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Not a Downer: Tool's Adam Jones Talks 'Opiate' Reissue, New Material
Tool’s Adam Jones / Photo by Tim Cadiente

The alt-metal guitarist looks back on the band’s first release, and drops some hints about upcoming efforts

“I grew up with double-gatefold vinyl, and I didn’t use the cover for cleaning my pot,” deadpansTool guitarist Adam Jones — who incidentally doesn’t smoke weed — about why album art still matters to him. “The visual element is something we’re losing. I think our society is going into a forced minimalist period and people don’t care.”

The more pressing subject, though, is the limited-edition, art-jacked 21st-anniversary reissue ofOpiate, his band’s swelling, heavy debut release. For an outfit that has gone to painstaking lengths to impress its fans with eye-popping visuals, including the lenticular jewel case for their 1996 album Ænima and stereoscopic goggles for 2006’s 10,000 Days, the group’s guitarist-art director isn’t holding back this time. The reissue will feature new illustrations by Iron Man artist Adi Granov and innovative packaging designed by Mackie Osborne, Jones’s friend (and the wife of Melvins frontman King Buzzo). Tool have prepared five different versions of the artwork for the reissue (out March 26), limited to 5,000 copies total, and each will contain new artwork to view with the 10,000 Days goggles.

When the EP came out in 1992, those genre-defying sounds fit right in with L.A.’s nascent alt-metal scene, which at the time included Jane’s Addiction, Rage Against the Machine, Rollins Band and comedy rockers Green JellöOpiate‘s “Hush” addressed issues of the time like censorship, while the masturbation-themed “Part of Me” foreshadowed future Tool gross-outs like “Stinkfist.” The raw live recording of “Jerk-Off,” which the band recorded at the loft where Green Jellö lived, and the seductively hypnotic title cut revealed the band’s taste for early Swans and hardcore punk. The six-song collection was an extreme sampling of what the band would offer in the coming two decades. Read more here: http://go.spin.com/16Gkgcj

The salt-and-pepper-haired six-stringer, 48, spoke to Kory Grow for spin.com from his home, where he was spending a day “being a bum,” as he recovers from a marathon music-writing session for Tool’s new album.

This is the 21st anniversary edition of Opiate. Why did you skip the 20th?
We talked about doing it when it was the 20-year anniversary, but we were sort of un-serious. Then when the 21st anniversary came up, we considered it. Lately, we’ve been trying to write music and not doing any other projects that distract us.

Why did you decide to update the original release’s artwork?
When we did the art for the original, we did it so fast. The record company was giving us input about what sells and what doesn’t, and we tried to ignore it. It’s nice to update it. It still features the image of the priest from the original. There are more ideas developed around it instead of just this one guy. I feel like Spielberg or Lucas updating their movies. It’s me thanking the fans, giving them something special.

The new artwork features illustrations by Iron Man artist Adi Granov. How did you hook with him?
He sent me a Facebook request, and I accepted it. He’s a huge Tool fan and I’m a huge fan of his artwork. He does this very uncanny perspective that looks like it’s done with a computer but it’s not. Originally we talked about doing comics projects together. I’ve been developing comics ideas, and we’ll get to that when I finish the Tool record and he gets through his big workload. But when the Opiate thing came up, he said he would absolutely do it. I sent him some really quick, crappy sketches, because that’s all you need to push someone like him in the right direction. And he did an amazing job. He’s just the bomb. I can’t wait for our fans to see it and hope everyone appreciates it.

What went through your mind when you listened to Opiate again?
A lot of things. I’m proud of what we did. We worked hard, and it’s this little photograph or postcard from that time. It’s like a time machine.

What songs stood out to you most?
The live tracks, “Cold and Ugly” and “Jerk-Off,” which we don’t play anymore. I kind of miss them. Something else that stood out were the themes of Opiate and the way all the songs lead to [the title track]. It’s more the feeling of the record that hit me. It’s hard to describe.

You recorded the live songs at Green Jellö’s loft. What was that show like?
It was so strange. We wanted to record some live songs, so we rented a mobile truck, which is so funny these days because you can set up a laptop and do a better job. The mobile truck had all these spidering, webby cables stretching into a two-story loft. It was kind of chaotic. And there were just lots of problems with people who came. They were too drunk. You can hear this total idiot who climbed up into the rafters, and nobody could get to him, and he was heckling us with a bullhorn. So you hear Maynard make the comment about a dreadlocked idiot. [Sighs] Overall, the performances were really good. In the press, I’ve read that it was the first time we ever played, but it wasn’t. We were signed. We were recording Opiate. I think we were hungry and we really wanted to bleed and chew glass to get a good performance captured. I was very happy when I heard what we did.

