said the follow-up to 2013’s The Next Day was a deliberate departure, adding: “We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar. We wound up with nothing like that – but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded.

“He threw everything on there, and that’s exactly what we wanted to do. The goal in many, many ways was to avoid rock’n’roll.”

Lazarus is the title of a musical play based on 1976 movie The Man Who Fell To Earth, in which Bowie starred.

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Bring Me The Horizon announce huge November tour

Bring Me The Horizon have announced a huge tour for November.

The band will play a UK arena tour this winter.

The dates are:

November
2 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
4 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
5 London The O2
6 Sheffield Arena
8 Manchester Arena
9 Glasgow The SSE Hydro

Tickets go on sale on Friday (8th January) at 9am!

This is going to be special!