Danzig Talks Elvis’ Influence, Writing for Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison

SOURCE: Rolling Stone


Glenn Danzig has always worn his affinity for Elvis Presley like a badge. He covered the King’s “Trouble” on his eponymous band’s Thrall-Demonsweatlive EP in 1993. Most recently, he filmed a Danzig Legacy concert video that stylistically recalled Presley’s ’68 comeback special, playing in the round with guitarists from throughout his career and singing in front of his name lit up in red just like Elvis. Although he credits director Mark Brooks with the theme for the film, which was a Vimeo exclusive and will be reissued soon, he said he loved the idea. Danzig is even in the midst of recording an LP of Elvis covers.


“Elvis is actually kind of how I got into music,” Danzig tells Rolling Stone. “When I was a kid, I was cutting school pretending I was sick and I would lie at home watching old movies, and Jailhouse Rock came on with Elvis. I was like, ‘I want to do this. This is great.’ And that’s how I veered to music.”


During a visit to Rolling Stone, Danzig recalled how Elvis Presley influenced him and how, coincidentally, he went on to write songs for the King’s onetime Sun Records label-mates Johnny Cash (“Thirteen”) and Roy Orbison (“Life Fades Away”). Both of those opportunities proved to be special to Danzig.


Years before he met Cash, though, Rubin connected him with Orbison for an opportunity to write the song “Life Fades Away,” which appeared on the Less Than Zero soundtrack. “He was a true southern gentleman,” Danzig says. “The thing about Roy Orbison and Cash is when you teach them the song, you’re singing it together and as soon as they start singing, there’s no mics or anything, and these guys’ voices filled the room up. They were big, I mean really big.” (Incidentally, when Rolling Stone asks if Danzig would ever recording in Memphis like his idols, he says no. “I remember hearing the Cramps record that came out of Sun records, and I was like, ‘Nahh,’” he says. “I think the magic’s gone.”)


Danzig is working on a number of projects, including a new album and an LP of covers titled Skeletons. That forthcoming release will feature his take on the theme song from the 1967 biker movie Devil’s Angels, featuring an arrangement Danzig came up with in 1979 during his days fronting the Misfits.


But the thing that has connected all of his sessions is his desire to record new versions of Elvis songs for the upcoming Danzig Sings Elvis LP. “I’m stripping some of the stuff down to the bare bones, very old-school Fifties echoey slap-back vocals,” he says. Every time I go back into the studio to work on a new Danzig record, if we have time, I’m like, ‘Let’s do another Elvis song.’ So I keep adding and we’ll see what ends up on the record.” Some of the songs he has recorded, he says, include “Home Is Where the Heart Is” and the Faron Young–composed “Is It So Strange?”


It’s a connection that has been a part of him for years. “We have been stopping by Graceland and Elvis’ grave since my days in [goth-punk group] Samhain,” Danzig says. “Just, you know, hanging out.”


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“Berwick is equal parts Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Jack Kerouac, and James Cagney marinated in whiskey and gasoline.” –Tom lounges, 89.1 FM Northwest, Indiana


“Pete Berwick’s music is sensational. Sometimes it sends chills down my spine and sometimes it makes me weep and sometimes it makes me want to dance.” — John Tweeton, Sven’s World Radio


“Last of the hardcore troubadours.” – Nashville Songwriters Association


“Imagine Bob Dylan’s blues mixed with the urgency of Social Distortion and The Clash, and you just might get an idea of Pete Berwick.” – Atomic Leg Magazine Pete Berwick


His gritty voice and style of music takes us all back to the days of country outlaws such as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and yes, even David Allan Coe. His songs tell the stories of the blue collar, working class heroes. If you don’t like Pete Berwick…ya’ll can kiss my ass! —Anthony Stone, Southern Thunder Radio


Berwick has delivered songs that will make you alternately cry in your beer and smile at your good fortune for not having to live the stories he sings about. Crank it up. —Brian Noonan- Host, WGN Radio, Chicago


Berwick has earned his place among legends like Hank, Waylon, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and John Mellencamp, and “Just Another Day In Hell” could be the soundtrack of a roadside bar.
His voice sings of broken hearts, pain and redemption, and as in real life endings are not always happy. —Inzona Magazine


PETE BERWICK is one of the original pioneers of COWPUNK, and has been touring and recording for over 35 years. As well as releasing five albums, he is also an author, and has written and published four novels. He is also an amateur boxer. “Can’t kill a man born to hang” is Berwick’s motto, as he travels from town to town with a lifetime of critically acclaimed songs and his battered six string. Over a dozen of his songs have been featured in movies and television, several of his albums have been placed in the year’s top ten by various media sources, and his AIN’T NO TRAIN OUTTA NASHVILLE album, recorded and shelved on Music Row in 1992 and eventually released in 2007, peaked at #5 on XCOUNTRY RADIO, now OUTLAW RADIO.

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DISTURBED’s DAVID DRAIMAN Deletes Twitter Account, Says He Is ‘Done With Social Media’

SOURCE: Blabbermouth


I could not have said it better myself. Thanks DD. – az


David Draiman says that he is”done with social media” after dealing with Twitter trolls who have baited him about his sometimes-controversial views.


Draiman, who is the son of Israelis and the grandson of Holocaust survivors, spent much of the last few months linking to articles by conservative and pro-Israel blogs and has often used his fame to speak out against anti-Semitism. This led to frequent heated exchanges with his followers on Twitter, some of whom believe that Israel is not blameless in the ongoing conflict with Palestinians.


