Play Now: Deftones Revive ‘Pac-Man’-Like ‘White Pony’ Arcade Game

The Deftones have just revived a Pac-Man-styled arcade game as a 20th anniversary tribute to the bonus game that originally came with the enhanced CD version of 2000’s White Pony.

The ‘White Pony x Black Stallion Arcade’ is now live as the band continues to celebrate two decades and more since the release of their landmark third album. Last year, they issued Black Stallion, a remixed version of the White Pony album, which featured a wide variety of guest contributors, mostly outside of the traditional realm of heavy music.

The game, which can be played here, offers fans the chance to connect with their Spotify account so Deftones music can be streamed while you maneuver the circular stallion icon around the playing field.

In place of the usual multicolor ghosts that occupy the world of Pac-Man and threaten the yellow dot-eater’s very existence are the floating heads of each Deftones member, whose aim is to consume the stallion.

The band shared the news on social media and you can see a clip of the gameplay directly below.

In addition to the 20th anniversary edition of White Pony that arrived last year, the Deftones also dropped Ohms, their ninth studio album, first since 2016’s Gore and Loudwire’s ‘Album of the Year.’

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Report: Bob James, Montrose Singer Who Replaced Sammy Hagar, Dies

Former Montrose singer Robert ‘Bob’ James has reportedly died following stomach ulcer complications.

Producer and television show composer Dino Maddalone shared the news of James’ passing on Facebook, where he wrote, “Shocked and very sad my life long fried Bob James has died. Bob replaced Sammy Hagar in the band Montrose. Incredible rock singer…. RIP my friend.”

Addressing a question which asked if any more details were available, Maddalone commented, “bleeding stomach ulcer,” in reference to the apparent cause of death.

The singer’s exact date of birth is not known, but the photo posted by Maddalone shows his birth year was 1952, meaning he was either 68 or 69 at the time of his death.

James, born in Struthers, Ohio, moved to Los Angeles in 1963, where he became active in the local music scene and contributed to a number of different band before ultimately landing the role as the lead singer in Montrose. Sammy Hagar, who sang on the band’s first two records, left the group in early 1975, paving the way for James to join as the group pursued a fresh direction.

His time in the rock group was short-lived but fruitful, having sung on 1975’s Warner Bros. Presents… Montrose! and 1976’s Jump On It and toured alongside the likes of rock ‘n’ roll behemoths The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Eagles, Rush, Journey, KISS and others.

After the dissolution of Montrose, James remained active, linking up with a host of past, present and future members of Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Quiet Riot and Humble Pie.

Loudwire extends our condolences to the James family and all who knew the singer.

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Van Halen-Stevie Wonder Mashup Finds Soul in Van Halen Classic

Van Halen may be known for their untouchable riffs, pounding drumming and good time party jams, but thanks to a new mashup we see there’s room for a little soul in the classic “Unchained.”

Bill McClintock, who has become a YouTube favorite with a wealth of rock and metal mashups, has applied his masterful touch by pairing Van Halen’s “Unchained” with Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight” for yet another seemingly oddball combination that works incredibly well.

Rock fans should not be disappointed here as it’s Wonder’s vocal laid over the top of the chugging Van Halen riffage with the band’s instrumental work laying the base for this mashup. Aside from the occasional David Lee Roth scream insertion, Wonder’s vocal takes the lead until nearly midway through the track when Van Halen’s lyrics infiltrate and accentuate the collaboration.

It’s a magical pairing that shows there’s some soulfulness even within the heavier sound that Van Halen lays down. And McClintock also completes this melding by cutting up visual performances from Van Halen and Wonder to finish off this piece.

“Unchained” initially appeared on Van Halen’s fourth studio album, Fair Warning, back in 1981. It hit No. 13 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. As you can probably guess by the cut in black-and-white footage in the video below, “Uptight” is a little more dated than “Unchained.” It first appeared on Stevie Wonder’s 1966 album Up-Tight, preceding the record in late 1965 and eventually hitting No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Have a look and listen to “Van Wonder’s Chained Uptight” below and be sure to check out more of McClintock’s mashup mastery via his YouTube channel here.

