Alice Cooper Calls Metallica “The Metal Band”
During a recent interview with AXS TV for the show “At Home and Social Online” series, shock rocker Alice Cooper praised Metallica. He first discussed their 1984 song “Fade To Black” from their sophomore record “Ride the Lightning” revealing:
“All of a sudden, metal that was underground is now at the forefront — you know, your bands like Iron Maiden and all these bands, and then here’s Metallica who are getting played on the radio who would not have ever gotten played in the ’70s.”
“I always looked at Metallica as being sort of the metal band,” he emphasized, adding that their combination of talent, anger and good live performances made for the perfect cocktail.
“They spoke for a generation that before was a little bit afraid to say they were metal. Now these kids are going, ‘We want a little anger in our rock and roll. We don’t want it to be nice.’ That’s why they liked me — ’cause I wasn’t nice. Alice Cooper was a threat. And I think Metallica was a threat, but they were also making hit records.”
Watch the full interview below.
Alice Cooper recently put out the song “Don’t Give Up” to spread hope to his fans amidst the pandemic.
Guns N’ Roses Release Pro Shot Videos Of “Not In This Lifetime Tour”
Guns N’ Roses just released a 13 minute professionally shot concert footage from Salt Lake City Utah last fall. Check it out below. It includes pro shot footage of “It’s So Easy”, “Chinese Democracy” and “Double Talkin’ Jive.” Check it out below!
Frank Ferrer Talks About The Hardest Thing About Playing in Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses drummer Frank Ferrer discussed the most difficult thing about playing in the band during an interview with “Appetite for Distortion Podcast.” He compared the different eras within the band when talking about their drummers and how he interprets each song on the setlist saying:
“That’s a really good question because there’s three eras in Guns: there’s the ‘Appetite [for Destruction]’ era with Steven [Adler]; there’s the ‘[Use Your] Illusion’ with Matt [Sorum], and then there’s the ‘Brain’ [Bryan Mantia] and Josh Freese ‘Chinese Democracy.’
“And all three eras are really unique. The ‘Appetite’ songs don’t sound like the ‘Illusion’ songs. They don’t have the same feel. So, the toughest part…
“I mean, in a weird way, it’s almost kind of like all of ’em, especially from the Sorum-Adler era. And what I try to do as a groove drummer is try to sit somewhere in between both drummers, so you still have a punk rocky, off-the-rails kind of feel, but then a nice, solid, dependable foundation, like Sorum gives you.
“So, it’s kind of challenging. Now, the ‘Chinese Democracy’ stuff is more straight-ahead. The challenges I have with that is playing it more like Brain played them, even though I was able to add some stuff myself later on, once I joined the band.
“The toughest part is finding the right groove in between those two eras – the first two eras – I think.
“And I think especially with Slash [guitar] and Duff [McKagan, bass] in the band now, because it was their era, they wrote that stuff – it’s their music – I’m able to find a nice spot where those guys are really comfortable playing the songs.
“But I’m also comfortable playing from my heart without being cerebral and having to think too much about the parts. So, I would say somewhere in between those two drummers.”