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In a recent Metal Hammer interview, the rockstar opened up about the balancing act between his music career and his family life. With his hectic schedule keeping him away from home, Davis revealed that his family is the one thing he’d be willing to put Korn on the line for:

“I’ve got music and my family. They’ve got to coexist. One’s not more important than the other. If it came down to my son or music, I’d choose my son! But sacrifices are inevitable. I’m constantly on the road.”

So, if the music ever stops, we now know why.

Fatherhood has brought about a seismic shift in Davis’ priorities.

These days, Davis finds solace in the quiet moments at home with his three kids: Pirate, Zeppelin, and Nathan. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, the frontman delved into how being a father has reshaped his outlook and its impact on his music:

“They’re the reason I keep going, the reason I’m still here.”

Despite the joys of domestic life, Davis will soon hit the road again for his solo tour, leaving behind the comfort of home for the roar of the crowd.

In a recent interview with VRP Rocks, Lou Gramm of Foreigner reminisced about the pivotal record deal that set them apart from their contemporaries. Reflecting on the past, Gramm shared how initially, despite several record labels attending their rehearsals, they were met with indifference:

“Our manager arranged for record labels to come witness our rehearsals, eager to gauge our live sound. Approximately seven labels graced us with their presence, yet each one ultimately passed on us.”

But the band’s journey didn’t culminate there. Gramm went on to recount the turning point orchestrated by former A&R luminary John Kalodner, who recognized the distinctive essence within Foreigner’s music:

“Shortly after, John Kalodner approached us, expressing a keen interest. He remarked, ‘I truly want to engage with you guys. Your songs possess a rare quality – each distinct yet collectively cohesive. They exude a uniqueness absent in many contemporary acts.'”

Foreigner’s path to securing their deal was not without its challenges. Much like Queen’s iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which faced criticism for its length, Foreigner encountered similar scrutiny during their quest for a record deal. Gramm recalled the negotiations:

“We were advised to condense our tracks, with a directive to trim them down to radio-friendly durations. The suggestion echoed Queen’s predicament. ‘The demos and live renditions,’ they said, ‘averaged between six and eight minutes.’ To fit the radio format, we had to pare them down to concise, impactful pieces.”

Despite these obstacles, Foreigner persevered. Gramm recounted the pivotal moment when Atlantic Records, under Jerry Greenberg’s helm, recognized their potential:

“After presenting the edited versions, Greenberg’s enthusiasm for our music remained undimmed. However, he faced a conundrum due to their length. Yet, he swiftly produced a contract. Our manager promptly engaged legal counsel, and within a fortnight, the deal was sealed.”

In the annals of music history, Foreigner’s journey serves as a testament to resilience and the power of distinctive artistry to triumph against adversity.

Amid swirling rumors in 2016 suggesting a possible return of Dave Evans to AC/DC following Brian Johnson’s hiatus, the former frontman swiftly debunked the speculations during a candid conversation with José Luis Mata Sanchez, dismissing them as baseless chatter.

Setting the record straight with trademark bluntness, Evans minced no words, declaring, “We call that in Australia bullsh*t. Okay. Bullsh*t.”

Refuting any notion of a potential reunion, Evans clarified that he was fully engrossed in his own musical endeavors and hadn’t entertained the idea of returning to AC/DC’s fold, dismissing the rumors as mere attempts to grab headlines.

Moreover, Evans shed light on the circumstances surrounding Axl Rose’s temporary stint with AC/DC, attributing the decision to Angus Young’s friendship with the Guns N’ Roses frontman. According to Evans, Rose stepped in as a favor to Angus to help the band fulfill its tour commitments during Johnson’s absence, squashing any misconceptions about Rose permanently joining the band.

Addressing the hypothetical scenario of an AC/DC invitation, Evans affirmed his commitment to his solo career, emphasizing his preference for performing his own material alongside classics from the AC/DC repertoire.

When prodded about AC/DC’s best vocalist, Evans didn’t hesitate to place himself at the top of the list, tongue firmly in cheek. He emphasized the distinct styles of himself, Bon Scott, and Brian Johnson, asserting that comparing them would be futile and unfair.

Reflecting on his departure from AC/DC in 1974, Evans dispelled any notions of animosity, attributing his exit to practical concerns about financial stability rather than any interpersonal conflicts. With characteristic candor, Evans laid bare the realities of the music industry, emphasizing the pragmatic decisions musicians often face.

During a recent sit-down with ET’s Nischelle Turner at the iHeart Studios in Los Angeles, Jon Bon Jovi opened up about Richie Sambora’s departure from Bon Jovi, shedding light on the circumstances surrounding the guitarist’s exit from the band in 2013.

Dispelling rumors of discord, Bon Jovi clarified, “There was never a fight. It was never about money; it was never about a girlfriend. He had issues… and he literally didn’t show up. We were playing for 20,000 people, and there’s a black hole on the stage.”

Jon empathized with Sambora’s struggles, acknowledging the weight of substance abuse, anxieties, single parenting, and personal loss that plagued the guitarist. Despite the challenges, Bon Jovi grappled with the decision of carrying on without Sambora to honor the livelihoods of the band and crew, as well as the millions of fans eagerly awaiting their performances.

