Archive for the ‘Live Performances’ Category

Metallica debuted their new song “The Lords of Summer” at their show in Bogota, Columbia last night.  This is their first truly new song since recording the Death Magnetic album in 2008.  It is an 8 minute epic, thrasher complete with “Hey! Hey! Hey!” chants that is sure to have the mosh pits swirling, fists pumping and the crowd screaming along during their current “Metallica By Request” tour.  For this tour of South America, Europe and Canada every song on the setlist at each show other than “Lords” will be based on fan voting.  A great concept that more bands need to try.

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Russian feminist punk rock protest band Pussy Riot have stirred up a lot of controversy and, more importantly, publicity in their homeland recently.  The band, including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina who were recently released after serving 21 months in prison, staged a guerilla performance of their song “Putin Will Teach You To Love The Motherland” in Sochi during the Winter Olympics.  During this performance they were beaten by local Cossacks working Olympic security.  Video of the beating was combined with various other footage filmed around Sochi to create a music video for the song.  The song is actually kind of catch.  Now somebody just needs to translate the lyrics for me.

Much respect to these tough women who have such strong beliefs that they are willing to be beaten and spend time in Russian prisons in order to get their message out to the world.

I love great cover songs.  Triple J TV has a fun series of interviews with live cover performances that they call Like A Version.  In this episode Grouplove “covers” their own song “Ways to Go” with a Johnny Cash spin then tackles their current tour mates Cage The Elephant’s “Spiderhead”.  I have to say this is even better than the original.