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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.