It’s nice having a genuine fist-pumping, bridge and tunnel New Jersey boy in our ranks. That Dan Pelic is one of our writers means that we can review things like The Bamboozle Festival with ease. Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi and… Skrillex headline the three-day event and it’s on A BEACH. Cool.
WARNING: Dan’s in a bad mood.
Six things we noticed at the “scene-est” of all music festivals in Asbury Park, NJ
When Bon Jovi were announced as the Saturday headliner for Hard Rock Calling 2011, we could barely contain our excitement. Such an occasion called for double denim, our finest guyliner and using really expensive conditioner. Business as usual then.
But who’s gonna be headlining? That’s what everyone really cares about. Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden and Foo Fighters are all surely out of the festival picture seeing as they’ve got their own massive shows to sell but there are still plenty of options.
When Michael Jackson kicked the bucket and moonwalked off to the big Neverland Ranch in the sky, there was much wringing of hands and furrowing of brows at the O2 Arena as to what to do with the bazillion or so open dates now Jacko’s shows were were cancelled. Well, we heard a very interesting rumour today that a fair old chunk of them are about to be claimed by Bon Jovi.
Yep. You read right. The cock rock overlords are going country. But hold up as Joe Elliot and co aren’t doffing cowboy hats, stirrups and straddling ponies to join Dolly Parton on tour. No sirreee.
The band are to take part in a show USA way called Crossroads where musicians from different genres pair up to do a performance. It’s a hit over there apparently. And we can see why – especially with clips like the Bon Jovi one below.
Watch Bon Jovi perform with Sugarland on Crossroads
What a hoot. Anyway Def Leppard are set to hey diddle out with country laydee Taylor Swift. Swift seems to be somewhat of a fan too and in a press release sent out by the show she said:
“Every time I’ve seen Crossroads on CMT I’ve always thought, ‘If I ever get to do one of those, it HAS to be with Def Leppard!,’ so this is really a dream come true for me.”
She added: “I have been screaming the words to Def Leppard songs for years…so it’s amazing that I’m going to get to share a stage with them this year!”
Right on sista. Maybe she’ll do a debut on the last leg of the mighty Leppard’s UK dates? Or, maybe not.
Anyway the collaboration is due to be taped in Nashville this October and will air in November. Here at Thrash Hits .com we’re flicking through our mum’s greatest country hits, itching our heads as to what song they’ll choose to cover. The comedy choices are endless.
When Jon Bon Jovi comes to town, there’s no way that Thrash Hits .com is going to miss it. We were down there singing our hearts out to the full array of JBJ’s wedding songs.
Even better, however, Charley Staniforth was there to take some photos of the stadium rock legends. Check them out and tell us what you think.
Bon Jovi @ Twickenham photo gallery
JBJ gets ready to rock
David Bryan puts the oodles back in poodles
Jon Bon: “Put your hands in the air if you just don’t care!”
At one point there were 15 Jon Bon Jovis onstage
Sambora – clearly out of rehab
Big box, little box, JBJ
Bon Jovi, singing, stuff
That’s a great chest.
Bon Jovi @ Twickenham setlist:
‘Livin’ On A Prayer’
‘You Give Love A Bad Name’
‘Born To Be My Baby’
‘Captain Crash & The Beauty Queen From Mars’
‘Sleep’ (+ ‘Twist & Shout’ + ‘Start Me Up’)
‘Blaze Of Glory’
‘Whole Lot Of Leavin”
‘In These Arms’
‘We Got It Going On’
‘It’s My Life’
‘I’ll Be There For You’
‘Have A Nice Day’
‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home’
‘Bad Medicine’ (+ ‘Shout’)
‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’
After their most successful album to date, Anne Waites talks to Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro about Puzzle, Dave Grohl stealing his beard/hair combo and receiving elaborate portraits from Japanese fans.
How would you sum up the first half of 2008?
“Hectic! It’s been amazing actually, we’re going to places we’ve never played before, doing things that we never thought we’d get a chance to do. Spreading the word of our music.”
How was your first trip to Japan?
“It was really full on. People just obsess over the bands that they like. They seem to research what you’re really like. We kind of thought the shows might be quite quiet atmosphere-wise. But it was the exact opposite of that.”
Did you get any good presents?
“James did! He’s written on the on-line blog that we didn’t get to see the cherry blossom because it was the wrong time of year. A girl did this crazy airbrushed painting of James with his glorious ginger locks standing in front of this big blossom tree. It must have taken her ages! Me and Ben got a couple of letters saying ‘thanks for coming’, and James got this beautiful portrait. I think he’s a messiah over there because he’s got ginger hair.”
Watch the video to ‘Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies’ by Biffy Clyro
What was the biggest culture shock?
“They don’t really do hangover food. It’s still all fresh fish first thing in the morning. Which is lovely, but if you’re feeling green you don’t really want to eat a bit of raw squid. But the biggest surprise is that people are the same everywhere. And Marty Friedman who used to play guitar in Megadeth is a huge megastar over there. He’s got his own TV show, we went on it. He was absolutely tiny! But with a big poodle perm on top.”
What’s the new single ‘Mountains‘ about?
“It feels like an in-between albums song. It’s kind of putting a full stop on Puzzle lyrically. It’s taking up from where ‘Machines’ left off, with its little bit of hope. With this one it’s where you’re completely trying to start again and just have confidence in yourself again. Just having the bit between your teeth and going for it. I try not to think too much about what I’m writing about, but that’s the impression I get from it!”
Watch the video to ‘Machines’ by Biffy Clyro
How’s the other new stuff sounding?
“We’ve got some quite bizarre songs. We’ve got one that’s sleazy, a bit like Nick Cave. We’ve got a big dumb rock song. There’s one with this groovy riff, a southern rock riff, which is my favourite to play. It puts a smile on my face every time I play it. I’m really pleased we can still take ourselves by surprise. It feels like we’re constantly evolving, and that feels mega.”
Last year was a bit of a rollercoaster. How’s that affected you? Are you getting big headed yet?
“We’re confident in what we’re doing musically, but we’re not really hugely confident dudes. So I feel as if we’ve almost got more to prove now than we did before. It felt like with Puzzle we took a huge step forward, as we have on every record hopefully. We want our next record to be better than Puzzle. We’ve put a lot of pressure on ourselves, so we definitely don’t have an abundance of confidence, but I think that’s a good thing. I think if you start thinking you’re the dog’s b******ks you forget why you’re doing it. And we still live in Scotland so we can’t get too carried away.”
Watch Biffy Clyro perform ‘Folding Stars’ in a Virgin Radio Session
Would that be a sure-fire way to a beating?
“Exactly! Actually, there were two Russians found dead in a big ship, and they were docked across from our flat. There were two dead Russians facing me when I got back from Madrid. And a young mum was stabbed to death just up the road. Ayrshire is kicking off. People are losing their f*****g minds, I can’t believe it.”
The Daily Mail can always blame it on emo.
“It’s unbelievable. Movies and music cannot make people into psychopaths. It’s got nothing to do with it! There’s always going to be something that triggers a maniac to do what they do. It’s nothing to do with what you listen to. We’d all be f*****g nuts if that was the case!”
Heard any good rumours about yourself lately?
“No, I try and stay far away from news about our band as possible. Before the Foo Fighters shows everyone kept saying we were playing with them, which was just because Dave Grohl’s nicked my beard and hair combo.”
Biffy Clyro support Bon Jovi at Twickenham Stadium on 27 June 2008
‘Mountains’ is released on 25 August 2008 on 14th Floor Records