Red Hot Chili Peppers, Helmet, Rage Against The Machine, Etc. Members To Be Featured On “The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four” Tribute Album

The track listing has officially been revealed for the new Andy Gill and Gang Of Four tribute album, “The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four.” That effort will be released on May 14 and it will feature members of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down, Helmet, Nova Twins, and more.

“The Problem Of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four” Track Listing:

CD 1:

01. IDLES – “Damaged Goods”
02. Tom Morello & Serj Tankian – “Natural’s Not in It”
03. Helmet – “In the Ditch”
04. 3D x Gang Of Four – “Where the Nightingale Sings” (feat. Nova Twins)
05. Hotei – “To Hell With Poverty”
06. Gary Numan – “Love Like Anthrax”
07. Gail Ann Dorsey – “We Live as We Dream, Alone”
08. Herbert Grönemeyer – “I Love a Man in a Uniform” (feat. Alex Silva)
09. LoneLady – “Not Great Men”
10. JJ Sterry – “5.45”

CD 2:

01. La Roux – “Damaged Goods”
02. Everything Everything – “Natural’s Not in It”
03. Dado Villa-Lobos – “Return The Gift”
04. The Dandy Warhols – “What We All Want”
05. Warpaint – “Paralysed”
06. Flea & John Frusciante – “Not Great Men”
07. The Sounds – “I Love A Man In A Uniform”
08. Hardcore Raver in Tears – “Last Mile” (“Broken Talk” cover)
09. Killing Joke x Gang of Four – “Forever Starts Now” (Killing Joke dub)
10. Sekar Melati – “Not Great Men” (live version)

Gill’s widow Catherine Mayer commented:

“There was never any doubt in my mind that I should finish what Andy had started. He took so much pleasure from hearing from artists which track they had chosen and why. He was delighted by the tracks he lived long enough to hear. Even in what turned out to be his final days of life, he listened to mixes on a laptop in his hospital bed and asked me to send notes and responses to the contributors on his behalf. He also talked to me about further musicians he hoped to coax to come on board. After he died, I made contact with several of these. All said yes.”

Pre-orders can be found at gangoffour.uk and if you missed it, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian‘s cover of “Natural’s Not In It” can be found HERE.

The Pretty Reckless Premiere New Song “And So It Went” Featuring Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello

The Pretty Reckless have premiered a new song titled “And So It Went.” This track features Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and it will appear on the band’s new album “Death By Rock And Roll,” which is set to be released on February 12. Taylor Momsen commented:

“The world has been in such a state of civil unrest. ‘And So It Went‘ basically comes from that vision. As a songwriter, I feel like I’m not here to preach. I use music to observe and communicate what I see around me. This song felt like the perfect storm for Tom Morello to join in and rip the sound waves apart with his guitar. It was more than a pleasure having him add his unique and defining sound to the song.”

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) And Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Stream Cover Of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It“

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) have released their cover of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It.“ This track is from the new Andy Gill tribute album, “The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four,” which will be released on May 14.

Morello told Spin the following:

“Andy Gill was one of a handful of artists in history who changed the way guitars are played. His band Gang of Four were just incendiary and completely groundbreaking with Andy’s confrontational, unnerving and sublime playing at the forefront. His jagged plague-disco raptor-attack industrial-funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were hugely influential to me.”

Tankian added:

“It was a real pleasure to work on this track with Tom and honor the legacy of Andy and Gang of Four at the same time.”

Gill’s widow Catherine Mayer also commented:

“Andy loved what Tom and Serj did with this song, the fierceness of their attack and the jet-engine scream of feedback. This was a track Andy always enjoyed performing. He said their version brilliantly captured all the explosive, danceable energy ‘Natural’s Not In It’ can create in live performance.”

