Quick Hits: Papa Roach, Gym Class Heroes, Trent Reznor, Radiohead, Slash, Michael Jackson, Serj Tankian
July 11, 2012
Papa Roach have announced the title to their upcoming fall album, dubbed The Connection, which is set for release on October 2 on ElevenSeven Music. The new album was recorded at the band's hometown studio, The Red House in Sacramento, CA and was produced by rock veteran James Michael (Sixx:A.M., Halestorm) and John Feldmann (Panic! At The Disco, The Used, Escape The Fate). The first single from The Connection is a track called "Still Swingin," which many fans heard this week during Major League Baseball's Home Run Derby on ESPN. The track will be featured by ESPN/MLB in select games and events for the next few weeks. "Still Swingin" officially impacts radio on July 24.
VH1 will debut a new episode of Unplugged with Gym Class Heroes this Thursday, July 12 on Unplugged.VH1.com beginning at 4 p.m. EST and on-air that evening at midnight EST. The group will be performing fan favorites including their new hit single "The Fighter," as well as "Billionaire," "Clothes Off" and "Stereo Hearts," featuring a guest performance with Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. There also will be a web-exclusive segment, the "Gym Class Heroes Jam," appearing only on Unplugged.VH1.com.
Trent Reznor is working on the soundtrack for the upcoming video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, USA Today reports. Reznor has written the video game's theme song, which is described as an "aggressive sounding" rocker. He also revealed to USA Today that the next record from How to Destroy Angels, his side project with his wife, Mariqueen Maandiq, and producer Atticus Ross, is finished, though the group is still making a few tweaks. He even noted that he's working on new material for Nine Inch Nails, but "Right now, it's in its gestation period," he said.
On Tuesday night, Radiohead returned to the stage at Les Arenes in Nimes, France for their first performance since last monthís tragic stage collapse in Toronto, which resulted in the death of drum tech Scott Johnson. In honor of Johnsonís passing, the band did an encore performance of the In Rainbows track "Reckoner" as photos of Johnson graced the screen behind them.
Slash received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, where music producer Robert Evans, radio host Jim Ladd and actor Charlie Sheen were all on hand for the celebration. "I've been a part of the Hollywood fabric for a long time and to actually be appreciated by the city of Hollywood is a huge, huge honor," Slash said at the unveiling of his star, according to a Reuters report. "And so I want to thank everybody for this; it's unbelievable."
Spike Lee is working on a documentary about Michael Jackson'sBad album that is due later this year. "We have footage in this documentary that no one's ever seen, stuff that Michael shot himself, behind-the-scenes stuff," Lee said in an interview, according to Billboard.com. "We had complete access to the vaults of Michael Jackson. He wrote 60 demos for the Bad record. Only 11 made it. So we got to hear a lot of that stuff, too, so it was just a great experience." The album is being re-released on September 18 with additional tracks, a DVD and other bonus material, and while Lee's film is due to come out later this year, no exact release date has been set.
Serj Tankian's newest solo record, Harakari, arrived in stores this week and now the System Of A Down singer has debuted the video for the title track. You can see the clip below. Tankian will perform the song tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live.