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Unearthed Shannon Hoon Music Set to Debut in Blind Melon Doc

March 2nd, 2010
Photo: Eichner/WireImage October 21, 2010 will mark the 15th anniversary of the passing of Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon, and his former bandmates are honoring their original singer with an upcoming documentary later this year. The still-untitled piece is being directed by Colleen Hennessy and developed through Danny Clinch’s production company, Three on the Tree. While it will feature footage from several sources, the main focus of the film is the hours of footage Hoon shot himself ...

Chili Peppers’ Smith Brings the Funk With Bombastic Meatbats

September 24th, 2009
Photo: Autumn Lee Photo Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith — fresh off contributing to supergroup Chickenfoot and picking up a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — has just launched another project, the all-instrumental Bombastic Meatbats. While the group sounds similar at times to Smith’s full-time gig, there is a heavy ’70s fusion vibe (a la vintage Return to Forever) throughout their debut album, Meet the Meatbats, which came out earlier ...

Bon Jovi Get “Back to Rock & Roll” On November Album

August 18th, 2009
Photo: Busacca/Getty Bon Jovi’s last album, 2007’s Lost Highway, saw the longtime Jersey tunesmiths veer off into Nashville territory. And while the album was a sizable hit with their fanbase, on the group’s forthcoming album, guitarist Richie Sambora promises a return to the group’s roots. “It’s back to rock & roll for us, man,” Sambora tells Rolling Stone. “Jon and I had a wonderful time making it. Very proud of it — just getting down to ...

Bon Jovi’s Sambora on Les Paul, “A Legend in His Own Lifetime”

August 14th, 2009
Photo: Busacca/WireImage for Songwriter’s Hall of Fame As the rock world continues to mourn the passing of electric guitar groundbreaker Les Paul, one of his friends, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora, offered to share his memories of this music legend. “He was obviously an innovator and a revolutionary,” Sambora tells Rolling Stone. “For all intents and purposes, he invented the electric guitar, and also, multitrack recording. He used echoes and sound effects back in the ’40s. He ...

Gibson CEO Remembers Les Paul, “The Father of the Modern Guitar”

August 13th, 2009
Photo: Walter/WireImage When news broke of guitar legend Les Paul’s death, Henry Juszkiewicz, the CEO of Gibson Guitars (which has been associated with the Les Paul model guitar since 1952), offered to reflect upon the man who was a groundbreaker in creating the electric guitar. “Most people, when they think of Les Paul, they think about the guitar. Which is the most popular guitar — certainly in the Gibson line, and probably in the world. But ...

Original Faith No More Singer “Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food”

August 10th, 2009
Photograph by Jeff Janis Faith No More may have enjoyed their biggest commercial success with Mike Patton as their singer, but it was his predecessor, Chuck Mosley, who got the ball rolling with such alt-rock classics as 1985’s We Care A Lot and 1987’s Introduce Yourself. Since exiting the band in 1988, not much has been heard from the man who some feel is responsible for first merging rap and rock on the title track ...

Glover on Living Colour’s Return With “The Chair in the Doorway”

July 30th, 2009
Photo: Bill Bernstein When Living Colour returned out of hibernation with their 2003 reunion release, Collideøscope, fans probably assumed the group would return to their previous record-tour-record cycle. But this didn’t prove to the case, as the band — singer Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun — has subsequently focused solely on live work. But that’s all about to change with the release of the group’s fifth full-length, The ...

Anvil’s Story Rocks On: Band Hits the Studio, Nabs Slash for Book

July 29th, 2009
Photo: Kravitz/FilmMagic The improbable comeback story of Canadian metallists Anvil continues to get, well, more probable. On the strength of the much-talked-about Sacha Gervasi-directed rock doc Anvil! The Story of Anvil, the group — which is led by original members Lips (vocals/guitars) and Robb Reiner (drums) — will be opening a handful of U.S. stadium dates for AC/DC this summer via a personal invite from Angus Young (the tour blasted off last night — read ...