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On this week’s Rock Report, Evanescence smashes the music industry, Radiohead is planning to smash through the United States and The Smashing Pumpkins unleash details surrounding their smashing re-issues. Blessthefall gives Red Bull USA an exclusive interview and Black Keys hype their new album. Also, the rock community says goodbye as another musician passes away.
Rock music might have had a small presence at the recent MTV Video Music Awards and are virtually “going under” at the upcoming AMA’s, but nothing can hold Evanescence back from dominating the Billboard Charts. This week, the Amy Lee-fronted troupe debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their third self-titled studio offering.
As a result, they also secured the top spot on the Rock, Hard Rock and Alternative Rock Album Charts. Welcome back, Evanescence!
Smashing Pumpkins Re-issue Albums
The Smashing Pumpkins are set to unveil their first two re-issued albums, 1991’s “Gish” and 1993’s “Siamese Dream” on November 29. Both will be released as two editions. The first is the ‘Standard Edition,’ which is basically a re-mastered version of the album.
The other is the ‘Deluxe Edition,’ which features the re-mastered album, a second disc of previously unreleased and alternative versions of the effort’s respective songs and an unseen DVD of the legendary band performing at The Metro in Chicago in the relevant time period.
The ‘Deluxe Edition’ is also packed with photos, postcards, re-imagined artwork and a 24-page booklet featuring lyrics, linear notes and track commentary from front man Billy Corgan. Just to think, there are more re-issues in the works.
Black Keys’ Hype
Black Keys have something new to talk about. The Ohio-based alternative rock duo will drop their seventh studio album “El Camino” on December 6. The 11-track collection features the leadoff single “Lonely Boy.” Promotions are already underway as the Black Keys dropped an album teaser featuring Bob Odenkirk of TV show “Breaking Bad” hyping “El Camino” as a steal of a deal. Peep it below.
In a Red Bull USA exclusive, blessthefall checks in with their latest overseas happenings. The band is currently on a headlining tour in Europe, and sharing a bus with Motionless In White and Pierce The Veil. While lead vocalist Beau Bokan jokes, “It’s a teenage girl’s fantasy,” he admits the three acts have gotten closer and explored Europe quite a bit.
For Bokan, one specific experience stands out. “One of the coolest things about this tour so far is getting to wander around Rome, Italy and getting to see The Coliseum in all its glory,” he says. “It’s such a beautiful structure and it’s hard to believe that so many people used to gather there just to watch people die.”
But blessthefall isn’t in Europe to see landmarks. The troupe are promoting their new album “Awakening,” which just debuted at #31 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. That easily becomes their best first week showing ever and thus far, fans from all over have voiced their approval.
“It’s honestly been unreal,” Bokan states. “We didn’t know what to expect. It’s our sophomore album and we knew that it would be the most criticized, but honestly, our fans are already in love with it. They have been sending us their favorite songs and favorite lyrics non-stop since its release. We’re so proud of this record and we’re stoked to play more new songs live.”
Radiohead: Back to America
Radiohead are headed back to America. The British rock group recently announced their intentions to tour both the United States and the United Kingdom from February 2012 through November 2012 in support of their eighth studio album “King Of Limbs.” Dates are being finalized now and should be revealed soon.
End of Sonic Youth?
Sonic Youth’s future is on life support. While the New York City collective recently hinted to recording new material later this year, reps from their label Matador Records announced earlier this week that band leaders Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have separated after 27 years of marriage. Sonic Youth will finish their obligated South American tour dates in November, but their future after that is “uncertain.”
R.I.P. Mikey Welsh
Sadly, we close out the Rock Report with some unfortunate news. Tragedy has struck the rock community yet again as Mikey Welsh, former bassist of Weezer and co-songwriter for Juliana Hatfield, was found dead on Saturday, October 8, in a hotel room in Chicago. The cause of death is currently unknown.
Welsh joined Weezer in 1998, contributed to their 2001 self-titled green album and left the alternative rock band shortly after the release. Aside from Weezer, he co-wrote four songs for Juliana Hatfield’s 2000 album “Juliana’s Pony: Total System Failure” and was her touring bassist up until 2002. He also joined The Kickovers, whom released only one album -- 2002’s “Osaka” -- before retiring from the music industry altogether. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Welsh family and his friends.
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