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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 30 2015 3:18AM

99Rock Music News: Tom DeLonge's Open Letter to Blink-182 Fans: 'This Makes Me Really Sad'




"Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit."

Tom DeLonge (Photo: Garbiel Olsen)

As the Blink-182 story continues to develop, Tom DeLonge has responded to the state of the band in a lengthy post on his Facebook page. The letter addresses his thoughts and feelings about the band, with his story beginning prior to the recording of their 2012 EP, Dog Eating Dogs, with what he calls "the big reset" when the band met in a Utah casino.

According to DeLonge, it was at that Utah summit that he made the commitment to his bandmates and "told Mark and Travis that as long as we talked, and things were good between us as real friends, that I would be engaged and work passionately."

DeLonge then reveals a series of events that eventually led to Monday's back and forth between he and Mark and Travis, including the recording of their most recent EP which he says the band "managed to self sabotage".
According to DeLonge, despite his commitment to the band, Monday's press release came as a surprise.

"At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad. Sad for us. Sad for you- that you're witnessing this immaturity."

Read the full post below.

LETTER TO THE FANS


Where to begin?

The truth is always a good place. Let's go there.

I love Blink and am incredibly grateful for having it in my life. It has given me everything. EVERYTHING. I started this band, it was in my garage where I dreamed up the mischief.

So what have I been doing behind the scenes? Well, I've tried to make things work. I've tried to help move this band down 50 different paths using my people, or other people, and people we don't even know. I tried to put forth ideas about how we can grow and challenge ourselves to become a better band. I'm not sitting around waiting for someone else to do the work. I'm not wired that way.

The big reset was when I tried to put together a band summit in Utah where we'd talk and work things out. It quickly was narrowed down to three hours in someone's dressing room in a shitty casino. What I hoped would be a positive get-together away from everything turned into an awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room. But it was there that I told Mark and Travis that as long as we talked, and things were good between us as real friends, that I would be engaged and work passionately. I'd mirror our personal relationship. Exact words.

Then, the EP was the test. Months later, we're recording those songs. I was in the studio for two months and they came in for around 11 days. I didn't mind leading the charge, but we had all agreed to give it 100%. And this time- no baggage.

Despite that, we still somehow managed to self-sabotage.

At one point, squabbling and politics forced me to pull the EP down at a time when 60,000 fans were trying to purchase it. And that blew my mind. I'd been trying so hard but that moment ultimately broke my spirit. I then realized that this band couldn't lose the years of ill will.

It was after that episode that I promised myself I would never be in that position again – to rely on the words we said to each other.

I remember asking one of them on the phone, "did you try your best? Like we all agreed to?" He was silent.

Are they at fault?

Am I? Of course. I'm nuts.

But there's three of us – we're all accountable. At the end of the day, we've always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven't talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way.

Over the past two and a half years, while a recording partner was being sought for a new Blink record, I launched a media company. I just put out a new Angels & Airwaves record and as some of you know, there's a lot more coming – comics, books, a film, etc. The books will all come with music. This is a wheel that's already in motion. So you can imagine my frustration when I was handed a 60-page Blink contract saying I couldn't release an Angels album for 9 months and that the Blink album had to be recorded in 6 months, which was impossible for me. Doing so would force me to breach several artist contracts. Authors, Concept Artists, Animators… Many people.

They did eventually drop the Angels provision, but the part about having to finish a Blink album in 6 months remained. All of these other projects are being worked, exist in contract form– I can't just slam the brakes and drop years of development, partnerships and commitments at the snap of a finger.

I told my manager that I will do Blink 182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family.

But Mark and Travis know all of this.

I wrote this same letter to them a year ago. But it created a massive argument, the biggest one yet actually. I just wanted us to do things we all agreed on. But that was their moment to dig in. From their view I was controlling everything. In reality, I was scared to put myself out there again. To repeat the EP experience.

I also wrote all of this to their managers this past December (who told me my bandmates weren't angry and agreed with some of my ideas of how to grow the band).

