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Iconic Bay Area rockers Y&T are still working on their long-awaited documentary, "On With The Show", to be released before the end of the year. "It's been taking an extremely long time to get that thing sorted out," frontman Dave Meniketti told Tigman of the Albany, New York radio station Q103 in a recent interview (hear audio below). "The documentary filmmakers just had no idea how much work was involved and how many different artists wanted to be in the documentary and so on and so forth, so it's taken a whole lot longer than they expected. But I just want all the fans out there to know that it is gonna happen, it is gonna come out sometime this year. I have no idea when, but we just keep prodding them back home and saying, 'Cmon, guys. You almost done yet?' But it's turning out fantastic. I've seen a lot of the footage, as have all the guys in the band, and we've had nothing but great feedback from all of us.""On With The Show" is expected to contain commentary from a number of other artists, including Don Dokken (DOKKEN), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), Sammy Hagar (VAN HALEN, MONTROSE), Eric Martin (MR. BIG) and the members of ANVIL. The film is being built out of the hundreds of hours of personal footage shot over the years. It is set to cover the band's earliest days of rehearsing in drummer Leonard Haze's grandmother's house, then move through the first two albums, touring with JOURNEY, BOSTON and QUEEN, to their big breaks with AC/DC, OZZY OSBOURNE and DIO.Meniketti is the only surviving member of the Y&T lineup — then known as YESTERDAY AND TODAY — that recorded the band's self-titled debut album.Original Y&T rhythm guitarist Joey Alves died in March 2017 at the age of 63. Two founding Y&T musicians — Haze, 61, and bassist Phil Kennemore, 57, who both had left the lineup — died from complications of lung cancer: Kennemore on January 7, 2011, and Haze on September 11, 2016.Y&T's current lineup is rounded out by guitarist John Nymann, drummer Mike Vanderhule and bassist Aaron Leigh.Y&T released its first-ever acoustic EP, "Acoustic Classix Vol. 1", in January.The band's latest studio album, "Facemelter", came out in May 2010 via Frontiers.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and PROPHETS OF RAGE guitarist Tom Morello was recently interviewed on the "Wall Of Sound: Up Against The Wall" podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the Audioboom widget below.Asked if last year's suicide of his onetime AUDIOSLAVE bandmate Chris Cornell has made him more aware of the "warning signs" to look for in fellow musicians, Morello said: "Well, there were no warning signs with Chris; it was such a surprise. The one thing that we just have to all be conscious of, whether it's musicians or not, is just to look out for each other and check in to see how people are doing. But that was such a tragedy. We love that guy and I miss him so much, and I'm just glad that I was able to be in a band with him."He continued: "I'm actually in my den right now and I'm looking at the AUDIOSLAVE records, and it's so amazing to have been in a band with one of the greatest rock voices of all time. He was a really good dude, and I'm just so happy that we got to play together one last time in January of 2017, where we played at the 'Anti-Inaugural Ball'. AUDIOSLAVE hadn't played in 12 years and we did three songs and it was pretty awesome. So I'm glad that we had that."While admitting that he also has moments when he is down and out, Tom said that he has "been fortunate to never suffer from clinical depression or addiction issues, which are two things that plague the world and the musician community especially. For me, I've always had a pretty good grounding in close family and friends and the people that I hang out with couldn't care less that I'm in a band at all and I can't even get 'em to come to shows [laughs], and I've got little kids too, who also couldn't care less and never wanna come to shows," he explained. "So, for me, there's a real healthy grounding in family and staying away from some of the trappings that go along with the music business."Morello last year revealed the existence of unreleased AUDIOSLAVE music from the sessions for the three studio albums the band released. But he told The Pulse Of Radio that at this point he doesn't know what will happen with it. "You know, we recorded music for AUDIOSLAVE records, and then we recorded more songs than made those records, and I'm certain at some point it will come out but there's no plans for it," he said. "We had talked about it when, you know, Chris was alive and we thought at some point there will be the right time to put it out. Now I don't know that there's ever a right time to put it out, but there's no reason that it shouldn't come out at some point."Morello, AUDIOSLAVE bassist Tim Commerford and AUDIOSLAVE drummer Brad Wilk — who were also bandmates in RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE — are now in PROPHETS OF RAGE, who released their debut LP in September.Cornell recorded three studio efforts and one live album with AUDIOSLAVE from 2002 to 2007 before leaving the group.
Polar Music Prize recently conducted an interview with METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett. You can now watch the chat below.Asked about his previous comment that he plays "mostly rhythm" guitar during METALLICA's concerts, Hammett said: "Well, when I said that statement, what I mean is a lot of times, over the course of the song, I'm just playing rhythm parts — chords or riffs — to supplement what's going on under the vocals. And then, when it's time to get to the solo section or the lead section, that's my moment to express myself and let it fly."For me, the great thing to do is to just play spontaneously and not even think about it — just raw, unadultered emotion, unfiltered," he continued. "From my very core, from my heart, from my soul, filtered through my brain, through my heart, out through my fingertips onto the neck of the guitar, out through the pickups for everyone else to see or hear."For me, that's super important, because I come from a generation of musicians that valued spontaneity and valued improvisation and never playing the same song the same way twice."Kirk also talked about METALLICA's knack for taking chances in an otherwise predictable genre. "We thrive on spontaneity and we thrive off being challenged," he said. "We thrive off doing things that people say, 'Oh, you can't do that.' And we're, like, 'Oh, yeah? We'll show you.' That's just how it's always been in the band, and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we're kind of that way as people. We're very dogged, stubborn, we all have our visions, which — thank God — they're mutual. We're not a band to back down from most challenges. Like, if you said to Rob [bassist Robert Trujillo] and I, 'Okay, we want you guys to play a John Coltrane song,' Rob and I will sit down and learn the John Coltrane song and have it ready to go in a few days — no problem. I mean, we have that ability with Rob and I. The other guys, they play a lot by instinct, so they're, like, 'Yeah, you guys lay down the foundation and then we'll find a way to fit in.'"For us, the sky's the limit, really," he added. "The only limits that we have on this band are the limits that we put on ourselves, and we try not to limit ourselves. But, as humans, naturally, you're gonna say, 'Oh, wait,' you're gonna take a step back from something, but then if you give it some thought, you're, like, 'Yeah, maybe. Maybe. It's worth a try.'"As previously reported, METALLICA will receive the Polar Music Prize, a musical equivalent to the Nobel Prize, this spring. The award, which recognizes international excellence in music, will bestow the metal legends with a cash prize of one million Swedish kronor, roughly equivalent to $126,000. The band will donate the money to its own All Within My Hands organization, which aids communities in need with workforce education, food-bank donations and other local services.METALLICA's February 1 show in Lisbon, Portugal kicked off the 2018 European leg of the group's "WorldWired" tour, which will run through May 11 in Helsinki, Finland.The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which came out in November 2016.