Revealing a pivotal moment in their reconciliation, Bon Jovi recounted watching the new limited series, ‘Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story,’ with Sambora, where the guitarist apologized for his departure. This act of contrition served as a catalyst for healing their fractured relationship over time, with Jon recognizing that Richie’s choices stemmed from personal struggles rather than animosity.

Meanwhile, Sambora reflected on his departure in the documentary trailer, expressing regret for the manner of his exit while emphasizing his continued fondness for the band. Responding to Richie’s sentiments, Bon Jovi affirmed the honesty in Sambora’s portrayal, emphasizing that the documentary reflects the journey of growth and resilience shared by the band members.

Despite their differences, Bon Jovi underscored the deep bond shared between him and Sambora, noting that while they may not have spoken during filming, the documentary serves as a testament to their enduring camaraderie. ‘Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story’ is slated to premiere on April 26 on Hulu, offering fans an intimate glimpse into the band’s legendary journey.

The anticipation is palpable as Dream Theater gears up for their highly-anticipated 40th-anniversary tour, marking drummer Mike Portnoy’s return to the fold after a staggering 14-year hiatus. Portnoy, in a candid chat, revealed that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, a reunion seemed unlikely. However, the unexpected downtime of lockdowns provided the perfect opportunity for reconnection.

Reflecting on the serendipitous chain of events that reignited their musical and personal bonds, Portnoy disclosed, “But once we were all locked down, John [Petrucci] asked me to play on his solo album. Then, from there, Jordan [Rudess], John, and myself did the Liquid Tension Experiment album. And then I did John’s tour. So there were just these series of events of reconnecting us — not only on a musical level but also on a personal level for many years prior to that.”

With Portnoy back in the fold, the band entrusted him with the monumental task of curating the setlist for their upcoming concerts. Speaking on the Pure Saturation radio show, Portnoy shared the band’s eagerness to inject fresh energy into their live performances:

“They have expressed to me that they kind of have been missing it and that they kind of want me to take the reins with the setlist and with the ideas of crazy sets and crazy shows and unique things. It seems to me — I mean, John Petrucci and I talked about it briefly. I think he really wants me to take those reins again.”

Dream Theater’s fall tour kicks off on October 20 in London, promising an exhilarating musical journey across Europe, with the final curtain set to fall on November 24 in Amsterdam. Buoyed by the excitement of the tour, the band has also been hard at work, recently wrapping up writing sessions for their eagerly awaited new album. With each note and beat, Dream Theater continues to captivate audiences worldwide, cementing their legacy as progressive rock icons.

Recently, during Knotfest Australia, Disturbed’s drummer Mike Wengren shared the stage with Pantera, sparking discussions about the possibility of him filling in for Pantera’s current drummer, Charlie Benante, in the future.

In a candid interview with The Break Down With Nath & Johnny, Wengren expressed his admiration for Benante’s drumming prowess while also hinting at his readiness to step into the role if the opportunity arose:

“Honestly, if they told me, like, somebody took Charlie out tonight, I think I could step in. Actually, you know what? Let me make sure I clarify this. All respect to Charlie, ’cause he’s killin it, man.”

Wengren highlighted Benante’s dedication to capturing the essence of Vinnie Paul’s drumming style and acknowledged the challenge of replicating such an iconic sound. However, he expressed confidence in his familiarity with Pantera’s catalog, suggesting he could proficiently handle around 80 percent of the band’s setlist if called upon.

Meanwhile, in a separate interview, Dream Theater’s Mike Portnoy addressed speculation about his potential involvement with Pantera as a drummer. Portnoy, while expressing his willingness to take on the role, emphasized his belief that Benante is the perfect fit for the position:

“You’d have to ask those guys; I have no idea. Obviously, I would have done it in a heartbeat of ass, but Charlie is absolutely the right guy for the gig.”

Portnoy also reflected on his past collaborations with Pantera members Rex Brown and Phil Anselmo, indicating his contentment with those experiences and his support for Benante’s current role in the band.

In a recent chat with Revolver, Mike Shinoda reflected on the early days of Chester Bennington, shedding light on the evolution of their musical journey.

Shinoda reminisced about the origins of Linkin Park, initially birthed as Xero. As they delved into crafting music, the band gradually expanded, ultimately welcoming other members into the fold. Recounting their first encounter with Chester, Shinoda emphasized the singer’s initial demeanor:

“[Chester] was a different breed back then, far from the iconic, powerhouse vocalist we know today. Picture this: a diminutive figure, clad in unassuming attire, with a voice that hardly hinted at the seismic vocal presence he would become known for. He wasn’t belting out screams on records; instead, his vocals leaned towards aggression, yet it wasn’t his primary forte.”

Shinoda elaborated on the collaborative efforts between himself and Bennington in shaping Linkin Park’s sonic identity:

“He and I embarked on a journey to unearth the essence of our band’s DNA. It was a process of trial and error, navigating through moments of brilliance and missteps. But amidst the experimentation, we stumbled upon gems that resonated with us, laying the foundation for our signature sound.”