So you can imagine my surprise when a press release went out yesterday—without my knowledge—about the band's future. This is new to me. It's not in my nature to fuel negativity about the legacy of the band on something as trashy as the Internet world.

But I guess that's another example of how I differ from most. I follow the light… I follow passion and I make art. I hang with my son, my daughter and my wife.

At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad.

Sad for us.

Sad for you- that you're witnessing this immaturity.

I know them very well, and their current actions are defensive and divisive.

I suppose they're doing this as a way to protect themselves from being hurt.

Like we all do.

And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday.

Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.
Tom
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 29 2015 3:11PM

99Rock: Watch the 'Fantastic Four' Trailer




Between all the hype about this year's Avengers film and casting news for the next series of X-Men movies, it's almost easy to forget that Marvel's original super team—the Fantastic Four—is getting a reboot this summer as well.

The last cinematic version of the FF is being wiped from the continuity—which is convenient, as Johnny (Human Torch) Storm was played by Chris Evans, who has since gone on to play Captain America.

In this new version, Miles Teller, costar of the Oscar-nominated Whiplash, plays Reed (Mr. Fantastic) Richards; Kate Mara of 24 and American Horror Story fame plays Susan (Invisible Woman) Storm; Michael B. Jordan, star of Fruitvale Station, plays Johnny Storm; and Jamie Bell from the TV series Turn plays Ben (The Thing) Grimm.

The trailer doesn't show much FF action though; instead, it sets the scene for the team's origin.



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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 28 2015 6:00AM

99Rock: School Closings And Delays



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1/28/15 WEDNESDAY:

School Delays for today as of 6am...(Next update coming up)

School Delays and cancellations as of 6am:


Just a couple delays, and one closing this morning! We will update if we get any more!
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New Hampshire Grafton Franklin Pierce University Lebanon Delayed two hours
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 27 2015 7:00AM

99Rock: School Closings And Delays



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1/27/15 TUESDAY:

School Delays for today as of 7am...(Next update coming up)

School Delays and cancellations as of 7am:

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 26 2015 3:04PM

99Rock Music News: Tom DeLonge Leaves Blink-182 'Indefinitely'




Tom DeLonge (Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

by Jay Tilles of Radio.com

Tom DeLonge, co-founder of Blink-182 has left the band 'indefinitely.'

In a statement released this morning from the band's publicist, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker explain the show must go on.

Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Musink Music and Tattoo Festival. "We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinetly, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors." Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project. "No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans." Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.
The news comes on the heels of this morning's Musink announcement where it was revealed that Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiva would be filling in for DeLonge. Within minutes, speculation of a break-up began circulating among fans.
The festival has become an important one to Barker. This is the second year that the drummer will curate the bands. Among this year's performers are Bad Religion, Rancid, Yelawolf, OFF!, Sick of It All and Ignite.

The 3-day fest takes place March 20-22 at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, Calif with tickets going on sale this Friday at 10:00am PT.
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 26 2015 1:39PM

99Rock Music News: Death Cab for Cutie Debut Three New Songs in Seattle: Watch



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By Philip Cosores of Radio.com
Death Cab for Cutie have recently announced the band's eighth full-length album, Kintsugi, due for March 31 of this year. This album is particularly noteworthy because it will be the last featuring founding member, guitarist, and producer Chris Walla.

Now, thanks to a special intimate show in their hometown of Seattle last night (Jan. 20) at the Crocodile, we have a little bit of an idea what the new record will sound like. Revolt points out that three new songs were played, and they even got recordings of the new jams.

Besides playing the new songs, the performancewas noteworthy as being their first without Walla.

Check out the clips below of the new tracks, titled "The Ghosts of Beverly Drive," "No Room In Frame," and "Black Sun" respectively.



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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 23 2015 1:35PM

99Rock Music News: Jack White Gets His Own Official Baseball Card



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By Scott T. Sterling of Radio.com
It's no secret that Jack White is an avid professional baseball fan, regularly seen at games rooting on his hometown Detroit Tigers. Now White's fandom has resulted in the guitar hero being graced with his very own baseball card.

