The paperback edition of Bad Brains frontman Paul “H.R.” Hudson’s “Finding Joseph I: An Oral History Of H.R. From Bad Brains” will be release on July 23. The book was authored by Howie Abrams and James Lathos and this latest edition will come with a new chapter focusing on H.R.’s battle with SUNCT syndrome and the brain surgery he underwent to remedy the condition. It also talks about Bad Brains’ most recent reunion with all four original members. On top of that, the paperback will also feature a new foreword by Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe, who performed live with the group during their latest shows. Blythe also contributed a portrait of H.R. for the book’s back cover, taken from his upcoming photo book “Frontman.” H.R. will be signing copies of the book and playing an acoustic set at Generation Records in New York City on July 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
It looks like Bad Brains are working on a new album. H.R. confirmed the news during an interview with Joel Gausten.
Here’s what H.R. had to say about the band’s future:
“The future looks bright! We got a great new manager. We just came from doing a little tour over the summer, and we’re just waiting for the weather to break and we’ll be on our way to do more festival work.”
“Any day now, we’re scheduled to go into the studio and do some more work on a new album. The greatest album that we did, ‘Into The Future‘, came off great, and I really like working with the fellas.”
The singer also revealed that the group have added second guitarist Chogyi Lama to their lineup, and that he wants to go out and spread more PMA (positive mental attitude) in the world:
“I think that people overall need to listen to more good music! (laughs) What they need to do is put down the sword and learn to be forgiving towards each other, just give a chance to let peace rule over their bad, negative feelings and be more positive with listening to good music and being supportive of the good scene that’s happening.”
Furthermore, H.R. has also been writing material with his solo band Human Rights:
“It’s grown, and it’s full of life and spirit. It’s just a combustion of new music. When you heard it, you’ll understand just where I’m coming from. It gives me great joy and happiness, and the music is a lot happier and more fulfilling for me as an artist.”
That effort is expected to be released in 2019.
Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe joined Bad Brains onstage once again during their performance at The Growlers Six in San Pedro, CA on October 29. You can see some footage of that below:
[via The PRP]
The “Finding Joseph I” documentary about Bad Brains’ Paul “HR” Hudson is set to be released on DVD on November 3. That film was directed by James Lathos, and it focuses on the life of the frontman through previously unseen archival footage, interviews, etc.
You can still catch the film in select theaters as well:
- 10/14 – Seattle @ Grand Illusio
- 10/17-18 – New Orleans @ Zeitgeist Arts Center
- 10/28 – Los Angeles @ Regent Theater (HR and Lathos in attendance)
- 10/18 – London @ Komedia Picturehouse Brighton
- 10/19 – London @ Tramshed Cinema – Cardiff
- 10/21-22 – Switzerland @ Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival 2017
- 10/22 – Washington D.C. @ Lincoln Theater
- 10/26 – Chicago @ Brew View
- 10/27 – Barcelona @ IN-EDIT Festival
- 11/25 – Philadelphia @ PhilaMOCA
- TBD – Brooklyn @ Nitehawk Cinema
[via The PRP]
Last month, Bad Brains played a surprise show at the Okay Space art gallery in Brooklyn, NY as part of Darryl Jenifer‘s art exhibit, and now some official footage of that can be seen below. Considering H.R. is still recovering from brain surgery, and the fact that Dr. Know is still recovering from cardiac arrest he suffered in 2015, the band only played six songs with a couple of guests helping them out, including original singer Sid McCray and Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe.
[via The PRP]
Bad Brains played a surprise show at the Okay Space art gallery in Brooklyn, NY yesterday (June 8) as part of Darryl Jenifer‘s art exhibit. Considering H.R. is still recovering from brain surgery, and the fact that Dr. Know is still recovering from cardiac arrest he suffered in 2015, the band only played six songs with a couple of guests helping them out, including original singer Sid McCray and Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe. You can see footage of that below:
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Tonight was one of the best nights of my life. Bad Brains played a secret show in Brooklyn at an art gallery for the opening of their bassist's art exhibit- no stage, on the floor with the people, straight-up old-school style. That's why I'm in NYC, to help these dudes out with a couple of the faster tunes. The full original lineup of Bad Brains played- HR sang "Jah Love" "The Youth Are Getting Restless" & "Re-Ignition". Then I sang "The Big Takeover" & "Banned In DC". Then Sid McCray, the FIRST singer of Bad Brains closed it out by singing "Regulator" for the first time since 1978. HOLY COW. The crowd went INSANE. In these divisive times, we all UNITED tonight in one huge, intense ball of PMA- black, white, yellow, red, brown, male, female- all of us were UNITED- all you saw & felt were smiles. Absolutely incredible, & punk rock to the core. You could just FEEL the love in the air. I sang with my favorite band of all time tonight- I can't explain how that makes me feel. So thanks for asking me to be here, @badbrainsofficial! ONE LOVE PEOPLE! ❤️✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿❤️ Photo by: @kevinwilsonnyc. #badbrains #pma
Before undergoing brain surgery, Bad Brains’ H.R. was recently interviewed by Loudwire about his new memoir “Finding Joseph I,” and he said that Bad Brains may be hitting the road later this year. Despite this, tour details are obviously still up in the air since H.R. still needs time to recover from his surgery, and the fact that Dr. Know is still recovering from cardiac arrest.
Here’s what H.R. told Loudwire:
“I was talking with the bass player [Darryl Jenifer] and we were looking at the fall, in autumn, maybe. We’ll do some rehearsals, rehearsing a setlist that they had wanted to play and I decided to go ahead and play it with them. Darryl had come to me through the telephone and said, ‘I’m committed to you,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m committed to you.’”