Reflecting on Bennington’s vocal prowess, Shinoda confessed in an earlier interview with Splice that he initially underestimated the depth of Chester’s talent. However, as their partnership blossomed, Shinoda recognized the innate brilliance in Bennington’s singing. Together, they embarked on a quest to unearth Chester’s authentic voice, steering away from emulation towards self-discovery.

Throughout their collaboration, Shinoda consistently praised Bennington’s vocal versatility, underscoring their shared commitment to pushing creative boundaries. Through experimentation and dedication, Bennington transitioned from mimicking others to embracing his unique vocal identity, a testament to their enduring musical partnership.

 

Johnny Van Zant is giving the green light to new Lynyrd Skynyrd music, according to guitarist Rickey Medlocke in a recent conversation with Dr. Music. Medlocke confirmed that he and Van Zant have been discussing recording new songs and have amassed a substantial amount of material. The idea of a new record had been brewing even before the passing of Gary Rossington, with Van Zant and Medlocke eager to bring these songs to life. They hold onto tapes filled with memories of laughter and camaraderie with Rossington, making the prospect of releasing this new music all the more meaningful.

This potential album would mark Lynyrd Skynyrd’s first release since 2012’s ‘Last Of A Dyin’ Breed,’ but there’s a twist for rock fans eagerly anticipating the new record. Van Zant previously hinted that their latest project would be a departure from their signature rock sound. Instead, they are working on a gospel album, as Van Zant revealed on his social media platforms.

Regarding the band’s future, Medlocke expressed optimism, citing inspiration from bands like The Rolling Stones who continue to perform. He teased the idea of Keith Richards joining Lynyrd Skynyrd on stage, drawing parallels between their enduring careers and the potential longevity of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s music journey.

In a recent conversation with ClassicRockHistory.com, Ted Nugent shared his experience touring with Lynyrd Skynyrd in the 1970s, revealing a unique aspect of their interactions.

Reflecting on his time with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nugent praised the band’s authenticity and musical prowess. However, due to his sober lifestyle, Nugent mentioned that his interactions with the band outside of performances were limited. Nonetheless, he expressed admiration for their talent and the camaraderie they shared during gigs.

After the passing of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s founder, Gary Rossington, Nugent honored him on his show, the Nightly Nuge, highlighting Rossington’s contributions to music and his strong work ethic. Nugent recounted a touching moment when he supported Lynyrd Skynyrd in the aftermath of the tragic plane crash in 1977. Despite the heartbreak and challenges the band faced, Nugent and his team stepped up, offering to extend their performances and donating all proceeds to support the families affected by the accident.

Nugent’s generosity and solidarity with Lynyrd Skynyrd continued years later when he joined them on stage during their Edge of Forever Tour from 1999 to 2002, showcasing the enduring bond between musicians and their shared commitment to music.

Later this month, a captivating new documentary focusing on Kurt Cobain, the iconic frontman of NIRVANA, is set to premiere. Crafted by director John Osborne and produced by Touchdown Films, “Moments That Shook Music: Kurt Cobain” will be broadcast on Saturday, April 13, on both BBC iPlayer and BBC 2. This release is a key part of the commemorations marking 30 years since Cobain’s untimely death.

John Osborne shared with the BBC his vision for the documentary: to present a straightforward and factual narrative of Cobain’s story, enriched with personal footage from those who were present during Cobain’s life. Osborne described Cobain as the hesitant spokesman for his generation, whose death created an irreplaceable loss. The documentary is designed to captivate audiences with its honest testimony of Cobain’s impact.

The BBC plans to dedicate a special evening of programming to Cobain and NIRVANA in April, with “Moments That Shook Music: Kurt Cobain” being the highlight. This documentary offers an intense look into Cobain’s final days through never-before-seen archive footage, some of which will be making its UK television debut. It promises a raw and immersive experience of the events leading up to the tragic day in 1994 when Cobain ended his life.

At the height of their fame in 1994, NIRVANA was at the forefront of the global music scene, but the band’s journey was abruptly halted by Cobain’s death. His role as the voice of a generation and the widespread impact of his loss were so significant that then-President Bill Clinton considered addressing the nation.

This documentary aims to present one of music’s most startling narratives in a new light, combining footage from Seattle locals, news reports from the time, and direct accounts of those close to the events. Viewers will witness firsthand reactions, including the electrician who found Cobain’s body, police statements, fan footage capturing the widespread shock and grief, and even an emotional public reading of Cobain’s final letter by Courtney Love.

Additionally, BBC 2 will offer viewers a series of related programs that evening, including a look back at NIRVANA’s relationship with the UK in “When Nirvana Came To Britain,” a powerhouse performance by FOO FIGHTERS at Reading Festival 2019, and a peek behind the scenes of Radio 1’s Live Lounge featuring performances by FOO FIGHTERS and more.

Cobain’s death in April 1994, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after taking a lethal dose of heroin, ended his battle with chronic stomach pain and marked a tragic close to his life and career. His legacy, however, continues to resonate, with NIRVANA being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014, commemorating 20 years since his passing.