Black Map Share Billy Idol & U2 Covers Medley

Black Map (dredg, The Trophy Fire, etc.) have shared a new covers medley featuring Billy Idol‘s “Eyes Without A Face” and U2‘s “Exit.” Ben Flanagan commented:

“We had wrapped up the recording of our forthcoming album and still had the bug to create. At rehearsals we started jamming on covers from bands that influenced us in various ways and this whole thing just really came together. We wanted to be ambitious and combine a couple great songs that we felt would blend in a way that allowed us to put our own stamp on. While the album is getting finalized we wanted to give fans something special to enjoy before dropping new original music, which is right around the corner.”

Charlie Benante (Anthrax) To Release New Covers Album “Silver Linings”

Anthrax’s Charlie Benante will be releasing a new covers album titled “Silver Linings” on May 14. The effort will feature various tracks from the drummer’s “quarantine jam video series.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Neal Casal Music Foundation.

“Silver Linings” Track Listing:

01. “City Of Blinding Lights” (U2 cover) (feat. Anthrax’s Frank Bello and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
02. “Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns” (Mother Love Bone cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi and Death Angel’s Mark Osegueda)
03. “Teardrop” (Massive Attack cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
04. “Run-DMC Medley” (Run-DMC cover) (feat. Run-DMC’s Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Volbeat’s Rob Caggiano, and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
05. “Rhiannon” (Fleetwood Mac cover) (feat. Metal Allegiance’s Mark Menghi, Beauty In The Machine’s Jennifer Cella, and Randy McStine)
06. “Yer So Bad” (Tom Petty cover) (feat. Butcher Babies’ Carla Harvey and Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
07. “Transylvania” (Iron Maiden cover) (feat. Skid Row’s Dave “Snake” Sabo, Anthrax’s Frank Bello, and Anthrax’s Jon Donais)
08. “Presto Vivace” (U.K. cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Testament’s Alex Skolnick, and Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess)
09. “Bad Guy” (Billie Eilish cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
10. “Jimmy James” (Beastie Boys cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz)
11. “All The Way” (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley, Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness, and Rob Zombie’s John 5)
12. “Mr. Speed“ (KISS cover) (feat. Trixter’s P.J. Farley and Kuarantine’s Joe McGinness)
13. “Public Image” (Public Image cover) (feat. Turbonegro’s Hank Von Hell, Sum 41’s Dave “Brownsound” Baksh, and Sum 41’s Jason “Cone” McCaslin)
14. “Funny Vibe” (Living Colour cover) (feat. Suicidal Tendencies’ Roberto “Ra” Diaz, Living Colour’s Corey Glover, and Butcher Babies’ Henry Flury)

Benante said the following about the album:

“Back in February of last year with COVID and all the other B.S. that was going on, I was glued to the 24-hour news cycle on the TV and my phone, and I started to get really depressed. My girlfriend said I needed to turn off the news and suggested I do something creative, whether it was art or drumming or writing new songs, and she was right.”

“I knew a lot of my musician friends were going through the same thing I had been, so I started asking them if they wanted to get involved, play some songs with me, maybe make a video – that’s how it all started.”

“This isn’t a solo album. This is a record of my favorite songs done with some of my friends during a very dark time. We found a shining light and this is the result of that light. I was really happy that my musician friends came on board and helped make this record what it is. I appreciate all of them, and they all did such a fantastic job. Despite all of the darkness we’ve experienced this past year, there are ‘silver linings,’ that’s why I chose that title for the album.”

The record’s first single, Benante’s “Run-DMC Medley” with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run-DMC), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat, ex-Anthrax), and Roberto “Ra” Diaz (Suicidal Tendencies), can be found below:

Anthrax And Death Angel Members Share Quarantine Cover Of U2’s “City Of Blinding Lights”

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello have teamed up with Death Angel frontman Mark Osegueda for a quarantine cover of U2’s “City Of Blinding Lights.” You can check that out below:

Benante commented:

“There was a station in NY called WLIR, one of the first “alternative” stations and that’s where I first heard @U2. The song I always remember hearing first was 11 O’clock tick tock. I remember sitting on my back porch in the Bronx, bringing out speakers and listening to the radio.

I would Listen to WLIR and try to get a good enough signal for WSOU too. WLIR exposed me to not only @u2 but the @thecure, @depechemode and more.

The thing about @U2 was how their songs would hit you on an emotional level, both musically and lyrically. Til this day when I hear the opening of “where the streets have no name,” I still get this weird feeling; I don’t know if it’s happy or sad but it’s definitely something!

When Anthrax signed to Island records in 1985, we would be labelmates with @u2 (exciting). I loved the people at Island! The publicity department had such a great and dedicated crew and I would become friendly with a lot of them.

We were about to go to Japan for the first time and had a long flight ahead…I was given an advanced copy of “the Joshua Tree” album and I listened to it over and over. When I got off the plane I knew it like the back of my hand. I still can’t believe how many amazing songs are on that Album, it’s flawless.

You would think if I was going to do a U2 song it would be something from Joshua tree or older but NO! One of my favorite songs is “city of blinding lights,” another one of their songs that makes me emotional when I hear it.

I asked 2 other die hard U2 Fans to be a part because I knew they would ” NAIL” it. My Nephew and I would always play u2 songs during sound checks and backstage. We both had a kinship to their music. I knew he would Play the bass parts great, but I also knew he would sing the “edge” parts equally great.

Mark O and I always bonded through Music, u2 being one of the first. I always heard a “bono” thing in marks voice and I knew he would Bring that Vibe to this.

We all play a form of music that is very Different than what U2 play, but we have the same passion and dedication to the music we play.