Van Wonder, “Chained Uptight”

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Foo Fighters, Perry Farrell + More to Play ‘Rock ‘N’ Relief’ Live

The music world continues to chip in where possible to help in Covid-19 relief efforts and the latest example of that is an upcoming “Rock ‘N’ Relief” livestream concert featuring some of music’s biggest names. Singer/songwriter Linda Perry is curating the event, which will feature Foo Fighters, Perry Farrell, Gavin Rossdale, Sammy Hagar and a host of other name acts assisting the CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) organization.

Though official dates have yet to be announced, the livestream event is expected to take place over the course of two days featuring a mix of virtual and live performances. Among those in the rock world taking part are the previously mentioned Foo Fighters, Perry Farrell, Gavin Rossdale and Sammy Hagar along with Silversun Pickups, L7, Frances Lion, Juliette Lewis and the Licks and more.

Other participating acts of note include Sheryl Crow, Deadmau5, Jewel, Tracy Bonham, Carly Simon, James Blunt, Ziggy Marley, K. Flay, Dawes, Gary Barlow, Shaed, Ozomatli, Miguel, Macy Gray, Aloe Blacc and Perry herself, who will also co-host alongside KROQ and SiriusXM’s Kat Corbett.

“Our critical mission within this moment of the pandemic is to provide equitable relief services to our local community, and we rely on donations to continue our efforts,” said CORE’s co-founder and CEO Ann Lee. “We are thrilled that Linda Perry has curated such an amazing group of artists to support our cause and bring comfort and joy to people in this time of hardship.”

“As a mother and fellow member of this community, I wanted to do something to lift spirits and send a positive message of hope and humanity to all the healthcare workers and those on the front lines, as well as raise awareness and funds to support CORE and their relief efforts,” said Perry. “When I first put the word out, many jumped on board to contribute; we had over 150 bands submit to play. We are pleased to announce that California Love Drop and Monty’s Good Burger will provide food and beverages to all the digital workers that will be working hard to bring this powerful content to the viewers of this impactful concert series. Our goal is to do everything we can to thank CORE and the self-sacrificing people who keep us safe during this unprecedented crisis.”

Perry and CORE are working with Amazon Music to stream the concert live on the Amazon Music mobile app, and through the Amazon Music Twitch channel while YouTube and Rolling Stone will also stream the event. Stay tuned for the concert airdates.

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Tomahawk Get Weird in Rabid New Video for ‘Dog Eat Dog’

Tomahawk are back with their first album since 2013, Tonic Immobility. Featuring members of Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, the Jesus Lizard and Helmet, the experimental band has teamed up with Loudwire to premiere the new video for “Dog Eat Dog.”

The COVID-19 pandemic spurred a wild creative streak within Mike Patton. By October, the prolific singer had finished two full albums and was working on his third, though isolation slowed Patton’s superhuman progress down slightly as the months dragged by. With the re-release of Mr. Bungle’s The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo already in the books, it came time for Tomahawk to reappear, with the boys releasing the single “Business Casual” in January.

The video for “Dog Eat Dog” is a brutal one, pitting chained-up humans against each other in the style of a dog fighting ring. Blended in with archival footage of obedient doggies performing tricks, the music video is a perfectly weird visual for the new Tomahawk track.

“Dogs patiently wait, obediently, for humans to snuff each other out…so they can take over the world. Dogs rule!!!!” Mike Patton says, while guitarist Duane Denison adds, “It’s a statement about competition, oppression and unity — served up with a healthy dose of slapstick humor.”

Watch the “Dog Eat Dog” video below.

Tomahawk, “Dog Eat Dog” (Official Video)

Tonic Immobility will be released March 26 via Patton’s own Ipecac Recordings. To pre-order the album and to grab Tonic Immobility bundles, which include limited edition vinyl, click here.

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New Marilyn Manson Accuser to Speak With FBI About Abuse Claims

Another accuser has come forth with abuse claims against Marilyn Manson, as actress Bianca Allaine has told The Sun that she’s set to meet with the FBI this week to share her history with the musician.

Allaine previously told The Sun that the musician forcefully kissed her when she was just 16 and claims that he used to fondle her underage friends, as well. Allaine adds that she went on to have a sexual relationship with the musician when she was 19-years-old.

According to Allaine, she was contacted by another of Manson’s accusers who had already spoken to the FBI and was asked to share her story.

“I’m going to tell the FBI everything I know. I just hope they don’t let us down,” said Allaine. “They are taking this very, very seriously which they should. I said one day, ‘I can’t take this anymore,’ so I contacted the emergency tip line. He’s terrorized us enough.”