The official card will be part of the 2015 Topps Series 1 set, appearing on what's known as a First Pitch Insert card sporting a vintage Tigers jersey in a shot taken when he threw out the first pitch at a Detroit home game last summer. See the card it all its glory below.



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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 22 2015 1:30PM

99Rock Music News: Tom Morello, Serj Tankian Cover Ozzy Osbourne's 'Crazy Train' for Randy Rhoads Tribute: Listen



The mother of Randy Rhoads, Delores Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, Sharon Osbourne and Rudy Sarzo (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
by Jay Tilles of Radio.com

As part of a tribute to the late guitarist Randy Rhoads, titled Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute, Tom Morello and Serj Tankian have covered one of the most recognizable songs in rock, Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train," co-written by Rhoads.

"Randy Rhoads is my favorite guitar player of all time," Morello told Rolling Stone. "It was his poster on my wall when I was practicing eight hours a day, and I named my firstborn son, Rhoads, after him. Serj, Rudy, Vinny and I rocked 'Crazy Train' as a sonic tribute to one of rock's greatest fallen heroes. Crank it."

Rhoads' first band, Quiet Riot, got the attention of Osbourne, who plucked him out of relative obscurity to join his band Blizzard of Oz.

Considered a virtuoso by fellow musician, the young guitar player went on to co-write songs for two of Osbourne's most popular albums, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary of A Madman.

Rhodes died in a plane accident on March 19, 1982. He was only 25 years old.

In addition to the album, the package will contain a bonus DVD, including a feature on the Musonia School of Music, a teaching school on North Hollywood, Calif., set up by Randy's mother and run by his brother Kelle Rhoads.

Featuring 20 artists, Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute will be released on March 13 by UDR Music.

Jump to the album, and track here.
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 19 2015 7:00AM

99Rock: School Closings And Delays



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1/19/15 THURSDAY:

School Delays for today as of 7am...(Next update coming up)

School Delays and cancellations as of 7am:

New Hampshire - Grafton - Lyme - School Closed
Vermont - Windsor - Mid Vermont Christian School - Delayed two hours

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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 16 2015 8:45AM

99Rock Music News: Rivers Cuomo Keeps Getting Fan Mail Meant For Incubus



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Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo has a problem that many other rock stars wish they had—too much fan mail.

The problem is that a lot of the fan mail he's receiving isn't meant for him.

Rather, it's intended for an entirely different artist: Brandon Boyd, frontman of long-running hard rock band Incubus.

"I get these elaborate fan packages, only they're not for me, they're for the singer of Incubus, Brandon Boyd," he explained during an appearance on Larry King.

Neither he nor Boyd have an explanation for why this has been happening.
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 15 2015 8:47AM

99Rock Music News: Chris Cornell Has A New Solo Album on the Way



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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is going to have a busy year between working with his band, fronting a Mad Season reunion, and, now, heading into the studio to work on his next solo effort.

Today on Twitter, Cornell simultaneously announced that he has a new solo album on the way and acknowledged the unfortunate coincidence that he shares a name with the Ohio man who's been accused of planning a bomb attack on the U.S, Capitol.

But to focus on the only the good, Cornell has a new album on the way. His next full-length will follow up his 2009 LP, Scream, which he worked on with producer Timbaland. Even though that album was Cornell's first top 10 breakthrough, debuting at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, it didn't get a lot of love commercially or critically—not even from his peers.

Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor even called it embarrassing at the time in a since-deleted tweet.

Link to tweet courtesy of Radio.com
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 8 2015 7:00AM

99Rock: School Closings And Delays



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1/8/15 THURSDAY: WIND CHILL WARNING - UNTIL 10AM EST.

