Maynard James Keenan lifts phone ban at A Perfect Circle show for last song

A Perfect Circle have instituted a no-phone policy on their tour to prevent fans from filming and photographing the show, but at the band’s Saturday (October 20th) show in West Valley, Utah, frontman Maynard James Keenan was in a giving mood. He told fans they can whip their phones out to record the last song, “Delicious”, as “a present from grandpa.”

The Utah show kicked off the latest leg of APC’s tour, and the performance of “Delicious” marked the first time the band played the Eat the Elephant track live.

In a 2017 interview with the Montreal Gazette, guitarist Billy Howerdel explained, “We have a no-phone policy at our show. First of all, it’s just rude. Putting up a phone in front of someone’s face so they get to watch the show through it? Getting a memento of the show — sure, I’ve done it myself. But then you ask, ‘What am I gonna do with this?’”

At one particular A Perfect Circle show in Reading, Pennsylvania, last year, more than 60 people were ejected for filming and taking pictures with their phones.

The special moment at the Utah show over the weekend was obviously captured by a number of fans, as evidenced in the Instagram posts below. A Perfect Circle’s current North American tour runs through a November 20th gig in Phoenix. A full list of dates is listed here, while tickets are available here.

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Meanwhile, another one of Keenan’s famous bands, Tool, announced dates for a European tour earlier today. No word yet on the phone policy, but since a bunch of the shows are festival gigs, we’re guessing it’s going to be a lot more difficult to enforce the ban at those performances.

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In Photos: Mom+Pop’s 10th Anniversary with Courtney Barnett, Tom Morello, and Sleigh Bells (10/22)

When it comes time to celebrate your birthday, you want to make sure all your closest friends are around you. If you’re a record label commemorating your 10th anniversary, you bring out the best your roster has to offer and throw yourself one hell of a party. Mom+Pop did just that on Monday night in Brooklyn, welcoming industry friends, fans, and rock lovers to Brooklyn Steel for a six-band shindig worthy of a decade of one of indie music’s finest labels.

The evening was heavy on current signees, including Artist of the Month alums Sunflower Bean and recent addition Alice Merton. Neon Indian came out of hiding for what frontman Alan Palomo said was only the group’s second performance of the year. Then came one of Mom+Pop’s biggest success stories, local noise rock slayers Sleigh Bells. The duo (or trio, as they add a guitarist live) tore through hits like “Comeback Kid” and “Crown on the Ground” before welcoming out Tom Morello to shred on “Bitter Rivals”.

After a slight break, the Nightwatchman came out to regale the crowd with stories about how Mom+Pop founder Michael Goldstone got Rage Against the Machine signed to Epic and helped them sneak lyrics by Viacom. He played a short two-song set that included new song “Battle Sirens” and a simply show-stopping cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad”.

Of course, the show didn’t stop there, continuing on with Mom+Pop’s current claim to fame, Courtney Barnett. The Aussie guitar goddess delivered the longest set of the night, which included throwing back to hits like “Avant Gardener”, focusing on her latest effort (Tell Me How You Really Feel) with “City Looks Pretty” and “Nameless, Faceless”, and hitting highlights with the balloon-drop-assisted closer “Pedestrian at Best”.

Though not every band got to dig into their catalog like Barnett did, the quality of all the music presented was a testament to how important Mom+Pop has become to the indie scene in its 10 years. It was the kind of celebration where everyone felt they walked away with the best party favors, a fitting way to mark a decade of great music making. Relive it all through the lens of News Editor Ben Kaye via the photo gallery below.

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Todd Phillips’ Joker origin story casts its young Bruce Wayne

We initially rolled our eyes at the idea of a Joker origin story, but our first looks at Joaquin Phoenix’s titular clown have been compelling. Also, you can’t overlook this cast: Not only are high-wattage stars like Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz joining Phoenix, but director Todd Phillips’ has recruited some of Hollywood’s best character actors in Bill Camp, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, and Shea Whigham. The casting announcements keep rolling in, too, as The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed a few more new faces, the likes of whom will be playing key roles.

First up is Dante Pereira-Olso, who will play a young Bruce Wayne in the movie. This marks a reunion between Phoenix and the child actor, who played a younger version of Phoenix’s character in this year’s You Were Never Really Here. Joining him is Douglas Hodge, who will play Alfred Pennyworth, the Wayne family’s loyal butler. Brett Cullen was also recently cast as Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father, after Alec Baldwin dropped out.

The studio previously described the project as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.” It will anchor next year’s Halloween filmscape when it hits theaters on October 4th, 2019.