Rock/Metal Musicians React To Pro-Trump Rioters Storming The Capitol

As you are probably well aware of by now, pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C. earlier today (January 6) as lawmakers were counting the Electoral College votes to officially certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to comment on the insurrection, which was spurred by Trump himself. You can find some of the various reactions below:

Paul Stanley (KISS):

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

Mark Morton (Lamb Of God):

Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe):

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides):

Robb Flynn (Machine Head):

Otep:

Alex Skolnick (Testament):

Noodles (The Offspring):

Ice-T (Body Count):

Tom DeLonge (ex-Blink 182):

Dino Cazares (Fear Factory):

Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) And Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) To Release Cover Of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It“ In January

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) will be releasing their cover of Gang Of Four’s “Natural’s Not In It“ on January 1. The track will serve as the first single from the new Andy Gill tribute album, “The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration Of Andy Gill And Gang Of Four,” which will be released on May 14.

Gang Of Four said the following:

“It is with pride, joy, excitement and a measure of sadness that we announce The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four, a project Andy worked on right up to his death in February. This double album features tracks written by Andy and Gang of Four, newly reinterpreted and recorded by artists whose own unique contributions to music were enriched by listening to Gang of Four.

The first single has seen Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) collaborate with Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) to create an incredible cover of Natural’s Not In It. It will be released on Andy’s birthday, January 1st 2021. All the brilliant artists and bands participating in the album chose which track they wished to cover from across Gang of Four’s 40-plus year history. Details of the contributors and the full track listing will be revealed in January.

We can already tell you this: The Problem of Leisure is the dog’s bollocks. And so is the album artwork, created specially by artist Damien Hirst, a long-term Gang of Four aficionado. The album is available to pre-order now in a variety of different formats exclusively from our merchandise store. It will be released on 14th May 2021…”

Morello also commented:

“Andy Gill was one of a handful of artists in history who changed the way guitars are played. His band @GangOfFourOfficial were just incendiary and completely groundbreaking with Andy’s confrontational, unnerving and sublime playing at the forefront. His jagged plague-disco raptor-attack industrial-funk deconstructed guitar anti-hero sonics and fierce poetic radical intellect were hugely influential to me. Honored to be part of this tribute to Andy and @GangOfFourOfficial. @SerjTankian and I teamed up to take on “Natural’s Not In It” and you’ll be able to hear it next month…”

Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Etc. Members To Pay Tribute To Alice In Chains At Museum Of Pop Culture’s Founders Award Ceremony

As previously reported, Alice In Chains are set to be honored with this year’s Museum Of Pop Culture Founders Award during a virtual ceremony on December 1. Now, it has been revealed that members of Metallica, Korn, Slipknot, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, and more will also be paying tribute to the band during the event.

In addition to Alice In Chains, the ceremony will feature the following performers:

  • Metallica
  • Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Korn
  • Ann Wilson (Heart)
  • Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses)
  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
  • Nancy Wilson (Heart)
  • Dave Navarro & Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction)
  • Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Mad Season)
  • Mastodon
  • Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
  • Krist Novoselic (Giants In The Trees, ex-Nirvana)
  • Shooter Jennings
  • Soundgarden members with Tad Doyle & Mike McCready
  • Dallas Green (City And Colour)
  • Lily Cornell Silver (daughter of Chris Cornell and Susan Silver)
  • Fishbone
  • Liv Warfield
  • Chris DeGarmo (Queensrÿche)
  • Ayron Jones
  • Bill Herzog
  • Bubba Dupree
  • Eric + Encarnacion
  • Jennifer Johnson & Jillian Raye (Giants In The Trees)
  • Maggie Björklund
  • Martin Feveyear
  • Nathan Yaccino
  • Shaina Shepherd

An all-star house band will also be taking part as well. The following artists are also expected to make appearances, but are not scheduled to perform:

  • Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)
  • Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam)
  • Les Claypool (Primus)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (‘Iron Man‘, ‘Sherlock Holmes‘)
  • Sammy Hagar
  • Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.)
  • Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

Fans can RSVP for the event at mopop.org/foundersaward. The Museum Of Pop Culture’s executive director Alexis Lee commented:

“As our principal fundraiser, Founders Award is always a special event for MoPOP and we’re thrilled this year to honor Alice In Chains and provide free access to this magical evening fans around the world. We’re proud to call Alice In Chains hometown heroes but we know we share them with the world.