Bianca previously told The Sun that the singer’s personality was like “Jekyll and Hyde” —he would be sweet with her some days and insult her on other days.

She added, “We were often never alone on the tour bus, and his fetish back then was to watch people have sex with me or do things to me. A lot of times I didn’t want to have sex with these guys, but he was like ‘Please, please, I really need it, I need to see it. He would masturbate and if he didn’t finish he’d want to have sex with me afterwards, he would bite me so hard. I was like a little puppet that he would play with, I feel he used me, 100 percent, he didn’t care about me.”

She also elaborated on how he treated others around her, adding, “He was giving alcohol and drugs to underage girls and touching them, all the signs were there. This man is a predator and he is so smug.”

Since Allaine went public with her allegations, she claims that she’s been flooded with abuse on social media and had all of her accounts hacked. She says she intends to hand over her journals to the FBI along with video tape of her speaking with her friends about Manson in 1999.

She concluded, “I don’t sleep, and when I do sleep I have nightmares, nobody wants this kind of attention, but I’m telling the truth. Marilyn Manson might be scary, but Brian Warner is the most terrifying person I’ve ever met in my life. He’s evil.”

The abuse accusations have been adding up since actress Evan Rachel Wood revealed Marilyn Manson as her abuser in early February. Not long after Wood’s initial claim and other women also citing stories of abuse concerning Manson, California State Senator Susan Rubio submitted a formal request to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to investigate Manson.

“Obviously, my art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but these recent claims about me are horrible distortions of reality,” Manson wrote in response shared on his Instagram page with the comments disabled. “My intimate relationships have always been entirely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how — and why — others are now choosing to misrepresent the past, that is the truth.”

It was reported last week that Los Angeles detectives were meeting with one of Manson’s alleged victims to investigate the claims further.

If you or someone you know is facing abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website. A disclaimer on the website notes that if you are concerned your Internet usage is being monitored, an alternative option is to call 800-799-SAFE (800-799-7233).

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, resources are available for help. Visit the RAINN website (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) or dial 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673).

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Architects’ Sam Carter Talks Various Collaborations on New Album

We’ve seen a lot of collaborations in rock and metal lately, mainly due to the fact that everyone has been working remotely and relying on technology to make new music. Architects‘ new album For Those That Wish to Exist has several special guests on it, and frontman Sam Carter told Loudwire Nights how the collaborations came to fruition.

Among the guest appearances on the album are Parkway Drive‘s Winston McCall, Royal Blood‘s Mike Kerr and Biffy Clyro‘s Simon Neil. Carter went into detail about his relationship with each of the artists and why he felt they had a place on For Those That Wish to Exist.

As for McCall, Carter described Architects and Parkway Drive as having a longstanding relationship dating back to the early 2000s. “They’ve always looked after us and been very kind to us. They took us to Australia for the first time and put us on in front of thousands of people out there. So they’ve always been great,” he said.

“That was always gonna happen one way or another like I’d be on theirs or he’d be on ours. It was always a conversation. I’m so glad that that happened.”

The Architects frontman grew up in a small village in the UK, and he established a friendship with Royal Blood drummer Ben Thatcher. “And then two bands have come out of there, which is pretty cool. We lived on opposite sides of the road, and we’re best mates. So for us doing well and them doing well, it’s really cool,” Carter said.

As Royal Blood’s career started, Carter became acquainted with Kerr through Thatcher, and they bonded very quickly. He felt that the song “Little Wonder” was “written for” Kerr. “He absolutely smashed it,” Carter added of the collaboration.

And finally, Neil’s appearance on the song “Goliath” was simply a result of Architects’ being fans of Biffy Clyro. “We’ve just been massive fans of Biffy since we were kids, growing up there was such an influence on us and on our band,” Carter enthused.

For Those That Wish to Exist is out today on Epitaph — get it here now. To hear more about the album and any prospective tour plans, listen to the full interview above.

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Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin” Hits 1 Billion Spotify Streams

Journey‘s monster 1981 hit song “Don’t Stop Believin'” has officially hit more than one billion streams on Spotify.

Guitarist Neal Schon celebrated the momentous achievement on Twitter, sharing a screenshot of the band’s Spotify home page and their most popular tracks, which lists “Don’t Stop Believin'” at the top, having crossed the one billion stream threshold.