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Ed Sheeran is a big fan of Korn and Marilyn Manson

There’s nothing really shocking about Ed Sheeran’s chart-topping brand of hot adult contemporary music other than its enormous popularity, but the British crooner is a fan of shock-rocker Marilyn Manson … and of nu-metal pioneers Korn, for that matter.

Korn are currently holed up in Nashville, Tennessee, working on their new album, and guitarists Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer decided to take in Marilyn Manson’s concert last night (October 22nd) in the town affectionately known as Music City. It was backstage at the show where Welch ran into none other than Ed Sheeran, who expressed his love for Korn to the guitarist.

Welch posted a picture of himself and Sheeran, captioned, “Of course @teddysphotos [Sheeran’s Instagram handle] would walk right past me and @munky_korn @marilynmanson concert and tell us he just listened to Freak On a Leash earlier today. Why should we be surprised?”

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Perhaps Sheeran is trying to regain his rock cred after being called out by Dave Grohl at a recent Foo Fighters concert, but he did once cover metal songs on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, so we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt … this time!

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Steve Carell will return to TV in Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s new series

Since leaving The Office in its seventh season, Steve Carell has kept a high profile as one of the great, surprising dramatic actors of his time. In fare like Foxcatcher and Last Flag Flying, he’s allowed the more yearning aspects of Michael Scott and other great comedy turns to bubble to the surface.

Now, for the first time since 2010, Carell will return to the small(er) screen. He’s reportedly been tapped to play the male lead in Apple’s yet-to-be-titled drama co-starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. (The lead actresses will also co-executive produce.) The series, which will premiere on Apple’s upcoming streaming service, has already been given a two-season, 20-episode pickup in advance of its premiere. The trio will star as key players in a fictional broadcast TV morning news show, as they attempt to stay afloat in an ever-changing media landscape.

For all of the news surrounding Apple’s latest venture that’s started to emerge, there’s still no word about when exactly their buzzy new collection of shows will premiere (or, for that matter, in what form). But this is the latest example of a series that’d be a top-shelf item on any network, and has gone straight to streaming instead. Seems like the perfect time for a story of a broadcast trying to survive the new world.

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John Cooper on Going Heavy in Fight the Fury, New Skillet Music and More

Skillet have been bringing the hard-rocking hits for more than 20 years, but frontman John Cooper is taking the riffs to another level of heavy with his new metal band Fight the Fury.

“Growing up, Metallica was a major influence for me,” Cooper told Heavy Consequence. “They’re the best metal band of all time and always will be, in my opinion.”

Now, Cooper has a new project fueled by that love for classic metal. Fight the Fury sees Cooper embracing his inner Metallica, with mighty guitar solos, complex musical arrangements and growly vocals. The band’s debut EP, Still Breathing, is out on October 26th via Atlantic Records, and is available for pre-order here.

Cooper spoke with Heavy Consequence about the concept behind Fight the Fury, how the band differs from Skillet, his personal faith, and when to expect new Skillet music. Read the full interview with Cooper below.

On the significance of the band name Fight the Fury

To me, Fight the Fury felt like the right combination of words for this band. I’m not saying it’s overly angsty, but we do have some angst and chaos in the music. When I was writing the lyrics, it felt like they were lending themselves to this battle of life that we’re fighting to survive through, and it felt like the right name.

On what makes now the right time to start Fight the Fury

I actually had the idea for this band five years ago. I was on the road on a Skillet tour, and I was thinking that I really wanted to start a metal side project, just to be able to cut loose. I write these songs for Skillet, and then, sometimes I write songs that are too heavy and the lyrics are too dark, or the guitar solos are too long. I love what I do for Skillet, but it’s very much about commercial and broad appeal and cutting all the fat off of everything. It’s wonderful, and we all have work because of Skillet, and we’re thankful for that, but sometimes you want to start a song with a guitar solo. So, when I was out with Skillet, I said to Seth, our guitarist, “Hey, if I was going to do this metal band, would you want to be the guitar player?” And he said, “Absolutely.” He’s a shredder, so it was just right. We stared recoding songs two years ago, just having fun and writing.

On what brought together Fight the Fury’s band members of Cooper, Skillet guitarist Seth Morrison, drummer Jared Ward and guitarist John Panzer III

I knew Seth was a shredder from working with him in Skillet. Then, I needed a second lead guitar player to explore harmony leads and things that I like from my metal influence. I remembered there was a guy who auditioned for Skillet years ago, the same time we brought on Seth, and he was really good but 16 years old at the time! I didn’t want to take on such a young player. That guy, John, and Seth stayed in touch, and he turned into a fantastic guitar player. They can do duel solos and stuff, which I love. Then, Seth said, “Hey, my cousin is a really good drummer,” and it turned out he was a slamming drummer. Finding people who can shred and play well is difficult, especially in such a technical genre.

