This Month in Music
Robert Plant Scheduled to Play Charity Gig in Cumbria
While there's little hope of a Led Zeppelin anytime soon (or ever for that matter), the brand's legendary vocalist and songwriter Robert Plant has announced plans to perform a charity concert in Cumbria, UK later this month. The rock-and-roll hall of famer is said to be doing the gig as a favor to his longtime friend, Francis Dunnery, whom is also a musician. Both Plant and Dunnery are scheduled to perform at the annual Charlie and Kathleen Dunnery Children's Fund (CKDCF) event on October 24. Other musicians who are on the list to perform include Big Big Train, Peter Jones, Dorie Jackson, John and Wayne, John Mitchell, Andrea and Bennedetta, John Gilmour Smith and John Bentley.
So, how do you score tickets to see the legendary Zeppelin frontman on stage? Tickets had originally gone on sell for £25, which is just over $38 USD – a small price to pay to see Robert Plant perform. Not surprisingly, though, tickets sold out within minutes of going on sale. Unless you are able to sneak in through the back door or jump the fence, you'll have to wait until next year -- and even then, Plant may skip the event.
If you are interested in donating to the CKDCF, visit their website at http://www.ckdcf.org/.
Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett to Launch new Guitar Pedal
When he isn't jamming out as the guitarist for Metallica, Kirk Hammett is busy working on side business ventures, including horror-inspired toys (yes, he's a fan of all things horror), as well as the guitar accessories. Hammett actually co-founded a guitar accessory company, KHDK Electronics, with David Karon. Recently, Hammett and Karon announced plans to launch a new Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal.
”Kirk had a very specific vision for the Ghoul, to perfect a circuit loved by generations and create massive tones that redefine overdrive," said Karon. The KHDK co-founder went on to say that he we "excited as hell" amount the launch of Ghoul. While details of the Ghoul Screamer remain largely unknown, the two rock stars compare it to the Swiss Army knife of guitar pedals. Just the fact that it is being made and endorsed by the Metallica guitarist, however, is reason enough for me to check it out.
The Ghoul Screamer guitar pedal is expected to go on sale October 31. There's still no word yet on how much it will cost.
AC/DC Performs at Dodger Stadium
In case you didn't make it to AC/DC's performance at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, YouTube user HeavyMetalGreg (that's a fitting name) has uploaded a video from the concert. Originally formed back in 1973, AC/DC is an Australian rock band featuring Malcolm Young, Angus Young, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson, and Chris Slade. They've sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, making them one of the world's best selling artists of all time.
AC/DC wrapped up their recent tour with a final gig at Dodger Stadium, and it was pretty darn awesome based on the video. They performed more than dozen songs, some of which included Rock Or Bust, Shoot To Thrill, Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be, Back In Black, Play Ball, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Thunderstruck, High Voltage, Rock 'N' Roll Train, Highway to Hell, Hells Bells, Baptism By Fire, You Shook Me All Night Long, Sin City, Shot Down In Flames, and Have A Drink On Me
Video: Hell Ain’t a Bad Place To Be - 2015 LOS ANGELES SHOW – HD Live – Dodger Stadium Concert
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' One Hot Minute Album
Here's a fun fact that will make you feel old: it's been just over 20 years since The Red Hot Chili Peppers released their album, One Hot Minute. The iconic rock band has released several albums prior, including a self-titled album in 1984, Freaky Styley in 1985, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan in 1987, and Mother's Milk in 1989. However, many people viewed One Hot Minute as being the Chili Peppers' best album -- and many still do.
Released September 12, 1995, One Hot Minute was the band's only album in which Dave Navarro performed on the guitar. As you can expect, this altered the sound considerably (in a good way).
Will Slayer be Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
It's certainly a possibility. Organizers are schedule to announce the nominees for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later this month. Last year, some of the nominees included Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. While we still don't know exactly the organizers are going to choose, there's some belief that Slayer could be added to the list.
In an interview with VH1, Kerry King, guitarist for Slayer, said he thought the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum were "awesome." King revealed that he had originally planned to stay for just 40 minutes but ended up spending three and half hours there. King went on to say that he hopes the organizer will choose Slayer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- and that time may come soon.