Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney Blames Rock & Rolls State on Nickelback – Rochester drums |

Chad Kroeger on stage with Nickelback in Dubli...

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Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney Blames Rock & Rolls State on Nickelback – Rochester drums |

It isn’t everyday that a member of one major rock band jumps ugly with another major rock band. Well, this is not everyday.

In the new issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, Patrick Carney, drummer for the Black Keys, did just that.

“Rock & roll is dying because people became OK with

Patrick Carney, playing at SXSW in 2010

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Nickelback being the biggest band in the world…”

It appears that Carney is not a fan of  Chad Kroeger and his fellow Canadians. Carney goes on to say that because Nickelback is the biggest band around these days, and they are “watered-down, post-grunge crap, horrendous shit”, people now feel inferior music is acceptable from the most popular acts.

“When people start lumping us into that kind of shit, it’s like, ‘Fuck you,’ honestly.”

Both bands have played in the Rochester, NY area. The Black Keys opened for the Flaming Lips in 2010 at the CMAC. Nickelback was here in 2010 as well, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center.
It will be interesting to see if Nickelback has some type of response. If they do, I’ll do my best to bring it to you.


Matt Sorum of Guns N’ Roses & Velvet Revolver Opens Up

English: Matt Sorum, velvet revolver

Matt Shea of Australia’s The Vine recently conducted an interview with drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, THE CULT). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Vine: [VELVET REVOLVER] was the first time you were out front of a band. Not on stage of course, but just in terms of taking a leading role in the affairs of the group. Was that something that came naturally to you at that time?

Sorum: No. That particular band was really sort of an idea that came from a death of a friend. A friend of mine passed away. I had a tribute concert. IEnglish: Velvet Revolver playing live couldn’t get Ozzy because Ozzy wasn’t available, but the drummer that passed away was Randy Castillo [Ozzy Osbourne‘s drummer during the mid-1980s to early 1990s] so I called Slash and Duff and asked if they’d come and play. We got together, Steven Tyler came,

Saul Hudson AKA Slash, Velvet Revolver concert...

Josh [Todd] from BUCKCHERRY sang. And CYPRESS HILL — those guys got up, which was kind of weird … But it came up killer, and the crowd just loved it, and the next day Slash and Duff were like, “Okay, let’s do something.” That was the beginning of VELVET REVOLVER. Then we spent two years building this project. I was really a leader in that band. Slash and Duff have always kind of taken my voice, even though I was never really represented in that way back in GUNS N’ ROSES — I was always that guy behind the scenes. When VELVET REVOLVER came along, I was like, “We need to make a modern rock’n’roll album here.” I was helping pick the producer, picking the mixer, picking the songs and a lot of the business end of things. I think I was a bit paranoid in a way, too. I didn’t want to screw it up: “Let me help. Maybe if I help we won’t screw this up.”

The Vine: Any further news on a new VELVET REVOLVER record, or nailing down a new frontman for the band?

Sorum: Yeah, they’re at home trying out a guy right now. Their sitting in a room looking at a singer named Jimmy Gnecco [of OURS]. So we’ll see how that goes, and then we’ve got a couple of other ideas. It looks like Slash is going to make another album, but I’m not sure about his touring and stuff yet. So we’ll see how that goes. But we’re all open to it and interested in trying to do something together.

The Vine: GUNS N’ ROSES: how often do people ask you if the band’s getting back together?

Sorum: I just don’t have an answer. That’s the thing: I’m not the guy. I wish I knew, but I’d be the last guy to hear about it, probably. You’d know about it before I would. My grandmother would call me to let me know [laughs]. I’d be a rich man if for every time I got asked that question I got handed a dollar bill. I’d be a wealthy, wealthy man.

The Vine: You’ve got so much else going on now — DIAMOND BABY, DARLING STILETTOS, your other production work — would you even have time or the inclination for a reunion?