In past interviews, you’ve said the songs on Opiate were your hardest-hitting tracks at the time. You also seemed a little ambivalent about how that cast Tool as a “metal band.” 
I feel then and now that we are metal. But we’re not traditional cookie-cutter metal, so we’ve always had trouble with people on the marketing side of the fence trying to push our band in different ways. Every time we did interviews back then, journalists wanted to compare us to Biohazard or some other band. And we’d just go, “Well, I think it’s kind of different.” So it’s hard.

The title track has popped up often in your live sets. You’ve collaborated with a lot of people over the years on that song in concert. Do any particular performances stand out?
We’ve always had songs we could pull someone into. We wrote “Bottom” [for Undertow] and asked Henry Rollins to do a little spoken word in the middle. It would have been nice to have someone during the “Opiate” thing. Instead, we’ve had everybody that we’ve possibly run into play drums during the middle of it, or do spoken word, play a solo. Zach De La Rocha did a cool spoken-word section one time. And Heitham Al-Sayed from Senser did a really cool, little Arabic thing one time. We’ve been very fortunate to have our peers and people we really respect come up and contribute.

On that note, what did you think of Limp Bizkit’s “Opiate” cover?
It’s great being appreciated by anybody; be it some band that has much different tastes than yours or a band with a different approach. I heard it once. I thought it was cool.

Since you just finished this Opiate reissue, how does it compare to the Tool record you’re working on now?
We’re older guys now. The band has changed drastically. We’re very distant people now and have our own lives. It’s always been like that. It’s been a collective perspective even from the start, but now it’s much more diverse. And I’m not saying that’s bad. It’s just different. So writing is a different perspective now. It’s taken a little longer. And besides that, we’ve had a couple major setbacks that we’re recovering from. I’m calling March “March Madness” because I’ve been really trying to kick ass and focus on this thing and get it to a point where we’re all happy. I really love those guys. And people grow and they change; it’s just like a relationship. You just have to compromise and respect each other. It’s just like life. It’s like anything else. That’s where it’s at.

 

Rob and the boys

Rob Zombie releases new, brilliantly titled albuVenomous Rat Regeneration Vendor via Ume on April 22, and the album’s first single Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town (just rolls off the tongue, eh?) is now online.

Stream Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town here

“It seems to happen every couple of years or every 10 years or every five years or whatever, you have a moment when it all comes together,” our Rob tells the Toledo Free Press. “Not that the other records are bad, but not every record can be like the most inspired event in your life. But for some reason, this one feels like it is. The songwriting, the sound of it, the vibe, the production — it’s special.” Read more interview here: http://bit.ly/XjCFrf

Our prediction: gory.

Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor Tracklist

01. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
02. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
03. Revelation Revolution
04. Theme For The Rat Vendor
05. Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
06. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
07. Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures
08. White Trash Freaks
09. We’re An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD cover)
10. Lucifer Rising
11. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters
12. Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin

 

 

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In 2013, Black Sabbath will release their 13th studio album.

Fittingly, it will be called 13.

The band announced the album title over the weekend, adding that it would be released in June. An exact date is coming soon (June 13, perhaps?).

The new album, which is being produced by Rick Rubin, will be the first Black Sabbath album to feature original singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler since 1978′s Never Say Die.

The official press release from the band also revealed that Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilk is filling in for founding Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who was unable to reach a financial settlement with his bandmates this time around.

The band also announced some tour dates in New Zealand, Australia and Japan, which you can see below.

