Rob Zombie has narrated a public service announcement for the “Puppy Rescue Mission,” a newly launched campaign whose primary mission is to bring home to the U.S. dogs who assisted American soldiers in war zones, reunite them if possible and give them permanent homes. Many of the dogs not only helped physically save soldiers’ lives, but offered them companionship and love while they were stationed in dangerous situations thousands of miles from their families.
Zombie says in the spot, “Soldiers in Afghanistan would find these dogs and bond with them and sneak them on the bases, even though they weren’t supposed to have them. It was probably the only moment of sanity for these guys, when they spent time with them . . . But they weren’t allowed to take them home, and if they could, it was so expensive. That was a cause I could really understand and get behind.”
Robert Plant and his new side band Sensational Space Shifters have announced the first seven dates of their North American fall tour. Plant and the band kick things off on September 25th in Port Chester, New York, and have dates now on the books for Brooklyn, New York; Toronto, Ontario; Chicago, Illinois; and Denver, Colorado before wrapping the shows up on October 7th, in Los Angeles, California. Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters debut set, Lullaby And. . . The Ceaseless Roar, will be released on September 9th.
Well over 45 years in the business, Robert Plant says that up and coming musicians should stay as independent as possible: “Stay away from a major label. Y’know, you’ve got to be able to deal with people who are telling the truth. You can’t be in a position where, if things aren’t happening for you within four weeks, you’re history and you’re left dangling forever. I know quite a few artists of my era who are in that position now, who just can’t get away.”
Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready will perform this January at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, according to Guerilla Candy. The guitarist will be taking part in a series called “Sonic Evolution,” which is being curated by the orchestra’s music director Ludovic Morlot. The series brings musicians from local pop, rock and hip-hop acts together with the symphony to collaborate and create different perspectives on the music itself.
The January 30th performance starring McCready and the Seattle Symphony will feature orchestral versions of songs from acts like Pearl Jam, Nirvana and other Seattle bands that defined the “grunge” era of the early ’90s.
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