311 & The Offspring Cover Each Other’s Hits

With their summer co-headlining tour coming up, 311 and The Offspring have decided to cover each other’s hit songs. You can listen to 311’s take on “Self Esteem” and The Offspring’s take on “Down” below:

311’s Nick Hexum commented:

“‘Self Esteem’ is my favorite Offspring song. It’s a great melody, and the lyrics really tell a story. I like when a singer is vulnerable and doesn’t try to act all cool. We’ve all been in relationships we know we shouldn’t be in, so most people can relate. Our first version was more reggae, but we realized that it needed to rock-like the original. We revved it up to be rocking riffs with reggae rhythms. I guess we ‘311-ized’ it. It was a lot of fun. SA kicked ass on this one. The vocal requires a lot of range and he really belted it out. We had to work hard to live up to Offspring’s killer cover of ‘Down’! I love the way they reimagined it. It kicks ass! I’m glad they really took liberties instead of being faithful to the original roadmap. I love the punk parts and hearing Dexter do SA’s raps. Nice job dudes!”

The Offspring’s Noodles commented as well:

“We’ve always been big fans of the song ‘Down’. Parts of the song sound really heavy and almost dark, but it also has a very uplifting message. We knew we’d never be able to groove it the way 311 do so we tried to punk it up a little. We tried to do a Ramones-like version to serve as a companion piece to the Clash-iness of theirs. I don’t know if we did it justice but it sure was fun to play and sing.”

He also added the following about 311’s cover:

“Wow! Way cool. The guitars sound great and that bass is certainly in your face. I think what ultimately makes this version great is the way Nick and SA split the vocals and play off of each other. SA taking the high parts while Nick slides in effortlessly beneath him is a perfect example of how harmonies are supposed to work. Nailed it!”

A limited edition 7-inch (limited to 1,000) featuring the tracks can be pre-ordered on both the bands’ websites.


Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Joins Smashing Pumpkins Onstage For Live Cover Of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven”

During Smashing Pumpkins’ July 20 show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, the band were joined onstage by Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale for a live cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven.” You can check out some footage of that below:

Palaye Royale Premiere “You’ll Be Fine” Video

Palaye Royale have premiered a new video for their new song “You’ll Be Fine.” This track is the first single from the band’s upcoming album “Boom Boom Room: Side B.”

Here’s the band’s current touring plans:

Vans Warped Tour:

7/20 – Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
7/21 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
7/22 – Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
7/23 – Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7/24 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/25 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake PAC
7/26 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
7/27 – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
7/28 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health At Jones Beach Amphitheatre
7/29 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/30 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
7/31 – Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre At Lakewood
8/02 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Old Cypress Lot Near Met Park
8/03 – Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
8/04 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
8/05 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre

European/UK Dates:

9/22 – Hamburg, Germany @ Reeperbahn
9/24 – Berlin, Germany @ Musik & Frieden
9/25 – München, Germany @ Feierwerk
9/27 – Paris, France @ Super Sonic
9/28 – Köln, Germany @ MTC
9/29 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg Up
9/30 – Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club
10/02 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts
10/03 – Manchester, UK @ Academy3
10/05 – London, UK @ KOKO

U.S. Dates:

10/24 – San Diego, CA @ Voodoo Room at House of Blues
10/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
10/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
10/28 – Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater
10/30 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo Music Hall
10/31 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
11/01 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live (Studio)
11/02 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall

Zeal & Ardor’s Manuel Gagneux Appears To Have A Melodic Side Project Called Vogelmaske

It looks like Zeal & Ardor’s Manuel Gagneux has a melodic side project called Vogelmaske. According to The PRP, a since deleted tweet on the official Zeal & Ardor Twitter account shared a track called “Coming To The Surface” and suggested that it was recorded quickly after tour.

Statue Of The Late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Etc.) To Be Erected At Seattle’s Museum Of Pop Culture

On what would have been the late Chris Cornell’s 54th birthday (July 20), Vicky Cornell has announced that a new life-size statue of Chris will be erected in Seattle, Washington. The statue, which is being sculpted by Nick Marras, will be raised during a public ceremony on August 29 and it will feature him in one of his “iconic poses with his signature boots, dog tag, layers and long locks.” Vicky plans to donate the figure to Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.

Vicky commented:

“Even though Chris’ music touched the lives of millions around the world, there is no better place than Seattle to honor and celebrate both his contribution to music history, as well as Seattle’s unique place in popular music, with an enduring symbol of a beloved artist, father, and husband. Our children and I are deeply moved by the continued outpouring of love, compassion, and support, and this is our gift to the Museum of Pop Culture and to Seattle – our gift back to the tight-knit community that gave him his start.”

MoPOP Artistic Director, Jasen Emmons added:

“MoPOP is honored to receive this gift from the Cornell family and pay tribute to one of the most powerful and important voices in popular music. MoPOP serves to celebrate the Seattle music scene and the luminaries who have emerged from the Northwest and Chris was a key figure who has made a lasting impact on generations worldwide.”

Some photos of the statue can be found over at TMZ.

Linkin Park Share Written Tribute To Chester Bennington On The One Year Anniversary Of His Death

Linkin Park have shared a written tribute to their late frontman Chester Bennington. The singer passed away exactly one year ago today (July 20).

Linkin Park:

“To our brother Chester,

It has been a year since your passing—a surreal rotation of grief, heartbreak, refusal, and recognition. And yet it sill feels like you are close by, surrounding us with your memory and your light. Your one-of-a-kind spirit has authored an indelible imprint on our hearts—our jokes, our joy, and our tenderness.

Eternally grateful for the love, life, and creative passion you shared with us and the world. We miss you more than words can express.


M, J, D, R, B

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