The QLZ Music Minute--Music news written by Bishop for Springfield’s Real Rock, 92.7 QLZ
Epic performance planned
It’s set to be the most epic live version of Metallica’s “One” ever performed for man kind on this planet … ever. That’s what the band is making their performance with famed pianist Lang Lang at this year’s Grammy Awards out to be. In their first Grammy performance since 1990, the band will perform their epic tune “One” alongside the world renowned pianist. Guitarist Kirk Hammett said it’s gonna be something special and that Lang Lang, the pianist, has “interjected himself into the song” in a way that no one else has ever done. Sounds kinda kinky! Apparently Lang Lang will be playing major parts of the song and all through the melody. Hammett also shared that in rehearsal Lang Lang has played along with Hammett’s solos in an effortless way, something Hammett has never experienced before with other musicians outside of the band. Catch Metallica’s performance during the Grammy Awards on CBS January 26th. Meanwhile, the band says they’ll begin working on a new album “in a couple of weeks.”
Throwing bows breaks nose
It’s been known since the moment the band broke into the mainstream back in the 90s: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament is an avid basketball player. Hell, he even had aspirations of playing the pros until he discovered he was short and white … so instead he played bass for a little band named Pearl Jam. But his passion for the hardwood is still strong … so much so that Ament broke the nose of fellow b-baller in New Zealand. The story goes that Sherif Hassan was shooting hoops with Ament and Acrade Fire’s Win Butler when he was hit in the face by Ament’s elbow. Hassan shared the story on an Australian radio station saying the Ament was an aggressive player, but made up for it with a pair of tickets and backstage passes to the Big Day Out festival. Plus he got a shout out from Eddie Vedder during Pearl Jam’s set.
Solo disc to drop
Five Finger Death Punch’s Jason Hook is ready to drop another solo disc. Hook announced his second attempt will drop this Spring. His first attempt Safety Dunce got an award for Best Instrumental Record back in 2007 from L.A. Music Awards. But there may not be much time to promote it. FFDP is out with ShipRocked later this month.
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