Chris Robinson says he apologized to his brother Rich earlier this year to try to make amends after THE BLACK CROWES ended five years ago over what Rich saw as Chris's unfair business practices. "I apologized for my anger and negativity and that underneath it all, I would like to think I'm a very kind person and that it was unfair for me to attack him," Chris told Rolling Stone in a new interview. "But I was in a negative place. I was in a marriage that was failing. I had exerted all this effort and energy in a band that I loved and the experience that I loved. Doing AS THE CROW FLIES [a band composed of Chris and primarily former CROWES members performing BLACK CROWES songs], I was with my friends and people that are really talented, but you know what? That's his thing [points to Rich]. There was something missing that I didn't even know. And it doesn't diminish our work or experience outside of it.For his part, Rich said that he accepted Chris's apology immediately "because I knew what he was going through. All of it comes from sadness and stress and hurt, and that's life; when people behave the way they behave, a lot of time, they're going through a lot of shit," he said. "You have to cut people slack. I could see what was happening and I understood it, and there was really nothing I could do about it, and it was something he had to go through on his own. Being in [THE MAGPIE SALUTE] and solo the last few years, it was interesting to see a lot of things that I did that were annoying that I didn't even know, but was so grateful to see it."Chris added: "What did we know? What is our perspective? You put us on the treadmill, and it's, like, we knew one thing: We don't want it to stop. But then you're traversing relationships and women in your life and money and egos and, in my case, drugs. I'm not ever on the ground. In my poetic construct and art that I'm interested in, after 2013, I needed to just go to the fuckin' wilderness. I didn't want to dance anymore. I didn't want to sing. I wanted to do something else. I was writing more. I had to do it."I don't mean to be morbid, but we're lucky we're still here," he continued. "We've said goodbye to a lot of people, and that would have been a real shame. But better late than never in terms of just being here for [Rich]. If I can make up for all the shit and be his brother as we move along and any way lessen the load for him and be there for the good times and the bad times, that's more important."When THE BLACK CROWES announced their split in 2014, Rich issued a statement saying that he loved his brother and respected his talent but that "his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100 percent of his share … is not something I could agree to."In a 2018 radio interview, Rich insisted that the situation was so "toxic" between him and Chris that they hadn't spoken to each other since THE BLACK CROWES broke up."Being in a band that seems a lot more functional now, I wouldn't ever really want to wish to play in the CROWES again. It's too toxic," he said at the time. "I don't have a brother anymore. I don't speak to him. We don't speak. I haven't spoken to him in four years. And I think that that is what it is. So I would never wanna go down that road again."Earlier today, Chris and Rich Robinson announced that they were teaming up with new musicians to perform THE BLACK CROWES' entire debut album, "Shake Your Money Maker", on a 30th-anniversary tour next year.The new BLACK CROWES lineup features Chris, Rich, EARTHLESS guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, former TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND bassist Tim Lefebvre along with ONCE AND FUTURE BAND members Joel Robinow on keyboards and Raj Ojha on drums.Read more...
SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen "slipped and fell" during rehearsals for this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. As a result, he may miss some or all of the dates on the "TSO East" portion of the 2019 holiday trek, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories", which will kick off on November 13 and conclude on December 30. The tour brings to life TSO's 1996 debut album of the same name, and the first in its Christmas-themed trilogy, which includes 1998's "The Christmas Attic" and 2004's "The Lost Christmas Eve".TSO revealed Allen's injury in a Facebook post earlier today. The band wrote: "We are here in the midwest preparing to give you one of the most exciting TSO productions you have ever seen. During rehearsal, Russell Allen slipped and fell. Russell is in good spirits but in a bit of pain. We are doing everything necessary to assure Russell is taken care of. We hope he is able to make it out on the road in the near future but our concern is that he rests so he can make a full recovery."Back in July 2017, Allen was involved in a road accident that resulted in the death of his ADRENALINE MOB and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA bandmate, bass player David Zablidowsky. Russell escaped with minor injuries and returned to the stage with TSO in November of that year."Christmas Eve And Other Stories", from TSO's late founder, composer/lyricist Paul O'Neill, tells the tale of a young angel who is sent to Earth to discover the good of humanity. The story celebrates such themes as "strangers helping strangers" and "the kindness of others," as it takes listeners around the world.Since its historic touring debut, TSO has played nearly 2,000 winter tour shows for more than 16 million fans, with tour grosses of more than $725 million, and has sold in excess of 12 million albums and DVDs.Year after year, TSO hits the upper reaches of the domestic and worldwide tour charts. Recently in July 2019, TSO was ranked No. 6 on Pollstar's North American Tours Mid Year chart and No. 8 on Pollstar's Worldwide Tours Mid Year chart. In 2018, TSO came in at No. 16 on Pollstar's 2018 Top 200 Year End North American Tours and at No. 17 on Pollstar's 2018 Year End Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 100 Tours chart with more than 925,000 tickets sold. Additionally, in July 2019, TSO was featured in Billboard's Money Makers of 2018. In 2009, Pollstar ranked TSO at No. 20 on the "Top Tour(s) of the Decade" and Billboard placed TSO at No. 25 on its "Top Touring Artists of the Decade."
We are here in the midwest preparing to give you one of the most exciting TSO productions you have ever seen. During...Posted by Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Monday, November 11, 2019
German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN have released behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the official video for their song "Ausländer". The track is taken from the band's seventh, untitled album, which came out on May 17 via UME/Spinefarm in Europe and Caroline Records in the U.S. The band's first studio disc since 2009's "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da" was produced by Olsen Involtini with RAMMSTEIN and was mixed at a Santa Monica, California studio with Rich Costey, an American producer who has previously worked with MUSE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and FRANZ FERDINAND, among others.RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Kruspe told Metal Wani about the making of the band's new album: "Well, when I thought to do another RAMMSTEIN record, I was like, 'No, I'm going to do that. I'm not going through more suffering.' That was four years ago. But what we did in the beginning is we said 'Let's get together and try to come up with three or four songs.' We didn't really put any pressure on us, which was very important at this time. While we were starting to rehearse and stuff and getting ideas, I thought, 'Wow, it's actually very good. Things have changed.' All of a sudden, there's a certain kind of respect that I always missed a little bit. We just had good chemistry, which reminded me of the first time when we started. Then I felt, like, 'What would interest me on a new RAMMSTEIN record?' I thought, 'Every time people talk RAMMSTEIN, it's about fire. It's all about the show.' Nobody talks about the music anymore for RAMMSTEIN, and it kind of bothered me. I was thinking, 'I want to do another record. It has to be musical in a way that can really stand out from other records.' That was my goal, or our goal."As for the disc's musical direction and how it compares to the band's previous efforts, Kruspe said: "It's so hard to say it, because I'm working four years on the record, I'm so close. I think when I listen to the record — it's almost 'RAMMSTEIN 3D' is how I describe it."RAMMSTEIN will embark on a European stadium tour in 2020. The trek will kick off next May and include shows in Germany, Austria, Poland, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Northern Ireland.Photo credit: Jens Koch