School Delays for today as of 7am...(Next update coming up)

School Delays and cancellations as of 7am:

New Hampshire Grafton Bath School Delayed two hours
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New Hampshire Sullivan Acworth School Delayed two hours
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New Hampshire Sullivan Charlestown Primary School
New Hampshire Sullivan Claremont Schools and NECA Delayed two hours
New Hampshire Sullivan Croydon School District Delayed two hours
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Vermont Orange Blue Mountain Union School Delayed two hours
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by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 7 2015 8:29AM
99Rock Music News: The White Stripes Announce New Live Album/DVD, 'Under Amazonian Lights'

The White Stripes (Scott Gries/Getty Images)


By Philip Cosores
Hot on the heels of being named as one of the headliners for Coachella, Jack White had another announcement for today: a new White Stripes live album.
Sure, his breakthrough band has been broken up for nearly four years, but the Third Man Records' Vault subscription series has been slowly trickling out previously unreleased tunes from the duo. The newest one holds a special significance, though, as the recording of Under Amazonian Lights took place in Manaus, Brazil on June 1st, 2005. That just happens to be the day White married his now ex-wife, model/musician Karen Elson.
The press release alludes to this point (via CoS):
Words do not ably describe the beauty of the Teatro Amazonas nor the furor riled up by the White Stripes appearance. Not only was there fear that the amplification of the band would cause the plaster in the building to crack and possible fall and injure attendees, but out of custom/fear/lord-knows-what the crowd remained seated until being explicitly asked to stand from the stage by Jack White himself. If that wasn't enough, during the show Jack and Meg ventured outside the venue to play an entirely unamplified version of "We Are Going to Be Friends" for the assembled multitude of fans unable to purchase tickets and watching the performance via closed-circuit feed. The resultant melee was arguably a riot and was lovingly captured by the film crew documenting that evening's importance. All together what it makes is one of the best true rock and roll moments of the past decade. Heck, Jack White even got married that day.
The packaging for this CD/DVD release includes a 7-inch with two previously unreleased White Stripes demos: "Let You Down" and "Ain't No Sweeter Than Rita Blues".
by 99Rock - Rock Blog posted Jan 2 2015 2:28PM
99Rock Music News: Bono: 'I May Never Be Able To Play Guitar Again'


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The U2 frontman has posted a long letter to fans on the band's official site, speaking at length about the events of 2014 and what lies ahead in 2015. Writing about his serious bike accident in November, Bono reveals, "I broke my hand, my shoulder, my elbow and my face but the real injury this year was to my Irish pride as it was discovered that under my tracksuit I was wearing yellow and black Lycra cycling shorts. Yes, LYCRA. This is not very rock 'n' roll."

He continues, "Recovery has been more difficult than I thought… As I write this, it is not clear that I will ever play guitar again. The band have reminded me that neither they nor Western civilization are depending on this." Bono goes on to say, "I personally would very much miss fingering the frets of my green Irish falcon or my (RED) Gretsch. Just for the pleasure, aside from writing tunes. But then does the Edge, or Jimmy Page, or any guitarist you know have a titanium elbow, as I do now? I'm all elbows, I am."

Regarding his recovery, Bono explains that this letter will be all he says publicly before U2 launches a world tour later this year. "The consequences of this freak accident are significant enough that I will have to concentrate hard to be ready for the U2 tour in fitness terms," says the singer. "As a result I have cancelled every public appearance and decided this missive is all the communication I can manage for the first half of 2015, beyond muttering and singing to myself of course."

Bono also goes in depth on his recent revelation that he's struggled with glaucoma for decades, an admission he made on "The Graham Norton Show" to the host's surprise last year. "I think it shocked him a little bit… it certainly surprised the band that I'd gone public, but maybe it is time to be honest about such things," he says in his letter. "I remember I had the nickname old red eyes. I remember the agony of flashbulb staying permanently in my vision for the rest of the day after I'd been photographed."

He continues, "I had many eye checks over the years but one of the sly things about this 'silent thief' is that you can have 20/20 vision straight ahead for some years even after your peripheral vision goes… If it's not treated, blindness results. I think anyone who reaches 40 should have their eyes properly checked."


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