Halloween is the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll holiday so here are a
few treats to get you through the day and prep you for a night of
spooktacular fun at whatever Halloween party or concert you end up
HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM MICHAEL MCDONALD
And of course …
MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER … WITH LEGOS! (Why Legos?
Well, just because the video is out there, and well, just because I
can. If you want to skip straight to the good stuff, jump ahead to
the 8:00 mark for the Thriller dance.)
In more Eagles of Death Metal news, the band begins its U.S.
tour Thursday night a Neumo’s. No word on if QOTSA (that’s Queens
of the Stone Age for all you non-music geeks) frontman Homme will
be accompanying the band on this tour. The one time I saw the band
live was at an Endfest a few years ago and they were without
In case you haven’t heard, grunge God Chris Cornell is releasing
an album next month that is a pop record produced by Timbaland.
Cornell is touring with Timbaland to support the record and that
tour will be at the Showbox SoDo Nov. 2.
Here’s a snippet of a review from a recent Cornell show that
gives a quick take on the new matierial. Read the whole review
Cornell’s new sound had the feel of ’80s Peter Gabriel, with two
metal guitarists roaming the stage and a drummer playing rigid
house-music beats as two keyboardists created a swirling, soothing
synth sound to match his high-pitched vocals. Cornell exclusively
did songs from Scream, opening with “Part of Me,” which
set a mild hip-hop rhythm to the chorus “That b*tch ain’t a part of
As a Cornell fan myself, the idea of album sounds like it is a
trainwreck to me. Although musical trainwrecks can be fun to
watch, I am on the fence about whether to pick up a copy when
it comes out. What are your thoughts about the
The fall concert season seems to be in full swing and I am
hoping to catch as many shows as possible beofre winter sets in and
I am stuck on the wrong side of the Cascades for going to
Here are two shows I will be at in the coming week:
Oct. 19: Fleet Foxes @ The Moore
I’m super stoked to see the biggest hometown buzz band of the
moment play their biggest hometown headlining show to
Nov. 3: Mike McCready, Tom Morello, Stone Gossard and
friends @ The Showbox?
This “get out the vote” show on Election Day even should be
amazing. I don’t know who these “friends” are that are also on the
bill, but I do know Chris Cornell is in town the night before and
if I remember my Chris Cornell history correctly, I think he was
once in a band with the three headliners on the bill. Nothing is
confirned, but I’m just saying …
Billboard is reporting Axl Rose’s “Chinese Democracy” record
will be released Nov. 23 and will be sold exclusively at Best
This of course begs the question of whether everyone in the
country will get
a free Dr. Pepper as promised by the folks at Dr. Pepper.
I’ve heard some of the leaked material and back in 2002 I saw
some new songs performed live at the Tacoma Dome (it was one of the
most awesome concert experiences of my life) and I’ll say that if
what I’ve heard is “Chinese Democracy” then I’m not that impressed.
The material isn’t all that bad, but it really isn’t exceptionally
My prediction is that Pitchfork will give the record a snarky
4.2 rating and Rolling Stone will rate it at a 3.5 and call it
Axl’s way of attempting to forge new ground musically while staying
to the Gus N Roses formula that he’s been successful with in the
I’ll also go out on a limb and say the record will sell a whole
bunch of copies, especially since it is being sold at Best Buy
around Thanksgiving time and that the tour behind the record will
flop because fans will realize the record isn’t all that good.
*Update: The video has been replaced with one that works.
Watch it while you can because YouTube yanked the video I posted
earlier and I assume they will eventually yank this one
“Saturday Night Live” was actually sort of funny last week.
In honor of SNL making me laugh for the first time all season, I
thought I would share this short skit poking fun at girl-kissing
Katy Perry. I guess she’ll probably never be one of the show’s
As the commercial says: “Just when you thought Katy Perry
couldn’t get any naughtier, she didn’t.” Click the jump for photos
of Perry at the Gorge during Warped Tour.