Primus, never strangers to weird rock concepts, will stage "a really trippy" 3-D tour this fall with a quadrophonic sound system to provide a unique experience for fans and concertgoers. Billboard reports some details and what frontman Les Claypool has to say about the concept.
"It's a pretty adventurous undertaking," Claypool -- who first used the 3-D system for a 2008 New Year's Eve 2008 show by his own band at the San Francisco Opera House -- tells Billboard.com. "Had we not done it once before, I'd be a little skeptical. But the show we did at the San Francisco Opera House was pretty amazing, and the notion of touring it seems to be an even more amazing concept, so we're doing it."
Fans will be issued 3-D goggles when they enter the venues, and Claypool says he and his bandmates -- guitarist Larry "Ler" LaLonde and drummer Jay Lane -- plan to "actually turn around during improv sections (of the songs) and sort of jam along with our visualist" and images that are being created especially for this tour. "The past couple of years, Primus has gotten pretty psychedelic," Claypool adds. "We keep joking that we're bringing acid rock back to the masses, and I think this is another enhancing element of that."
Last year Primus released Green Naugahyde, the group's first new album since 1999 - but there are no current plans for more new music.
No Use For A Name frontman Tony Sly was found dead last Wednesday. Cause of death is presently unknown, but Billboard reports that Sly had a few medical problems dealing with chronic pain and a history of drinking while touring. No Use sprang from the 90's punk revival scene in California like countless bands such as Green Day, The Offspring, Pennywise, and more.
Mad Season, the grunge supergroup headed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley may release more music. McCready recruited another grunge heavyweight, Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, to flesh out an album's worth of unfinished music. Billboard has more details.
Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell hopes the band will record another new album next year. He says, “I’d like to give it a six-month window and just get another Jane’s record out, coming off the heels of The Great Escape Artist,” Farrell said. “I think that’s the way to do it for us. I don’t think we’ll wait eight years to do another record.”
Killing Joke, the legendary English post-punk, industrial metal group, can't find their singer. Frontman Jaz Coleman made some disparaging comments about The Cult and The Mission, two bands Killing Joke were set to tour with next month, and hasn't been heard from since. A statement on the band's Facebook page reads, "We are deeply embarrassed by this and offer our sincere apologies to all involved. We are all concerned about our missing singer's welfare."
Sex Pistols' upcoming 35th anniversary reissue of their lone studio album Never Mind The Bollocks will completely exhaust the band's archive and will remaster both the original album and oft-bootlegged demo and live material for the first time including the Spunk album and a just-unearthed demo recording of "Belsen Was A Gas." The 3 CDs and DVD also include lots of previously unreleased live audio and video.
Bikini Kill blazed a new trail for women in punk rock during the 90s. They weren't commercially successful by any means, but left quite a legacy. The band is working on reissuing material for their 25th anniversary. Pitchfork used the opportunity to create a video retrospective as part of their 'Found Footage' feature.
Earlier this week, one family's Monday night dinner ended in a bizzare manner. Shortly after having a steak purchased at a local Walmart, 24-year-old Ronnie Morales felt ill, according to multiple reports.