Posts Tagged “Day Job”

“Going To Hell”, the second album from THE PRETTY RECKLESS, the band led by actress-turned-singer Taylor Momsen, is likely to sell between 30,000 and 35,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on March 18 via Razor & Tie. The chart will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 26.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, THE PRETTY RECKLESS has become the second female-fronted act in the last three years to hit No. 1 on the rock radio chart. The band’s new single, “Heaven Knows”, hit the top of the survey last week, allowing THE PRETTY RECKLESS to join the Lzzy Hale-fronted HALESTORM as part of a small and very select list of chart-topping rock acts fronted by women.

“Going To Hell” follows up THE PRETTY RECKLESS‘ 2010 debut full-length, “Light Me Up”, as well as a 2012 EP called “Hit Me Like A Man”.

Momsen began her career as an actress when she was a child before becoming a full-time musician years later. She told The Pulse Of Radio that her family always knew this was what she really wanted to do. “They knew that music was always where I was headed, and what my — that was my passion and my goal,” she said. “I mean, acting was a day job, essentially, while I worked on writing a record’s worth of material that I wanted people to hear, and finding the right people to work with and the right band and all that. So they weren’t surprised when I jumped ship.”

The video for “Heaven Knows”, in which Momsen appears semi-nude, has gotten more than 2.7 million views on VEVO.

THE PRETTY RECKLESS is currently supporting FALL OUT BOY on tour in Europe and will return to the U.S. next month for an appearance at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 23 in Los Angeles.

The band is also confirmed to perform at all of the major U.S. rock festivals, including Rock On the Range, Rocklahoma, Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, Rock Fest Kansas City and others.


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Nightwish with Floor

It looks like Nightwish mainman Tuomas Holopainen agrees with the general consensus amongst Nightwish fans that Floor Jansen should get the singer gig full-time – even if he’s not willing to officially confirm it, yet.

“The thing is that we haven’t really thought about it in a concrete way, because there is no need to,” he tells FestivalBlog. “It’s been such a mess once again, I feel I need a month or two just to not think about the vocal issue at all. Then by the end of this year, we have to make some decisions. But everyone realises that she is on top of the list, naturally. But I don’t want to do anything official, I don’t want to make this decision just yet.”

Floor stood in with the band following the shocking departure of Anette Olzon last year, but has not yet officially joined the band full-time, instead continuing with her day job, ReVamp. Their new album lands later this year via Nuclear Blast. Meanwhile, Tuomas is busy working on a project based on Scrooge McDuck. No, seriously.

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Many people see musicians as these mythical rock stars who are always in "rock" mode. One band in specific that fits this bill is Manowar, who's image preaches the upmost masculinity and being "metal." But the truth is, they're regular everyday guys like us and before Manowar got big, they had day jobs like the …

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Clown in his day job

Metal Hammer Editor Alexander Milas had the chance to chat to Slipknot legend Shawn “Clown” Crahan on Friday’s Metal Hammer Radio Show, where we got an exclusive look into Shawn’s plans for his upcoming adaptation of awesome comic series, Officer Downe.

Listen to the whole thing below!

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Clown in his day job

Slipknot legend Clown is set to make his feature film directorial debut at the helm of an adaptation of awesome Joey Casey comic, Officer Downe, which tells the story of a policeman brought back from the dead via telekinesis to continue kicking crime’s ass. See? We told you it was awesome.

Check out a video of Clown himself talking up the film’s prospects below:

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A (rubbish) artist’s impression of Chester Temple Pilots

Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington provided the most jaw-dropping moment of this year’s KROQ Weeinie Roast at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine on Saturday (May 20), filling in for recently sacked Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland and even performing a brand new track with the alt rock icons.

The new song, Out Of Time, was apparently recorded with Chester during some recent mutual downtime.

“Chester has a one-of-a-kind voice that we’ve admired for a long time,” explains Stone Temple Pilots’ Dean DeLeo. “We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result.”

Chester in his day job

“I’ve loved STP since I was 13 years old and they’ve had a huge influence on me,” explains Bennington. “When the opportunity came up to do something creative with them, I jumped at the chance. The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I’ve continued to work on new music with LP.”

So, it looks like we could be hearing a lot more from the Chester-fronted STP. Interesting….

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Device: their debut album drops very soon

Device is the new industrial metal project led by Disturbed frontman David Draiman, with their self-titled debut album due out later this year, and the man himself has talked about the way in which Device differs to his day job in a new video interview below.


More details of the album have also  been released, with David explaining the birth of the band and where he sees it heading in the future:

“It started to develop very naturally and organically,” says Draiman. “Geno [Lenardo, ex-Filter] is a brilliant songwriter in his own right and a tremendously talented sound designer as far as the electronic palette is concerned. Together, we made this monster. It’s not metal. It’s got a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic, and intensely melodic songs. It’s futuristic rock.