Black Sabbath 2013 Tour Dates (So Far):

4/20 — Auckland, New Zealand
4/22 — Auckland, New Zealand
4/25 — Brisbane, Australia
4/27 — Sydney, Australia
4/29 — Melbourne, Australia
5/1 — Melbourne, Australia
5/4 — Perth, Australia
5/12 — Tokyo, Japan

 

–words by damien fanelli for kerrang magazine. image from consequenceofsound.net

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Rank Movie Title (click to view) Studio

Total Gross / Theaters Opening / Theaters Open Close
1 Marvel’s The Avengers BV $623,357,910 4,349 $207,438,708 4,349 5/4 10/4
2 The Dark Knight Rises WB $448,139,099 4,404 $160,887,295 4,404 7/20 12/13
3 The Hunger Games LGF $408,010,692 4,137 $152,535,747 4,137 3/23 9/6
4 Skyfall Sony $296,900,000 3,526 $88,364,714 3,505 11/9
5 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Sum. $289,206,000 4,070 $141,067,634 4,070 11/16
6 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey WB $263,820,000 4,100 $84,617,303 4,045 12/14
7 The Amazing Spider-Man Sony $262,030,663 4,318 $62,004,688 4,318 7/3 10/14
8 Brave BV $237,269,198 4,164 $66,323,594 4,164 6/22
9 Ted Uni. $218,815,487 3,303 $54,415,205 3,239 6/29 10/25
10 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted P/DW $216,391,482 4,263 $60,316,738 4,258 6/8 10/18
11 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Uni. $214,030,500 3,769 $70,217,070 3,729 3/2 7/26
12 MIB 3 Sony $179,020,854 4,248 $54,592,779 4,248 5/25 9/9
13 Wreck-It Ralph BV $178,465,000 3,752 $49,038,712 3,752 11/2
14 Ice Age: Continental Drift Fox $161,168,962 3,886 $46,629,259 3,881 7/13
15 Snow White and the Huntsman Uni. $155,332,381 3,777 $56,217,700 3,773 6/1 9/6
16 Hotel Transylvania Sony $145,490,512 3,375 $42,522,194 3,349 9/28
17 Lincoln BV $143,933,000 2,293 $944,308 11 11/9
18 Taken 2 Fox $139,076,968 3,706 $49,514,769 3,661 10/5
19 21 Jump Street Sony $138,447,667 3,148 $36,302,612 3,121 3/16 7/1
20 Prometheus Fox $126,477,084 3,442 $51,050,101 3,396 6/8 9/20
21 Safe House Uni. $126,373,434 3,121 $40,172,720 3,119 2/10 5/17
22 The Vow SGem $125,014,030 3,038 $41,202,458 2,958 2/10 5/17
23 Magic Mike WB $113,721,571 3,120 $39,127,170 2,930 6/29 9/27
24 The Bourne Legacy Uni. $113,203,870 3,753 $38,142,825 3,745 8/10 11/8
25 Argo WB $110,130,000 3,247 $19,458,109 3,232 10/12
26 Django Unchained Wein. $106,351,000 3,010 $30,122,888 3,010 12/25
27 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island WB $103,860,290 3,500 $27,335,363 3,470 2/10 6/28
28 Les Miserables (2012) Uni. $103,605,000 2,904 $27,281,735 2,814 12/25
29 Rise of the Guardians P/DW $97,152,000 3,672 $23,773,465 3,653 11/21
30 Flight Par. $92,491,000 2,638 $24,900,566 1,884 11/2
31 Think Like a Man SGem $91,547,205 2,052 $33,636,303 2,015 4/20 7/8
32 Life of Pi Fox $91,076,000 2,946 $22,451,514 2,927 11/21
33 The Campaign WB $86,907,746 3,302 $26,588,460 3,205 8/10 11/22
34 The Expendables 2 LGF $85,028,192 3,355 $28,591,370 3,316 8/17 11/22
35 Wrath of the Titans WB $83,670,083 3,545 $33,457,188 3,545 3/30 6/28
36 Dark Shadows WB $79,727,149 3,755 $29,685,274 3,755 5/11 8/16
37 John Carter BV $73,078,100 3,749 $30,180,188 3,749 3/9 6/28
38 Act of Valor Rela. $70,012,847 3,053 $24,476,632 3,039 2/24 6/7
39 Contraband Uni. $66,528,000 2,870 $24,349,815 2,863 1/13 3/15
40 Looper TriS $66,486,205 2,993 $20,801,522 2,992 9/28
41 Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection LGF $65,653,242 2,161 $25,390,575 2,161 6/29 9/20
42 Battleship Uni. $65,422,625 3,702 $25,534,825 3,690 5/18 8/2
43 Mirror Mirror Rela. $64,935,167 3,618 $18,132,085 3,603 3/30 8/16
44 Jack Reacher Par. $64,804,000 3,352 $15,210,156 3,352 12/21
45 Pitch Perfect Uni. $64,666,000 2,787 $5,149,433 335 9/28
46 Chronicle (2012) Fox $64,575,175 2,908 $22,004,098 2,907 2/3 6/7
47 Hope Springs Sony $63,536,011 2,441 $14,650,121 2,361 8/8 10/21
48 Underworld Awakening SGem $62,321,039 3,078 $25,306,725 3,078 1/20 3/8