He thanked the fans and noted, erroneously, that Queen “is the ONLY other band at this point,” apparently referencing that coveted billion stream benchmark. Schon issued a follow-up tweet, clarifying, “JOURNEY and QUEEN the Only 2 Bands to Ever Attain more then [sic] 1 Billion Streams individually for ‘Dont stop Believin’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Currently, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” sit over one billion streams.

Additionally, Oasis’ “Wonderwall” exceeded one billion Spotify streams in October of last year. Wikipedia also lists 100 artists who have earned one billion or more Spotify streams and states that Drake’s “One Dance” was the first song to hit that mark, which occurred on Oct. 16, 2016. Among those 100 artists are a handful on the fringe of rock — Imagine Dragons, 5 Seconds of Summer and Twenty One Pilots.

Still, “Don’t Stop Believin'” surpassing one billion streams on the popular music platform is an impressive achievement. Congratulations to Journey!

View Schon’s celebratory tweets below.

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Tom Morello + Slash Almost Got Blown Up at an Ozzy Osbourne Show

It’s not uncommon for the occasional mishap to occur when guests are invited into a set, but guitar greats Tom Morello and Slash found themselves unknowingly in danger of serious bodily harm while joining Ozzy Osbourne at his 2015 Voodoo Music Experience headline set.

Morello relayed the story to SiriusXM host Howard Stern as seen in the video below. This show in particular was an “Ozzy and Friends” set, with the legendary Black Sabbath vocalist also welcoming Geezer Butler as the other big name during the Halloween performance.

The Rage Against the Machine guitarist starts laying the groundwork for the events to come stating, “It’s me and Slash and we’re playing in New Orleans with Ozzy … and we’re all coming out to play ‘Paranoid’ at the end for the big finale. He plays ‘Iron Man’ and then it says ‘Mama I’m Coming Home’ on the setlist and then ‘Paranoid.’ And the crew says, ‘He never plays ‘Mama I’m Coming Home’ so after ‘Iron Man’ get ready to go out there and rock ‘Paranoid.’ Got it. So we got our guitars on and he finished ‘Iron Man’ and Slash and I walk out there and Ozzy goes, ‘The next song’s called ‘Mama I’m Coming Home.'”

According to Morello, he and Slash quickly retreated realizing they weren’t supposed to be onstage yet and found a spot at the back of the stage to wait until it was time. But the story doesn’t end there.

As Morello tells it to Stern, “There’s a crew guy gesticulating wildly. He’s apoplectic and I can’t hear him because it’s super loud and we’re like ‘What?’ He must have been afraid or had been scolded that you can’t come across the stage for any reason, but he’s trying to convey what’s really a very important message to us. So finally, he can’t stand it and he runs over and says, ‘You’re sitting on the pyro.'”

Though that evening may be memorable for the near catastrophe, Morello did have some highlights that will stick with him. He first appeared during the second song of the night, “Mr. Crowley,” and also played on “Bark at the Moon,” “Iron Man,” “N.I.B.,” and yes, finally “Paranoid” to conclude the night (according to Setlist.fm)

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John Bonham Vs. Neil Peart: Mike Portnoy Makes His Choice

Some debates will simply never be settled and the passion behind these discussions is what makes rock and metal such a unique entity. In a retrospective conversation celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rush‘s Moving Pictures album, drumming superstar Mike Portnoy explained why he feels Neil Peart is the ‘greatest drummer of all time’ over Led Zeppelin‘s equally legendary John Bonham.

The subject was broached in a four-way Zoom conversation (hosted by Consequence of Sound’s Heavy Consequence) between Portnoy, Halestorm‘s Arejay Hale, Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante and Periphery‘s Matt Halpern as they discussed everything they love about the historic Rush release.

Bonham had died just one year prior to the release of Moving Pictures, which can sharpen perspective when surveying the landscape of rock and metal drumming in 1981.

“I think John Bonham has been universally acclaimed as one of the greatest of all time, and deservingly so — he really, really is deserving of that,” credited Portnoy (transcription via Blabbermouth)

“But with all due respect, his entire recording career only lasted 11 years,” Portnoy continued, “and he’s also now been gone for, what, I guess 40 years. So there is something to be said for his place in drumming history because he’s been gone for so long.”