It may seem odd that we chose this song but it’s really not…it’s MUSIC! it’s the thing that makes you move, the thing that gets you through the day, week, month etc.

thanks to -Bono, Edge, Larry and Adam for making music that still stands the test of time.

Hope ya dig this

Sing it to your Girlfriend, wife or whoever you feel Looks Beautiful!

all guitars recorded using Amplitube, go check out my pre set pack

Thanks to @andylagis for Mixing and @krknordenstrom for the edit”

Guns N’ Roses, Linkin Park, Etc. Nominated For 2018 Billboard Music Awards

The nominees have been revealed for the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. The ceremony will be held on May 20, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV and the categories featuring rock artists can be found below.

Top Touring Artist:

Guns N’ Roses
Bruno Mars
Ed Sheeran

Top Rock Tour:

Guns N’ Roses

Top Rock Artist:

Imagine Dragons
Linkin Park
Portugal. The Man
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Twenty One Pilots

Top Rock Album:

Imagine Dragons, Evolve
Linkin Park, One More Light
Panic! At The Disco, Death of a Bachelor
Portugal. The Man, Woodstock
U2, Songs of Experience

Top Rock Song:

Imagine Dragons “Believer”
Imagine Dragons “Thunder”
Linkin Park ft. Kiiara “Heavy”
Portugal. The Man “Feel It Still”
The Revivalists “Wish I Knew You”

Metallica, The Pretty Reckless, Incubus, Etc. Pay Live Tributes To Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden, Audioslave, etc.) tragic death left the rock community in a state of shock, and live musical tributes are still continuing to pour in. You can check out some of those below:

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo mixing Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun” into his bass solo on May 19 in Foxborough, MA:

The Pretty Reckless performing Audioslave’s “Like A Stone” at WMMR’s MMR-B-Q at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ on May 20:

Incubus and Cage The Elephant‘s Matthew Shultz performing “Black Hole Sun” at the KROQ Weenie Roast on May 20:

Bush mixing “Black Hole Sun” into a cover of R.E.M.’s “The One I Love” at Rock On The Range on May 19:

Red Hot Chil Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer performing Cornell’s “Seasons” during the band’s show in Indianapolis, IN on May 18:

Dream Theater’s  James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess performing partial cover of “Black Hole Sun” (which LaBrie unfortunately forgot the lyrics to) during the band’s show in Bucharest, Romania on May 20:

Queensrÿche performing Temple Of The Dog’s “Say Hello 2 Heaven” in Biloxi, MS on May 20:

U2 dedicating “Running To Stand Still” to Cornell at their show in Pasadena, CA on May 20:

Living Colour covering Soundgarden‘s “Blow Up The Outside World” during their show in Perth, AUS on May 19:

Aerosmith having a moment of silence and dedicating “Dream On“ to Cornell in Batumi, GA on May 20:

Alice Cooper Confirms Release Date For New Album “Paranormal”

Alice Cooper has confirmed that his new album “Paranormal” will be released on July 28. Fans will be able to purchase it as a 2CD digipak, a 2 LP, and as a limited-edition box set. It will be available digitally as well. The effort will feature guest appearances from U2‘s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, and Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, and it will also come with a bonus “mini album” of tracks featuring three members of Cooper’s original band (Neal Smith, Michael Bruce, and Dennis Dunaway).

Alice Cooper’s New Album “Paranormal” To Feature Guest Appearances From U2‘s Larry Mullen Jr. & ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons

Alice Cooper has revealed that his new album “Paranormal” will be released in July. During a chat with Eddie Trunk on his SiriusXM Trunk Nation show, he also confirmed that the effort will feature guest appearances from U2‘s Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, and three members of his original band (Neal Smith, Michael Bruce, and Dennis Dunaway).

Cooper said that it was producer Bob Ezrin’s idea to work with Mullen Jr.:

“I said, ‘that’s a great idea, it’ll change things up so much, just on the basic tracks.’”

He also added the following about Mullen’s recording method:

“He said, ‘I play to the lyrics, I don’t play to the bass,’” Cooper explained. “And I said that is so cool, just the idea that you’re interpreting the lyrics on the drums. It totally makes the album another album.”

He also talked about Gibbons contribution to the new track “I’ve Fallen in Love and I Can’t Get Up.”:

“After we cut the record I said, ‘If BIlly Gibbons doesn’t play on this, we shouldn’t put this one out,’” Cooper declared. “Because it is just so him. And [when] he got the record, he said, ‘I got the flu, but, man, this song makes me feel better.’ He just killed it.”

He added the following about the song “I Wanna Be a Genuine American Girl,” which was one of three songs featuring Smith, Bruce, and Dunaway:

“It was going to be ‘I Want a Genuine American Girl’ … and I went, ‘No, no, no, ‘I Wanna Be a Genuine American Girl!’ It’s really a tough song, it’s this guy going “I gotta paint my nails, gotta do my hair … ”

Disturbed Cover Rage Against The Machine, U2 & The Who With Halestorm, Breaking Benjamin, Etc. Members At Download Festival

During their recent set at the UK’s Download festival, Disturbed were joined onstage by Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Ben Burnley (Breaking Benjamin), and Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), during their rock medley. Check out footage of Hale singing U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” Bayley singing The Who’s “Baba O’Riley,” and Burnley sing Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name” below:

Disturbed Cover U2 & The Who With Members Of Sixx:A.M. At Rocklahoma

During their recent set at the Rocklahoma festival, Disturbed were joined onstage by Sixx:A.M.’s Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) and James Michael, during their rock medley. Check out footage of Michael singing U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m looking For” and Sixx performing The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” below:

Disturbed Cover U2 With Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale In Nashville, TN

During their recent show in Nashville, TN Disturbed, were joined onstage by Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale for a cover of U2‘s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.“ Check out footage of that below: