Inside-Out: The Glory And Shame Of Rock In 2007

Regardless of how many albums they sold or how many fan polls they won, some of our favorite bands did some pretty jacked-up things this year.

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Oh, no. He didn't say that.

They just kicked out another band member? Is there anybody left?

What in the name of all that is good would possess him to move in with Courtney Love?

It doesn't seem possible that the most brilliant musicians on the scene today could also be some of the most flawed individuals around, but it sure looked that way in 2007. Regardless of how many albums they sold or how many fan polls they won, some of our favorite bands did some pretty jacked-up things this year.

We got a little bit of everything in the last 12 months, whether it was the frontman (or frontwoman, actually) who believed they were God's gift to rock or musicians who partied a little too hard with Mr. Brownstone. It's easy to laugh wickedly when Britney Spears attacks a car with an umbrella or makes some incomprehensible statement, but when your favorite band begins to make some odd or embarrassing career moves, it takes its toll.

Sifting through the mountain of news articles from the past year brings a tear to your eye, and not for sentimental, nostalgic reasons. For as many killer songs as bands churned out, we witnessed them deliver just as many inane comments or weird career moves. Ultimate Guitar decided to document all of the glory and horrific shame that occurred in 2007, and the findings weren't pretty. But I guess rock and roll never is.

Smashing Pumpkins

The Glory

It was a fruitful year for the Pumpkins. The long-awaited Zeitgeist marked the band's reunion, and the release was met with plenty of fanfare from legions of devotees.

Vocalist/guitarist Billy Corgan also announced this month that he is planning on releasing even more material this January. Kudos to Corgan for keeping the music coming.

The Shame

Sothat was the reunion? Apparently releasing a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune expressing your desire to reunite with the original Pumpkins isn't the big persuader we all thought it was. With only drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and Corgan showing up for the reunion, it's obvious that the frontman must have burned quite a few bridges through the years. Between the lackluster showing from his ex-bandmates and the so-so critical reception of Zeitgeist, Corgan has a long way to go before reliving his Siamese Dream glory days. Oh, and moving in with Courtney Love didn't help your reputation, buddy.

Evanescence

The Glory

Guitarist Terry Balsamo's remarkable comeback after becoming paralyzed due to a stroke is an inspiration in itself, particularly considering he basically had to relearn every aspect of playing the guitar.

Vocalist Amy Lee made her own comeback in a way by delivering another hit with the platinum-selling Open Door, proving to naysayers that she doesn't have to rely on ex-member and former boyfriend Ben Moody's songwriting abilities.

The Shame

You have to cringe a bit when you reflect upon the revolving-door lineup in Evanescence. Most of us know about the bitter break-up between Lee and Moody a few years back, but this year's events just added to the drama. Both guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray were kicked out of the band, leaving even the most faithful Evanescence fans a little confused on whose side to take. Unfortunately, it's looking more and more like Amy Lee will officially be deemed the female Axl Rose.

Angels And Airwaves

The Glory

As much as bands hate their new CDs getting leaked on to the Internet, Angels And Airwaves couldn't have been too disappointed by the public's eager response.

Interest in the new CD I-Empire was aided by the leak, and the first single Everything's Magic became the most requested song on the California station KROQ on August 25.

The Shame

It seems that vocalist/guitarist Tom DeLonge's demeanor during interviews is turning prospective fans off to his music more than anything. Some have claimed DeLonge has a bit of a God complex, particularly when he said that I-Empire would be as exciting as rock 'n' roll gets. It's very likely this is all tongue-in-cheek, particularly with his blink-182 past, but not everybody is getting the joke at this point in time.

Velvet Revolver

The Glory

The supergroup once again trumped Axl Rose in terms of musical output, and many critics drooled over the back-to-basics, riff-heavy sound of the band's latest CD Libertad.

When Slash wasn't performing in a string of tour dates to support the new album, he proved that he was still the coolest guy in rock by lending his likeness to Guitar Hero.

The Shame

Let's start off by saying that Scott Weiland is innocent until proven guilty, so the latest headlines involving the frontman might be a little hasty. Weiland was arrested on suspicion of a DUI this December, and given his drug-tainted past, this could spell bad news for Velvet Revolver. To be fair, Weiland denies the allegations and claims that his alcohol level was well within the legal limit. Let's hope that Weiland is a man of his word and won't need yet another trip to rehab.

Bono of U2

The Glory

We know, we know. U2's Bono is a god among men, a knight, and could very well single-handedly cure all diseases in the next 10 years. Everybody loves Bono.

The Shame

The seemingly flawless rocker hasn't really made any blunders in the public eye, but for some reason it's hard to tolerate the guy sometimes. If you haven't seen South Park's episode featuring Bono, go look it up on YouTube immediately. Matt Stone and Trey Parker sum it up beautifully.

Korn

The Glory

The band's latest Untitled release featured heavy-hitters in the drum world like Terry Bozzio and Brooks Wackerman to help out on some of the tracks, and their contributions added a nice contrast to some of the more synth-oriented songs.

The change in lineup made an impression on the publication Entertainment Weekly, which called the new CD Korn's best record since 1999's Issues.

The Shame

As much as Entertainment Weekly enjoyed the Untitled album, there were quite a few others (fans and critics alike) who were a little befuddled by Korn's ever-changing direction. Probably the most telling reaction came from bassist Fieldy when he talked with Ultimate Guitar this year. He said that while he really did enjoy the new music in general, he was disappointed that some of his best bass lines were completely buried in the mix. Considering that the bass line has been one of the most prominent and satisfying aspects of Korn's music, Jonathan David better start rethinking his band's mixing strategy. Of course, given his upcoming solo side gig, that may just not be his priority anymore.

Metallica

The Glory

We were all pretty scared to see the psychologically unstable state of Metallica in the documentary film Some Kind Of Monster, but this year did seem to evoke a lighter side from the quartet. The metal pioneers finally showed they aren't opposed to a little fun from time to time by showing up in Guitar Hero III, not to mention allowing their music to be featured in the new game Rock Band. Some of you can see dollar signs in the band's actions, but it appears Lars and the boys have hearts in the right places a lot of the time. Back in October they showed up to play an acoustic charity gig for the Bridge School Benefit concert, and they weren't paid a dime.

The Shame

After the disappointing 2003 release St. Anger, you would think they would be scurrying to redeem themselves. No suck luck. The band's most recent press release stated that the progress of the record was status quo, consistent, constant, invariable, unaltered, unchanged, unfailing, uniform, unvarying. Wow, in the amount of times you spent looking through the thesaurus, you probably could have written 3 new songs - but thanks for the update.

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103 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Confetti
    gage09 wrote: why is metallica considered an 80's band? most of their good stuff came from the 90's
    Most of their popular stuff came in the 90's And i have to say that their 80's material is more popuar then the 90's stuff. # Kill 'Em All (1983) # Ride the Lightning (1984) # Master of Puppets (1986) # ...And Justice for All (1988) The only quintessential album from metallica after that was the "Black Album" When they came out there was nothing like Metallica. Thats why they are an 80's band.
    gage09
    why is metallica considered an 80's band? most of their good stuff came from the 90's
    Stan Laidoner
    And that's not journalism, it just makes some great bands and people look ridiculous....that's a shame.
    Stan Laidoner
    Wtf??!! St.Anger is one of the best metal songs! And Evanescence's Rocky Gray is amazing , why has he been kicked out?? Absurd...
    werewolx
    About metallica... they are a good band, and st. anger wasnt that bad... yeah they had their rough times with napster and all.. but dont blame all of metallica.. its because of their so called "drummer"... i f*cking hate that old hag, he's an idiot... dont blame all of them, blame uldick
    sa man
    the first album i heard from metallica was black album. one of the best albums i think.after i became a metallica fan i got the st.anger album and was really ****en boring, too long and no solos. i think they should revisit there 80s days and get some inspiraton.who cares abt this nu-metal vs old school issue. look forwad to the new album
    TheUnholy
    Very bad article. It's all just gutter press, there's no insight in it, or even a great deal of valid opinion. It bashes several bands (Metallica, U2), for absolutely no reason, makes blas assumptions on others (the idea that JD runs KoRn), and even where I agree with it (the collapse of Evanescence), it's still hardly offering a great deal to the world of music journalism. Why was this article even written...? It serves no purpose other than attracting a St Anger "debate".
    KaseySG
    It's Jonathan Davis...not David. And Velvet Revolver tumping Axl Rose with musical output? ...Sure, they actually released a CD, but it sucks. The leaked GN'R songs are WAY better than any Velvet song.
    Frostyguitarist
    i like what the guy said about bono. once you see the south park with him in it you realize that bono is a BIG piece of sh!t.
    van de Welde
    There are two things to say about St. Anger. First it is not the same kind of album as the other metallica albums (even though they are all different) and therefore it alienates old fans. This is a result of the fact that you get bored if you play the same style of music for a long time. Every member of a band will know this. Secondly I think St. Anger is a step towards the right direction since the direction starting with the black album and ending with re-load is exhausted. They just need to work on it and find a way to include some more melodic work. Looking forward to hearing what they come up with.
    MetalCro
    why do they say st anger was bad, i was on top of the charts in 30 countryes ,and some kind of monster was just awesome!
    gage09
    [quote]JD Blue Venom wrote: gage09 sounds like the most fussyist person with his music ever my bad just stating my opinion i know what i like and how i like it not that any of this matters on here because just saying "and" can start an argument
    SandyPilgrim
    Huh... I didn't know Brooks did some drum work on the Korn album... interesting. Good article.
    Decembero
    Second Rate wrote: Decembero wrote: I like to see a band mix up their style to suit whatever is going on with their lives at that moment, not just to release a mainstream album that everyone will like. Seems strange that you would defend St. Anger then. An album that sounded like a blatant attempt to cash in on the Nu Metal genre's popularity at the time.
    nah man, St. Anger was definately not an attempt to reel in more fans, I bet they knew that they would alienate old thrash metallica fans. Their movie "Some kinda monster" basically sums up how they came to have the album the way it is. Metallica dont need to cash in on anybody, I think it was a genuine album that they felt they had to do for THEMSELVES more than anyone else.
    JD Blue Venom
    gage09 sounds like the most fussyist person with his music ever i was well cheesd off at jon davis as well for drowning fieldys sound out then even the guitar doesnt even sound that prominent in the new album >:| metallica are good but i think they had their day now, keep in mind they were kings in the 80's now u got so many more new amazing metal bands to take the throne *cough* machine head
    Second Rate
    Decembero wrote: I like to see a band mix up their style to suit whatever is going on with their lives at that moment, not just to release a mainstream album that everyone will like.
    Seems strange that you would defend St. Anger then. An album that sounded like a blatant attempt to cash in on the Nu Metal genre's popularity at the time.
    Dooley666
    Um yea dude. Metallica = one the greatest HEAVY METAL bands from 1983 - 1990... from then on I don't know what happened.
    I totlay agree with this because Metallica was the greatest Heavy Metal band up untill Load and Megadeth was always second or a little farther back but it is safe to say that despite me looking forward to Metallicas new album Megadeth is the new Trash leader
    gwitersnamps
    The Shame After the disappointing 2003 release St. Anger, you would think they would be scurrying to redeem themselves. No suck luck. The bands most recent press release stated that the progress of the record was status quo, consistent, constant, invariable, unaltered, unchanged, unfailing, uniform, unvarying. Wow, in the amount of times you spent looking through the thesaurus, you probably could have written 3 new songs but thanks for the update.
    I'd really rather that they take their time.
    gage09
    st. anger was the first metallica i had ever heard and i despised it i promise i put it in and i thought it was skipping billy corgan looks like a big ol' bald baby slash is an incredible guitar player velvet revolver is a rock band, its almost a rule for atleast one member to have a drug problem tom delonge is a piece of trash korn....ehh.....korn evanescence....so much drama....such bad music bono...the guy EVERYBODY loves to hate
    MetalCro
    why is there no edit button? *why do they say st anger was bad, it was on top of the charts in 30 countries ,and some kind of monster was just awesome!
    BurningTheLives
    Confetti wrote: bassman213293 wrote: yeah it was ok, but compared to ride the lightning and master of puppets, it sucked. If it wouldent been a Metallica album would it suck?
    For me, its not even the fact that Metallica made it. It's the fact that it sounds like the garage band of 12 year olds that live down the street from me. It was just a poorly made album all around.
    Chiefsaint55
    Chiefsaint55 wrote: misirlou wrote: tom delonge, scott weiland, and bono should have some sort of battle royale to determine who has the most cutting-edge sunglasses. lol i didn't know Tom was hiding behind the sunglasses
    plus they're pretty cool lol ha i just qouted myself
    radioplay
    good article...but i thought Zeitgeist was amazing and just to attempt to settle this: Master of Puppets-very very good album St. Anger-one of the worst albums ive ever heard they probably should have stopped after 1991. lol.
    parkerguitars24
    Ummm, the only thing that bothered me about that whole thing is that Amy Lee wasn't dating Ben Moody, she was dating Shaun Morgan, vocalist of Seether. Wow, I am a dork...
    ereprac05
    joshua029 wrote: the way i see it the world had to wait over 1983 years for Kill 'em All, 1984 for Ride the Lighnting and 1986 for Master of Puppets so what's 4 or 5 for us? (sayin those dates to keep from starting religious / scientific arugments)
    very nice. couldnt agree more.
    joshua029
    so
    KirK_H@mmeT wrote: This piece seems very tabloid. No i wouldn't expect them to be forcing another album out. St Anger was the result of them "scurrying". As fans we should be grateful they're taking their time producing a polished, complex and genius album that can live up to the standards of their early work. To have a moron writer like this push for another album to be released will only motivate another st anger, and proves that the writer's agenda is sensationalist opinions rather than represent the true metallica fan's point of view.
    yeah, if the only "shame" they can give METALLICA is sayin that they're takin too long to get this album out then we really shouldn't have to much to worry about. the way i see it the world had to wait over 1983 years for Kill 'em All, 1984 for Ride the Lighnting and 1986 for Master of Puppets so what's 4 or 5 for us? (sayin those dates to keep from starting religious / scientific arugments)
    KirK_H@mmeT
    The Shame After the disappointing 2003 release St. Anger, you would think they would be scurrying to redeem themselves.
    This piece seems very tabloid. No i wouldn't expect them to be forcing another album out. St Anger was the result of them "scurrying". As fans we should be grateful they're taking their time producing a polished, complex and genius album that can live up to the standards of their early work. To have a moron writer like this push for another album to be released will only motivate another st anger, and proves that the writer's agenda is sensationalist opinions rather than represent the true metallica fan's point of view.
    Metallica_Man55
    bassman213293 wrote: yeah it was ok, but compared to ride the lightning and master of puppets, it sucked.
    +1
    HolySmoke
    After the disappointing 2003 release St. Anger
    St. Anger was an affront to god...
    OldSoul88
    Forgive me. I meant, "simply." I try not to be as grammatically incorrect as possible.
    OldSoul88
    What they said was very true about Bono. I love the people who say, "Oh, he only does it for publicity for the band." Yeah, right. If doing charity work for 26 years is all for publicity then so is having a regular full time job. The South Park episode was true too. It sums it up quite simpley. I'm paraphrasing here, "how can someone who does so much good seem like such a shit?" Or turd or whatever they said on that episode. I'm a U2 fan and that episode was right. There are people out there who practically do no wrong and still catch crap. JFK wasn't universally liked and neither was John Lennon. Or MLK.
    Chiefsaint55
    misirlou wrote: tom delonge, scott weiland, and bono should have some sort of battle royale to determine who has the most cutting-edge sunglasses.
    lol i didn't know Tom was hiding behind the sunglasses
    Confetti
    MetalCro wrote: why do they say st anger was bad, i was on top of the charts in 30 countryes ,and some kind of monster was just awesome!
    Its not definitely not bad, but still it wasnt great.
    MetalCro wrote: why is there no edit button?
    My toughts exactly.
    Dethdrummer
    I think the "Shames" won out on most of the "Glories" this year...Metallica you better be spending time well...cause I expect more than another St. Anger!
    ICreamsodAI
    ICreamsodAI wrote: Richy00713 wrote: good job on the article, wrapped things up for the new year Honestly, your opinion is 'respectable'. But regardless, MOST people despised it. But strangely they DID sell the living **** out of it... How does that even work?
    oops im stupid i clicked the wrong quote
    ICreamsodAI
    Richy00713 wrote: good job on the article, wrapped things up for the new year
    Honestly, your opinion is 'respectable'. But regardless, MOST people despised it. But strangely they DID sell the living **** out of it... How does that even work?
    pucci6d6
    bowdowntomono wrote: just a question, but why are there no british bands here? i know this is an american website, but there are rock bands over here too! and don't say bono is british, he's irish. there is a difference.
    this website is based in russia silly fool. and great, whoever wrote this HAD to include metallica. i dont even want to get started on this, but i will say, i personally didnt like st anger at all. on another note, the evanescence guy's recovery is amazing, im happy that he can still play now.
    DimebagRIP1
    why does korn have to sell out? I mean, what them started was low crutching 7-string riffs, a pounding bass line, and JD's wierd yet amazing vocals. They were Metal with a few spinkles of rap-core, Now mostof thats gone. If there next album comes out and david or at least a permanent drummer and back to there old ways, I can't call myself a fan of korn anymore, or at least the new korn.
    bowdowntomono
    just a question, but why are there no british bands here? i know this is an american website, but there are rock bands over here too! and don't say bono is british, he's irish. there is a difference.
    MACDIZZLE
    first off to all the Corgan haters- eat dick, he is a visionary who doesnt get the credit he deserves and second- any so-called metallica fan who thought St. Anger "wasn't that bad" isnt a real metallica fan for enjoying that sell-out bullshit
    Ishiga
    Biggest disappointment so far of 07, Korn. Johnathan Davis = amazing singer. New tracks, just don't live up to the legacy they've created over the years.
    WD Punk
    bassman213293 wrote: yeah it was ok, but compared to ride the lightning and master of puppets, it sucked.
    THANK YOU Metallica has always kickedass and wil continue to do so