“I took a page from the hip hop guys out there who always have everybody and his mother on their records,” laughs the singer, who roped in the likes of Serj Tankian and Tom Morello to get involved. “It’s something we’d never done in Disturbed, and I wanted to call on my list of colleagues and friends who are so ridiculously talented and accomplished. I was honored and humbled beyond words that everybody was into it. This hasn’t been done in our genre of music, and it’s time. It’s time for a resurgence of this darker, heavier sound.”

“It has all of the elements that identify this body of work and band,” he adds of debut single Vilify. “It’s an excellent introduction to what Device is. From a lyrical standpoint, it talks about how some people love to make me out to be a horrible guy. They (the haters) brand me as an evil egomaniac with a chip on his shoulder, but that’s not who I am. I’m a pretty easy-going, mild mannered guy, and I’m also a very strong-willed and outspoken individual. I’m very passionate about what I believe, and I don’t apologize for standing behind those beliefs.”

“‘Device’ does several things,” reveals Draiman. “It implies intelligent design, the utilization of technology, and explosive nature.” Those three statements will most certainly ring true for listeners as well. “This album is about touching different ends of the spectrum,” he smiles. “Some moments are introspective and energizing, while others are mellow and pensive. I want everyone to be taken on an emotional roller coaster. Enjoy the ride.”

Device Track List

01. You Think You Know
02. Penance
03. Vilify
04. Close My Eyes Forever (Ozzy Osbourne & Lita Ford cover) (feat. Lzzy Hale)
05. Out Of Line (feat. Serj Tankian, Geezer Butler)
06. Hunted
07. Opnion (feat. Tom Morello)
08. War Of Lies
09. Haze (feat. M. Shadows)
10. Through It All (feat. Glenn Hughes)

Pre-order the album (and get the single for free!) here:

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BFMV tour later this year

In case you missed the memo, Temper Temper lands this week, so we got Bullet For My Valentine to sit down to talk about the album, what it’s been like for Matt to go back to his day job after Axewound and more. Watch it below. Go on.

Bullet also play the following dates later this year, as well as Download in June:

MARCH 2013

Tuesday             12th         O2 Academy Birmingham
Wednesday      13th         O2 Academy Glasgow
Friday                 15th         O2 Apollo Manchester
Sunday              17th          Roundhouse London

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Anatomy Of I has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer: “Our live drummer, Melle Kramer (Obsidian), has decided to leave Anatomy Of I in order to focus on his family and day job. We would like to thank Melle for all his work in the past year and wish him the best in his future endeavours. “Replacing him is Marten van Kruijssen (Houwitser, Omega), an up and coming drummer whose speed and versatility will definitely turn some heads!” “Anatomy Of I, featuring vocalist/guitarist Michael Dorrian, bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Death, Testament) and drummer drummer Dirk Verbeuren started playing live in 2012 with a lineup featuring drummer Melle Kramer (Obsidian) and Giuseppe Formisano (Naeseahtake) on fretless bass, replacing Verbeuren and DiGiorgio due to conflicting schedules.” For more info on Anatomy of I, head over to the band’s Facebook profile here .

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Scott Ian: Chatty Man

It’s shit like this that makes us love Scott Ian that little bit more. This was posted via his Twitter today:


Scott Ian from Anthrax flamethrowing a snowman. Sure.

After the success of his London Garage show last month, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recently announced a full spoken-word UK tour – and we’re sponsoring it, because we bloody love Scott Ian, we do.

“My first ‘Speaking Words’ tour and I get to do it in the UK and Ireland? Really? Wow, how fucking cool is that!,” says Scott. “My one-off show in London went so well and now I get to speak words at you all over the place. Thank you for having a superior sense of humour.

“I’m calling it ‘Speaking Words’ because the pretension of saying I am doing a ‘Spoken Word’ tour is too much to bear. This ain’t no poetry reading. This isn’t an evening of sensitive discourse.

Scott Ian with his day job

“It’s an evening of ridiculous truth. It’s me talking (swearing) about this insane life I’ve led over the last 31 years, the people I’ve met and the shit that’s happened. And when I’m done swearing, you can ask me anything you want, the floor is yours. Cheers my friends, see you in May and June.”

The full list of dates and ticket links is as follows:

Fri 24 May  Oxford O2 Academy
Sat 25 May  Cardiff The Gate
Sun 26 May  Gloucester Guildhall
Mon 27 May  Plymouth White Rabbit
Wed 29 May  Rugby The Vault
Thu 30 May  York The Duchess
Fri 31 May  Liverpool O2 Academy
Sat 01 Jun  Manchester Sound Control
Sun 02 Jun  Stoke Underground
Tue 04 Jun Newcastle The Cluny
Wed 05 Jun  Glasgow The Arches
Thu 06 Jun  Belfast Limelight 2
Fri 07 Jun  Cork Cyprus Avenue
Sat 08 Jun  Dublin Button Factory
Mon 10 Jun  Bournemouth O2 Academy
Tue 11 Jun  London The Garage

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