He then pointed out that Peart’s career spanned a full four decades and he only passed last year, which can cloud perspective and is presumably why Portnoy said that ultimately “time will tell,” regarding who could rightfully be crowned the better of the two.

“It’s ridiculous to even have to choose between the two,” the drumming icon confessed, “because they both brought so much to the drum world and they both left behind such an incredible legacy. But I think the fact that Neil’s drumming career was 40 years long and gave us 40 years of music and drumming to listen to and reflect on, I think, to me, that puts him ahead of John.”

Reaffirming his stance, Portnoy said concretely, “I think [Peart is] the greatest of all time — I really do. And I think he’s only been gone a year, so it’s hard to really see how that’s gonna be felt five, 10, 20 years from now. But I think he will go down in history as the greatest rock drummer of all time — I really do.”

Obviously, it is difficult to compare the reactions to the deaths of both Bonham and Peart, as Peart died in the digital age where news spreads instantaneously and everyone can make their opinion heard, available for all to see.

Portnoy noted of Peart that his death “impacted everybody beyond drummers,” citing social media feeds were, for weeks on end, dominated with stories and mentions of Peart and his wide-ranging influence not just as a drummer, but as a lyricist and general philosophical nature.

“It was similar to when Eddie Van Halen died last year as well,” added Portnoy, recollecting another gigantic loss in the world of music.

“And Eddie is a similar type of player in the guitar world; Eddie was what a lot of people consider the greatest of all time — up there with [Jimi] Hendrix — and the same here with Neil up there with Bonham. And the fact that they both went in the same year, but both of their deaths — Eddie and Neil — just went beyond just their respective instruments. The whole world was hit by it and affected by it,” Portnoy concluded.

Watch the full discussion below.

In September of last year, Metallica‘s Lars Ulrich was called in during an airing of The Howard Stern Show to settle the very same debate, in which he selected Bonham over Peart as the greatest to ever play the drums.

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Tom Morello Overseeing Music for Netflix’s ‘Metal Lords’ Film

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello is adding to his busy schedule, signing on as the executive music producer for the upcoming Netflix film Metal Lords from the Game of Thrones team of David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Greg Shapiro.

The film centers on two high school kids who are the only metal fans in their school who decide they want to start a heavy metal band. Jaeden Martell (Knives Out, It), Isis Hainsworth (Misbehaviour, Emma) and newcomer Adrian Greensmith are set to star in the film.

The subject matter seems something that would be right up Morello’s alley as the guitarist has often spoken about his early attempts at bands and shared eloquently some of the group’s that inspired his love for heavy music,

For Morello, this continues a relationship that he’s held with the Game of Thrones creators. Fans might remember in 2019 when Morello joined Weiss as well as fellow guitarists Scott Ian, Nuno Bettencourt and Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djwadi for a jam session rocking Fender created Game of Thrones-inspired guitars while playing the Game of Thrones theme.

Weiss will serve as the central writer for the movie and the film project also has Peter Sollett attached to direct, who previously worked on another music-centric film, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. While an official release date has not been announced, Metal Lords is expected to be released by Netflix globally “later this year.”

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Post Malone Covers Hootie and the Blowfish for ‘Pokemon Day’

What exactly do Post Malone, Hootie and the Blowfish and Pokemon have in common? As of today, a new cover of the song “Only Wanna Be With You.” Posty has covered the track in anticipation of the 25th anniversary celebration of “Pokemon Day,” and you can hear the cover in the player below.

It may seem like an odd pairing, but 2021 recently did give us Rick Astley rocking out to Slipknot. Posty’s cover varies a bit off the original, leaning more on a synth sound for backing instead of the strumming guitars.

For Post Malone, his Hootie cover comes just in time to promote his Pokemon Day virtual concert that is taking place this Saturday (Feb. 27) at 7PM ET / 4PM PT on the official Pokemon YouTube and Twitch channels as well as Pokemon’s 25th anniversary website.

While Posty has yet to reveal what songs he’ll perform for this special show, we do know that his “Only Wanna Be With You” cover will be one of them. The track was initially released in 1995 as the third single off of Hootie and the Blowfish’s 1994 Cracked Rear View album. That same year is when the Pokemon franchise was created and began to catch the imagination of kids around the world.

If you’re digging Post Malone’s latest cover and you “gotta catch ’em all,” be sure to pick it up here.

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