Sorum: If the number was high enough [laughs]. No, you know what: I just love creating music. When I left GUNS N’ ROSES, I thought I was starting to lose my soul. Why did I get into this business in the first place? Because I love music, and I want to make some music. I don’t want to sit around and get caught up in a bunch of drama. If I’m going to feel uncomfortable and spiritually not well, what’s the point? It’s like, “Let’s make some music, man.” One thing I do care about is the fans. And the one thing I learned later on in life is that a lot of people got a lot of joy from that. So if that’s the only reason to do it, I think that’s a great reason. If everyone could just put all their differences aside. But if that time will ever come, I’m not sure. I’m cool with whatever.

Read the entire interview from The Vine.

Alice Cooper’s Original Drummer: ‘I Was Disappointed In Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame Because It Took Them So Long To Nominate Us’

Neal Smith is a drummer and founding member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Alice Cooper band. The band was inducted in 2011. Smith appeared on the first seven albums, from 1968 until 1973. According to Wikipedia,

The classic Alice Cooper group line-up consisted of singer Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier), lead guitarist Glen Buxton, rhythm guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith. With the exception of Smith, who graduated from Camelback High School (which is referred to in the song “Alma Mater” on the School’s Out album), all of the band members were on the Cortez High School cross-country team, and many of Cooper’s stage effects were inspired by their cross-country coach, Emmett Smith[16] (one of Smith’s class projects was to build a working guillotine for slicing watermelons). Cooper, Buxton and Dunaway were also art students, and their admiration for the works of surrealist artists such as Salvador Dalí would further inspire their future stage antics.

In addition to the Alice Cooper band, Smith has also played and/or recorded with groups including The Billion Dollar Babies, The Plasmatics, Buck Dharma, Deadringer, Bouchard, Dunaway & Smith, Cinematik. Neal’s most recent work has been a solo project, KillSmith.

Smith was recently interviewed by Jeb Wright at Classic Rock Revisited. An excerpt is available below.

Jeb: Were you surprised that the Rock Hall included the rest of the guys and not just Alice for induction?

Neal: I had talked to people at the Hall of Fame and I was pretty much convinced, back in the late ‘90’s, that if Alice was nominated then the entire band would be nominated. They tend to go back to the original genesis of the act and that’s why I thought we would qualify.

We qualified in the mid 1990’s because our first album was out in 1969. You have to be around for 25 years to qualify. We had to wait sixteen years to be put in. The Rock and Roll Hall Fame, good, bad or indifferent, do know there history. They would not just put Buddy Holly in the Hall; it would be Buddy Holly & the Crickets. I hate that analogy but that is kind of where we were. The Hall knew that if Alice didn’t have that original band that Alice would not have had a career.

The people that I knew that were involved with the Hall, ten or fifteen years ago, convinced me that the entire band would go in if Alice went it.

Jeb: Is it pretty cool to be in?

Neal: Let’s put it this way, I was a little disappointed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because it took them so long to nominate us. It took them so long that Glen was no longer with us. I was actually beyond disappointed and was actually quite a bit pissed off. We could have done this while he was still alive. When it finally happened, it was very bittersweet for me. Glen wasn’t there and I wasn’t sure how to handle it. Just for the hell of it, I went to the Hall’s website and I looked at the bands who got inducted on their first try and it was the Beatles, the Stones, Elvis and the Beach Boys—it was all the big time bands. I felt a little bit better about having to wait. It is all really for the fans anyway. They are the ones who made it happen. I know there were people who were out there for years trying to get us inducted.

I can’t believe that we were actually nominated at all. There were fifteen acts, five of which, that would be nominated. If we had got in on the first ballot, that would have been as huge as when Billion Dollar Babies went to # 1 on the charts; I thought that we might eventually get in. I was hopeful that before I left this earth that I would be in the Hall of Fame. It worked out and we got in. Yeah, I have to say that it is a cool thing.