Monday, August 26, 2013

RIP Joey LaCaze of Eyehategod, Huntress, Melvins, Stone Temple Pilots vs Scott Weiland, The Flower Kings, Alcatrazz, Star Trek Renegades, and a foldable car

R.I.P. Eyehategod drummer Joey LaCaze, dead at 42 years old. Cause of death was respiratory failure, possibly due to asthma. The band just wrapped up a one-month European tour and was gearing up for another tour. No word on whether the upcoming tour will be postponed.

Huntress has a new video out for the song “Zenith.” I really love this band.

An idiot at a Melvins concert threw a bottle at Buzz Osbourne, hitting him the chest. Osbourne unplugged his guitar and ended the show. Crowd members apprehended the perp and handing him over to security, who handed him over to police for arrest. See video of incident.

Stone Temple Pilots drama with former vocalist Scott Weiland continues still. In recap: STP sued Weiland for playing STP songs during his solo tour and using the STP name to promote the tour; STP fired Weiland in February 2013; STP recruited Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) to replace Weiland; and then STP released new song “Out Of Time” with Bennington that is actually pretty good and very much maintained the STP sound. Now Weiland is saying in interviews that STP broke contract by using the STP name without him in the band. At the end of the day, I think STP with Bennington should have used a new moniker, just like Creed did when the band ditched ego-man Scott Stapp and created AlterBridge with Myles Kennedy. But at the same time, Weiland is an addict who still doesn’t understand how he screwed up his own life and keeps blaming everybody else.

#nowplaying The Flower Kings “Flower Power: A Journey To The Hidden Corners Of Your Mind” (1999) … This 2-disc, 1 hour 40 minutes epic was my introduction to Roine Stolt and The Flower Kings, one of the albums that took me from the outskirts of prog-rock fandom to spending the next decade exploring as much as I could of the resurging genre. This is still one of my favorite studio albums from the band, with probably my favorite band line-up. One of the reasons I love this album is that the band really seemed to be channeling Pink Floyd on this album (another one of my all-time favorite bands). Incredible melodies, prog-rock mastery on the edge of psychedelic, amazing bass-guitar throughout, and soaring vocal harmonies. I’d never ask The Flower Kings to repeat the sound of this album, but if they wanted to release a “Flower Power” sequel to other hidden corners of my mind, I’d be all for it!

Remember the band Alcatrazz featuring Graham Bonnet and a young Yngwie Malmsteen? Check out this classic video from the 1984 Japanese tour.

Even if I was not a father of two daughters, I would have felt really uncomfortable at this wedding as the bride walked down the aisle to Buckcherry’s song “Crazy Bitch.” Really? I don’t care how funny you think you are; that’s just lewd, crude, and rude white-trash trailer-park behavior!

A new Star Trek series, “Renegades,” is in pre-production.

A foldable car controlled by your smartphone?

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