Jason Newsted, the former bassist for Metallica, is rocking out with his new three-piece thrash-metal band, and their first EP, released last week exclusively to iTunes, isn't doing too badly. Named Newsted, the band has a video for the song "Soldierhead" available online. The EP Metal sold just over 6,000 copies in the US for the first week landing it at No. 62 on the Billbaord charts. The physical CD was released this week. Passive music fans say that Newsted sounds too much like Metallica … but then again, Metallica sounds too much like Metallica.
Today's the day
Today's the day Grohl's Sound City Players take to the stage at Sundance. The long-awaited premier of the documentary Sound City is also this week. Sundance happens every year in an interesting tourist trap called Park City, Utah. The band consists of Dave Grohl, the other members of Foo Fighters, Nirvana’s Krist Novocelic, Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor and others expeted to rotate in and out. The Sound City documentary is about a recording studio where some iconic albums were recorded. It’s available to the public February 1st. The soundtrack is out in March.
Back in the news
The Russian punk band Pussy Riot is back in the news. The appeal from one of the jailed members to a court has been turned down. Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina asked the court to hold off her sentence for hooliganism charges until her young child is old enough to understand what is happening. Three members of the band were arrested and charged with hooliganism for performing what they called a “punk prayer” in a Russian cathedral in protest to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The arrest made news around the globe and sparked trendies to wear t-shirts that say “Free Pussy Riot.” Shows how much that helped.
Rock and Seger sitting in the tree
Kid Rock is revving up for his Rebel Soul Tour that will kick off from Kansas City February 2nd. Rock is announcing that there will be two dates where he’ll share the stage with another Detroit native, Bob Seger. Those dates with Seger will be March 15 in St. Paul, MN, and March 16th in Fargo, ND. Rock, without Seger, will be in Bloomington March 28th.
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