Judas Priest, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Etc. Nominated For 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

The nominees have been revealed for the 2020 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction. They include: Judas Priest, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Thin Lizzy, Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Kraftwerk, MC5, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, and T. Rex. The fan vote is now open HERE. The ceremony will be held at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, OH on May 2.

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil told Billboard the following:

“I thought this is important, especially for the legacy of Soundgarden, and for Chris‘ legacy. It’s really important now to understand this from the perspective of the fans and to understand Soundgarden as both a current enterprise as well as a posthumous exercise.”

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford also talked to Billboard:

“It’s just another thrill, again, to be nominated, and so quickly because I know sometimes the nominations can get stretched out for quite a long period of time. So to get another one so quickly is wonderful and another great moment for the Priest and for our fans.”

Motörhead‘s Mikkey Dee also chatted with Billboard, despite the fact that him and Phil Campbell were left out of Mötorhead’s nomination:

“In my book, if anyone really deserves to be in that Hall of Fame, it’s Motörhead in so many ways because of the inspiration on thousands of bands.

Even the biggest of the biggest have been so influenced by Motörhead and Lemmy. It’s the real deal. If you talk to Ozzy, he thinks that Motörhead should have been in before Black Sabbath, even.”

He also added the following about him and Campbell getting snubbed:

“That is pure wrong, I would say, and I know Phil will be very disappointed, too. We’ve been carrying the flag for 25 years together, and actually brought Motörhead to what it was. We did 25 years out of the 40. The original band lasted just a few years (Clarke left in 1982, Taylor in 1984 and returned from 1987-92). They started it off, but as Lemmy said himself they wouldn’t have lasted another six months doing that lineup. I don’t think we would’ve been where we are today without the 25 years we spent touring.”

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Soundgarden Hope To Finish Unreleased Songs With Chris Cornell’s Demos

It looks like there is a possibility that fans may get some new music from Soundgarden in the future. During a recent interview with Music Radar, Kim Thayil said the band are hoping to finish the songs they had in the works for their new album by using the late Chri Cornell’s demos.

Thayil said the following when asked about the new material Soundgarden had before Cornell’s death:

“It was demos, but the demo quality was pretty good, because both Chris and Matt had become very interested in their home recording technique, so they might demo a song, and then Ben and I would add our guitars or bass. Maybe Matt might play drums to a riff that Chris had recorded. And that would be recorded by one of our engineers or techs.

This is an interesting thing: our entire backline, our guitar techs and bass techs, are all also record producers and recording engineers, so we love that they want to go on the road with us, and we love the guys in the studio with us, but the only people who do both are Nate Yaccino, Josh Evans and Dave French. Those guys have worked with us in the studio and onstage, and that’s a great family to have, to be involved in all aspects of a band’s career. So that will help us.

So they come and record parts that we overdub on the demos. Right now, that’s all kind of stalled. We tried to get this going two years ago, but we’re not in possession of any of the demos that Chris was working on with them. We have copies of them, but what we need are the files, so that we’d be able to overdub and finish the record. We are not in possession of those.”

He also added the following when asked what it would take for the group to get the files:

“We don’t know. We’ve asked nicely, we’ve suggested that this will benefit all parties, if the band could just have these files, and we could finish the songs we were working on.

But there seems to be some confusion amongst various parties as to what that would entail and how that works, and who that would benefit. And it’s been tiring, you know. And we can’t move on until some future date when someone realizes the value of allowing the creative partners to have access to the material.”

Thayil also talked a bit about the direction of the material:

“Interestingly, there’s a psychedelic element, and there was more of a grooving, I’d say a little bit more, not ballad-y, but more guitar arpeggiations, like what you might hear on ‘Fell On Black Days‘.

And then we had maybe a couple of sad songs, and a couple of heavy songs that in general feel were – where we were at in the writing process – kind of mixed like ‘King Animal‘, but a little bit less of the heavy stuff. But it was still interesting, still quirky stuff.

Once Matt, Ben and myself get a hold of those songs and finish putting down our parts, the songs will very likely become heavier, darker and maybe a bit trippier.”

You can read more from Thayil HERE.

Soundgarden Share “Black Hole Sun” Live Video From “Live From The Artists Den” Release

Soundgarden have shared footage of “Black Hole Sun” from their new live release “Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den.“ That effort, which features the band’s February 17, 2013 show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, will be available on July 26.

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn To Perform At Third Annual Chris Cornell Tribute Show In San Francisco, CA

Machine Head’s Robb Flynn has announced that he will be performing with Rusty Chains at the third annual Chris Cornell tribute show in San Francisco, CA. The event will take place at the Verdi Club on July 19 and it will find Rusty Chains performing Soundgarden’s “Badmotorfinger” in full, as well as other tracks from Temple Of The Dog and Audioslave.

Guns N’ Roses, Nine Inch Nails, Blink-182, White Zombie, Limp Bizkit, Etc. Master Recordings Reportedly Lost In 2008 UMG Fire

The New York Times recently shared a report on the 2008 fire at Universal Studios Hollywood that reportedly exposed the fact that numerous master recordings were destroyed. Now, the publication has followed up with a much larger list of affected artists. They include: Aerosmith, Audioslave, Nuno Bettencourt, Blink-182, Boston, Coverdale/Page, The Damned, Eagles, Extreme, Peter Frampton, Guns N’ Roses, Hole, Iron Butterfly, Jawbreaker, Jimmy Eat World, Kansas, Krokus, Limp Bizkit, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Duff McKagan, Meat Loaf, Nazareth, Night Ranger, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, No Doubt, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Iggy Pop, Primus, Puddle Of Mudd, R.E.M., Soundgarden, Steppenwolf, Styx, Sublime, Temple Of The Dog, Tesla, Voivod, Whitesnake, Weezer, White Zombie, Y&T, Rob Zombie, and tons more. Many artists were unaware about their masters being lost and a number of them have filed a suit against UMG for breach of contract since the recordings weren’t properly secured and preserved. They are seeking damages in excess of $100 million. You can read more HERE.

Soundgarden Share “New Damage” Live Video From “Live From The Artists Den” Release

Soundgarden have share footage of “New Damage” from their new live release “Soundgarden: Live From The Artists Den.“ That effort, which features the band’s February 17, 2013 show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA, will be available on July 26 and it will also be screened in IMAX theaters on July 1. An additional screening will take place at the Showbox in Seattle, WA on June 23.

Soundgarden’s “Down On The Upside” To Receive Limited Edition Vinyl Pressing This Month

Soundgarden will be reissuing “Down On The Upside” on limited edition vinyl. The 2-LP set will be available on June 28 and it will come with one marbled orange colored record and one purple colored record. This will be the latest release in the band’s 35th anniversary reissue series and you can pre-order it HERE.