49 The Lucky One WB $60,457,138 3,175 $22,518,358 3,155 4/20 7/19
50 The Dictator Par. $59,650,222 3,014 $17,435,092 3,008 5/16 7/26
51 Total Recall (2012) Sony $58,877,969 3,601 $25,577,758 3,601 8/3 10/7
52 Titanic 3D Par. $57,884,114 3,674 $17,285,453 2,674 4/4 6/7
53 American Reunion Uni. $57,011,521 3,203 $21,514,080 3,192 4/6 5/31
54 ParaNorman Focus $56,003,051 3,455 $14,087,050 3,429 8/17 1/3
55 This Means War Fox $54,760,791 3,189 $17,405,930 3,189 2/17 6/14
56 Project X WB $54,731,865 3,055 $21,051,363 3,055 3/2 5/17
57 This Is 40 Uni. $54,460,000 2,931 $11,579,175 2,912 12/21
58 The Woman in Black CBS $54,333,290 2,856 $20,874,072 2,855 2/3 5/3
59 Paranormal Activity 4 Par. $53,900,335 3,412 $29,003,866 3,412 10/19
60 The Devil Inside Par. $53,261,944 2,551 $33,732,515 2,285 1/6 3/22
61 Parental Guidance Fox $52,761,000 3,368 $14,554,053 3,367 12/25
62 The Odd Life of Timothy Green BV $51,833,281 2,717 $10,822,903 2,598 8/15
63 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Sony $51,774,002 3,174 $22,115,334 3,174 2/17 5/10
64 The Grey ORF $51,580,236 3,208 $19,665,101 3,185 1/27 4/19
65 Red Tails Fox $49,876,377 2,573 $18,782,154 2,512 1/20 6/7
66 The Possession LGF $49,130,154 2,860 $17,732,480 2,816 8/31 11/22
67 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Fox $49,008,662 3,401 $14,623,599 3,391 8/3 12/20
68 Sinister Sum. $48,086,903 2,542 $18,007,634 2,527 10/12 1/3
69 Beauty and the Beast (3D) BV $47,617,067 2,625 $17,751,905 2,625 1/13 5/3
70 Savages (2012) Uni. $47,382,068 2,635 $16,016,910 2,628 7/6 9/6
71 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel FoxS $46,412,041 1,298 $737,051 27 5/4 10/25
72 Moonrise Kingdom Focus $45,512,466 924 $522,996 4 5/25 11/1
73 The Three Stooges Fox $44,338,224 3,482 $17,010,125 3,477 4/13 8/16
74 Red Dawn (2012) FD $43,883,000 2,781 $14,276,668 2,724 11/21
75 Here Comes the Boom Sony $43,703,852 3,014 $11,816,596 3,014 10/12
76 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (in 3D) Fox $43,456,382 2,655 $22,469,932 2,655 2/10 5/28
77 Resident Evil: Retribution SGem $42,345,531 3,016 $21,052,227 3,012 9/14 11/11
78 The Cabin in the Woods LGF $42,073,277 2,811 $14,743,614 2,811 4/13 7/12
79 What to Expect When You’re Expecting LGF $41,152,203 3,021 $10,547,068 3,021 5/18 8/2
80 Finding Nemo (3D) BV $41,069,643 2,904 $16,687,773 2,904 9/14
81 End of Watch ORF $40,900,000 2,780 $13,152,683 2,730 9/21
82 Rock of Ages WB (NL) $38,518,613 3,470 $14,437,269 3,470 6/15 8/16
83 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Fox $37,519,139 3,109 $16,306,974 3,108 6/22 9/20
84 Lawless Wein. $37,400,127 3,138 $10,001,982 2,888 8/29 11/29
85 That’s My Boy Sony $36,931,089 3,030 $13,453,714 3,030 6/15 7/22
86 Trouble with the Curve WB $35,763,137 3,212 $12,162,040 3,212 9/21 12/13
87 The Watch Fox $35,353,000 3,168 $12,750,297 3,168 7/27 10/18
88 Step Up Revolution Sum. $35,074,677 2,606 $11,731,708 2,567 7/27 10/4
89 Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds LGF $35,025,791 2,132 $15,583,924 2,132 2/24 5/17
90 Frankenweenie BV $34,818,954 3,005 $11,412,213 3,005 10/5
91 Silver Linings Playbook Wein. $34,671,000 745 $443,003 16 11/16
92 2016 Obama’s America RM $33,449,086 2,017 $31,610 1 7/13 10/11
93 House at the End of The Street Rela. $31,611,916 3,083 $12,287,234 3,083 9/21 12/20
94 The Guilt Trip Par. $31,207,000 2,431 $5,290,629 2,431 12/19
95 The Pirates! Band of Misfits Sony $31,051,126 3,358 $11,137,734 3,358 4/27 8/5
96 Joyful Noise WB $30,932,113 2,735 $11,225,190 2,735 1/13 3/22
97 Chimpanzee BV $28,972,764 1,567 $10,673,748 1,563 4/20 8/9
98 The Five-Year Engagement Uni. $28,835,528 2,941 $10,610,060 2,936 4/27 6/21
99 Monsters, Inc. (3D) BV $27,916,000 2,618 $4,774,686 2,618 12/19
100 Cloud Atlas WB $26,797,277 2,023 $9,612,247 2,008 10/26
Summary of 655 Movies on Chart:
Totals: $10,381,398,337
Averages: $15,849,463

