World news roundup: Date but not name for RHCP release, Nergal returns, Vinnie slams rumours, videos top-ten, CD mastermind dies
Chad Smith says the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ comeback album will be released during the last week of August – but despite their light-hearted public comments it still doesn’t have a title.
The drummer explains: “It has no name, but it’s going good. We’ve got lots of songs and we’re just choosing the ones for the album. Everybody’s happy, healthy and excited to get back out there and play.”
It’s the band’s first release since guitarist John Frusciante was replaced by Josh Kilnghoffer, and Smith reports: “It’s a good chemistry. The cool thing is we knew him for about 10 years before he joined. We’ve had the luxury of writing songs for a year and he’s brought a lot to the table. It sounds new and fresh – but it still sounds like the Chili Peppers.”
* * * * *
Behemoth will return to the road in October, following frontman Nergal’s recover after his cancer battle. He’s been treated successfully for leukaemia and now the three-piece have announced tour dates in Poland.
Nergal says: “I’m proud to announce we’ve just nailed these dates. Fans from abroad please be patient – Asia, Australia, Europe and the US are being worked on. I’m beyond excited and I want to see you all out there.”
* * * * *
Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul has made his strongest statement yet to shout down rumours of a band reunion without his brother Dimebag, who was shot dead on stage in 2004.
Paul says: “It’s ridiculous – Dime was such a huge part that it would be asinine to even consider it. I think it’s pretty disrespectful of people to even suggest it. Dime’s amazing legacy is going to be left untouched.
“I don’t know where the idea comes from… it might have been some other clowns who used to be in that band, but not me.”
* * * * *
Rolling Stone readers have voted videos by Nirvana, Guns n’Roses and Foo Fighters among the best of all time. The public poll resulted in the following top-ten placings:
1. Michael Jackson: Thriller
2. Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer
3. Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit
4. A-ha: Take on Me
5. Guns n’Roses: November Rain
6. Fatboy Slim: Weapon of Choice
7. Foo Fighters: Learn to Fly
8. Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun
9. Nine Inch Nails: Closer
10. Pearl Jam: Jeremy
* * * * *
The man who masterminded the CD revolution has died aged 81. Norio Ohga was head of Sony when the format was devised and he was the man who decided its size: 12cm diameter in order to contain his favourite piece of music, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
CDs appeared in public in 1982 and Ohga went on to oversee Sony’s development into a wide-ranging hardware and software company with products including minidisc, DVD and the Playstation.
Current chairman Sir Howard Stringer says: “It’s no exaggeration to attribute Sony’s evolution to Ohga-San’s foresight and vision.”