On how Fight the Fury’s songs ire different from Skillet’s songs from a lyrical standpoint

I think that’s one of the bigger differences between the projects. Fight the Fury is heavier, and there’s no question about that. That’s more screaming. But I think the lyrical content is part of what makes it heavier. It’s darker. It can be bleak. Our song “My Demons” is about child abuse. I talked to a fan who had endured child and sexual abuse, and I was moved by that. I wanted to write a song about that, and I knew it wasn’t going to be on a commercial Skillet song. It’s a dark subject that a lot of people can relate to.

On how Fight the Fury’s songs are different from that of Skillet from a musical standpoint

Not that Skillet never done anything that has approached the metal territory, but the stuff that makes Fight the Fury more metal is that it’s very riff-y and technical and showing off the guitar and bass. There are also a few touches of prog-rock, as in Dream Theater and those kinds of bands. The way we switch time signatures and key changes and how its unconventional in the song structure formats also lends it to metal. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth — those bands are unconventional in their song structures.

On how Fight the Fury’s lyrics fit in with Cooper’s Christian faith

I’ve had tons of people on social media ask me, is this still Christian? I didn’t expect anybody to ask that, but since Skillet is Christian, that makes sense. I think that for me, Fight the Fury is not a Christian band, but I want to be really clear to say that I’m still a Christian and my faith is very important to me. I’m a follower of Christ, but that’s not the intent with this music. This is a metal band. “My Demons” is an experience — it’s a song about an experience in life, and that was how I felt about it. Everything I write about has something to do with my experience, so some of Fight the Fury’s music is inherently spiritual, because we are spiritual beings, so you may pick up on some spiritual themes, but for the most part, it’s about experiences.

On the difference in spirituality in the music of Skillet and Fight the Fury

I don’t judge people who aren’t like me, and nobody comes to a Skillet show and goes away thinking that I hate people who are not Christian. But I’ve always been very clear that Skillet is a Christian band. Fight the Fury is for something else. I don’t see myself sharing stories about my faith. It’s about the music and experience.

On the meaning behind the song “Still Burning”

It’s a little bit of dark romance. A Romeo and Juliet. For me, I think “Still Burning” is the most spiritual song on the record. It has the most emotion to it. It’s a love song, and the dynamic has even a little bit of an emo-metal feel, like Flyleaf or The Used. The bridge goes into a time signature change, and that reminds me of old Metallica. Lyrically, it’s a love song about not losing that fire. It’s saying, “You’re someone I can’t live without, and I still feel that heat.” It can be a great thing, but sometimes, true love can hurt.

On “My Demons” being the right choice as the first single from the EP

It might be nostalgic, because it’s the first song I wrote for Fight the Fury five years ago. I never thought it would actually come out. There was no way they would let me put that on a Skillet record, because it’s just too heavy. I knew it was too dark. I made it as heavy as it possible, with all the screaming, and it was new for me to create something that would never work for Skillet. There’s a chaos and frenzy to it.

On being a big horror memorabilia collector

That’s a funny thing about me. I’m always been blatant about being Christian, but I do like horror films and books. I’m not into gore, but I like things that are scary. I love creepy films more than I like thrasher films. I collect great memorabilia, from a life-sized Frankenstein head to toys and statues to a life-sized alien head. Any toys from horror films are always something I love to collect. Some of my absolutely favorite horror films are The Ring, Aliens — any sci-fi horror film I love.

On when to expect a new Skillet album

It’s been so crazy. As of seven weeks ago, we were supposed to be releasing a brand-new Skillet record in October. And six months before that, we had planned to release the new album this past January. Now, we’re not going to release it until next year. Jen (Ledger, the drummer for Skillet) has a new solo project, Ledger, and we want to give her time to build her brand while keeping Skillet alive. It’s a juggling act. My wife Korey and I worked on Jen’s record, and it’s an awesome record. So, we decided that with Jen’s project and everything else going on, we’re going to wait on the Skillet record, even though we’re about 70% done with it. When we decided to wait, I made the move to release my Fight the Fury EP now. Then, we’ll come hitting hard with Skillet in the summer. Next summer is the plan for the new Skillet album to come out, because the record is almost done.

On the musical direction of the new Skillet album

It’s probably too early to say, but I will say this: A year ago, we released an extended version of our Unleashed album, and on there, there’s a song called “Breaking Free”, which people said they liked and sounded heavy for Skillet. It’s a song that I produced on my own, because I wanted Skillet to have a little more teeth. I do think the new album is going to be a bit heavier, but we’re going to have those arena anthems and also some duets with Jen and me, which our fans love. I’m excited for it.

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