It’s a testament to their lasting impact that this talented group of musicians has come together to pay tribute to the band’s contributions to music and pop culture. We’re able to show the next generation of creators what’s possible through the funds raised at the event that support our youth development programs, our community engagement and access initiatives, and of course, the cutting-edge exhibitions people from around the world come to Seattle to enjoy.

While this entire night of exclusive performances is free to view for all, our hope is to raise $1 million to support the museum in this difficult and unprecedented year.”

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell continued:

“It feels truly special to receive the MoPOP Founders Award in our home town of Seattle. It’s also humbling to be joined by so many of our friends, peers and heroes to rock some AIC tunes. I hope people watching enjoy the show as much as we did putting it together. A big hearty thanks to everyone who participated in making this virtual thing happen during these strange times. Music has the power to unite, heal and inspire. It is all of ours. Let’s continue to create and celebrate that which feeds the soul. Rawk on!”

Alice In Chains’ Sean Kinney added:

“When we got to make our first record, I thought, great, we will be able to make one record, do our thing and hope for the best. Now, 30 years later to get this award and still be touring and making music is the most amazing feeling. We are brothers with all of the craziness that goes with it. This is for Layne, Mike, and for all of us now. We can’t wait to get back out on the road once this hellish pandemic is behind us.”

Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, & Rage Against The Machine Members To Pay Tribute To Eddie Van Halen During 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), and Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) will be paying tribute to the late great Eddie Van Halen during the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony. The virtual event will air on HBO and HBO Max on November 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and the following artists will be inducted: Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, The Notorious B.I.G., and T. Rex.

Tom Morello Releases “Comandante” EP, Premieres “Interstate 80” Video

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.) has released a new EP titled “Comandante.” The effort comes with five tracks including a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child,” “Interstate 80” (feat. Slash), “Secretariat” (Eddie Van Halen tribute), “Suburban Guerrilla,” and “Cato Stedman & Neptune Frost.” You can find an official video for “Interstate 80” and streams of the other songs below:

Tom Morello To Release New EP “Comandante” On Friday

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, etc.) will be releasing a new EP titled “Comandante“ on October 30. Here’s the track listing:

01. “Voodoo Child”
02. “Interstate 80” (feat. Slash)
03. “Secretariat” (For EVH)
04. “Suburban Guerrilla”
05. “Cato Stedman & Neptune Frost”

Watch Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, Etc. Members Cover Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)”

The Miraculous Love Kids / Girl With A Guitar have released a cover of Eurythmics‘ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).“ The track features various guests including: Tom Morello (Rage Agianst The Machine), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s), Cheri Currie (The Runaways), Vicki Peterson (The Bangles), Wayne Kramer (MC5), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Greg Kurstin (The Bird And The Bee), and Inara George.

Lanny Cordola (The Miraculous Love Kids / Guitar With A Girl) commented:

“I feel a moral and spiritual imperative to awaken humanity, in particular my brethren in the music community to help give a voice to the horrible plight of poverty-stricken, war-torn girls. Why girls? Because they have it the worst — forced into childhood marriages, stripped of their rights, and exploited in every way imaginable.”

“We wanted to do something moody — a kind of gothic hymn — and we gravitated towards the dark yet hopeful spirit of this song. The lines in the song — ’some of them want to use you, some of them want to get used by you, some of them want to abuse you, some of them want to be abused — really resonate, reflecting these troubled times. But then a glimmer of optimism — ‘hold your head up…keep your head up’ — gently flows through the voices of these girls who have experienced the worst that humanity has to offer.”

“The girls are learning about the world through rock and roll, and have begun discovering the wonders and magic of the guitar from this incredible cast of soul-filled musicians from America, who all offered their services with great generosity and enthusiasm.”

Morello added:

“These girls are so brave and so inspiring. It is an honor to make music with them.”