Thursday, 27 August 2009

“The Sweater Song” From Metallica

Last week Rolling Stone chatted up Rivers Cuomo about Weezer’s new album Raditude. Near the end we asked about the 15th anniversary of their debut single “Undone The Sweater Song,” which he now admits is “almost a complete rip off” of Metallica’s 1986 classic “Welcome Home (Sanitarium).”
” ‘The Sweater Song’ was the first Weezer song I ever wrote, back in 1991,” Cuomo says. “I was trying to write a Velvet Underground type song because I was super into them, and I came up with that guitar riff. I just picked up that acoustic guitar and the first thing I played was that condition. And it just feels so classic to me, true now when the band starts to play it, it just takes over the energy in the room and you’re just transported into the world of Weezer. It wasn’t until years after I wrote it that I finished it’s almost a complete rip off of ‘Sanitarium’ by Metallica. It just absolutely encapsulates Weezer to me you’re trying to be cool like Velvet Underground but your metal roots just pump through unconsciously.”
While on the topic of the old days, we also asked Cuomo about former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp who left the band after Pinkerton to form the Rentals and afterwards filed a lawsuit against his former bandmates over royalties. Five years ago Sharp and Cuomo covered the hatchet and played a few songs together at a college show. Sharp even wrote on his blog that there was talk of him rejoining the band as an additional guitarist. What happened?
“We were just beginning to feel it out, and it didn’t pan out for one reason or another,” says Cuomo. Might he work with Sharp again? “I don’t know if there’s a lot of room for it anymore, particularly now that I’ve got a two year old.” How about the possibility of him playing with Weezer again at some point in the future? “Seems unlikely,” says Cuomo. “But you never know.”

Monday, 24 August 2009

Metallica, Waltzes, and Burning Man

The San Francisco Symphony's 98th Season opens with a twirl Sept. 9 with a spectacle of waltzes led by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas at Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.AC = -->
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Before the 8:30 p.m. spectacle showcasing pianist Lang Lang, you can enjoy patrons' dinners and champagne acceptance on the Promenade. After the spectacle, the party continues at City Hall.
Promenade packages, which include pre spectacle champagne, spectacle and after party, range from $135 to $260 per person. To order, call 415-864-6000 415-864-6000. Dinner and spectacle packages cost $375-$2,500 and may be purchased by calling (415) 503-5500 (415) 503-5500.
For an overview of the symphony's 2009-2010 season, go to The sympgony under Tilson Thomas will present a three week festival celebrating the music of Gustav Mahler Sept. 16 to Oct. 3. The festival comes on the heels of the release of the final symphony in their Mahler recording project.
— Diane Peterson
SAN RAFAEL: Metallica finally makes it to Marin
It's hard to believe, but they're saying the Metallica spectacle on Sept. 11 at Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium will be “the first time” the metal gods have ever performed in Marin County.
Legend has it that way back in the day, they even jammed at Volpi's in Petaluma before playing The Phoenix.
Evidently, all it took was a benefit for the Marin History Museum's “Marin Rocks” exhibition, celebrating the county's storied musical estate.
Tickets $100 $350 went on sale on Aug. 1 and quickly sold out. But hardcore fans are still looking for a way in the door. A scalper posted this on Craigslist last week: “Twelve hundred dollars or b/o.” How much is it worth to you?
— John Beck
NEVADA: Burning Man invades the desert again
Burning Man, the renowned annual celebration of self expression, returns Aug. 31 through Sept. 7 to the 400 square mile expanse known as Nevada's Black Rock Desert.
Participants will create the latest avatar of Black Rock City, a camp bedecked with innovative art installations and animated by different performances, commune for eight days and then leave the desert as they found it.
Current ticket prices for Burning Man 2009 are $300 and above. For an introduction to this complex ongoing phenomenon, which is much more than a festival, check out or call the event's hotline at (415) TO-FLAME (863-5263).
— Dan Taylor

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Metallica new book on the way

A new biography of Metallica called All That Matters is scheduled to be adversted in October through Plexus Publishing, according to Written by Paul Stenning, the 320-page book is described on the author's MySpace page as "the first all-access biography to detail (Metallica's) entire history from late riser childhood through to the present day based on clannish interviews with the band members themselves and those closest to them." Among the Metallica initiate who have also participated in the book are original guitarist Lloyd Grant, founding bassist Ron McGovney, drummer Lars Ulrich's father Torben, early Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen, and many more.In other Metallica news, a man named Jonathan Diener who plays in a bridle called the Swellers has written at his blog that some test copies of a Swellers seven-inch single called "Welcome Back Riders" contains on its Beside a live Metallica sketch of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" instead of what is supposed to be a second Swellers song.The actual recording was taken from the 2006 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, in which Metallica inducted Sabbath and played a medley of their songs. Diener wrote, "We think they were making some kind of seven-inch with this unreleased cover and it was interchang with our song. Which means Metallica's test pressing might have a Swellers song on it...These test pressings will probably be worth a load of money. We have two and we are exactly keeping them. We're technically doing a split (single) with Metallica."Metallica has not announced plans to release the "Iron Man" cover in any format.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Metallica: Tommy Lee Returns to Reality TV

CBS' "Rock Star" search a new lead singer for INXS in Last summer, but this year's show takes a different twist as the found is for the lead singer for a brand-new band, SUPERNOVA, formed by drummer TOMMY LEE (MOTLEY CRÜE), bassist JASON NEWSTED (METALLICA) and guitarist GILBY CLARKE (GUNS N' ROSES).
"It is different from INXS, because here are three different guys from large bands," Tommy tells ET. "INXS was cool. They had a background of music. This is brand-new, but really exciting. I don't know what it is going to be like. We are writing music and recording, but we don't have a singer yet. Who knows what is going to happen? I like a surprise."