Draiman — who has extensive family in Israel, including his brother, Jerusalem-based folk rock and ambient musician Ben Draiman, as well as his grandmother — has just deleted his @davidmdraiman Twitter account, explaining to the 93X radio station in Minnesota: “I’m done with social media, personally. And it had nothing to do with the [upcoming release of the new DISTURBED] record. It happened to be coincidental, but it had nothing to do with the record.”


He continued: “Social media has become a playground for trolls, a playground for these people who prey on one another. You can’t get anything decent done on there anymore; you just open yourself up to constant attack. And I’m just done with it. I’m done with it. I hope that the couple of years of my being as involved in it as I was meant something to people. I hope that they gleaned something from it, or took something away from it, or at least were entertained or something, because, now, I’m becoming a recluse.”

Draiman added: “At the end of the day, what people want from me is to get up there on that stage and make them feel powerful and give them a release for an hour and a half or two hours every once in a while. And if I’m still able to do that, hopefully I’m still making people happy.”


DISTURBED’s first new album since 2011, “Immortalized”, is due out August 21. The CD is available for pre-order everywhere and follows 2010′s gold-certified “Asylum”, DISTURBED’s fourth consecutive No. 1 on The Billboard 200 album chart.


In addition to 15 new songs — including 12 on the album and three more on the deluxe edition — “Immortalized” contains a cover of SIMON & GARFUNKEL’s “The Sound Of Silence”.


DISTURBED has yet to announce tour plans behind the new record.


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Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Slash, and Lynyrd Skynyrd Lead Louisville’s Louder Than Life Lineup

Organizers of this year’s Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, KY, have announced details of this year’s line-up. The two day event, which takes place at Champions Park on October 2-3, will be headlined by Rob Zombie, ZZ Top, Godsmack, Bring Me The Horizon, Shinedown, Slash, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.


“We’re amping up about making the show at Louisville’s Louder Than Life,” says ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons. It’s a win/win/win with rockin’ and rollin,’ terrific cuisine, and downright downable drinks. Even while performing we’ll make way to check it out.”


Completing the line-up are Breaking Benjamin, 3 Doors Down, Seether, Chevelle, Collective Soul, Of Mice & Men, Black Stone Cherry, Hollywood Undead, Atreyu, Sevendust, Skid Row, Kentucky Headhunters, Tremonti, Hinder, Issues, We Came As Romans, Saint Asonia, Nothing More, 10 Years, Butcher Babies, Starset, We Are Harlot, Beartooth, Turbowolf, The Temperance Movement, Marmozets, Art of Dying, Aranda, Glorious Sons, Dorothy, Like A Storm, Kill It Kid, All Them Witches, Whiskey Myers, Jelly Roll, Red Sun Rising, Goodbye June, Raveneye, Cilver and Romantic Rebelt.


WWE NXT, who showcase the organisation’s brightest young wrestlers, will be at the festival, alongside a large number of vendors selling craft beer, bourbon, whiskey and gourmet food. For more details, and for ticket information, visit the festival website. Tickets increase in price at Noon EST on Friday.

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Glenn Danzig Talks Covers LP ‘Skeletons,’ Reflects on Early Punk Days

SOURCE: Rolling Stone


LP will feature singer’s renditions of tunes by Black Sabbath and the Everly Brothers


Late last month, Glenn Danzig posted a photo to Facebook of himself wearing full skull makeup for the first time since his days in horror-punk hell-raisers Misfits nearly 40 years ago. “I wore makeup only at a couple of live shows and maybe for a photo shoot,” the singer tells Rolling Stone of his early punk days in the above video. “I think it was originally for a Halloween show, ’79, at [New York City's] Irving Plaza. I also had the skeleton shirt and skeleton clothes on, so I was a full punk skeleton man. I can’t remember if it was that show or the next year’s Halloween show that we hung dead animal heads and limbs and carcasses all over the place. It smelled like a slaughterhouse. It looked like a slaughterhouse because it actually was.” The venue was not too happy.


Danzig donned the skull face in 2015 with no carcasses present (or at least none in frame) for a photo shoot to accompany his long-awaited upcoming covers record Skeletons. “I had titled it skeletons before the makeup, to be like ‘skeletons in your closet,’” he says. “It’s like pulling out old songs.” The record features the “Mother” singer’s touch on songs by Black Sabbath, ZZ Top, the Troggs, the Everly Brothers and others. It’s one of many projects he’s been working on, including an EP of all Elvis Presley covers, a new LP of Danzig originals and his recently released Danzig Legacy film, but at the moment it’s the project closest on the horizon that could arrive as early as next month.
Read the entire interview here: www.rollingstone.com/music/news/glenn-danzig-talks-covers-lp-skeletons-reflects-on-early-punk-days-20150625?page=3

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‘Human Centipede 3′ Gets Incredible Posters!

SOURCE: Bloody Disgusting

Tom Six’s Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence) is already on VOD, yet a series of new posters just popped up online, one of which is very NSFW. Not only are they cool, but they’re pretty disgusting, one peeking out of an anus, while another looks like an orgy from hell. Crazy stuff.


Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey, who played the villains Dr. Heiter and Martin in the first and second films, respectively, are featured. Eric Roberts, Robert LaSardo, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Bree Olson, and director Tom Six also star.


“Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane.


Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious ‘Human Centipede’ movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.”



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