Note: RELEASE DATE shows all movies that opened in a given time period and their total grosses. WIDE RELEASES shows only movies released in 600 or more theaters and their total grosses, grouped by wide release date. LIMITED RELEASES shows only movies released in less than 600 theaters and their total grosses, grouped by release date. CALENDAR GROSSES shows all movies playing during the indicated time period, both new and holdover, and their grosses (or estimated grosses) during that time period. Movies released outside the indicated time period are shown in italics. Click here for a full explanation of the various box office sections


— taken from boxofficemojo.com image taken from thepursuitofsassiness.com

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi posted an end-of-year update on his official website.

Iommi, who has been battling cancer since earlier this year, assured fans that the band are hard at work on their new album and that they’ll be touring as much as possible in 2013.

Here’s the complete message:

“What a year! Certainly not the one I was expecting.

Thanks to you all for your massive help and support, it was very encouraging. I’m still working on the album and managed to play three shows, not bad given the news a year ago. I’m looking forward to next year, seeing what you think of the record and touring as much as we’re able.

My Best Wishes to you all, I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year, most of all, stay positive,

– Tony”

Black Sabbath recently revealed that they are six tracks into recording their new album, which should be released in April 2013. Iommi has hinted that the new disc will feature 15 songs.

 

made by damian fanelli for guitarworld.com. image from innocentworld.com

British man dies after dancing ‘Gangnam Style’

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Death leads to warning against vigorous dancing for middle-aged men

Middle-aged men have been warned not to attempt the ‘Gangnam Style’ dance too vigorously after a father of three collapsed and died while copying the moves from the hit video.

Eamonn Kilbride, 46, collapsed with chest pains at his office party in Blackburn last weekend. He had been performing the dance moves made famous by South Korean rapper Psy, who mimics riding a horse.

Professor Bernard Keavney, a consultant cardiologist at Newcastle University, told The Daily Telegraph that older men should not “stray outside your comfort zone” at Christmas parties this year. “The chance that you’ll come to grief is very small. But as with any form of untypical exercise… be somewhat measured. Let the lady dance around you,” he added.
Mr Kilbride, an IT manager, had been with his wife, Julie, who was celebrating her birthday. She paid tribute to her “loving husband” of 23 years, calling him “the life of the party”. He had three children – Laurajade, 22, Jack, 21, and Conor, 18 – all of whom are at university.

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ recently became the most-watched video ever on YouTube. The K-Pop star‘s hit has racked up a record-breaking 815million views since it was posted on July 15, 2012. Justin Bieber‘s track ‘Baby’, posted in February 2010, has 803million views. Psy, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, has had worldwide success with ‘Gangnam Style’ and has sold more than four million copies around the globe. He also bagged the first UK Number One by a Korean artist. ‘Gangnam Style’ attracts around 11million viewers a day.

 

(article taken from NME.com)

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