Posts by Jon Wiederhorn

  • Nirvana Steals the Show at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Celebration

    Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music5 days ago

    Since KISS announced in advance that they absolutely would not perform at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony without their current lineup — and the Rock Hall big-wigs only wanted to see a reunion of the original members — KISS did not rock and roll for even part of the night at Thursday's Rock Hall event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Instead it was Nirvana who provided all of the drama, excitement, and unpredictability upon which rock 'n' roll was founded.

    Even so, for the band members and their fans, the induction was bittersweet. Almost exactly 20 years has passed since Nirvana singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain took his life, and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl (now the frontman for the Foo Fighters) haven't played Cobain's songs together in all that time.

    "I'm probably going to cry," said Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor. "I'm already crying, because he'd be so proud. He'd say he wasn't, but he would be. I just miss him so much. I miss such an angel."

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  • Looks Like Joan Jett Will Join Nirvana Onstage at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Celebration

    Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music7 days ago

    After the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is over, veteran rebel rocker Joan Jett still may not give a damn about her bad reputation. However, if rumors that she'll join Nirvana onstage and fill in for the late Kurt Cobain prove to be true, she'll add another incredible bullet point to her resume.

    The rampant speculation began on April 8 when Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl posted a photo on Instagram of Krist Novoselic’s black Gibson bass, Pat Smear’s purple/blue Fender Stratocaster guitar and a third guitar in the back that’s appears to be a white Melody Maker owned by Jett. The instrument is decorated with numerous stickers including “girls kick,” “fetish” (a Jett song), two pink female figures standing side by side, and a peace sign.

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  • Musicians Remember Dave Brockie, the Man Beneath the Mask of GWAR

    Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music23 days ago

    Not many GWAR fans knew the band's front man Dave Brockie.

    They knew his onstage character Oderus Urungus, the fierce leader of a band of disreputable warriors; which, as legend went, were banished from another planet to Antarctica. The deviants escaped, relocated to Richmond, Virginia and formed a metal band dedicated to touring the world, committing horrific acts of violence against the human race in every concert.

    Fans in the first 50 rows of GWAR shows could expect to be splashed with fake blood as they watched the group perform in full costume; simulating decapitations, eviscerations, and countless forms of mutilations to the thunderous roar of songs like "You Can't Kill Terror," "We Kill Everything," and "Hail, Genocide."

    Tragically Brockie's satiric murder spree came to an end when his roommates in Richmond found his body at their home on the evening of March 23. They immediately called the police, who declared Brockie dead. He was 50.

    No foul play is suspected and the cause of death is currently unknown pending a coroner's report.

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  • U.S. Soldier Co-Writes New Foghat Single

    Jon Wiederhorn at Yahoo Music29 days ago

    A U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Tom Mix, has written the lyrics for the next single by British classic rock band Foghat.

    "There is no excitement that can compare to co-writing a song with a supergroup like Foghat, and having that song released as a single," Mix said in a statement.

    The band – best known for the hits "Slow Ride" and "Fool For the City" – launched a contest last year for fans to write lyrics for their instrumental track "495 Boogie," from their 2010 CD Last Train Hom e. After receiving a pile of submissions, Foghat reduced the list to three, then posted the lyrics on their website for their fans to vote for their favorite. Phil Dessinger's "The World of Rock N’ Roll," won first place and the band released the song July 9, 2013.

    But because the contest was so close, Foghat decided to record Mix's "Boogie Train" as well; they also shot a video for the song. "Boogie Train" will be available for download starting March 25.

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